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Memorial Day weekend has come and gone and the summer season has started!
I am sure many of you have wonderful plans and perhaps have made special gifts to celebrate upcoming weddings, family reunions, or anticipated births. I am envious of those who can get their projects done on time.
Bonnie Hunter’s Saturday lecture was intriguing. Her process for stripping all of the scraps we have collecting in multiple containers does seem doable. I think that this will be one of my rainy day summer goals.
Another goal will be to actually finish the Comfort Quilt Summer project in the same year! Yes, Comfort Quilts meets every Wednesday, all summer. So if you find yourself with a free Wednesday, please join the group in Armonk. (Click here for directions.)
I also want to remind you that we have scheduled a bus trip to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XIX, where our red and white quilts will be on display. So call a friend, make a plan, and contact Kelly Lockwood to sign up for our one-day trip on Saturday, September 15.
Another item that will sneak up on us is sign-up to teach at Super Saturday on February 23, 2013. If you have an idea for a class, please contact Carol Mayefsky.
Now for my favorite part: Thank you!
Thank you to the Show Committee led by Caryl Castellion for their commitment and tireless efforts that made our show exceptional. It was a wonderful feeling to walk through the show and hear so much enthusiastic praise for our guild and show.
In the days that followed, we received many congratulatory notes from visitors. These included several requests to mention our show in blogs/newsletters and warm thank you’s from our special guests.
As NSQG members, we all should give ourselves kudos for stepping up and volunteering throughout the show process to make it all look so effortless — and most importantly, so enjoyable for our attendees.
Let’s get our ideas flowing and fabric sorted for next year’s quilt entries!
Patti Calautti, President
What an amazing Quilt Show put on by the Northern Star Quilters’ Guild! Accolades have poured in from visitors, vendors, distinguished guests and artists!
John McKie (brother-in-law of Barbara Barrick McKie) created a terrific video of our show, including many works from Barbara McKie’s Nature series. Click here to see the video — available for the whole world to see!
We had 1,600 paying visitors, six buses came from guilds near and far, and 180 Guild members volunteered their time in this enormous effort. Four demos were well received. The Build-a-Block project saw the creation of over 200 blocks to make four quilts for the North Salem Ambulance Corps. The Silent Auction was very successful. The Boutique satisfied the yearning of many shoppers to go home with hand-made items, books and magazines, and Comfort Quilts’ kits to make their own. Show pins were well received, including our pins from 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010.
The makers of the 185 registered quilts are to be commended for their part in filling the gym with such excitement, variety, and beauty! Without you, and the talented and dedicated Show Committee, there would be no Quilt Show! Over 400 quilts were on display in the gym and Room 114.
The variety in the Show held the visitors’ attention, inspired many, many “thank you” notes, and was represented by the registered quilts, the Art SIG’s “Forms of a Dress,” the Guild Challenge, “Push the Limits in London: Reach for the Stars,” the Comfort Quilts’ educational display, FiberArt NE’s “Totems,” Barbara Barrick McKie’s “Art Quilts Inspired by Nature,” and the 93 red-and-white-quilt tribute to Joanna S. Rose and her husband, Thinc Design and the American Folk Art Museum.
Bonnie Hunter, of Quiltville.com, held the crowds in humor-filled attention as she described how to manage fabric excess when creating quilts – always leading to its next use. Bonnie’s many quick tips are sure to be incorporated into our next quilts.
Tom Hennes’ presentation about Thinc Design’s process of creating “Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red & White Quilts” in the Park Avenue Armory in March 2011 brought it to all who hadn’t experienced the exhibit and amazed everyone who saw the process unfold. Mrs. Rose said that the presentation informed her of things she hadn’t absorbed during the Armory exhibit. What a treat to have the Rose family with us!
There is much to be said, but it all comes back to a great big THANK YOU!!
Caryl Castellion, Vice President, Quilt Show
The Programs speaker schedule is finished for the year and resumes in September. Thank you to everyone who attended the Lectures and participated in the Workshops. Hopefully it was a stimulating season and there was something for everyone!
Sign-ups are now taking place for fall Workshops:
September: Gloria Loughman
Lecture: Tue, Sept 18
This class is for students who want to take that next step and experiment with design and color. Workshop participants will combine elements of a landscape in an abstract way to create a small wall hanging that is unique and visually exciting. Beginners and experienced quilters welcome. You can see Gloria’s fantastic quilts online and view the supply list here.
October: Pat Pauly
Lecture: Tue, Oct 16
In October, we welcome Pat Pauly from Rochester, New York. Pat is an art quilter who designs contemporary quilts while maintaining the integrity of traditional quilts. In “The New Face of Art Quilts,” Pat will look at similarities between the composition of traditional quilts and the techniques, materials and design used in contemporary quilts.
Learn to compose using quick and spontaneous fabric design. Fabrics will be combined and recombined to create a modern design. This workshop will focus on how to read elements for line, contrast, repetition and value. Quilters of all levels are welcome. Click here for course description and supply list.
I will be accepting sign-ups and checks at the June Salad Supper, or you can contact me about your interest, then send a check to confirm your spot.
Workshops are $50, with checks made out to NSQG. Please remember that there are no refunds on workshops, so be sure to check your calendar carefully!
Barbara Sferra, VP Programs
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XIX