Canadian Block Lotto Challenge

For November’s Block Lotto we are participating in a Canada-wide block lotto challenge alongside many other Canadian MQG’s.

Each guild is revealing this challenge in September/October. We revealed at our September meeting.

Block lotto draws will remain within each separate guild according to guild rules/guidelines. We will be drawing at our November 25th meeting, don’t forget your blocks!

Each guild will choose their own colour palette and all participants are encouraged to post their blocks on social media using the selected hashtags or Facebook groups. Be sure to check out all the beautiful blocks!

 

The Block:  Wedges as Topography

Size: 9″ finished (9 1/2″ unfinished)

Colour Palette: The palette we have selected is meant to reflect a modern fall landscape. Solid fabrics of Eggplant, Gold, and Earth tones. Including a small amount of bright white is suggested in the instructions. While this should be the overall colour theme of your block(s), small amounts of other coordinating fall colours would be acceptable.

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Social Media: #cdnmqgblocklotto2018  #wedgesastopography
and Facebook Groups: Modern Quilting in Canada, Canadian Modern Quilters

Instructions: Full instructions and examples can be seen on Karen’s Just Get It Done Quilts webpage and the instructions file can be found on her webpage here as well.

There is a handy YouTube video with instructions by Just Get It Done Quilts as well! Thanks Karen!

 

May 2018 Meeting

Book/Blog/Bolt – Show & Tell


 

Linda showed us a wall hanging. It is a quilt as you go style project with needle turn applique flowers that have sequin details:

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Linda also showed us a wedding gift she made. The centre is a Laurel Burch panel:

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Sherry showed us what she made with her travelling quilt blocks. She is going to use it as a tablecloth, it is 3 layers of cotton – she used a layer of plain cotton fabric instead of traditional batting:

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Barb brought a quilt she made for a relative that was on the Humboldt Broncos bus. She did the free-motion quilting on her domestic machine:

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Barb showed us some fat quarters featuring low volume that she purchased at Along Came Quilting in Calgary (by the Chinook Mall):

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Sherry showed us some shibori fabric that she purchased from a quilt shop in Beiseker (near Drumheller):

Amy showed us a quilt she is currently longarm quilting. It features Wombat paper piecing patterns which are free online. She improv pieced the gray background and the back of the quilt is Free Fall by Tula Pink:

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Donna showed us a Patchwork board game that is quilting themed:

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Diane brought a strip quilt top and was looking for ideas on how to quilt it:

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Jana brought a fabriculous pattern to show:

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She got some canvas and waxed canvas from the same store:

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Block Lotto


 

May’s Block Lotto theme was Improv!

Linda was the lucky winner this month.

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Someone (forgive me as I forgot to write down who it was) brought an improv book for us to check out:

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Next Meeting


 

Our next meeting is July 22nd.

 

May 2018 Block Lotto

Sun May 27   –  Meeting Sew Day – draw will happen with the 2pm Show & Tell

Block Theme: Improv

Colour Theme:  Purples, Oranges, Yellows. -no neutral background colours-
The block should be nice and bright and colourful!
(Can use patterned fabric, doesn’t have to be solids)

Block Size: 12 1/2″ unfinished

There are tons of great improv ideas, tutorials, and resources on the internet and in quilting books. It will be fun to see the variety and creative blocks people make!

If you’re not sure where to start just google “improve quilt blocks”.

Feel free to enter as many times as you would like! If you don’t wish to win the lotto, but want to participate, donation blocks are gratefully accepted.

March 2018 Meeting

New Meeting Format

March was our second meeting of 2018. Members came out and enjoyed the sew day format.


 

Book/Blog/Bolt – Show & Tell

The 2017 charity quilt is back from QuiltCon in the states:

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Look at that beautiful quilting that Michelle at Saskatoon Longarm Studio did for us:

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The back of the quilt almost looks like another quilt altogether!:

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Val showed us a quilt made from Kaffe fabric that she’s been saving over the years:

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Val showed us this awesome squares quilt:

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Val also showed us a fun modern tree quilt. The pattern is from Simply Modern magazine. She notes that the magazine is translated into english so patterns need to be closely scrutinized for errors.:

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Charlene makes her own quilt labels with an inkjet printer using her own fabric. Before printing she applies the fabric to a special poly butcher paper from the states:

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Charlene also showed us this clamshell ruler she got from Dinkydoo which makes many curved options:

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Barb brought her finished quilt from our travelling quilts. Her theme was “under the stars”. She quilted it on her domestic machine:

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On the label she put the name of each person who contributed blocks:

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Heather showed us quilt she made using vintage handkerchiefs. She put yo-yo’s to cover any holes they had.  It has been longarm quilted.

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Bev made a quilt from her granddaughter using Elizabeth Hartman’s Fancy Fox quilt pattern:

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She is quilting it with some organic lines:

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Linda made a bear mini. She put extra batting under the bear potion to make it pop:

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Linda also showed us an Easter quilt:

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Darla showed us some of the Purely Canadian Eh! fabrics:

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Darla was also working on a quilt block that got a lot of attention. It’s a free pattern called Cut Loose by Free Spirit:

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Jana showed her latest Sew Sampler subscription box:

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Block Lotto

Michelle Freedman has graciously allowed us to use her Urban Chicken Block for our March block lotto. Thanks Michelle!

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There were 17 blocks!
And the winner is…. Barb!:

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Next Meeting:

Our next meeting is May 27th. It will be an extra long one going from 10am until 8pm!

Block Lotto will also be held at the May meeting.

March 2018 Block Lotto

Michelle Freedman has graciously allowed us to use her Urban Chicken Block for our March block lotto. Thanks Michelle!

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Be sure to check out her blog for instructions. There is also another great tutorial here.

Make sure to tag your blocks on instragram using #urbanchickenblock and @stitchwellandprosper

The colour scheme is as follows:

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Remember that your blocks are meant to be monochromatic, so choose ONE colour per block.

The white portion of the block should be low-volume white fabrics, for example:

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Blocks are due at the March meeting and we’ll make the draw during Show&Tell (about 2pm).

January 2018 Meeting

New Meeting Format

January was the first meeting with our new format. See the Meetings section of the website or check out the newsletter for information on meetings.

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We’re looking for volunteers to open and close the sew day meetings and to bring irons, ironing boards, and cutting mats. We determined that sending out an email to membership before each meeting would be the easiest way for members willing to volunteer. Keep an eye out for the email about a week before each meeting.

 


 

Book/Blog/Bolt  –  Show&Tell

Linda showed us a roman blind that she made. There are limitless possibilities for designs on these!

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She also showed us a new ipad quilt planning program that she is trying out called Quiltography.

Sherry showed us some Barbados bags she made:

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Val brought a great book to show us:

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Barb showed us a one hour basket that she made. It’s a free tutorial online! She will be teaching this a the Outlook Quilt Retreat.

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She also made some Little Quilted Buckets (also a free pattern):

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Darla brought some samples of Pigment Basics by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel to show us. It’s something you’ll want to consider purchasing in yardage to get that full beautiful ombre gradient.

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Jana brought a new pattern she purchased:

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The new block lotto was revealed! Be sure to check it out. Blocks are due at the March meeting.

November 2017 Meeting

Eductation Topic: Ergonomics for Quilting

We are lucky to have Dr. Sheila Bonnett, B.Sc, D.C., a local chiropractor at Sutherland Chiropractic Health Care Clinic, as a member of our guild. Sheila gave us a great education session on ergonomics for quilting. She went over a variety of things including: ways to sit, how to take breaks, proper stretching, alignment, and how to properly treat aches/pains. Thanks for the great session Sheila!


 

Book/Blog/Bolt

Charlene brought in a bundle of Panache by Rebecca Bryan that she got from Clinton Modern Creative:

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Darla showed us the new Kona colours. 37 new colours makes for a grand total of 340 colours!

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Tara showed us some Dear Stella yardage from Clinton Modern Creative that she intends to make garments with:

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Show & Tell

Nicole showed us a rebel mini for a Libs Elliot Swap:

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She also showed us what she calls a “soft” rebel quilt:

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Charlene showed us a mini that she made for herself:

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Darla made a simple 9-patch for a Christmas gift:

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She also made a quilt for a friend using old baby sleepers. It’s a polaroid pattern quilted with a panto:

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a closer look:

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Sheila made a quilt using the Country Chic quilt pattern, she mentioned it wastes a lot of fabric and to talk to her for tips if you intend to try it:

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She also made a baby quilt:

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Tara made Postcards from Sweden (a free pattern) for her sister:

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She also made a bee block quilt for a friend:

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Tara made a Washi Dress as a sample for a class that she will be teaching at Periwinkle Quilting and Beyond!:

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Sherry made a Christmas quilt:

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Donna made a quilt with Alison Glass fabric, the circles are appliqued in the centre of the blocks:

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Christmas Sewcial

We held our annual Christmas Sewcial Dec 2nd:

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Our First Block Lotto (Christmas theme) was a success! Keep your eyes peeled in January for the next reveal!

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And the winner is…. Charlene!

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Next Meeting

 

There are changes coming for the guild. Please keep an eye on your email inbox and social media pages for details!

December 2017 Block Lotto

Sat Dec 2nd   –   Christmas Sewcial

Block Theme: Christmas

Colour Theme:  Reds and/or greens. Can use whites, low volume, etc. Other colours can appear but the overall colour should read red and/or green.

Block Size: ANY – to encourage creativity!

However: One entry will equate to 12″ of block length.

Examples of one entry would be:

  • one 12×12″ block
  • one 6×12″ block
  • two 6×6″ blocks
  • three 4×4″ blocks

Feel free to enter as many times as you would like! If you don’t wish to win the lotto, but want to participate, donation blocks are gratefully accepted.

October 2017 Meeting

Executive Elections

Bev (finances) and Jana (communications) have agreed to stay on the executive.  We also have a few people who have volunteered to help where they can with swaps, etc. even though they are unable to make a full commitment at this time.

This leaves two co-chair positions and a social co-ordinator position still wanting for volunteers. Please consider volunteering your time to this great guild!


 

Education Topic: Free Motion Quilting

Nicole and Barb did a great presentation on free motion quilting.

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Barb had a process of ten steps that she thinks about for her free motion quilting (FMQ) projects:

  1. What design will look best for my quilt or which quilt top will look best for my FMQ goals
  2. Thread choice – colour, weight, needle choice
  3. Stitch in the ditch to secure your quilt before starting the FMQ
  4. Resources – lots of great books, websites, etc. out there
  5. Look to your fabric choices for inspiration
  6. Practice – draw out your designs until you get comfortable
  7. Take breaks and relax to enjoy the process
  8. Marking – choose a product/method based on your needs
  9. Consider signing your quilt/project with FMQ, much like a painter would sign a painting, especially if you don’t use a label
  10. Keep a journal of your quilting escapades for future reference – stitches used, settings used, etc.

 

Barb showed us a quilt that she made as a gift for her niece’s wedding.

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She did the FMQ on her domestic machine and took us through her creative process.

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She decided on metallic and shiny thread to give the quilt a more elegant look. She took inspiration from the swirl design in some of the fabric to FMQ a swirly pattern over most of the quilt.

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She also made a heart template with paper to mark out and quilt some hearts for interest. She talked about how she marked out the string loops at 2″ intervals with chalk to give herself distance targets.

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Barb showed us a dry erase board that she uses to practice and plan her designs on:

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Bev likes to keep quilted design samples for reference:

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Nicole gave great encouragement to those of us intimidated by FMQ. She recommended starting with more natural shapes. She suggested to choose within your ability to avoid discouragement (and disaster) but to continue to challenge and advance your FMQ skills.

She showed a mini quit she did with FMQ made to look like the wind:

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Nicole talked about shape by shape FMQ and choosing quilting patterns based on the shapes within your quilt top. For example: different designs to use specifically in triangles, hexagons, etc.

She recommended the book Shape by Shape Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters:

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Our 2017 QuiltCon Charity quilt has some great examples of this:

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It is also a great example of combining FMQ and straight line quilting – you don’t need to choose just one!:

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We were reminded that sometimes a really simple backing can show off beautiful quilting (the back of our 2017 QuiltCon Charity Quilt):

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Kudos again to Saskatoon Longarm Studio for doing a great job!

Be sure to check out this quilt on display at the Saskatoon Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show Oct 27/28!

Nicole showed us her gorgeous Gravity Quilt – look for this one at the quilt show as well!:

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She used a water-soluble marker for some of her FMQ:

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She also found her own ‘shape by shape’ creativity and made some super cute peacocks:

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Bev sent along a great quilt example called Charlie’s Journey.

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It is FMQ with the story of her father’s life. What an amazing family heirloom!:

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Some other great resources:

Barb likes Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters and Sherry showed us Free-motion Quilting Idea book by Amanda Murphy:

 

There are lots of great websites, online videos/workshops, and blogs to look at.

Lori Kennedy’s The Inbox Jaunt is a great one to check out.

We followed with a group discussion about tools, such as gloves and supreme sliders, and table placement strategies to hold the weight of the quilt while quilting it.

A lot of great information to think about! Thanks again Nicole and Barb!


 

Other Business

The Mad About Patchwork bundle curated by the SaskatoonMQG, “Frozen Berries”, was shown. It proved to be popular and sold out quickly. What a great bundle (good work Nicole). Our guild was generously given a bundle for free – thanks Mad About Patchwork!

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Members worked on the 2018 QuiltCon Charity Quilt at the last Sewcial (Oct. 14th). It’s really coming along nicely. Sherry took on the task of piecing the back. She didn’t have a plan, just went with the flow, and this gorgeous design emerged:

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Awesome work Sherry!


 

2017 Christmas Sewcial

The annual Christmas Sewcial is an event that members always look forward to!

Sat. Dec 2nd at Home Inn & Suites from 8am – 8pm, come and go.

Members only,  No Charge.  Lunch will be provided (buns, lunch meat, veggie tray, etc.), attendees are invited to bring potluck snacks/goodies and your own beverages.

Handmade Gift Exchange – bring a wrapped handmade gift for a chinese gift exchange. Handmade items (along the lines of something you would see in an instagram swap) such as a mini quilt, small bag, etc.

Block Lotto – the Christmas Sewcial will kick off our first Block Lotto, see below for details! We are thinking about doing the draw around noon. Be sure to submit your blocks before then – contact us if you want to participate but can’t come until later in the day.


 

Block Lotto

We are excited to introduce the fun of Block Lotto to our guild!

Simple explanation: Bring a block, get an entry, and the winner takes home all the blocks!

We are currently planning to hold a block lotto four times per year (March, June, September, December). The details will be listed two months before each lotto outlining that lotto’s unique guidelines.

The rules for participation are as follows:

  1. Must be a guild member
  2. Be present at the meeting or event to win
  3. Use modern fabrics
  4. Follow the guidelines for that particular lotto

 

Block Lotto – December 2017

Sat Dec 2nd   –   Christmas Sewcial

Block Theme: Christmas

Colour Theme:  Reds and/or greens. Can use whites, low volume, etc. Other colours can appear but the overall colour should read red and/or green.

Block Size: ANY – to encourage creativity!

However: One entry will equate to 12″ of block length.

Examples of one entry would be:

  • one 12×12″ block
  • one 6×12″ block
  • two 6×6″ blocks
  • three 4×4″ blocks

Feel free to enter as many times as you would like! If you don’t wish to win the lotto, but want to participate, donation blocks are gratefully accepted.


 

Book/Blog/Bolt — Show&Tell

Darla attended a Libs Elliot workshop. This is her completed Embrace the Chaos quilt top:

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Libs signed some fabric for her project, what a great idea:

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She was also sure to get a signature on one of the bottles that Libs designed for Absolut Vodka:

She also showed off some patterns/fabric:

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Sherry brought some Alison Glass Chroma fabric that she purchased from Clinton Modern Creative:

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Nicole showed us a quilt top also using the Alison Glass Chroma fabric (happy coincidence) and shot cotton for the background. She used the luminary pattern, which she describes as a take on a modern lonestar:

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Sherry was working on this quilt top, using her blocks from last year’s guild quilt bee, at the October Sewcial. It’s a drunkard’s path design and she brought in the finished top to show us:

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Charlene showed us some great Jingle Jangle Christmas flannels that she picked up at Prairie Chicks:

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Jeannette made a memory quilt using fabric from her husband’s sleep pants. She plans to give it as a baby quilt. The top has embroidery saying “Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails, That’s What Little Boys Are Made Of”:

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Donna made a quilt using up a bunch of scraps:

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Barb made a Halloween table runner, she also made coordinating mug rugs (not pictured):

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Jana showed off some more low-volume fabric she got from Clinton Modern Creative:

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And her latest Sew Sampler subscription box:

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Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be:

Saturday November 26th at 2pm

at Saskatoon Home Inn & Suites in Stonebridge.

Sheila will be presenting on Ergonomics for Sewing!