Warm greetings to all now that cold weather has finally hit. The extended period of warm weather made me forget to put in a reminder of weather related cancelation of guild meetings. Good thing there was no problem for the January meeting. Watch TV or listen to local radio stations. If schools in Somers are closed for the day of a guild meeting, it automatically cancels the evening meeting [...]
Quilt registration is open! We are off to a good start and I hope this trend continues. Congratulations to Susan Deshensky, who was the first person to register her quilt. Susan will receive a free show pin for this feat. A second pin will be given to the person who registers the 100th quilt – maybe it will happen in February! Go to Quilt Registration under the Show Your Quilt [...]
There’s been a lot of mooving going on around here! The sixteen Incredible Cows are adjusting well and chatting over the giggles they heard while they were being created. They are looking forward to the NSQG Meeting on Tuesday, February 16th where voting will be held selecting the choices for first, second, and third place ribbons. As each quilt is viewed and you are deciding which will receive your votes, [...]
As you get ready to register your quilt we wanted to bring your attention to something some of you may not be familiar. We have added a CAPTCHA control to the register form. This control helps to prevent spam by asking users to match random characters displayed in an image. When you see the below box on the registration form, type the letters/numbers that appear in the circled area [...]
We are pleased to announce that Mickey Lawler will be joining us as a second speaker at The World of Quilts XXXVII. Mickey and her SKYDYES have become synonymous with the finest hand painted sky, water, and landscape fabrics available to quilt makers and other fiber artists since 1984. Mickey paints each piece of fabric individually to suggest textures and moods with subtle and rich color nuances. Mickey’s initial book, [...]
Maggie Kolvenbach is collecting doll quilts for the dementia patients at Somers Manor Nursing Home. These patients are given dolls as part of their treatment. If you would like to make a doll quilt, you can bring it to Maggie at the Guild meeting. A suggested size is approximately 20 by 24 inches. It is important that it not be so big that the quilt gets caught in the wheels [...]
Tuesday, February 9th at 4:30pm – Quilt Show Meeting
Tuesday, February 9th at 6pm – Board Meeting
Tuesday, February 16th at 7pm – Guild Meeting
Kennedy Catholic School
54 Route 138
The February program features demos by a selection of our talented members
Judy Mayer – Preparing Shapes for English Paper Piecing
Denise Isherwood – Prepared-Edge Applique
Luann Bruce – EQ7 Highlight Tour
Susan Deshensky – Prep & Tools for a Judy Niemeyer quilt
Linda Long – Freemotion Raw Edge Thread- Sketching & Embroidery
Don Gough – Working with Fusibles and Freezer Paper
Martha Buhl – Shiva Paintsticks
As a reminder, there is no Show and Tell this month.
The Landscape SIG will meet on Saturday, February 6th at 1pm on the 2nd floor of the Astoria Bank in Somer.
The Domestic Machine SIG will meet at 5:45pm in the back of the cafeteria. Our guest presenter will be Sue Di Fabio who will speak on the topic of “What You Can Do With a Walking Foot”. We do have a few guest presenter spots open for April and May so if anyone has a topic that they would like to explore, please contact Helen Boland.
The Art Quilters SIG will meet at 5:45 in the Teacher’s Lounge. We will enjoy another demo presented by a member. Art Challenges are due in March.
The Long Arm SIG will meet on Saturday, February 6th at the home of Chris Roche.
Please let us know if you have been (or will be) featured in a show, publication, mentioned in an article, etc. Please send a photo (if available) and any pertinent details to News@Northernstarquilters.
We are looking for volunteers to take photos during Show & Tell, Lectures and quilt show preparation and setup. We are not looking for professional quality photos, just ones that capture the event. Please reach out to Maria Catalano or Susan Fasnacht if you are interested.
Members on Display
Congratulations to Don Gough, who’s quilt “Glade Creek Grist Mill” was accepted into the TheQuilt and Sewing Fest Show of New Jersey in Somerset, NJ. on March 3 – 6, 2016. If you would like more info on this show please click here. Good luck Don – bring home a ribbon!!
Don Gough, along with renowned quilt and fiber artists, Lawler of Skydyes and Karen Eckmeier, has been asked to make a slice for the Farmington River Quilt Project, a 50 foot long quilt depicting 25 locations along the “Wild and Scenic” designated portion of the Farmington River. Twenty-four quilters will create the 25 sections, which will all hang together to form a continuous view of the river. Each section is 21” high by 24” wide, though the tree line and sky change from section to section to show each area, the river runs smoothly uniting the sections into one continuous quilt. Along the quilt you can see the wildlife, deer, bear, eagles, herons, and ducks, that lives by the river as well as the fishermen, kayakers, campers, and tubers who come to the river to enjoy the peace, beauty and sometimes the wild ride it provides. For more info on this Show, please go to the Area Shows and Events section on our homepage.
Fast, furious and fantastic! In just a day you’ll learn the secret of using machine piecing and applique in combination to simplify complicated curves and circles, to get perfect results.
HIP TO BE SQUARE
October 21, 2015
This is a design and color workshop from Jackie’s new book. Jackie will show us how she works, combining black and whites with splashes of color to create beautiful, dramatic quilts.
November 18, 2015
Do you have lots of things in your stash that you are not using? Gather your special fabrics, papers, paints and markers. Here is a chance to learn how and why to use them.
March 16, 2016
Deborah Tirico will be doing more of a technique and tools class with her beautiful felt embroidery. She will have several projects to choose from.
April 20, 2016
Karen has developed a quick and easy rotary technique that allows you to make guilts with a 3-D look. This is Karen’s favorite class because it is so easy to become a master of illusion. There is a $16.00 fee for handouts and templates.
This year’s quilt challenge is about having fun using wordplay, colorful fabric and embellishments in response to Mary Lou Weidman and Melanie Bautista McFarland’s challenge to use their cow pattern with the theme of your quilt included in the border.
Our Super Saturday event is on February 27, 2016. This is always a well-attended, fun day in the middle of winter. You can register for a class or for a day of “Sit and Sew”. Lunch will be provided. Click the “Read More” link for a list of classes.
The Guild trip to the 2016 AQS Lancaster Quilt Show will be March 18-19, 2016. We will depart early Friday morning and shop our way to Lancaster, making stops at Burkholder’s Fabrics, Weaver’s Dry Goods, and Intercourse, PA where there are a number of stores – fabric and otherwise – to visit.
The Winchester Center Congregational Church Quilt and Needle Art Show – April 23, 10:00-5:00 and April 24, 12:00-5:00 – 1 West Road, Winchester Center, CT – This show transforms the church’s sanctuary into a colorful display of the fine art of quilting and highlights local talents. There will be over 150 other quilts and needle arts items on display, as well as a display of Quilts of Valor and a Raffle quilt to buy chances on. There will be vendors, demonstrations and a café serving soups, sandwiches, and sweets. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors and students. For more info on the show or to register a quilt, click here.
”American Quilts and Folk Art” – through August 7, 2016, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; http://www.metmuseum.org.
”New Discoveries: Early Liturgical Textiles from Egypt, 200-400” – The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; http://www.metmuseum.or
”Chinese Textiles: Ten Centuries of Masterpieces from the Met Collection” -through June 19, 2016, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; http://www.metmuseum.org.
Quilting Links & Resources (thanks to Meg Cox)
www.quiltindex.org – The Quilt Index. 75,000 quilts & much more. (All the Alliance contest quilts can be found by clicking on Quilt Alliance under the collections tab).
www.QuiltAlliance.org – Quilt Alliance resources, including the Quilters S.O.S. – Save Our Stories project
www.quiltstudy.org – International Quilt Study Center & Museum website, which offers virtual exhibition tours,