Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Building blocks to independence - December 2019 Meeting

Peta Hall visited our meeting to receive donations of quilt blocks to take to her project in Ghana - the Atoko Vocational Training Institute - so that the women attending the institute can learn to make their own quilt blocks and designs.

Peta gave us a brief outline of the history of the school/vocational training centre. Core subjects as well as vocations are taught at the school.

The age of students ranges from early teens to early 30’s. The goal is for the students to get training for themselves, and to then receive further education for their children. There have been two graduation groups so far from this school, and some have gone on to university or other further training. Although the project began on a small scale, it now has government‐paid staff and is sustainable.

Peta’s main interest is the women who are enrolled in the dressmaking stream. She wishes to encourage these women to expand their skills beyond dressmaking. All the women have a keen design and colour sense, and Peta is sure that if shown how, they can further their horizons. The next step is a four‐week workshop, starting small and simple, using strips, then squares and then moving on to more elaborate designs, then to make quilts - Dream Big Fibre Art is the offshoot. There is the desire to make this project self‐sustaining, with sales in the area, city hotels, gift shops, and online.

Our group was happy to be a part of this initiative!






Ideas for elves - November 2019 meeting

November's meeting was informative. Lyne Lusk brought ideas for relatively quick DIY Christmas gifts, or ornaments, or gift tags, while Sarah showed a couple of ideas for easy, kid‐friendly ornaments from Pinterest.

Anne Fales brought her silk log cabin‐based quilt for display. It is a work of art! Other interesting items brought in ranged from waxed produce wraps and bags to ornaments to “orange the world”.













Sunday, 24 November 2019

disappearing act ...

On November 16, 2019 members from both the Bay of Quinte Modern Quilt Guild and Prince Edward County Quilt Guild attended a workshop teaching variations of the Double Disappearing Nine-Patch block by BQMQG President Bill Stearman. Bill brought sample quilts using many of his variations of the block. Workshop participants received several of Bill's detailed patterns and his FABULOUS hand-dyed fabric in kits as part of their workshop fee.

Lyne Lusk offered coffee and tea, as well as treats for refreshment at the Ameliasburgh Town Hall, (meeting place of the BOMQG) and participants visited over their brown bag lunches.













Sunday, 27 October 2019

Guild challenge - A block-based wall hanging



Deadline:  February Meeting


The finished challenge pieces will be a guild special presentation in the Prince Edward County Quilters Guild Quilt Show July 11 and 12, 2020, at the Community Centre in Wellington.


Guidelines for this challenge:

  • A block-based modern quilt, which has one universal block that repeats itself. 
  • It can change size or colour in the setting. 
  • It can be set any way the maker likes, except in a traditional setting.
  • It can have a border.
  • It may not have a border.
  • It can be asymmetrically set.
  • It can be cropped.
  • It can be made in solid colours.
  • It can be made with batiks.
  • It can be made with bright, modern fabrics.
  • You can make it any size, as long as it is at least 30” X 30”, maximum perimeter 160”.

November 16th - Workshop - Double Disappearing 9-Patch Variations

This is an all day (6 hour) workshop for up to 24 participants, taking place at our meeting place in Ameliasburg on November 16, 2019. The instructor is our President Bill Stearman. It will be a FUN, INSPIRATIONAL and INFORMATIVE day!!!
 

In the morning (3 hours), we will look at examples of  four DD9P block variations ... Traditional, Transitioning to Modern, Modern, and Improv.  
 
Participants will learn how to construct the block, and receive useful tips, and  a full colour pattern for construction of the block. 
 
All fabric for construction of four sample blocks, is supplied by the instructor. These sample blocks will be suitable for use as a cushion cover (15" square).
 
In the afternoon (3 hours),  participants will continue working on the four block variations, with a particular focus on the Improv variation. 
 
MATERIALS LIST for DD9P Variations Workshop

Please Bring:
  • a sewing machine in working order, your favorite ¼'' piecing foot and the machine’s users’ manual
  • an iron and ironing pad, if ironing stations are not provided
  • your usual sewing supplies, including a seam ripper, spare needles, neutral coloured thread, pins (optional)
  • rotary cutter, a spare blade, assorted rulers (8, 9 or 12” square, 6” straight ruler), cutting mat
  • a simple design wall

Provided by the Instructor:
  • precut fabric to make single blocks, suitable to use as cushion covers, for each of the four variations
  • an illustrated handout demonstrating each block variation, with detailed instructions and pointers
  • a pattern for a quilt using one of the variations
 
There is a fee for the workshop, and a separate for the workshop kit. Please contact Lyne Lusk for more information or to register.

BOQMQG's first annual retreat

Thank you to member Pat for organizing our first annual quilting retreat at Inspired Getaways in Waba, Ontario from 8-10 October, 2019. Friendships were deepened, creative juices flowed, and tummies were filled with delicious meals prepared by retreat building owner Karine Chapleau.

Inspired Getaways is a lovely old home converted into a quilter's dream retreat building with cutting tables, rulers, storage, comfortable accommodations and yummy meals - all with quilters in mind.

A number of our members attended this fun-filled and creative event and are looking forward to our next quilting retreat or event.





Friday, 5 January 2018

November Meeting


Lyne's work in progress! We won't ask her how long it's been in progress, but she is pumped with enthusiasm to finish the wonderful quilt!


Cynthia's Latest.  This woman has an innovative masterpiece for every meeting.  Her enthusiasm is contagious. 


New member Audrey, shared her wonderful convergence quilt.  Quite beautiful!


Bethany shared a Charity Quilt being made by an international group of modern quilters who she is working with.  It will be displayed, and sold at QuiltCon 2018. It is a stunning piece!



Sarah shared two quilts.  The first is wonderfully bright and beautifully appliqued!
The second is a poppy started in a class with Elaine Quehl.  Lovely!


Greta shared her beautiful African fabric quilt.  It is such a rich and original quilt.  Thanks for sharing! 


Bill shared his quilt about 'change'.  All of the fabric is dyed by Bill using Indigo or rust,

October Meeting


Gold and silver ... shared by Barb.  Can't wait to see what it becomes!


Joan's FABULOUS quilt! 


Great's gorgeous silks!


Pat's very cool Christmas Tree Quilt!




Deelia's wonderful Canada 150 quilt.  Both front and back are beautiful!


Penny's very cool pillow.  Lots of great applique!


Yet another beautiful and clever quilt from Cynthia!