January 2019 meetings

Evening
BQG’s development grant recipient Louise Charlton gave a very thorough recap of a course she took with Kimberly Einmo.
      • Kimberly has published several very nice books and other supplies
      • She is an enthusiastic teacher who is keen to pass along tips and tricks
      • Her quilts are eye catching and easy to do.

      Louise’s slide presentation was well done and she certainly spoke highly of Kimberly as a teacher.

      Day
      The regular January day guild meeting was followed by Outreach’s monthly sew-in day.  A production line was set up :  four boxes of our fabric stash were brought in, along with Dawn Baxter’s Accu-Quilt machine for quick cutting of the ever-popular tumbler shape.  Several new quilt patterns using this shape were also available, sparking creativity and conversation.   Dawn’s machine did yeoman service, cutting some 500 tumbler pieces.  We had intended to prepare kits, but something happened :  no sooner were the shapes cut than willing hands whisked them away to sew them together, and people waited in line to have their tumblers cut in their choice of fabric.  Good-natured trading of pieces in a wide variety of colours and fabrics went on for several hours – the more shapes cut, the more they were shared.   Youpee !  Outreach is already planning another session like this one – Roz Agulnik has an Accu-quilt machine as well and she has an excellent collection of cool dies with new shapes for us to try.  And the bonus ?  Our fabric stash has shrunk a bit, some dogs and cats will enjoy new beds filled with cotton scraps, new quilts in easy designs will be made for Outreach, and good fun was had by all !
      “Show & tell” was a hit, as always, at both meetings… In the photos below, Caitlyn and Sonya show off their mystery quilt progress and Annette shares a quilt she gave her mom for Christmas.
          

December 2018 meeting (party!) recaps

Evening meeting update:
The December meeting is always well attended as our members are known to bring in a fantastic array of appetizers and treats.

Andrea, Louise, Pat, Harriet, Claire, Nicole, Linda and Roz showcased a variety of tools used in their quilt making. Featured were die cutting machines both manual and electric, a scan and cut system, a wool ironing pad, embroidery machine, rotary mat cutting system, light boxes, machine quilting rulers, interlocking rotary mat, electric bobbin winder, circle attachment for the sewing machine.

The informal demo stations were well received and the evening was full of holiday cheer.

       

Day meeting update:
JOY was in the air! Our first project for this meeting was making JOY star pillows. Members worked hard to get the templates cut and painted on their pillows. Now our members have to finish their homework. They were also gifted two other kits to make a felt bird ornament and an angel.

After so much work, everyone was ready for a superb potluck luncheon. Platters were varied and plentiful and the food was delicious.

Happy new year everyone!

November 2018 meeting recaps (day & evening!)

November programming at the guild can best be summed up as the month that Kathy Wylie (kathykwylie.com ) came to town: That is because she was the guest speaker at both the day & evening meetings this month (!), on November 6 and 7.

Kathy has won numerous international awards in excellence including her most recent Best of Show in Paducah 2018. Kathy’s slide presentation and trunk show “Beauty Is All Around Us” featured Kathy’s quilts which are circular or radiating in nature. Her signature paper-cut applique quilts were examined. Kathy’s expertise in applique was breathtaking and her eagerness and ease in mentoring others to develop their own quilting expertise, made it a pleasure to learn from her.

In addition to Kathy’s work, we were treated to some fine quilt displays by our own members during Show & Tell at both meetings. Here are just a few samples of the ‘eye candy’ on display: