Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Technical Difficulties

Based on our meeting last night, I have come to realize that not all our members can access the two documents that have been recently posted on our blog.  I am sorry that this process was not more seamless for you.

I have made a few changes in hopes to make things easier for you to find the information.  There is a wonderful summary in our 'Welcome Package' that is important for all members.  So, I have included all the information in our 'About Us' section of the blog.  There you will be able to find the monthly program, the FQ themes, etc.  From our main page, simply click on the 'About Us' menu item or you can click on the following link:

If you need a copy of the membership application form, please email the guild address and we will ensure you get a .pdf file that can be printed and brought back next month.

On another note,  the block of the month instructions have also been added to the blog.  They can be found under the 'BOM' menu item on our main page 😀

It was wonderful to see you all last night, thank you for joining us for another guild season!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Welcome Back!

The leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler, so you know what that means?  QUILTING SEASON is upon us!!!  I am very thrilled to be working again with you for our coming guild year.  The executive have met and I am excited by all the wonderful ideas that have been brought forth, I hope you will be too.

Our first meeting is Monday, September 18th at 7pm.  We will be gathering in our usual spot at the Almonte Civitan located at 500 Almonte Street.  Our first night we will have on display the Canada 150 quilts created by local guilds who are part of the Interguild program.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see the quilts up close and personal if you didn't get a chance to see them at any local shows over the Spring and Summer.  We will also have our orientation for the coming year, which includes a walk through of some of the programs we will be doing the next few months.  It will be a full night but a fun one at that.

For your convenience, below you will find our membership application form.  It can be printed and filled out ahead of time to help our membership coordinators at the door on Monday.  

On a final note, through our Friends of Victoria's Quilts Canada Coordinator Caren Denault, we have received a request to help restock the depleting shelves of Victoria's Quilts Canada.  Please see the message Caren received below.  If you have any 1/4 metre cuts you are willing to part with, Caren will be happy to collect them from you at our guild meetings and make sure they get to the coordinators of this very important charity.  Thank you in advance for any donations made.

Is your stash getting just a bit TOO BIG?
Downsize it by donating to
Victoria’s Quilts Canada

Victoria’s Quilts Canada is a charitable organization of volunteers that provides gifts of handmade quilts to people living with cancer in Canada. To make the quilt tops, we need donations of 100% cotton fabric. We can’t use Christmas, baby or novelty fabrics, but we take just about anything else as long as it’s unused and at least ¼ metre in size.  Why not trim down your unruly stash by donating part of it so that we can continue providing comfort to those dealing with this dreaded disease. 

I look forward to seeing all of you again on Monday!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Babies, Babies, Babies!!

Happy Summer my fellow quilters!!!  I hope you are all enjoying some of the latest nice weather we have been receiving, it has been lovely getting consecutive days of sunshine.

I know our sewing machines tend to be used a little less frequently in the summer as we enjoy other activities in the great outdoors BUT if you are looking for a little project to do in the evenings or when you are hiding from the heat, the Almonte General Hospital is running low on quilties for the babies being born in the summer months.

Kathy Jones, our new Quiltie Coordinator, has been informed that they anticipate 35+ babies in July and they only have 38 quilties left.  That will leave August and September quite short for any new arrivals.  Therefore, if you have any spare time please consider making a quiltie or two to hold us over until we meet again in September.  Kathy is willing to come and pick them up so please email the guild address: almontequiltersguild@gmail.com if you have any completed quilts and we will coordinate a pick up time.

Thank you so much!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Mark Your Calendars!

I am back from Quilt Canada!  What an amazing week I had full of classes, shopping and drooling over all the beautiful quilts on display...don't worry I didn't get any drool on any of the quilts themselves 😉.

I think the most inspiring part of the week was to hear how well the Big Quilt Bee did.  The goal was 1,000 quilts for Ronald McDonald's houses...as quilters we almost tripled that goal!!!  There are 2,614 finished quilts at the end of the weekend.  Congratulations and thank you to our members who made quilts and blocks as a part of the Big Quilt Bee.  We are one generous community of quilters across Canada.  I am glad that we could give some comfort to families who are dealing with some difficult times in such a big way!  Bravo Canada!

I heard from some members that our joint meeting went well last Wednesday.  I was sorry to miss the meeting but am happy that the turnout was so good for Patti Carey.  I hear the presentation was phenomenal, a big thank you to Sue for standing in for me while I was away 😀

On another note, I have some important dates to share with you.  First, the Quilt of Belonging is coming to Ottawa this month.   From June 23rd until July 5th this very special quilt will be on display at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West.  It is open to the public at no charge from 9am - 7pm. For more information visit their website at www.quiltofbelonging.ca
The quilt is a  collective gift to Canada - a tribute to all its peoples who together have woven the nation's fabric, a vision of the way our country and the world can live in peace.  It is in Ottawa to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday.

Also, mark Saturday, September 16th on your calendars...The Kanata Quilt Guild will be hosting their first ever show!!! It is a one day only event so don't miss it.  They will have vendors on site, a members boutique, a tea room and free parking.  The event takes place at the Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbeyhill Drive, Kanata from 9:30am - 3:30pm.  Admission is only $5.

I hope you all have a wonderful summer!  Your executive will be meeting at the end of June in order to start preparations and planning for our 2017-18 Guild year.  I look forward to seeing you all in September, until then Happy Quilting!!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Welcome June!

I love June, it brings with it the promise of longer days, warmer air and bluer skies.  This year, June also brings for me my very first trip to Quilt Canada.  I am so excited, I can't wait to share some pictures with you all when I get back.

So far though it has been a little bit on the chilly side and rain seems to be in the forecast...but have no fear I am positive we will be blessed with sunny skies soon! In the meantime, I am still getting lots of sewing done on these rainy days so there has been a silver lining.

June is also our last guild meeting of the season.  We end on a high note because we are being treated to a trunk show by Patti Carey who is the Vice-President of Marketing at Northcott Fabrics. She will be sharing with us how quilting fabric is made.  Our meeting is joint with the Richmond Guild and being held on Wednesday June 14th.  The social part of the evening takes place before the meeting starts at 7:30pm, so please come at 7:10pm and bring a mug with you as there are none available.

The meeting is being held at the Johnny Leroux Arena at 10 Arner-Colpitts Lane, Stittsville, ON.  If someone would like to attend but does not drive, I have received offers from members who are willing to carpool and drive.  Please email me at almontequiltersguild@gmail.com if you would like to take advantage of these offers and I will put you in touch with a member who has volunteered.

I hope you all enjoy your quilting adventures over the summer months and I look forward to seeing you all again in September!  Take care of yourselves and each other in the meantime.