Below is our latest President's Message and Newsletter. If you would prefer a .pdf copy so you can print off a copy for your files please click here. The .pdf copies include any pictures or charts that may be in the newsletter so it's more complete. Copies of previous newsletters are also available in a .pdf format at the bottom of this page.
From the Newsletter Editor: If you wish to submit anything for the next issue, please contact Martha Cook, 3 Acorn St., Scituate, MA 02066, phone: 781-545-0734 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Of course, Martha will always be happy to take articles at any guild meeting.
Just moments after our June meeting, here we are almost in September and we are in our 25th year! Hope you have all had good times this summer and find yourselves ready for sewing season. I am glad that in this neck of the woods that is the larger part of the year!
I got to the MFA for the Gerald Roy/Paul Pilgrim quilt show twice this summer. Lucky me! It was wonderful. What struck me as I wandered the space was that the quilts were not shown because of their technical perfection, although certainly, there were some technically close-to-perfect quilts there. But the point of the acquisition for the collectors was the look, the idea, the unpredictable, the quilts not like the others! There were cut-off points, uneven quilt stiches, wavy edges, odd and unusual color combinations, lots of ‘imperfections’, and there they were, on the walls of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston! I doubt that any of the makers ever envisioned that destination for their quilts. And I also bet that all of them looked at what they had made, felt the fabrics, remembered thoughts and events that took place during the making, and took pleasure in their work.
For me, this is what messing about with making quilts is about, the pleasure in the feel of the fabric, the textures and colors, the satisfaction of using the rotary cutter, the smell of the hot iron, the sisterhood of the guild, the pleasure in the work. And it was comforting for me to realize that what lasts about the art in which we participate is what we as individuals bring to the task, our vision, our ideas, our energy and delight. My ‘take-away’ is that achieving high technical standards is great, but it is not the only thing that matters.
And speaking of our collective art, this month is ‘all hands on deck’ for the Herring Run Quilt Show. I am looking forward to spending the weekend of September 20 & 21 at the show (after set-up on the evening of the 19th) and to seeing all of you there, playing your part in making this a successful event.
My heartfelt thanks to all the women who created the Guild 25 years ago, and to all those who have nurtured and served the Herring Run Quilt Guild over the years since. Your vision, your ideas, your energy and your delight in creation have produced a colorful, lively and interesting, patchwork of quilters, not perfect, but just right!
IMPORTANT SHOW INFORMATION!!! PLEASE READ THOROUGLY!
“With These Hands: Celebrating Silver” Quilt Show: September 20 & 21, 2014
Sue Hart, Nancy Robertson and Cathy deVeer, Quilt Show Co-Chairs
Hello quilters! By the time you get this the show will be less than a month away! Here are some things we need to keep in mind:
Upcoming Meeting Information
Janice Barclay and Janet McGinty, Program Co-Chairs
September 6, 2014 begins our new year with Marie Schlagg, a Textile Conservationist from Scituate. We will learn about the do’s & don’ts of quilt handling, cleaning, storage, repairs etc. Marie will also give a number of pre-registered members a brief condition evaluation of their historic/heirloom quilts. We’ll also be discussing last minute details for our quilt show and judging the “Celebrating Silver” challenge quilts.
October 4, 2014: Lisa McCarthy (a certified Judy Neimeyer instructor) will present a trunk show and conduct a workshop. The pattern chosen for the workshop is “Desert Sky Star Block”. There are still spaces available for the class. Pictures will be available at our September meeting.
November 1, 2014: Cathy Bodio from North Easton will be presenting a trunk show and a “fun and easy” workshop on making a fabric wreath that is interchangeable for many occasions. Great for Holiday gifts too.
December 13, 2014: Please note that our December meeting is the second Saturday in December due to the church needing the hall on the first Saturday. Details are still being worked out for our December meeting.
The Program Committee will have details on the meetings for January to June as soon as they are confirmed. Janet and Janice are going to the Lowell Quilt Museum’s “Meet the Instructors” Day and hope to come back with some names of great new presenters.
It is every HRQG member’s caloric duty to contribute to our communal sustenance for at least one meeting per year not just for our December or June buffets. September’s goodies are provided by your board members and committee chairs but extras are always welcome. Please make up a label stating what’s in your goodie if there may be ingredients that some may be allergic to (i.e., nuts, etc.).
REMEMBER WE’RE GOING GREEN! To help protect the environment, honor the requests of the Church, and cut down on our monthly bills, we would like guild members to bring their own coffee/travel mugs to the meetings if at all possible.
Please sign up at the refreshment table or see Anne Marie Stanton and Kathleen LaVallee to let them know the month you’d like to bring a goodie. Goodies can be homemade or store bought if you don’t like to bake.
2014 Challenge Quilts
Please remember your finished “Celebrating Silver” challenge is due at our September 6, 2014 guild meeting for judging by your quilt guild peers. Please try to arrive early with your challenge so we can hang it up before the meeting starts. Your challenge quilt will be kept (by Mary Ann) after the meeting and then displayed at our September quilt show in our special “challenge quilt display” for all to enjoy. If you are unable to attend the September 6th meeting and have finished a challenge quilt, please give it to a friend to bring to the meeting. If you have any questions about the challenge please contact Mary Ann Karpinski at email@example.com or 508-747-0629.
2014-2015 Guild Theme
At our summer board meeting the board decided the theme for the guild for the 2014-2015 year is “Quilts that Bind Quilters”. Please stay tuned for more details!
Charlie DiSante and Virginia Mills
We have 136 regular members and 10 associate members paid for this upcoming year. There are 14 spaces that can be filled with regular new members. Membership cards will be ready at the September meeting. Please pick up your new membership card at the door as you arrive in September.
A Simple Reminder!
Please wear your name badge at every meeting! Name badges help us to put names and faces together. If you don’t remember to wear your badge you will have to pay a $1.00 fine at each meeting you don’t have your badge. We look forward to the day when we no longer need to collect fines for badges not worn! We have two different versions of our name badge, one with the HR symbol and one of a paper pieced fish that was designed by Carol Doak. Directions for the name badges are located on the Meeting Information page on our website at http://www.herringrunquiltguild.com/meeting_information
Do you know of someone in the guild that has had a personal loss or is seriously ill? Please pass this information on to our Vice President, Christine Moriarty at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 617-328-7927 so she can send cards, flowers or donations from the guild. Please make sure you give Christine the full name, address and information on where to send a donation if one is requested.
Please Think About Carpooling!
To limit our issues with an overflowing parking lot, sustainability of our planet and to build friendships, please think about carpooling to our guild meetings with some of your HRQG friends. If you don’t live near another HRQG member you can meet at the parking in lot at St. Andrew’s Church or on the far edge of the parking lot at Joann’s and then drive to a guild meeting together.
Exhibit at Eastern Nazarene College
Submitted by Charlie DiSante
Once again this October18th, Charlie DiSante will be displaying some of her quilting and sewing items at the annual homecoming celebrations on the campus of Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA. During the entire day alumnae of the college will conduct an Artisan Gallery and sell items in support of class scholarships. For more information on the artists, including HRQG member Beth Lane's granddaughter Beth Restrick who paints wonderful scenes of Africa, go to: http://www1.enc.edu/homecoming/
Are you cleaning out and finding some ugly fabric you don’t know why you bought it or where it came from? Don’t throw it away. Stay tuned for another challenge coming up in the near future to use that ugly fabric.
Peggy Beals Quilt Block Contest 2014
Submitted by Christine Moriarty
Each year the Marshfield Fair calls quilters to submit a themed square. This year it was butterflies. Twenty squares are chosen to be hand-quilted at the Fair. The finished quilt is raffled the following year. Our guild has perennially been a positive, exciting presence and this year was no exception. The Grand Prize went to Laurel DeCastro!! Congratulations to Laurel and five other HRQG members whose squares were chosen----Lynn Anastos (her 22nd!), Jane Hewitt, Lois Roberts, Renee Roberts and Nancy Robertson. Kudos to our own Linda Nicholson and Maureen Anderson for facilitating the Junior Contest.
Next year's theme is "hexagons". Sashing will be 1930's feed sack reproduction, block size is 12 1/2 " unfinished-no backing, original or traditional design. Think about it! The quilting is done by volunteers, so consider volunteering for that also.
Watch this space for a reminder in the spring for next year’s block.
UFO Challenge Revisited
Submitted by Mary Ann Karpinski
There has been a request to do the UFO challenge for another year. Guess we all still have a lot of UFO’s. Dig in your closets, under the bed and in your totes and bags and write down the names of eight of your unfinished quilt projects on a list numbered 1 through 8 in any order you wish. If you don’t have eight UFO’s (lucky you!) you can still play. Just write down as many UFO’s as you do have. Make 2 copies of the list and hand one copy to Mary Ann Karpinski at the September or October guild meeting. Starting at the October guild meeting and all subsequent meetings we will pull a number and announce it at the meeting. For the next month you are to work on the quilt on your list that corresponds to that number and try to finish it (at least in completed top form) for show & tell for the next month. For every quilt you finish on your list your name will be entered into a drawing. In June we’ll pull a few names and give the winners a special prize. The more quilts you finish the more times you’ll be entered into the drawing, but you won’t be penalized if you don’t finish them all. Anyone can play even if life gets in the way and you can’t finish all your UFO’s. And remember, if you don’t want the quilt when you’re finished with it, think about donating it as a comfort quilt.
Block of the Month
Please remember if you miss picking up a copy of the block of the month at any of our meetings, the instructions are located on our webpage at http://www.herringrunquiltguild.com/block_of_the_month. Instructions for previous year’s blocks are also available on our website.
Smile for the Camera!
Submitted by Martha Cook
I am very excited that we have made a wonderful beginning on our photo membership directory. I'd like to remind anyone who has not had their picture taken to come to the September meeting prepared to do so. We have a couple of questions to ask you to go along with the usual address data as well. Thanks so much to Anne Marie Stanton and Ann Marcin for taking the photos.
Board Meeting Dates
The board is doing everything they can to make the guild run smoothly and to make our meetings enjoyable. The following are board meeting dates and times for the upcoming year. If you have any questions or concerns you’d like the board to discuss, please attend one of the board meetings or let a board member know. All board meetings will be held at the church hall.
Questions About the Guild?
Our board members and committee chairs are happy to answer any questions you may to help you make your experiences with the HRQG an enjoyable one. Please note the answers to your questions may also be on our website at http://www.herringrunquiltguild.com/. If you have any suggestions about things you’d like to see on the webpage or you find a broken link, please contact Mary Ann Karpinski at email@example.com or by phone at 508-747-0629.
Guild Lending Library Reminder
Phyllis Boothroyd has worked really hard to organize our guild library. We have over 200 quilt books in our guild lending library as well as some quilting videos that have been donated by guild members or purchased by the guild. Members of the Herring Run Quilt Guild may check out books from our library which is located at the church hall office. If you borrow a book from our library, the due date for the book is the next meeting.
Please Mark your Calendars!!
Plans are underway for our guild’s 2015 quilting getaway at the Seacrest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth, MA. Please mark your calendars for the weekend of April 17-19, 2015 and joins us for some fun. Denise Fitzgerald will start collecting $50 deposits for the getaway at our September meeting. The price for the getaway weekend will be $125 -$135 (cost to be determined) for 3 meals (1 dinner & 2 breakfasts) and use of the sewing room, plus $140 (plus taxes) for 2 people per night for your hotel room rate (weekend total: approximately $265-$275 (plus tax), plus meals not included, possible charge for extra class if you want to take it and any fabric shopping you may do). Denise will have handouts at the meeting with additional info.
Comfort Quilt Update
Submitted by Vivian Cardinal, Comfort Quilt Chair
On August 13, Debbie Luoma and I delivered 78 comfort quilts to four different agencies in the area.
Everyone was quite delighted and so appreciative. This work we do touches many families and is so important. Please mark your calendars for February 7, 2015 for our next guild Comfort Quilt Day. Remember comfort quilts are accepted at all guild meetings.
Upcoming Quilt Shows in the Area
October 18-19, 2014: Plymouth County Cranberry Quilters quilt show “Fall in Love with Color”, Carver Middle School, 60 South Meadow Road, Carver, MA. Hours: 10:00 to 4:00. For information and directions go to www.pccq.net
October 18-19, 2014: Rising Star Quilters 27th Annual Show, Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02420 for more information visit: www.risingstarquilters.org
October 18-19, 2014: Tewksbury Piecemakers Annual Quilt Show, Tewksbury Senior Center, 175 Chandler St, Tewksbury, MA, 10am-4pm. For more information visit:www.tewksburypiecemakers.com/ShowInfo.html
October 25 & October 26th, 2014: Burlington Quilters' Guild 31st Annual Quilt Show & Boutique, Middlesex Community College, Campus Center, 591 Springs Road, Bedford, MA, Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Admission $6.00, handicapped accessible. Member quilts on display, boutique, vendors, raffle baskets, raffle quilt. For more information visit:http://burlingtonquiltersguild.org/
November 1-2, 2014: 4th Annual Fiber Arts Festival of New England, Mallary Complex at Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Avenue (Rte. 147), West Springfield, MA 01089. For more information visit: www.thebige.com/ese/ESEEvents/Fiber_Festival.asp
November 1 – December 7, 2014: In Celebration of Childhood: Doll and Crib Quilts from The Pilgrim/Roy Collection. This unique collection of doll and crib quilts will be on display at the Warner Historical Society’s Upton Chandler House Museum, 10 West Main Street, Warner, NH. Hours of the exhibit are Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 and all proceeds benefit the Warner Historical Society. Gerald Roy will host a talk entitled, “Ask the Expert: Curious about your Old Quilt?” beginning at 2:00 p.m. on November 22 at the Warner Town Hall located at 5 East Main Street, Warner, NH. The public may bring quilts for Gerald Roy to comment on and about but there will be no written or verbal appraisals. Admission for the talk is $10.00. Quilt commentary requests will be $5.00 per quilt. For the full schedule with dates, times, location visit: http://www.warnerhistorical.org
What's Up At The New England Quilt Museum?
Remember: The New England Quilt Museum offers free admission for all New England Quilt Museum Auxiliary and supporting quilting guild members, (that means all of us!), on the 4th Sunday of each month from 12 to 4pm. For more information on other exhibits at the New England Quilt Museum visit:http://www.nequiltmuseum.org/
Submitted by Susan Riley
To celebrate almost 50 years of friendship, 2 teaching buds from the Walnut Hill School in Falls Church, VA & I met up at the 30th Anniversary AQS Show in Grand Rapids. AQS has renewed the contract in Grand Rapids for another 3 years "learn, create, grow". Special exhibits included New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Carolina Lily, the Pilgrim/Roy Invitational Challenge-no photography sadly, SAQAC (studio art) Masters where my favorite quilt was!, Stitch Like an Egyptian, and the exquisite traditional quilts of MI's award winning Aileen Stannis. Her Baltimore Remembered is part of the permanent collection at the National Quilt Museum. The national ultimate guild challenge section is always my favorite part of any AQS show-so utterly innovative. The Canadian monumental textile mosaic "Quilt of Belonging" was 120' long with 263 11" blocks. Six years in the making, participants celebrated 70 Aboriginal groups and 193 Canadian immigrant nationalities. For more information: www.quiltofbelonging.ca. One of the most fun moments was during lunch the 2nd day when we sat with a group who had remembered our story from 2012! when we ate with them at that show! Susan Riley
Do you have leftover yarn growing dust bunnies in your closet?
Submitted by Mary Ann Karpinski
Are you cleaning out and finding you have leftover yarn growing dust bunnies in your closet? I have a friend that I work with that crochets hats and afghans for preemies and kids with cancer or other serious illnesses at Women’s & Infants and Hasbro Hospital in Providence and is also now making hats for adult cancer patients at Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton. If you’d like to donate your leftover yarn to a great cause instead of throwing it away, please bring it to Mary Ann Karpinski at one of the guild meetings and it will be donated to Deb Haugh. Deb uses all different thickness of yarn but prefers acrylic yarn (no wool). Even a small ball of yarn can be used for hat embellishments or in a scrappy afghan or fun hat. Check out the .pdf version of our newsletter for some pictures of some of the many hats Deb has donated in the past. Her hands never sit idle!
New Quilt Shop in Lakeville!!
A new quilt shop opened last week in Lakeville. The shop is Homestead Quilting & Fabrics, 54 Main Street (Route 105), Lakeville, MA (phone: 774-419-3984, email: firstname.lastname@example.org) . Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-6PM. The shop currently carries approximately 500 bolts of fabric so it’s not a big shop, but they just opened and hope to expand with more bolts in the near future. The shop also has rulers, threads and tools, is a Handi-Quilter dealer and has quilting classes available.
Betty Clark will be moving in the fall and is downsizing in the process. She has a few sewing-related items she would like to sell, including:
Prices are negotiable. Please call Betty Clark at 978-987-7808 (cell phone) if you are interested in purchasing any of these items.
The Rules of Quilting
#1: Don’t Bleed on the Quilt
#2: Measure Twice. Cut Once.
#3: It’s not a mistake. It’s a Creative Opportunity.
#4: There are NO Quilt Police.
#5: Rules? There are Rules?
Submitted by Mary Ann Karpinski
This will be my last newsletter. I am handing over the reins to Martha Cook. It has been fun being the “town crier” for the last few years. Thank you to everyone that has submitted so many great articles.
If you have any articles you’d like to put in future newsletters please contact Martha Cook, 3 Acorn St., Scituate, MA 02066, phone: 781-545-0734 or email: email@example.com.
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