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Almonte Quilters Guild Newsletter September 2012 Sew What’s New This newsletter is posted on the guild website at almontequiltersguild.com. President’s message What a summer that was! Hot, dry and humid – prefect for some, dreadful for others. But we had some interesting quilting events – many local shows in the region, Ricky Tims, Libby Lehman and Alex Anderson in Rochester, and of course, our own Fibrefest. And we have had a taste of fall to remind us about quilting. Welcome back! Our next meeting is Monday and Sue has planned an interactive session for us all. We will outline the program for the year and you can sign onto different activities. Our charity program will have two major themes. First, we would like to make 11 large and 3 small quilts for Interval House in Lanark, and the first ones were being quilted over the summer. Second, we would like to renew the small quilts used by the Almonte Hospital nursery. I found the prefect owl pattern and thought I could decrease my stash of children's prints, but I think it grew! There will be some kits at the next meeting to get us started. If you have cotton fabrics, blocks, batting or flannelette that you are not using, please consider donations to the charity program. We should congratulate Dianne Gale as the winner of the Ricky Tims scraps on line competition. Everyone was asked what they would do with the scraps. and in true Dianne style, she said she would put them on her design wall and let them tell her what to do! Also, her quilt made with all those selvedges, is headed to the Royal Agricultural Fair in November. She is on tour in the Yukon right now, but we can congratulate her when she returns, and thank her for her service as the President over the past few years. What huge “bear paws” to fill. Time to Renew your Membership! The Membership Renewal form is attached. Please bring the completed form to the September meeting. New Quilties for the Almonte Hospital We would like to help replenish the quilties at our own Almonte Hospital. About 200 babies are born there each year and the quilties brighten up the patient wards and nursery. We are asking for your donations of completed quilties, blocks, material, batting and flannel backing to make 24”x24” quilties for the hospital. Donations will be welcome throughout the year. The Hospital will label the quilties with their name. How many can we make?! Upcoming Program Sue Rushton is busy planning this year’s speakers, If you have a suggestion, are willing to help out by either teaching a Saturday workshop, or providing a pattern for the monthly mystery swap, please contact Sue Rushton at firstname.lastname@example.org Just remember to put AQG in the subject line so she knows it’s not junk mail. MAKE YOUR OWN JELLY ROLL The Charm Square exchange is being replaced with a Jelly Roll Exchange. Here is how it will work this year. The theme for the year 2012-2013 is AUTUMN. Each meeting bring three strips of fabric, 2 ½ inches by width of fabric (minimum 40 inches) in a plastic bag with your name on it. During the break, pick up your bag with 3 new strips in it. In June 2013, you will have 27 strips of Autumn fabric. Using these strips, we challenge you to bring a finished project to the November 2013 meeting – at least the top!!! Hope you have fun! Lynda and Janet Talking of Jelly Rolls, have you seen the videos for Jelly Roll Races on YouTube? You can make a quilt top in an hour! A great way to use our Jelly Roll Exchange! Block of the Month This year all the block of the month patterns will be using up our left over scraps, if anyone has a pattern they wish to have made let me know. We are raffling out ‘Spring flower’ quilt, it is an in-house raffle. If anyone is interested in receiving their block of the month pattern by e- mail let me know. Charity Quilts For this year, we are suggesting our donations go to Lanark County Interval House. They have asked for 13 Twin size and 3 Crib size quilts to brighten the House. Three of these are underway now. The AQG always needs volunteers for the Charity Quilts. Please see Elva or Carolyn at the guild meeting. Let’s all contribute to helping Interval House. Angel Baby Quilts: The High Risk Birthing Unit, Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital is looking for quilties for deceased babies. They recommend the sizes are from 10” x 10” to 24” x 24”, and any size in between. They suggest subdued baby fabric -- flannel on the back and 100% cotton on the front. If you are interested in making these quilts throughout the year, we will collect them and let the High Risk Birthing Unit know that they were made by quilters from the Almonte Quilters Guild. Victoria’s Quilts meets the second Monday of the month from noon to 4pm at the Civitan Hall. There is a lot of camaraderie – and goodies -- working together to provide quilts for people with cancer. It is also an opportunity to learn new skills and tips from fellow quilters. People of every skill are needed as there is a lot to do in the afternoon. Kits and supplies are available, and donations of quality cottons and flannel are most appreciated. Please bring them to the Victoria’s Quilts meeting or the next guild meeting for collection. There are no meetings over the summer and we start again on September 10th. Library News: As an AQG member, you can borrow books from our Library. Val Forte is looking for suggestions for new books from the membership. Please return your books before the summer. The Quilt Shows are where quilters gather Subject: Re:"Quilts for All Seasons": Quiltco Ottawa Show and Sale Sept. 29-30, 2012 Hello all eastern Ontario Guilds. Would you please announce at your next meeting the up-coming Quiltco Ottawa show and sale, Quilts for All Seasons? It will be held September 29 and 30, 2012 from 10am to 4 pm. at the Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Avenue at Lyon Street South, Ottawa. There will be nine vendors this year, a members' boutique, draws, quilts for sale, and over 200 quilts on display.. Refreshments will be served in the Pantry. Admission is $6.00 and there is free parking across the street at Corpus Christi School. More information, including the list of vendors can be found at our web site, www.quiltco.ca Thank. Hope to see you all there. Patty Deline Quiltco Challenges (something to think about) Have you ever wondered how far Canadian quilters quilt? Well, get those measuring tapes out and get ready to quilt right across our country. Check out the details on this super fun adventure at: http://www.canadianquilter.com/events/how-far-stitch.php How Far Can You Stitch?? In honour of Canadian Quilt Month we are challenging all member guilds and individual members to see how far across the country we can quilt in inches. Our goal is to see how many accumulated inches quilters can sew in 6 months. This challenge will run from September 1 2012 until February 28 2013. Can we make our inches to go from coast to coast? We are counting on your guild to keep track of the perimeter of each quilt shown at Show and Tell/Share at your meetings and send in a monthly total to the Director at Large (email@example.com). We would like to see how far along the Trans Canada Highway we can go.... What to do: • have your guild members measure the perimeter of their projects before meetings so that your “Inch Collector” can readily have them. • if you are an individual member and do not belong to a guild measure the perimeter of your quilts and send the inches to the Director at Large. • send a monthly total, on the 25th of the month, to the Director at Large and we will keep track of the inches across the country. Bits and Threads • perhaps you could run a contest in your guild to see who quilts the furthest. • take photos of your accomplishments and share them with us! • the distance across Canada via the Trans Canada, from St. John’s NL to Victoria B.C. is 4,860 miles which equals 307,929,600 inches. • this challenge was inspired by a similar challenge within the Norfolk County QG in Southern Ontario Almonte Quilters Guild Meetings are held at the Civitan Centre, 7:00 pm, on the third Monday of the month. The first meeting of the new AQG year will be September 17, 2012. Don't Forget to Bring to the Meeting Name Tag: Indoor shoes and a bag for your boots in winter Mug Food if it is your turn Library books Block of the Month Jelly Roll Strips Show & Tell $$Money$$ for the 50/50 Donations of Door Prizes Donations of fabric, batting, "orphan" blocks for charity program And a friend. Executive for 2011-2012 Season President – Leslie Whitby Vice President – Jen (JC) Empey Secretary – Caren Denault Treasurer - Elva Lock Membership –Jane Sorfleet/Donna Krottner/Angela Ziai Program - Suzanne Rushton Library – Val Forte/Caren Denault Volunteers Block-of-the-Month - Elva Lock Jelly Roll –Lynda Moulton/ Janet Fenn 50/50 - Brenda Million/Debbie Hunt Charity Program - Carolyn McLellan Website – Carole Treggett Newsletter Lynda Moulton Please send your newsletter submissions to Lynda Moulton. ALMONTE QUILTERS GUILD ` Membership Application Form 2012-2013 NAME______________________________________________________ ADDRESS___________________________________________________ CITY_____________________________ PROVINCE___________________ POSTAL CODE____________________ PHONE 613-__________________ E-MAIL_____________________________________________________ I would like to receive the newsletter through e-mail Yes _______ No_____ I consent to have my contact information distributed to the Membership Yes _______ No_____ Are there aspects of quilting you would like to learn more about? What are they? ___________________________________________________________________ Are there quilting techniques or projects you can demonstrate to others? What are they? ____________________________________________________________________ Membership fee: $25.00/year Make cheque payable to: Almonte Quilters Guild Membership cards will be distributed at the October meeting. 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