Sunday, December 25, 2016

Our Christmas Celebration in Pictures ...

The Guild gathered at the Gasthof Restaurant in Montgomery, IN December 10 for their annual Christmas party.  There was lots of talk, lots of food and an exchange of homemade holiday items.  All in all, it was a very good day!  Just a few pictures taken at the event follow.  Needless to say, everyone went home in a Christmas frame of mind!

Merry Christmas to you all from
The Hoosier Hills Rug Hooking Guild!

Tuning up for lunch at the Gasthof!  (Do you smell fried chicken?!)

Lunch's over ... visiting ... wait ... gift exchange's coming ...
Many tiny yo-yo's!  Wow!  Lovely ornament for Jan!

Wonderful little hand-woven gingerbread man basket Leanna received!

Judy got this beautiful woven basket with all the goodies needed for tea!

Hand-hooked stocking ornament received by Sharon.

Anne's taking out the nativity set she received a piece at a time ...

Crocheted necklace in seasonal colors for Sue!

Christmas stocking ornament.
Hooked chair mat Lois got from her "Santa".

Note:  It's been my pleasure to bring this blog to you the past few years.  Sue Kuehl will be taking over and she will do a wonderful job.  Thanks.  JF

Saturday, December 10, 2016

And now a little trip back in time.... to the November meeting!  Here's a quick look at some of the items members brought in to show:

Barb brought in her all-but-completed applique.

Evelyn's patriotic work.

Marty's work-in-progress.

Barb's current project.

Sharon's all ready to work on her sunflowers.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Christmas Party!

Just a reminder to all HHRHG members ... the annual Christmas party will be Saturday, December 10, 11:00 a.m. at the Gasthof Restaurant in Montgomery, Indiana.  If you wish to participate, there'll be an ornament exchange -- it need not be hooked ... any handmade Christmas ornament or decoration will be cherished! 

See you there members!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The October meeting ...

The HHRHG met in the large conference room of the Washington Public Library October 8, 2016.  There were 9 members and 1 guest present.

Some social time preceded the short business meeting.  
  • One of the topics discussed was the Christmas party.  Janice Spaulding will make a reservation for us once again this year at the Gasthof Village Inn in Montgomery.  This will take place on our regular meeting date -- the second Saturday of December. If members wish they may participate in an ornament exchange.  More details will be forthcoming at the November meeting. 
  • A nominations committee was formed and they will present a slate of officers for 2017 at that meeting as well. 
  • Both the secretary's and treasurer's report were given and approved. 
  • Judy Foster told those present that she will not be maintaining this blog after the first of 2017.  She will not take it down until the Guild decides what sort of Internet presence it wants to maintain.
  • The Evansville group will begin meeting in the near future and have a different name indicating all areas of the fiber arts. 
Everyone is looking forward to a wonderful fall season, cooler hooking weather, and a new start for the Guild in the new year of 2017.  Several stayed to hook after the business meeting was over.

Remember, visitors are always welcome at Guild meetings held the second Saturday of each month at the public library in Washington, Indiana at 10:30 a.m.  Y'all come!

There were several hooking projects brought to the meeting, both finished and in process, some are pictured below....

Sug McClain brought two recently completed rugs for show n' tell.  Love these 1776 sheep!

More of Sug's work ... I think she likes sheep!  This is a nice large rug and members really liked the wool she chose for the pasture.

Sheila Parker brought this mat to the meeting to bind.  It looks great!

Teresa brought along three examples of small mats done from the quilt template provided at her hook-in.  All three were made with the same template and it was interesting seeing (online) how many different patterns came from using that one template.  [Example 1].

[Example 2]

[Example 3]

"Let it Snow" by Teresa Kinman [front].

Back of "Let it Snow".

Judy Foster brought "Chicken in the Garden", a Primitive Spirits design that she recently completed.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Notes from the August meeting ...

The August 13 meeting of the HHRHG was well attended.  It was held in the large conference room of the public library in Washington, Indiana with 15 members present as well as two guests. 

A business meeting was called to order at about 11 a.m. by President Noma Brizius.  The main topic was the future and direction of the Guild.  It was very satisfying to hear some of the long-time members give their opinion and tell the story of the beginning of the Guild.  In the end it was decided that some of the members from the Evansville area will organize a guild in their area and after organization the Guild will help them financially to get started.  The idea is to have one or two joint meetings each year, probably based around a social or hooking event.  This is an exciting time for the Guild and everyone went away with the realization that change is always interesting and often good!

Other items of business discussed were:
  • Teresa Kinman gave the treasurer's report.
  • We especially missed Jan Cabel, a regular, who always brings interesting work and yummy goodies to share.  She's experiencing some health issues.  A cheery card would be in order!
  • Judy Foster distributed membership cards.
  • We will meet again in October with no September meeting. 
  • Janice Spaulding reported that the local Historical Society is looking for people to demo hooking at a future event.
Pictured below are works in progress or just completed ...

Let's just say that this is the type of day we had but we still had a big turnout!  Hookers rule!

Teresa Kinman recently completed this wide cut beeskeep rug!  Lovely!

Teresa also completed this clever standing pumpkin decoration; here's the front ...

and here's the back!  Great job from either side Teresa!

Judy brought the pumpkin cat mat she just finished (bound with homespun).  It's a Margo White design.

Lois Moore is working on this sampler.  It's going to look good Lou!
Judy was working on this Primitive Spirit design at the meeting. 


Saturday, July 16, 2016


The next meeting of the HHRHG will be August 13, 2016, 10:30 a.m. local time, in the small conference room of the public library in Washington, Indiana.
This is an important meeting regarding the direction of the Guild.  Please plan to attend.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

A brief May meeting ...

The HHRHG met at the Library in Washington, Indiana on May 14 with five members present.  A brief business meeting was held.  Due to last minute illness, accidents and family conflicts, it was decided to cancel the member retreat scheduled for later in the month.  Lois will contact the teacher and those who had signed up to attend.  There was much disappointment.  More discussion must follow about future retreats at an upcoming meeting.

Some of the members in attendance brought items for show and tell, and snacks to share, and we had an enjoyable time together with some serious discussion.

The next meeting of the Guild will be June 11, 2016 at the Library at 10:30 a.m.  Members are urged to attend.  Remember, visitors are always welcome!  Here's the show and tell ....

Noma Brizius brought this cute pumpkin on a spring!

Teresa Kinman brought this cat mat, a Margo White design, which she just finished.  Everyone loved the border and ...

the back!  Another great job by Teresa!

Judy Foster brought her recently completed brown runner rug to the meeting (pictured at home in front of her sofa).  Judy says she's finally learning to make rugs to match her d├ęcor after 20 years of hooking.  LOL! This is also a Margo White design.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The April Meeting ...

The Hoosier Hills Rug Hooking Guild met at their usual time and place April 9, 2016.  There were eight members present.  Lots of enjoyable time was spent visiting and hooking.  Also, Jan Cabel and Lois Moore brought refreshments which were enjoyed by everyone present.  Thanks!

Janice Spaulding, VP, called a brief business meeting to order about 11 a.m. and the few items of business were dispensed with quickly.  Those included discussing the member retreat which will be held in Vincennes on May 20 and 21.  Our retreat location will be changed due to a power outage on the VU campus and that change will be shared with those who have indicated they plan to attend.  People were reminded that if they want Arline Johnstone to assist them in some special way, with fabric or pattern for instance, they must notify her at once.  Arline's contact info was given.  About 12 people have said they will be attending.  The meal aspect of the retreat will be taken care of by the members from VU and they'll be bringing their findings to the May meeting, which will be one week before the retreat.

Lois told everyone that Jana has fallen and is at a rehab center at this time.  Her address was shared.

Judy Foster promised that she'll have the member ID cards ready for the next meeting.  A finalized membership list is also being prepared.

The business meeting was adjourned and everyone stayed to hook and visit some more.  Some work in progress is pictured below ...

Sharon Weiss was just starting this "Snowflake" design from Red Barn Rugs.  After this was taken she had a good beginning on her deep red background ...

Anne Horrall was working on this purple pumpkin!  Cute!
Betty Lawhead is sooooooo close to getting her strawberry chair pad finished!
Jan Cabel brought this wool applique table runner for show n' tell.  Lovely spring piece!
Jan was just getting a start on her hooked sheep mat during the meeting ...
here's the face which Jan had pinned in place.  It'll be appliqued on later!  Jan is so creative; we all can't wait to see this project complete.
Judy Foster finished this rug a few months ago and now she's working on ...
a needle punch mini version to match.  She just got started at the meeting.  Both full-size rug and needle punch design are by Margo White.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

March meeting highlights ...

The Hoosier Hills Rug Hooking Guild met at the library in Washington, Indiana March 12.  There were about 10 members present and two guests from Robinson, Illinois joined the group for a brief period.

The bulk of the meeting time was spent visiting and hooking with a short business meeting being held about 11:30.  President Noma Brizius called the meeting to order and the following items of business were covered:
  • The member retreat, which will be held May 20-21 at VU, was discussed.  The main decision being made was setting the menus for lunches and breaks.  Anne Horrall will be the liaison between the Guild and the VU food service and it was decided that she will be giving the count to them, due no later than the next meeting.  Also, Noma reported that Lois Moore will be making the instructor's room reservation at a Vincennes motel. 
  • Judy Foster will print 2016 membership cards so they can be used for discounts at fabric stores, especially JoAnn Fabrics.
There was some work brought for show and tell, pictured below.  Remember, next meeting will be Saturday, April 9, at the library in Washington.  Visitors are always welcome!
Teresa Kinman brought this really cute bunny rug.

She also brought this Easter egg; this is the back of the egg -- pieced ...

... and this is the front of the egg -- hooked!

Teresa also brought this prodded sheep rug for show and tell.  She did a beaded border and later showed a couple people how this technique is done.  Lots of Easter season projects coming off of Teresa's frame!

Anne Horrall just started working on some pumpkins.  (She got a lot done later, during the meeting.)

Sue Kuehl is working on some snowmen coasters, each with a different hat!  Very clever!

Jan Cabel just finished hooking and binding this large Monticello rug.  It is gorgeous!  Sometimes pictures can't do a rug justice, and this is one of those time!  Jan says she's thinking about her next project ...