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Sewing Retreat – June 30

June 23, 2009

9am to ??, Extension Center, Meadowlark Room
Bring your current sewing projects.
Betty Brees, 838-3709


Sewing Retreat – June 12 & 13

June 5, 2009

9:30am to 7pm Fri, 9:30 to 5 Sat, Sunfllower Quilts, 405 Osage Rd
Bring your own projects or work on a Frieda Finder doll!
Betty Brees, 838, 3709

Serger Workshop

March 21, 2008

Our serger workshop in March was lots of fun. We worked hard in the morning:



And in the afternoon, we made some pretty special bags:





Christmas Project Material List: Origami Purse

September 12, 2007


Please excuse the picture — the flaps really ARE the same size, but one just wouldn’t lie flat for picture-taking!

  • Fabric, approx 14″ x 19″. Both sides will show, as will the edges. My sample uses a placement with a border on one side and an allover pattern on the other.
  • Purse handles. Make sure they are full rings or squares, as they are attached to the purse by folding fabric over the bottom edge. My sample uses squarish ones, 5 1/2″ x 4″.
  • Buttons or beads. 4 or more. These are used in 4 places — to fasten the sides and to attach the handles. My sample uses 1 at each handle and three on each side. Optional.
  • Tough handsewing needle. Thin enough to go through the buttons or beads, thick enough to go through several layers of your fabric. You’ll want a thimble!
  • Thread. To match or coordinate with the buttons or beads.

Christmas Project Material List: Glass Jar Pin Cushion

September 11, 2007

To make the glass jar pin cushion—

  • Ball wide mouth jar with canning lid and ring (smaller size, 8 oz, for example)
  • 9-inch square of fabric to make pin cushion
  • Items to fill jar—buttons, notions, etc.
  • Hand sewing needles and thread

Wool batting (to stuff the pin cushion) will be provided.

November Meeting Plans

September 10, 2007

Our November meeting (the 6th) will be a working day — we’ll all get a jump on our Christmas projects! We’ll have a brief business meeting at 1:30 and at 7, at which we’ll do announcements and the election of next year’s officers, and the rest of the day, from about 2 to oh, say, 9, will be devoted to working on the projects we picked at the September meeting. Each project will have a separate work station, and you’ll be able to move from station to station at your own pace, working on as many projects as you please. If you just want to pick up instructions for all the projects and work at home, that’ll be ok, too!

We are assembling materials lists for the projects, and will publish them here and in the newsletter.

If you have any questions, contact Carol Wiens!

September Meeting

September 9, 2007

Our September meeting was very interesting!  The assignment was for members to bring ideas for easy Christmas gifts or decorations…and the variety was impressive.   We saw ideas for gifts, like purses, jewelry bags, and shrugs.  We saw decorations, like ornaments and wall hangings.  We saw packaging, like gift bags and Santa buckets.   It was hard, but we narrowed it down to about a dozen to work on at our November meeting.  Watch this space, and the newsletter, for more information about our plans.

August Meeting

August 12, 2007

Our August meeting was held on a toasty Tuesday last week. There were two parts to the program — a fashion show by 4H’ers and a report on the National conference.

The 4H’ers were showing off their county fair outfits, and they did some marvelous work! We were blown away by the cute clothes and serious skills these girls showed us:


(There were several great outfits modeled at the evening meeting, too, but my pictures were dreadful. Sorry…)

Then, Betty and Julia reported back on the National conference. They showed off several things they did in hands on workshops, let everyone look through books and patterns they bought at the conference and on field trips, and encouraged everyone to start planning now to attend the conference in Chicago next year and/or Albuquerque in 2009.

March Meeting

March 9, 2007

At our March meeting we were very capably entertained by Dawna O’Connor of A-1 Singer Sewing Center. She moved us briskly (well, she only had about an hour!) through the world of machine embroidery, showing off all sorts of beautiful projects and answering lots of questions. As well as modeling a drool-worthy Brother sewing/embroidery machine …


She particularly recommended the site as having lots of useful information.


January 7, 2007

Our January retreat this weekend was very productive! We were all so focused on our individual projects we pretty much forgot to play with stamping…so I guess we’ll just have to do it again some time…

Mary Ann was working on an evening gown to wear to a reunion:


Barbara made a Fajita skirt for her granddaughter:


Dora Mae pieced a patriotic vest:


Theresa sews so fast that Saturday she wore a shirt she needle felted, stamped AND sewed on Friday!


We did have one brave soul working on curtains…the big cutting tables and lack of four-legged helpers made wrestling that fabric a bit easier:


As for Becky, Marilyn, Shirley and Julia…well, I didn’t get their pictures taken. Oops!

We had a lot of fun, some truly wonderful soups, and got a lot of sewing done. You should join us next time!