All About Giving

Our January meeting is an important part of who we are as a guild. We honour our community and those in need by contributing our talents as quilt makers to those less fortunate than ourselves, whether through health, age, or the country they were born in.

Thanks to all who braved the rain (rain! in January!!)


I asked Wendy Dines if she could give more insight into who YHQG Community Quilters are and what they do… here is here very insightful summary. Thanks Wendy!

The number of Guild members has filled our little room at Stan Wadlow Community Centre. Last week, there were 19 around the lunch table. However, the numbers wax and wane as travel, holiday and family plans arise – in other words, when life happens!

For myself, this is my Monday ‘Happy Place’ where a community of like-minded people come together. Ostensibly, we attend in order to facilitate the making of quilts for people who would find comfort and support from a quilt. The larger picture is that of CQ also gives us the opportunity to share projects, personal or CQ and to applaud one another’s creations as well as to learn techniques from each other, thus expanding our quilting repertoire- ‘Could it get any better than that?’

Bev Stevens has been a driving force at CQ – her mission is for CQ to ensure that when Guild members take a kit or a sandwich, they enjoy the process and the final product is something to be proud of and is beautiful. Thus the numerous colourful and colour-coordinated kits. She likes to find new patterns and prepare the kits for the CQ for members to assemble.

As well, because of her Mother’s dementia, she identified a need in the larger community for the Touch Quilts – she continues to put together the kits for members to sew and herself sewed a touch quilt every week, for an entire year, in memory of her Mother.

The Community Quilting Night is January is a huge group effort. We brainstorm ideas to bring different projects to the membership. Preparation entails selecting a project that will engage many people of varying skill-sets, cutting and ensuring all necessary supplies are purchased and, after the Jan meeting, finishing the projects.

Members who are not able to attend the Monday meeting can contribute by working on the CQ kits & quilt sandwiches at home. Also, if you are aware of recipient organizations that would appreciate a gift of comfort quilts for their patrons OR of a charitable group that qualifies for an auction quilt for their fundraising, please bring them to my attention.

Recently, Seven Oaks, a long term care facility contacted me with a request for comfort quilts :

Each resident receives a folded lap quilt, decoratively tied, with a personalized welcome message attached. We have been providing lap quilts for a number of years and it is a tradition we would very much like to continue. This past year our donor became unable to continue to donate her quilts.”

To fill the gap left by their previous quilter, YHQG has been able to give 32 quilts to Seven Oaks, thanks to the efforts of all who attend every Monday and those members who take home projects to complete. Seven Oaks heard about our Guild because guild member Anne Oliver, told them about our outreach programme.


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Baby It’s Cold Outside…

And that makes it perfect quilting weather! Here is the current newsletter: Newsletter January 2017

Hope you all have a happy holiday season, and see you in January.

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Naughty or Nice?

Have you been a good girl or boy and entered you quilt in the T.G.I.F. Challenge? Forms -and a photo- are due by January 31st 2017. Not that far away now!

Download a form here!

Details for the challenge can be found on the Display and Competition tab.

Several people display their works-in-progress last month at our guild meeting. Some of the photos were too fuzzy to use, but here are a few to get you started thinking about what YOUR T.G.I.F. will look like:
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Have a Happy Christmas or Holiday Season, and see you in January!

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What a Great November

Quick question:
Do you know anyone who can help repair a quilt? If yes, please email contact information to Rose at roseshapir@gmail.com. Thanks in advance!


Our November meeting was SO much fun.. First, each member of our executive showed an example of their work, (Click on first image for larger images in slideshow format).

Then we had Show and Tell:

Following our break to shop at the Christmas Marketplace, Mary Pal gave an overview of her procession from quilter to art quilter to quilt artist. (My apologies for the quality of the photos, they were taken from her slide show.) But even here you can see the artistry in her work, and several show the photo that inspired her work.


Our next meeting is January 17, 2017. See you there- remember, it is Community Quilts Night, so bring a coffee mug and a small sewing kit.

And don’t forget your UFO challenge: it must have been started before January 2016. Forms due at January meeting. Info and forms available HERE..


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October Meeting

YHQG had another exciting meeting..  it started with Quilter of the Month. This month was a group challenge, making a Becky Goldsmith pattern called Everyday Best. Here are the stunning quilts:


This was followed by Show and Share.. here are the quilts that YHQG members presented:

After the break, we had a very interesting and entertaining presentation by Reeze Hanson. And we got a chance to see a large part of her Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt top collection. What a wide variety of quilts can emerge from one simple pattern!

And if you want to get one of Reeze’s patterns from her website, get 20% off by using the discount code MGD20%.

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Cooler Days = More Quilting Time!

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Got Questions or comments? Email us!  yhqg.president@gmail.com


Reeze Hanson:
There is still space in both October workshops with Reeze Hanson. Reeze  is a prolific designer, entertaining speaker, and an award-winning teacher whose company, Morning Glory Designs, features an eclectic variety of whimsical florals and bold geometrics. She teaches and lectures widely on one-patch quilt techniques, offering both traditional and modern methods geared toward the busy/working quilter. Her floral applique work features machine applique shortcuts and tips to make beautiful quilts in less time, without sacrificing accuracy. Reeze also teaches all levels of EQ7, quilt design software. A sewer, quilter, and custom dressmaker for more than 50 years, and a retired college professor, Reeze has lots of experience, wisdom, and humor to share.

Tuesday Oct 18th 2016: Seminole Patchwork


Wednesday Oct 19th 2016: Diamond Star 

Wow! Same pattern, different fabrics.

If you are interested in either of these workshops, email  yhqg.president@gmail.com NOW!

Other notes:

  • next month we will be switching back to having our guest speaker present after the break
  • mark your calendars for our quilt show next year: Friday November 10th and Saturday November 11th 2017
  • dig through your closets, and find a UFO, started before January 2016 for our TGIF challenge. Info and forms available HERE..

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September Meeting

Our first meeting of the new guild year, and what a fun evening it was- and wonderful to see all those familiar faces, with lots of new ones too!

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Elisabeth Bacque gave a talk on Pioneer Women and Paper Patchwork. She gave a brief history of a group of early pioneer women, and gave a slide show of the quilts she had made from paper, each one unique to the woman she was describing. And what quilts!- they were made from antique maps, seed envelops, birch bark and more. Unfortunately they did not photograph well, but I did take a few to give an example of her inspiring work.

Click on the first photo to view slideshow and larger size photos.

Elisabeth also gave a reading list for those interested in reading more about these adventurous, hardworking women who helped settle this country. You will also find a list of books on early quiltmaking, patterns, and history.
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Our next quilt show is in November 2017, and Jane Cramer is heading the planning group. Stay tuned for details, and start working on your quilts! The quilt below, hand made by Jan McGoey, is one of two raffle quilts for the show.

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Quilter of the Month: Donnaleen Vlossak
Click on the first photo to view slideshow and larger size photos


Show and Share:
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September is coming…

Our new quilting year starts in a few weeks.. September 2oth at 7 p.m. You might want to check out the community quilting table, new books at the library, and lots of friends to catch up with- best arrive early!

Your September newsletter is now available here. If you are getting impatient to see what is coming in the next year,  check out the speakers and workshop page  and think about what classes you want to take. Or if you are part of a quilting group, think about a joint presentation as Quilter of the Month. We want to see YOUR work!

If you have not yet renewed your membership form, download it here and bring it with you to our first meeting!

 

 

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May Meeting

May is our “business” month, where we review our financial statements, thank the retiring executive, and introduce the newest members of the executive. Check back soon for the full list of names and positions..
After the business was completed, we had a short break, and we were down to the fun stuff- our Juried Challenge. Below are the winners, and photos of all the quilts. Congratulations to Shirley Dawson, winner of Viewer’s Choice!

Note: We do not have a photo of Rosemary Marchant’s tea cosy and runner.. if you took one, please forward it to YHQG webmaster. Thanks!

“Out of the Blue” 2016 Guild Challenge

Beginner Class
1st place Twinkling Stars: Donnaleen Vlossak
2nd place Out of the Blue came JAZZ: Helen Crooke
3rd place  Tea with Aunt Hazel: Rosemary Marchant

General Class
1st place Mama’s Blue Vase:  Maria Steventon
2nd place Vimy, Out-of-the-Blue!: Nadine Wright
3rd place Out of the Blue; Into the Blue: Susan Shon

Open Class
1st place Phoenix: Robert Gutcher
2nd place Out of the Blue: Katie Pidgeon
3rd place Just out of the Blue: Fran Auty

Honourable Mention:
Dance, Love, Sing, Live Shirley Dawson

Other Awards
Genivieve Yaksich Award* …And So it Grew, Out of the Blue:  Judy Messenger
Founders Prize** Venice and Vivaldi: Jan McGoey

Other Entries (Open Class)
Bias against Blue: Valerie Prideaux
Northern Lights: Wendy Dines
One Block Wonder: Judy Beca
Out of the Blue: Linda Royce
Ran out of Blue, Used Beige Instead: Karen Wold

*The Genievive Yaksich Award is given in memory of Genievive Yaksich, a founding member of YHQG. It acknowledges excellence in workmanship. A $100 prize accompanies this award. It is open to all entrants but can only be won once by any guild member.

**The Founders Award was established on the occasion of our guild’s 25th anniversary in honour of our founding members. It acknowledges the best interpretation of the challenge theme. A $100 prize accompanies the award. It is open to all entrants but can only be won once by any guild member.


Click on the first photo to view larger scale, and see quilt title and quilter’s name.


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April 2016 meeting

Guest speaker: Lyric Kinard

Lyric Kinard is a textile artist who enchanted us all with a slide show emphasizing and illustrating the important elements of quilt design: texture, shape, line, colour and value. We also got a peek at some of her work.. here are a few photos from her presentation:


Flimsy Show

Guild members brought in their”flimsys”.. quilt tops that had been pieced, but never quilted. Each presented their work, and gave a sob story about why this piece had never been completed…

The top three were chosen by volume of applause, and the winners received a gift certificate  towards long-arm quilting of a quilt. These prizes were donated by Sandy Lindal, Jeannie Jenkins, and Joan Hug-Valeriote. And the winners were:
Lana Peck, Kim Workman, and Valerie Prideaux. Congratulations to everyone who entered! This was a really fun event, organized by Sandy Lindal, Display and Competitions. Thanks Sandy!


Show and Tell:

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