Due the our early November storm and the terrible weather conditions, our November 11th meeting has been cancelled. Very disappointing, but the safety our members, speakers and guests is most important. Take care everyone!!
Our retreat was a great success last weekend. 40 quilters together sewing and sharing ideas. Camp Trillium Rainbow Lake was a perfect location. The sewing room was full with all of us and all our projects. Lots of room to spread out on and under the big tables. The cabins were nice and warm, although no one was in them much except to sleep. I think we were mostly pleasantly surprised by the beds even!
Here is a slide show of one project from most of the campers. Many completed a number of things.
If you have any more photos to share, please send them to Stephanie or Jill.
Our next meeting is Remembrance Day, November 11 and will feature Heather King from the Norfolk County Public Library. Heather will speak on Women’s contributions to the war effort. You may remember Heather from our WWI quilt project and she has a vast knowledge of the World Wars.
That night we will also me making Wool Felt Christmas Ornaments. There will be kits for a Christmas tree and a circular ornament. Please bring scissors, a sewing needle for thread and one for embroidery floss if you have it. And some embellishments. The snowman uses old-fashioned black snaps for eyes!
Our next Slow Stitching Night at the Simcoe Public Library is Monday, October 28. It starts at 6 pm and there is room for you! Bring something to hand sew or knit. Your new English Paper Piecing project? You can pay your $5 there. It is easy to park at the corner of the mall parking lot. Use the door at the foot of West Street. You don’t need to go into the library proper, just come in the outside door and go right down the stairs. (There is an elevator in the library if you can’t do the stairs.) We sit and sew and talk and inspire each other. There is wifi so we can share things online. You just need a library card for that and your phone or tablet.
Are you coming to the retreat? Check-in starts at 1 on Friday, November 1. Here is a link to the packing list
Marguerite will be at the retreat and the November meeting if you have any more baby quilts for her to take to Mexico for her young, unwed teens’ baby shower. Have some colourful fabric scraps? Bring them to the retreat (or sew along at home that weekend) and have a donation quilt ready for the November 11th meeting.
I’ve called our new monthly feature is FOMO. That stands for “Fear of Missing Out” and it is designed to tell you about up and coming quilting things. Here are the first ones!
1. Bonnie Hunter, the Scrap Queen, does a mystery quilt each year. The fabric requirements will be up by Halloween and the first weekly clue comes out on Black Friday. Lots of tiny piecing. This link might take you to the correct spot or google “Quiltville mystery quilt”.
2. Another Mystery Quilt, this one with a more modern vibe and done in rows. Clues each month in English, German and Dutch so you would have some new international sewing friends. Sugaridoo Bernina QAL
3. Want to learn more about Instagram? Check out this tutorial by Leila Gardunia!
Are you coming? Are you ready? Here is the packing list. Things you need for any sewing day away home and all the special things you will need as a camper and quilter at this retreat! Thanks Donna!
Check-in time is Friday, November 1 at 1 pm but campers will be coming all day. Saturday campers can come anytime. 7am? 9am? Whenever you are ready. I bet there will be someone sewing at 6am! But no breakfast for you.
Stars inside of stars! And more stars. Instructions will be given each month for this lovely quilt, designed by Karen Zandstra. $5 for the year! Sign up with the Program Committee. Fabric requirements were given out in September but it is not too late to sign up!
You will need about 3.5 metres of background fabric and you could use just one or a couple fabrics for the blocks and a third for the sashing. For the stars you will need a total of 3.5 metres so the equivalent of 14 fat quarters. And 1 metre for the inner border and the binding. But you can always make a smaller quilt!
Until Monday, October 21st and our next meeting! Join us as we hear from Maxine Hendricks and her Chippewa of the Thames friends when we learn about Indigenous Quilting Traditions.