Greetings to all,
Had a great crowd at our gathering yesterday, and welcomed back (like the swallows to Capistrano, as Mary said!) Leslie D, Hilda S, Kathy H, and Sandra I. We also welcomed summer visitor Inge from Moncton, who brought her spinning wheel, and gave a brief demo of her drop spinner, and how she spins raw wool into yarn. She showed us a shawl that she had knit from her own spun yarn. Inge hopes to return to GM and stay longer next time!
The church is making big improvements to their hall and sanctuary entrances, with the installation of a concrete ramp along the side of the church and new steps to the front and side doors. So there was noise and dust, but all for a good cause.
We reminded all present of our long-delayed potluck to be held on July 13, when our Maine visitors are here. Please bring your favourite dish, anything EXCEPT dessert, which is taken care of. Also, please be sure to bring some examples of work you have completed over the past year for our annual Show ‘n Tell prior to the luncheon at 11:30. Our meeting will start at 9:30, as usual, in the hall. I won’t be in attendance next week on July 6, but perhaps some of you can get together to decide who will bring paper plates and napkins, some tablecloths, etc. If someone wants to make a punch that would be great, but not a necessity.
Our other point of discussion, other than announcement of events on the island this weekend, was the gift of our Setting Day quilt (2011). This quilt was won by Frank Longstaff, a now retired lawyer whose office in the business centre has been the repository of the quilt for the past 6 years. Now that he won’t be in the office here any more, Frank has kindly given the quilt back to the guild for disposition. Thanks to Mary H, who discovered that there is a biennial contest to add to the NB Museum’s collection of NB quilts made since 1960. This quilt would seem to be a good example for this contest, so we will enter it, with photos and artists’ statement, etc., before the August deadline. If chosen, the NB Museum will purchase the quilt at fair market value to add to their collection. We are so appreciative of Frank’s gift, and should our quilt be chosen, we will determine the destination of the purchase money at that time. Thanks, Mary, for your efforts!
Photos below show Inge and her shawl, Janice “stripping” in preparation for a new hooking project, my little quilt called “Red Sky at Night”, Sandra I’s quilt made from a bundle she received 2-3 years ago at our show and tell with the Maine group, and lastly, Setting Day, our raffle quilt won by Frank Longstaff in 2011.
Hope you all have a great Canada 150 weekend. As an immigrant, I am particularly grateful to live in our wonderful country, and in such a beautiful spot as Grand Manan.