Hello July

A motto in my life is – any day touching or looking at quilting fabric is a good day. It’s even better when I am working with it. So, are you taking the steamy days of summer and keeping up your slow-stitching skills, or are you working through a pile of unfinished projects? We hope you’re keeping safe, and taking time to recharge as well as getting enough stitching time.

Below is a message from Chris B asked us to share with you all.

Hello Ladies,

A very dear friend of mine in Willow Park Village area has decided to sell her long-arm machine and I said I would contact as many quilters as I could in case you know of someone who might be interested in this amazing offer …….

Pfaff Grand Quilter l8.8

Fully computerized

Includes: frame, all software, programming, thread and tools

Purchased in 2013/14 and only has 20 hours of use (Joanne reckons at least half that time was spent just trying to figure out the computer part!!)

Asking price:  $5,000.00

Purchaser must be willing to dismantle long-arm from Joanne’s loft and reassemble in its new home.

Please contact Chris B and I will pass along your telephone number to Joanne.

Feel free to share this ad with anyone you think might be interested.  Thank you!


Have a great summer. See you in September.


Flying Needles Quilt Guild 2019 Year-end Meeting

Friday, May 3, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. (note new time)potluck

Potluck dinner


  • Slow Stitching for Something Small (S4)
  • Jolly Bar Challenge

Show ‘N Tell

Paper Bag Challenge

Set-up and Clean-up team: Carol B, Linda B, Dawn B, and Diane O


If you missed the April meeting you missed the opportunity to participate in the FNQG 2019-20 Planning survey that will provide direction and ideas for Guild themes and challenges. You can still take part in this survey by answering the questions and getting them back to Cheryl M and Janet M.

Apologies to the Ujama Grandma’s group – this blog wasn’t posted in time to advertise your annual fabric sale on April 27.

Heritage Park Quilt Festival – May 25 & 26

  • We’re still looking for volunteers to sit at our Guild table on Saturday and Sunday. Please talk to Mary if you can help out.
  • If you have any projects to display from our challenges last year please be sure to bring them this Friday night.

Chinook Country Quilters annual quilt show and tea June 23

April Guild meeting tomorrow!

Reminder For the Guild meeting on Saturday April 13, 2019

We’ll be finishing out our series on hand work. Beth will take us through the world of binding. Bring with you a small project that needs binding, your usual fabrics that you’d use for binding, and your hand sewing kit (needles, thimble, thread, small scissors, small ruler, etc.).

Set-up and Clean-up for April are: Judy K, Linda S, Sherrill H, and Felicity L.

Note From Janet M.

Hi Guild members,
Sarah is doing a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital through her Leadership class by collecting bottle depot items. Would it be ok if I asked the guild ladies to bring bottles on Sat? I would send you an email to forward to the group. It would be a huge help but also understand if you think it is not appropriate.


Spring is here – let’s sew!

Spring has sprung and we hope that the sunshine and warmer breezes have inspired you to get your projects done before our year end meeting in May. Keep on stitching and you’ll get there.

For the Guild meeting on Saturday, April 13, 2019, we’ll be finishing out our series on hand work. Beth will take us through the world of binding. Bring with you a small project that needs binding, your usual fabrics that you’d use for binding, and your hand sewing kit (needles, thimble, thread, small scissors, small ruler, etc.).coffee-tea_2

Set-up and Clean-up for April are: Judy K, Linda S, Sherrill H, and Felicity L.

There are only 5 weeks left before our year-end meeting in May.

Please note the May meeting will be Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Reminder of the challenges

Slow Stitching for Something Small (S4)

miniature-1Any small item incorporating the hand stitching techniques taught throughout the year. It can be a needle case, a small quilt, a pillow, or something else small. The definition for small in this challenge is that if you can cover your body (or parts of it) with your entry then it’s not small.

Jolly Bar Challenge

We had a few questions about the Jolly Bar challenge.  So here are the details from Cheryl.

A jolly bar is 5″ x 10″ but doesn’t have to stay that size and shape, this is the starting point.  On the internet you can see samples of jolly bar quilts that range from stars to other kind of blocks as well as just rectangles. The idea is to use a stash of Jolly Bars. if you use a layer cake and cut it in half you would have 40 different fabrics. Some layer cakes have repeats so there are not quite 40 fabrics in the line, so close to 40 is fine, but the idea is to use the whole layer cake cut into Jolly Bars.

For those who chose to take on an extra challenge there is also the

Paper Bag Challenge

brown bagThe completed project is to be returned at the May 3rd Friday night meeting.

Here’s the link to the full set of instructions for the paper bag challenge jan2019


March Guild Meeting – March 9, 2019

This month our theme is hand sewing. Beth will guide us in the art of sewing fabric together without the use of a ma sewing machine. Using a needle and thread we’ll learn how to put the striving of the world on hold, and find peace in sewing pieces of fabric together. This will take the form of a workshop so there are some supplies you’ll want to bring to get the most out of the demo/skill workshop. We’ll learn the basics of hand stitching blocks and how to deal with angles, points, and corners.


Fabric – 4 – 2 ½ inch squares     supplies for March guild meeting 1  (coordinate colours for a 4 patch block )

6 – 2 inch diamond shapes – to form a star shape (60 degree angle  – see photo) supplies for March guild meeting 2                                      (note: diamonds in image are slightly larger than 2 inches)

Sewing suppliessupplies for March guild meeting

needle, thread to match your fabric shapes, small scissors, small ruler, mechanical pencil, needle threading implement (if desired). (see photo)

Show and Tell

Bring your fabulous quilting projects, big and small, that you’ve been working on and inspire others.

Set – Up and Clean – Up crew: Pat S – looking for volunteers to help Pat as the others that were singed up for the month of March either can’t make it until 9:30 or are unable to come at all this month.

See you all on Saturday!

February Guild meeting

Hand Quilting

hand quilting3

It’s the February freeze and what better way to stay warm than with a quilt. Come learn all about hand quilting on February 9, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. Jan B will be giving a great demo/workshop on the ins and outs (or ups and downs) of hand quilting. hand quilting

Feel free to bring a small fabric sandwich (2 pieces of fabric with batting in the middle), a needle, thimble, thread, and a small pair of scissors to try out the techniques that will be demonstrated. Optional – a hoop as shown in photo.

Don’t forget to bring your Show and Tell. We’re all anxious to see what you’ve been working on. You can bring your machine, projects, and lunch and stay to sew for awhile. This is a great way to get to know your fellow guild members.

hand quilting2

Set up and Clean up crew this month: Kathy K, Maxine O, Mary D,  and Janet M. Reminder to bring cream/milk for the coffee and tea.

2018-2019 Guild Challenges

Renumber May is our final meeting this year. Only 4 months to complete your challenge entries. Challenges this year are:

Slow Stitching for something small – any small item that incorporates any of the hand techniques demonstrated throughout this year for example a needle case, pillow, small or mini quilt.

Jolly Bar Stash Challenge – any quilt size or design using a jolly bar (40 5″ x 10″ co coordinating fabrics) from your stash.

Paper bag challenge – for those who participated in the exchange paper bag challenge jan2019

missing link re paper bag challenge

Hello Everyone,

We forgot to include the link in our last post that gave the rest of the details about this challenge. Our sincerest apologies. Thank you to Cheryl and those who emailed for letting us know.

Here’s the link to the full set of instructions for the paper bag challenge jan2019 .

We hop to see many of you out this Friday night and all of you on Saturday morning.

Happy quilting!

Let’s start 2019 with fun and fabric

Guild Fun Night – January 11 6 p.m.

Come in your PJs for soup and buns at 6 pm after which, we will play Quiltictionary, followed by a screening of Little Women (because apparently there are some quilts in it!). Soup and buns will be provided but feel free to bring dessert and popcorn for the movie. If you have any dietary restrictions please e mail Jan (jan.marie2@icloud.com) ASAP so you won’t starve. See you then!

January Guild Meeting – January 12 9:30 a.m.

This month we’ll be learning about English Paper Piecing. This is a beautiful, relaxing way to bring hand sewing back into your repertoire and create some gorgeous quilt projects. You may want to bring your thimble, a needle, and a small pair of scissors to give this a try.

Don’t for get to bring your show and tell items. We’re all anxiously waiting to see what everyone’s been working on.

Consider staying to sew for the afternoon. This is a great time to compare techniques, get reinvigorated about your own project, and get to know your fellow guild members.

Set-up and Clean-up crew for this month:  Debbie M, Gail H, Shirley H, Cheryl P        creamPlease remember to bring cream/milk for the coffee/tea.

brown bag

Also for the January Guild meeting check out the

Paper Bag Challenge

Bags will be swapped at the Jan. 12, 2019 meeting and the completed project will be returned at the May 3rd Friday night meeting.

This is a SECRET swap.

To prepare: You need 4 fat quarters. On a card include your full name with three words that best describe you or your style.

Bring these items to the January meeting. Cheryl Mills will have a paper bag for your swap so that they are all the same. For more details on the challenge please click the link below.

Fabric sale: reminder that Sewing World is having their 40% off day on Saturday Jan 5 at the Fisher Rd location.

Sheep River Library is changing the quilts out again. If anyone would like to loan a quilt (large wall-hanging up to Double bed size) for 3 months, please bring it to the next guild meeting and give it to Jan.


Christmas Guild meeting – only3 days away!

Hurry, hurry, hurry…..

tis the season, rush, rush, hurry here, run there

We really hope that the above is not the case for you at this Christmas season. All the work, planning, and organization you bring to quilting can be transferred over to holiday preparation. Step by step, piece by piece, soon you’ll have a Christmas to remember

Reminder: Potluck this Saturday, December 8.

Bring your favourite holiday dish to the guild meeting. The meeting starts at the usual time (9:30)   Don’t forget your Show and tell.

Set-up and clean-up crew:

Mary D, Diane M, Cheryl M, Barb D, Potluck Committee


Gift Exchange items

Reminer that the gift exchanges items:

A. table topper/runner

B. Pillow

No dimensions were given for either so let your creativity guide you.  Participation is optional but we hope you’ll do at least one.  You can do one or the other or both if you wish

Merry Christmas to all!



Christmas Potluck approaching …. Only 23 days left!

An early reminder:

Christmas gift bags

Remember the Christmas gift exchange projects …

Table topper or runner – any shape or size as long as it fits onto a table         

Pillow – your choice as to size and style but this would be a great project to try out some of the new handwork techniques we’ve all been learning about this fall.

The December Guild meeting will be held on December 8th beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Things to bring with you:

  • your favourite dish to share for the potluck lunch
  • show and tell items –we all love to see what you’ve been working on, or hear anything that you’ve recently learned or heard about in the quilting world or in your own world
  • your gift exchange item or items (the gift exchange is voluntary). You may join in one or both gift exchanges as desired. This is a fun way to show off your skills and share your love of quilting and working with fabric while bringing the joy of Christmas to a fellow guild member.

Further details to follow.