April 2018 meeting recap

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

  1. The quilt must be MODERN in design.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Clinton Modern has offered us a prize —  whoopie!
You will also be able to find these instructions on our blog, under the Challenge menu.

Block lotto

april 2018 lotto blocks.jpgThis 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's humboldt blocks.jpg

Wendy O brought a completed quilt top:

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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.

May meeting

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









May lotto block

What are days of freezing rain good for? Staying home and working on your lotto blocks! Here’s the May pattern, from Johanna:

May’s block lotto is a departure from my usual scrappy and jewel tones. (Sorry if anyone is tired with that!) Blue and yellow is a classic colour combination, but it can also be modern. This month we’ll be making the popular #xplusblock. Here’s a good tutorial:


Pick two blue fabrics, one yellow and for the background a low-volume or white on white print. Mix up the blues and yellow however you like for the X or plus.
– Johanna
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Next Meeting: April 12

Our next meeting will be Thursday, April 12 at 7pm, at Bloomingdale United Church. Lisa J. will be our meeting leader, and will be issuing us a challenge! Lisa will show some challenge quilts she has made in past, and then lead a discussion for us to set a challenge for ourselves. Sounds like a fun night!

Don’t forget to bring your lotto blocks, show and tell, and any completed charity quilts for our Ronald McDonald House project. See you then!

March meeting recap

Thanks to Johanna for this meeting recap!

Meeting leader Wendy told us about her trips to Guatemala to teach sewing and quilting to the women in a small mountain community there, where a missionary group is also helping to build a hospital. Quilts made by the women are donated to the hospital.

After her talk, we got busy cutting 6″ squares that will be sent there this summer for the women to use in their sewing projects. The fabric that didn’t get cut up was also sent along with Wendy – two overflowing bags!

For the month’s block lotto, people brought in a lovely collection of the spring-inspired blocks. The lucky winner was Johanna, who was quite keen to keep them this time. Next month’s block was also revealed.

Audrey brought in a package of Collecting Threads house thread in various shades of grey and drew names for the winners. Jennifer said that’s the brand she uses for quilting, and the American company gets the orders across the border and ships by Canada Post for a reasonable fee.

Audrey suggested that our Quilt Con quilt be donated to a local crown ward who is going off to university or college, and also kindly offered to include the Libs Elliott pillow she won in Johanna’s last charity pillow auction.

She also put out the idea of people donating items to a raffle that will be held over the next meetings leading to the summer break to benefit the guild. Johanna donated a quilted pillow inspired by the snowflake block in a previous lotto. Tickets will be $2 each or three for $5. So bring some change to the next meetings. The draw was proposed to be held in June.

Thanks again, Wendy O., for coordinating our March meeting! The next meeting will be April 12th, and Lisa J. will be our meeting leader. If anyone has photos from the March meeting that they’d like to share here on our blog, please send them along and I will post them!

– Tamara

April block lotto

Johanna’s ready to inspire you with another beautiful block lotto challenge:

This month is a nifty block called Pineapple Blossom by Bonnie K. Hunter, a.k.a. Quiltville (IG – quiltville_bonnie).

We’ll be using the original cutting directions for the 9″ block here:

The colour inspiration is from this fabric called It’s a Plus by Rashida Coleman-Hale:
block lotto inspiration fabric
Pick the block accent from the “plus” colours: teal, mint, fuchsia, olive, and two shades of purple.
For the two background fabrics on opposite sides of the accent colour, please use low-volume prints in white/very light grey, and dark grey prints.
2 blocks
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March 8 meeting: update

Quick update: at this Thursday’s meeting, Wendy O. will be talking to us about her work teaching sewing in Guatemala. She has asked members to bring scrap fabric from which 6″ squares will be cut — this will be for donation to Guatemala.

A couple of bags of donated fabric will be available at the meeting for cutting up, if you don’t have anything suitable to bring.

See you Thursday!