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.