Wednesday, January 9, 2013

DAFA 2012 Holiday Celebration

Members and guests celebrated the festival season on Monday, Dec. 17, at DAFA’s annual Holiday Potluck and Silent Auction at The Point. Vice president Lisa Covert and her committee pulled out all the stops, giving us an delightful event and a terrific fundraiser. The Silent Auction, which benefits DAFA scholarships, special programs, workshops, etc., pulled in record-breaking contributions. Cathie Mercer’s steampunk doll was queen of the night as the most fought-over and high-dollar auction item. Thanks to Lisa, Vet, and their committee members and to all our imaginative contributors for a party to remember!
Left to right: December diners dig into the potluck offerings. Cathie Mercer’s steampunk doll holds court. Shoppers consider their bids on such items as Jules Rushing’s hand-dyed Christmas trees.

November’s Program and Workshop

Crazy quilt aficionado Sherrill Lewis came all the way from The Bead Ranch in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in November to bring us her beads and crazy quilt trunk show. Her collection includes some mouth-watering antique crazy quilts in pristine condition, as well as her own creations – crazy-quilted clothing, wall hangings, and quilts with non-stop embellishments. Thank you to Sherrill and her husband, Gene, for the long trip on our behalf. (A new tire gave out on them before they got home in the wee hours of the morning.) Look for them at the Dallas Quilt Celebration in 2013.

Left to right: Detail of one of the antique crazy quilts. Gene and Sherrill hold up one of the prized antique quilts in their collection. One of Sherrill’s creations – a lavishly embellished wall hanging.

DAFA member Mary Berry came bringing looms and fibers galore to our November mini-workshop, where she led participants in explorations of free-form weaving. Mary is the owner of Fancy Fibers Farm in Farmersville, a favorite home base for knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers, and fiber dyers. Thanks to Mary for making individual looms for us and for preparing so thoroughly for this new and different mini-workshop!
Left to right: Mary measures a piece of yarn for Carol Regan, as others consider choices from the wealth of fibers. Mini-workshop chair Chuck Baber watches as Mary demonstrates to the group. Patsy Davila gets help from Mary.