Fourth Meeting of the FVMQG December 16, 2010

Our fourth meeting held December 16, 2010 at Quilt Essentials with 17 members in attendance!
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Wow! What a great meeting we had on Thursday, December 16, 2010! 17 members were in attendance, decked out in their finest comfy jammies and sewing wear!
We started the meeting with a fun show & tell, lots of great holiday projects and challenge tree block projects were shared.

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After a hot chocolate and goodies break, (big thanks to everyone who brought some delicious treats to share!) we got into our sewing project of a Disappearing 9-patch. Everyone brought at least one pre-sewn 9 patch block and Theresa demonstrated how to slice them and re-arrange them into a new quilt top, that looks much more complicated than it is and makes a great quilt top layout! We arranged the blocks into 4 separate tops, and we quickly ran out of time to do the actual sewing but 4 members volunteered to bring the sorted and labelled (thanks to everyone who helped design, layout and sort and sew the blocks) piles of blocks home and stitch them into tops to be brought back to the next meeting- thanks to all who are sewing! Member Nancy so generously offered to quilt them- thank you!
The quilts will be going to the Jean Petty Legacy Home in Kenya, Cynthia will be in touch with the coordinator to get some details on when we can ship our quilts to them- most likely spring time in the New Year. Also she will be sending photos of our quilts to the organizer as they are done and will report back with comments from their side. Member Michelle finished the first donation quilt and it is beautiful and she did an amazing job on finishing and quilting it- a huge thank you to her for taking this on, and to everyone who helped to make it! It will be loved and appreciated by a small Kenyan child very soon.

We then awarded door prizes- huge thanks to everyone who donated a prize!- we had lots to give away making it a fun-filled holiday meeting! Then a group photo was taken and that concluded the meeting. (Insider’s joke, “Say “Poop!”)

We thought everyone could use a break after the holiday rush so no challenges were introduced this meeting but we will have some fun things coming up in the New Year including a Mystery Quilt project being coordinated with great help from member Nancy, scrap swaps, a new monthly Featured Member profile on our website, speakers and more! If you would like to coordinate a project, event, demo, tutorial, presentation, just let us know- you can email us, post your ideas in the ideas thread in the forums on the website or tell us about your idea at an upcoming meeting and we can help make it happen- the sky’s the limit!

We also wanted to send a huge thank you to Theresa and Quilt Essentials for being such a wonderful host to our group, we’re so thrilled to have her and her expert advice, generosity, and her keeping the store open for our meetings so we can indulge our fabric obsessions! THANK YOU Theresa!

Stay tuned and have a great Holiday season! Thank you for being such a great part of the group and we’ll look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Next meeting will be Thursday January 20, 2011.

Third meeting of the FVMQG Thursday, November 18, 2010

Our third meeting was held Thursday November 18th and we sewed a quilt top for charity. It was then assembled and quilted by member Michelle.
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The third meeting of the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild was held Thursday, November 18th, 7-9pm at Quilt Essentials, Abbotsford. There was a great turnout, 16 members joined us to share and sew!
You can check out the slide show of all of the meeting photos here.

We had a fun show and tell and saw everyone’s handmade nametags- including Theresa’s very clever “C” Cup!- and mug rug challenge pieces. As part of show & tell, ideas for the next meeting were discussed, and a thread has been started here if you have any suggestions you’d like to add.
Then we got on with the sewing!

Lysa coordinated a quilt top sew-a-long, and everyone joined in to fill the various tasks to complete a small quilt top! Thanks to Lysa for coordinating it and to everyone who participated and donated fabric scraps. And huge thanks to Michelle and Nancy who will be assembling and quilting our first group quilt! Members will be taking turns volunteering to assemble and quilt upcoming projects to help share the work evenly. Donations of fabric for blocks and batting are very welcome!

The quilts we make will be donated to charity, one of which is the Jean Petty Legacy Home near Nariobi, Kenya. You can find out more about the orphanage on their Facebook page here,
(full website coming shortly).
Their goal is to have children from infancy to young adulthood, and when the child leaves the orphanage, either by adoption or growing up, they will take their quilt they have been given with them as a reminder of their childhood. The orphanage also has a friend in Surrey who can coordinate shipping to Kenya at no cost to us, upcoming shipping date will be in the New Year, we’re still waiting to hear for a final date, more info to come as we get it.

After much laughter and sewing, “Out the door”prizes were awarded, a big huge thanks to everyone who donated a prize to the group!

Our next challenge was introduced, a quick Christmas Tree paper piecing block, that can then be used for placemats, table runners, small quilts, whatever you can dream up!

As a wrap up to the meeting, a group photo was taken and that concluded the meeting!

We’re looking forward to the next one- Thursday, December 16th, 2010, 7-9pm at Quilt Essentials, Abbotsford.
The theme is Holiday PJ Party, so you can come wearing your favourite comfy jammies (or comfy sewing wear!).
Feel free to bring treats to share with the group and out-the-door prizes if you’d like to donate.

We’ll be sewing a Disappearing 9 Patch quilt top, so you are asked to bring a pre-assembled 9 patch block as follows:
9- 5″ squares, sewn into a 9 patch block (3 squares across and 3 high for a total of 9 squares) with 1/4” seams.
Colours and fabric choices are up to you- keep in mind they’ll be going to children so any kid-friendly prints or colours will work well!

We will do the Disappearing 9 Patch block cutting and re-assembly into a quilt top at the meeting so just bring your 9 patch block already sewn & pressed.

Please RSVP via the site- more details will be posted shortly in regards to sewing, etc. If you’d like to volunteer as a sew-er for this project, just let us know!

If you have any questions or problems joining the site, please do let us know and we can help!

Also, feel free to post comments or start new discussions on the Forum page. To start a new thread/discussion/topic, click “Post message” on the right side of the screen. Cynthia & her husband Norm are working on a new site that will function much better than what we have now (the grou.ps hosting plans have changed so our current free plan isn’t working that well as far as editability- we’ll be moving the site to it’s own paid domain/hosting and into WordPress so it will be much easier to use for everyone).

We’re keeping online membership requests moderated- due to spam only. Everyone is welcome and the more the merrier! If you need help or don’t have internet access, please let us know and we can add you as a member to the site. We also have a Facebook group, linked via the main site, feel free to join & share with your friends!

On behalf of the group, we thank you for joining and participating, and look forward to our next meeting in December!
Happy sewing!

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