Yorkshire Rose Quliters Guild of Toronto

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

A Name Tag Purse to hold your YRQG name tag and membership card so you always have them for meetings!

If you are looking for a great way to always know where your membership card is and to hold some change for tea and library raffle tickets, this fun little stash-buster comes courtesy of Suzanne Neilson for the personal use of members of the Yorkshire Rose Quilters Guild.

Fabric Requirements:

Muslin or any plain light fabric - 4 ½ inches x 10 inches.

You will build the Flaps that will fold up and down to form the purse on this piece.

A. On Muslin: 
  • Solid Color A - 1 piece 3 ½ inches x 2 ½ inches
  • Solid Color B - 2 pieces 3 ½ inches x ¾ inch
  • Solid Color C - 2 pieces 3 ½ inches x 1 inch
  • Solid Color D - 1 piece 4 ½ inches x ¾ inch 
  • Solid Color E - 1 piece 4 ½ inches x 3 ½ in.
    • (Color E may be the same as A, B, C, or any other complementary color)
  • Printed Color F - 1 piece 4 ½ inches x 3 ½ inches 
    • (Color F can be an abstract pattern or a picture)
B. Solid Color G (This may be any color used on the Muslim or any other complementary color) - 1 piece 4 ½ inches x 10 inches

C. Cord or Ribbon – 1 piece measuring a minimum of 24 inches (You may want to lengthen according to your preference)

Directions for Sewing on the Muslin:

  1. On the muslin draw a line across 3 inches from the top (Figure 1 - see below) 
  2. In the space created at the top, centre and pin the Color A to the muslin. 
  3. Sew the Color B pieces, one to the top of the Color A piece and one to the bottom. 
  4. Line the Color B pieces to the Color A piece with right sides together. Sew a ¼ inch seam through the fabric pieces and the muslin. Press seams towards the muslin. (Figure 2) 
  5. Sew the Color C pieces, one to each side of the pieced unit in the same way and press towards the muslin. 
  6. You have created a frame and space in which to pin your name tag. (Figure 3) 
  7. Sew the Color D piece along the bottom of the picture frame. Press seams towards the muslin. (Figure 4) 
  8. Pin the ribbon to the front so that the edges of the ribbon line up with the bottom of Color D. 
  9. Place the Color E piece so that the top is aligned with the raw edge of Color D and the ribbon ends with right sides facing and sew a ¼ inch seam. Press the piece away from the frame. (Figure 5) 
  10. Align the Color F to the raw edge of Color E with right sides facing and sew a ¼ inch seam. Sew the Color F piece upside down, so that when you turn it up later, it will be in the right direction. (Figure 6) 
  11. Pin the ribbon towards the centre so that it will be out of the way when you sew the Front and Back together. 
  12. Turn over and trim as needed using the muslin as a guide. 
  1. With right sides facing, Sew the Color G piece to the muslin piece leaving the bottom open.
  2. Make sure your cord/ribbon is out of the way. Turn inside out. Turn in the bottom and slip stitch. 
  3. Decorate the around the picture frame using fancy stitching, beads or whatever. 
  4. Then turn up the bottom to form a pocket and slip stitch the sides. 
  5. Now press down the top and you have a little purse for your name tag, membership card and place to store your tickets.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Our first meeting for the 2015/2016 quilting year is this Wednesday!

Our program this week is going to be great. Sharron Coxon will be sharing her modern approach to well-known patterns. We are in for a lively program.

If you haven't sent in your renewal form already, bring one to this meeting with your $35 membership fee.

Don't forget to read your newsletter, and we can't wait to see you on Wednesday!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The Member Survey Results Are In!

In June, we sent members an online survey in order to get information to guide us, your two new program directors, in the development of a program relevant to the interests of members for 2015-2016.

Here is what we learned from the 65 responses:

Most of us are doing traditional quilting; however, other forms of quilting are also popular. Our members are using a variety of piecing techniques regardless of the type of quilting, including foundation piecing, applique, English paper piecing, paper piecing, trapunto, and embroidery. In terms of other types of quilts, memory quilts and crazy quilts were mentioned.

Almost everyone pieces by machine, and almost half piece by hand. Most members quilt on a domestic machine; however, a little over half quilt by hand and almost a fifth of us either quilt on a long arm machine ourselves or send our quilts out to be long-arm quilted.
In terms of learning more, it seems we are most interested in modern quilting and art quilts; however, there is a general interest in all types of quilts and quilting such as machine quilting, design software and quilt layouts.

A slight majority of people indicated a preference for presentations/demonstrations over trunk shows, but people did find value in both. Trunk shows can be inspirational while demonstrations of techniques and “how to” is helpful. A strong interest in workshops that allow for trying out new learnings was mentioned by several members.

In terms of topics of interest, design/translating ideas into quilts tops the list. Other topics of interest mentioned were machine quilting, how to calculate a change in size of a block design and creative use of non-traditional materials.

Several names of possible guest presenters were provided. And several members indicated their desire to share their knowledge and expertise with us!

Your Program Directors are committed to bringing you a program that meets your needs! We’ll use this information to arrange for guest speakers from within our own guild and from the broader quilting community. There will be opportunities for members to present and demonstrate in the year ahead. Stay tuned! And we’re always interested in hearing your input and feedback! We hope you’ll enjoy your next year as members of the Yorkshire Rose Quilt Guild!

Catherine Clarke & Jane Barbeau