Saturday, October 27, 2012

Quilt For Sale

Several of our FQG members are involved with the local chapter of Grandmothers Helping Grandmothers. This group raises funds, builds awareness and fosters solidarity with destitute African grandmothers struggling to care for millions of grandchildren orphaned by HIV/AIDS. The Fredericton group has already contributed considerable funds through a variety of initiatives including the sale of cookbooks and notepaper, bridge luncheons, garage sales, dinners, our annual Christmas wreath sales, and more. Profits are directed equally to: Stephen Lewis Foundation [SLF] and Help Lesotho, two Canadian organizations working at the grassroots level in sub‐Saharan Africa.
A current fundraiser is the sale of this double sized quilt. Measuring 71" by 87", it features hand appliqu├ęd blocks and was professionally quilted by Gwenda Mattinson of Gwenda Quilts.   The asking price is $600.00. If you know of anyone who is looking for a beautiful quilt, please pass this information on. If you would like more info, or to speak with someone in the group about purchasing this quilt, leave a comment here and I will put you in touch with the proper person.  It would make a very special gift for a special person in your life...

Monday, October 22, 2012

Off to a Great Start!

We are off to a great start for another exciting year at FQG! Welcome to our new members, we hope you will get involved in some way- attend a workshop or workday, offer to help on a committee, use our library, bring items for Show and Tell. Getting involved is the easiest and quickest way to get to know fellow members! We look forward to getting to know YOU!

 Our first two meeting programs have been wonderful- who doesn't love a Trunk Show? In September we saw quilts from four generations in one family of quilters. Alice and daughter Joyce shared their own quilts as well as Alice's mother's and Joyce's daughter's. We were amazed at their collection, as well as the memories and details of these works. All four are  ribbon winners - looks like it must run in their veins! Thank you Alice and Joyce! Here are a few more photos of the wonderful quilts they shared with us...

 In October, Juliet Nowlan of Quispamsis brought us a Trunk Show of her original wall quilts. Juliet is  well known in these parts; she is a ribbon winner many times over, and has had pieces juried into CQA's National Juried Show four times. Juliet loves trying new techniques and "came to quilting" after being a rug-hooker. She enjoys working with color and particularly loves hand dyeing. A world traveller, her pieces usually are designed from a photo she has taken, often on one of her trips. We  were delighted to see so many of her original quilts. Thank you Juliet, your visit was inspiring!

Friday, October 19, 2012

It's a Quilt Show weekend...

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, why not head up to beautiful Keswick Ridge for the Keswick Ridge Quilters Show? It's on Friday and Saturday- see details on our sidebar, and on poster at right. Enjoy a beautiful drive upriver and take in the wonderful fall foliage... Don't forget your camera!

Edit: You can see some photos from this show here.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Meeting reminder and Announcements

Original, by Juliet Nowlan 2011, made for River Valley Batik Challenge
Our October meeting is only a few days away now. Can't wait to see you there. I know our program with Juliet Nowlan will be wonderful. Her original creations are always so amazing! Please bring along one or two original wallhangings that you have done, for a special addition to Show and Tell.

Also don't forget about the "Stitch Across Canada Challenge". In the first month, Canadian quilters stitched all the way across Newfoundland and are now into Nova Scotia. Each month, Guild members add up the "distance they have stitched" by measuring the perimeter of their finished quilt projects. These inches are added up and converted to miles to see how far we can stitch across Canada. I am keeping track of our total inches per month, and we'll see how far we as a Guild have stitched by the February deadline. Do you suppose we could get across our own province?  So please measure the perimeter of each and every finished quilting project that you are bringing to Show and Tell on Tuesday night and tell me your total, so your inches will be counted in!

Several Guilds have informed us of vacancies in upcoming workshops which may interest you:

October: The Akerley Area Guild in Cambridge Narrows is hosting Karen Miller, a quilter/fiber artist/teacher from Nova Scotia. She will be doing a Trunk Show on Thursday October 25th at 6:30 pm and a two day workshop on Wed.-Thurs. October 24- 25. The workshop is titled Landscape with Lupins and is an introduction to landscape techniques and an original method of making 3D lupins. Cost of the workshop is $50.00. Contact Brenda Dunsmore at 488-3418 for more info.

November: The Keswick Ridge Guild is also holding a Trunk Show and a workshop, with a few spaces available. Juliet Nowlan will be teaching Beginner Fabric Dyeing on November 3 at Riverside Resort, Mactaquac (9-4) in which you will dye a Color Wheel and a simple gradation of one color. Workshop fee is $20.00 and materials fee is $38.00. Juliet will also be presenting a Trunk Show on Nov. 2 at 7pm at the same location. For further info call Darcy Anderson at 206-0518

Lastly, we are taking a 2 hour tour of the Quilt Collection at Kings Landing on the morning of October 23. Our tour group is full with 20, but if you might like to join us in case someone cannot make it, let me know. I would like to have a name or two "in reserve", particularly if you could go at the "last minute". The cost is $14.00. You need not be an FQG member....  Leave a comment here or contact me by phone or email....