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.