This past weekend the Hamel’s team gathered for our annual holiday get together. It consisted of a jolly meeting of family, friends, fun games and a Christmas feast. Here is a snippet of the evening.
Denise and Alida spent a good portion of the day preparing and decorating. The centerpiece displays at each table were fun and diverse. And Denise made gingerbread men for each place setting.
There was plenty of fabulous appetizer’s, main dishes, side dishes plus dessert.
Beatrice (Right) was the winner of “guess how many fat eighths are in the bag”. Maureen (middle) rolled them all and Brenda (left) co-ordinates and packages all the packs in the shop. That is Lynne peaking a smile from the back.
Here is Pauline opening a gift from all the staff.
It was a wonderful evening had by all. We wish that you may all experience a wonderful Christmas season full of gatherings as cheery and festive as ours!
Have you ever wondered what happens to all the beautiful quilts that we display in the store and at shows? As much as we love them we can’t keep them all. As the kits sell off the items go up for sale. At the end of a show season it isn’t out of the ordinary to have more than usual.
Pauline has been sorting through the one-of-a-kind samples and adding them to the website. These make fantastic gifts and perhaps you know someone who would enjoy receiving one for Christmas.
If you happen to be in the store you can find them on the upper floor or you can have a browse online here. Be sure to check back periodically to see what has been added.
And we can’t forget our feature quilt Starring Snowmen designed by our friends Jeanne and Shelley, designers for Quilt Patch Pattern Company. This snuggly warm flannel quilt features frolicking snowmen on a patchwork backdrop and is perfect for the upcoming winter season. You can get a kit to make this project here.
If you own a copy of the magazine already, fabulous. If not you can get one here.
Recently Heather arranged an outing for us Hamel-Lite’s with her friend Cheryl Wall who just happens to be a published quilt designer living just a hop, skip and a jump away. Cheryl graciously invited us for a tour of her home to see her quilts.
Cheryl was raised in a Mennonite home where she became familiar with the rich Mennonite quilting heritage, but it wasn’t until her mid-30s that she tried quilting for herself. She was hooked immediately. Now, with nearly 20 years of experience as a quilter, she has designed more than 100 patterns under the name Country Quilts.
Cheryl gave a private showing to six available Hamels staff members.
Summer Daze Quilt
Bumbleberry Pie Quilt
In the Night Garden Quilt
She’s inspired by rich colours found in Kansas Troubles. Her quilts have primitive themes and some are classic designs with a unique flair. She began her pattern designing years ago with encouragement from her family.
Project on the design wall
Cheryl has self published four books and designed more than 100 patterns under her company name Country Quilts. A member of the Canadian Quilters’ Association, Wall sells her original designs to quilt shops around the world. She actively participates in quilt guild shows, trade shows, and her local quilting group.
The Hamel-Lite’s that were able to make it on the outing had a fabulous and inspiring time.
You can find a collection of Cheryl’s books on the website here.
Have you ever wondered how the wonderful quilting fabric you use comes to be. This is an older video episode on the topic but still very relevant today. Although the hairstyles and fashion my have changed, the process of fabric production has pretty much stayed the same. I am sure you will find this very interesting. Grab some popcorn and watch the video below.