We have started our new year, and a new Block of the Month. Minerva gave us our first pattern, and it was a 3D pinwheel block. Our Trunk Show, Mary Elizabeth Kinch, author of “Small Blocks, Stunning Quilts” showed us quilts with the tiniest blocks, and her quilts were captivating. She also loves strip piecing and traditional hexagons, and the latter was her theme for the workshop the day after our meeting. All the pictures of her quilts, and the quilts from our Show & Tell, are all on our Facebook page under the Album “Show & Tell Sept. 2017”. Go over and check them out. We were also informed that the UFO Challenge will once again be done this year. Our Christmas Sale & Luncheon will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm at Glad Tidings Pentacostal Church. C.
June was our annual Pot Luck, and everyone had a blast. We had Mad About Patchwork for our Shop of the Month, always fun to have a quilt shop come to you. We had some changes on the Executive, and got to meet the new members to the Executive team, and said Thank you to the ones passing on the reins. We had 16 pieces brought in for the UFO Challenge, and all the pictures from these and the Show & Tell can be seen on our Facebook page. C
We had 103 members and 5 visitors in attendance. We had lots of items in Show & Tell, and all pictures are posted on the Facebook page. Linda Bates won the Shop of the Month Raffle Basket from Flair with Fabrics from Chesterville, Ontario. Lois MacLean was still taking sign-ups for the UFO Challenge. Our Trunk Show with Judi Miller was amazing. Judi explained that she starts with a sketch on fabric and may use watercolour pencil, silk paints or dyes to produce the desired effect for the background, then fills in the detail using machine embroidery. All the students, from her class during the day, showed us their works in progress. C
Our January meeting was postponed until February 7th due to bad weather, and our February Meeting was cancelled due to renovations at the Lions Hall, so February 7th became our winter meeting. This month was the showing of the President’s Challenge. The winner of the Viewer’s Choice was Alexis Mongeau. You can view all the entrants on our Facebook page. We received thank you cards from LAWS & The Table for donations made at our November 2016 meeting. We also received a thank you from CAARS for quilts donated to refugee families. Block of the Month showed a Bow Tie block for this month. Library has started a Tool Library to add to the Books and Magazines. Our Vice President, Nijole reported on the success of the November Fall Sale and is getting ready for the next Fall Sale on November 4th, 2017. C
The Round Robin was a huge success, all the quilts were stunning. Nancy Jossinet did an awesome job organizing this activity & keeping us on our toes. We even met before the meeting at one member’s home so we could get a chance to see them in advance. You can see pictures of all 18 on our Facebook page. Members had an opportunity to sign up for a UFO Challenge that will be shown in June 2017. Our Fall Sale was a huge success with many thanks to the members that donated items and to those that worked it. All the blocks that members had signed out to do for the Outreach Quilt were brought in. Outreach is hoping to have it completed by February’s meeting. C
The President reminded members of the President’s Challenge and the due date of January 2017 meeting. Any snowbirds will have to get another member to bring theirs to the meeting for voting for Viewer’s Choice. Block of the Month showed the Rail Fence block. Library talked about how they have put our Library on line, and did it over the summer. Round Robin bags were exchanged again. One more exchange in October and in November, we get our quilts back. I am excited, I hope you are too. The Christmas QT is Wednesday, December 7, 2016. There will be a sign-up sheet in October. Still looking for items for our Fall Sale on November 12, 2016. There will be a sign-up sheet for this event as well for sandwiches and squares. A sign-up sheet for Consignment items at the Fall Sale will also be at the October meeting. The trunk show with Sherida Giddings was awesome and there are pictures posted on our Facebook page. C
Once again we had a wonderful potluck meal before our last meeting of the year. We all had a great time shopping with Grantham Books. There were lots of quilts in the Show and Tell and lots of door prizes. The President asked for volunteers to audit the books. Donations are still needed for the Fall Sale. There was an early bird draw from the list of names who have already donated, with Diane Gallagher the winner. The fall retreat is October 11 – 13, 2016 at the McIntosh Inn in Morrisburg. The new Program Coordinator handed out a survey to the membership to get a better understanding of what people want for Trunk Shows and Workshops. The President recognized the hard work of all outgoing and remaining Executive members and introduced the new ones. With the Canada’s 150th Anniversary in 2017, the incoming President announced the President’s Challenge in 2016/2017 to go along with this. The specifications for this Challenge were handed out. Another year done. C.