Guild Business Meeting: 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

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: New York Beauty Quilts with Linda Hahn
  • Block of the Month: Peace and Quiet Empire BOM
  • Meeting Activities: Presidents' Contest/Challenge; Fabric Swap; Raffle Quilt Blocks (see below for details)
  • Quilter of the Month: Valerie Turer
  • 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.
Rules: quilted (specialty techniques such as yo-yos, cathedral windows, and crazy quilts are all welcome), minimum of 24" on all sides, maximum of 90" on any side, and must use all seven colors of the rainbow.   Any quilts meeting these criteria will go in the exhibit.  You can submit a previously made quilt or make soemthing new!  
The deadline for submissions is our January 2016 meetings, but you can start submitting now.  Send your quilt name, picture, and size to between now and our October meeting, and your quilt could be chosen to represent our guild's exhibit!
Have questions? Email, or talk to Aleeda Crawley or Betsy Vinegrad.


Presidents' Challenges

Congratulations to September's challenge winners and to all the members who participated.  We loved your creative and artistic name tags!  Our presidents encourage everyone to make - and wear - name tags.

Our October challenge is a Halloween challenge.  The categories are "Scariest" and "Funniest." Make anything Halloween-themed!  The only requirement is that it fit in a quart-sized milk carton.  All entries should be on the table by 12:45.  (Large Halloween-themed items should be reserved for Show and Tell.)

Plan ahead!  Our November theme is "harvest."  The theme for December's challenge will be "light."  Light (candles, starlight, twinkling lights) is an important part of December holidays and the presidents challenge us to use light as our inspiration.  Prizes for both November and December will go to the funniest and the most artistic.


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!

Anyone interested in sewing stockings and toys for the holidays can pick up fabrics at the October meeting.  All stockings and toys must be returned at the November meeting.


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!)


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

Jennifer Bigelow will be hosting the Members Teaching Members activities at our February 2016 meeting and would like to know from the Membership what sorts of classes you are interested in.  Please see the Notices page for more information.


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
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