Saturday, January 23, 2016

Weekly Update - January 23, 2016

Hi Ladies:  Demo Ladies Wanted:  No previous experience necessary, any level of sewing okay - beginner to intermediate - projects big and little - all good!!    We are starting a Club Calendar that will be available every week on the front sign-in table.  Pat Pipa has volunteered to assist with the Club Calendar to set up future demos.  It's very easy to get on the calendar - see Pat or me at any meeting.  We'll look at the calendar and pick a week that is convenient to your schedule.  As with everything in our club and definitely pertaining to life here in The Villages, if you put your name on calendar to present a demo, it is not written in concrete - it/your week can be changed easily.  We all have our schedule and appointments and fun activities, so we must always remember to be flexible.  

And as always, any given week may have a demo listed, but that is not to say that another demo can't be added to that day.  Our club's interests levels range all over the sewing crafting spectrum.   So yeah, come across something during the week and want to put it in on Saturday - that's fine, we'll adjust and make room for you!  

There occasionally are weeks we do not do demos/show and tell when we are working on a critical need charity.  You will receive notification of that well advance as well.  Just because we'll have a "demo calendar", I'll still keep you up-to-date with this weekly email on anything upcoming.  For instance, I'm going to designate 2nd Saturday in February - February 13 - for cutting out the PJ bottoms with fabrics we have on hand.  These PJ bottoms will be for the Girl Scouts Christmas PJ drive.  As leader of this club, I'm hoping that over the course of this year, we are able to really make a big impact of say 100 PJ sets for the older kids sizes.  Fabrics on hand will make a good start toward that goal.  

There will be a separate email regarding demo for next Saturday - Fractured Art Wallhanging by Lois Rose.  This is the project that was done last spring I believe... but Lois does have some updates to share.  Separate email contains information about fabric requirements.  This coming Sat. we'll attempt to set aside a portion of the room specifically for this demo.  I want to see how it goes so that in the future, for demos - ladies will know that is going to be the spot where attention is strictly given to the presenter and project being demo'ed.

Please remember that our room is available starting 12:15 PM on Saturday, so ladies bringing in their machines have plenty of time to set up and then chat around the room before 1:00 pm show & tell time.  

Show & Tell:

Nancy Cartlidge - Receiving Blanket - this is the one!  It is fun and easy - great little project and with a little stuffy added to include along... just adorable gift for any new baby and great for charity, too!

Jan Motrinec - bag and dresser covers - beautiful cutwork with her embroidery machine!!

Susie Pendry - little stuff scrappy rabbit - so cute - we want a demo!!

Bev Minnerly - another project straight from her Sew News Magazine (we all miss that publication!) sweatshirt jacket and handbag - made from lovely fabric - one of a kind - and Bev's matching designs - perfection!!

Lois Rose - placemats (hearts that "kiss") for Valentines and using the fusible vinyl that works so nicely and W.I.P. more rows of the family quilts

Lu Karatzas - Block Carrier and w key ring mini bags


Pat Pipa - Twister pattern placemats!  She's working on log cabin block placemats and sending out west to her granddaughter!

JoAnn Colin - pillows and charity blanket (pretty fleece of course!)

Linda Parr - gucci type "knitted" scarf - yes, first she knitted it together, then took it apart and tied knots... did you catch the "gucci" name... Linda uses beautiful... aka gorgeous!!! yarn from The Yarn Lady and the scarf is absolutely beautiful around the neck!

Micki shared her poncho and yarn scarf

Lunch was so yummy - always lots to share - I particularly loved Lu's grapes rolled in lemon jello!!  

Learn - I reviewed a bunch of Valentine project ideas and the pdfs for those are attached.  Be sure to look at the small wallhanging or tablerunner "Hearts A Flutter" with the 3-D hearts.  I demo'd how to make the block.  I'll have that with me on Saturday again in case anyone wants to see how easily the hearts flutter around the little 16 x 20 finished project.  

Altered Quilt Blocks - I've demo'd 10-20 of these over the last few years because they fascinate me how beautiful the projects turn out by taking what looks like ordinary square, strips, blocks, doing some "altering" and end up with a very different effect/affect.  One from last summer is using 3-4 different fabrics, sewing in strips, cutting A & B portions and then sewing together.  I'll have those blocks with me this coming Saturday again.  Eileen DiSanto has some fabric that she wants to make these blocks up into a quilt. It should be fun to look at Eileen's fabrics and the possibility ahead.  This is a very easy project because you only work with strips, strip sets, 45 degree angle cutting, and then sewing up blocks and rows again.  And you do not need to be exact-amundo-to-get-an-awesome-outcome!!!  The "altering" does all the WOW work for you!!

OK - have a fun week - January gives us a bonus 5th Saturday - and that's always a plus!!  Remember, take stock and see if there is a project you'd like to demo, and see Pat Pipa or me and get on the club's calendar!!!  We promise to give you a captive audience of eager learners with enthusiasm for all. 

One last thing - I was asked (again) to include pdf(s) on FAUX PIPING BINDING.  Two documents are attached.  Both are very good.  1 is 3 pages and 2nd is 6 pages.  They both describe the technique perfectly, great pictures with step by step.  This is my very favorite new technique to play around with and I'm starting to experiment with changing the strips widths to play around with the "faux piping" part.  But the beauty of this binding technique is in the mitered corners that just "make themselves".  I'll be happy to show this any week, just ask me.  

Take care and God bless all,  

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     Micki MacCumbee

Club Leader, Fabric Fun Arts & Crafts


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