Wednesday, April 27, 2011

We Invite You to Our Show!

Well ladies, we've been working very hard this week to put together our "Thoughts of Spring" Quilt Show. And if I do say so myself, it looks faaaboulous, dahling! Our "set up crew" worked very hard today, and most of it is in place- just a few pieces left to hang tomorrow and the "tweaking" ...
I'm not sharing any sneak peeks- you'll have to come see for yourself. You'll be sorry if you don't!!
We have 169 pieces from queen size to miniature plus our Spring Challenge pieces, special workshop displays, raffle quilt, vendors and light refreshments...

Once again- Friday April 29th, from 10a.m. - 8p.m. and Saturday April 30th, 10a.m. - 4p.m. at the New Maryland Centre, 754 New Maryland Highway. Exit 285 off the TCH. Click here for detailed directions.... Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Spring Challenge Winners

Our Thoughts of Spring Quilt Show is now just days away: APRIL 29 and 30, in case you had forgotten. In conjunction with our show, we issued a Challenge to our members last fall, to do a piece on their interpretation of "Thoughts of Spring". They were given a size limit (maximum perimeter 96") and the piece had to have 3 layers and be quilted. Other than that, they could do whatever they liked. We encouraged participation and creativity. The Challenge pieces were due at our April meeting on the 19th and they were displayed anonymously. Members in attendance voted to determine the winners and all Challenges will be displayed at our Show on the 29th and 30th.
Our members did not let us down - a big Thanks to all participants!! We got a wonderful variety of entries and you can see the three winners here- 1st place went to Barb Cross (on the left) for "One in a Hole", a humorous look at everyone's favourite spring occurance- potholes! Gwenda Mattinson (in middle) won 2nd place for her lovely framed thread painted piece titled "Getting Ready". Gwenda's Artist Statement read: "My 93 year old father had a long winter, so he made himself busy in the basement thinking about spring. I found his winter's work drying in the spring sunshine, just waiting to be installed at various locations on his farm for his feathered bluebird friends to return." 3rd place was awarded to Valerie Moreland (on the right) for "Primroses and Robins on the Patio ". Who doesn't look forward to the return of the robins? Great work ladies!
You'll have to visit our Show to see the other 15 wonderful Challenge pieces.... See you there!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

This and That

How did you like that Red and White Quilt show in NYC? Wasn't that something?! Everyone from Martha Stewart to Ricki Timms have been talking about it. I sure would have loved to have seen it in person. I can't imagine all that work for just 6 days.... If you are like me and "wanted more"... here you go. Click here for a wonderful collection of links to this show- Flickr albums, videos, and blog post links; and here for some more wonderful viewing to music.... make yourself a cup of tea and sit for a while and enjoy this incredible show. A big Thanks to Kathy F. for sending me both of these links.

A few updates for you: we sent off 35 Leaf Bowls to the Local Organizing Committee in London for Quilt Ontario 2011. They are very pleased to have had such a good response from across Canada and report that they have already received enough bowls for each registrant and have extras as well. Thanks to all FQG members who participated in this endeavour- particularly Lois and Barb P. who made many...

The Nines and Vines quilt which we donated to the Stan Casssidy Foundation for raffle has now begun to make it's way around the province and we hear that ticket sales are brisk. It made it's first "public appearance" in Bathurst where interest was great and tickets were in demand. This quilt will be displayed at our Quilt Show April 29th and 30th and tickets will be available on it there.

Kathy Tidswell is again teaching at the edVentures summer program in Fredericton. Kathy has 4 classes this year: 1. Painting Backgrounds for Quilts or Embroideries, 2. Free Motion Embroidery: Painting with Thread,
3. Free Motion Embroidery: Flowers from Thread and 4. Free Motion Embroidery: Creating Textural Artwork. You can see photos of class projects and get all the details by clicking here. Remember if you register for a course before May 31, you will receive a 15% discount.

There are still a few spots open in Barb Foster's workshop "Pieced Diamonds" on April 16th. If you would like more info or to sign up, contact Valerie Moreland. This quilt requires one jelly roll or Bali Pop or you can cut your own strips from your stash. Barb's classes are always great fun, why not join in?? Please note this date is the Saturday BEFORE our monthly meeting, NOT the Saturday after, which is the usual day.