Sunday, March 1, 2015

Next Event: March 8, Spikey Ball Workshop, Masonicare, Wallingford, CT

Our next event is the Spikey Ball Workshop sewing workshop on March 8, at Masonicare, in Wallingford, CT. We will start sewing at 9 AM but some of us will be there earlier so everyone can get in and get set up.


Tom Halapin has to make this one:
Bring List:


Sewing Machine
Bobbins
Needles (needle threader)
Thread (V-30 or HB-33 is preferred)
(Güterman, Mettlers Metrosene, or Mölnlycke braided polyester thread is acceptable.)
Thread Stand
Seam Ripper
Scissors
Plastic store bag for nipped threads and trash   
Electrical Extension Cord, Power Strip
3 Prong Electrical Adapters
Pencil, Pencil Sharpener
Blue Tape
Quilting Ruler

You will need all the usual suspects, starting with a Sewing Machine that works and you know how to work it. That means you are able to change the needle, thread the machine, wind a bobbin, change the bobbin, and adjust both bobbin and top tensions. We always suggest you bring the Manual for your machine.

Thread: Good, quality (preferably commercial grade V-30 polyester or HB-33 nylon) synthetic (not cotton) thread. A Thread Stand for the thread is a good thing to have.

EMPTY bobbins for YOUR sewing machine. This way, if your thread is an issue, we can wind good thread on to the empty bobbins and you can sew in the workshop.

Extra new needles for your sewing machine. #90, or 14, Regular Point.

Extension cord. Longer is better. There are many outlets around the walls of the room, but the tables are in the middle of the room. Bring a long extension cord, a power strip, and a 3-prong adapter (hey - you never know). The room is well lit, but some people find that an extra table light helps them see.

Specific to this project:
You will want to have a Quilting Ruler (clear, see-thru and gridded) to mark for the Seams.
You will want a piece of blackboard or sidewalk chalk to make the alignment creases easier to see.
Light colored fabric pencil to mark Seam Allowances on dark fabric if you have problems seeing pencil lines.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Workshop fun!

The Pocket Sled workshop was a great success. Everybody finished their projects and we were all done by 3 PM.

Scroll down to see Ray Gruzas' great pictures!


Willa & Sally got right to work on their kites in complementary colors.


Auralie chose a table in the back of the room, as far away from the instructor as possible. Or maybe just close to the food...

Franklin made two kites.


Doug made two kites too!

John drove 130 miles to play with us and make his kite. He has a great Singer sewing machine.
Auralie shows off her finished kite.

Ray Gruzas sent along the great pics below. Ray made two kites, two bags, and still found time to snap these great pics! Thanks, Ray!


Auralie chats up Dave & Sandy.
Franklin gets right to work!
This goes with that, over there, with the other thing.
Willa & Sally are settling in.
There was plenty of time to coffee klatch in the back corner (near the food!)

It really is a great place for Kite Workshops.
Be reasonable. Do it MY way.... :)
That's right!
Tom (seated) supervises Franklin's efforts.


Thanks for the great pics, Ray!


Next Project: Spikey Ball! March 8, 2015. We start sewing at 9 AM.
Soccer Ball and Spikey Ball at a kite festival.


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Next Event: Pocket Sled Kite Making Workshop, February 8, 2015

Our next event is our first of two kite making workshops. We will be making the Buck Childers Pocket Sled on February 8, 2015 at Masonicare in Wallingford, CT. The room is confirmed!
The Pocket Sled is a kite that everyone should have in their kite bag, or even the glove compartment in their car. It uses Pockets instead of sticks, and it can be folded up and put in your pocket when you are done flying.

The Pocket Sled is the best kite to have when you want to always have a kite available to fly. It is an easy sew. The Plans are available on the KitePlans.org page. I use an older set of plans. They are the same dimensions, but they have some added errata.

There is a rumor that a zipper bag for the completed project might be included in the workshop.

See you there!

Next month, March 8, 2015, we will be making the Spikey Ball. That is a bit more complicated to sew. Use the February workshop to refresh your sewing skills!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Next Event! Sunday, Setember 14, Colt State Park, Bristol, RI

The next Club Fly is at Colt State Park in Bristol, Rhode Island on Sunday, September 14, 2014. This is the regular 'Second Sunday' fly for the Club. Colt State Park was suggested as a venue in January's Annual Meeting by folks who found Savin Rock somewhat challenging.

Colt State Park is a great place to fly. It is right on Narragansett Bay, about half way down the east side of the Bay.

Directions and information here.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Next Event: Harkness Day, September 7, Harkness State Park, Waterford, CT

Our next Club Event is Harkness Day, Sunday, September 7, 2014, at Harkness State Park, Waterford, CT. Harkness Day is a party in the park. There is free admission to the Park. Last year they were accepting canned goods donations at the Entrance. The Park will be very crowded so it helps to get there early.

Click here for Park information and directions.

Great job, Karl, Jack and Ray for getting in the Newspaper on Harkness Day!

Coming up the following Sunday, September 14, is the Club fly in Colt State Park, Bristol, Rhode Island.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Next Event! July 13, Newport Kite Festival, Brenton Point, Newport, RI.

The Newport Kite Festival is the most beautiful and best attended Kite Festival in New England. The Festival runs from Friday afternoon through Sunday. The Official ConnectiKITERS Fly Day is Sunday, July 13, but most of us will be there for the whole weekend.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Next Event! Red, White, & Blue Fly, June 8, Hammonasset State Beach State Park.

Our next Club Fly is the Red, White & Blue Fly at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, CT. It is the Red, White & Blue Fly in celebration of Flag Day on June 14. The emphasis will be on Red, White & Blue Kites and Line Laundry, but everything is welcome. Come play with us! Hammonasset Beach State Park is at Exit 62 on Interstate 95. Once in the Park, follow the road to the rotary, and take the first turn off the rotary towards West Beach. We will be somewhere in the big fields past the big parking lot on the left. Most people are there by noon. We often stay until dark if the wind holds. The Park closes at sunset.