Crazy Quilt Project and Bookmark

Date: 5/20/2007
Time: 1:30-4:00
Type: Meeting
Location: TBA
Teacher: LMSG-Jane Stevens

At the May meeting, there will be two programs. Jane Stevens will present a program on crazy quilting. If you want to participate, bring in the materials you would like to use. If you don’t have muslin, Jane will have some available. She will discuss piecing techniques and the stitches that can be used on a crazy quilt. If you have books or samples of crazy quilts, please bring them along to the meeting.

The other presentation at the May meeting will be a brief class to learn the picot buttonhole edge stitch. A pattern for a bookmark will be supplied. This is a free pattern from the Needlemaid Designs website. Marilyn Vanover will supply a sample piece of linen and wildflower thread and will demonstrate the stitch for anyone who is interested.


Katie Simmer, our President, started the meeting with many exciting announcements..

Margriet Hogue will be teaching the Silver Tape Measure workshop on Sunday, August 12th, in the morning before our general meeting. If you are interested, please let Katie or Jane Stevens know. Margriet wants a tentative count so she can order the silver. Deadlines for signup will be the July meeting.

At our general meeting on August 12th at 1:30, Margriet will be presenting a slide lecture. Subject will be announced.

We are planning not one, but two road trips in July! The first will be Saturday, July 21st when we will be carpooling to Chicago to see the sampler exhibit at the Clarke House and at the Chicago Cultural Center. Amy Keaton has promised us a personalized tour. In addition to viewing the exhibits, there may be a stitch in, so check this website for further announcements.

Leslie Lewis attended the opening night gala for the exhibit. She said that there are about eight samplers at the Clarke House and the rest are at the Chicago Cultural Center. She had a sampler poster from the exhibit and said an exhibit catalog is being published. There are also a couple of reproduction kits for sale. She encouraged everyone not to miss this great local opportunity to view antique samplers!

Our second July road trip will be to the Scarlet Letter, tentatively scheduled for July 28th. Marsha has invited us to visit her gallery to see her sampler models. Books and graphs will also be available. Members will receive a 10% discount on purchases. Kits can be ordered if she does not have the one you want in stock. We are checking to see if we can pre-order kits for pickup on visit day. If you haven’t visited the Scarlet Letter, don’t miss this opportunity to view many beautiful samplers and also enjoy a ride through the Wisconsin countryside. Further announcements for this trip, including carpooling arrangements, will be available in the near future. If you are interested in going, contact Katie Simmer by phone or email.

Plimoth Plantation is starting a project to reproduce a silk and metal thread embroidered jacket from the early 1600’s. Tricia Wilson Nguyen is the technical advisor for the project. It is estimated that the jacket will take 2500-3000 stitching hours to complete. Prospective stitchers must complete the sample in the kit and return it to establish their skill level. If you are interested in participating in this exciting historical project, you can order a kit from Plimoth Plantation. LMSG is considering making a donation to this project. For more information, visit

Jane Stevens did a demonstration on how to make a Crazy Quilt. She brought her sewing machine and showed a piecing technique. She also brought a wall hanging that she has pieced and has started stitching. It illustrated a variety of materials including various types of stitches and threads, and use of buttons, ribbons and lace for further decoration.

Marilyn Vanover gave out directions for making a bookmark with picot edging and your initials. She demonstrated the stitch and had doodle cloths for those who were interested in practicing the stitch.

We hope to see everyone on June 10th at our picnic at Susan Balsai’s house. There will be many good things to eat, good company, and more exciting news about upcoming events!