MLQ Virtual Christmas Sew Day

We held a virtual sew day on Saturday, December 12th. We have all missed our sew days. It worked out pretty good, aside from the fact that we couldn’t all get together physically. (But that’s 2020, eh?) The one good thing was that we had long distance sewers! Nanaimo, Comox, Powell River, Vernon, Richmond, Ladner, Delta & Minnesota. It wasn’t what we’d all like but it’s what we have. We are all sew very lucky to be able to stitch and connect and share our creativity. Instructions for everyone: Let’s all post some photos of our work stations, smiling faces and creations. Dress up or dress down…let’s have a great day. :D :D :D

^ My “Christmas Workshop” was decorated and, as I was hoping, I had a productive day. I made 15 fabric gift bags. I started with 17″ x 9″ pieces and they finished at 8″x 5″ x 3″. Perfect size for those small Santa gifts.

Patti lives way out east so was up a couple of hours ahead of us. Using a unicorn panel she was building blocks to surround it for her granddaughter. Juli worked on a very cute Berenstein Bears pillowcase for her granddaughter. Lynn wrapped presents! Kidding, she was hand binding a quilt for Christmas. And Jackie was working on a gift for a friend, Glorious & Free. 

<– If you click here you will see the finished flimsy. She’s just patiently ;) waiting for the backing to arrive. (2020, eh?)

<— Over here we have Donna & Leslie. Donna shared her beautifully decorated sewing area and what she was having for tea as well as her new Christmas placemats. Leslie was busy creating some really cute fabric bookmarks. She and I live in the same park and are part of a 15 Days of Christmas with our sewing group. No we haven’t met for months. (Covid19, eh?) These bookmarks were her contribution. Unfortunately on her day to deliver she had to brave a monsoon! But how fun to go to the mailbox and find a surprise!

To the right here is Lorraine’s beautiful wool applique quilt. So much work but oh so beautiful. She showed us some hand painted ornaments from her tree…painted by her of course.

Shelley completed her Trip Around The World flimsy. Can’t wait to see what gets quilted on this one. —->

And it turns out that <– Emily is also making one of these in the same colours? Is it a kit? Are they the same size? Maybe someone will let us know on the next virtual sew day. :)

One of the cool things about a virtual sew day is that you can drop in at any time. Last year at an actual Christmas sew day Kadi won 11 #UglySweater blocks. She wasn’t able to attend this sew day but sent pictures of two more sweaters and has two more to go before making it into a quilt.

Doris was busy with some other things but later that evening was able to work on a memorial quilt and a couple of Christmas cards. She didn’t say how those cards were made but they are very intricate indeed.

Kathy and Dave were busy working on a 2 1/2″ square scrappy quilt. There will be 8 pieced sections and it will make a 48″x64″ lap quilt. I love it. Again, my favourite kind of quilt, scrappy!

Emily was a little late to the party but we were sew happy to see her. She has an awesome sewing studio and design wall. Merry Christmas Emily. It must be a secret what she’s working on because she didn’t tell us. ;)


Prior to sew day we had two surprise quilt deliveries. Jackie & Joan made a <– Grinch quilt for Kathy. She has been a Grinch fan forever and was thrilled to receive it.  This quilt —> is a Christmas mile-a-minute, free motion quilted with wool batting. It was given to a good friend of our Mom’s. Unexpected quilts that bring joy to their new owners is the best kind of quilt there is.

Wishing everyone the best Christmas you can have & a wonderful and happy new year. We will get through this. Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe. And in the meantime please enjoy River by Sarah McLachlan.

Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye

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