Monday, November 22, 2010

Dry Hands? Try this homemade Quilters Handcream

Are your hands rough and dry dry dry this time of year? I'm sure it's a combination of the cold weather, the wood stove being on and of course, sewing with/handling your dry fabric. You also find that using regular hand cream lasts about 5 minutes. Why not give this formula a try?

This recipe comes from the 1999 Spring CQA Newsletter, to make a quilters' hand cream. It calls for Shoppers Drug Mart brands, but just use your local drug store brand.

1 jar (400 ml) of Life Brand (Shoppers Drug Mart) Vitamin A cream (14 oz)
1 jar (400 ml) of Life Brand Vitamin E cream (14 oz)
1 bottle (60ml) of baby oil (just over 2 oz)
1 50 gram jar of Vaseline (just under 2 oz)

Whisk all together and put into decorative jars. Let us know if you like it. (Makes a great little gift too!)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas...

If you are feeling the Christmas Spirit and you have bits of Christmas fabric scraps you're wondering what to do with, why not make up a placemat or two, for Meals on Wheels? We donate placemats to this great cause every year; in the past any "leftovers" went to the Veterans Unit where they were truly appreciated as well. Here are a few at the left to inspire you!
Today's workday was a great success. As the first snowfall drifted down and we watched our cars in the parking lot get their first coating of the white stuff, we merrily sewed the day away...About 20 members showed up to get a good start on their Christmas projects.
Many were assembling their Mystery Quilts, others worked on placemats, tablerunners, Skinny Santas, Snowmen and/or Angels, and numerous other projects. Thanks to Lois and Valerie for organizing the Mystery Quilt - it was good fun!! Also thanks for the "skinny patterns" for the Santa, Angel and Snowman - they are so cute!! It's always a good day when you can sit and sew- and even better when you can do it with friends :)
We hope you are busily sewing up Christmasy things to bring to our Christmas Party on Dec. 8th - let's have a great big ole Show and Tell....

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Floss for Pippa's work in Africa

Thank you to all the guild members who brought in embroidery floss to be shipped to Pippa Moore.  Pippa is starting the planning for her work with African women soon, and this floss will be a big help.  We have listed Pippa Moore's blog on our sidebar.  Go have a look at some of her inspiring work.

Friday, November 12, 2010

It's That Time Again...

Yes, our meeting night is right around the corner- next Tuesday night the 16th. Hope you'll be there. Remember your nametag, mug, something for Show and Tell, return any Library books you have borrowed, and if you have any unwanted embroidery floss, bring it along to donate to Pippa Moore's teaching in Africa. We look forward to seeing lots of interesting projects from the recent Retreat, and maybe even hearing a few stories - although you know what they say.. what happens at Retreat, stays at Retreat...

We will find out more about our upcoming Quilt Show, scheduled for next April 29 and 30th. I've heard it will have a Spring theme, and there will be a Spring Challenge! Let's hope many of our members will participate - as the cold weather sets in this month, you can start dreaming of warmer "springy" thoughts!! What comes to your mind when you think of Spring??

See you Tuesday night.... 7:30.. be there!!