Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Weekly Update - February 20, 2016

HI Ladies, Two reminders first:  1 - Next Sat. is Lunch & Learn and it is pot luck... no RSVPs necessary.  Learn will be two demos - origami bag - this little cuties is perfect for the "pillowcase" dresses - and magic business card holder - makes a fun, nice gift for someone.

Attached are the Sewing With Nancy instructional patterns for pillowcase dresses and boys's britches (fyi- girls like the britches, too)

Janey Westra shared her sewing of "pillowcase dresses" which Janey makes using fabric yardage rather than starting with a pillowcase.  Thank you so much for sharing this fun sewing with us.

Show & Tell:
 Me - I started show and tell with pillow made from snowball blocks, two-fabric Jump Start Sampler quilt and finished UFO Snippets wallhanging that my older dog decided to chew on after it was done - oh well, she only damaged the back so it will be hung high in my sewing room and just stay there.

Jane Motrinec - Spring wreath - this is a pattern from Quilters World that is very nice to work thru.  We definitely could do something like this in our timeframe and it could be altered to be another season.  Jane also made a lot of little bunny stuffies and even couple bears!!

 Janey Westra - I spy quilt - child's apron and pot holder mitt, and THREE childrens' rag quilts for charity

Kathy Franklin - back from her trip - she made another stack of cat hammocks!! and shared great use of bias tape for the corner strips on hammocks!!

Eileen DiSanto - shared quilt top she completed while on her quilting guild chapter's retreat last week.  Can't wait to see this completed with her label.  

Lu Karatzas - shared more of family quilt in progress as she echo quilted the hands blocks and is ready to do some quilt-as-you-go finishing now.

Mary Ann Berlin - shared The Wave Purse - this one is terrific pattern from Lazy Girl  and the stacks of PJ pants completed by she and Ellen Hein - I believe it was 38 in all!!!!

Ladies, we are running out of demos scheduled in upcoming month(s) so I'm taking opportunity to again encourage you to consider sharing a technique or favorite pattern you have.  The new one location for demos in room is really working out well, and we can all take a turn.

Have a good week, as always, God bless all.

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     Micki MacCumbee

Club Leader, Fabric Fun Arts & Crafts

Monday, February 15, 2016

Weekly Update - February 13, 2016

Hi and Happy Valentines to all you sweet ladies of the club, Boy yesterday was fun!!  Show & Tell, Happy 92nd Birthday to Ruth Campbell, discussion around PJ's, you ladies sure know how to be social sewers!!

Again - we want demos - Bev Minnerly - please write up your ear warmers and let's get that demo on calendar; Linda Parr and Nancy Cartlidge - I'm not kidding both you ladies need to demonstrate the fun&done stuff you've been sharing and learning, and Ellen Hein - Demo any/all of those wonderful ideas and techniques you have going.  I've just called out 4 ladies here... but this list could be expanded to each and every single one of you sweethearts... I'm not going to quit on you... I want you all to take your turn because as demonstrated yesterday with the discussion around the demo table just about PJ bottoms and related ideas - each of you have good - great! - input!!!  Our club is for sharing and learning basic to advanced... it all counts and it all is interesting.

There are a whole bunch of 15/16 boys and 15/16 girls PJ bottoms started - we customized the pattern pieces to make the lengths "capri" to maximize the number of PJ's we'd be able to make out of the $190 fabric on hand, and I thru in a beautiful rose print for girls and a (not as pretty) plaid print for boys.  Ladies got the fabrics divided off the bolts, folded in the way to go with the Tween pattern pieces, cut the PJ sets and Ellen and I were sergiing the sets so ladies could take home and finish.  Maryann finished up one demo PJ bottoms for us that Ellen serged before the meeting started.  I really like the "double" insertion method of elastic waistline that Ellen showed us using 1/4 in wide elastic!!!!  Ladies we'll share this more with you in additional demos.  It is a very useful idea that can be used in other ways besides just as waistline application.  Thank you all for you help... and thank you to all the ladies who took home PJ bottoms to finish.  Once we have the first "stack", we'll pair up with Tee Shirts and then do the creativity with all of those to make the PJ sets that were so well received by the Girl Scout group in December!!

Reminder:  Busy Hands Happy Hearts is holding a Craft Sale at their club meeting - Monday Feb. 22 - Coconut Grove - 12 Noon to 3 PM

Next Saturday - Pillowcase Dresses - these are fun - quick, fancy - and we can make some for the shelters close by here in the surrounding counties, let alone any of you who have granddaughters and nieces who would love these cuties for sure.  Got any pillowcases cluttering your closets that could be used... please bring them with you.  We've got plenty of laces and  yarns to embellish the dresses already.  They do use biased binding... that comes in handy and so do ribbons, especially grossgrain about 1 inch wide.  Janey Westra is sharing her expertise with us and this will be a fun demo to watch.

Talk about pillowcases - I shared the tutorial found on the internet this past week of shorts for boys/girls made from - Pillowcases!!!  No kidding... so I'm attaching the pdf that I made copy/edit the internet tutorial.  We'll be looking at this first hand in coming weeks, along with the shorts for boys/girls (called Britches) using old/new Tee Shirts!!  FYI, my daughter-in-laws love these things for PJ bottoms!!

Pinterest... yes a demo is in the works... Actually there are several You Tube and other video tutorials out there on the WWW that clearly explain and demonstrate the wonders of Pinterest.  I'm even considering making a Pinterest Board for FFAC.  Don't want us to get too sophisticated because we have this email and we have our blog... and we have our wonderful weekly meetings in the beautiful rec center SeaBreeze... that's a lot of fun already!!  Sew, thanks for your feedback and enthusiasm as always!!

Feb. 27 - Lunch & Learn - and thanks to Linda Parr for securing a new supply of paper products, we'll be having none of the issues of eating soups with forks or small plates only like last month.  As always, no RSVPs required, and it's a pot luck fare... don't want to make anything special... that's all okay... just come... pick up ice tea, or grapes, we always have plenty.  

Show & Tell:  

I started it off this month with the 4 receiving blankets out of flannel for my future granddaughter and two small pillows - blue puppy and pink rabbit.  And I shared the awesome, truly amazing, sonogram pictures from this week... it is never a cliche to me to say each one is a God's miracle... and to see this darling, living, beautiful girl growing each moment in the womb and already see her facial features is nothing short of miraculous.  Praise God!

JoAnn Colin - charity quilt and pillow - adorable and fleece!!!  Yes, our queen of fleece did it again!!  And the pillow is really adorable that compliments this little quilt - please be sure to look on the blog for it.

Ruth Campbell - Happy 92nd Young Birthday Lady! shared the 4 cat hammocks she made during the week.  Ruth had a couple of friends with her this week, the wife of Pastor of her church and another lady from the church.   Ruth wanted to share (and show off) her fun sewing club with the ladies and the ladies wanted to come and share a wonderful birthday time with her.  Best yet... the two ladies were very impressed with our club!!  

Nancy Cartlidge - Beautiful Easter fabrics table runner made with the fun and done idea of quilt as you go and finished with nicely mitered self binding.

 Linda Parr - Valentines table runner made just the right size for their table.  And we enjoyed very sweet memory of Helen Foxx as Linda shared the beautiful little wedding ring quilt made by her wonderful Mom.  My goodness it is so easy to remember Helen coming in the room with her classic smile, and especially on near holidays she'd wear her favorite MaryJane shoes with festive socks to mark the special day.  Linda says that she sleeps every night under the quilt and that is sure loving comfort.  RIP dear lady Helen.

  Bev Minnerly - 2 bag totes (and I gotta say Grey & Pink make an awesome combination!), and ear warmers for her grandsons - these were made with scraps of fleece, pieced together and then constructed to be the useful head bands that kids prefer to wear these days.  Actually, I gotta say that I'm interested in fashioning one for myself for those chillier nights down at the squares.  It's been pretty windy lately and I think one of those would come in handy. 

Lu Karatzas - Hearts and sayings - and Family Quilt in Progress - nicely coming along.  Beautiful plethora of hearts with little pockets for just the right sayings.  And Lu shared her extra little saying cards with all of us, including one of my very favorite quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, " What lie behind us and what lies before  us are small matters compared to what lies within us."  This quote was posted on both 4 yearbook pages for my sons, both their high school graduations, Scott's US Coast Guard Academy yearbook and Cory's US Naval Academy yearbook.  Lu shared her favorite saying by Anonymous, "A friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart."  Lu definitely fits that description for all of us this week!  Thank you, Lu, for sharing your heart and friendship.  And thank you for substituting picture taking Show & Tell for Lois Rose who was away attending an embroidery workshop (uh oh - going to see a lot from that... !!)

Back to UFO's this week... 

All of you take care, have a fun week, and as always, God bless, 
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     Micki MacCumbee

Club Leader, Fabric Fun Arts & Crafts

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Weekly Update - February 6, 2016

Hi Ladies, in advance - Happy Valentines to all my sweetheart members - each and every one of you! - who make this club a joy to be associated with - I'm so proud of all you do - all the fun we have together - and constantly amazed and delighted with your creativity, skill and sharing of each.  

Newspaper article is in The Daily Sun today - great picture of sweetheart Cathy Franklin and the slew of cat hammocks you've been whipping up for Marion County.  It always amazes me how these news articles end up being written, pictured and printed and it is never how I think it is going to happen.  That does not mean I don't like the article - quite the opposite - this is a good one and highlights so much of FFAC's ambition and accomplishments - that's terrific - because it is meant to show off your wonderful work and membership in our little club and how much you accomplish each and every week!!  (sorry they spelled Susie's last name incorrectly! that doesn't happen often - but I can relate ha ha) 

PJ Construction - Since the "Tweens PJ" bottoms pattern is one purchased in pdf form for the club to use, I cannot send it out to you in our weekly update, so I went to the WWW and found a tutorial that describes how these easy bottom pieces come together.  I've attached that pdf for you - just open and see the easy process - no need to print these pages out because the pattern pieces are not included - and it is describing sewing PJ pants for 4-7 size and we sew up 11-12, 13-14 and 15-16 size.  But this pdf does depict a cute picture of how we pair the tee shirts to pj bottoms and embellish to match.  I think the way we put on pockets really add on to the cuteness!!

This Saturday:  Cutting and Serging PJ bottoms!  We have $190 worth of fabric on the shelf, so this week we will be cutting out the PJ bottoms - as many as we can get - that then can be constructed by ladies at meetings or at home.  We are not in a flurry or hurry because these are for next December's Girl Scout's Christmas Drive.  Sew... relax - I'm not asking you to fit something else into your busy schedule right away - which is what we did last November/December heh!  And you all stepped up to the plate and we made 3 dozen in a snap!!  I think that we can TRIPLE that for this coming year!!   Hope you are with me.  

FYI - these pajamas made up beautifully for our own family members - big and small!!  Can do them for big people and little people alike.  Some of us did this for Christmas presents for grandchildren this year, but I'm thinking of doing the whole family PJ's sets for next Christmas because they were so well received.  PajamaGram would have nothing on us!!

Elastic - please clean out your notions bin or drawer and set aside any unused elastic, even just smaller pieces - we can use them for the PJs!

Show & Tell:

Lois Rose - my words would not do justice here - Please - go to the blogspot using link below and see how beautiful Lois family state by state quilt - row by row - is and her beautiful workmanship, creativity and WOW!

 (Still a work in progress - I'll bring it back when it's quilted and the binding is on.)

Pat Pipa - Fractured Art, a flower one completed and girafe art in progress - Congratulations - beautiful work on this project!

Lu Karatzas - doggie beds - and Demo - Lu gave her Key Chain Purse Demo - she had a large group of ladies gathered around the demo tables!  Can't wait to see the projects come back on this one!  Thank you Lu!!!

Jane Motrinec - Placemats - these are fun - Jew Sew It pdf attached.

Also a couple of fun bunny dolls. (Jope we get to make these one Saturday, they look like fun.)


Carol Riggs - Carriers and Quilt (old like me) ha ha - our one-liner lady had an antique quilt that she was wondering about - we'll we gave opinions but nothing definitive for her.  Carol makes beautiful totes and purses for sure!

JoAnn Colin - charity quilt and bunny - always great stuff from this gal!

 Ellen Hein - Fidget Dream one - perfectly made! and pillowcases.

Donna Rissman - tablerunner, table mats, bag and cute  Burlap/Fleece/Cotton Bunnies -  we're going to have the Burlap/Fleece/Cotton Bunny demo from Donna soon!

Marie Bray - Bibs - these are wonderful - and Marie is creative and personalizes each one she makes (but she's stll camera shy!)

Bonnie Meyer - quilt - made with Bonnie's usual perfection.  She did this one in sections, with an interesting quilt as you go technique.

Eileen DiSanto - pillowcases!!

Mary Naz - cat hammocks!

I always use !! so much because I'm sitting here typing line after line, item after item, and the amazement just builds and builds and I can't control myself... honest!!!

Sorry for letting my week get away and not getting this weekly update out until Thursday... schedules get jammed and days just whiz by and by here!!  There's a saying here (and everywhere) that "When you are retired, you don't get a day off".  It is very true, so we just have to put on the calendar - down time!!  

Everyone, have a excellent week... please, pretty please stop-look-listen how important this year is to our country - AMERICA! - we've been on a downward highway - this is the pivotal year - there are no more "off ramps" before the long, dark tunnel... We must vote for our U.S. Constitution and Rule of Law - period!!!  God bless you and God bless America,  

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     Micki MacCumbee

Club Leader, Fabric Fun Arts & Crafts