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

June Luncheon

With summer just around the corner, members gathered for food and fun at our June meeting, bringing pot luck dishes and quilts to show.  Diane and her committee put together an entertaining program of games and prizes.  Many hands were busy setting up the room and running the kitchen.

Competition in the games was intense as there were chances to win collections of pretty fabrics or spots near the head of the line at the buffet tables.  Several members won door prizes or colourful plants.  Diane and Marilyn won the draw for the UFO Challenge, and Sonia’s quilt was voted Favourite Garden Quilt.

Diane introduced the Modern Mystery Quilt Challenge which will run for several months, involves six lessons in installments, and possible fabric buying.

See Show and Tell photos from this meeting here.