Wednesday, October 26, 2016

October 2016 Newsletter

October 2016 Newsletter

Hello one and all!  Happy Halloween almost!!!  This is one of my favorite holidays.  And if you'd see my house you'd see that there is no shortage of skulls, skeletons, bird wings and tails around year round.  I am strange, and have managed to raise two equally strange daughters.  (You're welcome, girls!)  (I guess....)
Monday nights meeting was a nice one, although only about one hour long.

Our Joan!

Joan has a quilt in Gwen Marsten's new Madeline Island quilt book!  Yay, Joan!!!  I checked online, but could not find any info or site to lead you to.  It might not actually have been released yet. Although it won't be evident to us, but the powers that be placed her quilt on it's side!  Argh!  VERY frustrating and easily avoidable what with a label on the back and all.  Congratulations, Joan!

Quilt Show:

Our quilt show is going along just fine!  Please remember to continue to pass on our show fliers to keep visitation up, as well as word of mouth.  It truly is a wonderful show, and it would be nice to introduce more people to what we do, and perhaps get some new blood in our group.  (Sounds very appropriate considering it's almost Halloween!)  I tried to attach our poster, but couldn't.  Here's the info:
Fiber Art Divas present...
"Elements of Innovation" Fiber art show and sale
Oct 12 - Nov 5, 2016
Includes:  All original art, Literally Fiber challenge, award winning art quilts, and the Professional     Quilt Alliance Explorations guest trunk show.
Naperville Fine Art Center and Gallery at 508 North Center Street, Naperville, IL  60563
Hours:  Wed thru Friday, noon to 4.  Saturday 10 to 4.

Quilt Show End and Pickup Info:

Our quilt show ends on Saturday, November 5th at 4 pm.  Pick up will be at 4 that day.  If for some reason you are unable to pick up your work, please set it up for someone else to get it for you.  To keep things on a safer level, please contact Yvette with your pickup person's name so we don't go handing off your work to total strangers.  Please and thank you.

Challenge Ideas:

We have decided that 2 challenges a year are a bit taxing for the average Diva.  We'll now be limiting it to one.  Any ideas?  Bring them to the next meeting, or send them out to the group in an email to be considered.  Having said that, I will say this:  I have done many challenges over the years, and I have found that some of my favorite quilts have been a direct result of them!  They have forced me to work and think in ways that I normally wouldn't have, and the results always amaze me.  So be amazed, and participate in the next Divas challenge!

Demo Ideas:

We are always looking for new demos, so if you have learned anything that you'd like to share with us that would be great!  Or maybe you just love what you're doing, and no one else in the group is doing it, or maybe you like what someone else is doing and would like more info....  Put your little thinking caps on, and we'll be rolling.  (Thank you, Mrs. Tinklenburg for introducing me to "thinking caps"!)

A Different Box of Crayons:

There's a shop in Glen Ellyn that was discussed on Monday.  A Different Box of Crayons.
It's interesting that the web site doesn't give the address for the store.  The hours are hit or miss.  The owner is actually a designer, and has some fun designs on her site.  Heavy on Halloween, her favorite holiday.  And her fabrics are supposed to be great.  IF you can get in there, or even find where it's at!
There is a phone number on the website.  Sounds like a fun field trip, but be sure to call ahead!

Lenore Crawford:

Joan brought up that Faithful Circle Quilters in Downers Grove will be having Lenore Crawford as a speaker and hosting one of her workshops (Shredded fabric art quilts).  She is a fuser, and leans towards a sort of impressionist painter approach for this class.
O.M.G!  I just checked her website!  You'll recognize her work immediately.  She does very painterly type work (think David Taylor), as well as impressionistic pieces.  You can view her work, as well as see the sample on the class she will be teaching.  I believe Faithful Circle has some openings for the class, so consider taking it.  She's mind blowing!  Oh, this is DEFINITELY a speaker worth seeing! She'll join Faithful Circle on Wednesday, November 16th at 7 pm.  There's a $10 guest fee.
Again, WORTH IT!!!!!  I've attached the Faithful Circle web site so you can get more info.  The class is $45 for members, $55 for non members, and will be on Thursday, November 17 from 9 am to 3:30 pm.  Way cheaper than at a major show, and a much smaller class size so more personalized attention. Think on it!

Naperville Art League Fine Art Center & Gallery - Holiday Show & Sale,

Gallery of Gifts.  November 11 through December 23, 2016.  The opening reception will be on November 11th from 6 to 8 pm.  Holiday hours are November 13, 12 to 4.  Wed and Fri, 12 to 4, Thurs, 12 - 7, and Sat, 10 - 4.  There will be showing/selling jewelry, ornaments, wearable art, wall art, decorations and more.  More info at
Please be sure to support the place establishment that is so willing to host our meetings, as well as our annual quilt show!  

The end:

Okay, then.  That about wraps it up.  Our next meeting will be November 28th, the Monday after Thanksgiving.  The Naperville Art League will be having their holiday show, which will be way fun to see (and maybe buy some Christmas gifts!).  We have opted to have a pizza party that night!  First time EVER!!!  It's a BYOB event (bring your own beverage).  How fun is THIS!?
As always, there will be no December meeting.  Our January meeting will be on the 23rd.
Okay, so back to November 28th,...7 pm at the Naperville Art League, address above with the Divas show info.  $3 for the meeting, bring your beverage and any show and tell to share.
Happy Halloween!

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