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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Laurel Hevenor-Vallence of Meals on Wheels, graciously accepted our gift of 87 placemats! Good job ladies! Laurel was quite pleased with the placemats and said they would be saved to be given out with their special Christmas baskets. Meals on Wheels London depends on friendly, dedicated volunteers and if any of you ladies would like to help, you can get more information at their website at

May's Secret Notion was 'pincushion' and you ladies didn't disappoint! I have never seen such a variety of pincushions! There was a teapot, a chaise lounge, and there was that said "Dear Mother, 1940"(the one wrapped in plastic). There are rumours that someone wants to give a workshop, next year, for making pincushions; I think they might great mother's day gifts!

There are still a few people unfamiliar with the Secret Notion idea. Every Monday before our guild meetings I will post on this blog a Secret Notion to bring to the guild meeting. Those that bring the Secret Notion will receive a ticket for the draw for a fat quarter. So check out the blog regularly!

Garnet Smalley of Cotton-by-Post, in Ailsa Craig, came by to show us a sampling of the Russian Quilts that will be appearing at his Russian Quilt Show. This is going to be some event! 25 Russian quilters are planning on attending this show. The course and event schedule and payment details are posted on his website.

He spoke of the difficulty of co-ordinating so many quilters and their quilts, and needing a translator, but what a wonderful learning experience it has been! The ladies from Russia, who visited earlier this year, were overwhelmed by the selection of fabrics and the fact we had entire stores dedicated to just quilting! They seem to have a shortage of batting in Russia and their quilts are stiffer than we are used to. Here's a sample of a pair of wall-hangings called Positive-Negative:

I will try and post more photos of the Russian Quilts when I receive them.

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