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Since this will be my last newsletter as your president, I just want to say a few words of thanks for the wonderful experience I have had.
I told you when you elected me that one of the main reasons I took this job was to get to know you better. And that has certainly happened. The one and only downside I can see to this job is that there is only one of me, and after standing up in front every month, you all know me by name; but with 150 of you, and the sad fact that you don’t always wear easily readable name tags (combined with my lousy memory for names), I don’t know all of yours. I apologize to those of you whose names I don’t yet know. And here I put in a plug for Martha Cook’s idea of a photographic address book of all of us. I think it would be tremendously helpful in whatever form it takes.
I want to thank my wonderful board. Starting on a lovely Saturday morning in August when they would all rather have been doing something else, they cheerfully met regularly to discuss guild business. Under the careful eye of our diligent treasurer Janet Bernault, they helped me to understand the finances of the guild and to think through the ramifications of a potential dues increase. They also helped me work through how to present that increase so that you would understand why we were recommending it.
In addition to that, they each did a fantastic job as committee chairs, without prodding or fanfare. The guild would not be what it is without each one of our committees and officers. Thanks to those of you who are continuing on next year, and also to those who are stepping down after lending us their time and talents. Jobs well done, and rest well deserved.
And a special thank you to my vice president, Jennifer Brown, to whom I confidently turn over the reins in June. She has been a thoughtful sounding board and, with her years of experience in the guild, offered me invaluable insights. She did a great job recruiting officers and committee chairs for next year. The nominating committee is the hardest and most important job of any board, because it insures sound succession. Thanks to those of you who answered Jennifer’s call and raised your hands.
And I also want to thank all of you. So many of you introduced yourselves to me and shared with me good ideas and suggestions. Attendance at meetings this year was very strong, not just for show and tell and the wonderful programs, but for the boring business meeting part. You listened attentively and offered considered suggestions and comments. I think we had some good discussions on the subject of dues, programs, and the yard sale. And I appreciate your thoughtfulness in taking time to thank me for doing my job.
What fun we have had this year! We’ve enjoyed lots of laughs during meetings; delicious food; varied, educational, and inspiring programs; a fun-filled retreat; comfort quilt day; another mystery; and an endless procession of glorious quilts and other sewing projects.
Thanks to all of you, I have thoroughly enjoyed being your president and can unqualifiedly recommend the job to each of you. You are a good group to lead.
Upcoming Meeting Information
Janice Barclay and Janet McGinty, Program Co-Chairs
May 3, 2014: Debbie Wendt is presenting a lecture entitled “The Egyptian Tentmakers Appliqué”. She began teaching quilting while living in Cairo, Egypt. You can go to www.wendtquilting.com for a look at her work.
June 7, 2014: At our meeting in June we will have presentations by our own lovely ladies: Nancy DeAngelis - wool applique, Charlene Schultz - a roll up flannel project, and Margo Driscoll - a Disappearing Missouri Star. We will also be having a yard sale run by Christine Moriarty, Ann Connors and Cathy deVeer. We will have a sign up available at our May meeting. Tables will be set up to receive your stuff. You will be responsible for removing any treasures that are not sold. If need be, ask a friend to take care of this. This is not a white elephant sale, so bring things that are saleable and priced to sell. Also, you will need to provide a basket, can or envelope for any monies received. This will be on the honor system so that you can go shopping yourself. Hope this doesn't sound too rigid; it should be another fun event for our guild.
NO MEETINGS IN JULY AND AUGUST!! Enjoy the summer! Have fun working on your challenge quilts and quilts for the show. Remember to turn in your quilt submission forms for the quilt show by July 15.
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. She will also give a LIMITED number of pre-registered members a brief condition evaluation of their historic/heirloom quilts. Please see/contact Janice or Janet to pre-register. We’ll also be discussing last minute details for our quilt show.
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”. Pictures will be available at our meetings.
November 1, 2014: Cathy Bodio from North Easton will be presenting a trunk show and a seasonal workshop. The details of the workshop will be announced at a later date.
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.
PLEASE PAY YOUR MEMBERSHIP DUES!!!
Per our HRQG By-Laws your annual HRQG membership dues of $35.00 must be paid by May 31, 2014. Members whose dues remain unpaid after May 31st will be notified by the Membership Committee and after June 30th will be automatically dropped from membership unless otherwise voted by the Executive Board (per the HRQG By-Laws). If you have not paid your dues yet and are unable to attend the May meeting, please send your check, made payable to “Herring Run Quilters’ Guild, Inc.”, to Virginia Mills, 8 Beacon Road, Hull, MA 02045. If you are unable to get your check to Virginia by May 31st but still want to be part of the guild please call her at 781-923-3805 or email her at email@example.com to reserve your spot.
We hope you are looking forward to the 2014 show with as much excitement as we are!
It’s Election Time!!
Submitted by Jennifer Brown
At the April meeting of the Guild a full slate of elected officers was presented to the membership for a vote at the May guild meeting:
President – Jennifer Brown
Vice President – Christine Moriarty
Treasurer (2 year term) – Linda Malloy
Secretary – Ann Connors
The majority of committee chairs have decided to complete another year of service (under our by-laws, they are approved by the executive committee in order to serve). We are still seeking people interested in the following positions:
New England Quilt Museum Liaison
In all cases, incumbents have generously offered to coach incomers through the transition. So if you are interested in taking on any of these roles, please see the current office holder.
Thanks to all for their willingness to serve and to make the continued life of the Guild possible. It takes an energetic village to run a quilt guild.
2014 “With These Hands: Celebrating Silver” Quilt Show Update
Sue Hart, Nancy Robertson and Cathy deVeer, Quilt Show Co-Chairs
The 2014 quilt show, "With These Hands: Celebrating Silver", is a mere 4 1/2 months away! We hope you are working on quilts [we've seen some of them at show and tell, and they are wonderful!!], the silver challenge, items for the boutique and the silent auction, putting together your baskets, and, selling tickets for the raffle quilt! All of these things, and more, go into making a successful show.
Here are a few things to remember:
Anne Marie Stanton and Elaine Cristoferi, Raffle Ticket Sales Co-Chairs
PLEASE SELL RAFFLE TICKETS!!! This is how we make most of the money to keep us going for another two years! The raffle quilt this year is spectacular so it should be easy to sell tickets! There is a guild requirement that each member sells two books of tickets. Tickets are available at our guild meetings. Price is $1 each or 6 for $5. The tickets make a great holiday gift.
Quilt Show Silent Auction
Martha Cook, Quilt Show Silent Auction Chair
For the upcoming September Quilt Show, we will once again be holding a Silent Auction, not to benefit our guild, but for cancer research. Historically, members have donated one of two items, either a pink quilt square for the big collection or another gift of some sort. We would like to have 25 items total, in keeping with our 25th anniversary. If you need suggestions, a possibility would be to think of our show theme; Silver! Your donation can be something you've made yourself, or something you purchase. No used items, please. We'd like the value of each item to be at least $25, also keeping in the theme. The item does not have to be quilt-related. You could get books, gardening tools, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas-themed items, gourmet goods, Beauty & Health items, etc. In the past, quilted tree skirts and Christmas stockings were popular, as well as baby items, pillows, aprons, and wall hangings. Please let me know by August what you plan to donate for this.
As far as the quilt squares go, they can be either pieced or appliqued in any design of your choosing. Ideally, the colors will be white and a pink of your choice. In my head, I'm seeing all the pinks being similar but not the exact same. I found a paint chip in a color that is pretty; Benjamin Moore's "Unspoken Love" which is #1269. Next time you are at a paint shop, pick up a color sample of this and take it to your stash to find a nice PINK! I believe I asked for 9 1/2" squares at our meeting. If my memory is wrong, I hope someone will correct me! I hope EVERY MEMBER will make one, in a show of support for women's health. Please turn your squares into me as soon as you make them, no later than our September meeting.
Thank you all so much for your generosity in the past and again this year. This important cause is dear to the hearts of so many of our members. Any questions contact Martha Cook at 781-545-0734 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sewing and Creating for the Boutique
Submitted by Charlie DiSante and Ann Selig
We have about four months yet until our Quilt Show so here are some ideas to get you started on small projects for our Boutique that won't take much time or fabric.
These are youtube videos for you to check out:
Tissue holder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h5uMjansOU,
Pot holder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkW0EwlEmAQ
Pot holder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sipzCAflJQ8
Poor House Quilts gave us permission to make and sell this pin cushion: http://poorhousequiltdesign.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Tea_Leaf_Pin_Cushion.pdf
Think about our 25th anniversary and pack 25 different 5" charm squares together for sale at the boutique. Perhaps you have a quick pattern you could share with the boutique committee?
Other ideas are also posted on our website at http://www.herringrunquiltguild.com/patchwork_news
Thanks for all you do to make the show a hit! If you have any questions or suggestions for items for the Boutique, please contact Ann Selig (email@example.com) or Charlie DiSante (firstname.lastname@example.org) our Boutique Committee Chairs.
A few people have asked about the show challenge and how “challenging” the silver fabric is to use. Remember, you only need to use a recognizable amount of the fabric in your challenge. That piece can be as small as a 1” square as long as we can “recognize” it. HAVE FUN!!! That’s the whole idea of a challenge. Remember: All challenge quilts must be a 25” square in honor of our 25thAnniversary!Your finished challenge is due at our September 6, 2014 guild meeting for judging by your quilt guild peers and then will be displayed at our September quilt show in our special “challenge quilt display”. The rules for the challenge are available on our webpage at http://www.herringrunquiltguild.com/2014_challenge. If you have any questions about the challenge please see Mary Ann Karpinski at the next guild meeting or contact her at email@example.com or 508-747-0629.
HRQG Quilt Show Raffle Baskets
We have met our goal of 25 raffle baskets and have well over a hundred fat quarters for the fat quarter basket. Yeah! Thanks to all! Feel free to bring your completed basket (cellophane wrapped and tied with a bow) to any meeting. Please provide an itemized list of items and a total value of the basket. We would like them all by the September meeting. If you need any help building your basket or have any questions email Nancy Bussing at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sharon Ducey at email@example.com
What a Fun Guild Getaway Weekend!!!
A spectacular time was had by all at our guild getaway at the Seacrest Hotel in Falmouth. Special thanks to Denise Fitzgerald for organizing another fun weekend. The setting was beautiful, the food was good and everyone had a great time quilting to their hearts content. We also want to thank the group that made us all our fancy scissor holders and Mary Cannizzaro for the wonderful class and special demonstrations. Denise is already planning our getaway for next year so be on the lookout for details sometime in the near future.
This is a link to directions for the binding that people asked Mary Cannizzaro about: http://jeririggs.blogspot.com/2008_02_01_archive.html
Submitted by Margot Day Driscoll
I wrote the following limerick for my customer, Maeve, who owns the Limerick Quilt Centre. I sent it to her a few weeks ago and I guess it gave one of her classes a good laugh.
There once was a quilter named Maeve
Whose legs were in need of a shave.
With her rotary cutter
They were soon smooth as butter.
No one can say she's not brave.
Did you know?
Submitted by Laurel DeCastro
From a fat quarter (18” x 22” cut of fabric) you can get:
99 - 2” squares
56 - 2 ½” squares
42 - 3” squares
30 - 3 12” squares
20 - 4” squares
16 - 4 ½” squares
12 - 5” squares
12 - 5 ½” squares
9 - 6” squares
6 - 6 ½” squares
Quilt Blocks for the Marshfield Fair
Submitted by Lynn Anastos
TIME IS RUNNINGOUT!! DEADLINE IS TUESDAY, JUNE 1st!!!!
The deadline for the Peggy Beals Quilt Block Contest for the Marshfield Fair is fast approaching. Perhaps someone in the guild will whip up a block and be a winner. $50.00 goes to the First Prize block, $15 each for the 19 runners-up. The blocks do not have to be elaborate, just in tune with the theme, which is “Butterfly Garden”. Colors in your block are your choice. They will be sashing the quilt in lavender. The block must be 12 ½" square (unfinished). The size is very important. Blocks have been eliminated for consideration because they were too small or too large. You may hand or machine piece, appliqué or paper piece. No fused only. Do not back the block. Attach the following information on a piece of paper to the back of your block: Name, Address, Phone, Date, and indicate if you want the block returned or donated. If you would like comments from the judges, just write "comments" on the paper.
Enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope with postage if you want your block returned (if it isn't chosen). Donated blocks are made into quilts for charities. Send your block(s) (you may submit as many as you wish, but only one will be chosen) by June 1st to: PBQBC, c/o Marshfield Fair, P.O. Box 5, Marshfield, MA 02054
Any questions, call Lynn Anastos - 781-925-9235. Let’s have the HRQG well represented!!!
Looking for a Place for a Quilt Getaway with Friends?
Submitted by Anne Marie Stanton
This five bedroom, three and a half bath home is made for artists and their friends and is located in Gilford, NH overlooking Lake Winnipesauke. With multi-level living, and lots of space to spread out, you are sure to enjoy yourself here. We have thought of what quilters need (because we ARE quilters), with tables, ironing boards, irons, and other sewing supplies available for your use. And if you forget anything, Keepsake Quilting is just half an hour away! There are restaurants and other diversions nearby on Lake Winnipesaukee, when you need to take a break. But if you want to be home to cook (and to keep working on your project), you will find a well- equipped kitchen and an outdoor grill. We also have a great deck space, where you can relax and enjoy the view.
We hope you will consider our home for your next getaway, and, as a member of HRQG, you will receive a 10% discount on our regular rates! Weeks and weekends are available. See more about us at: http://cherryvalleyhouse.blogspot.com/ or contact Anne Marie Stanton at 781-826-5933 or Amisha123@aol.com.
At Your Local Library
Submitted by Debra Hayes
Welcome to a new column in your HRQG newsletter! This will focus on books available at your local library.
Today I am reviewing Modern Bee- 13 Quilts to make with Friends by Lindsay Conner. It is available at Hingham Library Call Number: 746.46 CON; and if your library is a member of the Old Colony Library Network (OCLN) you can have it delivered to your library with a click of the mouse by placing a “HOLD”.
Modern Bee features 13 projects for a “virtual” one-year quilting bee. It is actually the true story of a Modern Stitches bee which was formed in 2011 by 12 quilting bloggers all of whom met on line. The 12 quilters sewed one block per month for the “Bee Momma.” resulting in 12 complete quilts at years end.
It is focused towards the modern movement though the patterns are all inspired by traditional quilting blocks. The projects begin on the easy side and progress in difficulty.
My favorite quilt is Trellis Crossroads by Jessica Kelly (blogger at Sew Crafty Jess). While each 2” square blocks appears simplistic when viewed individually, the totality of the on-point design is timeless and charming.
The author, Lindsey Conner blogs at www.lindsaysews.com as well as craftbuds.com and has written for numerous magazine publications. She has even appeared on American Patchwork and Quilting podcast’s which are hosted by another quilter, fabric designer and blogger Pat Sloan.
You can check out the following blogs for visually stunning quilt photos from her book or better yet check out the book from the library:
Submitted by Laurel DeCastro
Sixteen Reasons For Buying Fabric
Submitted by Charlie DiSante
We’re not fabricaholics…..we’re fabric collectors!!! No one expects the stamp collector to actually mail letters with his stamps. No one expects the coin collector to use his coins in a vending machine for soda. So why does everyone expect us to use our fabric collection to actually sew anything?”
Looking for a quilting field trip this spring and summer?
Below is lots of information on places to go to see some quilt eye candy!
Upcoming Quilt Exhibits
April 6, 2014 - July 27, 2014: Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: This spring, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), will present “Quilts and Color”, an exhibition that celebrates the vibrant color palette and inventive design of the acclaimed Pilgrim/Roy Quilt Collection. Both trained artists, Paul Pilgrim and Gerald Roy acquired quilts with bold and eye-popping designs that echoed the work of mid-20th century Abstract Expressionist and Op Artists. The exhibit looks at their collecting - how they started in the 60s, at the forefront of looking at quilts as art -- and how they amassed one of the best collections in the world, full of unique quilts that are outside of the mainstream. For more information visit: http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/quilts-and-color
May 2 & 3, 2014: Merrimack Valley Quilters Guild, “Art of Quilting, Painting with Fabric and Threads”, Friday, May 2nd, 9 am – 5 pm and Saturday, May 3rd, 9 am – 4 pm, Location: Timberland Regional Middle School, 44 Greenough Rd, Plaistow, NH 03865, Admission fee is $8.00. For more information visit: http://mvquilters.wordpress.com/quilt-show/
May 16 & 17, 2014 - Rebecca's Reel Quilters of Poricy Park present Shore Points Quilt Show, 345 Oak Hill Road, Middletown, NJ, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. More than 150 traditional and contemporary quilts will be displayed in the historic Murray Farmhouse, the Barn, and in two other park buildings. There will be vendors, refreshments, and a raffle quilt. Admissions will be $7.00 with children under 8 free. For more information: contact the show chairmen, Kate and Anne, at QuiltShow@rebeccasreel.org. Updates will be posted on the RRQ website at http://www.rebeccasreel.org/quilt_show
June 27-29, 2014: Vermont Quilt Festival, Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, VT; Show Hours: Thursday Champagne Preview: 7:30-9:30pm, Friday-Saturday: 9am-6pm, Sunday: 9am-3pm, Admission: One-day: $12, two-day pass: $22, three-day pass: $32, Children under 14 free with paying adult. Group discount available. All admissions include free parking. For more information visit: http://www.vqf.org/
July 31, August 1 & 2, 2014: BayBerry Quilters of Cape Cod 33rd Annual Quilt Show “Got Scraps”, Cape Cod Technical Regional High School in Harwich, MA, Route 6 to Exit 10 (Route 124 North), Thursday and Friday 9:30-4:00, Saturday 9:30-3:00, Daily Admission $7.00 and $11.00 for a multi-day pass. Group Discount Available (20+), inquire through our "Contact Us" page. https://bayberryquiltersofcapecod.com/default.htm. Featured Quilters: Frances Brand and Margaret Sullivan
A Quilter’s Field Trip Idea to New York City
Grand Central Centennial Quilts: March 15 – July 6: The 30 Finalists from the Grand Central Terminal Centennial Quilt Challenge are presented at the NY Transit Museum by American Patchwork & Quilting magazine & The City Quilter. All entries made use of The City Quilter’s four original Grand Central–themed fabrics. Location: NY Transit Museum Annex, easily be reached by walking down the ramp from the Vanderbilt & 42nd Street entrance. http://www.grandcentralterminal.com/event/grand-central-centennial-quilts/2145433659 The Museum is across from the Station Master’s Office & adjacent to the Transit Museum Shop. Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am to 8 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. For more information, contact The City Quilter http://www.cityquilter.com/ 212-807-0390 & firstname.lastname@example.org
Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War: April 4 – August 24 at the New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (@77th St. “Organized by the American Textile History Museum, the exhibition uses quilts, textiles, clothing, and other artifacts to connect deeply moving and insightful personal stories about the war, its causes, and its aftermath with the broader national context and public history.” http://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/homefront-battlefield-quilts-context-civil-war
The City Quilter: 4,000+ bolts in 4,000 square feet. Hundreds of notions & books. Exclusive New York-themed fabrics--including four based on Grand Central, as well as patterns and kits. “...the heart of New York’s quilting community for nearly 15 years and a destination for fabric lovers from around the world.” -- New York Times 133 West 25 Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues) http://www.cityquilter.com
The ArtQuilt Gallery•NYC: The only gallery in New York devoted to contemporary art quilts. Michael Cummings, May 6 – June 14. Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11 to 6 pm. Arrangements can be made for Sunday & Monday, 133 West 25th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues). Contiguous to The City Quilter.
What's Up At The New England Quilt Museum?
The New England Quilt Museum is the only East Coast venue to exhibit this impressive selection of charm quilts from the Pat L. Nickols Collection at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, California. Over the last 30 years, Nickols has amassed a wondrous collection of mostly American quilts from various parts of the country. The charm quilts gathered for this exhibition are composed of elaborate geometric patterns in which every piece of fabric is different. This style of quilt making is attributed to the eastern U.S. in the late 1860s, but enjoyed widespread popularity in the 1870s and 1880s.
The Life and Times of Haruo Sazaki by Pixeladies. Photographic images have been transferred to fabric and stitched into quilts since the 1870s. The exhibit, Picture Perfect, will document this early history with the inclusion of quilts containing photographs transferred to silk, and cyanotypes from the 1880s. Currently, many quilt artists are using cameras and computers to create images that are printed on fabric, and then manipulated with quilting or embroidery stitches, thus enhancing the images. Picture Perfect will feature fifteen to twenty quilts ranging in date from 1880 to 2013, with many dated in between, showing the development of the current technology.
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/
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