OnPoint! January 2015

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President Greetings in the Year 2015! May this be a year of good health, great friendships, creative endeavors, and beautiful quilts. Are you ready to register one or more of your quilts for the World of Quilts XXXVI? Registration opens on January 15th. Many thanks to Tamar Drucker who led us through her quiltmaking journey and showed us some of her beautiful creations. Now we just have to wait for her next amazing quilt. The Nominating Committee, preparing the slate of officers for election this spring, will begin its work on January 6th. Please send your recommendations for the offices of President, Secretary, Treasurer, VP Programs, VP Membership, and VP Communications to Judy Gignesi, Barbara Sferra, Patricia Loquet, Yvonne Clayton, or Caryl Castellion. You will be receiving a “Letter from the President” regarding the 2016 Quilt Show venue shortly. We look forward to presenting the figures at the January guild meeting, once again in the auditorium, so that all may see and hear the presentation. In the meantime, have fun working on your Challenge Quilts (due at the January meeting) and your lovely creations for the Quilt Show!

Caryl Castellion, President
President@Northernstarquilters.com

Programs

Spring 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. Workshop: March 18 Usin’ Fusin’ (and other cool stuff) to Express Yourself!       $50 Using fusing, seamless piecing and decoratoLectWrkshp_usin%20fusin%20sample_Thumbr threads and yarns, you will create a small art quilt designed by you.  Raw edge applique with fusible web, machine quilting and embellishment will express something important to you: a feeling, a person, a garden, the beach.  The doors of creativity will open in this fast and fun class as we investigate free form cutting to build collage-type artworks that express YOU!  Additional focus will be placed on color and line that can translate your feeling. Image - Squiggle half APRIL:  Lecture: April 21 – Nora McMeeking      “Bella Bella Patchwork” Nora 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 Cosmati Rings 1                                                                       $50 cosm_rings1_200This workshop introduces ring foundation piecing using two easy “blocks”.  The center roundel can be a compass, plain fabric or an applique design (those variations are available for the class) making this a very versatile pattern.  Easy methods for making multiple foundations for the pieced border are included.  Construction for the curved corner sections is readily accomplished using a few clever tricks and the large curves are easily machine pieced.  Beginners can make this quilt!

JoAnne Finnigan, VP Programs
Programs@Northernstarquilters.com Education

January Program:

Getting to Know You

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 your 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 continue to explore the creative process with a discussion about “The Many Ways to Finish Your Quilt Edges.”  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 meeting days are Saturday, January 3rd and Saturday, February 7th. All meetings are from 1pm to 3pm at the Astoria 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 February meeting will take place on February 7th.

Domestic Machine Quilting – Helen Boland
Since everyone found the discussion of “What to Quilt on My Quilt” useful, we will continue the discussion in January.  Please bring a quilt that you would like to have some ideas for quilting or one that you have quilted and would like to explain why you chose the quilting lines.Any questions, 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 Registration will begin on January 15, 2015. Registration Rules and Instructions are now available on the NSQG website and the registration form will be there on the 15th. We strongly encourage you to register your quilts online.  Just click on “Show Your Quilt in 2015″ under the Quilt Show tab on our website to read this information.  Remember, if your quilt is wider than 92” it will need to be hung on the bleacher wall to lie flat.  Additionally, since bleacher space is limited, we can only guarantee this space to the first 6 wide quilts that are registered.

Carolynn Young, Chair of Volunteers, will have volunteer sign-up sheets available at the January meeting.  Sign up early in order to secure your favorite volunteer spot! Sometimes, the jobs that take more than the required three volunteer hours are a lot more fun and give you a much better opportunity to get to know fellow guild members.

It is not too early to hand in your small quilts for the Silent Auction. Carolyn Langevin or Kay Marcarello will be on hand to collect them at the January meeting. Check the website under “Quilt Show” for details and a few pictures of this year’s submissions.

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

Hospitality

Thank you to everyone who brought a snack to our holiday table. We had a wonderful variety of everyone’s favorites. In January we ask members with the last names beginning with J, K, & L to bring in a snack to share.

Nancy Cianflone, Hospitality
Hospitality@Northernstarquilters.com

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2016 Raffle Quilt Charity

It is time to nominate your favorite charity to partner with the guild and be the recipient of our 2016 Raffle Quilt fundraiser.  The guidelines and forms for nominating a non-profit organization serving the tri-state area can be found on our web site under Charitable Activities – 2016 Raffle Quilt  http://www.northernstarquilters.com/2016-raffle-quilt. Just fill out the form and email to Althea Nolan.

2015 Raffle Quilt

Stop by the membership table and pick up your raffle tickets for the Jigsaw Puzzle Quilt at the January Meeting.  You can support Community Cares www.CommunityCares.org by returning your stubs and money to Althea Nolan or mail to the guild. For detailed information on these outstanding raffle prizes go to http://www.northernstarquilters.com/2015-raffle-quilt-2 Charitable pic Comfort Quilts

Thanks to all who supported the guild by shopping at the Comfort Quilt table during the boutique. 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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Sunshine@Northernstarquilters.com

Membership

Donna Chambers will present a Member Showcase at January the meeting.

Please join me in welcoming Donna Chambers this month at the member showcase.

Donna joined the guild three years ago after beginning to quilt in 2008.  She brings to her quilting her creative talent as a goldsmith by trade. Donna gravitates toward Art Quilting where she showcases her love of color and texture.  Her very first quilt was a Log Cabin and she also enjoys the piecing process. Pinterest provides Donna with plenty of inspiration. For those of you who don’t know, Pinterest hosts an array of art, color, quilts, fabrics, photographs, texture, and fashion, all of which grabs her attention.

When I asked Donna what quilting has brought to her life, she said, “It has brought a new type of creativity, the type of intensity I like, and a new community of sharing and like-minded friends.”

In the short time she has been quilting, Donna has had that amazing-moment-in- my-life feeling when her works won three ribbons, which included Best of Show in Wall Quilts at the NSQG 2014 quilt show.

I am so pleased to share her talents with all of you and hope to see you all at the January Meeting! Please welcome your newest member Brenna R.  There were 74 members who attended the December meeting.

Patti Calautti, VP Membership
Membership@Northernstarquilters.com

Library

Just a reminder –please donate your gently used books, magazines and patterns for our annual book sale in May. Book reviews

  • “The Art of Whimsical Lettering” by Joanne Sharpe. Terrific book giving ideas for quilt labels plus starting points for new quilt designs.
  • “Quilting Wide Open Spaces” by Judi Madsen. Great tips for long arm quilting plus six patterns for quilts.

New Books

  • “Pixel Play” by Emily Cier
  • “Radiant Landscapes” by Gloria Longhman

New DVD

  • Quilting Arts TV Series 1400

New Magazines

  • Quilting Arts 2014,  Jan. 2015
  • American Quilter 2015

Don’t forget to return your overdue books at the January meeting—see you then.

Dee Plouffé, Library Chair
Library@Northernstarquilters.com

Communications Remembering a former Guild Member Sondra Shapiro died December 11 following complications from back surgery that she had in late October.  Sondra was an early member of the Guild and belonged for about 20 years, until her health problems prevented her from attending meetings. She always had a wisecrack or joke on her lips and a smile on her face and a determination to make everyone else laugh.  She struggled with illnesses most of her life and, in the last few years constant pain, but none of this curbed her sense of humor nor her genuine concern for others.  She was a true friend.  Her quilts were beautiful and she continued working on them until her hands shook too much; she said that she refused to make quilts that weren’t up to her standards, that she would rather look at the ones that she had made before, the ones that filled her with pride.  Until the end, she was a devoted and loving friend who will be missed by those of us who had the great luck to have known her. Image - Squiggle half

Pinwheels and Friends is kicking off the new year with the new dates for their annual One Stop Shop Hop – the 3rd year; Friday and Saturday of Super Bowl Weekend: January 30 and 31st  – the dates were carefully planned so that you can still watch the Game on Sunday.  It will be held at the Holiday Inn in Mount Kisco so mark your calendars!  For more details and class schedules go to their website: http://www.pinwheelsandfriends.com/

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Mark your Calendars—March 28th and 29th 2015

Empire Quilters will host a members quilt show -”Under A New Star”

Dates: March 28th Sat. 10-5 and Sun. March 29th 10-4

Place: Fashion Institute of Technology, 7 Ave. & 28th St., NYC

Over 250 quilts exhibited

Speakers—Raffle—Vendors–Boutique

Groups are welcome.

For more info: Go to EmpireQuilters.net -under “Guild Shows”

Image - Squiggle half Smithtown Quilters are having a show QE 16 on April 11th and 12th, 2015.  The show “A Garden of Quilts” will take place at the Dawnwood Middle School, Centereach, NY.  Click here for the poster with more information.

Image - Squiggle half 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 – 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.  Don’t forget to sing up at the January 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 the 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. 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! Challenge quilts will be collected at the January meeting and displayed for voting at the February meeting.

Barb Tatera, Challenge Coordinator

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

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”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. “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 Quilt National 2013, now through January 31, 2015, Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, Fredericksburg, VA; 540-371-3037; http://www.famcc.org. ”Flight Patterns,” now through April 30, 2015, T-North Gallery, Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, GA; 404-377-2116; http://www.atlanta-airport.com. “Fibrations!,” now through Spring 2015, The Great Hall, Springfield, VT; 802-885-3061; https://www.facebook.com/GreatHallSpringfield?filter=1.

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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

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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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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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