Thursday, December 29, 2011

Odds & Ends on December 29th

Did any of you find quilty gifts under your Christmas tree? My dear sister, who doesn't sew a stitch, gave me all these red/white/black fabrics. I love them all. I've been browsing magazines, books, and the internet to figure out what I want to do with them. Any suggestions?I forgot to mention a few things from our Christmas party and I missed showing you a few photos too. First of all, Kathy announced that Christa Millions of Weyburn (now Christa Kurtz of Estevan!) won the beautiful quilt which the Khedive Quilters created. I saw Christa before she got the quilt, but she was extremely pleased to be the winner. Congratulations, Christa!

While we were having fun at the Christmas party, Jan and Elaine were in Regina as they had tickets to Stuart McLean. Since they had made their stockings, they decided to exchange with each other. Here they are with their stockings.

I missed showing you a few photos from the guild Christmas party. I guess I wasn't waiting long enough for the photos to download. You'll forgive me for that if I show them to you now, won't you? First of all, there is this very pretty one of Leona playing the sock game.

Then I mentioned Barb H's quilt in the blog, but the photo was missing. Now you get to see her great quilt.

You also need to see the quilted UFO that Jaynie got back from her online exchange. Wow!

And, finally, here is a close-up of the little quilt I made for Jesus. He was cozy and warm for the rest of the holiday season.

Our next guild meeting is on January 3rd and I hope to see you there. Our program says I will do a demo with wool, but I know that's wrong as I haven't had a chance to do much work with wool. My good intentions in the summer didn't turn into a good lesson for January. You'll just have to turn up for the meeting to see who will do a demo and what it will be about.

And don't forget that quilting at the library resumes on Monday, January 9th. It's always interesting and fun so come on out.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Very Merry Quilt Guild Christmas Party

Our guild Christmas party started with a delicious catered meal. No party happens without careful planning and for that we can thank our chair Gloria, and Bonnie whom I saw working right alongside her.

Shelley and Verla, the entertainment committee, made sure there was fun and games. Thanks, ladies!

That sock game had Donna W. in stitches. (Now there's a good sewing pun!)

And then the show-and-tell began. Colleen S. delighted us with her hilarious story of buying a UFO package ... like she doesn't have enough of her own???? ... and then getting the last laugh by creating not one, not two, not three, but FOUR projects from it. Well done, Colleen.

I showed the two square inch quilt I made for baby Jesus who had been shivering in my Nativity for years. 21 pieces in 2 square inches! Yes, I am proud of that.

Jill finished the binding on this quilt just in time to show us. In January she and Colleen S. will be leading a class featuring this scrappy pattern.

Jill was clever to use leftover squares on the back of the quilt.

Marion showed three memory quilts made of tee shirts and photos. We know these quilts will give comfort and warmth to the bereaved recipients this Christmas.

Bonnie displayed this lovely underground railway quilt.

We got to see some of the handiwork that she has accomplished on the new machine that she, Jill, Lynne, and Colleen S. share.

Here's another project that Bonnie completed.

She also completed this table topper using a pattern from Lydia. They both say it's easier than it looks!

It may be easier than it looks, but Joyce showed her unfinished one and said it wouldn't be done for Christmas. Joyce looks a little perturbed by this, doesn't she?

Barb created this quilt and told us about what a quick turnaround time it had from Terry Whitman. We were all reminded that if we want Terry to longarm quilt any pieces for the quilt show, that we should book her soon.

Donna L. showed us this cozy quilt which will go to Germany to keep her son warm.

Marg created this beautiful, seasonal piece which has a stand rather than a hanger. What a great idea.

Joyce showed us this piece that she's working on. Jaynie showed us this art piece that she has been working on off and on for several months. A photo does not do it justice as it has many textures happening that can't be seen here.

She also showed us this piece which was a UFO of hers. She sent it into an exchange and someone else completed it. You might remember from a earlier meeting that we saw the one Jaynie had been sent.

Then it was time for the Left/Right. I have posted photos from it in another blog entry ... the blog entry directly following this one if you want to check it out.

And so ended a wonderful evening with wonderful quilting friends. Fun was had, inspiration was rampant, and memories were made. So to all of you I say as Christmas approaches, "God bless thy year! Thy coming in, thy going out. Thy rest, thy traveling about. The rough, the smooth, the bright, the drear. God bless thy Year!" (Old English blessing)

Crocus Guild Left/Right Game for 2011

Here is the second part of the blog from our Christmas party. Lots of members participated in the Christmas stocking gift exchange. The "lefts" and "rights" were fast and furious. Below are photos of some of the charming stockings.

Some of the ladies said I should post our left/right game here so that's what I'm going to do. If I did it right, every one of our members was included in the story.


Almost RIGHT on time Santa's elves were preparing for Christmas. Good elves Marlene, Elaine, and Jan had done their job RIGHT so that RIGHT now the quilting treasures they had made were carefully stacked to the RIGHT and LEFT of Santa's sleigh. However, the lazy elves Bonnie, Vi, and Helen had LEFT their quilting gifts unfinished and the pieces were strewn to the LEFT and RIGHT of the main workbench.

Santa should have fired them RIGHT then and there, but there was too much work LEFT to do before December 24th. Therefore, he hired some new elves - two Colleens, Dot, Renee, and Karen who left their jobs as Walmart greeters work alongside the lazy elves.

Santa was panicking because there was so much to do. He looked at his "naughty and nice" list. He put check marks to the RIGHT side of all the quilters who had been nice in 2011. That list included Marion, the two Shelleys, Adeline, and Jaynie. Then he put an X to the RIGHT of all the naughty quilters. Wow, was that list long! Those Xes went to the RIGHT of Verla, Eileen, Tammy, Debbie, Michele, Joanne, Lynne, Eva, Jill, Judy, Dorothy, and all the Donnas. Santa looked at the others left on the list: both Barbs, Rose, Yvonne, Leona, and Lydia. They had all been both naughty and nice. Should he put a check mark to the RIGHT of those names or an X to the RIGHT of those names?

He asked his good wife Gloria ... who, incidentally, divorced her first husband Vern so she could marry Santa ... he asked her which was the RIGHT mark to put beside those names.

She replied, "it should be LEFT to you, dear, since you are wiser than I am."

"Huh," thought Santa. "Have I heard RIGHT? Gloria actually admitted the truth, that I am smarter than she is." With hesitation he added a check mark to the RIGHT of the names of those who were both naughty and nice.

Eventually all the work got done and Gloria packed Santa a bag of LEFTovers to eat on his trip around the world.

On December 24th he harnessed his reindeer to the sleigh. Oh, you might be interested to know that he retired his old, old reindeer and replaced them with spritely, nimble, young reindeer. He harnessed four of his new reindeer Joyce, Darlene, Vera, and Kathy to the RIGHT and he harnessed his other new reindeer Marg, Tannis, Elma, and Sharilynn to the LEFT. Then he harnessed his newest, his best, his brightest reindeer of them all - Brenda - to the front. He LEFT the North Pole to deliver fat quarters, sewing machines, stitch rippers, and more to the quilters of the world.