What a great turnout of members for the October guild meeting with speaker Laura Wasilowski! The lecture was fun and filled with a musical tour of Laura’s name and quilt making journey. Her workshop was equally enjoyable! There is so much to learn and so many happy hours stitching after the workshop to complete the projects.
We all love the “Sew & Tell” portion of the meetings and this is a great way to show others what fun has been had and encourage others to try a workshop. Watch out, Art SIGs, you may be adding new members from the past two workshops soon! Thanks to all who brought recently completed (or not) quilts to share and inspire the members. A big Thank You to Sheryl Kosarek for showcasing her beautifully embellished collection of quilts!
November will bring us a lecture by Deb Karasik (see Programs), a raffle quilt brought to us by Loretta Jay to help support NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness), and the famous NSQG Boutique (see Special Events). Come early to shop, to pick up or deliver your blocks for the NSQG Raffle Quilt 2015, and support NAMI.
Caryl Castellion, President
November: DEB KARASIK
Lecture: Tuesday, November 19
“If I Can Do It, Anyone Can”
Workshop: Tuesday, November 19 ** note the Tues. date
½ DAY BINDING CLASS Fee: $20
Take Deb’s ½ day binding class and learn all her secrets to a finely finished quilt.
Workshop: Wednesday, November 20
BATIK WHEELS Fee: $50
Curious about how paper piecing really works? Wonder how those really sharp points are made? Deb Karasik has developed a method that makes paper piecing easy, accurate, and beautiful. Foundation pattern fee $15.
Checks for the workshop fees may be made out to NSQG. Please remember that there are no refunds on workshops, so be sure to check your calendar carefully!
December: Mary Cannizzaro
Lecture: Tuesday, December 17
“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.
** Help wanted! If you have the time to help as a monitor for a workshop, quilt holder at meetings, or sitting at the Workshop Sign up table, please email me at Programs@Northernstarquilters.com . This is a great way to meet other guild members and a fun way to give back to the guild!
JoAnne Finnigan, VP Programs
It was great to see such a nice turn out for our October meeting – there were about 150 attendees. Registration is going well. We have 237 quilters registered for the year – 27 of whom are new to the Guild. The November meeting is the cutoff date for having your name included in the 2013/14 Membership Journal. If you have not renewed your membership, please print out the registration form and either mail it in with your check to the address listed or bring it to the November meeting. If you are not sure if you have registered or not, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will let you know.
In November, you will have a final chance to check your contact information for inclusion in this year’s Membership Journal. If you didn’t have a chance to review it in October, look for the list at the registration table and check your listing. Thank you to all of you who took the time to do this at the October meeting. The Journal will be printed after the November meeting. Remember, any member who has not given us their registration by the November meeting will not be included.
We had a great Member Showcase last month and will continue this activity in the Spring. I have a couple of members lined up, but could use a couple more. If you have a suggestion for a showcase theme or are willing to showcase your own quilts or a collection of quilts you own, please let me know.
Susan Fasnacht, VP Membership
Thank you to all the D, E, and F‘s, for bringing snacks to the October meeting.
Thanks to Joan Citron and Donna Brunell for all their help.
Members with last names beginning with G, H, and I, please bring a snack to the November meeting.
Many members arrive early for SIG meetings and don’t get a chance to eat before arriving. A variety of healthy snacks will be greatly appreciated. Hot water will be available for tea, cocoa, and instant coffee, so bring your travel mug for refilling!
Nancy Cianflone, Hospitality
We had another busy month at the Library. Over fifty books and a dozen magazines were borrowed. Please remember to return your books at the November meeting. If you are unable to attend, have a friend return them for you.
Thank you for returning our new Book Review Cards. Each month I will feature excerpts from a couple of reviewed books. These reviews reinforce that our Library books are a great resource for our new quilters as well as our experienced ones.
- “Create Your own Hand-Printed Cloth” by Rayna Gillman
Very good resource for many printing techniques- ranging from screen-printing and stamping to discharge and rubbings. Written with a “fun attitude” Highly recommended.
- “Machine Quilting with Decorative Threads” by Murine Noble & Elizabeth Hendricks
I have never thread painted before. As a new quilter, this book gave very clear information on how to use the different materials and get the most of the sewing machine.
- “One Line at a Time, Encore” by Charlotte Warr Anderson
- “Transparency Quilts” by Weeks Ringle & Bill Kerr
- “Sizzling Circles” by Lacey J. Hill
- Quilting Arts TV Series 2012 by Pokey Bolton
- Australian Patchwork and Quilting
- American Quilter Nov. 2013
See you at the meeting.
Dee Plouffé, Library Chair
January’s Guild Meeting Program…..”Meet and Greet via Speed Dating”
Speed dating can be defined as an activity that involves people, a timed encounter, and a willingness to meet new people, or learn more about people we may have met, but do not really know. A good sense of adventure and humor are nice additives.
At the Guild Meeting in January, Mayann Weinberg will host a Speed Dating session for Northern Star Quilters in the Cafeteria. New members as well as returning members are encouraged to learn more about some members they do not know.
See below for more details. There will also be an ongoing slide show of the 2013 Quilt Show in the Auditorium.
Speed Dating Program:
People, Timer, Business/personal cards or Postcards, Good Sense of Humor, A list of information about you that you would like to share with new people you will meet.
The cafeteria will be set up for 8 people at a table, the timer starts, each person has 60/90 seconds to speak about themselves to the others at the table. At the end of 8/12 minutes we switch tables and try to sit at a table of people we do not know or know very few. We will repeat this about 6 or 7 times.
Bring props: Ideas –
- Bring business or post cards with your information &/or pictures of your work to share with your new friends at each table while you are speaking. (You might try VISTAPRINT, they sometimes have specials)
- Make a list of things you would like to share about yourself.
Here are a few ideas:
- What type of quilting do you like to do?
- Do you create any other type of art?
- Where do you create?
- Do you quilt with others or alone?
- How long have you been quilting?
- How did you discover you liked quilting?
- What you like to do when you are not quilting?
- Do you have any other hobbies or jobs?
- Where you live or work?
We hope everyone will participate. It will be a wonderful way to make new quilting friends!!!
February Education Meeting
The list of demos for the Feb. Meeting will be issued in the December newsletter, and we still need 2-3 more volunteers!
Some Updates for Special Interest Groups:
In October 3, several Sticklers traveled to Bennington, Vermont to see Jane Stickle’s quilt in person. Books and websites are a wonderful resource, but there’s nothing quite like seeing an antique quilt up close! At October’s meeting, Diane Linker conducted a tutorial of EQ’s “Dear Jane” software. Diane provided new users with a great introduction and left even seasoned DJ veterans with several new and useful tidbits.
On November 16, we welcome Pat Waill, whose wonderful quilt won a ribbon at this year’s show. Pat will bring her quilt, describe her process, and answer our questions. As always, all are welcome!
2013 Meeting Dates: November 16, December 14.
Art Quilt SIG:
At the next meeting (before the November Guild meeting), the Art Quilters SIG hopes to narrow down the choices for next year’s display during the Quilt Show. So, it’s not too late for new members to join in the fun!
The regular Landscape group meeting on will be on November 9th.
The next meeting will be on November 9th at Angela Vertucci’s home. Please contact Diane Linker if you have any questions.
Jean Degl, VP Education
Quilt Kits for Sale at Holiday Boutique
Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase one of comfort Quilts’ fantastic Quilt Kits for yourself or for someone else. These are specially designed, all-inclusive, ready-to-sew kits in a large selection of colors and styles in three popular sizes: Small, Medium and Large.
A collection of Fabric Treats will also be available at the Boutique if you prefer to design your own quilt. Both the Fabric Treats and the Kits come at a great price and the proceeds will support Guild activities including Comfort Quilts.
Raffle Quilt for 2015
Thank you to all the members who picked up blocks for the 2015 Raffle Quilt – Japanese JigSaw Puzzle. In all, 178 kits were distributed.
Carolyn Salon will be on hand at the November meeting to collect the finished Japanese JigSaw Puzzle blocks.
Black Magic Quilts
Comfort Quilts hopes that you enjoyed the display of the Black Magic Quilts and thanks you for your support. The two winners of this Winner’s Choice Raffle were Barbara Oudheusden and Barbara Powers, seen in the photos holding their selected quilts.
Comfort Quilts – Upcoming Meetings
On November 6 and November 20, Comfort Quilts will be meeting at the North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps at 14 Daniel Road in North Salem. Come and join the fun but always verify the date with Carol Auer or Karen Carlson because dates are subject to change.
Althea Nolan, Charitable Activities
Melanie Darensod, Secretary
Super Saturday 2014 Update
Thank you all for your amazing enthusiasm and support at the October meeting. Sign-ups are moving along at an extremely brisk pace. If you could not attend the October meeting, please feel free to e-mail Carol Mayefsky to reserve a place. We will start waiting lists as the classes fill up. The $20 fee, which is non-refundable, includes lunch and snacks in addition to the class. If a class has a materials fee, that fee is payable to the teacher the day of the class itself.
Super Saturday will take place this coming February 22, 2014 at JFK High School in Somers from 9:30 AM-3:30PM. Doors will open at 9AM so we can be ready to begin promptly at 9:30. Tea and fresh brewed coffee will be available for free. Posters will direct you to the appropriate classroom. We will break for lunch at 12:30 and resume classes around 1PM. At 3:30, we will gather up all our belongings for a Show and Tell in the Cafeteria.
Please click on the links below to see supply lists and more detailed descriptions of the classes:
- Margaret Phillips will be teaching machine applique without using fusible.
- Patricia Loquet will be offering a traditional quilt. Supply list and instructions will be available at the meetings.
- Ann-Louise Lyman will be offering fabric dyeing and painting on silk scarves.
- Tamar Drucker will be doing fabric collage with an emphasis on landscapes.
- Mary Cannizzaro will be offering a mini bargello quilt in two sizes.
- Debbie Bein will lead a modern quilt workshop with no sewing machine required.
- Sit ‘n’ Sew will be available for catching up on your own quilting in the company of friends.
Samples or photos of the projects will be available at each of our meetings through February.
We look forward to seeing you all at Super Saturday!
Carol Mayefsky, Super Saturday Coordinator
2014 Show Update
Every meeting during “Sew and Tell” we are continually amazed at the skill and creativity of the members of NSQG. We hope that all of you will seriously consider entering those pieces in the show.
There are many ways you can contribute to the success of the show, long before May 3.
- Finish up the projects you have started and leave yourself time to create and finish a new piece that is itching to be expressed in fabric and thread.
- Register at least one or two quilts for World of Quilts XXXV.
- Participate in the SIG invitational exhibits.
- Make a quilt for the Guild Challenge.
- Submit one or more small quilts to the Silent Auction.
- Donate batting and/or cotton fabric to Build-a-Block.
The quilt registration form for the 2014 show will be on the website. Online registration is fast and easy, we encourage you to register on-line. Registration opens on January 1, 2014.
Rules for the Guild Challenge – Pet or Pest – can be found online, in the Special Edition and under Guild Challenge in this newsletter. If you have questions, contact Jane Eyes or Meg Mooar.
Whether you are new to the guild or a “seasoned” member, we hope that you will consider donating a small quilt to the Silent Auction. Quilt Show guests look forward to bidding at the auction, and the proceeds go entirely toward guild expenses. Contact Carolyn Langevin or Carol Auer with any questions.
The Build-a-Block booth gives show attendees an opportunity to try strip piecing and making blocks for charity quilts. Mary O’Mara and Cathy Hopkins will start collecting contributions of fabric and batting at the November meeting. They prefer that all donations be pre-cut into 9 1/2 inch squares.
As we near the end of the year, it is important that the leader of any group interested in mounting an exhibit at the show send a written request for space to Maria Catalano or Patti Calautti, the quilt hanging chairs. The deadline is January 1, 2014.
Diane Linker and Jane Eyes, VPs Quilt Show
Help Needed: Do you enjoy taking photos? Are you part of a SIG and would like to share what your group does at meetings in the newsletter? Communications is looking for some members to take photos at the meetings to use in the newsletter. If you would like to give back to the Guild, this is a great opportunity! Hopefully, a few of you will step forward to help so no one has to be at every meeting. The only requirements are a digital camera, ipad or mobil phone and the ability to download and send the pictures by email. What a fun way to be part of the Guild! Please email me at News@Northernstarquilters.com if you might be interested.
Many thanks to those who sent news and pictures about their quilt related accomplishments. Please send any pictures or information about upcoming shows or events that you are featured in to News@Northernstarquilters.com
Do you have a website or a blog that you would like to share with the Guild? We have a page on the website for this purpose! It is listed under the heading “More!!” as “Member Links and Websites”. Please email me at News@Northernstarquilters.com if you would like to be listed.
Several NSQG members were represented at the Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show which took place in October 2013. Inge Stahl received Third Place for her “Poppies” quilt and Honorable Mention for her “Bourne” quilt both in the Hand Quilted Applique Wall Quilts. She also won Second Place for her quilt “Springtime” in the Hand Quilted Applique Bed Quilt category.
LisselotteBurke won First Place in the Hand Quilted Mixed Techniques Bed Quilt category for her quilt “This One’s Mine”.
Inge Stahl’s “Springtime” quilt and Lisselotte Burke’s quilt “This One’s Mine” were also held for Consideration of Best Hand Quilting.
Diane B. Durr won First Place in the Machine Quilted Pieced Bed Quilt category for her quilt “Mariners Compass”.
Congratulations to all!!!
Kudos to Cheryl Kosarek whose quilt “The Jewel of New York” has been selected as a finalist for the judging in the Grand Central Terminal Quilt Challenge. The judging will take place in mid-November.
Kendell Storm, Mayann Weinberg and Deirdre Abbotts will be participating in the Bridgeport Art Trail Open Studios, Nov 8-10 at The Nest Arts Factory. For more information check out this link…. http://bridgeport-art-trail.org/portfolio/the-nest-arts-factory/
Challenge Opportunity: NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg Invites Quilters to Contribute a Star Block
International Space Station Expedition 37 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA, a lifelong lover of sewing, is inviting fellow crafters to join her in stitching together a global community space quilt.
Nyberg, who is in the final weeks of her mission aboard the orbiting laboratory, recently shared a star-themed quilt block she was able to complete during her limited free time in space. She is now inviting quilters from the public to create their own star-themed quilt blocks to help celebrate her mission and passion for the quilting arts.
“Now that I’ve tried my hand sewing in space, I can say one thing with certainty: it’s tricky,” Nyberg said in a video sent down from the space station. “This is what I’ve made. It’s far from being a masterpiece, but it was made in space. I’m inviting all of you to create your own star-themed quilt block. We’ll be combining them with my block to create a quilt for next year’s 40th anniversary International Quilt Festival in Houston. I can’t wait to see what we make together.”
Nyberg’s complete video and other video clips of her quilting aboard the space station will be featured in a NASA exhibit at the 39th annual International Quilt Festival Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 3 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Sewing and quilting include many of the principles and technical skills used in developing equipment for spaceflight missions. The exhibit will include sewn samples from spacesuits and parachutes, a cargo transfer bag and other soft goods from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The deadline for submitting a block for the quilt is Aug. 1, 2014. For more information about where to send your block, visit: http://www.quilts.com
Nyberg and The International Quilt Festival will collaborate on having the squares stitched together for display at the 40th annual International Quilt Festival in 2014 in Houston and at other public displays.
For Nyberg’s complete biography, visit: http://go.nasa.gov/np5ICwFor more information about Nyberg’s personal sewing hobbies visit: http://go.nasa.gov/CraftyKarenTo see video of Karen describing sewing in space and showing the quilt square in space, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0c1CijmH7oFor more about the 39th annual International Quilt Festival, visit: http://www.quilts.comFor more information about the International Space Station, onboard research and crew members, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station
Workshop Opportunity from City Quilter:
Noted Swiss art quilter Cécile Trentini will be in town for the opening of her show at our ArtQuilt Gallery, and consequently we are able to offer this exceptional classroom experience in quilt design. Students bring a special fabric that will be the main theme of their quilt. After a warm-up with a few basic design exercises, students will focus on that special fabric while developing their quilt on the design wall, combining a spontaneous, intuitive approach with a more analytical procedure looking for variations and appropriate design elements. The goal is to design your own distinctive quilt that, time allowing, you will start to sew in class. Class fee for this 2 day workshop is $ 150. Preregistration is required, so please call us at 212-807-0390.
CÉCILE TRENTINI: DESIGNING A QUILT FOR A SPECIAL FABRIC WORKSHOP: Saturday & Sunday, Nov 9 from 10:30 – 5:30 PM & Nov 10 from 10 – 5 PM
To find out a little more about Cecile and her innovative techniques, check out “Daily Beauty“, her book about the making of the quilt of the same name featuring 365 blocks (one for each day of the year) which celebrates the extraordinary beauty of ordinary life. Cecile uses common cosmetic pads as a basis for experimenting with a wide variety of stitching styles and mixed media techniques. Hundreds of gorgeous variation on a theme will inspire you to play with leftover ribbons and lace, buttons and beads, sequins and tulle while you take your surface design skills to new heights.
Helen Boland, VP Communications
Critter: Pests or Pet?
Choose a critter from the animal kingdom – feathered, furry, insect, reptile, amphibian…it’s up to you.
Make a quilt featuring the animal following the guidelines below. On the entry form, you will be asked to choose the category that best describes your critter – pest or pet.
The committee will award first, second, third and honorable mention ribbons in each of the two categories. Feel free to enter as many quilts as you wish.
The minimum perimeter/circumference is 48″ and the maximum is 72″.
Attach a 2″ sleeve to the back for hanging.
Label the back with your name and email address or phone number.
All quilts must be submitted by the January meeting.
Viewing and voting will take place at the February meeting.
With all the great striped, spotted and scaly-looking fabric on the market today, not to mention the non-traditional quilting fabrics you have in your stash, we’re looking forward to seeing what this very creative guild can come up with.
Any questions? Ask the committee.
Meg Mooar and Jane Eyes, Challenge Coordinators
The Holiday Boutique will be held at 6pm on November 19, in the main entrance lobby of JFK prior to the general meeting.
The Boutique is your chance to purchase lovely items handmade by our own Guild members. Comfort Quilts’ pre-packaged kits also will be available in a variety of colors and styles. Create a special gift, or introduce a loved one to the world of quilter.
Come early and do some early holiday shopping! Bring family and friends as there will be no guest fee for this one meeting.
Thank you for your participation and support.
Please contact Stephanie Santangelo with questions.
Let’s Hit the Road!
The Lancaster Quilt show will be here before you know it!
Our trip to the AQS Lancaster Quilt show will take place from March 14-15, 2014. We leave early Friday morning from 3 convenient locations, spend the day shopping at our favorite local Lancaster, PA quilt shops, have our dinner at Miller’s Smorgasbord and then spend the night at the Fairfield Inn. After breakfast at the hotel the next morning, we spend the day at the quilt show and then find our seats on the bus for the ride home.
This trip never disappoints, so bring your checkbook to the guild meeting to secure your spot on the bus. The cost will remain $160.
Please contact Jennifer Cannizzaro with any questions.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Kelly Lockwood, Special Events
Many Thanks to Nancy Hantman for Researching and Compiling this List!
[NSQG] = NSQG Member(s) represented
“Totally Texture”, An Exhibit of Fiber Art by Fiberworks, October 4th through November 7th, 2013, C. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, Newtown, CT. [NSQG]
”alt_quilts: Sabrina Gschwandtner, Luke Haynes, Stephen Sollins,” October 1, 2013 January 5, 2014, American Folk Art Museum, New York City; http://www.folkartmuseum.org.
Artist Sabrina Gschwandtner will be discussing the political and social themes of her celluloid “quilts” following a presentation of the 28-minute, groundbreaking 1981 documentary Quilts in Women’s Lives on Wednesday, November 13, at 6 p.m. Artist Stephen Sollins will analyze aspects of communication embedded in the patterns and choices seen in quilts, and share methods of abstraction in his own work, on Thursday, December 12, at 6 p.m. Both programs are free.
”Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800,” now through January 5, 2014, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; 212-535-7710; http://www.metmuseum.org.
*”By the Numbers,” now through November 7, 2013, Arts Guild New Jersey, Rahway, NJ; 732-381-7511; http://www.agnj.org.
*Brownstone Quilters “Celebration of Quilts,” November 8-9, 2013, Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale, NJ; http://www.brownstonequilters.com.
*Martha Washington Quilt Guild Show, November 8-9, 2013, Washington, PA; 724-258-8458; http://www.washingtonpaquiltguild.blogspot.com.
*Harvest of Quilts XII, November 9-10, 2013, Mineola Community Center, Mineola, NY; http://www.eveningstarquilters.com.
*The Art Factory Textile Show,” now through November 16, 2013, Dolphin Gallery, Paterson, NJ; 973-278-1500; http://www.artfactory.us.com.
*Kate Stiassini’s quilts, now through November 19, 2013, Art Quilt Gallery NYC, New York City; 212-807-9451; http://www.artquiltgallerynyc.com.
*”City Scapes & Sewing Stories,” October 17-November 30, 2013 (reception, October 17, 6-7 p.m.), TriBeCa Synagogue for the Arts, New York City; 212-966-4968; http://www.synagogueforthearts.org.
*”Wet and Wild: Contemporary Art Quilts from the Collection of John M. Walsh III, now through December 8, 2013, Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ; 973-971-3700; http://www.morrismuseum.org.
*”Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800,” now through January 5, 2014, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; 212-535-7710; http://www.metmuseum.org.
*Quilts=Art=Quilts, October 26, 2013-January 5, 2014, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY; 315-255-1533; http://www.schweinfurthartcenter.org.
*”An ‘Industrial Museum’: John Forbes Watson’s Indian Textile Collection,” now through January 20, 2014, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; http://www.metmuseum.org.
*”And Still We Rise,” October 12, 2013-March 2014, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, OH; 513-333-7500; http://freedomcenter.org.
Some other items of interest:
*Article: ”The Hand Embroiderer’s Tale,” by Christina Passariello, WSJ., October 2013, pp. 114-117.
*Nine-Patch Pizzazz Keepsake Challenge, deadline March 17, 2014, http://www.keepsakequilting.com.