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Guild Business Meeting: 1:00 p.m.

Saturday

October 8, 2016

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

Please join us! Meetings are free for new members.

 

Guest Fee $10

 

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Meeting events and activities:

  • Ongoing Focus Groups: Elm Creek Quilts (details on the Focus Groups page).
  • Focus Group - Weaving a Pumpkin Wall Hanging 10:30 am.
  • Board Meeting: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Guild members are welcome to attend
  • General Meeting: 1:00 pm – 4:00 p.m.
  • Program: Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi - History of African Quilts
  • Block of the Month: October 2016 - Block of the Month 
  • Fabric Swap: Oranges and African Prints
  • Quilter of the Month: Sandi Howell
  • Share Table:  Yes
  • Show & Tell: Yes
  • Library: Yes
  • Vendor: Mile Square Fabric Studio

 

Check in with us via social networking.   We want to hear from you!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/empirequilters

Instagram: https://instagram.com/empirequilters

Twitter: https://twitter.com/empirequilters

New to our guild?  The guest fee is now $10!  Please join us!

 

NEWSFLASH:  City Quilter's targeted closing date is October 15th.  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 15th 

 

2017 Empire Quilters Show Corner

Things are quietly proceeding for our 2017 Jade & Coral show.  We have submitted our requested dates to FIT:  either Saturday, April 1 and Sunday April 2, or Saturday March 25 and Sunday March 26, 2017.  We know, as of now that these dates bypass holidays, and major shows.  The order provided is the preferred and alternate dates.  We are still building teams for the show, and hope to introduce you to the wonderful volunteers at our May meeting.  Betsy and I had a chance to go to the unit and take inventory.  You will be happy to know we have a good supply of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons, just awaiting your submissions!

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 eqgshow@gmail.com  

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.
Have questions? Email eqgshow@gmail.com, or talk to Aleeda Crawley or Betsy Vinegrad at the meetings.

Thanks!

Betsy Vinegrad & Aleeda Crawley,
2017 Showgirls

EMPIRE QUILTERS   FALL 2016

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 info@empirequilters.net 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 October 8, 2016 meeting, the Round Robins will make their first exchange. Folks will then add to the center using their own fabric plus any of the leftover fabric from the envelope. Again, 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 info@empirequilters.net SUBJECT : ROUND ROBIN if you want to join in before the October meeting.

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

Oct         Oranges               African Prints

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

 

Charity Reminder

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!

 

Click here to read more 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!