Congratulations to the Village Squares Quilters on their biennial quilt show this weekend! It is
Have you opened the NSQG Membership Survey through the invitation sent to you on October 31st? If not, your voice is very important to the Guild and the future of the Guild depends on you.
See you at the November 18th Guild Meeting where lecturer Lyric Kinard will “kick start” our creativity. Happy quilting!
Caryl Castellion, President
NEW WORKSHOP LOCATION!
We are pleased to advise that all of our workshops for the 2014-15 year will be held at the Vista Fire Department. This is a modern facility with plenty of parking, handicapped ramp for sewing machine access. Clean restrooms, internet service (not wireless) and access to restaurants and deli’s for lunch. . Directions are on the website.
Art Quilter – Lyric Kinard
November 18th Lecture – “The Elements of Art for Quilters”
Kick-start your creativity and learn about the basic elements and principles of good design. Learn why some colors fizz while others explode, why some quilts calm and some excite. A few simple tools from the artist’s kit will help you take your work, whether traditional or contemporary, to the next level.
November 19th Workshop – “Abstract-A-Licious”
If you’ve looked with hidden longing over an imaginary wall to the world of art quilts but don’t know where to start, this is the class for you. Lyric will gently guide you through simple and concrete design exercises planned to help you create ideas for original abstract quilts. Doodles will be scribbled, eyes and minds will be opened, fun will be had.
December Program – Tamar Drucker
December 16th Lecture
We look forward to having one of our own members speak about her work as a quilter. Tamar Drucker will share with us the techniques she uses when making her art quilts. Her recent work, “Is It Digital?” (pictured here) won Viewer’s Choice at the Quilt Show at the New England Air Museum in September 2014.
JoAnne Finnigan, VP Programs
November is upon us and this month NSQG will host the Boutique for members and guests to do a little holiday shopping. The $5.00 guest fee is waived this month so that members can invite friends and family along with them to the Boutique, meeting and lecture.
Our meeting attendance was 124 members plus 3 new members and 3 guests. Our total membership is 217.
Our new members are:
The membership book information is being formatted and printed and I hope to have it available at the November meeting.
Patti Calautti, VP Membership
January – Getting to Know You
A chance to get to know other members of the guild…..think of it as speed dating to find new quilting friends! This is still a work in progress, so stay tuned!
February – Learn Something New
Guild members will explain new techniques learned in the last year, hopefully something for everyone’s interests. (And still room for volunteers! So please contact me if you have some new skill to share with the rest of the Guild)
Landscape SIG – Don Gough
Longarm Quilters SIG – Diane Linker
Sticklers SIG – Carolyn Finn
Art Quilters SIG – Christine Wilhelm
Domestic Machine Quilting (DMQ) SIG – Helen Boland
Modern Quilters – Kim Hyde
Jennifer Kramer,VP Education
2015 Show Update
The 2015 Raffle Quilt, Japanese Jigsaw, was organized by Carolyn Salon and quilted by Angie Vertucci. We thank them all for their dedication to the project. Raffle tickets will be available in the near future.
Quilt Registration Changes
Another change relates to the hanging of wide quilts. Quilts over 92” wide will not fit on the regular frames and still hang flat – they need to be hung along the bleacher wall. Since space is limited, only the first 6 quilts over 92” will be guaranteed a spot along the bleachers. So, if you have a quilt wider than 92”, register it early. There are also special instructions for size and positioning of the sleeves for quilts between 80” and 92”. Specifics will be sent to these registrants after their registration is complete.
Remember, the quilts we display are what make our show so great. We need you, the members, to make a commitment to contribute your quilts to make the show the best it can be. Everyone’s work is important and valued. The creativity, workmanship and diversity of quilt styles in the NSQG shows are truly amazing. We know that this year’s display will be spectacular, too.
Special Handling for Fragile Quilts
Susan Fasnacht, VP, Quilt Show
Our Holiday Food Drive will take place this month. Please remember to bring NON-perishable food items to November’s meeting. Supermarket gift cards are also greatly appreciated. We will have cars parked outside the school to collect your donations. Please be as generous as possible. The food drive will benefit the Lower Fairfield County food Bank as well as St. John’s Food Bank in Mahopac, NY.
Thank you to all the D, E, & F’s for providing snacks in October.
Members with last names beginning with G, H, & I, are encouraged to bring snacks to our next meeting. We will have hot water for tea during the winter months starting in November.
Nancy Cianflone, Hospitality
The New Britain Museum of Art currently has an exhibit entitled “Let Me Quilt One More Day” which runs through January 4, 2015. The exhibition contains works from the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, Mattatuck Museum, New Haven Museum and Historical Society, Fenimore Art Museum, Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, and Connecticut Historical Society. In addition we are fortunate to have works by contemporary quilters: Barbara Barrick McKie, Richard Killeaney, Todd Knopke, Norma Schlager, Denyse Schmidt, Marlene Shea, Kate Themel, Anna Tufankjian, and Victoria Findlay Wolfe along with works from the collections of others.
The Holiday Boutique will be held at 6 pm in the main entrance of JFK prior to the start of our general meeting on November 18. The boutique is your chance to purchase lovely items hand-made by your fellow guild members. Come early and start your holiday shopping. Bring family and friends as there will be no admission charge for this one meeting.
Stephanie Santangelo and Judy Jones, Boutique Coordinators
Lancaster Trip – Hold the Date
Mark your calendars for our annual trip to Lancaster, PA for the American Quilter’s Society Show at the Lancaster County Convention Center.
We will leave early Friday morning, to allow plenty of time for our favorite shopping destinations and Miller’s smorgasbord dinner. We will all get a good night’s sleep at the Fairfield Inn, rise early for breakfast and then spend the day at the show.
Sign-ups will begin in November. A check for $160.00 will confirm your place.
Jen Cannizzaro, Trips Coordinator
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 at our November 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.
Some of the available classes for this year include:
If you would like to teach or have another class recommendation, please let Kelly know as soon as possible.
If you are interested in helping to coordinate this event, please contact Kelly.
Kelly Lockwood, Super Saturday Coordinator
Kelly Lockwood, Special Activities
NSQG Challenge 2015: Simply Solids!
The Northern Star Quilters’ Guild has an abundance of creativity! Put that creativity to work by making a quilt for the 2015 guild challenge. The challenge comes in the limited materials you can use—only solid fabrics and solid threads.
The quilts will be collected at the January meeting and displayed for voting at the February meeting.
Voting will take place at the February 2015 meeting. Each member will cast one vote for his/her favorite quilt in each category. First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention ribbons will be awarded in each category.
Barb Tatera, Challenge Coordinator
White Lightening Quilts
Althea Nolan, Charitable Activities
Melanie Darensod, Secretary
We had another busy month at the Library. Over 50 books borrowed and a dozen magazines. Please remember to return your books at the November meeting, if you are unable to attend, have a friend return them for you.
Thank you for returning the Book Review Cards. Each month I will feature a few reviews from members who have liked or disliked the book they borrowed. These reviews reinforce that our Library books are a good resource for our new quilters as well as our experienced ones.
For our Art Quilters….”Visual Guide to Working in a Series” by Elizabeth Barton
This is a very useful book for someone who wants to develop his/ her thinking about art practices. It is well organized with great information and exercises to help the reader put these ideas into practice. A great resource book!
DVD – “The Quilt Show Season 13” hosted by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims
Thirteen episodes, each about ½ hour and split between instructions and chatting with different designers. Wonderful for ideas and techniques. Suggest that the Guild purchase other seasons too.
American Quilter Nov. 2014
Donation of books, magazines and patterns are always welcome. See you at the meeting.
Dee Plouffé, Library Chair
Margaret Phillips has won Third Place in the Art Miniature Category sponsored by Quilting Arts at the International Quilt Festival in Houston for her work “Pink Annie”. Congratulations Margaret!
Has your work been accepted for display at a gallery or a show? Have you been featured in an exhibit or publication? Our newsletter is a great way to share your accomplishments. Please send any photos and information to email@example.com. The deadline is generally the Friday after the Guild meeting.
Helen Boland, VP Communications
Many Thanks to Nancy Hantman for Researching and Compiling this List!
“Let Me Quilt One More Day,” October 4, 2014 – January 4, 2015; New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain, CT; http://www.nbmaa.org/ [NSQG]
“Transformation,” October 10 – November 7, 2014; presented by Western CT fiber arts group FiberWorks; at the Cyrenius H Booth Library, 25 Main Street, Newtown, CT. http://chboothlibrary.org/exhibits.php
”Harvest of Quilts,” November 8-9, 2014, Mineola Community Center, Mineola, NY; http://www.eveningstarquilters.org.
”New Directions 14,” now through November 8, 2014, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY; 613-596-5783; http://www.barrettartcenter.org.
”Finding a Common Thread,” now through November 9, 2014, The Chandler Gallery, Randolph, VT; 802-431-0204; http://chandlergallery.blogspot.com.
”Tell Me a Story,” now through November 15, 2014 (reception, October 17, 5-7 p.m.), Cunningham Gallery, Jaffrey, NH; 603-532-6527; http://www.jaffreyciviccenter.com/exhibits.php.
”Unraveled: Contemporary New England Fiber Art,” now through December 6, 2014, Remick Gallery, York, Maine; 207-363-1756; http://www.oldyork.org.
”Men Who Quilt,” now through December 20, 2014, Virginia Quilt Museum, Harrisonburg, VA; 540-433-3818; http://www.vaquiltmuseum.org.
”Keeping Us in Stitches” and “World War I Quilts” (gallery talk, November 1), now through December 27, 2014, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA; 978-452-4207; http://www.nequiltmuseum.org
”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.
[NSQG] = NSQG Member(s) represented
2015 Quilt Show
Quilt Registrations open January 15, 2015 and close on March 31, 2015.
Click to register online