Who’s in charge?

Both the boss (Barb M) and the President (Kathleen) were absent today so “while the cat’s away the quilters will play”. We were in good hand as they left Sandra J in charge. We were also missing Marlene and Carola, but were glad to see Edie and Gail back sewing with us.┬áSome of our new Guild members also came out for the bee – Donna S and Marion – and a few “irregulars” popped in (Dayle, Margie, Dawn). Georgie has officially retired and we were delighted to have her join us today. She has a fascinating new project and we can hardly wait to see it done. Our new tables have arrived so there is lots of room for everyone!

Remember that beautiful Dignity quilt Margie finished not long ago? It has made its way to the home where her mother resides. Some of the residents weren’t aware of the dignity program but one dear soul, when she learned of the purpose, said the “quilt was almost worth dying for”! You can’t beat that for a compliment.

The kitchen area was in use by a cooking class and we hoped we’d have the opportunity to be taste testers but we weren’t that lucky. The left-overs the ladies were taking home looked and smelled delicious.

We’ll be back at the bee on Thursday night for Kathleen’s sun glass case demo, as well as Friday and Saturday for Community Quilts.

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Have you been? Are you going?

Our sewing space was nice and warm today even with the rain and cold weather outside. By late morning though the sun had come out, sweaters were being removed, and the furnace was finally cutting out.

There were actually tables left-over today; that hardly ever happens but several of our members were at the lunch at the Seniors Centre. One of our newest Guild members came to sew with us (I’m sorry that I didn’t get your name), Karen stitched with us for awhile, Sandy T and Gwen both dropped in for a short visit.

The chatter at lunch concerned the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Both Barb and Kathleen have been more than once, and Margaret has also attended. We switched from the Sisters show to the CQA Show in Vancouver next year. There were at least three around the table that will be attending, and there were quite a few people considering it. Barb M has already signed up to be a “class angel”.

I want to remind you that the Community Quilts weekend is Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21. These dates were added after the program listing was distributed. Come for both days, come for one day, come for a few hours, but come please!

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You never know who will be there

It was another great day of sewing. We were missing a few regulars (Gail, Margaret, Sandy T) but we saw a few faces we haven’t seen for awhile (Carol Ferreira and Edie). And we are always happy to have Trudy Ann (Carll Arnaud) join us! Penny brought her famous Pumpkin Dessert and even without the whipped cream there wasn’t a crumb left in the pan at the end of lunch.

Everyone had a great time at Hands Across the Water on Saturday; the give-aways were really cute and Patti and Betty each came back with a set of blocks. The bus worked out very well, as did the dinner at White Spot. Thanks to “Cruise Director” Barb M (that sounds so much nicer that Dictator)!

Don’t forget about the Business Meeting on Thursday. Sign up sheets for the various classes and demos will be available. There are still some Guild Challenge packages left so if you didn’t pick one up look for them at the Library table.

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A special day

Happy Birthday Marlene

Marlene didn’t go home empty-handed.

We had a pot luck at the bee today to honour Marlene’s 80th birthday. As always the food was varied and delicious – and we had cake (thanks Gail) as well as pie! We wish Marlene the very best for the rest of the week; she’ll be enjoying a visit with her family over the weekend.

Barb M retold a “dirty” joke and several of the ladies nearly fell off their chairs with delight at the punch line! Barb M and Kathleen spent some time cleaning out the cupboards; it is amazing what you can find when you are looking for something else.

I’m sure everyone will have a fabulous time at Hands Across the Water this weekend.

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Great crowd out today

The birthday girl!

I’m so glad the acquisition of new tables was approved at the last business meeting – our stitchers were packed in like sardines. Our baby (Carola) won’t tell us how old she really is but we wish her a very happy birthday all the same!

Today was the first meeting for the Mini Meez. We had a good turn-out and some very nice projects completed, and almost done. Nina’s name was drawn for the prize; new rule this year is that if you don’t bring a mini to the meeting your name doesn’t go into the draw. Also note that the Mini Meez will be meeting every second month this year – lots of time to get something small done for the November meeting.

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These women are cagey!

I often wonder if I should attend the bee or perhaps just hide in a closet so the conversations won’t be stilted by “watch out, that will appear in the blog”!

Just a couple of conversations over lunch stood out for me. Someone (and I won’t mention her name) said she can’t drink lemon gin due to some foolish occasions when she was younger (and trust me, she hasn’t had any gin for a number of years). At one end of the table there was a conversation about storing foods, I assume in preparation for a food shortage. It was pointed out that many of us have a months-worth of food stored right on our bodies!

There were lots of Community Quilts being worked on. There were also a couple of bags in progress – weren’t we lucky to have the bag lady (Kathleen) and Barb M on hand to answer any questions.

Barb K arrived with two of her granddaughters after lunch. One of these girls was asking the important question – Who is the boss? It was decided that Kathleen (as President) was the Boss, but Barb M was the “Know it All”!

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Get ready

The Program Committee had a planning meeting and I can hardly wait to see what they have in store for us next year. First business meeting is on September 7th but we won’t get a peek at the program until the fall pot luck.

There was a good turn-out at the bee to make quilts for the BC fire victims – I understand that about 20 of them will be making their way to the Salvation Army for distribution. Well done ladies!

We all enjoyed having Natalie, Barb K’s granddaughter, join us again. Natalie kept us informed when it was getting close to lunch time, Sandra J put her to work sorting out her Film at Five squares, and she had a comeback for everyone who teased her. Gwen brought her dog, Maggie, along so there was lots of activity in the room.

And it was cake day too! Happy Birthday to Betty and anyone else celebrating in August. Thanks to Kathleen for the delicious chocolate cake.

 

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