Monday, September 1, 2014

Show & Tell - August 30, 2014

Watching the video during lunch
Today was lunch & learn, and as usual, we had plenty of good food.  While we ate, Pat Pipa put on a video about how to make fabric postcards.  This was a little intimidating, since the processes described in the video were rather complex.  However, after today's show & tell, Pat and Suzanne Brown showed samples of fabric postcards that had actually gone through the mail and described a much simpler process for creating these.

Fabric Cards Suzanne received through the mail from all over the world
Suzanne explains how easy it is to make mailable postcards.

After lunch we had a fun show & tell, starting with a patriotic wreath Pat Pipa made.  Pat explained this was made on a cardboad frame because the styrofoam ones curved too much and made the yo-yos not as visable as she wanted. 

This lovely wreath is ready to decorate her door for Labor Day weekend.

 Next Lois Rose showed 2 quilts she finished.  The first was a pink rag quilt she made for donation.   The second was a quilt she has been working on all summer as a gift for her sister-in-law. In addition to the quilting, she incorporated machine embroidered images of New Jersey and Washington to depict the states where they grew up and where her sister-in-law lives now.  She also digitized her brother and sister-in-law's wedding pictures and embroidered that on the quilt label.

Mary Kahlow stood up next to bring pillow case supplies from Carol Riggs.

Jane Swafford then showed the latest pillowcase she made.

Audrey Phillips had several things to show.

First, she showed the quilt block roll she made, complete with her name and and angel embroidered on it.

The quilt block that were in it are part of a project she is working on at the Machine Embroidery club and we convinced her to show them even though she said it is an nfinished project.

Next she brought out the apron she made as a result of Cathy Jones' lesson last week.

 Audrey's daughter Lynne Conner joined us again this week and brought a "Doc McStuffins" dress she made for her granddaughter's Halloween costume.  This is a Disney character that I was not familiar with before today, but who seems to be the rage among today's little girls.   Nice work Lynne and welcome back.

Pauline Nizza was next, showing the apron she made from a man's shirt following Kathy's instruction.  She found a lovely blue flowered shirt to use for hes and it came out great.

Suzanne Brown was next, showing her completed midi bag.  She said that next time she would choose to put in batting to make it stand a little stiffer as a purse.

 Next, Suzanne showed a Dresden Plate table runner she made in lovely fall colors.
She also added a completed doggie bed to our donation pile.

Suzanne also showed a package of the batting she favors, since many of the ladies have asked about this. 

Kathy Jones was up next.  Last week she had an apron started so she could use it to explain how to make one from a man's shirt.  This week she showed the completed apron  and a chenille placemat she made from the fabric cut from the back of the shirt. A very nice use of the leftover material.
Kathy also talked about her experiment before making her midi bag.  Since she was not at the meeting when we started explaining the midi bag, she has been working on her own. Rather than dive right into making the full bag, she decided to make a miniature version to test the process and said she learned some valuable lessons.  We each have our own ways of learning and kudos to Kathy for experimenting with this.  We look forward to her actual midi bag when it is done.


Donna Risman was next.  Her first item was a lovely fall wall hanging.

 Donna's second item was a  beautifulleaf pattern fall table topper.  We've seen several of these lovely hex design runners, and they always amaze.  I understand that the trick is finding the right fabric to make this work.  I would love to learn this.

This year Florida quilt shops have joined an activity that has been promoted in quilt shops across the country - a row by row quilt challenge.  Each shop designs a row and patrons can get the pattern by visiting their shop.  The challenge is to visit several shops and create a quilt representing several of the shops.  By being the first person to bring a finished quilt back to one of the shops represented, the quilter gets a prize.  Donna showed the quilt she created with all Florida panels and won with.

The label on Donna's winning quilt

Annette Reddy showed a small wallet she made in the hoop with her embroidery machine.  This is just the right size to hold keys, ID's and a little money when you don't want to carry a full purse.

Edie Cave  proudly showed that she has make a bunch of microwave bowl holders to give as gifts this year.  This is a pattern many of us love.  Nice work Edie.

Edit also made some pillow cases.

Kathy Nichols brought a fun snowman wall hanging she made, complete with a carrot-shaped nose that sticks out from the quilt. 

She also brought a finished doggie bed.

Our last show & tell was by our ever smiling Joy Stanton.  Inspired by the red work lessons Pat Pipa gave a few months ago, Joy created a beautiful red work fish as a centerpiece to a small red quilt. 

 Joy also brought 2 red, white & blue fidget quilts with aviation themes.  These are great additions to our supply.

During our meeting a woman from Busy Hands brought a load of fabric to us that her group couldn't use.  Much of it is scraps to be cut up for doggie beds, but there were also a lot of sturdy pieces big enough to make at least 30 doggie bed envelopes.  I have washed, sorted and cut these, and plan to bring them, along with my sewing machine, to sew up these envelopes next week.  Anyone who would like to help with this can bring their sewing machine. For those who would just like to stuff the beds, there is also plenty of fabric to be cut up for stuffing.  I don't expect to fill all the beds, but we can at least create a supply of empty beds for ladies to fill as they work on other projects.


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