OnPoint! December 2014

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 President

NSQG’s Boutique last month opened the holiday season beautifully. Thanks to all who contributed to this popular annual event of member-made gifts and purchases to fill our stashes.

The membership reception of the business meeting update on Quilt Show 2016 venues under consideration was very positive. We appreciate all who thanked us for this report and look forward to your continued support as we work to find the perfect solution.

Lyric Kinard’s lecture on the ABCs of quilt design was fun and informative. This month we will hear from our own Tamar Drucker whose quilts have won many prizes over the years. Tamar is also scheduled to be a Super-Saturday class leader in February.

Our fingers are crossed as we move into the territory of being at the mercy of Mother Nature. Always take caution when you are concerned about the weather, and check our website or call a board member to make sure we plan to meet or not, as necessary.

Caryl Castellion, President
President@Northernstarquilters.com

Programs

Thank you to all who participated in our fall workshops!  We had a wonderful response to the talented teachers and we were provided with a varied array of techniques to explore.

Our December lecture will feature our own Tamar Drucker who will provide us with an insight into her wonderful quilts.

The winter months will feature our Education Guild Programs and then we will return again in March with Michelle Scott, April with Nora McMeeking and May with Mary Cannizzaro.

JoAnne Finnigan, VP Programs
Programs@Northernstarquilters.com

Education

January Program:

Getting to Know You and Member Showcase

Member Showcase

In January, we will feature prize-winning Art Quilter, Donna Chambers.

Getting to Know You

This is a chance to get to know other members of the guild…..think of it as speed dating to find new quilting friends!

You may bring business or post cards with your information & or pictures of your work to share with you new friends at each table. (Vistaprint.com is a great source)

Make a list of things you would like to share about yourself such as:

What type of quilting do you like to do?
Do you create any other type of art?
Where do you create?
Do you quilt with others or alone?
How long have you been quilting?
How did you discover you liked quilting?
What do you like to do when you are not quilting?
Do you have any other hobbies or jobs?
Where do you live or work?

February Program:

Learn Something New

Guild members will explain new techniques learned in the last year, hopefully something for everyone’s interests.

The following members have volunteered to do a demo:

  • 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) 

The meeting dates are provided below, as well as on the “Special Interest Group” page on our website.

Art Quilters – Christine Wilhelm

We will hold a “Stuff Swap!”  Freshen your stash by bringing in any creative items you are no longer using and swap them for new stuff that inspires you to create. The group meets at 5:45 p.m. before the Guild meetings in the Library.  New Members always welcome.

Landscape Quilters – Don Gough

The next Landscape SIG Meeting is December 13th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  All meetings are at the Astoria Savings Bank in Somers on the second floor.

Longarm Group – Diane Linker

The next meeting of the Long Arm SIG will be on Jan 3rd at Karen Carlson’s house.

The Sticklers – Carolyn Finn

The next meeting is for January 17, and after that, March 21, and May 16.  Hopefully the every-other-month format will give us a chance to catch up and reach our shorter-term goals.

Domestic Machine Quilting

Our December meeting will take place before the Guild Meeting at 5:45 in the Faculty Room.  Please consider bringing a piece that you have finished and would like to discuss various options for quilting.  Obviously, we will not get to discuss everyone’s quilt, but it would be great to have a few pieces to generate ideas.  Please email Helen if you are bringing a piece of work to discuss.

If anyone has a topic they would like to present to the group for discussion in future months, please contact Helen Boland at news@northernstarquilters.com .

Modern Quilters Please contact Kim Hyde for information.

Jennifer Kramer,VP Education
Education@Northernstarquilters.com

QuiltShow

Quilt Show preparation is well underway for the World of Quilts XXXVI.   Registration will open on January 15, 2015 and run until March 31.  Information on registration rules and instructions, as well as quilt categories, is available on the website.  Please be aware of the rules regarding the hanging of large quilts (wider than 80” and/or longer than 94”).  If you have any questions, you can contact Susan Fasnacht.

The poster has been designed and is up on the NSQG website and available for download here.  Many thanks to Diana Sharkey for her great photography that truly captures the beauty of the 2015 Raffle Quilt. We would also like to thank Peter Riordan, Caryl Castellion’s son, for formatting the poster and postcard.  Please help us advertise our show by emailing a poster or sending a postcard to your friends.

Thanks to the diligent effort of Carol Sterk, the invitational exhibit will feature the works of Paula Nadelstern.   Paula will also be our second lecturer on Saturday.  She will complement the presentation by our main lecturer, Becky Goldsmith of Piece O’ Cake Designs (www.pieceocake.com).

Silent Auction

We hope you’ve been thinking about donating a quilted wall-hanging for the 2015 Quilt Show’s Silent Auction. The number of participants and the variety of quilts are what makes the Silent Auction so exciting. As a rule, we recommend a quilt with 100-inch perimeter or less, with a sleeve and label. We’d like the quilts by the April guild meeting, but will be happy to take them sooner. Please contact us if you would like more information and to let us know if you are planning to contribute a piece. Check out the photos of some of this year’s submissions on the NSQG website.

Carolyn Langevin and Kay Marcarello, Silent Auction Co-Chairs

Notes and Reminders:

The Quilt show Committee will meet in The Kennedy Catholic High School faculty lounge at 4:30 on Tuesday, February 10. In the event of a weather cancellation, the meeting will be held just prior to February’s Guild meeting on Tuesday, February 17. As we quickly approach the end of the year, it is important that the leader of each SIG or any other group interested in mounting an exhibit at the show send a written request for space to Patti Calautti, the quilt hanging chairs for 2015. The deadline is January 1, 2015.

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

Thank you to everyone who donated to our holiday food drive.  It was a great success.

Thank you to all the G, H, & I’s who brought in snacks, they were wonderful.

In December, we ask everyone to bring in their favorite holiday goodies.

Nancy Cianflone, Hospitality
Hospitality@Northernstarquilters.com

CharitableActivities

Raffle Tickets

ipad miniPick up your raffle tickets at the Membership table and give yourself a chance to win this Apple iPad Mini.  This WI-Fi 16GB Silver comes with a LED-backlit Multi-touch Display, 5MP Sight Camera, and a HD Video Recording.

The proceeds from the raffle go to Community Cares.  Amy Sayegh started this volunteer grass roots operation to help families struggling with cancer and other major illnesses in Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties.  Their main goal is to support families, specifically families with school-aged children, to manage normal daily routines while they are working on getting healthy again.  They offer free household cleaning services, laundry wash-and-fold services, and family meals donated by local restaurants. Community Cares determine the needs of the family and reassess as their needs change.  They have assisted families where the primary wage earner was so sick they needed to quit their jobs, and single moms who had to undergo chemo treatments.  They have even obtained some pre-school scholarships to help with child care.  They offer families peace of mind and some real grass-roots help.

Amy and Kathleen Keane are quite excited that a quilt is the grand prizeCommunity Cares.  “Auctioning off a beautiful quilt, made with loving hands for the benefit of others, is such a powerful gesture and meaningful to me and those we serve.  Community Cares is like a warm quilt wrapped around you just knowing others care and are there to help in your darkest hour.”

Comfort Quilts

Meeting dates in 2015 for Comfort Quilts at the North Salem Ambulance Corps located at 14 Daniel Road, North Salem are:

Jan    7, 21
Feb   4, 18
Mar   4, 18
Apr    1, 15
May   6, 20

Please verify with Carol Auer or Karen Carlson since changes or cancellations are sometimes necessary.

Althea Nolan, Charitable Activities
Charitable@Northernstarquilters.com

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Melanie Darensod, Secretary
Sunshine@Northernstarquilters.com

Membership

The Northern Star Quilters’ Guild met on November 18 and we had 134 members present with 7 guests and 2 new members joining.  Please welcome Daisy D. and Tanja I.

Thank you to those members who picked up their new 2014/15 membership booklet.  Membership booklets are available at the monthly meetings, one per member.

I am looking for someone to show case their talents at the February meeting.  Please email me if you are interested or know of someone. Donna Chambers will be treating us to her talents at the January meeting.  A full bio will be printed in the January newsletter.

A special thank you to Chris Roche, Nina Primer and Carol Mickel for their wonderful help as membership greeters.

Happy Holidays,

Patti Calautti, VP Membership
Membership@Northernstarquilters.com

Library

Please remember that donations of books, magazines and patterns are always welcome.  Drop them off at the Library table at the December meeting.

Book reviews

“APP is for Applique’” by Dianne Hire

A good book to learn about design and styles of applique’.  You’ll be tempted to make some of the designs just to learn the various applique’ techniques.  And I am pleased that Dianne asked two of my quilter friends to contribute this book.

“The Ancient Art of Applique ‘-Patterns from the Tentmakers of Cairo”

If you enjoyed seeing the Tentmakers in person, last year in Lancaster, you’ll enjoy this book.  Good pictures and patterns.

New Books

“The Quilters Color Club” by Christine E. Barnes
Thanks to Christine  for donating her book. Everyone enjoyed her workshop in October.

“Turkish Delights to Applique” by Linda M. Poole

“U is for Unicorn “ Medieval designs for Applique.  

Many thanks to Janette Loughlin for donating  both books from her personal library.

New Magazines

Machine Quilting Unlimited, Nov. / Dec  2014

Modern Quilts, Fall 2014

Where Women Create, Nov/Dec/ Jan 2015

Please remember to return your borrowed books.  See you at the meeting

Dee Plouffé, Library Chair
Library@Northernstarquilters.com

Communications

Has your work been accepted for display at a gallery or a show?  Have you been featured in an exhibit or publication?  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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My daughter, Jen and I have started a new business.  We are quilting and teaching in her new studio outside Boston.  No, I’m not moving, just commuting every other week for a few days.

Please visit our website, www.CanQuilt.com.  Hope we can quilt a quilt for you.

Mary Cannizzaro

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SpecialActivities

Lancaster Trip – Hold the Date

March 13-14, 2015

We are mixing it up again this year!  After speaking with a group of our Lancaster trip veterans and visiting Lancaster to scout out the shops back in October, we have decided to change our Friday shopping itinerary.

This year, our first stop will be Burkholder’s Fabrics.  Burkholder’s is a favorite for most of the ladies from past trips.  Our next stop will be Weaver’s Dry Goods.  The Lancaster trip may have included Weaver’s in the past – the store has been renovated and now includes a bargain basement with good quality fabrics ranging from $1.99 – $3.99 a yard.

The town of Intercourse will be our third stop on Friday.  We plan to arrive in Intercourse around 4 PM to give everyone the opportunity to visit some of the shops that close at 5 PM.  The Country Store has reopened under new management and looks better than ever!  For those missing Sauders, Zooks Dry Goods is their sister store located across the street from the Country Store and carries almost all of the same fabrics as Sauders.

This year, the trip will be March 13-14.   Sign-ups continue at the December meeting.  A check for $160 will reserve your place.  We hope you will join us!

Jen Cannizzaro, Trips Coordinator

 

Super Saturday

February 28, 2015

Mark your calendars for our annual Super Saturday event.  This year’s event will be February 28, 2015 from 9:30am-4pm.

Samples and Sign-ups will be available again at our December Guild Meeting.  Register for a class for just $25.00.

Enjoy a day of learning new ideas, techniques, and approaches from fellow guild members while having a day filled with fun and laughter.  Lunch will be provided.

If you prefer, bring an existing project with you or volunteer to help with a guild project while you socialize.  Whatever you choose, it will be a fun day to share.

Some of the available classes for this year include:

  • “Stuck Day”- Nancy Mirman.  Bring any project you are struggling with and receive expert guidance and encouragement to help you finish.
  • “English Paper Piecing”- Diane Linker.  Learn the latest hand work trend.
  • “Crazy Scrapping”- Susie Anderson.  (Class also known as “Organized Fabric Hoarding”.)
  • “Trendsetter Bag”- Peggy Morgan.  Pattern purchase required
  • “Scrappy Quilt”- Patricia Loquet.
  • “Ties or Silks in Quilts”- Mary Cannizzaro.  Learn the preparation needed and a simple design and possibilities for a more complex design.
  • “Machine Applique without Fusible”- Margaret Phillips
  • “Double Diamond Ruler”- Carolyn Salon.
  • “Landscape Fabric Collage”- Tamar Drucker

If you are interested in helping to coordinate this event, please contact Kelly.

Kelly Lockwood, Special Activities

Special@Northernstarquilters.com

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NSQG Challenge 2015:  Simply Solids!

Theme:

The Northern Star Quilters’ Guild has an abundance of creativity!  Put that creativity to work by making a quilt for the 2015 guild challenge.  The challenge comes in the limited materials you can use—only solid fabrics and solid threads.

Guidelines:

  1. Quilts must be made using only solid fabrics and solid thread.  You may use as many or as few colors as you like and any fiber content, for example cottons, silks and polyesters are acceptable as long as they are solid in color.  No tone on tone, marbles, batiks or fabrics that “read as a solid”.
  2. Keeping in line with the “Simply” idea, any beads, paint or other embellishments are not acceptable but if you want to fashion a 3D embellishment from solid fabrics, go for it.
  3. The minimum perimeter is 48” and the maximum is 72”.
  4. You can choose to enter your quilt in one of two categories:  Traditional—including traditionally pieced or appliquéd quilts.  Contemporary—including improvisational piecing, Art or Landscape quilts and modern quilts.
  5. Attach a 2” sleeve to the back for hanging.
  6. Label the back with your name and email address or phone number and the category in which you are entering the quilt.
  7. You may make one quilt for each category for a total of two quilts.

Deadline:

The quilts will be collected at the January meeting and displayed for voting at the February meeting.

Voting:

Voting will take place at the February 2015 meeting.  Each member will cast one vote for his/her favorite quilt in each category.  First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention ribbons will be awarded in each category.

Barb Tatera, Challenge Coordinator

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

[NSQG] = NSQG Member(s) represented

“Let Me Quilt One More Day,” October 4, 2014 – January 4, 2015; New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain, CT; http://www.nbmaa.org/  [NSQG]

”Keeping Us in Stitches” and “World War I Quilts”, now through December 27, 2014, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA; 978-452-4207; http://www.nequiltmuseum.org.

”Kimono: A Modern History,” now through January 24, 2015, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; City, http://www.metmuseum.org.

”Masterpieces and Curiosities: A Russian-American Quilt,” now through February 1, 2015; The Jewish Museum, New York City; http://thejewishmuseum.org.

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OnPoint! November 2014

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President

Congratulations to the Village Squares Quilters on their biennial quilt show this weekend! It is
a little gem in this busy world around us. Many NSQG members are also members of VSQ and we welcome news of their events and Raffle Quilt ticket sales, as we do with First Dutchess that holds their exhibit on the alternate years.  It is always a delight to see what fellow quilt makers are doing and take in a bit of shopping, too.  It is good to have many venues where artists can enjoy the work of others so close by.  NSQG is very fortunate in having the skills of Nancy Hantman to remind us
of “Area Shows and Events” as found in OnPoint! each month. It brings thoughts of our own quilt show to mind along with renewed enthusiasm to put needle and thread to a new creation.

Have you opened the NSQG Membership Survey through the invitation sent to you on October 31st?  If not, your voice is very important to the Guild and the future of the Guild depends on you.

See you at the November 18th Guild Meeting where lecturer Lyric Kinard will “kick start” our creativity. Happy quilting!

Caryl Castellion, President
President@Northernstarquilters.com

Programs

NEW WORKSHOP LOCATION!

We are pleased to advise that all of our workshops for the 2014-15 year will be held at the Vista Fire Department. This is a modern facility with plenty of parking, handicapped ramp for sewing machine access. Clean restrooms, internet service (not wireless) and access to restaurants and deli’s for lunch. . Directions are on the website.

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Art Quilter – Lyric Kinard

abstract-a-liciousNovember 18th Lecture – “The Elements of Art for Quilters”

Kick-start your creativity and learn about the basic elements and principles of good design. Learn why some colors fizz while others explode, why some quilts calm and some excite. A few simple tools from the artist’s kit will help you take your work, whether traditional or contemporary, to the next level.

November 19th Workshop – “Abstract-A-Licious”

If you’ve looked with hidden longing over an imaginary wall to the world of art quilts but don’t know where to start, this is the class for you. Lyric will gently guide you through simple and concrete design exercises planned to help you create ideas for original abstract quilts. Doodles will be scribbled, eyes and minds will be opened, fun will be had.

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December Program – Tamar Drucker

December 16th Lecture

We look forward to having one of our own membersrsz_img_tamara speak about her work as a quilter. Tamar Drucker will share with us the techniques she uses when making her art quilts.  Her recent work, “Is It Digital?” (pictured here) won Viewer’s Choice at the Quilt Show at the New England Air Museum in September 2014.

JoAnne Finnigan, VP Programs
Programs@Northernstarquilters.com

Membership

November is upon us and this month NSQG will host the Boutique for members and guests to do a little holiday shopping.  The $5.00 guest fee is waived this month so that members can invite friends and family along with them to the Boutique, meeting and lecture.

Our meeting attendance was 124 members plus 3 new members and 3 guests.  Our total membership is 217.

Our new members are:
Kitty A., Sarah A., Laureen C., Anne C., Candiss C., Josephine C., Amanda C., Sue D., Susan D., Pat E., Eileen F., Joanne H .,Karan M., Harlan S., Carol W., Terry W.

The membership book information is being formatted and printed and I hope to have it available at the November meeting.

Patti Calautti, VP Membership
Membership@Northernstarquilters.com

Education

Education Programs

January – Getting to Know You

A chance to get to know other members of the guild…..think of it as speed dating to find new quilting friends! This is still a work in progress, so stay tuned!

February – Learn Something New

Guild members will explain new techniques learned in the last year, hopefully something for everyone’s interests. (And still room for volunteers! So please contact me if you have some new skill to share with the rest of the Guild)

SIG Updates:

Landscape SIG – Don Gough
The landscape SIG meetings will be November 1st and December 13th. Both meetings will be from 1pm to 3pm at the Astoria Bank in Somers on the second floor. All meetings will be combined (beginners and regulars). I will have to wait for the bank to start a new calendar for next year before I can schedule meetings into next year.

Longarm Quilters SIG – Diane Linker
The next meeting of the Longarm SIG will be on Nov 8th at Angie Vertucci’s house.

Sticklers SIG – Carolyn Finn
Our next meeting will be Saturday, November 15.  The remaining meetings for 2015 are on January 17, March 21, and May 16.  Hopefully the every-other-month format will give us a chance to catch up and reach our shorter-term goals.

Art Quilters SIG – Christine Wilhelm
There will be no meeting in November; enjoy the boutique.  See you in December.

Domestic Machine Quilting (DMQ) SIG – Helen Boland
Thank you to Susan Fasnacht for taking over the Machine Quilting SIG for October.  Hopefully, the videos and the discussion following were helpful.  If anyone has a topic they would like to present to the group for discussion in December or in future months, please contact Helen Boland at news@northernstarquilters.com .

Modern Quilters – Kim Hyde
The Modern Quilt SIG will not be meeting this month due to the Boutique. For inclusion in the mailing list, please contact Kim Hyde.

Jennifer Kramer,VP Education
Education@Northernstarquilters.com

QuiltShow

 2015 Show Update
Work on the Quilt Show is moving along. Our main speaker, giving lectures on Saturday and Sunday, will be Becky Goldsmith of Piece O’ Cake Designs (www.pieceocake.com).   We are also pleased to announce that Paula Nadelstern will provide a second lecture on Saturday, as well as, displaying her work as our Invitational Quilter.

The 2015 Raffle Quilt, Japanese Jigsaw, was organized by Carolyn Salon and quilted by Angie Vertucci. We thank them all for their dedication to the project.  Raffle tickets will be available in the near future.

Quilt Registration Changes
There are a couple of changes to the Quilt Registration Rules (click for a printable copy) for this year’s show. First, registration will begin on January 15, 2015, however it will still close on March 31 (or until we meet our limit of 200 quilts).

Another change relates to the hanging of wide quilts. Quilts over 92” wide will not fit on the regular frames and still hang flat – they need to be hung along the bleacher wall.  Since space is limited, only the first 6 quilts over 92” will be guaranteed a spot along the bleachers.  So, if you have a quilt wider than 92”, register it early.  There are also special instructions for size and positioning of the sleeves for quilts between 80” and 92”.  Specifics will be sent to these registrants after their registration is complete.

Remember, the quilts we display are what make our show so great. We need you, the members, to make a commitment to contribute your quilts to make the show the best it can be. Everyone’s work is important and valued. The creativity, workmanship and diversity of quilt styles in the NSQG shows are truly amazing. We know that this year’s display will be spectacular, too.

Special Handling for Fragile Quilts
Once again, Don Gough has volunteered to be our Special Handler for quilts that cannot be folded, have fragile elements, or elements that might shed or endanger other quilts. At Quilt Drop-off a determination will be made as to whether a quilt is eligible for special handling. Those quilts will receive special handling through the judging, hanging, and take down process.

Silent Auction
Don’t forget we are looking for small quilts for next year’s Silent Auction. Traditional or art-quilts, hand or machine quilted, all are offered for sale at the Quilt Show to help raise money for Guild expenses. It’s not too early to get started. For more information, contact Carolyn Langevin or Kay Marcarello.

Special Exhibits
The guidelines for Special Exhibits remain the same as last year and are available on the website. Please study them carefully as your SIG or other group moves forward with planning its display for the show. If you plan to mount a special exhibit, please contact Patti Calautti, Quilt Hanging Chair, with your space requirements by January 1, 2015.

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

Hospitality

Our Holiday Food Drive will take place this month. Please remember to bring NON-perishable food items to November’s meeting. Supermarket gift cards are also greatly appreciated. We will have cars parked outside the school to collect your donations. Please be as generous as possible.   The food drive will benefit the Lower Fairfield County food Bank as well as St. John’s Food Bank in Mahopac, NY.

Thank you to all the D, E, & F’s for providing snacks in October.

Members with last names beginning with G, H, & I, are encouraged to bring snacks to our next meeting. We will have hot water for tea during the winter months starting in November.

Nancy Cianflone, Hospitality
Hospitality@Northernstarquilters.com

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The New Britain Museum of Art currently has an exhibit entitled “Let Me Quilt One More Day” which runs through January 4, 2015.  The exhibition contains works from the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, Mattatuck Museum, New Haven Museum and Historical Society, Fenimore Art Museum, Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, and Connecticut Historical Society. In addition we are fortunate to have works by contemporary quilters: Barbara Barrick McKie, Richard Killeaney, Todd Knopke, Norma Schlager, Denyse Schmidt, Marlene Shea, Kate Themel, Anna Tufankjian, and Victoria Findlay Wolfe along with works from the collections of others.

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Boutique,
November 18, 2014

The Holiday Boutique will be held at 6 pm in the main entrance of JFK prior to the start of our general meeting on November 18. The boutique is your chance to purchase lovely items hand-made by your fellow guild members. Come early and start your holiday shopping. Bring family and friends as there will be no admission charge for this one meeting.

Stephanie Santangelo and Judy Jones, Boutique Coordinators

Lancaster Trip – Hold the Date
March 13-14, 2015

Mark your calendars for our annual trip to Lancaster, PA for the American Quilter’s Society Show at the Lancaster County Convention Center.

We will leave early Friday morning, to allow plenty of time for our favorite shopping destinations and Miller’s smorgasbord dinner. We will all get a good night’s sleep at the Fairfield Inn, rise early for breakfast and then spend the day at the show.

Sign-ups will begin in November.   A check for $160.00 will confirm your place.

Jen Cannizzaro, Trips Coordinator

Super Saturday
February 28, 2015

Mark your calendars for our annual Super Saturday event. This year’s event will be February 28, 2015 from 9:30am-4pm.

Samples and Sign-ups will be available at our November Guild Meeting.  Register for a class for just $25.00.

Enjoy a day of learning new ideas, techniques, and approaches from fellow guild members while having a day filled with fun and laughter. Lunch will be provided.

If you prefer, bring an existing project with you or volunteer to help with a guild project while you socialize. Whatever you choose, it will be a fun day to share.

Some of the available classes for this year include:

  • “Stuck Day”- Nancy Mirman. Bring any project you are struggling with and receive expert guidance and encouragement to help you finish.
  • “English Paper Piecing”- Diane Linker. Learn the latest hand work trend.
  • “Crazy Scrapping”- Susie Anderson. (Class also known as “Organized Fabric Hoarding”.)
  • “Trendsetter Bag”- Peggy Morgan. Pattern purchase required
  • “Scrappy Quilt”- Patricia Loquet.
  • “Ties or Silks in Quilts”- Mary Cannizzaro. Learn the preparation needed and a simple design and possibilities for a more complex design.
  • “Machine Applique without Fusible”- Margaret Phillips
  • “Double Diamond Ruler”- Carolyn Salon.
  • “Landscape Fabric Collage”- Tamar Drucker

If you would like to teach or have another class recommendation, please let Kelly know as soon as possible.

If you are interested in helping to coordinate this event, please contact Kelly.

Kelly Lockwood, Super Saturday Coordinator

Kelly Lockwood, Special Activities
Special@Northernstarquilters.com

NSQG Challenge 2015: Simply Solids!

Theme:

The Northern Star Quilters’ Guild has an abundance of creativity! Put that creativity to work by making a quilt for the 2015 guild challenge. The challenge comes in the limited materials you can use—only solid fabrics and solid threads.

Guidelines:

  1. Quilts must be made using only solid fabrics and solid thread. You may use as many or as few colors as you like and any fiber content, for example cottons, silks and polyesters are acceptable as long as they are solid in color. No tone on tone, marbles, batiks or fabrics that “read as a solid”.
  2. Keeping in line with the “Simply” idea, any beads, paint or other embellishments are not acceptable but if you want to fashion a 3D embellishment from solid fabrics, go for it.
  3. The minimum perimeter is 48” and the maximum is 72”.
  4. You can choose to enter your quilt in one of two categories: Traditional—including traditionally pieced or appliquéd quilts. Contemporary—including improvisational piecing, Art or Landscape quilts and modern quilts.
  5. Attach a 2” sleeve to the back for hanging.
  6. Label the back with your name and email address or phone number and the category in which you are entering the quilt.
  7. You may make one quilt for each category for a total of two quilts.

Deadline:

The quilts will be collected at the January meeting and displayed for voting at the February meeting.

Voting:

Voting will take place at the February 2015 meeting. Each member will cast one vote for his/her favorite quilt in each category. First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention ribbons will be awarded in each category.

Barb Tatera, Challenge Coordinator

CharitableActivities

Holiday Boutique
Support the Guild and stop by the Comfort Quilt Boutique, where all profits go the Guild. There will be a collection of fabrics, tools and notions, as well as the popular quilting kits for your own personal use.

Linda Stern-Barbara TateraWhite Lightening QuiltsDee Plouffe-AnnFitzell
Comfort Quilts hope you enjoyed the display of the White Lightening Quilts and thank you for your support. The two winners of this Winner’s Choice Raffle were Linda Stern and Dee Ploufee, who selected quilts made by Barb Tatera and Ann Fitzell respectively.

Comfort Quilts
Comfort Quilts is following their Winter Schedule at the North Salem Ambulance Corp, 14 Daniel Road.  The usual meeting dates are on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday between 9:30 and 3:30.  The complete schedule can be found in the Special Edition of the Newsletter.  Dates are subject to change so please verity with Carol Auer  or Karen Carlson.

Raffle 2015
Stitch In Time donated a Janome Jem Platinum Image 1760 Sewing Machine as first raffle prize.  If you are in the area of 19 Sugar Hollow Rd (the former Fabric Tree) in Danbury, stop by and introduce yourself.  They are a Janome dealership, sharpen scissors, and repair all makes and models of machines, including Feather Weights, http://www.saves9.com for more information.

Althea Nolan, Charitable Activities
Charitable@Northernstarquilters.com

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Melanie Darensod, Secretary
Sunshine@Northernstarquilters.com

Library

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

Thank you for returning the Book Review Cards. Each month I will feature a few reviews from members who have liked or disliked the book they borrowed. These reviews reinforce that our Library books are a good resource for our new quilters as well as our experienced ones.

Book Reviews

For our Art Quilters….”Visual Guide to Working in a Series” by Elizabeth Barton

This is a very useful book for someone who wants to develop his/ her thinking about art practices. It is well organized with great information and exercises to help the reader put these ideas into practice.  A great resource book!

DVD – “The Quilt Show Season 13” hosted by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims

Thirteen episodes, each about ½ hour and split between instructions and chatting with different designers.  Wonderful for ideas and techniques. Suggest that the Guild purchase other seasons too.

New Books

  • “Pieced Hexies” by Mickey Depre
  • “Denyse Schmidt Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration” by Denyse Schmidt
  • “Mastering the Art of Long Arm Quilting” by Gina Perkes

 New Magazines

American Quilter  Nov. 2014

Donation of books, magazines and patterns are always welcome. See you at the meeting.

Dee Plouffé, Library Chair
Library@Northernstarquilters.com

Communications

Margaret Phillips has won Third Place in the Art Miniature Category sponsored by Quilting Arts at the International Quilt Festival in Houston for her work “Pink Annie”. Congratulations Margaret!

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Has your work been accepted for display at a gallery or a show? Have you been featured in an exhibit or publication?  Our newsletter is a great way to share your accomplishments.  Please send any photos and information to news@northernstarquilters.com. The deadline is generally the Friday after the Guild meeting.

Helen Boland, VP Communications
News@Northernstarquilters.com

AreaShows

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

“Let Me Quilt One More Day,” October 4, 2014 – January 4, 2015; New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain, CT; http://www.nbmaa.org/  [NSQG]

“Transformation,” October 10 – November 7, 2014; presented by Western CT fiber arts group FiberWorks; at the Cyrenius H Booth Library, 25 Main Street, Newtown, CT.  http://chboothlibrary.org/exhibits.php

”Harvest of Quilts,” November 8-9, 2014, Mineola Community Center, Mineola, NY; http://www.eveningstarquilters.org.

”New Directions 14,” now through November 8, 2014, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY; 613-596-5783; http://www.barrettartcenter.org.

”Finding a Common Thread,” now through November 9, 2014, The Chandler Gallery, Randolph, VT; 802-431-0204; http://chandlergallery.blogspot.com.

”Tell Me a Story,” now through November 15, 2014 (reception, October 17, 5-7 p.m.), Cunningham Gallery, Jaffrey, NH; 603-532-6527; http://www.jaffreyciviccenter.com/exhibits.php.

”Unraveled: Contemporary New England Fiber Art,” now through December 6, 2014, Remick Gallery, York, Maine; 207-363-1756; http://www.oldyork.org.

”Men Who Quilt,” now through December 20, 2014, Virginia Quilt Museum, Harrisonburg, VA; 540-433-3818; http://www.vaquiltmuseum.org.

”Keeping Us in Stitches” and “World War I Quilts” (gallery talk, November 1), now through December 27, 2014, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA; 978-452-4207; http://www.nequiltmuseum.org

”Kimono: A Modern History,” now through January 24, 2015, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; City, http://www.metmuseum.org.

”Masterpieces and Curiosities: A Russian-American Quilt,” now through February 1, 2015; The Jewish Museum, New York City; http://thejewishmuseum.org.

[NSQG] = NSQG Member(s) represented

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