Tuesday, May 26, 2009

10 ladies attended today including Betsey Hoffman back from New Jersey and Arizona. She's looking for a rental here in Voorheesville that she can live in for 6 months of the year so if anyone knows of anything, give her a call. Today we had tons of food. I baked brownies, Agnes baked cookies, and Tina, Ethel and Pat all brought in cookies, etc. in case there wasn't enough. We had plenty. We began the meeting by un-sewing Winnie's quilt which I had layered incorrectly last week and sewn together. With 4 or more of us working on it, it was un-sewn in no time. Agnes and RoseMary layered it correctly and pinned it. Next week I'll sew it together correctly so that we can flip it and tie it. We also pulled out the cowboy quilt for the grieving kids and tied it. I'll take it home to put on the binding then we'll have another one done. Maybe next week we can hang them up and see what we have so far. This is Tina's last week for awhile. She's going to her camp up North next week so we may not see her again until late in the fall.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

12 ladies attended today. It was a hard working day. We laid out 3 quilts and pinned them. One of them we tied. Unfortunately, we laid out one of the quilts incorrectly so we will be doing some ripping out next week. All three quilts are for the kids at Camp Erin. I think right now we have 6 quilts finished or in progress. That's not bad for a relatively small group. Thanks to Marguerite and Winnie for their dedication to the cause. Today we also had help from Cathy M. I added the binding to our mile-a-minute raffle quilt. I'm taking that home to see if I can get the binding sewn down and make a nametag for it. Then it will be finished and we can get it out of the closet! I can't wait! We had lots of good eats today too. Besides the store bought stuff I brought in, Jean K. made some delicious brownies and Pat H. some homemade chocolate and peanut butter pieces. Yummy! Other projects being worked on: our newest member, Rosemary M. was working on a prayer quilt for church. Ethel is working on a new project, a needlepoint bell pull. Tina is making a pillow. To tell the truth, I didn't see what anyone else was working on. I had my attention on the camp quilts. Don't forget to vote today!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

16 ladies attended today. I stopped and had lunch today with Betty Smith. She is in her living room and still taking visitors. She's happy for the company, but for short visits only. I saw the finished 100 yr. birthday quilt the Village Quilters made for her. It turned out very nice and colorful! Betty's granddaughter Linda is still busy quilting and they had the blocks on the design wall so that Betty can study the arrangement. It will be another beautiful quilt. Linda has a truly great eye for fabric. I came in with a finished top for the grieving children, Marguerite had finished one, and Winnie just needed to sew a border on one. Next week we will have 3 quilts to tie! I sewed together pieces for the binding of the mile-a-minute quilt. I can't wait to sew it on and actually say goodbye to a finished quilt. Then I need to make a binding for the quilt we tied last week. Eventually we will have at least 6 finished quilts for the grieving kids at Camp Erin. They need 60 so we still need to make more. Kathy O. is gone to her summer home up north now. Tina won't leave for her northern retreat until June. Next week Cathy Y. and Deb J. will be on vacation. Cathy M. brought in some pictures from China. It's getting to be vacation time. I am looking for to my son's graduation from RPI next weekend. Spring is finally here and all the things that go with it. Nevertheless, there's always time for needlework.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

18 ladies attended today. We had a newcomer join us, Rosemary McGowan, who belongs to the quilt group in Altamont (Cathy M. and Deb also belong to that one) and to the Crafty Christians at the Methodist Church. As a result she already knows about half of the group. Welcome Rosemary! Marguerite and I pulled out some more tables and got out the quilt we prepared last week for the Camp Erin kids. Today, with some help from Cathy Y. and Kathy O., it is all tied and ready to be bound. I hope this is the first of many our group makes. Several of us pricked our fingers while tying the quilt so here is one useful tip: when you bleed on a quilt, use your spit for your blood. Not my spit, your blood or your spit my blood. Strictly, your spit, your blood. Isn't that delightful! Maybe we should wash the quilt before passing it on. The one problem with my working on a project during Nimblefingers is that I don't hear the talk around the table so I can't pass on any gossip or news. Deb brought in a bag full of fabric. Thank you Daryl for taking some of it. It is knits so if anyone knows someone who sews with knits please take this bag of fabric! Jean Kallop was also back today. She's been in Florida for the winter where her husband passed away just recently. She's home now taking care of business and trying to get back into the swing of her life here. Welcome back Jean! Agnes and the bazaar group (or is it the bizarre group?) are making snowmen. They do come up with some cute projects for the annual church bazaar but unfortunately they have to sell them cheaply: no one wants to spend large sums of money at the bazaar. It would be nice if our labors could be priced according to the time and materials spent but instead it seems that it always has to be a labor of love. But at least if you come to the group we can show our appreciation for the work put into these items. We try to support each other in our love of crafts.