Hope you're having a wonderful summer, enjoying some bright sunny days in the great outdoors and some hot, humid days indoors with your sewing machine. We should have an impressive Show and Tell at our next meeting, Sept. 10. As usual, we plan to start the year with bagels provided by the guild, but it would be nice if some of you would bring fruit, snacks, or desserts.
If you haven't renewed your membership for the upcoming program year, please do so now. There's a membership application form on our website under "Membership" for your convenience. Our guild's 35th year will be stunning! Check out the speakers and workshops already booked:
Sept. 2016 Katie Pasquini Masopust: Lecture on Painting with cloth. Workshop will be Artful Log Cabins, sample Bromeliad.
October 2016 Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi: Lecture on History of African Quilts. Her book is "And Still We Rise: Race, Culture, Visual Communications". No workshop.
Nov. 2016 Paula Nadelstern. Kaleidoscope piecing, workshop: Sunstar.
January 2017 Sue Reich: Trunk show of WW II quilts. No workshop.
April 2017 Erin Underwood: Trunk show and selling wares from her quilt shop called Blue Hen Quilt Shop in Delaware. Workshop TBD.
May 2017 Beth Helfter: Eva-Paige Patterns Lecture "Give a scrap slap". Workshop TBD.
June 2017 Michelle Hiatt: Trunk show. Workshop "Diamonds in the sky"
As usual, December we will have a holiday party and fund-raiser; February will be Members Teaching Members; March will be Charity Day.
And, last but certainly not least, may we remind you that Empire is planning a QUILT SHOW in the spring, dates to be announced as soon as FIT commits. Meanwhile, keep working on a show quilt and on an entry for the Presidents' Challenge.
We have one bit of sad news as well. The City Quilter, New York City's largest and oldest quilt store will be closing at the end of October. This will definitely be a blow for the quilting community, but Cathy and Dale want to do something different. They have been good friends and supporters of Empire since they started. Allowing our guild to use their store after-hours for charity sewing nights is one of the favors they've done for us, and those evenings have been extremely beneficial to our guild, and to the recipients of our donations. Please try to stop into the store to wish them well and say goodbye to the employees too.
Keep on quilting!
Kitty and Lee
September Workshop is Katie Pasquini Masopust - Artful Log Cabin - Bomeliad
Guild Business Meeting: 1:00 p.m.
September 10, 2016
Location: Church of the Holy Apostles
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Show Girls Corner
We are hoping to present the judging categories and sizes shortly, giving you plenty of time to work on your wonderful projects. We are so thrilled to see the first 'adoption' quilts coming in, and some will be on display monthly. See the April newsletter for more info on the adoption quilts, or see Betsy or me at the May meeting. We'll share pictures of these mini quilts on our Facebook page and website. We are trying to bring some technology to the show,(particularly in submissions and ticket sales) and hope that the guild at large (and not just the show teams) will benefit. As these new features are confirmed, we'll report and demo them to guild members; don't worry, we will assist anyone who needs and asks for it! If you have ideas about the show, don't keep them to yourselves. Please send them to email@example.com In the meantime, please keep selling the Roy G. Biv raffle quilt tickets. It's our first off-year raffle quilt fundraiser, and we very much want it to be a success.
Going forward, we will introduce the show teams and the area they are managing. Our hope is that it might trigger ideas, convince you to volunteer for one of the teams, and help you meet one another.
Betsy Vinegrad & Aleeda Crawley,
Reminder to all guild members that it's time to start thinking about your charity sewing for the year. Members are encouraged to mkae one charity quilt per year and/or participate in other Empire-sponsored charity sewing events. Start thinking about it now, and get your year off to a great start!
Click here to read more Notices, such as information about upcoming trips, our Urban Rainbow show at NJ Quiltfest 2016, and where to see guild members exhibiting quilts locally. Have something you'd like to add? Send it to us!