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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

YRQG Meeting Tomorrow - Wednesday October 14

Have you ever wondered what makes a modern quilt, well, modern? The program for tomorrow's meeting will  be all about modern quilts. 
The co-chair of the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild, Andrea Vander Kooij, will present an overview of the modern quilt movement that emphasizes differences in approach to design that are favoured by the modern quilt community. Andrea has a slide presentation and is bringing samples of modern quilts.
Have you made a modern quilt? What do you find interesting about modern quilts?
And don't forget, our library has books about modern quilting, so visit the library and check out some books so you can get started on your own modern quilt!
Our meeting is at the Danforth Mennonite Church at 2174 Danforth Avenue. We start at 7 with socializing and the program starts at 7:30.
Don't forget to bring along your mug for tea or coffee and $0.25, and some money for the library raffle!

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Placemats for Meals on Wheels

I made these two placemats yesterday from pieces that I had from old projects. I used Snoopy Christmas fabric that I got in a bag of scraps from my sister-in-law. I thought it added a bit of fun! I really enjoyed working on them because I actually finished them in one day! So many projects take so long to do. Just the other day, my husband commented that my hexagon quilt project was more than one year in, and it didn't look like I was anywhere near finished. He's right - but I have to defend myself. I really only add a couple of hexagons while watching a TV show after dinner. But I'm happy to have finished these two placemats in time for our meeting on Wednesday and to know they will go to making someone's Christmas a little brighter.

We have collected 30 placemats so far, but we need 70 more to make sure each Christmas meal recipient gets one. 

And remember, there are prizes to be won and you will get a raffle ticket for each placemat you bring in. The draw will be at the November meeting - the last chance to bring them in! 


Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Quilts Are All Around Us

I visited Point Pelee this weekend, and I discovered this beautiful quilt in the Visitors Centre. I was thrilled when I came across this - I was not expecting a quilt at all!

It's by Teresa Altiman, an Ojibwe artist living in Bkejwanong Territory (Walpole Island First Nation). The display says that it represents the past, present and future of Point Pelee. 

I'm just starting to understand the art quilt, and I'm blown away by the symbolism. Not just what is represented in the quilt, but also what the quilt represents.

The artist explains that the First Nations people at the top of the quilt are dreaming of a future for themselves and for generations to come. This is very meaningful, but for me, the piece being a quilt reinforces and strengthens its message - quilts represent home, family, comfort, love.

Have you ever discovered a marvelous quilt where you were least expecting it? 



Friday, 2 October 2015

Making our Community a Little Warmer


Here are some of the many beautiful quilts donated to our outreach program, and we can't wait to get many more! All the quilt kits from the last meeting were taken, so it seems quilting for the community is a very popular thing.
If you have questions about our outreach program, the quilt kits, or the types of quilts needed, just leave a comment here, send us a message in the box on the right, or talk to me, Jacquie, at the next meeting. We can get you quilting for the community!