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.
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
MARCH: Lecture: March 17 – Michelle Scott
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
Using fusing, seamless piecing and decorator 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.
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
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:
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
Landscape Quilters – Don Gough
Longarm Group – Diane Linker
Domestic Machine Quilting – Helen Boland
Jennifer Kramer,VP Education
Register your Quilts!
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!
Susan Fasnacht, VP, Quilt Show
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
2016 Raffle Quilt Charity
2015 Raffle Quilt
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
Melanie Darensod, Secretary
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
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.
Please remember to return your overdue books at the February meeting—see you then.
Dee Plouffé, Library Chair
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
Helen Boland, VP Communications
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:
If you are interested in helping to coordinate this event, please contact Kelly.
Kelly Lockwood, Special Activities
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
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