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Guild  Meetings are Virtual on the Third Wednesday of the Month

Welcome to our next online meeting on
October 18 2023 at 7:00 pm

The Quilted Landscape
with
Gloria Loughman

We are delighted to have Gloria Loughman join us from Victoria, Australia, for our October guild meeting! Gloria will present her lecture and slide show, ‘The Quilted Landscape’.  Have you thought about making a quilt to capture your memories of a special place?  Perhaps a wonderful holiday destination, a view from your lounge room window or a memory of a special place from childhood.  No matter what the inspiration, creating a landscape quilt is an achievable project.  The process combines making decisions about design and color choices as well as incorporating accurate construction techniques. In her presentation,  Gloria will focus on these components, solving the

mystery of where to begin.

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Gloria’s initiation into the world of patchwork occurred nearly 30 years ago when she was recovering from a course of chemotherapy for breast cancer. After completing some studies in design and colour as part of a Diploma of Art in 1996, she began to make large vivid landscape quilts depicting the Australian bush. 

 

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Having the opportunity to travel to many unique and fascinating parts of the continent, she is continually challenged to reproduce these images in fabric. In more recent times, her landscapes have become more abstract as she played with pattern and colour. Her series of quilts based on buildings and other facades is a result of a love of architecture and her opportunity to travel and explore, photographing many fascinating buildings.  Underlying all of her work is a passion for colour and the ongoing challenge to capture light in her work. Most of the textiles used have been hand dyed or painted and feature extensive machine embroidery.

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Gloria has had a number of solo exhibitions, and many of her quilts have won many major awards in Australia, Europe, Japan and the United States. Gloria is also the author of four books, Luminous Landscapes, Quilted Symphony, Radiant Landscapes and Fabulous Facades.   

 

What began as a therapy has developed into a passion and has given Gloria the opportunity to travel the world exhibiting her quilts, teaching classes and meeting lots of wonderful people!

 

Gloria is married to her husband Tony, a very keen and talented photographer, so Gloria is never short of inspiration for her work. Gloria has three daughters and nine grandchildren.

For more information about Gloria and her work, please visit the following:

 

Web site:  https://www.glorialoughman.com

Instagram: @loughmangloria

Facebook: Gloria Loughman 

Our 2023-2024 guild year:

Here’s a sneak peek at what members can expect on the Virtual Cruise in January.

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Gatherings are In-Person on the First Wednesday of the Month

Gatherings - October 4, 2023

We kick started the new season of Gatherings with the first of 3 sewing bees. These bees will not only give members an opportunity to contribute to the charitable work of the guild, they will also provide a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Looking forward to seeing lots of familiar faces and some new ones too. Members are welcome to drop in for a short time or stay for the day.

Gatherings started as a new programme last year. This monthly in-person programme was created to enable members to meet, sew, socialize and learn. From September to June, from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, on the first Wednesday of the month, there will be space for members who wish to sew. There will be an opportunity to pick up and deliver supplies and projects to SMILE and PAL and other outreach projects. The library will be open to take out and return library books. If there is interest there will be an opportunity for members to participate in the UFO Challenge and Strippers Club. 

* Please note that the library will be open from 10:30 am until 2:00 pm.

Coordinators: Elaine LaRonde & Jean McFarlane.

OCTOBER

Sew for Quilts of Valour with Deby Wettges.

As a member of WCQG and the Kitchener and area regional rep for Quilts of Valour - Canada, Deby Wettges will once again host a Sewing Bee at Gatherings. She will have quilts on display and information to share about QOVC. And, once again Deby will have pre-cut kits for members. Last year Deby the pre-cut fabric kits for blocks resulted in 23 finished blocks that day and 21 additional blocks completed by members sewing at home. Deby is pleased to be invited back to host another Sewing Bee.

NOVEMBER

Sew for Smile Quilts with Peggy Herlick, Helene Doerfler and committee.

DECEMBER

Totes and Purses with Grace Cameron

Please Note:

At this time masks are optional and proof of vaccination is not required.

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        !! Welcome back – Your library is Open !!

…. and we were so glad to see you again - browsing the variety of books available, borrowing and signing up for the Library Learning Challenge. Twenty-one (21) of you borrowed 55 books and a few magazines too.   Enjoy.  

Eleven (11) of you signed up for the Library Learning Challenge – and we look forward to seeing your project. There are 8 Techniques in the draw and remember, you get a second chance if it really isn’t what you’d like to learn or you already know how and want to learn something new.   Wondering what those Techniques are?  Come and see us in October to find out!!   Read all the details about the Library Learning Challenge by clicking on this link.

Library Learning Challenge

We look forward to seeing you again in October.

Donna McKay and Anne Schott

wcqglibrary@gmail.com

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Quick Links
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Show & Share

The deadline for submitting to Show & Share is the Sunday prior to the guild meeting.

To view Show & Share for past months to to:

Show & Share Archives.

Online Store

At the WCQG Online Store you can:

  • Join the guild

  • Renew membership

  • Purchase guest passes

  • Register for workshops

  • Register for Sewing Together, But Apart Days

  • Purchase newsletter ads

Members & Guests

To access the membership and guest pass forms, please go to the Membership Page

Smile & PAL Quilts

To access the Smile and PAL Quilt request forms please go to the Community Outreach Page.

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Upcoming  Workshops
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Thursday, September 28, 2023
Master the Meander
with
Angela Walters

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2023
Time: 10am - 1pm ET (3 hours)
Members' Cost: $45

Non-Members' Cost: $55
Skill level: Beginner and beyond

Workshop Information & Registration

Once you have paid for your workshop at the online store, please send an email  with the name of the workshop, your name, phone number and email address to:

wcqgprogram@gmail.com

For details on each of  the workshop go to the Workshops page.

Open Sewing Days

Our Open Sewing Times for members only, are continuing each* Monday afternoon  from 2 to 4 pm.  We continue to share social time, great conversations and laughter – all things that are so good for the soul right now.  Come when you can, leave when you wish. We are enjoying a great time together. The links are in the weekly updates.

There will also be monthly  Saturday Open Sewing Day every month.

*Except holiday Mondays

Sewing Together, But Apart

Our Sewing Together, But Apart Days provide an entire day of sewing activities, including sharing tips and strategies, socializing as well as having guest speakers join us for part of the day. To help cover some of the cost of the guest speakers, a charge of $10.00 is included for the afternoon guest speaker. With the possibilities Zoom provides, we are able to access guest speakers from near and far. We look forward to having you join us. Participants are invited to come for all or part of the day. This is event is open to members of the WCQG only. There is no limit to the number of participants.

 

For details of next session(s) click the date(s) below.

Sewing Together Registration

Once you have for paid a Sewing Together, But Apart day, please send an email  with the date of the event at the online storeyour name, phone number and email address to:

Sewing Together Coordinator

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