Thursday, March 24, 2011

Faceless but Fruitful Farmgirls

The Farm Girls were busy tonight in the Little Red Barn, but nobody wanted to show her face.  It has been a long hard day and we were all just glad to make it to the LRB for some quiet time and some handwork with our BFFs.  A girl's got to have a place to let her hair down and not have to be all gussied up, right?

But, what a lovely round of Show and Tell.  The ladies have been busy...

 Maryann's recycled apron.

 ...and her very cute embroidered pillow.

 ...and the beginning of her mystery sew-along project.

 Ms. Jill has been crocheting a wee bit.

 Henmother has begun a lovely redwork piece.

 ... and made up some really darling felt scissor keeps in the shape of owls.  Nice.

 She had her fancy sewing machine with her so she kindly offered to do up a quick project for me -adding a rick-rack edging to a pre-pieced remnant I've been hoarding, that will become a retro-looking tablecloth.  Been meaning to get to that little job for ages.

OK - one Farm Girl was happy to show her face tonight!  Our celebrity Shepherd Girl, Leslie, dropped by after a long day of setting fence posts to tell us all about her new Over the Moon Farm!  We could not be happier for her.  Until April 9 she has to pose with toy sheep.  But after that, it's the real thing.  Squee!!!

Next month, our meeting will be Friday, April 8.  Watch for the lineup of fun projects we'll work on together.  Later, chicks!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

March Meeting is on the 24th

Don't forget - we've changed our monthly meeting to accomodate those of us heading to Tyler for the Wildflower Fiber Retreat this weekend.  We'll pull out all the stops on Thursday, March 24 at the LRB.  See the post below for the list of supplies you'll need for our fun sewing activity.

Farm on, girls!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Feb Meeting

Hi Chicks!

February was a small gathering but we made the best of it and had a great time. It had been awhile since I had been able to attend, so most of the time was catch up of what everyone has been doing ....... and that was a lot! Our OA Jill has completed, was it 4 or 5 badges? I was so over taken by it all I lost track! She has even put everything all nice and neat in a binder!! WOW!

 Jill is so organized...

While we visited, we took a vote (I'm sure we had enough to do that ;)!) to skip dinner at 6:00 and just go right for the meeting at 7:00. And I'm adding - I can do that cuz I'm mama!! Also the dates have changed just for the next month. March meeting will be the 24th at 7:00.  NOW HERE IS WHERE THAT "CUZ I CAN" COMES IN.

 Leslie brought a knitting konundrum...

I just made a big pot of steak and barley soup, and the pilot in this house puts his nose up at any soup! IF I BRING IT AND CORNBREAD WILL YAL' COME TO THE BARN EARLY TO HAVE SOME????? Let me hear from you and I will go to Cindy's early that day so everything is ready and warm for the eating that night.

Henmother attacked Leslie's fiddly issue...

IN ADDITION to the soup, I already have a program ready to go! I know!! Really! Wow! I'm trying to turn a new leaf.

...and had it figured out in no time.

So! Jill was so excited with all her new badges, she wants to start another one right away! She made the suggestion and I found the cutest project (well, I think it's cute) to satisfy her wants. Hopefully it will be a one night start-to-finish project, but if not we can work out those details at the meet. Footnote: that's why I thought the soup would be a good idea. We could have extra time to work on it.

Now. The fun part for me! I'm sending you the Supply List, but I'm making the final "thingie" a surprise!! Hope you like surprises as much as I do. The thought of this just makes me giggle. :}

OK. That is the change for March and the meeting for April will be back to the 2nd Friday which is April 8th at 7:00. No project planned for that, but once we do March that will get the ideas flowing for April.

I'll check back to see if you have questions and want to come early for Barn Soup.

That's it for now. Feathers UP!!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Friday night cluck

Tomorrow is Friday, the second Friday that is and time to gather the Farmgirls!

Not too many takers for 6:30 dinner, so let's just straight away to the meeting at 7:00.

Suggestion has been made to carry on from the last meeting/stitch-in to bring the buttons to make another group project. I say "bring it on" and anything else that might add more fun to a bracelet.

See you at the LRB ! I've missed seeing you all


Friday, January 14, 2011

Sew Wonderful

The Farm Girls made sweet little "pin keeps" tonight.  That's British for "pin cushions."  We did things the British way, because Jill led us in this simple and fun project, and Jill ain't from around here.  But she's a great teacher, and we had a wonderful evening.  (She's also a naturalized American citizen, in case you're wondering.  You go, Girl.)

Gathered all our sewing tools...

I sampled some of Leslie's lovely salad...
...and then Jill set us off on our tasks.

...cutting circles from fat quarters, and sewing around the edge to gather it up...

Snip, fold, stitch, concentrate...

 More snipping, more trimming, more breaking in the new scissors...

A little pressing, a little guessing, a little ooohing and awwwing...

...stuff it with fiberfill, top with a circle of felt, and voila!  Pin cushion!


Candi (who drove over from Arlington!)

Teacher Jill





Now, we had some agenda items, but the best we could pull off was to decide that for next month at least, the second Friday will work (February 11).  After that, we may have to juggle dates because of the conflict with the Wildflower Fiber Retreat in March.

We decided that having another badge to work on might be a good idea, but didn't nail down just which one, or who would lead.  We'll do an e-mail poll and keep the discussion going.  We'd also like to go to the flea market in Quinlan, and to Lucky Layla Dairy.  

So much more to talk about, but the evening flew past before we knew it.  Stay tuned, Farm Girls, for news updates.  Come back soon, Hen Mother!  We missed you!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

January meeting agenda

Hey Chicks!

Sounds like Chick Jill is going to be chairing the January meeting with a project that will get the whole brood two badges in one swoop! WOW! Sorry I'm not going to be there to join in on all the fun. But knowing Cindy, our cluck barn owner and resident pics taker I'm sure will be able to "show" me and others that won't be able to attend, just how to construct the sewing project, so we will ALL be able to "tell" the finished product at the February!!! So watch this blog for the results.

Speaking of the February meeting, I was thinking, and after talking with Cindy, we both thought it would be a good time to put together a monthly agenda for our year. This will consist of:

1) What is "our" year?
2) Do we want to have a "project/badge" program each meeting?
a) one person to organize
b) have everyone take one month..........I think this is such a great idea because there is
soooo much talent in this group. (my 2 cents worth without being at the meeting)
3) Make a list of "road trips" we want to take during "our year".

So. The agenda is only 3 things to decide on while your hands are busy creating beautiful boxes or bags!

Can't wait to see the pics and the lists! Cindy or myself will post the results.

Check this blog the week after the meeting.

Happy stitchin'
Hen Mother

Monday, January 10, 2011

We're On for Friday

Hi Farm Girls!

Now with the holidays behind us, it's time to hunker down in the barn and work on some badges!  This week, after our 6 PM potluck, we'll spend our meeting time working on a simple sewing project -- a pin keep -- that will earn us the "Sew Wonderful" badge.

Fellow Farmgirl Jill Arthur will facilitate the project, and recommends that we bring these items to complete it:

  • Several different colors of thread (there's plenty of thread in the LRB if you need it)
  • Buttons (if you bring 50 you can get the "Buttoned Up" beginner level badge)
  • Scissors
  • Needles
  • Straight pins
  • Safety pins
  • A little box or bag to put it all in
  • For the home made pin keep we each need a fat quarter of fabric and some cotton batting (which I have in the LRB, and Jill will bring some) and a small piece of felt..

Bring your notions and your imagination, and let's make something!  Let's also look at our calendars and talk about the kinds of things we'd like to plan for the coming year.

See you at 6 PM for dinner, and/or 7 PM for our meeting!