Thursday, January 10, 2019

2019 Is Here!!!

Another year is upon us and this year will be full of wonderful things in our guild.  We have a big update with lots of new things to share!

First off, our program has been set for the remainder of the year.  We have some amazing speakers lined up, along with our AGM and of course our social potluck.  Here is the schedule:

January 21, 2019 - Bridget O'Flaherty (
February 18, 2019 - Krista Zaleski (
March 18, 2019 - Frances Taylor (
April 15, 2019 - Upper Canada Quilt Works (
May 20, 2019- AGM
June 17, 2019 - 6pm-9pm - Social Potluck

We are excited to tell you that Sherri Hisey of Border Creek Station will be the speaker at our first meeting in September 2019!  Stay tuned, because she will also be giving a workshop on September 15, 2019 at the Carleton Place Legion.  So mark your calendars and more information to follow!

Our Shop on Showcase (S.O.S) is back!  The following stores will be visiting us on guild night for you to peruse and purchase their wares:

January - Flair Fabrics (
February - TBD
March - Frances Taylor  (
April - Upper Canada Quilt Works (
May - TBD

A weekend sew day has been set for February.  Please join us Saturday, February 2nd at the Carleton Place Legion.  There is a minimal cost of $10.  Bring your machine, project(s) to work on and lunch and join fellow members for a fun day of sewing.

If you can't make the Saturday sew day, please remember that we have sew days at Textile Traditions the 2nd Tuesday and the 4th Thursday of the month.  There is no cost to participate. From 1-4pm enjoy the company of guild members working on their project(s).  Some of our future dates are: January 24th, February 12th & 28th and March 12th & 28th.

***BIG NEWS****
Mark your calendars!!!  The guild will be hosting our first ever In-Town Retreat at the Carleton Place Legion from March 29th-31st!!  More details to follow very soon!!

Finally, work is well underway for our second guild quilt show.  "Crystal Pieced Expressions - 15th Anniversary Celebration" will take place on Saturday, September 7th, 2019 and Sunday, September 8th, 2019 at the Almonte Civitan Club.  Jen and Angela are excited to share an update with you at our January meeting.

Looking forward to gathering with everyone again on Monday, January 21st @ 7pm.
See you all soon! 😊

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Where did October Go?

I cannot believe November is here already, October has just flown by!  I have to apologize to all of you because it took me some time this month to get things posted on the website.  Between travelling and technical difficulties I am long overdue for getting this post to you.

All that to say, you can now find our Block of the Month for November on our site and Clue #1 for our Mystery Quilt.  They can be found on their respective Pages or just follow the quick links below.

Thank you for your patience!

Friday, September 14, 2018

September Is Here!!

It is hard to believe with this lovely summer weather we are having, that the summer is coming to a close and it is time to start thinking about our guild season again.  We hope you have all had a wonderful summer filled with travelling, family, friends and fun!

This coming Monday, September 17, 2018 is our first meeting of the AQG 2018-2019 season.  We will be meeting at the Almonte Civitan Club again this year at 7pm.

Our first night is always very busy with registrations and program presentations and this year we will be hosting Tembo who will be doing a trunk show for us.

We are also looking forward to seeing all the projects you committed to finishing this summer as part of our Summertime UFO challenge!  Please don't forget to bring them along with you.

We can hardly wait to get started and enjoy the coming months together as a guild.
See you Monday,
The AQG Executive 😊

Thursday, June 14, 2018

June Potluck

In a few short days please join us, as we gather once more before the fall, for our annual AQG Potluck extravaganza πŸ˜€.  Bring along your favourite dish, it can be a salad, casserole, dessert, whatever strikes your fancy!  We will start our meeting at 6:30pm so that we have more time to socialize with one another.

We have wonderful activities planned for the evening as well.  The Sharpening Shoppe will be in the parking lot to revitalize your knives, scissors and rotary cutters.  For ease and to keep things organized, we ask that you safely place your items in a bag with your name on it and the correct change.  As a refresher, please find the price list below:

Household Items (Taxes Included in Price Below)
- Knives $1-$5 (Kitchen knives priced on size and condition; Small paring knives $1; Large Chef Knives $4-$5; Repairs to blade, tip reforming $1-$2 extra)
- Scissors $3-$8 (Small embroidery scissors $3; Sewing/Kitchen scissors $4; Tailor Shears 6"-8" blades $5-$6; Large Tailor Shears 8"+ $7-$8)
- Olfa Blades ~$3 
- Pinking Shears $7 

Garden Tools (Taxes Included in Price Below)
- Riding Mower Blade $12-$14 per blade (These blades must be removed from the mower unit and will be priced on condition of the blades.)
- Grass/Pruning Shears $4-$5 
- Hatchets & Axes $5-$8 (Hatchets $8; Axes $6; Splitting Maul $8)
- Edger/Hoe/Shovel $5-$8
-Scythe/Machette $8

We will have a Shop on Showcase, Jan from The Pickle Dish will be joining us with some fresh new things from her shop.

We will also have our rousing round of Fat Quarter Poker, so bring those 3 Fat Quarters you had in mind to gamble with in May and you can join a table for some fun.

We will have our President's Challenge Postcard presentation.  Bring in your postcards and vote for your favourite...there will be a special prize for the viewer's choice πŸ˜‰

Last but not least, to keep you motivated to sew over the summer, our wonderful Librarian Jean, has come up with a UFO challenge.  Please see a special message from her:

There are many names for those unfinished quilt projects we all have stashed in our closets, under the bed or in drawers or bags…WIPs (works in progress), UFOs (unfinished objects), NFUFO (nearly finished UFOs), BBUFO (barely begun UFOs), PIPS (projects in process), WISPs (works in slow progress), WIVPs (works in very slow progress), PIGs (projects in grocery bags). Any quilting project you may have started (must have some cutting or sewing done by you already) but for one reason or another we put them aside to finish at another time. Wouldn’t it be nice to see those quilt projects completed instead of hiding them away for a few more years? We have a challenge for you!!! 
Here are the rules. They’re simple. Write down the names of those unfinished projects on a numbered list.  Make 2 copies of the list and hand one copy in at the UFO table at the June meeting.                 
For each finished registered UFO you bring to the September meeting you will receive a free raffle ticket for the first quilt kit of the Guild year.  If it is a gift that you will not have in September please bring a picture. A "finish" is defined as removing a UFO from your stack of incomplete projects. 

So members lets start looking in those closets or under those beds and finds some projects we can finish over the next three months!

I am looking forward to our fun-filled night and seeing you all there!
Have a fabulous weekend!

P.S. - Don't forget about our next all-inclusive guild retreat at Inspired Getaways from November 2-4th.  If you are interest bring your deposit ($285) for a chance to win the Early Bird Draw in September.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Postcards! Postcards! Postcards!

Just a few weeks left to get your postcards created for our President's challenge πŸ˜€

The theme for the challenge is "Holidays".  So that includes, but is not limited to, Birthday, Christmas, Halloween, Anniversary, etc.

I ran a little tutorial of sorts at one of our Sew-In days at the CP Legion.  I created some "Coles/Ziai Notes" for how to create one as a cheater sheet.  Here's what it said:

→ Sturdy Interfacing (ex. TimTex or Peltex)
→ Batting
→ Muslin
→ Fabric
→ Coordinating threads
→ Fine-tip Permanent Marker

How To:
1. Cut a 4"x6" rectangle from your interfacing.
2. Cut (2) 4 ½"x 6 ½" rectangles from your batting.
3. Cut (1) 4 ½"x 6 ½" rectangle from your desired fabric.
4. Layer in the following order, rights sides facing up: Interfacing - Batting - Fabric
5. Quilt as desired.
6. Flipping your postcard over so you see the interfacing, trim off excess batting and fabric so that your card now measures 4" x 6".
7. Cut muslin for backing using your postcard as a template.  Be very careful not to cut into your prepared postcard.
8. Layer another piece of batting and your muslin.
9. Satin stitch around the border of the postcard.  Note: I went around twice because I found it gave it a much more finished look and hid the "gaps" nicely.
10. Write the address lines on the back of the postcard.
11. It's now ready for that special someone!

If you like something visual, here is a video that is also very helpful from Man Sewing:

It can be as simple or as embellished as you like! Bring them with you to our June meeting so that we can put them on display and have a little Viewer's Choice awardπŸ˜€

Have Fun!