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
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Basket of Notions                                         Donna Ubertalli
from Quilt Basket                                         (member)

 

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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

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

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“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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OnPoint! May 2014

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NSQG-1405 Calendar May June

President

Spring is well underway and a beautiful one at that … easing us between a really cold and unrelenting winter and the coming summer.

I am looking forward to our Quilt Show!   So much work has already taken place in collecting 208 quilts on Quilt Drop-Off day, Judging Day, and then transforming Kennedy Catholic High School into an exhibit space for NSQG’s A World of Quilts XXXV!!  Am I worried?  Not one bit!  By show of hands in the April Guild Meeting,
all members appear to have volunteered to help and I know we’ll breeze through
the activities in high spirits to bring another gorgeous, creative, and
awe-inspiring show to the public.  So THANK YOU for the many heads and hands that put in so much time and for your friendliness in enjoying the event with so many visitors!

Caryl Castellion, President
President@Northernstarquilters.com

AnnualMeetingNotice

Official Notice of the NSQG Annual Meeting

The NSQG General Meeting will be held May 20, 2014 at 7pm in the Kennedy Catholic HS cafeteria, Route 138, Somers, NY 10589.

The Election of NSQG Officers for the year 2014-2015 will be held during the Annual Meeting.  The slate of officers is:

President                     Caryl Castellion
Secretary                      Melanie Darensod
Treasurer                     Linda Ostrander
VP Membership         Patti Calautti
VP Communications Helen Boland
VP Programs               JoAnne Finnigan
VP Education              Jennifer Kramer
VP Quilt Show             Susan Fasnacht

Official Notice of the Proposed Amendment to NSQG By-Laws

The ballot vote will be held May 20, 2014 at the NSQG Annual Meeting.

Article V: Board of Directors

Section 4: Members of the Board of Directors may serve for no more than six (6) consecutive years, and in no case shall they serve on the Board for more than six (6) years within an eight (8) year period.

QuiltShow

It’s hard to believe that the show is only a few days away. All of you have contributed so much to the effort behind the show and, seeing all the work that has been done and the careful planning by so many members of the Show Committee and their volunteers, we’re feeling sure that this show will join the long line of successful NSQG shows.

After seeing all the quilts “up close and personal” at Drop-Off on Saturday, we know that the quilt display will do justice to the varied talents of all of our members. In the gym, we will have approximately 200 registered quilts by 114 different quilt makers, the SIG Landscape exhibit, and an Invitational Exhibit of Modern Quilts by Cherri House. On Saturday and Sunday we will have the opportunity to hear from two nationally known quilters, Sue Nickels and Mark Lipinski.

Be sure to visit the cafeteria to see the Guild Challenge, quilts by Young Quilters, Comfort Quilts, Silent Auction, Build a Block and a memorial exhibit of Ellen Purdy’s quilts.

Be sure to wander past the vendors to see the ever-amazing FANE exhibit in Room 114.

All of the behind the scenes preparations are being finished as we write this article. We are so grateful to all of you for your help, your advice and your willingness to step up and pitch in.

So, now all that remains is to show up for your volunteer slots on show weekend and enjoy the show!

At the close of the show on Sunday, please go to the cafeteria to get a number for quilt pick-up and to get your judge’s comments. The distribution of the quilts in the gym will begin no earlier than 4:30. As soon as the quilts have been taken down, the numbers will be called and groups will be sent from the cafeteria to the gym. If you don’t have a number, you will be able to pick up your quilt after all the numbers have been called.

See the schedule for the Quilt Show weekend following this page.   Click here for a printable version.

You can preview the Silent Auction by clicking here.

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

Programs

 

Sue Nicols picMay 5 – Sue Nickels, Ann Arbor, MIMachine Appliqué – Flower Basket $50

Intermediate- 1 day

In this workshop learn how to appliqué using a quick raw edge fusible machine technique. Ashley’s Flower Basket, the first pattern in a series of flower basket designs Sue created for JWD Publishing will be used in this workshop. Learn the fine points of machine appliqué including perfect points, neat curves and creative surface embellishments. This technique is the focus of the AQS book “Stitched Raw Edge Appliqué” co-authored by Sue and her sister, Pat Holly. Quality workmanship is the priority in this workshop!
Please note: for the one day version of this workshop students will be working on a small practice piece to learn how to do the techniques featured in this appliqué project. Students receive all the information needed to complete their Flower Basket Quilt, but we will only work on the practice piece in class. There will be a pattern fee of $8.00 www.sue-nickels.com

Note this class will take place on a Monday as it follows the quilt show and will be held at the North Salem Ambulance Corp.

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May: Sarah Ann Smith, Hope, Maine

Lecture: Tuesday, May 20, 2014
“Journal Quilts and Journals”

journal picJournal quilts are for everyone, not just art quilters! So what IS a journal quilt? It is a small thing, often the size of a piece of copy paper, that gives you a chance to learn a new technique or try out a new idea without using a lot of time or materials. Sarah will share her journals, what she learned from them and how she developed as an artist using, then she’ll share inspiring journal quilts by others. Finally, learn how to make your own journal quilts and use a sketch journal to record quilt ideas and practice new techniques—you don’t need to be an artist, just willing to see! http://www.sarahannsmith.com/

Coming this Fall….

It’s not too early to think about what we have lined up for the Fall – Here are a few of the coming attractions:

September- Lecture and Workshop with Mary Sorensen – Traditional Hand Applique Artist

October – Lecture and Workshop with  Chris Barnes – Modern Quilt Colorist

November – Lecture and Workshop with Lyric Kinard – Surface Design Art Quilter

JoAnne Finnigan, VP Programs
Programs@Northernstarquilters.com

Education

Everyone, get ready to date!  The “Speed Dating” will commence prior to our June Salad Supper (beginning at 6 PM)!!!!!! More reminders next month.

SIG Updates:

The Landscape SIG meetings are as follows:

May 10th from 1pm to 3pm Regular meeting.

May 17th from 1pm to 3pm Beginner meeting.

June 7th from 10am to noon Regular meeting.

June 14th from 10am to noon Beginner meeting.

The group meets at the Astoria Savings Bank in Somers.  The next meeting (May 10th) will feature a demo by Linda Long on Thread Painting. This demo will not be duplicated for the beginner meeting so anyone wanting to check it out should come to this meeting.

The Longarm Quilters SIG  at Angie Vertucci’s on May 10th.  The next meeting will be on June 7th.

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.

The Sticklers SIG’s next meeting will be Saturday, June 14 — Flag Day!

The next meeting will be in late August.  Homework for the June meeting will be blocks I-10, L-10, plus another block of your choosing.  Everyone is always welcome at all Sticklers’ meetings…..so please come even if you haven’t made as much progress as you’d like.

The Art Quilters SIG will be meeting, as usual, in the Library at 5:45 pm before the full Guild Meeting.  New members are always welcome!

The NEW Domestic Machine Quilting (DMQ) SIG had its first planning meeting before the April Guild meeting and there were even more sign-ups during the meeting!  Helen Boland volunteered to coordinate for the group and the next meeting is scheduled for May 20th, before the guild meeting, in the Teacher’s Lounge.      Please email Helen at News@Northernstarquilters.com if you have any questions.

Modern Quilters 

As of the April meeting, eleven guild members have expressed an interest in forming a new SIG for modern quilts!  Looks like we have the beginning of another SIG!!!!!!!!

Jean Degl,VP Education
Education@Northernstarquilters.com

Hospitality

Thank you to all who brought snacks last month. For the May meeting, those with last names T through Z  will bring the snacks.

In June, we will have our annual Salad Supper. Dessert will be provided. If you are available to help with set-up, serving & clean-up, please let me know.

“Many hands make light work!” If you can lend a hand, we’d really appreciate it.

Nancy Cianflone, Hospitality
Hospitality@Northernstarquilters.com

CharitableActivities

 

2016 Raffle Quilt

We are currently 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 for details.  Past experience has shown that using the summer months to get started on contemplating the design and the procedure works well.

Comfort Quilts

If you can make a donation of rulers, rotary cutters or templates to Comfort Quilts, please contact Carol AuerIMG_0059 or Karen Carlson.

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.

Picture of Comfort Quilt bindings made from 2 ¼ strips.

ConKerr Cancer

The Westchester County Chapter asks for your support making pillowcases for pediatric oncology patients at the Maria Fareri Children’s hospital.  Directions for making these pillows can be found at http://www.conkerrcancer.org/volunteer/sew-pillowcases

Althea Nolan, Charitable Activities
Charitable@Northernstarquilters.com

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Melanie Darensod, Secretary
Sunshine@Northernstarquilters.com

Membership

Directories will be available at the April meeting for those of you who have not picked one up yet.  Also, if you joined NSQG this year, we have a name badge for you.  If you have not picked yours up yet, make sure to ask about it at the membership desk.

Member Showcase – Cathie Billings and Patricia Loquet

The Member Showcase this month will exhibit the work of Cathie Billings and Patricia Loquet.  You are invited to enjoy their exhibit at the May meeting.  Here is a little about their quilting adventure.

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Cathie’s grandmother was a quilter and as a child there were quilts on all the beds – they even used them for bedrolls going to summer camp.  Her quilting journey began in 1976 with an adult education class.  Cathie was instantly hooked.  She started out doing all hand sewing, using cardboard templates and scissors, often taking up to two years to complete a bed quilt.  After her retirement in 1998, Cathie joined the NSQG’s Comfort Quilt group and bought a sewing machine. She is happy to have made many friends through the Guild who willingly share their quilting knowledge.  Cathie still likes to hand quilt and the traditional quilts are what she likes best.   Cathie feels privileged to display her quilts in the May Member Showcase and hopes you will enjoy viewing her work.

Patricia Loquet

Patricia L quiltPatricia has always loved quilts, but didn’t start quilting until 1998 (has it been that long already).  Many quilters started with sewing and moved on to quilting.  However, Patricia can’t really claim that as her path since she proclaims herself a terrible seamstress.  (It wasn’t until this year that she learned how to properly sew on a button – bless you-tube).  Once she jumped into quilting, Patricia has
never wanted to look back.  Although Patricia tends to make traditional quilts, she loves all types of quilting, from applique to art quilts to the new modern quilt movement.

Quilting brings so much into her life.  Visual and tactile pleasures abound, but to her the best thing about quilting is other quilters.  NSQG is full of sharing and caring women and Patricia feels lucky to be a part of this very special culture.

Susan Fasnacht, VP Membership
Membership@Northernstarquilters.com

Library

THANKS TO EVERYONE who donated their gently used books and magazines to our Quilt Show Book Sale….We expect this will be another complete success!

 New Books

“Fast, Fun and Easy Scrapbook Quilts” by Sue Astroth

“Picture this—Applique ‘ Pictorial Quilts-from Photo to Fabric” by Marcia Stein

“The Art of Whimsical Lettering” by Joanne Sharpe

New DVD

Quilting Arts Workshop—“Stitch Imagery-From Photo to Fabric Fun” with Kelli Nina Perkins

New Magazines

American Quilter May 2014

Quilting Arts April/ May 2014

Only two meetings left—all books must be returned by the June meeting, or you will be asked to pay full price of the overdue books.

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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Denise Isherwood’s quilt, “I Never Met A Fabric By Judie That I Didn’t Love!”  has been accepted into the exhibit “In The American Tradition at the International Quilt Festival” in Houston from October 30 – Nov 2.  Congratulations Denise!

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The Art Quilt Gallery announced the opening of Michael Cummings’ quilts in the “African Inspiations” exhibition.  You are invited to the opening on Monday, May 5th from 6 to 7:30 pm.  The exhibit will run from May 6 through June 14th at the Art Quilt Gallery, 133 West 25th Street, New York NY, 212-807-9451.

Helen Boland, VP Communications
News@Northernstarquilters.com

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Class on Fabric Embellishing:

Did the Fabric Embellishing display at the April meeting spark your interest?  I will be teaching these techniques one Wednesday and/or Saturday a month starting in the Fall.  If you would like more information, contact Nancy.  Her information is in the directory or email News@Northernstarquilters.com and it will be forwarded to Nancy.

Nancy Mirman

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

[NSQG] = NSQG Member(s) represented

“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.

“Chemlsford Quilters Guild Quilt Show”, May 9 – 10 am to 8 pm and May 10 – 9 am to 4 pm, Grace Community Church, 275 Billerica Rd, Chelmsford, MA. http://chelmsfordquiltguild.com/

“Stars of the Valley Quilt Show”, Warwick Valley Quilters’ Guild, May 17 -18 at Sanfordville Elementary School, 144 Sanfordville Rd., Warwick, NY. http://www.wvqg.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 Eckmeir lectures, 150+ quilts, Vendors,demos, etc.

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