Thursday, December 17, 2009

Dec. 9/09 Meeting & Food. More food than meeting.

We had another fabulous pot luck supper (seriously, though, how can a pot luck be bad?).

Monica was little elf number 1. She made ALL of us a coaster.

Lydia was little elf number 2. She made ALL of us a gift bag filled with quilting goodies. Our members are truly blessed to have these two ladies in their address book.
Hanna was hard at work getting ready to chair the meeting in Irene's absence. I think Irene was in Vegas this month. Last month she was away in Mexico (?). Tough life.

After supper the gals all made little skates out of felt & paper clips. Thanks Helen! (That's me. Is it ok to thank myself???)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Pot Luck - Wed. Dec. 9th

Bring your pot luck, your dishes and your Christmas attitude (the lovey one, not the Grinchy one). We will eat at 6:30. There will be sewing all day if you want to come early with one of your WIPs (work in progress).

Our little hands-on project after supper will require:
  • hand sewing needle AND embroidery needle (if you have one)
  • fabric scissors
  • paper scissors
  • red thread

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Extra UFO Sewing Day

This Wednesday - Nov 25th - 9:00-ish to 4:30-ish is an EXTRA ufo sewing day. Bring your $5 admission.

This is a great opportunity to work on the Christmas napkins you plan to make for your friends.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Crazy Meeting & Crazy Quilting

We had one of 'those' nights at our meeting last week. The President was on vacation so the Vice-P was taking over. Vice-P is also on program and was going to present & teach crazy quilting & embellishing. Trouble is, Vice-P got sick and went home. The secretary had already called in sick so Helen substituted for her. Our Past President chaired the meeting.

We had lots of placemats brought in for Meals on Wheels.

Pillow cases were being whipped up like they were going out of style.

Beautiful quilts at Show & Share.

Christine stepped in as Program and led the crazy quilting talk. She's actually presented this material before so she did an EXCELLENT job.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

November 11 meeting - Crazy Man

7:30 - Be there or be square. We will be learning all about Crazy Quilting so make sure you're wearing your black berets, all you crazy cats.Bring your mug, any placemats you've made for Meals on Wheels, and your projects for Show & Share .

Monday, October 26, 2009

Jumping in for Helen

Hi Gals

Our Mightly Blog Woman asked me to drop in a note or 2 since she missed the October meeting. Was she material shopping again or just sewing??? Hmm.

Well our meetings are off and running again for another year. Amazing how fast the time goes by too bad the amount of sewing doesn't increase!. I love the ugly fabric exchange, can't wait to see just how ugly they get. The new stripper club should reveal some beauties with the colours all set out each month, great idea Floris Anne. I think Bernadette has done the best block of the month so far with it being in memory of Barb Lister. Something tells me she would have loved it.
Our guest speaker Albert Cote sure put some thoughts in my head I tell you. I was heading off to the sewing show to buy some charm packs. He very bluntly told us they were useless and just to purchase material buy the yard. I actually spoke to him at the sewing show and we had a giggle or two about it.
Talking about the sewing show, did anyone else go. Didn't think it was a great success, thought the spring show was better and had better deals.

Well I guess the only think left to say is Bon Voyage Irene and see you in.......................

see you all next month

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Fall Fair and October's Meeting

We were well represented at the Fair last weekend. At our booth we were selling raffle tickets on the quilt we donated to the Fair Board as a fundraiser. Anne is reminding this fella that he must print neatly.

7:30 pm

Don't miss this one! Albert Cote from Patchwork Porch will be discussing UGLY FABRIC and he'll do a little demo using fabric scraps we are all bringing.

Please remember to bring your own coffee mugs. Susan and Colleen are in charge of treats this month and I know they are both fabulous bakers!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Extra, Very Special Sewing Days

Extra sewing days to clean up your UFO's are being held every other month. The dates are as follows (all Wednesdays):

Sept 23/09
Nov 25/09
Jan 27/10
March 24/10
May 26/10

Hours are 9-ish to 4:30-ish. Cost is $5. Bring your lunch (ok, that's optional, but we don't want to hear your tummy grumbling). C'mon out and bring a friend.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

September meeting recap

Dineke is a diehard hand quilter and she does beautiful work. She & Sue are basting a quilt together.

Lynne is one of our new members. She was so speedy with her own work today she had time to hand sew the label on to our guild donation quilt.

And here's the donation quilt - all done & picture going off to the local newspaper.

Isobel is making this very striking quilt for her grandson. It's a pattern by Bernadette - one of our members who is a diehard paper piecing fan.

Here is a quilt made from the half-squares the gals have been swapping for a few seasons.

This is one of Dineke's hand quilted beauties.

We had lots of the members sign up for both the Ugly Fabric Challenge and for the Secret Sister Swap. It should be a good year.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Get Ready for a New Season♦

Next Wednesday - September 9th will be the start of our new season.

For those who are interested, sewing starts any time after 9:30 - bring your stuff and your $5 fee. Knock off a UFO. Or make some placemats for Meals on Wheels. Some of us have NO interest in going home to make supper, so the church ladies cater for us - 6 pm and you must book with Monica asap. The charge for supper is usually around $12.

The general meeting starts at 7:30 for everyone. We should have tons of items for show & share since we've all been sewing for a few months. Goodness knows with all the rain we weren't outside that much. :-(

Everyone who participated in the DIRTY DOZEN CHALLENGE please bring your quilt. We want to have a proper show & share of the items.

We will also be having signups for the little groups, swaps, challenges, etc. These will all kick off at the October meeting.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

To Honour Barb Lister

We lost one of our members this summer, suddenly and much too soon. Barb maintained our Membership records and was our historian. She was always ready to help - every time I think of her I can hear her saying "what do you need me to do?" . Barb was also the Queen of my Red Hat group so we let fly some balloons in her memory. She will be missed.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sewing Day

We had two visitors for sewing day in July.

Charlotte brought her niece (whose name escapes me?) who finished stitching up an apron for her grandmother.

Joan is a friend of Helen's & Hanna's from their days at the Burlington Art Centre guild.

Here's an 'action shot'. No, we quilters don't move none too quick.

Helen finished assembling a top from blocks won at the Binbrook guild.

Our next sewing day will be Wednesday August 12th. 9:30 - 5:00, bring $5 and your lunch.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sewing Day This Wednesday & Hand Quilting

We had a good crowd Monday night. Lois is Keeper of the Key. She was recovering after a week spent with her daughter and two grandsons. Hanna and Ann were both 'getting away from it all'. Dineke was just back from vacation in Meaford. She was catching up with Madeline who has recently retired. It seems she's taken up murdering carpenter ants in lieu of paid employment. Lorraine came by after her church meeting to work on her newly acquired hand quilting skills. Monica popped in to crack the whip. I was there to put in my hours and see some real live people.
Notice Monica showing off her tube of Udder Cream? She was trying to make a buck by selling squirts for $2. (ok, I'm just kidding - she wasn't really)

This Wednesday is our guild sewing day. Bring your stuff and $5 admission. Bring a friend if you like. And don't forget your lunch. You can pop over to the arena and do some hand quilting if you haven't done so yet. As you can see the quilt is shrinking fast - just like the Wicked Witch of the West!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hand Quilting Bribe

Click on the picture to see the bounty I shared with the girls yesterday: fresh picked cherries. Tonight I will be bringing a cottage pudding with lemon sauce to share. Come with a little appetite - it serves 6. :-)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

the Fair Quilt

C'mon out and help with the Fair quilt! Contact Monica for next week's hours - I will be quilting Monday and Tuesday evenings (if you're interested in the 'hornet' story).

The 'key-per' (Monica for next week) seems to bring nice cold water for us.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Hand Quilting on the Caledonia Fair Quilt

The quilt has been put up at the Fairgrounds and we've started quilting. Finally!
Sorry, Lorraine, I caught you with your eyes closed. Bad photography seems to be my claim to fame.

Lois is co-ordinating the schedule. Please contact her if you can help out. It's warm up in the quilting room, so wear cool clothes. Bring your own little scissors, needles (although some needles are available there too) and your personal quilting tools (thimble, pliers, needle puller, martini {oops, wrong blog}, whatever).

Some of the gals from the Fair Board came up to take a peek after their meeting last night. They were all impressed with the quilt and quite excited about the prospect of a finished beauty like this.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

June 10 meeting

I appear to be the WORST photographer in the world. I'm sorry about that. Here are the winners of the Dirty Dozen Challenge.

1st - Anne

2nd - Ann

3rd - Mary

Hon. Mention - Lydia

Hon. Mention - Irene (our fearless leader)

We had an excellent pot luck supper to finish off the season - many thanks to all the cooks. We also had our huge lot of raffle draws. I won the crock pot! Thanks for your hard work all year long, Lydia.

For July and August we will get together for sewing only - no meeting. Cost per person will be $5 and we will meet on our normal day: 2nd Wednesday, from 9:30-ish 'till 5-ish. VISITORS ARE WELCOME (but it will cost you $5, too).

Friday, April 10, 2009

April Guild Meeting

Sewing with friends during the day is such a nice break.

Christine is working on a laptop cover.

Charlotte is working on her sample for tonight's Block of the Month. It looks like it might be applique. Ya think???

Bernadette's daughter Audrey joined us today. She was very kind when I teased her about being 'fresh meat'.

Lois is working on the quilt we're making for the Agricultural Fair Board. This quilt does not want to be made. It should be really easy to hand quilt - there are so many needle holes in it already from unsewing.

Here are the prizes for tonight's draw tickets. Lydia made the little Easter pincushions. How crafty is that gal?


Here is an applique piece by Charlotte. You can see why she's doing the machine applique lesson tonight.

Monica's Snowman quilt. OK, we've had quite ENOUGH of winter, thankyou!

Yaaay, more placemats for Meals on Wheels.

And Bernadette's donation to the Quilts of Valour program. Thank you!

Charlotte was instructing on Machine Applique techniques.

Lydia was instructing on Hand Applique techniques.