More cake (and that is always a good thing)

Our numbers were down slightly but when we took account of where the usual suspects were they were mainly accounted for. Barb K was in Vancouver; Penny, Gwen and Donna S are on sick leave; Angel got back late yesterday from a trip, and Rene and Sandra J are travelling. Margie and Sandy T stopped in for lunch – they must have heard that Carolina brought cake! We were happy to have Trudy join us, as well as Mary Jane (who had an off-work day for a change).

Don’t forget about the pot luck on Thursday – doors open at 5:30 PM with dinner at 6 PM. The Program Committee will be officially releasing this year’s classes, workshops and demos. Donna D will have her Guild Challenge bags ready ($5) and Secret Pal names will be traded.

For those attending Hands Across the Water, you need to be ready for the first ferry out on Saturday.

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Summer must be over

You might be right if you guessed that, starting today, summer is over. It wasn’t the weather that gave it away (although it was rainy at times), it was the number of quilters returning to the bee. There may have been a Program Committee meeting as we saw Suzanne, Georgie, and Joyce stop in. Sandy T came to pass along a community quilt to Darlene for quilting. Carolina stopped in to pick a pattern for a new project and Margaret came with a Show and Tell in hand. Margie and Dale stayed to sew and we were all happy to see Barb M back in her usual seat. Donna stitched until noon and Nina came to the Mini Meez meeting. I hope I haven’t missed anyone; the regulars were pretty much all in attendance as well.

One of the things Sandy T stopped in for was to get an opinion on a new project. Barb K told her that opinions are like assh***s – everybody has one. We weren’t really picking on Sandy T but when she said she needed a kick in the pants to get her motivated there were a number of offers!

And we were honoured to have Layla (Kathleen’s granddaughter) join us for lunch on her birthday. We were celebrating several other September birthdays today – Carola, Marion, Sherry and Sandy T (although she was gone before the cake was served).

The Mini Meez

The first meeting of the year for the miniature group was well attended. Carola won the draw and took home a mini charm pack. Marlene has won the title of Miniature Queen with her quilted name tag – finishing at just 2″.

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Secret Pal

Secret Pal will run the year and is a monthly commitment. You pick a name and exchange small thoughtful gifts each month at the guild meetings. Items are to be placed into brown paper bags with the recipients name and should take into consideration the interests indicated on the Secret Pal  “a few of my favourite things” form.

Items should be relatively inexpensive and can be new, handmade, recycled, stash fabric, needles, thread or other creative ideas. Birthdays and holidays are special times and an opportunity to do something special for your Secret Pal.

Year end potluck will reveal your pal and then everyone will be able to share in the telling of the gifts.

Click here to download the Secret Pal “Favourite Things” sheet.

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Are you ready?

It was a smaller than usual crew today and I missed out on half of the stories because I was working in the library. We were sorry to hear that Gwen had another set back and we are sending out our very best wishes to her. Kathleen stitched with us in the morning but headed out before lunch to pick up her grandchildren. Margie popped in to make sure the doors would be open early on Thursday for the Quilt Show Meeting. Moreen came for lunch and some of us were able to sign up for another year. Marion was lamenting the fact that there was no one to share the latest updates on Coronation Street with; at one point she even suggested to Gail that she would be a better quilter (and make less mistakes) if she watched the show.

In case you haven’t heard – Quilt Show meeting starts at 6 PM, followed by the regular Business Meeting at 7 PM. Membership renewals will be ready – $60 for a full year of fun and friendship. Also, if you are taking the bus to Hands Across the Water please bring $15 to cover the cost.

Hope to see you all there.

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The men are back

It’s been a long time since all of “our” men have made an appearance. Oris was in the building – its been a long time since we saw him or Gail. Although I didn’t see Ian drop Rene off, he came back to pick her up. And Al made an early appearance to get Annie set up for an afternoon of stitching.

We were all sorry to hear that Gwen has had another fall and broke her arm – the “other” arm this time. Get better soon Gwen. We were glad to hear though that Penny is doing well at home.

It was pretty quiet today; we were all heads-down in our projects. It was nice to see a lot of new projects underway. At one point Marion gave Bev a tip for something she was stitching. When Bev asked how she got so smart Marion’s reply was “I’m really really old”!

We’re all looking forward to the first meeting of the new season – September 6th – as well as the pot luck on September 20th where we get to see all the exciting plans the Program Committee has been working on. And watch for Donna D’s challenge at both events.

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Good News

We were so happy to hear today that Penny has come out of the hospital – we all wish her continued good health. Kathleen visited with Barb M yesterday and says she is recovering well – and her recovery from knee surgery apparently still involves some quilting! Barb K was in the Hall today sharing the good news of her test results. Sandra J was missing today due to ill health and we wish her a speedy recovery. And who were those strangers that wandered in? Bev and Rene were back, and Donna S made an appearance as well.

It has been so smoky that everyone has been feeling the affects. Was it the smoke that made Darlene bring her sewing bag to the lunch table instead of her lunch bag? Donna D was having a horrible time with her machine; oddly enough it seemed to work fine for Marion.

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They saw the light

It was a small turn-out for the bee today, but we had lots of folks drop in to see what we were up to. Georgie came in with the research to get Betty’s machine light working. It took three of them to manage it but by the time they were done Betty could see the light. Georgie is off on a lovely vacation but she’ll be back in September in time to get the new program off and running. Kathy P stopped in to do some hand stitching but she didn’t stay long as she had another commitment. Gwen came and sewed, then left, then came back for more sewing. Kathleen is visiting her sister and from what we’re seeing on Facebook she’s making some lovely bags. Nina popped in briefly and shared Barb K’s exciting news – she has had a good check up. Barb M and Penny are still recuperating but we hope they’ll be back at their machines soon.

The folks from the Church were busy making jars and jars of Blackberry Jam which they will be selling at the street festival. We were all hungry before the clock worked its way around to noon, and I’m sure it was because of the lovely smells coming from the kitchen.

Sandra J reminded us all today that the first Mini Meez meeting of the fall season will be on September 11th. She’s suggesting that by next week we at least have an idea of what we will be presenting at the meeting. Good advice, but will any of us heed it?

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