Thursday, December 26, 2013

Holiday UFO Day

Reneta has organized a UFO day at the  Old Firehall tomorrow -Friday December 27.  Everyone is welcome to join in.  Doors open at 9:00.  Plan is to go until about 4:00.  Hope to see you there.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Weekend Workshop

We had a very nice day on Saturday when 11 ladies took part in our "Poinsettia Table Runner " workshop.

We used the Flowers and More Flowers book, and the Large "Less Than Traditional" Starter set from Quilter's Haven - Quilting with Charlie.

This is Karen's sample.

Here is a peak at the progress at the end of the day.  I didn't get a picture of Joan's before she had to leave - hope we get to see it at show and tell!











It was a wonderful group to work with.  Can't wait to see all of the finished projects at show and tell!  A big thank-you to everyone who helped supply lunch.  It was awesome!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

November Meeting

We had another great meeting on November 5, 2013.  We had some great news about the results of our raffle/quilt show and are happy that we did so well.  This will allow us to purchase batting and backing for our charity quilts.  Everyone is to be congratulated on a job well done. 

We also had a new charity block demonstrated and distributed.  Each member is asked to make 4 blocks.  Dawn had received a call from a quilter in Brandon who has generously donated her fabric to our guild and we have used some of this fabric to distribute to our members to make the next charity quilt.  Her main wish was that we USE the fabric and this way it is going for a great use and will benefit whomever it is donated to.  Our heartfelt thanks and prayers go to this generous quilter. 

Because of the business of Christmas time and because of how many people would have to miss the Christmas Party on December 5, 2013 we have decided as a group to have a New Year's Party instead.  This means our fat quarter exchange, mug rug gift, and of course the food will be held at our first meeting on January 9, 2014 instead of December.  This will also be when the charity blocks are due to be returned.  

Show and tell followed and I apologize for the photos again taken only with a phone.  One of these days will buy a camera. LOL 

 This is Karen with a couple of her Stack N Wack placemats.  What a neat way to make coordinating placemats that are still not identical.
 Karen with a winter wall hanging she made.   Beautiful blues/sparkles/icy fabrics.
 Cindy with her Butterflies in the Window quilt. Butterflies were appliqued on and black bias was topstitched on between the panes. 
 Cindy finally finished the Log Cabin Curves which was actually started about five years ago.  She had quilted the feathers in the light portions and didn't like them and ripped them all out and did over!!!
 Cindy with a baby quilt "Bubbles for Abby" made for a former co-worker's daughter who is almost a year old.  The pattern is from Benita Skinner from Victoriana Designs. 
The 1/2 square triangle charity quilt pieced together by Cindy from the blocks everyone donated.  There were a few blocks left over that will make a lap quilt as well. 

More Quilt Show Pics

I finally have a few days off of work and have been able to do some more quilting.  What a pleasure to sit in front of the machine again.  I have a few more pictures from the quilt show to post.  I cannot remember all the titles of the quilts though and some of the pictures are not the clearest because they were just taken with my phone but here goes.  My memory is definitely going because I can't even remember who made each of these quilts but what talent our members have!!!  The beauty and variety of quilts was amazing!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Autumn Splendor Quilt Show 2013

I can hardly believe that I am saying this but the Crocus Quilters Guild Quilt Show 2013 is in the history books.  For anyone that wanted to go but didn't, you missed viewing almost 200 beautiful masterpieces.

It was a full day of preparation and set-up on Friday.  The Watson Arts Centre was a flurry of activity starting at 9 am.  The quilt racks were hung, vendors moved in and the quilts were arranged in the perfect array throughout the afternoon.

Doors opened at 10 am on Saturday, it was a beautiful sunny day and everyone was in high spirits.

A group of Quilter's and vendors gathered at Jelly Blacks Roadhouse

On Sunday morning we saw our first guests arrive right as we opened the doors at 10 am.

It didn't take long to dismantle the display once the doors closed for the last time at 4 pm.

Vendors included:
  • Alvina of Quilter's Den from Morden
  • Wendy of Fabriculous from Swan River
  • Michele of Mami's Country Quilts from Duck Lake, SK
Winners Circle:
  • Quilt Raffle:  Carla Steiner, Dauphin, MB
  • Door Prizes: Kendra Suss, Dauphin & Olvia B of Sandy Lake
  • Viewer's Choice: Gloria Nicholson, Rooster & Karen Pryce, Cabin
The Tea Room was an awesome addition to the show, the food was delicious and the conversation was great.

Tribute to Heather Lair touch all that took the time to visit.

Challenge Display Corner received a lot of interest

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Quilt Show was an absolutely fantastic success.  It was a lot of work but we had rave reviews from all who came through.  It was amazing to the see the variety of layouts that people came up with for the Alternate Routes pattern that members of the guild did from a pattern created by Highway 10 Designs.  The soup, bun, vegetables, and coffee lunch was also a huge success and everyone enjoyed the variety of homemade soups and then the great desserts.
 This was the quilt made by Winnie with her winning squares from the charity block for the month.
 This is the bedrunner made by Gloria Nicholson.
 This is Karen Pryce's Schoolhouse which won second place for viewer's choice.
 This is Gloria Nicholson's  Rockin Roosters which won the Viewer's Choice Award
 This is the table runner made by Pat Milburn which we will be holding a workshop for on November 16, 2013. 
 This was made by Reneta Angus

 This is made by Lori Suss and was the quilt hanging at the top of the stairs as you entered the Art Centre Building where the quilt show was held.
This was made by Cindy Hamilton and is her grandson Asher. Each piece is 1/4 inch in size. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

UFO Day!

Just a friendly reminder that there is a UFO day being held TOMORROW, October 19th at the Old Fire hall in the Watson Art Centre.  Doors open at 9:30.  Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 7, 2013

October Meeting Highlights

Our October meeting was held on Thursday Oct the 3rd.  It was wonderful to 25 faces, with some new ones mixed in.

Some highlights from the business meeting were:

October 19th will be a UFO day in the Old Fire Hall at the Watson Art Center.  9:00 a.m.

November 16th will be our Poinsettia Table runner workshop and UFO day at the Ochre River Hall - 9:30 am.

With heavy hearts it was noted that Carol Wright from Kickass Country Store passed away on Sat., Sept. 28th.  Carol and Wayne attended many of our June Windups as vendors and their store in Plumas was a popular road trip destination.  It was Carol's wish that quilters make a block in her favorite colors (teal and purple) and have a quilt made to be raffled with proceeds to further cancer research.  The blocks should be 8 1/2" unfinished with a light background.  At the end of December any blocks made can be forwarded to Winnipeg as a group collection.

Show and Tell:
Brenda finished piecing the split leaf quilt top with the fabric that was purchased a mere 4 days earlier at the show.  We are planning to donate this top to the Watson Art Center to assist in the BIG ASK fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million dollars.  hopefully we will see completed photos of it next month.

Sherry showed her charm square shadow box quilt.

Sandra shared her quilt-as-you go quilt she made for her nephew.

And our program for the evening was some good old fashioned basic tips about 1/4 seams, pressing and thread led by Gloria and Karen.

**I am unable to attend for both the November and December meetings, so if someone would be willing to take pictures so I can post them, or would like to try their hand at the blog, please let me know.  Blog posts are not the same without a few pictures!


Sunday, September 8, 2013

September Meeting Show & Tell

Most of Thursday's meeting was spent going over the last minute details for our upcoming quilt show.  Guild members signed up for shifts during the show for the tea room, admission table, raffle ticket table etc.  If you weren't at the meeting and are able to help please contact Dawn to be added to the schedule.

This is our last push for Raffle Ticket sales.  Please consider picking up an extra or book or two to sell in the next two weeks.  Genny is the person who can help you with that.  Wouldn't it be amazing if we sold all of our tickets?

Now onto what you have been waiting for...

Mona finished up a couple of projects.  I believe this was a mystery project from a few years back.

 Mona also completed this lovely batik Sampler.

Reneta shared her cheerful Sunflower and jelly roll quilt.

Karen shared her panel revamp.  She cut is apart and pieced it back together and added a lot of detailed quilting to make it special.

This is Karen's really cool iron caddy.  It folds flat to become a pressing surface, and carrys your hot iron home safely.  Here is a link to a tutorial that is very similar. (Note: this is not the exact pattern that Karen used.)

And here is Karen's version of the Alternate Routes pattern.  I love the star in the center of her layout, and her fabrics are just gorgeous.  Another unique layout.

  Her is Dawn's "make it beautiful" piece. Can you believe this began as a skirt she picked up at Value Village?

Cheri had her very modern Hopscotch quilt.

Cheri also shared her version of the Alternate Routes pattern.  Seems everyone is coming up with their own layout!

And last my addition to the guild banner.  I tried my hand at thread painting for the first time.  

20 sleeps until the Quilt Show!  Are you excited yet??

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Meeting this Week!

It is September 1st and that means our first meeting of the fall is only a few days away.  Karen will be a the Old Firehall from 9:00 a.m. for our Daytime UFO session.  This is a great time to finish up those last minute things for our quilt show happening in just a few weeks.

Have you made your crocus block to add to the Guild Banner?  I had almost forgotten about that little project, but since it only needs to be 4-8" in size, there is still time to complete it. Feel free to be as creative as you like, it needs to be bound.  Need some inspiration? Here are links to a few free crocus blocks I found online:

For those who like Applique click here.

And two different paper pieced blocks here.

And another here.

This one will cost $1.95, but it is nice too.  From

No excuses now ladies!  If you need a little help with paper piecing or anything else that may have gotten you stuck over the summer, Karen or I will be happy to lend a hand on Thursday.

Hope we get to see some great Show & Tell!

See you Thursday, September 5th at 7:00 p.m.