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Photographing your quilts: It’s all about the light…
Just in time for the upcoming quilt show, photographer Bruce McCaughey will be giving advice on photographing your quilts. He will show you how to take better pictures no matter your camera type, whether DSLR or cell phone camera. Come to learn some helpful techniques.
Applying Words to Art
Schools of thought vary as to the importance of an artist statement and in this presentation we will discuss the role of story in the contemplation of art. With a background in creative writing and experience in developing the
artist’s statement for a painter, Meg Todd will help us consider what we want to say about our quilts and how we can ensure the words we choose are true to our vision as well as helpful to the viewer.
Anne Brennan – to be confirmed
THOMAS ROACH – CLOTH AND CONNECTION
While a quilt is typically defined as three layers stitched together, I believe that the result is vastly more than the simple sum of the component materials. There are a myriad of layers of meaning, memory and connection that at first don’t seem visible, but are often transmitted anyway by the visual and tactile experience. Such is the power of cloth. As quilters, weavers, fibre artists and lovers of textile we know this. Imagine opening that experience up to a community to (re)discover together. Join Vancouver textile artist Thomas Roach (www.thomasroach.ca) to hear about his experience leading two large textile based community projects and how it has changed his approach to textile artmaking.
Thomas Roach is a Vancouver based textile artist who recently managed the (in)finite: spiritual conversations in cloth exhibition at Christ Church Cathedral. It is in that community that he created the Prayers of the Church Project (2016) and co-led the Common Threads Indigo Quilt Project (2012-4). Thomas currently serves as the BC Rep for the Surface Design Association.
It’s that time of the year – the Christmas party!
We will start with our regular show and tell where members share with everyone the projects they have completed since the last meeting. After this, we will round up our UFO challenge with a quick quiz (with little prizes) and a show and tell of the completed projects. Finally, we will have a prize draw for the people that entered the challenge. For every project completed you will receive a 50/50 ticket for the prize draw, so more projects completed the higher the chance to win one of the fabulous prizes.
Then there will be an explanation about the challenge for the quilt show. After this there will be a break where people will get a chance to enjoy all the delicious treats people will be bringing to the meeting.
After the break there will be an interesting game involving sweets and fabric. Please be sure to bring 3 pieces of grey, white or black fabric to the meeting for the game. They will need to be the width of fabric (40″-42″) by 2 1/2″.
Things to bring:
3 pieces of fabric in grey, white or black –Width of fabric (40″-42″) by 2 1/2″
Treats for the table
Any completed projects for the UFO challenge
Show and tell
FAITH MACLEOD – DOWN THE ROTARY ROAD
KAREN JOHNSON’S QUILTING JOURNEY
Karen will be sharing the various themes she’s explored during her quilting journey, as well as a focus on the quilts and workshops that have played a pivotal role in shaping her direction.
She has been sewing for most of her life, having made her first dress when she was six years old. Her grandmother taught many of the young women in the community to sew and her mother was her 4-H sewing teacher. She spent 8 years in a 4-H sewing club as she was growing up, continuing on to a degree in Home Economics at the University of Manitoba. Karen majored in Clothing and Textiles before moving to British Columbia and a teaching career, working in both Vancouver and Langley.
Quilting took over about 1994 and although Karen has made many of her own clothes, it’s not a big part of her quilting journey. She’s been involved with the Langley Quilters’ Guild since its inception in 2003 and appreciates the energy of being immersed with like-minded souls. She’s also a member of the Langley Arts Council, Canadian Quilters’ Association, Studio Art Quilt Associates and Fibre Art Network.
QUILTING AND COPYRIGHT RULES
Robin Fischer will be sharing information that she has learned over the last few months on what copyright means in regards to quilting. She agrees it can be confusing at times and that sharing information can help us all become more aware. She would like members to contribute and to bring questions so that as a group we can clarify this issue.
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.