Where have all the quilters gone?

It was a small crowd today but we think many of our regulars are out in the garden on the few sunny days we’ve been allotted this month! We’re wishing Orst (and Gail) all the best; Margaret seems to enjoy the company of her puppy rather than us and Kathleen was “on the Island”.

We try to keep away from politics at the bee but it did come up today. Various opinions in the room regarding the pipeline but we didn’t solve anything. Barb M is wondering if she’ll need a passport when they travel to Alberta later this summer.

Plans and packing are underway for the Retreat, starting Saturday. Gates at the Camp don’t open until 9 AM so plan to arrive after that. Deb has the assignment of cabins so don’t move yourself in until you chat with her. Remember you will need to bring your lunch on Saturday but for the rest of the time we’ll be enjoying fantastic meals and snacks. But you know quilters – there are never enough snacks or drinks so bring your favourites.

Poor Deb is overwhelmed with planning the Retreat and prepping for her demo on Thursday night. Crazy Quilting is the topic.

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It’s all Sandy’s fault

The wind and rain today – that’s all Sandy T’s fault because she washed her car yesterday! It wasn’t Sandy’s day – she was being told (from all directions) about the upcoming Crazy Quilt demo and the Free-Motion Quilting class. Finally she got it all written into her calendar but when she kept saying the 18th for the demo (it is the 19th) we knew something was wrong. Poor Sandy had her calendar opened to the wrong year!

Sandra J was away ill and we were missing both Margaret and Gail; Eddie is travelling and a few were likely at the Seniors’ Lunch.¬†As always though it was a lively crowd. Lots of finishes and near-finishes to brag about today and a few starts. Always great to see all the lovely colours in the room.

The conversation on one side of the room sounded extremely interesting this morning and finally Sandy T couldn’t stand it any longer. “Who are you talking about?” The reply was the latest escapades on Coronation Street. It would have made for lovely gossip had it been about Powell River residents!

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The Klutz Has Returned!

Not my words, but the first thing Barb M said when she came into the hall and saw that Bev was back! Welcome back Bev – no broken bones (yet) so treat her gently. We were so happy to have Angel back sewing with us today. In spite of being offered a couch to nap on or a quilt in the van she managed to stay stitching all day.

Margaret wasn’t sewing with us today but she dropped in to show off her new puppy. Darlene came in empty-handed but needed help opening the door on the way out – she collected more Community Quilts. Did I imagine seeing Gwen – she didn’t stay long. Jeanette stopped in to pass over the Secretarial duties to Bev; Bev got back on Sunday and Jeanette leaves Wednesday so timing was everything!

Excitement is building about the Spring Retreat. Deb says that a couple of spots have opened up so contact her if you are interested. I overheard people talking about the projects they intend to take, as well as the warning to take extra clothes in case it is cool. Barb M will have the supply list at the meeting on Thursday.

We’ve had a flurry of activity around the “Books by Donation” table. Lots of books were added today; they will all be available for purchase (by donation) at the meeting on Thursday.

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It’s a Sale – It’s a Sale!

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We started shopping even before all the tables were set up for sewing. Kathleen’s sister, Gail, was de-stashing (is that even a word?) and brought us lots of lovely fabrics and patterns to shop from. Some were in bundles – someone scored a matching jelly roll and charm pack while another came away with a lovely bundle of indigo blue fabrics. There will be a collection of patterns from this table added to the Community Quilt donation pile, as well as more new magazines generously donated (again) by Donna Haacke.

Sandra J had a bit of trouble getting going. She was ready to sew and realized she hadn’t powered her machine on. Then she had an issue with forgetting to thread her needle. It went better after those minor concerns were taken care of!

Saturday’s Magic 9-Patch was a huge hit and there were lots of folks working on them. It was advertised as “magical” and it certainly was that. Of course Barb M already has two tops made – will someone please teach us her magic!

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Kathy P had her lovely blue bargello strips packed up before I got a photo. She says she’ll be working on it for a long time so, hopefully, I’ll get another chance. If I’ve mislabeled some of the photos it will be a lesson to me NOT to wait a day to write the post.

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Happy March Birthdays

Penny brought in a lovely lemon cake to help us celebrate March birthdays. Rene was the only one present with a March birthday but she shared her cake with us! It was lovely to have you back with us Rene.

Kathleen was missing from the action but she had a good excuse – she has company. She and Shirley from the Schoolhouse Quilters stopped in to see what was going on. There were also Girl Guide cookies for sale by the box – and boy did we buy them up!

The ladies were on their best behaviour when I was in the room. But the minute I left to cut in the kitchen they were “at it”. There was a lot of laughter and, at one point, Rene threatened to separate Margaret and Gail. No one would do an instant replay for me or let me in on their secrets. I did hear Gail make the comment that “just because that’s what the pattern says it doesn’t mean I have to do it that way”; good advice for all of us.

Many of us will be back at the Magic 9-Patch class on Saturday. Doors open at 9 AM.

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Marion was busy sorting and cutting her scraps and declined a photo. Kathy P sewed with us for the morning but went missing at lunch; she’s working on a gorgeous bargello in blues.

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Coming and going

We’ve been missing Marlene but she was back sewing today; we’re looking forward to seeing Rene and Angel back once they have fully recovered. Barb K is heading to California on the weekend – we wish her a safe trip. Sandy T dropped in for lunch but didn’t stay to stitch; she says she’s working on something scrappy! Carol came for lunch and added a few stitches to the last block of her Sashiko quilt – nice to have you with us. Kathleen left just before lunch for babysitting duties; Donna, Carola and Moreen left just after lunch and Carolina left somewhere in between. Cathy G dropped in to get some cheques signed and Dawn came to stitch but left her machine attachments at home so left before she got started. Gail C even dropped in to say hello! Did I miss anyone?

Don’t forget that the demo on Thursday (Boro embroidery) will be in the Fibre Space area at the Oceanview Educational Centre. Check your e-mail for the supply list.

The Mini Meez Parade

It was a small but prolific group around the table today. It was only a coincidence that Darlene and Sherry each drew their own names for the prizes. Marlene forgot to bring her mini project today, but she’ll be ahead of us all for the May meeting.

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Full House

Another big crowd today but how long before we start losing stitchers to their gardens? Barb M was working today but I know at least three of our stitchers dropped in to visit (and shop). We’re wishing Rene a quick recovery – now she’s one who’ll be in her garden as soon as it is possible. I managed to get Patti and Betty’s projects on camera but Sandra J and Dawn snuck out the door before I saw what they were working on; Carolina was busy in the back room cutting borders and she packed it in before I caught her flying geese. Sorry if I missed anyone else.

The For Sale books were out today and they are disappearing quickly. I’ll have them available again next week. All proceeds go to Community Quilts (thanks to Donna Haake for her collection).

Saturday is the Nunu Scarf class and the Mini Meez will be meeting next Tuesday.

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