Monday, May 22, 2006

Tatting Guild

I went to the Palmetto Tatters' guild meeting on Saturday in Columbia. Officers for the next year were voted in, and we made preparations for the HOTT - Hats Off to Tatters - Convention that will be on June 2-3, 2006, at Columbia International University. Most of the women are nice and friendly, and they DO love sweets! One of the women brought chocolate from Switzerland to share - yumm-y!! One of the women - the treasurer- comes from NC, and one comes from around Charleston!

I'm afraid my tatting is not up to par with the others in the guild, as these are shuttle tatters and my needle almost gets snubbed; however, I am a beginner. I'm going there to learn - not to be discouraged. My feeling is that I need to practice getting the stitches tight and find direction! Hope was working with me before the 'folder compilation' began. She had made hat motifs that were cute as could be. Sharen made a butterfly while we were waiting that was as tight as a drum - and beautiful.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Crazy Quilting

I have been crazy quilting for several years, and it is one craft I tend to return to again and again. I love that it incorporates so many needlework crafts into one: quilting, embroidery, beading, tatting, and the options are limitless.

Most recently I have agreed to host a needle case swap for the CQ Newbies group list. There are about 16 who have signed up to participate. I have almost finished the embellishment of one, and plan to make two. Pictures to come...I also participated in a nekkid block swap. Members sent in unembellished blocks which were sent out to other members, then we sent them back to be returned to their original owner. I haven't gotten mine back yet, but this was a fun project. Here is a picture of the 20 minute swap block - we threw together a baggie of materials in a 20 minute span, then sent them in, the host sent back two from others, then we made a block from those items.

I'm also in the midst of making a themed crazy quilt for my son. It is a cotton project - my first.