March – Is Spring coming?

snow on patio  …    daffodils

March – what we have and what we hope for……

FNQG Meeting, March 10, 2018

Our emotions affect many things in our life. How we perceive events and things we see. The reverse is true also, the things we see and what happens in our lives bring on emotional responses. The amount of snow we received at retreat this past weekend evoked several emotions…. the beauty o nature freshly covered in a quilt of snow, thankfulness that we were warm and had electricity to keep sewing,  trepidation about whether we’d be able to leave retreat to go home on Sunday. Did you know that colour can and does affect your emotions?  Advertising and marketing experts use these principles all the time.  Come on Saturday to learn from Ana about Colour as Emotions and see if you can find ways to use or create emotions in the  colours of your quilts.

  • Colour of Emotions Workshop  (bring your magazines, scissors, and glue sticks)
  • Show and Tell (those who attended the Spring Quilt Retreat be sure to bring your fabulous protects you worked on there, those that didn’t go to Retreat show us what you’ve been working on at home)
  • Sew in the afternoon

Set-up and Clean-up crew form March: Pat S, Patsy FD, Ellie dN, and Pauline S. Please remember milk/cream for tea & coffee.

Workshop begins precisely at 9:30.

Challenge 2018  Colour wheel wickopedia Mar 2018

Our goal this year is to have everyone enter! All techniques that you will need to complete the challenge will be taught by April.

Here are the parameters:

  • 36” square
  • Applying one of the colour schemes taught during the year
  • To show what you have learned about colour
  • Must be quilted by you
  • Design can be anything
  • You will be required to explain how you used the colour wheel at the June

Upcoming events

Lethbridge quilt guild

Is proud to present

Terry Aske

Quilted Portrait from a Photo-People or Pets

April 22-10:30-am-5:00 pm

April 23 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Trunk show-April 24, at regular Guild meeting

(see poster for more details)Terry Aske Poster class April2018



February Guild Meeting Saturday Feb 10

Hi Everyone,  Sorry for the late post. Time really got away from me the past 2 weeks.  Anyone know how to slow it own?

February 10, 2018

  • Achromatic Workshop (bring your magazines, scissors, and glue sticks)
  • Show and Tell
  • Sew in the afternoon

Set up: Sheryll, Fiona

Clean Up: We need volunteers for clean up as no one has signed up for this for February.

 Upcoming Events

The Alberta Quilt Study Society

Documentation Day      Sunday February 11, 2018            9:00 – 3:30

St Andrews Heights Community Hall

2504 13 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1L8

To make an appointment if you have a quilt to document – new or old – it takes about an hour and the details describing what we do are on our website

We are always looking for volunteers – no experience necessary.

 Quilt a long                        Monday February 12, 2018          9:00 – 3:00

Bring a project along – hand or machine

Contact Shirley for phone number of organizer.

 Canmore Mountain Cabin Quilters Guild

March 3rd to March 20 th 2018,we will be holding the guild’s Artistic Visions Show « Doors »  Visions SHOW POSTER 8.5×11 Mar 3,2018

Location: Elevation Place’s Canmore Art Gallery in Canmore.

Hélène Villeneuve – Publicity Coordinator for the MCQG 2018 Visions Show

Heritage Park Quilt Festival Dinner 2018

Cost:$75.00 plus GST

May 26th, 2018

Guest speaker: Gloria Loughman.  She is also instructing at Quilt Canada and her workshops have already sold out.

If anyone would like to go, or is interested but not sure, they can email Mary D.


Updates and details for January events

Friday Fun Night

Where: Millarville Community Church (where we have our Guild meetings)

When: Friday, January 12, 2018  6 p.m.

Details: Chili and buns will be supplied for supper.

If you want to bring a dessert you are more than welcome to.  Mmmm….

If you want popcorn to eat during the movie you can bring yourself a bag of Micorwave popcorn to pop up and enjoy.

Dress code: PJs

Guild Meeting Saturday, January 13, 2018

For the workshop – please bring your magazines (can be the same as you used last month), a pair of paper scissors, and a glue stick.

Since we don’t have many people signed up for set-up & clean-up if someone wants to help out by bringing coffee time snacks that would be appreciated.

Again, don’t forget your Show & Tell!

Come for the workshop, stay to sew in the afternoon.  Watt a great way to spend a cold January Saturday.

See you all soon!




January 2018

Happy New Year! Welcome 2018

Christmas gift bags2,2017

Christmas gift bags3,2017

We all hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and that you’ve welcomed the New Year in with gusto!

Friday Fun Night – January 12, 2018

Supper at 6 p.m. – bring your appetite!

Activities – quilteopardy, movie, fun

Dress Code: pj’s!

Where: Millarville Community Church

Rainbow heart

Somewhere over the Rainbow…

Reminder of our theme for the 2017-2018 quilting year.  Fabrics come in such a variety of colours, hues, and tones it’s good to learn and refresh on basic principles of colour theory.

Guild meeting – January 13, 2018

Basic Colour Schemes Workshop

  • Show and Tell (don’t forget to bring all the  wonderful items you’ve been working on during the holidays!)
  • Sew in the afternoon (stay for the quilting, connect with old friends and new!)

Set-up and Clean-up crew for Jan 13:

Beth S, Carla G – since there aren’t very many signed up for this please consider coming early to help out.   Someone should remember to bring Cream/milk for the coffee & tea.

February 10, 2018

Achromatic Workshop

  • Show and Tell
  • Sew in the afternoon

Challenge for 2017-2018 Guild Year

 Our goal this year is to have everyone enter! All techniques that you will need to complete the challenge will be taught by April.

Here are the parameters:

  • 36” square
  • Applying one of the colour schemes taught during the year
  • To show what you have learned about colour
  • Must be quilted by you
  • Design can be anything
  • You will be required to explain how you used the colour wheel at the June show!

Comfort Quilts

Don’t forget to check out previous blogs abut dimensions and requirements for comfort/charity quilts that you’d like to work on.

Guild Format:

For those that are new this year, here’s a reminder of how our guild does its meetings.

We begin 9:30 am on the Second Saturday of each month from September through June.

We will be featuring Show & Tell each month for inspiration and motivation.

In December and June we also have a delicious potluck.

For updates, and information regarding the guild please check out our blog:


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!