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18Sep, 2016

President’s Message

Welcome to a new year at Northern Star Quilters’ Guild.  I hope everyone has had a good summer and managed to get in a bit of sewing.  If you have, don’t forget to bring your work to our meeting for Show and Tell! We are looking forward to another exciting year with great speakers and workshops, our Guild Challenge, a trip to Lancaster, Super Saturday, SIG’s, Comfort Quilts, and “A World of Quilts XXXVIII”, to name a few of our activities.

As I have written about, we are taking full advantage of our website to keep you informed of what is happening in NSQG.  Make sure you bookmark our page and use it as a resource to find out the latest information on what is happening.  Over the next several months we will be adding some more features to the site.  For instance we plan on adding PayPal as an option for quilt registration payment (don’t worry you will still be able to write a check if you want).  This feature can then be expanded to include membership registration, workshops, etc.  As we make these changes, our goals are to make sure current information is available to you, to make the jobs of the Guild volunteers easier and less time consuming, and to keep current with today’s technology.  How many of you long time quilters still use scissors to cut your fabric?  As the new technology of a rotary cutter was introduced, you embraced it as the way to go.  We are doing the same.

Remember volunteering is what makes our Guild so great. When you fill out your registration form, choose an area or two where you would like to help.  You can also introduce yourself at our monthly meeting to the Vice President in charge of that Committee and let them know you want to help.  Or send them an email; their emails are all on the website (look under the Membership Info tab).  A few hours of everyone’s time during the year adds up and is a big help to the people running the Committees.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone on September 21st .  We have a great speaker lined up, Pat Harrison and she is teaching a dynamic class earlier that day (there is still room in the workshop).  There will be goodies to eat, friends to catch up with, and new people to meet.

Susan Fasnacht, President
president@Northernstarquilters.com

18Sep, 2016

Membership Information

  • All members whose last name begin with A, B, and C please bring a snack.
  • Have you returned your membership form prior to the September meeting?  If so, you will be eligible for the raffle drawing for the Guild gift certificate. We would also like to encourage you to bring a guest to the meeting.
  • Are you a new member to the Guild? We would like to invite you to sit at the new member table when you arrive at the meeting. Veteran members will be available to answer any questions you may have and help you join the fun. Please remember to wear your name tag!
  • Financial reports are available for members to review at the meeting. Please feel free to contact Carla Wdowski if you have any questions.
18Sep, 2016

Programs

SIGs

  • The Art Quilters will be meeting at 5:45pm. There will be a sign by the Teacher’s Lounge telling the location of the meeting.  The instructions for the annual Challenge will be finalized, and ideas for this year’s focus will be discussed. Please bring your summer Show and Tell items!
  • The Domestic Machine Quilting SIG will meet at 6pm in the back of the cafeteria.  We are still looking for someone to be the moderator of the group, so please think about how you could help.  Any questions, please contact Helen Boland.
  • The Paper Piecing SIG will be meeting at 5:30pm.  The group will be working on African Violets, a pattern in the Judy Niemeyer Quiltworx flower placemat series.  The pattern can be bought on-line at the Quiltworx website.  For further information, please contact Susan Deshensky.

Guild Challenge

I hope everyone has been busy reading and quilting over the summer.  Hopefully, some of you have even started the Guild Challenge, Quilts Inspired by Books.  You can use the general story line, setting or scene in the book, something that symbolizes the book, or your interpretation of a book.  It might be fun to do this with a friend, both doing your own interpretation of the same book!  Whatever you chose, remember that the deadline is earlier this year –  the quilt is due in December.  All of the guidelines and size requirements are available on the website.  If you have questions, please contact Carol Weber or Linda Stern.

 

18Sep, 2016

Charitable Activities

The Comfort Quilts winter schedule and location begins on Wednesday October 5th.  Check the calendar on the website for our full schedule.

If you are not able to join us on Wednesdays but would like to make a quilt for Comfort Quilts you can pick up precut kits from Kathleen Keane or Nancy Picco at the Guild meeting.

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A Thank You paper quilt made by the children from the Behavioral Center

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Dee Rizzo, Barbara Powers and Julie Long delivering 48 quilts to the Behavorial Center.

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Quilt Show News

raffle quilt copyPlanning for a World of Quilts XXXVIII is well underway.  We are all set at the O’Neill Center, our great new venue.  Our wonderful Quilt Show Committee is already hard at work.  If you will be going to a Quilt Show or quilt shop this fall, please get in touch with Helen Boland, our Publicity person.  She has had the show postcards printed and available for you to bring to Shows and shops.

The success of our Quilt Show does not depend on the Show Committee alone.  We need your help in two ways.  First, we ask all Guild Members to donate two hours of their time working at the Show.  You will receive free admission for the day.  Volunteer signups start in January.  Second, and most importantly, a Quilt Show is not a Quilt Show without quilts!  If you have entered a quilt in the past, we hope that you will continue showing your beautiful quilts.  If you have never had a quilt in the Show, please consider putting one in this year.  It is such a thrill to see your work hanging for all to admire.  How wonderful it would be to see all Guild Members sporting “exhibitor” ribbons at the Show!

We will once again be having our popular Silent Auction.  Many visitors look forward to bidding on these beautiful little wall hangings. Please consider donating one of your creations.  It is a great fundraiser for the Guild.

The entries from the Young Quilters are always fun to see.  If you have a grandchild or another youngster in your life who has been bitten by the quilting bug, we would love to see their work.

We look forward to seeing our guild’s talent and creativity on display!

If you have any questions, please email quiltshow@northernstarquilters.com

Upcoming Events

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Members on Display

  • Congratulations to Carol Weber!  Her quilt for the Cherrywood Fabric Lion King Challenge was chosen as a finalist. It will appear in the Cherrywood Lion King Book, and is one of 120 quilts chosen to tour the U.S. at Quilt Shows for a year.
  • Congratulations to Donna Chambers!!  Her jewelry is being sold at the musuem gift shop of the soon to be opened Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. The grand opening of the Museum is on September 24th.  To see some of Donna’s creations, you can visit her website at www.DonnaChambersDesigns.com

Member Marketplace

For Sale: Brother 1034C Serger – $100

LBrother 1034C Serger for Saleike new condition.  Includes accessories, 12 spools of thread, books (Serger Secrets and  ABC’s of Serging) and carrying  case.  Total value when new over $300.

If interested, please contact Marie Sugar.

Membership Info

Comfort Quilts

2016-2017 Workshops

CHANGE IN DIRECTION

September 21, 2016

Pat Harrison

harrisonPat will give suggestions on color, design, and, of course, how to easily and evenly piece circles into your quilt.

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EXTREME TEXTURE

October 19, 2016

Michelle O'Neil Kincaid

kincaidLearn how to manipulate fabric, go outside the box and add interesting additions to your quilts.

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PLAYING WITH PAINTS

November 16, 2016

Mickey Lawler

lawlerHer wonderful landscapes are well know.  Now you can learn her secrets and try doing your very own.

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Coming Soon

March 22, 2017

JUANITA YEAGER

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GOING IN CIRCLES

April 19, 2017

MARGE TUCKER

margetuckerThis class will show you how to do a very unique technique of curved piecing developed by the instructor.

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Special Events

Area Shows and Events

  • The Cocheco Quilters’ Guild’s “35 Years: Still Quilting” annual Show – October 15-16, 2016 10AM-4PM daily; cochecoquilters.com
  • The Country Quilters’s Thirteenth Bi-annual Quilt Show – September 24 and September 25 from 10am until 4pm; the Pine Bush High School, 156 State Route 302, Pine Bush, NY. www.countryquilters.org
  • Wayside Quilters Guild proudly presents our 15th Bi-annual Quilt Show.  Join us at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School (390 Lincoln Rd. Sudbury) for two days of fun and inspiration. There will be quilts both modern and classic, a raffle quilt (tickets on sale at the Show), and a boutique full of handcrafted items perfect for gift giving or a treat for yourself.  Saturday October 1 from 10 -5. Sunday October 2 from 10 – 4.  Admission $6 for ages 12 and up.  Plenty of free parking.  Wheelchair accessible.

Quilting Links & Resources (thanks to Meg Cox)

  • www.quiltindex.org – The Quilt Index.   75,000 quilts & much more.  (All the Alliance contest quilts can be found by clicking on Quilt Alliance under the collections tab).
  • www.QuiltAlliance.org – Quilt Alliance resources, including the Quilters S.O.S. – Save Our Stories project
  • www.quiltstudy.org – International Quilt Study Center & Museum website, which offers virtual exhibition tours,
  • www.metmuseum.org – Metropolitan Museum textile collection online
  • www.megcox.com –  Meg Cox website. Sign up for her free newsletter, Quilt Journalist Tells All!

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