Our guild meeting on October 24th was attended by 63 guild members, and our guild now has 84 members.
This was the first meeting where one of our newly formed member groups assumed responsibility for many aspects of our meeting. This included setting up the hall for the meeting, bringing the snacks, assisting during the meeting with the guest speaker presentation, and show and tell, and completing the clean up. It was a resounding success and thanks and kudos to everyone in the Flying Geese group, led by Vickie MacNabb for a job very well done!
Members generously donated 20 new preemie quilts, when combined with the 12 collected at our September meeting, now bring our total for this season to 32.
Thank you! Preemie Quilt Photos
Our meeting kicked off with very a interesting trunk and slide show by Bridget O'Flaherty, a local award winning fibre artist from Perth, known for her stunning large landscapes created with thread.
With an environmental and sustainable focus, Bridget explores the use of local, organic and natural hand-dyed fabrics and materials in her works. Bridget’s fibre art is inspired by nature and biodiversity. She is passionate about our environment and creates intimate connections to the landscape. She conveys fragile aspects of eco-systems and advocates for awareness of species at risk, native and invasive species in nature and sustainable materials in textiles.
Bridget was initially inspired by her mother, a seamstress, costume maker, and quilt shop owner. It was on an epic 2 week family driving trip to Banff and back that Bridget fell in love with landscapes.
Her early quilts in the mid 1990's were leading edge modern quilts, and she had early success in getting her pieces into quilt shows. But it wasn't long until she pursued her interest in creating landscapes. She took courses by Joen Wolfrom and Ann Byrd and then she started creating her stunning large, typically 5 feet by 3 feet, landscapes. Using her sewing machine, Bridget builds up layers of multi-coloured thread 'drawing' to convey her landscape art.
Bridget's Web Site
Bridget enjoys incorporating traditional quilting components into her landscape and nature art as evidenced in photos below.
Due to various family issues Bridget took a 10 year complete break from her quilting focus and passion. After sharing details of this journey with us Bridget offered us the great advice that it's OK to spend time on your crafts when you find yourself in challenging life situations, so you are better able to give to those who need you.
Her passion and energy for her fibre art eventually returned and Bridget has since fully 9mmersed herself in her craft. With renewed energy she is further embracing natural fibres to the point of shearing sheep on her neighbour's farm, washing, carding and felting the wool herself.
For practical (time and financial) reasons Bridget now focuses more on smaller pieces which she sews with a 6 inch hoop on a domestic sewing machine.
Bridget has expanded her reach into the quilting community by teaching courses, she has her own YouTube channel, and she will be teaching courses at the upcoming Quilt Canada show in Ottawa in June 2019.
Bridget will be returning to Arnprior on Saturday December 1st to lead a workshop on "easy peasy" thread painting.
Response from our guild members to our invitation to provide financial support to our past president Brigid Whitnall and her husband Ken who lost their Dunrobin home in the September tornado was amazing. Mary deVries provided a very impressive money tree to which members secretly attached cash and gift cards in the far corner of the kitchen prior to the meeting. Brigid was surprised, pleased, and a bit overwhelmed when we presented it to her after she briefly spoke to us about their experience. Read Bridget's story in her own words in our October 2018 newsletter.
Thank you to our guild members for your generosity.!
Our meeting wrapped up with our usual draws and some happy winners!
Block of the month - 30 blocks: Julie Carroll
Guess the number of pages in the library book: Lori Bottriell
50-50 draw for $57: Chris Gordon
Gift Basket - Suzanne deJoode
Door Prizes - Brenda Greely, Mary DeVries, Sue Hodgins, Marilyn Erskine, Joanna Vlaming
What a delightful welcome back to our guild meetings we enjoyed in September after a summer long break. In addition to hearing about this year's challenges, workshops, and retreats, we were delighted to see our fellow members' quilt projects in Show-and-Tell, and the first Block-of-the-Month.
Guest Judi Miller
The meeting kicked off with our guest speaker, local textile artisit Judi Miller. An analytical organic chemist at the Canadian Conservation Institute, Judi specializes in natural landscape art pieces.
Inspired as a child by her mom's friend's leading edge embroidered tree picture, Judi exhibits her artistic expression in free motion machine embroidery.
Judi works often from her own photographs, often taken on her extensive travels including Great Britain and Italy. She finds inspiration wherever she travels, and in local landscapes.
Judi likes using Kona cotton, or other fabric background, sometimes painted, and a large stash of amazing Italian linen that she inherited. She uses EQ Printables to print a photo onto her fabric and then quilts over it. She uses 3 different weights of cotton thread, which can be pressed. Judi uses an 8 inch embroidery hoop, an embroidery needle. Her techniques can be used on a domestic sewing machine by dropping the feed dogs and using a darning foot. She uses a straight stitch on grasses which are frequently featured in her pieces, and she also uses a zig zag stitch. Her pieces are often 10 inch by 4 inch and are framed under glass so she doesn't have to cut off the thread ends!
Judi often produces a series of pieces, including a series of 12 from scenes in Old Chelsea. This is efficient since she uses the same colours.
Judi takes enjoyment from fostering many connections is local and international art communities, with photographers, painters, ceramic artists and other textile artists. She has particularly fond memories of a 3 week self-directed residency in Wales.
Judi enjoys meeting people and she participates in many shows which she advertises on Facebook. She connects to the wider community through Instagram and Pinterest.
Read and see more about Judi Miller's work and her upcoming shows on her web site.
Mary deVries and her team kicked off this year's activities, many of which are trageted for our upcoming quilt show in April 2019. Read more on the Activities page. All guild members are encouraged to show your work at our show, which is an important source of income to fund our charity work, and our other guild activities.
At Show and Tell we saw 6 pieces constructed from blocks won from last year's Block-of-the-Month program. To motivate the winners to complete a project using the blocks, a draw was held for a gift bag. The lucky winner was Barb deVries. Photos of the 6 quilts
Thank you to of the participants: Liz Gray, Betty Rehbein, Emma Russell, Mary deVries, Joanna Vlaming.
Our meeting wrapped up with our usual draws and some happy winners!
Guess the number of pages in the library book: Amanda Vajda
50-50 draw: Karen Maheral
Gift Basket - Suzanne deJoode
Door Prizes - Barb Hare, Joan Miller, Liz Carroll
We welcomed 4 new members to our guild, for a total of 76 registered members. Attendance was 52 guild members and one guest.
Many guild members enjoy our Block of the Month activity where we make a particular block, bring it in to the next guild meeting, and enter a draw to win all of the blocks. To encourage the winners to complete a quilted project with these blocks, a lovely gift basket was offered as an incentive.
At our September 2018 meeting we were delighted to see 6 finished projects from the 2017-2018 block of the month winners. Well done!
The name drawn was Barb deVries who was the lucky winner of the gift bag! Congratulations Barb and to all of you who finished off your 2017-2018 BOM block quilts or quilt tops.
Funny how we say “Summer is over” and not “Autumn is here”. I do love summer but find it goes by so fast. I hope all our members enjoyed some relaxation, the weather, family, friends and even some traveling adventures. Although no doubt some of you have done lots of work on your projects over the summer, autumn is a great time to really getting back to work on mixing fabrics to produce real works of art. Welcome back everyone. The dedicated group of volunteers have put together a great program this year which I know you will enjoy. Work is underway for our quilt show this spring and the CQA Quilt Canada 2019 show will be just down the way in Ottawa in June. I look forward to seeing all of you at our first meeting on September 26th for all the news, program and activity updates, challenges and so much more.
P.S. Don’t forget to bring your summer projects for Show & Tell. See you soon!
Donna Sheaves, President
The challenges this year were:
Members voted for the winner of each challenge.
And the winners are....
Recycled Denim Challenge, from left
1st Mary DeVries
2nd Emma Russell
3rd Patti Moore
Container Challenge, from left
1st Chris Gordon
2nd Julie Carroll
3rd Vickie MacNabb
President's Challenge, from left
1st Rennie Hickey
2nd Vickie MacNabb
3rd Mary DeVries
It's been a great guild year - have a wonderful summer, happy quilting (hopefully on projects that will be on display at our April 2019 quilt show), and we look forward to seeing you in September.
This stunning quilt raised $1,250 for equipment purchases for the Arnprior & District Memorial Hospital at the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation’s recent annual "Knight in the Maritimes" dinner. Pam Ross, the delighted purchaser, is pictured at the dinner with her new quilt which was displayed on the stage throughout the evening.
Many guild members have contributed to this project from its design, fabric selection, making the individual blocks, assembling the top, quilting it on the long arm, and attaching the binding.
Guild members were targeting completion of their mystery quilt tops for our May meeting and what a treat it was to see 17 beautiful tops of the All About Town row quilt. And at least one quilt was completed.
Quilters received 4 sets of instructions, each for one or 2 rows, with the final set revealing the overall layout, and instructions for sashing and the decorative pieced borders. Fabric choices were made by each quilter.
The next step is to complete our quilts in time to display them at our quilt show in 2019.
And that includes any quilt tops which were still works in progress in May!
Here are some close up photos of the quilt tops.
A lot was jam packed into this meeting!
It started with the presentation of the quilt that we made for the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation’s auction at the imminent annual "Knight in the Maritimes" dinner to raise money for equipment purchases for the Arnprior & District Memorial Hospital.
Guild members Brigit Whitnall and Gwen Pennings are pictured with the quilt and the ARH Foundation's Christine Waite (right.)
For more information about the making of this quilt see this blog post.
We also saw the completed quilt that will be raffled off at our upcoming 2019 quilt show. Many of us worked on the whimsical town blocks at a Sew Day in November and another in January. The top was then completed by Mary DeVries and Rennie Hickey (who also designed it), and it was quilted by Shirley Cavanagh. It is stunning!
This was the target date for completing the tops of the mystery quilts that we've been working on since the fall and what a treat it was to see 17 beautiful tops of the All About Town row quilt. And at least one quilt was completed.
For more photos of these awesome quilts see the Mystery Quilt Tops blog post.
The library book and magazine sale was a huge hit. In addition to materials from our own library, there were a large number of books and magazines donated to us by local resident Joanne Mitchell from her late mother-in-law Isabel Johnston's extensive collections. Read more about Isabel, an accomplished quilter and founding member of the Ottawa Valley Quilt Guild in our May 2018 Newsletter.
,The main activity of the evening was the second of our hands on learning activity nights where we learned hand sewing techniques for embellishing our quilts. As at the February meeting, 4 techniques were offered - wool applique, 3D pinwheels, hand stitches for embellishing crazy patch quilts, and hexagons, and we learned the 2 that we didn't learn previously, providing ample time to learn each new technique.
Our April meeting was highlighted by guest Jan Kittle's presentation on using rulers when quilting and we also got a sneak peek at her latest pieces which she made for the Common Thread Quilt Show in Ottawa over Mother's Day weekend.
Jan is the owner of The Pickle Dish shop in Carleton Place and she says "it's wonderful to have a quilt shop under your bed"!
She offered a lot of great advice about quilting with rulers.
Here's Jan's beautiful quilt ruler sampler that she had whipped together for her visit to our guild to highlight ruler work.
And she brought many lovely quilts to show us.
Click or tap on an image in the gallery to see it in full.
A very well kept secret is the very talented Valerie Miller of nearby Renfrew, who combines distinctive fabrics with traditional artistry and contemporary style to create table. pillow, and wall covers, each individual and unique. She was our guest speaker at our March meeting and her trunk show highlighted her lovely and distinctive fabric creations.
Valerie's "Origin and Evolution" presentation highlighted how she evolves her designs from an initial idea to a final piece by making small incremental changes and never throwing anything away! She often starts out not knowing what the final design is going to look like and designs as she goes.
Valerie was inspired by her very creative and resourceful grandmother and her great-grandmother's quilts. Valerie creates dramatic pieces by very often using a dark coloured background to pop the colours on top. She uses a very thin and somewhat stiff compressed batting, and a cotton backing and very minimal quilting of the layers - just enough to hold it together. The batting is sewn to the top and then turned to produce a refined, tailored finish.
Guild members were delighted that Valerie offered her patterns, kits and batting for sale.
For more information see Valerie's Quilted Covers web site.