Annual Hamel-Lite Gathering

dessert table

This was only half of the desserts

Yesterday we had our annual Hamel-Lite pot luck gathering. Traditionally this is a Christmas get together but due to the busyness of the holiday season we postponed this years event to January.  The feel was a mixture of both a Christmas and Ukrainian Christmas combined so we feasted well. Food consisted of the customary turkey, stuffing, gravy and cranberries as well as borscht, perogies and a myriad of delicious side dishes and desserts. Some of the photos aren’t crisp as the lighting wasn’t ideal but I think you’ll get the feel of the evening regardless.

Linda's homemade dessert

Linda’s homemade dessert

There was a selection of activities as well. For “Hexi Salad” we had to guess the number of hexi’s in the salad bowl. Denise made the hexi’s and turns out there were 1600+ in the bowl.Hexy salad

We played games like “Toss the Fat Quarter” which had the player throwing a fat quarter and aiming to have it land in a bowl. If one succeeded the FQ was your reward.

Heather hoping to land a fat quarter

Heather hoping to land a fat quarter

FQ Toss

Janet, Brenda L and Jock taking a crack at it

On top of our yearly “Dirty Santa” gift game we also did a white elephant gift swap which brought a lot of laughs. Here are a few below…

Some prizes

The iron boar was a coveted piece that evening

TP guy

The TP butler was also very popular

Linda May

Snorkeling anyone?

Linda May and Rod

Rod and Lina May model their gifts like the good sports they are


Kris received a pair of balls

We had a great time and look forward to next years gathering.


Meet The Hamel-Lites…Joanne


Earlier this Spring we welcomed Joanne to the Hamels team. If you have visited the store chances are good you’ve met Joanne as she can be found in the store helping people with their fabric selections.

Joanne began sewing thirty years ago when her children were young and has come to find patchwork piecing and appliqué to be among her choice sewing styles.  She favours bright colours and Lori Holt patterns. We asked her what her favourite type of fabric is and she replied…”Love, love all our flannels!”

Joanne sews in a BIG rec room turned sewing room but tells us there is still not enough space so she drags everything upstairs and makes a mess on her dining room table.

Aside from quilting Joanne enjoys spending time crafting with her Grandchildren.

Meet The Hamel-Lites…Denise


Denise has been with Hamels for over 18 years. She started off teaching classes many moons ago but these days she takes care of the figuring and cutting of all our Block-of-the-Month programs, Quilt Clubs and the majority of the kits we offer. On more than one occasion Denise has been heard reciting Queen lyrics “Another One Bites the Dust” when she’s completed packaging a new set of quilt kits for the store.

Denise has been sewing since she was 12 years old.  Her sewing space is an extra bedroom in the house that has been vacated by children that have grown and moved on. Currently her favourite technique is Englsh Paper Piecing so it’s no surprise her most highly recommended quilting accessory is her Kay Buckley’s 4″ Perfect Scissors which work perfectly for cutting out all her tiny fabric pieces when she is working on her latest EPP project.

Besides quilting her hobbies include scrapbooking, cross-stitch, camping, spending time with her grandchildren and more recently her new pet piggies Wiggles and Giggles.

Helping Hands…er…uhm…Paws

Marla's Cat 2

A few weeks ago we sent Nunavut Emerald Forest home with Marla.  Marla who works here at the shop also operates a long arm quilting business with her husband.  She sent us this picture of Birdie keeping a close eye on things and lending a helping paw.

Marla's Cat

The quilt is made with  Cantik Batiks fabric line Nunavut by Canadian designer Shania Sunga. Here is the finished quilt below.

Nunavut Fence Nunavut Porch

If you would like Birdie to help get one of your quilt tops quilted you can contact Glen & Marla Pinchin at 604-795-7957