Friday, January 13, 2017

January Meeting

We had a fun meeting last week with a bit of Show and Tell, a few games, some gift exchanging and lots of eating and visiting.

Jacquie finished her One Block wonder from the November workshop.

Sandra made cute gift bags.

Dawn and her latest art piece for the hunters in her life.  Paint, Jagermeister, I always learn something new!

Beth was busy with stockings and two quilt tops.

Cindy and her new beach bag.

Amy's Ugly Sweater quilt.

Karen and her plus quilt, leftover quilt. 

One of the games for the evening was dubbed the "Quilter's Olympics."  Above you see Round 1.  Everyone was given a fabric circle and a threaded needle.  The first six to successfully make a yo-yo advanced to round 2.  Much concentration was required!

Round 2, and things got a little more intense.  Everyone was given an identical quilt block and a seam ripper.  First 2 to take the 10 pieces apart without tearing the fabric advanced to round 3.  Apparently Dawn and Amy have some experience in the unsewing department!

Round 3 - Dawn and Amy were briefly shown a picture of a quilt block.  Then they were handed the cutting instructions.  First to successfully cut the pieces, and lay the quilt block out correctly without referring to the diagram would be the victor.  The girls were determined, and I made have seen a bead a sweat or two!

Amy was a woman on a mission and came out victorious.  (We also learned how she can have a new project to share every month - she works fast!  I would have need a faster shutter speed to get an in focus picture of her at work).

I think is was all worth it as Amy took home these beautiful Fat quarter roses, a gift to our guild from Road 17N Quilt shop.

It was a very fun night.  Thanks ladies!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

One Block Wonder/Stack n Wack workshop

Hi Everyone.  Just a last reminder of the material requirements for the workshop set for January 13 and 15th.  We are planning on starting between 6 to 6:30.  The doors will be open by 4:30 if you want to come set up earlier.  

You need at a minimum 6 repeats of your fabric.  That is repeats along the selvage edge not across the width.

You will also need your:
cutting mat
6 in X 12 in ruler with a 60 degree line on it.
rotary cutter
flat flowerhead pins
sewing machine
neutral thread that blends with your fabric

If you are doing the stack n whack star you will also need fabric for your star points approximately 1 - 1.5 yards (something that contrasts and stands out strongly against your hexagon fabric preferably a solid or tone on tone) If you want to use it as a wider outside border you might want to have 2 to 2.5 depending on how large you make your quilt.

You will also need background fabric.  This could be left until after all the blocks are made.   It is sometimes surprising what looks the best and you might want to try out several backgrounds after the hexagons are made.  I did not expect the green to be the background but it showed off the stars the best.

If you are doing the one block wonder you will also need fat quarters of three or more colors (dark, medium and light of each color) for the hollow cubes/tumbling blocks.   See picture of Jackie's quilt below for example.

Notice the yellow/gold, dark brown and medium brown hollow cubes.  These are made of three shades to make each block.

Looking forward to a great time.  Please be aware because of the UFO day on the Saturday between we  may have to move our machines to make room for those coming to sew for the Saturday.


Saturday, December 3, 2016

December Meeting

Before I get to the Show and Tell photos a few things to remember.

  • We will be celebrating Christmas at the January 5th meeting.  There will be a fat quarter exchange.  Please bring a purple fat quarter wrapped in a brown paper bag.  If you bring a fat quarter you will leave with one.
  • The will also be a gift exchange and this year we are doing a pattern exchange. Please bring this wrapped for Christmas.  A favorite pattern from your stash or a new one will do!
  • Bring a small amount of snack/treats to share.  
If you are interested in a free weekly block program to celebrate Canada's 150th, check out the 150 Canadian Women Quilt. at  You just need to sign up for their newsletter.  There are a few options for the layout.  You will learn about 150 Canadian Pioneer Women and get 150 free block patterns.

Genny demonstrated this super cute present block.

We had some great Show and Tell!!

Bev has made these four lovely wallets for her four daughters for Christmas.

Amy quilted this top on the rental machine at Fabriculous in Swan River.

Amy proudly showing offer something she made for one of her Instagram swaps.

Amy has also jumped on the Dresden train.  They seem to be the cool thing right now. (Everything old is new again!)

And a quilt with the quilting partially complete that with be given away at Christmas.  I'm not sure how Amy has the energy to be so productive after being in her classroom all day!!!

Reneta loving her Dresden for a Instagram swap.

 Karen's Hunter Star Quilt.

 A couple of Seaside Runners (Jaybird quilt pattern).

Cheri's tree skirt from the pattern "Happy Holidays" by Atkinson Designs.  Cheri made this from her sister's fabrics for her niece.  Cheri's sister is no longer able to quilt because of her early onset Alzheimer's disease and has created something that will be treasured.

Cindy's log cabin quilt did not quilt get done in time for the quilt show.  Her elaborate quilting might have been part of the reason.

And Gloria finished her version of the Labyrinth quilt that has been very popular online lately.

If that bunch of Show and Tell wasn't enough, Sherry K treated us to a small sampling of her work.  The collection of quilts she brought certainly had a theme - Birds and Words.  Sherry loves birds.  She also loves bird fabric, and fabric with words.  Sherry also loves to put words on quilts.  Sherry's work is always a treat.  We even got to see some hand quilting from days gone by.  Enjoy a sampling from the show!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Quilt Display in Hamiota

Crocus Quilt Guild member Dawn Piasta has a showing of her quilts on display from now until November 26 in Hamiota, Manitoba.  If you are travelling be sure to stop in and check it out!  Here is a sneak peak and all the details.

Show and Tell

I have been very lax about getting photos up on the blog.  These represent the show and tell we saw in October and November.  Sorry for the delay!

Here is Reneta's cheerful version of City Slicker.

And Renta's Lug Nuts that she made for herself!

I can't remember the name of the pattern Beth used for this one.  I will update this if I find out.

Sorry for the blurry image of Good Vibrations quilt.

Karen and some great holiday placemats.  Love that binding!

Genny and a great charm square table runner.  She spied a photo on Pinterest and put it together.  It is made up of one simple block - Half Square Triangles.

Nina and Pat made place mats with leftover from a quilt they made together for a special friend.

Look at this awesome pile of placemats ready to donate to PRVSI as our Christmas gifting project this year.