December Guild Christmas Celebration

Hi everyone, it’s that wonderful time of the year again. Christmas is just around the corner. Anxiety is mounting as we look at all those hand-made projects still left to be completed. There’s shopping to do, baking to finish, and pets to keep out of the tree.


Take some time to get your inspiration fired up and your holiday spirits lifted at the December guild meeting Saturday, December 14 at 9:30 a.m.

Meeting highlights

Trends in Quiltingpresented by Gail H

Christmas gift bags 2

Gift ExchangeFlying Needle 2019 Christmas Gift Exchange

Show and Tell

Potluckbring your favourite holiday dish for everyone to sample and enjoy


Set-up & Clean-up:  Mary D, Dianne M, Gail H, and Kami W  (please remember to bring cream/milk for the tea and coffee)   

Christmas Potluck         

Art Show- Late Notice – Read Now!

Message from Ana:

It’s my pleasure to extend an invitation to Art Calgary – Calgary’s Contemporary Art Fair.  My work, along with that of fifteen contemporary local artists, will be on exhibition and for sale.

I hope you will come and visit and look at some wonderful art from some of Calgary’s best contemporary artists.  I will be there during the weekend, and would love to see you!  If you’d like to come to the gala opening on Thursday, November 28th, note that you have to get free tickets.  Link is below.

Please feel free to forward to anyone whom you think would like to come.

Hope to see you there!


Located in the Mona Lisa Art Salon, Art Calgary will be showing the best contemporary art in Calgary. Sixteen local artists were selected based on the high quality of their work. The show is a curated, gallery style event where visitors can view the artwork and to speak with the artists who create it. All work is for sale.

RSVP is required for the private VIP event on Thursday, November 28. Get your free tickets here.

Artists include Liane Amendy, Manny Blair, Chris Brooks, Billie Rae Busby, Ana Buzzalino, Celeste Christie, John Gerrard, Glen McAllister, Warren Montilla, Allison Morgan, Colleen Rauscher, John Ross, Wanda Rottenfusser, Karin Thorsteinsson, Kerry Warner, and Ashley Wolodka.

Art Calgary is a free event open to the public.

Art Show Nov 2019


November – Entering Quilt Shows

The November Guild meeting is on November 2  (this Saturday)

quilt show


Lind Schmidt will speak on Entering Quilt shows.


Gwyneth will be sharing her trunk show.

Due and workshop fees:

If you haven‘t paid your membership dues for the year, please do so. Pay Mary the $40 for the year.

Remember to pay Janet M. or Cheryl M. for the Rustic Mountain Star workshop in January.


brown bagPaper Bag Challenge starts in November. Bring 4 fat quarters and 3 words that best describe your style. Cheryl will have a paper bag for your fabric.   Swap will take place after coffee break Projects will be exchanged in May.


Charity block patterns were posted on the blog in October. Please bring any finished blocks to the November guild meeting.

Please note that the Christmas gift exchange info has been posted as well. Be sure to have it ready for the December meeting.


Thank you to Ana for her presentation on Creativity. We’re all inspired to look to our surroundings for inspiration, try new ideas on a small scale, and get rid of quilting mistakes and start fresh.

steamer trunk


Thank you to Gail for sharing her trunk show. Our first member trunk show was a great success.


For those that wish to you are welcome to stay and sew in the afternoon.

Set-up and clean-up crew:

Lindy D., Chris B., Judy K.

Please remember to bring cream and milk for coffee and tea.


October Creativity

It’s colder than expected at this time of year – all the more reason to get quilting. Our monthly guild meeting takes place this Saturday October 12th at 9:30.

This month Ana B. will be speaking on the topic Finding Creativity in Everyday Life.

Gail H. will share a trunk show.

Remember to bring your cheque if you plan on attending the Nancy Strath workshop in January.

Don’t forget to bring your Show and Tell items.

  • Feel free to come prepared to stay and sew in the afternoon as well.

Christmas gift exchange

As promised here are more details on the 2019 Christmas Gift Exchange.

Flying Needle 2019 Christmas Gift Exchange

Charity quilt blocks

Here are the 3 different types of blocks for the charity/comfort quilts for this year.

Colour of the Year Block

and …Charity block 1 & 2

September 2019 update

The year has begun well. The potluck in September was plentiful and most delicious. Thank you to Cheryl M. and Janet M. for putting together an exciting schedule for the upcoming year. The topics, workshops, and challenges look very interesting and there’s a lot of room to learn, see what others are doing, and to share with the communities we live in.

FNQG 2019-2020 Schedule & topics

Remember that there is show and tell at each meeting. Bring along what you’re working on to inspire everyone else. Any UFOs you’ve finished, new techniques you’re trying out, being them all to show and tell. We have a wide range of quilters in our guild; from beginner sewers to the “artist” quilters so don’t think that your items are exciting enough. We all like to see all types of quilting and fibre arts.

Remember too, that each guild day there is sewing in the afternoon. Pack up your sewing machine and a project or two, and join the fun and laughter of an afternoon of sewing together. This is a great time to work on some of the comfort blocks for the comfort quilts that will be put together this spring.

Comfort quilts this season

Colour of the Year Block

Here is a link to the colour of the Year inspiration quilt and tutorial if you need more than the pictures that come with the pattern above. This quilt has 63 blocks and they show the size as 56 x 63 inches.

Challenges for 2019-2020 guild year

2019_2020 challenges

  • Paper bag challenge

Bags will be swapped at the Nov. 2, 2019 meeting and the completed project will be returned at the May 2, 2020 meeting.  This is a SECRET swap.

  • 2020 CQA Member Guild Challenge (

Theme- Gateway to Adventure

Intent to enter must be given to Cheryl Mills before or at Feb. 8th meeting.

Present quilt at March 14th meeting for Viewer’s Choice.

The chosen quilt will be displayed at Quilt Canada 2020, June 18 to 20 in Edmonton’

Year End Challenges – June 6, 2020

  • 2020 Time Capsule Quilt

Present in quilt form your life in 2020. This quilt could show your likes, family, friends, home, news of the day, etc.

Quilt perimeter to be no smaller than 72 inches perimeter.

  • Negative Space Mini Quilt

One of the defining traits of Modern Quilts is a creative use of NEGATIVESPACE. Create a mini quilt that emphasizes negative space.

No side can be longer than 24 inches.

Christmas gift exchange

The theme this year is bags. They can be zippered, drawstring, or whatever you want. The idea being that you make 2 -one for charity, and one for a fellow guild member. The charity one can be filled with toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap, personal items for homeless) and the one for the “secret” guild member can be filled with a small quilting or sewing item (stitch ripper, spool of thread, fat quarter, etc.) More details to follow.

September Guild Meeting

September is here. Kids and teachers are back in school. The lazy days of summer are giving way to the frantic Fall schedules with each of us tearing form one activity to another – getting back into the swing of regular life. Also time to get back into the quilting rhythm. If we’re smart we’re also looking starting our Christmas crats and gifts. I’m more of an adrenaline junkie (or a procrastinator) so I like to wait until snow is on the ground before really getting into Christmas prep.

September Meeting Info

Our first meeting of the 2019/2020 season will be Sept.14 @ 9:30 a.m.

  • Business Meeting
  • Program and challenges for the year will be presentedpotluck
  • Bring your Show and Tell to share with our members
  • Enjoy a potluck lunch with your guild friends

Note: Don’t forget to connect with Mary if you haven’t paid your fees for the year yet.

Setup and Cleanup Crew: Dawn B, Linda B, Carla L, Jan B

 Hope to see you all there!

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.