2007 Holiday Party and Ornament Exchange

Date: 12/9/2007
Time: 1:30-4:00
Type: Meeting
Location: Home of Mary Ann Anderson
Teacher: LMSG-Jane Stevens

Join us at our annual Holiday Party and ornament exchange! Start your stitching early on either an ornament or a needlework small to exchange at the meeting. If you’d like, bring along a favorite holiday treat to share. The party will once again be at the home of Mary Ann Anderson:

2540 Pebble Creek Drive
Lisle IL

Mary Ann lives just west of the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
355 to 88 West
Exit Route 53 South
Turn right (west) at 1st light–Warrenville Road
Turn right (north) at Leask Lane
Leask Lane runs North & South along the western edge of the Morton Arboretum.
Leask Lane runs between Butterfield Road in Wheaton and Warrenville Road in Lisle.
There is a light at both ends of Leask Lane.
Turn west on Pebble Creek Drive off of Leask Lane.
The subdivision sign reads Corporate Woods.


We hope that you braved the weather and attended our annual holiday party at Mary Ann Anderson’s home. We had a wonderful time with good company, good food and outstanding ornaments. As the member’s arrived, they were invited to wander around Mary Ann’s home to view the many samplers she has hanging on the walls. Mary Ann’s beautiful Christmas decorations definititely put us in the holiday spirit as we enjoyed homemade raspberry punch and each other’s company.
The food was plentiful and outstanding as usual. We had a variety of goodies to choose from that were laid out on the counter in the kitchen. There was everything from a Russian meat pastry to Christmas cookies. And, of course, there was chocolate – including brownies, chocolate dipped pretzels, chocolate chip cookies, biscotti with chocolate pieces, chocolate covered cherry cookies and even chocolate dipped Ritz crackers! It was hard to choose what to eat, but we filled our plates and enjoyed chatting with each other until our meeting began.
Katie welcomed everyone and then turned the meeting over to Carol Schaal to review the plans for 2008. Her theme for next year is Samplers from A to Z. As the year progresses, she will talk about some of the basics from the types of samplers to the materials used to create them  The January meeting will be the kickoff for our 2008 stitcher’s challenge project. Look through your unfinished projects and pick your goal for 2008. There will be no group project, so you will have the opportunity to finish something that you have in your stash.
In February, Carol will present a program on schoolgirl samplers. She will bring her sampler collection to the meeting and asks the members to participate by bringing any antique or reproduction ABC marking samplers that they have in their own collections.

Here are some of the other confirmed programs that will be given by nationally known teachers:

  • Carol Humphrey, textile curator for the Fitzwilliam Museum, will present a lecture on April 13th.
  • Tricia Wilson-Nguyen will do a workshop (17th Century Band Sampler) on June 21st and lecture on the Plimoth Jacket project on June 22nd.
  • Catherine Theron will do a workshop and have a surprise for our 10th anniversary on October 11th and 12th.

Other planned activies which don’t yet have a confirmed date include:

  • Joanne Harvey workshop
  • Holiday Party and Ornament Exchange
  • Picnic
  • Garage sale
  • Fibers and thread – program by Carol Schaal
  • Royal School of Needlework – program by Kathy Matthews 
  • How to make boxes – program by Mary Ann Anderson.

The schedule will be available on this website as soon as it is finalized, so please check the home page for additional announcements. Just a reminder: it’s time to renew your membership for 2008! You won’t want to miss out on any of the fun, so send in your renewal today. We are asking everyone to fill out a membership form, so that we can check our records and make sure that they are up to date.

Katie gave a gift to outgoing officers Carol Schaal and Leslie Lewis. Gifts were also give to Pat Carlson for her work on the newsletter and Marilyn Fettinger for maintaining the website. Thanks to everyone who helps to make the guild so successful!

We had several items for show and tell.

The highlight of the holiday meeting is always the ornament exchange. This year, there were nine ornaments. Everyone who made an ornament picked a number and waited for their turn to select a package.
The ornaments were fantastic! Each was unique and we admired each and every one. No one “stole” this year, but several people were really tempted…
Remember to bring your finished 2007 stitcher’s challenge projects to the January meeting. There will be a reward to those who accomplish their goals. Think about what you will choose to put in your contract for 2008.

We want to thank Mary Ann for having the holiday party at her home. Everyone who attended had a wonderful time. We hope that you find some time to relax and stitch before our January meeting. Happy holidays and Happy New Year to everyone!

Show and Tell