Thursday, October 20, 2016

October Meeting 

Show and Share

Susan presented a very informative program on how to make you own “Sewing Machine Mat”. Here she is with the one she made for herself. 

After supplying each member a handout with detailed directions, she walked through the process step by step with an example.

Cut out your main piece and pocket from pre quilted fabric or quilt you own fabric. Place the main piece on the table to ensure that it does not extend too much past the table that it interferes with your legs and becomes annoying while sewing.

After sewing the binding onto the pocket piece, it will be attached to the main piece. At this time, consider what you will want to place in the different sections of the pocket and sew vertical lines on the pocket to create individual smaller pocket sections.

Susan adds a special piece of fabric or binding to the right side of her mat before attaching the edge binding. She then tethers her scissors in place.
Now sew the binding all the way around the entire quilt. Susan suggests that you use a decorative stitch to add a bit of your own personality to the mat.

Roberta always inspires with her creations. This is CC pattern 'Lee' made in a floral print from Fabric Finders featuring burgundy corduroy collar and cuffs. The smocking design is 'Elizabeth' from Creative Needle May/June 2002.

This sweet 'Lucy' by CC was sewn with a red pique. The blouse is from the CC pattern 'Mary De'. She used a purchased insert. She shares that the insert guide threads have been removed and it takes a bit of patience to align all the stitching and the pattern to ensure it is even across the yoke.

This precious 'Lee' from CC is the perfect pattern with which to use a purchased inserts. She made a few adaptions to the pattern; using eyelet at the neckline rather than the collar and coordinating the sleeves with the same eyelet.

Trena brought some handmade pattern/fabric weights to show. She found this very cute Halloween fabric at Wal-Mart and used the familiar 'Frannie' pattern from CC. Set off the fabric with a perfect combination of orange with black polkadot collar trimmed with tiny black and white gingham check piping. What lucky little girl will wear this?

Debbie made this little boy one piece as the "coming home from the hospital" outfit for her newest grandson.

She used the Miche Mooney pattern #104 in the newborn size. The pastel blue broadcloth was monogramed in white.

Cathy also shared this lovely Chery Williams Basic Yoke dress. The inspiration for this dress was Strawberry Thieves from AS&E #41.

Teresa shows off her latest creation from AS&E issue 50. This sweet pink and blue fabric made a beautiful example of the Isabella pattern.

Brenda is so excited about these quilts that she constructed using fabrics from her stash! What a stash she must have...The above design is a variation of Flying Geese done in Halloween fabric. The quilt below is called Now and Later, also from Halloween fabrics.
Beautiful work!

And last but definitely not least is the group photo of those members who completed their Dainty Diaper Set by Debbie Glenn. Thank you Leslye for spear-heading this sew-a-long that encouraged so many to accomplish great things!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Annual Banquet 

99 baskets of gifts on the table
99 baskets of gifts,
take one down, hand it to the winner…
98 baskets of gifts on the table

Yes, there were a total of 99 raffle baskets!
Here is Linda holding up a basket as the name of the winner is announced. This is the highlight of the annual banquet! 

The winner of the Midnight Oil Smockers basket is...Maureen Hayes!

Four members of Midnight Oil Smockers are delighted with their baskets! Debbie won 3 different baskets, Tawn was excited about her raffle basket, Joy was lucky to win 3 this year and Colleen won a $300 gift certificate! The organization brought in nearly $11,000 at last estimation...THANK YOU to all who donated a basket!!!
One of the most touching ceremonies of the annual banquet is after the new board has been installed, the immediate Past President escorts the out going President to the 'Past President Table' where she is greeted by all past presidents in attendance. Lisa was escorted by MOS member Tawn.

Monday, September 26, 2016

for the first time in many years, the SAGA market was a full day event…just think, all of our favorite shops under one roof. Thanks to the SAGA business liaison Billi P. who worked so hard to make this event a wonderful experience.

As you enter the big ballroom, there are members cruising the vendor tables. Everyone is excited about the opportunity to shop all day long! Here is a picture of the right side of the room...
and then the left side of the room.

Barbara Meger's Classic Creations was there with some great gift ideas for the sewist, looking for something special for a Christmas gift? Be sure to see what she has.

Tess Elwood displayed many sweet projects available for any smocking level. She has some kits from her SAGA smock-along.

 Susie Gay had several different samples of her beautiful silk ribbon reticules as well other project kits. Be sure to check out her website...

Just drool over all these wonderful laces from Luc who has become a staple at any SAGA event.

As you move around the room, there are booths from many favorite shops, teachers and on-line vendors. I don't think there is a MOS member who is not familiar with Miss Jeannie Baumeister, owner of "The Old Fashioned Baby.

The Sewing Boutique had some lovely pieces of fabric for anyone to 'pet' before buying...just take a peek here.

This was a new one, but many members had fun looking!

Martha's Heirlooms is another favorite at SAGA events. She has all the basics as well as the new items any needle artist may need.

 Here is just a small sample of the items she had available...

It has been awhile since SAGA members have had the pleasure of shopping with Judith Marquis and Amberlane. 

Peanut Butter -n- Jelly had a great response from the members shopping at their booth.

The new young owners of Children's Corner were ever present in their booth. They gave out 'freebies' of a tape measure to anyone who stopped by. It was a delight to meet them in person.
Be sure to visit their website to see what is new. Anyone up for a 'road trip' to Nashville?

Vaune had a very busy booth!

All items laid out so nice and neat until the rush occurred after class.

She was so gracious to display her sweet dress from the newest issue of "Classic Sewing" magazine. The following pictures are of the sleeve and what she did to make it as finished on the inside as the outside.

the right side of the sleeve

the sleeve turned inside out

Here was another new one for a SAGA event...Gilda's Fabrics deals with dolls, so all ribbon, lace and buttons were of the tiniest size. She had just come from a doll convention in Houston.                                           

There were several other vendors, such as Phyllis Brown's 'Heirloom Beginnings', however it was hard to get to her booth due to all the activity.

and then my camera ran out of batteries! DARN.

Hope you all can go next year...