Dana Szucs Hayden, of SeaSew has created a pattern for this Canada 150 birthday logo paper pieced block.
Click on the image to download the pattern for free.
Update January 17, 2017
We've received some feedback of confusion and errors in this pattern.
Our president Brigid has now completed this block (thanks Brigid!) and she reports the following:
There were two small issues, two of the pieces were not marked as far as colour, but when you look at the colour picture you know it's a purple and a white.
The other thing with paper piecing is that you are working in reverse. The picture online shows the yellow and orange on the left, but the emblem is correct with those on the right like I have them.
Here's a photo of Brigid's block.
The chill of fall is in the air as we have launched another great year at the guild. Maybe this weekend I will get a chance to get some little project done for Halloween! I have a nice collection of fabric and every year the day just sneaks up on me and I don't get the projects done. At the very least, I need a new fall table runner! Or maybe a pumpkin wall hanging. Anyone say "squirrel"!
I completely forgot to talk about the president's challenge for the year. It is to make something red and white for our Canada 150 themed quilt show. Those who won door prizes at the June meeting have a head start as they were mostly Canada themed fabrics. If your fabric is beige and red, that's ok too, a lot of the fabric companies used beige instead of white.
I would like to encourage everyone to participate in the guild. There are challenges to complete, block of the month, our sew days and charity projects just to mention a few things. We also are still looking for volunteers to sell tickets... Penny and I have offered to sell tickets if people want to switch with us on the executive! :) Keep in mind that if you do put your name down to participate in an activity, we plan for that many people. As an example, the venue for our first sew day had prepared food for us and not many who signed up were there.
One final comment on people's generosity and how we come together and make things happen. Thank you all who are making stockings, placemats and preemies. Our goal for stockings is a real stretch this year, if everyone pitches in, I think we can make it. Thanks to everyone who made blocks for the Canada 150 quilt. I will give an update at the October meeting as to what is left to do on that one and where people can help.
Now I am off to finish something for show and tell.
We kicked off our 2016-2017 guild season on Wednesday September 29 with a great turn out to hear about the programs and challenges, to share what we've been making over the summer, and to enjoy a fascinating trunk show.
The striking blue quilt that we'll be raffling off at our quilt show in April 2017 is now complete and was on display. The pattern was custom designed by Brigid Whitnall, blocks were pieced over the summer by Penny Carruthers, Chris Gordon, and Janet Brownlee, and it was assembled by Chris. Mary Stanton did an awesome job of quilting it and she also provided the thread and the perfectly coordinating backing from her stash. Thank you Mary for your very generous contributions.
Show and tell was, as always, very inspiring and well received. You can see photos of all of the projects in OUR QUILTS.
Paul Leger Trunk Show
Our program featured guest quilter Paul Leger who presented a very entertaining and interesting trunk show. We believe that Paul brought 2 "firsts" to our guild - a male guest speaker, and a selfie!
Paul started quilting 26 years ago when he was stationed with the Canadian Armed Forces in Victoria BC. He took his first course 4 years after starting to quilt. Until that point Paul instructed himself to quilt (with a little help from his mother.)
Over the years Paul's quilting skills and styles have changed. He still likes traditional quilting but is now dabbling in the modern. Now Paul teaches, designs and gives presentations and is an active participant in the international quilting community. Paul's trunk show charted his quilting journey over the years. Starting from his first quilt, which was made from his shirts, we saw his unique and varied designs. Paul's thirst for new ideas and learning was evident throughout his show. He's always looking for something new and avoids repeating the same thing over and over. He also has a slight aversion to the "A" thing (applique!)
Paul donated a quilt to the University of Moncton's Acadian Museum, which honours the families who founded l'Acadie and includes the names of 305 of the 800 founding families. You can see a photo of this quilt on Paul's web site.
Here are some of the quilts that Paul included in his trunk show. Click on a photo to enlarge it. More photos of his fascinating quilts can be found on Paul's web site.
-- Janet Brownlee