Speaker Karen Johnson Fibre artist

We enjoyed hearing about what inspired Karen and how she took that inspiration and turned it into fabric art.

February: A delightful variety of donation quilts by Ellie, Moreen, Corisande and Gail.

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Irene Harvalias led a workshop to show us how to make interesting blocks out of strata of five 2.5″ strips.  Some people used jelly rolls and others used scraps.  We all started with the same process to produce quarter blocks.  These were then assembled into one of three patterns; Diamond, Cross or Pinwheel.

After choosing our block type we sewed them together.  When jelly rolls or full width of fabric (WOF) were used the quarter blocks could be put together in a way that emphasized the pattern.  The results were wonderfully varied.

At the January Show and Tell we enjoyed seeing a variety of projects

Our Christmas Party with Show and Tell

Speaker Stacy Day   Stacy in Stitches

Stacy entertained us with stories as she talked about the inspiration for the quilts in her book “Child’s Play”.  It was delightful to see how her colours and techniques worked together to make beautiful quilts both children and adults would love to have.

Amazing Applique – November class

Instructors Gail Newell and Moreen Rutherford split the day.  In the morning Gail walked the class through machine applique from Pattern to finishing.  We started with stitching ‘alien blobs’ and the brave graduated to sea creatures.  In the afternoon Moreen displayed a huge variety of projects and then got the class started on their own mini project, a Hawaiian, elephant or butterfly applique.

Front of a ‘boring bag’. Appliqued bag holds items to occupy little people when they are in boring situations.
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Aquatic kids play quilt. Designed by Gail Newell. Blocks were sashed together after applique and quilting. It is machine applique and quilting. After stitching practice blocks at the workshop Suzanne, Sherry, Vickie, Karen, Freda, Jean and Brenda felt confident enough to work on the aquatic applique and quilting.