Friday, April 18, 2014

April 2014

Pam Ready, Leisure Services director, said at the volunteer recognition event that volunteer $ per hour equivalent is $22.55.  I'm keeping track of the Bee hours and multiplying by $22.55. As of April 16, 2014, Busy Bees have put in 983.5 hours since July 2013 equaling $22,177.93.

Yes, the Bee is tomorrow. 
Busy Bees,  
Please bring machines to sew on the bindings of these and any quilts that Ellen might also be bringing.

From: Joan Garland <>
Date: Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 12:27 PM
Subject: quilts
To: Terri Bear <>

I'll be headed out your way tomorrow unless the bee is cancelled??

I have 8 finished quilts; they just need to be bound. All of them have binding except one.
Get those needles and threads warmed up.  LOL
See ya.

Joan Garland

I just picked up a hard copy of The Country Register at the Hall Co guild meeting. It's also online:
It has quilt shops, quilt shows, quilt train and other quilt related information for your pleasure starting on page 4.

Thought I'd pass it along since I'd never seen it before and thought maybe you haven't either.

Anita Heady presented a very nice program on String Quilts.... hummmm, ya know.... with all those small scraps in the bins under the window.....

Cya Wednesday

From: Nancy Bruce <>
Date: Sat, Apr 5, 2014 at 12:01 PM
Subject: Re: For April 2nd Bee
To: Terri Bear <>

What a lovely surprise to receive the fond greetings from one-and-all at last Wednesday's Bee!!  Thanks.  It's an interesting few weeks working toward a better schedule.  I hope to be back in a couple of weeks - at least once in a while when we're not "on the road again."  I hope to see you Tues. @ the guild meeting.



In honor of National Volunteer Week,
the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department
would like to show our gratitude by hosting
this exciting event for our volunteers!
Please click on the invitation to see more details and to RSVP.

STAR Volunteer Appreciation Event
Thursday, April 10, 2014
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

March 2014

Some of you said you might go to Greensboro on Saturday.  Just wanted to let you know you will not be disappointed, there are lots and lots of beautiful, well-crafted quilts in their show. It was hard for me to pick a favorite one to vote for.  Good vendors, too - Anita Heady is one.

Hey Busy Bees! 

Just a reminder that we will meet tomorrow. 
There's a lot of finishing up work to be done.  It would be best to focus on trimming quilts, and making and sewing on binding, so please bring your sewing machines.


Here are 3 finished quilts that are going to Project Safe.   Y'all have done fantastic work!

There are 7 quilts ready for PCA, where they put the quilts on the floor and teach parents how to play with their child.

NICU Quilts
I've inventoried what is ready for ARMC and St Mary's NICU's. We have 18 quilts (one is crocheted and very lovely and soft).

The 1930's Pinwheels was totally made by one of our guild members and donated to the Charity Bee - and for the life of me I can't remember her name. Help!!!

15 + 8
A few years ago, my “other” guild held a workshop day and did one of those 1600 jellyroll races and we donated all of them to Eagle Ranch, the guilds charity.

It’s a great way to use up 2 1/5” strips. And the fabric doesn’t have to coordinate.

According to what size it comes out, you just add borders to make it the size you want.  I’m sure everyone can bring their sewing machines one day and we can have some fun.  Maybe even do what we did, we gave a purchased jelly roll to the winner

Joan Garland

The Lake Oconee Quilt Fest in Greensboro trip has 4 Charity Bee folks going on Friday, March 28.  Anyone else want to go? We are car pooling, meeting at 9:30.

Hey Busy Bees 

Ellen has about worn out her long arm. She's done some quilting!!!! Here's part of her note:

I have done at LEAST 4 big ones with at LEAST two or three more to go.  I plan to quilt most of tomorrow.  I may not get finished with all of them by Wednesday; I already have a stack on the back seat of my car that extends to the top of the driver's headrest. 

I found one quilt with no backing and another one with a remnant from the quilt that is not large enough to be a backing.  Those will return for another checking over.  The big one that I did today (applique set on point with light blue sashing and darker blue borders) took 6 bobbins of thread to quilt and 8 passes across the quilt to get it done!!  I thought I would never finish that thing!! 

I think that the Wednesday group has just become too much fun!!  We turn out way too much work for just Joan and me to keep up!! 

Joan also has quilts that she's bringing. She's been so busy that she's lost track of what day it is!

All that to say... we'll need to cut binding for some of them, some already had binding picked out.

The Bee has some kits ready to sew up, so bring your machines. 

Linda Murray finished the binding on the "disappearing pinwheel" quilt and gave it to us at the guild meeting. 

Fabric was donated to us also on Tuesday night; it's in the trunk of my car since I didn't want to "clutter up" the studio before the workshop.

Third Friday is this week.

A lot of you were interested in going to this on Friday, Mar 28. 
Let's firm up who is going and time and place to meet to for carpooling.
Lake Oconee QUILT-FEST, presented by the Lake Oconee Quilt Guild, will be held March 28 and 29 in Festival Hall, Greensboro, GA, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Cya tomorrow.

One "of our own", Sue Brassard, had a piece in the current Lyndon House show (on-going until May) and it was selected for an award.  WOW!!!!!

Subject: Artist Call for Entries

Please feel free to pass this announcement on to any interested parties. Thanks!

Brenau University Galleries in cooperation with the Georgia Humanities Council is holding an open, juried textiles and fiber exhibition and sponsored oral history project entitled “Women’s Work”.

Fiber and textile artists residing in the state of Georgia are encouraged to submit 2-D and/or 3-D pieces, garments and/or accessories that employ or are inspired by traditional “women’s arts” including all types of stitchery, quilting, embroidery, crochet, tatting, knitting, weaving, felting, garment and household goods making.

Entrants are asked to submit up to three pieces for consideration. One photo of the entire work and a detail photo are allowed for each piece. Photos should be 72 dpi. Artists must also supply a title and dimensions of each work as well as a brief artist’s statement (less than 250 words) about their work and how it relates to the theme of the exhibition.

Artists whose work is chosen for the exhibition may be asked to participate in the oral history project component of “Women’s Work” which will include being interviewed about their work while being video recorded. This oral history component will be a part of the exhibition.

Deadline for entries is March 30. Artists will be notified about chosen work by April 4, 2014. Work chosen for the show will be required to arrive at the gallery no later than June 30, 2014. There will be an opening reception and panel discussion for the exhibition on July 17, 2014. The show will run in the Sellars Gallery on the Brenau campus through September 12, 2014.

All entries should be emailed to Please place WOMENS’ WORK in the subject line of your email.

Lori Gann-Smith
Fashion Design Program Director
Associate Professor of Art & Design
Curator, Brenau Historic Clothing & Textile Collection
Brenau University
500 Washington St SE
Gainesville, Georgia 30501
770-531-2053 office

February 2014

I was asked about the disappearing pinwheel block.

Here's the instructions using 5" squares:

and here's Missouri Star Quilt Company on YouTube.
There are 2 tutorials, both use 10" squares.

Churn Dash version:

second setting:

We'll meet tomorrow, Feb 26.

Many quilts are waiting to be finished; i.e. trimmed, find and make binding, and then do the binding.

Please let this be our top priority and put your expert eyes and hands on this, I think there are enough tops that are quilted so that everyone can "take charge" of one to trim, prepare and apply the binding, and the extras can go to the guild meeting for a member to check out and apply the binding and return in April.

Bring your machines or plan on taking a quilt home to do the binding.

Secondly, we have tops that need backs, so if there are more people than quilted tops needing binding, then that's the next thing to focus on.

Who knows? Maybe the pattern for the head covers Joan and Mary Ann are looking for will be in that basket.

Cya tomorrow.


Lake Oconee QUILT-FEST, presented by the Lake Oconee Quilt Guild, will be held March 28 and 29 in Festival Hall,, 201 N. Main St, Greensboro, GA 30642,  from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

We are really working hard to make this a nice, classy show. We have 150 quilts, some for sale, plus a collection of antique sewing machines, and a nice group of antique quilts on display.

On the stage we will have vendors selling fabric, books and quilting supplies. We will also have a boutique of handmade gift items for sale. 

Our beautiful raffle quilt will be on display and you may purchase tickets for $1.00 each, and we will also have our very popular bake sale.

CPQ and 501c3
I delivered 4 adult size bibs and 7 lap quilts to ACCA today. The ACCA donation form is attached. 

Replacement value for the items was used to determine the prices. That means: what a person would pay for the fabric, batting, backing, thread, time to sew, and a long-armer, and doing the binding, etc.

Having a record of what the charity bee donates might come in handy since we are a 501c3, and it's easy enough to do.


Just an FYI from onlineathens for those of you interested in Leisure Services department and Lyndon House which is a part of it.

All the comments will be emailed once compiled and I will forward to you once I receive the email.  I did not take notes.

Nutshell of procedures:

LH staff, Nancy L, was there, but at opening, the facilitator said LH staff were there only to observe. I didn't recognize anyone else if other LH staff were present.

Groups of 4-5 people sat together & facilitator gave us a few minutes to write down our 3 top concerns. One person in each group recorded them and then reported to the entire group.
Next we shuffled into new groups - some people just stayed put. We were to list our vision for the future of the LH. Those visions were also reported to the entire group.

Pam Reidy, Director of Leisure Services, sat in and participated in the small group discussions.

All Clarke Co Commissioners + Mayor were invited.  Doug Lowry was only one to come. He addressed the group at the end.

No idea how soon I'll get the email listing all the ideas but will get it to you ASAP.

Hey Busy Bees! 

What a high-energy group today!

Thanks to everyone for the finished quilts and an apron, for finding and making binding, for sewing together a back, for trimming quilted quilts, for Vicki's grandchildren's extra help, for trimming the 4-patches (trimmed ones are now in a bag, untrimmed ones waiting for next week), for stuffing and sewing closed bags for the animal shelter, etc, etc, etc.

Y'all were really rocking!

Will send a separate email about Tuesday night's meeting re: input for Lyndon House.

Second cup of tea, reading some of the links from FaveQuilts and came across this idea for marking rows.

Do y'all already do this? 

NEXCARE for rulers
Joan Garland introduced me to using NEXCARE flexible clear tape on the backs of my rulers to keep them from slipping when rotary cutting. It's about as thick as Scotch tape.

It can be found in/near the first aid section. She got hers at Walgreens and I found mine in Publix if you want to give it a try.

Hey Busy Bees! 

Rain (likely) or Shine, we'll meet Feb 5.

Bring your and 12.5" square rulers and sewing machines or use one of the Bee's. We have some catching up to do!  

I look forward to seeing what y'all have been working on.

Think of this as the main course:
We'll see what tops we have and prep fabric and sew backs and binding for Project Safe. If we get that taken care of, it's my hope to arrange the 4-patch blocks into a top and get that sewn together.

Think of this as dessert:
I'm bringing a "little" extra fabric that will need to be sorted out - but not until after we've had the main course - otherwise we'd only have dessert!!!   It'll make sense at the Bee even if it doesn't right now.