October 2019 Meeting Recap-Alice Williams

Lots of excitement this month!  The by-laws were adopted, and the election results were announced in the first bit of the meeting, and then we had a full schedule of programming!

Election Results
And the vote is in!  Presenting your 2020 TMQG Executive:
President  Bobbie-Sue Gentilli
Vice President Xandra
Treasurer Brandi
Secretary Christina
Communications Officer Theresa
Thanks for stepping up guys, and I can't wait to see what's in store next year!

November Meeting
We're having our annual holiday party in November, with the usual treats!  Don't forget to bring something (enough for no more than 12 people).  New this year, in the second half of the meeting, we will open it to the public, and members of the TMQG will be able to have a table to sell their wares in a festive market (email to book a table).

This year, we'll be having a name badge swap, if you want to participate, please carefully read the instructions that Adrienne has kindly written up here!

Alice Williams "Spirit in My Quilts"
This month we had Alice Williams of Pimaatisiwin Quilts, gave a trunk show (we literally saw three suitcases of quilts!  It was pretty cool). 

Alice started off with a moving acknowledgement to the land of the Anishinaabe, then moved on to tell us a little about her background growing up in the bush of Northern Ontario with her Anishinaabe mother and her Norwegian father.  Alice started quilting in 1980, and some of the aspects that she likes is that it connects her to the past and community.  She  explores a number of traditions and symbols derived from her background.  This starts with the adapted spirit wheel symbol that she likes to incorporate into her quilts, a green ring quartered with red, yellow, black and white.
Alice showed us a couple of sampler quilts incorporating indigenous sayings and quotes. As well as a number of quilts with strawberries, which she says are a traditional and important symbol.  One of them she had done in a kind of trapunto style, using recycled fabric, rather than wadding to stuff the trapunto sections.  It was heavy!

There were alot of turtles, another perennial favourite:

And a number of loons:

And alot of stars!  Some with very tiny piecing, as Alice tries to use up even the smallest scraps of fabric:

I could show you more, but I think I'll stop there!

Laura gave us an intro to Pojagi, an historic Korean art form of patchwork.  With four basic stitches (whip, running, decorative and backstitch), which are used to make wrappings, covers, bags, etc. 
Laura showed us some basic stitches, as well as describing a machine-adapted method that she developed (because apparently she loves her machine!).  Sorry I didn't grab more photos, I was too busy examing the samples she had brought (which were awesome!). Laura's suggestion if you want to find more information on pojagi/bojagi, this video from Korean artist YoungMin Lee is a great place to start, or you can get a DVD made by her here.

Block Lotto
The blue and white crosses were due in this month, and they were all won by Brandon!  Can't wait to see what you do with them!

Charity Quilt Update
Karen has pieced the top, and we got a view of it this month:
Doesn't it look great?  And it hasn't even been quilted yet! That's the next job.

Quilt Canada 2020
There's a pretty great lineup for the 2020 Con, including a number of our own! It's going to be in Edmonton, and you can see more information here. Also, for the first time ever, there will be a modern challenge!  There are also a number of other challenges and swaps, so visit the website to check it out.

Show and Share
I was first up, with two miniquilts:

Next up was Christine Navarro with her version of the Alison Glass Trinket quilt:

Sandra Cooper showed up two pieces, a UFO called "ancestral mod block"

and JoyII, a baby blanket

Brandon showed us his latest flying geese quilt entitled "Some Geese are artistic"

 Sandra Sarner displayed Quilt Quilt, inspired by a Davenport Rd company sign.

And last, (but of course not least!), Peter Byrne showed us his epic Roe V Wade quilt, of his own design with a compelling design and interesting story. You can find more of an explanation on Peter's Instagram post.

Catherine showed us a QuiltCon project from Savannah (so, it's been hanging around awhile, but she's still finished hers before I finished mine!!)

Anne won the member draw ( a fat quarter)
Adrienne was the lucky recipient of the gift card this month.

And that's a wrap for this month folks, thanks for reading!  -Robin.


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