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16Aug, 2016

President’s Message

It’s only a month away from the start of a new year at NSQG.  The Board has been busy over the summer gearing up for another exciting year.  Maria Catalano, VP Communications, has updated the website to make it easier to read and to contain current information on our upcoming Programs, Workshops and other activities. A larger calendar has been added as a new feature to the homepage to highlight the month’s events.  Clicking on a particular item, will provide all the information on the event and allow you to download the information to your Google Calendar, iCalendar or Outlook.  Spend some time going through our website and seeing all information it has.  It is a great way to find out what is happening.

Soon we will be coming out with a new publication “The Northern Star Compass – Navigating our Guild”.  This will replace the Special Edition of “On-Point” and is intended as a piece to market and publicize what NSQG does and has to offer.  It will contain articles that give an overview of our guild activities and direct readers to the website for more detailed information.

Why this change?  We have found that in the past, information in the Special Edition is out of date soon after it is printed.  Plus with our new website all the detailed information is there and up to date.  We look to “The Northern Star Compass” as a great marketing tool to give to new or potential members as a way to promote all that we do.

Visit our website and check out the workshops offered this fall.  We have a line-up of great classes teaching a variety of quilting techniques.  At only $50 a class for a day of hands-on instructions with live interaction with the instructor, they are a bargain.

Susan Fasnacht, President
president@Northernstarquilters.com

16Aug, 2016

Register Now

Don’t forget to download and fill out your membership registration form.  Anyone who renews by September 1 will be entered in a drawing for a $25 NSQG gift certificate.  The gift certificate can be used to pay for most Guild activities – classes, Lancaster trip, Super Saturday, or even next year’s dues! So fill out your registration and mail it in with your check today so you don’t miss a chance to be a winner.

Susan Fasnacht, President
president@Northernstarquilters.com

1Jun, 2016

President’s Message

My last message to the Guild as President………hard to believe a year has gone by.  It has been a busy one with many changes, and we aren’t through yet.  Bylaws amendments are still to be voted on at the June meeting.  My Board members have been wonderful to work with and each has handled their responsibilities with energy, consideration, responsibility and a willingness to do more than their share.  I am grateful to them for being part of all we have accomplished this year.

Early in the year we switched accountants to one who specializes in tax-exempt organizations.  It was evident that our financial Bylaws needed amending to conform to current accounting practices.  Next we began to take ownership of our website from the previous webmaster.  By November Maria launched our new website utilizing the fresh new Northern Star logo designed for the occasion by a committee of Board members.  Shortly after this, FaceBook was reinstated for the Guild to use.

During the summer meetings with WestConn began the process of “putting on a Show” in their facility.  Excitement began to grow.  Susan did a magnificent job of organizing this move and her Committee performed equally well, as did the Guild volunteers when it came time for their service.  We received constant help from the management which made us feel they were happy to have our business.  When “A World of Quilts” opened its doors it was a beautiful scene!  Gorgeous quilts and special exhibits, happy vendors and lots of excited guests.  A huge transition well done!!!

In September we had not one speaker, but two, cancel their Fall engagements because of family emergencies.  Judy handled the crisis beautifully and filled both gaps with great substitutes.  In the Fall our storage container was successfully moved from behind Kennedy to a spot on WestConn grounds.  It is now owned by WestConn (in exchange for moving it) but they are sharing it with us, for free.

A search for better accommodations for Super-Saturday ended with an agreement from First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown to use their facility beginning in February 2017.  It is easy access, ground level, spacious well lit classrooms, with a large communal area for lunch.  Perfect!  Look forward to no steps and comfortable chairs next year thanks to Chris Roche and Jean Degl.  Laureen said she thinks the same deli will repeat the excellent lunches she found for us.  This year has also seen two successful Boutiques and Library sales and a very imaginative Cow Challenge. Many enjoyed the annual trip to Lancaster.  We had a gorgeous raffle quilt completed, and a number of Ronald McDonald bed quilts made as well as more than 250 Comfort Quilts given away.

The many changes this year required us to update most of NSQG Policies.  This was done by the Board’s willingness to spend extra hours after Board meetings.  By the same token, many Board positions required changes to the Procedures and Job Descriptions that go into the Guild manuals which serve as our guide in the operation of the Guild.

We are still working on a reliable replacement contact at KC to fill the void left by the tragic death of Sr. Barbara in March.  The committee to Review the Bylaws and the Nominating Committee have worked hard to keep things up to date and to give you a fine Board of Directors for next year.

This review of the year should afford the members a glimpse of some behind the scenes things, as well as the usual, that are accomplished by your Board for the benefit of the Guild.  Give them a thank you when you see them and know that it takes many hands to keep things running smoothly.  We can use YOUR hands any time you can offer to assist.  It has been a privilege to be your President again and I feel secure that I leave you in very good hands next year.  See you at the Salad Supper, and then have a pieceful summer.

Joyce Sullivan, President
president@Northernstarquilters.com

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Quilt Show News

raffle quilt copyPlanning for a World of Quilts XXXVIII is well underway.  We are all set at the O’Neill Center, our great new venue.  Our wonderful Quilt Show Committee is already hard at work.  If you will be going to a Quilt Show or quilt shop this fall, please get in touch with Helen Boland, our Publicity person.  She has had the show postcards printed and available for you to bring to Shows and shops.

The success of our Quilt Show does not depend on the Show Committee alone.  We need your help in two ways.  First, we ask all Guild Members to donate two hours of their time working at the Show.  You will receive free admission for the day.  Volunteer signups start in January.  Second, and most importantly, a Quilt Show is not a Quilt Show without quilts!  If you have entered a quilt in the past, we hope that you will continue showing your beautiful quilts.  If you have never had a quilt in the Show, please consider putting one in this year.  It is such a thrill to see your work hanging for all to admire.  How wonderful it would be to see all Guild Members sporting “exhibitor” ribbons at the Show!

We will once again be having our popular Silent Auction.  Many visitors look forward to bidding on these beautiful little wall hangings. Please consider donating one of your creations.  It is a great fundraiser for the Guild.

The entries from the Young Quilters are always fun to see.  If you have a grandchild or another youngster in your life who has been bitten by the quilting bug, we would love to see their work.

We look forward to seeing our guild’s talent and creativity on display!

If you have any questions, please email quiltshow@northernstarquilters.com

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Members on Display

  • Congratulations to Carol Weber!  Her quilt for the Cherrywood Fabric Lion King Challenge was chosen as a finalist. It will appear in the Cherrywood Lion King Book, and is one of 120 quilts chosen to tour the U.S. at Quilt Shows for a year.
  • Congratulations to Donna Chambers!!  Her jewelry is being sold at the musuem gift shop of the soon to be opened Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. The grand opening of the Museum is on September 24th.  To see some of Donna’s creations, you can visit her website at www.DonnaChambersDesigns.com

Member Marketplace

For Sale: Brother 1034C Serger – $100

LBrother 1034C Serger for Saleike new condition.  Includes accessories, 12 spools of thread, books (Serger Secrets and  ABC’s of Serging) and carrying  case.  Total value when new over $300.

If interested, please contact Marie Sugar.

Membership Info

Comfort Quilts

2016-2017 Workshops

CHANGE IN DIRECTION

September 21, 2016

Pat Harrison

harrisonPat will give suggestions on color, design, and, of course, how to easily and evenly piece circles into your quilt.

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EXTREME TEXTURE

October 19, 2016

Michelle O'Neil Kincaid

kincaidLearn how to manipulate fabric, go outside the box and add interesting additions to your quilts.

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PLAYING WITH PAINTS

November 16, 2016

Mickey Lawler

lawlerHer wonderful landscapes are well know.  Now you can learn her secrets and try doing your very own.

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Coming Soon

March 22, 2017

JUANITA YEAGER

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GOING IN CIRCLES

April 19, 2017

MARGE TUCKER

margetuckerThis class will show you how to do a very unique technique of curved piecing developed by the instructor.

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Special Events

Area Shows and Events

  • The Cocheco Quilters’ Guild’s “35 Years: Still Quilting” annual Show – October 15-16, 2016 10AM-4PM daily; cochecoquilters.com
  • The Country Quilters’s Thirteenth Bi-annual Quilt Show – September 24 and September 25 from 10am until 4pm; the Pine Bush High School, 156 State Route 302, Pine Bush, NY. www.countryquilters.org
  • Wayside Quilters Guild proudly presents our 15th Bi-annual Quilt Show.  Join us at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School (390 Lincoln Rd. Sudbury) for two days of fun and inspiration. There will be quilts both modern and classic, a raffle quilt (tickets on sale at the Show), and a boutique full of handcrafted items perfect for gift giving or a treat for yourself.  Saturday October 1 from 10 -5. Sunday October 2 from 10 – 4.  Admission $6 for ages 12 and up.  Plenty of free parking.  Wheelchair accessible.

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,
  • www.metmuseum.org – Metropolitan Museum textile collection online
  • www.megcox.com –  Meg Cox website. Sign up for her free newsletter, Quilt Journalist Tells All!

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