It looks like winter has finally decided to arrive in force. I hope everyone has lots of quilts to keep them warm during these cold nights.
February is Members Teaching Members month and the workshops look terrific. If you have not signed up for one as yet, you can email Jennifer Bigelow or email@example.com with your preference. The workshop spaces are assigned as first come, first served, so you should sign up early to secure your space.
Our challenge for the month is “Dogs” in honor of the Westminster Dog show. There is no challenge in March for Charity Day. The challenge will re-appear in April with “Jazz!” for National Jazz month. Once again, let’s keep the items small.
The New Jersey Quilt Fest is March 3-6. Since Empire will have both our raffle quilt, Roy G. Biv hanging as well as quilts from our members, Aleeda Crawley will be arranging a bus trip for Saturday March 5. Make sure you see her at the meeting to sign up.
Make sure you pick up your packet of raffle tickets and postcards at the February meeting. Roy G. Biv is our quilt to raise seed money for the 2017 show. We are asking that each member sell 5 books of tickets at $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. The quilt will be awarded at our June 11, 2016 meeting. Please make sure you see Kitty Squire to get the tickets.
Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day
Lee Ebs, Kitty Squire, co-Presidents
Guild Business Meeting: 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 13, 2016
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
Members Teaching Members
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.
This month's Presidents' Challenge is something dog-themed, in honor of the Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden.
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!
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
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!