Calico Cut Ups Tea Party.
Well, March has blown by and we are into April! I hope this note finds you well.
We had our regularly scheduled meetings in March! One with ZOOM and one a Meeting-in-the Park. Welcome to the visitors at both meetings. We will continue the park meetings if weather permits, but each will be announced ahead of time, so watch your email for information..
Our members have been active getting us “back” to normal! It is wonderful to see everyone’s giving spirit. Here’s a short list of what’s been going on:
· The Annual Tea is scheduled.
· See and Sew is a success.
· Our website up to date.
· The Charity efforts are organized.
· Our Programs are being set up.
· Financials show more income than bills.
Helen F. is organizing the Annual Tea. The Tea will be at noon on May 10, 2021. Even if you have a ticket, please RSVP to Helen F. by April 3. (We will have a short Zoom Business Meeting at 10:00 that day.) Helen has graciously offered her back yard. Because this is a residential area, parking will be limited. If you can, please carpool. She asks that you bring your favorite teacup (…no coffee mugs allowed). Then, for extra fun, dress up in your favorite “afternoon tea” outfit. There will be a prize for the best dressed. If you have any questions, call, or text Helen.
We have had a couple of See and Sews after our ZOOM meetings and it really has been fun. We even learned a tip from one of our members. If you have “un-sewn” a seam and need to get rid of those pesky little threads, just gently rub an old-fashioned pink eraser across your fabric. Gathers those little buggers right up! Join us after each meeting!
Luanne B. is doing a great job keeping our new website up to date. Have a question about what is going on? Check there – she’s got your information. Let her know if you need anything posted.
Marlene has been busy setting up our charity efforts! She’s enlisted a “helper” and inventoried, sandwiched, and categorized our current quilt “stock”. To continue to make the sandwiches, we are in need of large pieces of fabric (1 yd or more) for the quilt backs. She chose two organizations to support. We are continuing our Luke Air Force base support. The pattern for the diaper bag quilts is on the website. She, also, worked her magic and we will now be donating our quilts to foster children in our area. They need quilts in approximately three sizes:
· Crib: 36” X 52”
· Child: 52” X 52”
· Teen: 40” X 72” (This is the most needed size)
That's Helen F's charity quilt in the upper right-hand side.
Theresa F. and Donna G. are now providing programs at our fourth Monday meeting. Be on the look out for the survey they are sending out. You will be able to provide input into what programs you would like to see at our meetings. At the March meeting they provided excellent tutorials on different ways to bind your quilts. Everyone at the meeting said they learned something. Even when to take out two or three stitches to help miter your corners!
Don’t forget to RSVP the tea party.
Calico Cut Ups is officially on the right track. We have voted in the board and have chairs for our organization.
2020-2021 Calico Cut-Up Officers;
Co-Chairs: Sandy H and Winifred W
Secretary: Shirley H
Treasurer: Pat W
Program Co-Chairpersons: Theresa F and Donna G
Membership: Helen F
Standing Committee Chairpersons
Community Service: Marlene G
Sunshine: Marian J
If you would like to help with any of these ladies or if you have a suggestion, please let them know. I know they will appreciate it.
We have had our first two Zoom Meetings and they were a success (After addressing the technology glitches). If you did not attend, you missed a great time.
The Show and Tell was a great success and we had a “See and Sew” after the second meeting. I even got to give a little quilting tip: If you are picking out the little threads after you have “un-sewn” a seam, use an old-fashioned pink eraser, and rub it over the fabric. Viola’ the little threads come right out.
Donna and Theresa attempted to have a short YouTube video, but the technology gremlins took over and we were unable to view the presentation. I promised to send the link to everyone. 5 Ways To Use Ugly Fabric. I will use the suggestions to use my ugly fabric
The Show and Tell had quite a few quilts from our members. The pictures will be in a presentation on our website. (https://calicocut-ups.org ) Please, take the time to review them. There are some beautiful creations!
See and Sew is a time after the meeting to sew together – just like we did when we met at El Mirage. You keep your Zoom session open and point your camera to your sewing area. We sew and chat together until about 2:30 or 3:00. Frankly, I was a little skeptical that this would work, but I was wrong. I had a great time and actually accomplished something.
Speaking of meetings, the weather is improving, so be on the look out for a Meeting-In-The-Park. Of course, there will be no sewing, but we will have a meeting and a Show and Tell.
We invite all of you to attend our Zoom Meetings. We miss seeing and chatting with you since our COVID isolation. The meetings are not too long, and the See and Sew is optional.
Your Co-Chairs Sandy H and Fred W