Minutes-2016, June


CALL TO ORDER: at 6:30pm at the Eagles Nest Coffee House by Nancy Z, President

MEMBERS PRESENT: 25. New members: 0. Nancy Z brought a guest, Georgine Arndt.

TREASURER’S REPORT: On Hand: $1428.78. Expenditures: $50. Deposits: $36. Balance as of 6/27/16 is $1414.78. 49 paid members.

SECRETARY’S REPORT: May 23, 2016 minutes were read and approved as submitted.


Community Project – Samples shown by Donna R (Carol K is also helping on this project) using recycled t- shirts, included 3, 4, and 5 strand head bands and nautical knot head bands. Bracelets could also be made using a small nautical knot. Fabric can be just braided to make dog toys and other ideas were suggested. Instructions will be written out by Donna R. It was decided that the July 29th UTB concert, during River Boat Days, will be the night that we will do the make and take. We decided to have a display table showing recycled/upcycled projects. We will collect display samples at our July 25th mtg. Please bring anything you would like displayed July 25th. You may also drop off items at the Eagles Nest Coffee House if you are not able to make it to the meeting.

Art in the Heart – Barb B received a prize for showing a knit project; we need to guess her motivation for the project. Nancy – showed a mesh sticky fiber/crack stop from Menards for dry walling She uses it for transferring rug hooking patterns onto rug hooking linen. She’s working on her pattern for a rug hooked footstool cover and using 7-8 different motif!. We have until the end of Sept to finish our projects.

Our Fall Boutique is Nov 18-20. Angela is the chair. Remember to start making items for sale!!


August’s meeting will bring us a clay tile maker/potter from Erne, WI. He will be doing a “scrafitto” 6” tile make and take for us. If you would like to participate by make a tile, there is a $30 charge which covers the tile material, coloring, and firing. You will create your own design that night. You are also welcome to come to the meeting and observe the process that night. If you would like to make the tile, please sign up and pay by the July 25th meeting. Sign up at a regular meeting or contact one of the board members or Java Jan.



Our next meeting, on July 25th, will be at Pat B’s with a tour of her garden. She has over 200 varieties of perennials! We’ll be having a Fancy Garden Hat contest so wear your best hat! (a prize will be awarded) We’ll be enjoying fruit and orange/root beer floats. Pat’s house is In Durand on the main street between a bank and 2 gas stations. Meet at ENCH at 5:30 if you wish to car pool. If it rains, the meeting will be held the next night (Tues, Jul 26th).

Barb B let us know that here is a new shop in Stockholm. It’s under the pottery shop near the RR tracks. Kay has gnomes for sale there. Check it out!


Lori – Painted American star barn quilt

Sue – She showed us her Polish alder heddle Kromsky loom after it was warped. She showed a beautiful sampler scarf of silk and cotton yarn and a black and cream pinwheel table runner.

Marilyn B – Made a rug hooked “B” with red Norwegian horses wall hanging/table topper and also made a Norwegian hardanger white table runner. She finished her clam shell quilt she made from donated 5”squares. She bought a new embroidery machine and showed us the embroidered centers for a “rings that bind” double wedding ring quilt that she is making…beautiful!

Alice – She made a beautiful Hunter Star quilt from batiks and white fabric. Also making blocks for a “Cutting Corners” quilt from some bright and beautiful Kaffe fasset fabric.

Barb B – working on a knit top, maybe, if enough yarn to complete!

Cookie – Used batiks to make a “Jelly roll race” quilt. Barb Passe quilted it in spider mum. Fun, bright colors!

Barb T – Orange & green friendship star barn quilt. Made 3 new pillows in a pillow class…nice!

Gail – Beautiful child’s quilt made of soft pinks, blues, yellows; fabric bought while in TX.

Judith – Showed us various samples of mosaic knitting that she has been trying; very cool patterns! She’s also making her flavored salts again.

Jan –showed us her painted green and blue puzzle barn quilt.


Sara Malles has been making dolls since age 12. She received a discarded library book from her dad, took it to her bedroom, and read it right away. Her first doll was Japanese; she made 30 dolls from different countries.  When she had kids, she made dolls again. She likes the Woldolf dolls from Germany as they are made of natural material, like wool. They have neutral facial expressions (simple). She got books from the library about a collaborative doll group and formed a group. She uses basically the same pattern and she makes them in different sizes; small to big. She has developed her own pattern and taught classes. Her kids make dolls now. Some doll making tips: she draws her shapes on freezer paper. She sews on hair, ears, and arms
and turns them inside out and stuffs with wool. She uses straws and skewers to help turn the legs inside out.


WEB INFO: www.rivervalleyartsguild.org Members Only Section password is: RVAG

ADJOURN: Motioned made and seconded by Barb T and Anita.

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: Pam Christopherson, Co- Secretary