Members Workshop

IT WAS A BLAST!

Thank you Erika for organizing the May 26th and 27th workshops on “Orphan Blocks” and “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”.  It was a fun-filled, laugh-filled and creative 2 days spent with fellow quilters Erika, Laurrie, Wendy, Shelagh, Margarita, Sheila and Lois.  Erika demystified orphan blocks and the good, the bad and the ugly showing us various ways to transform them into works of art and beautiful quilt tops.  Then we were turned loose on fabric from our own stash and fabric from Erika’s own stash. With Erika’s keen eye and assistance just look at what we were able to accomplish in 2 days.

Wonder what to do with 500+ vibrant half square triangles – well here is the first quilt top.  Only 4 or 5 or more to go Wendy!

Wendy Day 2 (2)

Margarita finally was able to corral that “moose on the loose”.  We got a peek at options for additional rows to ensure that moose stays put – can’t wait to see what you decide.

Margarita Day 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look at Sheila’s use of purples and greens to create a pretty floral quilt.  Love the use of the orphan block baskets. What a transformation from day 1 to day 2!  

Sheila Day 1

 

Sheila Day 2

Every time I looked at Lois’s design wall there was a new project in the works.  I now appreciate how she is able to have so many quilts at show and tell. Here are just a couple of her design ideas.

Lois Day 1

 

Lois Day 2

 

Shelagh started off with her orphan – a foundation paper pieced block; added a pieced border then sashing and now is working on flying geese.  Can’t wait to see what will be next Shelagh!

Shelagh Day 1

 

Shelagh Day 2

Laurrie is working on an African themed quilt top.  If I had known I would have brought in my fabric but of course I would have to find it first!  

Laurrie Day 1

 

Laurrie Day 2

And then me. I came with orphans and scraps determined to find a way to use them rather than stuffing for a dog bed.  The contribution of hand appliqued floral blocks from Lezley Zwaal started the adventure. I continually asked myself what am I doing but as I watched it come together with Erika’s assistance I think I finally got it.  This will be lovingly donated to the Good Sam.

Bonnie Day 1

 

Bonnie Day 2flip

Note from Erika:  

This was an opportunity to share ideas and laughter with like-minded people.  There is nothing like a group of dedicated quilters working on their projects to inspire each other and keep things going.  I got ideas for at least two new quilts - one for my shirting orphan blocks and one for my "difficult" fabrics.    Watching Lois Miller putting up design project after design project but still having time to help others in the room with advice and design ideas demonstrated best what the guild strives to be. 

Our potluck was a success, and Shelagh was correct her potato salad is a winner, and the "other" Sheila made a wonderful cold soup from vegetables that had me eating fresh veggies. 

We hope to do this all again in late September.  The venue was the best with wonderful space for design wall. Thanks Laurrie for making the arrangements for the venue.  And Bonnie can't wait to see your quilt at show and tell!

 


 

Quilt Raffle

Quilt Raffle Tickets have arrived.

The raffle quilt will be on display in the lobby of the RAM prior to the April guild meeting and again in May and June.   Feel free to photograph it as many times as you wish but please resist the urge to touch the wonderful quilting Cheryl McCrea choose to use specifically for this quilt.  

The tickets for the quilt are $5.00 each with a thousand tickets printed to date.  The tickets will can be purchased at the community service table each month until the general meeting of October 2018.   The tickets will also be sold by the Good Samaritan Society at their various locations throughout the Edmonton area.  

For those who wish to support the Good Samaritan Society by selling tickets, booklets containing 25
tickets each are available at the community service table before the start of the general meeting.  The
Alberta Gaming Commission needs a record of those who have the booklets.  The sign-up sheet along
with the booklets will be available at the table. 

If you wish to pick a ticket booklet before the next meeting, please contact me by email
at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Mutually convenient arrangements can be made for delivery of a booklet.  The
Society has printed a poster to assist with the sales showing the quilt to and those will be provided to at
the same time as the booklet.

We are currently looking at making arrangements for displaying the quilt over the summer at a variety of
different locations to encourage sales.

The ticket draw will take place on November 1st, 2018, at the old CBC building on 75 Street, the office
headquarters for the Good Samaritan Society.   No time has been given for the draw on the ticket.  As we
get closer to the draw date, I will ask the Good Samaritan Society to inform us of the time set.   It is
reasonable to assume the draw will occur during working hours.

 
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