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

CharitableActivities

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

News@Northernstarquilters.com

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Lancaster Trip – Hold the Date March 13-14, 2015

We are mixing it up again this year! After speaking with a group of our Lancaster trip veterans and visiting Lancaster to scout out the shops back in October, we have decided to change our Friday shopping itinerary.

This year, our first stop will be Burkholder’s Fabrics. Burkholder’s is a favorite for most of the ladies from past trips. Our next stop will be Weaver’s Dry Goods. The Lancaster trip may have included Weaver’s in the past – the store has been renovated and now includes a bargain basement with good quality fabrics ranging from $1.99 – $3.99 a yard.

The town of Intercourse will be our third stop on Friday. We plan to arrive in Intercourse around 4 PM to give everyone the opportunity to visit some of the shops that close at 5 PM. The Country Store has reopened under new management and looks better than ever! For those missing Sauders, Zooks Dry Goods is their sister store located across the street from the Country Store and carries almost all of the same fabrics as Sauders.

This year, the trip will be March 13-14. 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

Special@Northernstarquilters.com

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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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OnPoint! January 2015

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

Caryl Castellion, President
President@Northernstarquilters.com

Programs

Spring Programs:  MARCH:  Lecture:  March 17 – Michelle Scott “Every Quilt Tells a Story” With her trademark humor, high energy and “done is better than perfect” attitude, Michelle takes you on a journey through her 20 years of quilting.  From her very first project to the latest award winning and book quilts, she shares the hilarious mishaps and missteps that shaped her into the quilt professional she is now.  This lecture is a crowd pleaser for all, as a multitude of topics is covered while she passes around (yes, you can touch them!) over 70 quilts.  From machine and bobbin quilting to designing for magazines to getting your work published, this lecture is the ultimate compilation of her three lectures. Workshop: March 18 Usin’ Fusin’ (and other cool stuff) to Express Yourself!       $50 Using fusing, seamless piecing and decoratoLectWrkshp_usin%20fusin%20sample_Thumbr threads and yarns, you will create a small art quilt designed by you.  Raw edge applique with fusible web, machine quilting and embellishment will express something important to you: a feeling, a person, a garden, the beach.  The doors of creativity will open in this fast and fun class as we investigate free form cutting to build collage-type artworks that express YOU!  Additional focus will be placed on color and line that can translate your feeling. Image - Squiggle half APRIL:  Lecture: April 21 – Nora McMeeking      “Bella Bella Patchwork” Nora is the author of “Bella Bella Quilts” and “More Bella Bella Quilts”.  She will walk us through her process in recreating the fabulous marble floors of Italy. Workshop: April 22 Cosmati Rings 1                                                                       $50 cosm_rings1_200This workshop introduces ring foundation piecing using two easy “blocks”.  The center roundel can be a compass, plain fabric or an applique design (those variations are available for the class) making this a very versatile pattern.  Easy methods for making multiple foundations for the pieced border are included.  Construction for the curved corner sections is readily accomplished using a few clever tricks and the large curves are easily machine pieced.  Beginners can make this quilt!

JoAnne Finnigan, VP Programs
Programs@Northernstarquilters.com Education

January Program:

Getting to Know You

Getting to Know You This is a chance to get to know other members of the guild…..think of it as speed dating to find new quilting friends! You may bring business or post cards with your information & or pictures of your work to share with your new friends at each table. (Vistaprint.com is a great source) Make a list of things you would like to share about yourself such as: What type of quilting do you like to do? Do you create any other type of art? Where do you create? Do you quilt with others or alone? How long have you been quilting? How did you discover you liked quilting? What do you like to do when you are not quilting? Do you have any other hobbies or jobs? Where do you live or work?

February Program:

Learn Something New

Guild members will explain new techniques learned in the last year, hopefully something for everyone’s interests. The following members have volunteered to do a demo:

  • Don Gough – ScanNcut Machine
  • Carolyn Salon – Magic Square
  • Patricia Loquet – Hemming Napkins
  • Mary Waterman – Freeform Feathers with no Marking
  • Donna Chambers – Texturing Technique with Texture Matic
  • Rosemary DePaola – Juice Pack Pouch Bags
  • Linda Long – Thread Painting

News from our Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

The meeting dates are provided below, as well as on the “Special Interest Group” page on our website.

Art Quilters – Christine Wilhelm
We will continue to explore the creative process with a discussion about “The Many Ways to Finish Your Quilt Edges.”  The group meets at 5:45 p.m. before the Guild meetings in the Library.  New Members always welcome.

Landscape Quilters – Don Gough
The Landscape SIG meeting days are Saturday, January 3rd and Saturday, February 7th. All meetings are from 1pm to 3pm at the Astoria Bank in Somers on the second floor.

Longarm Group – Diane Linker
The next meeting of the Long Arm SIG will be on Jan 3rd at Karen Carlson’s house.  The February meeting will take place on February 7th.

Domestic Machine Quilting – Helen Boland
Since everyone found the discussion of “What to Quilt on My Quilt” useful, we will continue the discussion in January.  Please bring a quilt that you would like to have some ideas for quilting or one that you have quilted and would like to explain why you chose the quilting lines.Any questions, please contact Helen Boland at News@Northernstarquilters.com Modern Quilters Please contact Kim Hyde for information.

Jennifer Kramer,VP Education
Education@Northernstarquilters.com

QuiltShow Quilt Registration will begin on January 15, 2015. Registration Rules and Instructions are now available on the NSQG website and the registration form will be there on the 15th. We strongly encourage you to register your quilts online.  Just click on “Show Your Quilt in 2015″ under the Quilt Show tab on our website to read this information.  Remember, if your quilt is wider than 92” it will need to be hung on the bleacher wall to lie flat.  Additionally, since bleacher space is limited, we can only guarantee this space to the first 6 wide quilts that are registered.

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

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

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

Hospitality

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

Nancy Cianflone, Hospitality
Hospitality@Northernstarquilters.com

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2016 Raffle Quilt Charity

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

2015 Raffle Quilt

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

Thanks to all who supported the guild by shopping at the Comfort Quilt table during the boutique. During the Winter season, Comfort Quilts meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month  from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.  Meetings are held at the North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corp at 14 Daniel Road, North Salem.  Come and join the fun but always verify the date with Carol Auer or Karen Carlson because Dates are subject to change.

Althea Nolan, Charitable Activities
Charitable@Northernstarquilters.com

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Sunshine@Northernstarquilters.com

Membership

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patti Calautti, VP Membership
Membership@Northernstarquilters.com

Library

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

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

New Books

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

New DVD

  • Quilting Arts TV Series 1400

New Magazines

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

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

Dee Plouffé, Library Chair
Library@Northernstarquilters.com

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

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

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Mark your Calendars—March 28th and 29th 2015

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

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

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

Over 250 quilts exhibited

Speakers—Raffle—Vendors–Boutique

Groups are welcome.

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

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

Image - Squiggle half We would love to feature your current work on exhibit at a gallery or show or your latest accomplishment.  Our newsletter is a great way to share your accomplishments.  Please send any photos and information to news@northernstarquilters.com.

Helen Boland, VP Communications

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Lancaster Trip – Hold the Date March 13-14, 2015 We are mixing it up again this year! After speaking with a group of our Lancaster trip veterans and visiting Lancaster to scout out the shops back in October, we have decided to change our Friday shopping itinerary. This year, our first stop will be Burkholder’s Fabrics. Burkholder’s is a favorite for most of the ladies from past trips. Our next stop will be Weaver’s Dry Goods. The Lancaster trip may have included Weaver’s in the past – the store has been renovated and now includes a bargain basement with good quality fabrics ranging from $1.99 – $3.99 a yard. The town of Intercourse will be our third stop on Friday. We plan to arrive in Intercourse around 4 PM to give everyone the opportunity to visit some of the shops that close at 5 PM. The Country Store has reopened under new management and looks better than ever! For those missing Sauders, Zooks Dry Goods is their sister store located across the street from the Country Store and carries almost all of the same fabrics as Sauders. This year, the trip will be March 13-14.  Don’t forget to sing up at the January meeting.  A check for $160 will reserve your place. We hope you will join us!

Jen Cannizzaro, Trips Coordinator

Super Saturday February 28, 2015 Mark your calendars for our annual Super Saturday event. This year’s event will be February 28, 2015 from 9:30am-4pm. Samples and Sign-ups will be available again at the December Guild Meeting. Register for a class for just $25.00. Enjoy a day of learning new ideas, techniques, and approaches from fellow guild members while having a day filled with fun and laughter. Lunch will be provided. If you prefer, bring an existing project with you or volunteer to help with a guild project while you socialize. Whatever you choose, it will be a fun day to share. The available classes for this year include:

  • “Stuck Day”- Nancy Mirman. Bring any project you are struggling with and receive expert guidance and encouragement to help you finish.
  • “English Paper Piecing”- Diane Linker. Learn the latest hand work trend.
  • “Crazy Scrapping”- Susie Anderson. (Class also known as “Organized Fabric Hoarding”.)
  • “Trendsetter Bag”- Peggy Morgan. Pattern purchase required
  • “Scrappy Quilt”- Patricia Loquet.
  • “Ties or Silks in Quilts”- Mary Cannizzaro. Learn the preparation needed and a simple design and possibilities for a more complex design.
  • “Machine Applique without Fusible”- Margaret Phillips
  • “Double Diamond Ruler”- Carolyn Salon.
  • “Landscape Fabric Collage”- Tamar Drucker

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

Kelly Lockwood, Special Activities

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NSQG Challenge 2015: Simply Solids! Challenge quilts will be collected at the January meeting and displayed for voting at the February meeting.

Barb Tatera, Challenge Coordinator

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

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”Kimono: A Modern History,” now through January 24, 2015, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; City, http://www.metmuseum.org. ”Masterpieces and Curiosities: A Russian-American Quilt,” now through February 1, 2015; The Jewish Museum, New York City; http://thejewishmuseum.org. “Under A New Star,” March 28, 2015 (10-5); March 29, 2015 ( 10-4); Empire Quilters’ Guild; Fashion Institute of Technology, 7th Ave and 28th Street, New York, NY.  http://www.empirequilters.net/shows.php?ID=67 Quilt National 2013, now through January 31, 2015, Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, Fredericksburg, VA; 540-371-3037; http://www.famcc.org. ”Flight Patterns,” now through April 30, 2015, T-North Gallery, Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, GA; 404-377-2116; http://www.atlanta-airport.com. “Fibrations!,” now through Spring 2015, The Great Hall, Springfield, VT; 802-885-3061; https://www.facebook.com/GreatHallSpringfield?filter=1.

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