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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


Make a Snipcatcher

This little container can be at your elbow whenever you’re sewing. Thread ends and bits of fabric inevitably land on the floor no matter how carefully you aim for the larger garbage container. The weighted pillow allows you to place it anywhere on your sewing surface. Sizes can vary to suit your preference. • Two

Make a beach bag

Using materials you probably have around the house, this will be perfect to bring back those wet items from the beach. Supplies: • 1 large, round, plastic jug (the kind bleach or fabric softener comes in) • 2 pieces of cotton material, approx. 12×12 inches (31×31 cm) • 2 pieces, each 16 inches (41 cm)

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


Just In Time For Easter Dinner

That little someone will feel quite special having their own Easter placemat. It’s very simple and quick to make, too. This one would fit on the tray of a highchair. If larger ones are preferable, simply cut a larger oval, rounding the corners for easier application of bias binding. Cut two pieces of Easter print

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

Make A Wheelchair Bag

My son-in-law asked me to make a wheelchair bag for his mother for Christmas. It was a challenge, since I didn’t have a pattern for one, but this is what I came up with and it seemed to work very well. Materials: 28 inches (.7 metre) of a sturdy fabric Approximately 50 to 60 inches


Make ThisT FromTwo In Time For Canada Day

Show your Canadian spirit by wearing this T-shirt on July 1. SUPPLIES: Two cotton T-shirts, one white and one red Red thread Two images of the maple leaf Cardboard to fit inside T-shirts Straight pins and safety pins Chalk Sharp pointed scissors Yardstick DIRECTIONS: Prepare the T-shirts Wash both T-shirts separately in hot water. This

Make A Pillow For A Child In Your Life

I made these pillows for my grandsons. They love them and the covers have been washed several times. Materials: 1 16-sq.-inch cushion (bought or you can make your own and fill with fibrefill.) 1/2 metre of fabric (I used flannelette as it is soft, but cotton or any other fabric could be used – plain