COVID News

At the present time, LCQG is not assembling for monthly meetings at CASA.   The Executive will be conducting meetings through email messaging and reporting any updates to the membership through emails.
The following projects have been created by our members during the COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020.   This is our digital Show & Share:
1.  Connie Chaplin:
Made Easter postcards for my grandsons!
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Here’s a couple shots of the storage bag I made for the mini iron that I won at a guild meeting quite some time ago.  I made the bag out of batik scraps, a base fabric, batting, and lined it with the same heat-proof fabric that is on my ironing table.  I used the Beads of Courage bag instructions as a starting point and just changed the measurements to suit the size of the iron.  Plus added a pocket to hold the iron rest, screwdriver and instruction booklet.   Now have one item crossed off my 2020 sewing to-do list!

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Also, a quilt top that I made last weekend when our Community Quilt sew day got stormed out.  I used the Square-in-a-Square block pattern that Karen Bialik demonstrated at our February meeting.  Instructions are posted at the bottom of the page this website under the BoM Challenge tab.  10 blocks nicely uses a 40-square charm pack.  Since the blocks are trimmed to the correct size at each step, it is probably the most accurate quilt top I’ve ever made.  I added borders to bring the quilt up to 50″ x 70″ so it will eventually become a CAMP quilt.   Thanks to Elaine Josey for the charm pack and most of the border fabrics.
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I made a housecoat from a pattern and fabric that have been in the stash for decades and through at least 3 moves!  I finally made it…although I really don’t need a housecoat, having at least 3 others!  The finished garment makes me think of something Hugh Heffner might wear.  Kathy O agreed and said if I wear it, I need to smoke a pipe too!  Since it is a unisex pattern, I’m sending to my son as he expressed an interest.  I’ve told him it’s a “no smoking” robe.  It’s the first garment I’ve sewn in years!
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I repaired a quilt for my son.  It was made about 32 years ago when he was a kid sleeping in a bunk bed.  It has been well loved and was in very sad shape when I told him I would take it home and repair it.  I should have taken a picture of it then for comparison.  The binding was in tatters.  At least a half dozen triangle patches had either disappeared completely or were barely hanging on and in several spots the batting had also disappeared.   It probably would have been less work to just make a whole new quilt.  However it was really a great experience to see this old rag come back to life.  I replaced missing triangles of batting and stitched on new triangle patches just with top-stitching since this is a functional piece.   Then used a serpentine stitch to go over every seam to add strength.  Replaced the binding with pieces from my leftover binding box.  This project triggered a lot of memories as many of the fabrics were from other projects or were pieces that my mom brought back for me from some of her travels.
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The three fabric colour books were going to be baby gifts about 5 years ago.  The pages got made and put together then I got distracted and never got the covers put together.  Well one good day of sewing took care of that and now one book will go to my youngest grandson who is the perfect age at 18 months to begin learning colours.  Another will go to a girlfriend’s next grandchild due in late summer.  And one left on hand to fulfill Doreen Rombough’s prophesy that “if you make it, they will come!”
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 2.   Helen Raczuk:
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I’ve been playing around with scraps, and leftover bits from an appliqué project. Wanted to see  if I could create curves (which I did! Yahoo! ) without patterns and templates.  I created the background, cutting and stitching, and sub cutting and stitching again, with no particular theme in mind.  I put batting on the back, and did free motion quilting and then stitched and beaded.  I will back it and bind it today.  It will end up as a 12 x 12 mini quilt for my table stand. I enjoyed doing this!
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I wanted to do curves and used ideas from a tutorial with a Ricky Tim’s.  My first piece went together beautifully.  The second was not cooperative so I sliced it up more, sewed it together then covered the seams with fancy threads and stitches. The camera did not do a nice job of getting the colors right.
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3.   Kathy Witdouck:
This is a quilt I made from a block exchange I participated in with the Lethbridge Modern Quilt Guild. I FMQd each block on my domestic machine then used Pauline Rogers QAYG sashing tools and technique to put the blocks together. Enjoy!
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IMG_0527  I bought this kit from Sue Giffen at a guild meeting when members were selling  unwanted items. It is Sky by Zen.  I’ve never done flying geese before. Also, this is my first quilt done on my long arm. I thought straight lines would be easy. Was I ever wrong!  But nevertheless I’m happy with the results.
4.  Kay Henke:
“Whirlygig” Baby Quilt (designed and sewn and machine quilted by Kay)
Finished sized approximately 35″ x 45″
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 My Social Distancing project:
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 5.   Lynn Gibson:
​​​​​I completed a quilt for Nova Scotia using Karen’s pattern and sent it off today. Her design is so spot on for Nova Scotia.
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​​​​​I have finished a community quilt and a baby quilt:
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I also made a tulip block as a tribute to Pjam for my BoM sampler quilt:IMG_1635
Another completed community quilt:
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6.  Ruth Atwood:
Two yoga mat bags I made from table runners (aka cat blankets) that were getting sun-faded
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Made fabric sets from strips and plan to make quilts from them, probably complementing with solids from my stash bought in Amish country about ten years ago!
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The top I would have made at the Community Quilt Sew Day! On the left are the thread-catchers I made while assembling it. What? You all say. Such large pieces! Yes, my 2.5 inch box was overflowing so I have a bunch of 16 patch blocks laid out to work on.
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Next, I used up all my denim leftovers, and had to get a pair of jeans from Doreen R to cut off half a leg so I could make this playpen sized quilt. I used scraps of Eye Spy fabrics on the back and no batting.
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Finished the binding on this Bento Box quilt for Children in Care. Thanks to Kaye B for the lovely quilting (I tried to quilt this myself before Christmas but had to “unquilt” twice so I gave it to Kaye! Problems with my machine, since serviced and I hope fixed!)
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image1 (1)  Another project by Ruth and this one was quilted by Kaye Borthwick and will be donated to children taken into care, as soon as they begin accepting them again!
7.  Sue Nagy
“All dressed up, and no where to go”
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As many of us quilters are doing these days, I’ve been sewing face coverings for myself, family & friends.  I read somewhere that quilters have the best fabric stashes as quilting quality fabrics are wonderful for this application (especially batiks).
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I finished a wallhanging to hang in my sewing room, using a Four-Patch Posy pattern.  The original feature fabric is fabulous but I didn’t have enough to do too much with:
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But I could stack and cut 4 pieces to create the tiled wallhanging:
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 8.  Teresa Petriw
I found it relaxing to play in my sewing room during isolation. I finally finished a quilt top that I started at the May Retreat last year!!  It was a kit I got at Fabric Addict several years ago. It felt good to get that done.
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Now I am on to making some face masks.
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I have at least 2 more quilts waiting for me. I could be in my sewing room for another month or two and still have plenty of projects to work on – thanks for stashes and ideas on Pinterest and the internet!
9.  Sharon Anholt
​​​​​I used up a jelly roll that I had from another project and added a few more strips to make this community quilt for the CAMP as I always feel they would enjoy something warm and bright!  The pattern is called Road to Bali and very quick and easy.
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​​​​​This is a smaller quilt 42” by 52” using up a charm pack and I added some extra charms to make the main corner. I saw this on Pinterest one day and saved the photo…  was easy to figure it out. I backed it with a beautiful orange flannel from our community quilt fabric cart as well as the Bali quilt I backed with a rich burnt orange flannel.
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10.  Collen Ward
Here are some pictures of more finished quilts.  Covid isolation has been good for getting things done.
Black red & white (front and back):
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This was from the guild fat 1/4 exchange.  I asked for black & white fabrics and I got an equal number of black with white designs and white with black designs.
Jelly roll multicolour quilt (front and back):
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I won this jellyroll from Chicken Feed quilts during the shop hop.  Many of these colours, I wouldn’t have thought to put together.  The results are great.
Community quilt (pink):  I was given this top that was sewn together many, many years ago.  My friend still had coordinating fabric for the sashing & binding so it went together fairly quickly.
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Dolly blanket (pink):  With the leftover blocks & batting from the community quilt I was able to make a dolly blanket as well
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Fabric postcards for the show in Edmonton…..  or maybe for our show in 2021, it’s hard to tell at this point (Quilt Canada Show in Edmonton has now been postponed to September 2020 – now cancelled for 2020).
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Cactus Baby quilt:   The pattern is  “Flying Cactus” by Annie Brady.  Finished size is 48″ x 58″. There are 475 pieces in the top (think flying geese).   I put sculptured minky on the back.  I’m thrilled with the results!
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Blue/green Baby quilt.  This was made from fabrics I received in the guild Christmas gift exchange.  A “little birdie” told me that another set of fat quarters was available a Village Quilts so I was able to find coordinating colors to make a larger quilt.
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After a request from Kathy Shigemi, I made up some scrub bags & skull caps.  I hope they prove useful to “our” medical staff in Lethbridge.
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11.  Donna Kendall:
Digging in the Quarry. Found a wolf and a deer panel. Also found sort of coordinating mountain fabric in repeat panels. Makes me wonder where this is going:
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Well Plan A went sideways and ended up doing a OBW (One Block Wonder aka Stack n Whack) with the tree/mountain winter scenery. We drove past Waterton. Covered in snow. Wind blowing. Snow swirling. Came home. Cut up the panel. Sewed up the hexies and here is round one on the wall. The animal panels have been relegated to Plan 531.7
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Top is done. Binding is cut.  It’s so much April 2020 – getting thru the storm – the forces swirling everything around with moments of clarity throughout.
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12.  Liz Pinches
​​​​​This is my effort so far, along with a few scrub bags and some masks for my family. It was quilted by Dolores.
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13.   Dolores Schilling:
 I worked with Fabric Fusion and created 150 masks for donation to the hospital.  The photo of masks and scrub bags photo was round 1 of the donation:
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I started making this quilt in 2019 at one of the monthly gatherings. I want to say it was when I was in Coaldale one month perhaps?  In any case, well liked and many surprised that I was using the brighter colours.  This is the finished quilt   Really pleased with how this one turned out.
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This one is a 27” Hoffman panel that is then surrounded by a cut up panel of the same size and pattern but a different colour way.  I used a layer of wool batting as well as Hobbs 80/20 Heirloom batting to help this one really ‘pop’. Thread colours to match and contrast were used throughout. It was 10 or 12 different thread colours used on this wall hanging.  I strive to have every petal stitched differently on these types of pieces.
Definitely lots of fun to practice free motion quilting.  If you are just starting out, or even well practiced, these types of panels offer a good defined area for practicing different stitches:
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This one is for my sister for her 50th birthday.  Some of her favorite things are witches, bats and scaredy-cats.   I stitched wrought-iron onto the centre panel, then surrounded it with feathers, pebbles and swirls.  Three sides of the border is bats and along the bottom, all witches hats.  The pattern is Garden Soleil.  I made a quilt earlier this year from the same pattern.  It hung on the wall at Fabric Fusion.  Of course, the whole thing is all free motioned and done at home on George   Shipped out and hopefully in her hands next week:
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Next up is another birthday quilt.  This one for a Manager and friend who is turning 75 on the 21st.   This is created using the Quick Curve ruler.  Although the patterns with these rulers involve oodles of cutting (and sewing and cutting and sewing again), I loved making it – and think it turned out really nice. I free motion quilted it with an all over bubbles kind of stitch:
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 14.  Judy Barnett
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