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Goderich Quilter's Guild
Cutting Edge Newsletter
Next meeting is Monday, May 14, 2018, 1:30 pm.

The moving of the Guild's care quilts from Carol's studio on Montreal Street to a room at Lakeshore United Church will take place on Friday, May 4th, and we have a crew who has offered to help with that. If you have anything that you have been storing for the Guild, we ask that you bring it to the May meeting as we would like to have all Guild supplies stored in one place.

We are delighted to announce that Marie Webster has agreed to take over the Outreach position that Carol has manage so well for us for so long. A round of applause please for all that Carol has done in establishing relationships in the community so that our quilts are well distributed and we know that Marie intends on maintaining those relationships and perhaps even adding new ones.

Monica and Barb

Guest Speaker and Trunk Show:
Gail Barry is a long arm quilter, quilt educator, Handi Quilter educator and machine embroidery teacher. Along with her trunk show, Gail will talk about stash busting.

Morning Workshop 9:00 am:
Members will be working on a Judy Nieymeyer paper pieced project for Marg Brand. Most of you know Marg as a founding guild member and our Guild historian for many years. This project was dear to her heart and since she is unable to complete it, help has been requested from the membership who can work on it for her at our morning workshop.

Notes from April 9, 2018 meeting:
Barb opened the meeting with a friendly welcome to all of our members and guests. She also introduced our guest speaker, Sherida Giddings from Ottawa.

Barb spoke of the tragic accident of the Humboldt Bronco Hockey Team in Saskatchewan and a moment of silence was observed in their honour.

There were 31 members and 3 guests at today's meeting.

Treasurer's Report:
This report was emailed by Anne Elliott to all members prior to the meeting, and was accepted by the membership as read.

Morning Program:
The fifteen participants took part in the morning workshop to take advantage of learning the method of paper piecing from a Judy Niemeyer/Quiltworx certified instructor. They came away absolutely thrilled with their accomplishment, and were very please with their instructor, Sherida Giddings.

Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out!

Guest Speaker and Trunk Show:
Sherida Giddings fulfilled our dreams of what fantastic patterns Judy Neimeyer produces with the help of her son's engineering talents. The array of beautiful large quilts was absolutely amazing, especially to a lover of paper piecing like me. Sherida revealed that she had accomplished this all within the last three years!!! Can you imagine? It was a wonderful inspiring trunk show and was enjoyed by all who attended. I hope everyone enjoyed the great pictures of these quilts that Sandy Sowerby had circulated.

Carol Egener informed the membership that as of May 1st the care quilts will be stored at the Lakeshore United Church. Marie Webster commented on the Guild's distribution of these quilts and suggested to offer them to anyone that is know to a guild member who is in need of a "pick-me-up" and not to hand on to them. Her message is "Give Them Out!" Good message Marie, members agree.

Care Quilt BOM:
The April care quilt block pattern was circulated to the members. It is a 12 1/2 pinwheel block called Louisiana. It is to have a white or white on white  background with bright spring colours for the pinwheel. It was suggested that this block which uses both a medium and ark colour could be sewn by reversing the colours, this make two blocks. What a pretty quilt this should make.

A generous donation of fabric and notions was brought in by Jane Dawson who was given this to share with the members of the Guild. Thank you to whomever it was that dropped this off at Jane's home.

Show and Tell:
Once again our members came through with an impressive array of quilts to make us all gush over. It is absolutely amazing what some members accomplish with their "spare" time. This is just so obvious by looking at the pictures circulated by Sandy.....she captured their beauty!!

When a show and tell intrigues you, start a conversation with the creator about it. If a new technique is demonstrated or offered through a workshop, as questions and try it out. Make the show and tell segment of our meeting work for you!!

Quilting doesn't solve everything......then again neither does housework!

Sharron Robinson won today's door prize and Anne Wickie left the building with the winnings from the 50/50 draw.

UFO Challenge:
Betty Thomasson reminded members to be sure to fill in all three columns of their UFO sheet and bring it to the meeting. She will be gathering them up and processing all the data to see who is served at the pot luck luncheon in June and who does the serving. Don't forget to put your TEAM NAME at the top along with your name, i.e. Energizer Bunnies or Leaping Frogs.

Betty informed members that gail barry will be doing a trunk show next month and giving us tips on how to organize our stash. The June meeting will be a POTLUCK Luncheon.

Habitat for Humanity:
Connection was made with Cheryl Jefferson from HFH and we were informed that there is to be an Open House the first week of July. This would be a more effective format for the Guild to donate the quilts that have been made. These quilts are ready and being stored at Lakeshore United Church.

The smallest step in the right direction could be the biggest step of your life....Take the step! (Bonnie Hunter)

Marlene Mooy has the following items for sale:

Westalee Rulers: (a system of rulers for free motion quilting used to create various patterns accurately) This includes a starter set, high shank foot and 6 other rulers/pieces. Paid over $350.00, asking $150.00

Janome 7700 OCP Sewing machine: Includes all original accessories plus 3 walking feet, 70 bobbins, blue dot bobbin case, beading foot, plexiglass table, and rolling travel case. Asking $1,300.00.
For more information contact Marlene at 519-440-8811 or marlene.mooy@yahoo.ca

Tips of the Month:

Stitch Length for Quilting with a Walking Foot (Quilters Generations Blog)
The purpose of the walking foot (aka even feed foot, IDT on a Pfaff) on a sewing machine is to pull the layers of a quilt sandwich evenly through the machine. That prevents puckering and tucks from forming on the backing side. The best stitches to use are those with all forward movement like your straight stitch, which is the the most commonly used stitch for machine quilting. Many of your fancy stitches (Like the serpentine stitch) also have all forward movement and add a creative element to your quilting stitches.

Straight Stitching:
For straight stitching, it is advised to set your machine's stitch length to 2.5 to 3.5 or about 8-12 stitches per inch. This range works quite well for a majority of machine quilting but there are always exceptions when your make a rule.

For threads with sparkle or shine:
Use a longer stitch length. The longer stitches provide a larger area for light to ht the thread and create the sparkle and luster that drew us to these threads in the first place.

If you are using a thicker thread, say a 30 wt rayon, a longer stitch length is appropriate. Use a short stitch and it'll look like the stitches are forced into your quilt.

For a monofilament thread. I like a shorter stitch length to help hide the thread. The light has less area to create any shine. In my opinion, the shorter length also makes these stitches more flexible.

With a traditional 50 wt 100% cotton quilting thread: I set my stitch length to 2.5 and then test to see if I like the resulting effect. When using an even finer thread, I will reduce the stitch to something less than 2.5. Normal to long stitches with fine thread look like basting to me and so I adjust my stitch length to satisfy me. Learn to trust your own eye, it is as good as anyone else's. You will know when you like how the quilting looks.