We know it is early, but the weather has turned crisp, the trees are almost bare and the Holiday Season is quickly drawing near. That means quilters are at their cutting mats, sewing machines and ironing boards working diligently to finish all their gift projects in time for the Holidays. As an Empire member, you are also working on bags, animals and stockings to donate for our annual Holiday giving.
Our Speaker this month is Bonnie Dwyer. She will be talking about her experiences as a sixth generation Maine quilter. If you check out her website: www.bonniedwyer.com. You can see some of her work for yourself. She is interested in both traditional and modern quilting and her work is a reflection of this.
We want to thank all who participated in our October challenge and hope that even more will participate going forward. Our challenge for November is Harvest; December is Light: and January is Snow! Details are elsewhere in the newsletter.
At our October meeting, we enjoyed sharing a wide assortment of treats-some homemade and some store-bought; some sweet, some savory, all appreciated. Let’s do it again at our November meeting. Please bring some food to share with your fellow quilters.
Tina Barth will once again be at the Swap table to mix and match your swap squares. This is a fun way to get fabric for scrappy type quilts or just to build your stash. November’s colors are brown or holiday prints. (You can easily do both as well).
This month we also have our Members Market. This is a great way to see what some of your fellow Empire members are making and/or cleaning out. This time we also have a Guild table, so if you want to donate items for the Guild to sell, please bring them to the November meeting. The Guild table will be marked as such and you can give your donation to our new member Gretchen Peacock who has volunteered to man it.
Have a great November,
Lee Ebs, Kitty Squire, co-Presidents
November - Instant Improv for Quilters with Bonnie Dwyer
Guild Business Meeting: 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Location: Church of the Holy Apostles
Please join us! Meetings are free for guild members.
Guest Fee $5
Meeting events and activities:
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We'll be auctioning baskets put together by guild members, so come win some fabulous items!
Urban Rainbow: Empire Quilters' March 2016 NJ Quiltfest Exhibit
The theme for our December challenge is "light." Light (candles, starlight, twinkling lights) is an important part of December holidays and the presidents' challenge is to use light as our inspiration. Prizes for December will also go to the funniest and the most artistic. See the newsletter for more information.
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! Please return them to the charity table at the Decmeber meeting. We'll be stuffing everything at the December 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
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
"Instruments of Expression" Show
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!