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Tis the season to be jolly – and to be oh, so busy baking, finishing up those last minute sewing projects and getting ready for Santa’s visit. Hopefully, this rather tardy blog post finds you with everything done, wrapped and under the tree. Not even close at our house, but maybe at yours?

The Guild has had a busy month. For starters, we’ve had our usual offering of Slow Stitching, Sew Zoom, and Open Sew Social sessions. On December 6th, a number of our members braved the wind and rain and were rewarded with a fun and festive evening, along with some tasty treats. By all accounts, the Guild’s holiday celebration, and our last meeting of the year, was enjoyed by those who managed to attend. Be sure to check out the Sew and Tell.

Four days later, on December 10th on Zoom, Ana Buzzalino guided a group of Guild members through the process of using Inktense Pencils to create a mini-quilt. The class was FUN! Ana’s guidance ensured that each participant created their own unique version of an apple, regardless of their experience in putting colour on fabric. I can tell you that so far, mine looks more like a peach  than an apple (see below) but once I practice a bit, this is a technique that I would use again – I can see an interesting pillow, or a bag pocket – who  knows!

Another year is behind us – and hopefully this time next year we will all be meeting in person more often than not. In the interim, the rest of this quilting year for the Guild has lots in store. The new Guild Quilt Along – Nautical – gets underway in January with the first group session planned for January 6th. A workshop with Spanish quilter Cristina Arcenegui Bono on January 18 will focus on machine quilting skills as participants create a whimsical forest. Be sure to check the Workshops and Events page or your December newsletter for details, and stay tuned for even more in the new year.

Stay safe and have a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season!