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Spring 2017

The After7’s Sew N Sew (Vernon) have met twice a month since September.  Placemats were collected again just prior to Christmas for the Meals on Wheels program and used to warm up the Christmas deliveries.  Several members will be attending a retreat in March and we will also hold a sewing evening to make slab blocks for the CQA/ACC Big Quilt Bee.

Armstrong Quilters have had a busy agenda – demos in English Paper Piecing, scrap quilts, photo transfer and batiks.  We had a mug bag exchange at our Christmas Potluck – no more washing coffee cups at the end of meetings!  The guild participated in the Festival of Trees again this year with a Barn Quilt Trail tree.  Barns with real lapel pin quilt blocks along with tractors on the rural road completed the theme.  We have had a sewing day for the CQA/ACC Big Quilt Bee and completed 7 quilts to date.  And we have been two challenges to completed for our first quilt show next November.

Cariboo Piecemakers Quilting Club (Williams Lake) had several activities this past winter. Every week, members are welcome to come to Scrappy Wednesdays with the idea of working on something to use up their stash!  We had a great Christmas potluck at our meeting place. Plans are in place for a show later this year at our local Stationhouse Art Gallery, where the theme is traditional quilt blocks versus a modern take on that same block. In march, we are having Dianne Jansson from Pritchard come to do two workshops.  Our first committee meeting for a quilt show next year is in place.  Members are working on a variety of Canada quilts to celebrate our first 150 years.

Cranbrook Quilters’Guild has been busy so far in 2017, with four workshops since January as well as Quilt Til You Wilt Saturdays and drop in Wednesday evenings.  Many ladies have now completed their “Underground Railroad” Quilt which has been an ongoing class for members.  With so many new techniques involved in the blocks, the participants are rightly pleased with the beautiful results.  The hand work group are still sharing their lovely embroidery techniques and the hand quilting ladies are working away at their joint project which makes Tuesday mornings very busy.  The postcard exchange with a quilting group in Nova Scotia was very popular.  The Wednesday evening group have put together wonderful quilts for donation to the community and collectively we have enjoyed a year of giving to others.
It’s all systems go for our Quilt Show on May 5th and 6th at the Alliance Church on Kootenay Street, and preparations are well underway for a display of wonderful work by our 86 plus members.  There will be community quilts, large and small quilts, wall hangings, quilted treasurers, door prizes and raffles, as well as a silent auction and merchant mall.  At the sow, we will offer our visitors lunch and all day coffee and snacks.  It is a great gathering place for sewers and quilters of all types.
Our year end potluck in June shall be Hawaii themed and we will welcome that with open arms after the snow, snow, snow we have experienced this year so far.

Double O Quilters (Oliver) have had a very busy and productive year. The guild made two twin size quilts and a lap quilt for the Ronald McDonald House project.  Extra blocks are being mailed in.
This is the year we have our Quilt Show April 7 and 8.  Many are preparing their quilts as well as planning the show.  Some quilts will be hung in businesses in town to advertise the show.
We had five workshops that were well attended.  There was a group that did a Mystery Quilt as well as another group that did the Log Cabin.  We had the Oliver New Year’s baby and mom visit our February meeting where we donated a baby quilt.
During the summer, we will help celebrate the Sunshine Festival by sponsoring a table where children can colour a cloth bag to take home.

Fernie Quilt Guild held two workshops recently; a Judy Niemeyer techniques workshop let by Martha Penner, where we worked on separate projects while receiving instruction and help from Martha, and a thread workshop, led by Donna Kendall from Coalhurst, Alberta, where she taught us about the many types and uses of thread.  Our season wraps up in June with a potluck dinner and election of next year’s executive.

Penticton Quilters’ Guild has had a busy and productive year.  Our guild business meetings on the second Wednesday of the month is always lively and concludes with a round table discussion time on topics ranging from theme names for our upcoming quilt show (May 2018) to naming our favourite gadgets and why we love them.  The afternoon is spent working on community quilt projects including slab blocks for CQA’s Big Quilt Bee.  The fourth Wednesday of the month is class day.  This past year we have done thread painting, tree skirts and the Binding Tool Star Quilt, with a machine appliqué class yet to come.  Of course, we always find time to party as is evident at our sumptuous Christmas potluck.
The annual retreat at Walnut Beach Resort in Osoyoos in Februarys a definite highlight.  With limited space available, it fills up fast!  Our quilt year ends in May as we do not meet in June, July or August.  September can never come fast enough!

Pincushion Quilt Guild (Pechland) is enjoying a great year so far.  Our 35 members have again made donation quilts, under the encouragement of member Heather Bethel, to send to the women and children at the Kelowna Women’s Shelter.
We’ve enjoyed a Dianne Birnie trunk show and a presentation from Endy Turner at Batik Corner on the process of batik making, and one of our own talented members, Rita Macdonnell taught us silk scarf dyeing with fabulous results.
We’ve had 3 ‘Warm-up Wednesdays’ where we share a meal of soup and a bun, and we’ve had 2 ‘Quilt til you Wilt’ weekends, as well as our weekly all day get-togethers.  Our latest member challenge was to create 12″ blocks to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, each to include a piece of a common red fabric.  These were displayed at the Peachland HeArts Festival, and will be part of a Family Scavenger Hunt the Arts Council will be planning during Spring Break.  They will then be hung in the Community Centre to celebrate July 1st weekend.
Upcoming events include a talk on Egyptian Tentmakers by member Val Wojtyla and a Modern Quilt presentation by Barb Sagal and of course participation in the CQA/ACC Big Quilt Bee making slab blocks and quilts  for Ronald McDonald House.

Vernon Silver Star Quilters continue the tradition of following their tri-annual quilt show with a Road Show to the local senior’s residences.  Over the course of several months, quilts from the previous fall’s show are taken to about a dozen care homes for a show ‘n tell with the residents.  During the quilt year, members of the guild taught many workshops.  Brigitte Red gave a postcard workshop, Joanne Marsh and Betty Carlson showed how to make a Handi-Bag, Marven Ecker led two consecutive classes for Unbeweavable and Jeanetter Marten will give us a take on Susan Carlson’s collage work.  Teachers brought in from  outside the guild were Dianne Jansson for Gypsy Wife and Colleen Adderley who threw us a Colour Playdate with shaving foam, among other media.  Two members gave us heart wrenching stories about how their families have benefitted from Ronald McDonald House, the beneficiary of CQA’s 150th birthday project, promoting much interest from members to build slab blocks and quilt tops for the CQA/ACC Big Quilt Bee.  Many members are aiming to complete full quilts for the 1000 quilt goal.