November 13, 2018 Guild Meeting

The November meeting had a large number of members present, as well as some welcomed guests.  Leanne did a program on paper piecing showing how members can sew the tree ornament for the Christmas exchange, if they wish.

Show and Tell

Show and Tell must have been record breaking as it took approximately 40 minutes, having about twenty presenters!  It was awesome and so inspiring!

Vera  started the Show and Tell by showing two items she had made for the Idiom Challenge.  Colleen is holding “Birds of a Feather” and Vera has her “Eye Candy”.  Vera took the machine ruler class and she went home and experimented with the result of another Idiom — “It’s in the Bag”.

Vera had won a door prize at our 2018 Quilt Show and she made the cute wall hanging from Corinne’s Love of Quilting.  Vera also made a Christmas Tree wall hanging and she used the ruler class to do cirlces in the quilting.  Small decorations will hang on the buttons.

Donna M. showed her cute Idiom Challenge creation — “Out on a Limb”.  She also showed her circular UFO (her # 3 for the draw) which she had started quite a while ago.

 

Leanne finished a paper pieced fall table centre, as well as Christmas pillows.  She enlarged the pattern for the Christmas ornament to make the pillow, and she quilted the trim on the tree using the ruler class.

Leanne’s # 3 UFO Challenge was completing a Christmas panel wall hanging, the 12 Days of Christmas. She also used fabric from the cupboard and made a wallet that can hold business cards.

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Donna W. showed a Halloween table centre that she had made.  This is the last of her Halloween fabric that Bonnie had given her.  Donna has made many Halloween items for her grandkids!

 

 

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Linda U. show a “Quiet Book” she had made for her grandkids who are under two.  As a long time Kindergarten teacher, she has taught many children how to tie bows, do zippers, etc.  What a handy book!

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The Guild is happy to welcome Irene to our Guild.  Irene took the Beginner’s Class in October and she showed her completed Christmas table runner.  Well done, Irene!

 

Marg has been busy playing with the 60 Degree ruler prior to the 3D Class that used this ruler.  In the second picture, the same striped fabric provides two different table centres.

Marg also had a # 3 UFO sunflower table runner finished.  She has made five of the “Fold and Stitch” Christmas wreaths — great for gifts!

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Bonnie showed a # 3 UFO from a pattern purchased in 2016 in Canmore — a Row by Row wall hanging.

 

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Linda K. had a # 3 UFO of a fall wall hanging.  She did machine quilting and fabric painting on it.

 

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Sharynne showed her # 3 UFO wall hanging that she made using fabric from the cupboard. She did applique using some upholstery fabric, and the background was fabric from her Mom.

 

 

 

Eileen has been busy!  She showed two mats from the Locker Hooking class Vera’s daughter gave.  She also had a festive 60 degree ruler table centre. The hexigon table runner was made from fabric she purchased in Hawaii.

Eileen used the Lil’ Twister ruler and made William’s every day quilt.  And Eileen’s # 3 UFO is a lovely striped quilt.  Colleen did the quilting on this quilt and it has lovely fireside minkie backing.

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Colleen’s beautiful quilt was made as a “Walk of Honour” quilt for Hill Top Manor’s “Front Door” Policy.  The quilt will be used by the funeral home as a drape so that “as the deceased entered through the front door, they will leave through the front door”.

There are lots of non-gender colours (one Jelly Roll), and butterflies are used as the long arm quilting pattern.  The backing is teal.

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Guild members can make Kitty Pillows for the Humane Society and Adeline will deliver them.  The pillows should be 12″ x 18″ and be stuffed with fabric scraps.  Several members brought pillows, including six that Donna M. had made that Colleen is showing.

 

Eva has been very busy and she showed three beautiful pieces.  She loves to do Red Work embroidery and she did hand stitched around the girls.  The second wall hanging was burgundy.  The green and gold quilt was made from fabric “Rose Garden” she bought about five years ago in Arizona.   She did her own quilting on her long arm machine.

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Dot showed a quilt from a kit.  It has small animals.  She will give it as a charity quilt for a child.

 

 

 

Trudi has been busy quilting for “Bazaart”  in Regina where she will sell her beautiful work as “Elemental Quiltworks”.  The first orange and purple quilt is made with no rulers — just strips cut and then squared off before the binding.  The yellow and black baby quilt was made using fabric that matched the cute backing colours.  This scrappy quilt is very modern.

More quilts by Trudi included a very pretty muted purple batiks quilt.  The back used the same colours.  The second photo shows two of her  three”snow dyed” fabric table runners or wall hangings.  She used powdered dye with snow, and when the snow melted, she had the designs on the fabric.  What fun and how pretty!

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Esther, once again, used very pretty and bright colours to create this “Jelly Bean” quilt.  She purchased the fabric with the colours of jellybeans in mind.  The quilt is for her great-grandson.  She did the quilting herself by stitching in the ditch.  This is her # 3 UFO item completed.

 

 

 

Shelley is getting ready for Christmas with her quilting.  She made a Christmas wall hanging using a panel.  She likes the message — “Christmas Pure and Simple”!  This item will be going to Calgary.  The second piece is a Christmas “Quilt as you Go” table runner.

Dorothy showed a beautiful wall hanging that she had made for her sister, but her sister has moved and no longer has room for it, and so Dorothy has it at home now.  It has 3-D embroidered butterflies and leaves.  Dorothy also showed two aprons.  The one shown here is reversible  and she started it three years ago.  This is her # 3 UFO!

The final showings of the evening were done by Jaynie.  The wall hanging was made for the Credit Union contest. (that Brenda King won!)  The entries were to use the Credit Union’s corporate colours, and to show a Weyburn scene.  Jaynie has the water tower in the hill.  The second photo shows Jaynie’s entry in the City’s Wearable Art exhibition.  Jaynie wore the dress (covered with dresser scarves and doilies) and as a Super Hero, she had a “shield” and “weapon”.  Her husband did the write-up using lots of sewing phrases describing her outfit to add to the creativity.  Her weapon of Masked Construction was well done using knitting needles!

UFO Challenge winner

The winner of the draw from the # 3 UFO Challenge participants was Linda U., receiving a gift certificate to eat out!  Congratulations! Next month’s item will be # 6!

Thanks to all who shared their Show and Tell items!  The next meeting will be our Christmas dinner and meeting at the Wheatland Senior Centre on December 4!  Happy quilting!

 

 

 

 

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November 13, 2018 Guild Meeting

October 2, 2018 Guild Meeting

The October Guild meeting had an interesting program presented by Linda K. using a video about re-sizing quilts.  Following the meeting and program we had Show and Tell.  (Love some of the facial expressions!)

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At the Fall Retreat Linda K. worked on two pillow cases to match her recently completed “Light to dark” quilt.

The borders of the pillow cases used scraps from the quilt and were done by paper piecing  a “wonky flying geese” pattern.

 

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Dot showed a pretty baby quilt that she is donating to Charity.  She used a Layer Cake and a Charm pack to create this colourful quilt.

 

 

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Marg showed a fall UFO that she completed similar to one she had done years ago.  The leafs are appliqued and satin stitched.  Could this table runner count for the #3 UFO Challenge?

 

 

Joanne has been busy making more bags.  She showed two cute Halloween “Trick or Treat” bags that are reversible.  She had re-sized the pattern to make it larger. In the second photo, Joanne showed a folded shopping bag that she had made and she said it was an easy pattern from the internet.

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Joanne also showed her Hopscotch pattern (from the Quilt Patch) quilt she had finished at the Fall Retreat.  The flannel quilt is so nice and soft.  Joanne used a wiggly line design for the quilting that she did.

 

 

 

Charlene has been very busy!  She showed two quilts.  The first was a pretty “Ribbon” quilt that looks woven. Charlene’e Alaska quilt was made using a panel,”Moose Tracks”, that was cut apart, and Charlene also added re-sized blocks from the design from the panel blocks.  Charlene started this quilt about two years ago and she hand quilted it.

Colleen’ Tip:  Before the quilting is done, fold a quilt top with the good side facing out, so the fragile side is protected.  Once a quilt is finished, fold the quilt top to the inside, to protect the more fragile stitching of the top.

 

It was fun to see all of Donna M.’s cute pieces.  Her first runner she showed was appliqued birds and flowers.  Buttons were added for interest.  The giraffe wall hanging was really cute, quilted using wavy lines.  It had lots of very small pieces!  The baby quilt of cute little critters was a panel that Donna cut apart and added sashing and corner stones.  The fleecy backing makes it nice and soft.   Donna likes to using her walking foot to do the quilting.

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Vera likes bright colours and this baby quilt, “Moving On”, is on its way to Calgary.

 

 

 

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Esther, too, loves bold colours and she showed an interesting piece she had sewn using curves.  She quilted it in a spiral design starting in the middle and working her way to the outside.  It was very effective!

 

 

During the weekend of the Fall Retreat, Michele and Jaynie drove to High River, AB and attended a Fiber Art Conference which they thoroughly enjoyed!  They had to take an 8 1/2 x 11 inch journal piece to trade.  They also had to give a 10 minute presentation of what they had done in the past year.  So, Michele got busy and finished some very interesting pieces.  Below are three of her completed pieces.

 

The first photo shows a flower made with separate quilted petals.  The background is quilted using metallic variegated threads.  The middle photo shows a harvest scene of bales.  This piece was done as a quilt as you go.  The bales were made from upholstery fabric and the trees were made using green doily edging.  The third wall hanging Michele created after being inspired by Gloria Loughman’s “tiling” shown at the Quilt Canada 2018 Show.  The background tiles are raw edged, hand dyed fabric that was appliqued.  The poppies are punched wool.

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Michele’s fourth piece that she showed is a work in progress.  This piece was from the class that Michele attended at Quilt Canada 2018.  The class was “Quilting using your walking foot” and Michele did lots of experimenting using variegated threads and lots of designs.

 

 

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The final quilt of the evening was shown by Yvonne.  This is a T-shirt quilt that she made for her 10 year old grandson using his T-shirts. Won’t he be surprised to see his shirts as a quilt!  She used iron-on fusible interfacing and Colleen did the long arm quilting.

 

 

The next Guild meeting will be held on November 13 (the second Tuesday due to a Concert on the first Tuesday of November).  Bring your completed UFO #3!.

October 2, 2018 Guild Meeting

September 4, 2018 Guild Meeting

This was the first Guild meeting of the new quilting year and President Colleen and the Committee Chairs reviewed the upcoming plans.  It sounds like a fun year ahead!

Plans include:  a Special Event, “Modern Quilting” on September 15 and the following Classes:

  • Beginner classes on October 13 and 20
  • 60 Degree Ruler and 3-D Designs on October 27
  • Free Motion Quilting using Rulers on November 3

Retreats:  Fall Retreat on September 21-24 and Mini Retreats December 1, January 12 and February 9.

A chart of upcoming Programs to be held at the meetings was distributed.  Vera also introduced some Challenges.

  1. The Christmas Challenge is for members to make  a small item to give away during the Left/Right game.
  2. U.F.O. or projects you have supplies for to be completed and a draw will be made at meetings
  3. Idiom Challenge — members can make a small creation to depict an idiom.

Show and Tell

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Helen brought a beautiful quilt she made using a twist around type of pattern.  She also had pillow cases to match.  Her tip was to not bind in black as it was very difficult to see!

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Linda K. showed a lovely quilt with lights and darks that she had started a few years ago at a Retreat.  It used fat quarters.  Shown here is the back which is very nice.  The quilting is done in triangles.

 

 

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Jaynie has been busy and she showed some of her creations.  The first one is a Prairie Landscape wall hanging.  

Below are two Challenges that she did.  One is a Modern Summer Quilting Challenge, and the other piece is for the Fibre Art Network Challenge, “Visions of the West”.  Jaynie’s is a beautiful vision of Alberta!

 

 

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Joanne made a wine bag (/cup holder).  The bag was smaller than she had anticipated!

 

 

 

 

 

Vera showed some interesting items.  She made cute bags by using recycled items such as a MacIntosh toffee bag and the other one used a napkin, She used iron-on vinyl on both sides.   The second photo shows thread trees she made using an embroidery hoop and thread.  The trees can be used on a landscape quilted item.

 

Bonnie showed two items.  The first was “The Wine O’Clock Tote” — a bottle of wine holder.  The pattern was quite difficult to follow, but it looks good!

The second item was from the “Walk in the Woods” Class that Bonnie took at the CQA Show in Vancouver.  It is a lovely design using strips to make the leaves!

 

Leanne made Memory Quilts this summer.  Also, she had a black leather couch that she recovered using four meters of denim to change it into a Denim couch.

The next Guild meeting will be on October 2.

We look forward to the program of Re-sizing Quilt Blocks, as well as the popular Show and Tell.

 

 

September 4, 2018 Guild Meeting

“Spring Bouquet of Quilts VII” Quilt Show April 27 – 28, 2018

On April 27 – 28 the Weyburn Crocus Quilters held their Quilt Show at the Weyburn Curling Rink.  424 people attended (plus students who were admitted with no charge) and we were so pleased to see so many quilters and non-quilters attend.

There were 265 items on display: 186 from our Guild members, 20 from our Guild feature quilters, 9 WCS students’ items, and 50 items from our guest quilter, Susan Jaenen-Griffin.

What a beautiful display of colour, creativity, designs and workmanship!

Below are some samples of items that were on display.

 

This year our Guild was honored to have two of our members as Feature Quilters, Darlene Holdstock and Leeann Millar.  We thank them for sharing their work with us.

Darlene Holdstock, a long-time Guild member has beautiful quilts and her workmanship is a joy to see.  Darlene attributes a number of her quilts to classes she has taken over the years.

Leeann Millar also does beautiful work and she has been a Viewer’s Choice winner and runner-up in our two previous Quilt Shows.  She loves to do very intricate quilts.

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And again, Leeann did not disappoint!  Her “365 Challenge” was chosen as this year’s Viewer’s Choice.  Leeann had a block a day for a year and she faithfully pieced the blocks as the year progressed.  It was well worth the work with so many tiny pieces!  Congratulations, Leeann!

 

This year we were very pleased to have a Guest Quilter and Fiber Artist, Susan Jaenen-Griffin from Moosomin, who met with the public throughout the Show and shared her exhibit of her journey of recovery from Lyme disease.  Susan’s creativity is amazing!

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Quilt Show Chair, Marg Stewart was pleased to present Susan with a gift of flowers in appreciation of her willingness to share her work.

 

 

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A special quilt on display was a hand pieced quilt made by Mrs. Balog and hand quilted by the Khedive Heritage Quilters.

 

 

 

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We were pleased to have some youth show their work at our Show.  Eight WCS students showed their items and Leah Fornwald brought some students on Friday afternoon for a brief pre-show visit.

 

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And young Ireland, who has Donna L. as a mentor, displayed her strip quilt.

 

 

 

Humboldt Strong was evident with several quilts from Guild members to be donated.  Some quilts were completed and others were being worked on during the show.

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A Memorial Table was set up in honour of five of our Guild members who have passed away in the past three years.  Remembered were Ethel Pearce, Kathy Williams, Renee Marx, Joyce Kitchen and Heather Keefe.

 

 

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Once again we had five beautiful Raffle Baskets that were raffled and thanks to the committee who organized the baskets and for all the donations and ticket buyers.

Our Quilt Raffle was a huge success and thanks to all the quilters, sellers of tickets and purchasers of tickets … and the lucky winner was Scott Sabados of Weyburn!

And no Quilt Show would be complete without Vendors.  Thanks to our four vendors for coming to share their wares!  Each of the Vendors provided a door prize and did a demo during the Show.

For the Love of Quilting — Corinne from Hanna, AB

Quilters Haven — Arlyce from Moose Jaw

Quilter’s Den — Alvina from Morden, MB

Second Story Quilting — Christa from Torquay

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And our own Guild members had a number of lovely items for sale at the popular Guild Sales Table.

 

 

 

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All in all it was a very successful show! It was an opportunity to visit, to view all the beautiful quilts, to shop and to learn!  Thanks to all our Guild workers who showed their quilts, to all who helped in any way, and to all who supported our Guild by attending our 2018 Spring Bouquet of Quilts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Spring Bouquet of Quilts VII” Quilt Show April 27 – 28, 2018

April 3, 2018 Guild Meeting

The regular Guild meeting was held on April 3 and there were 29 members in attendance.

Plans were made for our Guild’s upcoming Quilt Show “Spring Bouquet of Quilts VII” to be held on Friday, April 27 (4 – 9 p.m.) and Saturday, April 28 (10 – 4 p.m.) at the Weyburn Curling Rink (at the Exhibition Grounds off Government Rd.).  Daily admission is $5 (with no charge for students and children). There will be 4 vendors who will also each provide a demo; a Quilt Raffle; Raffle Baskets; and a concession available.  Approximately 175 items are entered for display, plus we will have two of our Guild members as Feature Quilters.  This year we are very pleased to have as our Guest Quilter, Susan Jaenen-Griffin from Moosomin, who will bring her interesting and creative display of “50 Yarns of Lyme Dis-Ease Series”.  It sounds very intriguing!

The Program for our Meeting was the Disappearing Hour Glass 1, 2, and 3.  Lydia, Dorothy and Lynne provided examples of how to create three different patterns by cutting 10″ squares  into an hour glass and then cutting them again.  Below Lydia and Dorothy are showing the 3 patterns.  The fabrics used as samples were very striking!

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Show and Tell

We all enjoy seeing what others have made and also hearing the story behind their projects.

 

Adeline spent the winter in Osoyoos, BC where she joined the Quilt Guild there. They meet every Tuesday and sew from 9:30 – 3 p.m.  Adeline learned lots of techniques from the BC quilters, and she had some samples of coloured boxes to show such as Hollow Boxes pictured on the left.  Adeline also had a beautiful Spiral Table Runner she had completed, made with a 10″ Wedge ruler.

 

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Bonnie had attended a Ricky Tims event at the Peace Gardens a few years ago and she purchased his book.  Bonnie was happy to finish this wall hanging pictured above — Kaleidoscope.  It is so colourful!  Jill and Colleen, who had also attend the Ricky Tims event, gave Bonnie a little help in getting started.

 

When we think of quilting we usually think of fabric, but Vera had a unique item to show.  While down south she had taken a class and painted a two-sided wooden sign that can be hung outside.  How unique!

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Eileen showed her beautiful blue “Two Fabric Bargello” that she had started at a retreat and she has now completed.  Colleen did the lovely machine quilting.

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Leanne was all set in March for St. Patrick’s Day with this cute shamrock wall hanging. She did free motion quilting on the back.

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Yvonne showed her beautiful pastel “Between the Lines” quilt. She started it in September, 2017 and she just recently completed it in April.  Terry did the longarm quilting.

All these items are some wonderful samples of what we will have in the Quilt Show! All the colour and designs will be fascinating to see!

Locker Hooking Class

Below is a poster of a Locker Hooking Class that will take place on May 6. If interested, please contact Monica to register.

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April 3, 2018 Guild Meeting

March 6, 2018 Guild Meeting

Following a big winter snow storm that left lots of snow on the roads, this snowy evening (which had a concert taking place, also) had a very small group attend our guild meeting: just 8 members.  But even a small group of quilters will have fun! Colleen provided an interesting program of arranging 5″ squares that had been cut on a diagonal from 2″ on one side to 3″ on the other.  The colourful pieces had been sewn together by Colleen to make blocks that we could arrange to see what designs we could create.

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Colleen was very well organized and she used the Guild’s design wall for her presentation. Also, she demonstrated a wonderful tip of “chain pressing” the seams of the blocks by slipping one block inside the other to set and press the seams of several blocks at one time.

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Here are the members that participated in arranging Colleen’s blocks.

 

Above are some possible arrangements that Colleen showed.  The pinwheel has had a green strip added to one side of each block so that the blocks are square.

 

Above are some of the arrangements that the group created.

 

Following the meeting and program, we had Show and Tell.

 

For a break from sewing large quilts, Marg has been busy making smaller items. Above are two pieces she has made for spring.  On the left is a mini quilt kit that she made showing little bunnies.  On the right is a pattern she used to make a spring decoration of tulips and crocuses.  It will be nice to see real spring flowers actually blooming!

 

Marg’s two wall hangings of irises and cone flowers, that she started a few years ago, were finally completed.  The batiks provide perfect colours for the flowers.

 

Jaynie showed a beautiful quilt that she has quilted for her daughter who is expecting a baby.  This modern quilt, made of blocks that Jaynie pieced with strips going in a variety of directions, was really pretty as the shading went from light to dark.

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Bonnie recently returned from holidaying in sunny Mexico.  As a dedicated quilter, she took a little sewing machine with her as a carry-on, and she pieced this “Little Twister Ruler” quilt. She took bright colourful scraps from home.

While in Mexico, always thoughtful and keeping busy, Bonnie volunteered at a local place near where she was staying and she did some sewing for them, and she made a mattress for an indigenous person there. Good for you, Bonnie, to work with Mexicans and learn more about their culture by being a volunteer, and not worrying about a language barrier!

 

We all look forward to seeing the “Snowbirds” back and having a larger group attend our next Guild meeting on April 3. 

 

 

 

 

 

March 6, 2018 Guild Meeting