May 2020 Meeting cancelled

Once again our regular Guild meeting was cancelled due to Covid-19.  However, Guild members have been busy and some sent pictures of what they have been working on.  Thanks for sending photos, ladies! Enjoy!

Show and Tell

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Debbie G. has been very busy sewing.  She has finished five of these wreaths for Christmas. She used Bosal as stiffener. (She believes we have this pattern in our good library, too.)  These can be used as table centre pieces (with maybe a candle in the middle) or put a hanger on the back and it can be used as a wreath hanging on your door.      

Two quilts: Red and black “Hunter Star” quilt.  Terry Whitman did the long arm quilting and now it is bound and ready for Christmas gifting.  Debbie used the hunter star die and her accuquilt machine to cut the pieces.  It is king-size and it was labour intensive. It took two retreats and a couple of other full sewing days to complete. Used a backing for red and not enough left to even bind it.

The second quilt is back from Terry and also bound now for gifting. It is a panel Debbie has had for some time and used a video from Jordan fabrics to suggest how to split and quilt. Terry’s quilting is amazing. The flower you can see in the corner is scattered over the flowers, too.  This is a much smaller quilt than she usually does but the size was dictated by the panel, and so it will probably be a gift for  a granddaughter.

Vera O. has been quilting as well as teaching her grandsons to sew. Well done, Vera and boys! Below is her grandson, Harlenn, who wanted to make a pillowcase with a picture of his 4H two year old heifer and her calf. He did an excellent job on his first project. Perhaps a bit more advice from the “teacher” aka G’ma would be important. When he finished the sewing, Vera said, “Ok, shut off the machine and you can give it a final pressing.” He said, “Grandma, I don’t know how to shut off the machine!”

One more sewing class with our second grandson, Kyler, making his pillowcase. This week, sewing took precedence over other home schooling!

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This pattern is “MIGRATION”. Vera made this for her grand- niece who lives in Washington state. She was off to college in Oregon this past year. The title seemed appropriate for someone leaving home but returning in the spring. The pattern was purchased at Sew & Sews in Carlyle. Vera quilted it using a zigzag stitch.

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Here is Vera’s 52 weeks, 52 blocks Challenge. She sewed 4 “weeks” to make one block and set them on point. She learned how to calculate setting and corner triangles. It will soon be quilted. She just used scraps for this top.

 

Pictured below the pattern is “TIMBER” from Sew & Sews. When COVID-19 limited travel, Vera phoned Tanya to ask if she could send her fabric for this quilt. She is not quite sure if this was the “therapy” she needed but she worked through it.  Vera quilted it using her walking foot and somewhat straight lines. This is to be a wedding gift.  Beside the “Timber” quilt is Vera’s Mystery Challenge table runner.

 

Sharynne P. completed her Mystery table runner.

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Joanne B. is showing a paper pieced baby bib finished with a stippled quilting design /pattern. This is a great way to use up smaller scraps. It was a free pattern Joanne found online.

 

 

 

 

Leanne A. has two items she has finished!  The first is “My adventure” which is a  Canadian Quilters Association Challenge.  The second item is a quilt created with the 52 blocks 52 weeks Challenge.  It was long-arm quilted by Colleen.

Trudy H. is showing three items.  The first is a UFO from a class by Patty Morris that Trudy took years ago. After seeing a demo on curved piecing in Yuma she decided to get this one completed. She found the border in her stash and thought it was a good way to practice her quilting.  The second quilt is a group of fabrics that called for a nine patch and some polka dots from her stash, and she now realizes how much she enjoys a stash! It was originally a baby quilt, but grew to be so much more! This is an
original pattern, and self quilted.

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Trudy’s third quilt was pieced last fall, but as she had more time this spring, she is getting ahead with her quilting. The pattern is of course 4 Patch Posey, and she is giving it as a wedding gift, to a sweet couple who were married last October, and at this rate they may be lucky to receive it on their anniversary!

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Bonnie M. just finished binding this quilt. This was a kit and a choice of four patterns to make it into. Working on mesh vegetable bags next.

 

 

Marg S. has been finishing UFO’s. She has finished two bags that Esther had shown us how to make.  They had been cut out a few years ago, but not finished.  The Stitch and Fold seasonal leaf centre pieces made using Bosal stiffing are now finished, too.

Two seasonal table runners are ready to be gifts. Marg had made the spring one before and had left-over fabric to make a second one.  She enjoys doing applique. The patterns are adapted from Shabby Fabrics.

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Jaynie H. is showing two pieces of fibre art.  The “Lilies” piece is what she received in trade for the “Fox” piece that she showed last month.  It is made by Philippa Zapf of Nanaimo.  Jaynie and Philippa were partners for the CQA mini swap.  When signing up to participate you could choose what style of quilt you wished to make. Participants were partnered by experience level.  Philippa and I are both over the moon by the experience. 

 

 

Jaynie’s “stormy landscape” is inspired by a view from the Tatagwa trail.  It’s great to see more residents using the trail system at this time. The series of pieces she has created are her tribute to the Tatagwa trail  visionaries.  

 

Notes

Eileen W. sent a note saying a bargello lap quilt that she designed, called “Double Diamonds”, is a free download on the Canadian Quilters Facebook site which has a Canadian Flag as a profile picture.  It is located in FILES and you have to scroll down a really long way to get to it.  Eileeen is currently working on making it again.

Stay safe and healthy, everyone, and enjoy quilting as well as spending time outdoors now that spring has arrived!

May 2020 Meeting cancelled

April cancelled meeting

Virtual Show and Tell

As we are unable to meet in person, we will show our work on our blog.  Sit back and enjoy and pretend we are showing our works of art in person!

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Isn’t this a cute little fox that Jaynie created — he looks real!  Jaynie signed up for the  CQA mini swap.  Her partner likes foxes, warm colours and batiks.  How lucky that Jaynie went to Rhonda’s open house and found the perfect batik to make this fox.  The background started with painted fabric then crayons, sheers, dryer sheets and more sheers were added to give a frosty, foggy effect. The fox is made with the batik fabric and lots of thread to blend the fur.  She admits, she is amazed at the results.

Eileen W. finally got her big Argyle trimmed ready for the binding and she took pictures as best she could alone.  This is her last big quilt but she really wanted it for her bed. It is the cover quilt on her second book and all four bed quilts from her two books were gifted to family.  She is not sure why she did that??? So she had to make one for herself. It was started in BC and finished in Saskatchewan. In BC she sewed with her right foot, but as that foot was in a cast here, she had to finish it with her left foot.  The first half was sewn in 2019 and the second half in 2020. Kind of a miracle quilt. The bargello design shows up well in the first photo and the second photo shows the bright colours and design.

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In BC, which is earthquake country, Eileen W. never hung a picture above her bed, only a quilt. Not so concerned here but this quilt is a panel that she bordered to hang on her wall.  It is memories of Vancouver Island. Both were beautifully custom quilted by Terry Whitman.  Eileen was just thrilled with Terry’s work!

 

 

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This is the quilt Vera hung out on front step for National Quilting Day.

Vera is finally quilting a project which the top was done last June! It’s for a grand niece who graduated from Grade 12 last year. Vera says she may get it before she’s a college grad. Yippee!! Stay in your happy place aka your sewing room/studio!

Debbie G has been very busy .  The following are projects at various stages

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Looks like a Christmas project.  Nice early start!

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This top is done and waiting for the backing which is sitting at Fortuna USA!  Not sure it will qualify as essential services?????

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Debbie has been producing non medical masks. Along with the help of Trudi G. and Christa Marcotte they have made 55 + masks.

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Beautiful blue table runner!

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Star quilt…..check, done

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Another star quilt….check,done

 

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This is the Hunter Star that we saw Debbie work on at “The Stay in Your Bed” quilt retreat.  It is now at Terry Whitman’s in cue to be quilted.

This is what Debbie is working on now.  It is called Rick Rack.  It is a free tutorial by Jenny Doan Missouri Star.

Eva Z. is another productive quilter.

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Eva got this quilt from Connecting Threads.  It was a challenge.  She thanks Jill for  her help and thanks Colleen for helping her to decide on what pattern to quilt on the quilt.

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Eva’s youngest daughter brought this fabric from Hawaii. Her daughter designed it for her 12 yr old daughter.  Eva sewed and quilted it.

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A baby quilt that Eva practiced her quilting on.

 

Another UFO done for Eva. She so enjoyed embroidering the blocks. The picture doesn’t really show the detailed woodland flowers and hummingbirds.

 

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This is what Colleen  S. did with some of her 2 week isolation time.  She followed the Quarantine Quilt Along that Gudrun Erla hosted online.  http://www.gequiltingdesigns.com . The digital quilting design she use is called “Sweet Wishes” .  She was determined to complete the quilt in the spirit that this Covid 19 will come to an end too!

 

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Donna W. is showing her lasted finish project for her granddaughter from her front step.

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During this time of lock down Leeann M hung a heart in her widow to brighten people’s day.  Her heart just happened to be a Bargello quilt. If I recall the story….this was Leann’s first quilt she made.

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Bonnie strung her finished project in her front yard on this bright sunny day! It was her first day out after 2 week isolation.

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Trudy sewed up a quilt with hearts for her window too.  The message is positive and uplifting

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Trudy H. has been making pillow cases that will eventually make their way to the pediatric ward in the Moose Jaw hospital.

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Joanne B. finished the mystery table runner.  Nice work!

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Terena MB shares with us this adorable picture of her cats.  Her comment is….my cats don’t understand social distancing,

 

Take care and stay safe everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

April cancelled meeting

March 3, 2020 Guild Meeting

Program

Charlene gave a demonstration on adding a binding with a flange (Susie’s Magic Binding).  Leanne A. showed how to find quilt patterns on the computer.

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We had a guest, Rhonda from RD Fabrics, who brought samples of fabric that she can order.

 

 

 

Show and Tell

Twelve members showed items.  Marg began by showing two flannel lap quilts she had recently finished, having bought the fabric a long time ago.  They were made from the fabric line “Snow Show” by Susan Wingert that included a panel. Marg used two patterns, Woolly Winter and The End of a Long Day. Terry Whitman did the quilting and Marg put a white minkie batting on the first quilt, and she pieced the same flannel for the second quilt.

Marg also showed a completed table topper that she demonstrated in the program in February.  The diamonds and triangles were made using the Jaybird Sidekick ruler. Marg also showed a Kitty Pillow (12″ x 18″) that will be donated to the Humane Society.

One of our new members showed a lap quilt that she made in a day at our Guild mini-retreat in February.  She used charm squares and she put a wool backing on it.  She made it to place on the couch in their camper, so the dogs don’t scratch the upholstery.

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Marlene B. showed a Queen-size duvet cover that she made using white fabric left from a double wedding ring quilt.  She used her stash of fat quarters for the rest of the front.  She made all the blocks 12″, doing the math as some blocks were to be 6″ or 9″. There are 30 different blocks. Rhonda added the zipper for her.

 

 

Leanne A. wanted to do a quick weekend top and this baby quilt is what she made. Leanne used Jaynie’s technique to see the values for the stars.  She found the pattern online — Pat Sloan’s site.  The pattern is “Oh My Stars”.  Leanne quilted it herself.  The fabric had been on her shelf for a long time.  Leanne’s second item is her wall hanging of “A River Runs Through It” — the Guild Challenge.  Leanne made this using google maps and it is her family farm, with the creek that runs through it.  The label on the back uses her land location.

Mary Jane has been busy.  She showed two quilts.  The first is a lap quilt that is from a kit from Peachtree.  It is a panel and called “Peaceful Retreat”.  Terry Whitman quilted it.  The second quilt is a double size and she found the pattern in a magazine.  It is called Winter Park.  Terry Whitman quilted this one as well.  Mary Jane loves horses!

 

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Joanne B. made a cute little fish shaped bag for each of her five granddaughters to search for sea shells on the beach on a recent trip to Mexico.  The sand and water go through the black mesh. Very cute!  Joanne found the pattern at Sew and Sews.

 

 

Sheila O. used a kit and pieced and quilted this patriotic quilt for her son-in-law who lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  She made matching pillow cases.  Sheila also showed a pretty table runner.

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Nancy P. showed a beautiful lace angel that she made with her embroidery arm on her sewing machine.  The angel consists of nine pieces which are individually embroidered on organza and then sewn together by hand. The angel consists of 269,590 stitches!

 

 

Trudi G. designed these three bags to perfect her zipper installation challenges.  She used iron-on tape to do the zippers.  The two larger bags each include an inside pocket.

Jaynie created three landscape pieces that were inspired by views along the Tatagwa Trail.  The techniques she used were piecing, thread painting, and raw edge applique. What a variety of images: the river, a field in crop, and the rose hips in snow!

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Jaynie also showed another wall hanging, “1,000 Steps” that she created.  It is improv piecing.  It is an artistic interpretation depicting the numerous large and small choices we make every day.  Our small choices can have a big impact over time.  (Jaynie hand sewed all the many buttons.)

 

 

Barbara D. showed a variety of sizes of pillows that used a variety of techniques (i.e., nine patch, frayed, 16 patch, 8 piece kaleidoscope, cathedral windows, clipped rag quilt).  After Barb’s husband passed away, his shirts were put into a box in November, 2018 and her daughter labelled the box “to be made into quilted pillow tops”.  In November, 2019 Barb realized she should get started and she did, and she is still working at it.  They had a family Christmas on December 14 and it felt good to Barb to make and give the cushions to her family.  It has been great therapy for her.

The final item shown was a very colourful lap quilt that Lydia pieced and quilted and she will give to her granddaughter.  The pattern is “Garlic Knots” and she found it on pinterest.  Lydia used up some of her fat quarters that she has had for a long time. Lydia added “prairie points” on the edge.  Lydia also showed her completed Guild Mystery Challenge table runner.

Charity Donations

Six baby quilts were donated to Public Health nurse , Cathie Loden, in February, 2020. These quilts will be donated by the public health nurses to individuals whom they feel are in need. Larissa, staff member of Envisions, accepted a dozen beautiful pillowcases from the Weyburn Crocus Quilters. These pillowcases will be donated within their programs which provide support to families who are experiencing an event or situation (which may be abuse or violence) that is traumatic for the family.

Spring Bouquet of Quilts VIII

Weyburn Crocus Quilters Guild

2020 QUILT SHOW

Friday, April 24 from 4 – 9 p.m. 

Saturday, April 25 from 10 – 4 p.m.

Weyburn Curling Rink (off Government Road)

Admission $5 daily

Feature Quilters: Karen Goruick, Eileen Wright and Eva Ziehl 

Vendors (Quilting Supplies) ~ Demos ~ Raffles ~ Concession Available

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 3, 2020 Guild Meeting

February 4, 2020 Guild Meeting

Program

We had two members give presentations.  Marg S. showed samples and demonstrated the use of the “Sidekick” ruler by Jaybird Quilts.  This ruler is easy to use and makes various sizes of Diamonds, Triangles and Half Triangles.  Jaynie demonstrated the importance of “Value” by showing a variety of good and poor samples of value in colours.  She also showed us how we can see the values of different colours by using our cell phones and converting a photo to black and white.  Thanks for the presentations!

Show and Tell

As always we had a variety of lovely items shown.  Barbara D. began by showing two beautiful items.  The first photo shows a colourful Christmas wall hanging she made using nine of twelve blocks using a variety of different techniques i.e., applique, crazy quilting, embellishments, etc.  This was from a Block of the Month by Shirley Kelly, and she used the other three blocks for pillows.    The second item she purchased in a Thrift Store, “Rag Bag”,  and she does not know who made it or what it actually is.  She thought perhaps a prayer shawl and she bought it for its beauty with the embellishments  and fabrics.

Lydia showed a  pretty “Scrappy” lap quilt from a pattern that Bonnie gave her.  The quilt uses 576 colourful 2 1/2 inch squares that she had been cutting and saving.  Lydia pieced the back.

Leanne A. showed her guild Mystery Challenge table runner.  She added the Susie’s binding to give it some colour and she pieced a colourful piece on the back.  She did the quilting with rulers!  Leanne also showed a a strip pieced double-size quilt that is a Grad gift for her nephew.  She made it from a picture on the internet.  She used 2 1/2 inch strips and she added the sashing.  The backing is from a piece of flannel that is 110 inches wide.

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Esther showed a lovely “wild” colourful twin quilt that she called “Cosmic Confusion”. Colleen quilted it with a star design.

 

 

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Eileen showed her finished guild Mystery Challenge table runner. She quilted it by doing stitch in the ditch.

 

 

 

 

 

Charlene showed two items.  The first is a table runner from a class taken in Brandon in the fall.  The pattern is “Storm at Sea” and she quilted it herself.  The lap quilt is made from a class that she took in Moose Jaw many years ago.  She ran out of the white fabric and therefore this is the size she made!  The technique is “quilt as you go” and the squares are put together by hand.  Very nice!

From the Beginner Class our two students completed their two place mats.  They learned several basic techniques and quilted the mats themselves using the stitch in the ditch method. Cheryl showed both of her mats, the one with the four patch and the second with the half square triangles.  Sharynne showed her first mat last month and this month showed her mat that used the half square triangles.  Well done, ladies!  We hope you enjoyed the class and learning the basics.  Thanks to their teacher, Colleen!

Marg showed three completed projects.  She finished the guild Mystery Challenge table runner, ready for Christmas next year.  The middle photo shows a lap quilt from a “Winter’s Song” kit and fabric by Holly Taylor .  The pattern is “Northern Cardinal” by Doug Leko.  Terry Whitman did the machine quilting using holly and berries in the design, and the backing is green minkie. The baby quilt is for her newest granddaughter, Madeline Rose, born on Christmas Day.  The pattern is “Bunny Hugs” by The Quilt Patch.  It was machine quilted by Terry W. with bunny designs included. The backing is pink soft fireside.

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Colleen showed a joint effort wall hanging that uses a New York City cityscape panel.  Trudy H. pieced it, and Colleen quilted it and did the binding.  They plan to rotate it between the two of them, each having it for six months.

 

 

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Bonnie showed a sample of a cat pillow that she will donate to the Humane Society.  The pillows are to be 13″ x 18″ and they can be stuffed with scraps of fabric and batting.  We plan to have a number of them at the Quilt Show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donna M. has been busy.  She showed her finished guild Mystery Challenge table runner, “Majestic Blooms” by Doug Leko pattern.  Donna quilted it using her walking foot and doing a serpentine stitch with one inch spacing.  In an attempt to get her scrap bins under control, Donna has made two baby quilts from the pattern “Traffic Jam” by Pat Sloan.  She quilted them as well using her walking foot.  The backings are fleece twin blankets. 

Quilt Show

We are busy preparing for our upcoming 2020 Guild Quilt Show, “Spring Bouquet of Quilts VIII” on Friday April 24 (4 – 9 p.m.) and  Saturday, April 25 (10 – 4 p.m.) at the Weyburn Curling Rink.  Admission is $5 per day for adults, and youth are free.

There will be three Feature Quilters:  Karen Goruick, Eileen Wright and Eva Ziehl.

There will be vendors, demos, basket raffles, a quilt raffle, and a concession available.

 

 

 

February 4, 2020 Guild Meeting

January 7, 2020 Meeting

The January meeting began with Trudi G. presenting a very interesting program on “Mark Making on Fabric” and she showed many ways to colour and mark on fabric.  Some of her tools of the trade are wax crayons, markers,  Intense pencils and blocks, paints, stamps, glue and bleach.  She showed many ways to “play” with colouring on fabric.  Thanks very much for sharing, Trudi.

Show and Tell

As always a favourite time of the meeting was viewing the interesting and creative items that our members had sewn.

Debbie G. started the displays with her impressive king-sized quilt and matching pillow cases. The pattern is “Astrodelic” and she used lots of her batiks she bought in Bali.  The batiks suited this modern pattern.  Debbie used a polyester batting that made the quilt look nice and puffy.  Terry Whitman did a great deal of lovely long arm quilting and the back looked great, too.

Linda K. showed a lap quilt that she will give to the previous owner of her “new forever home”.  Linda is soon moving from the farm into town to live in the house next door to her Mom.  The previous owner of this house has been a helpful neighbour to her Mom and Linda wanted to thank her for that and for accepting their house offer.  The quilt was designed by Debbie from Moose Jaw. Linda had a friend visiting from Edmonton for a few days and they worked on the quilt together.  Linda quilted it herself and the quilt just needs the binding.

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Marlene showed a beautiful king-sized quilt that she pieced using the pattern “North by Northwest”.  This was a kit that she purchased in Moosomin, and the backing is grey from the same fabric line as the coloured pieces on the front.  The Khedive Quilters hand quilted it.

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Esther showed two beautiful cushions she created and made for gifts.  Dorothy B. did the machine embroidery on cork, “Friends, Family, Faith”, for the one pillow.  The fabric was purchased at Cindy-rella’s and the leaf batik fabric was very striking and the button on the second pillow set it off.

 

 

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Trudy H. showed her first Show and Tell item with our Guild and it is a lovely table runner that was the Guild Mystery Challenge.  She enjoyed participating in this challenge and she will keep this runner for herself.  She quilted it by sewing wavy lines in both directions.

 

 

 

 

 

Eileen has been busy with her 60 degree ruler!  She showed two items she quilted — a table centre for her daughter’s round table, and a table runner for her daughter-in-law.

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Eileen also showed a very pretty quilt from the pattern “Showering Stars” which she purchased in Clarsholm, AB. Eileen used scraps for the many colours.  Colleen long arm quilted it with a star design.

 

 

 

Sharynne attended Colleen’s Beginner Class and she showed her Disappearing Four-Patch place mats.  In the next class they will learn how to add bindings.

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Leanne A. showed samples of the “four fat quarters” place mats pattern she had quilted.  She made four sets of these.  She said she needs to learn to “read, read, read” the pattern as she made a few cutting errors that she had to work with.  She was creative and added left-over fabric to the backing.  Not to worry, Leanne, the place mats look great!

 

 

 

 

Bonnie has been very busy and she showed two lovely pieces.  The table runner, called “Easy Runner”, was not all that easy she said.  However, it was well worth it, Bonnie.  The colourful lap quilt that she quilted herself was from a pattern from the Country Register.  Bonnie made this quilt to use up scraps.

Jaynie, once again, had interesting pieces to show.  The first piece was her completed Guild Mystery Challenge table runner.  She enjoyed doing each month’s work and she tried very hard to be precise,  but in the end the blocks had to be squared up smaller than called for.   The result is a lovely table runner, Jaynie, and the swirling quilting looked great with the background fabric.  The second piece, a wall hanging/ table runner was made for the CQA Trend Tex Challenge and theme “2020”. Jaynie’s design is the digits 2-0-2-0 in binary code!  How creative!  Her quilting stitching looks great on the back, too.

Jaynie’s last piece, a wall hanging, was inspired by a view in a back alley in downtown Regina.  She will enter this piece in the National Juried Show.  She did some hand stitching and a great deal of free motion quilting.  Good luck, Jaynie!

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Charity

Thank you to everyone who donated the lovely homemade pillowcases. We received 58 pillowcases in total of which 34 were donated to the clients at the Weyburn Work-Kin-Shop.  Here is a photo of a staff member at the Work-Kin-Shop receiving the pillow cases from Weyburn Crocus Quilters.

Also, Dorothy reported that the several quilts on display at the meeting will be donated to Charity. (Sorry — no photo)

Next meeting

The next meeting will be on February 4.  Happy Quilting!

 

 

January 7, 2020 Meeting

December 3, 2019 Christmas Social

Social

Following a delicious turkey dinner at the Captain’s Hall, we did a Christmas gift exchange using “Orphan blocks” that had been exchanged.  The blocks were then put into an item such as a bag, mug mat, etc.  Some people didn’t use an orphan block and just made something to exchange.  It was fun to see what people had made!  (Some did not recognize their orphan!)

Show and Tell

As always, Show and Tell was a highlight as members showed a variety of items they had made.

Marg showed a set of six Christmas place mats she had quilted from fabric and a pattern, “Friendly Gathering” from Sew and Sews in Carlyle.  Marg worked on the place mats at the recent retreat.  Marg also showed a flannel lap quilt she had finished having purchased a Doug Leko kit a few years ago at a Quilt Show.  Marg used his Northern Cardinal pattern on the “Winter Forest” fabric.  Colleen long arm quilted it using an Edgy Leaves design.  (Marg was the lucky winner of the draw for a gift certificate to “The Rolling Pin”.)

Charlene showed two items:  a cute Christmas wall hanging that used special Christmas buttons, as well as a cute table runner.

Eva, along with her granddaughter,  made four “I Spy” quilts.  Eva used sheets for the backing and  Eva’s sister in Saskatoon sent her the labels.  Eva does her own machine quilting.  Some of the fabric was used for a great-granddaughter (pink) and some for a great-grandson (blue).

We always enjoy hearing Helen’s interesting stories about her quilts.  The quilt below was made for her granddaughter’s Grad.  It started off 12 inches too long, and after trimming, it became 6 inches too short.  Leona helped Helen by adding the border and then Leona quilted it!  Very modern!

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Leanne A. showed a set of “Take 4” place mats that she made, using “Kaffe Fasset” fabric,  for a friend who loves purple. Leanne loves this pattern and she has another set on the go.

 

 

Jaynie showed two wall hangings she created.  The house silhouette is inspired by Wilf Perrault paintings.  The sunset took much longer than she anticipated to make because she kept having to make more grass.  The colours of the fabrics and threads are so pretty in the sunset.

Donna M. has been very busy!  Using batiks, Donna showed her Guild Challenge, “A River Runs Through It”.  Very pretty!  Donna also made a lap quilt, from a free pattern from Windham Fabrics, “City Cycles”,  She won a fat quarter bundle at Carlyle’s Sew and Sews, and she added from her stash.  She quilted it herself and it will be gifted to her granddaughter.

Donna also showed a pillow she made from a pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts.  Her granddaughter’s pet, Max,  looks just like this little fellow and so it”just had to be done”!  And Donna made a cute dog place mat for Max so he can dine in style!

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Dot showed a wintry  lap quilt she made from a kit that she purchased at Peachtree.  It is so pretty with the cardinals, and it has fleece on the back. Colleen did a snowflake long arm quilting design.

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Debbie made a King-size Single Irish Chain quilt in fall colours.  The light background fabric is from a bolt that she bought, and it is quilted in a leaf design.

 

 

 

Dorothy showed a beautiful poinsettia that she sewed using just thread that she can make with her sewing machine.  There are 7,000 stiches x 10 for the red leaves, and there are 1,500 stitches x 5 for the green leaves.  Her machine must have been smoking by the time she finished!  The colours and stitching are lovely!

Debbie brought the colourful Modern quilt (71″ x 88″) and two cushions ( 18″ x 19″) that we will use for our Quilt Show Quilt Raffle.  Making the quilt was a group effort! The blocks were made my members at a Modern Quilting Class; Darlene squared up the blocks; Bonnie did the wavy line quilting; and Debbie G. did the binding.  Jan Linnell made the two cushions.  Thanks, ladies!

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And there were lots of pillowcases that were brought and set up as a display. These will be given to the clients of the Wor-Kin-Shop.

 

 

Merry Christmas, everyone, and enjoy the holiday season!

Our next meeting will be on January 7, 2020!

 

 

December 3, 2019 Christmas Social

November 12, 2019 Guild Meeting

Guild Meeting

Following the regular Business Meeting, three members — Lydia, Donna M. and Leeann —  each had a station showing a different way to do applique.  We learned some excellent tips.  Thank you, ladies.

Show and Tell

Everyone enjoys seeing Show and Tell items and once again we were treated to a great variety of items.  Thanks to all those who brought something.  Always an inspiration!

Karen G. was the first presenter and she showed her beautiful original creations that she does with machine decorative stitches.  She showed three lovely cards as well as a mini quilt that slips onto a wooden stand and has a piece of baseboard as its base.

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Donna W. has completed two quilts.  The first baby quilt is the “Yellow Brick Road” pattern and is made with left-over blocks from the twin-size quilt she showed last month that had a green backing.  This quilt has an orange minkie backing and was long-arm quilted by Colleen.  Donna’s second quilt (a double/queen) is made with Donna’s favourite colours and the blue and indigo are perfect for this quilt.  The quilt pattern is “Falling Charms” and Colleen machine quilted it with a “Square Dance” design.

Vera has been very busy and she had lots of Show and Tell.  First she showed her Guild Challenge of “A River Runs Through It”.  Her piece is fibre art and shows her friend, Colleen, kayaking on the Souris River.  She used some of Donna L.’s donated fabric.

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Vera also showed a Table Runner she completed after taking the Guild Ruler Class given by Shirley.  Vera added embellishments to add extra interest. She also showed a set of four pretty place mats that she pieced and quilted using the “Take Four” pattern.

Vera’s final item is a quilt she made using a charm pack.  She used every bit of fabric and made tiny 1/2 square triangles.  She did Ruler quilting but it was very difficult as there were so many seams as she had pieced the back.  Her quilt is very colourful, including the back (pictured on the right) of pieced strips and blocks!

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From a kit with the pattern, “Blockade Runner” Marg showed a table runner that she pieced and quilted herself following the lines of the trees. She purchased the kit at the 2019 Moose Jaw Quilt Show because she thought the colours were so pretty.

 

Eileen showed a cute pillow case she made following the October program demo.  She also used her skills from last year’s Ruler Class and made a table topper.  The stitches showed up well.  Well done, Eileen, to use techniques gained through the Guild!

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Using a kit purchased at “Sew and Sews” in Carlyle, Mary Jane pieced a lap quilt for herself.  Terry Whitman did the long arm quilting.

 

 

 

 

Bonnie showed her Guild Challenge wall hanging for “A River Runs Through It” that she paper pieced and had kites flying above her river.   Bonnie also showed an interesting table runner she made from woven strips in fall colours from a class she took at the Minot Quilt Show.  Also, a lucky cat will receive a pretty cat pillow she made!

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Diana makes or buys a Christmas ornament each year for each of her grandkids.  She showed two lovely “Swedish Advent” star ornaments that she made by weaving strips of fabric.  Very nice!

 

 

Lydia showed a pretty scrappy “Triple Irish Chain” queen size quilt that she pieced. She found the pattern on Pinterest.  Lydia used 2 1/2 inch squares of scraps to make 18 inch blocks.  Terry Whitman did beautiful long arm quilting to fill in the white squares.

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Judy E.’s  colourful lap quilt that she made as a Humane Society donation for “Raise the Woof” is so appropriate for animal lovers!  The backing has kitties and puppies and Colleen did the perfect long arm quilting pattern of paws!  Judy made the quilt by doing tube quilting and she used left-over fabric to piece the flange for the binding.

Barbara D. showed a UFO that she started years ago doing bargello in the round using a 10 inch degree ruler.  There are lots of fabrics used and she loved the process of bargello.  She started this using these colours when her twin grandsons were young and one liked orange, and one liked purple.  The boys are almost 15 now and the one liking purple no longer does.  Barbara used the left-overs from these two half circles and made a wall hanging that she gave away when she was down-sizing.  Her question now is what to do with the two half circles?

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Linda K. has been busy sewing and she showed a practical reversible apron she made from fabric (Coffee Brew) she bought at the Moose Jaw Quilt Show.  In the photos, Linda is modelling the apron.  She also made the “Take Four” place mats, but she ran out of fabric.  She will finish the mats when she gets more fabric, but she was wondering how to quilt them.  Suggestions were made to stitch in the ditch, or do echo stitching. Linda also showed a table runner she completed from blocks she quilted from the Guild Ruler Class by Shirley.  Linda really enjoyed the Ruler Class.

Our creative Jaynie once again had some interesting items to show.  First she showed two postcards she had designed for the CQA Postcard Challenge.  One is inspired by a Tom Thomson painting.  The other postcard is an experiment that didn’t work but looks fine when cut to a postcard size.  Jaynie also took the Ruler Class and although she enjoyed the class, she felt the style isn’t for her.  She was aiming to have a hand painted tile look when she embellished the blocks with water colour crayons, but she thought the results are more primary school colouring, and so it will be a doll blanket.

Next Jaynie showed a wall hanging she created, inspired by a group of trees on the Tatagwa Trail.  She used raw-edged applique, confetti and FMO and quilted it herself.  And the final piece shown was Jaynie’s interesting wall hanging she created for the Guild Challenge, “A River Runs Through It”. The French knot flowers as embellishments add quite an interest to her creation!

 

Congratulations to Karen, the winner of the evening’s draw for having a Show and Tell entry.

The next Guild event will be the mini Retreat on November 30.

The next Guild meeting will be on Tuesday, December 3 at Captain’s Hall — our annual Christmas dinner and meeting.

Happy Quilting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 12, 2019 Guild Meeting

October 2019

After the business portion of our meeting we had two great presentations for Program.

Colleen S. of Sew Much More Longarm Quilting Services took off her presidents hat and switched over to her quilt business.  She shared some great tips on preparing our quilts for any longarmer.   Please make sure your quilt top and back are pressed well. For more tips check with Colleen

Linda K and Charlene then presented on hand quilting. Another great presentation.

Show and Tell

Colleen shared her CQA Mystery quilt – We’ve gone Viral by Border Creek.  longarmed by herself with a microchip digital design.

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Donna M.  shared a pieced and appliqued Peeking Jack O’Lantern by Disa Designs as well as my favourite Any Witch Way by Marilyn Larson.  Donna will be ready for Halloween with this table pieces she quilted herself.

Adeline started this Carpenters Star in a class a couple of years ago.  I think she was happy to check it off her UFO list.

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Trudi is still working on items for her sales.  She shared an awesome bag with the cutest llama print as well as a pieced batik lap quilt.

 

Vera has been busy making aprons and a Woven potholder from a book by Anna Faustino.

 

 

Vickie showed us her Oh Canada quilt – a kit bought in a moment of weakness with a friend.  Vickie did a beautiful job with all the applique and then had it quilted by Colleen Matheson.

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Donna W. is working on completing quilts for her grandchildren – another one checked off.  This is a Yellow Brick Road quilt in dinosaur fabric with a glow in the dark dinosaur pillowcase.

Charlene shared an appliqued table runner that she pieced and quilted herself using a free pattern she found.

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Diana is also getting ready for Halloween with her Table centres cut using the 60 degree ruler.

Eva is trying to use up some scraps in pinks and purples.

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Joanne was busy at retreat sewing pillowcases for her five granddaughters.  All made using Burrito/Sausage roll pattern found on internet.

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One of our new members Eileen W. showed us a beautiful quilt made using Bargello for Baby pattern from her book More Twist and Turn Bargello Quilts.  Another favourite of mine – purple and bargello!4C4127EC-4637-40D0-A6E1-5537349E0B7C

We did very well for new members sharing as Mary Jane showed us a couple of her quilts. The first was a bear quilt made from a kit bought at Sugar Pine Quilts in Canmore.  The second a Magic Tiles quilted by herself.

Shannon as well as being a quilter is a crosstitcher.

Another new member Judy completed a quilt from hexi blocks she had been given from a friend.  Her niece laid out the scrappy blocks to her liking and the Jusy appliqued her name on as a surpise.  Judy will quilt it herself.22278A27-B977-4C81-8417-97DE4DE9B320

Debbie with some baby quilts.  These were all quilted by Terry Whitman.  There is a granny square, charm pack and a braided heart quilt.

Until next month – when our meeting will be one week later than usual on November 12th.

 

 

October 2019

September 3, 2019 Guild Meeting

The first meeting of the new quilting year welcomed several new members as well as many regular members and it was fun to meet with enthusiastic quilters.  An outline of the year’s upcoming programs and events was explained and we had an opportunity to see a video on dealing with UFO’s.  Colleen handed out the first sheet of instructions for a “Mystery” table runner.

 Members have been busy over the summer and we had twelve quilters show one or more items they had finished.

Show and Tell

The first presenter was Donna M. who showed her set of four place mats from the pattern “Take Four” which uses four fat quarters.  The fat quarters are layered, cut, shuffled and pieced.  (This pattern will be used for the Beginner Class.)

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Colleen showed her “Lug Nut” pattern quilt that she made for her brother, John, and Maryanne’s 2018 wedding.  Her sister-in-law saw the 2018 Quilt Show Raffle quilt and really liked it, and they liked the colours of black, white and red.  Colleen made the quilt larger than the pattern and she machine quilted it in a “Moonlight” digital design.

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Shelley G. showed a table runner and set of three place mats  that she quilted for herself using the 60 degree ruler and fall sunflower fabric.

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A new member, Karen G. from Assiniboia, loves working with decorative stitches on her machine, and she showed a lovely wall hanging she had quilted using one of her own designs.

 

 

 

Marlene showed a beautiful colourful queen-sized quilt she made using a kit, Prism, that had lazer cut pieces.  Half of the quilt had the pieces turned over.  Terry Whitman did the long arm quilting for her.

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While Adeline was in Osoyoos, BC last winter she worked on the quilt below that was made from a panel that was cut apart.  A friend helped her design her quilt.  Colleen did a meandering design on her long arm machine.  Adeline used the Suzi’s Magic Binding to finish the quilt.

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Linda K. has been busy and she showed three different examples of her work.  The first item she showed was a baby quilt that she pieced and quilted on her mid arm machine.  The backing is minkie.  She showed two bags and the one below uses Ombre fabric plus a monochromatic fabric.  The other bag was a RZT design using a zipper technique that Linda really likes.  For the last items, the table runner and set of four place mats, she used her walking foot to do the quilting.  This fabric was purchased in Moose Jaw.

During a visit to Assiniboia to see Leona, Esther learned how to do applique and she made this pretty pillow as her sample.  Esther added beads to her embroidery to make the words stand out more.

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Eva had a great-grandson born on July 26, 2019 and she made a “Denim Dan” pattern with her hand-embroidered blocks to make the baby quilt.  Eva also made him a cute baby quilt from a kit.  She does her own quilting to finish her quilts.

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Welcome back to Barb who showed a cute baby quilt that she made for her latest grandson, Luke, born in Germany on May 3, 2019.  The pattern is “Cherish” by Villa Rosa and the fabric is “Dino Roar”.  Terry Whitman did the long arm quilting.

 

 

Diana has also been busy.  She showed “three” items.  The first was a baby quilt that was from a panel that Diana quilted.  Charlene worked with her.  The second baby quilt was a “Quilt as You Go” technique and it was a kit.  It has cute stork fabric as the backing. The final items were hot pads that were made from a charm pack (one charm pack provided three hot pads) and it was a French Braid technique.

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The final presenter for the evening was Charlene and she made a set of place mats for her gazebo using the French Braid technique. Diana came to her home for a quilting weekend and they were busy doing this technique.

 

 

 

 

Thanks to all the quilters who shared their “Show and Tell”!

The next Guild meeting will be on October 1, 2019 at Grace United Church.

Happy Quilting!

September 3, 2019 Guild Meeting

May 7, 2019 Guild Meeting

The final Guild meeting of the year included a delicious dinner at the Wheatland Senior Centre followed by a brief meeting and Show and Tell.  Thank you to all the committees and Executive for all their work during the year.

Show and Tell

As always, Show and Tell was inspiring with many awesome items.

Debbie showed two beautiful quilts.  The first called “Drawing Room” was from Craftsy by Monique, a kit with yardage and instructions.  The quilt has wool batting to make it breathable, warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It was long arm quilted by Terry Whitman.  The second star quilt of rich purples also has wool batting and was quilted by Terry Whitman.

Charlene also showed two quilts.  The first quilt was pieced using a panel from Peachtree. Charlene used an attic windows technique and she quilted it herself.       The second quilt she pieced fabric and then added the Dresden plate rings to make a very pretty quilt.  She quilted this quilt herself, too.

Eileen has been busy and she showed four items.  The first two items were table runners that used the 60 degree ruler.  The second runner of sunflowers used fabric that Donna had donated.

Eileen’s third item was a table runner with apple fabric. The fourth item, a pretty UFO quilt using the scrappy Strip Twist pattern, was quilted by Colleen. Eileen has a family reunion in the summer and she hopes to have something for everyone, and so she will have about 25-30 items.  Happy Quilting, Eileen!

Lydia has been busy making bags and aprons.  She showed two bags.  They use a double zipper  (one zipper makes two bags).  The bags will be handy for taking sewing supplies to Retreats.  She purchased the plastic in Carlyle.                                               Lydia has made three aprons, one for each of her two sisters and one for herself.

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Marg showed two small wall hangings that go on metal hangers.  One has cone flowers and one has irises.  She will give one to each of her daughters for Mother’s Day.

 

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Bonnie showed a cute completed UFO Christmas wall hanging from the Flo Blair embroidery class.

 

 

 

 

Maryanna’s pretty blue jean quilt used the Cathedral Window design.  It is a rag quilt and she cut the edges all by hand.

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Jill has been busy quilting for weddings.  The first quilt she showed was a large king-size “Emerald City” design.  It is 108″ x 108″ and it is cosy with fireside as backing.  Terry Whitman did the quilting.

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Jill’s second quilt, “The Amazing Labyrinth”, was made for her daughter Katie’s wedding in May.  The quilt has 36 different blocks and you can “walk” through the labyrinth.  Jill thought it was appropriate for the finance and engineering couple.  There is minkie on the back and Terry Whitman quilted it.

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Shelley G. used her beautiful Bali batiks to make this pretty queen-size quilt for her sister.  She created her own pattern. 

 

 

 

Eva showed two lovely pieces.  The first quilt she used a free pattern from Walmart. The “star” blocks used partial seams.    The second quilt was made for Eva’s daughter.  Eva hand embroidered chickens in the blocks, which is appropriate as her daughter raises chickens.  There are also chickens in the border.

 

It was fun to to gather for our final spring meeting and we all look forward to starting again in the fall.

The next Crocus Guild meeting will be on September 3.

Happy Quilting and enjoy the summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 7, 2019 Guild Meeting