We hope that this April Message finds you all well and in good spirits.  These are certainly strange and unsettling times but, we imagine that, like us, you are finding your sewing a wonderful escape and joy.  We are very lucky.

As expected, our April Guild meeting at Kennedy Catholic and the workshop the next day is cancelled. The April Board meeting will take place “virtually.”

Although we have all been confined to our homes, our members have not been idle!  Thank you to all those of you who have shared your photos, sent instructions for making face masks and addresses to send them to, emailed links for online quilt workshops, and have set up remote meetings to keep everyone connected.

Jane Eyes and Meg Mooar held a Zoom meeting for the Improv SIG.  Jane set up the “room”, fielded tech questions and generally troubleshooted, and the group had a lot of fun showing and discussing its blocks and planning the next project.

Linda Stern has been in touch with our speakers and has arranged for our March speaker, Timna Tarr, to give her presentation to the Guild remotely via a link on her website on the date of our April meeting.  We will be sending out instructions shortly.  Linda has also been discussing with our April and May speakers the possibility of making similar arrangements and even holding a workshop online. And we will be contacting workshop participants about refund processing. Stay tuned!

Please keep the wonderful photos and descriptions of your projects coming for the Show ‘n Tell that Karen is putting together for (hopefully weekly) email blasts.  In addition, Margaret Cibulsky has kindly agreed to organize one Wo/Man Shows.  Karen kicked it off with her email about using up her stash and other emails and Instagram posts are planned.  If you would like to do a similar show of your quilts, on any theme, please let Margaret know. We would all love the opportunity to see the amazing talent in our Guild.

Narci led the Quilt Show committee in the dismantling of the Quilt Show preparations and with Rebekah’s and Karen’s help, have returned vendor deposits and quilt registration fees.  A big thank you to them all.

Thank you too to those of you who are sending in your raffle tickets for the beautiful Quilt Show raffle quilt and Bernina sewing machine.  Anne MacDonald is sending out blocks of books to a number of members who have offered to sell more.  Please remember to send in your raffle books and let Anne know if you need more tickets to sell to family and friends. You can also make a donation to New Dawn via our website if you prefer.  Here is the link for further information about the raffle: https://www.northernstarquilters.com/charitable-activities/raffle.

Many of you are making face masks.  Susan Fasnacht is keeping track of the number sewed by the Guild, so please send Susan an email, activities@northernstarquilters.com, with the number and destination of any sent out.  Send photos too! There is a great photo on Instagram of the administrator of BronxCare nursing home showing off one of the masks that were sent from a member of the Guild!  Check it out at #northernstarquilters.

We are trying to stay connected with everyone.  We may be home but we are so fortunate that we can keep in touch, so continue sharing your ideas, patterns and photos via email, Facebook and Instagram – social@northernstarquilters.com.
If you have any questions about the status of guild activities, please contact us.

Most of all, we hope you stay safe and healthy.

Anne and Karen, president@northernstarquilters.com
April 2020