Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Quilts and Reindeer and Sally Ann Finds - Oh, My!

I've resolved my problem with blogspot by paying for more space to post and, with that solved, I have gone post crazy by creating two posts from the party:  this one and the following one which is our left/right game along with some photos of some of the gifts received in the game.

Our Christmas party on Tuesday, December 4th was well attended and we started the evening with a meal catered by Myrna. Yum.

Then it was on to show and tell with Barb starting it off with the pillowcases she has made for her grandchildren.  She got the idea from Marg at last month's meeting.
Two charity quilts, part of the number we will donate to the hospital this year, were shown.
Vera showed the bag she made with the block she designed in
 the Anna Hergert class.
My mind is going.  I can't remember who showed the next one. 
My apologies.
Jan showed a couple of cute baby quilts.  Lucky babies!
Vi finished the hand quilting on her embroidered ladies' quilt.  Superb!
Sharynne, one of our newest members, showed that not all handiwork has to be in fabric.  Yarn works too.
Ethel showed this pink and black pillow which made me want to go out and buy a lot of pink and blacks.  Later she showed me a photo of the pink and black quilt she made.  Wow!
One of Marg's granddaughters is getting this for Christmas.  Marg better oil her machine as she has three more grandchildren on the way.  Lucky Marg.
Terry Whitman, the longarm quilter from Torquay, enhanced the butterfly motif by quilting butterflies.  Just so you know, Terry does NOT smoke and she does NOT burn holes in client's quilts.  My camera has a spot I can't clean ... I hope to have a new, better camera by the next meeting.
Jaynie showed this art piece and you can see a close-up of it next.
Then it was on to a crazy game where teams had to choose one member to model reindeer antlers which they created out of pantyhose and balloons.  Trust me, there was a laughter!
Trustworthy, non-bribable judges took their job seriously.
Every team was a winnter.
Thanks for the great evening, friends.
I mentioned at the meeting that I found a treasure at the local Salvation Army.  There was this unfinished table topper in stunning batiks.
I dug some more and found this piece of batik with instructions
for creating the border.
Yet more digging and the fabric to bind it surfaced.
There was no price on any of it, but when I took it to the cashier, she inquired, "is $2 too much?" 
 Actually, it wasn't, so I happily took it home.  :0)
Merry Christmas!

Our 2012 Left/Right Game

This year's Christmas gift exchange was to bring anything homemade.  That choice was very popular as everyone who attended took part and one person who wasn't even there (ahem, Yvonne) played along.  Here's the cheesy story used to play our 2012 left/right game.  You might want to read it to see whether you are mentioned.  It might be too tedious to read it straight through so I have interspersed it with photos from the fun we had with the game.

2012 Crocus Quilt Guild Left/Right Game

RIGHT before a guild meeting, I decided that I wanted to do something bigger than the LEFT/RIGHT game.  "I know," I said to myself, "I will WRITE a book."  Now I had promised Donna W. that I would WRITE the LEFT/RIGHT game so I realized I needed to do that too.

"I will write a book called Fifty Shades of Gray," I said but Michele pointed out that that title wasn't LEFT; it had already been used.  Okay, then I would WRITE Fifty Shades of Chicken.  No, Jan informed me that that book had been written too.  What was LEFT?  Then I had an idea.  Colleen S. was teaching us about color so why couldn't I WRITE Fifty Shades of Color?
RIGHT away I realized I was too stupid to WRITE it on my own so I asked Verla, Vera, all the Barbs, and Sharilyn for help.  Soon my head was turning LEFT and RIGHT and LEFT again as their comments came from both sides.
"What if you assigned everyone in the guild a chapter and they could WRITE those for you?  Any LEFTover colors, you could do, Brenda," suggested Marion.

Before everyone LEFT the last meeting I asked them to decide which colors they were interested in WRITing about.  Bonnie, Ethel, Vi, and the two Shelleys wanted blue, Dorothy, Dot, Sharynne, and Eva wanted pink while Gloria, Kathy, and Leona wanted to do a chapter on browns and beiges.  There were still lots of colors LEFT but that was all RIGHT because there were lots of guild members LEFT too.
Jill, Lydia, and Marg all wanted to WRITE about yellow because they said yellow matched their cheery dispositions.  Yah, RIGHT!  I was thinking of assigning purple to Elaine, Judy, and Vickie because I was worried it would be LEFT over.  Who ever uses purple in a quilt?  It seemed RIGHT that Joanne and Marlene were willing to work together, and they chose red.  RIGHT away I wondered if one of the chapters should be on both red and purple and that maybe those colors should be taken instead by Elma, Renee, Lynne, and Darlene if they are part of the Red Hat Society.

 There were still members LEFT who wanted to WRITE chapters so I had to look at the list of colors to see which ones were LEFT.
Green was still LEFT!  I couldn't believe it as it is used so much in quilts.  Once I mentioned that it was LEFT, Audrey, Esther, Yvonne, Donna L. and Adeline started squabbling about who had the RIGHT to it.  "Stop your arguing RIGHT now, ladies," I shouted above their voices.  "I'm in charge of the book and I am going to let Brenda C., Jaynie, and Rose WRITE that chapter.  The argue-ers said that wasn't RIGHT but they LEFT me to have the final say.
Black, white, orange, and various other colors weren't LEFT for long as Joyce, Helen, Eileen, and Elda said they would WRITE about them RIGHT after the meeting.
Our book on colors seemed to be working out until Debbie pointed out that to WRITE a book about color you needed to include information on achromatics, monochromatics, analogous colors, triadic colors, and many more.
"Drat," I thought, "when it comes to WRITing a book on color I know as little about that topic as I know about the main topic of 'Fifty Shades of Gray'."  Both topics are better LEFT alone by me and the other 48 amazing women of the Crocus Quilt Guild.  Besides, we wouldn't have time LEFT to quilt or party if we wrote the book so let's just stick to WRITing LEFT/RIGHT games.
Happily, the end!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Delayed Entry for Guild Party

Blogspot has informed me that I have exceeded the number of images I can include in the blog and that I must now pay monthly to post images.  I think another option is to delete old entries to create more space, but that would defeat the purpose of using this blog as our archives.

I'll try to figure it out tomorrow, but in the meantime, no entry or photos about our great Christmas party.  Sorry, ladies.  Check back here on the weekend.