Monday, December 31, 2012

Celebrating in Style

Happy holidays to everyone!  In December, in lieu of our normal guild meeting we had our annual holiday party at the home of one of our members.  Cyndi S. was gracious enough to open her home to us this year.

We had a really good turn out for the party, and it's always a treat to get to visit with everyone.   

As you can see in the photo above, Cyndi had the most clever way to display her stitched ornaments.  Here's a closer look...

The archways in her home were the perfect spot too!  I just love this idea!!  We all spent a lot of time admiring all the beautiful ornaments on display.  

And as usual there was a veritable feast for us to indulge in.  So many wonderful dishes to choose from.

And don't forget dessert!  We were thrilled to have Sylvia visiting from Germany and she brought this beautiful platter of deliciousness.

Once our appetites were satisfied, we all settled in for the serious business of the ornament exchange.  And as you can probably tell by the paper crowns many of us were wearing, Marie brought some fun Christmas crackers for us to pop open.

I am always in awe of the beautiful ornaments that our members stitch for the exchange each year.  Here are a few closeups.

This one was stitched by Cindy.  It's Peace on Earth by Blue Ribbon Designs from the 2010 JCS Ornament issue.

And this one was stitched by Robert.  It's Blackbird Designs, also from the 2010 JCS Ornament issue.

This one was stitched by Marie, and it was the neatest thing.  On top of being an ornament, it's also a needlebook!  It's a Betsy Morgan design and stitched it on this beautiful gingham check fabric.

And here are all of the ornaments displayed so that we could all take a peek. 

They are (from top down, left to right):
Judy - Joy (from an issue of Needleworks)
Jean - Reindeer Santa by Heartstring Designs in the 2012 JCS Ornament issue
Denise - Chickadee Stocking with scissors
Kim - With Thy Needle & Thread's Friendship Samplers
Cindy - Peace on Earth by Blue Ribbon Designs in the 2010 JCS Ornament issue
Robert - Blackbird Designs in the 2010 JCS Ornament issue
Sherry - The Drawn Thread - complimentary chart to a larger chart
Pam - Beaded Candy Cane crystal
Marie - Betsy Morgan Needlebook
Ava - Blackbird Designs - Crowning the Tree stocking
Mendie - Brazilian Strawberry Blossom
Sharon - Beaded Star ornament
Sylvia - Blackbird Designs - Noel from Joyeux Noel
Debbie - Sue Hillis - Scissor Christmas Tree and Crocheted Tudor Rose
Michelle - Blackbird Designs - Candy Cane Stocking in the 2003 JCS Ornament issue
Mary - Quaker Snowman freebie

Many many thanks to Codi for keeping track of all the ornaments and who stitched what!!

Here's another little closeup of a few of them.

So many gorgeous gorgeous ornaments!  We really have a talented bunch of members!  And it is always so fun to do the exchange and see what everyone brought.

A wonderful end to another wonderful year.

The January meeting has been moved to January 8th, since the first Tuesday of the month falls on New Year's Day.  We will be meeting at a temporary location, as we are still looking for a new permanent meeting location.  Details are in the meeting reminder.  Our program for the January meeting will be MAGIC revealed - we'll see how everyone did on meeting their MAGIC goals for 2012!

Also, we still are in need of someone to fill the position of Secretary on the board.  The guild continues to be what it is with the effort that each of its members puts into it - so if you'd like to volunteer to serve on the board, or know someone who would be a good candidate - please reach out to one of the 2013 board members.

As always - happy stitching!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Is it Christmas yet???

No, but it’s darn close. It hardly seems possible that we could already be stitching the annual Christmas ornament, but that was the program for November. The ornament was Dalahorse designed by Sandra M., taught by Denise D.
The ornament was really cute and colorful and there was a lot of participation for the program.

As president, Jennifer M. reported to all that we have begun the search for a new meeting location, as our present location will no longer be available to us in the new year. Surely, something central will become available so that all our members will continue to find it easy to attend guild.

The new slate of officers was elected unanimously.  YEAH!!

Hopefully everyone has signed up to bring a favorite dish to the Christmas Party/Ornament Exchange, which will be held at the home of member Cyndi S. at the December meeting time.

Ann W. reminded members of the upcoming Sherri Jones workshop in February – A Garden Variety Long Pocket – and passed out kits to those already registered.
It’s not too late to sign up for the workshop; DNTG will also be sponsoring classes by Sherri of Patrick's Woods.

Ann W. has contacted Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers, about possible classes in the Fall of 2013, and asked that members contact her (Ann) with suggestions for possible workshops.

There was a lot of participation this month for Show & Tell:
Denise D. - Unknown Halloween design ;  
Chickadee Stocking - 2011 Mayflower Conservation Fund ornament - Wendy White - Wee Works;
I Saw Three Ships - 2008 Mayflower Conservation Fund ornament - Carli DiFillippo;  
Token of Love - 2009 Mayflower Conservation Fund ornament - Cathy Campbell - Primitive Designs;:
Debbie G. - Betsy - Indigo Rose,
Queen Bee - JBW Designs,  
Mini Victorian Needlebox ,
Winter Reflections - Loretta Spears:
Francesca G. - Birdhouses - Cross Stitch Wonders:
Robert H. - 1798 Quaker Sampler - The Goode Huswife:
Stephanie H. - Poinsettias on the Square (over 1 and over 2)- Scissor Tall Designs;  
Sirens of the Sea - Just Nan:
Kate J. - Bobblehead Santa - Diane Arthur/Imaginating:
Michelle L. - Quaker Sugar Skull #5 - Kristy Kizzee:
Gloria M. - HallowEden- Plum Street Samplers:
Jean N. - Michigan Snowman ; 
Reindeer Santa - Heart Strings:
Carrie N. - Olde Pewter Letters - Primitive Bettys:
Marie Z. - Garden Gem Pin Box - Blackbird Designs:

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Biscornu Basics

Elections for new officers will be held next month and happily we have had several members volunteer to serve:  
Michelle L. - President  
Lori J. - Treasurer (continuing)  
Ann W. - Programs  
Marie Z. - Workshops
The proposed slate could be complete if someone would just volunteer to serve as Secretary. . .

We have a nice, tidy sum in the bank that includes deposits for the Patricks Woods class in February, to be held at the Dallas Athletic Club. As for other programs, Marie Z. suggested we do a stitch-along project from the Proper Stitch: A Guide for Counted Thread by Darlene O'Steen, and circulated a sign-up sheet for all those interested. She also reported on the following upcoming programs:
November – Tudor Rose Christmas Ornament; cost to be determined
 December – Holiday Dinner & Party at the home of Cindy S.

Jennifer M. taught this month’s program which was Biscornu Finishing. A number of members brought finished squares ready to stitch together as a biscornu and went home with finished products.

Show & Tell:  
Stephanie H. - Moonlight Lullaby (modified) - Mirabilia:  
Lori J. - 12 Days of Christmas; Days 1-4 - Prairie Schooler:  
 October Flip It (Boo) - Lizzie Kate;
Flora McSampler - Lizzie Kate;
Crazy Love - Cricket Collection:
Anne T. - Liberty House - Ewe & Eye & Friends:  
Marie Z. - Red Reindeer Sampler - Birds of a Feather:

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Stash Away!

It's September and time for our Annual Stash Sale!  This is always a great time to go through our stash and find all those charts and fabrics that might need a new home; plus the added bonus is creating room for more fun stash!  The Stash Sale is always a lot of fun, and 10% of the proceeds goes to the guild.

And of course, once we were done shopping, we were able to spend the rest of the meeting visiting and stitching!

There were some beautiful things for show and tell this month!

Mary D. brought in this finished piece. Crazy Love  by Cricket Collection.  Mary is always stitching these wonderful gifts for family and friends who are getting married; what a great way to pass the time, constantly thinking about what a gift love is!  And her piece is just beautiful!  

Sarra B. brought in her Heart in Hand - Halloween Markings.  Isn't this cute?  Kicking off that fall season the right way!

Mendie C. brought in her latest Brazilian embroidery finish.   She finished it as the top of her sewing basket!

Look at the dimension!

Marie Z. brought in this super cute Stacy Nash piece, called Patriotic Pocket.  I love this one!

Jana K. brought in her finished beaded fob that was a program at Greater Dallas EGA last week!  Speedy!!

Jana also brought in her gorgeous finished Ackworth Friendship Book by With My Needle.  She had several friends stitch panels for her and now it's all finished!  Gorgeous!

It's hard to tell from the photos, but the ribbon and thread used are a gorgeous plum silk.

Jean N. brought in several pieces to share.  The first is a Cindy Valentine piece called Tropical Punch.  

Isn't the little fob cute?

The second piece Jean brought in is an ornament from a Danish book of designs.  I love this!

And finally Jean brought in this finished Little House Needleworks ornament called Snowy Pines.

Another fun meeting!  And remember, now that you've done some stashing, it's time to do some stitching!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Lazy Days of Summer

How did it ever get to be September?  It seemed like the summer just flew by.  And since we didn't have a July meeting, our August meeting was a welcome highlight, a chance to get together with friends and talk about our favorite topic - stitching!

The August program was scheduled to be on Biscornu finishing, but due to schedules we ended up having a stitch in instead!  We actually had a light turnout for the meeting, but there was no shortage of amazing finishes!

Take a look at what was brought for show and tell:

Cyndi's amazing Catherine Theron piece, Morning Has Broken.  And it's beautifully framed.  I am kicking myself for not taking this class at EGA Seminar when it was offered.  Stunning!!!  Cyndi has really been on a roll with her finishes lately!

Cyndi also brought in her Liberty Hill by Ewe & Eye & Friends.  Perfect summertime stitching!

And finally, Cyndi also brought in her Celtic Alpha 22.  I'm anxious to see what she does with this.  It would be pretty just framed.

Deanne was also busy over the summer.  Here's her framed A Farmer's Almanac by Prairie Schooler.  I love the frame this is in.

Deanne's My Dwelling Place by Little House Needleworks.

Deanne's Carriage House Samplings Live with Creatures that she personalized. Gorgeous frame on this one!

And finally Deanne's Liberty and Justice by Little House Needleworks.  Another great summer piece.

Michelle brought in her finished Isabella Johnstone 1854 sampler by Needlework Press that was in an issue of SANQ.  Such a fun sampler!

Robert is another one that's been busy over the summer.  Here's his beautiful Sarah Elizabeth Brooks by The Scarlett House.  This is one of my favorites.  It's definitely on my "to stitch" list.

He also finished Christmas Garden by Blackbird Designs.

And Shakespeare's Peddler's Jane Pattison.

Elizabeth Sheffield by The Scarlet Letter.  Look at the blues in that!!

And finally, his Mexican Schoolgirl's Practice Sampler from Samplers Remembered. Wowza!

Ava shared this beautiful birthday gift stitched and finished by Kim.  This is one of the Little House Needleworks ornaments (Quaker Birds), but she completely changed the color scheme.  Isn't is gorgeous?!

And Ava also shared a gift stitched and finished by Sylvia.  Look at the cuteness! This is La Parisienne by Tra La La. 

Sylvia finished it into a little wallet for your thread, scissors and needles.  Love that grey fleur de lis fabric too!

Ava also received this cute felt candlemat that Stephanie made. The scottie kit is by Grab 'N Go Kits by Michelle Civetti of My Quilting Service and is called Scottie Dogs.  So cute!

Here's a little closeup of those dog bone buttons.

And finally, Ava brought in this gorgeous finish.  She stitched one of the Shepherd's Bush stockings for a new addition to the family.  I absolutely love this one!  This is Jillian's Stocking.  One of these days Ava should bring in her whole collection of finished SB stockings - I think she's done about fifteen!!

Well, that wraps up Show and Tell for August.  For the number of people at the meeting, we sure had a bunch of finishes!!

Our September program will be the annual Stash Sale.  10% of the proceeds will go to the guild.  Make sure you've got your items marked with your initials and a price.  And don't forget to bring your shopping money!!

See you on Tuesday!