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Monday, November 16, 2015

November 12th Meeting

We all gathered together November 12th for our monthly meeting. As Snoopy the dog, from the Peanuts comic strip would say, it was a dark and windy night...... After all the executive reports were done, we were treated to a parade                   of all the quilts that have been finished for our Community Outreach Committee.                                 I forget the number of finished quilts that were shown, but it was at least a dozen. After seeing all those wonderful quilts, we took a break for shopping at our vendor of the month, Stitcharie from Wyoming. They now have joined our group of vendors who have a link on our right hand side bar.
After our break we were treated to a trunk show by Karen Howes. Karen blogs at Faeries and Fibres. Her blog is a wonderful read, and the pictures of her works are fabulous. To actually be able to see them in person was an awesome experience. There is so much detail in her quilts that pictures simply can’t do justice to. I have left all these pictures at the higher resolution, so they can be clicked on and “biggie sized” for a more detailed look. This is my personal favourite. She calls it 81 the Giant Monstrosity. It is full of hexagons, six sided stars and appliquéd baskets and flowers, all done by hand and then hand stitched to backgrounds. Like I said, pictures don’t do it justice. On closer inspection, there are butterflies among the flower baskets and an even closer look shows that there are butterflies scattered among the hexagons and stars. They are fussy cut from fabrics and then appliquéd in place. This next one was made from six sided stars and pieced hexagons. The colour on this one is way off, I think, but you can get the idea. The last one I’m showing here on the blog was a small piece that she did for her Mom, who loves bees. 
After Karen’s trunk show, we had member show and tell. Lyndsey J. brought her Jane Austen quilt to show. That border...... it’s full of one inch diamonds! Kim Z. showed a table runner. The details have unfortunately escaped from my mind. Susan D. showed us a quilt that she made for her daughter’s 31st birthday. Susan just finished it..... her daughter is now 40. There are many more photos from the meeting and the trunk show on our Picassa page here.

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