Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Lollygagging along the way to Lethbridge - 2

We had a slow start for our trip to Lethbridge, AB for next June. I think members and guilds were still in summer mode. And with our side trips to a few guilds, we didn't get as far as anticipated.

So on we go - next stop is Sudbury, ON which is home to the Big Nickel

and many other mining tourist spots. But we’d rather go to a quilt guild meeting and so we stopped in to see the Sudbury & District Quilting and Stitchery Guild.  They meet every Tuesday at 7pm in Sudbury's YMCA. Boy, are they a busy group, especially when they meet every week! There’s always lots to do for the members of this group. Last year they donated over 350 quilts. It was good to catch up with a few of the members of this guild who visited Quilt Canada 2014 in Niagara this past June.

On we go, next stop is Sault Ste. Marie. Another side trip to Stitches from the Heart Quilters Guild who meet the first Monday of the month at 7 pm. For the meeting in November, Martha Schellingerhoud is their guest speaker. Her workshop “Stripping the Beauty” is one that is being offered along with her trunk show.


Before we leave the Soo as it’s often called, we had to stop in at Life’s a Stitch quilt shop to say hello. We had checked out their website first to see what they were up to. Not only do they sell machines, they offer repairs and maintenance. Workshop classes meet the interests of the community.

Now the long haul, up and around Lake Superior. Am I glad to get this part of the trip out of the way before winter sets in. It’s scary enough driving on a nice day, but we sure wouldn’t want to do it in the middle of winter. We stopped just to take a
picture of the big goose in Wawa and then onto Thunder Bay. The view of the Sleeping Giant on Lake Superior is amazing, but we need to stop off to visit the Thunder Bay Quilters’ Guild. Unfortunately we’re not able to catch a meeting - they meet the 3rd Monday of the month at 7pm. They have been keeping busy with their Community programs, such as Meals on Wheels, Comfort Quilts and Christmas Cheer Teddy Bears.

We need to keep moving to get out of Ontario (of course, we need the inches to get there too - I think we have just enough to get to Dryden). So we stopped off to visit with Sunset Country Quilters Guild. It seems we just missed being able to hear Cathy Miller and her hubbie John Bunge perform at the Dryden Centre.

What an amazing trip so far!!! Lots and lots of quilting going on!

We’re hoping to get into Manitoba for our next blog. So make sure you keep sending in those inches from your Show & Tell/Share at your guild meetings to diratlarge@canadianquilter.com.

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