Tuesday, 17 January 2017
SLAB BLOCKS and QUILT TOPS
We want to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by holding Canada’s biggest quilting bee at Quilt Canada in June 2017. We’ll have sewing machines, long arms and mid arms and an army of volunteers ready to work on quilt tops and slab blocks made by hundreds of Canadian quilters. The successful ending to this story will be quilts to give to all the Ronald McDonald House® buildings across Canada.
We need you to make slabs and even quilt tops from your slabs. Read on!
The blocks that we need quilters to make are called “slabs”. These were made famous when Cheryl Arkison used ‘slab’ blocks in quilts for families who lost everything in the Alberta floods in 2013. Now, with Cheryl’s permission, we are calling on Canadian quilters to make slab blocks once more.
Inspiration for these quilts is The Missing U quilt from the book: Sunday Morning Quilts. http://naptimequilter.blogspot.ca/2013/06/slabs-for.html
How do you make a slab?
If you have the book, Sunday Morning Quilts see the directions on pages 48-49. If you don't have the book, the directions below show how to make a slab: To commemorate Canada’s birthday, each slab must have at least one piece of the Canada’s 150th fabric that is available through Northcott, Trend Tex Inc., Cantik Batiks, JN Harper and perhaps other fabric companies. You may mix in your own fabric but there has to be at least one piece of special Canada 150th fabric. How to Make a Slab Start with small bits or big ones, it doesn't matter. Make sure there is at least one piece of Canada’s 150th birthday fabric. Raid your scrap bins and go with what you've got. You might want to use like-colours in a slab.
Take two pieces of fabric and sew them together. Do that a few more times. Then sew more pieces to those first pairs. Sew groups together. Add additional pieces of fabric to get to the size of 12 ½ inches square.
Have fun and make several slabs in different colours.
How to Make Quilt Tops Would you like to use your slabs to make a whole quilt top? We need two sizes: larger for big kids and smaller for little kids.
Larger quilt: Sew 4 blocks together for each row. Make 6 rows and sew them together to make a quilt top that will be 48½in. x 72½in.
Smaller quilt: Sew 3 blocks
together for each row. Make 4 rows and sew them together to make a quilt top that will be 36½in. x 48½in.
Mail your unfinished quilt tops and/or slab blocks to:
Leslie Whitby 2895 Almonte Road Carp ON K0A 1L0
Last day to mail is May 30, 2017
Tuesday, 15 November 2016
Sunday, 18 October 2015
Town and Country Quilt Guild
September 9, 2015
Meeting called to order at 7:00pm – 33 members present and 1 guest
Minutes of last meeting – approved (moved Ruth; 2nd Donna)
Cabinet: Staining complete and Ruth will fill with books by next meeting
Quilt of Valour:
The quilt made by the guild still requires hand quilting. Looking for volunteers to take the quilt home: Faye - September; Ruth - October
Letter received from the IWK thanking the guild for the donation of quilts.
3 books missing ; several new books added to the library
2015/2016 year (33 renewals and 1 new member)
Program committee: No completed schedule available. By October’s meeting a schedule will be available. However, September and October's workshops are listed below.
September: Ruth Butler will be leading a paper piecing workshop. Ruth showed the group several of her completed pieces and samples for her workshop.
October: Susan T Manley “Making Faces” workshop on Oct 23-24 costs $50. An email has already been sent with a supply list. This is non-refundable, if you can not attend you will need to sell your spot.
All workshops will be the 4th Saturday of the month.
Retreat Committee: No information
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
Town & Country Quilters’ Guild
April 8, 2015
Present: 30 members and one guest, Jane M
Minutes of March Meeting: accepted as read.
Correspondence and News: nothing to record.
Library: two new magazines, Quilters’ Connection and Canadian Quilter
· Bookcase – carpenter is busy, and may have an opening by September
· By-Laws – Linda L and Kate M are bringing these up to date to include such items as: Membership fee - rather than being explicitly indicated in the By-Laws, and amended each year, will be designated on the Registration Form. As well, e-mail addresses will be recorded on the Registration Form to formulate a roster. Committees will be clarified and will reflect what is currently deemed most useful and representative of the Guild. The Fiscal Year will be changed to June 1st to the end of May.
· Centreville Quilt Show – will be on May 8-9th. Sharon M will be the pretty face in charge.
Program: Cathy B indicated the last workshop with Kate M on Embellishments was a huge success.
· Faye B will do a hand quilting demonstration on April 25th, while members will who are familiar with hand quilting will work on the Quilt of Valour in one hour allotments. Ruth B originally scheduled for this time will do a paper piecing workshop in September.
· May program will be a Trunk Show by Susan Tillsey Manley, so be sure to attend on May 13th.
Show &Tell :
· Elizabeth B: a receiving blanket quilt as you go, a strippy quilt with 16” squares, 2 charity quilts
· Laurie Ann C: 2 small quilts doll size
· Ruth P : a row quilt, with rows of different fabrics
· Joann T: quilted jacket, black and white quilt, Wildlife quilt, and block of month Bird house
· Leah M: disappearing nine-patch, and Santa Claus quilt
· Rosemary F quilt with black/primary colour blocks for grandson
· Marie A Something to Crow About completed wall hanging from retreat W/S
· Sharon M: queen black and beige floral for daughter, another for grandson
· Ann M: bargello, 3 years in making, turquoise and rust
· Dawna D- wall hanging from Ann Buzzalino W/S with swirls of gold and fushia, another with small tree, stamping and painting
· Kate M: samples from embellishments W/S, embroidery resource of stitches each on 5x7 pieces of fabric, including samples from Cinda K. Kate also gave away a book on Paper Piecing – winner Corrine R
· Darlene R: queen with beautiful carnations
· Barbara L – quilt top for grandson in blue
Guest speaker – Jane M spoke about Quilting Hacks, innovative solutions to a quilting problem, not necessarily with a quilting tool. Some examples:
· Glue stick to hold down applique until sewn in place
· Toilet paper rolls to wind binding
· Dry eraser pen on doc. protectors to check off pieces cut of pattern or preview different free-motion patterns
· Colour choices for quilts using paint chip combinations
· Pool noodles to wrap seasonal wall hangings
· Lettuce holder bins for scraps
· Tin snips for cutting rag quilt edges
· Masking tape to reduce slippage of rulers, and so many more creative solutions
Meeting adjourned with next meeting to be held on May 13th at 7PM.
Recorded by Barbara L