Tuesday, February 8, 2011

2011 Newsletter

Wow, I apologize in not being able to post for a long while.  My goal this year is to see that we post at least once a month to let everyone know what wonderful things we have planned for 2011.

First, let's summarize the last quarter of 2010. 

The RiverCity Figurative Artists' Guild held their 13th Annual Gallery Show and Sale at the Kennedy Heights Art Center.  We celebrated the holiday season with a luncheon and a challenge...the Board handed out gifts of one fat quarter for each member (and some guests) present at the meeting.  Each fat quarter is a different color and we look forward to seeing what our members create with them.  The challenge is due on Saturday, February 19, at our meeting - see details in the right hand column of this blog.

Thanks to Deb Wallace, we  had a wonderful turn out at our August 2010 class with Cindee Moyer.  Not only did many of our own guild members attend these classes, but we also had attendees from the Cleveland, Columbus and Indianapolis doll clubs.  Additionally, several members of our local CQAFA (art quilt guild) also attended.

I apologize to Cindee for not publishing the following sooner.  Thanks to Robbie Porter for the class photos and to Deb Wallace for the finished doll photos.

Cindee taught this one-day class twice - this photo shows the Saturday class.  Cindee's original doll, designed specifically for this class, has been featured on our blog below.  Cindee has now turned this into a pattern for sale to the general public at her website.

This is a completed doll by Carol Lang - it is her first doll and she so enjoyed herself that she decided to become a member of our guild!   Welcome Carol, we are happy to have you.  You did a marvelous job.  Cindee designed this pattern to include fabric that we made by cutting stripes of coordinating fabric into 1/2" to 3/4" strips.  From there, they were pieced to make the dress itself.  We then were able to use ribbons and trims over top to "hide" in variances in the seams between the front an back dress panels.  Carol, as a quilter, didn't need to add ribbons since she sewed her strips together almost perfectly...however, she did add the trim even though it wasn't necessary.

Above are photos of Cindee's original dolls that she brought to show us.  I believe all of them employee the face mask technique that she taught to our class.  Covering the ugly seam that runs down the middle of the face is very easy when using her technique.  I wish we had a detailed photo of her dolls to show you.  They are wonderful and full of many wonderful details.

This doll is named "Isabella" - she was made by Paloma from Cleveland,  OH.

This doll was made by Katie Jones - of the Indy Doll Club.  Isn't it wonderful how we can individualize our dolls, while still learning the various techniques?

Thanks to everyone who attended our final quarter events.  We are sorry there are no more photos to show you at this time.  We hope to add many new items to the blog this year, so please keep checking back.

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