“Speed Date with Improv” Zoom Workshop

Last Wednesday, November 4, and Thursday, November 5, mornings we had fun creating improv blocks with Krista Hennebury. Using the Zoom platform Krista showed videos of her directions regarding each block and then provided support as we worked on each one. Zoom allowed us to include two people from Ontario: a quilter from Krista’s wait list, and, Lynda, a SQG member currently in Ontario.

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Members Teaching Members

The November 20 meeting was our traditional “Members Teaching Members” event, featuring presentations by five talented guild members.

We learned about new techniques and picked up lots of helpful tips, such as using wool pressing mats, how to pin intersecting seams, and achieving an accurate ¼-inch seam.

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May 2018 – Churn Dash Block

Congratulations to Lorna on winning the Pitcher Blocks.  I know she already has plans for them.  Thanks to Anne for showing her wheelchair quilts made with the Envelope Blocks!

Now that Quilt Canada has come and gone I hope you will have time to make the Churn Dash Block.  Please make the background white and the foreground a print in a saturated colour.  Just bring it to the June meeting for a chance to win all the blocks in the lotto!

 

I will not be presenting a new block in June but I will do blocks for September to November.

Happy Quilting, Marilyn

Jane Johnstone – Magical Miniature Quilts

IMG_3035_edited-1Jane Johnstone is a local quilter with a self-admitted consuming passion for making small quilts, and we were dazzled by her collection at our May meeting.  The smallest quilt looked to be somewhere around 6 inches by 8 inches in size.

She was introduced to miniature quilts through a course she took, and she was drawn into a world of colour and design, and ever-evolving ideas for new things to try with small pieces of fabric. Continue reading “Jane Johnstone – Magical Miniature Quilts”

Wonky Stars Workshop

What a fun day we had on April 25th with Dougal Walker in the Wonky Stars Workshop! Wonky Stars - Dougal Walker QuiltIt was a full house and many thanks to Barb M, Les O and Glenna W for making it happen.

The morning was spent sewing itty-bitty scraps and bigger leftover bits together to form the improv centres of our stars – no rulers allowed! By early afternoon, when the points of the stars were added, everyone had something colourful and unique to show for all the sewing. Along the way, lessons were learned in value and tone, and how to use asymmetry to infuse movement into patchwork.

After lunch, we were also treated to a surprise trunk show by Dougal… many quilts made from scraps that otherwise might have been thrown out. A clear lesson that, in fact, the more seemingly useless scraps you have, the more exciting your quilts may become!

Julie Plotniko – Popcorn Can Quilts

popcorn cans
popcorn cans

Julie Plotniko, Vancouver Island quilting instructor, gave her presentation called “Popcorn Can Quilts” at our March meeting.

As someone who makes their popcorn on the stove top in an old pressure cooker with a tin pie plate for a lid, I was unfamiliar with popcorn cans.  Julie, however, had amassed a collection of popcorn cans over the years as a result of providing snacks to many young people who billeted at her house.

The popcorn cans were often decorative, and she found another use for the empty cans – storing scraps of fabric.  Julie stores her scraps by colour, and they are often used for community quilts and quick-and-easy projects.

Julie’s presentation was full of ideas, tips and techniques for turning scraps into interesting quilts.

These are some of Julie’s quilts made with patterns suitable for scrappy projects – Chinese coins, four-patches, half-square triangles, log cabins, and other designs.

Our October Meeting – Creating with Scraps

Our October meeting was a busy one, and quilting with scraps seemed to be a common theme.  There were lots of ideas for creating something new out of scraps and keeping us stitching over the winter.

Anne gave a presentation about making watercolour quilts.  She has a clever system for storing small squares of fabric that are easy to access whenever the creative urge strikes.  She cuts pieces from fabric left over from projects and stores them in foil pans, which stack nicely.  She “paints” her quilt on her design wall, taking her time with the creative process.


Diane introduced us to a new project called “Mystery Scrap-it.”  Part 1 started out with an unconventional way of cutting fabric into scraps.  As Diane says, “this mystery project is to free your mind from conventional patterns and to try new techniques, embellishments and stretch the imagination.”

Eleanor talked about Canada’s Biggest Quilt Bee, initiated by the Canadian Quilters’ Association for Quilt Canada and Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.  Our guild will be making slab block quilts for Ronald McDonald House.  It was suggested that including some children’s fabric in these blocks would be a good idea.

CQA quilt bee
Eleanor’s slab blocks