Sit and Sew on Monday, November 30, is our afternoon one. 1-3pm. The Zoom link is the same. The December post has been fixed. And the coming events and times are always listed on the right hand side of the website! Hope to see you there! We usually have 8-12 members pop in!
Heather King is our featured speaker this month. Many will know Heather from her position as CEO of our Norfolk County Public Library. But Heather is also a history buff and a quilter! Her topic will be “How Women in Norfolk County Supported the War Efforts” and she will highlight stories about the women who served abroad and at home. Our December meeting seems late, the latest possible date for the second Monday. Join us on Monday, December 14. Doors and Breakout rooms open at 6:30 and the meeting will start at 7.
On Dec 5th the Program committee is hosting a Zoom Craft Day. Participating members will receive a kit containing the felted shapes and stuffing to make Christmas tree ornaments. Melanie Douglas and Vicki Harris will lead this activity from 10am to 12pm. Kathryn Robichaud will be available to give a brief demonstration of a few decorative stitches to complete the ornaments. From 1-3pm, we will be making a Christmas Tree table runner with Karen Johnstone. Karen has emailed the templates and instructions to make one or both styles. All the details are in the guild email from Monica sent on November 16th. If you haven’t signed up yet here is still time! Email Melanie before Wednesday, December 3 if you want to participate. It is free for all guild members.
Many quilters come to the meetings just for Show and Tell, to see what other quilters are making and to show their own accomplishments. One advantage of this pandemic is that we have virtual show and tell and we all have a front row seat! This month there will be 5 sections to our show and tell.
What do quilters do when they’re in lockdown? They quilt!! Show us your best COVID quilt that you made when we all had to stay home. Please send your pictures and a brief description to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be ready to talk about your masterpiece at the Show and Tell part of the meeting. We are very excited to see what you made! Terry Anderson challenged members to finish their Double Delight mystery quilt for December. Please send pictures of your completed mystery quilt to email@example.com. Did you participate in the Speed Date quilt workshop? Again, send pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. Did you get any ornaments or a table runner done after our Sew Day? Photos please! And if you didn’t do any of those activities but were still busy creating, we want to see what you’ve made. We will add them to our regular Show and Tell. Sounds like we could be covering everyone in December.
Our next Sit and sew is November 30, 1-3 pm here is the Zoom link.
Our own Anna Armitage will be our speaker via Zoom in January. Stay connected for details.
We have our first foundation paper pieced block this month. Do you avoid FPPing like the plague? Guess what? The plague is here and you can do it!
You can download the PDF and the FPPing templates here. You will notice that there is no little square to check that your printer printed at 100% or Actual size. But there are 2 big rectangles that you can measure! The outside lines should measure 3.5” x 4.5”, the unfinished size of the blocks.
Sandra Croley has detailed instruction for making this block here. Sandra is doing a special blog just for this Block of the Month! Thanks Sandra!
Are you new to Foundation Paper Piecing?
If you are completely new to FPPing, then check out these video tutorials. The first one is from Laura Coia, our speaker tonight! Laura is doing Scrappy Pineapple blocks and that block is way more complicated than our little 3 piece blocks!
Foundation Paper piecing is great for getting precise points on angles that are difficult to piece with traditional methods. But the shapes are often weird triangles and it is very easy to get your piece sewn on and then realize that it is too small. The video and tutorial links below show you how to avoid that! And that is the method Sandra is using.
Mister Domestic has this great video. And if you click on the little down arrow (V) at the bottom right of the screen, there is a link to download the 6” heart that he is using in the tutorial. Or click here for it!
This video by Amanda Rolfe uses a paper tracing wheel to pre-perforate the paper, making it easier to tear off. You can simply fold your paper on the lines. And it shows all the steps nicely. And her Australian accent is fun!
Laura Coia is the headliner for our Monday, November 9th meeting. Laura is a freelance educator, a Pattern Designer, and the founder of “Sew Very Easy” which is a very active educational and entertaining YouTube Channel. Her videos are uploaded each Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00 and are free to subscribe too. She has over 338,000 subscribers with over 36,000,000 views.
Along with her free videos she shares many tips, techniques, and new ideas for the novice as well as the experienced. Her videos are easy to follow, allowing you to get the project done.
She is a registered professional, with over 45 years of sewing experience as a tailor, seamstress, teacher, and a designer. 26 of those years have been quilting, with over 300 completed quilts.
She has been published in Quilters Connection Magazine as well as Canadian Quilter magazine. She has been awarded the Canadian Zoomer award and has a new booked published called Sew Very Easy Quilt Favorites.
If you have watched her videos you will see her Relaxed and Have Fun…” it’s all good” attitude!
The “doors open” at 6:30 so you can get connected to Zoom and the meeting will start at 7pm. You will receive an email from Monica on the weekend with the Zoom link. Everyone seemed happy with the breakout rooms we used at the break at our last meeting and we are going to try the breakout rooms again before the meeting starts. Fingers crossed, it will work.
Please remember to send your photos for Show and Tell to TwilightSimcoe@gmail.com ASAP. Landscape photos work best on the screen and please, zoom in on you quilt and quilting details.
Join us at the November 2nd, Sit and Sew when Kathryn Robicheau will join us with a short slide show on the subject of embroidery. She will give pointers and answer any questions you might have and could demo specific stitches for us. If there is enough interest Kathryn has offered to lead an embroidery workshop via Zoom.
Kathryn has been a member of our guild for a couple years and has been actively involved in Embroidery guilds for many years.
Our next meeting is next Monday night, October 19th. If you’ve been thinking of joining our guild, do it now! Don’t miss anything else! We have had more than a dozen new members join us this year! Welcome everyone!!! Some are former members rejoining, from near and far. Several are friends from the Norfolk County Quilters’ Guild. And some are new friends from guilds that haven’t embraced virtual meetings, yet! Do you have a Quilty friend who might join?
Scrappy Sew and So is a young, dynamic duo is made up of two Quilty BFF’s. Eve Graham, a high school teacher and Melissa Vens, a nurse, have known each other since they were 12 years old. They are going to be speaking to us about the Dear Jane International quilt along that they have just finished up. And also sharing a trunk show of their work. Instagram is the best place to see their current works. Eve is @instagrhm26and Melissa is @melly2468007 and Scrappy Sew and So is @scrappysewandso. Just Google “Scrappy Sew and So” and you will find their website and YouTube channel! You can log into Instagram with your Facebook account!
Please note that our meeting is one week later than usual, because of Thanksgiving. “Doors open” at 6:30 and the meeting starts at 7pm. See you then!
At our Sit and Sew last Monday night, there were 3 leaders and no members. We are going to try another afternoon session and see if we have better turnout! Here is the Zoom link to the meeting tomorrow, September 28th. 1-3 pm. If you have trouble logging in once the meeting has started, you can email email@example.com.
And have a look at the top of the sidebar on the right. Our upcoming meetings will be listed there, for easy reference.
We have 18 members signed up for our “Speed Date with Improv Workshop” on November 7. 10 am until 4:30 pm. $40. Email Diane L if you want to register. On Wednesday we will open registration up to Norfolk County Quilters’ Guild members. Krista Hennebury just presented this workshop to the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild and you can see some photos and comments on Instagram #speeddatewithimprov
“In this fast-paced and fun workshop, Krista will guide you through 8 improv piecing techniques and lots of great tips to support your new or ongoing improv quiltmaking practice. Colour, scale and timing are all controlled parameters so you can freely create without stress or obsessing with perfection. Learn to free-cut without rulers, piece curves without pins and puzzle wonky shapes together by “building-out” instead of “squaring-up” and “After each video segment, students get about 20-30 minutes to try each technique”.
Every student will end up with a unique, original quilt (wall hanging or table topper size)! The focus here is to explore line, shape and happenstance in abstract design, so keep things simply graphic by using solid-coloured fabrics in black, white and one pop of colour. In the afternoon, we’ll work together on the design wall to jigsaw the improv elements together, seeking balance and creative design opportunities. Some pre-cutting is required.”