Library Catalogue


Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Recipe for homemade "best press"

3 oz vodka-the cheaper the better
24 oz distilled water
a drop or 2 of essential oil(optional , this just adds an aroma)

Mix in a spray bottle and use on your fabrics.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

October Show and Tell

September Minutes

Town and Country Quilt Guild
September 9, 2015

Meeting called to order at 7:00pm – 33 members present and 1 guest

Minutes of last meeting – approved  (moved Ruth; 2nd Donna)

Old Business:
Cabinet: Staining complete and Ruth will fill with books by next meeting

Quilt of Valour:
The quilt made by the guild still requires hand quilting.  Looking for volunteers to take the quilt home:  Faye - September; Ruth - October

Letter received from the IWK thanking the guild for the donation of quilts.

3 books missing ; several new books added to the library

2015/2016 year (33 renewals and 1 new member)

Program committee:  No completed schedule available.  By October’s meeting a schedule will be available. However, September and October's  workshops are listed below.

September:  Ruth Butler will be leading a paper piecing workshop. Ruth showed the group several of her completed pieces and samples for her workshop.

October:  Susan T Manley “Making Faces” workshop on Oct 23-24 costs $50.  An email has already been sent with a supply list.  This is non-refundable, if you can not attend you will need to sell your spot.
All workshops will be the 4th Saturday of the month.

Retreat Committee:  No information

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Minutes for April Meeting

Town & Country Quilters’ Guild
Meeting Minutes
April 8, 2015
Present: 30 members and one guest, Jane M
Minutes of March Meeting:  accepted as read.
Correspondence and News: nothing to record.
Library: two new magazines, Quilters’ Connection and Canadian Quilter
Old Business:
·         Bookcase – carpenter is busy, and may have an opening by September
·         By-Laws – Linda L and Kate M are bringing these up to date to include such items as: Membership fee - rather than being explicitly indicated in the By-Laws, and amended each year, will be designated on the Registration Form. As well, e-mail addresses will be recorded on the Registration Form to formulate a roster. Committees will be clarified and will reflect what is currently deemed most useful and representative of the Guild. The Fiscal Year will be changed to June 1st to the end of May.
·         Centreville Quilt Show – will be on May 8-9th.  Sharon M will be the pretty face in charge.
Program: Cathy B indicated the last workshop with Kate M on Embellishments was a huge success.
·         Faye B will do a hand quilting demonstration on April 25th, while members will who are familiar with hand quilting will work on the Quilt of Valour in one hour allotments. Ruth B originally scheduled for this time will do a paper piecing workshop in September.
·         May program will be a Trunk Show by Susan Tillsey Manley, so be sure to attend on May 13th.
Show &Tell :
·         Elizabeth B: a receiving blanket quilt as you go, a strippy quilt with 16” squares, 2 charity quilts
·         Laurie Ann C: 2 small quilts doll size
·         Ruth P : a row quilt, with rows of different fabrics
·         Joann T:  quilted jacket, black and white quilt, Wildlife quilt, and block of month  Bird house
·         Leah M:  disappearing nine-patch, and Santa Claus quilt
·         Rosemary F  quilt with black/primary colour blocks for grandson
·         Marie A  Something to Crow About completed wall hanging from retreat W/S
·         Sharon M: queen black and beige floral for daughter, another for grandson
·         Ann M: bargello, 3 years in making, turquoise and rust
·         Dawna D- wall hanging from Ann Buzzalino W/S with swirls of gold and fushia, another  with small tree, stamping and painting
·         Kate M: samples from embellishments W/S, embroidery resource of stitches each on 5x7 pieces of fabric, including samples from Cinda K. Kate also gave away a book on Paper Piecing – winner Corrine R
·         Darlene R: queen with beautiful carnations
·         Barbara L – quilt top  for grandson in blue
Guest speaker – Jane M spoke about Quilting Hacks, innovative solutions to a quilting problem, not necessarily with a quilting tool. Some examples:
·         Glue stick to hold down applique until sewn in place
·         Toilet paper rolls to wind binding
·         Dry eraser pen on doc. protectors to check off pieces cut of pattern or preview different free-motion patterns
·         Colour choices for quilts using paint chip combinations
·         Pool noodles to wrap seasonal wall hangings
·         Lettuce holder bins for scraps
·         Tin snips for cutting rag quilt edges
·         Masking tape to reduce slippage of rulers, and so many more creative solutions
Meeting adjourned with next meeting to be held on May 13th at 7PM.
Recorded by Barbara L

Friday, 20 March 2015


March 2015

Meetings held 2nd Wed of every month Sep to June, 7pm to 9(ish)pm, come at 6:30 for social time, Port Williams Community Hall, behind Fire Station

Pres: Linda Lusby     V Pres: Dawna De Adder
Sec: Barb Leith          Tres: Elizabeth Biggs

Membership:  Helen Archibald (to request membership list)
Communications:  Helen Archibald
Program: Cathy Berry, Ruth Peskett, Dawna DeAdder, Kate Madeloso
Librarian: Ruth Butler, library catalogue in Book Crawler
Name tags: Janet Trites
Guild property: two Rowenta irons (on loan from Faye), two ironing boards, large cutting mat, two sets of table risers (courtesy of Pins and Needles)
Subscriptions to: Quilters Connection, Canadian Quilters Association, Mayflower Quilt Guild
Sister guild in New Zealand:
Quilts of Valour Canada:

Gerene Chisholm  -
55 Crowes Mills Rd, Lower Onslow  902-843-6775 
Atlantic Fabrics, 114 Woodlawn Road, Dartmouth
151 Second Ave., P.O. Box 100  Digby 902-245-2917   
Lynn Jones -
965 Upper Branch Rd Auburndale   902-541-1168
Carol Kennedy -
P.O.Box 97 Waterville     902-538-7460
2362 Brown Mtn Road, Berwick   902-538-1146
Susan and Bruce Taylor -
71 Admiral Cove Dr. Bedford   902-835-2655
37 Lacey Drive, Centreville   902 365-2911
Debbie Vermeulen  -
2723 Hwy 358, Canning  902-582-7737 
2784 Poplar Drive, Coldbrook     902-679-6514

Quilt Appraisals - Diane Shink
Diane is the only appraiser in our region, summers in River John NS, winters in Quebec , is a member of Mayflower QG – Antique, vintage & contemporary quilts. Certified appraiser, lecture & teacher.

SCISSOR SHARPENERS:  Head Start Barber Shop, 123 Grey, Windsor   902-798-5568
CARPENTERS: Phil Filsinger, Wolfville – will make small foot risers/stools; contact Kate M for info.


Hines Sewing Machines, (902)798-9442
4427 Highway 14 in Windsor Forks (the road to Ski Martock) Shop hours are : Mon. thru Fri. - 9 to 5 and Sat. 9 to 4. E-mail: 
They sell Janome sewing machines, sergers and accessories and also service all makes and models of domestic sewing machines

IT's Sew Time! (902) 883-9440
Pfaff dealer, HusqV
166 Hwy 214, Unit 2, Elmsdale

Kelly's Creative Sewing  (902) 435-7380
Brother , Husqvarna Viking , Bernina, Singer
804 Main Street, Dartmouth

Panier d'Art (902) 769-3457
specializing in Husqvarna machines
464 Comeauville, Digby Country,

Sew With Vision  (902) 479-2482
authorized Pfaff dealer, HusqV
21 Winston Dr., Herring Cove

Tony Kalkman, (902) 678.1018 Kentville 
Bill Tupper, (902) 678.2299 Kentville  - fixes old machines

NS FABRIC STORES (not all but most convenient)
Fabricville and Atlantic Fabrics - Google for locations

Avonport Discount Fabrics (902) 542-3247

A Needle Pulling Thread (902) 378-7845
3 Warwick St. Digby

Bellisimo Living  (902) 423-6014
2743 Agricola Street, Halifax  - linen & silk fabrics

IT's Sew Time! (902) 883-9440
166 Hwy 214, Unit 2, Elmsdale

J & M Sewing Centre (902) 864-0964
Marlenes Specialty Fabrics
73 Sackville Dr, Lower Sackville

L.& S.Boudreau Store Ltd.  (902)-769-2325
1474 Patrice Rd., Exit 29 off Hwy #101
Concession, Digby Co.

Patch Fabrics  902-423-0303
Sewing fabrics and classes
2571 Robie Street, Halifax

Sew With Vision  (902) 479-2482
authorized Pfaff dealer, HusqV
21 Winston Dr., Herring Cove

Suttles and Seawinds  (902) 624.8375
466 Main St., Mahone Bay


Comfort Quilt Group – 1st Tuesday, Centerville Hall, 9 am – 2 pm, 8 to 12 members, contact Ruth Peskett for more info.
Creative Hand Quilters - weekly at Avonport, @7 members, closed.
Fundy Quilters -  last Thursday of every month at Grandview Manor. Also 2nd Saturday of the month at the South Berwick Community Centre. Dues are $20.00 per year. Contact Janet Trites.
Motley Crew – meets weekly at Avonport, @5 members, closed
NS Fiber Arts Bee (FAB) – meets monthly in Elmsdale, closed group by invitation only, art quilters and fiber artists, contact Kate M for more info
Piece Makers – every Monday, Centerville Baptist Church Hall, 9 am to 2:30pm, $5 donation per visit includes a lunch, 10 to 15 quilters (no cap), bring your sewing machine, contact Sharon M for more info.
Pins and Needles – every Thursday, Centerville Community Hall, 9 am to 2:30 pm, $3 donation per visit, bring your lunch, 20 to 35 participants, any handwork/bring your sewing machine, contact Anne S for more info, NB: the last Thursday of each month the group meets at Centerville Baptist Church.
Serendipity Sewing Sisters – formally the Applique Bee, meets 3rd Tuesday, Kings Riverside Court Seniors Home, Kentville, 10 am to 2 pm, bring your lunch, 6 to 8 people, small group, contact Ruth B.
Material Girls, TARTS – small informal groups, closed.

numerous shows around the Atlantic every year. There are 22 known quilt guilds in NS, 21 NB, 4 PEI, 5 NFLD. Karen Henry runs with local info.

always Mother’s Day weekend every year. Centreville Baptist Church major annual fundraiser organized by the Ladies Auxillary, plus a delicious lunch. Welcomes all quilters and rug hookers to submit work.
May 8 & 9, 2015 6th Annual Quilt & Rug Show Centreville Baptist Church 970 Murray Rd Centreville, Kings Co.  Friday 10 – 8 pm. Sat 10 – 3:30 pm

holds a quilt show and sale in even-numbered years. All members are invited to submit work for display. Anyone may join -$25/yr.
May 27, 2015 - 15th annual Dessert Party with an Extraordinary Quilter - Becky Goldsmith (from Piece 'O Cake designs) 

At Pictou Lodge, Truro. Sept 23 - Sept27, 2015
Teachers: Karen Kay Buckley from Carlisle, Pennsylvania Ana Buzzalino from Calgary, Alberta; Laurie Swim from Lunnenberg.  Workshops will be announced in September.
Mayflower Quilters Guild is our provincial guild. As T&C is an associate member or chapter we can attend meetings and participate in activities.
Meetings held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:30 at the Dartmouth North Community Centre, 105 Highfield Park Drive. 
Individual membership $25.00 per year. Associate Guild membership $30.00 annually.

NS Fibre Arts Festival – Amherst
8th Annual Fibre Arts Festival October 13th -17th 2015
5 day celebration of all things fibre; knitting, quilting, rug hooking, and so much more. Featuring many creative workshops, exhibits, and hands-on demonstrations.

The Grand National Quilt Show
May 10 - September 27, 2015
Joseph Schneider Haus Historic Site
466 Queen Street South, Kitchener, ON

T&C Retreat
Next one is in the fall of 2016. Held every two years


CQA – Canadian Quilters Association
Individual membership for residents of NS $57.50 
CQA/ACC hosts Quilt Canada every two years in varied cities across Canada, with regional events, Quilt 'Province', held in alternate years

AQS - American Quilter’s Society
7 shows a year but the big mama is Paducah.  $25/yr membership gets you discounts on all sorts of things including early access to QuiltWeek registration.

Paducah Quilt Show,  April 22–25, 2015 at Paducah, Kentucky
October 29-November 1, 2015, Houston, Texas

Online fabric shopping:
A lot of these have emails sign-ups so you get notices of sales, events, new patterns etc. Customer service is actually improved over the years  most offering excellent service by phone or email.
Canada: - Caledon, Ontario. This company offers a flat rate $5 shipping across Canada and free shipping if you spend over $50.  Salt Spring Island, BC – excellent service, recommended by Kate M.
USA Center Harbour, NH USA  Shipping and handling is a flat rate of $15 USD  Florida, USA recommended by Linda L. - free shipping to NS if you buy $200 worth, have a great selection, recommended by Ginny E. - machine quilter Angela Waltlers, lots of great info

Online classes and tutorials:  almost 100 quilt classes ranging in price from free to @$45, you have access for life annual membership $42.95, includes all kinds of educational & interesting stuff, over 200 shows. loads of free video tutorials  loads of info and free patterns, blocks, borders
Facebook: Just Us Quilters, Prairie Quilt Mercantile - loads of great info - patterns & all the fixings for making handbags Local quilter Benita Skinner offers all kinds of patterns, lessons, information, tutorials, etc. recommended by Ruth great tutorials free, recommended by Ruth oodles of tutorials - how to videos on block printing, bag making, etc.  Working with Tones in Fabric, Paint, or Other Medium (Playing with Color Series by Joen Wolfrom) watch over 1,500 quilting videos any time of day or night, as often as you want, for as little as $2 per month!  Quilty is a weekly quilting show offered online that seeks to inform and inspire the next generation of quilters.
Your local PBS TV station has quilting shows on Saturday mornings.

Fabric clubs:  Bali batiks and appliqué wool, in New Brunswick  click on Block of the Month, in Ontario

About Irons

Thursday, 12 March 2015


Town & Country Quilters Guild, the “Guild”
By-laws and Purpose of Guild
A.      Purpose:        The Guild was established in January 2002.
                                       The purpose of the Guild is to bring together people who share a common interest in quilting, specifically through:
·         Social fellowship
·         Sharing ideas
·         Learning new skills
·         Promoting quilts in the community and
·         To provide quilts of comfort for those in need

B.      Guild By-laws:
1.       Membership
a.       Membership in the guild shall be granted to any person who shall:
i.                      Accept the purpose and by-laws of the guild and
ii.                   Pay the annual membership fee in the amount of $20.00 which is due and payable at the September meeting each and every year.
b.       A member in good standing with the Guild shall be any person who accepts membership as prescribed in these By-laws.
c.       A member in good standing with the Guild shall receive the following privileges:
i.                      Membership card, membership roster and, if requested, a copy of the Purpose and By-laws of the Guild; and
ii.                   Voting privileges; and
iii.                  The Guild newsletter; and
iv.                 Attendance at meetings, programs; and
v.                   Use of Guild resources; and
vi.                 Enrolment in workshops, field trips and any other activities of the Guild.
d.      A member shall cease to be in good standing upon failure to make payment of membership fees within a period of sixty (60) days after due date.
e.      Membership in the Guild shall not exceed one hundred (100) members.

2.       Meetings and Quorum
a.       The Annual General Meeting of the Guild shall be held in the month of May.
b.      Members wishing to place items on the agenda for the Annual General Meeting shall do so by advising the Secretary at least one month in advance of that meeting.
c.       There shall be at least nine (9) General Meetings, weather permitting, of the Guild held in one (1) year.
d.      Ten percent (10%) of the membership personally present, shall constitute a quorum at any General Meeting of the Guild.

3.       Voting:
a.       A member in good standing with the Guild shall be entitled to vote at any General Meeting of the Guild.
b.      Voting shall be by show of hands unless a poll is demanded by a majority of members present or chair of the meeting deems a poll necessary.

4.       Executive
a.       The executive officers of the Guild shall be the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Registrar, and immediate Past President.
b.      An executive officer shall be a member in good standing with the Guild.
c.       Executive officers other than Past President shall be elected to the office at the Annual General Meeting of the Guild.
d.      The term of executive officer shall be two (2) years.
e.      An executive officer may be elected to the same office for a period not to exceed two (2) consecutive terms.
f.        Election of executive officers shall be staggered to ensure continuity in the executive.  The election of President, Assistant Secretary and Treasurer shall occur in even-numbered years, commencing in May 2002.  The election of Vice-President, Secretary and membership Registrar shall occur in odd-numbered years commencing in May 2002.  (In May 2002 only, there shall be an election of Vice-President, Secretary and Membership Registrar for a one year term.)
g.       An executive position that is made vacant before the end of a term shall be filled by a member in good standing with the Guild appointed by the executive officers until the next Annual General Meeting except the office of President which shall be filled by the Vice-President.
h.       The executive standing committees of the guild shall be:
·         Nominating
·         Phone
·         Program
·         Show
·         Historian
·         Newsletter
·         Library
·         Social
·         Workshop
i.         An executive standing committee shall be presented by a member or members in good standing with the guild who shall be elected/appointed at the Annual General Meeting.

5.       Duties of Executive Officers:
a.        The President shall preside at meetings and be ex-officio a member of all committees; and
b.       The President shall appoint the Past President, or if they are not able or unwilling, appoint a Chairperson of the Nominating Committee.
c.        The Vice-President shall assume the duties and preside at all meetings of the Guild in the absence of the President; and
d.      Assist the President in their duties.
e.      The Secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of the Guild and attend to the correspondence of the Guild.
               Assistant Secretary:
f.        The Assistant Secretary shall assume the duties at all meetings of the guild in the absence of the Secretary; and
g.       Assist the Secretary in their duties.
h.       The Treasurer shall receive, deposit and disburse monies of the Guild as authorized by the Guild and shall issue receipts as required; and
i.        Ensure that up-to-date and accurate accounts of the finances of the Guild are kept in proper books.
6.        Fiscal Year and Signing Officers:
a.        The fiscal year of the Guild shall be from September 01 to August 31;
b.      The Treasurer shall open and/or maintain a bank account for the Guild.
c.       The signing officers of the Guild shall be the Treasurer and any one (1) of the following three (3) executive officers:
·         President
·          Vice-President
·         Secretary
7.        Dissolution
Upon dissolution of the Guild by  majority vote of members, all assets of the Guild remaining after payment of all liabilities and obligations, shall then be gifted to a suitable organization such as another quilting Guild.
8.        Parliamentary Authority:
Kerr & King’s “Procedures for Meetings and Organizations” shall assist the executive in governing the Guild in all cases where situations are not provided for in the By-laws of the Guild.