Sunday, November 6, 2011

Holiday Cheer Gifts from the Craft Guild

Judi Barbour, Nancy Dresser and Carolyn Statler with Holiday Cheer Stockings

For several months, the Craft Guild has been busily sewing lap robes, making scarves, knitting hats and making shoulder warmers for  home bound persons in Nevada County.  Judi Barbour collects all of the donations and with information from the visiting nurses, makes sure that appropriate gifts go to those that need them most.   Because of the large outpouring of donations, everyone will be receiving a gift.

This year, the guild had a planning session and one big work party to work on gifts.  The lion's share of the work was done later in guild member's homes and in their spare time.  Nancy Dresser generously made enough holiday stockings so that every person on the nurse's list will get one this year.

If you would like to read more about this wonderful seasonal project, see the article published in the Union newspaper last year.

The Craft Guild members would like to wish all of our readers a wonderful, safe holiday season.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Winterfaire 2011

What a success Winterfaire was this year - something to put in our memory scrap books.  Thanks to everyone whose hard work made it possible and special thanks to all of the customers we love to see each year.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Winterfaire Vendor: Dan Davis

Whirly-gigs, Audubon compliant birdhouses, and fabulous yard art come from Dan's woodworking shop in Grass Valley.  Dan uses scrap and repurposed lumber in his creations which give them a wonderful rustic quality.  Be sure to check out his booth at Winterfaire in October and bring home something special for your yard.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Pine Needle Baskets from Nature's Bounty

Craft guild members live side by side with beautiful Ponderosa Pines.  Many of us have them on our property or at least can gather their needles along roadsides or in parks.  Our members asked - who could give us a workshop on making pine needle baskets?  Well, it turns out,  Kate Grant (205-9027) and Bernadine Lefmann (264-7072) are just the people you want to call.  Watch the little slide show to see the start of some great baskets.

Kimberly attended the class and took a couple of videos with her cell phone.  Check them out here and here.  It looks like everyone had a fabulous time.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Didn't we have fun at the Holiday Cheer Workshop!

What a fun day of crafting and working on things to help make a home-bound senior’s holiday season a little brighter. Ten Guild members met on Saturday to make shoulder warmers and lap blankets. The group worked on several types of lap blankets. They included quilts composed of pieced squares of cotton fabric backed with fleece, tied double pieces of fleece and some handwoven throws. These will be donated through a local program to seniors who are part of an in-home nursing.

Thanks to Beryl, Betty, Gail, Ingrid, Jacqueline, Karen, Kimberly, Linda, Lorraine, Nancy for the work! Thanks also to Barbara for the large donation of fabric and Lynda for delivering it!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Disappearing Nine Patch

At the last guild meeting, we spent some time talking about projects we could make for Holiday Cheer.  Betty Weibert had a great lap blanket idea using a famous nine patch quilt block with some new twists.  Click here for a PDF pattern of the basic technique. Sew the individual squares together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. This finishes to a block 15 inches square.  A lap quilt could be made from 3 across and 4 down = 12 blocks size 43.5 x 58 inches before borders; or 4 across by 4 down = 16 blocks 58 x 58 inches before borders; to 4 across and 5 down = 20 blocks 58 x 71.5 before borders.  

 Betty took some photos of the process from basic block to finished quilt top (not yet quilted or backed).

basic 9 patch block before cutting and rearranging

After block has been cut up and rearranged (see the PDF file)

Completed top.  Note the complex rectangular design achieved by the process described in the instructions.
This is a 3 x 4 square quilt and measures 47 x 60 inches. The instructions Betty sent are for a slightly larger size as these were precut squares at 4 7/8 inches and our instructions call for 5 1/2 inch squares.
The original instructions were given by Marie Strait. You can get more good quilt ideas from her blog and I found another tutorial online for the same pattern here.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

High School Scholarship Awards for 2011

 The Craft Guild is very pleased to have awarded two $500 art scholarships to graduating seniors, Dallas Cruickshank and Christine Anela deLaveaga. Both young women show great promise in the field of art as you will see from the pictures below.

These are the two excellent sculpture entries from Dallas Cruickshank of Nevada Union High School.

Christine Anela deLaveaga of Bear River High School submitted the painting above and the charming  woodburning of a chipmunk.

Even though there were only two cash awards, the judges gave the following two young women honorable mentions for their art pieces.

These are the photography entries from Katie Wilson. 

Stephanie Marie Janssens Smith submitted a glass paper weight and a ceramic rendition of a Mexican sugar skull.

We wish all our our applicants the very best in their educational plans.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Holiday Cheer Project

Today the guild kicked off the Holiday Cheer project with a cosy little meeting of interested guild members.  Since there were some people that wanted to attend this meeting and couldn't, I thought that I would share the information here on the blog.

Several months ago Judi Barbour visited a guild meeting to let everyone know about her annual volunteer project to provide Christmas gifts for home bound seniors. (There is an excellent Union article that explains the project and all that Judi does.)  Since we are a craft guild, it seemed a good fit for our organization to make gifts and give them to Judi for distribution during this next holiday season.

I have been busy finding links to patterns and thinking about how our guild might participate.  There are lots of free patterns on the Internet and I've come up with some favorites.  For wheelchair and walker bags, look at this interesting site.  For knitters and crochet people, there are a couple of places that offer free patterns for hats, scarves, lap robes and more.  Both require registration, but don't spam you with unwanted mail - so both are good.  The first is Ravelry and the second is Lion Brand Yarns.  Local knitter and weaver, Dee Jones, contributed this pattern for a knitted lap blanket that would be the perfect warmer on a cold day.

Ingrid Knox donated a lot of acrylic yarn on cones to the project and I will be bringing it to the next meeting to share with anyone who would like to use it.  Some of the yarn is fine and meant for weaving or machine knitting, but several strands held together will make it usable for knit and crochet projects.  This afternoon at our meeting, we shared more ideas and Linda Gunderson will be coming up with a pattern for a seniors shrug and sewing instructions so that they can be made into kits for guild members to sew. (We will be looking for donations of fleece for the kits).  I've been knitting hats with some wonderful yarn called Marble Chunky; I buy it at Ben Franklin and can knit three hats with each ball with a little left over.  There are as many ideas for warm and friendly gifts as there are guild members and their talents.

This is a great opportunity for our organization to work towards the goal of charitable giving and have some good times along the way.  It's in our hands now!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Check Presented to Women of Worth

Today, Cora Hughes and Beryl Moody presented checks from the sale of guild cookbooks to Sandy Schmidt, Executive Director of Women of Worth.  The checks totaled $430 and the guild is pleased to have been able to help this wonderful organization in their quest to help victims of domestic violence and families in crisis.

Copies of the guild cookbook can be found for sale at the Flour Garden Bakery (999 Sutton Way, Grass Valley) due to a generous purchase from owner, Susan Copeland.  She gave us a helping hand to speed the money to Women of Worth.