Wednesday, 11 September 2019

September 9, 2019 Oh what a night!

20th Anniversary Kick Off

 a HUGE Success!

Over 80 people attended the Monday night meeting of the Kemptville Quilters Guild and everyone was in a celebratory mood!  

 20th Anniversary Chairperson, Pauline Clarke.

 Cutting the Cake!

Left to Right.  Current President Carmen Pincott,  
Past President Anne Hedberg,  Anniversary Chairperson Pauline Clarke,  
Past Presidents, Cheryl Mussel, Pat Kiteley and Sheila Gibson

Thanks so much to Anita Frigan for the lovely cake!  


 The Bed Turning was the highlight of the evening with the showing of over 20 gorgeous quilts and the telling of heart warming stories of their creation and provenance.
Bed turning was an event that women would have in the spring and summer to show their friends and neighbours the quilts that they made during the winter.  All the quilts would be on one bed as the ladies gathered in the bedroom.  Each quilt would be turned back to be shown off.
The quilts in our Anniversary Bed Turning showcase some lovely quilts that have been made by Guild members, or relatives or have been acquired as treasures.
They vary in age from the `other century` to our modern times of the 1990`s! They is also a variety of material, methods of sewing, quilting and border finishings.


 Here's just a few of the beautiful show.  

Nancy Grundy (L) and owner Bonny Jordan (R) show off  "Version of a Snowball"
Maker unknown, bought at an auction by Bonny Jordan.  All machine sewn except hand quilted.  The white background fabric seems rough, and would probably have been flour or feed sacks.  The colorful fabrics used seem to be clothing scraps as some have seams in them.  It has a lovely bright red backing that is turned to the front for binding.  

 Owner, Anne Rankin shows a Blue and White quilt in a Dresden Plate pattern.
Made by Kate Kanse McCune, Rock Island Quebec made in the late 1940's or early 1950's.
Hand appliqued and hand quilted around the plates, it is 86 x 76.  The fabric used in this quilt is from Anne's mothers nurses training uniforms from the Montreal General Hospital.  Kate McCune arrived in Canada at age 8 as a "Bernardo Child" with her 2 sisters.  The girls were placed in separate homes and used as farm labour.  Kate received a grade 5 education which was all her adopted parents were obliged to provide.  She always wanted to be a nurse.  Anne inherited the quilt from her mother Phyllis Hipkin.


Nancy Grundy shows us "Bob's Quilt"
In the spring of 2019 Bob discovered 34 - 9 patch (wool) blocks and other sewing items in the back of the linen closet.  He believes his Aunt Lizzie and / or her mother might have made these blocks.  His father would have gotten them late in the 1950's and then his wife would have got them in 1968.  They moved around the province until settling in Kanata about 12 years ago.  Imagine how they could have been tossed out so many times! 
In the brown paper bag along with the blocks were the templates and a calendar from 1899!  Aunt Lizzie was about 10 years old at that time. 
In the spring of 2019 Gwen from the Upper Canada Quilt Guild hand pieced the blocks together. The wool fabric for the backing and border was bought in Rideau Ferry.  Nancy sewed the border on, and Bob helped tie the quilt.  The leftover 4 blocks are on the back. 
What a priceless heirloom for Bob`s family.

Thank you to everyone who brought in quilts
 and told their stories.  

Friday, 30 August 2019

Bed Turning at September 9th Meeting

Come experience a bed turning in Kemptville Sept. 9



WHATSON Aug 28, 2019 Kemptville Advance
Thanks to InsideOttawaValley.com for posting this article.




Quilt guild
The Kemptville Quilt Guild is hosting a bed turning, a traditional way of telling the story 
of quilts, Sept. 9 at the Kemptville Pentecostal Church. Pictured, old quilts are still used
 for warmth and colour in homes today. - Kemptville Quilt Guild photo
 
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Sometimes quilts are signed. This was made by the Farmers Thursday Club of Mt. Ayr, Iowa. - Kemptville Quilt Guild photo
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If you’ve never been to a bed turning, it’s time.
The Kemptville Quilt Guild invites you to come and see what it’s all about.
 Bed turning is a unique and traditional way of telling the story of quilts.
 Way back, when women had time to sit and sew, when clothes wore out but material was
 still usable, when women didn’t often see friends over the long winter months,
 they sat and quilted.
After those quiet months, women wanted to see friends, see new quilt designs —
 and so bed turnings were planned. With a lot of women in one house,
there wasn’t a proper place to display quilts, so, one after another, 
they layered them on a bed. Each woman took a turn telling her story,
 talking about the fabric, the design, the problems she had — and got to brag a bit.
Come on out to the Kemptville Pentecostal Church on Monday, Sept. 9, 
and experience a bed turning for yourself; meet friends, nibble on cake,
 have a cup of tea and watch the art unfold before your eyes.
 Some of the quilts are old — Nancy Grundy, program convener of the event,
 is showing off her great-grandmother’s 1914 quilt. Some of them are new.
Twenty quilts will be layered. As each is held up, a short description will be narrated
 by the owner/quilter, or by Grundy. The event starts at 7 p.m. and there is no cost to attend.
.Look out for hand quilting, machine quilting and tied quilts; all are distinctive, some quirky, all in a class by themselves.
The Kemptville Quilt Guild meets the second Monday of each month except July and August;
 join for only $35 a year. Meetings are at the Pentecostal Church,
 1964 County Road 43, at 7 p.m.
Submitted by the Kemptville Quilt Guild

Monday, 15 April 2019

April 6, 2019



Beth Van Wyngaarden Class 
" A Study in Color Value"


Beth Van Wyngaarden had been a speaker with the Guild in the fall. Her work was so appreciated that she was invited to come back and teach a workshop.  As you can see from the first  photo the workshop was well attended.  Some of  the participants went home with completed items ready for quilting.    







Janet Butfoy with her red tulip under construction.


Donna Saddler preparing fabric.


Carmen's tulip completed!

Saturday, 6 April 2019

March 24, 2019


Wallet Making Workshop
with Jean Drozda


Isn`t it`s amazing how much talent is in our Guild?  Often we have members teaching workshops to our own members and to people from other Guilds as well.

Recently, Jean Drozda,  taught a Wallet Making workshop.   As you can see everyone enjoyed the day  and came away with a new wallet!


Can you help identify the women in the photo?

Anne,  Danny, Jean Drozda Workshop Leader,  Chantal (sitting ) Karen, Cathy Albers, you can't hide!
And Linda Deverno, Program Committee Chair



Monday, 3 December 2018

November 10 & 24, 2019



"Walking foot Quilting Workshop"
With Irene LaFleche

   Instructor  Irene Lafleche shows us some of her work,
 and all the participants show some of their newly learned skills.



Sunday, 16 September 2018

September 18, 2018

Bruce Young Trunk Show 

What a great start to the 2018 -2019 year!

Bruce brought nearly thirty of his quilts 
for us to see as well as a few hooked rugs. 
It was a spectacular show!







Wednesday, 12 September 2018

October 15, 2018



Upcoming  Guest Speaker 

                    October 15, 2018                         
    
                      Bridget O'Flaherty, Thread Artist


ARTIST STATEMENT

I am inspired by nature. I am passionate about our environment and I feel an intimate connection to the landscape and wildlife of Canada.  I have worked in textile arts for over 25 years and am drawn to fibre for the tactile nature and connection to the land it has. I use my sewing machine to build up layers of multi-coloured thread ‘drawing’ with needle and thread to convey the image.  I begin with local wool from a neighbouring sheep farm, process it and create felted fabric to use in the detailed wildlife and landscape embroideries I create. I use combinations of local, recycled content, organic thread and materials, botanical dyes and sustainably managed, local wood in every original work.  Depicting our Canadian landscape, the precious eco-systems and wildlife with eco-fibre art, I hope the viewer will take away an appreciation and connection to the beautiful, fragile aspects in nature.
For inquiries and a CV contact me directly: bridget@threadpaintedart.com
Thread painting by Bridget OFlaherty Guesthouse_custom-order


Friday, 15 April 2016

April 2016


In House Quilt Show
"Our Girls Have Style!"

The April meeting was all about quilts made by members.  
The thirty quilts were divided into styles,
such as American Country, Modern or Photo Transfer.
 A short commentary written by the quilter was out.  
The response was very positive, and we will definitely consider doing this again.

A sampler in the American Country Style.

This was made by Sandy White and is a picture of
her grand daughter. There must be 1000 pieces in this item!

Made by Ann Hedberg, this "One Block Wonder" was
so inspiring, we hope to have a class in this technique  next year!

                                                       Another made by Ann Hedberg,
                                           this was a Round Robin, done in Christmas Fabrics.

 Made by Theresa McCaig for her husband, 
this was a photo transfer quilt, of animals they have owned.
Made by Pat Kiteley, the circular parts were from
a Hey Day sale in Kemptville and are possibly from
the 1950's.  The other colored fabric is 1930's reproductions.

Made by Sandy White,
 this applique and kaleidoscope are a king size wonder!

Thanks to everyone who brought in quilts.
More will be featured soon.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

March 15, 2016


Sherida Giddings
"Judy Niemeyer Quilts"

Our March 14th meeting featured guest speaker Sherida Giddings from Ottawa. Her expertise is paper pieced quilts.  Sherida is a Judy Niemeyer Certified Teacher and told us the story of how this came to be.  Her trunk show featured many of the quilts that she has made in the last two years in order to achieve this certification; as well as a few others.  She brought along a good selection of Judy Niemeyer patterns for sale as well. 
The evening was spectacular with lots of praise for her energy, talent and accomplishments.  Here's a few of the quilts she brought along.

Sherida Giddings

Prairie Star

 Paradise in Blooms

Capuchino Placemats

Fire Island Hosta Queen

Monday, 18 January 2016

January 18, 2016



Elaine Quehl, Art Quilter!

What a fabulous way to start a new year!  
Elaine Quehl, art quilter, international teacher, fabric dyer, and instructor visited us to kick off 2016 for The Kemptville Quilters Guild.  
What a fabulous night, and what fabulous inspiration.

This piece is titled, Losses 2 and was even more impressive to see.


The Red Stool is one of three items Elaine made with the
theme of a stool in amongst the hosta leaves.

A very recent piece called Encore, is four views of 
 hosta leaves as they go through the seasons.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

June 10, 2015


Victoria Vanderlinden 
"The Color Value Game"

Our June meeting was a busy one; starting off with our Annual General Meeting and the Election of a new Executive for the upcoming year. 
 Following this, Victoria Vanderlinden gave us an informative talk about the terminology used in describing color; a trunk show to demonstrate these terms; and also a game to test our new knowledge of "Value" in color theory. 
Here are a few pictures of the quilts that Victoria brought to the meeting. 


Victoria with samples of how "value" can change what you see!


The "Forget me not" quilt which will become a wedding gift.

The much loved "chicken quilts"

Salsa Piquant!

And "Moca Cremes"  that everyone loves!

May 15, 2015


Martha Schellingerhoude
Master of Quilt as you go!

At our May 11th Meeting, we had a trunk show with the phenomenal quilter Martha Schellingerhoud. 
 It was amazing to see the huge quilts she had designed, and made completely on a domestic machine. 
We were also fortunate to have her teach two workshops on Quilting in Sections.  This was an opportunity to learn three different methods of quilting on a domestic machine that she has invented. 

Here is a selection of the quilts she showed us during the trunk show.