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September’s meeting was a taste of meetings past – lots of members (over 45 of us!), raffle tickets, the fat quarter draw (with Betty L. taking the prize), a brief business meeting and Sew and Share, and a sneak peek at this year’s Challenge Quilts – all followed with a great program to introduce another year of quilting activity. Let’s hope that the rest of the year gives us the same opportunity to get together, share our work and enjoy this enduring hobby of ours.

2022 Challenge Quilt – Katina C.

Much of our meeting time was spent nailing down the final details of our Quilt Show – a World of Colour! If you are exhibiting or selling items in the boutique, you should have emails that confirm when to drop off your quilts and other items Thursday morning for the show set up as well as the schedules for those who have vounteered for one task or another. The countdown is on – and no doubt many of us are busy this week checking exhibit quilts for loose threads, labels and hanging sleeves while checking to ensure the boutique items are all coded and priced. It’s an exciting week – it is all worth it! It will be so nice to walk into the show to see our display of quilts – especially after the last two years. Hope to see you there at the Mahone Bay Centre!

This meeting’s Sew and Share was brief but still impressive. Stay tuned to our Flickr account for a peek. TIP: keep an eye on our Flickr photos by scrolling down on our Home page. The latest photos are shown in the lower left hand corner. Clicking on the word Flickr, or on any photo, will take you right to our Flickr account. How’s that for a shortcut?

The highlight of the meeting was our Program presentation by Rita Solkin. Rita is a relatively new Guild member who graciously agreed to show us ‘some’ of her collection of vintage quilts. Her collection is actually a vast one – spanning from the 1800’s through to the 1970’s and beyond. Rita entertained us with insights on how she built her collection with her many ‘finds’ in consignment shops and private sales, etc. across the country. Stay tuned for photos of her trunk show on our Flickr account. For now, you will have to content yourself with a couple of photos I managed to take while helping to hold quilts up for everyone to view. I must say that holding up the hand-sewn YoYo quilt certainly gave my arms a workout.

If we didn’t see you at September’s meeting, perhaps we will see you in October. At the October meeting, we will have an early start as we will be welcoming new members to the Guild with a meet and greet at 6:00 p.m. Check the Calendar for details.

Be sure to subscribe to the Guild Calerndar at https://mahonebayquiltersguild.com/events/ so you are up to date on what’s going on. You can quickly check dates for regular events such as Slow Quilting or SewZoom, and when available, there will be details on upcoming programs scheduled for our monthly meetings.

See you later this week at the Quilt Show!

Colleen

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