It took awhile

It seemed like everyone was too tired to sew after our Texada Retreat. It was close to noon before all the tables were filled; stitchers wandered in for most of the morning and, eventually, we had a good crowd.

It was so nice to see Edie back in the hall and to hear from her that Penny’s surgery will happen soon – we’re looking forward to having them both back regularly. Kathleen was missing – she’s enjoying a well-deserved holiday in Hawaii. Best wishes also to Barb K.

Darlene is organizing a couple of very special quilts for Willingdon Creek. She needs a lot of 3.5″ HST (light and dark) so if you can help her out, please do.

Mini Meez

It was a miniature day and we had six around the table. Moreen won the draw.

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Welcome back / Bon Voyage

Welcome back to Donna D who is back from her trip to Bolivia and Peru. Although the end of the trip was an adventure in itself, we were happy to have her healed and home. She says she had a great time in spite of her misadventure. And Bon Voyage to Kathleen who is headed to Hawaii on the weekend. We’ll miss you at the Texada Retreat, but totally understand the appeal of Hawaii.

Final plans, travel arrangements and picking projects was a big part of the bee. It will be a catered affair so there will more time than ever to work on our projects – hence everyone is taking a little something extra!

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Happy Birthday – October

Donna S brought in a lovely pumpkin dessert today so we could celebrate October birthdays. No one in the house had a birthday, but we certainly enjoyed the treat. Kathleen brought her friend Shirley (from the Island) in to see what we were all working on. Everyone was talking about the great workshop from the weekend. I saw a couple of pieces for myself today and there were lots of photos from other participants. Every single one of them is a work of art and I heard many people asking for another workshop. It was nice to see Jeanette in the room today, although she didn’t stay long. Suzanne H sat and stitched with us for awhile.

Perogies were the topic of conversation at my end of the lunch table. Carolina had homemade ones for lunch and it turns out several of the group make their own. We agreed though that the frozen ones we can buy at the store are much better if they are boiled before they are fried (although the package directions don’t tell you that). Carolina was quite surprised to find that she couldn’t find a Ukrainian restaurant in Vegreville.

Don’t forget the Quilt Show Meeting at 6 PM on Thursday, followed by our regular Business Meeting.

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First dates

We had a guest at our bee today – welcome to Bev (Moreen’s friend) from Campbell River. The hall was beautifully decorated for their Thanksgiving service. I think that may be why the sun shone so brightly. It was so warm in the room that at one point Moreen had to start removing layers – and we aren’t just talking about a sweater!

There were a lot of bases being covered today – Christmas, orange blocks, challenge projects. Several of the ladies left early to take some training for the upcoming election and there were some hair and doctor appointments. We left Marion and Gail waiting for Gail’s ride after we locked up – when I last looked they were enjoying the sun at the table out front.

Our lunch discussion started when Sandra J called hockey referees umpires. From there we got into various sporting activities. We had a few people mentioning what they did on their first few dates – stock car races, ball games, duck hunting and auctions.

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Kathleen was working on some Christmas projects, Rene had some cute pillowcases on the go and Carola was busy knitting – they all left before I dug out my camera!

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No offence taken

We were glad to see Kathy P back at sewing today; we were so welcoming she felt she should be doing a little dance. Donna S wheeled in (actually her husband wheeled her in); you can’t keep a quilter down for long! Our thoughts are going out to some of our quilters who weren’t with us today – Gwen, Penny, Barb K and Cathy G. Donna D was with us in spirit (from Peru).

As usual, Barb M had helpful tips for all of us but when I mentioned a silly thing I had done in the past (when I was new to quilting!) Barb started to say something and then gave a small laugh and didn’t go on. When we pressed her for what she was going to say this is what it was – “How stupid do you have to be …” . No offence taken though and I laughed along with everyone else.

Crazy Quilt Cottage has a sale on for the next few days – 25-75% off everything in the store. Don’t miss out.

The quilt show meeting starts at 6 PM on Thursday, followed by our regular business meeting at 7 PM. Don’t forget your purple blocks and your bag for your Secret Pal (if you are participating).

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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).

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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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