The April 2 meeting’s program was “True Colours”, presented by Marg and Bonnie, and our members were given an opportunity to discover what Colour(s) — Blue, Gold, Green or Orange — represent our personality traits. It was a fun and interesting activity to learn about ourselves and each other.
Show and Tell
Our cold winter has given our members an opportunity to do a great deal of sewing and as a result there were quite a number of wonderful items to see for Show and Tell.
Linda K. started Show and Tell with two projects she has been working on. First she showed a number of “Quilts of Valour” blocks she has enjoyed making and she will give for the quilts of valour. Secondly she showed a quilt she has made for her 13 year old granddaughter’s “Hawaii Science Tour” fundraiser’s silent auction. It is made using cute blocks from a panel.
Eva showed three quilts. The first shows hand-embroidered girls that Eva hand quilted around, with machine quilting around the blocks. The other two quilts she showed were made using tans and browns. One pattern was rail blocks and the other was left-overs to make a strip twist pattern. She machine quilted both. She pieced the back, so she has made good use of lots of scraps!
Adeline enjoyed spending the winter in BC and she was very busy quilting. She showed a cute coffee can holder (with pockets) that she made for storing sewing items; she showed a table runner that she made from scraps; and she showed two purple table mats that she made using the Lil’ Twister ruler from a class she took.
Also, Adeline made two table runners below. The first is a gift for her sister-in-law and the second table runner has place mats to match.
Adeline showed two more pretty table runners. The first is a stained glass design, and the second used the 60 degree ruler.
Ronna showed a lovely quilt she had started in 2006 and has now finished. It is an attic window pattern, looking out on a Saskatchewan scene, including “yellow grass”. She hand quilted it. (Sorry there is no photo.)
Elaine showed a quilt she has made for her oldest grandson who is getting married. It is a modern design and it has minkie on the back. Colleen quilted it with a circle design.
Debbie showed several quilts she has finished. The first is a quilt with lots of cute animals, quilted by stitching in the ditch. The second quilt of squares was quilted by Terry .
The third quilt was from Connecting Threads and Debbie used the 60 degree ruler. Terry long arm quilted it with a feather design. The next quilt, Great Grandma’s, has blue minkie on the back and it, too, was quilted by Terry. Debbie also showed a double-sided flannel receiving blanket.
Bonnie has been working on Challenges. Her Idiom Challenge is “Life’s a Beach” and it is cute with her own shells from the beach and appropriate fabric choices. For the Upholstery Challenge, Bonnie made a welcome sign using Donna’s upholstery. The sashing is also Donna’s donated straps.
Leeann showed a cute butterfly design quilt that she has made for her six month old great-niece. Colleen quilted it with a butterfly design.
Jaynie showed her creative Leaf “Dirty Ash” wall hanging that shows Ash leaves. It is a leaf metaphor for the earth. It shows the decayed and bad parts of the leaf that represent what we do with our hazardous wastes, etc.
Joanne showed a huge quilt (larger than a King size) that she started at a retreat several years ago. It has lots of pieces, including 1/2 inch sashing. She will give it to her daughter who just had twin girls. Colleen quilted it and she said it was perfectly flat and straight with its many seams.
Marlene showed two knitted baby blankets that will be gifts for her new twin great-nieces (Joanne’s granddaughters).
Leanne showed a quilt that she has repaired. She started working on it last July and it was a lot of work! It was for a friend. She basically re-quilted it. It was made from Fortrel. Leanne also showed two cute little quilts for the two celebrations: St. Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day.
Vera showed an Upholstery Challenge item — a nice bag that used Donna’s upholstery fabric.
She also showed a cute Easter “bag” that uses an Easter paper napkin that is covered with iron on vinyl. She has made several for her grandkids.
Marg showed a UFO that is sewn using a panel and pattern from Periwinkle in Saskatoon. Colleen, in keeping with the snowman theme, machine quilted it with a snowflake design.
Lydia showed a Lil’ Twister quilt that she made from fabric that her daughter gave her. Colleen machine quilted it using a circle design. Lydia also showed a cute spring table runner that she made from scraps. She quilted it herself and put rick rack around it. She also showed three doilies that she had turned into pretty bowls. She used a mixture of 1/2 glue and 1/2 water (but she thought adding more glue would be better) and put them over bowls covered in saran to harden.
Donna M. has been busy! The first quilt she showed was a baby blanket using three yards (1 yard of 3 colours). It is “hatching dinosaurs” with minkie on the back. She used her walking foot to quilt it. The second item was an Easter table runner that she quilted with straight lines.
Donna also showed her April blocks of the month (one appliqued, and the other a pieced tipped basket) as part of her Block of the Month series. Donna M. thanked Donna L. for the fabric contribution for the colourful umbrella. Her final item she made from a pattern “Gratitude Wallet” and it has several places for cards.
Trudi has been using the snow to her benefit. She showed several pieces of fabric that she snow-dyed. It is interesting to see how the colours spread and change. In the second photo, the brown looks purple.
She showed two small blue linen fabrics. The final piece is a fine scarf. The dyes on different fabrics turn out differently. Beautiful colours, Trudi!
It is always so inspiring to see what others are making! It was a fun evening and it is nice to see our “snowbirds” returning and the promise of spring. Happy Easter, everyone!
Our next Guild meeting will be on May 7 with a supper and meeting.