Tuesday, 7 March 2017
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