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!
Angela

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.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

May & More

I have a lot to cover in this post, so grab a tea or coffee and have a read 😀

Yesterday, I had the wonderful experience of joining some of our fellow quilters on our first ever AQG bus trip!  The skies were grey and there was a chill in the air, but we never noticed because our spirits were bright and our souls were warmed with chatter, laughter and camaraderie.  It felt like the quickest ride to Cornwall I have ever had.

Once in Cornwall, we were greeted by wonderful members of the Cornwall Quilters Guild (CQG) who were happy to get our hands stamped and on our way.  We made it just in time to take part in their "Bed Turning" presentation and what a delight that was to see and listen to.  The inspiration and stories that came from some of the quilts they shared with us was heart-warming.  Some of the quilts and stories were over 100 years old and reminded us of the yester years when quilts were made up using only what was available.  They were all stunning!  I sat there wondering how many of our members had family heirlooms they cherished and how fun it would be to have a similar presentation at one of our meetings!

We were then left to browse the hundreds of beautiful quilts displayed throughout the church.  Some draped over the church pews that brought the whole room to life.  Larger ones were displayed in the church hall along with the Canada 150 quilt display, fabulous vendors and a delicious tea room.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank our fellow quilters and members of the CQG for such wonderful hospitality and for putting on such a beautiful show.  We enjoyed it immensely!!

Our day did not end there though, we boarded the bus and went to visit Ron's Quilt Shop.  I have to say it was the first time for me and it won't be the last.  Given we were 56 women shopping all at one time, that is no small task for any store.  The staff did a wonderful job, cutting and processing our payments as quickly as possible and still managed to smile and chat with us.  Some of us left with full suitcases others with smaller gems but all of us left feeling satisfied with the latest additions to our stash!

All in all, it was a very successful day.  Dany and Jane, our program directors, did a fabulous job and for that I thank you.  Most of our bus trippers are already looking forward to another adventure.  That is always a great sign and speaks to its success!  Bravo ladies!

Next on the guild agenda is our May Potluck Meeting on Monday, May 15th at 6:30pm.  Our agenda that night is ambitious but fun-filled all the same.  We will be holding our potluck supper, so bring along with you a favourite dish, salad or dessert please.  As well as your own plate and utensils to enjoy the feast on.  We will be holding our AQG Elections to fill the following positions this year: Vice-President; Treasurer; Program Director; Webmaster and Membership Coordinator.  There will be a display of our President's Challenge that you can peruse and see if you can match the names of our participants to their quilts and finally, we will be having an always exciting round of Fat Quarter Poker!  If you would like to participate in our FQ Poker game, bring along with you 3 FQs to try and win a bundle at the end of the night.  See why we need to start a little earlier that night! 😉

Finally, if you are looking for something to do this coming weekend, our neighbouring Arnprior & District Quilters Guild is holding their bi-annual quilt show on Saturday (10am - 5pm) & Sunday (10am - 4pm) at the Nick Smith Centre in Arnprior.  The admission is only $6.  The Canada 150 travelling show will be at their show as well, so if you didn't get a chance to get to Cornwall it will be a little closer to home for you to see.

In the meantime, happy quilting everyone!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

For Sale - Thread Holders

Please note that Sue Stewart is selling some thread holders!  As per the picture, she has 4 racks available.  The new ones are worth $25 each but she is only asking $10 per holder or $35 for all 4!  Get them before they are gone...email almontequiltersguild@gmail.com.