Good News

We were so happy to hear today that Penny has come out of the hospital – we all wish her continued good health. Kathleen visited with Barb M yesterday and says she is recovering well – and her recovery from knee surgery apparently still involves some quilting! Barb K was in the Hall today sharing the good news of her test results. Sandra J was missing today due to ill health and we wish her a speedy recovery. And who were those strangers that wandered in? Bev and Rene were back, and Donna S made an appearance as well.

It has been so smoky that everyone has been feeling the affects. Was it the smoke that made Darlene bring her sewing bag to the lunch table instead of her lunch bag? Donna D was having a horrible time with her machine; oddly enough it seemed to work fine for Marion.

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They saw the light

It was a small turn-out for the bee today, but we had lots of folks drop in to see what we were up to. Georgie came in with the research to get Betty’s machine light working. It took three of them to manage it but by the time they were done Betty could see the light. Georgie is off on a lovely vacation but she’ll be back in September in time to get the new program off and running. Kathy P stopped in to do some hand stitching but she didn’t stay long as she had another commitment. Gwen came and sewed, then left, then came back for more sewing. Kathleen is visiting her sister and from what we’re seeing on Facebook she’s making some lovely bags. Nina popped in briefly and shared Barb K’s exciting news – she has had a good check up. Barb M and Penny are still recuperating but we hope they’ll be back at their machines soon.

The folks from the Church were busy making jars and jars of Blackberry Jam which they will be selling at the street festival. We were all hungry before the clock worked its way around to noon, and I’m sure it was because of the lovely smells coming from the kitchen.

Sandra J reminded us all today that the first Mini Meez meeting of the fall season will be on September 11th. She’s suggesting that by next week we at least have an idea of what we will be presenting at the meeting. Good advice, but will any of us heed it?

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Is the heat getting to you?

I’ve been away for awhile and it was nice to be back sewing with the Tuesday group. Summer takes it toll and the numbers apparently have fluctuated but that’s okay. I was sorry to hear that Penny is still in hospital but I was happy to hear this afternoon that Barb M is back home and recovering.

There were a lot of discussions around the current goings-on on Coronation Street; these ladies have not been forthcoming about the sizzling moments in some of the shows! We also talked about whites – wearing it and having it for flooring. Moreen couldn’t give some new white carpeting away and Sandra J had to live with it in one of her homes. Donna D has the best advise regarding whites in homes – the only white you should ever have in your home is vanilla ice cream. And with the heat we could all use some of that!

Lots of garden produce around. Gwen is having a hard time keeping up with her sister’s ripening tomatoes; just when Marion thought her zucchini’s were done she found five more. Moreen brought some lovely green peppers to share; we didn’t believe they weren’t hot peppers but they are called snackers and just perfect for eating raw.

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How many quilters does it take …

… to change a lightbulb? Apparently at least three and even then there is some Googleling to be done! Betty doesn’t have a working light on her sewing machine. Between Georgie, Patti and Betty it was decided that Georgie would Google how to change the bulb and pass the information on.

… to put a table away. Neither Barb M or Barb K probably should have been hoisting tables, but you can’t always argue with them. However, Barb M’s method was different than Barb K’s and it took a bit of time for Barb K to come around – to the right side of the table.

In spite of it being hot, hot, hot we had a good crowd at the bee. We celebrated July birthdays with both Kathleen and Barb K. We saw the last of Barb M for awhile; she will be off visiting and then she’s stopping in Vancouver on the way home for knee surgery. We wish her a speedy recovery so she can get back to helping us with all our projects. We are also sending Penny our good wishes.

We were all suspicious of the many trips Donna S and Kathleen were making out to their cars during the morning. Did they have something more than projects in there?

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We appreciate the cool

Although today wasn’t as hot has it has been, or is going to be, it was nice to be sewing in a cool space; some of the ladies even put sweaters on while we had our lunch. Kids and their antics were the topic of conversation around the table.

It was great to have Barb K out of hospital and back with us. Penny is still in hospital but she thought she might get home this week; we sure hope so. Margaret is back from her travels. Did she say at the beginning of her trip that she wasn’t going to shop? Well shop she did! It sounds like she had a wonderful time. Grandchildren have been visiting; Donna S was particularly sad to see her little ones head home.

Plans are well underway for Kathleen’s 70th Birthday Retreat. Check in with Sandra J for all the latest details.

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Well done Sandra J!

How exciting to hear this morning that Sandra J was the winner of the Grand Door Prize at the Parksville quilt show this past weekend. Snip & Stitch Sewing Centre in Nanaimo and BERNINA of Canada collaborated to contribute a Bernina 570QE. Sandra will pick up her prize later in the week – and we all want to see it being shown off in the very near future. Congratulations Sandra!

We heard this week that Penny has been in hospital and we certainly wish her a speedy recovery and a quick return home – and back to stitching with us. If you want to start back slowly I’m sure there are a few hand binding projects we could bestow on you. Feel better soon Penny.

There were at least two people working on Splendid Sampler 2 blocks at the bee this morning, and there are at least two others who have their first two blocks completed. I encourage anyone who is taking part to post their photos on the Timberlane Facebook page.

I only managed a short trip to the bee this morning as I wasn’t feeling well. Remember though we sew all through the summer – every Tuesday morning from 9:00 AM to “sometime in the afternoon”.

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Only one photo today – Barb K’s beauty.

Although there are no photos, here’s what was being worked on:

  • Donna S – Dresden Plates
  • Angel – more 9-Patches
  • Kathleen – Jane’s Ladder (and Splendid Sampler 2 blocks)
  • Barb K – Splendid Sampler 2 blocks
  • Sandra J – wool appliqué (when she wasn’t gloating!)
  • Gwen – Appliquéing circles
  • Marlene – Scrappy Blocks
  • Darlene – Applique
  • Bev – Another Swoon Clutch (I think)
  • Donna D – Log Cabins (I think)

Gail and Marion were both in attendance but I didn’t see what they were working on.

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A slow start but we ended with a bang

It was a difficult start to the day – perhaps due to the heat wave we didn’t sleep as well as we should have. Angel stood at the ferry waiting for her ride to the bee; when her ride didn’t come and Angel’s granddaughter saw her standing at the corner she phoned her mother Angel arrived at the bee right on time. Sandra was in a flutter, and no wonder with all she’s had going on – her birthday, Father’s Day, John’s birthday – she left before lunch to get a cake baked before the day got too hot.

Angel was working on 9-Patches and there were at least four of us that took Kathy P’s class just a few months ago. Not one of us could remember exactly how it was done. Donna D volunteered to go home for her pattern; just minutes after she left to do that Kathy P walked into the room. She didn’t stay long; Donna came back with the pattern and for her efforts Angel donated all the lovely batik scraps to her.

Poor Marion could hardly find a seat at the lunch table, in spite of the fact that she was the first one in the lunch room. When she went to get coffee someone took her spot, when she moved to another spot she was taking a seat that already had been spoken for. Finally she found an empty chair, plopped herself down and dared us to try and move her!

We had a nasty visitor at lunch – a fly kept buzzing around. Donna D had the swatter handy but it never landed long enough for her to get a whack at it. Towards the end of the day the fly had made its way into the sewing hall and many of us jumped a foot when Annie took a whack at it – she missed but had she been on target she would no doubt have smashed it to bits.

Lots of things to remember for Thursday’s pot luck.

  • Doors open at 5:30 PM; Dinner at 6:00 PM
  • Bring your UFO Challenges (if you haven’t already) in order to get them checked off in Barb’s book
  • Bring Sherry’s Guild challenge
  • Bring your plates, cutlery, cups and glasses (or be prepared to wash the ones you borrow from the kitchen)
  • Wear a hat – it is a garden-themed party after all
  • The door prize basket is looking a little slim so if you have any garden-themed items you’d like to add get them there early.

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