The Storied Quilts of Niagara

Our Thursday July 14th meeting was astounding for the stories we told with our quilts. Every meeting has a quilt with a story yet our past meeting left you with many feel good moments.  Today we will be presenting  some of the quilts along with their story below!

Our first open discussion of the night was about Quilt Canada 2016 and the wonderful quilts we saw. Both with an individual perspective from seeing them in person  and from looking at them on the website. The general feeling was that those who attended loved it, perhaps except for the layout of the Market, National Juried Show and the Trend Tex challenge. Those who couldn’t attend loved the quilts featured on the QC website and blog. We discussed the Quilt Judging Categories which we were in agreement  this appears to be determined by the Judges. We can’t wait until 2017 to see more quilts, because of course we are all quilt lovers.

We had 5 guests at our meeting which was a record for us. We hope they came away with a love of Modern Quilts as  they picked a great night to see some exceptional quilts.

The Creative Festival is coming up again in the fall and they have offered us a booth to display Modern Quilts. This doesn’t mean that someone has to be with the quilts it just means that a volunteer or two are needed to set them up and take them down at the end of the festival. It’s also a great way for your quilts to be seen. The Festival is at the International Centre on Airport Rd, Toronto on Oct 27, 28 and 29th.

Tara mentioned a neat website/Facebook group called QDAD – Quilt Design a Day. It looks like a neat way to grow your expertise in quilting. It is a closed group and only open for members, however if you request to join, as long as one of your friends is a member then you would be accepted after they approve your request.  It sure sounds interesting from the awesome way that Tara presented the information.

Our 2016 entry for the QuiltCon Charity challenge was featured on the Modern Quilt Guild blog on July 6th. What a pleasure to see our fine work displayed in all it’s glory. Also on the Modern Quilt Guild website there are some wonderful webinars. Next one currently on display will be Mary Fons doing a presentation and the following one will be putting EQ7 – a designing software for quilters – to the maximum work for you.

QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt Challenge – We all had our creative minds buzzing with talk of this quilt. Heather will be the Directer  this year with 4 extra people on the design team to create a group project so anyone in the Guild can contribute to the many blocks that will be needed. Lorna, Debbie, Tara and Susan will meet to discuss the details with Heather and at our  September 8th meeting the idea will be presented to the Guild. At our Oct 1st Sew-In we will work on the placement of blocks and start our sewing. Get your creative juices flowing for the fun ahead !!!

Heather and start up of our QuiltCon 2017 Challenge - we are planning the details
Heather explains the start up of our QuiltCon 2017 Charity Challenge – we are planning the details!

Now be prepared to be wowed with the splendour of Polka Dots!

Debbie Polka Dot Challenge
Debbie Polka Dot Challenge
This is the first time that Donna has done free motion quilting on a project. Her table runner Polka Dot Challenge is outstanding in the creativity of her colours and lines
This is the first time that Donna has done free motion quilting on a project. Her table runner Polka Dot Challenge is outstanding in the creativity of her colours and lines
The quilt Susan hand stitched won the prize for most Polka Dots. Her quilt has 49 different Poika Dot fabrics and the close-up pics are wonderful!
The quilt Susan hand stitched won the prize for most Polka Dots. Her quilt has 49 different Polka Dot fabrics and the close-up pics are fabulousl!
Close up
Close up
Close up
Close up
Back of Susan Poika Dot Challenge
Back of Susan Polka Dot Challenge
Susan also made a polka Dot Citrus quilt she displays in school classroom. The Dots are glued as it will never be washed and is a teaching air for her children
Susan also made a Polka Dot Citrus quilt she displays in her school classroom. The Dots are glued on as it will never be washed and is a teaching aid for her children.
Susan has a work in progress with her favourite mustard coloured fabrics with fuchia added with Alison glass fabric
Susan has a work in progress with her favourite mustard coloured fabrics with fuchia added with Alison Glass fabric
Heather sure had the free motion rocking with her quilt. She did random circles around each circle from top to bottom, then repeated the pattern keeping the natural flow of the dots
Heather sure had the free motion rocking with her quilt. She did random circles around each circle from top to bottom, then repeated the pattern keeping the natural flow of the dots
Pam showed us 2 quilts she had made from courses she had taken. On the Orange table runner she tried a new technique to her, of running a line randomly then returning back to the line and free flowing shapes beside the line!
Pam showed us 2 quilts she had made from courses she had taken. On the Orange table runner she tried a new technique to her, of running a line randomly then returning back to the line and free flowing shapes beside the line!
Pam close up detailing
Pam close up detailing
This wallhanging was made by Pam during a course she had taken. we all had many questions as to the organza layered fabrics and then the final detail of quilting on the top. Just beautiful!
This wallhanging was made by Pam during a course she had taken. we all had many questions as to the organza layered fabrics and then the final detail of quilting on the top. Just beautiful!
Tara I wish we had a further close up of your quilt. Tara made her mother a bed runner for her mother then they found out that her Mothers sister had passed away. Her mother was standing at the window thinking of her own sister and asked for a sign because she needed to know her sister was ok. A Black bird came into view, between the trees and stayed there for more than 20 minutes. Just stayed in one spot silhouetted by the branches. Tara added the bird to the bed runner as a tribute to her Aunt. Wonderful heart warming quilts are the best!!
Tara I wish we had a further close up of your quilt. Tara made a bed runner for her mother then they found out that her Mothers sister had passed away. Her mother was standing at the window thinking of her own sister and asked for a sign because she needed to know her sister was ok. A Black bird came into view, between the trees and stayed there for more than 20 minutes. Just stayed in one spot silhouetted by the branches. Tara added the bird to the bed runner as a tribute to her Aunt. Wonderful heart warming quilts are the best!!
Tara is one of our most thrifts quilters, although we all show a trace of that in our many quilts. This Improv on her design wall was from panama paints from her Aunt's clothing and will look outstanding when finished.. She has a few ideas on how to place it together and we were all adding a few other hints
Tara is one of our most thrifty quilters, although we all show a trace of that in our many quilts. This Improv on her design wall was from pajama paints from her Aunt’s clothing and will look outstanding when finished.. She has a few ideas on how to place it together and we were all adding a few other hints
Janie sure had a story to tell of her Yo-You Quilt. You see she falls asleep in the car on long car rides unless she has something to do. So for the past couple of years, on every road trip she makes with her husband she makes yo-yo's. This is her culmination of them . She plans to quilt the black fabric and add the yo-you's to the top afterwards.
Janie sure had a story to tell of her Yo-You Quilt. You see she falls asleep in the car on long car rides unless she has something to do. So for the past couple of years, on every road trip she makes with her husband she makes yo-yo’s. This is her culmination of them . She plans to quilt the black fabric and add the yo-you’s to the top afterwards.
A close up of the yo-you's on the quilt Janie made.
A close up of the yo-you’s on the quilt Janie made.
Kathleen is our resident bag/purse and all things purse like quilter and we could not love it more. Her humour will make you smile no matter what kind of day you are having. This awesome bag is from Fave Quilts and is called a 6 Fat Quarters Bag.
Kathleen is our resident bag/purse and all things purse like quilter and we could not love it more. Her humour will make you smile no matter what kind of day you are having. This awesome bag is from Fave Quilts and is called a 6 Fat Quarters Bag.
Kathleen also made placemats and with her creative use of circle quilting her bird looks like it is in Outer Orbit!
Kathleen also made placemats and with her creative use of circle quilting her bird looks like it is in Outer Orbit!
Kathleen did triple duty on Polka dots and we just loved the round over the shoulder bag
Kathleen did triple duty on Polka dots and we just loved the round over the shoulder bag
The creative use of the polka dots on the inner edge of the purse that Kathleen made really highlights project!
The creative use of the polka dots on the inner edge of the purse that Kathleen made really highlights project!
Kathleen and the front of her purse!
Kathleen and the front of her purse!
We think that Dorothy's husband is a saint for removing this quilt from the wall where it hands so she could bring it to tonights meeting. The squares were made and then the extra fabric added to highlight the the many colours of these polka dots. Your eye does not rest on anyone spot.
We think that Dorothy’s husband is a saint for removing this quilt from the wall where it hangs,  so she could bring it to tonights meeting. The squares were made and then the extra fabric added to highlight the the many colours of these polka dots. Your eye does not rest on any one spot.
Close up for the quilt Dorothy made
Close up for the quilt Dorothy made
Another close up
Another close up
The back of the quilt that Dorothy made. She quilted it from this side and as you can see in the close-ups the pattern was created for the front to look like so many textures
The back of the quilt that Dorothy made. She quilted it from this side and as you can see in the close-ups the pattern was created for the front to look like  textured blocks
Close up of the back
Close up of the back
Close up of the back
Close up of the back
In our discussion of the Fibanocci sequence Dorothy decided to try one of her own created with the sea shell sequence
In our discussion of the Fibanocci sequence Dorothy decided to try one of her own created with the sea shell sequence
A wall hanging done with painted work on fabric and highlighted with it's down frame that Dorothy made
A wall hanging done with painted work on fabric and highlighted with it’s own frame that Dorothy made
Another outstanding art quilt with minute detailing of frogs painted by Dorothy. It's also framed and ready to hang when it's gifted to her friend!
Another outstanding art quilt with minut detailing of frogs painted by Dorothy. It’s also framed and ready to hang when it’s gifted to her friend!
Close up of the details and quilting in the wall hanging that Dorothy made!!
Close up of the details and quilting in the wall hanging that Dorothy made!!

 

 

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