We had a marvelous end to our first full post-Covid guild year with an action packed meeting on June 21st. The meeting was well attended by many of our guild members, the visiting members of the Quilters Guild of Renfrew and Area, and several other guests.
We welcomed Bert of Grantham Books as a visiting featured shop and his extensive display of quilting books. We were all invited to come early to have a good chance to browse and purchase books...and browse and purchase we did!
First on the official agenda of the evening was a trunk show by some of our visiting guests from the Quilters Guild of Renfrew and Area. They brought along some stunning quilts and entertained us with their very interesting stories.
And yes this is our ADQG member Chris Gordon showing some of her work! Chris is a member of both guilds. Thank you Chris for organizing most enjoyable trunk show.
Thank you to our guests from the Renfrew and Area guild for coming to our meeting and especially to those who treated us to an excellent trunk show.
The meeting featured a lengthy break for our yummy dessert buffet, a close up look at the trunk show quilts, more book browsing and buying, and some very social time.
Show and Tell
There were still more quilts to see at our regular Show and Tell.
But it wasn't so "regular" after all as Brenda Davidson Payer showed us her amazing "Perfectly Imperfect" quilt freshly back from Quilt Canada, the 2023 Canadian Quilters' Association (CQA) national juried show in Halifax. Brenda was awarded first prize in the Traditional - Wall and Bed Quilt category. You can read more about it here on the CQA web site.
Congratulations Brenda! Well done!
We're super excited that Brenda has volunteered to be our incoming guild Program executive so we'll be hearing lots from her over the next couple of years.
And after all of our work to complete projects for our quilt show, we were treated to a pleasantly surprising array of other stunning new quilts in Show and Tell. These included the Tote-Me-Tote bags from our May workshop.
You can see photos of all of the Show and Tell quilts here.
A Little Business
During the short business part of the meeting, Nancy announced that we could keep out library books over the summer this year, provided that we return them in September.
We were delighted when Anne Cruickshank and Joyce Murray stepped forward to announce that they are taking on the roles of co-presidents! Anne has previously been president (twice!) and Joyce has served in multiple executive and organizational capacities, so we are very well positioned for next year, and very grateful that they are volunteering for this crucial role.
And they didn't waste any time in getting started as Anne announced a Summer 2023 Presidents' Challenge to make a bag (any pattern, any size) and bring it to the September guild meeting. And the Tote-Me-Tote bags are NOT eligible!
This was also our night to thank outgoing president Vickie for her excellent leadership for the past 2 years, including leading the committee for our recent very successful quilt show. All very well done Vickie, and very much appreciated.
The meeting wrapped up with our draws and some happy winners!
Guess the Number of Pages in the 2 library books - Jane W
Gift Basket - Joanna V
50-50 Draw of $57 - Nancy
Door Prizes - Diane A, Shirley F, Tina M, Allison K
Free 2023-2024 Guild Memberships - Brenda G, Shirley F
A huge thank you goes out to everyone who brought the desserts, and to Joyce T and Wendy FB for doing kitchen duty - setting out the food and cleaning up afterwards.
-- Janet Brownlee
Our 3 "challenges" for this year wrapped up at our April 2023 guild meeting, with these projects all completed in time for our end of April Quilt Show. There was an amazing display of quilts and other items and we voted on our favourites with the winners awarded prizes.
This year we were given the opportunity to make the following guild-sponsored projects:
Thank you and congratulations to everyone who took on these projects and a big shout out to the makers of the prize winning pieces.
Volunteers Emma Russell and Mary deVries did an awesome job of leading and coordinating these activities. Thank you both!
Block of the Month
This year's Block of the Month (BOM) featured 12 blocks, each finishing at 12", and each block was made from sixteen 3½” Half Square Triangles (HSTs). We made two blocks each month, with instructions for the first two being posted in August and the last two in January.
Emma and Mary brought their sample blocks to the fall in-person guild meetings. While they both used a single colour scheme - Mary's were blue, and Emma's were fall orange shades, we were encouraged to choose our own colours and use a single colour scheme like they did, or to vary our colours from block to block.
Participants assembled the blocks into the design of their choice along with borders, additional blocks, or background fabric.
Photos of the blocks and the instructions are available here.
The winners were:
1st Allison Kubiseski
2nd Brenda Davidson-Payer
3rd Mary Moss
Here are the prize winning quilts.
The instructions for the blocks were made available in 3 parts from September through November 2022 and in December the mystery was revealed in the assembly instructions. This was a lovely pattern that made up at 36" square.
The winners were:
1st Debbie Cauvier
2nd Joanna Vlaming
3rd Elizabeth Couture
Here are the prize winning quilts.
Mystery Quilt Scrap Challenge
This challenge was a follow-on to the Mystery Quilt project and it was to:
"Use the scraps from your Mystery Quilt project to make something else such as a table runner or a table topper or anything of your choice."
The scraps included a number of leftover triangles and these are visible in the resulting projects.
The winners were:
1st Jacquie Lavictoire
2nd Sue Hodgins
3rd Mary DeVries
Here are the prize winning quilts.
We rounded out this calendar year and our fall in person meetings with the welcome return of our traditional potluck Christmas meeting.
The hall was festively decorated with your charming Christmas themed quilts.
As usual the food was delicious and the dinner conversations enjoyed by all. Thank you to people with surnames beginning with A-L for bringing all of those sumptuous dishes for the potluck.
A highlight of the evening was the Christmas gift exchange game that Vickie organized. The game started with everyone choosing one of the gifts from the stage and choosing a number that determined the order of play.
On your turn you had the option of opening the gift you selected, or to trade it, still wrapped, for a gift already opened by someone else. There was a lot of laughter and trading until we all had an opened gift.
We all posed at the end for a group photo with our gifts.
And we even captured a rare photo of Emma, our talented and dedicated photographer, when she handed her camera over to Vickie!
Our Show & Tell included several beautiful seasonal items and other lovely creations.
You can see photos of all of the quilts on the Show & Tell page.
The meeting wrapped up with our usual draws and some happy winners!
Guess the Number of Pages in the library book - Emma
Gift Basket - Jo
50-50 Draw of $29 - (I neglected to note the name. If you recall who won, please let me know!)
Door Prizes Allison, Emma, Nancy, Joyce T, Jo, Rennie, Louise, Lucy, Georgene
A huge thank you goes out to Joyce T and Tina M for doing kitchen duty - setting out the food and cleaning up afterwards. And to Vickie for organizing the evening and for the fun gift exchange game!
-- Janet Brownlee, Communications
This Charity workshop evening on Wednesday November 23rd was a huge success, both in the camaraderie and the amount of work that was done by the 33 attendees. It was a very active and busy hands on meeting making Christmas gift bags and placemats, and preparing materials for these and other guild Charity projects. We enjoyed meeting and talking to people we hadn’t talked to before or for a long time, including our 2 brand new members, Lucy and Nadine who were attending their first meeting.
Marilyn and her set up crew had many work stations clearly labeled and ready for us to quickly get started on various activities from cutting fabric for Christmas gift bags and placemats, sewing gift bags and placemats, attaching bindings to placemats, attaching the drawstrings to the gift bags, assembling kits to make fidget quilts, cutting batting for preemie and other Charity quilts, and ironing, ironing and more ironing in the kitchen!
A number of completed Charity items were brought to the meeting.
Thanks to all who participated in this big work evening. And an extra thank you to those who took home works-in-progress to finish off for our Christmas donations.
Show and Tell
We took a break for Show and Tell. Photos here
New! Rulers in the Library
Gwen introduced an initiative to add rulers to our Library collection - all donations are welcome.
And Gwen also started registration for a tote bag workshop in May that she has kindly volunteered to organize.
The meeting wrapped up with draws and some happy winners!
Guess the Number of Pages in the book - Lucy
Gift Basket - Allison
50-50 Draw of $35 - Debbie
Door Prizes $20 gift certificates from Textile Traditions - Vickie and Allison
Our first Sew Day in a very long time was held on Thursday November 17, 2022 and was enjoyed by 15 members of our guild. The venue was the very pleasant hall at Bethel St Andrew's United Church in Fitrzoy Harbour that offered plenty of space to spread out, and bright natural light flooding in through the windows. A fun day of sewing with fellow guild members! Attendees brought their sewing machine, tools, project(s) and lunch. Coffee and tea were provided and there was no charge to participate. They had great fun working away at various projects in the company of fellow guild members.
Several attendees took Gwen up on her offer of an optional mini workshop to make a fabric cover for a notebook - an excellent idea for Christmas presents or a gift at any time. They arrived with the fabric all cut and ready to go.
A big thank you to Nancy for arranging for our free use of the church hall, to Vickie for organizing the Sew Day, and to Gwen for teaching her popular notebook cover project.
It was great to get together on October 26th for our second in person guild meeting of this guild season. The meeting was attended by 33 guild members and one guest.
The meeting featured demonstrations of 5 different types of appliqué to help us learn new techniques, or to brush up on some we may not have used in a while. Unlike other types of workshops we have had in the past, there was no need to bring any supplies. Instead we watched the demonstrations and hopefully learned from them and were inspired to take on an appliqué project.
The excellent demonstrations were given by 5 of our talented guild member volunteers who also provided samples of their own stunning appliqué work and answered our many questions.
Rennie showed us wool appliqué.
Allison showed us the starch method and wowed us with her light box.
Christine showed us the interface and turn method and her hand appliqué technique.
Joanna showed us raw edge appliqué which we could examine on her various sample pieces.
Brenda showed us the needleturn method which we could examine on her beautiful quilts.
Thank you to all of our appliqué instructors for your excellent demonstrations and for sharing your knowledge with us. Your efforts, including the preparation for the evening, were very much appreciated.
2021-2022 BOM Challenge
Our last year's 2021-2022 Block of the Month program wrapped up with a display of 6 quilts and voting for our favourite.
Emma and Gwen were the respective winners of the 1st and 2nd place gift certificates from Sew Inspired.
See the BOM Challenge Blog post for more information about this BOM program, and close up photos of all of the quilts.
Show and Tell
Show and Tell was started off with a fun and creative seasonal piece by new member Wendy! It's such a treat to be seeing our members' stunning creations and hear their stories in person again.
See the Show and Tell page for photos of all of the show and tell projects.
Block of the Month & Mystery Quilt
Mary and Emma brought along samples of the 2 October Blocks of the Month.
See the Block of the Month page for details of this year's Half Square Triangle BOM program and instructions for these and all of the blocks.
And see the Mystery Quilt page for instructions and details for this intriguing project.
Vickie announced an upcoming Sew Day for Thursday November 17 and sign up sheets were provided for the 15 available spaces. Details are here
The meeting finished up with draws and some happy winners!
Guess the Number of Pages in the book - Emma R
Gift Basket - Debbie C
50-50 Draw of $35 - Mary C-P
Door Prizes $20 gift certificates from Textile Traditions - Jo P and Mary deV
We wrapped up our 2021-2022 Block of the Month / Challenge at our October 2022 in person meeting.
This Block of the Month (BOM) was a celebration of our guild's 20th anniversary and consisted of blocks from the past years' blocks of the month. Each month our BOM coordinators Johanne and Amanda spun a wheel on our Zoom screens to select a block for that month from a large selection of past blocks. And then they reached into the pile of blocks they had made, and showed us that month's winning block. This BOM evolved into a challenge to see how creative our guild members could be to make these random blocks, of differing sizes, and incorporate them into a quilt. There were no restrictions on the fabric used in these quilts.
The results were amazing!
The prizes (gift certificates to Sew Inspired) were awarded based on viewers' choice voting and the winners were:
1st Emma Russell
2nd Gwen Pennings
The voting resulted in a tie for second place and Emma was asked to choose the piece of paper with the tie-breaking quilt number.
Once again our guild members inspired and impressed us with their creativity in fabric and colour selections, placement of the blocks, and their impressive piecing and finishing skills.
Here are the winning quilts.
We kicked off our guild year with an exciting in person meeting! It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces, some brand new ones, and some we were meeting in person for the first time (not just on Zoom.)
Paul Léger Trunk Show
Our meeting started with an informative and entertaining trunk show by our guest Paul Léger. He focused on the last six years, the period since his previous visit to our guild in September 2016.
Paul started by showing us his first ever quilt while he shared his story summarized by his promotional bio:
"Paul lives in Ottawa, where he retired after working for the federal government for over 16 years after spending 21 years in the Canadian Armed Forces. He began quilting in May 1990. His mother, a quilter and dressmaker, had encouraged him to buy a sewing machine “for sewing emergencies”. One day, he remembered in the "old days" people would use clothing to make bed quilts. 31 years later and over 250 quilts to his credit, Paul has never looked back. In retirement life, Paul’s quilting has taken on another life. He doesn’t quilt any more or any less but now he also teaches, make presentations as well as contribute to magazines and blogs."
This quilt was made from his work shirts.
The themes of learning new techniques, and challenging himself beyond his comfort zone, as well as his amazing creativity were evident throughout Paul's presentation. Great lessons for all of us!
Refer to Paul's web site for more information about him and his works, and for access to his Facebook page.
And to our blog for a recap of Paul's previous visit in September 2016.
Our Quilt Show
Our long awaited quilt show is scheduled for April 29-30 2023. Vickie updated us on the activities already undertaken by the quilt show committee, along with an invitation to join that planning group.
We also got a look at the stunning quilt that will be raffled off to a lucky winner at the show. Members were invited to pick up raffle tickets from Rennie at the meeting. All funds generated from the raffle quilt are used for future charity projects. It's a very important fund raiser for our guild and all members are encouraged to sell tickets.
The blocks were made in the fall of 2019 for our "Blue Block Party Challenge", and displayed at our January 2020 meeting. For this challenge we were provided with a kit of the white and 2 blue fabrics, to which we could optionally add other fabrics and make a 12 1/2" block. The quilt top was assembled in 2020 by former Programs chair Joyce and her team. There are many more blocks for another quilt or quilts.
We were introduced to the variety of interesting projects being offered to our members this year. All are scheduled to result in finished projects in time for our quilt show on April 29-30. We were encouraged to participate in as many of these projects as we'd like, and there's something for every level of experience and expertise, from beginner to expert. And they are great opportunities to try something new, and to contribute to our guild's charitable endeavours.
Click/taps the links for more information about each activity.
The meeting included a fun show-and-tell. Click/tap the link for photos of the quilts, taken by our guild photographer Emma.
Our meeting wrapped up with our draws and as usual, some happy winners!
50-50 draw: $55 for Nancy H
Gift Basket: Tina M
Guess the number of pages in the library book: Julie C
Door Prizes: Georgene and Frank both went home with $20 gift certificates for Sew Inspired
-- Janet Brownlee, Communications
Our second in person meeting since the looooong stretch of Covid Zoom meetings saw us back in Robert Simpson Park in Arnprior for a delightful outdoor meeting where we happily greeted each other face to face, and saw some amazing quilts. After postponing this meeting twice due to inclement weather our patience was rewarded on June 28th with a beautiful evening in the park along the shore of the Ottawa River.
This was a very casual and relaxed meeting with lots of social time to catch up with each other, and to see the lovely quilts - the challenge quilts, show and tell, and several preemie quilts and touch quilts for our Charity initiatives.
This was our last meeting of this guild year so that meant the challenges were wrapped up with viewer's choice voting for our favourites.
The winners of the 2 year long Covid challenge were Rennie Hickey with first place and Mary DeVries with second.
And the winners of this year's President's Drunkard's Path challenge were Allison Kubiseski with first place and Emma Russell with second.
Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to all of the participants for completing your challenge projects and sharing your beautiful and creative work with us.
For more information about these challenges and photos of all of the entries, see the 2022 Challenges in the Park Blog post.
Show and Tell
A large portion of the evening was devoted to Show and Tell where we saw some of the amazing work of our guild members. Photos of all of the projects along with their makers are included in this photo gallery.
Click/tap on an image to see it in full.
You can see cropped and enlarged photos of the quilts on the Show and Tell page.
The first draw of the evening was for the 2 free guild memberships for 2022-2023. Everyone who had already renewed their membership was eligible for this draw and the lucky winners were Claudette T and Elaine E. Congratulations!
And the evening wrapped up with our regular prize draws.
The 50-50 draws are a welcome return to our in person meetings and this one for $24 was won by Penny C.
The charming basket of quilting goodies was won by Jane W. Thank you to Amanda and Johanne for putting together another delightful and much sought after basket.
The door prizes, $20 gift certificates for Sew Inspired, were won by Louise V and Mary D.
And this month's Library prize was won by Liz G. Thank you to Nancy for providing the Library prizes this evening and all year long.
-- Janet Brownlee, Communications
Finally we were able to submit, and see some challenge quilts again! The last time was in September 2020 and now, almost 2 Covid years later, we were back in the park in Arnprior for our June meeting which included the wrap up of the Covid Challenge and the President's Challenge.
Challenges are projects with a particular theme where guild members can showcase their creativity and imagination. Typically issued in September at the beginning of each guild year, challenges are open to all members. Prizes are awarded based on "viewer's choice" voting results.
The Covid challenge was issued by then Programs lead Joyce in September 2020 and with no opportunity to physically get together in our 2020-2021 guild year, the challenge was extended for another year by this year's Program lead Brigid.
The challenge was to:
"Make something completely from scraps. No shopping allowed. It doesn`t actually have to be scraps, as long as you used up material you had on hand."
1st: Rennie Hickey
2nd: Mary DeVries
Guild president Vickie's challenge this year was to:
Create a quilt using the Drunkard's Path units. The Drunkard's Path is a traditional block that features curved piecing. And for fun, add a bit of emerald green to commemorate our guild’s 20th anniversary.
The History of the Drunkard's Path Block
1st: Allison Kubiseski
2nd: Emma Russell