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!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Workshops, Retreats and More!

What a wonderful evening last night!  Bethany Garner did not disappoint with her beautiful trunk show, I would like to thank her for making the trek to Almonte to share her passion with us.

I thought I would just summarize some of the highlights coming up for our guild as these were covered very quickly before our show and tell, apologies to those who didn't hear or missed the news.

We have two workshops coming up, if you are interested in either of  them, please contact Carole at cjtreggett@gmail.com:

1) How to make Touch/Fidget Quilts for Alzheimer's Patients with Inga Scanlan

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 18th, 1-4pm
Location: Carleton Place Legion, 1st Level, 1777 George Street, Carleton Place
Cost: Free
Requirements: Sewing machine and notions/sewing kit is required.
**Note**: The Legion has generously offered their venue to us going forward for a group of us to meet once a month to make these needed charity quilts.  Future meeting dates to be determined.

2) Land of the Silver Birch with Beth Van Wyngaarden 

Date & Time: Saturday, November 4th, 10am - 4pm
Location: Textile Traditions, Almonte, ON
Cost: $25 plus $10 kit fee

We also announced our Guild Retreat!  It will be held from 9am - Friday January 5th, 2018 to 3pm - Sunday, January 7, 2018.  We are calling it "The New Year, New You" retreat.  For $290/person come and enjoy a weekend including your accommodations, meals and snacks...everything will be prepared for you. To reserve your spot (non-refundable), please provide an e-Transfer to QuiltingAddict@yahoo.com or bring a cheque to Jane Martin at our next guild meeting.  If you have any additional questions, please email them to QuiltingAddict@yahoo.com
Finally, our November meeting will be our cookie and gift exchange social evening.  If you would like to participate in the gift exchange, please bring a small wrapped gift ($5-$10).  I will have more details on the cookie exchange at the beginning of November.
Chat soon!

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!