Monday, May 26, 2014

Reminder to Executive

Just a quick reminder to outgoing and incoming Executive members. Tomorrow, Tuesday evening May 27th is our get-together for outgoing members to hand over materials and info to new incoming Executive members, and present year-end reports. Desserts will be provided by the outgoing Executive. We meet at Barb C's at 126 Waterloo Row for a 6:30 p.m. start.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Potluck Reminder and 2014 Trend Tex Challenge

The days and weeks seem to be flying by and here we are just a few days from our final meeting, and the ever anticipated Potluck dinner! Please note the earlier start time for this May meeting - 6 p.m. Remember to bring your hot dishes hot and ready to serve and your cold dishes chilled. There is no time or space for reheating or refrigerating. If you are a new member and you are wondering what to bring - anything goes! There is always a nice variety of main dishes, salads, breads/rolls and desserts so don't worry- anything you contribute will be gratefully received and consumed! Each person also brings their own plate, cup and cutlery - this makes cleanup quick and easy. One last thing- we have one member with a significant nut allergy so if your dish contains nuts or nut oils, please label it.
This meeting will also see the unveiling of the Recycle Challenge, so remember to bring those pieces as well.

Lee sent me the following writeup on this year's Trend Tex Challenge this morning, and although I had included a link on a previous post, she had missed it so I thought others may have missed it also. So here it is again. The pieces in this Challenge are always interesting and varied so they are fun to view...
Every year the Canadian Quilters' Association puts out a call for entries to their major fundraiser, the Trend-Tex Challenge, which is sponsored by Trend-Tex Fabrics Inc.  The theme this year was "Modern
Ways" with five bright fabrics chosen to inspire people to create and donate their works for the silent auction held at Quilt Canada. This year's event is being held in St. Catharines, Ontario from June 11-14.

I love seeing how people's minds work and to see all the interpretations of the theme and how the fabric spoke to people - so interesting!  The requirement was that the quilted piece have a perimeter no larger than 120 inches and that all five fabrics must be visible on the front with three other fabrics allowed to be added.  There were 137 wonderful creations submitted by the deadline .  As we recently had a program on modern quilting, I thought people might enjoy grabbing a cup of their favourite beverage and browsing these works at

Enjoy!  Lee

Friday, May 9, 2014

Rest in Peace, Joan

We are saddened  to let you know of the passing of Joan Whelpley yesterday, May 7, at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital. Joan has been a member of our Guild for longer than I can remember, and over the years has generously contributed hundreds of quilts for Transition House and other Community Projects. Several years ago we honored her with a "Lifetime Member"  status.
There will be no visitation, at Joan's request, but a funeral service will be held Monday May 12th at 2pm at the York Funeral Home Chapel. We hope to see you there.
You can read her Obituary here.

Rest in Peace, Joan. A rest well deserved.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Another Armchair Tour...

There don't seem to be any Quilt Shows nearby this spring, so how about another armchair tour? Grab your passports and let's fly off to Paducah, Kentucky first. Click here to see the 2014 AQS winners. No Canadian winners in the bunch this year, but I do see one from our next door neighbour, Maine. Click on each quilt for a larger view.

Now let's fly west to B.C. and see some beauties from the Victoria Quilters' Guild Show this past weekend. Just click here and here - just as easy as Dorothy clicking those red heels!! Thanks to Paulette and Kathy for letting us see this show through their eyes...

Lastly, if you haven't looked at the CQA/ACC blog lately, you have missed a few impressive collections of quilts. Click here, here and here to see all the entries in the recent Winter Wonderland Challenge. And if you're not too tired from all this touring, you can click here to see the 2014 Trend Tex Challenge entries which will be displayed at the upcoming CQA conference in St. Catherines ON.

Now wasn't that fun? And you didn't even have to pack a suitcase.. or deal with flight delays, or security checks....