OnPoint! October 2014

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NSQG 2014-10

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President

What a great beginning to the new NSQG year we just had at our first meeting! If you weren’t able to attend the meeting, we announced that Kennedy Catholic remains our home site going forward! That means all of our Guild meetings will continue to be held at this venue.  We will continue to seek a new spot to hold our storage unit. Please contact me if you know of one.

Mary Sorensen provided a very interesting lecture on what makes a quilt great with lots of illustrative photos. The workshop in the Vista Fire Department was well received and many valuable tips on hand appliqué were reviewed or learned for the first time.  This is a great site for our workshops.

Christine Barnes, an amazing colorist, will be our October speaker and workshop leader. Having seen Christine on Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims’ online at The Quilt Show, I am especially eager to take her workshop! There are a few spots left, so contact JoAnne Finnigan if you can make it.

The 2016 raffle quilt “Shot Thru N Thru”, coordinated by Karen Carlson and Carol Auer, is under construction by Guild members. It promises to be another beautiful quilt.

We have been invited by the Pound Ridge Museum/Pound Ridge Historical Society to exhibit some quilts during the first three weeks of February. They would like to have a selection of traditional, art, landscape, and modern quilts. We can choose which week or three day weekend we would like to participate. The museum is alarmed and they hold an excellent insurance policy. A sign will be made for outside. Please contact me if you would like to participate in this exhibit. If there is enough interest, I will make arrangements for us to meet with their President.

Happy quilting!

Caryl Castellion, President
President@Northernstarquilters.com

Programs

NEW WORKSHOP LOCATION!

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

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Modern Quilt Colorist – Christine Barnes

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

Barnes - OctPut simply, magic fabrics give a quilt light and life.  What constitutes a magic fabric?   I describe many as “shot with light”.  Batiks, hand-dyes and hand painted fabrics have a dappled quality; some commercial fabrics appear to “smolder”, an illusion that lends depth and warmth to even the simplest quilts.  Join Christine as she explores these and other interesting fabric choices in your quilts.

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.

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Art Quilter – Lyric Kinard

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

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

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

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

JoAnne Finnigan, VP Programs
Programs@Northernstarquilters.com

Membership

The NSQG 2014-15 year is underway.  We had a wonderful September meeting and welcomed 136 members at our meeting.  We have 184 members currently registered of which 14 are new or previous members who are rejoining after a brief break.  We celebrated those members who renewed their membership prior to the September meeting by awarding four $25.00 gift certificates.  The winners are Catherine Cavanaugh, Margaret Elsdon, Judy Mayer and Denise Landers.  The certificates were purchased by the Guild at Fabric Mart Yorktown, Quilt Basket Pawling, City Quilter NYC, and The Quilt Shop Danbury.

If you have not renewed your membership from last year it would be best if you did this prior to the October 21 meeting. Print your form, include a check for $35.00 and mail it to NSQG Membership, PO Box 232, Somers, NY 10589.  I will have the membership book information available at the October meeting for you to proof read and then the info will go to print.  Don’t miss the chance to be included in the 2014-15 booklet.

Also, thank you to the membership table assistants; your help and warm smiles are greatly appreciated!

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 SIG Meetings for the rest of the year are: October 4th from 10am to 12 noon, November 1st from 1pm to 3pm, and December 13th from 10am to noon. All meetings are at the Astoria bank in Somers on the second floor.

Longarm Quilters SIG
The Long Arm Quilters will meet Saturdays, Oct 11, Nov 8 and Dec 6. The October meeting will be at Peggy Morgan’s house. Anyone interested in joining, please contact Diane Linker.

Sticklers SIG
Our next meeting will be Saturday, November 15.  After that, we’ve scheduled meetings for January 17, March 21, and May 16.  Hopefully the every-other-month format will give us a chance to catch up and reach our shorter-term goals.

Art Quilters SIG
We will continue to explore the creative process with a discussion about “Creative Brainstorming.” The group meets at 5:45 p.m. before the Guild meetings in the Library.  New Members always welcome.

Domestic Machine Quilting (DMQ) SIG
The Domestic Machine Quilting SIG will meet On October 21 before the Guild Meeting at 5:45 in the Faculty room.  We will have a demonstration of machine quilting and a discussion afterwards.  Please contact Helen Boland (news@northernstarquilters.com) if you need more information.

Modern Quilters
The Modern Quilt SIG will be meeting before the guild meeting at 6:00 in the Cafeteria.  We will be discussing Improvisational Quilting.  So bring a book or a project that you are working on or have completed relating to the subject. For inclusion in the mailing list, please contact Kim Hyde.

Jennifer Kramer,VP Education
Education@Northernstarquilters.com

QuiltShow

 The Quilt Show Committee held its first meeting in September and planning is underway for next May’s show.  Before you know it, registration will be open, so keep working on your quilts.  This year we will be starting registration a little later, January 15, 2015, however it will still run until March 31, 2015.   Remember the quilts we display are the heart and soul of our show.  We need our members, to contribute quilts to the show to make it the best it can be.   The creativity, workmanship and diversity of quilt styles in the NSQG shows are truly amazing.

Silent Auction

We are also looking for contributions to the Silent Auction.  It has become a key feature at the show, looked forward to by many of our visitors.   We have successfully raised money for the Guild through your quilted donations.  Please consider making a small quilt (average size of 25”x25”) to be sold at next year’s Silent Auction.

More details on the show, registration, and our featured speakers will be in the November newsletter.

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

Hospitality

 Thank you to the A, B, and C’s who brought snacks in September.  A special thank you to Joan Citron, Lynn Kaufteil and Sonhild Rodney, for helping at the hospitality & raffle tables.

Members whose last names begin with D, E, and F are asked to bring snacks in October. Don’t forget to pick up a free raffle ticket when you drop off your snack.

Reminder – “The Holiday Food Drive” will be in November this year!

Nancy Cianflone, Hospitality
Hospitality@Northernstarquilters.com

FindUsHere

Another one of our members has had her work accepted into Pink Annie Postcardthe International Quilt Show in Houston.   Congratulations to Margaret Phillips!  Her work “Pink Annie” will be exhibited in the Art, Miniatures category.  Margaret’s work was also hanging at our own quilt show in May 2014.

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Linda Long’s beautiful Fabric Art pieces were showcased during the Cold Spring Sidewalk Sale & Block Party at Antique Alley, 93 Main Street in Cold Spring, NY.

Image - Squiggle halfFiberworksNorma Schlager, Carolyn Cooney and others will be featured in an exhibit at the C.H. Booth Library at 25 Main St., Newtown, CT.  The exhibit “Transformations” begins on October 10 and runs through November 7, 2014 and features works from the Western CT fiber arts group FiberWorks.  Other artists who are featured include SAQA members Nike Cutsumpas, Barbara Drillick and Gwen Hendrix.  This show of contemporary fiber arts explores and conveys many facets of evolution, reorganization, reclamation and transmutation.  It includes quilting, weaving, felting and painting.

The opening reception will take place on Sunday, October 12th from 2-4 pm.

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Tamara Drucker, Luanne Bruce and Eunice and rsz_tamaraDon Gough had quilts exhibited at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT during the last week in September.  Congratulations to Tamara Drucker whose quilt (pictured on the right) entitled “Is it Digital?” won Viewer’s Choice during the show.

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 and Judy Jones, Boutique Coordinators

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 starting at our November Guild Meeting.

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
  • “3-Dimensional Blocks”-  Judy Simek

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

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

Kelly Lockwood, Super Saturday Coordinator

 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

 Winner’s Choice Raffle

At our October meeting, please support the Guild by takingcharitable 4quilts a chance on the Winner’s Choice Raffle.  You may be one of the lucky members who gets to select one of the many beautiful and unique White Lightening Quilts. These quilts made as a result of Comfort Quilts Summer Project will be on display along the cafeteria wall.
Raffle Quilt 2016

All the blocks for Shot Thru ‘N Thru, our 2016 Raffle Quilt, were distributed at our last meeting. Carol and Karen appreciated our interest and enthusiasm. Please remember to return the blocks at our October meeting or mail to Carol Auer or Karen Carlson.

IMG_0075Left: Carol Auer and Karen Carlson are hard at work designing the Shot Thru N‘ Thru Raffle quilt.

Comfort Quilts
Comfort Quilts is following its Winter Schedule at the North Salem Ambulance Corp.  Please verify with Carol Auer or Karen Carlson since changes or cancellations are sometimes necessary.  Nancy Langehennig always has pre-cut Comfort Quilt kits available at the Comfort Quilt table for those who cannot attend the meetings, but would like to make a Comfort Quilt.

Althea Nolan, Charitable Activities
Charitable@Northernstarquilters.com

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Melanie Darensod, Secretary
Sunshine@Northernstarquilters.com

Library

Many thanks to Kathy Kaplan, Dee Rizzo and Jean Doggett for their help at the Library table last month.  We had a very busy September with over 40 books borrowed.  Hopefully our new system that categorized our 379 books and DVDs made it easier to find books you were interested in.  Enjoy the books and please remember to return them at the October meeting.  If you are interested in a certain book, or would like to reserve one please let me know.

New books for October

  • Quilting with a Modern Slant by Rachel May
  • Modern Quilt Perspectives by Thomas Knaur

New Magazines

  • Machine      Quilting Unlimited     July/      Aug.    Sept./ Oct.     2014
  • Quilting      Arts     Aug/ Sept.     Oct./ Nov.     2014

See you at the meeting.

Dee Plouffé, Library Chair
Library@Northernstarquilters.com

Communications

The Special Issue 2014-15 is available online!  There will also be color printed copies available at the October meeting.  Many thanks to Deirdre Abbotts for her professional work on the print job.

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

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Members Marketplace

Koala Sewing Cabinet $ 500.00 or best offer. This cabinet is in great condition. My new sewing machine does not fit so I have to sell it.  It is white wood finish.  30″ high 60″ wide open and 37″ wide closed 17″ deep, adjustable height for sewing machine cabinet is on wheels.  Plenty of storage, can be locked.  Please contact Judy Jones.  Contact information is available on the emailed newsletter or from News@northernstarquilters.com .

Helen Boland, VP Communications
News@Northernstarquilters.com

AreaShows

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

”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

Quilts by Nancy Crow, now through October 31, 2014, 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 [NSQG]

”Scale + Color + Vision,” now through October 18, 2014, ArtQuiltGallery NYC, New York City; 212-807-9451; http://www.artquiltgallerynyc.com.

”Quilts in the Mall,” October 3-5, 2014, Prallsville Mills, Stockton, NJ; 908-337-7540; judeeshuler@centurylink.net; http://www.courthousequilters.com

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

”Threads: Fiber Arts from the Torpedo Factory,” now through October 12, 2014, Gallery 20 East, Waynesboro, PA; http://artsalliancegw.org.

”Autumn Inspirations 2014,” October 18-19, 2014; Proctor’s GE Theatre, Schenectady,NY; http://www.quiltschenectady.org.

Village Squares Quilters Show, October 25-26, 2014, JCC of Mid-Westchester, 999 Wilmont Rd, Scarsdale, NY from 10 am to 4 pm each day http://villagesquaresquilters.com/Quilt_Show_Flyer4FINAL.pdf

”Quintessential Quilts,” now through November 1, 2014, Danbury Museum & Historical Society; Danbury, CT; 203-743-5200; http://www.danburymuseum.org.

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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

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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.

ImageComfort Quilters have been hard at work on their Summer Project- “White
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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