Our annual Christmas event and fun night was exciting and very boisterous. We started the meeting with Stephanie giving her final report for our finances and we also talked about our member renewal and payment for next years MQG membership was set up when we came into the room.
Lorna gave us her wrap-up of our very successful Cheryl Arkison workshops. As members we loved the scrap ideas and many members have already put them to good use. Storage ideas was a huge topic for many of us as we expand our collection of fabric ( no we are not hoarders but curators of wonderful fabric lol ) Cheryl was a totally delightful teacher who shared so many ideas and helped each person out individually in both workshops.
We discussed having our Sew & Tell papers online so members can print their own copy and have it already filled out before the meeting * Great idea *
Congratulations to our new Executive who have an exciting year planned for us already. They are:
President – Heather Salter, Secretary – Kelly Otten. And still standing is our Vice-President – Tara McInerney, Treasurer – Stephanie Baisley and Social Media/Public Relations – Debbie Eccles.
The end of the meeting closed with our annual gift swap which is always so much fun. Numbers are drawn, order is followed and you can steal presents until the end of the night when we each finally open our gifts. You have never heard such laughter and pouts in your life as being in attendance of this meeting.
Here are the Sew and Tell quilts followed by each person and their beautiful new Table Runner!
Sew and Tell
Sharlene – Kaffe Fassett fabric using Jennifer Sampson “Elephant and I” pattern. The original pattern has a person on it but I left it out and liked the Majestic single elephant. Once I got around to quilting it I may do some big stitch quilting. My second quilt is a Kate Spain Batik Layer Cake using Moda Bake Shop pattern. Flying geese are not my favourite type of block but I thought I’d give it a try since their pattern uses the “4 at a time method”.
Karen – “Beer and Baseball” This is a Christmas gift for my nephew and his wife. they’re into making craft beer and going to every baseball field in North America. My second quilt is called ” Night & Day” It is on Pinterest as Sew Very Easy. Laura A. Coia has a quilt similar to my inspiration – her centre squares are 4:, mine had to be 6 3/4 to use the panel I bought years ago. Also the panels were not ” true” as I angled the borders so it would hide the flaws. It’s a gift for my niece.
Jayne – “Courting the Mare” This is a quilt pattern from Silver Linings. I did make it larger size. I started this project at the No Quilt Police retreat and just finished it yesterday. It is a Christmas present for my husband. The larger quilt I found and purchased while at an auction. It was in a lawyers office in Toronto. Details are painted on the fabric and the one building is from Connecticut but I am waiting for more information to confirm.
Donna – This elephant quilt is paper pieced and is designed by Violt Kraft. * the tabs on the back are innovative way to hang a quilt. A dowel can keep both the top and bottom straight when hanging it * The pot holder is sewn with selvedges and is a Christmas Santa.
Kathleen. My grandchildren call me MiMi and I found this panel at Lens Mill that perfectly depicts what is written in the book I have read to my grandchildren. I also made 6 cushions as Christmas gifts to my children. I want to make 12 cushions total with this panel from the Buggy Barn. I also needed to sew up a fast quilt so this was the result. It was quilted by Jen Dyck
Barb – “Cock of the Walk” this pattern is a Laura Heine improv quilt. I used anything that had flowers. I can’t recall the fabric designers.
Dorothy – I recently did some Eco-printing and made these scarfs and table runners. The quilt is called ” It’s in the Files” it is an improvised court house steps block and lots of negative space.
Tara – I adapted a quilt from the @teaginny ( Alexandra Ledgerwoods book “Improvising traditional” and the reverse is inspired by Sherry Lynn Woods floating squares score. This lives on my bed ! The second quilt was inspired by Alexandra Ledgerwood post that I made on a table runner from “Made Fabric”. I pieced it at our Cheryl Arkison workshop. I put about 13 hours of free motion into this baby and I’m keeping this one for me !
Christmas Table Runner Gift Exchange