2020 Autumn Retreat

WHO: Any present or past Riverside RV Sew-N-Sews quilter, plus a friend (limit 24 people). Hosted by Michigan Sew-N-Sews Nina, Sally E., Alice S., Suzanne S., and Eva K.

WHEN: Monday through Thursday, October 5-8, 2020, or any part of those dates, as you desire. Arrive at noon; check out at 3 PM. Optional: Early arrival Sunday at 8 PM for extra $30.

WHERE: Creative Passions Retreat Center
230 S. Front St., Building CP2, Chesaning, MI. 
Phone: 989-845-2159  www.creativepassionsllc.com

COST: $140 total, whether you come for 1 or 2 days or all 4 days.
First payment of $70 due to Nina by June 30, 2020.
Final payment of $70 due to Nina by August 30.
Make checks out to Creative Passions.
Registration Form MUST be sent to Nina with the deposit check - click HERE to download Registration Form!


2021 Season Projects

Based on the sign-up sheets from our Luncheon and Annual Meeting, there will be 6 project classes in the 2021 Season.  They will be:

  • Twister Purse - Chris Beadle
  • Hat - Barb Smith
  • Cross-body Purse - Cynthia Curtis
  • Wine Tote - Suzanne Shelton
  • Chenille Pot Holder - Margaret Herr
  • Monkey Bars Quilt - Gail Frenz

Supply lists for these projects will be posted of the summer.


2021 Season Coordinators & Committee Chairs

The coordinators/committee chairs for the 2020/2021 season will be:

Treasurer – Cindy Pauley
Corresponding Secretary – Patty Settles
Computer – Cynthia Curtis
Volunteers – Celia Steels
Shop Hop – Chris Beadle
Charity – Marg Ingles
Charity Contacts – Lesly Harris
Luncheon – Karen Segelken
Raffle Sales – Kay Quinn
Christmas Craft Sale Commissary (December) – Chris Beadle
Craft Sale Commissary (February) – Barb Smith
Photography & Bulletin Board – Sally Ellis
Raffle Quilt – Suzanne Shelton & Celia Steels (to be raffled 2022)
Equipment – Laurie McCabe & Martha Dunham
SNS Coordinators – Suzanne Shelton & Gail Frenz


Prevent Quilt Bleeding

Boo! Quilt bleeding! It's happened to most of us, and it's a problem we're asked to solve quite often. Some will say, "Wash it in Retayne" and others will say, "Wash it in Synthrapol". Still others say, "Use a Color Catcher". But who's right?

  • Synthrapol is used to prepare blank fabric and remove sizing, residues, oils, etc so it will accept dye better. Then, it's used after the dyeing process to suspend excess dye particles and prevent them from depositing back onto the fabric.
  • Retayne is used to fix the dye in commercial fabrics, to prevent bleeding BEFORE you use them in your project.
    Use Retayne when you prewash suspect fabrics (reds and blues are common culprits) before they are in your quilt. Use Synthrapol when you have a bleed happen after a quilt is constructed. Once the excess dye is removed, THEN wash it in Retayne to fix the dye.
  • Color Catchers (Shout, K2r, Vanish, Dylon) are simply a product used to grab dye in the wash, but they are not going to totally reverse a bad bleed after the fact.

Build your arsenal now, and prevent the bleeding nightmare. (Article from McTavish Quilting Studio on Facebook)

 Products to Prevent Quilt Bleeding


Surgical Hats for Pediatric Surgical Patients

Golisano Children's Hospital needs surgical caps for their pediatric surgical patients.  Sew-N-Sews are asking members to each make one surgical cap this summer, and bring it in the fall to donate to Golisano.  Instructions for making the surgical caps can be downloaded by clicking here:

Pediatric Surgical Caps Instructions