Sunday, May 13, 2018

May Potluck

How time flies! Here we are part way through May already, and our final meeting/potluck dinner is just a few days away. Last month we enjoyed hearing of Kay Bourque's journey as a quilter ( we all could clearly see she IS now a quilter, having risen from the lowly rank of being a presser!) as we heard tales of her world travels and saw the lovely quilts she has collected or made along the way. Here's a sampling of what Kay shared with us.







Tuesday the 15th is our closing meeting and potluck dinner. Remember to bring hot dishes hot and cold dishes chilled. If you can include a serving spoon or utensil, it is much appreciated. Please clearly label any dishes that contain nuts.  Don't forget to bring your own plate cup and cutlery, it makes cleanup so much quicker and easier. Arrive in time to place your dish on the buffet table, and be seated and ready to eat shortly after 6:30.

We can't wait to see your "Beyond the Blue Horizon" challenge piece. If you have not yet done so, please let the program committee know the size of your challenge piece so they can finalize their plans for displaying the challenges. As always, items for Show and Tell are welcome too. See you then!

Lastly, Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful mothers and all who "mother" or nurture another  living thing - two legged or four legged...  :)

Sunday, April 8, 2018

April Updates

Hello quilters! Just a few updates for you today.




First of all, some exciting news... Karen Neary of Amherst (our Aurifil thread supplier) will be a
guest on the American Patchwork and Quilting Podcast with Pat Sloan on Monday April 9. It will be "live" at 5p.m. our time. You can find the link to tune in and listen on Karen's blog post here.





If you will be traveling to Maine this month, don't forget about the Maine Shop Hop which runs for the month of April. There are 30 quilt shops participating! You can find a list of the shops, print your Shop Hop passport, and get more info by clicking here. There is fun to be had, and prizes to be won, ladies!!


For those of you doing the Christmas Gnomes for the Holidays Block of the Month with Fatcat Patterns, you might like to know that a new free BOM has just started, for a Hallowe'en quilt. It's called  BooTacular and measures 53" x 65". There are 10 blocks, and this BOM runs from now (April) 'til January 2019, with one block being available for free download each month. After the month has ended, there is a small charge for each block pattern. So you have to remember to visit the site each month and print off your pattern and instructions! The first block is now available as are the general instructions and yardage requirements. Click here to join in the fun! 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Worldwide Quilting Day

Tomorrow is Worldwide Quilting Day. What are YOU doing to celebrate?


Our March meeting is just a few days away - are you ready for our Yard Sale? Bring your items ready to sell, and don't forget your loonies, toofies and bills so you can shop too! And of course, bring your Show and Tell items, that's everyone's favourite part of the evening!  :)
See you then.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tired of Winter White and Longing for COLOUR....?


Are you tired of winter? And looking at white? As a quilter and a gardener, I find myself longing for some colour! Yes, I do have lots of colour in my fabric stash, and I've been browsing some gardening catalogues, dreaming of which new perennials to add to my garden this summer. I guess that will have to do for a few more weeks, but it is encouraging to feel the growing warmth of the sun, the lengthening days and slowly rising average temperatures. Spring IS coming... eventually....
Some of our members are snowbirding where it's warmer, basking in green instead of white, and perhaps enjoying beautiful tropical blooms like these at left. Or maybe they are taking in a few inspiring quilt shows.

Here are a few links to some colourful inspiration for you: The Road to California Show takes place each January in Ontario CA, just east of Los Angeles. You can see some of the winners here and here. Pictured at right is the Best of Show winner, Fractal by Claudia Pfeil of Germany. Wow! Just W O W! Read all about it and its maker here.

I've always had a fascination with Japan, probably because of the Japanese penpal I had for years. Attending the Tokyo Quilt Festival would be fabulous wouldn't it? Viewing the entries online is likely the closest I'll get, click here to see some of this year's entries and winners. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the post to see the amazing Grand Prize winner, and to click on several more links for Special Exhibits and Close Up views.

St Patrick's Day is just a few days away. Click here to view some quilts inspired by Celtic designs and symbols, and of course that beautiful colour GREEN!

How are you dealing with these latest snowstorms? I'm just hiding away in my studio, quilting, quilting, quilting.....

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

BOMs and BOWs

Have you ever done a BOM or a BOW? That's a Block Of the Month, or Block Of the Week...
In January, Jeanne Kaye our own energizer bunny, showed us her 2018 BOW quilt- all finished! Being the speedy quilter she is, she couldn't bear to sew only one block per week, for the entire year, (the same block each week) so she finished it up in jig time, adding heart appliqués to the snowball blocks. This sew along is organized by Darlene D'Eon of A Needle Pulling Thread quilt shop in Digby. NS.









Gail M. sent a link a few weeks ago for a free Christmas BOM called Gnome for the Holidays (shown at left.) The patterns are posted on the first of each month and remain free to download for that month. (If you miss a month, you can purchase the block.) So if you were "on the fence" you'd better act quickly for the first free block pattern will only be available for one more day.. Click here:
http://www.fatcatpatterns.com/bom2.html







If you're interested in a sampler blocks style of BOW, the Temecula Quilt Company is hosting an 1880 Sampler BOW Sew Along - block instructions are posted each Friday, and the blocks are 4" finished. The finished sampler will be roughly 40" x 48". It began on Feb. 2, so you only have four blocks to catch up on! I'm thinking of doing this one. Anyone care to join me? Click here for the first five posts, most recent is first, so scroll down for the first post which explains the project.






It's a Wild Life BOM has various quilters designing a block for their designated month, beginning in February. Again, hustle to get the February pattern (a maple leaf block.) 








EDIT, March 2... Let's Go Camping! I just found another free BOM online, and this one is a Mystery project, i.e. you won't know what the whole thing will look like until the end. Each month you get free block instructions but how it all will come together will not be revealed until the last month. This one is hosted by Pat Sloan, you may be familiar with her or have one/many of her books. She is using a camping theme, but of course you can choose whatever fabric you like. Check it out here. Block 3 was just posted yesterday, simply scroll down for the previous two blocks. Or use the link at beginning of this paragraph where the free pattern downloads are, at www.freequiltpatterns.info. The blocks will finish at 12" and will be set on point for a 64" square quilt. Pat is a great teacher and offers many tips and hints (and fun stories too!) to help you along. Aaaand... there is a monthly prize drawing for those participants who share a photo of their finished block. Now who doesn't love the chance to win a prize?!!

Just received my Fabricville flyer...  March is Quilting Month, and all quilting accessories will be on sale, 25-40% off, March 5-27. This includes Olfa and Clover products, also Gütermann threads will be 40% off... Just sayin'...

Happy Sewing....

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day to all you sweet quilters! I hope something extra sweet comes your way today, whether it's flowers, chocolate or.... new fabric! Whatever makes you happy! If you are looking for something to "play" at today on your sewing machine, click here for an idea for a Valentine "doodle"....

For all you animal lovers, here's a link to some sweet dog and cat quilts: dog quilts here and cat quilts here, separated so they don't fight! Lol We couldn't have that on Valentines Day! Speaking of dogs and cats, we hope you'll join us on Saturday Feb. 24 for our workday making kennel mats for the SPCA. Check your newsletter for all the particulars. It promises to be a fun day, and a free lunch is included - chili and homemade bread - now that's hard to pass up!

If you've been thinking about joining in on CQA's Quilted Postcard  Challenge, it's time to get moving! Click here for all the guidelines. Postcards will be displayed and sold at Quilt Canada 2018 in Vancouver. There will be a display of quilted postcards at our next meeting to get your creative juices flowing...

If your love for winter is wearing a little thin and you're getting tired of looking at white, here's a little Valentine colour for you.. (Can you tell I'm more of a pink girl than a red?)
Repeat after me.. "Summer WILL be here soon..."




Sunday, January 7, 2018

Are You an Aurifil Lover?

For those of you who are Aurifil lovers, here's a great offer:

Dear Fredericton Quilters' Guild:
Sew Karen-ly Created…in Amherst, N.S., stocks Aurifil threads in a variety of colours, weights, and spool sizes, including 12 weight for hand or machine embroidery, 40 weight for machine quilting, all-purpose 50 weight for both piecing and quilting, and a very fine 60 weight bobbin thread. There are also beautiful thread collections, and storage cases for the thread. I am very pleased to offer free shipping to your guild members on any orders over $100.00.  All of the threads can be seen here: https://squareup.com/store/sew-karen-ly-created-dot-dot-dot  

Threads are priced below manufacturer’s suggested retail, cost shown on the checkout includes all taxes. Shipping will be via either Canada Post Expedited (2 days from Amherst to Fredericton) or same day via Maritime Bus – your choice.

To receive the free shipping, kindly click the link “shipping” which is shown in blue on the first checkout screen.  You will get a drop-down menu, where you must select “pick up” to eliminate the shipping fee. In the comments section, kindly write “Fredericton Quilters' Guild member” and indicate how you would like your items shipped (mail or bus).
If there are questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. New threads are currently on order – including several gorgeous collections - and will be added to the website soon (hopefully next week!).  Kindly watch my blog and FB page for details.

Sincere thanks!
Karen Neary
So Aurifil lovers, have a look at Karen's site and see all the yummy thread... She tells me her new order should arrive on Wednesday barring snowstorm issues. She has a number of Mark Lipinski's "Basics" collections coming - it's a great value - you get 12 spools plus a case for $139.00 plus tax. The cases alone sell for $10.00  so that makes the spool cost $10.75 as opposed to the regular $13.00/spool.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall Shows #2, 3, and 4.

There are THREE quilt shows coming up next weekend! Yes, three! So, whichever direction you're headed in, there's likely a show to be found.  Keswick Ridge Quilters are holding their show in Burtt's Corner, Miramichi QG show is in Chatham, and Where Friends Gather QG show is in Charlo. See posters below...










Monday, September 18, 2017

September Meeting Coming Up!



Our September meeting is tomorrow night. The third Tuesday of the month is "our" night, and the date will always fall between the 15th and 21st. It will be great to see everyone again! Don't forget your nametag, your three fat quarters in fall colours for the exchange, any library books that you might still have out, your summer sewing projects for Show and Tell and a loonie or toonie for the fat quarter draw. Whew! You'll need your totebag! See you there.
New members welcome.