Tuesday, July 25, 2006

17 ladies and 9 young ladies attended. Today most of the junior Nimblefingers worked on an ugli doll. A few of them preferred to knit with Betty Smith and later Cathy Yachup. The senior Nimblefingers continued working on the "Star fling" block. Darryl Webb and Katy Bogart (one of the jr. nimblefingers' mom) each made a star from fabric that Alberta Pahl had kindly cut up and donated.
Alberta and her sister Nancy Hopper brought in a gift from their other sister Edith Kilmer and a thank you card for the prayer quilt we had given her. We hope she enjoys it as much as we have enjoyed her company here on Tuesday afternoons.
Next week Louise Claflin will be teaching us to applique using the freezer paper technique. Anyone who wants to come should bring needle, thread, scissors, freezer paper, and some fabric. One large piece for the background and pieces of green for leaves, gold for the center of a flower, and whatever colors for the flower petals. It should be very pretty.
Winnie Childs and her husband Bill and Betsey Hoffman's husband Bob are all having health problems. Our best wishes go with all of them.

Monday, July 24, 2006

This is just a note to let you know what’s going on in Nimblefingers this summer.

Last week I taught some of you to make my current favorite block, “Star fling.” We will continue working on those this week. I also brought in my shortcut instructions I had prepared for the Village Quilters quilt show. If you would like help making those simple blocks I will be available for help anytime.

Next week Louise Claflin will begin teaching us to appliqué. Louise is a fabulous appliqué-r: if you’ve seen any of her work you know what I mean. She will help us to make a table runner. This will probably take several weeks to finish but you will end up with a beautiful table runner! If everyone could bring in some of the proper colored fabrics we could all share—just in case we don’t all have the right colors. I will pass out the instructions and supply list tomorrow (7/25/06).

Finally, Nimblefingers has a blog! (an online newsletter). Go to the Voorheesville Public Library homepage, http://www.voorheesvillelibrary.org/ click on Adult Services, then click on Nimblefingers News and there you are! Or you can go directly to the blog at http://nimblefingersnews.blogspot.com/. Here you can find out what went on at each meeting in case you missed one. I hope you will take a look at it and leave me some messages. Thanks go to librarian Judie Harren and Lesa Clarke for making our blog look so professional. I think it will be a fun thing to look at and I hope you will too!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

14 adults, 14 kids. Today I brought sewing machine and tools and taught the ladies (and 3 kids) to make the star fling block. It was fun but crazy! We could have used more pressing stations, sewing machines, cool air, cold drinks...I was so hot! I'll sleep well tonight!
We gave Alberta the prayer quilt to take to her sister Edith. Louise picked out some fabric for the sashing and backing for Katherine’s quilt.
Junior Nimblefingers appears to be a success today. Three girls worked with Cathy Yachup on knitting, three girls with me making a patchwork block. The other kids, including one boy, worked with Joyce Laiosa (the youth services librarian) on a needle case and pincushion. I think everyone had a good time. I know my ladies enjoyed laughing at me bathing in sweat and running around like crazy. They did make some nice blocks though. We will continue with this lesson next week for those who didn't finish their block, want to make another, or just to show off our blocks. Also next week, I will pass out a list of items to bring to make the applique table runner that Louise Claflin will teach us. Plenty to look forward to! (Photo is Deb Johnson helping Abbey and Haley)

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

17 ladies attended. This was the first day of Junior Nimblefingers and unfortunately only 2 girls came. Hopefully more will come as the summer goes along. We showed off the quilt we made for Edith Kilmer. It is finished and tied now and ready to be given to her. Her sisters, Alberta and Nancy haven’t come to the last couple of meetings so I hope Edie is still okay.
Julie Stump showed off her challenge block for the Quest for a cure contest and a crazy star baby quilt. Next week she will be teaching the group to make that block. She also invited the junior Nimblefingers to participate.
Louise Claflin was back from Florida today. She will be teaching us to appliqué later in the month.
And we had one new person join us, Jan Brennon, who learned about us at the Village Quilters quilt show last weekend. Welcome Jan!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Hello and welcome to the Nimblefingers Blog! I will be posting news and information about our group including announcements of upcoming events. We meet on Tuesday afternoons from 1 - 3pm and always welcome new members. So bring your handwork and come have a good time with the Nimblefingers ladies!
Julie Stump