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

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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.

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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 ( 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.

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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.

November 3, 2018 – Guild meeting

As you may all be aware, if you got Beth’s email, the guild meeting for November has been moved up 1 week. It is November 3, 2018 at the usual time, 9:30 a.m. Thank you Beth for getting that out there.

silk ribbon         ribbon embroidery

This month’s workshop is silk ribbon and yo-yos. Come prepared to be amazed at how these 2 techniques can change the look of your quilting project. Keep in mind the challenge for the year. Keep your hands busy with slow stitching.

quilting yo-yos                     yo-yo picture

Bring in projects, big or small, that you’ve been working on for Show and Tell. Inspire others and take a bow for how creative you truly are.

Come prepared to sew in the afternoon. Get to know your fellow guild members and build new and lasting friendships as you sew.

Set-up and clean-up crew:

Linda B, Kathy K, Kelly B, and Kevin G                 coffee-tea_2

As usual please remember to bring cream/milk for coffee and tea.


See you all soon!

Wanted: Used Sewing Machine

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If anyone has a used sewing machine from days gone by that is still kicking around in your sewing room and you would like to send it on its way, I have a new sewing friend – a young mom – who would love to have it. Maybe you’ve upgraded and never got rid of your first sewing machine, or you know someone else who has. She is willing to pay $100 for it. But please ensure it has all the parts and is in working order. If you have one, please let Beth know by email or on Saturday at guild.

Updates for meeting Oct 13, 2018

Hello everyone,

Pardon the double blog today.

Set up and clean up crew for October are:

Chris B; Donna G; Gwynneth R; and Maxine O.

Fabric Sale at Guild:fabric stack

Please see message below from Chris B.

Hello Ladies,

A dear friend recently approached me to take on a quilt fabric dispersal for her and of course I agreed!  There are about 10 bins full, all neatly Folded in one metre cuts, Moda, Northcott etc. a lovely selection that includes some batiks, fossil ferns, Asians and mixed fabrics.  Something for every palette I’m sure.

Beth has given me permission to bring them to the meeting on Saturday so I thought I would give you a heads up about the sale so that you can raid your piggy banks etc. and come prepared to be tempted!   The cost will be $5.00/metre.   There are also some larger cuts suitable for borders,

Backs etc.   The bins are also reasonably colour coded and the fabrics standing on end so that each can be seen very nicely.

I have heard the expression “fabric addict” but never imagined it looked like this!!

Looking forward to seeing you next weekend.

Sincerely,  Chris


October Thankfulness Abounds

Autumn leaves

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


An exciting program was revealed in September for this Guild year. With the pace of the world getting ever faster, it’s nice to know that it’s okay to slow down and do things by hand to enhance or give us a new challenge to our usual quilting. The theme this year is “A Year in Stitches”. Click on this link to see the full program for workshops and Guild meetings. Program FNQG 2018-2019

Just so you don’t forget, there are a few dates that have been adjusted from our usual schedule of the 2nd Saturday of the month. Here’s the Fall Schedule as we know it for now.:

  • October 13, 2018
  • November 3, 2018
  • December 8, 2018

Each meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. Please do your best to be prompt ad on time as some of the workshops need every minute of ti allotted. Also, don’t forget your show and tell. This is a high point for many as it inspires all of us to keep at it and finish our own projects.

The workshop this month is a Hand Stitching Symposium.  Everyone will get their kit for the year that contains a hoop and other assorted items you’d for the workshops. If you can’t be present in October connect with someone who will be there and have them pick up your kit for you. The kits will not be available after this month’s guild meeting.

The schedule for the meeting on the 13th is:

  • Hand Quilting Symposium
  • Show and Tell
  • Sew in the Afternoon (for any and all who wish to stay) – build community and get to know your fellow quilters

The set-up & clean-up crew will be posted as soon as it’s received. Remember to bring cream for coffee &

 Comfort Quilts

Brief review of Comfort Quilt measurements for those working on any of these:

Organization Quilt Dimensions requested
Foothills Hospital Adolescent               Mental Health Units 52″ x 72″  and a few 60″ x 80″


Inn From the Cold 52″ x 72″ and Baby


Quilts from the Heart (Sheldon Kennedy) 52″ x 72″


A.L.S. Society 42″ x 54″


Neonatal 24″ x 36″ (all cotton)


Victoria Quilts 60″ x 80″ (must be exact size)


Quilts of Valour 60″ x 80″


Be Brave Ranch, Sherwood Park               (for sexually abused young people) 60″ x 80″


Comfort Quilts from Guild to ad hoc needs that come up no specific measurements but lap quilt size works well