Saturday, July 26, 2014

Show & Tell - July 26, 2014

4th Saturday Lunch & Learn Luau Fare was beautiful fun.  Special Treat Start - 3 members of"Aloha Friends of Hula" came and danced two songs for us.  Hula is storytelling with movement to beautiful Hawaiian music.  3 brave ladies even joined in with the Hula dancers for the 2nd song - Audrey Philips, Suzanne Brown and BJ Herter - hips, arms and hands swaying!!  Please check out pictures on BlogSpot.  The club presented the 3 Hula Dancers each a set of wine glass coasters made with real Hawaiian made fabrics.   And pretty much the luau fare was fresh and yummy.   

Learn was a brief demo for making the easy wine glass coasters.  I've attached the club's handout.   And I showed a follow up demo of the fusible grid interfacing.  (Please remember ladies, that the practice grid interfacing uses scant 2 inch squares and the Midi Bag Project will need scant 2 1/2 inch squares.)  And then there was follow-up for the texturized fabric and eyeglass case project.  Snowbirds, after the first of new year, we'll look at doing these eyeglass case projects again.   Please remind me in Jan.!

Pat Pipa - Eyeglass Case!  - Wahoo!!  Pat shared her shapely creation and on BlogSpot you'll see picture of Pat and me holding up our finished cases - Fun!!  And Pat discovered a No-English-Paper-Piecing way to make Hexagon "squares".  These are hugely popular pieces for projects, especially the "Grandmothers Flower Garden".  Pat saw the no-paper technique on a Quilting Arts TV show that uses circle of fabric, needle and thread and sew up in a jiffy - I think that it's a demo planned for fall!! Yea!!

Carol Planck - Ladies, Carol is still being processed thru all the "hoops" preparing for a Lung Transplant, and has to make daily trips to/from Tampa hospital during the evaluation and testing.  Everyone, please keep Carol in your prayers for completion of this evaluation time and that she receives good placement on the list to receive a transplant.  Carol shared a follow-up purse made using an Anita Goodesign project pattern and this is a matching piece to the totebag made earlier this month.  Stunning leather and embroidery work.
Marty Rhyne - made and donated a fidget quilt that she uniquely finished with a rectangle of anti-slide "fabric" on the back!  That is a great idea for these lap-sitters - anti-slide seams pretty useful!  Next Marty shared a cooling neck "tie" that can be made up easily with a tube of fabric and polymer crystals (water-absorbing crystals).  Marty plans to show everybody how in an upcoming demo!! Yea!!  FYI for fun, attached are two different pdf versions of making these patterns.  Marty has a good gameplan and will lead you thru and she has purchased a big bag of these crystals to share already!  Here is where a real little goes a really long way - truth!
Susan Morris - made a fantastic rag quilt for her son and printed pictures from her son's growing up years throughout the top and it is really a great quilted memory and made in our fun "faux chenille rag quilting" way. 

Donna Pachy - shared the August Sunflower wallhanging she made to send to Mom & Dad who will also receive some of Donna's culinary sweet delights.  Donna brought back memories of a Fabric Fun fall project of couple or more years ago... remember the Sunflower Wallhangings - project made included 3 large sunflowers with very embellished centers and some ladies made a smaller/beginner version of one sunflowers.  All of them turned out gorgeous!  Donna got "so far" and decided not to finish her version - but!  Now this August wallhanging made for her parents has one of the beautiful beaded centers Donna made during the project.  See - all in good time!!

Judy Johnston - made and donated a patriotic fidget quilt. 
Linda Parr shows the start of her practice grid.
Audrey Philips showed some quilt blocks for a quilt she is working on.
Edie Cave - made and donated military fidget quilts - very Air Force looking!  This week Mix's front page has picture of Edie standing proudly next to her daughter Angie who is a Master Chief in the U.S. Air Force!

Donna Risman shared an interesting calendar she found.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Show & Tell - July 19, 2014

(Editors Note: Sorry, I was away this week and only received a few photos.  My appologies to those whose photo is not included.  If you have a photo and would like to email it to me, I will happily add it to this post.)

BJ Herter - made an awesome wallhanging for her granddaughter - "Otter" is a beautiful piece of fabric, stitch and thread art.  BJ, it's a masterpiece!!  And here's another beautiful masterpiece, BJ honored and memorized her nephew who lost his fight with cancer by making a wonderful T-Shirt quilt made with some of her nephews t-shirts, and BJ is giving the quilt to her his young son's birthday this year.  Is that not an wonderful tribute and way to keep this youngster's dad there with him.  Please check out the pictures on BlogSpot.

Audrey Phillips - Thanks to Audrey for making 1/2 of the "tote" bags for the rag quilts being donated to Lady Lake Infants & Toddlers Pantry!!  Audrey made doggie beds forms ready for stuffing, finished another veterans fidget quilt and shared some pretty tea towels she fashioned with USA embroidered motifs.

Kathy Jones - shared embroidery cards she made using some of the fun hand embroidery stitches we've just spent time on this summer.  Kathy used directions from Martha Stewart's magazine and used her own terrific inspiration and writing techniques to make her card assortment.  These are terrific and made using cardstock!!

Jane Swafford - got our next batch of pillowcases started for ConKerr Pillowcase for Smiles.  Jane made 2 pillowcases - very pretty ones.  When pillowcases are made, please be sure they are turned into Carol Riggs who leads up this charitable effort for the club.  Carol just recently sent off about 50 pillowcases to ConKerr in Tampa.  Thanks ladies!!

Cheryl Minieri - shared a braid quilt project she learned and started.  Cheryl explained the "braid" patchwork piecing and then we had some fun offering suggestions for quilt and quilting ideas as her project progresses. 

Suzanne Brown - shared a book cover made strappy and little pouch, too.  Suzanne shared news of fabulous new fabric in stock at Sharkys Vac & Sew in Wildwood.  These are new Michael Miller, Timeless Treasures and the gorgeous Robert Kaufmann Christmas fabric lines.  Sharkys continues to increase their beautiful batiks assortment from Robert Kaufmann and has the largest selection of wonderful 108" wide quilt backing material - for just $9.99 a yard - that's 50 - 100% less than anywhere else on the planet.    Sharkys assortment of 108" backing is beautiful, wide variety of tones, prints, colors. 

Judy Johnston - glad to see Judy's out and about and walking lots better!!  Judy designed and made a Samba card holder - it's pretty cool for anyone who plays this card game to have.  Please get your design down on paper, Judy, and share with the club!  It's a terrific design. 

Judy also shared a story with us that was very touching yet hard to hear.  None of us like to hear stories about animals in stress or hurt, and for sure the wonderfully trained and selfless dogs of K-9 and Military Corps are even harder to hear about.  Central FL is a main training area for K-9 Dogs.  Judy's story was about an injured K-9 wrapped lovingly in a wounded warrior quilt.  Because of the pain listening to this story, I'm vague on these details.  What to hear is the loving quilt provided for this wounded patriot dog.  We're going to find out how to make some of these up so our club can donate and say we care very much for these services to our country.  I've not got any information yet, but promise to get some together soon.  We have a very nice assortment of fabrics recently donated that is set aside now for the K-9 Service Dog quilt project.   

During August, Pat Pipa will be our club's Sunshine Lady while BJ Herter is on vacation.  If you hear of anyone who could use a little sunshine, please contact us or see Pat Piper at meetings.  She'll have the cards and get one right out.

On Monday, Carol McCarthy picked up 22 more Patriotic/Military Theme fidget quilts and she was thrilled to receive this supply that will be going to the Alzheimer caregiver support groups in Leesburg, Lady Lake and Ocala VFW orgs.  Carol also took 5 recently donated Fidget Quilts that are non-military but just so amazingly done, one theme I remember had a fuzzy fleece owl and another a beautiful, fun barnyard theme.  The work all of you do in this effort is reaching far and wide and doing wonderful good wherever they go. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Show & Tell - July 5, 2014

Kathy Jones started us off with a baby quilt for the Infant & Toddler Pantry.
Audrey Philips showed an embroidered baby pillow......

some framed silk embroidery art .....

and 21 tote bags for the quilts we are bringing to the Infant & Toddler Pantry.
Linda Lynch also brought a quilt for donation to the Infant & Toddler Pantry.

Suzanne Brown showed 2 pillows made from Quilters Quest blocks and a pile of doggy beds she completed.

Lois Rose showed a "Mickie inspired" book she put together with samples of all her machine embroidery appliques.

She also showed the Redwork rooster she completed as a result of Pap Pipa's embroidery lesson.

Pat Pipa brought in a knitting needle holder she made.

Carol Planck made an eyeglass case and a flannel under plastic tote.

We also had some good news - our friend Alice Meunier has had good test results in her battle with cancer.  Our prayers for her continued recovery continue.

Finally, Pat Pipa's ribbon embroidery book is missing.  If anyone finds it, please return it to the club meeting.