Monday, 21 March 2016

March Meeting

Our March meeting was very quick and a large number of members with items for Show and Tell. Due to the storm that was forecast to arrive later in the evening we skipped having a break and plowed on so that we could get home before the storm hit. Show and Tell was lengthy and contained a lot of items from the Villa Madonna Retreat so may seem repetitive but as always very much enjoyed.

Gloria did this quilt at the Elaine Quehl workshop...
as well as the one following

Gloria's 'Tinner Project' quilt 

and Gloria's baby heart quilt

Gloria's disappearing pinwheel 

Dianne's triple Irish Chain

Marg with her finished wall hanging from the
 Elaine Quehl Peony workshop 

Marg's  'Tinner Project'

Janet M's Bales of Hay 

Janet also made a quilt for 'Quilts of Valor" 

Janet also had a baby quilt

Anne's sweet pastel quilt

Anne also had these matching quilts

and a 'Holiday Magic' quilt

Jackie's quilts for her twin grandsons here
 and below 

a couple more small pieces made by Jackie
from the Elaine Quehl workshops

Claire's African fabrics quilt

Janet batik quilt done at retreat 

Ann C.'s baby quilt done with an owl panel

Nova quilt by Ann 

Marj's table runner made using the Squedge ruler

Attic window quilt for Victoria Quilts made by Marj

Joyce with one of her Maze quilts and
another one below

Close up of Jackie's Elaine Quehl workshop

Jackie's Country Scenery piece

Jackie's miniature Twister Heart

This tree wall hanging was done by Lucille
I have to say it again that we have a lot of talent in our guild and it shows in the quality of our Show and Tell. Weather permitting we will see each other at our next meeting on April 6.
Always in Stitches, Marj

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Annual Villa Madonna Retreat 2016

A wonderful retreat was enjoyed by all again this year. Lots of sewing, socializing and camaraderie was had by all. As usual the Villa went above and beyond to provide good meals and an open home like atmosphere during our stay. All participants were very productive either working on their own projects or helping others. What a wonderful sharing membership we have. Here are some pictures of our stay with the following of our last day show and tell.

              Show and tell at the end of our Retreat.

Marj's Disappearing 4 Patch

King size Double Slice by Marj

Kathy's beautiful Polka Dots

Kathy also did an Attic Windows with a Wolves panel 

Jacky did a lovey landscape

Jackie's Twister Heart

She also worked on some Legacy Star Blocks

Then on to som Stack 'N' Whack

Finally some Elongated Stars, Boy was she busy!

Clair with her African Mask Quilt which is gorgeous.

This is the reverse of Claire's quilt

Natalie's Hidden Star Blocks

Some snowman table runners

Then a 10 minute block quilt

Marie Carte's Take 5 quilt

Then her Turning 20 quilt

Lori did a Magic Tiles quilt

She also finished her Twisted Ribbons top

and Bear in the Woods Log Cabin Star

Bev also did a Magic Tiles

and Slippery Slide

Viola's Slice of Life

Carolyn.s Double Slice

Bonnie with her X Marks the Spot placemats

Another double Slice

Then a Sparkling Gemstones

Sandra's quilt from the Jan 2016 Fabric Exchange

A Large block top

A Star of Bethlehem panel finished

Square in a Square

A bed storage pocket

Marg's Storm at Sea

The beginnings of a Spicy Spiral Runner

Doris worked hard on many blocks for a Starry Irish Chain

Bertha made some X Marks the Spot placemats

Bertha also finished a Double Slice

And she completed Second Hand Clothes

Carol also made a Double Slice

and her County Line blocks

Lucy with her Helter Skelter

and her Zig-Zag quilt

Pat Created her own quilt with a combination of two blocks
Pin Wheels and Star of Bethlehem 

Susan cleaned up a lot of  UFO's. This one is a
Winter Welcome Banner

a Harvest Runner

An Attic Window Snowman panel 

and a Carpenters Star

and finished with placemats

Dorothy's Ray of sunshine

amazing applique

Dianne's Triple Irish Chain

some paper pieced stars

Dresden Plate with a center basket

Janet made a sewing machine organizing pad

A Scrappy Maple Leaf

Stack of Hay

Joan's Chenille Baby Blanket

Spiked Table Runner

An Attic windows Wolf on the run

Jelly Roll Race for Victoria Quilts.
The strips were donated by the winners from our game night

Elaine showed her finished table cloth
that she worked on at last years retreat

She also made a fussy cut Attic Windows wall hanging

and a Spiked Table Runner

Joyce made a Victoria Quilt Top a find of hers many years ago.
The pieces are all hand stitched by the original quilter
Joyce added the borders

A combined panel creation

Garden Maze

Charlotte made Cats on Piano Keys from a
panel that was anonymously donated to her

Geraldine did an ABC's/123 baby quilt

A table runner

and some Christmas toppers

Bev has made some blocks for a Jacobs' Ladder 

Some blocks from a Stack 'N' Whack

Peggy made a Clothes Line Basket

Some pillow cases

Place mats

Christmas Tree napkins

Wonky Star Quilt

Finished a wallet

and also finished a bag

Carol's Double Irish Chain

Echoing Squares

and a Snowman 1/2 Log Cabin

Cecile did an Eye Spy quilt

Snowball Nine Patch Minitures 

Her Original layout of Haystacks

Scrappy Maple Leaf

The Gangs all here!

As I said in the opening we were a very productive group. A lot of UFO's finished. New projects completed or a good head start on them. Having the extra day certainly shows in  the amount of work completed.

The next three years are booked and the dates are as follows so mark your calendars:

Feb. 8 – 12, 2017

Feb 7 – 11, 2018

Feb. 6 – 10, 2019

Till next time,
Always in Stitches Marj