Thank You for Giving

Thanks to all who rose to the occasion and donated to Harvest Hope over the holidays. This year we collected food and baby supplies in November and cleaning and baby supplies in December. Harvest Hope was very appreciative, especially since our area was hit so hard this year with the flooding, and need was greater than usual. As Bev and I made the delivery to their facilities it made me so proud to represent our group, and awed of how generous you all were this year. 

December Show and Tell

December's show and tell started out with our doll makers, Sandra and Bev.

Judy shared her version of the block exchange the day bee has been working on.

Here's are two beautiful batik quilts from Bonnie and Jana.

Betty Jean has been busy with a patriotic quilt and some Christmas stockings.

Anita organized a mystery quilt as part of her time as program co-chair. Here is her completed quilt on the left as well as Ann on the right.

Marilyn seems to be in the holiday spirit, covering Valentine's Day and Christmas.

Sue has been busy again making comfort quilts. I wish I knew how many she has made so far.

You can always count on Elizabeth to bring in something wonderful.

I know these aren't the clearest pictures but I had to include them all so you can see how truly creative Zohra's coat really is. She never fails to amaze me.

 Thank you ladies for sharing all your creativity!

December Program

To celebrate the holidays we at Greater Columbia Quilters had our annual potluck. A good meal was had by all and I know that I, as usual, overindulged on all the goodies that our members brought. In addition, we had a very special show and tell this year. Back in July, after our Christmas in July program, members had a Christmas fabric swap. The directions were as follows:

Bring one yard of washed and ironed 100% cotton Christmas fabric and a pair of scissors. You will leave with a paper bag of assorted Christmas fabrics, and the name of the original participant. In the next five months, use the bag of fabrics to make a Christmas gift for the name of the person whose fabric started the bag. They won’t know who has their name and the big reveal will be in December at our Christmas gathering.

So, here's just a sampling of some of the results of the challenge.
Here's Clara with an apron and Joan with a wallhanging.

 Zohra looks very happy with her wallhanging, paper pieced by Lynne.

Here's Betty holding up her pillow while Missy watches the fun.

????????? shows off her beautiful placemats.

This wallhanaging was a big hit with everyone and Ellen was the lucky one to take it home.

I don't know who the lucky recipient of this wonderful pillow was, but I believe it was made by Jane. She has recently started doing machine embroidery as a business if anyone has a need for her talents.

I'm always amazed at the talent exhibited by this group of ladies and also at their generosity to put so much energy and effort into these wonderful presents to each other. I apologize for not knowing the names of each maker - there was a lot going on at once that day. If anyone can help fill in the blanks, do let me know.