All Hands on Deck!
We have a big opportunity coming up, and it will take many hands working together to make this a success.
This craft expo will give Rebecca’s Reel Quilter’s an opportunity to be introduced to approximately 2000 people that attend the event. The event will be held at Monmouth University on Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 10 – 4. In order to participate in the show, we need to sell handmade craft items.
In addition to the items we will be selling, we will be displaying our raffle quilt and postcards will be distributed concerning our upcoming Quilt Show with a $1.00 discount when the card is presented. The board hopes that the community exposure from Made in Monmouth and our beautiful raffle quilt will help to increase the attendance at the quilt show.
What are we planning on selling
As previously stated, in order to participate in Made in Monmouth, the guild will need to sell items. Due to the time constraints we have decided on the following:
- Teacup pincushions
- Snap bags
- Key fob with chapstick/lipstick holder
We are planning for 400 pieces to be sold at the event. Should there be any items leftover, they will be sold at the quilt show.
What Supplies Does The Guild Need
Teacup Pincushions – Teacups and saucers, please check if there are any sets you are no longer using and you’re willing to donate to the guild. Tiny silk flowers, bits of lace for around the cup, beads, please check your stash. The less supplies we need to purchase, the better.
Snap bags – Unique fabric scraps, we have plenty of small flowers, etc. We’re looking for the novelty fabric scraps: Doctor Who, Tula Pink, Batiks, etc. The finished size bags will be approximately 8″ x 6″.
FOCUS FABRIC (outside) will need to 10″ x 14″
INSIDE FABRIC will need to be 10″ x 20″ The inside fabric will become the top of the snap, so NO DIRECTIONAL FABRICS
Key fobs – Unique scraps or 1 1/2 wide grosgrain ribbon and a source for wholesale price on chapstick
Source for Wholesale clear gift bags
Source for Wholesale Ribbons
How can I help
Many hands make light work, so every guild member’s hands are needed to accomplish this task in the short amount of time we have.
Our plan is to work in an assembly style. Therefore, to just give you an idea of the most labor intensive item.
SNAP BAGS – there will be cutting the rulers, taping the rulers, quilting the batting between the front and inside, cutting the bag, cutting the interfacing, ironing the interfacing, sewing the bags, serging the seams, flipping the bags, packaging in gift bag, and tie a ribbon.
So, no matter your skill level, there is a job for you � and your friends.
KEY FOB – Cutting the fabric or ribbon, sewing the seams, adding the chap stick, connecting the carabiner, packing in gift wrap, attaching the tag, tie the ribbon
TEA CUP PINCUSHION – Getting the teacups at little to no cost is the challenge. Hot glue the cup to saucer, adding fill, covering with fabric, hot glueing the fabric, dressing up the exterior with tiny flowers, beads, lace. Gift wrapping and ribbon.
CAN I DO IT AT HOME?
Yes, this is a great way to get together with a few friends, sit around your table and start to make some snap bags. Please let us know how many you are planning on making, and when to expect them.
Due to their versatility, Snap bags are most likely to be our biggest seller.
There are many You Tube Videos on Snap Bags. If you are unsure, we will be doing them on Wednesday Open Sews and Saturday Open Sews, stop by between 10 – 1 and bring a lunch. If all you want to do is practice some quilting on the snap bag you will need:
Outside Fabric or Focus Fabric 10 x 15
Batting 11 x 15
Inside Fabric 10 x 20
Quilt the fabric within a 2 inch border. In other words, quilt 8 x 13 LEAVE IT ATTACHED!
TEA CUP PINCUSHION – tea cup and saucers, hot glue, batting, fabric square, trimmings.
We will be meeting at Open Sew Wednesday and Saturday from 10 – 2. For the open sew Saturday, please signup, send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know you will be there. I normally do not go to every open sew, so I want to make sure there is coverage. Our next Saturday Open Sews are February 22, February 29, March 14, March 28, April 4. Our Wednesday Open Sew is every Wednesday from 10 – 2
Thank you all ladies, I know this is unexpected, but I hope you all agree that the benefits to the guild was something that we couldn’t just let pass. I’d like you all to start thinking of a workshop or program that you would LOVE to have come to the guild, and let us know at the next meeting. I have some ideas, but I want to hear from you. The cash we make from this project will certainly help offset the expense of a national instructor.
This is our guild, if we all work together, I know we can get it done.