Tuesday, December 28, 2010

9 ladies attended today. It was a small but happy group. I wasn't surprised that we were a small group with all of the snow out today. It's not nice weather for anyone with walking issues. Fran was the first to arrive. She had all of her Christmas fabric with her which she cut up to make pot-holders. Rosemary was next. She, Ethel, and Marguerite were all working on needlework projects. Tina is making one of Jean K.'s pincushions. Marie and Elaine were knitting. Cathy M. was appliquing flowers. And I was sewing buttons on a small wall hanging I am making. Cathy M. got a special Christmas present from her granddaughter--she had made a book of their photographs from their trip to China! Cathy shared that with us. What a clever thing to do with your travel photos! Marguerite brought in a finished dress for an African child. I gave her another partially finished dress that only needed the binding. Plus she took one Rosemary had started. Apparently Cathy M. and Fran both have some finished dresses at home. I plan to make some on Martin Luther King day when the Village quilters are having a sew-in at the library.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

14 ladies attended today. Marguerite brought in some bracelets: 1 she purchased at a free-trade fair and was made from pull tabs from cans and 1 she made with ribbons and washers. She had seen a bracelet like this for sale at the Red Lion Inn and wanted to figure out how to make one. When she saw the pull tab bracelet at the sale she decided to buy it so she could figure it out for herself. They were both pretty neat looking. I don't know if I'm ready to start collecting pull tabs but the washer bracelet looked do-able and fun. Fran brought in a couple of projects she learned how to make at the last Delmar QUILT group meeting. One was a Japanese bag made from a 1/2 yard of fabric. The other was a table runner made from a tube of fabric. It looked easy and Fran said was very quick to make. I might have to go home and try that one while it's still fresh on my mind. Daryl was back from her travels to visit family. I was glad to see her because I had a lot of donated fabric to let her go through. She doesn't know it but I only showed her half of it today. I'll bring out the other half later. Agnes was making a clever cowboy tree skirt to give to her family in Texas. Ethel was making a grab bag present for her curling club. Winnie got some help from Agnes cutting out quilt blocks. She wants to make a quilt for each of her grandchildren. Elaine had a talk with Marie and decided she had at least two more projects she wanted to do this winter. She's afraid winter won't last long enough to get them done. Marguerite was binding her mile-a-minute lap quilt. I pulled out a sewing machine and started sewing together the upholstery squares that I had cut out to make schlep bags. I think I have enough strips for 2 bags. Agnes brought in some delicious brownies. Next week we will be having lunch at the Chuck Wagon Diner on Route 20. If you need a ride and want to carpool meet us here at the library at 12:00. Otherwise we'll see you at the restaurant!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

17 ladies attended today. Marie is back from her trip to California and we were all happy to see her again. She was very happy to be home again too. Newcomer Nina came back again too. She's new in town and our group is just the place for newcomers to make friends. She brought her knitting and made herself at home. I had the childrens librarian, Joyce, come in and talk to her since she is a childrens librarian also and is looking for a job. Hopefully Joyce gave her some pointers on finding a job in the capital district. Rosemary was working on a needlepoint piece; Ethel a delicate white cross-stitch piece; Winnie was getting advice on making a quilt from some bird fabric she had purchased; Cathy M. was appliquing flowers; Elaine had determined how she wanted to arrange the blocks in her quilt and wanted to let Kathy O. know that she was still working on it; I brought in a wall hanging that I am sewing buttons onto; June is doing a redwork piece; Hattie is knitting a sweater; Marguerite laid out and tied her mile-a-minute lap quilt; and Linda cut up some more fabric for schlep bags. Kathy O. brought in a second version of the mystery quilt from fabrics that match her bedroom she made to cover a table. We were all very busy today.