Sunday, May 9, 2010

Watercolor Quilting

The May 15 Guild meeting will be interesting and fun for anyone who enjoys "playing" with color.

Lynn Holland will share 'Watercolor Quilting" with us. This is essentially painting with fabric (that's with fabric, not on fabric) to achieve a quilt that makes you think of an impressionistic painting.

Watercolor quilt projects are often sold as kits – and often done as wallhangings – but Lynn will show us how to go about designing our own projects and she will bring her "masterpiece" for us to see – a full-size bed quilt – it is just amazingly beautiful!

We'll hear all about the best kinds of fabric to use, design strategies, cutting options, and general sewing instruction for assembling the final product. And yes, Lynn will bring fabric squares so we can try our hand at laying out our own design.

All of this will take place on Saturday, May 15, from 2:00 - 4:00 PM at the downtown library at 68 Calhoun Street, upstairs in Meeting Room B. The first hour of parking in the deck under the library is free – and additional time is $1.00 per hour.

As always we look forward to seeing you all, and visitors are encouraged and welcome!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Ideas for PFAG Meeting Space?

At my church they talk about the "spiritual discipline" of hospitality -- that gift of making the people around you feel comfortable and welcome. The Unity Church in Charleston has certainly been gracious in their hospitality to us and we have appreciated them allowing us to meet at the church and also to crash their gates a couple of times when we were unexpectedly locked out of The Meeting Place space in North Charleston. 

The Meeting Place forgot we were coming once to often and we finally terminated our agreement with them to use The Meeting Place regularly. In the beginning, it seemed like a good plan, but the reality was that it was hard for them to be sure someone opened and closed the space for us on a weekend -- and when they didn't, we were left on the sidewalk scrambling to devise a Plan B before our group dispersed disappointed in our inability to be organized.

So, we are without a regular place to meet and will be bouncing around like Goldilocks trying different options until we find something that feels "just right." We appreciate members who have invited us into their homes this year -- and this month, we'll try out the centrally located downtown library.

If anyone knows of possible meeting places we might try, we'd love to hear about them. We come from many different directions, so if not centrally located, then at least easy access to major roads is good. Space for at least 20 to spread projects out on tabletops is ideal. And of course, parking is important. Thanks for any ideas as we search for a new home. In the meantime, we'll enjoy the opportunity to ramble around town a bit.