OnPoint September 2015



        NSQG Newsletter – September 2015Sept_Oct Calendar

President's Message

Greetings and welcome to a new NSQG year!

It has been a busy summer for many Board members as they prepare for another smashing year for our Guild.  We all look forward to greeting our old friends and meeting new members.  The guild provides a myriad of ways to reinforce our quilting interests, whether it be traditional, art, modern or someplace in between.  Please take advantage of as many as you can fit into your busy lives.

There is a line up of exciting lectures and workshops covering all areas of quilting and design.  The workshops by world renowned artists offered by the guild at truly bargain prices should not be missed.  Nowhere else can you get a full day of instruction of this calibre for $50.  So run to the Programs sign up table as soon as you can!

Our own NSQG members offer fun and instruction together to keep the mid-winter
“blues” away.  Sign up for Super-Saturday on February 27th.  Again, a bargain price,
with lunch thrown in.  Pick a project from the list……or “do your own thing.”  If you
have something you would like to teach to your fellow members please contact Jean Degl.  The project list for this year is not yet filled.  (You will love the praise you get from your class.)

The Educational Programs offered in January & February always have something new and interesting for us to learn.  Our own members again offering you tips and tricks. There are a number of SIGs (Special Interest Groups) which meet prior to meetings or in some cases, at other times and outside places.  Check the Newsletters for one that would interest you and join in.  If you have an interest that is not covered by our SIGs we can try to get a new one started if you let us know.  All it takes is a group of people interested in the subject and some kind of leadership to keep it going.

I can report that forward movement on the new show venue at WestConn is in full gear!   Much has been accomplished but many decisions are still to be made.  This is such an exciting time.  If you want to be part of it offer your services to Susan Fasnacht to be a member of the Show Committee. The inaugural Committee will have a sense of pride about the show for years to come.  “I helped pull this together!”

Many places need help at meeting time – hospitality table, admissions, library, to name a few.  There is no better way to feel like you “belong” than to offer help, even if it can only be once in a while.  Contact any Chairperson, or me, to get started.  This is a fantastic Guild and the more we do, the more we get.

Joyce Sullivan, President


Welcome to our new and returning members!  We look forward to seeing you at our September meeting!

If you have returned your membership form prior to the September meeting, you will be eligible for the raffle drawing for quilt store gift certificates.  You can use this link to print a membership form.  We would also like to encourage you to bring a guest to this exciting meeting.

Are you a new member to the Guild?  We would like to invite you to sit at the new member table when you arrive at the meeting, please look for the balloon.  Veteran members will be available to answer any questions you may have and help you join the fun. Please remember to wear your name tag!

Membership Books will be available at the October meeting.

Christine Wilhelm, VP Membership


We are pleased to advise that all of our workshops for the 2015-2016 year will be held at the Vista Fire Department, in South Salem, NY.  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.  It may be 10 minutes further for some of our members but well worth the trip!

General Directions:  

From NYI 684 to Rte. 35 East – continue for approximately 8 miles then turn right onto Rte. 123.  After approximately 4 miles, Vista Fire Dept. is on the left side of the road.  Address for GPS is 377 Smith Ridge Rd.

From Connecticut, take I 95 to Rte. 7 North, to Merritt Pkwy South; take Exit 38, Rte. 123 North into NY, in about a mile or so after the NY border the Vista Fire Dept. will be on your right.

Or take Merritt Pkwy North to Exit 38, take 123 North into NY, in about a mile or so after the NY border the Vista Fire Dept. will be on your right.

There is space in both Susan Cleveland and Marge Tuckers classes.  Spend a pleasant day filled with learning and laughter.  Take advantage of our wonderful guilds offer for providing these great lectures and classes with quilters who share their talents.   SIGN UP!

September –  Susan B. Cleveland

Lecture: September 15th – “My Eclectic Quilt Pageant”

cleveland picJoin one of the world’s most enthusiastic personalities for ooo’s, aaaah’s, and laughter to learn a plethora of tips to increase accuracy and add fresh, interesting details with piping, prairie points, heavy threads, and embellishments. See how to take show pieces to new levels and add charming surprises to simple pieces. Susan will share real live quilts and you may recognize many quilts as winners in AQS Paducah shows and International Quilt Festivals in Houston! Don’t miss out on this good time.

Workshop: September 16th – “Piping Hot Curves”

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Accent curves with piping!  This technique is wonderful for traditional curved patterns as well as contemporary designs.  Students will learn to make perfect piping and add that to a lively macaroni block. Piping adds pizzazz!



October – Marge Tucker

Lecture: October 20th – “How I Got There From Here”

In this lecture, Marge tells about her quilting journey, from the first quilt she remembers seeing to becoming a quilt instructor/fiber artist.  She also discusses her inspirations for quilt designs and how quilting has changed her life.

As an award winning quilt designer and teacher, Marge considers herself as an eclectic quilter, and at the moment is enjoying a more liberal style of piecing that can be used both traditional or contemporary quilts.

Workshop: October 21sth – “Going in Circles”

Thitucker pics class will show you how to do a unique technique of curved piecing.  These curved blocks give added movement and motion and work well with many blocks both traditional and abstract blocks.


Judy Gignesi, VP Programs


Library Volunteers Needed

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the September meeting.  So hard to believe the summer is almost over!  I purchased several books from the Quilt Basket closing sale which will be available to borrow at the September meeting.

  • TWOSEY-FOURSEY QUILTS by Cathy Wierzbicki
  • RHAPSODY QUILTS by Ricky Tims

New issues of “Quilting Arts” and “Machine Quilting Unlimited” magazines will also be available.

Please let me know if there is a particular book or DVD you would like to be part of the library.

As noted in the September Special Issue, I desperately need volunteers for the library.   In order to keep our library great, relevant and running smoothly (like the great job done by Dee Plouffe – thanks!), many hands will be needed.

If you are willing to help at the Library table at our monthly meetings, please call or email me. The duties are simple:

  • Collect returned books
  • Help sign out books
  • Re-shelve books

No need to volunteer for every meeting, any help is appreciated.

JoAnn O’Rourke, Library


It is a pleasure to welcome everyone back from summer vacation.  For September, we are asking that members whose last names begin with G, H, or I, will please bring a snack to share. Finger foods to consider, cheese and crackers, trail mix, veggie platter & dip, fresh fruit cut into bite size pieces, and of course, anything baked.

Don’t forget to pick up a free raffle ticket when you bring in a snack.

Please stop by the raffle table and take a chance – 3 tickets for $1!  You have to be in it to win it!

We will again continue the Holiday Food Drive. This year we will collect at our November meeting, so we may have the donations to the food banks by holiday season. Last year’s drive was very successful but didn’t actually take place until March. Crazy winter! Details in future newsletters.

Laureen Cannella, Hospitality


News from our Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Domestic Machine Quilting – Helen Boland
Domestic Machine Quilting SIG will meet before the September Guild meeting at 5:45 in the back of the cafeteria.  April Russell will facilitate the meeting this month.  Please bring any machine quilting samples you have done over the summer to share with the group.   New members are always welcome.  Please contact Helen Boland for more information.

Art Quilters – Carol Weber
The Art Quilters group will be meeting at 5:45 in the Teacher’s Lounge before the September meeting.  Returning members and new members are encouraged to attend.  The instructions for the annual challenge will be given out, and ideas for this year’s focus will be discussed.  Please bring your summer Show and Tell items!

Landscape Quilters – Don Gough
The Landscape group will be meeting on Saturday, September 12th and October 3rd. All meetings will be from 1pm to 3pm at the Astoria Bank in Somers on the second floor.

Long Arm Group – Diane Linker
The next meetings of the Longarm SIG will be on September 12th at the home of Diane Linker and on October 3rd at the home of Chris Roche. 

Jennifer Kramer, VP Education


Since Goodwill is part of our fellowship,
Let’s make sure we share it amongst ourselves.
Please let me know when a Guild Member
Is in need of a little Sunshine!


Whether it is an illness, condolence, marriage,
Baby or just a little pick-me-up for TLC,
Make sure to let me know.
Thank you, Rosemary

Rosemary DePaola, Secretary

Quilt Show

It’s going to be an exciting show this year, as we move the World of Quilts XXXVII to our new venue at the O’Neill Center at Western Connecticut State University.  This year’s show takes place on April 30 and May 1, 2016.  Our committee has been busy planning the layout and logistics of our new site.  The quilts, vendors, and Guild activities will all be taking place on the arena floor.  Ample parking is available – no more shuttle buses! Plus the facility is fully handicapped accessible.  As our plans move along, I will let you how things are changing and what to expect.

You can help make our show a big success by entering one of your quilts in the Show.  Our Show is known for the number of gorgeous quilts we display.  If you haven’t started on a quilt to display at the Show, you still have time; registration will run from January 15 through March 31.  Get to work now on some of those design ideas that have been percolating over the summer or to reimagine some of your UFOs so you can put them in the Show.

Volunteering for work for the Show is also changing.  Guild members are still expected to volunteer to work at our Quilt Show, however we only request a 2 hour minimum commitment, down from 3 hours last year. Some of the volunteer opportunities are also changing.  No more selling tickets at the front door or building frames on Friday afternoon, the way we operate the show will be different –further information will be available later this year.   If you want to volunteer some time during the planning stages this fall and winter, or if you have any suggestions for the Show, please contact me.

The Silent Auction will be returning this year and it has become a very popular activity at our Quilt Show.  We have successfully raised money for the Guild through your quilted donations.  Many visitors to our Show look forward to taking home something made by the NSQG.  Please consider making a small quilt (average size of 25”x25”) to be sold at next year’s Silent Auction.  We are a Guild of talented quilters.  Show your talent and give back to the Guild through your donation. Thank you everyone.

Once again, the Show Committee is reaching out to young quilters.  A simplified registration form for this year’s show will soon be posted on the website – however you can use the 2015 show’s information for the quilt’s guidelines.  Registration will be limited to the first fifteen quilts by young quilters. If you are teaching your grandchild or another youngster in your life how to quilt, we would love to display his or her work.

Susan Fasnacht, VP Quilt Show

Charitable Activities

2016/2017 Raffle Quilt

The Shot Thru “N Thru Raffle Quilt coordinated by Carol Auer and Karen Carlson and Carol's Quilts 1made my our members will be on display at the September Guild meeting. Raffle tickets to support this year’s beneficiary, Ann’s Place, will be available in early Winter.

Angela Vertucci, our 2017 Quilt Coordinator will be distributing blocks to any member who would like to participate in the making of this RaffleQuilt, Blooming Star. Blocks need to be completed and returned at the October meeting.

Comfort Quilts

All Guild members are welcome at Comfort Quilts, a group that creates lap- size quilts for hospitals, shelters and individuals in need of comfort.

The group meets on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 3:30. You can stay for all or part of the day. During the Winter Season we meet on the first and third Wednesday at North Salem Ambulance Corps located on 4 Daniel Road in North Salem. http://www.northernstarquilters.com/charitable-activities/charitable-comfort


Ronald McDonald House

Thank you so much for supporting the Ronald McDonald House. Please bring your September blocks to Barbara Tatera at the September guild meeting. They should measure 9.5 x 12.5 including unfinished seam allowances. See photo for block examples.

September – Block of the Month

Squares in a Rectangle:
Please choose fabrics that are light and dark and have a HIGH contrast. Use only two fabrics per block so that the accent squares are all the same fabric and the background strips are all the same fabric.   Bright, happy fabrics are appreciated. Please make one block with light accent squares and another block with dark accent squares.

Cut from accent fabric:
2.5 x 2.5 squares: 3
Cut from background fabric:
9.5 x 2.5 rectangle: 2 Strip ASeptember R McD block
5 x 2.5 rectangle: 3
3 x 2.5 rectangle: 3
9.5 x 1.5 rectangle: 2 Strip B
Sew one 5 inch background rectangle to each 2.5 inch accent piece
Sew one 3 inch background rectangle to the opposite side of each accent piece. You will now have 3 strips measuring 2.5 x 9.5 with an accent piece in each strip. This is Strip C
Sew the 7 strips together in this order:
9.5 x 2.5 background strip: Strip A
Accent strip with accent square towards the left side: Strip C
9.5 x 1.5 background strip: Strip B
Accent strip with accent square towards the right side: Strip C Inverted 9.5 x 1.5 background strip: Strip B
Accent strip with accent square towards the left side: Strip C
9.5 x 2.5 background strip: Strip A 

October – Block of the Month

June Block of the Month made by NSQG members 

The October Block of the Month will be presented at the September Guild Meeting and instructions will be available on the NSQG web site under Charitable Activities following the meeting.

Please let Barbara Tatera know if you would like to volunteer to quilt or bind one of the Ronald McDonald quilts.


Althea Nolan, Charitable Activities

Special Events

November 17, 2015

The Holiday Boutique will be held at 6 pm in the main entrance of Kennedy Catholic prior to the start of our general meeting on November 17.  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.

Would you like to participate by selling some of your quilt related work?  Provided you are a NSQG member and have made all of the items you plan to sell, we welcome your participation.  There is a $25 fee per table for vendors.  You can share or have your own table; just sign up in advance.  Information will be available at the September and October meetings.

Stephanie Santangelo
Boutique Coordinator

Super Saturday
February 27, 2016


Anyone interested in teaching at our 2016 Super Saturday should contact Chris Roche or Jean Degl via Special@Northernstarquilters.com.  A sign-up list for teachers will also be available at the September Meeting.  All that is needed is a title for the project/subject and a brief description of the class.

Student sign-ups will be held in October and November, and a class sample or picture of the class product should be available at that time.

Super Saturday is a great way to learn a new technique or approach from fellow guild members while having a mid-winter day filled with fun and laughter.  Lunch will be provided.

Of course there will also be a space to “sit and sew” your own project, or a guild project such as a comfort quilt.  Whatever you choose, it will be a fun day to share.

Super Saturday Coordinator

Lancaster Trip
March 18-19, 2016

Our annual trip to the AQS Lancaster Quilt Show in Lancaster, PA will take place Friday, March 18 through Saturday, March 19, 2016.  We depart early Friday morning for Lancaster County, PA, stopping along the way to shop at some of the wonderful quilt shops in the area.  We end our day with dinner at Miller’s Smorgasbord and a night at the Fairfield Inn.  On Saturday, we will spend the day at the quilt show, then return home on Saturday night.  We will begin signups for the trip in November.  Please consider joining us!

Jen Cannizzaro
Trips Coordinator

NSQG  Challenge 2016: The Incredible Cow Challenge

Have fun using wordplay, colorful fabric and embellishments in the 2016 guild challenge. The challenge is our response to Mary Lou Weidman and Melanie Bautista McFarland’s challenge to quilt makers to use their cow pattern with the theme of your quilt included in the border. Each quilt should disclose the quilt’s theme through the word “cow” or “moo” or other identifying word, e.g., “Panamoo Canal,” “Moo-opoly,” and “Cow Mooni Kate.” The adapted pattern (to a smaller version) is on our website under Special Events – Challenge. Each member is limited to one challenge entry.


  1. Use any fabric, thread, embellishments you need to complete your project.
  2. Use of the square cow pattern is required, however legs, tail, ears can be repositioned to maximize the theme. You may use piecing, fusible, or paper-piecing techniques.
  3. The length of the quilt is 24” including border and the width is 20”.
  4. Attach a 2” sleeve to the back for hanging.
  5. Label the back with your name and email address or phone number and the theme (name) of the quilt.


The quilts will be collected at the January meeting and displayed for voting at the February meeting.


Voting will take place at the February 2016 meeting. Each member will cast one vote for his/her favorite quilt in each category – Most Original (Funny), Best Use of Color, and Best Embellishments. First, Second, and Third place ribbons will be awarded in each category.

All quilts will be held for the NSQG World of Quilts XXXVII and returned to the maker in the May 2016 Guild meeting. The Northern Star Quilters’ Guild has an abundance of creativity!  Put that creativity to work by making a quilt for the 2016 Guild challenge.

Caryl Castellion
Challenge Coordinator

Communications Members On Display

Nike Cutsumpas will be one of the featured artists at the “On The Fringe – Explorations in Fiber” Exhibit – August 22 to October 11, 2015; Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824; http://www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org

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.

 Area Shows and Event

Many thanks to Nancy Hantman for continuing to research and compiling this List!

“Needles and Nosh: Lunch with Vermont Quilt Artist Judy Dales” – Tuesday, September 15, 11:30am-1 pm; Shelburne Museum, 6000 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT; $25 public / $15 Members (includes cost of admission).  For more information please visit www.shelburnemuseum.org

“Silver City Quilt Show”–  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/

“Flights and Fantasies Quilt Show” – September 21-27, 2015; New England Air Museum, 36 Perimeter Rd., Bradley Int’l Airport, Windsor Locks, CT 06096; http://www.NEAM.org

“Quilts Unlimited” – October 11-November 15 2015; View Arts Center, 3273 State Route 28, Old Forge, NY; https://www.viewarts.org/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/ 

“Stars Galore” – 34th Annual Quilt Show of the Cocheco Quilters Guild  – October 17-18, 2015 10AM-4PM; Rochester Community Center, 150 Wakefield St., Rochester, NH; $7.00 daily admission.   For information contact quiltshow@cochecoquilters.com

“Quilts=Art=Quilts”  – October 31, 2015 – January 3, 2016; Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St, Auburn, NY; Exhibit Preview and Awards Reception – Friday, October 30th 2015, 5-8pm;  www.QAQentry.org

“Quilting: Fiber Art Fun” –  January 28-30, 2016  – North Country Studio Workshops will offer a 5-day workshop with Carol Ann Waugh. The workshop will be held on the campus at Bennington College.  For more details on location, cost and registration procedures, please visit North Country’s web site, www.ncsw.org.

Member Marketplace

For Sale: BERNINA Artista 200 E Sewing and Embroidery Machine in EXCELLENT CONDITION. The Artista is a computerized sewing and embroidery machine with a large colored LCD touch screen, over 800 built in stitches including several alphabets; sews up to a 9 mm  wide stitch and automatic thread cutter.  The asking price is $900.  Please contact Kathy Mooney if you are interested in purchasing at k.mooney.quilting@gmail.com

For Sale: Queen Quilter Eighteen Long Arm Quilting Machine – All accessories included.  Hardly used and in excellent condition.  The asking price is $1,850.  Please contact Fran Osinoff at 845-623-2262

For Sale.  Baby Lock Crown Jewel 18” Long Arm Quilting Machine with 10 foot grace frame.  Originally purchased for $18,000.  Asking $12,000.  Never used.  Lots of extras thrown in for free.  Please contact Linda Long if you are interested in purchasing at 1030lindalong@gmail.com.

Maria Catalano, VP Communications




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OnPoint! June 2015


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Can it be true? Summer is here, the beautiful World of Quilts XXXVI Show is over; the Guild is about to close out this fiscal year; and the monthly activities will formally cease in favor of leisure time for the next two and a half months (maybe not, depending on each SIG).

Will the fingers be idle? No way! As we have heard, there is the Ronald McDonald (Westchester Medical Center’s residence for families of their patients) request for five more full size quilts (follow the OnPoint article for the pattern of the month); there are Comfort Quilts kits ready to take home for summer play; and there is a new Guild Challenge being announced in the June Guild meeting!! Join in the fun wherever you are spending the summer months.

It seems impossible that this is my last message to the Membership as President of Northern Star Quilters’ Guild! It has been a busy, wonderful two-year term of office and I thank everyone for their positive response to the work of their Board. Your energy and creativity are the drivers of the Guild and we are a healthy body of quilt makers because of you! Thank you!

Caryl Castellion, President


Lecture: September 15, 2015 – Susan B Cleveland
My Eclectic Quilt Pageant”cleveland pic

Join one of the world’s most enthusiastic personalities for ooo’s, aaaah’s, and laughter to learn a plethora of tips to increase accuracy and add fresh, interesting details with piping, prairie points, heavy threads, and embellishments. See how to take show pieces to new levels and add charming surprises to simple pieces. Susan will share real live quilts with close ups through the projector so you’re sure to see oodles of detail. You may recognize many quilts as winners in AQS Paducah shows and International Quilt Festivals in Houston! Don’t miss out on this good time Quilt Pageant.

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tucker picLecture: October 20, 2015  – Marge Tucker
“How I Got There From Here”

In this lecture, I tell my quilting journey, from the first quilt I remember seeing to becoming a quilt instructor/fiber artist.  I also discuss my inspirations for quilt designs and how quilting has changed my life.

JoAnne Finnigan, VP Programs


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 Art Quilt SIG will take a break for the summer.  The next meeting will be before the September guild meeting at 5:45 p.m.  New Members always welcome.

Landscape Quilters – Don Gough
The Landscape SIG meetings for the next 5 months are: Saturdays May 9th, June 20th, July 11th, August 1st, Sept. 12th and Oct. 3rd.  All meetings are from 1pm to 3pm at the Astoria bank in Somers on the Second floor.

Longarm Group – Diane Linker
The next meeting will be on June 6th at Barb Tatera’s house.  We will continue to meet during the summer on July 11th and August 1st.

Domestic Machine Quilting – Helen Boland
The Domestic Machine Quilting SIG will take a break for the summer.  The next meeting will be before the September Guild meeting at 5:45 in the back of the cafeteria. April Russell will choose a topic for the meeting.  Please bring any machine quilting you have done over the summer to share with the group.

Jennifer Kramer, VP Education


I want to thank everyone who contributed to making “A World of Quilts XXXVI” so successful. The quilts were beautiful, displaying a great diversity of styles. Volunteer positions were filled and many of you volunteered for more than was asked for. The Show Committee and Board members worked hard and were very supportive. It was wonderful to watch the whole guild come together to help make our last show at Kennedy Catholic High School so memorable.

Get Ready for “A World of Quilts XXXVII”

Planning has started for next year’s show on April 30 and May 1, 2016.  Our move to the O’Neill Center on the campus of West Conn is going to result in some changes.  Over the summer I will be working with a number of people to get some of the initial work done.  This includes items such as identifying how Quilt Show Committee tasks will change, preparing an initial layout of the quilt display and vendor spaces, identifying any financial or legal concerns with moving the show to another state,.

My hope is to work through the major planning aspects of the move over the summer and the get the committees up and running in September.  Publicity will be stepped up so that we can get the word out about the move and expand the area where we advertise.  If you are interested in helping with next year’s show, whether it is in working to establish the new duties for committees that will be changing (publicity, signage, volunteers, etc.) or performing tasks set up from past shows for ones that are remaining the same (registration, quilt hanging, judging, silent auction, etc.), please contact me.  It’s going to be an exciting year with lots of planning.  You can get involved and help lay the groundwork for holding the quilt show at our new home.

Susan Fasnacht, VP, Quilt Show


It’s once again time for our Annual Salad Supper. What a wonderful way to end the year!

We ask each member to bring a salad which will serve 6-8 people. Please bring a serving spoon and a card with the list of ingredients.  The Guild will provide beverages and dessert.

Please plan to arrive with your dish at 6 pm, to provide us ample time for setup. The meeting and dinner will begin at 6:30 pm.

A special thank you to everyone that has helped with hospitality throughout the year, especially Joan Citron, Sonhild Rodney, and Lynn Kaufteil.  It was a pleasure working with you all.

Nancy Cianflone, Hospitality


Charity for 2016 Quilt Show

At our May Guild Meeting, the members voted Ann’s Place as the charity that will receive the proceeds from the 2016 Quilt Show Raffle Quilt, Shot Thru-and-Thru.  Ann’s Place is a cancer support service that attends to the many personal and psychological implications of cancer for patients and their families.

2015 Quilt Show Charity

Community Cares thanks all the members who so generously supported their organization by returning their raffle money and to those who sold extra tickets.  They are looking forward to helping families manage their normal daily routines while they are working on getting healthy again.  They will be able to offer free household cleaning services, laundry wash-and-fold services and family meals to those fighting Cancer.

2017 Quilt Coordinator

We are pleased to announce Angela Vertucci as our 2017 Quilt Coordinator.

Comfort QuiltsComfort Quilts

We hope you enjoyed the Comfort Quilt display at the NSQG Quilt Show and feel proud of the work that is done and the folks who are served.  Many Guild Members contribute to Comfort Quilts by sewing at CQ meetings, making kits, doing long-arm quilting, and donating fabrics.

Comfort Quilts Meetings

From 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, stay tuned for the  Summer Project, but always verify the date with Carol Auer or Karen Carlson because dates are subject to change.

Quilt Raffle Prizes

We are currently looking for possible donations for our 2016 Raffle prizes, especially electronics.  If you can help, please contact Althea Nolan.

ConKerr Cancer

conkerr cancer logoCollection of pillowcases for the Westchester County Chapter of ConKerr Cancer is suspended because they have more pillowcases than they can distribute.  This spring we donated 155 more pillowcases, making a total of 394 pillowcases contributed this year.

Ronald McDonald Block of the Month – June

The Ronald McDonald house has again asked to partner with Northern Star Quilter’s guild.  They would like at least another 5 full size quilts (80×90) to use in their guest rooms.

We are asking you to bring two blocks (A and B) to the June meeting to help with the first quilt.  The June blocks of the month are nine patch blocks in the colors blue and white.  For block A cut 8, 3 ½ inch squares in blue prints and 1, 3 ½ inch square in white fabric.  Sew the blue prints around the one white middle block.  For block B cut 8, 3 ½ inch squares in white and 1, 3½ inch square in blue.  Sew the white squares around the blue center square.  The blocks should measure 9 ½ inches unfinished.

It isn’t a typical nine patch layout so please refer to the photo when piecing your blocks.  Press the seams into the blue center and away from the white center.  Click here for printable instructions.


In addition to the blocks you can also help the cause by donating a full size batting of at least 84×96 or a backing of approximately 88×98.  Please check the newsletter and/or the Charitable Activities webpages to find out what the future blocks of the month will be.

We are looking forward to providing some beautiful quilts and appreciate all of the help that we know the guild will provide.  If you have questions please contact Barb Tatera or Pat Baker.

Althea Nolan, Charitable Activities


Sunshine picture and text

Melanie Darensod, Secretary


Membership renewal has begun!  The membership form is found on the webpage by clicking this link.

The guild has an exciting year already planned with great speakers, workshops and, of course, our new Quilt Show venue.  By joining prior to the September meeting, you will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one of a few gift certificates to our local quilt shops.

I would also like to thank all of the members who have supported me in my many roles on the board over the past six years.  I have thoroughly enjoyed serving and treasure the friendships I have made.

Patti Calautti, VP Membership


Special thanks to my friends who helped me all year at the Library table, Joan Doggett, Dee Rizzo and Micki Tedeschi.   Your help was greatly appreciated.

June, being the last Guild meeting of the year, means all books and magazines must be returned.  If you are unable to attend, please mail them to my home.

The Library is also having the end of the year Book Sale.  Plenty of new books and magazines, all at rock bottom prices!  Books and patterns 50 cents, magazines 10 cents.  Come early for the best selections.

See you at the Salad Supper.

Dee Plouffé, Library Chair


Call for Quilts!

The New England Air Museum Quilt Show will be from Sept 21st thru Sept 27th. The Air Museum is located on the grounds of Bradley Airport. All the info about it is on the NEAM website. If you go to NEAM.org and then scroll down the upcoming events to Sept 21st quilt show they have a description of the show and entry forms. The entry forms are very simple and do not require a photo. The forms must be mailed to Jackie Kunkel, Canton Village Quilt Works, 79 High Valley Drive, Canton, CT 06019 by July 24th.

The quilt show is not aviation related. It is like our NSQG show. Don Gough will be making a trip to Jackie Kunkel’s to deliver the quilts about two weeks before the show and he will be going to see the show on the last Sunday and pick up the quilts. If anyone wants to enter some quilts, he can take a limited number with him for delivery and pick up. It is not a judged show but there is a “Viewers’ Choice” award. Although the show is a week long, the food vendors and show vendors will only be there Friday thru Sunday. The admission fee covers the quilt show and air museum as the quilts and vendors are mixed in with the airplanes. Make sure when you go to the web site that you use NEAM.org not .com.

Helen’s note:  I went to see this show last year – great show!  I perused the quilts while my husband enjoyed the air museum – something for everyone!  The food vendor was great, too.

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Norma Schlager will have a solo show at the Brookfield Craft Center in Brookfield, CT.  The show will open on June 27th and run through July 18th.  There will be an opening reception on June 27th from 5 to 8 PM.  The hours of the gallery are Friday: 11-2; Saturday: 11-5 and Sunday: 12-4.  Monday thru Thursday hours are by appointment only.  Please call 203 775-4526.

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Sonhild Rodney invites you to a QUILT DISPLAY IN THE YARD, at 267 Loveland Rd, Stamford, CT (appox 1 mile North of Lord and Taylor).  It will take place on Wednesday June 9th from 9am – 4pm, (no rain date).

If in doubt, call Sonhild or email her at schaanfl@hotmail.com. There will be about 25 quilts displayed in the yard.

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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.



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

[NSQG] = NSQG Member(s) represented

“Judy B. Dales: Ahead of the Curve”, May 1 – Oct 31, 2015; Opening reception Wed. June 24th 2-4 pm ; Shelburne Museum, 6000 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, VT 05482; 802-985-3346; http://www.shelburnemuseum.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/

“Flights and Fantasies Quilt Show”, September 21-27th, 2015; New England Air Museum, 36 Perimeter Rd., Bradley Int’l Airport, Windsor Locks, CT 06096; http://www.NEAM.org


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