Saturday, September 14, 2013
If you have Jeannie B's Book of Embroidery Designs and Stitches, please bring it. The A - Z Embroidery Stitches book is also helpful. You will also need a fine point wash-out marker. There will be two light boxes for copying your pattern onto the hand towel. Of course, bring embroidery scissors, your thimble, if you use one, and magnification.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
It will be Christmas in July for this month's program. We will be working on a smocked Christmas ball using the plate called "Duck the Halls" by Little Memories. Stacked cables (picture smocking), backsmocking, and construction techniques will be skills taught this month The smocked Christmas ball decorated tree and basic information about completing the ornament are by Dorothy Dyer and are in Issue #133, 2010, of Sew Beautiful magazine. We will be providing kits, so if you want to make this ornament, email Diana and let her know you want a kit.
Basic sewing supplies will be needed. If you have Issue #133 of Sew Beautiful, please bring it. See you on July 23 at 7:00. Ho! Ho! Ho!
Friday, June 7, 2013
Prewash and press all fabric before cutting
400 3" Squares of your choice in varying colors of reds, khakis, and creams. We have selected a collection from the French General line.
A variety of 1/8 yard fabrics. From each 1/8 yard prewashed fabric you will get a minimum of 14 3" squares.
A variety of 1/4 yard fabrics. From each 1/4 yard prewashed fabric you will get a minimum of 28 3" squares.
You will need a total of 400 3" squares. Of these 400 3" squares, you will bring 20 to exchange at the June meeting. These 20 can be all of the same fabric or you can bring a variety.
Select 400 3" squares for center of quilt.
Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew blocks 20 rows by 20 rows.
Center of quilt should measure approximately 50" x 50".
You will need two and a half yards of border fabric. Two yards will work but after washing it is better to have extra for the border length. The border width will be the width of your fabric divided by four. For example if your fabric width is 40" after washing and cutting the selvages off you will have four 10" widths. The inner sashing can be cut on the width to save fabric but will need to be pieced. Depending on the width of the inner border you want depends on the amount of fabric. Backing will depend on all of your measurements. On this quilt I would use the left over fabrics and piece them for the backing.
Makes finished size about 71”. Number of squares would need to be adjusted to make a different sized quilt.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
We will be learning to do shadow work embroidery at our May meeting. Our project will be worked on a sweet Wee Care gown in your choice of white, pink, or blue, and three different styles of gown. Patterns for all three styles, fabric, ribbon, floss, and embroidery designs will be included in your kits. Kits will be provided by the Wee Care budget from the Chapter.
Bring your regular sewing supplies including washout marking pen, scissors, embroidery needles for one strand of floss, a 3-4 inch embroidery hoop, and magnification if you need it.
Remember that each member needs to complete at least 3 Wee Care items per year to satisfy membership requirements!
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The April program was taken from the July/August 2012 Sew Beautiful magazine. Claire Meldrum had an article about a DIY bishop with honeycomb smocking. We were intrigued about being able to design our own bishop pattern, so Diana researched the article so that she could guide us through the process. We were glad she did all that research, because she found out that several of the directions and figures in the magazine article were in error, and we would have ruined our fabric if we had followed them. The magazine has published corrections on its website.
The honeycomb smocking was familiar to several of us who remembered it from years ago when we did that stitch on gingham. On this pattern, however, we had to draw grid lines instead of putting the fabric through a pleater.
We are looking forward to seeing the completed dresses at the May meeting.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Stitchin' in the Foothills moved to the Embassy Suites in Rogers, Arkansas, this year. Twenty wonderful ladies enjoyed two and a half days of stitching with Jeannie Baumeister. We had a terrific venue at the Embassy Suites. Our meeting rooms couldn't have been better, and the meals were great. Jeannie is a talented instructor with unlimited patience in teaching and explaining the skills we needed to have in order to complete the precious little slip and linen hemstitched and embroidered dress. Door prizes, raffle baskets, and hoo-haws (table favors) all made for a fun experience for all attendees.
Thanks to all of our out-of-town ladies. You are family to us! Thanks to all the OFC SAGA chapter members who worked so hard to make this a great sewing experience. Thanks to the staff of Embassy Suites for going above and beyond to make us feel welcome and comfortable.