10/12/19 Meeting

First I apologize for how long it has taken me to write this up.   With getting ready for the Methuen braid in and teaching a class there, then teaching another class as soon as I got home, and adopting a rescue dog from 5 hours away… I am tired.  All I’ve been doing the past couple days is quilting and dog-walking (I know, I should be braiding, but I’ve started a log cabin quilt).   At the meeting, we talked a lot about the January braid in (Jan 9-12, 2020) that we’re planning at the St. Francis Friary in Easton,…

9/14/19 Guild Meeting

It was so nice to see everyone again after a long summer with no gatherings! The first big topic was the January braid in we’re planning on.  It will be an “investigational” braid in!  We’re going to stay at the St. Francis Friary, which is affiliated with the St. Francis Retreat where the VF Spring Braid in is usually held, but the Friary is bigger and newer and located 20 minutes further east.  After a few physical plant issues at the Retreat, we decided it might be a good idea to plan on moving to a more modern facility.  Since…

Field Trip: The Wool Studio

Last Friday, a few of the guild members met (and SHOPPED!) at The Wool Studio in Reading.  The visit was rescheduled last minute, and many of the people who had planned to go… couldn’t.  But, Judy Borger and Sandy Huber and I had a nice time, and went out to lunch afterward.   Rebecca Erb started the business in 1999.  Originally, she was a student at the Green Mountain Rug Camp for rug hooking.  She started selling wool to the other students at the rug camp via a mailer, and the business has progressed from there.        …

Guild Meeting 3/30/19

We had a great meeting on Saturday, with a lot of members coming … enticed out by the opportunity to buy lovely and inexpensive wool.  David Pray — who is a rug hooker — realized he had enough wool that he just was never going to use, and he sold it to us for $5/yard.  Amazing price, these days!  What fun picking through the 17 bags worth of wool.  (Now how do I sneak the fabric into my house?)   We had two cancellations for the braid in, and the two slots were snapped up by guild members, so that…

Guild Meeting 2/23/19

At the meeting, we started with a demonstration of how to make and iron on freezer paper templates for wool applique projects — a great way to use up wool scraps!  Eileen Colligan demonstrated the technique and showed a few projects that she has made.  Everyone was most impressed!  Although it looks like Barron slept through the presentation. I showed how to use a “Big Shot” cutting machine, which uses dies to cut out shapes for you.  It’s another way to cut out shapes for wool applique projects. Then we had a meeting and show and tell.  At the meeting,…

Guild Meeting 1/26/2019

The guild meeting was a fun one!  We had a couple people come who we haven’t seen in years — Ronnie Arena  and Judy Hartzell.  Both of them brought beautiful things that they’ve been working on! First, some business:  The braid in filled up incredibly quickly this year.  Registration opened Jan 1 and was closed within 36 hours!  The idea that we might need a bigger place was floated, but I think for the time being it’s easier just to continue where we are.  We probably will need a bigger place in the next few years… but for now, I…

Bedford Coverlet Museum

On June 9, 2018, a few of the guild members traveled to Bedford Springs, PA, where we went to the National Museum of the American Coverlet.  It was a fun day!  We got to see an exquisite display of a mix of antique woven coverlets and quilts. The museum is housed in an old school building.  The museum staff emphasized to us that they are always changing their exhibits, so that the next time we go, we’ll see different things.  The current display showed the influence of designs between coverlets and quilts — meaning that there are distinct similarities in…