085We had a wonderful weekend learning the One Block Wonder technique. Saturday morning found us digging out various patterned fabric, with repeats from six inches to a whopping 24”. I think a smaller repeat translated into a smaller quilt so some of these quilts (are you listening Sandra) will be gigantic!

We were all terribly confused regarding cutting/ripping strips at the repeat mark, layering our fabric and then cutting out our 60 degree triangles. Georgie and Kathleen (with help from Barb McCormack) were very patient at getting us through these difficult steps. Barb and Angel had their fabric pre-cut so they were stitching together when the rest of us were still cutting. We spent the afternoon sewing the groups of triangles together, after checking to see which of the three versions was the favourite– what fun!

Even with all the stitching going on there was time to razz Kathie Parker for forgetting an important part of her machine! Kathleen O’Malley came to the rescue and had her machine delivered to the hall and Kathy was set to sew.

By the end of the day we saw some very interesting blocks going up on design walls scattered around the hall. And when Kathie left the hall she got a reminder from each and every one of us to REMEMBER YOUR FOOT! And no, Betty was not showing off her underwear!

Can you tell which blocks came from which fabric?

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Day Two started with Georgie vying for “Best Teacher Ever” award with her cinnamon buns still warm from the oven! We continued to sew our triangles into fabulous blocks. By noon many were starting to arrange their completed blocks by colour groups, pattern groups, every-which-way groups and however-we-wanted groups. That involved much discussion and always stepping back from the design walls to get another perspective on the grouping.

After lunch Georgie put her “Best Teacher Ever” award on the line by teaching us how to make cubes to insert into our quilt. Georgie created her own tutorial and templates, and she was very patient with us . We quickly realized that the choice of fabric was very important to these turning out properly. She promises to come back on Tuesday, January 29 to give us another lesson and a much easier pattern to follow.

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It was such a fun weekend and a big thank you to Georgie and Kathleen for bringing this to us.


  • Tuesday is the monthly Soup and Sandwich lunch at the Senior Center so there will be no bee this week
  • Gay is looking for 3-inch squares for the demo table at the Quilt Show
  • If you haven’t already done so be sure to pick up your Raffle tickets from Cathie Francescutti
  • Fiberspeak meets January 9 at 1 PM (Lo Jones is hosting) – 5637 Maple Avenue

Program Changes (the highlights)

For the updated schedules see the Class Descriptions page (on the right)

  • January’s demo night will feature a demonstration of the Drunkard’s Path technique, a method for making bias binding, ideas for the Boutique and assistance with your Boutique entry forms.
  • The 10” square quilt workshop is now scheduled for Saturday, Feburary 16.
  • The Stained Glass quilt has been rescheduled to Saturday, April 20.
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One Response to Wonder-ing

  1. Shirley Houle says:

    Yes, it sure was a great weekend! We sure did challenge the patience of Kathleen and Georgie. Shirley

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