Monday, January 30, 2023

 Penn Oaks Newsletter-February 2023

President's Note

Come on February, hurry up!

 

I feel like I have been in hibernation or something; maybe there was a blip in my band width; whatever, I think I am back now. We have some great things coming. So let’s get to it.

 

As a sort of history buff, I am looking forward to our Zoom speaker this meeting. We will need a brief business meeting, though.

 

Here’s the deal, we are getting a terrific response to our Jenny Doan meeting. Thanks to Jen for handling the money issue. I need to all to think about a couple things related to this. It will be an opportunity to try to entice new members, so I think we need to consider providing refreshments. I think the guild could buy some cookie trays or whatever, so we can chat with the visitors. I would be great to have Show and Tell, especially if you have a little story about the item – it was the first time you tried the technique, or it is a old one you finally finished, or there were problems you conquered.

 

Please think about something you have wanted to try, but need a buddy to start it. For instance, I have some applique projects/kits left (I donated several earlier) but I can’t get started. I need some hand holding. I think that is one of the services we can provide to each other.

 

At the Board meeting, we will discuss the refreshments for March. We will also be discussing the plans for our April sew along meeting. We will have the meeting space beginning at 1pm. We want to set up stations for making the string quilts.  Rita Marie, with help from several others, has made kits from the donated fabrics which will be available to you if you want to make a different pattern as a charity quilt. You may remember, we planned on donating the strip quilts to charity for the challenge.  However, we wanted to use up the donated fabrics as well.  We are cutting strips from the scrap bags and some of the fabrics. We will have them sorted by colors and you can take as many as you need at the sew along.

 

There was more I wanted to say, but I forgot. Let us know what you think any time. Love to you all!

Carolyn


Programs

February: Terri Sontra

The History Of The Sewing Machine

A Tale Of Intrigue & Espionage

Not your ordinary history lesson! We will take a look at the more humorous and salacious bits of the past that brought our beloved machines to us today. This program is a PowerPoint presentation along with antique machines and other sewing items from Terri's personal collection. And, don't worry, there's no test at the end! (Zoom only)

2022  Board

President - Carolyn Davis / Jamie Loncaric

Program Chair - Donna Daley

                      Assistant-Deb Houck

Treasurer - Rita Marie Smith

Recording Secretary - Angela Brant

Corresponding Secretary - Nancy DeTeodora

Membership - Elizabeth Young / Sarah Reindel

Ways & Means - Jen Burke

2022 Quilt Guild Challenge - Rikki Newlander

Quilt Challenge, Hospice Quilts and Quilts for Kids

Rikki Newlander and Rita Marie Smith

 

We will be working together to cut and provide strings to guild members participating in making quilts for the challenge, hospice patients and Quilts for Kids.

If you would like strings, please let us know:   rikki.newlander@gmail.com or ritasmitty308@gmail.com.   Since the next 3 guild meetings will be zoom only, please contact us to make arrangements to meet you with the strings.  They can also be brought to the getaway.   Rikki is willing to cut more muslin foundation squares (8 ½”) if needed.  Just let her know.  The fabric we are using is from our sale held at the Covenant Presbyterian Church.  It was felt that this was an excellent use of the fabric.  Not sure as yet but there might be some yardage for backing.  Will let you know. 

Basic requirements for the Quilts for Kids were in the last newsletter.  Quilts for the hospice are lap size (40” x 40”.)  There are many examples and videos of string quilts online if you are not familiar with them.  Our blocks finish at 8” squares, are so easy and come together quickly. 

A little bit of sewing on our part will certainly brighten someone’s day.  

2023 Getaway
Closed: See you at the Getaway
Last Call: You can still reserve a room for our Getaway, just contact Ellen no later than December 4th. Approximately one week prior to our December meeting each attendee will receive an email noting the balance due on their reservation. This payment is due by December 20th. Please bring your check to the meeting or send it via snail mail to Ellen. Thank you!

We are still taking reservations for our Getaway. We have a few spaces available. We will accept the Getaway reservations at the November meeting and via snail mail. Contact Ellen or Cindy for a registration form.  We will continue to hold our Getaway at the Amish View Inn & Suites at 3125 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand. Next year, the Getaway dates are February 22-26.  The sewing room is large and comfortable, allowing one 6 foot long table per quilter. The sewing room fee is $600 plus 6% tax; this amount will be shared equally by all attendees. The room is available from 2:00 pm Wednesday through 1:00 pm Sunday. The room rates (including tax) for a single/double room will be $136.53 for Wednesday/Thursday nights, and $188.70 for Friday/Saturday nights. A deposit of $100.00 per room will hold your reservation. The final payment is due December 20th. Come for one night, two, three or all four nights to sew, shop and visit with your fellow members. Just a reminder, the POQ Getaway is completely self-funded. Members are responsible for finding their own roommate and for sharing the room cost. Our contract is for the Double Queen Rooms. Take a look at the Amish View Inn web site ( www.AmishViewInn.com) to learn about this wonderful venue.  Please contact us with any questions.

Ellen McMillen (ejmcmillen@verizon.net) and Cindy Vognetz (cvognetz@hotmail.com)

Ways & Means


Membership - Sarah Reindel and Elizabeth Young



  Penn Oaks Sunshine

If you know of a guilt member who could use some well wishes or encouragement because of a sickness or life event, please contact me at Grasshopper1@gmail.com.  I will make sure to send our collective good thoughts to our fellow member.
 Nancy DeTeodoro

Bits and Pieces From The Textile World

1. A Visit to the New Michaels Concept Store

Michaels concept store

Michaels recently announced a transformation of two of their stores in an effort to “re-imagine the optimal maker shopping experience.” Eager to see what this might entail and since the newly designed stores are near my home, I donned a mask and made a visit to the store in Plano, a north suburb of Dallas. Michaels is America’s largest arts and crafts retail chain and is based in Irving (near Dallas).

First impression

My first impression is that the store has a wonderful new look and feel, yet still feels like Michaels— in a good way. I’d read the press release so I knew the new elements they’d focused on and I could easily pick out the notable changes.

It feels more open, fresher, and brighter. It’s more welcoming for a leisurely browse. It’s more organized and less cluttered. The press release highlights “lower fixturing that allows customers to easily view and navigate our full store.” It really does! Tall aisles and shelving have been moved to the edges leaving the center part of the store more open.

Michaels Concept Store entry

The entry area.


The yarn corner.

The maker space

One addition to this Michaels is a Maker Space. The one I visited was outfitted with a big screen tv playing craft tutorials near a long table. There were no chairs or people in the space, possibly due to social distancing requirements.

The Marker Space also has a sink and a rolling cart with supplies and tools. (Maybe the supplies and tools are free to use? I couldn’t tell.) There is a bank of lockers for pickup of online orders, a convenient option allowing for a contact-free transaction. For a business owner sourcing supplies, the locker pick-up may be an especially efficient option.

Michaels concept store maker space table

The table in the Maker Space

Trend hubs

The new design also includes “trend hubs.” Ceiling hung grids mark the spaces. Focused lighting and accessible display cases invite shoppers to browse. I counted four of these “trend hubs.” One focused on art with stacks of blank canvases, paint, and markers. The other three were full of Halloween and fall decor. Since there was additional fall decor throughout the store, it seemed like a missed opportunity to put other product lines in some of the “trend hubs.”

Inventory adjustments

I spoke with a Michaels employee about the changes and she said it took a while to get used to, but customers and employees like the feel of the new design. She said some of the product inventory lines have changed. In some departments where they used to carry several options for the same product, now they only have the best selling option. But in other departments, they are carrying more products including more sewing machines and high-tech products. She said if you’re looking for products no-longer available in the newly-redesigned Michaels, you can still find them at the other stores in the Dallas area.

I often browse books and magazines at Michaels but they aren’t included in the new design. Frankly, since I rarely actually purchased books or magazines and, like many crafters, I get most of my ideas online, maybe it’s not surprising they’ve been removed.

It will be interesting to see how some or all of the redesign may be incorporated into other locations. Though I’d give the redesign overall positive marks, I don’t plan to go back. For many reasons, including the pandemic, I’m shopping less at brick-and-mortar. If I really needed something, I’d go to a Michaels closer to my home. If I wanted an inspiring experience browsing a fresh space with beautiful displays, I can think of other preferable options.


2. The Spellman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta will be showing Bisa Butler's Black American Portraits February 8-May 15.

3.  “Subversive, Skilled, Sublime: Fiber Art By Women” at the Smithsonian  American Art Museum in Washington, D. C. November 18, 2022 – April 16, 2023. https://americanart.si.edu/ 

4. “ Wild and Untamed. Dunton’s Discover of the Baltimore Album Quilts” at the Maryland Center for History and Culture in Baltimore, MD. Now through September 2023. https://www.mdhistory.org/exhibitions/wild-and-untamed/ 


Friday, December 30, 2022

 

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Penn Oaks Newsletter

President's Note

From christmas past: dec. 2006. MC president

'Twas the Night Before Christmas Poem
(A Quilters' Version)

T'was the night before Christmas and all through the house,
The only one sleeping was a Quilter's dear spouse.
The Log Cabin stockings were almost completed,
"Just a few stitches left," our sweet quilter repeated.

"Then I can hang them and head off to finish
the pillows I'm making, fulfilling Mom's wish
For something quilted to put on her couch and spoke,
as she pricked her poor finger, our quilter said, "Ouch!"

When from out in the kitchen there arose such a crashing,
she sprang from her work, and she dropped all her sashing.
Away to the doorway she flew like a plane,
wondering just what was happening and who she would blame.

When what to her wondering eyes should appear,
but Old Mrs. Claus and her bag of quilt-gear...
With her elves bearing gifts, through the kitchen she came,
she directed and pointed and called them by name.

"Now Elna, now Pfaff, now Bernina and Viking,
the Hoffman and Mumm should be just to her liking.
To the sewing room - there, it's just back of the hall,
now dash away, dash away, dash away all!"

"My Dear," said The Claus (as she liked to be called),
"There really is no need to worry at all.
Your projects will all be completed this night,
I'm terribly sorry we gave you a fright."

"Sit down. Have some tea. It's relaxing, you'll see.
My friends and I've come a long way to help Thee."
She thought she was dreaming, our dear Quilter did,
In fact she quite feared that she near flipped her lid!

But the flash of the needles and twist of the thread
soon gave her to know she had nothing to dread.
They spoke no more words, but went straight to their sewing.
How the work went so quickly she had no way way of knowing.

The stitches, how fine! The corners, how straight!
This Claus-woman's talent was awfully great.
They finished the pillows, then started to quilt.
Before they all knew it, the whole thing was built!

Now old Mrs. Claus, she knew quilters real well,
and she knew they'd need help on this night most of all
So she said to our quilter, "Just move over dear,
I've brought my own needle. We'll get done, never fear.

I told dear old Santa about what quilters do.
How they plan all these projects but have other work too.
So he taught me his magic for doing things fast.
There, that pillows done. Now this is the last.

They tidied their thread snips, and picked up the scraps
and chased our dear quilter's six cats from their laps.
As they scurried away with their thimbles still gleaming
dear Mrs. Claus paused, her cap ribbons streaming.
"Merry Christmas, my dear, now just have a ball!"

(author unknown)
Everything Quilts Inc.

As we head into the “crunch” time preparing for the holidays, we all could use some help from Mrs. Claus to finish up all those good intentioned gift projects.  I know I could certainly use her help this year!!!

Happy Holidays to all and looking forward to seeing everyone at the guild Christmas Party – Tuesday December 19th.   

Maureen

Programs

We will meet in January via Zoom only. The speaker will be Sam Hunter of Hunter's Design Studio. The topic will be  "Studio Tour and How to Set Up Your Space Ergonomically."
This is a great live ZOOM lecture with open Q&A where Sam show you all the nooks and crannies of her studio (and all her creative storage solutions), and discuss how her studio fits her body, her habits, and her process. We talk about the ergonomics of setting up your space so you can continue to enjoy quilting while keeping your body healthy! 

2022  Board

President - Carolyn Davis / Jamie Loncaric

Program Chair - Donna Daley

                      Assistant-Deb Houck

Treasurer - Rita Marie Smith

Recording Secretary - Angela Brant

Corresponding Secretary - Nancy DeTeodora

Membership - Elizabeth Young / Sarah Reindel

Ways & Means - Jen Burke

2022 Quilt Guild Challenge - Rikki Newlander

Quilt Challenge, Hospice Quilts and Quilts for Kids

Rikki Newlander and Rita Marie Smith

 

We will be working together to cut and provide strings to guild members participating in making quilts for the challenge, hospice patients and Quilts for Kids.

If you would like strings, please let us know:   rikki.newlander@gmail.com or ritasmitty308@gmail.com.   Since the next 3 guild meetings will be zoom only, please contact us to make arrangements to meet you with the strings.  They can also be brought to the getaway.   Rikki is willing to cut more muslin foundation squares (8 ½”) if needed.  Just let her know.  The fabric we are using is from our sale held at the Covenant Presbyterian Church.  It was felt that this was an excellent use of the fabric.  Not sure as yet but there might be some yardage for backing.  Will let you know. 

Basic requirements for the Quilts for Kids were in the last newsletter.  Quilts for the hospice are lap size (40” x 40”.)  There are many examples and videos of string quilts online if you are not familiar with them.  Our blocks finish at 8” squares, are so easy and come together quickly. 

A little bit of sewing on our part will certainly brighten someone’s day.  

2023 Getaway
Closed: See you at the Getaway
Last Call: You can still reserve a room for our Getaway, just contact Ellen no later than December 4th. Approximately one week prior to our December meeting each attendee will receive an email noting the balance due on their reservation. This payment is due by December 20th. Please bring your check to the meeting or send it via snail mail to Ellen. Thank you!

We are still taking reservations for our Getaway. We have a few spaces available. We will accept the Getaway reservations at the November meeting and via snail mail. Contact Ellen or Cindy for a registration form.  We will continue to hold our Getaway at the Amish View Inn & Suites at 3125 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand. Next year, the Getaway dates are February 22-26.  The sewing room is large and comfortable, allowing one 6 foot long table per quilter. The sewing room fee is $600 plus 6% tax; this amount will be shared equally by all attendees. The room is available from 2:00 pm Wednesday through 1:00 pm Sunday. The room rates (including tax) for a single/double room will be $136.53 for Wednesday/Thursday nights, and $188.70 for Friday/Saturday nights. A deposit of $100.00 per room will hold your reservation. The final payment is due December 20th. Come for one night, two, three or all four nights to sew, shop and visit with your fellow members. Just a reminder, the POQ Getaway is completely self-funded. Members are responsible for finding their own roommate and for sharing the room cost. Our contract is for the Double Queen Rooms. Take a look at the Amish View Inn web site ( www.AmishViewInn.com) to learn about this wonderful venue.  Please contact us with any questions.

Ellen McMillen (ejmcmillen@verizon.net) and Cindy Vognetz (cvognetz@hotmail.com)

Ways & Means


Membership - Sarah Reindel and Elizabeth Young

We had twenty or so at the December meeting. Bingo was its usual silly self as were several of the member who shall go un-named. Bob

  Penn Oaks Sunshine

If you know of a guilt member who could use some well wishes or encouragement because of a sickness or life event, please contact me at Grasshopper1@gmail.com.  I will make sure to send our collective good thoughts to our fellow member.
 Nancy DeTeodoro

Bits and Pieces From The Textile World

1. Martingale to Close in Mid-2023

Craft publisher Martingale announced yesterday that the company will be closing in mid-2023.

CEO and president Jennifer Keltner said in an email, “Since the onset of the pandemic in 2020, Martingale has been operating in a state of constant change. We’ve shifted resources as necessary to manage supply chain disruptions, paper shortages, double-digit increases in freight costs and printing, mandatory shutdowns, a shift to remote work, and more.

Through it all, our skilled team of employee-owners has gone above and beyond to pivot to a remote work model, to control costs, and to consistently problem-solve, all while creating stellar, best-in-class content for quilters.”

“Unfortunately, with continued cost pressures across the supply chain, and a shift in how consumers seek and purchase content, the Martingale Board of Directors adopted a formal resolution to dissolve the company by mid-2023.”

Martingale, which was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Bothell, Washington, is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan company (ESOP) meaning employees own shares in Martingale. According to Keltner, “an orderly wind-down means that the assets will be divided between the participants who own stock in the company. For many, that equates to their retirement savings.”

2. Immediate Media announced this week that Mollie Makes magazine will cease publication after 11 years and 151 issues.

3. Shibui Yarn announced this week that they are going out of business.

4.Instagram launched 2022 recap templates for Reels. When activated, they'll take you through the process of adding posts and videos that you’ve uploaded throughout the year.

5. The Spellman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta will be showing Bisa Butler's Black American Portraits February 8-May 15.

6. Loose Ends is an organization dedicated to finishing knitting, crochet, and quilting projects loved ones have left behind. You can submit a project or become a finisher.

7.  “Subversive, Skilled, Sublime: Fiber Art By Women” at the Smithsonian  American Art Museum in Washington, D. C. November 18, 2022 – April 16, 2023. https://americanart.si.edu/ 

8. “ Wild and Untamed. Dunton’s Discover of the Baltimore Album Quilts” at the Maryland Center for History and Culture in Baltimore, MD. Now through September 2023. https://www.mdhistory.org/exhibitions/wild-and-untamed/ 


 Penn Oaks Newsletter-February 2023 President's Note Come on February, hurry up!   I feel like I have been in hibernation or something; ...