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 Social & Hobby Clubs: HOBBY CLUB UPDATE

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What Have the Ladies In Hobby Club Been Up To?

Christmas has come and gone and another year is upon us. Everyone is making New Year's Resolutions, even Hobby Club

We would love to increase our membership. We have a wonderful time visiting and sharing our diverse talents. Over the years, our membership has dwindled. And this year was no different. We really want to make everyone feel welcome,. no matter how skilled or unskilled you feel you are. We especially want to encourage younger women to join. Even if you can't come every week, we would love to count you in our ranks. I know your lives are hectic. But, if you at all enjoy crafting (or just visiting with a bunch of gossipy women), please consider adding Thursday morning with hobby club to your schedule.

For those of you who don't come because you have small children, I have been toying with the idea of organizing a 'nursery' sitting. If we had enough moms with kids, we could take turns supervising the kids in the annex while the remaining moms could relax. In order for this to work though, we would need enough moms so that each person would have several weeks between nursery duty. If, by doing this we would have overcome the obstacle for your membership, please let me know (sheristipp@hotmail.com). The more interest that is the expressed, the more probable that this project becomes.

Another resolution we have made is to take the focus off of making items to sell to the public, and shift it toward making items that the members want for themselves. Shopping trends have shifted and people do not seem to purchase hand made items. People "shop" for ideas at craft fairs. The number of people who purchase Items has diminished as the 'do it yourself' generation has come of age. By being more selfish with our project selection, we will make hobby club more enticing. Rather than working on projects for other people, we will be making them for ourselves.

We will still hold the craft fair next winter but will probably not have as many items made by the hobby club to sell. However, traditionally, most of our money has come from table rentals, food sales, and the quilt raffle.

To supplement our income, we are considering hosting other events, in addition to the craft fair. Through these events, we hope to involve our neighbors while we raise money. Some of these might include craft workshops or child activity days. For example, we could have a workshop on scrap booking that might last for four evenings. Or, the kids could come make a stepping-stone. We are still discussing these ideas and more. We will keep you posted through the Sights and Sounds.

The quilters also have a very busy year ahead. They have finished the 'Birds of Paradise' quilted wall hanging. If you came to the bazaar, you were able to see it. I didn't think it would be ready in time for the bazaar, but the ladies pushed through and at the last minute were able to finish it. What a stunner. It has already generated a lot of interest. Barb J. finished piecing the donated log cabin quilt. After some discussion, we have decided how the top will be assembled. We think we will be able to create another queen size bedspread from this donated project. Thank you again to the generous person who left this project in these ladies' capable hands. The 'Blue Bird' quilt is next. We have modified our approach somewhat based on some research into applique' techniques. We hope the new approach makes this quilt a joy for the ladies to complete.

The flag has stalled with the holiday season. I apologize for how long this 'quick' little project is taking. Hopefully, with the passing of the busy season, the project can become the quick little project it should be.

We have a lot of fun socializing at the meetings and would love for you to join us. Every Thursday morning at around 9 o'clock, we meet at the Civic Center. We work on a variety of projects, learn new techniques, and visit, visit, visit.

Sheri Stipp

Vice President, Hobby Club

Posted On Sunday, January 6, 2008

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