We had so much fun at this meeting, held Thursday January 20, 2011 at Quilt Essentials in Abbotsford. It was standing room only with 23 members in attendance, full of fun and excitement to start the New Year of quilting fun!
We started with a very inspiring show and tell, and along with their amazing quilted creations, special holiday gifts and finds, everyone also got to share how they learned how to sew. So many wonderful and some rather hilarious stories were shared.
Next, Nancy introduced our group challenge, a 3 month Mystery Quilt. The group was given the first set of instructions for fabric requirements, cutting, and beginning to sew the start of the mystery pattern. This will be a fun project to see how everyone works with the given instructions and what everyone comes up with! The remaining steps will be given out in February and March, stay tuned for more!
If anyone was not at the meeting but would like to participate, please email Cynthia for the instructions to get started.
After a break, Lysa gave the group a mini demo on how create her custom resin pins. If you’d like more info, there will be a forum thread on the site where you can ask Lysa more about them.
Then everyone who wanted to participate was given a lunchbag to do a Scrap Swap. The idea is to fill the bag with scraps:
– at least 2″x2″ in size or bigger
– good quality cottons/quilting fabrics- no flannels or other materials
– no junk/garbage/waste or anything you wouldn’t be happy to receive and use yourself
Bring bag your bags full (and tied closed at the top so nobody can peek) to the February meeting, we’ll put them on the table then each grab a new one from the pile!
Discussion in regards to dues and whether we should collect them or do a pay as needed/collection instead, was deferred to next meeting as we ran out of time. We will be discussing at the February meeting and we’d love to hear from those who have experience being in a formal guild or group- whether quilting-related or otherwise, pros and cons, and whether this would be something our group would like to do or not. There are benefits and drawbacks to the options (formal guild or casual group) and we would love everyone’s input as to what we should do, as a group.
Children’s quilts- big thank you’s to the members who brought the sewn tops in. Nancy took them home and will quilt them as her schedule allows- huge thank you to Nancy! We’re still waiting to hear on shipping details, the Kenya side is working to get charity status via FedEx.
We will take a small collection towards batting or if anyone would like to donate some, please feel free!
A group photo was taken and that concluded the meeting!
Huge thank you to Theresa and Quilt Essentials for hosting us!
Some links mentioned:
And a fun article sent in by Helen, “Quilting has taken over my Family”
We’ll look forward to seeing you at the next meeting, Thursday February 17, details & RSVP will be posted shortly on the website.