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We recently kicked off our 2019 season with our first meeting held in early March.   Our guild opted to take a break during the winter season (from mid December to early March) as many of our members head to warmer temperatures to escape the cold, snowy Ottawa winters.  And this past one was a doozy – we still have snow on the ground even this late in April.  On the positive side, it has been an absolutely outstanding time to stay indoors and quilt as getting around outside was treacherous!

During our March season opener, members presented the results of the 2018 “Gee’s Bend Challenge” where quilts ranged from “in the style of”,  “inspired by” and actual reproductions of Gee’s Bend designs.  And members who had signed up for the Modern 9 Patch exchange brought in their contribution sets and went home with roughly 50 separate, deliciously modern blocks.  We are all anxious to see the outcome of that exchange.

Excitement is building in the Ottawa quilt community.  Ottawa will be host to the Canadian Quilters’ Association show this year in June.  Several of our guild members will be volunteering and we look forward to seeing many of you there.

We are especially excited to announce that 2 of our guild members have been recognized in the upcoming CQA show – Kim Mullen is a finalist for the National Juried Show and Jayne Jenkins is a Guild Rosette winner (for the second time).  Both Kim and Jayne make awesome quilts and never cease to amaze us during the show and tell portion of our guild meetings.  We are all very proud of their achievements!

Our 2019 program is in full swing with several challenges teed up, the odd exchange thrown in, a couple of retreats scheduled, two courses being organized for later in the year and our ongoing contributions to various charitable causes in the Ottawa area.

One recent “secret” challenge involved 4 of our members.  One afternoon after a sew day, they sat around drinking tea and chatting and came up with the idea to exchange 12 orange and pink fabrics.  The pattern was split nine patch and the side bars and centres would be quilter’s choice.  They surprised us with their creations at the April meeting and It was interesting to see the 4 different interpretations using the same guidelines.  After a very challenging and rather brutal winter, an explosion of spring colour was very welcome.

Our upcoming events for May include a retreat from May 8 to 12, the 3rd instalment of our Modern Block of the month challenge, and the kick off of our Block Lotto – the more you make, the more chances you have to win all the blocks entered in the challenge!

It’s shaping up to be a very productive 2019.

submitted by Mavis Chisholm