Sunday, February 22, 2009

February Newsletter

Our room situation in February was resolved – a room opened up at the Library. We’re good to go for Thursday!
Recap of January Meeting (January 29, 2009)
Thanks, Michele, for handling the notes. Show and tell was rich as always. Theresa shared a new book: Creating with Fabric by Jill Haglund. It contained lots of collage ideas, story quilts, and dolls. Julie coined a new term for a fabric stash : Fabricologist Resource Center. Karen shared a wool felt fabric collage project, and the collages she did with the dyed paper towels from a few months ago. Pat shared a simple purse with a covered button closure. Michele shared her latest Fiber-in-Form samples on adding color. Katy (via proxy!) shared the Christmas stocking she made for her family with Lois' challenge fabric samples. Connie used her samples to make everyone little pin cushions stuffed with Kaytee walnut shells. Everyone who made project out of Lois' challenge fabric samples was entered into a drawing, and Connie won a set of Chickadee wall-hangings.

Betty led the group in learning to do Ndebele beadwork. Everyone seemed to get a good start on this project.

February Meeting (February 26, 2009)
Gill will be leading us in learning the technique of Korean Pajagi. Please bring:
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing machine needles for sheer to heavyweight fabrics
  • Fabrics…you can bring your own, or Gill will supply fabrics for samples at a very nominal cost. Pajagi is traditionally done in solid color silks or linen which is also called ramie or hemp. Because this technique uses a single layer of fabric and is not layered like a quilt, crisper/stiffer fabrics help define the seams and support the structure. Gill typically use silk organza, silk dupioni and various weights of linen. Sheer polyester drapery fabrics and decorator cottons that have not be washed are also suitable.
  • Threads…you can choose cotton or polyester in colors to match or contrast with your fabrics (creams, white, black)
  • Scissors for cutting fabric. If you have an appliqué scissors with a duck bill, bring those too.
  • Rotary cutter, mat and rulers.
  • Ironing boards/mats, irons (we will just need a couple to share).
  • Optional: beads, beading needles and thread.

We need to plan the rest of our year – there are no programs scheduled beyond February! Bring all your ideas!

Announcements and Reminders
The Sewing Expo is happening at Fox Valley Tech in Oshkosh March 13-14, 2009. Wendy Bulter Berns will be offering a Photo Album Quilt Workshop, sponsored by Lakeside Quilt Guild in Oshkosh. Workshop date is March 18, 2009; 10 am - 4 pm; cost is $40.
Michele sent all current members with email an invitation to join our new Conversations-in-Cloth Yahoo email Group. Be sure to acknowledge the invitation and do what it takes to Join Now. We want all members to be part of the continuing conversation. See Michele with questions.

The exhibit at the Oshkosh Public Museum, “Not your Grandmother’s Quilt,” opened Saturday, and word is it’s fantastic! Be sure to check it out; it runs through Mother’s Day. Visit if you'd like more information.

Upcoming Events
February 26, 2009: February meeting, 6:30, Korean Pojagi with Gill

Conversations in Cloth meets the last Thursday of each month at 6:30 at the Menasha Public Library.

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