January 7, 2020 Meeting

The January meeting began with Trudi G. presenting a very interesting program on “Mark Making on Fabric” and she showed many ways to colour and mark on fabric.  Some of her tools of the trade are wax crayons, markers,  Intense pencils and blocks, paints, stamps, glue and bleach.  She showed many ways to “play” with colouring on fabric.  Thanks very much for sharing, Trudi.

Show and Tell

As always a favourite time of the meeting was viewing the interesting and creative items that our members had sewn.

Debbie G. started the displays with her impressive king-sized quilt and matching pillow cases. The pattern is “Astrodelic” and she used lots of her batiks she bought in Bali.  The batiks suited this modern pattern.  Debbie used a polyester batting that made the quilt look nice and puffy.  Terry Whitman did a great deal of lovely long arm quilting and the back looked great, too.

Linda K. showed a lap quilt that she will give to the previous owner of her “new forever home”.  Linda is soon moving from the farm into town to live in the house next door to her Mom.  The previous owner of this house has been a helpful neighbour to her Mom and Linda wanted to thank her for that and for accepting their house offer.  The quilt was designed by Debbie from Moose Jaw. Linda had a friend visiting from Edmonton for a few days and they worked on the quilt together.  Linda quilted it herself and the quilt just needs the binding.


Marlene showed a beautiful king-sized quilt that she pieced using the pattern “North by Northwest”.  This was a kit that she purchased in Moosomin, and the backing is grey from the same fabric line as the coloured pieces on the front.  The Khedive Quilters hand quilted it.





Esther showed two beautiful cushions she created and made for gifts.  Dorothy B. did the machine embroidery on cork, “Friends, Family, Faith”, for the one pillow.  The fabric was purchased at Cindy-rella’s and the leaf batik fabric was very striking and the button on the second pillow set it off.







Trudy H. showed her first Show and Tell item with our Guild and it is a lovely table runner that was the Guild Mystery Challenge.  She enjoyed participating in this challenge and she will keep this runner for herself.  She quilted it by sewing wavy lines in both directions.






Eileen has been busy with her 60 degree ruler!  She showed two items she quilted — a table centre for her daughter’s round table, and a table runner for her daughter-in-law.




Eileen also showed a very pretty quilt from the pattern “Showering Stars” which she purchased in Clarsholm, AB. Eileen used scraps for the many colours.  Colleen long arm quilted it with a star design.




Sharynne attended Colleen’s Beginner Class and she showed her Disappearing Four-Patch place mats.  In the next class they will learn how to add bindings.





Leanne A. showed samples of the “four fat quarters” place mats pattern she had quilted.  She made four sets of these.  She said she needs to learn to “read, read, read” the pattern as she made a few cutting errors that she had to work with.  She was creative and added left-over fabric to the backing.  Not to worry, Leanne, the place mats look great!





Bonnie has been very busy and she showed two lovely pieces.  The table runner, called “Easy Runner”, was not all that easy she said.  However, it was well worth it, Bonnie.  The colourful lap quilt that she quilted herself was from a pattern from the Country Register.  Bonnie made this quilt to use up scraps.

Jaynie, once again, had interesting pieces to show.  The first piece was her completed Guild Mystery Challenge table runner.  She enjoyed doing each month’s work and she tried very hard to be precise,  but in the end the blocks had to be squared up smaller than called for.   The result is a lovely table runner, Jaynie, and the swirling quilting looked great with the background fabric.  The second piece, a wall hanging/ table runner was made for the CQA Trend Tex Challenge and theme “2020”. Jaynie’s design is the digits 2-0-2-0 in binary code!  How creative!  Her quilting stitching looks great on the back, too.

Jaynie’s last piece, a wall hanging, was inspired by a view in a back alley in downtown Regina.  She will enter this piece in the National Juried Show.  She did some hand stitching and a great deal of free motion quilting.  Good luck, Jaynie!



Thank you to everyone who donated the lovely homemade pillowcases. We received 58 pillowcases in total of which 34 were donated to the clients at the Weyburn Work-Kin-Shop.  Here is a photo of a staff member at the Work-Kin-Shop receiving the pillow cases from Weyburn Crocus Quilters.

Also, Dorothy reported that the several quilts on display at the meeting will be donated to Charity. (Sorry — no photo)

Next meeting

The next meeting will be on February 4.  Happy Quilting!



January 7, 2020 Meeting

December 3, 2019 Christmas Social


Following a delicious turkey dinner at the Captain’s Hall, we did a Christmas gift exchange using “Orphan blocks” that had been exchanged.  The blocks were then put into an item such as a bag, mug mat, etc.  Some people didn’t use an orphan block and just made something to exchange.  It was fun to see what people had made!  (Some did not recognize their orphan!)

Show and Tell

As always, Show and Tell was a highlight as members showed a variety of items they had made.

Marg showed a set of six Christmas place mats she had quilted from fabric and a pattern, “Friendly Gathering” from Sew and Sews in Carlyle.  Marg worked on the place mats at the recent retreat.  Marg also showed a flannel lap quilt she had finished having purchased a Doug Leko kit a few years ago at a Quilt Show.  Marg used his Northern Cardinal pattern on the “Winter Forest” fabric.  Colleen long arm quilted it using an Edgy Leaves design.  (Marg was the lucky winner of the draw for a gift certificate to “The Rolling Pin”.)

Charlene showed two items:  a cute Christmas wall hanging that used special Christmas buttons, as well as a cute table runner.

Eva, along with her granddaughter,  made four “I Spy” quilts.  Eva used sheets for the backing and  Eva’s sister in Saskatoon sent her the labels.  Eva does her own machine quilting.  Some of the fabric was used for a great-granddaughter (pink) and some for a great-grandson (blue).

We always enjoy hearing Helen’s interesting stories about her quilts.  The quilt below was made for her granddaughter’s Grad.  It started off 12 inches too long, and after trimming, it became 6 inches too short.  Leona helped Helen by adding the border and then Leona quilted it!  Very modern!





Leanne A. showed a set of “Take 4” place mats that she made, using “Kaffe Fasset” fabric,  for a friend who loves purple. Leanne loves this pattern and she has another set on the go.



Jaynie showed two wall hangings she created.  The house silhouette is inspired by Wilf Perrault paintings.  The sunset took much longer than she anticipated to make because she kept having to make more grass.  The colours of the fabrics and threads are so pretty in the sunset.

Donna M. has been very busy!  Using batiks, Donna showed her Guild Challenge, “A River Runs Through It”.  Very pretty!  Donna also made a lap quilt, from a free pattern from Windham Fabrics, “City Cycles”,  She won a fat quarter bundle at Carlyle’s Sew and Sews, and she added from her stash.  She quilted it herself and it will be gifted to her granddaughter.

Donna also showed a pillow she made from a pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts.  Her granddaughter’s pet, Max,  looks just like this little fellow and so it”just had to be done”!  And Donna made a cute dog place mat for Max so he can dine in style!



Dot showed a wintry  lap quilt she made from a kit that she purchased at Peachtree.  It is so pretty with the cardinals, and it has fleece on the back. Colleen did a snowflake long arm quilting design.





Debbie made a King-size Single Irish Chain quilt in fall colours.  The light background fabric is from a bolt that she bought, and it is quilted in a leaf design.




Dorothy showed a beautiful poinsettia that she sewed using just thread that she can make with her sewing machine.  There are 7,000 stiches x 10 for the red leaves, and there are 1,500 stitches x 5 for the green leaves.  Her machine must have been smoking by the time she finished!  The colours and stitching are lovely!

Debbie brought the colourful Modern quilt (71″ x 88″) and two cushions ( 18″ x 19″) that we will use for our Quilt Show Quilt Raffle.  Making the quilt was a group effort! The blocks were made my members at a Modern Quilting Class; Darlene squared up the blocks; Bonnie did the wavy line quilting; and Debbie G. did the binding.  Jan Linnell made the two cushions.  Thanks, ladies!




And there were lots of pillowcases that were brought and set up as a display. These will be given to the clients of the Wor-Kin-Shop.



Merry Christmas, everyone, and enjoy the holiday season!

Our next meeting will be on January 7, 2020!



December 3, 2019 Christmas Social

November 12, 2019 Guild Meeting

Guild Meeting

Following the regular Business Meeting, three members — Lydia, Donna M. and Leeann —  each had a station showing a different way to do applique.  We learned some excellent tips.  Thank you, ladies.

Show and Tell

Everyone enjoys seeing Show and Tell items and once again we were treated to a great variety of items.  Thanks to all those who brought something.  Always an inspiration!

Karen G. was the first presenter and she showed her beautiful original creations that she does with machine decorative stitches.  She showed three lovely cards as well as a mini quilt that slips onto a wooden stand and has a piece of baseboard as its base.


Donna W. has completed two quilts.  The first baby quilt is the “Yellow Brick Road” pattern and is made with left-over blocks from the twin-size quilt she showed last month that had a green backing.  This quilt has an orange minkie backing and was long-arm quilted by Colleen.  Donna’s second quilt (a double/queen) is made with Donna’s favourite colours and the blue and indigo are perfect for this quilt.  The quilt pattern is “Falling Charms” and Colleen machine quilted it with a “Square Dance” design.

Vera has been very busy and she had lots of Show and Tell.  First she showed her Guild Challenge of “A River Runs Through It”.  Her piece is fibre art and shows her friend, Colleen, kayaking on the Souris River.  She used some of Donna L.’s donated fabric.


Vera also showed a Table Runner she completed after taking the Guild Ruler Class given by Shirley.  Vera added embellishments to add extra interest. She also showed a set of four pretty place mats that she pieced and quilted using the “Take Four” pattern.

Vera’s final item is a quilt she made using a charm pack.  She used every bit of fabric and made tiny 1/2 square triangles.  She did Ruler quilting but it was very difficult as there were so many seams as she had pieced the back.  Her quilt is very colourful, including the back (pictured on the right) of pieced strips and blocks!




From a kit with the pattern, “Blockade Runner” Marg showed a table runner that she pieced and quilted herself following the lines of the trees. She purchased the kit at the 2019 Moose Jaw Quilt Show because she thought the colours were so pretty.


Eileen showed a cute pillow case she made following the October program demo.  She also used her skills from last year’s Ruler Class and made a table topper.  The stitches showed up well.  Well done, Eileen, to use techniques gained through the Guild!




Using a kit purchased at “Sew and Sews” in Carlyle, Mary Jane pieced a lap quilt for herself.  Terry Whitman did the long arm quilting.





Bonnie showed her Guild Challenge wall hanging for “A River Runs Through It” that she paper pieced and had kites flying above her river.   Bonnie also showed an interesting table runner she made from woven strips in fall colours from a class she took at the Minot Quilt Show.  Also, a lucky cat will receive a pretty cat pillow she made!




Diana makes or buys a Christmas ornament each year for each of her grandkids.  She showed two lovely “Swedish Advent” star ornaments that she made by weaving strips of fabric.  Very nice!



Lydia showed a pretty scrappy “Triple Irish Chain” queen size quilt that she pieced. She found the pattern on Pinterest.  Lydia used 2 1/2 inch squares of scraps to make 18 inch blocks.  Terry Whitman did beautiful long arm quilting to fill in the white squares.


Judy E.’s  colourful lap quilt that she made as a Humane Society donation for “Raise the Woof” is so appropriate for animal lovers!  The backing has kitties and puppies and Colleen did the perfect long arm quilting pattern of paws!  Judy made the quilt by doing tube quilting and she used left-over fabric to piece the flange for the binding.

Barbara D. showed a UFO that she started years ago doing bargello in the round using a 10 inch degree ruler.  There are lots of fabrics used and she loved the process of bargello.  She started this using these colours when her twin grandsons were young and one liked orange, and one liked purple.  The boys are almost 15 now and the one liking purple no longer does.  Barbara used the left-overs from these two half circles and made a wall hanging that she gave away when she was down-sizing.  Her question now is what to do with the two half circles?


Linda K. has been busy sewing and she showed a practical reversible apron she made from fabric (Coffee Brew) she bought at the Moose Jaw Quilt Show.  In the photos, Linda is modelling the apron.  She also made the “Take Four” place mats, but she ran out of fabric.  She will finish the mats when she gets more fabric, but she was wondering how to quilt them.  Suggestions were made to stitch in the ditch, or do echo stitching. Linda also showed a table runner she completed from blocks she quilted from the Guild Ruler Class by Shirley.  Linda really enjoyed the Ruler Class.

Our creative Jaynie once again had some interesting items to show.  First she showed two postcards she had designed for the CQA Postcard Challenge.  One is inspired by a Tom Thomson painting.  The other postcard is an experiment that didn’t work but looks fine when cut to a postcard size.  Jaynie also took the Ruler Class and although she enjoyed the class, she felt the style isn’t for her.  She was aiming to have a hand painted tile look when she embellished the blocks with water colour crayons, but she thought the results are more primary school colouring, and so it will be a doll blanket.

Next Jaynie showed a wall hanging she created, inspired by a group of trees on the Tatagwa Trail.  She used raw-edged applique, confetti and FMO and quilted it herself.  And the final piece shown was Jaynie’s interesting wall hanging she created for the Guild Challenge, “A River Runs Through It”. The French knot flowers as embellishments add quite an interest to her creation!


Congratulations to Karen, the winner of the evening’s draw for having a Show and Tell entry.

The next Guild event will be the mini Retreat on November 30.

The next Guild meeting will be on Tuesday, December 3 at Captain’s Hall — our annual Christmas dinner and meeting.

Happy Quilting!
































November 12, 2019 Guild Meeting

October 2019

After the business portion of our meeting we had two great presentations for Program.

Colleen S. of Sew Much More Longarm Quilting Services took off her presidents hat and switched over to her quilt business.  She shared some great tips on preparing our quilts for any longarmer.   Please make sure your quilt top and back are pressed well. For more tips check with Colleen

Linda K and Charlene then presented on hand quilting. Another great presentation.

Show and Tell

Colleen shared her CQA Mystery quilt – We’ve gone Viral by Border Creek.  longarmed by herself with a microchip digital design.


Donna M.  shared a pieced and appliqued Peeking Jack O’Lantern by Disa Designs as well as my favourite Any Witch Way by Marilyn Larson.  Donna will be ready for Halloween with this table pieces she quilted herself.

Adeline started this Carpenters Star in a class a couple of years ago.  I think she was happy to check it off her UFO list.


Trudi is still working on items for her sales.  She shared an awesome bag with the cutest llama print as well as a pieced batik lap quilt.


Vera has been busy making aprons and a Woven potholder from a book by Anna Faustino.



Vickie showed us her Oh Canada quilt – a kit bought in a moment of weakness with a friend.  Vickie did a beautiful job with all the applique and then had it quilted by Colleen Matheson.


Donna W. is working on completing quilts for her grandchildren – another one checked off.  This is a Yellow Brick Road quilt in dinosaur fabric with a glow in the dark dinosaur pillowcase.

Charlene shared an appliqued table runner that she pieced and quilted herself using a free pattern she found.


Diana is also getting ready for Halloween with her Table centres cut using the 60 degree ruler.

Eva is trying to use up some scraps in pinks and purples.


Joanne was busy at retreat sewing pillowcases for her five granddaughters.  All made using Burrito/Sausage roll pattern found on internet.


One of our new members Eileen W. showed us a beautiful quilt made using Bargello for Baby pattern from her book More Twist and Turn Bargello Quilts.  Another favourite of mine – purple and bargello!4C4127EC-4637-40D0-A6E1-5537349E0B7C

We did very well for new members sharing as Mary Jane showed us a couple of her quilts. The first was a bear quilt made from a kit bought at Sugar Pine Quilts in Canmore.  The second a Magic Tiles quilted by herself.

Shannon as well as being a quilter is a crosstitcher.

Another new member Judy completed a quilt from hexi blocks she had been given from a friend.  Her niece laid out the scrappy blocks to her liking and the Jusy appliqued her name on as a surpise.  Judy will quilt it herself.22278A27-B977-4C81-8417-97DE4DE9B320

Debbie with some baby quilts.  These were all quilted by Terry Whitman.  There is a granny square, charm pack and a braided heart quilt.

Until next month – when our meeting will be one week later than usual on November 12th.



October 2019

September 3, 2019 Guild Meeting

The first meeting of the new quilting year welcomed several new members as well as many regular members and it was fun to meet with enthusiastic quilters.  An outline of the year’s upcoming programs and events was explained and we had an opportunity to see a video on dealing with UFO’s.  Colleen handed out the first sheet of instructions for a “Mystery” table runner.

 Members have been busy over the summer and we had twelve quilters show one or more items they had finished.

Show and Tell

The first presenter was Donna M. who showed her set of four place mats from the pattern “Take Four” which uses four fat quarters.  The fat quarters are layered, cut, shuffled and pieced.  (This pattern will be used for the Beginner Class.)


Colleen showed her “Lug Nut” pattern quilt that she made for her brother, John, and Maryanne’s 2018 wedding.  Her sister-in-law saw the 2018 Quilt Show Raffle quilt and really liked it, and they liked the colours of black, white and red.  Colleen made the quilt larger than the pattern and she machine quilted it in a “Moonlight” digital design.


Shelley G. showed a table runner and set of three place mats  that she quilted for herself using the 60 degree ruler and fall sunflower fabric.




A new member, Karen G. from Assiniboia, loves working with decorative stitches on her machine, and she showed a lovely wall hanging she had quilted using one of her own designs.




Marlene showed a beautiful colourful queen-sized quilt she made using a kit, Prism, that had lazer cut pieces.  Half of the quilt had the pieces turned over.  Terry Whitman did the long arm quilting for her.


While Adeline was in Osoyoos, BC last winter she worked on the quilt below that was made from a panel that was cut apart.  A friend helped her design her quilt.  Colleen did a meandering design on her long arm machine.  Adeline used the Suzi’s Magic Binding to finish the quilt.


Linda K. has been busy and she showed three different examples of her work.  The first item she showed was a baby quilt that she pieced and quilted on her mid arm machine.  The backing is minkie.  She showed two bags and the one below uses Ombre fabric plus a monochromatic fabric.  The other bag was a RZT design using a zipper technique that Linda really likes.  For the last items, the table runner and set of four place mats, she used her walking foot to do the quilting.  This fabric was purchased in Moose Jaw.

During a visit to Assiniboia to see Leona, Esther learned how to do applique and she made this pretty pillow as her sample.  Esther added beads to her embroidery to make the words stand out more.


Eva had a great-grandson born on July 26, 2019 and she made a “Denim Dan” pattern with her hand-embroidered blocks to make the baby quilt.  Eva also made him a cute baby quilt from a kit.  She does her own quilting to finish her quilts.




Welcome back to Barb who showed a cute baby quilt that she made for her latest grandson, Luke, born in Germany on May 3, 2019.  The pattern is “Cherish” by Villa Rosa and the fabric is “Dino Roar”.  Terry Whitman did the long arm quilting.



Diana has also been busy.  She showed “three” items.  The first was a baby quilt that was from a panel that Diana quilted.  Charlene worked with her.  The second baby quilt was a “Quilt as You Go” technique and it was a kit.  It has cute stork fabric as the backing. The final items were hot pads that were made from a charm pack (one charm pack provided three hot pads) and it was a French Braid technique.




The final presenter for the evening was Charlene and she made a set of place mats for her gazebo using the French Braid technique. Diana came to her home for a quilting weekend and they were busy doing this technique.





Thanks to all the quilters who shared their “Show and Tell”!

The next Guild meeting will be on October 1, 2019 at Grace United Church.

Happy Quilting!

September 3, 2019 Guild Meeting

May 7, 2019 Guild Meeting

The final Guild meeting of the year included a delicious dinner at the Wheatland Senior Centre followed by a brief meeting and Show and Tell.  Thank you to all the committees and Executive for all their work during the year.

Show and Tell

As always, Show and Tell was inspiring with many awesome items.

Debbie showed two beautiful quilts.  The first called “Drawing Room” was from Craftsy by Monique, a kit with yardage and instructions.  The quilt has wool batting to make it breathable, warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It was long arm quilted by Terry Whitman.  The second star quilt of rich purples also has wool batting and was quilted by Terry Whitman.

Charlene also showed two quilts.  The first quilt was pieced using a panel from Peachtree. Charlene used an attic windows technique and she quilted it herself.       The second quilt she pieced fabric and then added the Dresden plate rings to make a very pretty quilt.  She quilted this quilt herself, too.

Eileen has been busy and she showed four items.  The first two items were table runners that used the 60 degree ruler.  The second runner of sunflowers used fabric that Donna had donated.

Eileen’s third item was a table runner with apple fabric. The fourth item, a pretty UFO quilt using the scrappy Strip Twist pattern, was quilted by Colleen. Eileen has a family reunion in the summer and she hopes to have something for everyone, and so she will have about 25-30 items.  Happy Quilting, Eileen!

Lydia has been busy making bags and aprons.  She showed two bags.  They use a double zipper  (one zipper makes two bags).  The bags will be handy for taking sewing supplies to Retreats.  She purchased the plastic in Carlyle.                                               Lydia has made three aprons, one for each of her two sisters and one for herself.

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Marg showed two small wall hangings that go on metal hangers.  One has cone flowers and one has irises.  She will give one to each of her daughters for Mother’s Day.


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Bonnie showed a cute completed UFO Christmas wall hanging from the Flo Blair embroidery class.





Maryanna’s pretty blue jean quilt used the Cathedral Window design.  It is a rag quilt and she cut the edges all by hand.

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Jill has been busy quilting for weddings.  The first quilt she showed was a large king-size “Emerald City” design.  It is 108″ x 108″ and it is cosy with fireside as backing.  Terry Whitman did the quilting.

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Jill’s second quilt, “The Amazing Labyrinth”, was made for her daughter Katie’s wedding in May.  The quilt has 36 different blocks and you can “walk” through the labyrinth.  Jill thought it was appropriate for the finance and engineering couple.  There is minkie on the back and Terry Whitman quilted it.

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Shelley G. used her beautiful Bali batiks to make this pretty queen-size quilt for her sister.  She created her own pattern. 




Eva showed two lovely pieces.  The first quilt she used a free pattern from Walmart. The “star” blocks used partial seams.    The second quilt was made for Eva’s daughter.  Eva hand embroidered chickens in the blocks, which is appropriate as her daughter raises chickens.  There are also chickens in the border.


It was fun to to gather for our final spring meeting and we all look forward to starting again in the fall.

The next Crocus Guild meeting will be on September 3.

Happy Quilting and enjoy the summer!













May 7, 2019 Guild Meeting

Gathering of the Guilds 2019

Saturday April 13th was a beautiful day for us to welcome over a hundred people to our Gathering.

I would like to start by giving a huge Thank You to our two organizers for this wonderful event.  Esther Bjorkland and Gloria Scaddan  did an amazing job of putting this event together. I would also like to acknowledge their trusty assistants, who I won’t name separately as I don’t want to miss anyone.


Our guest speaker Susan Jaenen-Griffin of  www.laceflowerdesigns.com   gave us a wonderful trunk show full of inspiration on how to use our stash to create beautiful quilts.


Here Susan is standing with one of her latest quilts.   It is the first quilt in Susan’s  “Tree Mentor Series”  (Susan does work in ‘series’ a lot and highly recommends it for any artist)  Each quilt in this series will depict a conversation between the artist and a tree.

The quilt is named “BECAUSE” .  This is the conversation/artists statement:

ME:  “Beautiful Spring Tree – your beauty is so fragile and so fleeting, the wind, a frost or even the passing of a few days and all of your efforts will be lost!  Why … do you do it?”

WISE TREE:  “BECAUSE my dear, I am Just happy to be alive.”

Just a small sample of some of the detailed quilts Susan shared with us.  Many were miniatures with hundreds of tiny pieces.

Even the tiny pinwheel in the centre of ‘Seeing the Potential of my Fabric Fragments’  below is pieced!

‘Thatched Roof Round Houses’ shows as several techniques and gave us inspiration.


This was a repurposed whole cloth quilt incorporating some features of the original item.

Once again a big Thank You to Susan – our apologies that there are so few pictures as many quilts were shared as well as some fabric books, and other items.

One of our Crocus Guild items was to be a part of the Canadian Quilt Association guild challenge. “Quilting Goes Viral.

This cute baby was the quilt chosen by attendees as their favourite.  It will now move on to be seen at Quilt Canada.



Many door prizes were handed out throughout the day and many lucky ladies went home with some beautiful prizes.  In addition to the store sponsors below Crocus Guild members donated items for door prizes.

A final Thank you must go to everyone that took time out of their busy schedules to attend our Gathering.  We had people travel from Moose Jaw, Regina, Torquay, Oxbow, Arcola, Assiniboa and Wapella to mention a few.

Gathering of the Guilds 2019