The February 4th "slab block" workshop was a resounding success! In a few hours, 12 guild members produced 134 blocks for quilts destined for Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada as part of the Canadian Quilters' Association's Big Quilt Bee in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday. Quilt guilds from across Canada will be making and donating 12 1/2 inch blocks incorporating at least one piece of a special Canada fabric. Our guild is delighted to participate in this exciting project.
"We had lots of fun and laughs .... although the room would also get very quiet at times when everyone was hard at work. We had lots of the residents drop by to see what we were doing and they all enjoyed having us there as well. It was a great day of socializing and teamwork... not to mention how productive we were. I had no idea how many blocks we would have."
And from Beth, a guild member and resident of Island View,
"I enjoyed the day and I also learned a few more things about quilting. Several staff have said they would like the quilters back. They were impressed with the idea of helping people with the quilts."
That makes a total of 187 slab blocks which we'll begin piecing together at our February 22nd guild meeting, "hands on" charity night.
Refer to the Canadian Quilters' Association (CQA) web site for more information and instructions for the blocks using the “slab block" pattern” compliments of Cheryl Arkison.
The recent ruler bag workshop led by our guild vice president Chris Gordon was a very productive day as participants constructed this custom carry all bag for multiple rulers, patterns, and quilting tools when sewing away from home.
Photos follow bag construction through to some completed bags at this awesome workshop.
On Saturday November 26th, some of us had the pleasure of seeing Paul Leger again for a workshop. This 3-D block looked very challenging and that was the reason most of us took the class. Paul made the process easy with the help of specialty rulers and his easy going teaching. He was very helpful with advice and he coached us through a relaxed and fun day. The class was very pleased with the results as we were able to get a block or two done by the end of the day.
-- Brigid Whitnall
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Attendees at Sherida Giddings' October 26th workshop came away enthused after spending the day working on the Desert Sky paper pieced blocks that highlight curved piecing. Gwen's block that she completed at the workshop is pictured here.