Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Merry Christmas All

I saw this on Facebook and just had to share:
'Twas the night before Christmas,
And the quilts were not made.
The threads were all tangled, the cookies delayed.
The stocking weren't hung, the pantry was bare.
The poor weary Quilter, was tearing her hair.
Stacks of fat quarters, tipped over in streams.
Visions of Log Cabins, had turned into dreams.

When what to her wondering eyes should appear,
But a bus full of quilters with all of their gear.
They went straight to work with just a few mutters,
Sorting and stitching and brandishing cutters.
The patterns emerged from all of the clutter,
Like magic the fabrics arranged in a flutter.
Log Cabins, Lone Stars, Flying Geese & Bear Tracks
Each quilt was a beauty-even the backs.

Her house how it twinkled, her quilts how they glowed.
The cookies were baking, the stockings were sewed.
Their work was all done, so they folded their frames,
And packed up their needles, without giving their names.
They boarded the bus, and checked the next address.
More quilts to be made, another quilter in distress.

She heard one voice echo, as they drove out of sight,
Happy quilting to all and to all a good night!
~Author Unknown
Merry Merry, Happy Happy, Quilty Quilty Y'all!!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Weekly Update - December 19, 2015

Hi Ladies - Greetings of the Season!!!  

December 19th was a wonderful meeting and everyone pitched in to totally revamp our club's storage shelves.  You will not believe it, but in 2 1/2 hours, we cleared every single piece off the shelves, sorted, compacted, repacked, and restocked our shelves - with room to spare!!!  It's awesome in there!!!  Ladies, what a wonderful way to start the New Year 2016 with shelves that are more in line with what we do each and every week together.  Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

And we took time for Show & Tell, of course:

 Lu Karatzas - Two 1-hour baskets and beautiful shrug she crocheted up!!

Bev Minnerly - Finished top of quilt!

 Ruth Campbell - 2 Pillow Slips (aka cases)

Audrey Philips - Candy Shop embroidered kleenex holder

Eileen DiSanto - quilt!


 Lois - embroidered in the hoop mug rugs and wall hanging - embroidery masterpiece!, and a quilted Nativity wall hanging

Micki - Gift wrap idea - making a flat sheet of wrapping paper into a flat bottom "tube"'  - it's been on Facebook and other internet craft sites.

December 26th - ROOM IS OPEN, but no formal meeting.  No sign in, no show and tell, etc.

January 2nd - We are meeting and 2016 begins my goal of ONE (at least) finished UFO each and every week that will include highlighting some sewing/quilting/crafting technique or highlight to share as well.  Ladies, I have an endless supply of UFO's to pick and choose from and can't wait to get started with this year-long endeavor for 2016!!  I'm counting on all of you to keep me on track - hint hint Lu!!

With the last holidays (Christmas and New Years Eve) of this year and first holiday of next year (Yes - New Years Day 2016!) all happening within the next week and a half, I just want to say to each and every one of you that I wish you God's blessings for the seaon and in the new year.  

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all and to all a good night, *´¨)
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     Micki MacCumbee

Club Leader, Fabric Fun Arts & Crafts

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Weekly Update - December 12, 2015

Hi Ladies:  Here's the great news shared by Lois Rose. 
I wanted to let everyone know that, as a result of their efforts, I made the following deliveries on Wednesday:

18 infant/toddler quilts and toys to Sheperds Lighthouse, Bellview

8 twin quilts to the Ocala Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence Shelter

8 dog beds, 4 cat hammocks, and 3 bags of newspapers to the Marion County Animal Shelter

That is in addition to the 15 infant/toddler quilts and toys I delivered to Hands of Mercy Everywhere (H.O.M.E.) last week. 

If case anyone is interested in checking out these charities, I have included links to their web pages.

Sorry I'm going to miss the fun Saturday.  See you next week.

Hi Ladies:  Lunch & Learn Christmas Luncheon was a festive affair last Saturday - all red, green, chocolate, and yummy - two tables full!!!  We ate, we played games, we shared the gift game of right, left and across and well, the 3 hours went way way too fast again, just like this year!!!


Show & Tell:

Joan Thomas - embellished table runner - good story, she made it a while back, it was a good project, she liked it, but wasn't totally happy - then she saw BJ's embellished sweatshirt with leaves galore... and Joan went to the dollar store, got some, and embellished the table runner that made it now a "wow" project.


 MaryAnn Maejet Emrick - pillowcases - lots

Joan Galanther - guess? this is a project we are going to do... I've threaten you before... but ladies, after seeing this beautiful artwork by Joan, we've gotta do some playing just like this!!!  Joan employed several embellishing and "fabric construction" layering techniques - and with her terrific artistic base - made her very own masterpiece.  check it out on the blog picture but it won't do "it justice".  No I won't stray from my UFO-a-week goal for 2016 by creating a new project - this will be fun to incorporate into a UFO week.  

 Nancy Cartlidge - shared the charity quilt tops she and JoAnn Colin made, a couple were tops finished by adding backings, and a couple were made starting with some of the donated fabric fleece, and Nancy even made pillowcases to match one of the quilts.  Ladies, well done!

Lu Karatzas - shared the picture ornaments she made for family members this year finished with her newly learned crochet framing.  And Lu shared the 4 sets of PJ's made for grandchildren - really nicely made using our club's "tweens pj bottom pattern" and embellishing the tee shirts - it does make a very nice PJ set. 

 I made sets for my grandsons for Christmas as well. 

Speaking of PJ's - our club made and I plan to drop off this week at SeaBreeze - 26 PJ sets and collected 2 dozen books to donate.  And members Kathy Franklin and Susie Pendry made an additional 9 PJ sets of 13/14 and 15/16 boys to donate.  Next year, I think we'll plan this a little earlier in the fall but for sure - it was fun - and by using an extra "special sewing" day to create the PJ bottoms - it really went fast and fun.

Carol Riggs shared a "Tell" with us - about a new bakery - "Cupcakes for Autism" - 13769 N. US Hwy 441 (north of Lowes and Bealls) - we had a delicious taste of their very yummy and fancy Red Velvet Cake!  They do Weddings, birthdays, gluten-free, Cuptails (signature line of alcoholic cupcakes), cookies, cheesecakes, ice cream, and more more more.  They have holiday gift bags and gift certificates.  Open M-F 8:30 - 6, Sat. 8:30 - 5 for breakfast and lunch - NonProfit needs donations and volunteers. tel:  352-321-6185 Here is a link to the website:

Ladies, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your thoughtful (and green) gift for Christmas - and I knew that shifty, one-handed, one liner gal pal, Carol Riggs was up to "no good" with all the lists and questions lately.  I'm going to watch you a little more closely lady from now on!

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     Micki MacCumbee

Club Leader, Fabric Fun Arts & Crafts

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Weekly Updates - December 5, 2015

Sorry this was posted late.  I didn't get Micki's email and just realized it.  She was kind enough to resend her notes to me,so here are the notes from 2 weeks ago:
Hi Ladies - this coming Saturday is our club's Holiday Lunch & Learn - more like lunch & play for a change!!!  We'll still have our show & tell time - so please bring whatever you are working on or have recently completed.  Let's make it a holiday fare - I did hear Cathy Franklin say that she's making her famous Chicken Salad.  I have a very favorite jello mold that I don't get to make very often anymore so that's what I'm thinking.  Don't want to cook, please just bring ice tea to share or chips, etc.  We had our Christmas tree tags/ornaments started last week, so maybe we'll see some of those come back completed.  Someone asked me to resend the pdf for this little project.  

Show & Tell:

Bev Minnerly - large bag, table runner, baskets

 Helen Lawriie - dog pillow

Ellen Hein - cat hammock, pillowcases, pj's and quilt

Eileen Navikas - bed runner!

Lois Rose - table runner

Eileen DiSanto - snap bag

Ruth Campbell - pillowcases - say, I lost count - it was a stack of em!!!

JoAnn Colin - charity blankets - A LOT! and 10 minute table runners - A LOT!!

Joan Thomas (not an Ellen) - I shared the PJ's tee shirts she finished up for us in the AM portion of our special sewing day!

Cathy Franklin - Sweatshirt conversions she is making her two granddaughters - one is Frozen and one is Little Mermaid - both adorable and nicely fashioned.

PJ's - I heard from Cathy Franklin and she and sister Susie Pindry have made up 9 more sets (5 for 15/16 boys and 4 for 13/14 boys) that is very very nice.

Cat Hammocks - after meeting last week, I cut out 13 cat hammocks from one bolt of fleece and put 4 corner tabs with them, so they are all ready to be sewn up.  If anyone wants to take some home to finish, pleases ask and I'll be happy to give you as many as you want !!  

Ladies - on Dec. 19th I'll be purging, sorting, and organizing our storage space shelves.  I've got a goal and gameplan.  It starts with taking everything off the shelves.  So that day, if anyone sees, wants, thinks they want, something from the shelves... please speak up and take it on home with you.  We've got a couple ladies who graciously keep and store bulky items for us in their homes and garages, and hopefully in the new year we can come to some solution for that as well.  Mostly I'm hoping that the shelves can become organized enough that each and every one of you can go in and pick out whatever you want to work with or on. The shelving will mainly consist of the items and ongoing work we do on charitable projects.  We really do not need to maintain a stash of stuff that is for any of our personal projects since any given week, we can easily gather those from Joann's, Sharky's, Michaels, internet, etc.  

Dec. 26th - Reminder - there will be no formal meeting.  I will be away, but the room will be open and available to anyone who wants to come sit and sew. 

Business Information:   Official set up time available:  12:15 pm - 1:00 pm  - Our club's SeaBreeze permit is now amended to include set up time for us that the room is officially ours starting at 12:15 pm on Saturdays.  Please feel free to adjust your time and travel and especially for our actual sewing meetings, you can arrive plenty early to set up your machines and then have time to chat and walk around the room before we need to sit down and give our attention to Show & Tell presenters and then demos.  Since this official set up time is new for us, I'll be mentioning it from time to time in the New Year.

Additionally, the situation with the parking lot and remote control club guys having play days on Saturday mornings.  Those guys are very helpful and will lower the rope so we can drive in and unload.  They even offer to help unload and carry machines.  Hopefully, cooler weather with Jan. ahead will chase them away and they will no longer be a problem.  That is what I'm hoping.  If they come back in the spring, it will then be something to deal with officially with Rec. Dept. Admin.  It is a big inconvenience and one that does not make sense considering how large SeaBreeze's parking lot is and their options for other play places.  We only have one good option for bringing our supplies and machines into the Rec. Center craft room and that is the craft room door.  So, please be patient with me and we will get this worked out amicably for all of us.  And take advantage of the men if they will lift and tote your machines out of your cars for you.  Why not!?!  They just seem to be standing around talking anyway.  Men and their toys!!

San Bernadino community still in our prayers... and yes, God can help, contrary to what the New York Daily News put on their front cover headlines.   There are so many stories of heroic, patriotic and good deeds... that are so American because it is in our nature to help.  How about the Sheriff's Dept. Detective Jorge Lozano who told the frightened survivors he was rescuing and escorting out of the building who said, "I'll take a bullet before you do, that's for dam sure."  They were so frightened and traumatized, they were afraid to move, afraid to follow him down the hallway to get out of the horrific scene in the building. How about the greatest sacrifice of all when Shannon Johnson huddled under a table with Denise Peraza, covered her with his own body to protect her from the bullets saying, "I got you."  Her friend and co-worker Shannon Johnson died and Denise did get shot in the back, but is recovering.  Denise said that she will never forget the smell of gunpowder that filled the room, but most of all she will never forget her hero, Shannon Johnson, who in a split second decided to cover and save her.  Denise plans to name her first child after him.  Just as Dec. 7th is a Day that will live in Infamy, so is the heroic act of Shannon Johnson for Denise Peraza.  And it should be the same for all of us Americans as the reality of what is now on our homeland sets in.  This was not the streets of Chicago or Baltimore, this was hometown San Bernadino, CA.  It could be any hometown in America and we are all in this together now.  God bless the loved ones of those lost, the survivors and their families, all the citizens of San Bernadino and please God bless America.  

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings... the whole shebang!!!  Maybe just plain old Ho Ho Ho...

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     Micki MacCumbee

Club Leader, Fabric Fun Arts & Crafts