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One of the first signs that winter is just over the horizon here in northern BC is the arrival of the trumpeter swans on the lake.  Most winters we have a resident flock of between 50 and 70 that arrive in late October and they don’t leave until mid-April. 

When the rain finally stopped, after a continuous two weeks of unrelenting drizzle, interspersed with torrential downpours, the clouds finally lifted and the snow was on the mountains.  For sure winter is just around the corner.

Saturday was Quilt ‘til you Wilt.  We decided to have a surprise day of appreciation for the lady who for so many years operated our local quilt shop, offered classes and made the shop available for evening and weekend drop-ins. We realized that if it hadn’t been for her quilt shop, it would have been unlikely that we would ever had met each other, and quite probably would never have developed the passion we have for this wonderful craft. Several ladies were unable to attend but we had a turnout of sixteen and what a fun day we had.  We all chipped in and gave her a Folding Utility Wagon (and I failed to take a photo).  What a great gift. She was overwhelmed and burst into happy tears when she realized that the day was dedicated to her.  We had a pot luck dinner that was incredible – everyone brought their very best in appetizers, salads and desserts.  We also indulged in a cream covered cake, with masses of whipped cream.  This was not a good day for dieters. Several of the ladies who were unable to attend for the whole day dropped in to have a piece of cake or enjoy some dinner.

During the day, several ladies participated in show and tell.  Here Teri shows us the memory quilt she made for a dear friend who had lost a child.  The centers of each of the blocks are made from t-shirts or shorts or jeans that belonged to the child. 

Marianne has a new grandchild and this froggie quilt is a gift for the new baby.

Sonja finished two quilts in the last month and recently got them back from the long arm quilter.  She just needs to put on the bindings and she’ll be all finished.  This one is made from fabric she had left over from a Christmas quilt she made several years ago from the line Figgy Pudding by Basic Grey.  I made the same Christmas Quilt, and also have a lot of left-over fabric.  One of these days I’m hoping to make a sampler quilt out of the leftovers. It’s in my ‘to do’ basket.

Another one of Sonja’s quilts that’s just waiting for binding.  She’s going to be busy.

Jackie, one of our regular ladies has moved away to be closer to her children and grandchildren.  We were so sorry to see her go.  But she left us a gift.  She sorted through all her stash, and decided not to move it – so she gave it to our group.  Several of the ladies counted how many of us belong to the group, packaged the fabrics, and then put all our names in for a draw.  When our name was drawn we got to go up and choose which bundle of fabric we wanted. Even the ladies who were unable to attend had their name in the draw and someone chose a bundle for them.  I chose a bundle of pale green and pale violet minke that I will use as backing for a baby quilt or two.

She also gave us five packages of charm squares in assorted patterns.  That’s what we played ‘Strip Poker’ with after dinner.  There were sixteen participants, and we each started with 10 charm squares.  It was close – I almost won – it was down to just Teri and me, but Teri prevailed – she got to go home with 160 brand new beautiful charm squares.  I think there might be a king sized quilt in Teri’s future.   

    

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Comment by Barbara Graham on October 30, 2014 at 10:24am

What fun! Quilters are the best! I love the frog quilt and the swans.

Comment by Janet/MO on October 28, 2014 at 1:18pm

What a lovely day you & your friends had!  It was very nice to do that in honor of the woman who owns that store.  So often people forget how much work & commitment it is to own a quilt store.  The pics were lovely.  I too am looking forward to seeing a pic of more swans.  We have a family here that had some, but I haven't seen them on their pond for a while now so I wonder if something happened to them.  

Comment by Ally Bryant on October 28, 2014 at 12:01pm
What a fun group to belong to. A time of sharing and celebrating. Good food is always great to share and lovely quilts to share with us. Thanks for sharing.
Yes we heard we are forecast for snow for Friday.
Comment by AidaCJ/NH on October 28, 2014 at 7:50am

Swans coming in for the winter, surely a great sign.  Several ponds in our town are now home to some ducks and swans, too. 

You have a nice group of quilters, and it's good that you have a common place to gather.  My favorite LQS is about 20 miles over the next town, so I don't get to go there often. She also offers her shop for quilters and other crafters for get togethers and do their quilting. I try to sign up for most of her classes since this helps to keep her shop running.

Comment by Irene Gallway on October 28, 2014 at 4:18am

I love your quilt. It's beautiful.  I'm also looking forward to seeing pictures of the swans.  These birds are gorgeous.

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on October 27, 2014 at 9:00pm

I'll be sure to post a photo of a large group of swans soon.  The first ones to arrive are usually just pairs.  Families will arrive a bit later - parents and juveniles (juveniles are grey).

Comment by Roxann on October 27, 2014 at 6:42pm

The swans are beautiful. This is the first year I had ever seen a real swan. I was so excited, and made my husband go that way past the lake every time we went to my home town this summer. I can't imagine seeing that many, I with Pam, I would love to see a photo!  We have sand hill cranes right now.  People come from all over to see them. I guess because I'm so used to them I don't see the attraction. I would rather see swans any day. 

It sounds like you had a great day with great friends. The quilts are lovely. Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Donna Sykes on October 27, 2014 at 4:11pm

What a great day of friendship and fellowship. Beautiful quilts!

Comment by Pam/NY on October 27, 2014 at 2:58pm

What a fun day you had with your buddies. Great quilts...the swans are beautiful! Can't imagine what that looks like with so many....hint hint for a later photo! We have a man made pond in the center of our town. The Swan Pond. We have a pair that every spring makes a nest and we watch the signets grow. A family donated the money for this years ago. We are known for our swans!

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