Monday, November 2, 2015

November 2015 Blueprints

Straight Text Version
 Save the Date!
Imitation of Life Construction Company News
November meeting
Here are few more details for our
November all day workshop/meeting:
Please call Patty to let her know you’ll be
coming and also if there is something you
would like to learn as we make our Doug
dolls – 619-466-4953.
Bring supplies for the round-robin. This
would include fabrics for his clothing, hair
supplies, stuffing (if you haven’t made a
basic Doug doll. We will have extra
patterns in case you do not have one),
your sewing machine, a basic sewing kit,
buttons (doll sized), and anything else you
want on the doll and wouldn’t mind
sharing some.
Bring a lunch and bottled water to drink.
Doug Challenge
November 10
Where: Rosie’s Calico Cupboard 72nd and El Cajon
Blvd., San Diego
Time: 9am to 4pm
What to bring: Your Doug doll, but not finished. We
will have a round-robin in which we will work on each
others dolls. See more details in the column to the
Holiday Party
December 20, 2015
Cloth Dolls tell their Stories
December 3 – February 7
This is a very special exhibit of
cloth dolls at the Ontario
Museum of History & Art.
Details on Page 2.
N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 5
This year we’ll be at
Joann Dossett’s home.
Start making a small
gift to exchange!
 FALL 2016
October meeting minutes
Linda Adams took notes at the October meeting
and here is her report:
Debby opened our meeting of October 27, 2015, after
we were treated with wonderful goodies. Those
present included witches, a cat, a cowboy and a
Debby’s first business of order was brags to Patty
Smith for organizing our doll booths at the two quilt
shows. Plenty of pictures are available. The Booths
both looked professional and we had a lot of new
member interest, including one new paid member.
Our saddest news is that our own Robin has breast
cancer. Many prayers and halos to her for her
wonderful attitude and strength. We will all be
thinking of you, dear Robin. Let us know if you need
Discussion of changing our meeting to the daytime,
or alternating night and day meetings followed. This
would begin in 2016. Any comments or concerns
should go to our President and we will vote at next
meeting. Much clapping and whistles went on for
our own Patti Culea. Patti will begin her world
wide teaching tour soon and she will not be able to
post our newsletter. We all wish her safe travels and
come back soon!
It was motioned and seconded and voted that Debby
Tomcik will take over the newsletter and Programs.
Then motioned, seconded and voted that Patty Smith
will become our new President in 2016!
Patty’s first business included organization of a
“Day at Rosie’s”. Previously discussed to be on the
17th, it will be on Tuesday, November 10, at Rosie’s
Calico Cupboard. 7151 El Cajon Blvd. , San Diego,
Ca. 92115. From 9 to 4 pm. Moved, seconded, and
voted to pay for Rosie’s craft room. We will be
entertaining new members with talents from our own
members. We will be working on our Doug Dolls,
Angels for our raffle Christmas tree, and learning
new methods taught by our own wonderfully
talented members.
Cloth Dolls Tell their
Stories Exhibit in Ontario
Do put the dates of December 3 through
February 7 on your calendars. The Ontario
Museum of History & Art have asked Patti
Culea to curate a doll exhibit of California
doll makers.
The museum’s address is 225 S. Euclid
Avenue, Ontario, CA 91762
There will be a special opening on December
3rd, but the artists reception is January 23,
2016. The exhibit will also be open during
Road to California.
 FALL 2016
Who you going to contact?
Fearless Leader – Debra Tomcik –
Fearless Leader VP – Carrie Nisil –
Treasurer – Cheryl Ripley –
Programs – Patty Smith –
Newsletter – Patti Culea –
Next deadline for newsletter: December 2
Minutes continued:
We have postponed a retreat to the spring. Patty is still checking on Santee Lakes, Cheryl on a cozy
place in Julian. If you have any contacts or suggestions let one of these ladies know.
Patty’s list for next year:
January: Road to California, January 21-24 at the Ontario Convention Center.
February: Gloria Hazel lecture on the History and methods of black doll making.
March: March 4, Eleanor Burns, owner of Quilt in a Day, has invited us to join her lecture on Quilts.
April: Doll challenge for Charity doll. Carrie to check with Father Joe’s villages for more
October: Kaleidoscope Quilt Club has invited us to share in a lecture by Christen Brown, on
Embroidery and Paper Dolls. (She is from Bouncing Beads on La Mesa Blvd.)
Linda asked if we wanted more IOLCC business cards. It was voted that we will order more business
cards and exchange the names on the new order. If you haven’t picked up a business card, do so at
the next meeting. They are helpful when talking to prospective
members. The postcards will continue to be printed by Linda.
Thanks to Patty Smith for a great Halloween Party and wicked
witches hat craft. Prizes went to Gloria, Cheryl and Carrie.
Members News:
November 9 Patti Culea will be doing a trunk show at The
Church of St. Timothy’s Women’s Group at 7pm. The
church’s address is 2960 Canyon Road, Escondido 92025
Patti was also featured in Be Creative by Workbox in their
November/December issue. This is a UK publication and
can be found at some local Barnes & Noble Bookstores.
Check it out at
And, soon Galli Publishing will be releasing an eBook that
focuses on faces. You can pre-order it now and receive a
15% discount.
Any other news, please let Patti know:
Inside are the “happenings for the Imitation of Life Construction
Company, better known as IOLCC.
We meet on the 4th Tuesday of most months at various members
homes. Our meetings start at 6:30pm and end around 8:30pm.
We do a lot of “hands on” projects, and have a wonderful time
of fun and fellowship.
Check out our blog:
Patti Medaris Culea, Editor
9019 Stargaze Ave.
San Diego, CA 92129

The above are two versions of the newsletter, which is emailed or mailed to members. I am simply re-posting it. If you were a member of the club you would get the newsletter sooner, with better graphics.
Please let me know if there are problems.

About the "Dapper Doug" doll. Someone was kind enough to give me a copy of the pattern, so here is the list of suggested supplies:

1/2 yard fabric for head, arms & legs
1/2 yard fabric for body and sleeves (use a print fabric so that he looks like he is wearing a shirt)
1/4 yard fabric for pants
pair of small doll socks
shoes (red high-top tennis shoes)
small amount of pre-cut rug yarn for the hair in two colors
two 4.5mm eyes
quilting thread
sculpting needles
regular sewing needles and supplies
stuffing forks mini & regular
turning tool
pens, pencils, crayons for doing face
(fine line brown, red, black  & pink micron pigma pens)
tacky glue
wood craft stick (to keep neck straight)

freezer paper for cutting out pattern pieces
Krylon sprayable fixative

All the above are 'suggestions', since this is your chance to be creative with a basic pattern. If you already have the pattern, and the time, you might want to make one or two bodies to bring and share.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

October Newsletter

Save the Date!
Imitation of Life Construction Company News
IOLCC Atrocities
Cook Book
I found my copy of the cook book Kandy
Scott put together when she was our
fearless leader. It is full of fun recipe’s
pulled together by members of the club
back then. Here’s the menu:
Horror D-Oeuvres
Bat Wings by Barbara Chapman
Buggy Bean Dip by Muriel Fisher
Minced Entrails by Susan Robershaw
Moldy Toadstools by Nan Ferrin
Rancid Artichokes by Brunhilda
Toadstools in Swampwater by Susan
Sickening Salads
Black Widow Salad by LouElla Berry
Brain Mousse by Marjie Lopez
Garden Compost by Rita Zerull
Heart Aspic by Marjie Lopez
Monster Mash by Rosemary Glenn
Main Corpse
Bugs in the Grass by Lois Boncer
Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy
Gopher Guts by Pamela Armas
One Pot Road Kill by Bonnie Stewart
Kitty Treats by Val Kaplan
Lump of Atomic Waste by Rita Kahn
Continued on Page 3……..
IOLCC Halloween Party!
October 27
Where: Patty Smith’s 7176 Hybeth Drive, La Mesa
Time: 6:30pm
What to bring: Your favorite spooky finger foods
What to wear: A fun costume, of course!
Show & Tell: Bring a spooky doll, or project to share
November Mtg
November 17
Holiday Party
We will have details in the
November newsletter.
O C T O B E R 2 0 1 5
Our meeting will be
one week earlier due to
Kaleidascope Quilt
October 17
Lemon Grove Masonic Lodge, 2590 Main St.,
Lemon Grove
$10 admission
Dolls in London
While at the Knitting & Stitching Show in
London I was excited to see Mavis Walker’s
Chess Set. She has worked on this for years.
There were several other doll exhibits at the
show – all cloth – but photography wasn’t
allowed. I was glad to see that Mavis was
open to people taking photo’s of her dolls.
The other photo I have to share is a stitched
piece that was in the entry as we walked into
the show at Alexander Palace. Fun at Fobbles
Many of you know I mainly seem to
teach workshops outside the U.S. The
shop in the photo below is in the Lake
District of England and I go there every
year. The shop and classroom are in a
400 year old converted barn, and on a
working farm. The owners raise sheep
dogs and have sheep to train the dogs.
This year we made my wee doll –
Peony. Several got their dolls finished,
but we do work hard for 3 days.
Bernardo Winery Arts & Crafts Fair
Who you going to contact?
Fearless Leader – Debra Tomcik –
Fearless Leader VP – Carrie Nisil –
Treasurer – Cheryl Ripley –
Programs – Patty Smith –
Newsletter – Patti Culea –
October 17 & 18, 2015
There is a lot to do this weekend, so no chance of getting bored. Our dolls will be on display at the
Kaleidascope Quilt Show (information on Page 2), and then there is the truly outstanding arts & crafts
fair at the Bernardo Winery in Rancho Bernardo.
Atrocities Menu Continued:
Dead Zerts Putrid Potions
Apple Caramel Dip by Sticky Casper Floating Hand by Iva Stump
Crusty Green Sludge by Rita Kahn Gruesome Brew by Sarah Swill
White Death by Patrice Switzer Lizard Slime by Ann Green
Wormy Dirt Pie by Kandy Scott
Inside are the “happenings for the Imitation of Life Construction
Company, better known as IOLCC.
We meet on the 4th Tuesday of most months at various members
homes. Our meetings start at 6:30pm and end around 8:30pm.
We do a lot of “hands on” projects, and have a wonderful time
of fun and fellowship.
Check out our blog:
Patti Medaris Culea, Editor
9019 Stargaze Ave.
San Diego, CA 92129


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Blueprints for September

Save the Date!
Imitation of Life Construction Company News
Being the editor I can chatter
away about anything I want.
What I want to “chat” about is
how exciting I see our doll
club becoming. The fact that
we were asked back to the San
Diego Quilt Show was a huge
plus. Patty Smith worked
really hard to get us
committed, getting volunteers
to man the exhibit, and attending
the guild meetings.
It is also exciting seeing us getting
back to regular meetings, making
fun projects, and talking about
having a workshop with an outside
doll designer.
Look over the Save the Date list and
start thinking about what you want
to do to help grow our guild.
Dolls at the San Diego Quilt
What a thrill to see our dolls at the San Diego Quilt Show! I
hope all of you have a chance to go to the show. We need to let
the quilt show members know we are there to support them so
we can be invited back.
There are more photos on the next page of our dolls. Thank
you to all of you who put your dolls in the exhibit, and a huge
thank you to Patty Smith for coordinating the exhibit.
Halloween Party
October 27
November 17
Our meeting will
be one week earlier
due to
Holiday Party
Watch for the
announced date in
next newsletter
S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5
Get your best
Halloween outfits out,
and your favorite
spooky foods. More
details next month!

SDQS Doll Exhibit
September 10-12
San Diego Convention Center
$10 admission

Special offer from Piecemakers
Gloria and Edwina helping people get excited about
making dolls and the San Diego Quilt Show!

Don’t forget about the Kaleidoscope Quilt Show
Oct. 17. The dolls need to be turned in to Patty
Smith by October 15th. The quilt show will be held
at the Lemon Grove Masonic Lodge, 2590 Main
St., Lemon Grove
The theme is Floral Follies and Mermaids.

We are thrilled to welcome back the one, the only... ELINOR PEACE BAILEY... for three
days of extraordinary classes and her Very Special Trunk Show, Thursday, October 15th -
Saturday, October 17th. www.piecemakers.comfor class times and information.
We have been given the opportunity to award a Dollmakers' Choice Class
Scholarship to one person in your doll group. Please let us know a.s.a.p. if a
dollmaker in your group would like to take advantage of this special opportunity!
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Inside are the “happenings for the Imitation of Life Construction
Company, better known as IOLCC.
We meet on the 4th Tuesday of most months at various members
homes. Our meetings start at 6:30pm and end around 8:30pm.
We do a lot of “hands on” projects, and have a wonderful time
of fun and fellowship.
Check out our blog:
Patti Medaris Culea, Editor
9019 Stargaze Ave.
San Diego, CA 92129


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Blueprints for August 2015

Click here for link to PDF version newsletter.  Members get an emailed version where the links actually work,
so please come join our group!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Newsletter for July 2015

The above is a re-post of the wonderful monthly newsletter prepared by Patti Culea

Monday, June 8, 2015

Imitation of Life Construction Company
Raggedy Ann’s 100th Birthday Party
June 28

Don't forget the Raggedy Ann's Birthday Party on June 28th. It will be at Debby Tomcik's from 3 to 5 pm.

Some of you have already signed up to bring food, if not, email Debby to find out what is needed.

Bring your favorite Raggedy Ann Doll (or make one in a hurry). There will be prizes for best party outfit, the cutest Raggedy Ann, the most unique Raggedy Ann, and the oldest Raggedy Ann.

Please RSVP by June 22nd.

Also don't forget membership renewal is this month.


(The above is an unofficial condensed recap of the email bulletin that goes out to all members. Contact a member for more information.)

Note: One of the side gadgets, "Sociable" was broken and was sending viewers to other advertising. I hope I have fixed it, but please let me know if this happens again -

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

May 2015 Newsletter

Imitation of Life Construction Company News

Mingei Meet-UP

May19, Tuesday, is a free day at the
Mingei Musuem in Balboa Park. Patty Smith discussed at the April meeting about us meeting there and going through the museum as a group. Until July 15th they have a special exhibit of black dolls.

Meet Patty at 10am in the parking lot behind the Starlight Theater. We'll then take the free tram to the museum.

It might also be fun to have lunch at the Japanese Friendship Garden Tea Room. They have all kinds of good food.

If interested, email Patty Smith

Also, if enough are interested we can arrange car pooling. I know I'll be going so I can take three people in my PT.

It’s Raggedy Ann’s100thBirthday!

June 28th we will be celebrating Raggedy Ann's birthday and
the 25th birthday of IOLCC. Think of the best birthday party you went to as a little girl and that is what we'll be having.
That means, start thinking about the party dress/outfit you'll want to wear and the type of food you would eat at, let's say, 8 to 10 years old. Sounds fun? You bet it will be. We'll have more details in the June newsletter but I wanted to get your 
imagination going.

Date - June 28th - 3pm until?
Place: Debby Tomcik's.

Events of Interest: May 14th and 16th2!

This is a large quilt and general sewing expo. Quilts of Valor will be represented, along with many companies from all over. Well worth checking out.

Kaleidoscope Quilt Guild Quilt Show Doll Exhibit
October 17th, 10am to 4pm
Where: Masonic Lodge, 2590 Main Street

Patty Smith was asked if she could put together a doll exhibit. She'd like the dolls made at Floral Follies, plus some in the group are making Patti Culea's mermaid. If you are interested, contact Patti Smith. She will let us know where and when to deliver our dolls.

Hoffman Challenge:
Please note that things have changed. You no longer send them to Colorado. Here is the link to the challenge info.

May Meeting - May 28th
Where: Patti Culea's House
When: 630Pm to 8:30 pm
What: Raggedy Ann bobbin doll
What to bring - basic sewing kit, scraps of fabric for dress, red yarn or embroidery floss for hair, markers or detailing pens for drawing face, strong thread for putting the doll together. Please bring $3 to give Joann for the bobbins and wooden beads that she is purchasing for us. This is the doll that Joann shared at the April meeting.

We'll have snacks and I'll have water, tea and coffee available.

Doll Making Class:
When: August 7th and 8th, 2015
Where: Piecemaker's
Patti will be teaching how to make her doll 'Helen' from her book Creative Cloth Doll Couture (also from her Creative Cloth Doll Collection) 
Helen is a 1940's woman with old-fashioned camiknickers underneath and the new 40's style suit, shoes, hat, and purse. A fun class, and one she hasn't taught here in the United States. 

IOLCC Dues are $15 and due in June. Make checks to IOLCC. Our new fiscal year will start in June.

Who to contact: Fearless leader Debra Tomcik.

Where to find patterns:!

Patti Culea, Newsletter Editor

The above is a partial re-post of Patti Culea's newsletter, which is sent to all members. The emailed newsletter has better pictures and more information. Contact someone in the group for more information. Also note, in using copy/paste from the newsletter all punctuation was replaced with '!' and '$', so I have re-typed it, and any errors are my fault.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

March Blueprints

2 0 1 5
Blueprints March 2015

Imitation of Life Construction Company News: Floral Follies
Just about 80% of our doll club attended Piecemaker's Country Store February 19th 
through 22nd. There were 45 people attending and Piecemaker's went all out for us.
The store was decorated beautifully, the lunches were incredible, and we all made
new friends.

See Patti Culea's You Tube "New Project 4" for some good photos!

Next meeting will be March 24th at 6:30 to 8:30 (Tuesday) at Joanne's house for Show & Tell Time. Bring the dolls you made at Floral Follies and also bring a snack to share. 
Carpooling is recommended due to limited parking at Joanne's house. 

Raggedy Ann Tea:

We’ll be discussing the upcoming Raggedy Ann Tea. Put your thinking caps on and be ready with some ideas to share. Our teas are always so much fun. The next newsletter will be a bit more newsy. Your new newsletter person is packing for the last doll making cruise and ran out of time.
The above is an excerpt from the official newsletter. To get the full version, join our group!


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February 2015

No meeting this month, as some of us are going up to Floral Follies in Costa Mesa. Next month we can all get together to share our experiences.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Blueprints, January 2015

January 2015 

This months meeting: Tuesday, January 27th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Patty Smith’s   7176 Hybeth Dr.   La Mesa CA 91941   619-466-4953
Patty wrote: 
"I thought we could have a exchange of all the fabric, trims and things we haven't used and trade with our friends. bring a bag of "goodies" and go home with someone else's. I'll have tables set up and we can go through the goodies and swap, trade or just give away ."

Sounds like fun to me I always love going through other's treasures.

Upcoming Cloth Doll Events: 

Floral Follies - February 19th to 22nd at Piecemaker's in Costa Mesa, CA. Six of the top cloth doll makers/designers in the world will be at this once-in-a-ifetime event. Elinor peace bailey, Patti Culea, Sally Lampi, Gloria McKinnon, Betts Vidal and Barbara Willis will all be there. 

Each designer is making a cloth doll body so that all you will have to do during the three-day workshop is embellish them. For more information contact Jean or Joanna at Piecemaker s- 714-641-3112 or email them at You caln also check the Piecemaker's website for more information.

useful web sites

Members web sites: 
Lois Boncer                                         Patti Culea                          Barb Keeling                    Debra Tomcik        

    This is an unofficial, shortened version of the emailed Blueprints sent to all members.  Non-members are welcome to attend our open meetings; however, I recommend calling ahead to get directions and find out about any last-minute changes.                                                                             

November and December 2014

There was no regular doll club meeting in November. In December we had a small holiday party at a member's house.