Quilt retreats are great opportunities to work on that endless number of UFO's we all find piling up around our sewing rooms. April 17-19th join us at Camp Squeah for the 2015 Weaving Friendship retreat, where Quilting with a friend will keep you in stitches! Check out the Woven Quilt block we will be doing as our retreat block- http://sewhappygeek.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Woven-Quilt-Block-Tutorial-4.jpg Retreat packages will be available at the February 6th meeting. (payment in full required) Arrive Friday afternoon and spend the weekend with us. Join us for a Potluck dinner Friday night- email with details will be sent to registered participants. Cost: In the Camp Squeah Lodge - $165.00 Emory Lodge- $175.00 (FULL)
IMPORTANT NOTICE : Dec 27 DROP IN HAS BEEN CANCELLED
We had a Cowgirl Christmas meeting with a potluck. There was variety of different dishes and desserts and it was all delicious.
Highlights of the meeting:
-There is still room in the Spring Retreat
– More reports still to come on the Quilt Show. Once all in committee will report.
-Nominating Committee is starting to look for candidates for 2015 executive.
-Royal Columbia NIC unit is extremely appreciative for all the preemie quilts that the quild donates.
– Decision on who will get the community quilt will be made at the January meeting. Heather will be sending out an email to the membership with information on the candidates.
-Upcoming 2015 programs:
-January members participation – bring your first quilt and tell us a little info about it.
-February AGM; Valentine Tea/Social – coffee, tea & dessert; Preemie contest- theme is quilts for boys. Random draw
– March Terry Aske – famous local modern quilt artist. Workshop Mar 7 – Maple Leaf – freezer paper piecing. Cost $50 (includes lunch, coffee, tea and snacks. Max. # 15. If interested please contact Renelle at Renelle@shaw.ca
Hope everyone has a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. See you all in 2015!!!!
President report – Wendy Lynn and Renelle attended a meeting of the Gathering of the Guilds – they gathered information for future programs. There was discussion of quilds doing quilt shows together. There was also discussion of several guilds joining forces to bring in a famous quilter to same costs. There was mention of a new retreat location in Langley. (Sorry did not get name). Next meeting Apr 11, 2015.
The BMQG was recently awarded an Honourary Lifetime Membership by the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI)
BMQG President Wendy Lynn accepts the
award from BACI Co-Executive Director Tanya Sather
Our recognition plaque
Community quilt- has been sewed together and now only quilting to be done. Where to donate, suggestion?
Artist-in-Resident Adi Parker
Adi Parker’s new art series will explore the family-like aspects of a community in the context of modern art. Get a preview of her fall residency at Leigh Square where she will begin creating her collection of abstract quilt paintings made out of fabric donated by the community. Clean, washed fabric pieces or clothing donations accepted.
Retreat - Spring Retreat Apr 17-19, 2015 Registration ongoing. If interested register asap. Summer Retreat Aug 21-23 2015 - min 30 people required Camp Luther $170.
Programs – We had Brandy Lynn Maslowski visit us. She put on a great truck show with a very interesting slide show. She was a very inspirational speaker and spoke of her life as a firefighter and now as a quilter and fibre artist.
Quilt Show – We have 190 quilts registrated for the show. Volunteers are still needed – Don’t forget to sign up. 6′ or 8′ ladders are needed to put the quilts if you have one please let Joanne know. Quilts need to be dropped of at Maple Creek between 9-11 on Oct 24. If you are not able to drop off at the school please contact Joanne to arrange to drop off at her place. Quilt pickup will be on Sunday after 5:00 pm. Your receipt is required for pickup so don’t forget it.
Welcome back everyone!!! Hope you all had a great summer.
Quilt Show – Still looking for quilts. We would like a quilt from each guild member. Kari is still collecting items for the gift baskets.
Retreats – Summer one went well. Would like to encourage members to sign up again next summer. Spring Retreat will be April 17-19, 2015 – registrations will begin at October meeting.
Community quilt – Have enough blocks now. Monica will quilt the quilt and should be ready in a couple months.
Karen Johnson local fibre artist gave an interesting truck show. She considers herself a fibre artist. Her quilts ranged from being very large to very small, but all have great colour choices and design. For pictures of her beautiful quilts http://www.langleyquiltersguild.com/GALLERY%20ARCHIVE/speakers-karenjohnson.htm
The coordinators are looking for a scrapbooker to assist them with a project for the quilt show. Please contact Brenda or Gail if you are able to assist.
The Flyers and Post Cards are now available – please get some copies and deliver them to Guilds, Quilt Stores and other places where you think people will be interested in attending the Show!
Cathy will be handling the quilts for the Paint Chip and Heart Preemie Challenges Display. Please let her know if you have quilts to show in this section.
Kari is still in need for items to fill the prize baskets – look for items over the summer and get them to her as soon as possible.
Workshop for Boutique items. Come to the Drop In Location on Saturday June 14th to work on items for the boutique – Jenni and Julie will have some kits to sew – or bring something that you want to work on. This will be a fun day and make lots of goodies for our sale.
The Block Raffle is still looking for about 38 small quilts, one block quilts, or others from postcard to small wallhanging size. These blocks will be in daily raffles at the show. Spend a day and show off some of your best work in a small quilt to grace someone else’s house.
Finally – Please use the registration form here to register your quilt for the show as soon as possible. Note that the picture doesn’t necessarily need to be the finished product – a picture of the quilt top will let the hangers know what is coming and they can establish where the quilt will be hung at the show.
The Community Quilt still needs more blocks – how about doing one or more and taking them to the Summer Retreat. Shirley will be there to receive the blocks and would like to have them all in by the October meeting. The pattern is here.
Hawthorne Lodge, a Seniors Care Facility in Port Coquitlam asked the Board if someone would be interested in making a quilt for a new room in their facility. The room is a family room for end of life patients that is due to open very soon, and the staff had been very impressed with the quilts done by the guild for Crossroads hospice. It happens that a quilt was being finished that seemed to fit the bill and was looking for a good home – the center is a butterfly – the symbol chosen to represent the room. So, by serendipity – Hawthorne will have its quilt in time for the official press release about the room – June 10th at 4:30.
It was a good end of season meeting – and it will probably be my last meeting with the guild. Edna and I were wonderfully surprised by the beautiful quilt and the book we were presented with on your behalf. We will miss the guild when we move to Armstrong, but we will keep in touch. Thanks to everyone who provided a block, have their picture in the book, or worked on the quilt!
Sorry – my pictures don’t want to upload today – I’ll keep trying!
Maureen’s final retreat was a wonderful Christmas one – luckily the weather did not cooperate, and although we had some rain, overall it was a great weekend. We had a Christmas tree with presents, greatfood including a turkey dinner on Saturday, many draws for prizes, lots of time for sewing and a great show and tell.
Ann took pictures of all the show and tell, and I am sure that we will all see the finished projects soon, but here are a few scenes from the weekend.
Many thanks to Maureen and her helpers for organizing the Retreat for the last few years. She is passing the baton to Lynn and Annie who have started working on next year! Meet you all at the same place in April next year!
Here are photos of the two girls sponsored by the Blue Mountain Guild. The first is Mellon and the second is Lillian. They both started at Alice’s Sewing School (in Uganda) last year. They are learning how to make clothing and are practicing on paper sacs from cement. They will have patterns for children and adult wear that they will take home to their communities when they finish. The sewing machines that the guild donated will go home with them when they finish.