Third Time’s the Charm

Date: 1/22/2006
Time: 1:30-4:00
Type: Meeting
Location: Glen Ellyn Library
Teacher: LMSG-Elaine Hoagland

Join us for another year of fun with the stitchers’ challenge.  Bring your “hopeful” projects, those which you want to finish during the year, and make a contract with the guild to get them done. Those of you who participated last year certainly finished some beautiful pieces and also got a nice reward from the guild.  So, it’s time for you to dig up another UFO  – we know you have one – and join the fun again this year. 

At the meeting we will describe the project or projects that we’d like to make progress on in 2006, and complete our “contracts”.  There will be an intermediate progress report at the Guild picnic in June.


The final show-and-tell (for those stitching right down to the wire) will be at the December meeting, with prizes awarded at that time.  If you can’t make the January meeting but would still like to participate, fill out the contract form and send to Elaine Hoagland by the end of January. Good luck!


Our president, Susan Balsai, began the meeting with a few announcements:

  • Membership dues must be received by March 1st in to ensure your name is listed in the member’s handbook.
  • There is one extra kit available for the Merry Cox Birds and Berries workshop. Contact Elaine Hoagland if you are interested.
  • Katie Simmer presented a treasurer’s report.

Elaine gave us an update on 2006 programs. Both the February and March meetings will be held at the Buehler YMCA in Palatine . If you are coming to the February workshops, we need an iron, ironing board, Olfa cutter and mat, and a sewing machine. Please contact Elaine if you can bring any of these things to the class. In April, we wil have a miniature Ackworth Sampler presented by one of our members, Katie Simmer. The cost will be $10 and the deadline to register will be the March meeting. Details and a picture will be available soon.

The May meeting will be held back at the Glen Ellyn Library. Another of our members, Marilyn Vanover, will present the program, a Victorian Sampler Box. The cost will be $8 and the registration deadline is the April meeting. A full description of the piece and pictures are available. In September, Catherine Theron will visit LMSG. She will be be presenting two samplers, Examplar I and Examplar IV. Details and pictures are available. We are very lucky to have Catherine visit.

We started the new year right with our January program, Third Time’s the Charm. Each member signed a “contract” containing a description of her personal stitching goals for 2006. Some members said they learned from previous years and were more realistic about their goals. They chose smaller projects or decided to only partially complete a project. Others were very ambitious and committed to finishing three or four major projects. Amy Keaton has another approach. Her goal is to stitch 50 hours in 2006, but she didn’t specify exactly what she was going to work on. There were several  other suggestions made including:

  • Stitch a little every day or every week
  • Ignore the nonsense on TV and stitch instead!
  • A little chocolate always helps… (And thanks to Lynn for the delicious chocolate treats)

Many members brought their chosen project chart or kit for others to admire. If you could not attend the meeting, send your completed contract to Elaine to join in the fun. We’ll check up on everyone’s progress at the picnic in June.

Cross stitch 

Good luck to everyone on your 2006 projects!

Happy Stitching and Happy New Year!