Empire's October guild meeting was chock-full of many good things. Adhering to our bylaws, we approved our budget for this program year. Then we were treated to an enjoyable and educational presentation by a living legend, Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi. Our Quilter of the Month and our Show and Tell were outstanding. The Library had a sale, our vendor was a guild officer, many fabrics and holiday patterns were distributed at the charity table, and there were lots of entries for the Block of the Month. Focus Group attendees worked on pumpkin wall hangings, a Round Robin began, upcoming trips and workshops were announced, and the SWAP continued making members happy.
We're still looking for a replacement for our charity sewing get-togethers at City Quilter, so please check out any ideas you have, then let us know.
And, last but definitely not least, we learned the date of our Quilt Show next spring, as well as many details about it. If you haven't volunteered to help with it, please do soon.
November is Members’ Market month, so make sure you bring your cash and your checkbook to take advantage of the many bargains available. There are still tables available. If you are interested, contact Larry Gifford.
Also, please be thinking about your “basket” for our December meeting. Between the basket raffles and the baked goods, we will be celebrating into 2017.
As always, we welcome food you bring to share. See you at the meeting
Kitty and Lee
November 13th Workshop with Paula Nadelstern SUNSTAR : A Kaleidescope Class
Members - $65 Non-Members - $75
Guild Business Meeting: 1:00 p.m.
November 12, 2016
Location: Church of the Holy Apostles
Please join us! Meetings are free for new members.
Guest Fee $10
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Some exciting trips are in the works make sure to click here for the latest Notices such as information about upcoming trips, and where to see guild members exhibiting quilts locally. Have something you'd like to add? Send it to us!
NEWSFLASH: City Quilter's targeted closing date is October 25 or later-please call them to check. If you are interested in purchasing any of the store fixtures, please contact Cathy or Dale at the store. There is also a fair amount of fabric left - if you need to stock up, stop by the store between now and October 25th
2017 Empire Quilters Show 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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,
EMPIRE QUILTERS FALL 2016
THE SWAP RETURNS - HERE IS WHAT TO DO TO GET 42 DIFFERENT FABRICS EACH MONTH.
- Choose either a color or a design from the monthly list and find 6 fabrics of that color or design.
- Cut a 6 inch wide strip across each of the fabrics. Then cut each strip into 7 squares.
- Sort the 42 total squares into 7 sets containing one square of each fabric.
- Put a set of fabrics in each of 6 letter sized envelopes and seal. (Hold the 7th set at home.)
- PRINT your first and last name on each envelope and either the color or the design you chose.
- Put a rubber band around your set of envelopes.
- 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 envelopes from 6 different people. The envelopes contain 36 different fabrics, plus the 6 you left at home makes 42 different fabrics total.
WHY DO YOU EVEN CONSIDER CHARM PACKS WHEN THERE IS A SWAP AVAILABLE AT YOUR MEETING?
2016 - 2017 List
Nov Browns Winter Holidays
Dec Metallic Pokka Dots
Jan Tans Hearts
Feb Reds Japanese Prints
Mar Purple Paisley
Apr Aqua/Turk/Teal Flowers
May Yellows Black & White
Jun Blues Nautical
ROUND ROBIN INFO
Each Round Robin will be limited to three people per and only three exchanges which will take place at our regular guild meetings. Think small creations...not large quilts!
We will provide envelopes, a selection of fabric and set up all the particulars. The only instruction is to 'Think Outside the Box'! What a great opportunity to create something unique, to think 'outside the box' and to try something just a bit outside your comfort level.
So how does this work? First, you need to sign up at the September Meeting. (Or, if you can't make the meeting, let us know at email@example.com and put Round Robin in the subject line.)
Next step is the Round Robin groups (3 folks each) will be assigned and each person will be given an envelope with a selection of fabrics. Each person will create the center with the fabric in the envelope plus two additional pieces if desired. Please include a few scraps of any fabric you add along with any leftover scraps of the original fabrics in the envelope.
At the November 12, 2016 meeting, the Round Robins will make the second exchange and again add to the piece using their own fabric plus any leftover pieces in the envelope. Once again, please include scraps of fabric you added along with any leftover original fabrics in the envelope.
The final exchange will take place at the December 10, 2016 meeting where everyone will get back their original envelope and the ' big reveals' will take place! Lots of fun and excitement. Also, all the leftover fabric in the envelope can be used to finish the piece if desired.
So what do you say? Are you in? Come join the fun and 'think outside the box'!
PLEASE EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org SUBJECT : ROUND ROBIN if you want to join in before the October meeting.
Reminder to all guild members that it's time to start thinking about your charity sewing for the year. Members are encouraged to make 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!