OnPoint! May 2015

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What a wonderful show the World of Quilts XXXVI turned out to be … our last quilt show at Kennedy Catholic. Thanks and congratulations to all who volunteered many hours and put forth a great deal of effort in making it such a success! The quilts (and the design in their hanging), the friendly faces at each entrance, the halls filled with fabric and quilting goodies, special exhibits, and very interesting lectures all worked to make this a fantastic show! You all deserve a standing ovation, most especially our NSQG VP – Quilt Show: Susan Fasnacht!

After the April guild meeting, I was asked how the cost of renting Kennedy Catholic and WestConn compare.  We did not use the rental cost as our deciding factor, but rather the cost of running the show in each of these venues. For instance, at Kennedy Catholic we have additional costs of shuttle buses, parking attendants, janitorial services. WestConn either provides these services or the services aren’t needed. In order for us to have the funds we need for our annual programs ($6,000) we must show revenues in excess of our costs to continue on a self-sustaining basis. We consider our reserves to be just that, reserves, not to be used in “business as usual.” Given our projections, we were not going to meet that goal and determined that a $10 increase in dues to $45 would be necessary. We haven’t raised our dues in over 17 years although the other guilds around us have. If we look at the $10 increase as $1 per operational month (September through June) it seems do-able.

At our May Annual Meeting, we will elect our officers, vote on the next charitable organization to receive proceeds from the beautiful 2016 Raffle Quilt “Shot Through & Through,” search for the coordinator(s) of the 2017 Raffle Quilt, hear a preliminary report on the success of this Quilt Show, and learn of our next Guild Challenge. Come on out and enjoy the memories as we move forward into a new and exciting planning year.

Caryl Castellion, President
President@Northernstarquilters.com

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Official Notice of the NSQG Annual Meeting

The NSQG General Meeting will be held:

 May 19, 2015 at 7pm in the Kennedy Catholic HS cafeteria,

Route 138, Somers, NY 10589.

BoardNominees

The Election of the NSQG Officers for the year 2015-2016 will be held during the Annual Meeting.
NSQG 2015-16 Ballot

President – Joyce Sullivan
Secretary – Rosemary DePaola
Treasurer – Mary Mahedy
VP Membership – Christine Wilhelm
VP Communications – Maria Catalano
VP Programs – Judy Gignesi
VP Quilt Show – Susan Fasnacht
VP Education – Jennifer Kramer

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President – Joyce Sullivan

Over the years I have written bios for many positions on the Board and now I find myself ready to take on the Presidency again. Twice before, I have been guild President, for 2-year terms each time.

I learned to sew as a young child, made most of my own clothes by high school and when I married and had a family I did the same for them. Home decor items were included and for a number of years when my 3 girls were dancers I designed and made costumes for their dance school. But quilting was not on my list. One of my grandmothers quilted a lot after her nine children left home and she had time on her hands, but she lived far away and I never picked that up from her.

My husband died in 1986 just as we were moving to Heritage Hills. Neighbors in my new community invited me to take quilting classes with Claire Oehler (before The Country Quilter) and I decided to do that as a way to make friends. It was a great decision. I was immediately hooked. I joined NSQG to continue my interest in quilting and made even more friends who are an extremely important part of my life. It is a challenging field and I love learning everything I can. I have been rewarded with quite a few ribbons for my endeavors. Each one is a wonderful surprise. Moving into the art phase of quilting and joining Fiberart North East has made me stretch my mind along with my ability. I discovered an artistic side I never knew I had.

To pay back for what I receive from NSQG I have always been a willing worker in any area that needs me. Once again I am called upon to serve as your President and I promise to do my best. I am excited about the changes we have ahead of us and I am thrilled that we can remain at Kennedy Catholic for our meetings. I was part of the guild when it outgrew the Intermediate school and made the move to JFK. In these changing times the school even changed their name, but it is “home” to us, whatever the name. Let’s move forward together.

Secretary – Rosemary DePaola

I started sewing when I was 10.  My mother had gotten a new Singer sewing machine and with it came 8 free lessons.  She knew how to sew, so I was given the lessons.  My mom drove me to the Singer store in Nyack every Saturday for that summer.  When I was in the 8th grade and all the other girls were making A-line skirts with elastic waists I was making a plaid, pleated skirt with a waist band and zipper.  I made so many of my own clothes through high school and beyond.

I started quilting the winter of 1997.  I have made quilts for each of my 7 children and also for my 16 grandchildren.  I started with machine piecing and hand quilting but as the hand quilting takes so long I have been tackling machine quilting.  My dream is to be able to do quality free motion quilting on my domestic machine.

After having a daycare program in my home for 26 years I worked as the secretary to the Middle School Principal in Yorktown for over 10 years.  I came to Northern Star Quilt Guild in September 2013 through an invitation of my cousin’s wife, Barb Sferra.  I immediately felt like I had come home and signed up to be a member.  While walking around the room before the meeting started I noticed some old friends and was welcomed into the fold.  I joined Comfort Quilts shortly after as it encouraged me to become more involved in the guild and I also liked the fact of making quilts for children in hospitals.  It was a win/win in my book.

Treasurer – Mary Mahedy

When I joined the guild in 2013, I was new to quilting.  Both my sister and mother have been quilters for years. While I did enjoy the finished products they shared with me, I never took the opportunity to attempt to tackle the process of making a quilt myself.   After attending many shows over the years with my mother and sister, we decided to take a mini vacation to the Lancaster Show.   Taking a chance I signed up for a class with them.  All I can say is that I was hooked.   My sister and I joined the NSQG to further our quilting education and meet other quilters and “fabricaholics” .

I have a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting and have been working in the accounting field for close to 35 year. I have worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years and enjoy the work I do. Currently I manage budgets and contracts for an agency that provides services to homeless population in NYC. It is rewarding to see the firm I work for providing assistance to the less fortunate.

I have been a member of my co-op board for the past 15 years.  While I have held various positions on the board throughout the years, I currently hold the position of President. I enjoy being a participant in the decision making process of the co-op.

I look forward to making a positive contribution to the NSQG board as treasurer. I believe I have the qualities that make me an ideal candidate for this position. I am willing to work hard to help NSQG continue to be a successful guild for many more years.

Vice President Membership – Christine Wilhelm

I have been an NSQG member for four years during which time I have served as Art Quilt SIG leader for three years.  I am honored and excited to join the Board for the first time in the role of VP Membership.  The amazing people that make up our guild are the heartbeat that drives us onward and upward!  I look forward to greeting you at the beginning of our meetings and attracting new members that share our same passion for fabric and stitching.

I have been sewing in some format for as long as I remember.  I started making clothes for myself using my grandmother”s sewing machine and the rest is history.  I still can” t pass a stack of fabric (really fiber of any kind) without reaching out to feel it.  I am also finishing my MBA in Executive Management and look forward to using what I have learned to benefit the guild.

Vice President Communications – Maria Catalano

I joined the Guild in September 2007. I have learned most of what I know about quilting from the wonderful teachers at Country Quilter as well as the many friends I have made through the guild.

In recent years, I have served on the Quilt Show Committee first in Publications/Publicity and then for the last two years in Quilt Display.

I am honored to be chosen as VP of Communications and look forward to serving the guild in this capacity.

Vice President Programs – Judy Gignesi

My mother taught me how to use her old singer as soon as my legs were long enough to reach the treadle. It”s been a long and happy relationship with sewing machines ever since: clothing for me as a young girl; as a housewife, curtains and pillows, slipcovers and bedspreads. I enjoyed making clothes for my girls when they were little, costumes and prom dresses as they got older.

In 1997 we moved to Somers and I was introduced to the wonderful world of quilting and the Country Quilter. I joined the guild shortly thereafter and a whole new world opened up. Meeting many new friends, taking classes with so many wonderful teachers, and being part of some of our special programs has been a great experience. Like so many of us, I have enjoyed the opportunities that the guild, the members, and the volunteers have provided.

I look forward to being a part of the board in the position of VP Programs and inviting wonderful speakers to enliven and enrich our tradition of offering the best to all our guild members.

Vice President Education – Jennifer Kramer

I will always be grateful to my mother for signing me up for a 6 week Singer sewing class when I was 12, and buying me my first machine, an industrial model used Singer. What followed has been a lifetime of pleasure, first in making clothes and starting in 1997, quilting.

Classes at the Country Quilter got me started, and I joined the guild in 2009. The appliqué SIG, special classes and Super Saturdays have enriched my quilting. I love working on Comfort Quilts and I have enjoyed learning appliqué, landscape, and portrait quilting. I am currently using “applipiecing” on a Tree of Life design. I am so grateful to guild members for their generous help as I try new things.

I look forward to working on the January and February programs as Education VP for 2015/2016 and leading the Special Interest Groups.

Vice President Quilt Show – Susan Fasnacht   

This will be my third year serving on the NSQG Board and my second as VP, Quilt Show.  The organization of this year’s quilt show went smoothly, largely due to the established committees and history of what has been done in past years, as well as the wonderful guild members who so generously volunteer their time to head those committees.  While I still had plenty of work to do and decisions to make to manage the show, due to the wealth of information on past shows, the entire process almost ran itself.

The challenge this year has been determining what we will do in 2016 and beyond.  As Chair of this year’s quilt show, I became actively involved in the search, evaluation, and selection of the venue for the 2016, “A World of Quilts XXXVII”.   I have already started working with the management at our new quilt show home, Western Connecticut State University, to negotiate our contract and to do some initial planning.  My experience as Chair of this year’s show will help me as we start the more in-depth planning of the event.  Although some of the task will change little due to the move, others will require total revamping and evaluation.  I am ready to take on that task.

I am excited about the move to West Conn and believe that it will be great for the guild.  I am looking forward to working over the next year with guild members to help organize the event and make it run smoothly.  Start thinking now for your quilt entry in “A World of Quilts XXXVII”!

 Programs By Mary Cannizzaro

Lecture: May 19 – Mary Cannizzaro

“I’m not Competitive, I just sew really fast!”

Our own Mary Cannizzaro will provide us with a look at her process and how she creates her prize winning quilts! This promises to be a real treat! In addition to her power point presentation, Mary will treat us to a trunk show featuring many of her quilts.

Programs@Northernstarquilters.com

Education

POTENTIAL NEW SIGs

Sign-up sheets will again be available for members to suggest a new SIG they would like to join.

We already have an idea for a Crazy-Quilt SIG!  Please sign up or email me if you are interested.

News from our Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

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 meetings for the next 5 months are: Saturdays May 9th, June 20th (This is a change to the previous schedule), July 11th,  August 1st, and Sept. 12th. 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 Longarm SIG will be on June 6th.

Domestic Machine Quilting – Helen Boland
The Domestic Machine Quilting SIG will meet at 5:45 in the Faculty Room before the May Guild meeting. We will start the meeting with a brief sharing.  If you have a suggestion, please email Helen at news@northernstarquilters.com .

Jennifer Kramer,VP Education
Education@Northernstarquilters.com

QuiltShow

“A World of Quilts XXXVI” is over and it was a wonderful show!  It was great how our members pulled together to make our final year at Kennedy Catholic High School such a success. The quilts were beautiful, the lecture inspiring, great shopping, and a fun time to connect with friends.  I have heard nothing but rave reviews.

Thank you to all the committee chairs that worked so hard and gave a tremendous amount of their time to make sure the show was terrific.  Thank you also to all the guild members and their friends who volunteered their time to help with the show.  We could not have done it without every one of you.

603 Marvelous Martha by Donna ChambersCongratulations to our guild members who won ribbons at the show!  And a big thank you to everyone who entered a quilt in the show.  If you won a ribbon, please bring your quilt and ribbon to Sew & Tell at the May meeting.  Photos of all of the quilts on display at the show are on the website.  The list of NSQG 2015 Winners for “A World of Quilts XXXVI” can be found on our website by clicking here.   Thank you to Suzanna Cohen, our photographer, for getting us the final photos so quickly.  Quilt to the left is “Marvelous Martha by Donna Chambers, Best of Show, Small.

We are very excited about our move to West Conn for next year’s show.  Some of the work will be the same, but many parts of it will change.  If you want to help plan how the quilt show will be organized, please let me know so that you can be included in our planning.  The more volunteers we have the more we can spread the work around.  It will be a year of fun, hard work, good times with friends and a satisfying sense of accomplishment.  Our move will allow the show to become more spectacular and attract more visitors – you can help us achieve this.

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

Hospitality

Thank you to all the S’s for providing snacks in April.

Members with last names beginning with T-Z, 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. Also, remember to pick up a free raffle ticket when you drop off your snack.

Nancy Cianflone, Hospitality
Hospitality@Northernstarquilters.com

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Winners of the Quilt Raffle

Winners of the 2015 Raffle are:

Carol Sterk                  Japanese Jigsaw Quilt
Patricia Vertucci         Janome Sewing Machine
Gail Chambers            Apple iPad Mini

All the winners are Guild members or family of a guild member.  We had an in-house sweep!

2017 Raffle Quilt Coordinator

We are currently looking for a 2017 Raffle Quilt Coordinator.  If you or a group of friends are interested in overseeing the construction of the raffle quilt for the 2017 charity, please contact Althea Nolan for details.  Past experience has shown that using the summer months to get started on contemplating the design and the procedure works well.

Comfort Quilts meetings

Wednesday May 20 is the last day that Comfort Quilts will be meeting in North Salem.  Starting June 3rd through August, CQ will be following its Summer Schedule of meeting every Wednesday at Bnai Yisrael Temple located at 2 Banksville Road, Armonk, NY.  Come and join the fun but always verify the date with Carol Auer or Karen Carlson because dates are subject to change.

Charity for 2016 Quilt Show

This year we have two nominations for the 2016 Quilt Show Charity:  Ann’s Place and The Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry.  At the May Guild meeting, we will be voting for one of these charities to receive the proceeds of the raffle quilt.

Anns Place

Ann’s Place is the region’s leader for cancer support services, serving individual and families throughout the Greater Danbury area and into NY.  There is no limit to the geographical area of their clients – all are welcome.  Their mission is to provide comfort and support to people living with cancer and to their loved ones.  They attend to the many personal and psychological implications of cancer and inspire people to create solutions which will strengthen and sustain them.

They have grown from serving 50 active clients to over 950 today.  Besides the individual and family counseling led by professional and licensed clinical social workers, they have approximately 15 support groups focusing on specific areas of cancer.  In addition, they offer an extensive range of wellness activities, such as yoga, reiki, art and horticulture therapy.  The full resource library and speakers address issues of client concern, advances in diagnosis and treatment, and wellness education.

Ann’s Place is unique in addressing the many personal and psychological implications of cancer.  All of their services are provided free of charge and have been for the past 24 years of their existence.

The Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry

The Pantry is an affiliation of thirteen local, faith-based congregations dedicated to providing supplemental food to persons in need in the greater Mound Kisco area.  Founded in 1919, the Pantry provides a crucial safety net for anyone who does not have enough nutritious food for themselves or their family. Twice a week, their “choice” pantry (which is run by volunteers) offers a broad selection of free grocery staples- enough for more than three days of complete meals.  For those who cannot visit the Pantry, including people with disabilities and senior shut-ins, they make regular, weekly home deliveries of groceries.  Every $1.00 contributed purchases $4.00 worth of food from the Westchester County Food Bank.

Other related support services include assisting clients to register for the federal food aid program and to promote client wellness by offering regular on-site training in nutrition, meal planning, food budgeting and food safety using specialists from Cornell University Cooperative Extension and the Food Bank for Westchester.

They are the only weekly pantry that provides food to anyone in need who lives in a Northern Westchester town that is not already served by a weekly pantry.  In 2014 they provided food to 18,276 adults, 10,078 children and 2,062 seniors.

Althea Nolan, Charitable Activities
Charitable@Northernstarquilters.com

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Melanie Darensod, Secretary
Sunshine@Northernstarquilters.com

Membership

So many NSQG members filled the cafeteria at our April 21 meeting.  We had 131 in attendance and 5 guests.  Many thanks to my membership greeters, Nina Primer and Pat Julian.

Membership renewal for the 2015-2016 guild year will begin at our May meeting.  The new membership fee is $45.00 and our new guild year begins July 1.

As I close my second term as Membership Chair, I would like to extend a special thank you to Sheila Gargano.  Each year she quietly behind the scenes provides each new member a NSQG name pin.  She also creates the NSQG Star paper pieced name kits that are available at the membership table.  Sheila joined the guild in the early 2000’s and enjoys making traditional quilts.  Please join me and extend your appreciation to Sheila the next time you see her.

Patti Calautti, VP Membership
Membership@Northernstarquilters.com

Library

Your donation of books and magazines for our Quilt Show Book Sale was overwhelming!  Thanks to all.

Book reviews

  • The Quilter’s Color Club” by Christine E. Barnes. Christine prompts us to experiment with color, temperature and value as she walks us through several exercises and projects designed to challenge the experienced quilt maker.  We are tasked with organizing a “color club” to learn through the explorations of our friends as well as our own work.  The many examples and projects support the lessons. However, the author relies too heavily on the use of fabric collections in her examples as she challenges us to advance our personal color theory.
  • Quick and Easy Hexie Quilts” by Dr. Peggy G. Rhodes & Julia Woods.  This quick and easy technique uses no paper or plastic templates, just a fabric circle.  A few folds and stitches and you have a hexie.  The book has 12 patterns from beginner to advanced.

New Books

  • “Bella Bella Sampler Quilts” by Norah Mc Meeking. Thanks to our April speaker for donating her book.
  • “Double Wedding Ring Quilts” by Victoria Findlay Wolfe
  • “Art Quilt Maps” by Valeria S. Goodwin
  • “Modern Blocks” compiled by Susanne Woods
  • “Intuitive Color and Design” by Jean Wells

New Magazines

  • American Quilter May 2015
  • Quilting Arts April/ May 2015

Only two meetings left, all borrowed books and magazines must be returned by the June meeting.

Dee Plouffé, Library Chair
Library@Northernstarquilters.com

Communications

Fiber Art Northeast (FANE) has an exhibit in the Gallery space at Mahopac Library – “We’ve Been Framed.”  It will be there through June 1st.  An artist’s reception takes place on Sunday May 17th from 2:00 to 4:00.  Everyone is invited.

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 If you will be on vacation this summer, check out the Area Shows and Events section of this newsletter.  There are several quilt shows to attend this year.

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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.
News@Northernstarquilters.com

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

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“Quilters’ Connection, 38th Annual Quilt Show”; May 29th and 30th 10am to 5 pm, May 31st 11 am to 3 pm; Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA; admission $8; Boutique and Sale; Silent Auction by QC members.  www.quiltersconnection.org.

“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/

“Vermont Quilt Festival”; June 26 – 28; Champlain Valley Expo, 105 Pearl St, Essex Junction, VT.  For classes and more information on the show: www.vqf.org or www.Facebook.com/VQF1977

“36th Annual Chickadees Quilt Show”, Sat – Sun July 11th and 12th; 10am – 4 pm; Stevens Brook Elementary School, Rte 302, 4 Frances Bell Drive, Bridgton ME  04009.  $5 donation, Free parking, Handicapped accessible, 100s of quilts on display, raffles, Chinese auction, vendors, yard sale items, free demonstrations and café.  chickadeequilters@gmail.com

“Maine Quilts”; July 24-26, 2015 Friday & Saturday 9-5, Sunday 10-4;  Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine. 600+ Quilts – antique to contemporary; Special Exhibits: AQSG 2012 Study of Colonial Revival Quilts; 2014 Hoffman Challenge – Indigo Collection; Selections from Maine State Museum; Workshops with 8 national teachers, Merchants Mall, Demonstrations, Lectures, Friday night event. Daily admission $10; multi-day $15; groups $8 with advance registration. www.mainequilts.org, info@mainequilts.org

“Let Freedom Ring – 34th Annual Quilt Show”; Bayberry Quilters; July 30, 31, Aug 1; Thursday & Friday 9:30-4, Saturday 9:30 – 3;  Admission – $7, multi-day, $11; Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, Rt 124, Harwich, MA; Over 300 quilts, raffle and more.  www.bayberryquiltersofcapecod.com

“Piecemakers of Cairo Quilt Show”, sponsored by the Piecemakers Guild; Cairo Public Library, 15 Railroad Ave., Cairo, NY 12413; Saturday, August 8, 2015; 10 am to 4 pm.  For more information call Debra at 518-622-2270.

“Silver City Quilt Show”, September 19 & 20, 2015 10am – 4pm; Silver City Quilt Guild; September 19 & 20, 2015 10am – 4pm; Friedman Middle School, 500 Norton Ave, Taunton, MA 02780;  http://www.silvercityquiltguild.org/quilt_show

“22nd Annual Bennington Quiltfest”; September 19 – 20, 2015   Sat:9-5, Sun:9-4; Mount Anthony Union Middle School; 747 East Road, Bennington, Vermont; http://www.benningtonquiltfest.com/

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OnPoint! April 2015

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PresidentLess than one month to go to the World of Quilts XXXVI at Kennedy Catholic! With all of our registered quilts, coupled with ten of Paula Nadelstern’s Invitational Quilts, the NSQG Challenge, quilts by Comfort Quilts, quilts representing three of the Special Interest Groups, and the FANE exhibit, this is going to be a beautiful Show! Lectures by Becky Goldsmith of Piece o’ Cake Designs and Paula Nadelstern will bring their many years of experience and success to us. The Silent Auction, the Boutique, Demonstrations and 33 Vendors will round out the pleasure brought to the public by NSQG!All of our volunteers will make this the best show ever, bringing our Show Time at Kennedy Catholic to a beautiful end with our grateful thanks to the High School! Our business meetings will continue to be held at Kennedy Catholic, our home base.

The Nominating Committee has completed its search for a slate of candidates for election to the Board of Directors. Their announcement follows below; the candidates will be introduced at the April Guild Meeting. Nominations from the floor will be received at this meeting, provided those being nominated from the floor have agreed to serve on the Board. The bios of the candidates will be in the May OnPoint! The election will take place during the NSQG Annual Meeting on May 19th.  Great thanks to those who said, “Yes”!  Thanks also to the Nominating Committee for their dedication in finding these excellent candidates.

Happy last stitching your entry quilt(s). Quilt drop-off day is Saturday, April 25th.

Caryl Castellion, President
President@Northernstarquilters.com

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Official Notice of the NSQG Annual Meeting

The NSQG General Meeting will be held:
 May 19, 2015 at 7pm in the Kennedy Catholic HS cafeteria,
Route 138, Somers, NY 10589.

The Election of the NSQG Officers for the year 2015-2016 will be held during the Annual Meeting.

NSQG 2015-16 Ballot

President – Joyce Sullivan
Secretary – Rosemary DePaola
Treasurer – Mary Mahedy
VP Membership – Christine Wilhelm
VP Communications – Maria Catalano
VP Programs – Judy Gignesi
VP Quilt Show – Susan Fasnacht
VP Education – Jennifer Kramer

Programs

APRIL: Lecture: April 21 – Norah McMeeking

“Bella Bella Patchwork”Bella bella

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.

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May 4th Workshop:

Becky Goldsmith

becky gTile Tango – This is from Becky’s newest book “The Quilter’s Practical Guide to Color” available Spring 2015

Needleturn hand applique is both fun and relaxing once you know to do it! You will learn how to sew an invisible stitch in this class for all skill levels. Other skill-building techniques include curves, outer points, and much more.

Lecture: May 19 – Mary Cannizzaro

“I’m not Competitive, I just sew really fast!”

Our own Mary Cannizzaro will provide us with a look at her process and how she creates her prize winning quilts! This promises to be a real treat! In addition to her power point presentation, Mary will treat us to a trunk show featuring many of her quilts.

Programs@Northernstarquilters.com

Education

News from our Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Art Quilters – Christine Wilhelm

Bring your entry for the Art SIG challenge “Under the Microscope;” this is the last call for entries. 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 meetings for the next 5 months are: Saturdays April 4th, May 9th,  June 6th , July 11th , and August 1st.  All meetings are from 1pm to 3pm at the Astoria bank in Somers on the Second floor.

Longarm Group – Diane Linker

The meeting on April 11th will be at Angie Contadino’s home. There is no meeting in May because we will all be at the quilt show.

Domestic Machine Quilting – Helen Boland

The Domestic Machine Quilting SIG will meet at 5:45 in the back of the cafeteria before the April Guild meeting. We start the meeting with a brief sharing of “What to Quilt” and then start the program on making quilting designs on “paper” quilts that have been printed.  We will work in pairs to do this.  Any questions, email Helen.  news@northerstarquilters.com

New SIG Ideas for 2015/2016

Please contact Jennifer Kramer education@northenstarquilters.com if you would like to start a new SIG or revive an old one.  There will be a sign-up list at the April meeting.

Jennifer Kramer,VP Education
Education@Northernstarquilters.com

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Quilt Show Update

It’s only a few weeks until, A World of Quilts XXXVI. The Quilt Show Committee has been making final preparations for our last show at Kennedy Catholic High School. Our show offers an opportunity for quilters and non-quilters to see the variety of ways fabric can be put together to create a work of art.  In addition to the registered quilts in the gymnasium, other special displays will be on view throughout the building. We have a wonderful invitational exhibit of quilts this year by Paula Nadelstern, plus other quilt displays that include the 2015 NSQG Challenge, “Simply Solid!”, the Silent Auction, Comfort Quilts, the FANE (Fiber Arts NorthEast) Challenge, and quilts from the Art Quilt, Landscape and Long Arm Special Interest Groups.

Volunteers

If you have not yet volunteered for a job at the quilt show, it’s not too late to sign up! A minimum of three volunteer hours is required in order to obtain one day of free admission. Any additional hours that you might be able to contribute would be greatly appreciated. Contact Carolynn Young to sign up.

Spread the Word

There are several ways you can help advertise our show:

There will be show postcards available at the admissions table at the April guild meeting. Also, you should have received a show invitation email that you can forward to your family and friends. And don’t forget to print the show poster and display it wherever you can. The show is right around the corner!

Show Pins

Show pins will be on sale at the April meeting. Be sure to get yours early. In each of the last two years, the pins sold out completely.

Quilt Drop Off

Quilt Drop Off day is Saturday, April 25 from 12 noon until 4 pm at the Kennedy Catholic High School Cafeteria.

All quilts must have:

  1. A sewn on sleeve for hanging – do not use material such as Steam-A-Seam to attach the sleeve. If your quilt is wider than 80” or longer than 94”, please read the Registration Rules and Instructions ( 21, 22, and 23) on how to place your sleeve.
  2. A covering over your name on the back or front of your quilt.
  3. A Registration ID Number sewn to the lower right (as you look at the back) corner of the quilt back.
  4. No loose threads, pet hairs or strong odors.

Silent Auction

Thank you to those who have generously donated quilts for the Silent Auction. We are hoping for about 30 quilts for each day of the Show and are only about halfway there. Please consider helping us reach our goal.

Guidelines:

25” x 25” maximum

Please include a label and a sleeve.

Deliver your finished quilt Carolyn Langevin or Kay Marcarello as soon as it is ready.

Photos have been taken and posted on the web – see what’s been submitted so far.

I’ll see everyone May 2 and 3 – enjoy the show!

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

Hospitality

Thank you to all the P, Q, & R’s for providing snacks in March.

Members with last names beginning with S, are encouraged to bring snacks to our next meeting. We will have hot water for tea, so bring your travel cup for a refill.  Also, remember to pick up a free raffle ticket when you drop off your snack.

Nancy Cianflone, Hospitality
Hospitality@Northernstarquilters.com

CharitableActivities

Comfort Quilts

Be sure to stop by the Comfort Quilt displayIMG_0088 at our Quilt Show to enjoy examples of the colorful designs and exquisite quilting done by many Guild members on the Comfort Quilts which are distributed to those in need.  Thanks to all who made quilts or donated fabric to make these outstanding quilts.  Please keep those donations of fabrics coming to Karen Carlson and Carol Auer.

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.

Community Cares

Many thanks for your support of Community Cares, our 2015 charity.   The funds raised by your purchase of raffle tickets will be used to offer families with cancer and other major illnesses in Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties some peace of mind and some real grass-roots help with free household cleaning services, laundry wash-and-fold services, child care and family meals donated by local restaurants.  Extra tickets are still available and can be picked up from Althea Nolan.

Althea Nolan, Charitable Activities
Charitable@Northernstarquilters.com

Sunshine

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Sunshine picture and text

Melanie Darensod, Secretary
Sunshine@Northernstarquilters.com

Membership

The weather was kind to us once again and 111 members were present at the guild meeting.  We hosted 3 guests and welcome Anita W. as a new member.

Thank you to Pat Julian, Nina Primer, Christine Langan and Christine Wolle for their help throughout the evening at the membership table.

Patti Calautti, VP Membership
Membership@Northernstarquilters.com

Library

Spring is in the air-finally! Time to clean out our Sewing Studios of all our gently used books and magazines. Bring your donations, patterns, too, to the Library table for our Quilt Show book sale in May.

Book reviews

  • “Quilting by Improvisation “ by Vikki Pignatelli. Great book!  It took me on an adventure of discovery into the world of unbelievable thread painting / embroidery.  The close up photos and the explanations brought it all to life.  It was an exciting experience.
  • “Surface Design Essentials” by Jane Davila. Explores a variety of techniques and mediums for printing on fabric.  Includes projects and lots of photos.
  • “Adventures in Design” by Joen Wolfrom. A presentation of nature’s design basics to help you build a design foundation from which you can develop your personal style.

New Books

  • “Sew Modern Baby” by Angela Yosten
  • “Listen to Your Quilt” by Barbra Persing
  • “In Love with Squares and Rectangles” by Janine Burke

New Magazines

  • Machine Quilting Unlimited March/ April  2015
  • American Quilter March 2015

Please remember to return the books you borrowed.

Dee Plouffé, Library Chair
Library@Northernstarquilters.com

Communications

Teresa Barkley, who spoke at our Quilt Show a few years ago, along with 11 other quilters, is part of an exhibit of Contemporary Quilts sponsored by the Manhattan Quilters’ Guild.  The exhibit is being held from March 21st to April 18, 2015 at the Blue Door Gallery, 13 Riverdale Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701, 914-375-5100. Open Thurs, Fri and Sat 12 – 5pm.  Please click here for more information.

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The Wilton Historical Society is honored to be showing the work of critically acclaimed quilt designer Denyse Schmidt. Her creations are modern interpretations of classic quilt designs – contemporary, functional textile art with deep historic roots. The exhibition of nearly a dozen quilts opens with a reception on Thursday, March 19 from 5-7. The show will run through Saturday, October 3. Open Tues – Sat 10-4.

Also showing, June Myles’ Hooked Art.  These are not your granny’s hooked rugs! Opening on Thursday, March 19, and running through October 3 at the Wilton Historical Society, the exhibition One Loop at a Time: June Myles’ Hooked Art displays works of art “painted in wool” as the artist says. The pieces on display – rugs, wall hangings, and pillows– are alive with color, texture and movement. The works show off June Myles’ sophisticated use of color, her love of language and her virtuoso needle skills.  Open Tues-Sat 10-4.

For more information on either program click here.

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April 18-19  Calling all quilters – come to the Hudson Valley next month to see some very special quilts!

Sheep-to-Shawl

Special Exhibit with Workshops: The Art of the Reproduction-Recreating Period Textiles Philipsburg Manor, 381 North Broadway (Route 9),  Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. April 18-19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

From fiber to fashion, this classic spring festival celebrates all things woolly sheep! New this year a special exhibit, The Art of the Reproduction: Recreating Period Textiles uses pieces from the Historic Hudson Valley collection to shine a spotlight on this fun, yet often overlooked, area of historic study. Along with the exhibit, there will be a series of talks and hands-on workshops. HHV’s expert staff member and noted historic quilter and knitter, Cat Hannan will be using an amazing display of her own reproduction quilts, and period knitting, as she shares information on creating period quilted or knitted pieces. For the full workshop and talk schedule, please visit https://www.hudsonvalley.org/community/blogs/fine-art-reproducing-period-textiles Online admission: $14; $12 for seniors; $8 for children 3-17. Free for members and children under 3. Onsite prices are $2 more per ticket. Buy tickets online at www.hudsonvalley.org. 914-366-6900.

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Rene Flouranges-Valdez was featured in a solo exhibit at Etui Fiber Arts. Rene would like to thank all of the NSQG members who were there to support her during the show.

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Donna Chambers, who was featured in our members showcase in January, debuts in “Images in Fabric” which opens in April at Etui Fiber Arts.   A special toast to the artist is planned for April 11th.  Etui is located at 2106 Boston Post Road, Larchmont, NY 10538.  914-341-1426

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rsz_2mayannMargaret Phillips and Mayann Weinberg have been juried into the 98th Annual Juried Show at the Greenwich Art Society.  The show is juried by Margaret Ewing, MOMA, NYC and will run from March 27th through April 22nd, 2015 at the Bendheim Gallery, 299 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT.  The hours are Mon – Fri 10am to 5pm Sat & Sun Noon to 4pm.  On the top left is Mayann’s acrylic painting “Dodge It” and below is Margaret’s “Study In Yellow”.

Phillips-Study in Yellow

 

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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

SpecialActivities

Boutique

The annual quilt show boutique is scheduled for May 2 and May 3 at Kennedy Catholic during show hours. The Boutique provides opportunity to sell some of your unique handmade items to our membership and all our quilt show guests.

Would you like to participate by selling some of your handmade items?  If you are a NSQG member and have made all the items you plan to sell, we welcome your participation.  There is a $25 dollar fee per table for vendors.  You can share or have your own table.  For more information and to sign-up please contact Stephanie Santangelo.

2015 Challenge

Thank you again to all the “Simply Solids” NSQG 2015 challenge participants.  We would like to honor all participants and provide the opportunity for the guild membership to get to know who made each quilt entry.

All of the challenge quilts will be hung at our annual quilt show May 2 and May 3 at Kennedy Catholic.  After the show, Barb Tatera will hold all the quilts and they will be distributed to their makers at the May NSQG monthly meeting.  The quilter will then have the opportunity to “Show and Tell” their quilt/s and provide any information that they would like to share in their inspiration.

If any challenge quilt maker requires the return of their quilt/s prior to the May meeting, please contact Barb who will coordinate your quilt return.

2016 Guild Challenge

We hope you have been inspired to keep the momentum of the NSQG challenge going.  If so, please consider submitting an idea for the 2016 challenge. Any guild member can submit a proposal, which should include: Idea, Challenge Name, Challenge rules, Categories for which ribbons will be awarded.

Please submit your written or electronic proposal to Kelly Lockwood by April 30, 2015.

Next Steps:

  • Kelly will anonymously submit all challenge proposals to the board at the May Board meeting for vote.
  • The author of the winning vote becomes the 2016 challenge coordinator.
  • The coordinator gathers a committee to collect the challenge entries, display the quilts at the February guild meeting, count ballets, award ribbons, and hang the quilts the Friday night before the 2016 quilt show.
  • Please contact Kelly if you have any questions.  Proposals will be presented at the May board meeting, so please submit your idea (or ideas) prior to April 30.
  • The challenge will be presented to the membership no later than the June meeting so that quilters can begin designing and stitching over our summer break.

Trips

A huge “Thank You!!” to Jennifer and Mary Cannizzaro for coordinating another organized, enjoyable, and exciting trip to the Lancaster AQS show.

NSQG bus trippers continued their tradition of supporting the local quilt shop economy and being inspired by the beautiful show quilts.

Special@Northernstarquilters.com

AreaShows

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

[NSQG] = NSQG Member(s) represented

“The Gees Bend Tradition”, Lehman College Art Gallery; through April 24, 2015 (closed April 3, 4, 11); 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468-1589; Tel: 718-960-8731 http://www.lehman.edu/vpadvance/artgallery/gallery/

“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

“Piecemakers of Cairo Quilt Show”, sponsored by the Piecemakers Guild; Cairo Public Library, 15 Railroad Ave., Cairo, NY 12413; Saturday, August 8, 2015; 10 am to 4 pm.  For more information call Debra at 518-622-2270.

“Silver City Quilt Show”, September 19 & 20, 2015 10am – 4pm; Silver City Quilt Guild; September 19 & 20, 2015 10am – 4pm; Friedman Middle School, 500 Norton Ave, Taunton, MA 02780;  http://www.silvercityquiltguild.org/quilt_show

“22nd Annual Bennington Quiltfest”; September 19 – 20, 2015   Sat:9-5, Sun:9-4; Mount Anthony Union Middle School; 747 East Road, Bennington, Vermont; http://www.benningtonquiltfest.com/

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