February meeting

What a great group of community quilters we have! Thanks to their ongoing efforts we are able to provide comfort and a sense of welcome to those in need. Attached is a Thank-You from the Stouffville Habitat for Humanity. Our guild donated quilts to a family who moved into a home built for them, and they were thrilled.

The February meeting is the one night of the year when we are treated to mini-workshops presented by our own members sharing their particular passions and expertise. Here are some photos from the evening…

Here are four of topics covered:

Make your own Appliqué Design with Katie Pidgeon
Have you ever seen a picture that you liked and wanted to use it in a quilt design? Do you know how to turn your paper design into an appliqué project? Come and see how it is done.

Introduction to Art Quilt Techniques with Joanne Hannon-Shaw
Joanne will demonstrate texturing, embellishment and the use of coloured pencils to enhance your art quilt designs.

Quilt as You Go with Wendy Dines
Wendy will share what she has learned about the technique of quilting in sections from the expert, Martha Schellingerhoud.

Mitred and Flanged Machine Binding with Peter Reeve-Newson
Peter will show you how to make a nice flanged binding – a primary fabric with an accent flange – by machine, with mitred corners, a mitred finish, and with top-stitching to show off a pretty accent thread (no blind-stitching used).
NOTE: The full detailed demo is available here as a 29 page PDF. If you download it on a device, you could follow along during the demo. If you decide to print, Peter suggests using the option “Pages per sheet”, then as “2 pages” for note taking.

And don’t forget our Saturday workshops. Sign up at the workshop table at our guild meeting. Your spot in the workshop is secured when we receive your payment. Don’t delay … there are only 20 spaces available for each workshop!

Saturday, February 25 2017: Disappearing Blocks with Bev Stevens
If you Google “disappearing quilt blocks” you’ll get an idea of how infinite the possibilities are for cutting and re-arranging half-square triangles into new, dynamic designs. Bev has become somewhat of an expert by exploring many of the possibilities, and she will enthusiastically share her tips and tricks with the class. She has lots of sample blocks you can play with on the design wall, including the intriguing Disappearing Barn Star block. Class participants may choose to bring their cutting mats, rulers, etc. and their machines if they want to come away with completed blocks (this requires you to bring prepared HSTs – any size). However, there is also the option to just listen, learn, play with the samples and take notes/photos. Either way, fun is guaranteed!

Saturday, April 29: Curvy Girls Unite! with Jeannie Jenkins
Come and explore various forms of curved piecing, from precision drunkard’s path to freeform curves and waves. Even if you have never sewn a curve before, by the end of the day you will be a pro!

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