The Wind Blew !

We’ve started something new and it involves our members in the Guild being “guest bloggers”, so occasionally we will ask a member to write the blog and give their perspective on the meeting.

February guest blogger was Kathleen and she has a flare for creativity that shows in her writings, too.

As written by Kathleen:

The wind blew a refreshing crop of imaginative stitching our way.
Attendance  25  members, lured in part by Debbie Eccles Trunk Show.
Susan opened our meeting and distributed 2017 membership cards and MQG lapel pins. Susan shared a challenge from Montreal MQG to commemorate the Montreal Mosque Massacre. See the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild  page for details.
Canada Post delivered our QuiltCon challenge quilt via Texas to Savannah, Georgia. Our Quilt “Shockwave”  will be on display when Dorothy, from our Guild, attends Quiltcon and she has promised a small blogpost and many pictures from her adventures in Savannah.
Tara wowed us with a great idea that got all of us planning our own Improv Quilt in a day ( to coin a phrase LOL)  .
“Start a Conversation” from The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters
Using fabric brought by each of us, each sewist adds their “signature fabric” and the sewing goes Round Robin through all those participating passing your own addition on to the next table. Sounds good . Let’s do it ! More info at the end of this post.
Tara displayed a selection of fabrics supplied for a Riley Blake challenge and mod triangle blocks by Sheila Christensen. Her Instagram handle  is  mysteryquilter and here is an example of her work:
Sheila Christensen Triangle
Quiz for you. Name the quilter!!
Here’s your clues.
-backs that could be fronts
-a black phase
-raw edges
-art wall hangings
-huge hexies
-round corners
-kits and improv
– selvedges selvedges selvedges
You’re correct its Debbie Eccles ! Debbie wowed and inspired us with hexies, snowballs, selvedge hexies and arrows, improv crosses, Kaffe Fassett houses and more.
Deb’s favourites are Al Coté Art quilts, her first thread painting and of course selvedge edged quilts
Our favourites….every one !
Thank you Deb for finishing nine UFOs in 5 weeks!
Deb’s inspiring words
“Don’t be afraid to make a mistake, turn it into an improv quilt”
Door Prize and Challenge Bounty Prizes went to:
Margaret ( who travels from Oakville to join us)
Cheryl
Marilyn who gathered 30 Blocks for Canada’s Big Quilt Bee  sewn by Margaret…..wow thank you.
Pam
Debbie
“A windy day” blew in with the funky musical accompaniment of Jennifer, Lindsay, Kathleen and with Terri ,our inspiration, displayed their Laura Tote by Schlosser Designs bags.
Pam had a mega scrappy quilt , Jayne with cute owls , Janie’s 3D pinwheel, Lorna’s Dapper pinwheels and improv clothesline, Debbie, the Thrift Enabler’s,  twisted houses stapled to a thrifted canvas picture frame, Karen’s toque, Effie’s leaves behind tulle,  Audrey’s kites, Dorothy’s heritage windmills.
Show and Tell
Terri with two gorgeous quilts both longarmed by Jennifer, Pam and Effie with a cool Canadian quilt going to their great niece in North Carolina, Heather sported a mod tote by Noodlehead,J ennifer with a colourful runner and a Harry Potter themed quilt and Tara’s lovely lamb Ba-a-a-a.
Visitor Megan, from Oakville, with an ingenious tote and a quilt featuring a see through typographic  “Safe and Sound”.Please visit again soon Reagan !
Tori displayed a triangle pieced beauty and shared that Kindred Spirits has renamed their community quilts “Eli’s Blankies” in honour of Michelle Denham’s late grandson.
FUTURE CHALLENGES
March.    flying geese
April        Modern Amish
May         make a statement-use text,typography.
SEW IN
Saturday March 25
Bethany Church
Time 9:30 to 4 pm – Start the Improv Workshop at 10 am sharp.
Potluck lunch and this is a Nut Free Environment
QUILTER of the MONTH for March is Jennifer Dyck. Thank you.
Tara’s Improv Quilt Top proposed for Sew-in on Saturday March 25th. We still have another meeting on Thursday March 9th, before the Sew-in, where Tara will be sharing her ideas on this! We are hoping to make this a day long event
(Not mandatory.)
Each of us should take home a finished Improv quilt top in OUR fabric choices PLUS a fabric addition from each sewist participating.
Please Bring Along:
Regular sewing tools including cutting mat, iron, sewing machine, rotary cutter
2 Containers of your choice to both hold and pass YOUR fabric choices and your quilt top as  it grows .
Fabrics:
YOUR group of fabric choices should include
3 m. of large scraps
2 or 3 of 1/4 to 1/2 m WOF cuts
Several long strips for outside edges of quilt top
You should focus your colour groups and have them dark-medium-light
Also bring a dash of unrelated colour choices for spice !
Keep at your sewing station a separate ONE METRE signature fabric .
Pieces of this you will add to each quilt top that gets passed to you.
Sounds fun.
Does anyone else lie awake after NMQG meetings sorting fabrics in their heads?
Keeping myself in stitches most days,
Kath xx
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Debbie Eccles Trunk Show

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Windy Day Challenge

Four rocking gals with their funky Windy Bandana Girl

Four rocking gals with their funky Windy Bandana Girl

Pam and her Windy Day quilt - blowing in the breeze

Pam and her Windy Day quilt – blowing in the breeze

Love how this quilt looks up close, especially the owl in the tree!

Love how this quilt looks up close, especially the owl in the tree!

Janie and her Windy Windmill!

Janie and her Windy Windmill!

Lorna captured the essence of with a line of fabric called Windy Day!

Lorna captured the essence of with a line of fabric called Windy Day!

Lorna says "Clothes lines and kites need Windy Days!"

Lorna says “Clothes lines and kites need Windy Days!”

Debbie and her houses blowing over in a thunder storm!

Debbie and her houses blowing over in a thunder storm!

Audrey captured the balloons that escaped in the wind!

Audrey captured the balloons that escaped in the wind!

Effie is going to have a lot of raking when these leaves fall down - art quilt with a very unique method!

Effie is going to have a lot of raking when these leaves fall down – art quilt with a very unique method!

Show & Tell

 

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The words were cut out of the quilt so you could see thru !!

The words were cut out of the quilt so you could see thru !!

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