Sunday, February 2, 2020

Are You Up for the Challenge of a Sew Along?

Good day! What are you working on in your sewing space these days? Do you have a special project underway? Are you working on something for the Guild "Let's Get Sewing Challenge" or maybe you are doing the sampler? Remember we have lots of great prizes for participants.. just sayin'.. wink

Don't forget our President's Challenge for Gateway to Adventure at Quilt Canada, using the Kona Jungle Green? (It's not too late to start, Andrea still has the jungle green Kona cotton in stock.) All the details can be found here. Remember the deadline is our March meeting.

Perhaps you are looking for a new project. There are a number of free Sew Alongs, BOM's, and BOW's underway (that's Block of the Month and Block of the Week programs.) Moda has started the third round of their popular Block Heads Sew Along with Block Heads 3. If you are not familiar with this BOW, you will find answers to some frequently asked questions here.  There will be 56 blocks in total throughout the year, and each will have directions for at least two sizes, 6" and 12", some will also have directions for 8" and 4" sizes. You can decide how many blocks and what size or sizes you wish to make- whether all blocks the same size or mix it up with different sizes. A number of possible layouts are given - lots of ideas and inspiration!! A block is "unveiled" online each Wednesday morning by that week's Moda designer; there have been three so far, so you're not too late to jump in and get caught up. The first three are (Week 1) Star Crossed by Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts,  (Week 2) Sunshine Star by Sherri McConnell of  A Quilting Life and (Week 3) Crown and Star by Betsy Chutchian of Betsy's Best...quilts and more. Because this is a free program offered by Moda, of course one of their objectives is to promote Moda fabrics, but you can use whatever fabrics and colours you wish. I plan to participate with some of the blocks... I know I won't do them all, but I do like all of the first three, so we'll see... Anyone care to join me?

If you are trying to use up some stash this year instead of buying more fabric, this challenge might interest you...  Amista Baker of Modern Design for Quilts and Bags is hosting a Stash Buster Challenge. Read all about it here. 

Another Stash Buster Challenge can be found here at  Border Creek Station. This block is very simple and can be set a number of ways- great for using up scraps, for a gift or charity quilt.

If you are interested in improving your skills, quilting sisters Kimie and Missy at On Williams Street are offering a free sampler quilt sew along. They are suggesting it as a group activity - a quilting bee! However there's no reason you couldn't just do it on your own too if you wish. You can read all about it here. 

How about a UFO challenge? If you don't know, in "quilter speak" UFO stands for UnFinished Object. In other words, projects that you started but never got around to finishing...  Do you have any of those languishing about? If so, this challenge might be for you!

AQS (American Quilters Society) is hosting a quilt a month quilt along. Directions are given each month for the fabric pull, unit construction, quilt assembly and quilting ideas for the month's block. You can check it out here.

If you love star blocks, have a look at this beauty... "Midnight Stargazer" is spectacular! LOTS of other freebies on the sidebar too at

Abyquilts has started a BOM quilt along called "Sisters." Each month directions are given for a 12" block (big sister) and the same block in 6" size (little sister.) The first two blocks are already shown, January's block is Dutchman's Puzzle and February's is Twin Star. You'll find all the info here.

Michael Miller Fabrics is running a monthly Quilt Along called Peek Into Batiks (Who can resist those beautiful batiks??) Click here for the first installment. 

If you'd like to try a Mystery Quilt Along, this one starts in May 2020.

Lastly, if you like "scrappy" this quilt-along  "scraps-along" may be for you. Each month Sherri of  A Quilting Life will show a Scrappy Challenge with two components -a scrap sewing challenge and a scrap organization challenge! Wow, what a great idea! Check it out here. 

So, if you've been bored, and looking for something new to work on... now you have lots of ideas!!

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Items of Note and Upcoming Events

This Saturday is a workday  - won't you join us? There will be a Valentine's runner to do, or you can bring your own project to work on. These workdays are a great opportunity to get to know other guild members, benefit from their expertise and experience, see others' projects and be inspired! The cost is just $5.00. Come and stay for the whole day, or whatever your schedule allows. Join the fun!

Next Thursday, Joyce Newman will be giving a lecture at our regular meeting place (Johnston Ave. Senior Centre) at 1pm. The topic is "Strategies for Using Your Orphan Blocks." Orphan blocks are those leftovers - blocks that never made it into the quilt, extra blocks, "test" blocks, etc. No doubt you have a few if you look around your sewing space....  Joyce will give us lots of ideas on how to put them to use, or incorporate them into a quilt project successfully. We hope to put some of these ideas to work at our February Community Projects workday. See you at the lecture, Thursday, January 30, 1p.m. at Johnston Ave. Senior Centre.

The deadline for the next newsletter is Feb.7, if you have anything to submit. Contact Lee, our Newsletter Editor.

Aurifil thread... we now have a local source for Aurifil - Andrea at Ridge Machine Quilting (280 Route 616, Keswick Ridge) is carrying Aurifil - large spools in basic neutral colours and small spools of some colours. Please support this local source! If you are looking for colours that Andrea does not have in stock, Linda H will continue to do orders from Karen Neary. (Karen carries 73 colours in the 50 weight 1300m. spools.) As before, once we have an order for $100.00 or more, Karen will ship for free, order arrives the next day. Karen has reorganized her website to make ordering easier, so if you have had it bookmarked, you may want to update to her new site at   Her threads are all now separated into categories (by weight) so just click on the links along the left side. Easy Peasy!

Monday, January 20, 2020

Here we go again...

It's a new year, and a new decade! Belated Happy New Year, everyone! Our latest snowfall has covered the landscape with a fresh clean blanket of white - like a fresh sheet of paper looking for new ideas, or a clean and tidy sewing space waiting for a new project? What are you working on? I've been working on a very colourful project.. and doing lots of trimming, as you can see!

Our January meeting is now just a day away, we hope to see you there. Our program topic is Wool Applique and I know we are in for a treat when we see some fabulous wool projects by Ann, Barb and Susan. The Challenge "unit of the month" is the half square triangle (hst.) There will be a demo at break time on making hst's and on using the BlocLoc ruler for trimming.

Saturday is Support Your Local Quilt Shop Day, held annually on the fourth Saturday of January. Plan a visit to your favourite local shop and show it some love. ♥   Saturday is also our first workday of the year. The planned theme is Valentines projects but you can bring your own project to work on as well, it doesn't have to be a Valentines project.  If you are looking for ideas for a Valentines project here are a few links for various projects large and small, to get you going...
Valentine's Day Projects from Weallsew
Four Heart Table Topper
"LOVE" projects from The Crafty Quilter
Of course there is always Pinterest for ideas... oh my!  SO many ideas there...
So dig out those reds and pinks and join us on Saturday Jan. 25. See you tomorrow night at the meeting!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Christmas Quilting and Photography Helps

"Christmas Candy" made by Barb Frame,
quilted by Andrea Rennick, photographed by Craig Frame
The days are ticking by.. (am I the only one who has a slight panic attack when the calendar turns to December??)
Are you working on Christmas projects? gifts? perhaps a new Christmas quilt or wallhanging for yourself? One of our members has just finished a new Christmas quilt for her bed.. I hope we'll see it along with your Show and Tell items at our dinner on Dec.10.

Once a quilt is quilted and bound, there are two things you should do before you consider it totally "done."  One is add a label with pertinent information, such as name of quilt or design, who made it, where and when, and any other important info such as if it was made for a special person or occasion. Put as much info on the label as you can - future generations will thank you for the documentation.
The other thing to do is photograph the quilt. Following are two links to articles to help you with that, including a suggested list of shots to get and some great suggestions on lighting. Some of you may be familiar with Kathy Schwartz of Tamarack Shack, her blog is popular. Read her blog post on quilt photography here.  The other article comes from Emily Dennis of the Quiltylove blog, read it here.

And lastly, a Christmas riddle... Why are Christmas trees so bad at sewing?

They always drop their needles...

Sunday, November 17, 2019

It's mid-November already!!

Time is flying by! We're well into Novembrrrrrr and it's beginning to feel like winter has arrived and is here to stay... a little too early for my taste. I guess I'll just have to begin my studio hibernation and get busy on Christmas sewing. Tuesday is meeting night - we'll have lots of sewing/gifting ideas for you! Have you purchased your ticket for our Christmas Social/Dinner yet?

We now have the photos from our Spring 2019 show added for your viewing pleasure- scroll down the sidebar and click on the photo to go to the album.

In case you missed it on our guild Facebook page, click here to see many of the winners from the International Quilt Festival in Houston a few weeks ago. What an incredible collection of  amazing quilts! Wouldn't this be a wonderful show to attend? Sigh... maybe someday.

Do you have any questions about batting?  Here is an excellent article on batting by Lori Kennedy - 
no doubt you will find your answers here!

Have you heard of Ian Berry? He is a very talented young British textile artist who works solely with denim. Check out his website here to view his incredible work.

That's all for now. See you Tuesday night!

Monday, October 28, 2019

Off to a Great Start!

We are off to an exciting start to our year - already two successful meetings, a workshop and a workday under our belt! We have some new members (welcome!) and there is lots of enthusiasm in our group. Quilting is alive and well!
We all share a love of sewing/quilting and we each take away something different from our projects, whether they be by hand or machine... I couldn't resist sharing this "poster" I saw on Facebook. Health benefits sounds good to me!!

Our November newsletter will be out in another few weeks so watch for it in your inbox/mailbox.

Coming Up.... the Embroiderers' Guild of Fredericton is holding a sale of new and gently used items tonight (Monday Oct. 28) at the Stepping Stone Centre, 15 Saunders St. Included will be even weave fabric, embroidery threads, patterns, books, kits, hoops, beads, etc. plus some general sewing supplies. The sale will be held from 6-8pm. All are welcome!

The Fredericton Guild of Fibre Artists and the Embroiderers' Guild of Fredericton are joining forces to present an exhibition of their work at Government House, 51 Woodstock Road, from Nov. 8 to Jan. 8. Hours are 10-4 Monday through Friday. Several of our own members belong to these talented groups and this show promises to be an amazing display of creative skills and talents. You won't want to miss a visit to Government House third floor gallery to see this show.

For those of you who like working with selvages, here's an idea for you... a new dress!!  Perhaps with your Christmas fabric selvages??!!  :)

For Sale: Pfaff Ambition 1.0 machine. Two years old but used VERY little - no more than ten hours at most. In perfect condition. Asking $800.00. Contact Sue at 457-2333.

One of our members has a new Pfaff Power Quilter 16 (sit down mid arm machine) and is looking to confer with others who have the same. If you own one, or know of someone in Fredericton who does, please leave a comment below.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Here We Go Again!

      Welcome back everyone to another new year! I believe this will be our 38th year "in business!" Wow! The time sure flies. Summer whizzed by, didn't it? I don't know about you, but I was almost too busy to enjoy much of the summer... and now fall is creeping up on us. I want a few more weeks of warm weather!! But with fall comes an energy for new beginnings, fresh starts, new projects!

Your executive has been hard at work since you last saw us and we have a great year lined up for you. Workshops are all planned and scheduled, we have a fantastic lineup of programs and a fun Guild Challenge idea for you. The first newsletter went out this past week - if you didn't receive it, get in touch with Lee M., our newsletter editor.

Did you attend any quilt shows this summer? There was a long list, almost one every weekend! Quilting is alive and well!! Check out the sidebar for this fall's list of shows and events. The ever popular KVQG show is this coming week- Thursday to Saturday, times are listed. If you read Saint John's Telegraph Journal, there was a great article in yesterday's issue (Saturday Sept. 14) about the KV guild and their show.

Couldn't resist sharing this with you - a screenshot I took from Facebook. I wonder if anyone will show up on Tuesday night wearing this flashy footwear??!! Aren't they snazzy? Available from if you're interested.

Former member Sandi MacMillan has completed the second piece in her series of quilts inspired by our beautiful city. You may remember her spectacular quilt of the Bill Thorpe walking bridge. This one depicts the spiral stairway in our Legislative Building on Queen Street. It was done for her Journeys through Art quilt group's challenge; "Spiral" was the theme. The eight challenge quilts were entered in the Grand Rapids, Michigan AQS show in August and won second place in the group category. You can see all eight here. And... Sandi's quilt was chosen for the cover of the AQS show program. Wow! Congrats! Her next Fredericton-inspired quilt is already in progress.

See you Tuesday night! Bring your membership renewal form and $30. fee if you haven't already joined for the year, wear your nametag, return any outstanding library books, pack up your summertime projects to share with us during Show and Tell, tuck a pen and notepad in your purse along with money for our wonderful Aurifil draw... have I forgotten anything?
Hold on... here we go!!!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

What's Happenin'?

Even though today's weather is grey and wet (again!!) it seems we are finally into summer. Hurray! It's been a long time coming! Do you sew/quilt less in the summer? Are you busy with other things, like gardening? Or do you still spend time at your machine everyday? Regardless, here are a few things you might like to check out if you're looking for some inspiration...

Row By Row 2019 is underway. The theme this year is Taste the Experience: blocks/rows and fabrics are food related. Visit participating quilt shops for a free pattern, some may have kits as well. Collect at least eight different rows from 8 different shops and put together your own quilt design. If you are the first to return a finished row by row quilt (quilted, bound and labelled) to a participating shop, you will receive a bundle of 25 fat quarters. For more info and the complete list of rules, click here.
Click here for a list of participating shops. The Row By Row Experience continues until September 3.

Check out CQA's site to see winners from Quilt Canada's NJS (National Juried Show.) Click here to see all NJS entries and winners. You can click on each photo for a closer view. Congrats to Kathy Tidswell and Juliet Nowlan who are among the entrants.

Check out the sidebar for a long list of shows and events in our area this summer. If you hear of something which I do not have listed, please let me know so I can add it. If you're travelling this summer, check the list before you go, you wouldn't want to miss out on a good show.. or use a show or event as the reason to take a little trip.  :)

Sunday, May 19, 2019

What A Show!

Whew! Our show is over. It was a lot of work, but so worth it. The comments were all very favourable, the most common being what a great variety there was. And it's true - we had a bit of everything. Traditional, contemporary, modern, machine quilted, hand quilted, longarm quilted, bed quilts, wall quilts, art quilts, piecing, appliqué name it, we had it! I am still editing photos but here's a sampling...   (Warning: Photo heavy post!!)

We had the animal kingdom covered.... from dragonflies
Dance of the Dragonflies by Gwenda Mattinson

to parrots...
Ruffled Feathers by Nancy Richards

to colourful cows
Abby-Gail by Gail Mitchell

and whales! (I've never seen an orange whale, have you?!
Whales Ahoy! by Susan Dobson

We covered the seasons too...
from glorious spring
Botanic Garden by Barb Toner

to hot summer days,
Summertime and The Living Is Easy by Sally Lunnie

then the fall harvest
Harvest Time by Cathy White

and the beauty of winter's snowfall.
Winter Wonderland by Gail Mitchell

There were soft colours
Darling Diamonds by Jane Gunn

and bold bright colours....
Bargello Heart by Lucy Bourque

There was every size, from miniature
Top to Bottom, Circle of Geese, Squared by Andrea Rennick,
Sam Elliott by Trudy Corey,  Raspberry Pie by Linda Hubbard,
and Canada Proud by Linda Hubbard.

to KING size.
New Beginnings by Sue Robertson

There were whimsical quilts
Snow Buddies- Throughout the Year by Joyce Humble

and quilts to make you chuckle.
Hanging Out by Jane Gunn

From contemporary
Tending the World by Lee McLean

 Split Decisions by Joyce Humble

to traditional, quilted by hand
Tennessee Waltz by Betty Nicholson

 or domestic machine...
 Half Log Cabin by Jean Ketch

and modern designs, quilted on a longarm machine.
 Shooting Stars by Andrea Rennick

You get the picture.. it was an awesome show! We have so much talent in our guild, and it's nice to see it all together in one room, for all to enjoy. Thanks to our members for sharing their works of art. All photos from the show will be together in an album on the sidebar, as soon as I finish editing.. stay tuned!