Friday, November 30, 2012

Presidents' Challenge Results

We had excellent participation in our Presidents' Challenge this fall! Members were asked to make a children's placemat with the theme of Children's Literature. You may read the details of the challenge in our first post about it.

25 entries were received. Members chose their three favourites, and when all the votes were tallied three winners were chosen. Congratulations to Vi, whose two-sided placemat won first place:

Congratulations, Vi!
Keep reading to see close ups of both sides of Vi's winning entry, as well as the second and third place winners and all the other entries!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

November 26 Meeting Summary

We all had lots to do at our first potluck meeting on Monday! Members enjoyed the great food brought in by those of us in the first half (A to K) of the alphabet.  Our Membership Co-ordinator Hetty has some mouthwatering photos of the spread on her blog here.

Meanwhile, upstairs everyone had the chance to vote on their three favourite children's placemats from the 25 excellent Presidents' Challenge entries that were submitted. Most of us found it difficult to only choose three! Watch for a separate post in the next day or so with the details on the winning entries and a complete set of photos.

After the voting Elaine led us in three rounds of Fat Quarter Bingo. Congratulations to Andrea and Hazel, who won rounds one and two, and to Trinda and Francis, who tied in round three:

Our Bee Night participants have been getting good use from the seminole-pieced Secret Santa Stocking pattern that was shared earlier this month:

The next Bee Night on January 14, 2013 is already full, but you may contact Janet or Terry if you would like to be added to the waiting list. The project in January will be a joint effort with Quilts from the Heart, and members will make either a disappearing nine patch quilt from 5" squares, or one of the Quilts from the Heart kits from Carole. Either way, the quilts will go to one of our regular Quilts from the Heart charities.

Ingrid is now taking sign ups for our retreat at Elim Lodge next fall, 2013. More information will be added to the website at the end of next week, but in the meantime you can email us at for more information.

This month's Block of the Month is a sailboat, representing the month of August in our Calendar quilt. If you missed your copy of the paper pattern, you can download it from our Block of the Month page, along with all the previous blocks.

Several members brought in projects for Show & Tell, and those photos will be posted next week. For now, I will leave you with some of the Blocks of the Month from earlier in the year that were brought in for display. Happy sewing everyone, and have a great holiday season!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Getting Hungry?

The General Meeting tomorrow, Monday November 26, 2012, will be our first potluck meeting. Potluck meetings are for members only, but there are still a few places left if you would like to join. More information and the Membership Form can be found on our Membership page.

Members, including any new members, whose last name is in the range from A to K are requested to bring one dish to share at the potluck. Everyone else will bring food for the second potluck in May. All the details about the potluck can be found on our Program page. Remember to bring your own plate, mug and cutlery.

Even if you can't join the potluck due to allergies or dietary restrictions, there will still be lots to do!

  • Children's placemats for the Presidents' Challenge will be submitted to Chris and Laura, and displayed. The winner will be chosen by Viewer's Choice, so don't forget to vote!
  • At 7:30 pm there will be Fat Quarter Bingo upstairs with Elaine. Bring one (and only one) fat quarter to exchange for your bingo card.
  • The new Block of the Month will be available, and blocks from last month will be displayed.
  • Bee Night organizers Janet and Terry will be taking sign ups for the next Bee Night on January 14, 2013.
  • Drop off your completed Quilt from the Heart.

The evening will end with Show & Tell in the main hall. Please note that due to the potluck, there will be no prior display of Show & Tell projects downstairs. We will do our best to take Show & Tell photos upstairs this time only.

It's going to be a fun and busy night. We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, November 23, 2012

November 2012 Bee Night

Our November Bee Night project was a Secret Santa stocking.  We had a full house for this Christmas project! Bee Night participants used seminole patchwork to create small but appealing stockings for decoration or to fill with small presents for the coming Christmas season. The secret is out: you can obtain a free download of this pattern by Moda right here!

Friday, November 02, 2012

November Updates

There are a few new updates to the website to tell you about.

  • The November 2012 newsletter can now be found on the Newsletters page.
  • Significant updates have been made to the Program & Speakers page, including everything you need to know about the November potluck.
  • We are still looking for volunteers to be our Workshops Convenor, and chair the next Quilt Show.  Please visit the Executive page to read more.
Happy sewing!