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Quilt Show Countdown!
Spring is here and I”m trying to keep up. I keep hearing how busy everyone else is — so I know I” m not alone!
The trip to Lancaster was a wonderful time. Yes, we spent an exorbitant amount and brought back many, many yards of fabric. The quilts were beautiful and the vendors were very friendly. AQS has made some nice changes since I was there two years ago.
Jen Cannizzaro coordinated a flawless two days and I am sure each “tripper” joins me in a heartfelt “Thank You.”
The April meeting will be extra special because Froncie Quinn will join us and our 2012 raffle quilt will be on display. The 2012 quilt pattern is Froncie’s adaptation of Florence Peto”s Calico Garden Quilt. I am sure Froncie will be very impressed with our Guild” s efforts. Please remember to sell your raffle tickets and return them at the meeting.
Another important agenda item for the April meeting is the announcement of the nominees for NSQG”s 2012-13 officers. The nominees will be introduced by Fran Osinoff, Nominating Committee Chair.
In looking forward to next year, please let us know if you have found a speaker or class to be particularly informative. Your feedback and recommendations help keep the Board abreast of what you, our members, are most interested in.
We” re now in the final countdown to our quilt show. At this point, I”d like to ask everyone to consider doing just one additional thing to help the Show Committee and all of us host another spectacular show. Please sign up to volunteer and — most importantly — invite your friends and family to visit us on May 5th and 6th.
All the best to each of you!
On behalf of the Nominating Committee, I”m pleased to announce the following slate of candidates for our 2012-13 Officers:
President: Patti Calautti
You will have an opportunity to meet the candidates at our April meeting, then to read their personal statements in May” s newsletter. Elections take place at the Guild”s Annual Meeting in May for terms that commence July 1st.
Please join me in thanking the Nominating Committee members for their hard work over the past three months: Patti Calautti, Mary Cannizzaro, Vicki Romaine Cohn, and Carol Sterk.
Fran Osinoff, Chairperson
Goodwill is part of our fellowship — let’s share it amongst ourselves! Please let me know when a Guild member needs a little sunshine!
Whether it’s an illness, condolence, marriage, baby, or just a need for encouragement, please drop me a note.
April Russell, Guild Secretary
Froncie Quinn – Tue, April 17
Froncie Quinn will teach a hand appliqué class called “Florrie’s Posies.” She has based this class on a quilt from the Shelburne Museum, and adapted her patterns from the 3″ blocks in a quilt called “Florrie’s Garden Extraordinaire.”
Froncie will concentrate on hand appliquéing one (or more) of these small flower blocks (you choose the design). Some hand piecing will be covered in the afternoon. Come and learn hand appliqué, or improve your skills, under the guidance of an expert.
Participants will need to purchase a small pattern, one of Froncie’s “Posie Packets,” at a reduced rate. (Froncie will bring extra packets with her for purchase.) The supply list has been sent via email; please let me know if you haven’t received it. (North Salem Ambulance Corps - 9 am)
Bonnie Hunter – May 5 – 7
At 11 am on Saturday, Bonnie will describe how she organizes her scraps (so that they’re handy when she needs them) in her “Scrap User’s System” talk. She’ll also mention several tools that she finds useful when making her quilts.
On Sunday (also at 11 am) Bonnie will give her “Scraps & Shirttails” talk based on her books by the same name. In this lecture Bonnie will focus on recycling clothing into quilts, and how to “slice and dice” cotton clothing to combine it with fabric scraps for beautiful quilts.
On Monday, May 7 Bonnie will teach “Jared Takes a Wife” in her full-day workshop. Click these links for basic instructions and a supply list. This workshop is full with a waiting list. I recently sent an email to all class participants. Please let me know if you haven’t received it.
Looking Ahead, please contact me with any suggestions for next year’s speakers. I’m especially looking for traditional quilters and am eager to hear your ideas!
Barbara Sferra, VP Programs
Stephanie Santangelo, Boutique Coordinator
In addition to a fabulous display of about 185 quilts by NSQG members and friends, nearly 100 red-and-white quilts, challenge quilts, the Boutique, Silent Auction, and Lectures, visitors to our show will be treated to a special display of 20 beautiful quilts by renowned fiber artist Barbara Barrick McKie. (Barbara will be the guest speaker at our Guild meeting on May 15.)
Here’s an excerpt from our show catalogue:
In this beautiful collection Barbara combines her life-long interests in travel, nature, photography and experimentation. She fearlessly creates art quilts using her Photoshop-manipulated images, personally hand-dyed fabrics and techniques of her own invention. The finished work often includes trapunto, thread painting and free-motion quilting accomplished on her home machine. A whimsical twist in her unique art quilting adds a special interest. Barbara will give an in-depth lecture on the process behind her work at the regular NSQG meeting on May 15, 2012.
– Joyce Sullivan
Quilt Drop-Off – Saturday, April 28
All quilts should have
This last point, in particular, can slow down the drop-off process considerably. Hair removal will be your responsibility either at home or at the school. (And I know all about pet hair given our dear Australian Shepherd!) Click here for full guidelines.
The quilt judging will take place on Wednesday, May 2nd at the First Presbyterian Church in Stamford. Directions are printed below and also available online.
From North Stamford:
• Coming south on Rte 137 (High Ridge Road) or Rte 104 (Long Ridge Road), drive to the major intersection (just past Lord & Taylor) and go straight on Summer Street
• At the 10th traffic light (~ one mile), turn left onto Hoyt Street
• Turn left onto Bedford Street at the next light
• Church driveway will be the third driveway on your right (past a small row of shops, but just before the church grounds). Follow the driveway around to the right to the parking lot behind the buildings
• Walk back to Fellowship Hall on the driveway just before the parking lot
• From I-95 coming from Westchester, take Exit 8 (Atlantic Street)
• Turn left onto Atlantic Street and go straight – the road becomes Bedford Street.
• After the Police Station, the road bends slightly to the left. The third driveway on right will bring you to the church. Take the circle drive to the right-hand turn. Parking lot will be on the left, just beyond Fellowship Hall.
Caryl Castellion, VP Quilt Show
Debbie Bein for more information.
Landscape – Our SIG grew a little larger in March. We discussed fusing, thread painting, spray basting, quilting with poly mono thread, and needle selection. We also discussed a possible “Travel Poster” project. (Details will follow at a later date.)
In April, we’ll have two demonstrations: Evelyn Kipp will demonstrate creating sky fabrics and we’ll also revisit fusing procedures with a demo. In addition, we’ll discuss alternates to landscape fabrics, repairing mistakes, and final quilt clean-up. Contact Don Gough for more information.
The Sticklers – Our next meeting is Saturday, April 21. We’ll demonstrate various methods of paper-piecing. Please bring samples – including the sort of paper you use — to show the group. A sewing machine, iron, and cutting surface will be available. We’ll also compare our progress on “those” five blocks. Newcomers always welcome! Please contact Carolyn Finn for more information.
Kids Can Quilt – Save the Date! Katonah Elementary School Knot Party, at which the first graders finish their quilts, will be Wednesday, May 30 at 1:00 pm. (Please check-in at the office at 12:45 pm; we should be done by 1:30 pm.) Click here for directions to the school. Knotting demo will be done before the NSQG May meeting at the “Kids Can Quilt” table. Contact Melanie Darensod for more information.
Longarm – The next meeting of the Longarm SIG will be on May 12th at Karen Carlson‘s house. Contact Diane Linker for more information.
Jane Eyes, VP Education
If your last name begins with the initial S, T or U, it’s your turn to bring something to share with the members.
Please cut cakes and bars into individual serving sizes – and remember to bring your travel mug for coffee or tea. (Thanks to your help, we’ve successfully reduced our use of paper products this year!)
Meg Mooar, Hospitality
I”m pleased to announce that several new books will be available in April:
Jackie Fowler, Library Chair
Comfort Quilt Kits available at Show Boutique
Now you can purchase one of our popular quilt kits for yourself! These specially designed, all-inclusive, ready-to-sew kits will be available at the NSQG show boutique. Treat yourself, or make a quick and easy gift at a great price. Several sizes are available. Proceeds support Guild activities, including Comfort Quilts.
Carol Auer or Karen Carlson.
2012 Raffle Quilt
The 2012 Raffle Quilt, “Flower Patch,” will be the Grand Prize at our show in May. Thank you so much to Denise Isherwood who artfully coordinated the quilt’s construction. Also thanks to the many NSQG members who participated in its construction and assembly. Finally, the quilt was professionally quilted by Roxanne Lasky at Quilter’s Alley.
Our quilt pattern is Froncie Quinn’s adaptation of “Calico Garden,” a 1950 quilt made by Florence Peto. That quilt is now in the collection of the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont. The pattern is available at www.hooplapatterns.com.
The first prize will be an Apple iPad. What a great tool to use to search quilting websites, watch a quilting tutorial or even share photos of your own lovely quilts with friends!
The drawing will take place Sunday, May 6th. All Raffle proceeds will support the Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes Foundation.
Barb Tatera, Charitable Activities
2013 Challenge – Submit your Idea!
If you have never participated in a challenge, here”s your opportunity to submit an idea that will get your creative stitches running.
Any guild member can submit a proposal. Your proposal should include