Happy Spring, Quilters! Hope you're reading this on a warm, sunny spring day. Also hope to see you at Empire's meeting May 14. Our April meeting was great, with an excellent speaker providing us with a good understanding about show judging. Kudos to Beth Pile for finding her near the last minute when the scheduled speaker became ill. Once again we showed how our community steps in and helps out. The meeting was a lot of fun and had a wonderfully high level of participation.
We got to see the gorgeous Rainbow-theme quilts our members sent to the Mancuso show in NJ in March as well as an impressive Show and Tell. Nominations for next year's leaders were presented, to be voted on at our May meeting. The May meeting will also feature our Members' Market, so bring lots of cash and some bags to carry home your purchases.
Please bring in the money for raffle tickets you've sold and pick up more tickets to sell! Remember, the more you sell, the bigger pot we have for our 2017 show. We are also hoping to get lots of blocks back for our 2017 raffle quilt. If you have any questions, please let us know.
Also please bring in food to share, your swap blocks (yellows and black/white) as well as your entry for this month's Challenge with the theme Horses in honor of the oldest sporting event in the US. This should be a great challenge as we know how many of you love horses from all the wonderful horse quilts we have seen over the years.
Enjoy the merry month of May and we look forward to seeing you all!
Lee and Kitty
No Workshop in May
Guild Business Meeting: 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Location: Church of the Holy Apostles
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2017 Raffle Quilt
The raffle quilt committee for the 2017 show has met and has selected a design for the 2017 raffle quilt. We are once again asking that our members support us by making blocks for this quilt. Packets are being made up for the paper pieced block and the packets will be available at the April meeting from Nancy Rabatin. They will be due at the June meeting. The quilt will be assembled and quilted for presentation to Empire at the September meeting. Make sure you pick up your block from Nancy.
ROY G. BIV Raffle Quilt
We are in the midst of selling raffle tickets for our Roy G Biv fundraising quilt. This will be raffled off in June to raise seed money for the 2017 show. Each Empire member is requested to sell 5 books of tickets. Many of you still have not picked up your packets. They will be available at the April meeting. See Nancy Rabatin. You can also pick up additional tickets and postcards from her.
Roy is also looking to travel to various Guilds in the area. If you are a member of a sister guild and would be willing to take the quilt, raffle books and postcards to visit, please email Kitty Squire at firstname.lastname@example.org or see Nancy at the April meeting. Roy is packed into a rolling suitcase for easy transportation. We can also supply a portable rack if needed.
We need to sell as many tickets for this quilt as possible as we want to make sure that our 2017 show is a huge success.
Urban Rainbow: Raffle Quilt and Empire Quilters' Borough President's Exhibit
This month's Presidents' Challenge is horses, In June the theme will be cats.
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!
THE GOAL: To get a large variety of fabrics of a color or category of design for a small amount of money and effort. To give yourself a present each month. To have fun!
Choose either a color OR a design from the monthly list and cut a 6 inch strip of 6 different fabrics of that type. Cut each strip into 7 squares. Sort the 42 total squares into 7 sets with one of each fabric. Fill 6 letter sized envelopes each with a set of fabrics and seal. (You will keep one set at home.) PRINT your first and last name on each envelope and either the color or the design you chose.
At the beginning of meeting, register with the swap domo and pass in your envelopes. At the end of the meeting, pick up your swapped envelopes. (You will be returned squares of 36 different fabrics, plus the 6 you left at home makes 42 different fabrics total!)
THE MONTHLY LIST
May: Yellows or Black & White
June: Blues or Nautical
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!
Empire Quilters' 2017 Show