Community Quilt Day – Pillowcases & More

Our Community Quilt Day on January 29 was attended by over twenty members. On a dark and rainy day, the church hall was a warm and friendly place to hang out and sew together.

Placemat kits were available and community quilts were sandwiched, but “Project Pillowcase” proved to be the theme of the day.

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Berene Campbell – Finding the Cracks of Light in the Darkness

Quote — “Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” — Leonard Cohen

Berene is a local quilt/fabric artist who presented a slide and trunk show to illustrate her journey in coping with anxiety. She guided us through her toolbox of attitudes and actions she used in her journey.

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Community Quilt Delivery

Early in October Les and Marilyn delivered the Hourglass Quilt to the Lynn Valley Legion Branch 114, 1630 Lynn valley Road, NV.  Diana Saboe was excited to receive the quilt and told us that it will be used as one of the prizes in a raffle to raise money in December for the hamper drive.  Thank you to all the members who contributed to the quilt.  We hope to get tickets on their raffle and have them available at the November meeting.

Diana mentioned that the Legion is open to everyone and is trying to build up a positive image in the community.  They do not yet have anyone to set up a website for them but their activities are listed in the Lynn Valley Events Calendar on the Lynn Valley Life website.

Sharing fabric in the community

We recently received a very generous donation of fabric from a lovely lady in North Vancouver. The quilting fabric will be used to make quilts for donation in the community (Community Quilts), but she was also trying to find a home for other types of fabric, including felt and velvet, buttons and craft supplies! With her permission, we were able to donate these to Lord Roberts school in downtown Vancouver, where a Grade 1 class put some of it to good use making hand puppets of their super heroes, which could be a real person or a fictional character. Their wonderfully creative teacher, Mrs Skibinski – also an avid quilter, by the way! – sent us some pics to show what her little Grade 1’s had come up with.


Community Quilts Day – Slab Quilts & More

IMG_1838Members met at the church hall on March 8 to make community quilts.  We cut, pieced, sandwiched and quilted, while swapping stories and sewing tips, truly testing our multi-tasking skills.

Several of the projects were slab block quilts for Canada’s Big Quilt Bee initiated by the Canadian Quilters’ Association to mark Canada’s 150th birthday this year.  The slab block quilts were fun to work with – so many different fabrics and colours coming together into playful, interesting layouts.  They will be given to Ronald McDonald Houses which provide accommodation for seriously ill children and their families when they must be away from home for their child’s major treatment.

Linda’s homemade soup was delicious, Les’s “long table” setup worked really well, and the beverage service to workstations was excellent.

Machine quilting with wavy lines seemed to catch on with several members, and spread – well, like a wave – through the hall.

Community Quilt Day March 2016

IMG_2358_edited-1It was a good day making community quilts.  Linda’s soup was heating on the stove for our lunch.  Les was busy keeping all of us busy.  Tea, coffee and treats were nearby.  Some of us won raffle prizes.

Sewing machines were humming, and many quilts were sandwiched.

We shared ideas about layering quilts, choosing colours, and other things (including Downton Abbey), as we created new and interesting quilts out of a diverse mix of fabric remnants and donations.

Community Quilt Day November 2015

Nineteen smiling members participated in Community Quilt Day.

A good number of quilts were finished, and quite a few unfinished ones got taken home by our members to be finished in their homes.

Lots of goodies as well.

All in all quite a successful day!  ANNE W.

Community Quilt Day March 2015

With the rain teeming outside, guild members gathered in our meeting hall to work on quilts for the community.  Sharing some time with fellow quilters was an enjoyable way to spend time, and cutting, stitching, designing, and other tasks kept everyone busy.  Many thanks to Yoskyl for producing custom-designed labels for our community quilts.  Thanks also to Les for organizing the day.

Barn Quilt Trails

While passing through northern Oregon last summer Lynn B and her husband noticed quilt blocks painted on barns!  Lynn discovered that the blocks are part of the Tillamook County Quilt Trails.  She brought back one brochure on quilt blocks on barns and another on quilt blocks on businesses in Tillamook.  Go to the website to find the Quilt Trail Map and the Walk our Blocks Quilt Trail Map.

Apparently there are approximately 3000 quilt blocks mounted on barns and business along quilt trails in the Eastern United States.  The closest one to Tillamook, in the U.S., is in Nebraska.

There are some barn quilt trails in Canada!  In 2011 Quiltercon, a blogger for Quilter’s Connection magazine, found the Southwest Ontario Barn Quilt Trails.  This summer she did a little Internet surfing and found one block near Princeton.  On further investigation she found more blocks on barns and you can read about her quest, see a few pictures, and find out the locations of the blocks on the Barn Quilt Post on the Quilter’s Connection Blog.