Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I know Tina is at home recuperating and probably getting irritated because I haven't been writing in the Nimblefingers blog. Sorry Tina. Yesterday Kathy O. came in and let us know how Tina was doing. She came in without her walker--she says she's just getting tired of hauling that thing around. Cathy Y. also stopped in for a short time to say hello, pass on a good book she had read and just to let us know that she is still around and thinking of us. She is going to be having surgery in early Dec. Hopefully she'll be back on her feet soon and be able to join us again. Cathy M. is at home and on oxygen . She doesn't like to use the portable oxygen so we may not see her for awhile. I think that's it for our various health worries. Winnie wasn't there yesterday and I'm not sure where she was so I hope she wasn't sick too. My husband has been sick since last Thursday and my back has been hurting for a week now so I'm plenty tired of not feeling well. We all need to recuperate I guess. We've been having such a beautiful fall that at least the weather is cooperating in keeping our moods up.
I brought in 2 quilts I started in workshops last week with the Delmar quilt guild with teacher Lola Jenkins. She is a ghetto black woman whose quilts tell her story. And it was an interesting story--totally different from mine. She really gave us a peek into the black experience in the U.S. Her culture was very different from mine. I personally love learning about other cultures, other experiences so I thought it was great hearing all about it. She was well received  and left feeling welcomed by the group. I enjoyed it and Fran agreed. One of the classes was on thread painting. We did "paint" with thread but also used colored pencils to color our piece. I have never done anything like this before so felt totally like a fish out of water but I persisted and my piece isn't terrible. It was fun making it. I still have a lot of threadwork to do so it's not quite done. The other class was on fabric collage. It was fun too. I completely lost track of time working on this piece. Here you use your scissors as you would a paintbrush combining some different elements to create a landscape.
Ethel brought in an almost finished quilt top that she is making for a granddaughter. She wants to make doll quilts from the scraps of her quilts. She still needs to add a border to this quilt. She has yet another granddaughter for whom she has started a quilt. She showed me pieces of it. She had also finished cross-stitching a couple of holiday pieces. She does very nice work.
Jo-Anne brought in a crocheted afghan that she wanted to start. No, she hasn't finished her pretty blue scarf, she just got tired of working on it.
Sue Reilly is encouraging us to make adult bibs (she prefers calling them shirt protectors). Several people brought in some finished so she almost has the 20 she wants to collect. They will be given to Linda H. to give to the people who come to her senior lunches.
Marguerite brought in a simple little Halloween ghost she had made. We decided that if you just changed the color of the ribbons that it could be a snowman and be used as a Christmas ornament too.
So, to those of you who read the blog: take care.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

We had 15 ladies attend on Tuesday. It was a counting day. We counted the raffle tickets we sold over the weekend ($76 worth). We counted money and how much each person who participated in our quilt sale made ($892 total).We gave the Friends of the Library 10% of what we earned ($90).  I think the sale went pretty well. We had very nice weather and the Friends of the Library were very helpful. Only 6 of us had items for sale but we really filled our little space. Unfortunately there was no way to hang quilts so that people could see the whole thing and we didn't have enough table space to really spread out. Nevertheless, we did okay. I sold the most. I new my ex-boss wanted one of my quilts. She bought it which gave me a big financial boost. Diane and Jo Anne went to the Bennington quilt festival on Saturday. They both came by on Sunday to tell us about the show and Jo Anne brought in her purchases on Tuesday to show us. She bought a really cute 12 days of Christmas cat style panel.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

13 ladies attended today. Several people were back from their summer vacations. Returning were Agnes, Sandie, Carol and Tina. Agnes had news of Kathy O.--she's in a cast now having broken her foot/ankle. Poor Kathy! Marguerite brought in her finished strip quilt top. I had a quilted strip quilt for her to take so we could compare them. Marguerite made hers with smaller squares and narrower strips. She liked mine better, I liked hers better. The grass is always greener...  Tina had made her challenge table runner while away for the summer. Several people have made theirs by now. I am not one of those people though. I still haven't started mine. Sandie and Rosalind were doing cross-stitch today. Marguerite was still working on her prayer shawls. Fran was making hexagons. Sue brought in some odd yarn and tried knitting it but was having trouble and quit. Jean is still working on dish towels. We talked about our sale this weekend. This is the first time we've done this so I hope it works out. We will be at the library Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Other announcements: we are having a Nimblefingers retreat day on Saturday, Sept. 26. 10-5 and the Quiltbug on Route 146 will give our group 10% of all purchases made by members if you just mention upon purchasing that you belong to Nimblefingers.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

12 ladies attended today--the most all summer! Cathy M. came in. We were all very happy to see her again. She has been out all summer. Jo-Anne assured her that she was still working on the same scarf so Cathy hadn't missed anything.  Pam came in with a t-shirt quilt to lay out and pin. Her friend had been in a lot of plays so the t-shirts were from those plays. She will be very happy with her quilt I think. Joyce also came in for awhile. I haven't seen her for awhile so I updated her on my eye troubles.   Betty brought in some sinfully rich Paula Deen cookies. Needless to say, they were yummy. She also brought in her newspaper comic boxes to show. They were cute little gift boxes but looked a bit complicated to make. Fran was knitting a scarf from some particularly beautiful ribbon-type yarn. I was cutting circles our of paper for the demonstration I will be giving at the Village Quilter meeting on Thursday. Rosalund was working on her cross-stitch while Jean was making dishtowels. Shirley S. also stopped by to ask about our sale at the library booksale. She has some things she wants to bring in for that. It was a nice day, particularly nice to see Cathy up and about again.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

11 ladies attended today. Marguerite returned from visiting her brother in Canada. She said it was 90 degrees up there! Not what you expect in Canada. Fran and I came with no work to do so we looked at magazines and helped Diane price her items for the sale on the weekend of 9/18. Jo-Anne was knitting her pretty blue scarf; Ethel was making little hats for toddlers; Marguerite was cross-stitching; Diane making yo-yo's. As usual I don't know what the people at the end of the table were working on. Betty has been spending a lot of time with her family which tired her out. She was happy to get back to her quiet life. Towards the end of the afternoon Elaine and Caiden joined us. Elaine came regularly when she was pregnant with Caiden (13 years ago). She teaches at Skidmore so we only see her during school breaks. She always has tales to tell so it's nice to keep up with her. Today she told us about Caiden switching schools next year from BKW schools to the Tech Valley school. It sounds very interesting. It sounds like a good school for someone who may very well go on to studying science and/or technology.  It's been a quiet summer and it's just about over. I will be eager to see the return of our campers from the north.

I didn't write last week--I was too worried about my upcoming cataract surgery. My worrying must have destined me to have problems because I surely did. The surgery went fine, but because I have dry eyes and all the drops they use made them drier, sometime after the surgery I blinked and ripped the skin right off my cornea. I spent 24 hours in pain with both eyes closed so completely blind. My husband was very good to lead me around the house and provide me with food and drink. But it was miserable. Friday morning I went in for my post-op appointment. She numbed my eyeball, cleaned it up and put in a contact lens bandage. Monday she took off the contact lens. I'll go in again next Monday (at 7:30 a.m.--I'm not a morning person). So I'm still waiting to see some improvement in my  vision. Right now my left eye sees blurry and my depth perception is a little off. What a pain! Anyway, that's my story.
Ethel came in with her finished (except for the binding which she was sewing down) quilt for her granddaughter Vivian Powers. I will put in the picture later. She also had pictures of Vivian's 3rd birthday party--a fairy party. We met Vivian briefly one day. She is a very cute little princess of a girl.
Jean brought in some fish (picture later) made of plastic bottles covered with fabric and modge-podge. They are quite extraordinary.
Fran came in with pictures from the Altamont fair. She won a blue and a red ribbon on her quilts. She was also in charge of several other areas of the fair. Being an associate of the fairground she has a lot of duties.
Jo-Anne missed last week having taken a bus trip to Cooperstown to eat lunch at a hotel on Glimmerglass lake. Apparently the lunch is fantastic (it made us all hungry just hearing about it) but the bus ride was discouraging. One of the belts came off of the bus engine and they were afraid they were going to have to sit by the side of the road waiting for a new bus but someone on the bus helped the driver put the belt back on so that they could continue their trip. Thank goodness!
Last week I brought in our finished raffle quilt. Lesa, the library artist, made a poster with our quilt as the background advertising our Nimblefingers sale on Sept. 18, 19, and 20. This is the first time we've tried selling our items so I am curious to see how it goes. If it's successful, maybe we could have a sale table at our open house in February.
We have been having small groups this summer, only about 9 ladies attend. Recently it's been very hot and I don't know if that's what's keeping people away. Cathy M. has been sick; she's on oxygen and doesn't like to carry around the portable machine. We miss Tina and Kathy O., our campers. But because we had a small group this time it meant more of Agnes' delicious brownies for the rest of us!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

We had a small group of ladies this Tuesday. It was extremely hot out but thank goodness the library is air conditioned. I brought absolutely nothing to work on this week. Pat OR is nearly finished with her wool table runner. Fran brought in some place mats to work on the bindings. JoAnne's still plugging away on the turquoise scarf. Rosalund is making a scarf from a very pretty variegated yarn. Pat OR brought in a couple of projects she either wasn't going to start or wasn't going to finish. Winnie took both of them--one a cross-stitch kit and one an unfinished pin cushion. Marguerite is still working on prayer shawls with her magenta yarn. Sue R. brought in some of the toddler hats she's been making. They were adorable. We all oohed and aahed over them.