October, one of our favorite times of the year. The weather is cooling to perfect quilting temperature, the pumpkins are appearing, the leaves are turning, and the owls, ghosts, goblins, and witches are making their appearances. It could not be better.
This October, we welcome Linda Hahn to inform us about New York Beauties as well as Zumba. Linda is an award-winning teacher who will be sharing her love of "Beauties" with us Saturday. She'll lead a workshop "Taste of New York" on Sunday. Sign up for the workshop as soon as possible because Empire's workshops are now open to members of other guilds on a first-come first-served basis.
The bagels we enjoyed in September came from Brooklyn Bagels and (gluten-free) from Jennifer's Way. For our October meeting we encourage you to bring home-made or store-bought refreshments to share with everyone. Food sets such a good tone for our get-togethers.
October is the final month to pay your membership dues for the 2015-2016 season and thus ensure your continued receipt of the newsletter either by mail or email. Please make sure you renew in person or by mail before the end of the month.
October is also the month when the membership votes on the budget (included in this newsletter) for the program year. If you have any comments or questions, you can email Larry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We had over 70 of the 100 blocks for our new raffle quilt returned in September! That is a terrific response and should make us all proud of our fellow guild members. We're now working on the setting and are on schedule to present the finished quilt by the January meeting, along with raffle books and postcards.
Tina Barth wants to make sure EVERY guild member participates in the Swap for October. Remember, you cut seven 6" squares of 6 fabrics. Keep 1 square of each for yourself and put 1 square of each together in a baggie. Turn in the baggies at the beginning of the meeting and pick up you new baggies. This is a great way to grow your stash with fabrics you might or might not choose for yourself. This month's options are, of course, the color orange and Halloween patterns.
Your Board of Directors lowered the Guest Fee to $5 to encourage more people to come check us out. We think they'll love Empire if they do. To reduce congestion at the entrance, the Board also decided to place the sign-in sheets on a table opposite the Membership Table.
Our vendor in October is Gotham Quilts. Andrea and Ivete are combing through their stock to bring us a terrific selection of fabrics. Check them out either before the meeting or during the breaks.
One last serious note: we still need a chair for Trips as well as a co-chair with Renee Fields for Ways and Means. You don't have to do these jobs alone; find a friend to help you. Aleeda Crawley will be happy to work with the Trips chair, giving them her valuable advice about how to schedule and supervise trips. Ways and Means chairs are basically responsible for the scheduling and set-up for the Membership Markets in November and June and for planning a December fundraiser when needed.
Kitty and Lee, Co-presidents
October - New York Beauty Diversified with Linda Hahn
Guild Business Meeting: 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Location: Church of the Holy Apostles
Please join us! Meetings are free for guild members.
Guest Fee $5
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Urban Rainbow: Empire Quilters' March 2016 NJ Quiltfest Exhibit
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.
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.
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.
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!)
THE MONTHLY LIST
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
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!