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!