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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Weekend quilting for fire victims

I wasn’t at the bee long enough to catch up on any news or gossip, but Margaret assures me there was none of either – do you believe her?

Helping Cathy G pin baste!

Barb K had two of her granddaughters with her and she had them working!

The library is more or less sorted and the books are available for you to borrow. Although the labels for the categories haven’t been attached to the shelves, they are somewhat in order with small papers attached to give the gist of each section. We will be looking to purchase a clamp-on light for the bookcase as it is a bit dark behind the doors of our cabinet.

If you check the menu at the top of the page, under Resources, you will find a couple of links to YouTube channels that you might find useful.

Don’t forget that on Friday and Saturday many Guild members will be meeting at the Church to sew quilts that will be donated to the BC Fire Victims.

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Are you ready?

We were missing a few of our regulars today but were happy that Dawn was able to join us for the first time this summer. There were lots of different projects around the room and we all enjoyed the coolness of the Church.

It’s unbelievable that it is August already but we are already looking ahead to the new Guild season – Gail C has the membership forms ready (see the menu at the top of the page) and Barb M was working on a demo project. The library is taking shape; you are welcome to take out books over the summer but be aware that not all the books have been arranged by category.

My apologies to Bev Werner as I mislabeled her beautiful camping project last week.

Bev W has a cute camper quilt on the go …

… I can’t wait to see the finished project!

 

 

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72 Cans of Beer in the Car

It was lovely to be back at sewing today. Was it because I missed everyone while I was away that all the conversations seemed just that much more amusing? Overheard in conversation: “Maybe there’s something wrong with this block.”┬áVery softly in the background I heard, “Maybe there is something wrong with that brain!”

Kathleen had a mis-step on her project and she said she was glad Sandra J had brought her ripper. There was some discussion that Kathleen and Barb M don’t need rippers because they don’t make mistakes. However, Kathleen has lost hers and Barb M says she just doesn’t advertise her mistakes! Gail said she does her reverse stitching in the evening when she watches TV. Sandra has the best solution for her reverse stitching though – she gives it to John!

Do you remember Kathy P’s Seminole (Frida Kahlo) quilt from the show? She sold it and the lucky recipient dropped in at the bee today and is thrilled to have it. Sandy T dropped in; her shoulder is improving and she’s able to sew a bit at home now. Darlene S brought her machine today, but maybe she’s been there every week that I missed. Carola is recovering from a spider bite.

Margaret (and all of us) have a language skill we probably didn’t know about. Her son was having trouble putting something together. Margaret suggested he let his wife read the instructions because they were probably written in “woman”!

Sandra announced today that the Mini Meez will be back in the fall but only every second month – still on the second Tuesday. We all feel it will give us more time to prepare something but still get our “regular” stitching done.

And now you’re wondering about the 72 cans of beer in the car! Barb M, as we all know, is one of our most prolific stitchers but she also volunteers for almost everything that happens on Texada. Today she was returning booze from the recent Sand Castle weekend and, when she mentioned how much beer she had in her car, I couldn’t get that song (you know the one) out of my head!

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