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November, 2005

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Meeting Dates:

November 8 December 6 January 10
November 24   January 26

Greetings from the President
Donna Hamilton

The weather maybe turning cool but it's nice and warm around the Kingston Heirloom Quilters. I am tickled pink with all the excitement and energy at our meetings. Many members are coming and there are projects for you to learn about quilt design, appliqué, piecing, and quilting. And there is more coming . I would like to thank the project conveners who are making wonderful things happen as well as all of you who are participating. I hope you are having as much fun as I. And for those who haven't been able to come yet, come and see what you've been missing!

I believe there were seven baby quilts completed at our last meeting, with several others going home to be bound. Well done! We're off to a good start. If you haven't completed a baby quilt or a top, please do find the time. As Joan Bales said at our last meeting, the hospital has none left. There is an urgent need for more. We have fabric for tops and backs, batting, and wool. We are accepting donations of fabric as well. Joan has some kits ready to be turned into a special gift for a new baby. Maybe you could tie or machine quilt a finished top. Your time will be greatly appreciated by a special little someone and their Mom and Dad.

There is a photo album with the pictures that Janice van Dijk took of the quilt show. It will be available through December for you to browse. You can order copies of the pictures by filling out the order sheet with the album. A second album with pictures of the challenge quilts is in the works. As you are browsing the album, I'd like you to keep two things in mind: What do you think we might do with the pictures (ie make a new calendar? make note cards? make post cards?) And is there a quilt that you would like to learn how to make, a technique that intrigues you? Let one of your executive know your thoughts.

And if there are any techniques you'd like to learn about or that you'd like to share or teach us, tell your executive. If you've seen a fabulous quilt that you think should be a future project or if you hear of someone you think we should bring to a meeting to give a talk or workshop, let us know. We are planning the winter program now. We'd love to hear from you.

We've changed our hours. The doors open at 9am so the conveners can setup, turn up the heat, and we all can be ready to begin working at 9:30am , our new starting time. We continue through to 3pm and hope you can stay for most of the day. Also, the evening group exists once more, meeting from 7 to 9pm . It is still small and we hope will grow as the word gets out. If you know friends who'd like to join, encourage them to come to St. John's Anglican Church Hall. We'd love to see them. We are working on the same projects as the day group.

Happy quilting and see you at St John's.



November 8 - Work morning with announcements and block of the month at 11 am . Happy Stars mini-workshop with Rosalie Gray at 1 pm . Anyone interested may either observe or participate. In the latter case: a) extra fabric/supplies will be available to those "previously un-informed", who have neither signed up nor received a supply list but wish to take part - any such completed blocks would be welcomed as donations toward a KGH baby quilt; and b) any "unsigned" but interested participants who missed the October 20 meeting should add to their fabric-supply list, and bring along, the following: cutting tools (rotary cutter, mat, 24 " ruler if you have one), large, square sheet of paper for pattern-making - at least 16 ½ inches square, preferably pre-cut, thread (medium gray suggested), regular sewing supplies (pins, scissors, marking pen/pencil, etc.). Arrangements have been made for enough sewing machines, iron/board, rulers etc. to be shared, but bring your own machine if you prefer it.

November 24 - Work morning with Eleanor Clark introducing Primary Colors Quilt. Announcements and show and tell at 11 am.

December 6 - Work morning with announcements and block of the month at 11 am . Be sure to bring a home made ornament for our Christmas tree, and to bring your completed members' raffle block; draw for the winner will be made at lunch. Also bring your newly quilted items for display at our Christmas lunch.

January 3 - Work morning with announcements and block of the month at 11 am.

Work mornings consist of your choice of: Broken Star Quilt, Doors of Kingston, Nickel Quilt, Baby Quilts, Primary Colors Quilt.


Christmas Lunch
Joan Bales and Eleanor Clark

Our Christmas lunch will be held Tuesday, December 6 th at 12 noon at St. John's Church Hall. Please bring your favourite appetizer, sandwiches or sweets to share. Remember to label the ingredients, as some members have allergies or special diets. Punch and tea will be served with lunch. Plates and napkins will be provided; please bring your own mug to save dish washing.

And don't forget a donation for the Food Bank. Our Christmas lunch is time for a special display of our current quilting projects. And this year we are going to decorate a tree with our hand made ornaments, which the group will keep for future use. We will have a draw for the members' raffle block at our lunch. Bring your finished floral appliqué block and perhaps you will go home the winner of all the blocks! Contact either Eleanor Clark or Joan Bales with any questions about the lunch.


Rosalie Gray

Welcome to our seven new members - Margaret, Judy, Bernice, Carol, Rose, June and Marilyne. And welcome back to Peggy. We are so glad to have you with us! We now have a confimed membership of 51. Are there any more potential members who might like to join us now that we have evening hours? The 2005-06 membership list will be available at the November 8 th meeting.


Don't Forget
Sylvia Currie

We will "Share the Wealth" at each meeting. Put your loonie in the Ort box and see who shares the proceeds with the group.

It is great to see several new faces in our ranks. We have agreed to help them -and all of us - become better acquainted by wearing our name pins at each meeting. Forget to wear your pin? It's $.25 in the jar by the library.


Quilt Canada 2006
Donna Hamilton

We were pleased to have Chris Mitchler and Carole Noel-Mills from Ottawa join us for lunch on October 6 th, and to learn from them the preparations underway for Quilt Canada 2006, which will be held at Algonquin College.

We have begun getting ready for Quilt Canada 2006. If you haven't already, please see Sylvia Currie for a piece of wall paper to make a set of ORT boxes. We also have some glue sticks that you can use. These can also be perfect Christmas presents for the crafters in your household. Be sure to try making one. Sylvia or others like myself who have made several boxes can help you at our meeting if you need instructions or help.

We have some ideas for table toppers and I hope some more will be coming. These table toppers are a good way for you to learn or practice being a project convener. Remember the table toppers are small quilts measuring between 24 and 30 inches square, and can be in any colour scheme, in any pattern. Do you have a small UFO that you don't know what to do with? Maybe this is a possibility. Speak to your executive and we'll get these rolling.

Have you filled out your Quilt Canada volunteer survey yet? Donna Hamilton is collecting them. At our meeting in January, we will discuss whether we will have a bus trip for a day or overnight visit. Think about your preferences.

There are Call for Entry Forms on the literature table; let's send our best to Ottawa for Quilts Canada! The deadline for submitting the Entry Package is February 14, 2006 .

Registration for CQA members attending the full conference is now being accepted. Non-member registration starts November 4. One-day registration will be accepted starting February 2, 2006. Workshop information is available in the library.

Did You Know?
Mary Catherine Robb

What can you get from a fat quarter? Would you believe: 99 2" squares, 50 2 ½" squares, 42 3" squares, 30 3 ½" squares, 20 4" squares, 16 4 ½" squares, 15 5" squares, 12 5 ½" squares, 9 6" squares, and 6 6 ½" squares! Just try it! And how about ½ of one Happy Star?


Quilting on the Web
Donna Hamilton

There are lots of web pages related to quilting on the net. I plan to highlight a few with each newsletter. If you have some favorites, please contact me. I will also be adding them to our web page at Enjoy!

The Quilt of Belonging web page can be found at Here you can read about the story of the quilt. For each block, you can view a full color picture and read its description and history. The sponsors of each block are listed. Be sure to visit " Qatar ", the block we sponsored, at The tour dates and places are listed as well as many articles written about the piece and recent news.

Those of you, who have known me for over 10 years, won't be surprised at my next link, the Jinny Beyer Studio : Across the top of this wonderful web page is a menu selection. Be sure to check under: "Free Patterns" for Jinny's monthly pattern (and there are many from past months); "Quilt Tips" is full of interesting information; and if you look at "Quilts", you will find pictures of Jinny's personal quilts under "Quilt Gallery". While a look under "Quilt Kits", show you kits she has for sale . of course, these pictures could give you some great ideas for your next quilt.

Looking for free quilt patterns ? There are lots of web pages in this category. Here's one that's bound to keep you busy for hours. It has 893 links to sites with free patterns! Visit

And before I close, I must include the web page for the Canadian Quilter's Association : Here you can find out all about the association, Quilts Canada 2006, and read selected articles from their Newsletters. Remember, we are a member and you do have access to their Newsletter in our library.

What Makes a Beautiful Woman?
Donna Hamilton

Audrey Hepburn wrote this when she was asked to share her "beauty tips". It was read at her funeral years later.

"For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others."


Donna Hamilton

Use spray glue on the back of your rulers to prevent slipping. When you want to remove the glue, use rubbing alcohol to clean. According to "Sewing with Nancy ", it works well.


Coming Events

October 5 - November 20, "Parallel Play", an exhibition of wall hangings by Ellen Adams and tapestries by Peter Harris at the Durham, Ontario Art Gallery. Ellen Adams has displayed her work in earlier Festival of Quilts shows.

November 5, Kindred Heart's Quilting Guild: Mini Quilts Silent Auction, Whitby Baptist Church, 411 Gilbert Street, Whitby. Viewing and bidding from 11 am - 1 pm.

November 11 - 13, Fibreworks presents Dianne Gibson who will lead a workshop on "Radiant Relics", with collage building exercises and machine stitching, featuring the use of heat guns and metal shim or wire mesh to create pieces that suggest aged relics. The Saturday - Sunday workshop at St. Lawrence College is $100. Dianne will give a slide lecture Friday evening at 7 pm in Room 12050 of the college; $5 at the door. Contact Bethany Garner to register.

November 12, Small Quilt Sale, The Thousand Islands Quilting Guild in Brockville, at the Brockville Rowing Club, 1 Ferry Street (just east of Blockhouse Island Parkway and Canada's oldest railway tunnel). Admission: a loonie donation to charity. Tea room 11 am-1 pm. Silent auction bidding closing times: 12:30 , 2:30 and 4:00.


A Closing Thought:
Donna Hamilton

Quilters are not greedy, just materialistic.


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Last modified by dhh: November 20, 2005