The February Guild meeting attendance was smaller than usual due to the very cold weather and the absence of our Snowbirds, but those in attendance warmly enjoyed the socializing, snacks (popcorn and chocolate — yum!) and viewing the interesting items in the program. Thanks to Donna W. and Jaynie for organizing the program “Everything Baby” and thanks to all the members who brought homemade baby/children items to show.
Donna began the demonstrations by showing some items that had been made for her children, and now items she has made as she carries on the loving tradition of sewing for her 10 grandchildren. Pictured above are some Barbie clothes with their tiny seams, as well as Cabbage Patch doll clothes — all made with patience and love.
Knitted baby clothes have been made over the years for gifts for the baby-to-be, and as a quilter, Donna has made cute and colourful jackets for her grandchildren.
With lots of grandkids, Donna has been busy to make them each a quilt such as the ones above. The first is a bright quilt made with polka dot fabric. The second quilt is made with the fabrics found in the jacket above.
Ronna loves to do handwork. She showed a favourite hat that she knits, as well as a lovely baby blanket that she knit.
Also as a quilter, Ronna makes receiving blankets, but they are special as she adds a crocheted border to the edge, and she showed how nice they are by being double.
Esther had a hand tatted and embroidered little dress that had been made from a flour bag many years ago. It was machine stitched. Quite a keepsake!
Leanne showed a number of beautiful items she has made for her children. She showed a pretty knitted baby blanket as well as a cute little knitted dress.
Leanne had sewn a beautiful Christening gown for her daughter, Hailey, that had a ribbon system to pull the dress up when the baby was crawling. And not to be left out, her son also had a cute little satin Christening outfit she had made! How adorable!
Leanne has made lots of quilts including three special ones — one each for her children when they were young. Pictured above are two of these panel quilts that have a “bear” theme and are very colourful with the royal colours of red and blue.
Marlene loves making baby quilts! She showed three that she has made including the one above. Sometimes she makes a baby quilt by cross stitching the pictures, or by using a panel, or by traditionally piecing a quilt. They are all lovely and whoever receives one of her quilts is very fortunate!
Joanne loves sewing for her grandchildren and she has made lots of cute and useful items. Shown above are some of the bibs she has made, as well as bandanna bibs to help with drooling babies.
Joanne showed self-binding receiving blankets, change pads, shoulder protectors, and a lovely “Alphabet Book”. With the cute fabrics available for children, it is fun for her to sew these great gifts.
Eva has made use of the Guild freebie table, and from fabrics found there, she showed a couple of baby quilts she has made. She did the machine quilting herself and even the backing in the middle photo looks great as a thrifty way for her to finish her quilt. The quilt on the right used red work embroidery blocks and she straight stitched and hand stitched around the blocks.
Thanks, again, to all who brought and shared their work and also shared nostalgic baby items from the past. It was great to see the variety of items that have been “made with love” for a little person!
Show and Tell
Following the meeting, Show and Tell was held and there were lots of quilting to see!
Charlene has been very busy quilting using patterns and fabric from her travels including the two wall hangings shown above from her trip to Houston. The “Bouquet of Flowers” wall hanging has lots of hand sewing including buttons and “extras”, and it will be just perfect for this year’s Quilt Show’s Guild Challenge of something quilted with a “Spring Bouquet” theme. The reindeer wall hanging, an idea from a block of the month design, also has lots of extras — bells, buttons and big wiggly eyes, and it is really cute!
Above are two quilts Charlene has created. On the left is one made from a panel that she cut and then duplicated the pictures in the panel to make the four larger squares. Well done! On the right, Charlene used some of her batiks bought in Bali to make this “Hole in the Wall” quilt, using three blocks of each colour. So attractive and the coloured border is perfect for the quilt!
Charlene used the Dresden Plate pattern to add pizzazz to this lovely quilt that has fabrics she purchased in Houston. Charlene has certainly been busy quilting over the winter!
Marg showed two quilts she has recently finished. The first quilt is from the Quilt Patch pattern, “Jelly Bars”, with a top border of flowers from the book “Here Comes Spring”. Terry Whitman did the machine quilting using the daisy flower pattern throughout the quilt. This quilt will be perfect for the Guild Spring Bouquet Challenge. The quilt on the right was sewn using fabric from the Guild’s cupboard (with a fireside backing) — a soft lap quilt for spring!
Colleen showed two quilts that she has pieced and quilted. On the left is a quilt using the “Lemon Pepper” pattern. The quilt on the right has an interesting design using the “Falling Charms” pattern.
Jaynie has been working on her online challenges and had two interesting pieces to show. The first is titled, “Wild Roses” and has lots of French Knots in the roses. The second piece for a “Bright Idea” Challenge shows a light bulb.
The other wall hanging that Jaynie is holding is a Cathedral Window design using five fat quarters from the Trend Tex Challenge. Jaynie will donate this piece to the silent auction at the CQA Conference. She called this piece, “Shattered”.
Using the little “Twister” ruler, Esther has made five place mats in a scrappy design. She worked on these at the January Retreat and has quickly finished them. She used fabric left over from a quilt she had made for her daughter.
Ronna also used the little Twister ruler and made a beautiful Christmas wall hanging that she hand quilted. The little buttons and ribbon added interest. Ronna enjoys collecting and choosing colours for the quilt.
Brenda has truly made a “New York Beauty” both with the pattern and the beautiful New York fabric! Heather Munroe had taught a class using this pattern year’s ago, and with Brenda’s unique textiles, she has made a great bag including putting New York fabric inside. The paper piecing makes such accurate points!
The Guild raffle quilt is finished and thanks to everyone who worked on it in January! The tickets are $5 each or 3 tickets for $10 and the tickets will be available in March. The draw will be made at the Quilt Show on April 28, 2018.
The Spring Bouquet of Quilts VII Quilt Show will be held Friday April 27 (4 – 9 p.m.) and Saturday April 28 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) at the Weyburn Curling Rink at the Exhibition Grounds off Government Rd. There will be four vendors, quilting demos, basket raffles, plus a concession. Our Guild will have two guild members as feature quilters — Darlene Holdstock and Leeann Millar.
Also, a guest quilter, Susan L. Jaenen-Griffin from Moosomin will have her exhibit “50 Yarns of Lyme — The Lyme Dis-ease Series” which shows her progression of recovery from Lyme Disease through her quilting.
Our next meeting will be March 6!