Thursday, December 18, 2014

Rock Island Campfires

Here is a little bit of surprise show and tell from Pat.  She is giving this quilt away this weekend so we won't get to see it in person (boo!), but a photo is better than nothing at all!  This is the first one she had machine quilted.  The pattern is from the 2200 series of Fons and Porter and is called Rock Island Campfires.  I love Pat's color palette!

If you are gifting some items that haven't made it to a meeting please feel free to email me a photo or two and a little bit of info and I will share them on our blog!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

November 6 Meeting/Sewing Day/Show & Tell

We had a really great day on Thursday with a good group sewing through the day.  There were a lot of the placemats finished and you can see some of the spread below.  By the end of the meeting (when people who had taken some home from the workshop in Ochre River returned finished placemats) we had a total of 81!! YEAH everyone we have reached our goal and now have enough for the Meals On Wheels Program both from the hospital program and the Seniors Program.

Many thanks to Joy Hillhouse for making the labels for all the placemats.  There were wonderful and added the finishing touch.

We also had a fabulous Show & Tell at the meeting with Dawn Piasta showing her wonderful 10 minute block blue and yellow (gotta love that combination) quilt.  The picture does not do it justice.   
 Dawn then showed her own creation from photos enlarged and then using the outline to create a quilt for obviously a hunter (I believe it is for her son).  Absolutely stunning work and sure to be loved!
 We then had Cheri Bourns showing off her quilt that as she said "kept growing" because she added another row around and then it was really big.
 I really love the strip in the back made of blocks left over from the front.  Really accents the and coordinates the back to the front.

 Karen Pryce then showed her pumpkin wall-hanging perfect for the wonderful fall we have had.

 And her runner.  She says there is a mistake but for the life of us we could not figure out where!  Why do we as quilters feel we need to tell people this?  Even as quilters we could not figure out what the "mistake" was and it should really be called a design choice instead!

We then had Amy Lone show an amazing KISS quilt made for a really lucky guy.  He didn't wear the T-shirts anymore and they were put to spectacular use and made into this fabulous creation of love backed by super soft cuddle up fabric.  I believe it was quilted by Lori Suss.  

 We then had a double treat of Bev Prestayko and Pat Milburn showing off the finished wall-hangings from a previous workshop I believe that was taught by Dawn.

All in all we had a great meeting, great show & tell, and great sewing day.  The next workshop will be on January 17, 2015 with Dawn teaching the denim wall-hanging.  This was a preregister class so hope you registered in time.  

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November Meeting this Week

Just a friendly reminder that our November meeting will be happening this Thursday November 6th!

If you are free during the day Karen and Bev will be at the Old Fire Hall from 9:30 on.  There is lots of work to be doing on our place mats for Meals on Wheels.  If you can't spend all day, any time you can spare would be greatly appreciated!  Working with others is a great time to pick up hints or learn a new skill.  Curious about how to do something - ask away!

Our regular meeting will start at 7:00 p.m.  I believe there will be a new comfort quilt block handed out.

Don't forget to bring your show and tell!  I hope someone takes lots of pictures as I have to miss the meeting but don't want to miss out on all the eye candy!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Band Raffle Donation Quilt

Many hands do make light work!

Thank you to our the guild members who made blocks for our DRCSS Band Fundraising quilt!  We had 93 blocks come in from guild members.  Reneta, Cheri and Sandra came over to my house to piece the top together.  It is a generous twin/small double at 74" x 88".  I quilted it with a nice allover design. (You can see more pictures on my blog.)  It is currently in Gloria's hands for binding and a label.  We will be able to present it to Mr. Schimdt and Mr. Coombs after our November meeting.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Place Mat Work Day

We had about a dozen ladies out for our work bee for Christmas place mats for Meals on Wheels.  Our initial goal was to make about 60.  It came to the attention of some of our members that the Seniors Center also delivers meals to about 15 people so a new goal was set of 75 place mats!


 Through the creativity of the ladies in attendance and the generous fabric donation we received last year I am thrilled to say that we indeed will have 75 place mats to donate if not more.  They are currently in various stages of completion, so if you were unable to attend yesterday and want to lend a hand it is not too late.

We decided to pillowcase turn the majority of the place mats.  Some are turned and just need a little quilting.  Some need turning and quilting.  There will also be some that require traditional binding. Labels will also need to be added.  Karen P and Bev P were heading up this project so if you can assist please let them know.

The was a lot of fun and a lot of learning happening throughout the day.  I even donned the gloves and did a little free motion quilting on my domestic machine - turns out it is like riding a bike, I could still do it!

Thanks to Genny for remembering to snap a few pictures!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Little Mug Rug Inspiration

I came across this tutorial for a scrappy tree mug rug on the the Pleasant Home blog.

 I thought I'd share to give you an example of something that could be made for our mug rug exchange.



Sunday, October 5, 2014

October Show and Tell

The Crocus Quilt held held on monthly meeting on Thursday October 2nd to a great group of over 30 ladies.

Member returned their Night and Day brick blocks and I am happy to report that there were 93! This will allow us to make a generous twin sized quilt for the Band Program.  Thank you to all who participated - many hand do indeed make light work! 

Another very exciting part of the meeting was the reveal of the challenge kits for 2015.  Bev P. has challenged us to use a least 2 shapes in our projects and include these fabrics.  Remember that this year there is a maximum perimeter size of 100" to facilitate the quilts being easily hung at the library.  I believe there are still kits available for members at a cost of $10.

It was decided that we will be having 2 exchanges at our Christmas meeting on December 4th.  One is a fat quarter exchange - please place in a brown paper bag with no decorations.  The other is a mug rug exchange.  Participation in these exchanges is optional but encouraged.  If you bring one, you will leave with one.

And here was the lovely show and tell.  Gloria finished this amazing wall hanging that was started at a workshop.  There is an incredible amount of paper piecing involved and it turned out just great.  Sorry I can't remember the name of the pattern just now.

Sherry's quilt that she referred to as Ugly#1 (because she says she has enough fabric left to make Ugly #2).   I don't think it is ugly at all, and there were a few in the crowd who remembered some of the prints as well.  We just need to point out all the "vintage" fabrics that were used and it value will sky rocket!  It really was a great way to use up some fabric that may not be to your taste any longer.

Here is a close up of the quilting technique that Sherry is able to do with her walking foot.  I love the effect.

Karen shared this lovely tree-guest book-wall hanging from the 3rd of three of her children's weddings this summer.  Guests signed their names on the leaves.  The picture just doesn't do this one justice.  Very creative and I'm sure it will be treasured for many years to come.

Karen's other small Halloween projects.

This quilt is Amy's and once again I can't remember the name of the pattern.  I love how the white sashing calms to whole quilt down.

This is Cheri's table centre from the workshop we offered last fall. (I wish mine were that far along - it is still in the many sample stages.)  I am going to have to get Cheri to teach me that cool top stitching technique she used around the outer edge.  It looks like hand stitching, but is done by machine.

And a few more table runners that Cheri has been busy practicing her free motion quilting skills on from our June Workshop with Joanne.

 And me showing off another version of "Pedal to the Metal" by Highway 10 Designs. We made this one for the new pattern cover.

Happy stitching!


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Meeting this week!

Our next guild meeting is happening Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the Old Firehall at the Watson Art Centre.

Things to remember:

Black and White "Night and Day Scrappy Brick Blocks"

If you have made some blocks we would sure appreciate if you could bring them with you on Thursday.  We are hoping to get a plan together as soon as possible for the Band Program Fundraising Quilt.  If you need more info on this just give Lori a call at 5777.

Yard Sale

This will be the evening of our yard sale.  If you wish to sell items they can be dropped off anytime after 5:00.  (If possible try to bring them a little bit early to allow the organizers a chance to get set up.)  Items must be priced and labeled with your personal seller number.  Numbers were handed out at the last meeting, but will still be available.  Karen P. and Bev P. are in charge of this endeavor so please ask them if you have any questions.

2014/2105 Challenge Kits

Kits will be available for purchase on Thursday for a cost of $10.  You will have until May to complete your project.  I am looking forward to seeing what is in store for us this year!

See you Thursday!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014


8 Members of the Crocus Quilt Guild (Dauphin) enjoyed a fabulous retreat with members of the North Star Quilt Guild (Flin Flon) at Fabriculous in Swan River.

I forgot my camera, but my good friend Kathy took lots of great pictures, so check it all out here on her blog.

Wendy and George at Fabriculous were fabulous hosts, and here is a link to the latest Fabriculous Newsletter.  There are lots of great classes being offered!  

We had so much fun this weekend that we have booked a date for the spring!  Can't wait!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September Show & Tell

Here are the items that were shared at our first meeting of the season.  It was great to see more than 30 ladies out for the evening!

Dawn shared about her experience meeting the author of the book "Kristy's Quilt" - Brandy Maslowski of Brandy Lynn Designs and the Explore Fibre Blog.

Dawn also shared her very cool discharge dyed project.  Bleach and Dawn's creativity are an amazing combination!

Linda's batik quilt, quilted by Karen. (I can't remember the name of this pattern.)

Karen loved Linda's so much she decided to make one of her one.  This was one of nine quilts Karen finished this summer for members of her children's wedding parties!

Bev's Star Fling quilt for her new grandson Joel.  Her is a link to the Star Fling Pattern.  The pattern uses fat quarters and comes highly recommenced by Bev and Lori as a good beginner project.

This is Karen's Quarter Sections baby quilt.

And Sherry's stunning wallhanging. Her quilting gave it a real bamboo effect.

An we got a treat when we saw this antique quilt that is going to be lovingly restored.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Meeting this Week!

Our first meeting of the fall will happen this Thursday, September 4th at 7:00 p.m. at the Old Firehall.  There will not be any sewing during the day this month.

Yearly memberships are due - $20 - A steal of a deal!

This is the last chance to join in for the retreat that is happening September 19, 20 and 21st. I do have a spot or two available!  Please come prepared to pay the balance owing to Nina.  Total cost is $125.

If you look over to the left side of the blog I have added a list of online CANADIAN fabric stores that I personally have had good experiences with, or have friends who use them.  Many have very reasonable shipping options and things come quickly being in Canada with no duty surprises. (I can add others if given the information.)

I am looking for another member or two to help out with picture taking at the meeting and updating the blog.  I will show you everything you need to know. I promise it is really easy.  Let me know if you want to give it a try.

Please remember to bring anything you completed over the summer for Show and Tell.

See you Thursday!


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

2014 Challenge Results

Our challenges projects were revealed at the May meeting. Last fall we were given three black and white fat quarters and one crayola marker.  We could add as much black and white fabric to the ones we were given, but only one additional fabric the color of our marker.  Lots of creative projects were shown.

Bev won the viewers choice with this adorable piece.


Take a few moments to see all the other creative ideas that our members came up with!







This belongs to Karen M.









 This belongs to Karen P.