WELCOME TO AN EXCITING NEW YEAR!
Lee and I would like to welcome you to a new season of quilting and friendship. Lisa Belle and Mary Butler, our program and workshop chairs, have put together a terrific year. You can see the entire list of speakers and workshops in store for us on the website.
This has been a good summer for Empire. We hope all of our members were able to make the trek to the Manhattan Borough President’s office for our exhibition of quilts in June. They were spectacular and the setting was terrific. We got a lot of compliments from them and hope we can set up another show soon. In addition, our website crew-Lisa Kehrle, Christine Schoeb and Karen Baskett have been working on updating the website as well as our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sites. Please check them out, and post any comments. We would love to see pictures and information about what you are working on and/or have finished.
Our first speaker of the year, Melody Crust, will be speaking about “A Fine Line: Creating the Quilting Design”. This lecture is for anyone who has ever wondered how to quilt their masterpiece once it is finished and layered. We are looking forward to hearing her ideas. On Sunday, she will be giving a workshop on the same subject, so you can begin to practice what you have learned. We will also have new focus groups, quilters of the month, City Quilter nights and Challenges-as well as other surprises. Watch your newsletter and website for details.
If you are going to be in a show or have an article on quilting or know of an exhibit and you wish to share with the Guild, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in the Newsletter and on the website. This can be anything related to quilting or Empire. We are always looking for news items.
September is usually a terrific month for Show and Tell. Be sure to bring your treasures to share with us. Due to time restrictions, please bring no more than two items. There will be Show and Tell in each month.
Don’t forget to bring in your Name Badge challenges for judging in September. We are hoping for a huge response to this first challenge. We have another Challenge for you for October. Since October is the high, hoowwly month of witches, goblins, ghosts, and ghouls, we would like to challenge you to make and bring a Halloween or Day of the Dead fabric creation to the October meeting. This can be anything from a potholder to a quilt-it just must have a Halloween theme. Again, there will be prizes for funniest, best decoration, best embroidery, best piecing, best appliqué. This should lead to a rousing boooed time in October.
On a serious note, as your new Presidents, Lee and I would like to remind everyone that Empire Quilters is an organization that exists because all of its members love quilting. We hope to make the meetings lively, fun and interesting. However, if something happens that bothers you, let us know directly either in person or by email to email@example.com. Please do not take it out another member. Everyone comes to the meetings expecting friendship and enjoyment with their fellow quilters. Remember that all officers and committee heads are volunteers . Let’s work together to make this year the most joyful one yet!
Kitty Squire, Lee Ebs, Co-Presidents
September - Melody Crust - A Fine Line: Creating the Quilt Design
Guild Business Meeting: 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Location: Church of the Holy Apostles
Please join us! Meetings are free for guild members.
Guest Fee $10
Meeting events and activities:
Check in with us via social networking. We want to hear from you!
NEW PRESIDENTS’ CONTEST/CHALLENGE
At the Guild meetings, have you ever wanted to know who you were talking to, but were too embarrassed to ask? This contest/challenge will solve that problem. As your new presidents, Lee and Kitty challenge each member to make their own name badge. This can be any size, shape, style-as long as fabric is involved. We are issuing the challenge in June and in September we will judge them and award prizes in the following categories:
Remember, the one requirement is that the name be large enough to read.
Raffle Quilt Blocks
Reminder: Please bring your finished, untrimmed raffle quilt blocks to the September meeting. If you can't complete your blocks in time, please bring them back so we can find someone else to complete them. We can't wait to see your blocks!
Reminder to all guild members that it's time to start thinking about your charity sewing for the year. All members are encouraged to complete one charity quilt per year! 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
September: Greens or Children’s Prints
October: Oranges or Halloween
November: Browns or Winter/Holidays
December: Metallic or African Prints
January: Tans or Hearts
February: Reds or Japanese Prints
March: Purple or Easter/Passover
April: Aqua/Turquoise/Teal or Flowers
May: Yellows or Black & White
June: Blues or Nautical
Members Teaching Members
Urban Rainbow: Empire Quilters' March 2016 NJ Quiltfest Exhibit
Empire Quilters' Fiber Art Exhibit at the Manhattan Borough President's Office
Please see pictures of the quilts from this exhibit on our Facebook page.
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