Sunday, May 17, 2015

Neighbourhood Show & Tell Tea

Last Saturday, May 9, 2015 the two guilds (Near North Quilters' Guild and Northern Lights Quilters' Guild) that I belong to here in North Bay hosted a Neighbourhood Show & Tell Tea.  We invited guilds from as far away as a 4 hr. drive.  They came!  They actually came.

The theme was chickens. Chicken pincushions on the tables.  Each person attending got to take home a small chicken pincushion and one person at each table won the big chicken pincushion.
Chicken blocks.  The idea was to make a chicken block and bring it to the tea and have a chance to win more blocks to make a quilt.
Enough blocks were submitted to give away three sets of twenty-five blocks.  Three lucky winners went home quite happy.
The chicken block pattern came from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol. 4, (A Bird in the Hand, block #333) and it was designed by Cheryl Brown (

We had quilts on display.  These quilts were the result of workshops, BOM and Mystery Quilts presented by both guilds.

But .... what everyone came for was the show & tell.  Each guest who came had to bring something for show & tell.  It was amazing!  The photos below are just a wee taste of what we saw.

Some guests presented their quilts/items in groups of three:

 Most were by themselves.

We not only had quilts, but stitchery pieces as well.  We had large quilts and small quilts.  There was interest to see who had the smallest quilt/item to show. 

Our emcee's for the day were the presidents of both guilds.  Lois and Terry, you did a great job!  They did chicken jokes (of course) and to win the large pincushion .... well .... we even had the chicken dance.  Guests even chimed in with their chicken jokes.

The idea for the Neighbourhood Show and Tell Tea originated with Rayside-Balfour near Sudbury, Ontario.  It has been presented for about 10 years and each year a different guild in a different city will host the tea. 

This was the first time we hosted this show & tell tea in North Bay.  Approximately 200 guests came.  A light luncheon was served at noon.  We also had a mini merchant's mall for our out-of-town guests to browse through and purchase some goodies.  It was an amazing day!  Thank you to all that came to our show and tell.

Have a great day!


Jennifer said...

What a great idea! Beautiful quilts - I recognise a few - good company, and fun. What more could a quilter want?

Karen in Breezy Point said...

What a fun and inspiring day! Love the chicken theme too!

CountryGal said...

What a wonderful idea!! Looks like fun and some beautiful pieces to show!

Jeanne said...

Lots of beautiful eye candy in this post! Thanks for sharing. Chicken theme was a cute idea.

Debra Anger said...

I loved seeing the same quilt done differently That basket one at the end is my favorite! they were all lovely and it looked like everyone had a great time. Bravo for all that hard work your guilds did to have such a grand presentation

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Looks like a lot of very talented quilters in your area and what a fun day! Thanks for sharing such a great idea.

Barb said...

what a great event!