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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. 


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Comment by Cheryl A on January 20, 2015 at 4:00pm
Rebecca after seeing all the snow on your deck I shall not complain about the amount we get in S.Ontario any more. It's been a few years since I've seen that much snow here. Your wilts sound like fun and strip poker must be a blast. Really enjoyed seeing the quilts, you ladies are very fine quilters. Thanks for sharing.
Comment by Donna Sykes on January 10, 2015 at 9:34am

Sounds like the warmth of your friendships kept you warm at your gathering! Have a great time on your retreat next week. Look forward to your posst about it.

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on January 10, 2015 at 8:21am

Strip poker, that sounds so much fun.  

Comment by Roxann on January 9, 2015 at 7:25am

Beautiful quilts! I still think the strip poker game is awesome! I have quilt group that gets together every month and I think it would be a great addition to our day!

The retreat sounds like you will be busy and having a blast! Stay warm and thanks for sharing!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on January 9, 2015 at 4:53am

Looks like you had a lot of fun in spite of the cold, Rebecca.  I'm not sure I'd have been able to stick it out.  I'm always cold and I am kind of a wimp about it.  :)  Like Janet, we've had subzero temps and wind, but not much in the way of snow/moisture, and we could use the moisture in whatever form it comes.  We'll look forward to the post from next weekend!

Comment by Janet/MO on January 8, 2015 at 8:47pm

BRRR that picture sure looks cold.  Our temps have been below zero with the wind chill, which has been blowing about 35 miles per hr, but no snow.  Thanks for sharing pics of those lovely quilts.  I couldn't even imagine trying to sew in a room this time of the year with almost no heat.  

Comment by Barbara Graham on January 8, 2015 at 5:43pm

Sounds like you'll have a blast--once you get heat. Have fun.

Comment by Pam/NY on January 8, 2015 at 4:53pm

We've been getting snow north us. They measure in feet. Hope it stays north. Your group sir e has fun outings.  Great quilts.

Comment by Sharon Reeves on January 8, 2015 at 4:33pm

There is some beautiful quilts and looks like you all have a great time. I'd love to play strip poker and get 150 strips. Lots of jelly roll quilts. Have a great time at your retreat.

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