We had a full house of happy quilters eager to begin another year of learning, laughing and fellowship. Co-president Lynda Wadden welcomed the group and led the meeting. The programme committee worked diligently over the summer putting together an exciting programme for the upcoming guild year. A snack of fresh veggies and fruit was enjoyed at break time.
We started our year off by inviting Glenda Spencer from Craighurst to speak about mystery quilts. Glenda started a cottage industry in 1987 called Stone Cottage Crafts, when she was a stay at home mom, making children's clothing and doing alterations. Over time her focus changed to custom sewing, making home decorating items and boat tops and interiors. In 2006, Glenda decided if she was going to work she might as well do something that she really enjoyed and that was quilting. She told us her first quilt was just a big blob! She didn't know how to quilt the three layers together so just sewed around the edges and turned it inside out! It was a gift for her sister and surprisingly she still has it. Glenda soon learned about tying quilts and now has advanced to machine quilting. As with all of us, our quilts improve over the years. She no longer works from home but has continued her business at her store in Craighurst . She started to design mystery quilts for her shop and now it has developed into another sideline. These mystery quilts start with a centre block then continue over 6 months with new instructions each time. The mystery quilt this time is called Stars for My Friends. We have ordered our patterns and will start in October. There was enthusiastic sign up for the block of the month program. Thanks to those who helped hold up the quilts ( Barb, Micki, Mibsie). Volunteers for next month?