Friday, December 26, 2014

No meeting Dec 27th. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Show & Tell - December 20, 2014

First, an update on completed projects.  This week I took 12 doggie beds to the Marion County Animal shelter.  They were very happy to receive them.  When I asked what else they need, they said they always need old towels and newspapers.  They also have a request on their web site for cat hammocks.  Directions for these can be found at  If anyone would like to make these, I would be glad to deliver them.

I also delivered 16 quilts to the Samaritan Inn in Leesburg.  Before I took them I made a drawstring bag for each quilt, red for the girl's quilts and blue for the boys.  The monitor who received them was very grateful as well.

We were expecting a light turnout this week since so many of our members are away for Christmas. Instead we were pleasantly surprised when not only about 20 regular members showed up, but 8 new ladies checking us out.  We want to welcome all of them. We hope you had a good time making a Cathedral Christmas Ornament, and that you will come back and join the fun again in the New Year.

 Our show & tell was light this week, with only 2 ladies bringing something to show.

Suzanne Brown brought in a collection of ornaments she has made.

The first was a Minnie Mouse applique.

The second was a decoupage ornament made with scraps of fabric over a clear ball.

The third was also a clear ball, but the fabric scraps were placed on the inside.

Her last 2 were fabric ornaments made in the same way a fabric postcard would be done.

One of the new ladies to our group, Cookie Clifford, brought a wall hanging to show us.  It was made with a panel depicting her home state as a stamp, and just the right amount of embellisment.  
She explained that she did this for her husband, who is a stamp collector.

 She also found a fabric with lots of stamps in the design to use for the backing.  And our leader Micki would definitely approve of the label on the bottom, in the form of an envelope.

Cookie also showed a table mat made with the 60 degree triangle method.  Beautiful work Cookie.  We ca see you will fit right in with our club.

After show & tell, Pat Pipa showed us how to made a cathedral ornament.  This was lots of fun.

There will be no meeting on December 27th.  See you all for the first meeting of the new year on January 3, 2015.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Show & Tell - December 13, 2014

Today was our club's annual Christmas party. The club supplied sandwiches, potato salad, and drinks, and various members brought desserts.  After we enjoyed our holiday lunch, we started our usual show & tell.

 Eileen DiSanto was first up.  She made a set of the Christmas Tree folded napkins we learned about a few weeks ago
 and a lovely Christmas wall hanging.
Darlene Marks was next, showing another lovely table runner.
Kathy Jones showed the finished donation quilt she has been working on

Some doggie toys she made for a friend's dog

and the block she made, inspired by Lu Karatzas' block last week.

Carol Riggs showed a hanging wooden bird made by a neighbor for the Bexley fund drive. It didn't sell during the sale day, so she offered it to anyone who wished o make a donation. (It went quickly.)

 Lu Karatzas and Ellen Hein worked together last week to finish backing this donation quilt.

Lu also showed her completed club name tag, embellished with music and other symbols representing her life.  Nice work Lu.

Maureen Wilson made 2 more "formal" men's aprons for the men who will be doing the clean up work at her holiday party.

Pat Pipa brought in a finished  doggie bed.

This brought the number of doggie beds in our storage to 12, so Lois Rose took them all to deliver to the Marion County Animal Center on Tuesday.  (They were very happy to get them.)
B.J.Herter showed her completed quilt.
as did JoyStanton
New member Grace Ell showed her very first attempt at crochet - a baby blanket for a new grand child.

After show & tell we played some Christmas games.  I've never seen these ladies so quiet as they worked on the games.

The first was a Christmas music trivia game and the first person to get the most correct answers was Kathy Jones, shown here with her prize collectable pin cushion.

 The winner of the second game a word search, was our British friend Marie Bray.  By coincidence, the prize for this challenge was a tea pot pin cushion.

It seemed like everyone had a good time at our party. 

Although many of our ladies are going to be away for the holidays, we are still meeting this coming Saturday (12/20)  Pat Pipa has a project lined up for us - a cathedral ornament. 
Everyone will need 2 squares of fabric 6 inches and two Squares of contrasting fabric 1 1/2 inches, a needle and thread and a little bit of stuffing. 
Hope to see you on Saturday.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Show & Tell - December 6, 2014

This week we had no demo planned. Instead we got together after show & tell and made a group effort to complete the quilts we are giving to the Samaritan Inn children's shelter.  The women in this group have got to be the best ever.  I sprung this project on them only a few weeks ago, yet they all jumped in to help and delivered 11 finished quilts over last week and this week.  With only 5 to go, the group paired off 2 and sometimes 3 to a quilt to finish the rest.  I am so proud to be a member of Fabric Fun!

But first, show & tell:


Brenda Severa showed us 2 Christmas towels and a patchwork wall hanging, all machine embroidered.

The wall hanging was done with a pattern that connects each block.

Audrey Philipa is leaving us for the winter - heading back to her home on the Atlantic coast.  Before she left us she finished a few UFOs and brought them all in for this week's show & tell.

First, she showed her completed Christmas place mats.

Next we got to see her cone & fabric Christmas tree. Lovely red and gold color scheme.

Some large machine embroidered place mats were next.

She also completed a set of Christmas tree napkins.

Machine embroidery was also added to a plain apron she picked up.  Note: she also had to move the waste ties up to accommodate her height, since they originally tied at her hips instead of her waste. :-))


She also sewed 2 cute flannel blankets together to make another quilt for our donation drive.  This will be much appreciated by some little boy.

Audrey also brought us some cute reindeer peanut butter cookies to enjoy.

 Audrey came wearing a cute holiday sweater.  I just had to take photos of this front and back.

Lu Karatzas was next.  She brought one of her EReader pillows that she showed us last year and a cute "exercise" block.

Lu also talked about the shirt she was wearing.  This was one of her favorites, but it got a bleach stain at one point.  Instead of discarding it, she embellished it over the stain with a musical G clef and added some additional music notes for accent.  What a great way to restore a loved piece of clothing.

Maureen Wilson showed the dress apron she made for her husband to wear while he helps clean up after holiday parties.

She then showed the felt memory ornaments she finished and a cute bag made from a Santa hat.

Maureen's last item this week was a fringed fleece football blanket she made.

Marty Rhyne showed a pile of fleece blanket and gave a short demo later of how to make the crocheted edging.

Then Marty showed her donation scrapy quilt top, completed with help from her sister Susan and Alice Meunier.


Suzanne Brown showed 2 caps she knitted, an ornament she made and some book covers she made this morning..

Kathy Jones showed a quilt top she sewed together for our donation effort.

Pat Pipa showed fabric cards she made and her scrappy quilt contribution.

B.J. Herter showed a cute sewing machine notions caddy she received as a gift.

Joy Stanton showed 2 Christmas table runners she made.

(I said we'd see more of this great pattern.)


Cheryl Minieri Showed the quilt she made for our donation drive. 

Lois rose showed 2 pieces of machine embroidery she made for her family Christmas cards.

She also showed 2 quilts she made for donation. The first is a scrappy quilt made from bits of fabric donated to the club.

The second was made with a combination of leftover fabric and discounted Hot Wheels fabric.

Although she hasn't been able to join us for some time, Helen Lowrey is still thinking of us.  She sent us 2 doggie beds and 2 lovely fidget quilts.  We miss you Helen.  Hope you are able to join us again in 2015.