I've already written my name in mine so no one else can run off with it.
On behalf of my Canadian readers, I put up my hand and asked about the origins of the bear paw logo, and why we, a guild in New Zealand (which I don't think has any life threatening animals) chose a bear paw as our logo. There were at least 4 people in the room who were present when the guild started. They said that a vote was held, and people chose the bear paw because of it's meaning - Hand of Friendship, not anything to do with bears sorry.
I've started hand quilting my scrappy bear paw quilt. I'll use Perle 8 and big stitch hand quilting. Of course I'll colour co-ordinate, and use a matching Perle 8 for each block. I don't even think that I'll have to buy any more colours of thread. I've got so many in my box.
The President of the guild stood down at the AGM on Saturday, and we had been secretly asked to make her a Retail Therapy block in her favourite colours of pink, purple and aqua blue. I couldn't fit them all in one photo, but they looked great on the wall and she was delighted.
Aren't they great. Here's a closeup of my contribution:
I had to use zig zag because I couldn't get the blanket stitch to work on my old machine! The beautiful Bernina in the photo at the top of this page is my brand new machine, which I'm just learning how to use. I have a lesson on Thursday and things will be better after that. I told my family that it's like moving from my 1979 Ford Escort (my first car) to my current Subaru Outback - everything is different! Electric windows, keyless entry and ignition, automatic transmission, dashboard handbrake, etc etc. My previous machine was a Bernina 910 that I purchased in 1987, my first year of working after university. It's done really well, but I want to do more machine quilting in future, amongst other things. The new machine is so smooth and quiet. I love it already.
The new Bernina 550QE is both my 25th Wedding Anniversary present (June 2) and my upcoming 50th birthday present (October). Here we were 25 years ago. Look at all that blow waved hair! Yes, Serena and Carla, my bridesmaids wore purple!!! Somethings never change.
I'm linking up to Blossom Hearts Quilts. It's her blog's 3rd anniversary and there are lots of prizes up for grabs.