Sunday, December 28, 2014

Peggy's Lemon Zucchini Bread

Here is the recipe for the Lemon Zucchini Bread that Peggy brought to the potluck at the Dye Workshop.
2 cups cake flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup buttermilk
zest of one lemon
1 cup grated zucchini
Beat eggs, add oil, sugar, lemon juice, buttermilk, zest, until well blended.
Fold in zucchini, then add dry ingredients, mix well. Pour into greased 9x5 pan. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. Glaze with powder sugar mix.

1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon milk

November Meeting 2014

Old Business December meeting is our holiday potluck, bring a dish to share and your plate and utensils. Due in December is your art piece "Free Floating Flabergast"
Here is the cartoon that Maureen got the idea from. It is a "soft deadline" do it if you want to, if you don't want to participate, that's OK too. Our main challenge due at the March meeting, for the Umpqua Valley Quilters Guild Show is, "FINS,SCALES,TAILS AND FEATHERS" we encourage all members to participate in this one. The only rule for both challenges, is that they be no larger than 20" per side. But since we are art quilters who like breaking the rules, the size is up to you, if you can't restrain yourself. CD's of Amy's photos of the quilts at the Portland Sewing Expo, will be available next meeting, let her know if you want a copy. New Business For the January meeting, Crystal and Lorraine will show us how to do the microwave bowl potholders. There is a new shop downtown on Jackson St, "Knotty Lady" with yarns and fibers. Michael's Crafts now have small bottles of spray dye.
Show & Tell
Vi has been knitting potholders and baby hats. She modeled her jeans jacket, and the scrap bags that is is creating. Maybe after the holidays, she can give us a class on the jean jacket.
Kay shared a picture of the wedding quilt she and Sherry have been making, it is Log Cabin blocks with Batik fabrics. Jane Yurt at Country Lady Quilt Shop did the machine quilting.
Corienne participated in the BIG Portland Hand Weavers Show. She wove the 5 yards of fabric needed for this jacket in a couple of days, and it took a whole day just to set the warp on the loom. The pattern came from a cape at a second hand store. Nancy has been working with the Umpqua Valley Arts Center for the Oregon Wildlife Watercolor Show, raffle tickets for a painting are $10 each or 3 for $25.
Crystal finished her Farm Animals quilt, from the pages of a fabric book. The animals are just too cute.
Crystal is opening a new business downtown, at the Old Hons Dry Cleaning location. It is called "Create and Sip" she will be holding classes and parties in painting and other art techniques, BYOB. These paintings are just a small sample of what she will be teaching. Good Luck on the new endeavor Crystal.
Cheryl began spinning yarn for this knit scarf last night, the scarf is a Christmas present for one of her sons. By the end of the meeting the scarf was almost complete. Cheryl got to go to N & S Carolina and Tennessee for her birthday. They went thru Smokey Mountain National Park for the fall leaves, the SE Animal Fiber Fair, dinner and concerts and an Art & Music Festival. They toured the John Campbell Folk Art School on the last day of classes, and were able to see what all the artists had made.
At the Umpqua Arts Center Fiber Week classes, Cheryl taught needle felting fun critters. Her dolls, frogs, monsters and other critters are just fun and cute! They all have so much personality.
Claire bought an Indigo dye kit, she wore the blouse she dyed and it has ceramic buttons. Her gradations of indigo on hanks of rayon thread, just glimmered in the light. She will use the indigo rayon on the beaded tassels that she makes.
Sue has made a hanging with a hedgehog, for the wooden racks her husband made for her daughters. She also has been collecting Jelly Rolls of fabric for a challenge with her daughter and 2 granddaughters age 9 & 13.
Lorraine took a beginning dye class from Vera, they did gradations, parfaits and folded Shibori.
Lorraine also finished a Block of the Month an Oregon patriotic quilt, designed by Corinne in the Umpqua Valley Quilters Guild. They are collecting quilts for the returning Charlie Company National Guard. Pat G. is at an all day Patriotic quilt workshop. Several of the Fyber Cafe members are going there after our meeting.
Lorraine is also making more block of the month star patterns for patriotic quilts.
Amy did some tie dye with 3 friends at a BBQ at her house, they all made several t-shirts. Amy wore her rainbow spiral, and showed her Shibori dyed T-shirt that was wrapped around a PVC pipe.
At the end of the day they poured the leftover dye, dripping down a large piece of muslin, the colors blended, as they ran down the fabric.
Vera did some dye painting and worked with the resists that she taught in class last August. Her fabric is beautiful!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

October Meeting 2014

Old Business The small challenge "Free Floating Flabergast" Is due at our December meeting. No bigger than 20" x 20", any technique or style. Our Holiday Potluck is at our December meeting. Bring a dish to share and your plate and utensils. In December we will also watch the CD of the Portland Expo photographs. New Business The Mercy Foundation Art Challenge is "Denim Day" in April, Sylvia has info to make wearable art.
Show & TellClare and Corrinne went to the Umpqua Valley Arts Center's Celebration of Fiber. Corriene's favorite tool, is a tapestry fork, that she got years ago, it is hand carved hardwood, marked "Gillian." A Google search brought up many "Gillian Style" forks still being made today.
Clare's beautiful beaded necklace got lots of attention, it is rather intricate. Clare is very happy she got her looms set up, and is ready to go. Nancy learned a new term from a Facebook scrap booker, "Phd" stands for project half done, and she has found several cross stitch packets in her cleaning efforts in just that condition.
Sue made a small Halloween hanging, with the Cat & the hat, she is making seasonal quilts for her daughters, to fit hanging rods her husband made for them. Sue also brought a pair of tweezers, and a bamboo skewer that she uses to guide fabric into the sewing machine. Lorraine's favorite tool is also tweezers, and a small repurposed tin. But my sloppy note taking, I don't know what she uses the tin for.
Sylvia is using a journal to help her "boldly go where no woman has gone before" in her use of color. Pen, pencil and a journal is her favorite creative tool, She collects sayings and makes designs and drawings. She reports our "World Artists" challenge pieces are going to be in three venues in France. Several of the Fyber Cafe group participated in the challenge. Landreth's favorite tool is also a tweezers, and she brought a Towa bobbin case tension gauge. She finds it very useful when using different types of thread, and when filling bobbins for her Gammill long arm machine. She warns of metal bobbins getting deformed when dropped, and throwing the tension completely off.
Meredith received delivery of a beautiful Singer/mrytlewood table made by her son Ryan. She shared a favorite quote, "Vision without execution is just hallucination."
When Meredith was in Thailand she admired the colorful robes everyone wore, and was presented a gift when leaving, of two silk packets of fabric, when folded and worn correctly, creates the robes. The orange was bright, and each piece was made of many panels of fabric stitched together. Pat W. returned from her trip to New Mexico very inspired. They toured Georgia O'Keef's ranch, and talked to many artisans who were finishing up a week of classes. They saw a balloon festival in Santa Fe, called "the Glow" as the sun comes up and the balloons are released into the air. She took lots of photos, and Pat's favorite tool is a "Purple Thang" for turning and poking fabric and batting.
Peggy brought two sets of bias bars to demo, one set of metal and the other mylar, a stitched tube is then ironed around the bars to create a bias strip for sewing. She is still working on her heart block with bias vines.
Jana has moved her spinning wheel into the living room, to get more use out of it. She was wearing one of her hand spun and knit shawls. Everyone admired the shawl pin she wore with her shawl.
Vi brought several of her whimsical dolls and teddy bears that she has made, they are all jointed with various techniques, of beads or buttons.
Examples of Vi's beading expertise is shown in her "Cleopatra" necklace, stitched on pig skin with a cabochon agate in the center and four scarabs surounding it. Her rose beaded amulet bag, has a scalloped top edge, following the rose design.
Crystal has made two sets of microwave bowl potholders, one with roosters and the other with her hand dyed fabrics from the resists class. Crystal's favorite tool is the "Frixion" marking pens that erase with heat or fiction. They can be purchased at quilt shops, but are also available at Staples.
Vera has continued to work with the new "Remazol" dyes, she made color charts on wet and on dry fabric.
She then went on to play with several folding/dyeing techniques with the new dye.
Amy is almost finished with her "Ram" made from a photo taken at the Black Sheep Festival last year. The background is hand dyed fabric and the ram is made mostly from Bali batiks. Thank you for visiting our group's blog, we try to share our adventures and projects in textile arts, to inspire others. Please leave a comment, and let us know what you think.