Saturday, June 27, 2015

Weekly Update - June 27, 2015

Hi Ladies:  Happy 4th of July to you all and to America!!  Please enjoy the week for our nation, enjoy the Freedom our Forefathers set forth for us by forging the awesome documents that provide our nation's foundation, enjoy the Safety our Police and Fire (our first responders across this nation) provide for us and our communities every hour of every day, and always enjoy pride in all branches of our U.S. Military that stand for Freedom at home on our shores and deployed around the world.  America The Beautiful! God bless America!!  God bless the U.S.A.!!!  

Before getting started with last week's Show & Tell, big huge thanks to Lois Rose and Annette Reddy for leading June 22nd meeting and the Bobbin Robin fun project!!  

Annette Reddy will be getting us a link to the Bobbin Robin contest for submitting the cuties you are making up!!  

Before we began Show & Tell, we took some time to examine a quilt Linda Parr has been asked to repair. It is a beautiful 30+ year old quilt that has a small tear in it from a pet's claw.  We all chimed in with suggestions.

Kathy Nichols - pillowcases and "Robinette" a very frilly version of Bobbin Robin!

Lois Rose - Bobbin Robin with sewing notion adornments of buttons and odds and ends - so cute AND the BIRD made it to 21 ROW BY ROW SHOPS ALREADY!!  Is that not amazing - Lois, you inspire all of us with your sewing crafting and just fun enthusiasm - we will miss you over next few weeks/months.  However long it takes, we've got your space open for you always!!!  God bless and lots of thoughts and prayers coming your way from all of us.

Nancy Cartlidge - rag quilt (a pretty large one made with 4 inch squares - that's right, lots of seams and lots of snipping going on for this one! and pillow case

Joan Thomas - very pretty tote bag made "upscaling" a beautiful giraffe motif from a blouse she felt had seen it's "better days".  Joan cut the motif off and fashioned a beautiful pocket for the front of tote along with pretty choice of complimentary fabrics.

Jane Swafford - thanks for bringing the very patriotic flag adorned cupcakes, made some more pretty pillowcases!!

Sue Kapellen - "dress" let me say it is a dress fit for a princess - yes, her 3 yr old granddaughter!   Gorgeous dress fashioned from hand, embroidery, serger, machine work, you name it and altogether a finished project that is absolutely lovely!!  Loved the pretty red, white and blue salad you brought made with watermelon, blueberries and feta cheese and greens - Yummy!

Judy Johnston - quilt - beautiful one - starting with panel of barns with quilt blocks like you see around the country, Judy framed the "barn blocks" and added lovely wide border and made a beautiful quilt for a friend.  Judy picked up Henry Glass Patriotic Panel Fabric at Tomorrow Treasures (beautiful Kaufman fabric) and plans another beautiful quilt for herself!  Love the theme:  LET FREEDOM RING and AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL!!

Eileen Navikas - shared the quilted quilt of big blue blocks bordered with the many, many small 2 inch blocks borders that she's made for her husband.  Eileen's husband will be starting dialysis, so prayers go out to hubby and Eileen for support and comfort.  Eileen also shared terrific crochet needle organizers she made for her mother and herself.

Kathy Jones - Shared a terrific shirt she picked up on trip up north recently to Adirondecks.  It's made using two t shirts and cutting top one to make the pretty "embellishing surface" on front. 

She also showed a neat way she found fat quarters folded at a shop.  Folding them in triangles and crossing them into a star, tied with ribbon, make a cute fabric gift.

Snowbirds, Seasonal and Butterflies - please remember we think about you often, love hearing back from you from time to time, hope that you're having lots of fun where you are and enjoying sewing crafting projects.  

Originally, I planned to do "Christmas" small make and take sort of projects for June and July and that got "sidetracked" (yes, enjoy a chuckle on me, Lu!) with my own additional travel and extended grandsons' stay for summer.  

Plan B:  Footbook Machine Feet know-how and Sewing Techniques!!   For the summer, I'll be demonstrating each week a technique/sewing machine foot.  I combine these because they go hand in hand.  Special sewing machine feet are made to aide a certain sewing technique, so you can still do the technique without the sewing foot, but having the foot (supposedly) makes it easier to accomplish.  If you follow along each week, make your "sample" stitchout, and print out the accompanying "pdf" handout - - you will have your very own Foot Book of machine feet know how and sewing techniques to enjoy and reference.  Step by Step, week by week, you will be amazed how it all ties together into some pretty fantastic fun!!

Last week I started by showing "Bobbinwork" which is using the thicker threads and fibers that cannot go thru the top needle tension by loading bobbins and bringing the threads up from the bobbin area - thus sewing "upsdie down" because you will need to sew with the front side down to the feed dogs.  And talked a little bit about "Couching" but we'll spend a separate Saturday on that fun stuff.  This Bobbinwork pdf handout is from Threads Magazine website and is a lot bigger/larger (i.e., number of pages and pictures) than most of the hand-outs that will accompanying all the feet and techniques of our Foot Book.  So don't be thinking.... this is too much to read or learn.  Most of the feet/techniques are lots more simple to show and write about.  

Next week - Pintucks - with or without special machine feet - and with twin needle!  Pintucks can be tiny or bigger and they are fun ways to add special detail to projects.  Pintucks are considered "heirloom" sewing technique.  But in today's fun sewing projects, pintucks fit right in to bring embellishments and details to the surface.  

Love, Peace and Joy, God bless America, 
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     Micki MacCumbee

Club Leader, Fabric Fun Arts & Crafts

Ed: Audrey Philips couldn't make it to our meeting last Saturday, but I managed to get a photo of her Bobbin Robbin at the Row by Row tote bag class on Monday.


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