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Guild Business Meeting: 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 14 , 2015

Location: Church of the Holy Apostles
296 Ninth Ave (@ 28th St)
New York, NY 10001 (Map)

Please join us! Meetings are free for guild members.

Guest Fee $10

 

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Meeting events and activities:

  • Ongoing Focus Groups: Elm Creek Quilt Blocks 12:00-1:00(details on the Focus Groups page) and Charity Coach and Chat-11:00-1:00.
  • Board Meeting: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Guild members are welcome to attend
  • General Meeting: 1:00 pm – 4:00 p.m.
  • Program: Members Teaching Members
  • Block of the Month: Cheerio  Empire BOM
  • Meeting Activities: 
  • Share Table:  Yes
  • Show & Tell: Yes
  • Library: Yes

 

MEMBERS TEACHING MEMBERS

We have a terrific group of workshops lined up for this year’s Members Teaching Members Workshop.

Cheryl Kulakoff will share her techniques for “Creating Embroidery from Photographs”.  Annie Foss will be teaching “Foundation Pieced Log Cabin”.  Mary Butler will be doing a “Serger and Tissue Holder” demonstration.  Renee Fields will demonstrate “How To Make a Tie Quilt”.  Andrea Deal will lead “Pleats and Folds” a fabric manipulation class.  Nancy Rabatin will going over “Basic Embroidery Stitches”. 

Below are descriptions of each of the workshops along with photos and supply lists for each of them. As usual, we will have the business meeting, show and tell, block of the month and the share table before the workshops so you will be  able to enjoy the workshops without any interruptions. 

You can sign up ahead of time by emailing Kitty Squire at info@empirequilters.net or you can sign up when you get to the February meeting.  Classes are limited to 25 unless otherwise noted.

 

CREATING EMBROIDERY FROM PHOTOGRAPHS :  Cheryl Kulakoff

 

This workshop will focus on the techniques of translating a photograph into an embroidery design.  Through demonstration and discussion Cheryl will go through the steps of creating an embroidery design.  She will use the embroidery in the photo to the left above to teach some stitches. 

First she will show how to choose a photograph to use that has good contrast.  Then she will discuss how to get a design onto the fabric square either by using tracing paper to transfer the outline of the photo onto the fabric square or by drawing freehand.

The third topic to be considered will be how to get different effects of texture on the fabric by using different stitches, colors or threads.  If time permits, we might be able to practice a few stitches on some sample squares. 

Supplies:  Paper and pen to take notes, Simple sewing kit including any color embroidery floss, embroidery needle (if available), and scissors.  Cheryl will supply a small muslin square to practice stitches.  She will also bring embroidery needles and threads.

 

SERGER PRESENTATION AND TISSUE HOLDER DEMONSTRATION:  Mary Butler

Mary will be demonstrating how to use a serger to make a tissue holder.  No need to bring anything except pen and paper.  If you want to practice making the tissue holder, bring a set fo fabrics cut to the following:  3  Cuts of 5.5” x 3.75” and  2 Cuts of 3.5” x 3.75” for each unit.

 

FABRIC FOUNDATION LOG CABIN-MINIATURE:  Annie Foss-

                                                   

Originally taught by Diane Rode Schneck-25 years ago to the entire Empire Guild.

Annie will teach how to make a log cabin miniature block using fabric foundation piecing.  This technique is addictive, like buying fabric. 

Supply List;  Sewing Kit including scissors, needle thread, paper and pen, light and dark fabrics-scraps as no piece is larger than 1” by 5”.  Muslin for foundation base-6” square.  Annie will supply some bases to work with as well.

 

BASIC  EMBROIDERY STITCHES:  Nancy Rabatin-

 Nancy will demonstrate basic embroidery stitches and show you some of her wonderful embroideries.

Supply List:  Paper and pen, sewing kit including small scissors and embroidery needles, embroidery floss, muslin or other base fabric.

 

 SILK  TIE QUILT:  Renee Fields  CLASS LIMITED TO 20

                                          

                  Marty’s Tie Quilt                                               Tie Scarf

Want to add another type of fabric to your quilt repertoire?  Need to do something about all those ugly ties hanging in HIS closet that he never wears anymore?  Be not afraid anymore-Learn how to tame silk and polyester fabrics and use men’s ties to add a new dimension to your quilts!  This will be a hands-on class with hand sewing.

Supply list:  1 or 2 men’s ties-silk or polyester or blend, seam ripper, scissors, needle and thread (black or another dark color), pins

 

PLEATS AND FOLDS: Andrea Deal

         

       Colorful Pleats                 Pleated Gradation                 Shadow Square

Add some dimensional texture to your quilts and accessories with simple pleating techniques.  Andrea will bring samples and demonstrate a range of techniques, from the most basic pleating to intricate folds and twists.  Even the most complex patterns are easier than they look!

Supply List:  Hand  sewing needle and thread, scissors, marking pencil/pen, ruler, folder/presser (optional), piee of cotton fabric roughly fat quarter size.