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Saskatchewan Stitches Conference

The Renovations continued and we grew and adapted creatively 

2010 saw Jan Bones join us with her great garment sewing and fitting classes and Liz Thompson taught her first class sharing her wealth of knowledge about Janome and Elna machines and sewing in general. Sally Melville joined us as out knitting instructor.  This year Beverly taught 3 sessions of beginner bra to meet the demand and Chi Chi taught double classes for machine quilting and applique while Ron taught his first Ultimate Retreat Class. Marci Baker joined us again to teach quilting along with Bonny Voice and Dianne Jannson.  As the renovations raged on we continue to hold our classes where ever space was available in the Abbey and College.  This year we had two special evening presentations, Marci Baker with the Clearview of Quilting and J R Reyes of Schmetz Needles gave 2 evening presentations and Liz and I heckled him both times about why serger needles are not made for knits!! (and finally after many years they are!) 



In 2011 our knitting instructor was the bright and colourful Lucy Neatby from Nova Scotia and Virginia Walton from Creative curves joined us with her curvy quilting techniques. Jodi Barrows was also back with more Square in a Square Techniques.  Jackie Van Fossen taught blue printing and landscape quilts.  Marci Baker had so much fun as a instructor that she returned this year as a participant! 

Now the college renovations were of course not done and we had to use the soon to be student lounge on the main floor, of course Severin Hall, Jerome Assembly Room and the new classrooms on the 4th floor (yes the ones closest to the sun and with windows that do not open) never before or since has the weather outside reached +40C during our event.  We could not use the new air conditioning system being installed because of the dust created by the renovations on the other floors that they did not want to be spread throughout the building.  We had every fan available working over time but it really was like a sweat shop up there!  And boy did we get our steps in. 

We had 2 evening banquets with presentations from Breast Friends  Cookbooks and Colour Therapy.  Jodi Barrows also gave an evening lecture on her new Pony Express quilt, did you know we have a local connection to this historical trail. 

And I interrupted every class, everyday to make sure that everyone knew about our 10th Anniversary Challenge for next year.  We had selected 2 pieces of fabric from the Robert Kaufman Jewels of India line as our challenge fabric.  The participants could use either or both and they could make what ever they wanted as long as the fabric was recognizable in the project. 


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