Tuesday, May 8, 2018

April / May 2018 Newsletter

April / May 2018 Newsletter,...it is finally here!!!!!  Your official, world's shortest newsletter!!!!!
You are most welcome!  As always, our meeting in April was very interesting with great show and tell, interesting questions, as well as answers.  Glad you all could make it.

Our quilt show in October:

We are still waiting for the dates, but we already know it's in October, so get with it, McGoo!  Sew, felt, bead, fuse, paint,...and get these pieces completed!  Remember that in order to hang your work at this venue, you must pay your $30 membership fee.  Please and thank you!

Quilt show things to think about:

At our next meeting we need to discuss who would like to tackle advertising.  It's a much needed "chair" to fill.  I know there's a small part of someone that has always wanted to be in the newspaper business, smoking cheap cigarettes, running to a bank of telephones, screaming into them with the latest news, wearing those great hats that you never see anyone wear anymore unless they're in England or at the Kentucky Derby!  So dig deep into your subconscious, and see if that person is you.
     Alice has offered to type up the label cards for each piece entered.  This is in "quilt show style", with your name, title of the piece, media, as well as a section for your inspiration, explanations, whatever you need to write to help the viewer understand your piece.  We have found this to make the show more interesting.  Thanks, Alice!
     We also need to consider having a "guest showing".  In the past we have had Denise Havlan, as well as a PAQA exhibit hung next to ours.  It may help to fill in the show a bit, as well as bring more varied talents.  Hmmm....  What to do, what to do....  So bring an opinion, as well as an idea of how we can fill this void (if you want to call it that).

"Adventure" challenge:

The info is in a previous newsletter which is only a scroll away.  This is an excellent time to experiment with new techniques, and those ideas that have always been on the back burner waiting to present itself.  This project is also a nice piece to have in the show!  Did I say show?  We do need work for the show!  Show!  Show!  Show!  Ha!

Got anything you'd like to demonstrate?

We are always looking to learn new things.  If you happen to have learned something new at a class, or perhaps you noticed that you do things differently than most of the group, feel free to give a demo.
Please and thank you.

The Art of Pollinators Exhibit:

From this point until Friday, June 1st, the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook is having an exhibit of art work that, big surprise, is based on pollinators!  No confusion there!  The hours vary, as do the days that you can view this show, so go to 
to get more information.  Click on the pollinators exhibit spot to the right of the screen, and you can walk through their calendar.  (Which is a really poorly handled calendar, by the way!  Argh!)
Go to 
to see the work of Phil Ponce, WTTW's newscaster, who does his version of Mexican paper cutting banners on tyvek.  They are truly beautiful.  He has 2 pieces at the show.

Adios!  and no May meeting!

Thanks for reading.  Just a reminder, we won't have a May meeting due to Memorial Day.  I look forward to seeing you all at our June meeting.  Enjoy the planting season,...if not by actually participating, then by seeing the work of others.  Remember, $30 dues for membership and the ability to exhibit at October's show, or $3 per meeting.  Have fun.
Laurie     oops!  Became longer as I remembered things to add.  Sorry for the small lie!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

March 2018 Newsletter

March 2018 Newsletter

Well, spring has almost sprung!  Actually I do believe that spring is laughing at us.  Good thing we're all made of good stock, and we can take a joke!

We now have real live dues!

It has been decided that members or guests can continue to pay $3 per meeting attended. That said, we encourage you to join officially with a $30 per year membership.  This membership will allow you into all of our meetings.  This will also allow you to show your work in our annual fiber show in October.  No full membership, no work in the show.  Pretty simple.  This new dues program will guarantee our being able to pay for our meeting space rent, as well as maybe a wee bit more for advertising, etc for our fiber show.  Thank you for considering this as an option.  And please bring your dues to the next meeting you attend.

Annual Spring Exhibit of Natural History Art

is being held by the Nature Artists' Guild of the Morton Arboretum!  Yay!  Saturday and Sunday, April 7th and 8th, 2018, at the Cudahy Room at the Morton Arboretum.  The artist's reception for both members and guests will be held on April 6th from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  The arboretum is located at 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, IL  60532

Fiber Adventures Challenge

Just a reminder of our latest challenge, which I believe is written up in the January newsletter.  No restrictions as to media, 96" circumference maximum, and let your adventures take you for a ride in fiber!  Keep in mind that you will need to write up your inspiration, maybe your media, as well as a definition of your title.  Let's get cookin', ladies!
A fun piece to work on, and at least one piece in the show!  I previously wrote up the deadline (which is sort of a joke,...more of an encouragement for you to get it done in plenty of time for the show,...maybe eliminate some of the panic mode!)

Over and out:

Our next meeting will be on Monday, April 23rd, at 7 p.m. at the Naperville Art League.
Unless you have paid dues, there will be a $3.00 charge.  Please feel free to bring any show and tell to share with us.  It's always fun and educational to see what everyone is doing!
Also, there will be no May meeting,...it would fall on Memorial Day, so there you have it.
Enjoy those tiny flowers that are poking their tiny little heads through the ground.  I have my scillas blooming in the yard.  Soon it will be a purple blanket out there, and I truly love them!  ( <--- font="" of="" photo="" scillas="">
Holy cow!  I just figured out how to do this after over 10 years of newsletter writing!
That said, I wouldn't have been putting many images up anyway in respect for your art pieces being private, etc.
Happy Easter!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

February 2018 Newsletter

Well, here we are with another February behind us.  That's a good thing!  Spring is just around the corner!  We had 13 members at the meeting, and all was good.


We have been collecting $3 per meeting attended since the beginning of time.  Due to the donation to the Naperville Art League for the use of their room, as well as quilt show expenses, we are forced to make a yearly requirement of $30 per member.  This will allow you to continue to come to our meetings, as well as allow you to show your work in our exhibit.  Anyone who wishes to remain a member but on a per meeting basis can continue to join us at the $3 per meeting fee.  We hope this isn't an inconvenience to you, but this is what we need to do to survive.  Thanks for understanding.

Catherine Redford:

Go to www.catherineredford.com to visit our very own Catherine's site.  She's a fiber artist, author, teacher and speaker.  If you check her site, you can get free patterns for butterflies and moths, both for embroidery and applique, at the "A Year of Butterflies" prompt.  Check out the gallery, and you can see her embroidery work, as well as everything else she's up to/has been up to.  She mentioned that she also sells Turtle Moon batiks at her classes in 18" squares (if I caught that right).  They're supposed to be beautiful.  Contact her if you're interested.  (I could not find any info on them,...sorry.)

Newsletter and Directory:

Both the newsletter and directory have been "my babies" since the beginning of the group.  Blog-wise it's been over 10 years.  Previous to that I just emailed you the newsletter.  It is time to hand over the baton.  Joan will be handling the directory immediately, and Linda will be writing your newsletters beginning in June.  Yay!  Thank you, ladies!!!!

Challenge:  Fiber Adventures:

The challenge info is written up in the January Newsletter, so you can hit that for details.  Remember that anything goes!

It's a wrap!

That's all the news that's fit to print!  Our next meeting will be on Monday, March 26th, 2018, at 7 pm at the Naperville Art League.  Be sure to bring projects you're working on for show and tell.  They do not have to be completed.  Also anything that you want opinions on, ideas, etc.  Remember to bring your $30 membership fee (or $3 if you'd care not to join and exhibit your work at the show).
And as a heads up to you, there will be no meeting in May due to Memorial Day.  I look forward to seeing you all in March.  

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

January 2018 Newsletter

January 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year, everyone!  As always the year shows promise in so many ways.
This last meeting had 11 members with wonderful show and tell.  Here's what we discussed:

Challenge for the year:  Fiber Adventures:

Your piece needs to have a maximum circumference of 96".  That's maximum, so obviously it can be smaller.  You may use any interpretation of the name "fiber adventures".  You can go safari, adventures in new techniques used, it's always an adventure to go into the drawers of my refrigerator!
and the list goes on.  Have fun with this.  The due date will be the September 2018 meeting, and will be shown in the October quilt show.  Obviously if you finish it the day before the show's drop off time, you're still good.  Also there is no color requirement to be used,...except for you, Sharon!  You have to use some purple!  (Not!)  As with all of our quilt show entries, you will need to have information for a card explaining your techniques, medium (sp), inspiration, etc.

Quilt Show at the Art Institute in Chicago:

Making Memories:  Quilts as Souvenirs is the quilt show in progress through April 1st.  I have attached the website for your convenience.  You can purchase tickets online if you're interested. Word is that it's an excellent show.

Anderson Arts Center, Kenosha WI show:

There is an exhibit worth a road trip to Kenosha!  It combines work from SAQA ("Stitched Together" fiber art), the Women's Journeys in Fiber ("Boxes:  Treasure, Structure, Expression".  This portion ends on March 3), and work by Jan Debevic ("All Things Wool and Felt").  The show runs through March 17th.  The art center is in a beautiful old mansion that adds to the pleasure of attending.

Stitchers Garden:  There's a new store in town, ladies!

This shop is in Naperville, and seems to cater to the needle arts.  Cross stitch, embroidery, crewel work, etc.  I hit shop online and it showed printed canvases to buy, but did not go into the available threads, needles etc that you can see on the walls in the background of the store.  Dorothy gave it rave reviews.  Be there or be square!

For your beading needs:  Beadcats!

...and for all of your beading needs, go to Beadcats!  Alice says she likes to order size 10 to 12 needles depending on the bead hole size.  She is also swearing by the Clover needle threader for easier threading.  It took her about 4 times initially to get the hang of it, but it has been a gift for those with threading issues!  Be sure to check out the gallery!  Amazing!

The Future of these Newsletters:

After writing these newsletters for 10 years, I do believe it's time to resign.  I am looking for someone who'd like to take this on.  It's an easy enough job.  You take notes, type them up, do a little research on different shows, books, etc to add in, and hit publish.  Voila!  Another newsletter is up and running.  As a group, we need to decide if this is the format that we'd prefer.  Do we want to continue with the blog?  Or should the newsletter just be sent in an email the way it was initially done pre-blog days?  (Which means I've actually been doing this since the group was conceived!)  So please consider taking on the newsletter job.  We have no real officers, or elected "officials" in this group. People always seem to step up to handle whatever job needs to be done, and for that I am grateful.

Next Meeting:

will be on Monday, February 26th, 7 pm at the Naperville Art League.  $3 per person.  Please bring in your show and tell, any work you'd like an opinion on, or perhaps ideas on what to do next or how to handle a problem.  We're all here for each other.  Enjoy your February, and try to stay warm!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

November 2017 Newsletter

November 2017 Newsletter:

Hello, boys and girls!  Welcome to another update to the Fiber Art Divas.

Recent quilt show thoughts:

~It was agreed that this was another very nice quilt show.  We do need more pieces in the show.  I think the count was just under 40 pieces.  As nice as it is to have a gallery look with lots of space, people come to what is basically a quilt show expecting and hoping to see more.
~We all felt that the description cards were a nice addition to the show.  Thank you, Yvette, for taking care of that for us.
~The artist's reception was very nice, and the demo's attracted many of the visitors.  Lots of questions asked and answered.  Thank you for volunteering for that.
~We discussed perhaps asking PAQA or SAQA if they'd like to have a small traveling exhibit hang with our work.  That would help to take the pressure off of our trying to produce more, or get more members to participate.  One can only produce so much in any given year, individual circumstances being a large factor.
~Someone mentioned that people were asking about local quilt shops.  Apparently they were looking to spend some money!  Last year a member had kits available to sell.  Maybe something along those lines?  
~Another option is to enclose more pieces to sell.  One year many of us covered 8" x 8" canvases, donated them to the art league as part of a fund raiser.  They sold well.  Perhaps we can think about something along those lines.  In this case, you'd keep the money (minus the very reasonable 20% for the art league), and they sold for over $40 apiece!  If something like this is to be considered, 6" x 6" may be an easier size to find.  Any ideas are welcome.

Quilt show 2018:

Dates to be announced.  Next year's show will probably be around 2 weeks long, rather than the 3 weeks of this year's show.

Naperville Art League's Gallery of Gifts:

That's the site for info about the art league's holiday show and sale.  There are some very nice pieces there,...we got to take a peek last night!  You are able to sell your work during this show by joining the art league.  I'm sure that info is at this site as well.

Challenge ideas:

We are hoping everyone will arrive at the January 2018 meeting with some challenge ideas, and a name to go with it. So please give it some thought, and we can see what works best for us.

Dues increase?

I would like everyone to consider raising the dues from $3.00 per meeting (which it has been since we started at the art league around 10 years ago) up to $3.50 per meeting.  As it is we average 10 people per meeting.  At $3 per person, that brings in $30, which is the exact amount to cover the rental space.  When we are short, Dorothy is covering it out of pocket, which is not the way it should be.  (And Dorothy, I'm hoping that you reimburse yourself when possible!)  We do not make any money with this group.  What comes in at a meeting is left that night for the art league (unless it's over $30!). 
If we have a slow night attendance wise, we aren't reaching the $30 mark.
If we increase the dues to $3.50 per person x 10 (the average attendance), that makes the income for the night $35.00.  That is an overage of $5 which may help to cover the cost of a meeting that doesn't make the $30 mark.  Fifty cents will not make or break most of us, and is not an unreasonable amount to ask for.
If you are concerned about the overage getting to be too much, it can go towards guest speakers, classes, or an educational movie.  The key word here is towards because there is no way that any overage will amount to much.
So, please think about this increase of fifty cents per meeting.  It will help take the burden off of Dorothy who has sat quietly all of this time without complaining.

Cheryl Sleboda!  Sew Much Cosplay:

Cheryl came to last night's meeting with lots of fun info and stories.  She is a fine example of when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!  After loosing her job in the comic book industry, she has moved into sewing costumes for comic book hero costumes.  That moved her towards products that help the costume makers with things like stand up collars, etc. She continues to do the quilting circuit, classes, lectures, etc.  But this is a new sideline that
is very exciting and interesting.  Check out her website at www.sewmuchcosplay.com.  At that site you'll find her blog, product line, etc.  Very exciting, and we're proud to have you as a member, Cheryl!
Also, she's been asked to run the blog for two magazines:
Machine Quilting Unlimited, and Modern Quilts Unlimited.
Be sure to check these sites out.  This is the future of quilting, and these are all things that will gather more than we "gray haired quilters" into what could possibly be a failing craft and art market.   We need new, young blood!  May the force be with us!!!

Happy Holidays, and until next year...

Happy holidays, and until we meet again next year.  We never meet in December, so our next meeting will be on January 22nd, at 7 pm at the Naperville Art League.  I don't know if our dues will still be $3 or will increase to $3.50 at that meeting.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

September 2017 Newsletter

Hello one and all.  There were 9 women at the meeting last night, with some great show and tell! Thank you for bringing your work to share!  Okay, off and running here, so I'll move on to what's important:

A Different Point of View quilt show:

We are proud to present a years worth of work by some very talented women.  I hope you will all take the time from your busy lives to slow down, and enjoy our show.  The following information includes member info such as drop off, take down,...the rest is for the actual show info and artist's reception.

Show dates and times:

Drop off will be on Monday, October 23rd, the day of our meeting.  Please bring it to the meeting that night.
The show will open on Wednesday, October 25th.
The Artist's Reception will be on Sunday, October 29th, from 2 to 4, and will include our members working on their crafts.
The last day of the show, as well as take down is Saturday,
November 11th.  (Take down is always at closing time)
The show will be from October 25th through November 11th, 2017.
Hours:  W, Th, F - 12 to 4
        Sat - 10 - 4
There is no entrance fee.

Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St. Charles, IL:

From September 8th to October 14th, the Fine Ltne will be hosting Marianne Williamson with her exhibit "Light and Motion in Textiles".
The artists reception will be on September 8th from 6 to 8 pm.
More information can be found at 
37W570 Bolcum Rd, St. Charles, IL  60175
info@fineline.org for the actual art center.
There is also an open air exhibit going on through October 28th on the grounds.  And don't forget to go into the shop they have in the next building!  Way cool!


Gallery 200 in West Chicago is celebrating Art for all Seasons.
The opening reception is Friday, October 6th from 6 to 9 pm.  I have attached their site below which shows the show flyer.  I am confused, and could find no information if this exhbit lasts longer than the one evening.  Sharon, if you could please help us out on this, I'd appreciate it.  Anyway, Sharon will have her work there (which we got a peek at some of it...Very fun!  Be there or be square!

Ann Loveless:

It was suggested at last night's meeting that we look into Ann Loveless as a speaker for the group.  I'm sure it would be open to the general public.
You may have seen her very long piece at the Rosemont show back in April,...started at one end with a photograph on paper (a fiber), and moved on to a quilted forest scene.  Beautifully amazing!  So, take a look at the web sites below, and we can talk later.
www.quilts by ann.com, and workshops and programs at www.annlove@charter.net.

Art Prize, Grand Rapids, MI:

Last night we discussed how wonderful Art Prize is, so I've attached the info.  I get the feeling we might have missed it this year, but check it out, and maybe make a note for next year!  It sounded like a gallery hop kind of thing.

Fine Art of Fiber at the Chicago Botanical Garden:

This has historically been an epic sort of show.  As a matter of fact, this is the show that I first heard of Carol Bryer Fallert,...as a stewardess she'd done an art piece that was the Northern lights from the air.  It was beautiful, and one of the first art quilt pieces I'd seen. Our very own Alice will have work there,...beaded of course!  You go girl with unmatching shoes and fun ideas!  I've attached the website below for your convenience.  Note:  Parking is VERY expensive, and I believe entry into the show is free.  If you are a Morton Arboretum member, parking is free (weekdays parking is $25, $30 on the weekends and holidays!  OUCH!!!!  Carpool ladies!)

That's all the news that's fit to print!

Hope to see you all at the next meeting, which is on Monday, October 23rd, at 7 pm at the Naperville Art League.  $3 will help pay for the room rental.  I look forward to seeing the upcoming show.  We are fortunate to have so much talent in our little group!  Thank you for being members.
xo, Laurie

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

August 2017 Newsletter

August 2017 Newsletter

There were 11 of us who met last night.  There was some great show and tell, it was a very informative meeting, and here's what they had to say:

A Different Point of View quilt show:

I'm going to break this down into specific sections.

Show dates and times:

Drop off will be on Monday, October 23rd, the day of our meeting.  The times will be announced later.
The show will open on Wednesday, October 25th.
The Artist's Reception will be on Sunday, October 29th, from 2 to 4.
The last day of the show, as well as take down is Saturday,
November 11th.  (Take down is always at closing time)
Hours:  W, Th, F - 12 to 4
        Sat - 10 - 4
There is no entrance fee.

Pricing for sale pieces:

Be sure to have a price in mind if you intend to sell your work.  A simple NFS will suffice if you don't intend to sell (not for sale).

Description cards:

It was agreed after last years show that we will write description cards to go with our entries.  We realized that a little bit more info will make the show a lot more interesting.  We will give you more info on that later.  You will type it up, probably email it to Yvette who will transfer it to another sheet...Thank you, Yvette. The fonts will all be the same, card size, etc.  We will set a limit on the number of words.  Please include your inspiration, a bit about your techniques, medium, etc.

Post cards:

Post cards will be ready by September 7th,...thank you, Linda.  They will be available for pick up at the Naperville Art League on that date.  Please pass them out, mail them, and get them to as many individuals and stores as possible.  This will also be emailed to us so that we can send it on electronically.


The quilt guilds will be notified by the other Linda,...thank you. other Linda!  But if your guild happens to have a google network for your members, it would help to have it sent to them as well.  All advertising is good advertising.  Feel free to make copies and pass them out as well.  Don't forget the quilt shops!
And remember, maybe due to the fact that this is fiber and not their normal displayed pieces, this show gets the most traffic of all the shows at the Naperville Art League.  Personally, I'd like to think it's because our work is exceptional! 


Be sure to remember to include a photo or drawing of your inspiration for you challenge.  You can bring that when you drop off your piece.

Artist's reception:

The more of us that are there, the better.  We've decided to have any members who would like to sit and work on their pieces to come and do so.  This will be in lieu of actual demonstrations.  People will be sure to show interest, ask questions, and ask you for mini-demos of what you're doing.
A mistake I made:  I was working on applique, which is done in matching thread.  When asked to show how I stitched, no one could really see what I was doing!  This time I'll bring a separate piece to actually demo on with thread and fabric that will allow me to show the process easily.  So, you may want to keep that in mind.
We'll discuss other aspects of the reception at a later date.

Intuitive Color and Design by Jean Wells:

This is an older book that has been updated.  Jean has a way of abstracting what she sees, very straight lines broken up by color.
Very nice, and a very interesting book to check out.  It's believed that she has added more to this version.  It's not a reprint, it's an updated version.  Check it out!

Faithful Circle Quilters presents "Bouquet of Quilts" quilt show:

Saturday, September 16 from 9 to 5
Sunday, September 17 from 10 to 4
Jefferson Junior High School, 7200 Janes Ave, Woodridge, IL
$7 entry, children 12 and under free.
This includes all the normal quilt show things, and is a very nice show to see.  Both traditional and art quilts.  Go to
www.fcquilters.com for more information.

Riverwalk Fine Art Fair:

September 16 and 17 from 10 to 5, at Main and Jackson in downtown Naperville.  This is the Naperville Art League's 32nd annual event.
Go to www.napervilleartleague.com for more information.

Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St. Charles, IL:

From September 8th to October 14th, the Fine LIne will be hosting Marianne Williamson with her exhibit "Light and Motion in Textiles".
The artists reception will be on September 8th from 6 to 8 pm.
More information can be found at 
37W570 Bolcum Rd, St. Charles, IL  60175
info@fineline.org for the actual art center.
There is also an open air exhibit going on through October 28th on the grounds.  And don't forget to go into the shop they have in the next building!  Way cool!

Next Meeting:

Our next meeting will be September 25th, 7 pm, at the Naperville Art League.  $3 to cover fees.  Just a heads up, due to the quilt show, there will be no October meeting.  But November is still on, and we always skip December for obvious reasons!  I look forward to seeing you all again.  Enjoy the end of this season.