I guess winter really has arrived. When I’m not having to push mountains of the white stuff off our deck courtesy of a steep roof pitch that dumps the snow onto the deck with depressing regularity, I quite like this season. DH keeps the driveway clear with the tractor and snowblower and I clear the decks. With a snow scoop. That’s a 42 inch high railing you see behind the snow pile!
Last weekend, our quilting group spent the day ‘wilting’ in our room at the local satellite campus of UNBC. Actually, ‘wilting’ doesn’t really describe what we were doing. We were shivering. The heat is controlled by a computer system 450 miles away – and when there are no classes (still on Christmas break), the heat is turned down. There was no way we could turn up the heat although one of ladies went home and brought back a small electric heater, but it really didn’t make a noticeable difference. Only a few hardy souls stuck it out until 10:00 p.m. – I was one of the ones who gave up around 5:00 p.m.
We did have a very nice ‘show and tell’ – Marianne got several quilt tops back from the long arm quilter. This was a kit she purchased when on holidays
We all admired this one - a Judy Niemeyer creation from Quiltworx
Patti spent the afternoon putting the binding on this quilt she has made for an expected grandchild
The long arm quilter used ABC’s and 123’s in the quilting pattern. It really suits the quilt.
Of course, we played strip poker. As you can see, Sonja was really happy to be the winner when 15 ladies sat around the table with their 10 strips (which we all quickly lost). She got to go home with 150 strips. Enough for a very nice blue quilt!
We’re having a three day event next weekend - 16th, 17th, & 18th. We’ll quilt on Friday evening, all day and evening Saturday and all day Sunday. And there will be heat! We’re going to take this opportunity to possibly reduce our stashes. Any books, magazines, kits, pre-cuts, yard goods that we don’t think we’re ever going to use or that we no longer want can be put on a table along with the owner’s name and the price (or if it’s free) that she’d like for it. I have a couple of kits that I purchased a few years ago but never got around to making. I think maybe it’s time to give someone else an opportunity to make them up. And I’ve got lots of books I know I no longer need. I’ll be happy to just give those away. It should be a fun weekend. I’m still working on my 2014 block of the month paper piecing from Silverlinings Originals, so I’ll have lots to keep me busy for the whole weekend. One of the nice thing about these three day events is that we don’t have to pack up our machines at the end of each day – we can just lock the room and come back to it tomorrow.