Sunday, January 14, 2018

January 2018 Newsletter

January 2018 Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings

January 20 - Sue will be showing how to drape a pattern using paper towels. 
February 17 - TBD
March 17 - TBD
April 21 - TBD
May 19 - Beasties Challenge and Joint meeting with River City Group
June 16 - TBD
July 21 - TBD
August 18 - TBD
September 15 TBD
October 20 - 2018 Challenge Doll Judging
November 17 - Annual Show and Sale
December 15 - Annual Christmas Party
Please note:  This agenda is tentative and subject to change

Member Birthdays
Joan celebrates her birthday this month.  Hope it was a great one!

Meeting Minutes
In attendance at our December Christmas Party were Mary, Janet, Kathryn, Nita, Jude, Andrea, Ann C., Julie W., Sue, Virginia, Ron, Julie G., Ann R., Elena, Katie, Martha, Maggie, and Vicki.
We started off with Show and Tell.  Janet was smiling with the fact she had purchased a new sewing machine. Congrats, Janet.  We know you will have hours and hours of fun with it!

Jude brought in some soft sculpture dolls that she had made with her embroidery machine.  The designs are from  Urban Threads and are adorable.  They will work great for our charity work!
Judes's Urban Threads soft sculpture

Martha brought a little stuffed Mouse she had made.  Very cute!
Martha's Mouse

Maggie made a fabric Christmas tree appropriate for the season!
Maggie's Christmas Tree

Vicki made a stuffed critter she calls a "Whalasaurus", part whale and part dinosaur.  The picture doesn't do it justice!
Vicki's Whalasaurus


Most of our officers are returning  to their same positions for 2018.  Andrea is again our president.
It was decided that the vice-president position will be shared as a committee this year.  Virginia, Sue, Julie G., and Denise will co-chair for 2018 and will be in charge of arranging for workshops among other things.  They are planning a "Sew-In" April 7 & 8.  More details will come as the time nears.
Katie graciously accepted to be publicity chairman for 2018 with Maggie being in charge of the November Show and Sale.  Maggie has reserved our same room at the Irvington United Methodist Church for the 2018 Show and Sale.  Sales at the show in November were very good.  Advertising more on social media was discussed. 
Julie W. remains as Secretary and Jude will again be our treasurer.
Sue had made some American Girl Doll clothes for the auction at the Irvington United Methodist Church.  Thanks, Sue, for your generosity and any others who may have donated to the auction.

After the election of officers was finalized we dove into the delicious food everyone brought including some Russian delicacies brought by Elena.  While we ate we started narrowing down the subject for the 2018 Challenge Doll.  There were some fun suggestions and it was difficult to decide.  Finally it was a tie which was decided by a flip of Ron's quarter.  "Growing Old Outrageously" will be the subject matter with Sue's Fabric and Squishy Bag Challenge as the runner up.

One of Katie's inspirations for Growing Old Outrageously

Then we proceeded with our pincushion gift exchange which resulted in all the participants receiving a very useful and unique pincushion.
Pincushions that were exchanged

  Sue and Virginia brought in numerous surprise gift bags from which we each chose one, then had the option of keeping or stealing someone else's.  It was great fun!  Thanks Sue and Virginia!!!
Surprise bag exchange
Surprise bag exchange

Next Meeting
It's January and dues are due!  You may write a check to Doll Creators for $25 and give it to Jude at the meeting or mail it to her.
The executive committee is meeting on January 21.  The programs for the rest of 2018 will be discussed, so if there is a technique or project you would like to learn about let us know at the January meeting on the 20th.
Sue will present our program for January and will be showing us how to drape paper towels to create a doll pattern.  If you would like to follow along you may bring the following:

A naked doll (or just the torso)
An air erasable marker
A handful of pins
Paper scissors

Upcoming Challenges and Events
February 9-11 - Danville, Illinois retreat
April 7-8 - Irvington weekend sew-in
May 19 -"Beasties" Challenge with River City
Sept. 29-30 - Marla Neiderer class
January Checklist
  • Nametag
  • Dues
  • naked doll or torso
  • air erasable marker
  • handful of pins
  • paper scissors