It’s hard to believe that December is here already. It seems like I just turned the calendar to 2011, and the year has flown by. This is the first year I’ve gone to the holiday party for RAFA and what a good time we all had. The food was wonderful and as varied as our members. There were tortillas, stuffed grape leaves, shrimp cocktail, salads, pizelles and of course – chocolate desserts. We played a game and all went home with either a fat quarter of fabric or embellishments.
Show and Tell was terrific – as always. Beth made her first lap quilt:
Brenda was knitting scarves:
Donna – our Queen of Thrift Shopping – made a cashmere throw from the leftovers she had from making one her husband:
She buys cashmere sweaters, washes and felts them, then assembles them into a warm and cozy quilt. She backed them with some Radiance fabric she purchased from me that she hand dyes. It’s a unique fabric that is 50% cotton and 50% silk – one side feels and dyes like cotton, the other like silk. She has the cotton side against the cashmere, so the two cling to each other with very little quilting. She ends up with one side warm and cozy, and the other total silk luxury.
Frances made a stunning quilt:
The hands of all the children in her church – from the very youngest up to 18 – were traced, and then made into fabric appliques . They were arranged in a cross and crown design – the symbol of her church – IUCC.
Janet shared 2 pieces with us. Her first is Echo:
You can see the letters on the second row. I had difficulty seeing it, but then I usually do have difficulty deciphering hidden letters. The quilting on this is absolutely wonderful.
Her second piece is Sing:
I’ve liked that piece ever since Janet started it. It puts a smile on my face, and guess what? I purchased it for myself. It was a present for me, from me. She hand sewed hundreds and hundreds of small sttiches in the fabric background and the piece literally makes me want to sing and dance with joy every time I see it.
Judy showed us the quilt recently featured on her blog. I linked to hers as her pictures are much better than what I took.
Julia made a jacket:
It fit her nicely and had wonderful drape. None of us can find the pattern though. If anybody would like to share a source, please leave a comment. Quite a few of us are interested in making one.
Mary showed a drop dead gorgeous applique quilt:
She used to work for Nancy Davis Murty – making a lot of the quilts for her pattern covers – and let me tell you, this woman can applique like nobody’s business. It’s all by machine and her stitching is phenomenal, plus her color selection is ooh-la-la – over the top – perfection. Gee, can you tell I liked everything about this quilt? The center is Nancy’s Summer Poppies pattern, but Mary wanted a square quilt and added to the pattern.
Sally is taking knitting lessons and this is her first project:
She’ll make good use of that hat in Upstate New York.
And last but not least, Sarah made this quilt:
Her church has something called a White Christmas. Members bring presents to give to others who might not have the money to buy presents. She said it was an easy quilt to make.
I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the Show and Tell from our December meeting.