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.