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April, 2006

Contact the Kingston Heirloom Quilters at (khq at

Meeting Dates:  
April 4 and 20  
May 2 and 18  
June 6 and 22  

Greetings from the President
Donna Hamilton

Spring is here at last! The robins are back and the geese are flying overhead. A welcome sight indeed!

We've had a busy and productive winter. I hope you've enjoyed yourself as much as I. You should all be very proud of your accomplishments to date. We have another 30 plus baby quilts for the Kingston General Hospital , the Field of Colours quilt is on the frame and the Nickel quilt is being bound. The Doors of Kingston is becoming a door, the Broken Star quilt is almost ready for phase 2: the appliqué blocks, with the main piecing just about completed.

The "Lady Quilt" or Fashion through the Ages has several blocks completed with others being designed (backgrounds and fabric being chosen) and stitched as I write. There are several table toppers done with more coming. And 500 ORT boxes completed! Thank goodness! And then there's been the block of the month and our Spinning Star raffle block. Yes, you have been busy!

Please do thank the conveners of each of the projects when you can. They have provided valuable leadership to the group. I hope you have learned a little something from each of them.

The Church Hall truly comes alive at our Trunk shows, don't you think? You could feel the excitement and buzz in the air. The quilts and their makers have been inspiring! The colours were wonderful during our grey, cloud filled days. The workmanship has been excellent and I hope you have seen something you want to try. I hope you enjoy the photos later in the newsletter. Many thanks to Margaret, Diane, and Barbara. And we still have more to come over the next few months.

Now that we have extended our year to include June, be sure to note that our "Raffle Block", Annual Meeting and Luncheon have moved from May 18 th to June 22 nd . We also have the added meeting June 6 th , where I hope we can share experiences at Quilt Canada , and Waterloo Shows with one another. Our Quilted Clothing Show & Tell is confirmed for May 2 nd . Be sure to check the program once more.

You will also notice ads in our newsletter for the first time. Be sure to support the shops that are our new commercial members.

And finally, I hope you've completed our questionnaire for next year's activities. Your executive will do its best to provide a program to match your quilting needs.

See you at quilting!

Program and Projects 

Doors open at 9am . We play from 9:30am-3pm , 7-9pm . Each quilt day you will have a choice of working on the following projects:

•  Field of Colors (Alzheimer's Quilt - deadline June) •  Baby quilts •  Broken Star Quilt (piecing & appliqué) •  Doors of Kingston (appliqué) • Lady Quilt (appliqué) •  Nickel Quilt (binding) •  Table toppers

Each meeting announcements begin at 11am unless a special event delays it. Show & Tell follows. Below are the special events planned for work days.

Apr 4, 2006

12:30-1:30 pm
Block of the Month raffle; Newsletter available

Shirley White and Joyce Bushell speak about their experience with "City and Guilds Courses"
Apr 20,2006

11-12 noon
Block of the Month instructions

Trunk Show with Simone Lynch
May 2, 2006

11-12 noon

Block of the Month raffle

Quilted Clothing Show & Tell (confirmed)

Please wear and bring any pieces you have
May 18, 2006
Block of the Month instructions
Work day

June 22, 2006

"Spinning Star Raffle Blocks" are raffled;
Show and Tell

Annual Meeting and Luncheon

It's TV Time
Sylvia Currie

A reminder that COGECO will be visiting us on Tuesday, April 4 th at 10 am for 1 ½ hours of taping for their Senior's Horizons show. We will be setting up from 8:30 , and will have our varied projects plus a mini-show for display. Think about what you might have for display and what you might be able to demonstrate and/or talk about various quilting techniques.

Visit to the Agnes' Heritage Quilt Collection
Donna Hamilton

A visit to the Agnes Etherington Art Centre to see several of the quilts from the Heritage Collection has been arranged to take place on Thursday, April 27, from 1:30-3pm . If there are particular quilts you would like to see, speak to Diane Berry. Car pooling will be arranged.

Spring Luncheon
Joan Bales  

We will celebrate the end of our quilting year with a pot luck lunch after the Annual Meeting on June 22 nd . Members are asked to bring their favourite dish (with list of ingredients, please); an appetizer, sandwiches, veggies, or sweets - all finger foods. Beverages will be provided.

Baby Quilts
Joan Bales & Peggy McAskill

Since the new year we have completed 30 baby quilts for KGH. This is in addition to 25 quilts completed last fall. Way to go, KHQers; we think you are amazing!

Remember the Trunk Shows
Donna Hamilton and Simone Lynch

Remember the quilts? The stories? The workmanship? The techniques used?


Greetings from B.C.
Nelly Kamphuis  

It is a wonderful winter with lots of snow on Panorama Resort, where we ski four to five days a week, but very little of the white stuff in the town of Invermere, where we live, so no shovelling!

While here, I attend the Thursday evening meetings of the Valley Piecemakers Guild on a regular basis. This group is at present working hard to complete a project for the David Thompson Bicentennial celebrations.

Thompson was an explorer, fur trader and map maker who traced the Columbia River from its source to the Pacific Ocean . The Bicentennial is an international heritage and learning initiative to commemorate his first crossing of the Rocky Mountains in 1807 and his arrival at the mouth of the river at Astoria in 1812. The Columbia River runs through Invermere with its source approximately 40 km. south of the town, and history has it that Thompson spent some time in this area.

The group project, when finished, will be in the shape of a 'wedge tent' similar in outline to the type that fur traders used 200 years ago, with two quilts, one on each side hanging from a centre pole resting on a frame. One side will be a mural depicting Thompson trading with the Natives surrounded by a view of the valley, river and mountains. The other side will be a collection of blocks made by some of the guild members. Viewers will be able to walk inside the tent and see a beaded constellation of stars on a midnight-blue sky on the top half and an interpretation of the valley's rocky terrain on the bottom as the fabric backing for the two quilts. Outside the tent, an embroidered wall hanging will feature a chronology of Thompson's life.

The project is funded by four different local organisations for a total of almost $8000.00 covering the cost of materials, honorariums, workshops and rental space.

When complete, the quilted pieces will be given to the District of Invermere, and housed with the Columbia Valley Arts Council. It will be exhibited locally as well as in other venues such as Quilt Canada , the 2010 Olympic Games, etc.

It's wonderful to see this ambitious quilt project take shape, and be invited to put in a few stitches. I am looking forward to seeing the finished work of art in early 2007.

Some information taken from 'ARTiculate' and the 'Columbia Valley Pioneer'.

Girl Guides Calling
Sylvia Currie

The Girl Guides are holding a Heritage Week at camp on August 15 th and 16 th . They are seeking volunteers who could assist the campers, in age groups of 5 - 13 years, with basic sewing and quilting skills. If you might be available at this time and willing to donate some time to a worthy cause, please contact Sylvia.

KHQ in The Canadian Quilter
Lorna Grice  

Kudos to Hilary Scanlon, whose triptych, Canadian Shield, has been selected as one of 32 pieces in a display called Canada Uncovered, at the Museum of the American Quilter's Society in Paducah , Kentucky . The show will run from March 29 to July 9, 2006 . The entries, from every province and territory except Nunavut , were selected from works entered in the National Juried Show and/or the Grand National. Well done, Hilary!

Also in the current issue of The Canadian Quilter, in her article on quilt kits, Diane Shink refers to a Bucilla kit called Rambling Rose that came across her appraisal table at Quilts Kingston 2005. Apparently one of our members has also made the same kit. Who are you??

The Oldest Quilts in North America
Donna Hamilton  

Did you know that the two oldest quilts in North America are in Canada ?

The oldest quilt is a 1726 patchwork quilt made of multi-coloured pieces of silk, velvet, linen and cotton, hand pieced. It is one of 56 quilts housed in the McCord Museum in Montreal . According to their web page, research into the age of the fabrics and the overall construction of the bedcover has revealed the appliquéd date of 1726 to be correct. (If you look closely at the bottom of the central star, you will see 1726.) The Centre de conservation du Quebec restored the quilt. The now glowing colours, including vivid pinks and yellows, and the rich fabrics, among them silk brocades and damasks, speak to the luxurious dress and furnishing fabrics of the past. The quilt was a gift of Mrs. Albert Ayer.

Visit their web page to see a beautiful colour picture and zoom in for a close look. See

The second oldest dated quilt was made by Mary Morten in 1769. It is housed in the New Brunswick museum in Saint John according to Gail P. Hunt in her book " Quiltworks across Canada ". Unfortunately, I was unable to find a picture or further description on the museum's web page or other web pages.

The oldest quilt in the Agnes' Heritage Quilt Collection is The Fallowfield Quilt , a medallion quilt, made "after 1820". The exact date is unknown. This quilt is wool embroidery on linen. It is pictured on page 17 of the Heritage Quilt Collection Catalogue.

Quilting on the Web
Donna Hamilton

This month we will share some web sites found in other guilds' newsletters. is a place to do just that. The listing price per item is $10, which provides the quilter with a web page, including photos and information. There is an additional fee of 10% of selling price (Exclusive of shipping charges. To view, visit . Email questions to Maria Hzabovsky at or by phone (905) 279-8394. Thanks to the Mississauga Quilters Guild.

Can't find a fabric to complete that project you started a few years ago ? Well, besides asking other quilters you know, you can now post an ad on the web and ask people all over the world! See . In their "Gallery of Missing Fabrics" there are lists of people looking for fabric (pictures are included) from a few inches to several yards. You can add your request to the list. Or if you'd like to lighten your stash, see if you have a piece of something that someone needs. The site comes with "Success Stories/Found". The Missing Fabrics service is free if you send an ad via email. There is a $1 charge for all snail-mail requests. Take a gander! Thanks to the Erie Shores Quilters' Guild.

There is a new Canadian magazine about Canadian needle arts from coast to coast. The magazine was officially launched at the Creative Sewing & Needle Festival in October at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. You can find the spring issue on shelves at Chapters/Indigo and other retail stores now. To subscribe ($38.31/year for 5 issues) or for further information, visit . Thanks to the Halton Quilters' Guild.

Consider This
Source Unknown

Love is a quilt - a quilt is love . . .

Both love and a quilt should be:

•  soft enough to comfort you,

•  bright enough to cheer you,

•  generous enough to enfold you,

•  light enough to let you move freely,

•  strong enough to withstand adversity,

•  durable enough to last a lifetime,

•  and given gladly from the heart.

Thanks to the Halton Quilters' Guild

Lofty Assurances
Fran Hunt

Sunday after church, a Mom asked her young daughter what the lesson was about. The daughter responded, "Don't be scared; you'll get your quilt". Needless to say, the Mom was perplexed. Later in the day, the pastor stopped by for tea and the Mom asked him what that morning's Sunday School lesson was about. He said, "Be not afraid, thy comforter is coming".

 Upcoming Events

April 2, 2006, 1-4 pm - Limestone Quilter's Guild "Little Quilts Auction", Kingston Seniors Association, 56 Francis Street, Kingston. Admission $5, includes tearoom.

 April 2 - 28, 2006 - Kingston Fibre Artists' Show, "Inspiration and Decoration: Journeys", Wilson Room , Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Johnson Street branch. Official opening and meet the artists on April 8 th , 1-4 pm . April, 2006

April 18, 2006 - Napanee Heritage Quilters Guild, 7 pm. Lydia Quigley guest speaker and trunk show, Strathcona Pater Centre, Napanee. Guests welcome. For details contact Jean Clair 374-2017

April 21, 2006 - Fibreworks Kingston presents Marion Spanjerdt, "Design for the Fibre Artist" 7 pm. Slide lecture $5. Room 12050, Link Building , St. Lawrence College.

 April 22, 2006 - 10 am-3 pm, the Cataraqui Guild of Needle Arts "Needle Arts Fair 2006", St. Margaret's United Church, 690 Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd, Kingston. $7 includes lunch.

April 22, 23, 2006 - Guelph 's Royal City Quilters' Guild are celebrating their 15 th Anniversary, "A Gathering of Quilts", at the Royal Canadian Legion, 919 York Rd (Hwy 7 east). More information call 519-856-1084 or . $5.

April 27-29, 2006 - Huron-Perth and Stonetowne Quilts' Guild, St Mary's Community Centre, James St South, St Mary's. $5.

April 29-30, 2006 - The Quilter's Guild of Renfrew & Area, A Symphony of Stitches Quilt Show, Mateway Activity Centre, 1 Mateway Park Dr., Renfrew. Sat 10am-5pm , Sun 12pm-4pm . Merchant Mall, Appraiser & Tea Room. $5. Contact: Bonnie Cadieux, .

May 5-7, 2006 - Kawartha Quiltmakers' Guild "Feelings in Fabric" Show and Sale , Evinrude Centre, 911 Monaghan Rd , Peterborough . Fri 6pm-9pm , Sat 10am-5pm , Sun 1-an-4pm. $6. Members' Boutique, Demos, Northcott Challenge, Vintage Display, Merchant's Mall, Tea room, Door Prizes. Wheelchair accessible. Contact or .

May 6,7, 2006 - Interconnected Studio Tour, Kingston . Brochures available in libraries and craft and fabric stores.

May 6,7, 2006 - Halton Hills Quilters' Guild, "Symphony of Quilts" at the Acton Community Center , 415 Queen St (Hwy 7), Acton . Sat 10am -50m, Sun 10am-4pm . $5. Quilt Raffle, Merchants Mall, Tea Room, Members' Boutique, Door Prizes. Contact: Ann Totten, 905-877-6038,

May 21-27, 2006 - CQA National Juried Show at Algonquin College , Ottawa , Ont. See For general inquiries please email or contact Diana Reynolds, Secretary for the Local Planning Committee at 1-866-747-0078.

May 24- May 27, 2006 - Waterloo County & Area Quilt Festival. See for more information.

May 26-28, 2006 - Common Threads Quilt Guild of Ottawa, biennial Show at the RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa. Show features hundreds of quilts, nine-patch display and historic quilts from the Ottawa Valley . Contact: Diane Brover, 1344 Lassiter Terrace, Ottawa , ON , K1J 8N2 . Email or visit .

June 9-11, 2006 - The Trent Valley Quilter's Guild Quilt Show, "Love Covers All". Knights of Columbus, 57 Stella Crescent , Trenton . Hours are Fri 11am-5pm , Sat 10am-5pm , Sun 10am-3pm. $5. Appraiser Judy Lyons, Quilt Raffle, Door Prizes, Silent Auction, Merchants Mall, Demos, Antique Quilts, Members Boutique, Tea Room. Wheelchair accessible. Contact: .

June 10, 2006 - Queen's Bush Quilt Guild of Markdale presents "Quilts in our Homes", a quilt tour featuring 7 unique homes full of quilts plus a Vintage Quilt Show in the Annesley United Church. Hours are 10am -5pm. Map of the route is issued with the tickets. For information and tickets: Marion Charkow, 519-986-4289 or or visit .

June 10-12 & July 22-24, 2006 - "Creating Fabric with Dyes and Paints", a Textile Arts Diploma Program credit course, St. Lawrence College. Tuition approx. $177. Contact Bethany Garner .

July - August, 2006 - Haliburton School of the Arts, Haliburton ON . A variety of fibre arts and other arts programs. See the flyers and pamphlet at KHQ.

July 8-9, 2006 - "A Stitch in Time 2006" Quilt Show and Sale presented by the Prince Edward County Quilters Guild, 10am-5pm , PEC Community Centre, Picton. Info: 613-399-5121 or .

July 14-16, 2006 - "Quilting at the Lakes", Ennismore Recreation Complex, 553 Ennis Road , Ennismore. Fri and Sat 10 am-5 pm , Sun 10 am-4 pm . Vintage and international quilts, 2005 Hoffman Challenge Collection, merchants mall, workshops. Wheelchair accessible. Buses welcome. Contact 705-657-1926 or .

July 23- August 5, 2006 - Quilting by the Lake , 2, 3 and 5 day quilting classes at the State University of New York in Morrisville , NY . See pamphlet at KHQ.

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