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This fine weather, as cold as it has been of late, has at least ensured clear roads and a good turnout for our monthly Guild meetings. The February meeting was no different – over 40 members gathered to hear about the Guild’s busy agenda, to feast their eyes on lots of Sew and Tell items, and to sit back and enjoy another interesting program.

Fast on the heels of the very successful two-part Kerry Foster workshop is the one-day Vintage Windmills workshop, a modern take on a traditional pattern. You will find the poster here:  Vintage Windmill by Krista Moser final and if this one appeals to you, please follow up on the poster’s contact information so that you can participate in this March 25th event. No need to wait until then, though, for something to do. On February 25th , come join us for UFO day  – a day with fun and prizes as we all work on those pesky UFO projects that never seem to get done. The day will be filled with quilting tips to help you make quick work of those unfinished projects and include demonstrations and tips like Colleen’s  repeat performance on how to create a useful (and cute) thread catcher from a Pringles can.  Check the calendar here for details and take some time to check out upcoming events such as regular Slow Quilting and Sew Zoom sessions, Cuddle Quilt Day on March 18 and Skills Day on April 22.

Following the Business meeting, the Sew and Tell was full of stunning quilts with pattern ideas, stories and tips from the quilters. For example – we were all inspired by the sampler quilt, cute panel and quilt as you go string quilt above. Have you ever considered a scalloped border?   This month we saw two –  yes TWO – Dear Jane quilts, both with scalloped borders and different finishing techniques. It’s amazing how different quilts from the same pattern can look. And if you are brave, and want to tackle a scalloped border, both Jan and Colleen recommend an excellent tutorial by Linda Franz of Inklingo fame  here.  Want to see even more? Check out the full suite of this month’s Sew and Tell quilts on our Flickr account here.

The Program this month was a trunk show by Susan Lilley. Susan talked about her fabric dyeing techniques – and showed us a myriad of mounted artworks all produced by her ‘experiments’ with dyes and bits and pieces she has scavenged, from popsicle sticks to washers to CDs and beyond. Her use of colour and design was amazing. The photos barely do them justice. Thank you Susan!

Next month’s meeting is scheduled for March 6.  Our fat quarter draw for March will be replaced by our new Block Bingo – be sure to check out the instructions sent to you by email. Up next for our Program is Mary Anne Donovan of House of Woolly Thyme. This will be the last afternoon meeting of the year, as we switch back to evening meetings in April. Hope we will see you there!

Happy Valentine’s Day! And for those of you who can’t resist (like me), Happy Pancake Day on the 21st!