Seems like Christmas creeps up on us sooner than we expect, but it’s never too soon to start making gifts for those we love! This month, Mary P demonstrated how to make mesh tote bags, easy and inexpensive gifts for friends and family. Many members auditioned fabric to go with Beverly L’s handwoven straps. See the slideshow for Mary’s demo and shots of measuring, cutting and marking the black mesh that will form the sides of our totes. We hope to show off our totes at the January Fiber Guild Celebration.
Mary brought two small “journal quilts,” experiments with reflective fiber and using beads on sunflowers. The latter featured Mary’s hand-dyed fabric. She also brought a silk dye transfer scarf purchased at the international quilt show in Houston, made from laying sections of men’s silk ties on sheer white silk fabric, rolling it up, and soaking it in hot water.
The Guild is planning to meet in December to discuss the sampler quilt we are planning to donate to the French Art Colony’s Silent Auction in March 2012. Each member who participates will make three blocks in their choice of medium (yarn, felt, fabric, etc). The only restriction is color (any combo of black, white, gray) and size (probably 9 or 9-1/2 ” blocks.)
We are anticipating our annual AOFG Winter Celebration, to be held at Marlene’s farm on January 7, 2012. We will share a feast–Carl has promised roast pork, and the rest of us will bring our own specialties. Although Santa is not expected to visit, there will be a fiber gift exchange–last year’s was a great success!
Can we hope for scenic snow AND clear roads? Luckily, Carl has offered shuttle service in his ATV for those who park on the road!