Thursday, September 11, 2014

Times Flies...When You're Having Fun!

Mary and Jeanne share a smile
Indian Summer is on its last legs and I realized I haven't shared any of the exciting moments.  In early summer, Nancy provided the quilters a hands-on workshop on the "vanishing 16 patch". We learned how to use those scraps we seem to accumulate.
The quilters group hard at work
Nancy demonstrated how to cut the blocks
The Vanishing 16 patch

 June daytimers assembled and stitched 65 pillows for breast cancer patients at UIHC. This has been an ongoing project. Over the last 5 years, we have woven, cut, assembled and stitched all most 400 pillows. We received this note of thanks that reminds me why we do this.   "Thanks for this beautiful pillow. In an otherwise horrible day, it was a beacon of light, a thing that made me smile." 

Mary and Jeanne, our resident pranksters, joined Terry, Molly, and Linda at  "Children's Day, Arts Fest" for the Iowa City Public Library

They helped introduce children to spinning and weaving. They were able to weave on a loom and spin fiber into yarn. They took their spun yarn and made a bracelet from it. They also had the opportunity to make a handwoven book mark. Amazing volunteers spent a rainy day makings a child's day bright. 
Molly, Mary, Terry and Linda

As our summer continued, we had a dedicated group who submitted their creations 
To the Iowa State Fair 2014

    Participants outdid themselves;  each item carefully designed and crafted. Weavers, spinners, knitters, tailors produced, hats, socks, gloves, jackets, sweaters, rugs, towels, shawls, wall hangings, many it is hard to describe. Wow, what a talented bunch.

All in all, summer flew by. Another Season has begun!