Thursday, 19 December 2013

New S.C.A.M.P.S. Meet-up Coming Soon

I'm about to take the plunge to having a weekly SCAMPS meeting at my home in the desert. My boyfriend just started a new part time job, so I'm waiting to see what days he's going to be working. If his schedule is all over the place, then I'll just pick a day and hope he can work around my life. I was aiming for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, then wouldn't you know it, this week he was working Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. But he's only training, so who knows what days he'll be in the store or if they'll change it every week. I need to move on with my plans. I can't keep putting everything off because he's underfoot.

I'm figuring on keeping the price super low, say $5. a person, with a dollar extra for each family member per day. If we meet from 2 to 7 PM, that's a dollar per hour. Of course people wouldn't have to stay the whole day. Each hour would be a different theme. It's not a class, it's a gathering. If people want to take a class with me, it will be $20 an hour to learn how to knit, sew, crochet or whatever.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Zakka Fabrics For Small Patchwork Projects

I've been bitten by the Zakka bug. I got this fabric just for Zakka paper piecing. Zakka is a Japanese word for many small objects that make your home feel like a home. The 2 Zakka books I have use muted tones.  Since I never buy muted tones, I had to go shopping for some. I made the fabric clerk work hard cutting 1/4 of a yard of most of these and 1 to 3 yards from some of them.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

The Big Move

Well my darlings,
I've left the ugliness of Anaheim and moved to the Mojave Desert. I really want to start a new group out here in Lucerne Valley, CA, but I haven't met any artists out here yet. Apple Valley is 30 miles away and I doubt anyone would want to drive all the way out here. I didn't want to move here and yet here I am. I may start a meet-up group and try to get people interested. What do you think? If I only had a car I could drive to where the people are. Sucks but there it is.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

UFO Dessert Night

I'm starting a new series of craft classes and I'm sure most of the time the project won't be able to be done in one session, so I thought I'd start a UFO craft night. In the crafting world, UFO stands for Un-Finish-Object.

So I'm thinking Dairy Queen, Wednesday nights from 6 to 8.  The dining room is open until 9, so if you are not able to get there at 6, it's no biggie. I've been there on week nights and they could use the business.  There isn't a lot of sprawling space, so we'd have to stick to fairly small projects. Plenty of free parking. Both Michael's and Joann's are fairly close. If you want to RSVP, leave a message below or email me at queenofdreams at gmail dot com. Thanks.

Dairy Queen It's the one near Beach and Lincoln in Anaheim (near Knott's Berry Farm).
3060 W Lincoln Ave, Anaheim, CA 92801

First gathering will be 3/28/2012. It's free, but be a good neighbor and patronize the restaurant, even if it's just an ice cream cone. Blizzards are on sale until the end of March.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Quilt Show in Glendale Right Now

My friend Bjo entered her quilts in the Glendale quilt show. I wish I'd gotten out there to see them, but I don't have a vehicle to call my own right now. It poured on Sat. and we worked on Sunday, so there was no way to get to Glendale. I know she was sad that more people she knew didn't come. I believe the show is up for 15 more days though.If you are in the area, pop on over. I'm sure she is in the show program. Just look up Bjo Trimble if you want to see her quilts.

She said it's $9 to get in.

Speaking of quilts, I went to a used bookstore in that little strip mall by Orange County Archery and Prehistoric Pets. I noticed they have quite a lot of books on quilting, embroidery, knitting, and crafts in general. I bought a craft encyclopedia for $10 and a history of Appalachian basketmakers for $6.00. That shot my budget right there, but I could have easily come home with a truckload of books if money was no object. I thought I'd save some for you guys though.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Name Change

When I made the new banner, I decided to change the Guild name. I deleted 'Patchwork' and changed it to 'Printmaking'. Patchwork is sewing after all, and we already had sewing.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Frustrations of Sewing

Happy Autumn. I had to set my quilting project aside to make two Renaissance style peasant shirts for my boyfriend for an SCA event called Great Western War. I don't know when he thought he'd have time to make them but he ran out of time. I think I've never made so many mistakes as I have on this one pattern. I cut the side seam under the serger blade when I lost my grip, I sewed the interfacing to the wrong side of the collar, when I got the underarm seam all sewed up the front of the shirt was 4" shorter than the back. It's a good thing I'm creative because so far I've been able to fix all my blunders. I'm hoping the next shirt takes half the time. And now I have to go re-thread the Serger. My boyfriend just ran out of thread. I told him we needed to make a 'no-sewing after 2 AM rule'. I don't drink but I'm about ready to take it up.