Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Yesterday we had a big group--19! Daryl was back from leg surgery. She kept busy while recovering though--she brought in some cranberry...bread for us to enjoy. The library handyman brought in some giveaway fabric from his wife and Marie brought in another load of books. Next she says it will be fabric. She is slowly moving into her new apartment. She's spent 2 nights there so far and has met all of her new neighbors. She's very happy but she keeps finding things at her house that she didn't know she had! After seeing the beautiful yo-yo necklace Diane gave me, Betty K. wanted to make one and today she came in wearing her finished necklace. Bravo Betty! We all compared notes today on how hurricane Irene had affected us. There were still a couple of us without power but I'm glad to report that today my power is back up. Hope it is for everyone else too.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Today 18 ladies attended Nimblefingers. I hobbled in with my bad back to join them. Jean K. had taught them last week to make fabric postcards so Agnes brought in a finished postcard and Pat O. brought in her beginning postcard to get some more help. Sue R. wasn't here last week either so Jean gave Sue and I instruction. I'll have to work on mine at home and see if I can finish it for next week. Last week Marguerite also brought in a finished quilt top then brought it in again so that I could see it. It was a scrap quilt of the star pattern whose name I can't remember. It was very nice. She'll have it on her quilt frame this January and probably give it to a grandchild. She said it did make a small dent in her scraps. Marie brought in lots of books to give away today. She's got an apartment now so she is seriously cleaning out. She says she'll bring more books next week then start in on the fabric. We will all have overflowing sewing rooms I think when Marie finishes cleaning hers!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Yesterday we had 16 ladies attend. It was a big day for show-and-tell and a big day for goodies! Yum! For the show-and-tell first...Ethel, who came in with her grandson Hunter who was happy to model with her items, brought in Hunter's finished quilt and a tree skirt she made for her daughter Melissa (Hunter's mom). Cathy was knitting shrugs in every size and color. Several people tried them on and they really are cute. Needless to say, the pattern was passed around to many knitters in the group. I brought in my finished (except for the final embellishments) quilt I made in the workshop with Karen Eckmeier. Insted of piecing in the traditional way, Karen E. layers her quilts with topstitching. All pieces are curved and topstitched. It was a fun workshop and I'm pleased with the quilt. Then Betty showed her very bright, dark baby quilt (bright and dark at her daughter's request). Betty much prefers pastels for babies so she plans to make a pink quilt for her granddaughter to keep at her house. I probably should have taken a picture of the goodie table too because it was particularly beautiful too! Betty made pizelles, Betsey made brownies, Daryl made banana bread, and Agnes made blueberry cake. It was a good day to have skipped lunch! Then for the rest of the meeting. Daryl is having major surgery on her leg again--next week. She wanted to get a quilt sandwiched so that she could work on it while she recovers so several of us helped her get that job done. Betsey brought in pictures of her home in Lake Havasu, AZ. I didn't get a chance to look at them but she had emailed me some pictures of her house and I was very impressed. Betsey also had a painting a friend had done of her former camp in the adirondacks. She wanted to make a quilt from the painting and was asking for help picking out appropriate fabrics. Sandie was quilting a very cute Mother Goose panel quilt for a grandchild. Marie came in overjoyed--she got her apartment here in Voorheesville! She will be moving in September. Her grandchildren tell her "Grandma, you sit and rest. We'll do the work for you." Nice family! Nevertheless, she is still busily packing boxes. Jo-Ann was happy to report that her knee, which had recently been replaced, was fully recovered. She said the water therapy was great! Jean is going to teach us to make fabric postcards in 2 weeks. Next week she will give us a supply list. She's a former teacher so I like to keep her in practice. Last year she had several of us making flower pincushions so this year it's fabric postcards. It should be fun!