Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Call for Kissing Pillows!

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Soldier Family Kissing Pillow

We have been asked by Elizabeth Z (residing in Hawthorn Woods, IL)
to participate in the
Soldier Family Kissing Pillow Project.

She shares with us: Navy Helicopter Squadron HSM-70 (the "Spartans" out of Jacksonville, FL) is deploying to the Persian Gulf in early 2011. They've requested kissing pillows for their squadron, and we need 1100 pillows to support them. Many of the men & women in the squadron have been deployed to the gulf multiple times in the past ten years. They are routinely gone from home on short deployments for 1-2 months at a time, and now their families are faced with yet another long separation. My brother saw me stitching a kissing pillow when he was on leave several months ago and asked if I could make them for his squadron's next long tour. He just gave me timing and I couldn't say no!

Interested in participating?
At the October chapter meeting, Beth V
will have kits available for
NANI members.

The kits include the pattern, cotton floss & aida cloth

Our chapter members will
just be stitching
the squares
as Elizabeth Z has volunteer(s)
for the stuffing and finishing.

The stitched squares will be collected
during the November January meeting
and given to Elizabeth Z on December 2nd.

(or her name & address are included with the kit
if you would like to mail them directly to her
before January 15th)

Outreach Program Background
From the EGA Yellow Rose Chapter Web site: Soldier Family Pillows

In 2005, wanting to show our appreciation for the sacrifices made by military personnel, Yellow Rose members began hand-stitching small 4” X 4” patriotic pillows designed to be used as a keepsake for the children and loved ones left behind by the soldiers departing for service of the U.S.

The lightly stuffed pillows have a heart outline, the words “I love you,” and two red, white and blue stars within the heart, and are backed with washable fabrics in patriotic and camouflage designs.

Each pillow is presented in a plastic bag with a note explaining the purpose of the tiny pillow and expressing our gratitude for their service.

The soldier kisses the pillow and gives one to each of his/her loved ones to hold onto until he/she returns from war.

When we began this project, we initially thought only about the children, but the wives and sweethearts requested them too, and then, the soldiers wanted one with everyone’s kisses on it to take with him/her off to war.

The response has been overwhelming. A very special project that we hoped would express our gratitude for the sacrifices of our servicemen and women has more than filled our expectations and has mushroomed into something that touches the hearts of everyone.

In the fall of 2006, Yellow Rose began offering the project to all Embroiderers’ Guild of America chapters.

In November 2006, the project was offered to chapters of the American Needlepoint Guild.

The goal was to have needlework chapters stitching for military units across the United States. Although early in our sharing efforts, by the end of 2006, 15 chapters have already adopted military units, 29 chapters are stitching for Hearts Apart, and two shops have joined in the stitching.

Hearts Apart is an organization for the school-aged children of servicemen and women who have been deployed or will be deployed, enabling them to be with other children who are missing their parents, and where they are guided in positive avenues of thought.)

We have truly just begun to share this project with stitching chapters with requests coming in daily to participate.

Questions? Contact Beth V, Karol J, Sue D
or e-mail Needle Artisans

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Common Threads

Outreach Program
Outreach Coordinator: Chris R

The Hospice of the Calumet Area
has a Common Threads card line,
Hospice Card Artisans (hca2).

In addition to needlework squares
made by our own NANI members,
there are notecards with knitting,
quilting, needlepoint (canvas) themes
being sold as fundraiser for Hospice.

Pictured on this post
are two of
the notecares.

(more pictures here)

I purchased
them at the
Center For Performing Arts
giftshop in
Munster, IN

Our chapter continues
to stitch squares of needlework
for the notecards.

Click on this link
for more information and details.

Please continue giving Chris R
your stitched squares of needlework
for this outreach project.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Opportunity Drawing Items

During the Needle Art Exhibit
we will have opportunity drawings

Tickets are
$2.00/each or 3/$5.00

Currently, we have the following
fabulous + beautiful items
in the opportunity drawings:

Doll Dress - smocked by hand
(to fit American Girl size dolls)

Afghan w/hand stitched squares

Alphabet Needlework Sampler

(Photo not yet available)
a Christmas Quilt w/stitched blocks

Doll Nightgown

Doll Robe

Canvas Sampler

The drawings will be held

October 3, 2010
at 3:45 p.m.

Contact Jane with questions, comments, and to obtain tickets.

Or you can e-mail
Needle Artisans

Friday, September 17, 2010

Display at Lansing Public Library

Lansing Public Library
2750 Indiana Avenue
Lansing, IL

Left display case, left side

Left display case, right side

Right display case, right side (lots of glare, sorry)

Right display case, middle

Other photos with too much glare

It is a long & narrow display,
beautiful set-up,
Job well done!!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Display at Munster Public Library

Munster Branch
Lake Co Public Library System
8701 Calumet Ave
Munster, IN 46321

Top Shelf, Left

Middle + Lower Shelf, Left

Lower shelf

Lower shelf, close-up

Other photos,
taken of the right hand side of the shelves,
had too much glare - sorry.

It is a fantastic display : )

Job well done!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Christmas Rose Ornament

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This class has been cancelled

November Class:
Christmas Rose Ornament

Just in time for Christmas

You will learn some basic pulled thread, ribbon work, + stump work

Your fabric, beads & all fibers will be provided

Just bring your basic stitching supplies + enthusiams

Cost is $12.00

Sign Up Deadline is the OCTOBER meeting

Questions &/or Comments
can be directed to
Needle Artisans

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Duneland Heritage Days

(formerly known as: Duneland Harvest Festival)

September 18th & 19th

Bailly Homestead & Chellberg Farm
Highway 20 & Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN



Monday, September 13, 2010

Needlework Retreat

EDITED Sept 30th: There are six spots left, so if you are considering attending, please call or email the shop right away (630-243-9620 or cathy @ inspiredneedle dot com) so you don't miss out on the fun! The total price for the retreat will remain at $115 per person.

Contact Inspired Needle for additional details.

Mark your calendars!

Cathy Roginela is announcing the very first

Count Me Inspired Needlework Retreat
at the
Farmstead Inn
345 So. Van Buren Street
Shipshewana, IN

Fri Oct. 29 (3pm)
thru Sun Oct. 31, 2010 (3pm)

Space is reserved on the main floor
of the Farmstead Inn for the retreat.

Following breakfast on Saturday morning
a small wool project will be taught.

Then, there will be TWO full days of uninterrupted stitching time!

At the time of this post,
final details are still being made
and the fee is an approximate amount
of $115.00

The fee will ncludes:
Wool project kit
Goodie Bag
Special Attendee gift
Fri night dinner
Continental breakfast Sat & Sun
Sat lunch

A deposit of $60.00 is requried to
reserve your space.
Balance due 10/01.

(A block of rooms are
reserved at the inn
for $99.00 + tax/night)

For more information, contact
cathy (at) inspiredneedle (dot) com

Inspired Needle, Ltd.
315 E Illinois Street
Lemont, IL 60439

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Renegade Craft Fair - Chicago

Details HERE


Chesterton Wizard of Oz Festival
September 17 to 19th

Valparaiso Doll & Bear Show

La Porte's 12th Annual Sunflower Fair!

LaPorte Sunflower Fair
September 18, 2010

From their web site:

Celebrate Fall in beautiful La Porte at this terrific one day festival located in the heart of Downtown
La Porte, Indiana.

Enjoy over 80 craft and collectible booths, an art gallery walk in the historic Rumely building, kiddy rides and games, Lions Club trolley rides, American Red Cross 5K run & health walk, antique auto show, live entertainment, pork rib cook-off, food and fun for the whole family!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Thank you, Thank you!

Many, many thanks to all of our members who stitched bookmarks for the Hammond Reads program. We donated 66 bookmarks to the program. I am so excited! This will make this year's program even better for the participants.

The bookmarks pictured here are from the September meeting.These lovely lighthouses were all done by Pam S-Y.These were by Carol P., Cheryl L. and Janet C.I played with sequin waste and made a bunch of these. We are all invited to attend their festival.

Quilt Show--Steger, IL

Pieces 'n' Patches Quilt Guild is holding their show this coming weekend, Sept. 11 and 12. It will be at Columbia Central School, 94W. Richton Road, Steger, IL. The hours are Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 9-4. Admission is $5. For more information, contact


Schedule of Events

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Penrod Arts Fair

Penrod Arts Fair

The annual Penrod Arts Fair has over 300 artists with work on display and six stages of entertainment, making it “Indiana’s Nicest Day.” Look for the IMA tent to enjoy activities for all ages. Visit for more information

On the Grounds of the
Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan
Indianapolis, IN

Sept 11th

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Final preparations ....

September 2010

Hello NANI Members,We are now in the final month of preparation for the exhibit and I would like to share a few details with you below.

Exhibit dates are Saturday and Sunday October 2-3 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Social Center of Community Park, 8751 Lions Club Drive, Munster, IN 46321

Entries -Beth V reports there are 272 entries from 33 members participating. Way to Go! However we have only a few examples of the 2009 State Day Project entered (box top and/or amulet bag). We are planning to highlight this event at the exhibit and would love to have a “bunch” of interpretations of the project to show with the display. Beth will have entry forms at the Sept 7th general meeting if anyone would like to add their completed State Day project to the display. State Day was such a success for NANI, and the project was an original design of, and taught by, our own Jamee J. We really need to highlight this. We are doing a similar highlight of the La D Da Workshop.

Fundraisers – Sept 7th will be the deadline to turn in finished ornaments for the ornament sale; Sept 7th will be the final deadline to sign up for the Member’s Boutique as a seller; Opportunity Drawing tickets will be ready for sale and/or distribution Sept. 7th general meeting. Price is $2 each or 3/$5. If you take tickets to sell, be sure to return money and sold tickets to Jane C by Sunday, Oct.3rd at 3:45 p.m…..the drawing deadline!

Volunteer sign up -Thanks to all of you who have signed up already. The sign up sheets will be available at the general meeting also. If you have told me you will be available any time as needed, please still sign up to cover a station during the exhibit so I can be sure each station is covered. This may save me a few phone calls!

Publicity -It’s not too late to continue to send out the flyer and keep talking up the exhibit. GLR Chapters, and needlework retailers in Indiana and neighboring states have been notified. All of the local news media (radio and print) have been notified also. I will be taking a few pictures at the general meeting to provide to the media. Check out the displays at the Lansing Library and Munster Library. Check out our ad in the South Shore Arts Magazine.

Display – We are putting out the call for display fixtures. We will need table cloths in neutral colors, chairs, tables, shelving, baskets, chests, silk plant, etc. to make the display pretty. Items should be portable. Please sign up at the general meeting with your name and what you have to loan. A few items were noted on the entry forms.

Check In Friday October 1st – Check in time for the exhibit pieces is to be announced at the Sept. 7th general meeting ( a reminder email will also go out). We ask for your cooperation in checking in and checking out your pieces. We are trying a new system this time that will make this process proceed in an orderly fashion…but may require your patience. Please follow the instructions of the volunteers. Thanks for your understanding. In addition, please label each of your pieces with your name somehow. Suggestions are a mailing label, masking tape with name, painters tape with name (a kinder, gentler method per Deb L) or any other method you are comfortable with. Please do the same with items loaned for the display.

September and October will be a busy and successful time for NANI…
Let’s Go For It!

Renee R
Exhibit Coordinator

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Member Boutique - form

Click on image to Enlarge **
Per Pat B:

The September meeting is the last chance
to sign up for the Boutique!

I will be bringing the sign-up sheet
and inventory forms to the September meeting.

The inventory forms are to accompany the items
when they are turned in to the Boutique
the Friday night before the exhibit.

Your items should each have a tag
with your initials
plus a sequential number, e.g., CP1, CP2, etc.,
and the price.

You should make 2 copies of the filled-out form:
one you keep and the other two are for me.

Thanks, Pat

** there is also a copy of the Inventory Form on this blog
(which may be easier to read).
On the right hand side,
under the heading
click on 'Inventory Form'

Information & Details can be found
HERE or direct
comments & quesitons to Pat B.

Newsletter available on-line

GLR Newsletter, September 2010

Make sure to check out page SEVEN !!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

quilt expo

Quilt Expo Web site

September 9-11, 2010

Exhibition Hall at the
Alliant Energy Center
Madison, WI

Driving Directions

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September is National Sewing Month

The observance of National Sewing Month

began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan

declaring September as

National Sewing Month

“In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.”