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Calling all UFOs for the MAY meeting
Do you have a UFO that you just can’t finish? Maybe you are stuck on how to position the blocks. What fabric to use on the borders/binding? Need support on a specific technique? Just need a new perspective? With over one thousand years of combined experience and 400 library books I am sure we can tackle any issue.
So the question is, why do so many of us have a pile of unfinished objects? This is very much a “trending” topic right now. Here are some of the reasons I found:
- the technique was too hard (but maybe it isn’t now)
- the fabric is ugly or you ran out of fabric
- it’s not turning out the way you want it to
- you don’t know how you should quilt it
- you got sidetracked with more interesting new projects (also definitely me)
- you hate applying binding.
There are lots of blogs online about how to finish your UFO’s but first you have to decide if you want to finish it. If you do, here’s a list to help:
- set manageable goals
- work 15 minutes at a time
- say NO to new projects
- get support from other quilters
- celebrate every quilt you complete.
So at our May meeting, we’ll be looking at the last two points – getting support and celebrating with the Guild (and maybe winning a prize). Bring along any UFOs you want to share with the guild. Sitting in small groups you will solve any issues you have. We’ll also be bringing ideas for what to do with those UFO’s you really don’t want to finish but can’t abandon because YOU ARE NOT A QUITTER and you spent time and money etc. Maybe it’s time to just let them go. Nothing bad will happen if you do!
What to bring:
UFO’s you want advice on
Orphan blocks to swap or get ideas on how to to use
UFO’s you want to swap/give away
A list of UFO’s you want to register for the challenge
A small snack for the table
Yourself and the years of experience you have!
SUSAN JENSEN TRUNK SHOW
Susan Jensen is a designer, teacher and quilt maker from Maple Ridge. She is on the Editorial Advisory Committee of the Quilters Connection magazine. Sue shares her journey from quilting as a hobby to a career in the quilting industry. Never in her mind did she think or even dream of where she is today! To be able to live the life of creating and to share it with others is a dream come true!
ROBIN FISCHER TRUNK SHOW
Robin has been working in textiles for most of her life. She made doll clothes as a young girl and had a small hand weaving business in the early 80’s. She made vests, jackets and blankets. A friend suggested taking a beginner quilt class, she was hooked and quickly passed through the traditional stage. Discovering art quilts has become her area of contentment. A love of colour has led to hand dyeing most of the fabrics she works with today. Free motion quilting and hand beading are the finishes of choice.
MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW
3 MINI-TUTORIALS BY OUR OWN MEMBERS
- Meredith K. will be demonstrating hand quilting with large stitches using perle cotton.
- Janet H. will be showing her technique of landscape stitch and flip.
- Andrea G. will be explaining Canada’s Big Quilt Bee and showing how to make the blocks.
Seasonal Party and social consisting of special show and tells, sales, and special eats.
BAG RUNWAY EVENT
Members are asked to bring one or two handmade bags (old or new) for our models to show off on the runway. Inside each bag please put a clearly written card giving your name and a few sentences for the announcer to read out while your bag is being modelled. After the runway event the bags will be displayed on a table for members to admire.
ANDREA’S FALL CHALLENGE
Well, here we are approaching the finish line of our Fall Challenge. Participants are asked to bring their challenge piece to the December meeting, where we will put a number on it with masking tape and place it on a table for everyone to see and vote on. Please make sure no one can see your name on the front or the back.
All Guild members will have a chance to vote for their favourite and that person will win the grand prize. We have 23 prizes so everyone will get a prize! If you can’t make it to the meeting, call someone else and ask them to bring your project so we can all see it (and you can still get your prize). After the voting, challenge quilters will be asked to come to the front in groups and show their work so we can see who made which piece. I can’t wait to see the beautiful work you’ve done. But please remember the saying that goes: “finished is better than perfect!” Feel free to phone or email me if you have any problems. – Andrea
JANET & ALISON’S INDIA TRIP
Our own Janet H. and Alison R. will share their inspirational discoveries from their trip to India. Lots of pictures and some fabrics and other souvenirs to fondle.
PAUL KRAMPITZ TRUNK SHOW
Paul, who is from the Vancouver Modern Guild, will also be giving 2 workshops this year.
Paul’s trunk show is about his journey from traditional to modern quilting. He likes to show examples of lessons he learned in traditional quilting and how he has adapted these lessons in making modern quilts.
Paul grew up with quilts from both of his grandmothers. His German Oma made thick satin quilts filled with 4 inch wool batting for family weddings, and his West Virginia Gramma made traditional patchwork quilts with thin cotton batting. The sewing machine was always out at his house because his mother and sister made clothes and as a kid, he made bags for his marbles and juggling cubes.
In the 80s Paul started quilting, his first quilts being Ohio Star, Log Cabin, and Irish Chain. His degree is in Math, and it was the geometry of the quilt blocks that got him into quilting. By the end of the 90s he was noticing quilts posted online that didn’t look like the traditional ones he had been making. That’s when he found out about the Modern Quilt movement and he started to improvise using more solids, laying out blocks not in the typical grids, and using negative space.
GAIL SHEPPARD TRUNK SHOW
Following our brief AGM, our program will feature Gail Sheppard and her trunk show.
Gail is a member of the Boundary Bay Quilters’ Guild. She is a prolific quilter and loves scrappy quilts . She calls herself “not the perfect quilter” and her motto is “done is better than perfect”. Gail will share her quilting journey over the last 10 years. Many of her quilts are queen size and scrappy.
Being a fellow aficionado of Bonnie Hunter she will show several quilts designed by Bonnie and invites Vancouver Guild members who have made a Bonnie Hunter quilt to bring them to Show & Tell.