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Next meeting is December 11, 2017 12 PM
(Catered dinner by the Legion ladies)

from your Executive Team
Monica, Barb H., Marian, Mary, Anne E., Betty, Jane, Clara Anne, Bev, Anne W, Carol E., Judy, Liz, Marg F., Marlene M., Marie, Diane, Pat, & Sandy
December is upon us once again.  That month when we are very much inclined to look back upon a year almost over.  Let us not be too concerned about what is past.  We cannot do a thing about what has gone. 
Let us look forward to 2018 with enthusiasm.  We as a Guild should be proud of our accomplishments this year and look forward to what we can do in the future. We look forward to having our Christmas luncheon with the members of the Guild.
Coming together is a beginning
Thinking together is unity
Keeping together is progress

Working together is success
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!
Co Pres. Monica and Barb

Afternoon Speakers
:  Anna Needles Dalton speaking about the IPM Barn Quilt Trail. 

Morning Workshop – 9:30 a.m.:  The morning program is to finish up Christmas gifts (bonus points for UFO challenge and help make stockings for the Christmas bureau. If anyone still has Christmas fabric (minimum 11” x 35”) or broadcloth (preferably red or green) to donate, please bring it to the workshop. Betty will bring the pattern. Usual sewing supplies required. With Christmas almost here, let’s see the smoke flying from all our sewing machines!

Notes from the Nov. 13/17 meeting:
Monica Mason opened the meeting by giving a warm welcome to members, our guest, and the guest speakers. She thanked everyone for all the help given to the executive in response to the Gathering of the Guilds and the Quilt Show & Sale - both of which had taken place in the last couple of weeks prior to the meeting.Monica informed the membership of two “Thank You” notes that had come in last month for care quilts. She then turned the meeting over for updates from the various committees.

Attendance:  There were 33 members in attendance today along with one guest. Two errors were reported on the membership list that was sent out.

Financial: Anne Elliott sent out the financial report by email. Discussion occurred on the financial outcome of the two aforementioned events that had taken place on Oct. 19th and Dec. 4th &5th of Dec.

Morning Workshop: There was an amazing turnout for the morning workshop which was hosted by Judy MacMillan on achieving a perfect circle with your sewing machine. Who knew how versatile a thumb tack could be!

Library:  Here is a list of the library books that were purchased last month: 
1) Colour Essentials – Amanda Murphy; 2) Tree of Life Quilts: 9 Timeless Projects Innovative Techniques – Trisch Price; 3) Rule Breaking Quilts – Kathryn Schmidt; 4) World of Quilts: 35 Modern Projects – Cassandra Ellis. Be sure to check them out.

Care Quilt Block: Marlene Mooy handed out the new pattern “Town Square” for next month’s block along with three 6.5” dark brown squares. Two other fabrics are to be used. Another 12.5” block which will make a great care quilt.

B.O.M.: Judy MacMillan revealed a lovely scrappy quilt that had been made by Marlene Mooy. It is sure to inspire members to get those scraps out and put together a stunning quilt. This was made from a Piece of Cake pattern and can be found on the website.

Gathering of the Guilds: Marlene Mooy updated the membership on the outcome of this event. It was a very successful venture which netted the guild a profit. Although a lot of work went into it, it was felt that this was well worthwhile. Marlene shared that any feedback she had received was that it was a “fabulous” afternoon – thanks to the efforts of our membership and stated that, as a group, we work well together.

Door Prize & 50/50 Draw
: Congratulations to Marie Jefferson on her win of the door prize, and to Alice Deichert as the winner of the 50/50 draw. 

Quilt Show & Sale
: Marian Lane reported on the sale at the museum. She stated that there was a really good turnout on Saturday, but the weather was not so co-operative on Sunday which might have been the reason for the slow down. But all in all, it was felt that the sale was successful. Marian commented on the sale of certain items and we all agreed that there is no way to know 
whether something will sell or not. Ideas were bounced around as to how this event could be improved upon in the coming year – perhaps using the website with pictures of a few large quilts prior to the sale was one thought. 

Marian then asked the question of the membership, “Do we do this again?”, and the answer was a unanimous “yes”. Therefore, start gearing up for next year, Ladies! It looks like it will be a go.

Show & Tell: Wow, that was another great reveal of this membership’s talent! 

Speaker & Trunk Show: Betty Thomasson introduced our guest speakers, Darlene Rogers and Joan Robinson. They began their trunk show by going over the many tips and tricks necessary to achieve a beautiful quilt. After stressing how important it is to do a “test” block before beginning your pattern, Darlene and Joan went on to their trunk show. I have never seen such remarkable, intricate quilts. They were amazing! Both of these women have been sewing for many years and you can certainly tell how much they are enjoying their craft.

Below is one of my favourite poems for this time of year – indulge me as I know I have put it into a former newsletter, but it needs repeating.
Heaven’s Grocery Store

As I was walking down life’s highway many years ago,
I came upon a sign that read Heaven’s Grocery Store.
When I got a little closer, the doors swung open wide
And when I came to myself, I was standing inside.
I saw a host of angels.
They were standing everywhere.
One handed me a basket and said, “My child shop with care”.
Everything a human needed was in that grocery store
And what you could not carry, you could come back for more.
First I got some Patience.
Love was in that same row.
Further down was Understanding
You need that everywhere you go.
I got a box or two of Wisdom, and Faith a bag or two.
And Charity, of course, I would need some of that too.
I couldn’t miss the Holy Ghost.
It was all over the place.
And then some Strength and Courage to help me run this race.
My basket was getting full, but I remembered I needed Grace.
And then I chose Salvation for Salvation was free.
I tried to get enough of that to do for you and me.
Then I started to the counter to pay my grocery bill

For I thought I had everything to do the Master’s will.

As I went up the aisle, I saw Prayer and put that in
For I knew when I stepped outside I would run into sin.
Peace and Joy were plentiful, the last things on the shelf.
Song and Praise were hanging near so I just helped myself.
Then I said to the angel, “Now how much do I owe?”
He smiled and said, “Just take them everywhere you go”.
Again I asked “Really now, how much do I owe?”

“My child” he said, “God paid your bill a long, long time ago”.