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Inspiration

Sometimes we find a particularly cute panel.  Other times we get a wonderful assortment of fabrics in a donation that along with a fun pattern turn into wonderful quilts.

A recent donation had several 1 yard WOFs. Gail decided it would be fun to see how using different patterns could make mostly the same fabrics into very different quilts. 

Fall Show & Tell

After a late but good AGM we got down to the business of sharing our adventures in stitching.

Joan has been very busy with cross stitch but also managed to work on quilt tops.

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Joan put in thousands of hours for this beautiful cross stitch. Apologies to the artist that the overhead lights reflected in it.

Ruth enjoys modern quilting and has been trying out and practicing several techniques.

There are always scraps and then inspiration (or desperation) strikes!

Sherry executed a wonderful variety of projects.

Midsummer Arts Dream 2021

The Community Arts Council of Richmond held their annual show September 10-12.  Due to COVID restrictions only some of the work of Painting/Drawing, Photography, Mixed Media and Textiles could be displayed but the full online show can be found here until December 10. Shirley and Gail had four entries accepted between them, of which two were textiles.

Summer Quilting

Moreen and Gail played with fabric in between gardening.  

June Show and Tell

We gathered on Zoom to catch up with each other and share what we have been working on and learning.  Lynda, Gail and Ruth have been learning Walking Foot quilting from Melissa Marginet.  Barbara has taken courses from both Jean Impey on applique and Lynn Koolish on colour pop.

We have used up scraps, finished UFOs and generally had a stitching good time.

Creative Isolation

Isolation does not mean insulation from new ideas.  Quilt patterns and techniques proliferate on the internet.  Opportunity abounds to take online classes.

Quilts can be simple, complex and fun.  Each with their own charm.

Sherry had lots of scraps to work with.  It is interesting how different scraps and border design can make a quilt unique.

Quilters often have stashes of fabric that might be cute to use ‘some day’.  Covid restrictions have made the ‘some day’ now.  Moreen dug into her stash and came up with some wonderful creations.

What do you do when you get quirky fabric?  Corisande combines it imaginatively to produce some very fun quilts.

Applique is a technique that enables wonderful designs to emerge from pieces of fabric.  Corisande has made many pieces from the elegant to the fun and whimsical.

Judy Leslie Seeded Reflections
Seeded Reflections by Judy Leslie

We had a fun event to see the Fibre Arts Network “From a Tiny Seed”.  This slide show had amazing creative expressions of the small growing large.

See more here

 

Gail’s “Japanese Spring”, created as part of the Guild President’s challenge in 2020 is being exhibited at the “Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation” show in West Vancouver.  You can find out more about this interesting show here.

TAGOR held its second online event on March 23 with renowned textile artist Susan Purney Mark.  Susan treated us to a talk about her month long residency in Iceland, the places she mot enjoyed seeing, the art she produced there and influences still resonating in the art she is producing now.

Susan Purney Mark paper and fibre
Spring at Brooks Point Susan Purney Mark

TAGOR held its first online event on February 23 with a showing of the Fibre Art Network (FAN) Circles and Lines exhibit. More information about FAN, their artists and artwork for sale can be found on their website here.  We enjoyed seeing quality images of the many wonderful pieces inspired by the theme of circles and lines.

Christmas is over and members are back working on other projects.

Moreen is still using up her stash creatively.

Sometimes neighbours sort their sewing rooms and find they have tried out patterns but don’t know what they would do with another quilt.  Extra quilt tops are welcomed and quilted for our partners.

Sherry and Freda have been sewing and knitting.

These four are the latest contribution to our partner Lion’s Manor.

With Christmas around the corner and time to work on a project, Sherry completed this fabulous table runner with fabric that had been sitting in her cupboard for too long.

Just in time for Christmas are these quilts made for our community partners.

Moreen’s delightful array of patterns

Corisande made fun quilts of interesting fabrics

Christmas means giving to family, friends and those who need cheer and a helping hand.  These ornaments will certainly add cheer to the Turning Point recovery houses.  The toques will go to St. Alban’s church for their outreach program to help replace supplies stolen and damaged in the November break in.

This second lockdown has felt difficult but we’re not so isolated that we can’t have phone conversations with friends.  We discovered other needs in Richmond.  Moreen, Sherry and Gail were able to supply nine quilts to Richmond group homes in time for Christmas.

Linda’s daughter returned for a visit and busily used up more of her mother’s stash.  Gail put her thinking cap on to figure out what to do with some donated fabric.  Three quilts later with two of Moreen’s now all the beds at Elmbridge have a cheery bed topper.  We thought it would take at least two years but we did it in 18 months!

Armed with a mound of batting Moreen went to work quilting several tops she had worked up while organizing her stash over the isolation months.  The first seven quilts are ready to brighten new homes. 🙂