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Andrea Maendel shows a snowflake table runner while Anna Maendel 
looks on.

Fairholme Colony hosts quilting retreat

One-day event produces many different projects displayed at the show-and-tell

On an overcast morning last autumn, several dozen women from area towns — toting sewing machines and bags of quilting fabric — arrived at Fairholme Colony School and assembled in both upper classrooms for a day of quilting hosted by the three Fairholme members of the St. Claude Quilters Guild, “The Material Girls,” Serena, Andrea

The group (nine of the ten women) was drawn together to make the quilts.

Project brings communities together

The group planned to make a quilt for each of two refugee families now in Portage la Prairie

Arabic music played in the background as a group of 10 leaned over sewing machines and cutting-and-piecing tables in the upper room of the MacGregor United Church. Outside it was a lovely spring day, but inside seven women and three teenaged girls were hard at work on a quilting project that had brought together several


Elaine Owen, Grade 6 teacher at Miami School, holds the classroom’s pet angora rabbit that spends his 
days being patted and adored by students when they’re not knitting and spinning.

Wool studies help students see value of hard work — and generosity

Grade 6 social studies students at Miami School learn to card and spin, knit and crochet

Angela Dyck and Alyssa Bruce think a little differently than most teen girls about clothing. They don’t take a full closet for granted. Earlier generations didn’t have one, and it took a long time to make anything to wear, say the two 12-year-olds at Miami School. “We have it much better than they did,” says

Three-generations quilt

“Here,” my mother said, handing me a quilt top pieced together in little squares. “I can’t get this to come out right no matter how I try.” I was not surprised. Somehow the idea of careful measuring and consistent seam allowances usually escaped her, especially as she grew older. Consequently the pieced quilt top she

Quilted Piano Bench Cover

DIY PROJECT By Myrlene Currie FREELANCE CONTRIBUTOR Supplies: ” Backing 17×39 inches (I used black so it wasn’t noticeable) ” Quilt batting 17×39 inches ” Many strips of different fabric ” Extra backing to secure cover to bench ” Narrow elastic ” Fabric for binding (2-inch width) I made a music quilt for my granddaughter


“KickAss” In Small-Town Manitoba

It’s not very often that city people will take a two-hour drive out to the country for the purpose of shopping. Some might call it “the middle of nowhere,” but people flock there, including some Winnipeg shoppers. Their destination? The KickAss Country Store, located in the village of Plumas. If you’re an experienced quilter you

Make Some Fabric Frames

I decided to give our pictures (and our living room) a softer look by putting them in a wall hanging instead of wooden frames. You will need several six-inch strips of fabric which blends in with your drapes and furniture. Any technique would work but I used the curve system. You could even use a

Using Fabric To Create Works Of Art

Onanole, Manitoba resident, Bev Crowston, creates works of art out of fabric. Having sewn since she was a child, Crowston remembers ordering fabric from the Eaton’s catalogue, and as a young woman, when she left home, one of the first things she bought for herself was a sewing machine. In 2006, when Crowston was covering


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or our 50th Anniversary party, I made a hanging guest book. This could easily be made for any theme. I started with our wedding picture and then our old farmhouse, continuing on to show the renovated house and the children. The graduation pictures came next and then came the spouses and the arrival of grandchildren.

Need A Centrepiece For Thanksgiving?

This Autumn Table Ring will bring the colours of fall indoors and make a great centrepiece for the Thanksgiving dinner table. Materials: – 12x2x2-inch Styrofoam ring – Thin knitting needle, darning needle or skewer – 30 inches of 44-inch wide orange, yellow and black cotton fabric – Glass bowl – 3 floating candles Instructions: Cut