Friday, May 22, 2009

Come Visit Our Gallery Show!

Naperville Art League
508 Center St
Naperville Il

Saturday May 23 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday May 24 12 noon -4 pm

See you there!

Monday, May 18, 2009

May 2009 Newsletter

I have just arrived home from tonight's meeting (5-18-09), and have things that you need to know.  This will be short but sweet.  I have sent things via e-mail with phone numbers, etc, so hopefully you'll follow through on those things if they apply to your

Barbara Rathke:  will be having her second surgery this Friday, May 22, 2009.  I am asking for as many prayers for her that we can muster.  I'm sure that all will go well, but what they hey, pray anyway!  Thank you.

Red Challenge:  will be due at the August meeting.  It has been moved from May due to lack of finished projects.  No finger pointing intended, just a fact.  What's the rush?  I think that's going to be my knew motto!  If you are looking for more information on
this challenge, look in the past newsletters down below.

Divas First Fiber Art Show at the Naperville Art League:  set up will be on Friday, 
May 22 from 1 to 4p.m.  The show will begin on Saturday, May 23 from 10 to 4, with 3 guild members being there.  The show will wrap on Sunday, May 24 from 12 to 4.
Pick up for your work will be from 4 to 5pm on Sunday.  If you are unable to pick up your work at that time, make arrangements for someone else to take it home.

Okay, that about wraps it up.  Short but sweet, much unlike my humor at the meeting!
Sorry, folks.  It was one of those nights.  Don't hold it against me.
xxxooo,  Laurie

Saturday, May 9, 2009

May 2009 Newsletter

May 9, 2009, and this is to tell you about the April meeting.  We were lucky enough to be able to meet at Steff Rose's place, very nice and lots of treats.  I just want all of you ladies that couldn't make it to know,...I ate your share of the goodies she had! Sorry!
I figured if I ate an even amount of each item, it would be evenly distributed on my hips, and maybe people wouldn't notice that I had been to a fun meeting that week.
Didn't fool my scale, though.  Damn!

Steff did a binding demo for us.  She applied the binding from the back by machine, folded the fabric to the front and machine stitched it down.  This can be done with a straight stitch, or any old fancy stitch that your little heart desires.  I suggest that you have a glass of wine, giggle a little, and then do a fun vine or something unusual as an added element to your quilt.  Depending on your top thread and your bobbin thread, you can make the top and/or bottom pop out or fade into the fabric being stitched.  It was a much faster binding than having to hand stitch it, and is an excellent idea if you are binding baby/okay to spit up on quilts, charity quilts,....

NEXT MEETING IS MONDAY, MAY 18, not the following Monday which is Memorial Day!!!!!!!!  

The May 18th meeting will be the drop off date for the "quilt" show.  I will forward you the note from Sharon Malec about how many pieces, etc.  She suggested a variety of sizes and nothing too large (such as bed size).
VOLUNTEERS:  We will need you for Friday to hang the show from approximately
1 to 4 p.m.
Saturday the Art league rep will be there, but it may be nice if people would like to be there to represent us. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Sunday we need 1 to 2 people there at all times (the art league folks will not be there), from 12 to 4 p.m.
Sharon has a sign up sheet going, and if she sends me a copy of it, I will be happy
to post it via e-mail and you may contact her with further sign ups.
FOOD AND PRINTING:  We will need to contribute $20 (?)(total, not per person) to go towards food and printing.  We discussed people contributing food and drink for the show, and I'm sure that will be discussed further at the May 18th meeting (yes, I keep saying May 18th, which is a week earlier than usual due to Memorial Day!).  Printing as in fliers to be hung and passed out.  Those were passed out at the April meeting,...the one with all of the food!
PUBLICITY:  Again, posters and fliers, guilds, quilting bees.  Linda VanderKolk was going to contact newspapers.
This is our big chance to shine, ladies.  So bring your finest to the May 18th meeting, and let's impress the pants off of 'em!
I don't know.
Maybe that isn't such a good idea.

The Midwest Folk & Fiber Festival is coming in July in Crystal Lake:
Feel free to enter.  I'm sure you can google the information for this show.

Possible Lecture:  How to enter quilts into shows, win and get rich!  Or maybe just how to enter quilt shows!  I will be forwarding any show info that I get to you in case you are interested.  If you are not interested, just call me a dirty name as you delete it!  I     can't      HEAR      you      !!!!!!!!  So it's okay to call me those things.
By the way, I entered a quilt into the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show in Bloomington, and won 2nd place in the amateur art quilt division!  Woo-hoo!  I'm $151 richer because after I took out the cost of entering the show and shipping...well, the check was for $200!!!  First time I've won anything.  You can see the winning quilts at

Okay, it's late, I'm tired and if you can believe it...crabby.  My mother will be 85 in a few weeks, has been having health issues.  I love her dearly, but she makes me crazy, and she doesn't listen to the doctors or me, and then makes stuff up and misinterprets everything (example:  my mother thinks the very beginning signs of macular degeneration (she calls it immaculate degeneration) means that she will be blind by next Tuesday!)  This is upsetting to me because I can't figure out how she sleeps at night, how it is that altho the doctor says it, I write it down, I repeat it to her, I explain it to her in front of the doctor, I write it down for HER, and then she gets it all f'd up.  Do you REALLY need to know why I started to turn gray at the age of 27?!?  So, be nice to me.  I'm going buggy.   xxxooo,  Laurie