Happy New Year!
I was reading my resolution for last year to keep things simple and finish more projects. I think I made a little dent in my projects, but may have bought more than I finished. Oh well, better luck this year!
As I write this, I am getting ready to leave for the January retreat. Here's hoping I can start the resolutions off nicely. I brought a few easy projects to get done.
Our quilt show is only a few months away and I would encourage every single member to enter at least one quilt. If you have attended our show in the past, you know that we welcome all skill levels. If you want some inspiration, check out the pictures from the last show. Also, I hope that all of you are working on a Canada 150 project. It would be wonderful to have a red and white filled arena.
Our elections are coming up as well, please don't hesitate to inquire about the various positions available. I would like to have a vote at the May meeting which means having more than one person interested in each role. The current exec laughed at me here... let's prove them wrong! I will have a box available for people to drop their names and ask any questions.
Have a great 2017, filled with success in achieving your resolutions.
Thanks to everyone for making items for our various charity projects. It is very much appreciated by the organizations we support and the final recipients alike. Don't forget to bring your finished items to the November meeting. The stockings will be picked up at the November meeting by the CWL, who then fill them. The placemats will be going to Meals on Wheels in early December.
For those who missed it, in October, we received a plaque thanking us for our donations of preemies. It will be on the publicity table for everyone to see.
We had the first of our retreats in early November and it was a productive few days for everyone. I benefitted from the time change a few times at the retreat as I forgot to change the clock in my car and kept thinking I was late getting places until I realized the clock in the car was wrong. I gained a couple of hours with that trick, it's changed now and I am back to being in the correct time zone!
It's going to be a busy year with our various ongoing projects as well as our special projects over the next year. The Canada 150 quilt is coming along and will hopefully be at the quilters by early December. Our raffle quilt is done and it's now time to get tickets sold. They make great stocking stuffers or Christmas card inserts so don't forget to sign some out. If everyone takes a few booklets, we'll sell out in no time.
Drop by the library table and have a look at the book I purchased on modern quilts, it's called World of Quilts, 25 Modern Projects. I will leave it with the library for the next few months. I had to look twice to see that the cover was not a mistake. It is somewhat of a history of patterns and the content comes across as traditional instead of modern. Maybe it's like that dress from last year - is it blue or gold? Modern or traditional? At the end of the day, if you like your project it does not matter.
Have a great month sewing, quilting and finishing,
The chill of fall is in the air as we have launched another great year at the guild. Maybe this weekend I will get a chance to get some little project done for Halloween! I have a nice collection of fabric and every year the day just sneaks up on me and I don't get the projects done. At the very least, I need a new fall table runner! Or maybe a pumpkin wall hanging. Anyone say "squirrel"!
I completely forgot to talk about the president's challenge for the year. It is to make something red and white for our Canada 150 themed quilt show. Those who won door prizes at the June meeting have a head start as they were mostly Canada themed fabrics. If your fabric is beige and red, that's ok too, a lot of the fabric companies used beige instead of white.
I would like to encourage everyone to participate in the guild. There are challenges to complete, block of the month, our sew days and charity projects just to mention a few things. We also are still looking for volunteers to sell tickets... Penny and I have offered to sell tickets if people want to switch with us on the executive! :) Keep in mind that if you do put your name down to participate in an activity, we plan for that many people. As an example, the venue for our first sew day had prepared food for us and not many who signed up were there.
One final comment on people's generosity and how we come together and make things happen. Thank you all who are making stockings, placemats and preemies. Our goal for stockings is a real stretch this year, if everyone pitches in, I think we can make it. Thanks to everyone who made blocks for the Canada 150 quilt. I will give an update at the October meeting as to what is left to do on that one and where people can help.
Now I am off to finish something for show and tell.
Welcome Back Returning and New Members!
How did it get to September already! It was a busy summer with quilt shows that I attended, shopping and actually making a couple of quilts! We travelled to Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast this summer and I brought back some goodies to share.
I know a number of others have been traveling as well and I look forward to hearing the stories from everyone. We have a great year ahead with our quilt show in April 2017. We will be showing off the raffle quilt in September and the raffle tickets will be ready for October.
When my husband and I were coming back from the Sunshine Coast, we were walking around Horseshoe Bay and wanted to go into a gift shop. Unfortunately it was closed, but my husband spotted a sign in the window for the Vancouver Modern Quilt Show that was happening that Saturday. What a great guy for mentioning that! Perfect, guess where we went on Saturday. This blog post illustrates how wonderful this show was. It includes a number of my favorite quilts, and you can see a few of my photos below.
I would be remiss if I did not congratulate the Almonte Quilt Guild on their first quilt show this past summer. I ran into a few of our members there. Everyone I spoke to really enjoyed the show. Good job Almonte folks!
As usual, I can't wait for show and tell, I finished a baby quilt this summer, baby is due any day now and the quilt is in the crib in Niagara. I do have a few other items for show and tell that I will share. My personal goal is to finish a few UFOs for the show next year.
We still need a few people to sell tickets this year, grab a friend and you can chat and sell at the same time. It would be nice to have 3-4 people so that you can alternate, or have built in back up if you are traveling.
If I have not received your Canada 150 quilt blocks yet, please bring them to the September meeting.
May you have more forward stitches than reverse!