Monday, December 15, 2008

Surprise Quilt

Maggie Olson looking with Margaret Lobberegt at the quilt Maggie finished for Margaret as a surprise at Fancy Fibers Christmas meeting, December 15th.

Monday, December 8, 2008

President's Message

We had a successful show at the Rusty Barn event at
the Puyallup fairgrounds. We have been invited back next year.

Now is the time to think about the New Year with our

Monday, January 26, 2009, we will have a General
Meeting at the Library Processing Center, 3005 112th
St. E, Tacoma 98446. Phone number 253-536-6500.
Meeting is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We will have our emphasis on a service project. Bring
a sandwich; tea and coffee will be provided.

No quilts this time, we will be working with fleece to
make hats and neck scarves. Fleece donations are welcome. Some sewing machines will be needed, mostly scissors, needles and a spirit of working together.

Some surprises and a guest speaker or two will be a part of our day.

Sewing Expo 2009 is February 26, 27, 28, and March 1. I would like to have a chairman for this
event; also hostesses. So please check your calendars and plan to give some time for the
guild booth.


at the Rust Barn Quilt, Sewing & Craft Festival November 2008.

Featured Needlepoint pieces were by Karen Garinger. Vintage Grandmothers Flower Garden Quilt owned and shared by Char Westhoff. Rave reviews on fruit jar, handkerchief and party pocket quilt by Midge DeSart.

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped and hosted. We have our reservation in for next year.

The Crane and Koi

Designed and sewn by Maggie Olson.

Maggie said she received an invitation in February, 2008 to create and donate a small wall quilt in support of local breast cancer charities. The theme was to be “Fishing For a Cure.” Maggie and 25 other quilt artists responded. Various sponsors covered event expenses and the luncheon brought in $22,000. There was a silent auction of donated baskets and quilts and the oral auction with the invitational quilts being sold for a total of $7,600. The Crane and Koi sold for $550.

Maggie used fabrics from her silk necktie collection and crepe back satin. The crane is three dimensional with detailed beading. The background fabric was purchased four years ago at a NAGOPS/ Comforters meeting when fabric artist, Pam Wells, was a guest speaker. Pam dyes and stencils fabric by the yard. What a pleasant surprise to find she had exactly what she needed in her stash.

The Crane is constructed from sixty-five pieces. Each feather piece was detailed machine stitching then hand appliqued to the background. The quilt measured 24” x 36”. Quilting was minimal; done in the Oriental strata style. The pattern is an original design. The piece mounted on a painter’s canvas/stretcher bars.

When asked about the time involved, Maggie estimated it took about six weeks, four to eight hours per day and this included design time. She said it is best for her to have a deadline, then she is focused and her husband understands the challenge of time needed for the project.

Satellite News

Kent Valley Needlers
December - No Meeting
January 28 - Wednesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A demonstration in ribbon weaving.
February 25 - Wednesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A demonstration in black work.

Moonlighters invites visitors to meet at the Lakewood Library on 3rd Monday evenings for an action packed evening of fabric and threads. Often the display cases have an impromptu display.
The Librarian asks us to fill it and we do”. We have a button down snowman for January’s meeting. “Buttons down the front of him”.