OnPoint! March 2015

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President

Winter is almost on the way out. We made it without any cancellations of meetings, which enabled us to enjoy both Education Programs this year. It is good to see what our members have been doing and now are teaching. Many thanks to all who demonstrated! And to those who lead the Super Saturday classes!

March is the last month in which to register your quilt(s)! We want this year to be the best Quilt Show ever held at Kennedy Catholic High School.  Please consider entering more than one quilt. You may choose whether or not you want your quilt(s) judged. We just want to hang a full display of beautiful quilts on May 2nd and May 3rd; our Quilt Registrar is eagerly awaiting your on-line registration form.

A full bus will be driving to the Lancaster Quilt Show again this year with our members doing their best to improve the economy by stopping at quilt shops along the way. Thank you, Kelly Lockwood and Jen Cannizzaro for making the trip such a fun annual event.

Two months to A World of Quilts XXXVI! Exciting!

Caryl Castellion, President
President@Northernstarquilters.com

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.

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***March 18th Workshop – Note this is a change from the previously scheduled workshop***

Workshop: March 18

M scott starMachine Quilting  1.5 – A Little of This, A Little of That Level: Beginner (6 hour class) Machine Quilting 1.5 is the perfect fusion of a basic and advanced machine quilting class!  If you have a little experience with free motion quilting, but would like to enhance your skills with some decorative threads such as rayon and metallics, this is the class for you.  Take your machine quilting to the next level as you createM Scott wings your own interesting patterns without templates – learn those fabulous free motion “doodle” designs that you do not need to mark!! During this incredibility fun and creative class, we will experiment with a wide variety of beautiful decorative threads – even those tough ones that keep breaking in your machine! You will learn how easy it is to stitch exquisite threads from the bobbin of your sewing machine.  We’ll even machine couch designs with funky yarns!

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APRIL: Lecture: April 21 – Norah McMeeking

“Bella Bella Patchwork”

Norah 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 Oslo Star $50

Originally we were scheduled to have Norah teach Cosmati Rings, however, this has been discontinued so her workshop will instead be Oslo Star.

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May 4th Workshop:

Becky Goldsmith

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Needleturn hand applique is both fun and relaxing once you know to do it! You will learn how to sew an invisible stitch in this class for all skill levels. Other skill-building techniques include curves, outer points, and much more.

JoAnne Finnigan, VP Programs
Programs@Northernstarquilters.com

Education

Thank You!

Many thanks to our Presenters at the January & February Special Programs and Demos!  You can click here for a link to the hand-outs.  The programs that have hand-outs will be highlighted in blue.

  • Mayann Weinberg – January “Meet and Greet”
  • 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)

Please Note:  At the March meeting, we will have a sign-up sheet where you can let us know what Special Interest Groups you are interested in for the Fall.The meeting dates are provided below, as well as on the “Special Interest Group” page on our website.

Art Quilters – Christine Wilhelm
The group meets at 5:45 p.m. before the Guild meetings in the Library. Be prepared to commit to doing our challenge “Under the Microscope”, as we need an accurate account of participants.  Please let Christine know if you are doing the challenge but will not be at the meeting.  New members always welcome.

Landscape Quilters – Don Gough

The next Landscape SIG meeting is March 7th from 1pm to 3pm at the Astoria Bank in Somers on the second floor. The April meeting will be April 4th.

Longarm Group – Diane Linker
The next meeting of the Longarm SIG will be on March 7th at Angie Vertucci’s home. The meeting on April 11th will be at Angie Contadino’s home. There is no meeting in May because we will all be at the quilt show.

Domestic Machine Quilting – Helen Boland
The Domestic Machine Quilting SIG will meet at 5:45 in the Faculty Room before the March Guild meeting.  We will start the meeting by discussing quilting designs for any quilt that you bring.  Helen is currently looking into various topics to be discussed.  If you have a suggestion, please email Helen at news@northernstarquilters.com .   Helen will email the group before the March meeting.

Please Note:  At the March meeting, we will have a sign-up sheet where you can let us know what Special Interest Groups you are interested in for the Fall.

Jennifer Kramer,VP Education
Education@Northernstarquilters.com

QuiltShow

Quilt Show Update

We are all tired of the snow, but I hope that you have taken advantage of the many days while stuck inside to work on your quilts.  The Quilt Show Committee members have been hard at work getting ready for our final show at Kennedy Catholic High School – let’s make it a show to remember!

Call for Quilts

The quilt registration form is up on the website; the process is easier than you might think. Please note the deadline for registering your quilts is March 31, 2015. If you are having difficulty with quilt registration, please contact the quilt registrar, Annette Nash-Govan.

Volunteers

A key element to the success of our show is the volunteers.  The help provided by our members is what makes it all run smoothly. Please be sure to sign up to volunteer for at least three hours for one or more aspects of the show. If you won’t have a chance to sign up in person, contact the Volunteer Chair, Carolynn Young to let her know when you can help.

Publicity

The best source of publicity for our show is you, a NSQG member. Here’s a way you can help this year – print copies of the show poster and display them anywhere you can:  in your car and around your town (library, supermarket, post office, etc.). The poster showcases our beautiful raffle quilt so it’s sure to attract attention wherever it’s displayed.  Here is the link: print the quilt poster.

You can also print the poster from the NSQG website. Just click on “Quilt Show” and then “Print Show

Poster” near the bottom of the page. There will be show postcards available at the admissions table at the March guild meeting and early next month we’ll again be sending members the show invitation e-mail that you can forward to your family and friends.

Don’t forget you can also send personalized quilt show invitations to your friends.  Download the free app called Postagram to your iPhone or Android phone. With this app, you’ll be able to turn a photo of one of your quilts into a real snail-mail postcard with postage already included.  Just take the picture with your phone, enter a message that includes the show information, select the recipient(s) and you’re done.

Silent Auction

Thank you to those who have generously donated quilts for the Silent Auction. We are hoping for about 30 quilts for each day of the Show and are only about halfway there. Please consider helping us reach our goal.

Guidelines:

25” x 25” maximum

Please include a label and a sleeve.

Deliver your finished quilt Carolyn Langevin or Kay Marcarello as soon as it is ready.

Photos have been taken and posted on the web – see what’s been submitted so far.

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

Hospitality

Thank you to all the M, N, & O’s for providing snacks in February.

Members with last names beginning with P, Q, & R, are encouraged to bring snacks to our next meeting. We will have hot water for tea during the winter months so bring your travel cup for a refill. Also, remember to pick up a free raffle ticket when you drop off your snack.

Nancy Cianflone, Hospitality
Hospitality@Northernstarquilters.com

CharitableActivities

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Donations of 6 yards of #8 Perle Cotton Solid Only thread is needed to complete quilting the 2016 raffle quilt. Any color is fine but not variegated.  If you can contribute, Althea Nolan will be collecting the thread at our next Guild meeting.

Community Cares

The guild is counting on each member to help raise money for this year’s charity recipient.  We urge you to support Community Cares by returning your 2015 Raffle stubs and money to Althea Nolan or mail to the guild.  Additional raffle tickets are available if you are able to give further support to this worthwhile charity.

2016 Raffle Quilt Charity

The last day for submitting nominations for the 2016 charity is March 17, 2015. Guidelines and forms to register your nomination are just a lin k away – Registration forms

Comfort Quilts
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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Melanie Darensod, Secretary
Sunshine@Northernstarquilters.com

Membership

What a wonderful evening we shared on February 17.  The Challenge quilts were so impressive and the tutorials given by our own members proved to be inspiring.  We have such talented membership. Our attendance was 85 with 3 visiting guests.  Thank you to Pat Julian for her assistance at the Membership Table.

NSQG offers outstanding classes and opportunities to enhance your skills and the chance to share your work at our annual quilt show.  Please be sure to take advantage of all these benefits.

Patti Calautti, VP Membership
Membership@Northernstarquilters.com

Library

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

Book reviews

  • “Quilting with a Modern Slant” by Rachel May                                             Now it all makes sense!  This is an inspirational book that brings clarity to understanding the evolution of the Modern Quilt   movement and the influence of blogs and social media on the aesthetic. In additions to inspiring designs and dazzling color combinations, introductions to more than 70 modern  quilters helps one understand more about the origins of modern quilting and its continuing evolution. An engaging look into the minds and work of a new generation of quilters.

Thank you for this wonderful review.   Please take a minute and write a review on the card provided in any new book you borrow.

New Books

  • “A Quilting Life” by Sherri Mc Connell
  • “Red, White and Quilted” by Linda Baxter Lasco
  • “Lovely Landscape Quilts” by Cathy Geier

New DVD

  • “Modern Machine Quilting”  by Catherine Redford

New Magazines

  • Where Women Create   Feb/ Mar/ April  2015
  • Modern Quilts Unlimited Winter
  • American Quilter  Mar. 2015

Remember to donate your gently used books and magazines for our Library Book sale in May.  See you at the meeting.

Dee Plouffé, Library Chair
Library@Northernstarquilters.com

Communications

The gallery at the Mahopac Library will be the site of an exhibit and sale by Mirman and Mirman – Nancy Mirman’s art quilts and Ken Mirman’s photographs. There will be an opening reception on March 1 from 2 to 4, and the works will be on display for the month of March.

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Hudson River Valley Art Workshop is featuring several art-quilt teachers in the next few months.  Some of the teachers are Natalya Aikens, Susan Coates Perez, Ruth Powers – to mention a few.  Click here for more information.

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Flights and Fantasies Quilt Show “Ticket to Ride”  will take place once again this year at The New England Air Museum on September 21-27, 2015 from 10 am – 5 pm.  The exhibit features over 150 quilts as well as a special exhibit of Mary Wilson Kerr’s “Quilt As Desired”.  On Saturday, Marie Bostwick, author of several quilt related fiction books, will give a lecture.  For more information, contact Jackie Kunkell, Jackie@cvquiltworks.com .  Or visit the Museum’s website www.neam.org .

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Rene Flouranges-Valdez was featured in a solo exhibit at Etui Fiber Arts.  Rene would like to thank all of the NSQG members who were there to support her during the show.rsz_rene_fleur

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Donna Chambers, who was featured in our members showcase in January, debuts in “Images in Fabric” which opens in April at Etui Fiber Arts.  Her work “Yemaya Goddess of the Sea” won Northern Star Quilters’ 2014 Best in Show ribbon from the National Quilt Association.   A special toast to the artist is planned for April 11th.  Etui is located at 2106 Boston Post Road, Larchmont, NY 10538.  914-341-1426

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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 – March 13-14, 2015

The bus is full and NSQG members are heading to Lancaster!

Can’t wait to hear how the AQS show, hotel, and dinner were!  (Oh, and of course the shopping!)

Thank you Jennifer and Mary Cannizzaro for planning and coordinating another fun quilty weekend!

Super Saturday

What a great “Super Saturday”!  Seventy members took advantage of the wonderful classes offered.

Many Thanks:

  • To Mother Nature- for allowing us to get together safely and enjoy the beautiful sunshine glittering off the snow.
  • To Nancy Cianflone- for once again providing an amazing day of hospitality. From start to finish everyone’s needs were met.
  • To Sr. Barbara and the Kennedy Catholic Staff- for helping throughout the day with all the logistics.
  • To All our teachers- Margaret Phillips, Patricia Loquet, Susie Anderson, Peggy Morgan, and Mary Cannizzaro- your time and talents are a gift.
  • To the Participants- your interest, support, comradery, willingness to share and flexibility throughout the scheduling, sign-up process and throughout the day was contagious.
  • Please bring your projects to our next show and tell, we look forward to sharing them with you and the guild.

If anyone is interested in teaching, has an idea for a class or technique, or an interest in helping to organize Super Saturday 2016, please contact Kelly Lockwood.

Challenge

What amazing participation we had for our 2015 NSQG challenge!!

Many members participated in the challenge which invited participants to create a quilt using only solids. Both the traditional and art quilt entries were amazing and creative in every aspect.

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all the participants.

Thank you so much to all of the guild members that participated in the 2015 Challenge “Simply Solids”.  The display of over 30 quilts showed off the exceptional creativity that this guild has.  The variety of quilts was amazing, which made choosing  only one to vote for in each category a difficult task.

Winners in the Traditional Category:

1st place–Joyce Sullivan “Amish Influence”rsz_1traditional_winners
2nd place–Nancy Mirman untitled
3rd place–Barbara Powers untitled
Honorable Mention–Kelly Lockwood “Sea Glass Star”

Contemp winners (640x331)Winners in the Contemporary Category:

1st place–Tamar Drucker “The Boat”
2nd place–Laurie Quadagno “Stary, Stary Night”
3rd place–Joyce Sullivan–“Not so Simple Solids”
Honorable Mention–Barb Tatera “Totally Texture”

Thank you also to Barb Tatera and Patricia Loquet for coordinating the event this year and hanging the great display.

2016 Guild Challenge

I hope you were inspired to keep the momentum of the Guild Challenge flowing.  If so, please consider submitting an idea for the 2016 NSQG Challenge.  Any guild member can submit a proposal, which should include:

Your idea
Challenge Name
Challenge Rules
Categories for which ribbons will be awarded.

Please submit your ideas to Kelly Lockwood- either electronically or on paper before April 30, 2015.

Kelly will present all Challenge proposals (anonymously) to the Board for a vote, the author of the winning idea becomes the 2016 Challenge Coordinator, the Coordinator gathers a committee to collect the challenge entries, display the quilts at the February 2016 meeting, count ballots, award ribbons, and hang quilts Friday evening before the NSQG show in May 2016.

Please contact me if you have any questions.  Proposals will be presented at the May NSQG Board Meeting, so submit your idea (or ideas) before April 30.

The Challenge will be announced no later than the June meeting so that quilters can begin their designing and stitching over our summer break.

NSQG Boutique

The annual Quilt Show Boutique is scheduled for May 2 and May 3 during our annual NSQG Quilt Show hours. The Boutique provides opportunity to purchase unique handmade items from fellow quilt guild members.

Would you like to participate by selling some of your handmade items? If you are a NSQG member and have made all items you plan to sell, we welcome your participation. There is a $25 dollar fee per table for vendors.

You can share or have your own table.

For more information and to sign-up please contact Stephanie Santangelo.

Special@Northernstarquilters.com

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

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“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 Discount tickets for groups of 5 or more! Contact EQgroupsales@gmail.com no later than March 18 to arrange group entry to the show.

“A Garden of Quilts”, Smithtown Quilters; April 11 – 12, 2015, Dawnwood Middle School, Centereach, NY http://www.northernstarquilters.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/poster.pdf

“Country Quilter Spring Getaway”; Interlocken Inn, Lakeville, CT; April 17-19, 2015; Call Nancy Mirman for information.

“Fibrations!,” now through Spring 2015, The Great Hall, Springfield, VT; 802-885-3061; https://www.facebook.com/GreatHallSpringfield?filter=1.

“Genesee Valley Quilt Fest”, June 5 – 7, 2015; Gordon Field House, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. Over 600 quilts on display. http://www.geneseevalleyquiltfest.com/

“Super Quilt Seminar” featuring Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson; Newark, DE; April 16-18, 2015. http://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/101-ricky/23209-super-seminar-newark-delaware

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OnPoint! February 2015

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PLEASE NOTE: Michelle Scott’s Workshop on March 18th has been changed to Machine Quilting 1.5 – a little of this and that.  Please contact JoAnne Finnigan to sign up for this workshop as soon as possible.

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President

What a wonderful evening we had on January 20th! Many thanks go to Mayann Weinberg and her assistant, Margaret Phillips, in leading us in a Meet and Greet Program.  We had so much fun I am sure we will ask Mayann for a repeat performance (maybe next year?).  We came away with many more names united with their faces.  What a great way to get to know one another in our quilting world!

Donna Chambers exhibited many of her beautiful quilts in the Member Showcase.  Each quilt had so much detail one was tempted to stand a while before each creation to learn more.  Thank you, Donna, for providing such a generous exhibit.

Next we move on to our Member Demos in February.  Read more about this in the Education section provided by Jennifer Kramer.  Jennifer is rising to the occasion in grand style and we thank her for her many efforts in putting together the January and February programs.

Kelly Lockwood would be happy to talk with you about Super Saturday and/or the Lancaster Quilt Show bus trip.  Give her a shout out if you find you can make either.

Have fun filling snowy days with quilt therapy … we have an exciting Quilt Show coming up.  Please look at the registration form on line as you decide which one(s) to exhibit this year.  It’s going to be a very special show!

Caryl Castellion, President
President@Northernstarquilters.com

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.

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APRIL: Lecture: April 21 – Norah McMeeking

“Bella Bella Patchwork”

Norah 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 Oslo Star      $50

Originally we were scheduled to have Norah teach Cosmati Rings, however, this has been discontinued so her workshop will instead be Oslo Star.

JoAnne Finnigan, VP Programs
Programs@Northernstarquilters.com

Education

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
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, February 7th and Saturday, March 7th . All meetings are from 1pm to 3pm at the Astoria Bank in Somers on the second floor.

Longarm Group – Diane Linker
The February meeting will take place on February 7th at Diane Linker’s house.  The March 7th meeting will take place at Angie Vertucci’s house.  If you have questions, please email Diane Linker.

Domestic Machine Quilting – Helen Boland
Thank you to Mary Cannizzaro who introduced us to the art of Zentangles.  It could get addicting! Here is a link to some more Zentangles if you are interested.  Click here.
Also, thank you so much for bringing in quilts to share.  Hopefully the group was able to give you some good ideas to get you started on the quilting.
Our next meeting will be on February 17th at 5:45 before the Guild meeting.  Please contact Helen Boland news@northernstarquilters.com if you have any questions.

Jennifer Kramer,VP Education
Education@Northernstarquilters.com

QuiltShow Register your Quilts!
Registration opened mid-January and the quilts are trickling in.  I hope you are working on finishing your quilts for our show! Remember they don’t have to be 100% complete to be registered, only when it is time to drop them off on April 25th do they need to be finished.  This is our last show at Kennedy Catholic, let’s make it an event to remember, register your quilts. The deadline for quilt registration is March 31, but don’t wait until the last minute.  Online registration form.

Would you like to learn how to register your quilt online? Help will be available during lunch hour on Super Saturday to show you how to do it. Please contact Annette Nash-Govan, Quilt Registrar, if you encounter a registration problem that you are unable to resolve or have questions about the registration process.

Send Quilt Show Invitations to your Friends!
Last year we told you about an app that offers a fabulous, inexpensive and easy way to send personalized quilt show invitations to your friends. Here are directions:  Download the free app called Postagram to your iPhone or Android phone. With this app you’ll be able to turn a photo of one of your quilts (hopefully one you’ve registered for the show) into a real snail-mail postcard with postage already included. Just take the picture with your phone, enter a message that includes the show information, select the recipient(s) and you’re done. It’s a personal way to invite friends and family to come to our show, and who doesn’t love getting mail?

Volunteer Sign-Up
Carolynn Young will be at a table at our February meeting with her volunteer sign-up sheets. Each year the Volunteer Coordinator spends untold hours trying to fill all the volunteer slots. Please help out by signing-up without being asked. Members are asked to volunteer a minimum of three hours. People find that when they increase their involvement in the show, they gain more than they give – working with friends, old and new, and feeling more a part of things during the show and throughout the year. If you’d like to have fun, feel more connected to the guild, and experience a greater degree of satisfaction, we encourage you to take a job that requires more than three hours. Quilt frame set up and quilt hanging on Friday night and take down on Sunday are great ways to accomplish these goals.

 Silent Auction
Carolyn Langevin and Kay Marcarello, Silent Auction Chairs, will be at February’s meeting to collect quilts for the Silent Auction. Their aim is to have at least 60 quilts to auction, 30 or so for each day.  Last year the silent auction raised over $2,200, you can help make this year’s auction a success too by donating a small quilt.  Guidelines for the quilts and photos of some of this year’s submissions can be found on our website.

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

Hospitality

Thank you to all the J, K, & L’s for providing snacks in January.

Members with last names beginning with M, N, & O, are encouraged to bring snacks to our next meeting. We will have hot water for tea during the winter months so bring your travel cup for a refill.

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.  Guidelines and forms to register your nomination are just a link away Registration forms. Last date for entering a nomination is March 17, 2015.

2015 Raffle Quilt
Support our 2015 charity Community Cares by stopping by the membership table, picking up your raffle tickets or returning your raffle ticket stubs and money.  Additional raffle tickets will be available. Raffle ticket s tubs and money can also be mailed to the guild at Northern Star Quilters Guild, PO Box 232, Somers, NY10589.

Comfort Quilts
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.

Conkerr Cancer
The Westchester County Chapter of ConKerr asks for your support making pillowcases for pediatric oncology patients at the Maria Fareri Children’s hospital.  Directions for making these pillowcases can be found on:

http://www.conkerrcancer.org/volunteer/sew-pillowcases and you can bring your pillowcases to any guild meeting to be collected by Althea Nolan.  Besides using fabric suitable for infants up to teens, you can use seasonal and holiday motifs, e.g., Valentine.  Pillowcases made with flannel materials are also acceptable.

Althea Nolan, Charitable Activities
Charitable@Northernstarquilters.com

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Sunshine@Northernstarquilters.com

Membership

The January guild meeting was attended by 82 people and 2 members renewed their membership.

Thank you to Christine Langan for her help at the Membership table.

Many thanks to Donna Chambers who shared her beautiful crafted quilts with the Guild at our last meeting.  It was truly a delight to see all the details and expert craftsmanship on her quilts.

Patti Calautti, VP Membership
Membership@Northernstarquilters.com

Library

Thanks to all who donated their books, magazines, and patterns for the Book Sale at our Quilt Show in May.    All donations are welcome at the library table.

Book reviews

  • “Create Your Own Hand-Printed Cloth” by Rayna Gillman. Very informative, well written, easy to understand the techniques, a wealth of information.
  • “Fabric Embellishing, the Basics and Beyond” by Chandler Kettle and Thomas Vleek. Useful list of different techniques and not always inspiring illustrations.
  • “Beading Artistry for Quilts” by Thom Atkins. Excellent and inspiring!  A winner!

New Books

  • “Fast Fat Quarter Baby Quilts” by M’ Liss Rae Hawley
  • “Adventures in Design” by Joen Wolfrom

New Magazines

  • Quilting Arts, Feb/Mar 2015
  • Machine Quilting Unlimited, Jan/Feb 2015

Please remember to return your overdue books at the February meeting—see you then.

Dee Plouffé, Library Chair
Library@Northernstarquilters.com

Communications

The Pound Ridge Historical Society is hosting a quilt exhibit and sale of five quilters from NSQG – Judy Gignesi, Barbara Glab, Nancy Mirman, Sonhild Rodney and Judy Simek.  The exhibit will be open from 1 to 3 on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from February 7 to February 28.  Contemporary quilts as well as traditional quilts will be featured.

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The gallery at the Mahopac Library will be the site of an exhibit and sale by Mirman and Mirman – Nancy Mirman’s art quilts and Ken Mirman’s photographs.  There will be an opening reception on March 1 from 2 to 4, and the works will be on display for the month of March.

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NEW QUILT SHOPS

A new quilt/sewing shop will be opening in early 2015 in Monroe, CT by Jane Helfgott, a lifelong sewist/quilter. Along with gorgeous, premium quality fabrics, JUKI sewing machines, maintenance/repair services, she will have an in-house library, sitting area, and more.

I’m looking to open a couple of days prior to Sat. Jan. 24, which is Local Quilt Shop Day.  Jane Helfgott, The BOLT Quilt Shop, 150 Main Street, Monroe, CT 06468; 203.400.9058.  Here is a link to the Facebook page.

Another quilt shop that is opening in the future is The Quilt Shop by Lois in Newtown, CT.  Lois has worked for years with Ginny Murphy of The Quilt Shop in Danbury and is being mentored by Ginny in opening her own quilt shop now.  Check out www.thequiltshopbylois.com to see Retreats being offered and sign up to receive emails.

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Invitation to Empire Quilters 2015 Show in Manhattan, March with a discount for those purchasing 5 or more tickets

Empire Quilters is holding its 2015 Urban Inspirations Quilt Show – Under a New Star – the weekend of March 28/ 29, Saturday and Sunday , at the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.), located at 28th Street and Seventh Avenue. In addition to over 200 quilts made by members, both professionals and hobbyists, we will have many vendors of fabric, notions and crafts.

There will be two programs on each day.  Details can be found at http://www.empirequilters.net/shows.php?ID=67

There will also be a Member’s Boutique where visitors can acquire wonderful gifts and personal treasures. Doors open at 10 AM to 6 PM on Saturday and 10 AM to 4 PM on Sunday.  Entry is $10 per day or $18 for two days. A discount of 10% is available for groups of 5 or more. Contact  EQgroupsales@gmail.com no later than March 18 to arrange group entry to the show.

You can find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Empire-Quilters-2015-Show/1531937607073846

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Country Quilter Spring Getaway!

The Spring CQ Getaway will be held April 17-19 at the Interlocken Inn in Lakeville, CT.  The weekend starts at 4:30 on Friday and continues until 4 pm on Sunday.  Staff from the former Country Quilter will be on hand to help with any quilting questions.  Please contact Nancy Mirman for details.

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

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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. There are a few seats left so don’t forget to sign up at the February 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 February 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:

  • “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.
  • “Landscape Fabric Collage”- Tamar Drucker
  • “Sit and Sew” – space to work on a project of your own in the company of fellow guild members doing the same.

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

Kelly Lockwood, Special Activities

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Thank you to all of the guild members that participated in the “Simply Solids” 2015 Challenge.  We have many lovely quilts!  Please make sure to arrive at the meeting with enough time to view the quilts and cast your vote for your favorite in each category.

Voting will close at the beginning of the business meeting and ribbons will be awarded later in the evening.  All quilts will be held so that they can be displayed at the quilt show in May.  The quilts are really creative so you are in for a treat at the February meeting!

Barb Tatera, Challenge Coordinator

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

[NSQG] = NSQG Member(s) represented

“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   Discount tickets for groups of 5 or more! Contact  EQgroupsales@gmail.com no later than March 18 to arrange group entry to the show.

“A Garden of Quilts”, Smithtown Quilters; April 11 – 12, 2015, Dawnwood Middle School, Centereach, NY http://www.northernstarquilters.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/poster.pdf

“Country Quilter Spring Getaway”; Interlocken Inn, Lakeville, CT; April 17-19, 2015; Call Nancy Mirman for information.

“Fibrations!,” now through Spring 2015, The Great Hall, Springfield, VT; 802-885-3061; https://www.facebook.com/GreatHallSpringfield?filter=1.

“Genesee Valley Quilt Fest”, June 5 – 7, 2015; Gordon Field House, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. Over 600 quilts on display. http://www.geneseevalleyquiltfest.com/

“Super Quilt Seminar” featuring Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson; Newark, DE; April 16-18, 2015. http://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/101-ricky/23209-super-seminar-newark-delaware

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