December Guild Potluck & Exchange


No Bah Humbug here…

December 9, 2017 Flying Needle Quilt Guild is celebrating Christmas and a successful Fall season of quilting. Come for a 9:30 start.

Show & Tell

Bring any projects you’ve been working on to show everyone how talented you are (and yes, each and everyone of you is talented!).

Our December guild meeting is early enough in the month that you can even show off things you need to ship away for Christmas.

Sharing your projects keeps everyone inspired and helps us get to know you better …. traditional, artsy, simple, or complex – all are wonderful to behold!

Gift Exchange

This year there were 2 options for gift exchange items:

table topper          table topper 1      table topper 2

tea cozy         tea cozy 1      tea cozy 2

You can participate in one or both exchanges (or none, but say it ain’t so).*

Important note about how to bring your exchange items to guild:

Christmas gift bags

  • bring each item in its own plain gift bag (no need for elaborate decorations)
  • be sure that you’ve included a label with your name, the year, the occasion the item was made for, and anything else you want to include
  • a tag will be provided when you come

The rest you’ll find out about when the exchange happens

PotluckChristmas Potluck

Don’t forget to bring your favourite potluck dish or concoction!  Everyone gets really hungry about this time of year.  Potluck items can be dropped off in the kitchen when you arrive.  Nothing says holiday like sharing a meal with a large group of like-minded people, whether they be family or quilting cohorts.

Set Up and Clean Up Crew

Mary D, Dianne M, Suzanne D.  If we could get a few more people to perhaps come early and help out that would be awesome!

For the scheduled crew: remember the milk/cram for the tea & coffee.



November Guild meeting

November 18, 2017

FNQG meeting has been changed to Nov 18 and will start at 1030.

  • Please wait until you see the previous group leave before entering the building.

What to bring…

Primary, Secondary and Tertiary colours

  • Your  colour wheel (from week 1)Colour Wheel Sept workshop
  • Paper scissors scissors
  • Magazines to cut up (2 or 3)
  • Glue Stickglue stick
  • Small cutting Matcutting mat
  • Small ruler

Set-up & Clean-up crew: Linda B, Kevin G, Janet M, and Janice W

A request was received to review what the responsibilities of set up & clean up are. These can be found int he meetings tab of the website but here is a reminder.

Set Up Information

If you are on Set Up here are some guidelines.  Remember you are expected to stay the majority of the day (till 4pm at the latest)

  • Please arrive at 8:45 a.m. (Nov 18, 2017 excluded)
  • Please make Coffee – Directions for making the coffee are on the side of the fridge and the access to the usable water is in the lower cupboard to the right of the sink (Don’t use the tap water, it won’t poison us, it just doesn’t taste very good.)
  • Please bring cream and milk for coffee and tea, and some snacks.
  • Put a table out in the main lobby and place name tags on it.  If possible position one of the group there as a greeter once people start arriving (name tags are in a plastic box in the cupboard directly behind the kitchen door).
  • Set up the tables for the sewing – The tables are located in the  closet off the area outside the kitchen.
  • Return the tables and chairs to their original position at the end of the day. – They should be returned to their original places at the conclusion of the day.
  • Do the Dishes at the end of the day – Dishes should be washed and put away and the coffee emptied before the church is locked up.


November 2017

Autumn leaves

November Notables

Remember that our November Guild meeting is moved back a week.

And you thought your clocks was the only thing we pushed back in November this year. 🙂

The FNQG will meet November 18, 2017 at 10:30.  Please don’t enter the building until you see the previous group leaving.

November Meeting agenda:

  • Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Colour Workshop
  • Show and Tell
    • those that went to Quilt Retreat don’t forget to show us what you accomplished  there
    • Those that didn’t attend Retreat we’d love to see what you’re working on
  • Sew in the afternoon

**Supply list for November meeting will be posted next week.**

Set-up & Clean-up crew: Linda B, Kevin G, Janet M, and Janice W

October’s workshop topic: Colour Transparency

Colour transparency Oct 2017

We discovered what happens to colours when you add white or when you add black. Sounds easy but it turned out to be a bit more challenging than we thought at first. Using the colour wheels we made in September really helped.

Alberta Quilt Study upcoming events

Our documentation day is Sunday, November 12th at the St  Andrews Heights Community Hall, Calgary.  Please contact me to set up an appointment if you have a quilt to be documented or if you would like to come and volunteer – no experience necessary – we would love to see you.

Our next Quilt-a-long will be held Monday, November 13th at the St Andrews Heights Community Hall.  Come and work on your own project – RSVP

We are very excited to present Sandra Sawatzky “The Black Gold Tapestry” at our membership meeting.RSVP by Friday, November 24th – guests are welcome.

  • Sunday, November 26, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Crowfoot Co-op Community Room – 35 Crowfoot Way N.W., Calgary, AB
  • 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ~ join the Board for a Sit and Sew, where you can work on a UFO, start something new, or just sit and get to know your fellow AB QSS members for a few hours
  • 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ~ enjoy a light lunch provided by AB QSS
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ~ Membership Meeting ~ Alberta Quilt Study Society is pleased to present…Sandra Sawatzsky! Join us and meet Sandra Sawatzky, Calgary artist and maker of The Black Gold Tapestry showing at Glenbow October 7, 2017 to May 2018. She will be giving a presentation on her work. The stunning hand-embroidered illustrative tapestry is an epic 220-feet long (about 2 city blocks) and tells the story of how oil impacted human civilizations around the world, from the beginning of time to present day. Sawatzky took a hiatus from filmmaking to spend nine years, researching, drawing, writing and embroidering her “film on cloth”.

Details are on the website

October Guild Meeting Oct 14, 2017

October Workshop details

Colour Wheel Sept workshopThe workshop this Saturday, October 14, will be led by Beth and Jan.

Please bring to the guild meeting the colour wheel you made in September.

You will also need:Quilting tools

  • an iron and ironing surface
  • extension cord
  • a Teflon sheet or parchment paper to protect the iron
  • fabric scissors
  • rotary cutter
  • mat and ruler

Bring your Show ‘N Tell items and Smiles. See you all bright and early at 9:30 a.m. ready to learn

Don’t forget – there is an opportunity to sew in the afternoon with friends and fellow guild members.  Bring your machine and any projects you’d like to work on.

Set up & Clean-up crew:

Nancy T, Denise L, Gwynneth R, and Chris B  – (Don’t forget to bring cream for coffee)


Comfort Quilt Dimensions

Hi Ladies,

Here is the information I promised at our September meeting –


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 50″ x 70″ (must be exact size) Updated


Quilts of Valour 60″ x 80″


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


Thank you very much for your interest in these organizations that do so much good for children and adults experiencing serious challenges and hardship in their lives.

If you have a finished quilt you would like to donate, I have contacts for all these agencies, and if you have a quilt top that you would like to donate, the Comfort Quilt Committee will certainly make sure it gets finished and passed on according to your wishes. Feel free to call or send me an e-mail if you have any questions.

Sincerely, Chris & the Comfort Quilt Gang!

Welcome October!

Hi everyone,

The beautiful colours of Autumn have popped our bright and vivid.  I hope you all have a chance to enjoy to crisp, cool air and, that we have some mild weather before winter truly sets in.

2017-18 Program

For those that didn’t get a paper copy of the program for the 2017/2018 FNQG year see the program cover 2017-18attachments below.  I’ll also try to post them in the program section so they will be quick and easy to find.  (Bear with me as I fugue this site out.  :))

FNQG 2017 Page 1

FNQG 2017 Page 2

Comfort Quilt Program

Your Comfort Quilt Committee met in Turner Valley recently and had a very lighthearted and productive exchange of ideas for the coming year.

Please be assured that we plan to remain very “low key” and there will be no expectations or targets set!  Each of you is invited to contribute in any way you can, if it works for your life.

We need donations of fabric, batting (50″ x 62″) and flannel/fireside/minky backing (50″ x 62″) in any colour and any theme.   We will be collecting and sorting at the October meeting.

Our emphasis will be to use fairly simple patterns while making sure the fabrics really work together in each kit so that we can produce quilts that are both very eye-appealing and uplifting to those who receive them.  Is there anything more powerful between human beings than one stranger making a quilt with love and care for someone they will likely never meet!  Comfort quilts do have impact in the lives of children and adults going through all manner of hardship and challenge.

The kits will come in two varieties …..

The first will have a pattern and all the fabrics cut to size ready for piecing.  The kit will include the batting and backing for that top and if you choose to finish the quilt completely that will be wonderful.  If not, please hand it back to us and we will find another member to layer, quilt and bind it.

The other kits will have a finished top and be available for any members willing to do the finishing steps.

And ……… if applying the binding really isn’t your thing, I’m sure we will have volunteers for that job too.

If you have a finished quilt you would like to donate, I have contacts for all the agencies listed in my previous e-mail.  If you have a quilt top you would like to donate, the Committee will certainly make sure it gets finished and passed on according to your wishes.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing you at the October meeting.

Chris and the Comfort Quilt Gang!

Autumn leaves


Next guild meeting is October 14.  Remember to be there promptly for 9:30 start.  Supply list will be posted next week.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow….

Rainbow colours

What a spectacular meeting on Saturday, September 9,2017 at Guild.

The program for this year is new, exciting and sure to be full of lots of learning and fun if this month’s meeting was any indication.  This year there will be more Workshops than Demos, a change in the order of the meetings and all kind of fun, new features.

Here is what we did at the workshop on Saturday.  Thank you Ana and Shirley H for directing and guiding us and big heartfelt thank you to the group that helped get all the kits together.  Wow!  What a lot of work, greatly appreciated by all. Here is a photo of what we did. Colour Wheel Sept workshop

If you missed this and would like to catch up, talk to Ana and Shirley H.  A few kits were left over for those that couldn’t make it.

The theme this year is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.  It is all about colour !  Full program will be uploaded soon.

Upcoming Events:

Bow River Quilters Quilt Show

Sept 29, 2017   10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sept 30, 2017   10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location:  Triwood Community Association, 2244 Chicoutini Drive NW

$8.00 entry

  • Refreshments
  • Silent Auction
  • Boutique


Alberta Quilt Study Society

Two events planned for September.

September 21 – Museum Visits

We have the opportunity to see all the quilts held at the Bowden and Didsbury Museums, some of which are not usually on display.

September 24 – Needle turn applique

Kathi Ewen is going to show us a new way to prepare needle turn applique.  We will spend the day at the Bearspaw One Room Schoolhouse complex.

Please click on the link for details

Documentation days are booked for October and November – see the details on the website. I look forward to seeing you.


 CQA Quilt Show

Friday October 13th, 2017 4-8pm
& Saturday October 14th 10am-5pm

Admission $5/person
Includes Refreshments in the Tea Room
Frank Wills Memorial Hall, 405 1st Street East, Cochrane

click on link for full colour poster      Canada150 Quilt Letter F  

2017-2018 Flying Needles Quilt Guild Kick-Off


Winning Talent

redOne of our resident artists, Ana, took 1st & 3rd place in her quilt category at the Calgary Stampede.  Congratulations Ana!

Congratulations also to Pat S whose nautical quilt won a CQA rosette.  Well done!

pinkWell done to those quilters who participated in the Charity quilts this past year.  Over the course of the year more than 25 charity quilts were made and donated.  That doesn’t include the placemats and activity blankets people also made.  Thank you.  It is heartening to hear the stories of the difference each of these projects have made in people’s lives.

If you have a story to share about one of these donations please let Shirley C know and we can feature it in our blog with a story each month.

The 2017-2018 guild meetings start this month.  Remember they are greenalways on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Start time is 9:30 a.m. Please be on time as demos will start right on time as you don’t want to miss anything!

blue Dates for this fall are:

  • Sept 9
  • Oct 14
  • Nov18 (starts at 10;30) corrected date/time
  • Dec 9


September Meeting Info:

  • Please note that there will NOT be a potluck for thelavender September meeting this year.
  • If you have a travel iron or a small iron with a small ironing pad, please being those to the September meeting. We’ll need as many as we can get to ensure that everyone finishes their project. Curious?  Met too!  Come and see what’s in store!

yellowDon’t forget to bring your Show N’ Tell items, we all want to see what you’ve been working on.  The program for the year will be presented at our first meeting.  Come and see what is in store. It will be an exciting year! Again this year those who wish to stay and sew in the afternoon are welcome to do so.  Great community, fun and lots of sewing!

We have some new members that have joined us.  Welcome Deniselight blue

Set Up & Clean Up Crew for September: Linda B, Carol B, Diane O, & Dawn B.

If you can’t make it please be sure to find a replacement for yourself.

  • Note to crew: don’t forget to bring cream for coffee.

Upcoming events in Alberta

Leduc Quilt show.png

Quilt show in Leduc in October 13 & 14, 2017 – Black Gold Quilt Patch

Quilt Show 2017 Poster

All Beings Confluence

Community Project Workshop at the Leduc Quilt Show:

An invitation to participate in    All Beings Confluence

This is a community based project, in which individuals are invited to create a long narrow panel that depicts a life form or species on this planet. Think about what Being you want to represent or that speaks to you.  It could be anything – single-celled bacteria, a beautiful flower, a jellyfish, a tiger, and a tree – any living being.

Each Being will be depicted on a sheer panel that is approx. 30” wide and 8-10 ft. (!!!) long.  They are hung so that they fill a whole space and we never see a single living Being by itself.  We are invited to walk amongst them and have the experience of being a part of a vast, complex and interconnected Whole.

In the last five years, this installation has travelled to over 40 locations and has been seen by more than13,000 people.  It continues to grow every time it is exhibited.  “Confluence” means gathering together and mingling like two rivers.  If you are willing, we would love to add your creation to the Confluence and let it travel to future venues.

I see my job as facilitating and assisting each of you with your vision using whatever skills and materials we have available.   Come and join me in celebrating our place amongst all the other life forms that surround us.

Martha Cole

“Companion to the Beings”

Overview of the Workshop

Day 1                    Meeting together in circle to get the “lay of the land”, so to speak.

Complete a full scale drawing on paper using charcoal, choose our fabrics, etc.

Some of you may actually get to the painting!

Day 2                    Using Wheat Paste mixed with acrylics, we will paint the image onto the sheer or, if doing appliqué, will paint and create the various pieces of sheers needed.

Day3-4                 A continuation of the painting/fusing and then the fine tuning using colored pencils/felt pens, finishing and celebrating

Image Preparation (To be done before you come)

It is best if you come with an idea of what life form you want to depict and with some actual photographs and other support images to help you create it.

Here are some questions for you to think about –

  • What is that Being’s essence?
  • What are the main characteristics and physical attributes that most describe it?

For example – a ladybug is red with black spots.

  • Why have you chosen this life form? What is its life cycle and its story?

To help you depict it, it would be good to have a couple of fairly good images that will help you see some specific details.  Google Images often have a number that you can simply download.  Get them as large as you can and in color, if possible.  Other options are calendar pictures, books, magazines, coloring books and/or clip art images, etc.

Just having them on your phone or laptop isn’t good enough for us to work from.

There are many ways of working with sheers:

  • paint images directly on the panels using fabric/acrylic paint mixed with wheat paste (this is like finger painting for adults)
  • Sometimes different colored sheers are layered on using iron-on paper backed adhesives
  • Layers of sheers can be built up and appliquéd into place and/or “inserted” (like reverse appliqué) onto a painted backing piece
  • Added detailing can be done using stamps, stencils and felt pens

The applications and approaches you choose to use are dependent on your image and your skill sets!  Every image is different.  We’ll discuss this for each piece.

For More information or to register for the workshop contact  Diana Cole


Saskatoon Quilt show

Saskatoon Quilters Guild is pleased to invite you  to our upcoming show October 26 and 27, 2017

Celebrate Changes Over Time

Friday, October 27, 2017 10am – 7:30pm

Saturday, October 28, 2017 10am – 5pm

Featured Quilter: Miriam Pyett

Trunk Show Merchant Mall Guild Marketplace Prairieland Park, Hall E Plaza Entrance  Saskatoon, SK

Daily Admission $10  Children under 12 Free

For tickets – After Sept 12, 2017 – Call Cathy 306-665-7698 or


Merchant Mall welcoming shops from across Canada

Guild Marketplace; Free demonstrations; Serendipity Quilt Display

Grand Opening Thursday, October 26, 2017 7:00 pm ($10)

Trunk Show: Elinor Burwash, Sat. October 28, 2017 9:00 am ($10)

Advance Tickets required for Grand Opening and Trunk Show

If your guild members will be arriving by bus, please contact us at and we will meet you on the bus, collect your entry fee, so that entry to the show is a breeze!



Job Posting CQA/ACC Conference Coordinator

The Canadian Quilters Association/Association canadienne de la courtepointe is seeking an individual to plan and coordinate Quilt Canada conferences for the association.  This will be a part time position beginning on the date of signing the contract. The contract will be renewable annually on approval of both parties.  Compensation to be negotiated.



  • Experience organizing events of this type or similar events
  • Working knowledge of computer software – esp. Word and Excel
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated marketing skills
  • Demonstrated negotiating skills
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work as part of a team


To perform this role successfully, an individual:

  • Must be proactive, logical, efficient and be able to multi-task.
  • Must be well organized, have effective time management skills and be able to work within established timelines.

To obtain additional information about the position or to apply with cover letter and resume, please contact Carole McCarville, CQA/ACC Executive Director at:

Closing date for applications:  July 31, 2017.