Meeting Feb. 23, 2017


Hello all,

Can you believe that February will end tomorrow?  Where does the time go?  All those at guild this past Thursday have been busy with various projects, and I managed to get some photos this week.  

Our oft-delayed luncheon has been re-scheduled to MAY 11 so that some of our summer folk can attend.  

We are progressing nicely on our CQA project of quilt tops for Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada.  I’m quite sure that next week we will have photos of the two tops we’ve made, and will be able to send them off to Ontario for machine quilting.

Next week we will continue with sign ups for snacks for the next 4-5 weeks….please take your turn!

Freda was discharged from the hospital this past Friday, and is slowly recovering at home from her fall the week before.

Photos this week include Dawn L. getting the Wedding Ring quilt ready for binding with Nancy E.’s help, a sparkly, multicoloured sock by Wendy P., a cute green toque made by Pam C. for her son, and a lovely little pink baby sweater and hat by Mabel for Peg’s mission project.  Mary H. made the small whale hanging and wonderful whale quilt, and Judy M the stunning patterned mitt.  There is also a close-up of one of the blocks for CQA that was embroidered by Wendy P. and my Civil War reproduction quilt calledArrowhead.

Hello all,

Can you believe that February will end tomorrow?  Where does the time go?  All those at guild this past Thursday have been busy with various projects, and I managed to get some photos this week.  

Our oft-delayed luncheon has been re-scheduled to MAY 11 so that some of our summer folk can attend.  

We are progressing nicely on our CQA project of quilt tops for Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada.  I’m quite sure that next week we will have photos of the two tops we’ve made, and will be able to send them off to Ontario for machine quilting.

Next week we will continue with sign ups for snacks for the next 4-5 weeks….please take your turn!

Freda was discharged from the hospital this past Friday, and is slowly recovering at home from her fall the week before.

Photos this week include Dawn L. getting the Wedding Ring quilt ready for binding with Nancy E.’s help, a sparkly, multicoloured sock by Wendy P., a cute green toque made by Debbie C for her son-in-law, and a lovely little pink baby sweater and hat by Mabel for Peg’s mission project.  Mary H. made the small whale hanging and wonderful whale quilt, and Judy M the stunning patterned mitt.  There is also a close-up of one of the blocks for CQA that was embroidered by Wendy P. and my Civil War reproduction quilt calledArrowhead.









Meeting and CQA Big Quilting Bee Project Day


The usual suspects were at guild today, knitting, caning, chatting, and quilting.  After lunch Janice, Dawn, Pauline, Debbie, and I remained behind to continue to work on the CQA Canada 150 Big Quilt Bee project, and we got a lot accomplished.  Fifteen new blocks were made, and the top row of the larger of 2 quilt tops was sewn together.  Our backs gave out about 2:30, but it was great to share this project together.  Also Wendy P. has magically machine embroidered “Grand Manan Island” on a couple of our blocks, and will do a couple of others when we are ready.  It looks great!  We still have 7 or 8 blocks to complete, and then will be able to send a small quilt top along with the larger one we laid out today.

Speaking of Wendys, I got an email from Wendy D. today telling of her week’s visit with Erleen, whom many of you know.  She is doing well, has many friends at her assisted living facility in Minneapolis, MN, and she and Wendy had a great visit to museums and galleries, as well as playing lots of Scrabble and catching up on island gossip.

Also got a note from Judy M. who sent along a photo of a pair of Scandinavian mitts she has just completed, which you can see below.  If anyone else who is away has done any knitting or other craft please send along a photo to me, and I will post it here.

Again I might recommend joining the Facebook Group called Quilting in Canada.  There are over 1000 members and some of the work is amazing!  I posted our work today on that site, and will do likewise to the NB Quilters Gather FB page.  Nothing wrong with blowing our own horn!




Fw: Meeting Jan. 12, 2017


What a beautiful morning here!  

It was great to see all our guild friends at our gathering on Thursday.  Completed projects were on display, and it seemed that just about everyone has a knitting project on the go, from socks to baby sweaters.  Please note the cute dog ball cap that Wendy made – see the ear holes?

We decided that our postponed Potluck Luncheon will be held on Feb. 9, with a Valentine’s Day theme. Please bring your favourite dish, salad, casserole, or dessert, and we will eat around 11:30.

This coming THURSDAY, JAN. 19th, we will have a workday starting at 9:30 to see if we can finish up the blocks for the CQA project  of making quilts for Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada.  I have seen some of the quilts online that have been completed by guilds and their members across the country.  If you are a Facebook user, you may want to look for the page called “Quilting in Canada”, where many of these quilts are pictured.  Please bring your machine and rotary cutters, extra bobbins, etc.  If you wish, bring a sandwich for lunch.  We will work till about 2 when the church usually has their Bible study group.  We have about 15 blocks done so far.  I would like to see a total of 36 blocks, enabling us to send a baby-sized top (12 blocks) and a larger child’s quilt top (24 blocks) to the CQA Big Quilt Bee. 




Meeting Nov. 10, 2016

Good Day!

We had a nice group today at guild.  Nancy McH has finished her “Disappearing Four-Patch Quilt”, with binding and label completed.  She was also wearing a sweater she recently knit.  Freda is working on a lap quilt from a kit she bought from Sande Gunning at our show in July.  The colours are lovely!
Janice is hooking a cute rug/hanging with laundry blowing in the breeze, Ce was knitting, and Ineke is starting her first quilt.  Lots of socks and sweaters being knit by other members.

Next week we will decide on a date for our annual Christmas Potluck, which will be on a Thursday at noon.

I have formatted some membership cards for the guild so that members can show them at Marden’s and other quilt shops that give discounts to guild members.  I will bring them next week to our meeting.



Meeting Oct. 20, 2016

Great progress today on our “Moose Quilt” for CQA’s 150th Birthday project.  Quilt guild members from all over Canada have been asked to make blocks using Canada Birthday fabric to make “slab” blocks (more or less like log cabin blocks, but with leeway) and send them in to CQA by May, 2017.  The blocks will be assembled and machine quilted at a giant quilting bee in May, and will be given to all the Ronald MacDonald Houses across Canada.  The goal is to make 1000 quilts for this project.

We are well on our way to making a quilt for a small child (36″ x 48″) or, if we get ambitious, one for an older child (48″ x 72″).  We have chosen to fussy cut moose out of the special birthday fabrics to be the focal point of each block.  See below for a photo of our first 3 blocks.  Thanks to Nancy McH., Janice N, Mary H, Mary B, and Dawn L for their help this morning.  It felt good to have a project to focus on that didn’t mean a lot of stress and pressure!

We bid farewell this morning to Diana B and Mary H who will not be with us over the winter.  

Tis the season for knitting SOCKS!  There are plenty of socks being knit up for the upcoming cold weather as well as for gifts.  Chair caning and rug hooking are also on the go.  Mary H. brought in 3 wool “trees” made from one of Sande Gunning’s kits, and Ruth C brought in her blocks from a scrap quilt she is working on.  I will try to remember to bring my camera next week!

Meeting Sept. 8, 2016


Last Thursday we were happy to see Joan F who is spending a couple of weeks here.  She was working on her tea cozies and many others were knitting away on shrugs, sweaters, shawls, and of course socks.  Many of us are using the Opal yarn that Mary had for sale at the market a couple of weeks ago.  Nancy McH. brought in her Disappearing 4-Patch quilt top made with scraps from her stash (marking Nancy as a true quilter!) and it is lovely.  If you want to see how it is made, go to You Tube and search for Missouri Star Quilt Company, Disappearing 4-patch.  It is quite interesting to see how it comes together.  One of those quilts that looks harder than it really is.  I am very taken with it, and have started one myself.  
Reminders:
-Of Time and Tides craft shop in Grand Harbour – this is their last week before closing.
-At the Art Gallery- Grand Manan Photography exhibit, along with shows by Donna Nixon and Tam Greenley
-KVQG quilt show this week, Thurs. through Sat. in Quispamsis, Sept. 15-17
-St. Croix guild quilt show in Calais Friday and Sat. next week, Sept. 23-24

Sept. 1, 2016 meeting


We had a great turnout at the meeting last Thursday, (28-30 of us) welcoming several summer friends, and saying goodbye to some as well.  We love to see you all!

A couple of announcements were made: the Kennebecasis Valley Guild’s show is the 15th-17th of Sept. in Quispamsis, and the 23rd and 24th of Sept. is the show in Calais by the St. Croix guild.  Both are well worth a trip.  The Island Art show is on now, and Sept. 10 is the opening of the island photography show at the Gallery.  

All quilt guilds in Canada who are members of the Canadian Quilters Association (CQA) are invited to help make 1000 quilts for Ronald McDonald Houses at children’s hospitals across the country to celebrate Canada’s birthday in 2017.  Some of us would like to do this, and Mary H. has received word about the fabric needed to make “slab” blocks for the project.  The block is an easy one, and doesn’t require a lot of precision measuring, so beginners would be able to make blocks as well as more experienced quilters.  I will be join to Calgary this month, so will search out the required fabrics (one strip of specific Canada 150th birthday fabric is to be included in each block) and bring some back with me.  The CQA does not want finished quilts, only blocks or tops.  They will look after the quilting and binding.

Mary H. is offering a class in October on “turning the heel” of a sock.  Those interested will meet with her individually ASAP so she can show us how to knit socks using a long circular  needle (size 2.75mm).  Let Mary know if you are interested.



2016 Show Pix

Attached are some of my photos of our 2016 Show, Treasures Beyond Measure.  Enjoy!
Again, thanks to everyone who helped.  At least 22 members  assisted throughout the show, which is a really good participation rate!  By the way, there is no need for anyone to prepare snack for at least a month.  Leftover goodies are safely in Beverley’ freezer!





















2016 Show — this weekend, and venue change!

The 2016 Tidal Threads show is this weekend — doors open at 11am on Friday.

There has been a venue change — the show will be held at the Immanuel Family Church, also on Rte 776 on Grand Manan.

Full details:
Friday, July 8, 2016 – 11 am to 6 pm
Saturday, July 9, 2016 – 10 am to 4pm
Where:  IMMANUEL FAMILY CHURCH, Rte. 776, Grand Manan Island, NB
Admission: $4.00, includes light refreshments.
Fabric vendor on site during show.

Meeting June 16, 2016


Greetings all from Beautiful Grand Manan!

Summer made a spectacular entrance this past weekend, and seems to be continuing.  Despite a strong SW wind (that kept the bugs away*:) happy) yesterday evening, it was a great weekend for gardening and gathering with friends on the deck.

On Thursday we welcomed back Peg and Claire after their surgeries, both successful!  It was great to see them both walking with less pain and more vim!  Mary H. spoke about the show, and members were reminded to submit their registration forms ASAP to Martha.  Also, remember that we will be featuring “Tools of the Trade” in our “little room” off the main hall. Sharing that small room will be a small memorial display to our past member Gladys Leighton.  The Tools of the Trade display needs contributions!  Do you have a special kind of knitting or quilting accessory that you can’t live without?  Do you love a certain brand of cutter or hook if you hook rugs?  Please be ready to share your tools, no matter what sort of work you do.  Remember that many of our viewers do not know a lot about our crafts,  so even things we take for granted will be new to many.

As usual, we will have a Viewer’s Choice ribbon for the item that visitors admire, thanks to Dawn, and we will be selling tickets on our own wall hanging, “You Have (Air) Mail”.  

We will be accepting registered entries to the show between 6 and 8 pm on Wednesday, July 6.  July 7 will be our busiest day, when we need lots of help to “hang the show”.  The doors open at 11 am on Friday, July 8 (11-6) and Saturday July 9 (10-4).  Please spread the word! The notice is on Facebook, and posters are appearing on island bulletin boards.