Monday, September 8, 2008

Divas September 2008 Newsletter

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Divas September 2008 Newsletter

Is this thing on? 

I am trying to set this without the aid of smarter people than myself,...namely Cheryl!

p.s.  I failed miserably!

Our latest meeting was held on August 25, with 15 people in attendance, 2 of which were guests.

There was lots of show and tell, which was way fun.  A lot of those were quilts being dropped off for the upcoming photo shoot.

Speaking of which:


The final due date for your pieces is Monday, September 15, which is NOT a meeting day.  If you have not gotten them to Linda VanderKolk yet, then shake a leg!  It seems that Craig is a photo junkie, which is good for us!  He purchased new lighting for our project and is having a good time.  Linda says that he’s even able to get the quilting patterns, which is a really neat trick.  Believe me,...I’ve tried.  So thank you, Craig.  You are officially the Divas’ doll baby!  (Don’t be jealous, Linda!)


The surgery will be on September 16th, so get into prayer positions, ladies.  She’ll be shy a kidney, but we’ll still love her!


Using QUILT & EMBELLISH IN 1 STEP by Linda Potter, we embellished!  Using #8 pearl cotton, and thermore batting, we performed needle magic by using basic embroidery stitches as quilting stitches through the 3 layers.  The good thing aobut this is that after spitting our gum out, we were still able to talk as we sewed!


Using COLOR & COMPOSITION FOR THE CREATIVE QUILTER by Katie Pasquini Macpust & Brett Barker, we will be studying the chapter about Line & Shape (page 26).

Supplies: SOLID black or white  background fabric - 9” x 12”

PRINT black AND white fabric FUSED - 8 1/2 “ x 11”

Scissors (Stephanie?  Are you listening?  It WAS you who forgot them

the last time, aren’t you?)

This project will be similar to July’s.  You will decide on a shape to work with (circles, squares, leaves (!), or whatever makes your little heart sing), cutting out as many or few as you’d like, compose and design, then fuse into place.  What could be easier than that?  It’s cut and paste, ladies!  Hopefully someone will bring a snack because we won’t be able to eat any paste!


At our expense, of course!  She mentioned to “I forget who” that she was interested in teaching another class for us.  Either she love us, or she’s getting hungry.  We will need to discuss this at our next meeting. I have no details, but I’m sure you can check out her class offerings on her website.


I have more information about the Elmhurst Piecemakers’ quilt show to be held at the Elmhurst Historiical Museum (120 E. Park Ave, Elmhurst, IL  60126, 630-833-1457,

Two seperate shows, September 23 - November 9, and November 18 - January 4,

admission is free, hours are Tuesdays through Sundays, 1 - 5 p.m.

In addition to the show there will be 2 lectures, also free.  I don’t know if you need to register or not.

Sunday, October 5 at 3 p.m. will be FunQuilts, which is way cool.  If you haven’t seen them before, chheck it out.  (  And on Thursday, November 20 from 1 to 2 will be Chris Moline with her trunk show of historical quilts from the 1830’s through the 1870’s.  Always a treat.  So hustle on down to Elmhurst for a lot of traditional quilts.  Stay in town for lunch!  (I feel like Aunt Bea!)


Could you please give us the book information?  The book you had made was so flippin’ cool!  The first time I saw one was when Joan Bratton had gone to New England (?) (memory check!)  It was gorgeous!  So, if you could give us the web site, it would be greatly appreciated.  A big fat thank you in advance!


I don’t know if you ladies are familiar with Bonnie McCaffery, but she is making videos of all of your favorite quilters.  They are free to view, although she does have a tip jar available.  The latest is of Denise Havlan - Portraits.  It was very interesting, and made me wonder if she gives classes in that area.  I know she is coo-coo for grandchildren right now, and is sort of laying low, but who knows?  I haven’t checked her web site yet to see if she’s available in that area.  Anyway, it might be nice to have a different influence.

Check it out at http//


This ends yet another wonderful newsletter from the weird one.  Our next meeting will be September 22, 7 p.m., at the Naperville Art  League located at 508 N. Center Street, Naperville, IL  60563.  There is parking behind the building, on the street, and across the street in a large parking lot.  We enter through the front door.  Our October meeting will be on the 27th. 

Hope to see you there.

xxxooo,  Laurie

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