Thank you to Lisa J (aka Lisa 2), for leading our April meeting. Lisa’s idea was for us to brainstorm about a quilt challenge for our guild. She explained that a challenge is an invitation for each participant to make a quilts that meets certain requirements — the quilt might have to be a certain theme, incorporate specified fabrics, use a particular technique, or be of a certain size, etc. On completion, participants have fun comparing their quilts and seeing the different ways each person interpreted the challenge.
Wendy O, Lisa and Cyndy then showed some of the quilts they made for past challenges they were involved in. For example, here are their respective quilts for the challenge “Grey”.
After some discussion, our guild members decided on a “Shweshwe Challenge”. Shweshwe, a patterned fabric from South Africa, is not a fabric that springs to mind when we think of Modern Quilting — the challenge is to incorporate this interesting fabric into a modern quilt. Here are the parameters:
GRMQG 2018 Shweshwe Challenge
- The quilt must be MODERN in design.
- It must incorporate AT LEAST ONE PIECE OF SHWESHWE FABRIC, and it must be visible on the front side of the quilt. The shweshwe can be any colour.
- The quilt must NOT EXCEED 36″ ON ANY ONE SIDE. That is, the quilt can be no larger than 36″ square, and can be any shape.
- Challenge quilts must be FINISHED BY OUR OCTOBER 2018 MEETING.
Please DO NOT SHARE IMAGES OF YOUR QUILT ON SOCIAL MEDIA, and do not show it to other guild members, until after the October meeting. This is because we will be voting on our favourite quilt at the October meeting and it would be best if we went in to it without knowing who made what.
Bring your completed quilt to the October meeting in a bag and Cyndy and Lisa J will display them in the smaller room. Cyndy and Lisa J won’t vote.
This month’s Lotto Block winner was Erica — congratulations! Just a few blocks this month, but they certainly are pretty.
Instructions for the May block have already been posted.
Quilts for Humboldt
Many of you have seen the initiative on social media to make blocks/tops/quilts for those touched by the Humboldt Broncos tragedy. Here is the link to more information about what is needed, and the colours required (the team colours):
Wendy C brought some blocks that she made:
Wendy O brought a completed quilt top:
Some other members are also working on blocks. Lindsay suggested that we can bundle our efforts together and send them to Saskatchewan in one package. Those who wish to do this should bring their finished blocks (or tops or quilts) to the May meeting. Lindsay also suggested we could bring sewing machines to the May meeting, so that donated blocks can be sewn together into tops before sending. She will then look after sending the package from our guild, to arrive in Saskatchewan by May 18th.
Wendy C will be leading our May meeting. She will share some tips for binding quilts.
Members who want to work on blocks or tops for Humboldt are also welcome to bring their sewing machines, and sew during the meeting.
Show & Tell
Lisa M’s quilt for herself — front and back.
Liz’s quilt; Jen’s “Sewtopia” quilt; Erica’s quilted door sign for her daughter
Tamara showed her first attempts at long arm quilting. These are all charity quilts.
Celeste’s table runner; Celeste’s “Long Walk” tribute to Nelson Mandela; Cyndy’s quilt for a baby girl
Cyndy’s quilt made from Japanese fabrics; Wendy O’s “Purple isn’t my thing” quilt; Wendy O’s quilt in autumn colours