Monday, August 4, 2008

Opening Night Party, Thursday and Friday July 9-11 '08

The opening night party was the Night Before Christmas complete with PJ's. Aren't we cute?

We even had our pictures taken with Santa! Earlier in the day we started our workshops and free lectures. I think everyone enjoyed the projects they got to take home.

My class was the Bleuette Dress with Bretelles. Many of the participants had a very good start on that outfit by the time the class was over.
Thursday night we had out General Meeting which included election of officers. We have a great group coming on board as Saturday night when we had the installation of officers-but more about that later.
Friday night was our auction and there were lots of dolly goodies to wish for. Many of things I was interested in went for a nice price.
We also had a Doll competition with many nice entries this year. I got to chose my favorite as President of the International Doll Makers Association. I hope to have a picture later to post. But here are a couple of the entries.

That's all for tonight. Will continue tomorrow. Judy

Thursday, July 31, 2008

On the way to Michigan for the International Doll Makers Association Convention.

Since I last posted, I have been to and returned from the International Doll Makers Convention in Dearborn, Michigan. Three friends and fellow doll makers went with me and we had a grand time.

Here we are on the way to Michigan. This is at a Culver's in Michigan City, Indiana where we stayed overnight. We spent two days driving and visited as many quilt shops as we could that were not to far off the interstates.

Pictured are Judy, Linda, Connie, and Carolyn.

We arrived in Dearborn on July 12th. The next day we went to Guildcrafters Quilt Shop which is a suburb of Detroit. Thanks to Mapquest we drive there easily. We all got some fabric and I will be making coasters from some that I found. My feature fabric has Santa in a Model T. Can't wait to get started.

On Monday IDMA sponsored a tour to Greenfield Village. We spent way to long at our lunch location and so we didn't see as much as we would have liked. But we did enjoy the carousel ride and later the drive around in the Model T.

That's all for now. Will post more about the convention later.


Monday, July 7, 2008

About Me

You can tell by the title just what I was into just a few years ago-Dolls! I taught doll making and had several classes each week. I enjoyed dressing the dolls as much as making them, too. Now I dress dolls and piece quilt tops. Soon, I will begin using a short arm and machine quilt some of my UFO's.

The little doll quilt in the first picture is going in an "Bleuette" box for the International Doll Makers Association auction. A Bleuette is the kind of doll that is shown in the picture and was originally made in France for the little girls to dress and learn sewing skills. The matching costume is also in the box which is filled with all kinds of goodies from the members of my doll club-The Heartland Dollers.
This week I finished a lap quilt that I will donate as a fund
raiser to the International Doll Makers Association at their
annual convention. This top was machine quilted on Viking 1+. The label on the back was made on a Viking Designer 1. In the picture is also a small doll quilt that will also be donated to the International Doll Makers Association for the helpers. (And that's me holding the quilts!)
More to come and Thanks for looking!