Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Happy Winners February 13th, 2020

A very popular part of our 20th Anniversary celebration is the monthly draw for a basket of quilting related gifts. Each basket is assembled by Pauline Clarke and is packed with a variety of quilting related items like hand died fabric, thread, rulers and needles. All perfect gifts for a busy quilter.

Tickets for the draw are 3for $5, but you can earn them by making blocks for the Block of the Month program (these will soon  become Outreach Quilts) or by finding the secret (20) in the monthly newsletter, which takes a keen eye!

Happy winner of the November draw was our own President, Carmen Pincot the left.
And on the right is Karen McCulloch who won the December draw.

February’s winner Anne Rankin on the left 
with 20th Anniversary Chairwoman 
Pauline Clarke. 

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Sew &Tell - December 9, 2019.

At our December 9th meeting we had another fabulous Sew &Tell.  This is always a very popular part of the evening!   Over 20 people showed their recent projects, and here’s a few pictures.

Ann with a rather modern beauty!

Lillian and a BOM finally finished.

Marjorie with yet another donation to Outreach. 

Kathy with a Wedding Ring panel! 

Lisa and her new embroidered bag.

Judy with a queen size bed quilt. 

Anita and a flannel quilt. 

Linda with her very artistic wall hanging. 

Lisa and a lovely Christmas tree with bling!

Debi donates another children’s quilt to Outreach

Bev shows us how to use Oriental prints. 

Linda went to the Big Bag workshop AGAIN!

Joelle has been making bags for her grandchildren! 

Debi is using the Disappearing Four Patch pattern. 

Laureate with a variation of Around The World!

Anita with another interesting layout!

 Many thanks to everyone who participated.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Community Quilt Sew Along Day - November 2, 2019

The Community Quilt Sew Along is happening November 2nd at Southgate Church from 9AM - 4PM. We will be making the blocks from the two 'Block of the Month' patterns. If you are interested in participating but have not yet signed up please email Anne Rankin: . We should be having a bit of fun with a morning and afternoon draw for some fat quarters!

We will need all participants to bring:
1. Their own sewing machine and neutral thread (off white/grey would be fine)
2. Extension cord (if you want to share with a friend who is attending that would work as well)
3. Cutting mat; appropriate ruler(s); rotary cutter; small scissors
4. We will need 4 people to bring iron + board (please let Anne know if you can)
5. Potluck dish to share; coffee/tea mug/cup/utensils; (please note we have no access to a stove, but there is a microwave available)

We will provide coffee/tea and fabric. If you wish to bring fabric scraps/leftovers to use in your blocks, please bring them along as well.

Looking forward to seeing you for a few hours or for the whole day!!

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
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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


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:
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