OnPoint! April 2015

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PresidentLess than one month to go to the World of Quilts XXXVI at Kennedy Catholic! With all of our registered quilts, coupled with ten of Paula Nadelstern’s Invitational Quilts, the NSQG Challenge, quilts by Comfort Quilts, quilts representing three of the Special Interest Groups, and the FANE exhibit, this is going to be a beautiful Show! Lectures by Becky Goldsmith of Piece o’ Cake Designs and Paula Nadelstern will bring their many years of experience and success to us. The Silent Auction, the Boutique, Demonstrations and 33 Vendors will round out the pleasure brought to the public by NSQG!All of our volunteers will make this the best show ever, bringing our Show Time at Kennedy Catholic to a beautiful end with our grateful thanks to the High School! Our business meetings will continue to be held at Kennedy Catholic, our home base.

The Nominating Committee has completed its search for a slate of candidates for election to the Board of Directors. Their announcement follows below; the candidates will be introduced at the April Guild Meeting. Nominations from the floor will be received at this meeting, provided those being nominated from the floor have agreed to serve on the Board. The bios of the candidates will be in the May OnPoint! The election will take place during the NSQG Annual Meeting on May 19th.  Great thanks to those who said, “Yes”!  Thanks also to the Nominating Committee for their dedication in finding these excellent candidates.

Happy last stitching your entry quilt(s). Quilt drop-off day is Saturday, April 25th.

Caryl Castellion, President
President@Northernstarquilters.com

AnnualMeetingNotice

Official Notice of the NSQG Annual Meeting

The NSQG General Meeting will be held:
 May 19, 2015 at 7pm in the Kennedy Catholic HS cafeteria,
Route 138, Somers, NY 10589.

The Election of the NSQG Officers for the year 2015-2016 will be held during the Annual Meeting.

NSQG 2015-16 Ballot

President – Joyce Sullivan
Secretary – Rosemary DePaola
Treasurer – Mary Mahedy
VP Membership – Christine Wilhelm
VP Communications – Maria Catalano
VP Programs – Judy Gignesi
VP Quilt Show – Susan Fasnacht
VP Education – Jennifer Kramer

Programs

APRIL: Lecture: April 21 – Norah McMeeking

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Norah is the author of “Bella Bella Quilts” and “More Bella Bella Quilts”. She will walk us through her process in recreating the fabulous marble floors of Italy.

 

Workshop: April 22 Oslo Star $50

Originally we were scheduled to have Norah teach Cosmati Rings, however, this has been discontinued so her workshop will instead be Oslo Star.

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May 4th Workshop:

Becky Goldsmith

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Needleturn hand applique is both fun and relaxing once you know to do it! You will learn how to sew an invisible stitch in this class for all skill levels. Other skill-building techniques include curves, outer points, and much more.

Lecture: May 19 – Mary Cannizzaro

“I’m not Competitive, I just sew really fast!”

Our own Mary Cannizzaro will provide us with a look at her process and how she creates her prize winning quilts! This promises to be a real treat! In addition to her power point presentation, Mary will treat us to a trunk show featuring many of her quilts.

Programs@Northernstarquilters.com

Education

News from our Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Art Quilters – Christine Wilhelm

Bring your entry for the Art SIG challenge “Under the Microscope;” this is the last call for entries. The group meets at 5:45 p.m. before the Guild meetings in the Library.  New Members always welcome.

Landscape Quilters – Don Gough

The Landscape SIG meetings for the next 5 months are: Saturdays April 4th, May 9th,  June 6th , July 11th , and August 1st.  All meetings are from 1pm to 3pm at the Astoria bank in Somers on the Second floor.

Longarm Group – Diane Linker

The meeting on April 11th will be at Angie Contadino’s home. There is no meeting in May because we will all be at the quilt show.

Domestic Machine Quilting – Helen Boland

The Domestic Machine Quilting SIG will meet at 5:45 in the back of the cafeteria before the April Guild meeting. We start the meeting with a brief sharing of “What to Quilt” and then start the program on making quilting designs on “paper” quilts that have been printed.  We will work in pairs to do this.  Any questions, email Helen.  news@northerstarquilters.com

New SIG Ideas for 2015/2016

Please contact Jennifer Kramer education@northenstarquilters.com if you would like to start a new SIG or revive an old one.  There will be a sign-up list at the April meeting.

Jennifer Kramer,VP Education
Education@Northernstarquilters.com

QuiltShow

Quilt Show Update

It’s only a few weeks until, A World of Quilts XXXVI. The Quilt Show Committee has been making final preparations for our last show at Kennedy Catholic High School. Our show offers an opportunity for quilters and non-quilters to see the variety of ways fabric can be put together to create a work of art.  In addition to the registered quilts in the gymnasium, other special displays will be on view throughout the building. We have a wonderful invitational exhibit of quilts this year by Paula Nadelstern, plus other quilt displays that include the 2015 NSQG Challenge, “Simply Solid!”, the Silent Auction, Comfort Quilts, the FANE (Fiber Arts NorthEast) Challenge, and quilts from the Art Quilt, Landscape and Long Arm Special Interest Groups.

Volunteers

If you have not yet volunteered for a job at the quilt show, it’s not too late to sign up! A minimum of three volunteer hours is required in order to obtain one day of free admission. Any additional hours that you might be able to contribute would be greatly appreciated. Contact Carolynn Young to sign up.

Spread the Word

There are several ways you can help advertise our show:

There will be show postcards available at the admissions table at the April guild meeting. Also, you should have received a show invitation email that you can forward to your family and friends. And don’t forget to print the show poster and display it wherever you can. The show is right around the corner!

Show Pins

Show pins will be on sale at the April meeting. Be sure to get yours early. In each of the last two years, the pins sold out completely.

Quilt Drop Off

Quilt Drop Off day is Saturday, April 25 from 12 noon until 4 pm at the Kennedy Catholic High School Cafeteria.

All quilts must have:

  1. A sewn on sleeve for hanging – do not use material such as Steam-A-Seam to attach the sleeve. If your quilt is wider than 80” or longer than 94”, please read the Registration Rules and Instructions ( 21, 22, and 23) on how to place your sleeve.
  2. A covering over your name on the back or front of your quilt.
  3. A Registration ID Number sewn to the lower right (as you look at the back) corner of the quilt back.
  4. No loose threads, pet hairs or strong odors.

Silent Auction

Thank you to those who have generously donated quilts for the Silent Auction. We are hoping for about 30 quilts for each day of the Show and are only about halfway there. Please consider helping us reach our goal.

Guidelines:

25” x 25” maximum

Please include a label and a sleeve.

Deliver your finished quilt Carolyn Langevin or Kay Marcarello as soon as it is ready.

Photos have been taken and posted on the web – see what’s been submitted so far.

I’ll see everyone May 2 and 3 – enjoy the show!

Susan Fasnacht, VP, Quilt Show
Quiltshow@Northernstarquilters.com

Hospitality

Thank you to all the P, Q, & R’s for providing snacks in March.

Members with last names beginning with S, are encouraged to bring snacks to our next meeting. We will have hot water for tea, so bring your travel cup for a refill.  Also, remember to pick up a free raffle ticket when you drop off your snack.

Nancy Cianflone, Hospitality
Hospitality@Northernstarquilters.com

CharitableActivities

Comfort Quilts

Be sure to stop by the Comfort Quilt displayIMG_0088 at our Quilt Show to enjoy examples of the colorful designs and exquisite quilting done by many Guild members on the Comfort Quilts which are distributed to those in need.  Thanks to all who made quilts or donated fabric to make these outstanding quilts.  Please keep those donations of fabrics coming to Karen Carlson and Carol Auer.

During the Winter season, Comfort Quilts meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Meetings are held at the North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corp at 14 Daniel Road, North Salem. Come and join the fun but always verify the date with Carol Auer or Karen Carlson because Dates are subject to change.

Community Cares

Many thanks for your support of Community Cares, our 2015 charity.   The funds raised by your purchase of raffle tickets will be used to offer families with cancer and other major illnesses in Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties some peace of mind and some real grass-roots help with free household cleaning services, laundry wash-and-fold services, child care and family meals donated by local restaurants.  Extra tickets are still available and can be picked up from Althea Nolan.

Althea Nolan, Charitable Activities
Charitable@Northernstarquilters.com

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Melanie Darensod, Secretary
Sunshine@Northernstarquilters.com

Membership

The weather was kind to us once again and 111 members were present at the guild meeting.  We hosted 3 guests and welcome Anita W. as a new member.

Thank you to Pat Julian, Nina Primer, Christine Langan and Christine Wolle for their help throughout the evening at the membership table.

Patti Calautti, VP Membership
Membership@Northernstarquilters.com

Library

Spring is in the air-finally! Time to clean out our Sewing Studios of all our gently used books and magazines. Bring your donations, patterns, too, to the Library table for our Quilt Show book sale in May.

Book reviews

  • “Quilting by Improvisation “ by Vikki Pignatelli. Great book!  It took me on an adventure of discovery into the world of unbelievable thread painting / embroidery.  The close up photos and the explanations brought it all to life.  It was an exciting experience.
  • “Surface Design Essentials” by Jane Davila. Explores a variety of techniques and mediums for printing on fabric.  Includes projects and lots of photos.
  • “Adventures in Design” by Joen Wolfrom. A presentation of nature’s design basics to help you build a design foundation from which you can develop your personal style.

New Books

  • “Sew Modern Baby” by Angela Yosten
  • “Listen to Your Quilt” by Barbra Persing
  • “In Love with Squares and Rectangles” by Janine Burke

New Magazines

  • Machine Quilting Unlimited March/ April  2015
  • American Quilter March 2015

Please remember to return the books you borrowed.

Dee Plouffé, Library Chair
Library@Northernstarquilters.com

Communications

Teresa Barkley, who spoke at our Quilt Show a few years ago, along with 11 other quilters, is part of an exhibit of Contemporary Quilts sponsored by the Manhattan Quilters’ Guild.  The exhibit is being held from March 21st to April 18, 2015 at the Blue Door Gallery, 13 Riverdale Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701, 914-375-5100. Open Thurs, Fri and Sat 12 – 5pm.  Please click here for more information.

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The Wilton Historical Society is honored to be showing the work of critically acclaimed quilt designer Denyse Schmidt. Her creations are modern interpretations of classic quilt designs – contemporary, functional textile art with deep historic roots. The exhibition of nearly a dozen quilts opens with a reception on Thursday, March 19 from 5-7. The show will run through Saturday, October 3. Open Tues – Sat 10-4.

Also showing, June Myles’ Hooked Art.  These are not your granny’s hooked rugs! Opening on Thursday, March 19, and running through October 3 at the Wilton Historical Society, the exhibition One Loop at a Time: June Myles’ Hooked Art displays works of art “painted in wool” as the artist says. The pieces on display – rugs, wall hangings, and pillows– are alive with color, texture and movement. The works show off June Myles’ sophisticated use of color, her love of language and her virtuoso needle skills.  Open Tues-Sat 10-4.

For more information on either program click here.

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April 18-19  Calling all quilters – come to the Hudson Valley next month to see some very special quilts!

Sheep-to-Shawl

Special Exhibit with Workshops: The Art of the Reproduction-Recreating Period Textiles Philipsburg Manor, 381 North Broadway (Route 9),  Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. April 18-19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

From fiber to fashion, this classic spring festival celebrates all things woolly sheep! New this year a special exhibit, The Art of the Reproduction: Recreating Period Textiles uses pieces from the Historic Hudson Valley collection to shine a spotlight on this fun, yet often overlooked, area of historic study. Along with the exhibit, there will be a series of talks and hands-on workshops. HHV’s expert staff member and noted historic quilter and knitter, Cat Hannan will be using an amazing display of her own reproduction quilts, and period knitting, as she shares information on creating period quilted or knitted pieces. For the full workshop and talk schedule, please visit https://www.hudsonvalley.org/community/blogs/fine-art-reproducing-period-textiles Online admission: $14; $12 for seniors; $8 for children 3-17. Free for members and children under 3. Onsite prices are $2 more per ticket. Buy tickets online at www.hudsonvalley.org. 914-366-6900.

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Rene Flouranges-Valdez was featured in a solo exhibit at Etui Fiber Arts. Rene would like to thank all of the NSQG members who were there to support her during the show.

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Donna Chambers, who was featured in our members showcase in January, debuts in “Images in Fabric” which opens in April at Etui Fiber Arts.   A special toast to the artist is planned for April 11th.  Etui is located at 2106 Boston Post Road, Larchmont, NY 10538.  914-341-1426

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rsz_2mayannMargaret Phillips and Mayann Weinberg have been juried into the 98th Annual Juried Show at the Greenwich Art Society.  The show is juried by Margaret Ewing, MOMA, NYC and will run from March 27th through April 22nd, 2015 at the Bendheim Gallery, 299 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT.  The hours are Mon – Fri 10am to 5pm Sat & Sun Noon to 4pm.  On the top left is Mayann’s acrylic painting “Dodge It” and below is Margaret’s “Study In Yellow”.

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We would love to feature your current work on exhibit at a gallery or show or your latest accomplishment. Our newsletter is a great way to share your accomplishments. Please send any photos and information to news@northernstarquilters.com.

Helen Boland, VP Communications

News@Northernstarquilters.com

SpecialActivities

Boutique

The annual quilt show boutique is scheduled for May 2 and May 3 at Kennedy Catholic during show hours. The Boutique provides opportunity to sell some of your unique handmade items to our membership and all our quilt show guests.

Would you like to participate by selling some of your handmade items?  If you are a NSQG member and have made all the items you plan to sell, we welcome your participation.  There is a $25 dollar fee per table for vendors.  You can share or have your own table.  For more information and to sign-up please contact Stephanie Santangelo.

2015 Challenge

Thank you again to all the “Simply Solids” NSQG 2015 challenge participants.  We would like to honor all participants and provide the opportunity for the guild membership to get to know who made each quilt entry.

All of the challenge quilts will be hung at our annual quilt show May 2 and May 3 at Kennedy Catholic.  After the show, Barb Tatera will hold all the quilts and they will be distributed to their makers at the May NSQG monthly meeting.  The quilter will then have the opportunity to “Show and Tell” their quilt/s and provide any information that they would like to share in their inspiration.

If any challenge quilt maker requires the return of their quilt/s prior to the May meeting, please contact Barb who will coordinate your quilt return.

2016 Guild Challenge

We hope you have been inspired to keep the momentum of the NSQG challenge going.  If so, please consider submitting an idea for the 2016 challenge. Any guild member can submit a proposal, which should include: Idea, Challenge Name, Challenge rules, Categories for which ribbons will be awarded.

Please submit your written or electronic proposal to Kelly Lockwood by April 30, 2015.

Next Steps:

  • Kelly will anonymously submit all challenge proposals to the board at the May Board meeting for vote.
  • The author of the winning vote becomes the 2016 challenge coordinator.
  • The coordinator gathers a committee to collect the challenge entries, display the quilts at the February guild meeting, count ballets, award ribbons, and hang the quilts the Friday night before the 2016 quilt show.
  • Please contact Kelly if you have any questions.  Proposals will be presented at the May board meeting, so please submit your idea (or ideas) prior to April 30.
  • The challenge will be presented to the membership no later than the June meeting so that quilters can begin designing and stitching over our summer break.

Trips

A huge “Thank You!!” to Jennifer and Mary Cannizzaro for coordinating another organized, enjoyable, and exciting trip to the Lancaster AQS show.

NSQG bus trippers continued their tradition of supporting the local quilt shop economy and being inspired by the beautiful show quilts.

Special@Northernstarquilters.com

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Many Thanks to Nancy Hantman for Researching and Compiling this List!

[NSQG] = NSQG Member(s) represented

“The Gees Bend Tradition”, Lehman College Art Gallery; through April 24, 2015 (closed April 3, 4, 11); 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468-1589; Tel: 718-960-8731 http://www.lehman.edu/vpadvance/artgallery/gallery/

“A Garden of Quilts”, Smithtown Quilters; April 11 – 12, 2015, Dawnwood Middle School, Centereach, NY http://www.northernstarquilters.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/poster.pdf

“Country Quilter Spring Getaway”; Interlocken Inn, Lakeville, CT; April 17-19, 2015; Call Nancy Mirman for information.

“Fibrations!,” now through Spring 2015, The Great Hall, Springfield, VT; 802-885-3061; https://www.facebook.com/GreatHallSpringfield?filter=1.

“Genesee Valley Quilt Fest”, June 5 – 7, 2015; Gordon Field House, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. Over 600 quilts on display. http://www.geneseevalleyquiltfest.com/

“Super Quilt Seminar” featuring Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson; Newark, DE; April 16-18, 2015. http://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/101-ricky/23209-super-seminar-newark-Delaware

“Piecemakers of Cairo Quilt Show”, sponsored by the Piecemakers Guild; Cairo Public Library, 15 Railroad Ave., Cairo, NY 12413; Saturday, August 8, 2015; 10 am to 4 pm.  For more information call Debra at 518-622-2270.

“Silver City Quilt Show”, September 19 & 20, 2015 10am – 4pm; Silver City Quilt Guild; September 19 & 20, 2015 10am – 4pm; Friedman Middle School, 500 Norton Ave, Taunton, MA 02780;  http://www.silvercityquiltguild.org/quilt_show

“22nd Annual Bennington Quiltfest”; September 19 – 20, 2015   Sat:9-5, Sun:9-4; Mount Anthony Union Middle School; 747 East Road, Bennington, Vermont; http://www.benningtonquiltfest.com/

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OnPoint! March 2015

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President

Winter is almost on the way out. We made it without any cancellations of meetings, which enabled us to enjoy both Education Programs this year. It is good to see what our members have been doing and now are teaching. Many thanks to all who demonstrated! And to those who lead the Super Saturday classes!

March is the last month in which to register your quilt(s)! We want this year to be the best Quilt Show ever held at Kennedy Catholic High School.  Please consider entering more than one quilt. You may choose whether or not you want your quilt(s) judged. We just want to hang a full display of beautiful quilts on May 2nd and May 3rd; our Quilt Registrar is eagerly awaiting your on-line registration form.

A full bus will be driving to the Lancaster Quilt Show again this year with our members doing their best to improve the economy by stopping at quilt shops along the way. Thank you, Kelly Lockwood and Jen Cannizzaro for making the trip such a fun annual event.

Two months to A World of Quilts XXXVI! Exciting!

Caryl Castellion, President
President@Northernstarquilters.com

Programs

MARCH: Lecture: March 17 – Michelle Scott
“Every Quilt Tells a Story”

With her trademark humor, high energy and “done is better than perfect” attitude, Michelle takes you on a journey through her 20 years of quilting. From her very first project to the latest award winning and book quilts, she shares the hilarious mishaps and missteps that shaped her into the quilt professional she is now. This lecture is a crowd pleaser for all, as a multitude of topics is covered while she passes around (yes, you can touch them!) over 70 quilts. From machine and bobbin quilting to designing for magazines to getting your work published, this lecture is the ultimate compilation of her three lectures.

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***March 18th Workshop – Note this is a change from the previously scheduled workshop***

Workshop: March 18

M scott starMachine Quilting  1.5 – A Little of This, A Little of That Level: Beginner (6 hour class) Machine Quilting 1.5 is the perfect fusion of a basic and advanced machine quilting class!  If you have a little experience with free motion quilting, but would like to enhance your skills with some decorative threads such as rayon and metallics, this is the class for you.  Take your machine quilting to the next level as you createM Scott wings your own interesting patterns without templates – learn those fabulous free motion “doodle” designs that you do not need to mark!! During this incredibility fun and creative class, we will experiment with a wide variety of beautiful decorative threads – even those tough ones that keep breaking in your machine! You will learn how easy it is to stitch exquisite threads from the bobbin of your sewing machine.  We’ll even machine couch designs with funky yarns!

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APRIL: Lecture: April 21 – Norah McMeeking

“Bella Bella Patchwork”

Norah is the author of “Bella Bella Quilts” and “More Bella Bella Quilts”. She will walk us through her process in recreating the fabulous marble floors of Italy.

Workshop: April 22 Oslo Star $50

Originally we were scheduled to have Norah teach Cosmati Rings, however, this has been discontinued so her workshop will instead be Oslo Star.

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May 4th Workshop:

Becky Goldsmith

becky gTile Tango  – This is from Becky’s newest book “The Quilter’s Practical Guide to Color” available Spring 2015

Needleturn hand applique is both fun and relaxing once you know to do it! You will learn how to sew an invisible stitch in this class for all skill levels. Other skill-building techniques include curves, outer points, and much more.

JoAnne Finnigan, VP Programs
Programs@Northernstarquilters.com

Education

Thank You!

Many thanks to our Presenters at the January & February Special Programs and Demos!  You can click here for a link to the hand-outs.  The programs that have hand-outs will be highlighted in blue.

  • Mayann Weinberg – January “Meet and Greet”
  • Don Gough – ScanNcut Machine
  • Carolyn Salon – Magic Square
  • Patricia Loquet – Hemming Napkins
  • Mary Waterman – Freeform Feathers with no Marking
  • Donna Chambers – Texturing Technique with Texture Matic
  • Rosemary DePaola – Juice Pack Pouch Bags
  • Linda Long – Thread Painting

News from our Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Please Note:  At the March meeting, we will have a sign-up sheet where you can let us know what Special Interest Groups you are interested in for the Fall.The meeting dates are provided below, as well as on the “Special Interest Group” page on our website.

Art Quilters – Christine Wilhelm
The group meets at 5:45 p.m. before the Guild meetings in the Library. Be prepared to commit to doing our challenge “Under the Microscope”, as we need an accurate account of participants.  Please let Christine know if you are doing the challenge but will not be at the meeting.  New members always welcome.

Landscape Quilters – Don Gough

The next Landscape SIG meeting is March 7th from 1pm to 3pm at the Astoria Bank in Somers on the second floor. The April meeting will be April 4th.

Longarm Group – Diane Linker
The next meeting of the Longarm SIG will be on March 7th at Angie Vertucci’s home. The meeting on April 11th will be at Angie Contadino’s home. There is no meeting in May because we will all be at the quilt show.

Domestic Machine Quilting – Helen Boland
The Domestic Machine Quilting SIG will meet at 5:45 in the Faculty Room before the March Guild meeting.  We will start the meeting by discussing quilting designs for any quilt that you bring.  Helen is currently looking into various topics to be discussed.  If you have a suggestion, please email Helen at news@northernstarquilters.com .   Helen will email the group before the March meeting.

Please Note:  At the March meeting, we will have a sign-up sheet where you can let us know what Special Interest Groups you are interested in for the Fall.

Jennifer Kramer,VP Education
Education@Northernstarquilters.com

QuiltShow

Quilt Show Update

We are all tired of the snow, but I hope that you have taken advantage of the many days while stuck inside to work on your quilts.  The Quilt Show Committee members have been hard at work getting ready for our final show at Kennedy Catholic High School – let’s make it a show to remember!

Call for Quilts

The quilt registration form is up on the website; the process is easier than you might think. Please note the deadline for registering your quilts is March 31, 2015. If you are having difficulty with quilt registration, please contact the quilt registrar, Annette Nash-Govan.

Volunteers

A key element to the success of our show is the volunteers.  The help provided by our members is what makes it all run smoothly. Please be sure to sign up to volunteer for at least three hours for one or more aspects of the show. If you won’t have a chance to sign up in person, contact the Volunteer Chair, Carolynn Young to let her know when you can help.

Publicity

The best source of publicity for our show is you, a NSQG member. Here’s a way you can help this year – print copies of the show poster and display them anywhere you can:  in your car and around your town (library, supermarket, post office, etc.). The poster showcases our beautiful raffle quilt so it’s sure to attract attention wherever it’s displayed.  Here is the link: print the quilt poster.

You can also print the poster from the NSQG website. Just click on “Quilt Show” and then “Print Show

Poster” near the bottom of the page. There will be show postcards available at the admissions table at the March guild meeting and early next month we’ll again be sending members the show invitation e-mail that you can forward to your family and friends.

Don’t forget you can also send personalized quilt show invitations to your friends.  Download the free app called Postagram to your iPhone or Android phone. With this app, you’ll be able to turn a photo of one of your quilts into a real snail-mail postcard with postage already included.  Just take the picture with your phone, enter a message that includes the show information, select the recipient(s) and you’re done.

Silent Auction

Thank you to those who have generously donated quilts for the Silent Auction. We are hoping for about 30 quilts for each day of the Show and are only about halfway there. Please consider helping us reach our goal.

Guidelines:

25” x 25” maximum

Please include a label and a sleeve.

Deliver your finished quilt Carolyn Langevin or Kay Marcarello as soon as it is ready.

Photos have been taken and posted on the web – see what’s been submitted so far.

Susan Fasnacht, VP, Quilt Show
Quiltshow@Northernstarquilters.com

Hospitality

Thank you to all the M, N, & O’s for providing snacks in February.

Members with last names beginning with P, Q, & R, are encouraged to bring snacks to our next meeting. We will have hot water for tea during the winter months so bring your travel cup for a refill. Also, remember to pick up a free raffle ticket when you drop off your snack.

Nancy Cianflone, Hospitality
Hospitality@Northernstarquilters.com

CharitableActivities

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Donations of 6 yards of #8 Perle Cotton Solid Only thread is needed to complete quilting the 2016 raffle quilt. Any color is fine but not variegated.  If you can contribute, Althea Nolan will be collecting the thread at our next Guild meeting.

Community Cares

The guild is counting on each member to help raise money for this year’s charity recipient.  We urge you to support Community Cares by returning your 2015 Raffle stubs and money to Althea Nolan or mail to the guild.  Additional raffle tickets are available if you are able to give further support to this worthwhile charity.

2016 Raffle Quilt Charity

The last day for submitting nominations for the 2016 charity is March 17, 2015. Guidelines and forms to register your nomination are just a lin k away – Registration forms

Comfort Quilts
During the Winter season, Comfort Quilts meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Meetings are held at the North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corp at 14 Daniel Road, North Salem. Come and join the fun but always verify the date with Carol Auer or Karen Carlson because Dates are subject to change.

Althea Nolan, Charitable Activities
Charitable@Northernstarquilters.com

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Melanie Darensod, Secretary
Sunshine@Northernstarquilters.com

Membership

What a wonderful evening we shared on February 17.  The Challenge quilts were so impressive and the tutorials given by our own members proved to be inspiring.  We have such talented membership. Our attendance was 85 with 3 visiting guests.  Thank you to Pat Julian for her assistance at the Membership Table.

NSQG offers outstanding classes and opportunities to enhance your skills and the chance to share your work at our annual quilt show.  Please be sure to take advantage of all these benefits.

Patti Calautti, VP Membership
Membership@Northernstarquilters.com

Library

We had another busy month at the Library, over 50 books and magazines borrowed.  Please remember to return your books at the March meeting.  If you are unable to attend, have a friend return them for you.

Book reviews

  • “Quilting with a Modern Slant” by Rachel May                                             Now it all makes sense!  This is an inspirational book that brings clarity to understanding the evolution of the Modern Quilt   movement and the influence of blogs and social media on the aesthetic. In additions to inspiring designs and dazzling color combinations, introductions to more than 70 modern  quilters helps one understand more about the origins of modern quilting and its continuing evolution. An engaging look into the minds and work of a new generation of quilters.

Thank you for this wonderful review.   Please take a minute and write a review on the card provided in any new book you borrow.

New Books

  • “A Quilting Life” by Sherri Mc Connell
  • “Red, White and Quilted” by Linda Baxter Lasco
  • “Lovely Landscape Quilts” by Cathy Geier

New DVD

  • “Modern Machine Quilting”  by Catherine Redford

New Magazines

  • Where Women Create   Feb/ Mar/ April  2015
  • Modern Quilts Unlimited Winter
  • American Quilter  Mar. 2015

Remember to donate your gently used books and magazines for our Library Book sale in May.  See you at the meeting.

Dee Plouffé, Library Chair
Library@Northernstarquilters.com

Communications

The gallery at the Mahopac Library will be the site of an exhibit and sale by Mirman and Mirman – Nancy Mirman’s art quilts and Ken Mirman’s photographs. There will be an opening reception on March 1 from 2 to 4, and the works will be on display for the month of March.

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Hudson River Valley Art Workshop is featuring several art-quilt teachers in the next few months.  Some of the teachers are Natalya Aikens, Susan Coates Perez, Ruth Powers – to mention a few.  Click here for more information.

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Flights and Fantasies Quilt Show “Ticket to Ride”  will take place once again this year at The New England Air Museum on September 21-27, 2015 from 10 am – 5 pm.  The exhibit features over 150 quilts as well as a special exhibit of Mary Wilson Kerr’s “Quilt As Desired”.  On Saturday, Marie Bostwick, author of several quilt related fiction books, will give a lecture.  For more information, contact Jackie Kunkell, Jackie@cvquiltworks.com .  Or visit the Museum’s website www.neam.org .

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Rene Flouranges-Valdez was featured in a solo exhibit at Etui Fiber Arts.  Rene would like to thank all of the NSQG members who were there to support her during the show.rsz_rene_fleur

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Donna Chambers, who was featured in our members showcase in January, debuts in “Images in Fabric” which opens in April at Etui Fiber Arts.  Her work “Yemaya Goddess of the Sea” won Northern Star Quilters’ 2014 Best in Show ribbon from the National Quilt Association.   A special toast to the artist is planned for April 11th.  Etui is located at 2106 Boston Post Road, Larchmont, NY 10538.  914-341-1426

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We would love to feature your current work on exhibit at a gallery or show or your latest accomplishment. Our newsletter is a great way to share your accomplishments. Please send any photos and information to news@northernstarquilters.com.

Helen Boland, VP Communications

News@Northernstarquilters.com

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Lancaster Trip – March 13-14, 2015

The bus is full and NSQG members are heading to Lancaster!

Can’t wait to hear how the AQS show, hotel, and dinner were!  (Oh, and of course the shopping!)

Thank you Jennifer and Mary Cannizzaro for planning and coordinating another fun quilty weekend!

Super Saturday

What a great “Super Saturday”!  Seventy members took advantage of the wonderful classes offered.

Many Thanks:

  • To Mother Nature- for allowing us to get together safely and enjoy the beautiful sunshine glittering off the snow.
  • To Nancy Cianflone- for once again providing an amazing day of hospitality. From start to finish everyone’s needs were met.
  • To Sr. Barbara and the Kennedy Catholic Staff- for helping throughout the day with all the logistics.
  • To All our teachers- Margaret Phillips, Patricia Loquet, Susie Anderson, Peggy Morgan, and Mary Cannizzaro- your time and talents are a gift.
  • To the Participants- your interest, support, comradery, willingness to share and flexibility throughout the scheduling, sign-up process and throughout the day was contagious.
  • Please bring your projects to our next show and tell, we look forward to sharing them with you and the guild.

If anyone is interested in teaching, has an idea for a class or technique, or an interest in helping to organize Super Saturday 2016, please contact Kelly Lockwood.

Challenge

What amazing participation we had for our 2015 NSQG challenge!!

Many members participated in the challenge which invited participants to create a quilt using only solids. Both the traditional and art quilt entries were amazing and creative in every aspect.

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all the participants.

Thank you so much to all of the guild members that participated in the 2015 Challenge “Simply Solids”.  The display of over 30 quilts showed off the exceptional creativity that this guild has.  The variety of quilts was amazing, which made choosing  only one to vote for in each category a difficult task.

Winners in the Traditional Category:

1st place–Joyce Sullivan “Amish Influence”rsz_1traditional_winners
2nd place–Nancy Mirman untitled
3rd place–Barbara Powers untitled
Honorable Mention–Kelly Lockwood “Sea Glass Star”

Contemp winners (640x331)Winners in the Contemporary Category:

1st place–Tamar Drucker “The Boat”
2nd place–Laurie Quadagno “Stary, Stary Night”
3rd place–Joyce Sullivan–“Not so Simple Solids”
Honorable Mention–Barb Tatera “Totally Texture”

Thank you also to Barb Tatera and Patricia Loquet for coordinating the event this year and hanging the great display.

2016 Guild Challenge

I hope you were inspired to keep the momentum of the Guild Challenge flowing.  If so, please consider submitting an idea for the 2016 NSQG Challenge.  Any guild member can submit a proposal, which should include:

Your idea
Challenge Name
Challenge Rules
Categories for which ribbons will be awarded.

Please submit your ideas to Kelly Lockwood- either electronically or on paper before April 30, 2015.

Kelly will present all Challenge proposals (anonymously) to the Board for a vote, the author of the winning idea becomes the 2016 Challenge Coordinator, the Coordinator gathers a committee to collect the challenge entries, display the quilts at the February 2016 meeting, count ballots, award ribbons, and hang quilts Friday evening before the NSQG show in May 2016.

Please contact me if you have any questions.  Proposals will be presented at the May NSQG Board Meeting, so submit your idea (or ideas) before April 30.

The Challenge will be announced no later than the June meeting so that quilters can begin their designing and stitching over our summer break.

NSQG Boutique

The annual Quilt Show Boutique is scheduled for May 2 and May 3 during our annual NSQG Quilt Show hours. The Boutique provides opportunity to purchase unique handmade items from fellow quilt guild members.

Would you like to participate by selling some of your handmade items? If you are a NSQG member and have made all items you plan to sell, we welcome your participation. There is a $25 dollar fee per table for vendors.

You can share or have your own table.

For more information and to sign-up please contact Stephanie Santangelo.

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Many Thanks to Nancy Hantman for Researching and Compiling this List!

[NSQG] = NSQG Member(s) represented

“Under A New Star,” March 28, 2015 (10-5); March 29, 2015 ( 10-4); Empire Quilters’ Guild; Fashion Institute of Technology, 7th Ave and 28th Street, New York, NY. http://www.empirequilters.net/shows.php?ID=67 Discount tickets for groups of 5 or more! Contact EQgroupsales@gmail.com no later than March 18 to arrange group entry to the show.

“A Garden of Quilts”, Smithtown Quilters; April 11 – 12, 2015, Dawnwood Middle School, Centereach, NY http://www.northernstarquilters.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/poster.pdf

“Country Quilter Spring Getaway”; Interlocken Inn, Lakeville, CT; April 17-19, 2015; Call Nancy Mirman for information.

“Fibrations!,” now through Spring 2015, The Great Hall, Springfield, VT; 802-885-3061; https://www.facebook.com/GreatHallSpringfield?filter=1.

“Genesee Valley Quilt Fest”, June 5 – 7, 2015; Gordon Field House, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. Over 600 quilts on display. http://www.geneseevalleyquiltfest.com/

“Super Quilt Seminar” featuring Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson; Newark, DE; April 16-18, 2015. http://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/101-ricky/23209-super-seminar-newark-delaware

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