A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words

There are 37 photos to come from our September meeting, so based on how many words they’re worth, I’ll keep the actual words to a minimum. We had a very busy meeting in September! We wasted no time and jumped off by showcasing our travelling quilt starting blocks. There are 11 members participating in this exercise, and these are the initial blocks:

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It will be exciting to see what these blocks become when the quilt tops get back to their original stitcher!

This meeting was extra special because it was the day of our mini swap! This was a secret swap, so all of us were surprised with lovely mini’s! The expressions in these photos are priceless!

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So much talent being shared among the SMQG! What beautiful mini’s!!

The Sunday tutorial was on using the Quick Curve Ruler. I provided a brief demo on how to use the ruler (although I’ve been told that I cut backwards!) and talked about how to play with the curved pieces for different effects.

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The challenge due for this meeting was to incorporate value into a project. Challenge accepted and completed!

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And last but not least, show and tell! I was so busy ooh’ing and aaah’ing over the pieces shown that I forgot to snap photos of them all! But I did manage to catch a few for your enjoyment!

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Our next informal meeting is Wednesday October 8th at 7 pm. Members should have received an email with the address included. Please email us if you did not receive one. Join us on Sunday October 26th at 2:00 for the next formal meeting, downstairs in Periwinkle Quilting’s studio. We will be passing on our travelling quilts that day, so please remember your project! The challenge due for this meeting is to find inspiration in an unlikely source and make anything! Preferably quilted ;). And as always, please bring your projects for show and tell. We do love to be inspired by you and to admire your work!

See you at the next meeting!

Inspired by Summer – August meeting recap

Although it was officially summer (and still is for another 17 days!), the rain and cool temperatures on our meeting day sure was a taste of fall! What better to do on a rainy day than hang out with quilty friends? We welcomed a few new faces, and faces of friends who we hadn’t seen a while. A full house! Thanks to all who made it!

The challenge for August was to make something with a new interfacing or batting that you hadn’t tried before. Back in June, Michelle of Periwinkle Quilting (where we hold our Sunday meetings) gave us a fantastic presentation on all of the different interfacing and batting that she carries in the store! She made a binder with tabs to organize and samples to check out. Next time you are in the store, be sure to check out the binder! Everyone was mesmerized by the talent of our guild members, so a few items were missed in photography. Carly made a very fashionable vest, and Lisa put together a gorgeous Super Tote. Jaclyn made this adorable little basket with tiny pattern weights for our new friend in Edmonton.
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Patti made a Weekender! (And owes a few dollars to the swear jar!)

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And I made this diaper clutch for my newest nephew, Sawyer. (Don’t worry, the rotary cutter will come out before I give it away).

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On to the show and tell! I missed the July meeting where the make modern borders challenge was due, so I brought that challenge piece to show (although I held it upside down)!

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I also brought Sawyer’s quilt and a mini that I made for the same Edmonton friend (it was her birthday).

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Patti showed off this magnificent quilt made with HRT’s!

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Lisa’s Glimma quilt; still one of my favourite fabric lines!

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Flo shared this quilt top with us – what a great piece!

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Michelle showed us a lovely alphabet quilt.

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Bev brought another masterpiece to share!

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And our other Patty brought in a magnificent top she’s been working on!

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Our presentation for the month was delivered by the ever talented Ms. Carly, our resident teacher! She’s opened our eyes to exploring the world around us and finding quilt design inspiration in the most unlikely of places!

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She also came across this peculiar little bug…

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…. and was inspired to make this!

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Our next informal meeting will be held on Wednesday September 10, location TBD. September’s meeting is on Sunday the 28th, 2:00 in the downstairs studio of Periwinkle. It’ll be a busy one! We have our secret mini swaps to reveal. The challenge due is to use value in a piece, following Jaclyn’s July presentation. And we will be starting our traveling quilts this month. So be sure to bring your starting block if you’d like to be included in the fun!!

Members, watch your email for the location of Wednesday’s meeting, and we hope to see you all at our next Sunday meeting! Bring a friend! And we’ll bring more chairs!!

Cheers!
Sheila