Sunday, December 1, 2013

Getting Ready

Today we went to a Carol Service at the Old English Church in St. Thomas. This has been a family tradition for many years. As you can see above, the windows are decorated each year. The church is unheated and the volunteers serve hot apple cider, shortbread cookies shaped like the church and mincemeat tarts to all in attendance.

The treats are very popular!  The Salvation Army band plays the carols and everyone sings along. It was chilly today, but not as cold as it has been some years when you could see everyone's breath as they sang!

The Elgin Piecemakers met this week and we all brought in our pillowcases for the local homeless shelter guests. Lots of variety!

We also brought in our lime, black and white blocks for this month's charity quilt for an adult chemo patient at our local hospital.

These blocks are Maggie approved!

Maggie does not like to stay still to have her picture taken...

Here are Septembers blocks, assembled into a top and ready for quilting.

This quilt was made by a friend of one of our members and it will be donated to the chemo unit as well.

Here is what is currently on my design wall. This is a gift for a baby that was born last week. It is a charm quilt so far... I still have some more light strips to cut to fill in the spaces between the colourful strips. This is a pattern called "The Stacks" by Karen Griska over at the Selvage Blog.  My MIL was visiting today so she helped me to get this project underway. I will show some close ups of some of the fun fabrics I used in this quilt when I get it sewn together.

My stash report for this week:

Fabric used in the last week: 5.6 yards
Total fabric used this year: 208.36  yards
Fabric added to the stash in the last week: 2.0  (This is Beth's fault--she was destashing and brought "donations" to our guild meeting this week. 2 yards jumped into my bag and came home with me!)
Total fabric added this year: 153.66 yards
Net fabric used this year: 54.7 yards

Back to work tomorrow!  There should be more sewing going on around here this coming week.


  1. Great quilts your group have made, they will be greatly appreciated as will the pillowcases. Lucky you having a MIL to quilt with.

  2. The caroling service sounds like a fun activity. Wow, look at all that snow, too! I know those receiving pillowcases will be grateful, love those quilt tops that are getting assembled, too ~

  3. I like the way those charms are stacking up :)

  4. I usually shy away from jelly rolls but have recently acquired one. The Stacks pattern would be a good one to use. Thanks.