Welcome 2011

Happy New Year to all! Did you make it ’til midnight? I spent New Year’s Eve in a Twitter party sponsored by Stitchin’ Heaven and won two quilt items! A 5-pack of Aurifil thread and a membership to The Quilt Show website (Alex Anderson and Ricky Times). It was so fun meeting new quilters, and watching the New Year arrive through the night in different timezones.

While participating in the chat, a couple of questions were posed and I’d love to know your comments.

  1. What’s the first project on your 2011 plan? Mine is to finish some charity quilts.
  2. What new technique would you like to learn this year? Your comments might also give some ideas to Carollee in arranging for new speakers! I think mine would be applique techniques to improve my skills.

I hope that 2011 is off to a good start for you, and wish you a wonderful new year!

Sherilyn

The End of 2010

How will you spend New Year’s Eve 2010?

  • Finishing a quilt project that you were determined to complete this year? I crocheted a baby blanket a few years ago with a goal (that I pulled out of thin air) to complete the blanket before the new year. I worked as fast as I could until a couple minutes after midnight, so didn’t quite make it, but it felt great to finish the project.
  • At a gathering with family/friends? Watching the ball drop at midnight?
  • Closing out year-end tax and financial records? Making files and labels for 2011? Yes, I need to do that, but it’s an easy task to procrastinate!
  • At an online party? I thought it would be interesting to check out Stitchin’ Heaven’s Twitter party. I’ve never followed a Twitter party but it sounds fun. The party starts at 8pm Pacific, and details are here.

What plans do you have for this evening?

Sherilyn

Holiday Dinner

Happy day after Christmas and Boxing Day! Is everyone enjoying their holidays so far? With the baking and last minute gift-making done (did the Elves stop by to help?), I wanted to show pictures from the SBQG Holiday Dinner on December 14th. Better late than never!

Our annual catered dinner, turkey with all the trimmings, was enjoyed with much conversation and friendship.The table decorations were donated by Guild members, and each diner received a box of See’s candy. Yum!Of course, Mr and Mrs Claus also joined us.Three auction quilts were submitted for the 2011 Quilt Show and were quietly resting on a table where I could quickly snap some photos.Handmade stockings were donated by Guild members and filled with toiletries for those in need.A couple of quilts were donated for the Read Me A Quilt program. For those unfamiliar with this project, Guild members donate a quilt and complementary book. The quilts and books are given to CASA, and then delivered to children in the foster care system. From the thank you notes written by the children and their advocates, the warmth of a handmade quilt of their own is very significant to the children.Dessert looked wonderful! (Can you ever go wrong with chocolate?) Chocolate cake and pumpkin pie were available in abundance.The last half of the evening was reserved for tying of charity quilts. We also had the pleasure of listening to Christmas music by Mary Ann and Walter Sereth. Here’s a look at the many busy hands making music and finishing quilts.Thank you to Mary Ann for all of her planning, and it looks like everyone enjoyed themselves!

Sherilyn

Hoffman International Tour

Seeing theĀ Pink Sand Beach Designs purses at the Holiday dinner made with the new Hoffman fabrics reminded me of how much I enjoyed touring the Hoffman factory a few years ago. Factory tours have always fascinated me because I get to see “behind the scenes” and learn how & why a product is created the way it is. I now understand how to identify the quality fabrics, and (Hoffman folks were right) it’s easy to spot the Hoffman on the shelf!

Thinking about the factory tour further reminds me that the Traveling Quilters has a Hoffman International Tour and Quilt Shop Hopping trip scheduled for September 2011. I bring this to the attention of anyone who has not had the privilege of touring their facility, and those who would like to go again! As the Traveling Quilters’ site mentions, you will see the design and manufacturing process up-close. The day trip also includes a visit to two Orange County quilt shops.

OK. I’ve talked myself into it. I’ll contact Sue and hope you will too!

Sherilyn

12 Days of Christmas at Pink Sand Beach Designs

During show-and-tell at tonight’s Holiday Dinner, Nancy Green of Pink Sand Beach Designs (PSBD) unveiled purse designs in beautiful new Hoffman fabrics. Nancy’s samples remind me how badly I want some sewing time to create with her patterns!

PSBD has also announced their first annual 12 Days of Christmas countdown, where they are randomly giving away items to those who post a comment on their Facebook page. (Twitter users can also follow PSBD at @Pink_Sand_Beach.)

So check out their website, Facebook, and Twitter. Spread the word. Participate in the comments. And hopefully you’ll be a lucky winner!

Sherilyn