Friday, November 26, 2010

Pin Cushions, Bees, and your favorite tools!!!

(here is the link for all the great makers!)

I hope all of you enjoyed Thanksgiving and are enjoying a little break time too. (For those of you working in retail, chin-up! You can make it through this CRAZY weekend.) Last Sundays Sew- Day was great fun. 11 of us showed up to sew. There were tension issues resolved--I am not mad a Mike anymore for missing the meeting, really I am not.--no, seriously, sewing machine tension issues can make using your machine an AWFUL experience! Cyndy and Jen hooked up and were able to get Jen's machine sewing well again. Some wonderfully sweet Zakka inspired patchwork was created and there were laughs and smiles all around. I am still not done with my mug rug, due to sickness ALL WEEK, but I was amazed at all the piecing and quilting that was done in just one afternoon!

Did you get a load of those pincushions?? Are they inspiring?? I thought so, for more exciting inspiration follow the link over to flickr and do your OWN pincushion search...there are so many to look at, to drool over, to inspire you to make your OWN for the December meeting... Maybe? Perhaps?? Come On! It will be fun. I am starting a forum thread for good pincushion tutorial links, please add your own finds, or maybe even a link to your OWN tutorial.

The December Pincushion swap will be run as a brown paper swap.... so what YOU do is this:

1) Make a pincushion that is so fun that you would like to keep it for yourself (or make 2 and keep one for yourself.)

2) Wrap it in brown paper (a paper bag is a good source)

3) Bring it to the December meeting.

4) Put it in the Basket

5) At the end of the meeting take a different one home.

** Some one mentioned that they wanted to make 2... that is GREAT, if you bring 2 you can take 2 home with you!

Wrap-up and Reminders--

*Let us know which Saturday would be better for the December sew day, the 4th, or the 18th.

*The Quilting Bee currently has 7 members... there is still room for you! There is room for everyone here, please don't let your skill level stop you from participating. The hosts for the month with provide information about how to finish the blocks. It could stretch your skills, but that will only make them better! And remember you have a whole group of people ready to help you as their own skills allow. Sign-ups end December 1.

*Take a moment and check out the forums. Stuff is going on and you might learn something cool. Hopefully our scheduling issues can get resolved here and we will have more time during the meetings for quilting loveliness. If you are having problems with the site, email me and I can try to help you with them.

*Let's do a "favorite tool" night for the December meeting. Everyone brings their favorite tool and tells their neighbor what is so great about it. It is a great way to get to know each other AND find some new tools to make our quilting life more easy and fun. (it can be something that you bought or something that you made yourself)

I think that I got everything but... I probably post again next week just to keep things lively! Have a glorious, sick-free weekend! (that is what I am shooting for!)