Thursday, November 20, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

Planning for the new year

Ok, I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet, much less New Year's time, but November is our time to plan the upcoming year's schedule.  So we talked about what we didn't get to from the past year, and what we'd still like to do, and figured out a schedule more or less, for the next year.  And here it is:

January - revisit our New Year's (sewing) resolutions from last year and see how we did; make new ones
February - Stitch challenge:  Learn to use a machine stitch in a new way (new to you)
March - Fabric manipulation:  pleating, tucking, wrinkling, etc.
April - Stained Glass quilt techniques
May - open
June - Annual Sewing Room tour and potluck dinner
July - Lapped zipper
August - vacation - no meeting
September - Make A Difference Day preparation
October - Make A Difference Day preparation
November - Free-motion embroidery; planning for next year
December - holiday dinner out

After roughing out the schedule, we shared samples or patterns for holiday gift items that we  1) have made  2) will make or 3) hope to make someday, along with any show and tell items we brought.
Advent calendar

Ribbon candy placemats

Paper-pieced Christmas ornament

Pillowcase with car motif


Humbug bag

Triangular pyramid bag

Slot top bag

Dancing dress from vintage silk

Santa made by machine embroidery

Holiday pot-holder

Skirt with unusual seaming

Tea time placemats

Tissue box covers for every occasion
Comfy yoga pants

Hanukkah mat

Holiday table runners

Someone is getting a beautiful quilt for Xmas