It was a two-cake day!

We were celebrating May birthdays today and both Barb M and Cathy G brought cakes for us to share – and both of them brought their own version of a rhubarb cake. Both were yummy and most of us tried a slice of each – with whipped cream of course! Angel and Cathy G are celebrating birthdays this month.

It was quite a small crowd today if you don’t count the drop-ins. Kathy P stopped in to see what we were busy at and perhaps looking for her missing blocks; Margie and Shirley H dropped in at lunch time. Shirley is looking for a ride to Vancouver for Quilt Canada – if you can help her out please contact her.

Sandy T has our mouths watering when she shared her Lemon Lasagne recipe – the recipe, not even the lasagne! And Barb M just found out you can make cookies with your hand mixer; she has always made cookies completely by hand. We laughed at that but then she told us someone in her family doubts that anyone knew you could make cookies without a mixer.

It was a miniature day today – the last one of the year. Sandra had prizes for us all (there were only five of us). We’ll keep the current schedule of a meeting every second month.

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Are you living a full life?

It was early in the day when Sandra J came up with some words of wisdom – “If you have all your quilting projects done when you die you haven’t lived a full life”. So it stands to reason that if you have a lot of UFO’s you are taking advantage of every minute of life – I know I am!

It was a much smaller crowd again today – as Barb M says it was our summer crew. It is always nice to see whoever is able to attend and to see the wonderful things they are working on.

The only thing I can remember about the lunch conversation was “Birthday Cake” – perhaps I have a one-track mind. We’ll be celebrating May birthdays (and Donna S’s April birthday) next week. Quilters, like Guides, like to be prepared when it comes to treats so we already have a volunteer for the June cake!

Don’t forget the meeting on Thursday, and next week there will be a Mini Meez meeting.

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From Pee to Politics

At lunch, we started talking about weaving – both Annie and Sandy T were taught how to weave in school. Annie’s weaving took the form of a Tartan, something we all thought was quite ambitious for a beginner. Sandra J mentioned the little-known fact that in the beginning men peed on their kilts to make them last longer. That led to Marlene telling us about men peeing on copper to stain it green. And, somehow, that led us to Trump, the police and Scandal (the TV show). It was quite a lunch!

Many of our Retreat ladies were missing. It was a wonderful weekend and we thank all the organizers – Deb, Barb, Kathleen and Bev. There was one general dissatisfaction with the whole event – it wasn’t long enough!

Only a few quilters were left to hear Annie’s housecoat tale. I won’t repeat it here but if you catch her unawares some morning you might “see” the story!

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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 Oris (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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