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November’s meeting took me back to meetings in past years – the hustle bustle of ‘normal’ meeting activities like signing in, catching up and sharing a laugh with friends, dropping off fat quarters for the draw, signing up for the Sew and Share, checking out the latest books and magazines in the library and trying (unsuccessfully) to get a peek at what’s up for the program. Sigh! Let’s hope that this “new normal” continues through our quilting year.

The November meeting was a busy one, with lots of business items discussed – stay tuned for the Minutes and the next newsletter for the details.

However, there are a couple of items that I will share now to get you thinking:

  • Laurie Swim has a new project involving sea urchins! She is hopeful that many of us will have leftover batting scraps to share (I know I have plenty squirreled away in my sewing room). If you have some to spare, they can be dropped off at her Lunenburg Gallery (check first to make sure someone is there) or send her an email.
  • there is a two-day Zoom workshop coming up in the new year. Paint by Number Quilts will be offered by Kerry Foster, known for her technique for creating pet portraits. I have heard that you may be able to tackle something other than your favourite four-legged friend, but you would have to ask about that. Visit our Event Calendar for the details. The workshop will be held from 12:30 to 4:00 on January 21 and February 4 and is only $35 for members ($55 for non-members).

As usual, Sew and Share was a treat. Members already have the web links to our Flickr album to check out the photos. Do be sure to take a look and please vote for your favourite by emailing the quilt’s name to! You will find the quilt name by moving your mouse over the lower left hand corner of each photo. The winner will be announced in the next newsletter.

Our Program for November was a trunk show by Carole McCarville, the Executive Director of the Canadian Quilters Association. 2023 will be an exciting year for Maritime quilters with the return of Quilt Canada to the region. The National Juried Show, workshops and lectures, concurrent shows, and merchant mall will be held at the Halifax Convention Centre from June 8 to 10, 2023. Find out more here. Details will be added to the site over the coming weeks – registrations for workshops will begin in February. There will be member and non-member pricing but it would be good time to renew your membership if you are interested in taking part – especially for some of the workshops that will be offered. Carole gave us highlights on upcoming quilt challenges including the biannual Trendtex Challenge (kits already on sale), a Guild Challenge with the theme Sun, Sand and Sea, and the youth challenge. She finished her presentation with two trunk shows – one on a black/white theme, and a past Guild Challenge. The quilts are all on our Flickr page here – they are so creative and a treat to see, if you missed the meeting and haven’t already taken a look.

Well. though the fall weather continues (aren’t we lucky!), winter is coming. Our Christmas meeting will be potluck on Monday, December 5th. Please note that it will take place in the afternoon this year – at 1:00 PM. Details will be sent in the December newsletter – however, if you’d like to take part in the ornament exchange, or the mug rug exchange – time to get started!

See you in December.