Tuesday, February 13, 2018

February Meeting

Monday, February 19th is  Family Day in Ontario so why not come and spend some time with your quilting family as well.  Our next meeting is scheduled for that evening at 7pm as usual despite the holiday.

We will have Wendy Foster-Birch coming in to do a wonderful thread presentation. Wendy will be speaking about types of threads used in quilting projects like cotton, polyester, metallic.  Also, she will be discussing the different weights and needle sizes and when, how and where to use each type.  She will have a wonderful trunk show to share with us that incorporates the different threads she uses.  Wendy will have threads available for sale as well.

We will also have a Shop On Showcase (SOS) on Monday.  Mad About Patchwork will be coming in to sell some of the goodies appearing in her store these days.  So bring you cash and credit!

At our executive meeting last Tuesday, we had a lot to discuss as there are wonderful things coming up for our guild.  Here are some important points we would like to share with you:
  • On Saturday, February 24th from 9am - 4pm at the Carleton Place Legion we will be holding an AQG members only quilting day.  It is a chance to bring in your machine, your project(s), lunch and snacks to spend the day socializing and enjoying the company of other members.  For those interested, Angela is willing to do a small demonstration on how to make postcards so you can get a head start on the President's Challenge.  A fee of $10 is required but all proceeds are being donated to Quilts of Valour Canada.
  • In March, we will be hosting our first Bed Turning as the program.  In order to make this night a success we need quilts and stories from our members.  It could be anything from a vintage family heirloom quilt to a quilt that may have the top done only but has a really good story to go with it (perhaps why it hasn't been completed yet 😉).  We will have narrators to read your story so there is no need to worry about coming up and presenting anything if that makes you uncomfortable.  Please consider sharing your story! Not familiar with a bed turning but would like to know more...just follow the following links:
  • Our fellow members Carolynn Parsons and Inga Scanlan have been very busy putting together a weekend retreat at Providence Point, Lanark, Ontario.  It will be taking place Thursday March 1, 2018 - Sunday March 4, 2018.  For $225, including taxes, meals and accommodations, you can enjoy some time away from home and focus on your sewing projects.  They have lots of fun planned and prizes too!  The first 20 people to have their cheques to Carolynn or Inga will be able to participate. Reserve your spot by contacting either Carolynn or Inga.
  • Finally, our favourite subject...elections!  This year the positions of President and Secretary are up for election.  Please take the next few months to think about joining the executive committee in either of these roles.  It is an opportunity to help run our fantastic guild from behind the scenes.  If you are interested, please let Angela or Jen know by April as elections will be held in May.
We hope you can join us in welcoming our guests Wendy Foster-Birch and Mad About Patchwork Monday evening.
See you then!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Bonus Sewing Day!

Unfortunately, due to the lack of enrollment we have had to cancel the workshop with Paul Leger that was scheduled for February.

We have decided to keep one of the Saturdays we had booked at the Carleton Place Legion for a social sewing day for guild members only, there are 25 spaces available!

Jennifer, our vice-president, will be bringing power bars, 4 cutting mats and 2 ironing boards with irons.

All you have to do is bring your own machine, project to work on, rulers and tools that you need for your project and your own lunch and snacks.

Angela, our president, has offered to demonstrate how to make a postcard to help you with your President's Challenge this year if anyone is interested.

The cost will be $10 per person with all the proceeds being donated to Quilts of Valour Canada.

Here is the summary and contact information:
Almonte Quilters Guild Sew-in Day
Carleton Place Legion (177 George St, Carleton Place)
Saturday, February 24th 9am-4pm
$10 per person (guild members only) - All proceeds being donated to QoVC
Only 25 spots available!
To register, please contact Jen at jen@happywifequilting.ca

Friday, January 12, 2018

Happy New Year!!

With the busy holiday season behind us and a couple of months of weird winter weather ahead of us, it is the perfect time to get back into our sewing rooms and back to our Guild meetings 😀

We are back together this coming Monday, January 15, 2018 at 7pm at our usual spot (Almonte Civitan).  Join us for an evening of exploring online tools available to us and how to navigate through them.  I will also be sharing with you this years President's Challenge for 2018!

Also, we are fortunate to have an S.O.S (Shop on Showcase) coming to our meeting on Monday.  This month we will host Quilter's Barn and Gifts from Russell so bring with you cash or credit, they accept both.

Finally, here are a few reminders:

  • Bring some slippers or indoor shoes, as we cannot wear our winter boots in the hall.
  • Our fat quarter theme for the month is Winter or Flannel.
  • Jelly Roll theme continues to be Pastels.
  • Our next Sew-In at Textile Traditions is Thursday, January 25th 1-4pm.
  • Our next 'Touch Quilt' workshop at the Carleton Place Legion is Wednesday, January 17th from 1-4pm.
See you all in a couple of days!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Christmas Idea!

Just in case you are making your Christmas list, for those loved ones wanting to get you just the right thing, we have an idea for you!

There is a very special two day quilting workshop coming up in February at the Carleton Place Legion with Paul Leger. His beautiful Canada quilt pattern is yours to make and keep while all proceeds raised from the workshop will go to our veterans through the Quilts of Valour Ottawa Area Chapter, specifically for quilts for the Veteran's House in Ottawa.  Lunch will be provided both days.  Please see the poster for further details.

Registration is easy, so let them know their options while you are at it! 😉🎄🎅

To register online, go to: https://www.happywifequilting.ca
To register in person, visit one of the following two stores (please note - cash only payments at the stores):

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Christmas Social and More!

If you have been in the malls at all these last couple of days you will notice that things are starting to look a little more festive out there!

We are also looking forward to kicking off the Christmas season with our social evening at the guild on Monday, November 20th, same time, same place.  We will be having two main events, they will be:

1) The Cookie Raffle:  If you would like to participate in this event, all you need to do is bake a dozen of your favourite cookies or squares.  Pack 6 in a ‘take home bag’ (ex. ziplock or christmas baggie) and bring the other 6 to be shared as part of our snack portion of the evening. Please bring along a copy of your recipe, if you wish.

2) Gift Exchange: If you would like to participate in this event, please wrap a small gift item ranging from $5-$10.  It doesn’t have to be quilting related…it could be chocolates, teas, etc.  It just needs to be wrapped in a way that nobody can see what it is until it is opened…keep it a surprise!

This will be our last meeting until the New Year so if you have any block of the months or charity quilts that are finished, can you please bring them to the meeting and hand them into BJ.

Our library will be available in November to take out books and because we don't meet in December, that means you get to keep them for an extra month...so it's a great time to borrow something from our library.

We will be raffling off our first quilt kit on Monday night, so bring your tickets with you and find out if you're the lucky winner!

Finally, we have only 3 spots left for our full service "New Year - New You" guild retreat at Inspired Getaways from January 5 - January 7.  If you haven't reserved your spot already and would like to go, please email Karin at QuiltingAddict@yahoo.com  For those who have registered, please remember to bring your payment along with you to the meeting.

See you all next week!