Friday, February 19, 2021

Are You Missing Quilt Shows?

 Good morning! Another sunny but colddd day! If you are a fan of modern quilts, you likely know that this is QuiltCon weekend. QuiltCon is an international modern quilt show that typically features over 550 quilts, more than 100 vendors, classes, etc. QuiltCon 2021 was to be held in Austin Texas, but Covid forced it to be held virtually. Of course, Texas is having many problems right now after being hit with a deadly deep freeze that has left millions without power and water...Texans aren't used to frozen pipes like we are here in the great white north! So perhaps it's just as well that there aren't thousands of quilters stuck in Austin in the middle of this storm system. Judging is now complete and you can view the winners by clicking here.  If you're interested in seeing more of QuiltCon, click here. Next year's show is planned for Phoenix AZ., let's hope Covid has left us alone by then!

Next weekend is the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Online. This 32nd annual show will be available around the clock from start to finish, Feb. 24-27, from Hampton Virginia. Virtual show-goers will be able to view the competition quilts, shop the Vendor's Mall online and take virtual interactive workshops from the comfort of home. Go to www.onlinequiltfest.com for more info.


Saturday, January 23, 2021

This and That...

 *We are almost through January! Only one more week. We've been lucky so far, weather-wise, with not much snow and temps above the January normal. Fingers crossed that our "easier winter" continues. Our monthly meetings continue by Zoom, with almost half of our members attending, and others watching the recordings later. We hope you are feeling connected in this way. 

*We are saddened to have recently lost two former members, Jessie Yerxa and Diane Bunker; our condolences to their family and friends.

*Is anyone participating in a Sew Along, Mystery Quilt or Block of the Month right now? Send us some photos! Tell us about it! There are lots of them out there, many for free... Andrea at The Quilting Shed is going to be hosting a Mystery Quilt, with registration beginning in Feb. Get in touch with her if you'd like to join the fun! 

*Our next newsletter deadline is Feb. 8 at the latest, earlier is always better. All submissions go to Gail Mitchell, newsletter editor.

*Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting is back on MPBN on Saturday mornings at 10:30.  Lots of great ideas and tips to be had there. 

*We hope you are planning to participate in this year's guild challenge. Details on the Initials Challenge were on pages 2 and 3 of your November newsletter (emailed on Nov. 11.) Please contact the Program Committee if you have any questions. Have you started yours yet?? Finished entries are due for our April meeting on April 20. 


Saw this recently on Facebook, and thought you might enjoy reading it. Although it is written about someone who wants a deck built, it could just as easily apply to someone wanting a quilt made. It's a bit lengthy but well worth the read.

A CONVERSATION ABOUT PERCEIVED VALUE.

A customer asked a contractor friend of mine how much it would cost to do this project.

My friend gave him a proposal: $4500.00

The customer responded: That seems really high.

My friend asked: What do you think is a reasonable price for this job?

The customer answered: $2500. maximum.

My friend responded: Ok then, I invite you to do it yourself.

The customer answered: I don't know how to. 

My friend responded: Alright then, how about for $2500 I'll teach you how to. So besides saving you $2000, you'll learn valuable skills that will benefit you in the future.

The customer answered: Sounds good! Let's do it!

My friend responded: Great! To get started, you are going to need some tools. You will need a chop saw, table saw, cordless drill, bit set, router, skill saw, jig saw, tool belt, hammer, etc. 

The customer answered: But I don't have any of those tools and I can't justify buying all these for one job. 

My friend responded: Ok. Well then for an additional $300 I can rent my tools to you to use for this project.

The customer answered: Okay, that's fair. 

My friend responded: Great! We will start the project on Monday.

The customer answered: I work Monday through Friday. I'm only available on weekends. 

My friend responded: If you want to learn from me, then you will need to work when I work. This project will take three days so you will need to take three days off work.

The customer answered: That means I'm going to have to sacrifice my pay for three days or use my vacation time!

My friend responded: That's true. Remember when you do a job yourself you need to account for unproductive factors. 

The customer answered: What do you mean by that?

My friend responded: Doing a job completely from start to finish includes time spent to plan the project, pick up materials, travel time, gas, set up time, clean up and waste disposal amongst other things. That's all in addition to the actual project itself. And speaking of materials, that's where we will start on Monday so I need you to meet me at the lumberyard at 6:00a.m.

The customer answered: At 6a.m.?!! My work day doesn't usually start until 8a.m.!

My friend responded: Well then, you're in luck! My plan is to start on the deck build by 8a.m. But to do so we have to start at 6a.m. to get materials picked up, loaded and delivered to your job site. 

The customer answered: You know, I'm realizing that a lot more goes into a job than what a customer sees in the finished project. Your proposal of $4500. is very reasonable. I would like you to handle the project.

CONCLUSION: When you pay for a job, especially a custom job (whether it's a physical project or a digital project) you pay not only for the material and the work to be completed. You also pay for knowledge, experience, custom skills, tools, time to plan, time to prepare, professionalism, work ethic, excellence, discipline, commitment, integrity, taxes, licenses, sacrifices, liabilities, insurance and permits.

If you request a proposal for custom work to be done, please don't disrespect a service provider by trying to get them to lower their prices. If their proposal exceeds your budget, there's nothing wrong with getting other proposals. Just remember, you get what you pay for.

SERVICE PROVIDERS: Know your worth and be confident in it.

CONSUMERS: Recognize their worth and be respectful of it.

 

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Christmas Goodies!


 What a delightful "Zoom Social" we had on Tuesday evening. So great to see familiar faces and share some Christmas spirit, stories, readings and recipes. Two of the recipes shown were a bit faded, from time and much usage. Here they are, in clearer form....

Cinnamon Sticks

1 cup butter, softened (but not melted)

1/2 cup icing sugar

1/2 cup cornstarch

2 cups flour

pinch of salt


Sift dry ingredients together. Cream butter, add dry ingredients. Roll into small logs about the size of your little finger. Bake at 325F for about 20 minutes, until just barely lightly browned. Upon removing from oven, while hot roll in a mixture of 1/2 cup white sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon. Store in airtight container. 
Makes about 4.5 dozen. 


Cherry Pound Cake

2 cups white sugar
1.5 cups margarine
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp. almond extract
1 cup hot milk
1 lb. glace cherries
3.5 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt

Cream margarine and sugar. Add eggs and beat again. Add hot milk and flavourings, mix well, then add cherries. Lastly add dry ingredients, mix well. Place in 10" tube pan OR 2 9"x5" loaf pans. Bake for 1.25 - 1.5 hours. 

Happy Baking!

Monday, November 16, 2020

Challenges, FAN show, Shop Hop and Virtual Quilt Festival! Woohoo!

 Congrats to the prize winners from last year's challenge, Let's Get Sewing. The following names were drawn at our October Zoom meeting: Lee M., Nancy R., Gwenda M., Joyce H., Carlinda D., and Candace B.  Rules for this year's Initials Challenge have been sent out by email. One item we neglected (okay, FORGOT!) to mention with the details for the Initials Challenge, we would like to "reveal" all entries together at the APRIL meeting. So if you have already finished your Initials Challenge piece, please do not submit it for Show and Tell now, but rather, hold it until April. Thanks! 

Have you been to see the FAN Show yet at the UNB Art Centre? It can be viewed online, but an "in person" visit is sooo much better! Details are in the sidebar. Remember you must "register" to visit in person - open on Sunday afternoons only. 


There is an  online Shop Hop happening this week - ten Canadian quilt shops are participating in the From Sea to Sea Online Shop Hop - one in each province (including our own Andrea at The Quilting Shed!) Let's support our Canadian businesses!!! If you spend $50. or more (before tax and shipping) at a shop, you'll get a ballot for the big prize draw at that shop - a $100. shopping coupon. This shop hop runs all this week, finishing Saturday Nov. 21.


Have you ever dreamed about attending THE big International Quilt Festival in Houston Texas? This year you can, from the comfort of your own computer chair... it's going virtual, thanks to Covid. Houston is coming to You!! Hundreds of quilts on display in 25+ special exhibits, Judged Show and winners in 5 categories and the opportunity to vote for Best of Show, a full slate of live and recorded classes, lectures and forums from TOP faculty, a vendor mall, and more!! Lectures are $10., classes are $20. What a deal! We are talking well known international teachers here folks- the best! Sue Nickels, Charlotte Angotti, Claudia Pfeil, Phillipa Naylor, RaNae Merrill, Esterita Austin,  Angela Walters, Marti Michell, Paula Nadelstern, Katie Pasquini Masopust and many more!! It all happens Dec.3 - Dec.5.  Click here for more info. Don't delay, register now if you are interested as classes and lectures will sell out quickly! What an amazing opportunity- you don't have to purchase a plane ticket, or pay for a hotel so you can afford to take more classes!!   :)


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

CQA Challenges open for bidding and voting

 Good day ladies! In the previous post you were able to see the TrendTex Challenge quilts and vote on your favourite for Viewer's Choice. Now those quilts are up for auction. Click here to place your bid and have one of these fabulous pieces of work for your very own. Be sure to view all four pages. Opening bid for each piece is $40.00 unless there has been an advance bid. Bids increase by $5.00 increments. Shipping is included. You do not have to be a CQA member to bid, however you do have to register to bid - click on "Register" in top right corner of your screen. Bidding closes on Sunday Oct. 25.


Remember CQA's Gateway to Adventure Challenge with that lovely Jungle Green? You can see the pieces some of our members did for this challenge here. We chose Nancy Richard's piece Hibiscus Adventures as our winner. As a CQA/ACC member guild, we forwarded Nancy's quilt to CQA/ACC and now all entries are posted for viewing and voting for the overall winner. Click here to see the quilts and cast your vote! Clicking on each image will provide the artist's name, location and guild plus the Artist Statement and Design Inspiration. What an amazing variety there is.. such creativity - inspiration for us all! Good luck Nancy! We're all rooting for you!! Voting closes on Oct. 31.

Monday, October 5, 2020

TrendTex Challenge 2020, Show and Tell and more!


 The 2020 TrendTex Challenge quilts are now online for viewing and voting. CQA/ACC offers this challenge annually as a fundraiser. Entrants are challenged to create a wall quilt using the five fabrics donated by TrendTex Fabric Inc., then donate their wallhangings to be auctioned off; this year's auction will be held online from October 19 through 25.  This year's theme was "2020". A link will be posted on the 19th for bidding.



The entries have been judged - you can see the winners here. YOU can cast your vote for the Viewer's Choice Award, voting is open until October 14. Vote by browsing the thumbnail photos and choosing your favourite. (To see a larger photo and read the quilt information card, just click on each thumbnail.) See the quilts by clicking here. Then vote, quilts are listed alphabetically by maker. You'll notice that our member Jenny Adam is top of the list with her entry titled Pandemic Unleashed!  Let's give her some support with votes!! (The link for voting is provided just above the quilts.)






Congratulations also go to Jenny for her participation in ISOLATED/TOGETHER, a multidisciplinary project by Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada which documents the COVID-19 experience in NB through dance, music, film, the spoken word, photography and visual arts. Jenny's mask, called Dancing in the Rain will be one of 14 featured masks and will be worn by Cameron from the Atlantic Ballet Theatre. 









Here is Jenny's artist statement for her mask: "I was inspired to make this mask by the words of Vivian Greene, "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain." In these uncertain times, we still need to find some beauty and enjoyment in everyday activities. I made a sparkly, glamorous mask to distract from the worries of Covid-19. Hidden amongst the round sequins, however, are three stars to remind us that the virus is still lurking and an ever-present threat. 






Materials: The outer layer consists of satin and iridescent tulle with sequins and beads. The inner layer is silk. it has a wire nosepiece to improve fit and is secured with satin ties."





October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Moda is hosting a Sew Along called Stitch Pink. The project is a sampler quilt of 30 twelve inch blocks, one block each day for the month of October, with final assembly directions on Saturday the 31st. Finished size is 64" x 76". Instructions for each block can be sent to your email, or you can access them here.  Find out more info by clicking here.  Of course you don't have to do the entire sampler quilt, you might just find one or several blocks here you like and could do with them whatever you wish!

Now for some Show and Tell! Barb Foster is one of our dedicated members who travels quite a distance to attend our meetings. She has fun instructing and helping a group of ladies in her area in all things quilting. They have very kindly donated a number of small quilts for our Community Projects program. Here are some of their recent donations. 











These ladies have been BUSY!! Thanks "ladies of Barb's group" for your generous donation to boost our Community Projects "stash" for donation. 
Stay tuned for MORE from this group. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

This and That...


 Do you remember the awesome program we had in January on Wool Appliqué? There was a lot of interest so here is an update on sourcing materials for this technique.




The Fabric Cupboard (22 Brandon St. Moncton) now carries Sue Spargo 100% premium grade Australian Merino wool. This richly dyed luxurious wool is available in 60 vibrant colours with unparalleled colourfastness.















Just look at those rich colours!!!  Yummy!

















Complementing this irresistable wool fabric is Ellana 12 weight 50/50 merino wool/acrylic blend thread also from Sue Spargo. Engineered and finished to the highest quality standard, Ellana is very user friendly and the perfect wool thread for hand appliqué, wool appliqué and machine work. It is fray resistant, has significantly less fuzz and unparalleled smoothness.















If you travel a little further to Port Elgin area, Spruce It Up Quilt Shop (2063 Route 960) is also carrying Sue Spargo wools and some of her threads- Eleganza, Dazzle and Razzle as well as Valdani perle cottons. Lorette is now dyeing her own wool and also offers repurposed wools in many different colours and textures. Wool yardage in white, natural and black is available as well.  Books by Sue Spargo and Wendy Williams will give you further inspiration.
Of course, a visit to www.suespargo.com is the ultimate inspiration if you are interested in wool appliqué. Oh the COLOURS!! I am drooling on my keyboard...

If you are on Facebook, you might consider joining the new FB group Canadian Wool Appliqué - lots of ideas, inspiration, help and encouragement offered there whether you are new or experienced!


Have you been to St. Andrews this summer? If so you might have found a new quilt shop - The Wee Fabric Shop at 209 Water Street. It's actually just off Water Street, between The Red Herring Pub and the Seasons By The Sea Bistro (stand on Water St. with The Red Herring Pub on your left and walk towards the water.) They carry Kona solids, Riley Blake, Tilda, and Robert Kaufman among others, precuts, Mettler and Aurifil thread, and a good variety of notions. You can visit from your armchair by clicking here.


Are you a CQA member? Do you enjoy a good mystery? If so you may want to join the CQA/ACC Member Mystery Quilt. The fun starts tomorrow, Sept. 2, when the complete list of fabric requirements will be posted. Six monthly installments with step by step instructions and full colour diagrams will follow in PDF format. Check it out here.

Have you been missing visits to quilt shows this summer? Here's an opportunity to visit a big show from the comfort of your own computer screen. Due to the Covid pandemic, The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show is going virtual- it will be a free online-exclusive virtual experience this Sept. 10-12. Free registration is now open at quiltshow.com  You must register to "attend" and you'll be able to view the quilt exhibits, attend lectures, browse the virtual vendor mall, and watch an exclusive sneak preview of PBS Wisconsin's new documentary Nancy Zieman: Extraordinary Grace. Don't wait, register now!

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Community Projects Quilts


Our Community Projects committee has sent some photos of recent work. First up two quilts, both by Cathy Boone, that will be going to Transition House.





Following are the wheelchair aprons that were done from some donated orphan blocks. These are for the Stan Cassidy Rehabilitation Centre. A big thank you to all who participated in making these, they will certainly be appreciated.







Up next, a generous donation of quilts for Community Projects from Barb Foster's group. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

New Source for Batiks and Wide Backs

 We have a new source in the Fredericton area for batiks and wide backings... Gwenda Mattinson of Gwenda Quilts is now carrying 35 beautiful batiks by Island Batik at $14.00 / yard and 25 bolts of wide backings (108") at $18.00 / yard. Please call Gwenda to visit. They can have two visitors at a time, WITH MASKS.  Call Gwenda at 459-7343.