Happy Winter Solstice, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanza and a very Merry Christmas. May your celebrations be filled with family, friends, love and joy.
This year our guild far exceeded our dedication to educate about the art of quilting and also our passion to create quilts for charity work.our commitment to educate about the art of quilting and also our commitment to charity work.
Tina Barth, our Coach and Chat Chair provides and opportunity for beginning quilters and more advanced quilters to learn technique through example’s she provides.
Sandi Howell, Chair for “Show and Tell” delights us most every meeting with the work our members have made and willing to show.
Karen Griska and Lisa Kehrle co-chair’s of our Block of the Month. This is yet another opportunity to hone your quilting skills and to get started on a new project. Provided you win the draw. “Gotta be in it to win it!”
Thanks to all the above named members. Your efforts make our guild a learning and fun environment.
Given the generous donation of Van Heusen shirting we received we were able to have a fundraiser and make quality quilts for our veterans. Janice Ewing, our 2nd Vice President, and Beth Pile, our Charity Co-Chair, sold bags of the fabric for the purpose of making quilts for veterans and fundraising for the Guild.
City Quilter has been a great friend to Empire Quilters. They have given us batting for our charity work as well as donating their teaching space during their off hours during the summer and up to the present. Time at City Quilter was well spent at these quilting bees to create quilts for kids going to camp, veterans or whoever is in need.
Our “Show” meetings began before the end of last season are lead by Lisa Kehrle and Larry Gifford. Co-chairs of the 2015 Urban Inspirations Guild Show. Thanks so much to both chairs and the people who have volunteered to keep this show on track. This show “takes a village” to make sure we have a show to be proud of. Remember your quilt pictures are due in January.
How blessed we are as a guild to have so many talented and willing volunteers as members.
Bravo Empire Quilters! Your efforts have yielded us a great year.
This year has flown by for me personally. Fortunately I’m still “kickin’” and hope to be for years to come. Our circumstances have led my husband and I to make the decision to leave New York and move to the Green Mountains of Vermont. Peggy McGeary, 1st Vice President, will fill my role. Hopefully I will be able to make it down for the show in March. No doubt it will be a stunning display of craftsmanship.
Thanks to everyone for your friendship and warmth. I will always remember the wonderful friends I’ve made through the guild.
Wishing everyone a most successful guild going forward.
JoAnn Gatch, President
Empire Quilt Guild
We are saddened to report the unexpected passing of Barbara Feinstein, a long time member of our guild and teacher and friend of City Quilter. Our sympathies to her family including her twin sister fellow guild member Emily Klainberg.
There is no December workshop.
Guild Business Meeting: 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Location: Church of the Holy Apostles
Please join us! Meetings are free for guild members.
Guest Fee $10
Meeting events and activities:
WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION
Mark December 13 on your calendars. Empire Quilters will be celebrating the Holidays with our own Winter Solstice celebration.
We will once again have a Chinese auction of baskets donated by our members. We need volunteers to bring in baskets/bags filled with goodies of their choice. Baskets can range from chocolate to sewing supplies, to gift cards to wine to food to anything you can imagine. Please be generous and imaginative and bring your baskets to the meeting by 12 to 12:15 latest. We want to make sure that everyone gets a chance to put raffle tickets in the basket (s) of your choice. Remember that most of our members ride public transportation so that the baskets should be somewhat portable. If you feel lucky, and you think you have a chance to win more than one basket, you might try bringing a suitcase to carry home your winnings! We will also be auctioning 4 to 8 quilts that have been donated by our members and quilted by Janice Ewing. The proceeds from all of these will go to the Show.
To make this happen we need volunteers to donate the baskets as well as to sell tickets. Please contact Kitty Squire firstname.lastname@example.org to donate baskets or volunteer.
In addition, please bring seasonal baked goods to share with your fellow members. The Guild will supply sodas.
As usual, the focus of the meeting will be on the Service Committee and our holiday donations. There is more on that elsewhere in the newsletter.