OnPoint! September 2014

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President

Greetings, Northern Star Quilters!

Wasn’t this the perfect summer, payback for a long and difficult winter?!! We now welcome the active part of the NSQG year including great lectures at Kennedy Catholic; workshops at our new location at the Vista Fire Department; new and established SIGs (Special Interest Groups); and the Raffle Quilt Japanese Jigsaw completed this summer under the guidance of Carolyn Salon. The quilt photo has been taken by Diana Sharkey for our postcards and posters to call the world out to our World of Quilts XXXVI at Kennedy Catholic on May 2nd and 3rd, 2015!

The NSQG Board of Directors and the Advisory Committee (formed to help identify potential venues for the Quilt Show in future years) have been hard at work through the summer. After receiving word from Kennedy Catholic that we would have to take on a huge increase in cost causing the quilt show to run at a deficit, it became clear that we needed to look at past records, look at new venues, and compare the cost of the potential venues with the known costs of continuing at Kennedy Catholic.

We considered 38 sites and viewed 8 of them after speaking with most of the others. It didn’t take long to see that we have been very fortunate in our quilt show space over the past 20 years. Kennedy Catholic has been very accommodating in providing the space, volunteer student workers, parking supervisors, and delicious lunches. As the quilt show has grown, so has our use of the space.

We have learned several things this summer: our operating costs are increasing and we haven’t raised our dues in 17 years! A decision will have to be made soon on an increase in dues to begin in our next year registration (May 2015) and we will determine the amount of the increase as soon as our budget comparison has been completed and a venue has been selected. We have three very good venues under consideration, including Kennedy Catholic. (We also will need to find an alternate site for our storage unit and wonder if a member knows of such a space in a commercial parking lot or on large private property.) We hope to be able to inform the membership more of the plans under consideration and listen to your feedback in the October Guild meeting.

 The World of Quilts XXXVI will be held at Kennedy Catholic on May 2 and May 3, 2015. In our “Grandfathered” status, our monthly meetings are continuing at Kennedy Catholic through this NSQG 2014-2015 year.

Caryl Castellion, President
President@Northernstarquilters.com

Programs

NEW WORKSHOP LOCATION! 

We are please 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.  May be 10 minutes further for some of our members but well worth the trip! 

 General Directions:  I 684 to Rte 35 East – Continue on Rte 35 for approximately 8 miles then turn right onto Rte 123.  After approximately 4 miles Vista Fire Department is on the left side of the road.  Address for GPS is 377 Smith Ridge Road, Vista, NY. 

From Connecticut: Merritt Parkway to exit 38, New Canaan, Norwalk, Rt 123. At end of exit, turn towards New Canaan, Rt 123 north. Cross state line, CT to NY, in about 5 miles. Then in about another 2 miles, look for Vista firehouse on the right.  

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Traditional Hand Applique Artist Mary Sorensen

September 16th – Lecture: “What Makes a Quilt Great!”

This is Mary’s newest Lecture and was given for the first time in Paducah in April 2014

September 17th – Workshop: Dramatic Darks

sorensenNothing is more striking than hand appliqué done on a dark background. However, there are pitfalls and special considerations in planning and selecting fabrics for this unique look. Learn special techniques for transferring patterns to a dark background. We will work with color and fabric selection to achieve dramatic shading on darks. Advanced needleturn hand appliqué techniques will be demonstrated.

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Modern Quilt Colorist – Christine Barnes

October 21st Lecture: “Magic Fabrics/Special Effects”Barnes - Oct

October 22nd Workshop: Transparent Squares

Successful transparencies depend on value (the lightness or darkness of color) and intensity (the brightness or dullness). Shot cottons—fabrics that have different-colored warp and weft threads—have a shimmering quality that enhances the illusion of see-through color. Pattern fee $8. Please disregard the reference on her website to a kit being available for this class as Christine no longer offers it. A supply list will be available at the June meeting.

JoAnne Finnigan, VP Programs
Programs@Northernstarquilters.com

Membership

I am happy to welcome our new members and our returning members to our September meeting on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.  The 2015 NSQG raffle quilt will be on display.  This year’s raffle quilt coordinator is Carolyn Salon.  The raffle quilt proceeds recipient is Community Cares.

Please remember that there will be a raffle drawing for quilt store gift certificates for all memberships received prior to our September meeting.  Please click this link to print a membership form.  We welcome you to bring a guest to share in the excitement of our first meeting.  All new members are invited to sit at the new member table, please look for the yellow quilted tablecloth.  Veteran members will be available to answer any questions you may have.  Please remember to wear your name tag!

Patti Calautti, VP Membership
Membership@Northernstarquilters.com

Education

2015 Winter Programs

Since the weather can be iffy in January and February, the Guild traditionally has enlisted members to give small-group demonstrations at our winter meetings rather than engage a professional speaker.  Here’s the possible (subject to further discussions with Board and committee members) line-up for 2015:

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
The Landscape Quilters will have a meeting on September 13 from 1 p.m. to 3p.m. at the Astoria Bank (2nd floor) in Somers.  The meeting will combine the beginner and experienced groups.  Please contact Don Gough if you have any questions.

Longarm Quilters SIG
The Long Arm Quilters will meet Saturdays, Sept 6, Oct 11, Nov 8 and Dec 6.  The September meeting will be at Kelly Lockwood’s.  Anyone interested in joining, please contact Diane Linker.

Sticklers SIG
The next monthly meeting is Saturday, Sept 13 at the Apple Savings Bank, 666 Columbus Ave.  Thornwood NY.  The meetings for the remainder of the year will be Nov 15, Jan 17, Mar 14(TBD), and May 16.  Please contact Carolynn Finn for more information.

Art Quilters SIG
The Art Quilters are working on their next SIG challenge “Under the Microscope!”  The group meets at 5:45 p.m. before the Guild meetings in the Library.  Please contact Christine Wilhelm if you would like to join.

Domestic Machine Quilting (DMQ) SIG
Please bring the samples of the machine quilting that you have worked on over the summer and any questions or suggestions you have for the group.  The Machine Quilting SIG meets at 5:45 in the Faculty Room before the Guild meetings.  Please contact Helen Boland, News@Northernstarquilters.com if you would like to join our email list.

Modern Quilters
This new group will hold meetings at 6 p.m. before the Guild meetings in the cafeteria.  For inclusion in the mailing list, please contact Kim Hyde.

Jennifer Kramer,VP Education
Education@Northernstarquilters.com

QuiltShow

Planning has started for the World of Quilts XXXVI show on May 1 and 2, 2015.  One of the reasons why our show is such a success and so popular, is the number of gorgeous quilts we display.  This, of course, is a direct result of the number of creative quilts our guild members enter in the show.  If you haven’t started on a quilt to display at the show, you still have time; registration will run from January 1 through March 31.  Get to work now on some of those design ideas that have been percolating over the summer or to reimagine some of your UFOs so you can put them in the show.

Volunteers
The time contributed by our members, volunteering in the planning and running of the show is also a major reason for its success.  Please remember guild members are expected to volunteer at least 3 hours at our Quilt Show in May.  If you want to volunteer some time during the planning stages this fall and winter, or if you have any suggestions for the show, please contact me.

Silent Auction
The Silent Auction has become a very popular venue at our Quilt Show.  We have successfully raised money for the Guild through your quilted donations.  Many visitors to our show look forward to taking home something made by the NSQG.  Please consider making a small quilt (average size of 25”x25”) to be sold at next year’s Silent Auction.  We are a Guild of talented quilters.  Show your talent and give back to the Guild through your donation. Thank you everyone.

Young Quilters
Once again, the Show Committee is reaching out to young quilters.  A simplified registration form for this year’s show will soon be posted on the website – however you can use the 2014 show’s information for the quilt’s guidelines.  Registration will be limited to the first fifteen quilts by young quilters. If you are teaching your grandchild or another youngster in your life how to quilt, we would love to display his or her work.

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

Hospitality

It is a pleasure to welcome everyone back from summer vacation.  For September, we are asking that members whose last names begin with A, B, or C, will please bring a snack to share. Finger foods to consider, cheese and crackers, trail mix, veggie platter & dip, fresh fruit cut into bite size pieces, and of course, anything baked.

Don’t forget to pick up a free raffle ticket when you bring in a snack.

Please stop by the raffle table and take a chance – 3 tickets for $1!  You have to be in it to win it!

This year we will hold the “Holiday Food Drive” in November. Winter meetings last year were usually snowed out. We hope to avoid that problem this year by moving collection to November.  More information will be available as we near the November meeting.

Nancy Cianflone, Hospitality
Hospitality@Northernstarquilters.com

FindUsHere

Mary Cannizzaro has had two quilts accepted in the Houstonrsz_mary_c caption show.  Her quilts “Log Cabin Spiral” and “Simply the Best” will be exhibited.  You may recognize them from our previous shows.  Pictured here is the quilt “Simply the Best”.

You may remember that Denise Isherwood has had her quilt “I Never Met a Fabric By Judie That I Didn’t Love” accepted in the show as well.

Congratulations to both of you!

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As I was browsing through the latest issue of Quilting Arts (Aug/Sept), I came across an article about SAQA CT.  The article is entitled “Gallery: Local Color” and it pictures several art quilts by members of SAQA CT.  Two of our members quilts are featured in the magazine – Kendell Storm’s “Take a Bow” and Norma Schlager’s “Of Cabbages and Kings”.  Several of these quilts will travel to Atlanta, Georgia for Quilting LIVE! at the Sewing & Quilt Expo, September 11 – 13, 2014. http://www.sewingexpo.com/QuiltingLIVE.aspx .  It was also written up in SAQA CT blog: http://saqact.blogspot.com/2014/07/local-color-gets-national-attention-via.html

Kudos to both Kendell and Norma!

SpecialActivities

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.

Would you like to participate by selling some of your quilt related work? Provided you are a NSQG member and have made all of the items you plan to sell, we welcome your participation. There is a $25 fee per table for vendors. You can share or have your own table; just sign up in advance. Information will be available at the September and October meetings.

Stephanie Santangelo, Boutique Coordinator

Super Saturday
February 28, 2015

Be sure to mark your calendar so you won’t miss Super Saturday!

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 in our Sit and Sew area.  Whatever you choose, it will be a fun day to share.

Here is a sample of the possible classes for 2015:

Landscape Fabric Collage; Hand Applique; Working with Ties; Double Diamond Ruler; Machine Quilting without fusibles; something scrappy; “crazy” scrapping; Trendsetter Bag; 3 Dimensional Block.

If you are interested in teaching your favorite technique or quilt or have a request for a specific class, please see Kelly at the September meeting.

Sign-ups for classes will begin at the October meeting.

Kelly Lockwood, Super Saturday Coordinator

 

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 Saturday morning for breakfast and then spend the day at the show.

Sign-ups will begin in November.

Jen Cannizzaro, Trips 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

 Raffle Quilts

The Japanese Jigsaw Puzzle Quilt coordinated by Jigsaw Puzzle VCarolyn Salon, quilted by Angela Vertucci and made by our members will be on display at the September Guild meeting.  Raffle tickets to support this year’s beneficiary, Community Cares, will be available in early winter.

Carol Auer & Karen Carlson will be distributing blocks for Shot Thru ‘N Thru, the 2016 raffle quilt, at the September meeting.  Donations of #8 Pearl Cotton Thread of multiple colors for hand quilting Shot Thru ‘N Thru is appreciated.

ConKerr Cancer

Completed pillowcases for the pediatric patients at Marie Fareri Children’s Hospital can be given to Althea Nolan at the Guild Meeting.  If you need help with the directions for making the pillowcases, see Althea.

Comfort Quilts

Starting on Sept 17, Comfort Quilts will be 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.

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Lightning.”
  In October, the winner of “A Winner’s Choice Raffle” will be able to select their prize from one of the many White Lightning Quilts.

Many Comfort Quilts continued to be distributed during the summer, including the Neo Natal Intensive Care Quilts pictured in the photo.

Althea Nolan, Charitable Activities
Charitable@Northernstarquilters.com

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Melanie Darensod, Secretary
Sunshine@Northernstarquilters.com

Library

Library Volunteers Needed

If you are willing to help at the Library table at our monthly, please call or email me.

The duties are simple:
Collect returned books
Help sign out books
Re-shelve books

No need to volunteer for every meeting, any help is appreciated.

New Books
I have two new books and a DVD available for check-out at the September meeting:

Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making by Susanne Woods
Savor Each Stitch by Carolyn Friedlander

New Magazines

Where Women Create
American Quilter
Quilting Arts

New DVD

The Quilt Show, Series 13, Hosted by Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson

Please feel free to recommend any new books or DVDs you would like added to our Library.

Dee Plouffé, Library Chair
Library@Northernstarquilters.com

Communications

The Special Issue 2014-15 is available online!  Please go to the homepage www.northernstarquilters.com and look to the right side bar, there you will find a click to print link.  There will also be color printed copies at the September meeting.  Many thanks to Deirdre Abbotts for her professional work on the print job.

Please let us know if you have been featured in an exhibit or publication.  Our newsletter is a great way to share our accomplishments.  Please send any photos and information to news@northernstarquilters.com.  The deadline is generally the Friday after the Guild meeting.

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In case you haven’t heard, Ricky Tims will be hosted by the Connecticut Piecemakers Guild on September 19 – 20, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza in Southbury, CT.  Please check their website for more information: http://www.ctpiecemakers.org.

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An excerpt from the Summer Newsletter of the Westchester ConKerr Cancer Chapter:

Northern Star Quilters Guild

Special thanks to the Northern Star Quilters Guild, who allowed the Westchester County Chapter to come and speak at their May meeting. Thank you to the volunteers that have been dropping off pillowcases at Fabric Mart NY. Please be sure to leave your contact information so that we can mail you a thank you card!

Althea of the NSQG has gone out of her way to coordinate our chapter coming to speak at the meeting, as well as accepting pillowcase donations from volunteers and getting them to us. Thank you for all of your efforts!

A big thank you to “The Birds” for the pillowcases and the beautiful card! We would also like to thank the many volunteers from the Guild who have brought pillowcases to Althea.

Helen Boland, VP Communications
News@Northernstarquilters.com

AreaShows

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

”Inspiration Quilts: Then and Now,” now through September 7, 2014, Windham Textiles and History Museum, Willimantic, CT; 860-456-2178; http://www.millmuseum.org.

Bennington Quiltfest, September 13-14, 2014, Mount Anthony Union Middle School, Bennington, VT; http://www.benningtonquiltfest.com.

”Art Quilts 2014: How Does Your Garden Grow?,” August 20-September 20, 2014, Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell, MA; 978-452-7641; http://whistlerhouse.org

”Yes, This Is Stitched Artwork,” now through September 21, 2014, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY; 718-230-2100; http://www.bklynlibrary.org .

”Five Fiber Friends,” now through September 21, 2014, River Street Gallery, New Haven, CT; 203-776-3099; http://www.fairhaven-furniture.com.

”Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War,” September 23, 2014-January 4, 2015, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT; 802-985-3346; http://www.shelburnemuseum.org

New England Air Museum will be having the 3rd annual Quilt Show on September 22nd thru 28th. It will feature Sue Reich and Karen Eckmeier lectures, 150+ quilts, Vendors,demos, etc. “Flights and Fancies” Quilt Show; New England Air Museum, Hartford, CT at Bradley Airport;  September 22 – 28, 2014.  www.neam.org

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OnPoint! June 2014

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Events at the Danbury Historical Society: June 28, 2014 – Quintessential Quilts: Piecing together Danbury History 10 am Huntington Hall.  There’s more throughout the summer so check the website: http://danburymuseum.org/danburymuseum/Home.html

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President

What a beautiful Quilt Show the NSQG members presentrsz_12denise_isherwood caption2ed this year!!  Well done, everyone!  You will read more about this in the Quilt Show section, but I needed to add my hurrah to all the others in acknowledging your efforts to achieve this success.  We have done it again!

As we approach a long-anticipated summer and time-off from meetings, I hope you will sit down to contemplate your Quilt Challenge 2015 contribution.  Isn’t it fun to have so much time before the deadline? Have a great summer filled with quilting fun!!

Caryl Castellion, President
President@Northernstarquilters.com

QuiltShow

We want to thank each one of you who contributed rsz_mary_c captionto making A World of Quilts XXXV a successful show.  You registered your amazing quilts and worked hard to finish them before drop off.  You signed up for volunteer slots and then volunteered for even more hours.  The Show Committee couldn’t have worked harder or been more supportive.  So many of our Board members went above and beyond to help the show in so many ways, including Peggy Morgan (Treasurer), JoAnne Finnigan (Programs), Nancy Cianflone (Hospitality) and Helen Boland (Communications).  It was wonderful to watch the whole guild come together to achieve our common goal.

The financial results this year were very good.  Although we are still waiting for all of the expenses to come in, it is clear that we made a very healthy profit which is significantly more than the amount of profit targeted by this year’s budget.

We had just over 200 registered quilts OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthis year, including approximately 80 bed quilts, approximately 30 traditional wall quilts, over 90 art quilts and 5 quilts by Young Quilters.

Congratulations to all of our ribbon winners, including Donna Chambers (Best of Show Small), Denise Isherwood (Best of Show Large), Mary Cannizzaro (Viewer’s Choice) and our other blue ribbon winners, Elizabeth O’Sullivan, Mary Waterman, Vivian Lewis, Claire Victor, Don Gough, Renee Fleuranges-Valdes, Joyce Sullivan, Genevieve Tracey and Karen Carlson.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur Guild Challenge, the Landscape SIG exhibit, the Comfort Quilts exhibit, the Ellen Purdy Memorial exhibit and the Silent Auction display added more than 220 quilts.  There couldn’t have been a more amazing display of quilts representing a greater diversity of styles.  The Northern Star show celebrates the artistry in quilts of all styles and proves that inclusiveness makes a group stronger, more creative and more open to possibility.

Diane Linker and Jane Eyes, VP’s, Quilt Show
Quiltshowchairs@Northernstarquilters.com

Programs

Looking forward to the Fall:

Traditional Hand Applique Artist Mary Sorensen

September 16th – Lecture:  “What Makes a Quilt Great!”

This is Mary’s newest Lecture and was given for the first time in Paducah in April 2014

September 17th – WorkshopDramatic Darks

Mary sorensonNothing is more striking than hand appliqué done on a dark background.  However, there are pitfalls and special considerations in planning and selecting fabrics for this unique look.  Learn special techniques for transferring patterns to a dark background.  We will work with color and fabric selection to achieve dramatic shading on darks.  Advanced needleturn hand appliqué techniques will be demonstrated.

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 Modern Quilt Colorist – Christine Barnes

October 21st Lecture:  “Magic Fabrics/Special Effects”Barnes - Oct

October 22nd Workshop: Transparent Squares

Successful transparencies depend on value (the lightness or darkness of color) and intensity (the brightness or dullness). Shot cottons—fabrics that have different-colored warp and weft threads—have a shimmering quality that enhances the illusion of see-through color.  Pattern fee $8.   Please disregard the reference on her website to a kit being available for this class as Christine no longer offers it.  A supply list will be available at the June meeting.

JoAnne Finnigan, VP Programs
Programs@Northernstarquilters.com

Education

SIG Updates:

Landscape SIG

The Landscape SIG will have a regular meeting on June 7th and a beginner meeting on June 14th.  Both meetings will be from 10AM to Noon at the Astoria Bank in Somers on the second floor. They will continue meeting through the summer months (July 12 and August 9).  Any questions, please contact Don Gough at DGFLTS@aol.com.

Longarm Quilters SIG

The Long Arm Quilters will meet Jun 7, Jul 5, Aug 2, Sep 6, Oct 4, Nov 1, and Dec 6.  The June 7th meeting will be at Marquita Rich’s house.  Please contact Diane Linker for more details.  The group has planned to complete a summer project that will involve each person making the same quilt top, but quilting it differently.  Hopefully these quilts will be shown by the group at the 2015 Quilt show.

Sticklers SIG

The next meeting will be Saturday, June 14 — Flag Day!  After that the next meeting will be in late August…probably 8/16, 8/23, or 8/30.  Please contact Carolyn Fin at carolyn_finn@yahoo.com if you want to be included in the notifications of future meetings.

Art Quilters SIG

The Art Quilters do not meet in the summer, but will be working on their next SIG challenge “Under the Microscope!” See you all in September.

Domestic Machine Quilting (DMQ) SIG

A big Thank You to Mary Cannizzaro who came to our May meeting and discussed free motion quilting with us.  At the meeting, it was decided that we will make some quilt sandwiches and try out free motion quilting over the summer.  Mary suggested using “830 easy pattern” which can be bought at JoAnn’s.  Pattern trace can be written on and then the design can be followed with the free motion on the sewing machine.  Contact Helen Boland with any questions you may have.

There will not be a meeting in June so we can all enjoy the Salad Supper.  Meetings will begin again in September before the Guild Meeting.  Have a great summer exploring free motion quilting!!

Please contact Helen Boland (news@northernstarquilters.com ) if you would like to join our email list.

Modern Quilters

This new group held their first planning meeting before the May meeting, and will likely continue to meet monthly before the guild meetings beginning in September.   For inclusion in the mailing list, please contact Kim Hyde.

Jean Degl,VP Education
Education@Northernstarquilters.com

Hospitality

 

Thank you to all the members T – Z who brought treats last month.

 

Now that June has arrived, it’s tme for our Annual Salad Supper.

We ask each member to bring a salad which will serve 6-8 people.

So break out your favorite summer salad recipes!

Please bring a serving spoon and a card with the list of ingredients.

The Guild will provide beverages and dessert.

Please plan to arrive with your dish at 6 pm, to provide us ample time for setup. The meeting and dinner will begin at 6:30 pm.

Nancy Cianflone, Hospitality
Hospitality@Northernstarquilters.com

SpecialActivities

NSQG Challenge 2015

Simply Solids!

Guidelines:

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”.

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.

The minimum perimeter is 48” and the maximum is 72”.

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

Attach a 2” sleeve to the back for hanging.

Label the back with your name and email address or phone number and the category in which you are entering the quilt.

You may make one quilt for each category for a total of two quilts.

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

The committee will award first, second, third and honorable mention ribbons in each of the two categories.

Thank you to Barbara Tatera for coordinating this!

Kelly LockwoodSpecial Activities
Special@Northernstarquilters.com

CharitableActivities

 Raffle Quilt Funds Recipient

Ability Beyond Disability thanks all the members who supported their organization by returning their raffle money and those who even sold extra tickets. They are enthusiastically looking forward to introducing new programs and reaching more folks.

Winner of Quilt:                                           Bobbi Stanton100_0211
Basket of Batik                                              Cindy Powers
from Happy Quilter
Basket of Notions                                         Donna Ubertalli
from Quilt Basket                                         (member)

 

Comfort QuiltsIMG_0059

During the summer months, starting on Wed. June 11th, Comfort Quilts meets every Wednesday at Bnai Yisrael Temple located at 2 Banksville Road, Armonk, NY.  Contact Carol or Karen for details.

If you can make a donation of rulers, rotary cutters, used blades or mats to Comfort Quilt, please contact Carol Auer or Karen Carlson.

2016 Raffle Quilt

We are looking for a 2016 Raffle Quilt Coordinator.  If you or a group of friends are interested in overseeing the construction of the raffle quilt for the 2016 charity, please contact Althea Nolan.

ConKerr Cancer

The Westchester County Chapter asks for your support making pillowcases for patients at the Maria Fareri Children’s hospital.  Directions for making these pillows can be found on http:www.conkerrcancer.org/volunteer/sew-pillowcases .  You can give completed pillowcases to Althea Nolan.  Drop-off is also at Fabric Mart in Yorktown and Hartsdale Fabric in Hartsdale.

Althea Nolan, Charitable Activities
Charitable@Northernstarquilters.com

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Melanie Darensod, Secretary
Sunshine@Northernstarquilters.com

Membership

Thank you to everyone who renewed their memberships or joined NSQG this past year!  We have 269 members, an increase of more than 20 members over last year!

It’s not too early to think about registering for next year.  The 2014-2015 Membership Registration form is now available on our website.  Click here for a link to the form.  Simply print and complete the form, and bring it with a $35 check (or cash) to June’s Salad Supper.  We’ll also have forms at the Membership Table.

Please take the time to fill out the form completely.  Each year, we like to make sure that we have the correct contact information for you.  Also, indicate areas where you would be interested in volunteering or participating, so it can be passed on to the Committee Chairs.  The Guild’s strength comes from its amazing members and their willingness to help.  We don’t expect people to volunteer to help at each meeting, but if at least once during the year you can serve food at the hospitality table, hold up quilts during Sew & Tell, greet members when they come to a meeting, check out library books, or whatever, it will make the work easier for everyone.

In the event you cannot attend June’s meeting, please send your registration to the following address:

Northern Star Quilters’ Guild
PO Box 232
Somers, NY 10589-0232
Attn: VP Membership

As in past years, if your paid membership is received prior to September’s meeting date, you will be entered into a raffle.  We’ll have $25 gift certificates to local quilt shops, so renew your registration now to ensure you’re eligible!

Susan Fasnacht, VP Membership
Membership@Northernstarquilters.com

Library

Well, here we are at the end of the Guild Year.  This means, among other things, that all Library books and magazines are due at this months’ meeting.

It also means that the annual Library sale is days away, and we can anticipate all the books and magazines and “etceteras” that will be for sale, at bargain prices.  I will be at JFK from 5:00pm on the day of the meeting, so feel  free to drop off any last minute donations any time after that. Carrying them in will give you added appetite for the Salad Supper.

My special thanks to those people who helped me at the Library table this year: Micki Tedeschi, Kathy Kaplan, Dee Rizzo and Joan Doggett.

See you at the SALE!!

Dee Plouffé, Library Chair
Library@Northernstarquilters.com

Communications

Many thanks to those who sent news and pictures about their quilt related accomplishments. Please send any pictures or information about upcoming shows or events that you are featured in to News@Northernstarquilters.com .

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Benedicte Caneill‘s, “Units 31: Rhythm in Lights” appears on p. 31 of the June/July 2014 issue of Quilters Newsletter. The photo is part of an article on “Material Witnesses,” a traveling exhibit by the Manhattan Quilters Guild of New York.

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Call for Entries:  The Hammond Museum is currently seeking submissions for its Art Competition 2014.  Entries must be received by June 20, 2014.  Please click here for more information.

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Vermont Quilt Festival:  June 27-29, 2014.  More information at www.vqf.org

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Bayberry Quilters’ Guild Show – July 31, August 1, 2, 2014; 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.  Admission – $7 daily or $11 for a multi-day pass.  Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, 351 Pleasant Street, Harwich, MA (exit 10 off Route 6, then North of Route 124 a short distance).  Over 300 quilts by members with special exhibits, Merchant Mall with over 25 vendors.  www.bayberryquiltersofcapecod.com

Helen Boland, VP Communications
News@Northernstarquilters.com

AreaShows

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

[NSQG] = NSQG Member(s) represented

“Vermont Quilt Festival”; June 27-29, 2014; Champlain Valley Expo, 105 Pearl St, Essex Junction, Vermont; www.vqf.org

Peconic Quilt Show, June 7-8, 2014, Suffolk Community College, Riverhead, NY; http://www.eliqg.com.

”African Inspirations,” now through June 14, 2014, ArtQuilt Gallery NYC, New York City; 212-807-9451; http://www.artquiltgallerynyc.com.

Classes at QBL (Dorothy Caldwell, “The Expressive Stitch,” July 21-25, 2014; Karen Eckmeier, “Scrappy Log Cabin,” July 14-15, and “Let’s Make Waves,” July 16-18, 2014), Syracuse, NY; 315-255-1553; qbl@schweinfurthartcenter.org; http://www.quiltingbythelake.com.

“Quilts and Color” The Pilgrim/Roy Collection; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; April 4-July 27, 2014 http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/quilts-and-color

“Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War”; New-York Historical Society; April 4-August 24, 2014 http://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/homefront-battlefield-quilts-context-civil-war

“QuiltFest 2014”, Colonial Quilters Guild of Bethlehem, PA; Saturday, May 3, 2014 (10am-5pm) and Sunday, May 4, 2014 (10am-4pm); Charles Chrin Community Center, 4100 Green Pond Rd, Palmer Township, PA 18045. Click here for their poster with more information.

”William Morris: Textiles and Wallpaper,” now through July 20, 2014, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, http://www.metmuseum.org.

”Charles James: Beyond Fashion,” now through August 10, 2014, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, http://www.metmuseum.org.

“Blue Ridge Quilt Festival”; Blacksburg, VA from July 9 – 12, 2014 at Blacksburg Middle School, 3109 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24060.  www.brqfestival.com

Greene County Quilts presents two shows:

*The Piecemakers of Cairo Quilt Show, Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 10am to 4 pm at the Cairo Public Library, 15 Railroad Ave, Cairo, NY 12413.  Admission is $2.  http://events.timesunion.com/cairo_ny/events/show/370007540-greene-county-quilts-the-piecemakers-of-cairo-quilt-guild-quilt-show

*The Patchworkers Show, Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 10am to 4pm and Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 10am to 2pm at the Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School, 5411 State Route 23, Windham, NY 12496.  Admission $3.

City Quilter’s Grand Central Centennial Quilt Challenge Winners (includes work by guild member), now through July 7, 2014, Transit Museum gallery, New York City; 212-878-0106; http://www.mta.info/museum; http://www.cityquilter.com.   [NSQG]

City Quilter: A Quilter’s Visit to New York City, outlines various quilting events and places in the city to visit in the city.  Click here to access the pdf file about this event.

New England Air Museum will be having the 3rd annual Quilt Show on September 22nd thru 28th. It will feature Sue Reich and Karen Eckmeier lectures, 150+ quilts, Vendors,demos, etc.

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