Creative Isolation

Social isolation doesn’t mean we are isolated from our sewing machines. 🙂

Linda’s fabric stash needed some reduction so Linda Mae started a few quilt tops.  This is the first one.  A nice cheerful one in Easter colours.

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Cheery patchwork of Lavender, green and yellow by Linda Mae.

When Gail’s grandson moved into his new room he had a built in bed that was a different size than the old one.  So out came quilt patterns and this one seemed to look good for the new teen who enjoys red as his favourite colour.  Pillowcase of red with starry trim 🙂

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Free -form Stars pattern by Lynda M.H. Faires QNM March 2001. Pieced and quilted by Gail Newell.

Moreen’s grandson sent her a picture.  She liked it so much she was inspired to make a pillow covering.  Having a stash has been good while stores are closed. 🙂

During this time of isolation many of us felt like we were running around in circles both modern and traditional.

It is good to exercise not only our fingers but our brains.  Ricky Tim’s convergence quilting book has interesting techniques for making beautiful quilts with fabrics of the same dimensions.  But what if your fabric is different sizes and you want a rectangular lap quilt?  Time to experiment!

When shopping for fabric becomes a challenge we dig into the scrap pile of leftovers from other quilts we’d always been meaning to do something with.

A donation of many pieces of fabric around  20″x9″ presented a challenge for Gail.  Most of the pieces had a mustard colour that wasn’t her favourite but there was blue, rose and burgundy in these fabrics and some fabrics that were mostly these accent colours.  What to do?  The fabric sizes lent themselves to cutting into 2.5″ strips so the first two quilts were made with these.  Then there was still lots of fabric left over and turned out to be enough to make half square triangles with a little supplementing of the beige.  Three quilt tops are now ready for quilting.  The third is her favourite. 

Members have continued to quilt and knit for family, friends and outreach while we’ve been self isolating at home.

Joan is enjoying being surrounded by the warmth of her beautiful quilts at home.

February Show and Tell

Members had been busy since the Christmas Show and Tell and there was lots of work to ooh and aah over.  A couple of the quilts were put together by teams of quilters.

Beth brought in a gorgeous quilt and had made the bag she brought it in.

Brenda brought interesting bags and a quilt

Jean had been busy quilting with her long arm.

Thelma brought her friend Merle, a new quilter.  Both had been having fun.

Joan had quilted up a storm and brought 16 pieces to show.  There were 6 different patterns and lots of wonderful colours.

Pam showed her artistic bent in two pieces.

Corisande had worked bother her sewing machine and knitting needles.

In addition to the group quilt, Pat was pleased to complete a couple of UFO’s

Sherry and Suzanne’s quilts added to the wonderful variety.

Moreen went to town with a dozen different patterns.

Gail had fun with colourful fabric

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Charming cat quarter quilt by Gail.

February Workshop – Exploring Free-form Curved Piecing with Lorna Shapiro

We had a great time playing with fabric strips, building strata with curved pieces, insetting strips that appeared and disappeared and insetting circles.  Lorna added value to the class by passing on tips for fabric selection when designing quilts.

January Meeting

We welcomed Lorna Moffat as our speaker for the evening.  Growing up in Scotland, Lorna Moffatt was surrounded by fabric, buttons and colourful knitting yarn in her granny’s drapery shop.  This led her down a creative path that included The Glasgow School of Art and both Honours and postgraduate degrees in Embroidered and Woven Textiles.  She regaled us with stories of her journey in textiles since moving to Canada in 2012. It was very interesting to see where her inspiration comes from as well as her techniques.

Four members brought quilts for donation to our partners.  Elly made four play quits, Jean a cute child’s quilt, Moreen pieced & appliqued her three offerings and Gail brought a cat pieced quilt, her first Stack n Whack kaliedoscope quilt and two quilts made using Ricky Tim’s Convergence quilting methods.

The evening ended admiring Pam’s latest creation, a Japanese themed wall hanging.

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Hanging designed, pieced, appliqued and quilted by Pam Mahoney.

ArtRich 2019

Congratulations to two of our members who had pieces accepted for the Richmond Arts Coalition Biennial Art show.  Pam Mahoney exhibited a textile piece and Shirley Rampton a painting.