Guild Business Meeting: 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

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

Please join us! Meetings are free for guild members.

Guest Fee $5





Meeting events and activities:

  • Ongoing Focus Groups: Members Teaching Members Focus Group 10:30-11:30, Charity Coach and Chat 11:00-1:00, and Elm Creek Quilt Blocks 12:00-1:00 (details on the Focus Groups page).
  • Board Meeting: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Guild members are welcome to attend
  • General Meeting: 1:00 pm – 4:00 p.m.
  • Program: Members Teaching Members
  • Block of the Month: Scrappy Bow Ties Block of the Month
  • Fabric swap: Reds or Japanese prints
  • Quilter of the Month: No
  • Share Table:  Yes
  • Show & Tell: Yes
  • Library: Yes


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New to our guild?  The guest fee is now $5!  Please join us!


Urban Rainbow: Empire Quilters' March 2016 NJ Quiltfest Exhibit

Urban Rainbow is the theme of Empire Quilters' March 2016 NJ Quiltfest Show.  Think ROYGBIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet).  A rainbow accurately represents the wide diversity within our group and how we express our creativity in quilting.  Thanks to all who submitted quilts.  For those who submitted, the quilts will need to be brought to the February (or January if ready) meeting and will be collected by Aleeda and Betsy and hand delivered to Mancuso.  The quilts will be returned at the March meeting. If arrangements cannot be made to bring an entry to the February meeting, please email to make other arrangements. More information to follow regarding the March 6 bus trip to the NJ Quilt Fest.  Have questions? Email, or talk to Aleeda Crawley or Betsy Vinegrad.

Members Teaching Members

Jennifer Bigelow will be hosting the Members Teaching Members activities at our February 2016 meeting.  Members Teacher Members will feature the following classes:

Beth Pile:  Sensory quilts

Sandra Samaniego – Wall Hanging - Weaving with Leftover Fabric Strips

Louise Naples – Fancy Fold Quilted Bookmarks

Cheryl Kulakoff – Creating Embroidery from Photographs

Maureen Hyslop – English Paper Piecing

Naomi Shelnut – Quilted Sweatshirt Jacket

Lorna Spence-Ellis – “Redwork”

Susan Acevedo – The Magical Disappearing Pinwheel

Lisa Kehrle – Use Your Favorite T-Shirts to Make a Quilt


Please see the Notices page for more information.

Elmont Library Quilt Show
See Empire's own Maxine Townsend-Broderick's work featured in the Elmont Library Quilt Show during Black History Month and Women's History Month, February 1st through March 31st, 2016, at the Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Pike, Elmont, NY.
Library hours:
M 9:30 AM - 8:45 PM
T 9:30 AM - 8:45 PM
W 10 AM - 8:45 PM
R 9:30 AM - 8:45 PM
F 9:30 AM - 5:45 PM
Sat 9:30 AM - 4:45 PM
Sun 12 noon - 4:45 PM
Presidents' Challenges

This month's Presidents' Challenge is something dog-themed, in honor of the Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden.


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!

Thanks to all who sewed stockings, drawstring bags, and toys for the holidays!  


Isolette Covers

Many thanks to Mildred Purdy, our September Quilter of the Month.  She shared her beautiful isolette covers with us, which bring some cheer to the Beth Israel NICU.  Mildred's goal is to have enough isolette covers for every baby in the NICU by the end of March.  If you're interested in contributing, contact Mildred or see the October newsletter for details and instructions.


Fabric Swap

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!)


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



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
Greetings from your 2017 show co-chairs!
The planning for our next show started the day after our 2015 show closed.  We're hoping that we can bring everyone along for the ride.  If you have suggestions, comments or donations, please send them to, and please include what you can/plan/hope to do to help.
We thank you for the opportunity to begin this grand adventure!
Aleeda Crawley & Betsy Vinegrad