March meeting recap

My very greatest apologies for not posting the February meeting recap in time. That’s a first for me, and hopefully a last!


Helen opened the meeting shortly after 7 pm.

Community and Challenge quilts – Jean

Jean updated us on the progress of the Canada birthday quilts. She later had a photo taken of the several completed quilts. She also let us know that 30 house blocks had been sent to Montreal. It seems as though many Guild members are frantically completing UFO’s as the deadline is approaching. There were several completions show in Show and Tell. Jean also showed a sample of the Polaroid block for the upcoming Block Lotto. Details have been posted on our Facebook page.

Membership

Barb announced that we had 38 members in attendance and two new members had joined.

Workshops

Jean reminded us of the upcoming Paul Krampitz wedge ruler workshop on May 13th. There was a reminder that you must have a 10 degree wedge ruler, but that if you let us know, you can purchase one from him. He will also be doing a Trunk show on May 11th. Again further details are on our Facebook page.

CreativFestival

Two weeks to go! Courtney collected quilts for the challenge and display.

It was a FANTASTIC show! Great job, everyone!

Jean’s Tips and Tricks

Topics covered:

* Ensuring accuracy for your 1/4 inch foot. To test you should sew three 2″ strips together vertically, press well and measure horizontally. If your measurement is exactly 5 inches, then your foot is accurate. If it is short, then your seam allowance is too big and vice versa. To solve your problem, you need to move your needle.

* She also demonstrated the importance of using the same weight of thread in a project. It was also pointed out that you must be consistent in a project with either pressing your seams open or to one side.

* She talked about cutting straight up and down with your rotary cutter and to stand directly in front of your fabric and to line up your cutter with your hip. It is also important to sit directly in front of your sewing machine and to line up your nose with your needle.

* She demonstrated how to add 8 layers of Washi tape along the diagonal of your square ruler to make your own BlocLoc ruler. Washi tape is widely available.

* Jean demonstrated how to square up and block a quilt. Lots of interest was shown for laser levels to use to cut finished tops ready for binding.

* Lots of questions were asked and answered. The importance of maintaining good habits for accuracy was the message we were treated to.

50-50 Draw

Door Prizes

Meeting closed at 8:45

January meeting recap

Helen, our president, opened the meeting at 7 pm.

Quiltcon – Helen

Lysa, one of our founding members, has had her ‘Say Anything’ quilt accepted for display at Quiltcon. This is the annual convention of the Modern Quilt Guild. They are very selective about what is chosen for display. Quiltcon offers classes, displays, and a quilt show every year. This year it’s in Savannah, Georgia. Lysa has posted a photo of ‘Say Anything’ to the guild Facebook page.

Community Quilts – Jean

Thanks to everyone who turned in their blocks for the Big Canadian Quilt Bee. We sewed together Jan 21 at University of the Fraser Valley to make more. Any style of block was welcome – modern or traditional – they will all be used.

Canadian Quilters Association needs a volunteer in the Fraser  Valley to gather the quilts from the Bee and deliver then after the show which is late this summer. Please speak to Jean if you can help (someone has volunteered – thank you!).

Upcoming Events – Laura

February 4 – Coffee Klatch was cancelled, but keep your eye on the Facebook Group in case something else is planned!

February 25 – Sew-in at University of the Fraser Valley, Room A259.

March Meeting – Our own Jean is presenting quilting tips & tricks.

April Meeting – Our own Carlie McChesney will present a trunk show of her art quilts.

May Meeting – Paul Krampitz from Vancouver Modern is doing a trunk show and will teach his Wedge Quilt class.

Katie Pederson Trunk Show Feb 10

Tickets are free for guild members, $10 for non-members. We will be selling them at the door but there is a 100-person limit.

Membership Update – Barb

36 members in attendance tonight with one guest – Stacey.

Swaps & Challenges – Jean

We are working on setting up a swap with another modern guild. We are also starting a challenge for unfinished projects. Jean will set up a Facebook page for people to post photos as their challenge entries. You will have 3 months to finish. Every project you finish will be one entry into the prize draw.

Creative Festival – Courtney

We will need final sizes of your show quilts for the February 9 meeting. Please have the flimsy done by Feb 9 and we will ask you to post a photo and the size. We will collect the finished quilts at the March 9 meeting. The February meeting will focus on Creative Festival scheduling and volunteer sign up. If you are putting a quilt into the display, you will be expected to volunteer for at least one shift at the show. Plus volunteers get in free.

Show & Tell

We really encourage our guild members to bring their projects, finished or not, to share at Show & Tell. It’s a great way to ask for feedback or help if you are stuck on something. The positive atmosphere at the meetings makes it easy to share and we all draw inspiration from each other! We want to see what you are doing!

Destash

An amazing variety of fabric destashed this year. Everyone went home with something new and fun – we look forward to seeing your projects!

 

 

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December meeting recap

(Thanks for the notes, Hedda!) Helen called the meeting to order at 7:05. This was more of a challenge than usual since many of us were eager to start the ‘Christmas  Party’ part of the meeting. Community Quilts – Jean Quilting Bee January 21, 2017. Please watch the Facebook page for more information. We will […]

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November meeting recap

Helen, the president, opened the meeting at 7:05 pm. She is back from Italy! Announcements Phyllis (vice-president and Creative Stitches committee chair) is moving to Iqaluit in January. We need someone to take over as vice-president. For more info please speak to Phyllis or Helen. Upcoming Events – Laura We are still accepted registrations for […]

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