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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.
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.