Thursday, 28 January 2016

Announcements from January meeting

Various notes about events and sales and stuff!

Seaside Fabricrafts was mentioned as a semi-local online supplier.

Susan Purney Mark has a show hanging until Feb. 2nd

Natalie showed her DNA quilt, made for the Bias Tape challenge as part of the Mighty Lucky Club. It's an online by-subscription class offered by Lucky Spool. Info is HERE.

UPDATE for the sew-ins: The Friday, January 29th, 7-10 at Cloth Castle has been cancelled due to low interest – boo! But the Saturday, February 13th, 12:30-4:30 at Sawyer's Sewing Centre is going ahead! Drop-in if you like (and bring a friend!) or drop us an email to say you're coming.

Lost and found items: shoot us an email if they're yours.
from the December meeting
From the January meeting

The election results are in!

This was the first time we've ever had proper elections and we are so thrilled that people were interested in taking on jobs for the guild. A big thank you to Kari our secretary who kept things organized and ticking along nicely. Thank you to those who stood for nomination. Thanks to our guests who counted ballots. Thanks to the members who came, stayed, and voted. 

The 2016 executive!
Back row, L-R: Heather (VP), Marg (Membership), Gabrielle (Creative Director), Kari (Secretary)
Front row, L-R: Nicole (President), Stacie (Treasurer)

Here are some faces you may have seen around:

Stacie (treasurer)

Kari (secretary)

Bryan (outgoing and fabulous Creative Director). Thanks for all the amazing blocks you've chosen for our block lottos Bryan!

Some guild members!

L-R: Daria (member at large and outgoing 50/50) and Diane (outgoing librarian)

Non-elected positions we have are:

front desk welcome personTerriTerri
coffeeMargaret/Pat satellite groupSarah, Lisa W. and satellite group
libraryKatieDiane B
door prize co-ordinatorDarleneLisa D.
social mediaBrietaChristine, Sarah

Thank you to all the lovely people who have done a job and are now stepping down.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

January show and share

Our January meeting was awesome of course. The quilts just get better each month (and so does the company!)

Nicole's mini quilt "Get to Know Me" - look how she blushes!

Natalie's DNA quilt, made for the January Bias Tape challenge for the Mighty Lucky Club

Natalie's finished "Value Plus" quilt from the Cheryl Arkison workshop

Detail of the hand quilting and the awesome tiger fabric

And the back, which is also awesome!

If Stacie looks grumpy about this quilt, it's because this one is to replace the quilt that was stolen from her grandmother's home. 

Ruth made a few pillowcases for a soon to be local Syrian family.

Gabrielle's finished quilt of slot canyons from Zion Nat'l Park. Quilt was started in the Cheryl Arkison "Improv with Intent" workshop.

Detail of the matchstick quilting.

Netta won the block lotto in November!

Back of Netta's. Do you know this fabric is now out of print but is super popular on-line? You can make some pretty serious cash if you've got some extra.....

Michele's lovely HST quilt.

Michele wants ideas and suggestions how to quilt it as this is her largest quilt ever. 

Danica made a duplicate of her buck's head quilt for a commission.

Back of Danica's

And Dawna made a supersized duplicate version of one of her quilts.

Back of Dawna's with her trademarked spiral quilting.

New member Linda with a small quilt.

Linda again, inspired by one of Cheryl's off centre loads of negative space baby quilt.

Judy made this table runner from work started at the Cheryl "Improv with Intent" workshop.

Sorry new member but we don't know your name yet! Nice flames though.

And the front of the quilt.

Lisa made this using her own fabrics in place of the ones that came in the kit she bought before she knew that "Parker" is going to be a boy. We hope he likes it as much as we do!
And then we moved on to elections but we'll cover that in another post.

Pat K. won the block lotto this month!
Thanks to the shop owners who donated prizes:

Sawyer's book - Michelle T.
Gala Fabrics gift certificate - Heather
Capital Iron charm pack - Pam V.
Satin Moon gift certificate - Anne D 

our guest prize of an MQG button and a notebook - Shelley E.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

January block lotto

This is the colour palette for the January block. PRINTS ARE AWESOME for this block but the BLACK MUST BE SOLID KONA BLACK.

Here are some prints in the colour palette to show you some possibilities. 

Supplies Needed:
Fabric A – four 5” squares and two 2.5" squares
Fabric B – four 5” squares and two 2.5" squares
Fabric C – four 5” squares and two 2.5" squares
Fabric D – four 5” squares and two 2.5" squares
prints are fine to use for these

Black Kona Cotton – four 2.5” x 5” rectangles and four 2.5” x 7” rectangles

NB: in the diagrams the white bits should actually be BLACK SOLID FABRIC!

  1. 1)  mark a line across the small squares from corner to corner on the wrong side of the fabric
  2. 2)  lay it out as shown in figure 1
figure 1
  1. 3)  place the small square on the white strips and “snowball' the corner so it looks like figure 2
figure 2
  1. 4)  sew the seams together to match figure 3
figure 3
  1. 5)  repeat with fabrics b-d 
  1. 6)  Do not sew the four finished blocks together 

finished block

Four finished mini blocks = one lotto ticket, so make four, make eight, make lots!

Meeting tonight!

We hope you can join us at our meeting tonight.

7pm, Scout Hall, 505 Marigold Ave. 

It's membership renewal time! 
(Click HERE for the on-line option and HERE to download a form to bring with you.)

And election time! And time to have fun!

See you tonight!

Sunday, 17 January 2016

It's election time!

And you want to help, right? Here's how!

At our January meeting (on Thursday, Jan. 21st) we will be having elections for our executive. Our executive steers the guild and makes the decisions (and it's lots of fun). 

Important note: some positions have a candidate standing for re-election. Other positions are empty. All positions can be challenged, either by putting your name forward now or from the floor at the meeting. 

Currently filled by
Jan 2016 – Jan 2017
Vice President
Jan 2016 – Jan 2018
Jan 2016 – Jan 2017
Jan 2016 – Jan 2018
Creative Director
Jan 2016 – Jan 2017
Jan 2016 – Jan 2018

Now if you want to help with a smaller, one-year commitment, these areas need a co-ordinator:
  • coffee lady
  • library
  • door prizes
  • social media
  • merchandise boutique
  • programs and workshops
  • 50/50 tickets

If we have two people interested in one area that's fine too.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday. Be sure to renew your membership, either when you arrive or via paypal before Thursday. Forms are downloadable from HERE. Ignore this bit if you are in the July-June cycle, or if you got a membership for Christmas!

And please give a thought to contributing to making our guild even greater!

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

December pictures

Happy new year everyone! We're getting ready for our new year with membership renewals (come join us!) and elections (volunteer for something, it's lots of fun!) and planning (shh, it's a surprise!)

But first we've got pictures from our December Meeting Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice Social!

Gabrielle kicked things off with her modern/traditional Christmas lap quilt. She bought the house blocks and tree blocks and candy cane border fabric at the garage sale in November and whipped this up the week of the meeting.

Chris S. and a wonderful solids bag.
Christine showed some recent contributions to her Mito Quilts of Hope awareness/fundraiser drive.

The colour for Mitochondrial Disease awareness is green. If you would like to help in any way, we can put you in touch with Christine.

Sarah with another oversize block quilt!

Sarah showing a quilt she has been quilting for a friend. The friend's grandmother HAND-PIECED all of this, but never finished it. Hurray for Sarah, and look how current the colours look.

Bethany with a quilt for family in Alberta.

And the back! If you have leftovers of the b+w fabric, we hear Nicole would be happy to help you out.

Guest Katie, with a sweet baby quilt. Love the use of larger pieces!

And now it's time for a warm fuzzy story! Once upon a time, in the far-away land of the Saanich peninsula, there were some friends who had fun sewing together. Their names were Kim, Pam, Gayle, and Tracy. There was also Lisa, even though she lived in far away Cadboro Bay.

This group of friends had seen a quilt last year and liked the quilt and the idea behind it sooooo much, they decided to make their own version. And they all wanted one. So they hatched a plan! First was to make a special quilt of a different sort for Lisa. 

Lisa and Kim
Lisa's quilt! It has stars of David, dreidels, the menorah 

candles, jugs for the oil, gelt, and more!
back of Lisa's quilt!

Then the group made the rest of the quilts. They all had to make several different rows and they had to make four copies of each row. That way there would be enough rows for all the quilts. The friends used all their Christmas fabric, ugly or not. They each came up with their own designs for the rows. 

Kim's quilt!

Pam's quilt!

Gaye's quilt!

Tracy's quilt!
And the friends lived happily, and warmly, ever after. 

PS Join a satellite group; they are a great way to make friends.

Nicole's last minute advent calendar for her kids.

Kate's very cheerful stacked coins quilt.

Back of the quilt

The social part of the evening! Thanks to everyone for all the tasty food.

Not pictured is our mini-mini swap. The quilts were tiny and the swap participants were thrilled.

The full grouping of quilts. L-R is Pam, Gaye, Kim, Tracy, Lisa

Well done everyone. Here's to another year, even better than the last one. See you at our meeting next week.