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Quilter's Corner

Quilting Events, Fall Projects, Charitable Works, Tip Binder, Recipe Of The Month, And Quilters Quizzle...

by Members Of Pinawa Friendship Block Quilters


Colourful display by Wendy Johnson

October 8, 2009

The Fall Season started off with an explosion of activity.  We had one of the most colourful displays in the school gym during their Community Registration Night on Sept. 15th.  We were grateful for the use of the (pole vaulting) rack as it enabled us to show off several large beautiful quilts.  We had two large tables loaded with our quilted wares and were proud to hand out our brand new Pinawa Friendship Block Quilters brochure.  Many thanks to all of the members who contributed their time and expertise in putting this information together.  The brochures are now available at the Pinawa CDC office in the Pinawa Mall or by contacting our President, Linda Huisman at 753-2560, or by e-mail at

Visiting Pine Ridge Hollow
Linda, Ann, Wendy, Jean, Karen, Marilyn, and Gertie

Pine Ridge Hollow Quilt Show

   Our first road trip this year was to the Pine Ridge Quilt Show on Sept. 18th.  Wendy, Linda, Jean, Karen, Ann, Gertie, Marilyn loaded up their cameras, patterns and bags and piled into vehicles.  This Quilting Fleet wound its way around Beausejour towards the church at Pine Ridge.  We got there as the door opened and were quickly submersed in an amazing display that filled two huge rooms of quilts; wall hangings, table runners, and a whole lot more.
    Vendors displayed their fabrics, notions, patterns, and books in amongst the colourful arena of quilts.  After several hours our heads were spinning with new ideas for choosing colours, intricate machine quilting techniques & patterns to explore, and more cool books to feather with “stickies”.  We all enjoyed a homemade lunch loaded our cameras with pictures (thank goodness for digitals!) and came home with our bags bulging and our brains buzzing with more ideas to try.

Quilter's Comments

Pine Ridge Diva photo by Linda HuismanAnn:  My favourite quilt at the show was the one done by Juanita Williams.  I knew Juanita well, but never realized she was such a gifted quilter.

Linda:  I was very surprised at the simplicity of many of the patterns.  The quilts looked wonderful because of the colour choices and the intricate quilting designs.  One of the quilts displayed was over 100 years old!

Karen:  I think that I like to look at the different colour combinations that are combined in the quilts and I think I went around at least 3 times.  Also I was pleased to see that there are others out there that like to hand quilt.  It’s just a great way to see a lot of quilts in one place!

Quilting Tea
Inga Andersen and Marion Stewart photo by Ann Oravec
Inga Andersen and Marion Stewart enjoying their tea.

On Tuesday, September 22nd, the Pinawa Friendship Block Quilters held their first Annual Tea in the home-ec room of Pinawa Secondary School.  The event was well attended and the Quilters were delighted to share the stories of their unique craft with visitors.  We welcomed folks from Seven Sisters Falls, Lac du Bonnet, Baldur, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Sydney Australia!

Susan Rattai,Anne Early and Shirley Gaylord by Ann Oravec
Susan Rattai, Anne Early and Shirley Gaylord enjoying the displays.

The long tables in the home-ec room were completely covered in an amazing colourful variety of quilted artwork:  table runners, placemats, wall hangings, and pictures.  The cupboards were adorned with huge lovely quilts ranging from lap to king size.  An old fashioned quilting rack was covered with bright quilts, some of which were made using the kaleidoscope pattern taught last year.  A great many “Mystery” quilts adorned the room, and it was fantastic to see such spicy variety in colours while still using the same pattern.

People were in awe as they looked closely at the very delicate and special quilts that were all done by hand.  A great many hours of work goes into these fine works of art.  Wendy Johnson, our Secretary/Treasurer, patiently put together a slide show for the evening, depicting over 100 pictures of the Guild projects completed during the past few years.  It was a great reminder of the all the work that gets done and is often given away as keepsakes to be treasured by our loved ones.

Karen Munn and Marilyn Berry making a Draw photo by Ann Oravec.The evening was complete with trays of dainties, coffee, tea and iced tea, shared with friends, family and community members.  Debby Bridges of Lac du Bonnet won the draw for the basket of sewing & quilting notions.  The members of the Pinawa Friendship Block Quilters Guild want to thank everyone who was able to join us on this very special evening.

Quilt Shop Road Trip

On the last Friday of the month Jean picked up Wendy, Linda, Ann, Gertie and Thea in her van and headed off to Steinbach.  After a brief coffee break at Timmy’s the women checked out the great selection of fall and oriental-type fabric at Tanell’s Quilting.  Then it was back in the van, heading southwest to Oma’s Quilt shop near Grunthal.  The women spent two hours with Adiena selecting fabrics for the queen-sized quilt the Guild will be working on as well as their own personal projects.  Several members have signed up for this winter’s Mystery Quilt thru Oma’s Quilt Shop, and have received their first pattern instalment.  This mystery quilt can be made out of a multitude of fat quarters, so there is lots of variety to choose from.

The Town & Country Shop Hop

During October 15-17 a giant Shop Hop, took place around southern Manitoba.  You could visit:         Cardinal fabric photo by Linda Huisman

*Quilt as Desired, Winnipeg

*Quilter’s Cottage, Stonewall

*Oma’s Quilt Shop, Grunthal

*Tanell’s Quilting, Steinbach

*The Quilters’ Jewel, Morden

*The Croft House, Winnipeg


Gertie:  Five of us left Pinawa at about 8 a.m. Thursday morning (Gertie, Thea, Marilyn, Peggy, & Wendy).  Our driver was Wendy and she had a nice roomy car.  Our first stop was Tim Horton's in Steinbach for a coffee and some Timbits.  Our first quilt store was Tanell’s in Steinbach.  We received a gift bag, our passport, and some goodies.  Next was Oma’s in Grunthal.  She had soup and great muffins and lots of goodies.  We received a goody bag.  If you had a snowman on you, you got a special box for a draw.  Next stop was Quilt as Desired in Winnipeg.  We got more goodies and nice fabrics in that store.  The Croft House on Portage Ave. in Winnipeg was the next stop.  They had beautiful wall hangings and unique stuff.  The Quilter’s Cottage in Stonewall was our last stop.  There were lots and lots of fabrics there and a goody bag again.  We put our names in for draws in each store.  We did not go to the Morden quilt store, as there was concern for slippery roads.  By then we were happy to go back to Pinawa.  It was a great day.  Thank you Wendy for doing all the driving!

All Things Pinawa Display by Wendy Johnson

All Things Pinawa

On October 14th, the Guild joined other community groups in Pinawa for an Information Evening in the Community Centre.  Guild Members provided samples of their completed projects and works-in-progress, and set up two pods.  There was an impressive display on the tables including: tree skirts, table runners, lap and baby quilts, paper-pieced and appliquéd designs, and kaleidoscope blocks.  On the wall were: scenic mountain pictures, a Sudoku puzzle, 9-patch garden, stained glass cardinal, & stars.  The Guild had a very well received colourful display!  Many thanks to the Guild members who helped prepare for this event.

Start of the Season!

Tuesday, September 29th, over twenty women from Pinawa, Lac du Bonnet, and Seven Sisters Falls joined our Guild for the first gathering of Food, Fun & Friendship.  The Home-ec room was packed with eager novice & seasoned quilters.  The quilters were given the outline of events for the season, Tuesday evening guidelines, and invitations to join in on road trips, shop hops, workshops, and sharing our love of fabric and adventure. 
First Tuesday:  New Block of the Month or Teaching Tuesday
Second Tuesday:  Community Service Projects
Third Tuesday:  Mystery Quilts
Fourth Tuesday:  Odds ‘n Ends 

October’s Blocks of the Month!

Ann, June, and Joyce Stepping Stone Block by Linda Huisman

Stepping Stones by Linda Huisman

Ann, June, and Joyce observe how to do Stepping Stone Blocks



Linda demosnstrating ironing the blocks Linda started the month of October off with a demonstration on how to use quilting mats, a variety of rulers & squares, rotary cutters, and sewing machines.  The first block pattern taught was Stepping Stones. 

Linda and Tracy learning the quilting process.Our novice quilters were paired up with experienced quilters.  In just one evening they ironed, squared off fabric, measured, cut strips, sub cut strips into pattern pieces, sewed, ironed again and put together their own sample of the Stepping Stone block which will become part of their personal Quilting Library binders.Stepping Stone Blocks by Linda HuismanSharon's block photo by Linda Huisman  


Star Flower by Linda HuismanThe Star Flower block was begun in the latter part of October.  The quilters were shown a quick method to cut and piece smaller half-square triangles.  This long-strip method is ideal for making multiple half-square triangle units.  This particular pattern is great for fall projects as it looks like a bright leaf when finished.  Each member who participated was delighted with their pieces and taking their first steps towards learning a multitude of quilting techniques.  Thanks to all who participated in making the instructional evenings so successful.

Charitable Works!

Jean and Leslie start the Charity Baby Quilts photo by Wendy JohnsonOn the second Tuesday in October Ann had everyone gather their excess and donated fabric and began a quilting assembly line to make charitable baby quilts.  The Guild members were organized into small groups.  Fabric was ironed, trimmed, cut into strips then sub cut into 6” squares from a wild variety of fabrics.  Squares were colourfully arranged into baby-sized quilts and will be sewed together over the winter.  These quilts will be donated to local hospitals.

Baby Flannel by Linda Huisman

One-meter lengths of baby flannel were also collected over the month.  The fabric was hemmed on all sides, and folded into soft receiving blankets.  The blankets along with other gently used baby items were donated to the Alliance Church.

Photo by Gail Nalley

On October 23rd, Ann, Gertie, Sigga, and Linda joined the Knitten Mitten women in the Whiteshell.  In a few hours the women cut and sewed 30 lined pairs of fleece mitts to be given to the Siloam Mission in Winnipeg.  All helpful hands were appreciated to cut, pin, and sew warm mitts for the homeless.

Look Out For!

November 3rd, 2009:
Teaching Tuesday:  Learn how to make a colourful Clown Baby Quilt, taught by Marilyn Berry.

Karen Munns Quilted Bag by Linda HuismanNovember 14th, 2009:  Quilted Bag Workshop, taught by Adiena Boschman of Oma’s Quilt shop (Grunthal).  Workshop will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Home-ec Room at the high school.  Fees will be $25 for members, $35 for non-members.  Registrants are to bring their own machines and equipment as well as snacks and food for the potluck lunch.

December 5th, 2009:  The Pinawa Friendship Block Quilting table at Pinawa’s Christmas Town Market!

Fall Features!

Marilyn Berrys Christmas Runner by Linda HuismanMarilyn is working on a delightful Christmas set:  long table runner, with matching octagon runner and place mats.



Thea's Grandmothers Garden photo by Linda HuismanThea is working on the familiar traditional “Grandmother’s Garden” design with beautiful tiny hand sewn flowers.



Thread Colours by Linda Huisman

Karen is putting together some amazing quilted handbags.  Other Members are working behind closed doors as they prepare their Christmas Mystery projects to be revealed in December!!

Thanks: To Glenna Zetaruk for donating the fabric calculator and instructional CD.  Fantastic quilting tool!  And to community members for their lovely bags of fabric for our service projects!

Tip Binder:
Flat head Pins by Linda Huisman
Marilyn:  To sharpen pins try putting them into a piece of steel wool.

The Internet is a great resource for quilting information.  Wendy provided members with fabulous information on stitching ¼” seams, quilt block pressing, and sewing machine needles.  Ann found great info on paper piecing, and Linda found useful info on rotary cutting.

Recipe of the Month:

Ann’s Snickerdoodles

3 ¾ c. all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. cream of tartar
1 c. butter or margarine
2 c. sugar
2 eggs
¼ c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
3 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Grease a cookie sheet.  Sift together flour, soda, cream of tartar, and ½ tsp. salt.  Beat butter for 30 seconds; add the 2 cups of sugar and beat till fluffy.  Add eggs, milk, and vanilla; beat well.  Add dry ingredients to beaten mixture, beating till well combined.  Form dough into 1-inch balls; roll in a mixture of the 3 tbsp. sugar and the cinnamon.  Place balls 2” apart on cookie sheet; flatten slightly with fork or bottom of a glass.  Bake in a 375°F oven about 8 minutes or till light golden.  Makes about 66.  Freezes well.

Wendy’s Recipes:
Christmas is a time when people use condensed milk in a lot of recipes.  You can save money by making your own.

Home-made Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 ½ c. skim milk powder
½ c warm water
¾ c. sugar

Place powdered milk in blender.  Add ¾ c. sugar and mix until thick.  If desired, refrigerate for 24 hours.  Use as regular condensed milk.  Will last 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.

The Dulce de Leche

Place a can of regular condensed milk into a medium saucepan and fill with water, covering the top of the can with at least 2 inches of water.  Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.  Simmer for 3 hours, adding water if necessary to keep the can submerged.  Do not let the pan boil dry or the can could explode.  As long as it is submerged in hot simmering water, it is safe!  Remove can and let cool completely.  The milk will be transformed into a very thick, dark caramel.  Spoon this caramel over burritos.  Can be stored for several months.

Quilter’s Quizzle

Quilters Quizzle September photo by Linda HuismanDid any of you fanciful machine quilters guess the mysterious “foot” picture from last month?  It was a ¼” foot that has a tiny guide on one side.  The guide helps you to accurately machine quilt ¼” away from your seams. 



Photo by Linda Huisman
Can you figure out what this month’s strange object is?  Answer in November’s Quilter’s Quizzle!

Linda's quilt and Aidan photo by Kelly


Last month in Quilter's Corner we featured baby quilts. Linda is pleased to show off her little nephew Aidan on the quilt that she made.  The picture was taken by proud Mum Kelly.





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