Saturday, December 16, 2017

Deb Smith was able to catch up on her tea bag organization, for Original T-Bag Design, so she will not be at the Monday Open Sewing session. She thanks all who volunteered to help!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Open Sewing at the Gmeiner -- Monday, December 18th

Next Open Sewing Session
 Monday,  December 18th at the Gmeiner 10:00 - 2:00

All MLQG members of all ability levels and interests are welcome to attend the open sewing sessions at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center (where the monthly guild meetings are held) on Mondays 10:00 - 2:00 to work on any stitching projects, hand or machine, even knitting, crocheting, or embroidery.

The purpose of these get-togethers is to spend time with other MLQG fiber fanatics and to learn from each other, no matter what we're all working on. Bring your projects, machine, and lunch. Stay for an hour or stay all day. Just be warned that if only a couple of people show up, we may pack up early and leave before noon. Cancellations will be posted on the guild's blog/website/Facebook page.

If you need more info contact Susan McC., Anya T., or Peggi Y., or comment on this blog post.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Sylvia Loveland, our noble Vice President, shared her version of a familiar Christmas poem at our annual Christmas dinner.  This is one you'll want to refer to often during this season!  Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.


Twas the Night Before Christmas or A Procrastinator’s Lament

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the land
Quilters were panicked, needles in hand.

The cookies were baked, the pies were too
But there was much quilting yet to do.

The children were sleeping, the projects mostly done.
I was getting ready to finish the last-minute one.

Away to the sewing room I flew like a flash,
Tore open the cabinet, and went through my stash.

The moon through the window, looked sadly at me
And I heard him whisper, “You won’t finish, you’ll see”

When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
A kit I had forgotten; purchased last year.

A snowman wall hanging, all done up in blue
It was meant to be given to my dear Aunt Sue.

More rapid than a Janome on the speed of quite fast,
The snowman was appearing out of fabric at last.

I drew comfort from knowing I was not alone,
My fellow procrastinators: we all should have known.

Each year it surprises us, we think we have time,
But the UFO’s are still waiting, all in a line.

Some projects are simple, just finish a quillow,
Others not started, like a case for a pillow

One friend with a log cabin top of bright red
Alas, it will be next year before it finds a bed.

Another with tea towels appliqued with a bell,
They should have fringe too, but I’ll never tell.

No hope for those like me and others who tarry,
Next year at this time, we all know nothing will vary.

We’ll say to ourselves, “I’ll finish this soon,
Oh! How I wish I had started in June”

Now! Gammill, Now! Janome, Now! Juki and Pfaff,
When we finally catch up, Oh! How we’ll laugh.

So complete on time all those who prepare,
The rest of us will eventually get there.

And then in a twinkling, I heard a bell chime.
Oh dear! Oh mercy! Do I have enough time?

I caught a glimpse of that moon; on his face was a smirk.
But I threaded my needle and turned back to my work,

The morn was still dark as I finished the chore.
That silly old moon failed his prediction once more,

Quilters are special; their love knows no bounds,
Each one has their heart in work that astounds.

When you get a gift from a quilter, no matter it’s late
It might not be perfect with every seam straight.

But it comes with promise of love pure and simple,
Use it, abuse it, and don’t worry it’ll wrinkle. 

‘Cause I know the secret, and I’ll share it with you,
You can share it with others, for I tell you true.

It comes to us clear, as it does every year
The joy of our Christmas is in holding dear.

Our friends and our loved ones, those far and those near
And those ones in heaven, tho’ that brings a tear.

So Happy Christmas to all, next year I’ll to do better,
I’ll forget the last minute project and just buy a sweater.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Just a reminder that we will have open sewing this Tuesday, December 12th, at Emanuel Lutheran Church on West William Street, in Corning from 5:00-8:00pm.  Hope to see you there.  

Friday, December 8, 2017

Open Sewing at the Gmeiner -- Monday, December 11th

Next Open Sewing Session
 Monday,  December 11th at the Gmeiner 10:00 - 2:00

All MLQG members of all ability levels and interests are welcome to attend the open sewing sessions at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center (where the monthly guild meetings are held) on Mondays 10:00 - 2:00 to work on any stitching projects, hand or machine, even knitting, crocheting, or embroidery.

The purpose of these get-togethers is to spend time with other MLQG fiber fanatics and to learn from each other, no matter what we're all working on. Bring your projects, machine, and lunch. Stay for an hour or stay all day. Just be warned that if only a couple of people show up, we may pack up early and leave before noon. Cancellations will be posted on the guild's blog/website/Facebook page.

If you need more info contact Susan McC., Anya T., or Peggi Y., or comment on this blog post.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Free Motion Quilting on Home Machines: Basics & Beyond Aligning YOUR Free Motion Quilting Stars Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild ~ Saturday, Jan 20th 2018 

Learn the basics of free motion quilting on your home sewing machine. We’ll cover the fundamentals including pin basting, batting options, needle and thread choices, tension adjustments and other FMQ tips & tricks. We’ll take the mystery out of the process so you can finish your quilts at home. Several designs (echo, swirl, pebble, loop, paisley) will be discussed, drawn and stitched. Continuous Curve (Orange Peel) and McTavishing will also be presented.   Contact Sylvia Loveland for supplies list and/or more information.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Open Sewing at the Gmeiner -- Monday, December 4th

Next Open Sewing Session
 Monday,  December 4th at the Gmeiner 10:00 - 2:00

All MLQG members of all ability levels and interests are welcome to attend the open sewing sessions at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center (where the monthly guild meetings are held) on Mondays 10:00 - 2:00 to work on any stitching projects, hand or machine, even knitting, crocheting, or embroidery.

The purpose of these get-togethers is to spend time with other MLQG fiber fanatics and to learn from each other, no matter what we're all working on. Bring your projects, machine, and lunch. Stay for an hour or stay all day. Just be warned that if only a couple of people show up, we may pack up early and leave before noon. Cancellations will be posted on the guild's blog/website/Facebook page.

If you need more info contact Susan McC., Anya T., or Peggi Y., or comment on this blog post.