We finally finished off our guild year with our June meeting in the park on a the beautiful evening of June 28th (after 2 postponements due to inclement weather).
We enjoyed seeing our fellow guild members and lots of quilts including the challenge quilts, show and tell, and preemie quilts and touch quilts for our Charity initiatives.
Here are a few photos from the evening with more to come.
Registration for our 2022-2023 guild year is now underway. We welcome new members to our guild, and look forward to again seeing our current members.
To register for the 2022-2023 guild year which will start in September, click/tap here.
After many, many virtual guild meetings via Zoom, we finally got back together in person for our May guild meeting.
Our special first "back together" program featured a big yard sale of our quilt related stuff and a short business update as this was our Annual General Meeting. There was also Show and Tell, updates on our Charity projects, a 50-50 draw, gift basket draw, Library prize draw, door prizes, and much more.
Read more in the Blog
Our March Charity night featured several guests from local charities that we support through our donations. It was a very informative evening with touching stories about the impact our quilts have on their recipients. Read more in the Blog
We're looking for volunteers from our guild to help finish off some quilts with the Pick Up Sticks blocks to be donated to local charities. If you can help please Contact the Charity Team.
Information about assembling the Pick Up Sticks block kits is on the Charity Page.
New! Guild Facebook Group
Our guild now has a private members-only Facebook group so members of the guild can share, learn, and keep in touch with each other.
January Guild Meeting
Our first meeting of 2022 featured Krista Hennebury as our guest presenter. From her we learned a lot about accurate piecing and why this is important for all quilters in both traditional and modern quilting projects. An excellent presentation enjoyed by all.
For more about Krista and her quilts see http://poppyprintcreates.blogspot.com
Walking Foot Quilting Workshop
Our Walking Foot Quilting workshop with Melissa Marginet was sold out and enjoyed by all who participated in it on January 20. Read about it in the Blog.
December Guild Meeting
At our festive December meeting we enjoyed our guest presentation by Melissa Marginet who did entertain and inform us with her trunk show of quilts and interesting stories. We are looking forward to our January Introduction to Walking Foot Designs workshop with Melissa. See http://melissamarginet.ca
November Guild Meeting
Our guest speaker at our November meeting was Brandy Maslowski who shared her amazing and inspirational journey from fire fighter to full time professional quilter with us.
Brandy Maslowski is a fibre artist and teacher known for her pursuit of more joy and less overwhelm in the classroom. She loves quilting, hiking, travel and tea. From clumsy beginner quilter to showing her fibre art in galleries, Brandy has had a 30 year passion for fabric, stitch, colour, and texture. You can find her as the Quilter on Fire online and listen to her weekly podcast at www.quilteronfire.com.
October Guild Meeting
Our featured guest Cheryl Arkison presented Make Time to Play at our guild meeting on Wednesday October 27. What a treat!
Our first meeting of the 2021-2022 guild year was Wednesday September 22
Our accomplished, informative and entertaining guest speaker was Lise Bélanger http://en.libexpression.com
Read more about the meeting in the Blog.
Join our Guild for 2021-2022
If you are a quilter, or you are interested in any type of quilting - traditional, modern, or specialties such as thread painting, please consider joining our quilt guild.
Read more about becoming a member and the benefits of membership, and do check out this web site for information about past and present guild activities. See the Blog for highlights and photos from our meetings and much more. And read about our Challenges and Charity projects, and see photos of Show-and-Tell projects.
Our guild meetings will continue to be held remotely over Zoom during the fall and into the winter 2022 until the Covid-19 situation improves sufficiently for us to meet in person again. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation our membership fee for the September 2021-June 2022 season is at the reduced rate of $15.
You will receive a warm welcome to the Arnprior and District Quilters' Guild!
To join our guild click/tap here.
Summer Scrap Challenge
The 16 guild members who participated in this challenge each received a paper bag of scraps in late June, to which they could add 1.5 m of a background fabric, and sashing, binding, and backing of their choice. The guild is providing batting and optionally backing, for these projects, many of which will be donated to a charity for distribution to their clients.
The participants submitted photos of their completed projects by August 27 and the big reveal of all of the quilts to the participants was on a Zoom call on September 1.
What a fun way to pass these hot summer days!
Recent Guild Meetings
At our June meeting we welcomed a very unique and entertaining guest speaker, Joan Statz from Alberta. Check out her patterns on her web site Joan’s Own Creations
We welcomed back a longtime favourite guest at our guild, Patti Carey Catch up with Patti's latest patterns and news on her web site Patti's Patchwork.
At our April meeting Elizabeth DeCroos introduced us to Pojagi, a traditional Korean textile art. Read more from Elizabeth on her web site Epida Studio.
Karen Brown of Just Get It Done Quilts was our awesome guest speaker at our February guild meeting where she inspired us to become better quilters with lots of practical tips and a better understanding of recognizing our quilting strengths and weaknesses.
Our guild members have very generously made 46 Christmas-themed placemats for donation to local Meals-on-Wheels programs. Our members also made 100 festive fabric gift bags for a local food bank which will be filled with Christmas gifts.
Refer to our December newsletter for more information from our Charity team, and much more.
Our guild members have made 499 face masks for community members to wear when they're in the Arnprior & District Memorial Hospital for essential visits such as blood work, and for The Grove Nursing Home. Thank you to our guild members and others in our community who have dug into their fabric stashes, and overcome earlier elastic shortages to contribute face masks to these Arnprior Regional Health institutions.
Face mask instructions
Read about the amazing projects of individual members of our guild for other charitable causes in our May and June newsletters.
Thank you to our guild members who are sending in photos of their quilt projects to keep us inspired during this difficult time.
You can see the photos now in our Virtual Show & Tell gallery. Last updated September 7
Hang Out Your Quilts
Saturday March 21st was International Quilt Day and to celebrate, a quilter from Victoria BC asked quilters to hang their quilts outside that day. Our guild members were very happy to support this Canadian initiative, and we proudly hung out our quilts in our yards to brighten neighbourhoods in the Ottawa Valley.
Our January guild meeting featured tool and gadget demonstrations by 3 local quilt shop owners, the Blue Block Party blocks made by our members for future Charity projects and much more. See January 2020 Meeting Highlights on our Blog for more information and photos.
Quilts for our community
Lots was accomplished on our recent Charity project Sew Day where guild members got together to work on another of our Bethlehem Star quilts and "touch" quilts for local residents who are afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, and to cut fabric for our next charity block initiative.
And just before Christmas, Christmas stockings, gift bags and placemats were delivered to local charities, and our guild donated 2 Bethlehem Star quilts for local couch-surfing homeless youth.
Check out our Blog for more photos and information about these recent charitable activities, and read more about our Charity projects on our Charity page.
Our Quilt Show
Congratulations to Sharon Huffman whose beautiful Dance of the Dragonflies quilt won the Viewer’s Choice award and the CQA ribbon.
And congratulations to Ann Hunter for her stunning Christmas Wedding Sampler quilt which was awarded the guild ribbon.
The lucky winner of the stunning raffle quilt is Lianne Wojuk of Renfrew!
Our annual "challenge" projects were due at our March guild meeting and many of these projects were on display at our quilt show. This year's challenges were a modern quilt, silhouette, UFO, and a star block preemie quilt. More photos & information
Quilt Canada 2020 will be held in Edmonton, Alberta from June 18-20, 2020
Greek Island Hillside Workshop
The November 2018 retreat at Providence Point Retreat and Conference Centre near Lanark was enjoyed by all. More information and pictures
Sewing with Precision Workshop
The purpose of this October 30th workshop was to improve accuracy and was enjoyed by all participants. More information and pictures
Auction Quilt for Arnprior Hospital
Wednesday September 28