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Thank you again to
our hosts, Museum Quilt Guild, for the last meeting. With that we
have December 2011, June, and December 2012 open. Check with your
guilds and see if it is something they would like to host a meeting.
Also, thank you to
Leisa Fischer for her willingness to work with the travel club and
Kathleen Gilbert for taking on service projects.
Linda Storrings is
asking guilds to update their information. Her e-mail address is
The website will
be getting updated and changed over the summer. We look forward to
these changes as they will enhance information for our members.
Alzheimer Service Project that Dolly facilitated was very
successful. Thank you, Dolly.
Enjoy the rest of
your summer. I hope you have been able to enjoy a nice road trip in
the comfort of an air conditioned car and friends; or sewing in a
See you in
September in Mexico – New York that is. Mexicali Quilt Guild will be
our hosts, September 21, 2011.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Information and registration for September
Travel Club Shows for the coming months
Delegate Meeting Schedule
2011 Seminar at Amherst Museum
Lake Country Quilt Guild Invitation
Reflections on a Quilt Show by Donita
QCNYS Help Wanted List
September 21st Shop Hop
Newsletter Deadline and Submission Needs
National Teachers at Lake to Lake Quilt Guild
September 21st, 2011 Delegate Meeting
Mexicali Quilt Guild is hosting the September 21st QCNYS meeting.
The meeting will take place at:
State Rte 3 N, Scenic Avenue
Mexico, NY 13114
Quarterly Delegate Reports
As a delegate to QCNYS do you
sometimes wonder which of the wonderful guild activities to share with
fellow quilters during the oral Delegate Reports?
The QCNYS Board has some
suggestions to keep this portion of the meeting on schedule and interesting
to all -
Prepare a list ahead of time
A recently past activity that was
An upcoming activity that incorporates a new
Programs open to other guilds
Upcoming Quilt Shows
Delegate Meeting Schedule
September 21, 2011 Mexicali Quilt Guild
December 7, 2011
Host guild needed*
March 21, 2012 Thread Bear Quilt
June 20, 2012
Host guild needed*
September 19, 2012 Lake to Lake Quilt Guild
December 5, 2012
Host guild needed*
* The QCNYS
Board understands that hosting the quarterly meetings can place an
unbudgeted financial burden on the host guild. On August 6th,
2011 the QCNYS Board voted to offset some of the cost of hosting the
meetings by providing a $100 stipend from QCNYS to the host guild. This
stipend is effective with the December 7, 2011 meeting.
fee ($10.00 for the September 21, 2011 meeting) paid by each attendee will
remain in effect and is determined by the host guild. Many host guilds also
offer raffle baskets in addition to further reduce the expense of hosting
the quarterly meetings.
at Amherst Museum
from Mary Ellen Cannon
I am one of the
co-chairs of this fall’s annual quilt seminar at the Amherst Museum. We’ve
contracted with two fabulous national teachers, and the eight local teachers
are terrific as well. Karla Alexander, of Stack the Deck fame, and Sharon
Schamber, award winning applique and machine quilting artist, will be our
featured quilters this fall.
Alexander has developed her own quilt-design business, Saginaw Street Quilt
Company, which offers a line of more than 50 different designs. She enjoys
creating designs that enable the maker to reason out the cuts and placement
of blocks for themselves, making the final result truly unique to each
quilter. You may recognize some of her titles: Stack the Deck,
Stack the Deck Revisited, Stack a New Deck, New Cuts for New
Quilts, Color Shuffle. I think her designs are for all ability
levels-the sewing isn’t difficult, and block placement and fabric choices
make her quilts varied and more complex looking than they really are.
Sharon Schamber introduces
herself this way at her website: “I started my quilting just like most of
you - buying the wrong fabric, using the wrong batting, and using the wrong
needles. With time, I learned to use what really works for me, even though
the product might not be known as the "right" one. However, I do not, under
any circumstances, compromise my standards.” She certainly has high
standards as evidenced by the number of national awards she has earned,
including Best of Show at this year’s International Quilt Show in Houston.
At our website You can see
photos and descriptions of the classes Karla and Sharon will be teaching:
, click on Seminar in the menu bar. Photos of the projects our great local
teachers will be teaching are there as well, along with a printable
registration form that has all of the details for seminar in it.
The dates of seminar are
September 14-17, 2011 and we invite all of you to join us. We welcome all
quilters to participate in this 37 year tradition at the Amherst Museum.
Country Quilt Guild President, Linda Phillips
like to extend an invitation to any and all of the attendees that come to
Mexico N.Y. Sept.21 for the QCNYS meeting to linger behind for the day, shop
at some quilt shops, or whatever and then attend as our guest a Trunk Show,
hosted by Paula Schultz from Cottons Etc, Quilt Shop, Wampsville, N.Y.
will start promptly at 6pm as our opening program for our September meeting
(show usually lasts 1-1/2 hrs). This event will be held at The Fulton
Municipal Building 141 South Street, Fulton N.Y. 13069.I'm also extending
this invitation to the guild Mexicali Quilters who are the hosts for the
consortium that day.
Reflections on a Quilt Show
Thursday, March 31st and the excitement was building for the "Connections"
Towpath Quilt Guild " show, scheduled to take place the following day. Weary
from staying up until midnight, working to finish my Alzheimer's art quilt
in time for the show, I shuffled
into the Manlius Village Center around 1:00 PM to join my fellow guild
members volunteers for show set up. Much like making a quilt, the process
of setting up a quilt show is a labor of love. Oh, did I mention that it
involved labor? Indeed! The task of putting on a quilt show that displays
close to 200 quilts ... not to mention vendors, boutique shop, demos, door
prizes, basket raffles,
... is no small task. Thanks to a few good-natured husbands who helped with
the bull work and others that proudly displayed their talent for using man
tools, the tables were hauled to their designated spots and the quilts
frames were gradually assembled with nuts & bolts. Working among the men
was our very own "Tool Time Bobbie", who scored a few points for the Girls
Team as she aptly assembled those wooden frames just as well as any male
present. "You go Girl" I said to myself. As one of those women who barely
knows the difference
between a hammer and a wrench, I was impressed by her skill and I knew that
I'd found a new hero that day. I'd also made a new friend, Suzy's husband,
Clint (who I insisted on calling Cliff!)
not only helped me hang the quilts, but also kept my spirits high with his
keen sense of humor. Now I would be remiss if I did not admit that show set
up was not all wonderful and exhilarating. By around 5 PM I was tired to
the bone and cranky from having missed my daily afternoon glass of red wine
("medicinal purposes", as my dear Mom would say). I was ready to jump ship
and do the dead man's float back home. After all, I'd done my share of work
for the day and I was due back at the center bright and early the next
morning, selling tickets at the raffle
basket table. Somehow I managed to get my second wind .... perhaps it was
the pizza? ... or maybe the chocolate? In any event, I persevered until the
last quilt was hung. As I stood there surrounded by all the beautiful
quilts, I must say that I experienced my "Aha Moment," for I was truly
overwhelmed. The creative energy was palpable! Every quilt seemed to tell
a story. After diligently working for two years to make this show happen,
Towpath Quilt Guild had managed to transform the Manlius Village Center into
a virtual wonderland filled with enough "eye candy" to make any spectator
drool. And in the midst of this I experienced something even more powerful;
I felt Georgia's presence and I knew ... without a doubt ... that she was
smiling down on all of us. Interesting that the theme of our show was
"Connections". Connection has been defined as one who influences, as by
common interest or kinship. By that definition, Georgia will always be
connected to the sisterhood of Towpath Quilt Guild. On that note, I'd like
to conclude with a few lines from the song "To Where You Are", sung so
beautifully by one of my favorite music artists, Josh Groban.
say for certain .... maybe you're still here?
you all around me ... your memory's so clear.
the distance ...I can hear you speak.
still an inspiration ... can it be?
watching over me (us) from up above?
you're there ... a breath away is not far to where you are"
Margaret A. (Marge) Fisher, of West Lake Road, Skaneateles, died Tuesday,
June 21, 2011, her 76th birthday.
was one of the happiest people you could ever meet and lived life to the
fullest to the very end. She worked many years for the Auburn Citizen
managing classified ads before retiring and was a charter member of SAVES.
Her many activities that she loved included quilting (Thumbstall Quilt
Guild, New York Consortium), swimming (the St. Lawrence River, Skaneateles
Lake & Skaneateles Community Center), Seniors of Skaneateles, Skaneateles
Singing Seniors, the Creamery, Skaneateles Fire Department Auxiliary (nearly
50 years), Women of St. James', St. James' Thrift Shop, and, of course,
spending time with family. She was joyfully engaged in many of these
activities on the day that she died. Marge was predeceased by a son, Mark,
in 1985 and her husband, Edward, in 2003. Surviving are: her three sons and
daughters-in-law, Dan and Colleen, Bob and Patricia, and Dave and Amy, all
of Skaneateles; eight grandchildren, Beth (Greensboro), Alec (Boston),
Eileen (Boulder), Trevor (Washington, D.C.), Leslie (Rochester), Morgan
(Skaneateles) and Amy (Phoenix, AZ) Fisher and Valerie Zacharek
(Binghamton); one great-grandson, Aiden Fisher (Phoenix, AZ); a brother and
sister-in-law, John and Gerry Alden; several nieces and nephews; and many
close friends. Friends may call on the family 4 to 7 p.m. Friday evening at
St. James Episcopal Church in the parish hall, with service immediately
following in the church. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery at another
time. Contributions in Marge's memory may be made to SAVES, 77 Fennell
Street, The Thrift Shop, c/o St. James Church, 96 E. Genesee Street, and The
Creamery, 28 Hannum Street, all in Skaneateles, NY, 13152. Visit:
to send condolences.
Published in Syracuse Post Standard on June 23, 2011
QCNYS HELP WANTED LIST
(updated July 2011)
volunteering for one of the following positions;
without these positions filled, we cannot continue to provide the programs
that many of our membership have found valuable.
December 2011 to December 2013
In the absence of the
President or in the event of inability to act, the Vice President shall
perform the duties of the President and such other duties as may be assigned
by the President. The Vice President will oversee the Program Committee,
Travel Club and event planning and will preside over meetings of the
membership Program Chairs.
We are looking for
volunteers for the following appointed positions:
The Historian is
responsible for collecting and organizing historical records of our
activities, including meetings and organized events. Tasks include
photographing events and/or collecting photo’s from members, collecting news
articles, programs, and organizing this information in a binder or scrap
book. You will be responsible for storage of previously collected
Build Your Guild Event
In 2006 and 2009, QCNYS hosted a one day “Build your Guild” event to provide
a venue for member guilds to share ideas for hosting and promoting events,
publishing newsletters, guild and meeting organization, along with a host of
other topics. The Coordinator shall oversee the research and obtain a
suitable location, organize the food required, recruit volunteers to
facilitate discussions and scribes to take notes, and to oversee the
publication of these notes and distribution to the membership.
If you or someone else
in your Guild might be interested in one of these positions, please contact
our Information Chairman for more information or to sign up.
Val Schultz (585)
- Thanks to Kathleen Gilbert for volunteering at the June Membership
Travel Club Coordinator
- Thanks to Lisa Fischer for volunteering at the June Membership Meeting.
Submitted by Linda Storrings
As I reported at the June Membership Meeting, we have slightly smaller but
strong membership this year. We successfully asked and received volunteers
for a couple positions we were looking to fill. Also at the meeting we
distributed a request for Officer Updates for all of our Member Guilds.
Like my guild, I am sure many of you change Officers over the summer months
and we want to make sure the correct Officers are receiving QCNYS news and
announcements. If you received this newsletter and you are no longer an
Officer or Delegate, please ask your Delegate to update the Officer
information with us. (A quick email to me is perfect; please send your
name, your Guild, your address, phone , email, and the name of the person or
officer you are replacing.)
Back to the membership, our membership currently stands at 39 Guilds, 11
Businesses, 7 Individuals and 1 Not for Profit. We always welcome new
members; please invite the new guild in your area to come with you to the
Membership questions? Please contact me via email at
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 315-695-3425.
September 21st Shop Hop
Planning to attend the September 21st meeting hosted by
Mexicali Quilt Guild and staying in the area to join Lake Country Quilt
Guild for their program with Paula Schulz? Wondering what else to do? Well,
check this out –
Calico Gals Harborview has arranged a one day, one stop shop hop just for
Pick up your
free Shop Hop Passport at the QCNYS Delegate Meeting and enjoy shopping at
Calico Gals Harborview and other participating shops located in Canal
QCNYS Travel Club –
Autumn 2011 Line-Up
Mohawk Valley Quilt Club’s
2011 Quilt Show September 23, 24 and 25, 2011
Location: St. Peter’s Church School - Coventry Avenue, Utica NY
Candlelight Quilt Guild
Northern Lights October 22, 23, 2011
Location: Van Buren Elementary School – 14 Ford Street,
Schweinfurth Art Center
October 30, 2011 thru January 8, 2012
Location: Schweinfurth Art Center – Auburn NY
Piecemaker Quilters of
Quilts Amongst the Books II November 1-30, 2011
Location: Steele Memorial Library – 101 East Church Street,
Kenan Quilters Guild
of Color November 4, 5, 6, 2011
Location: Kenan Arena, - 195 Beattie Avenue, Lockport, NY
The following QCNYS Business
members are providing Travel Club Bonus Offers – refer to Travel Club
Passport for details :
Calico Gals - Oswego and
Dye-lectable Creations -
Mission Rose Quiltery -
North Syracuse, NY
Mountain View Quilting -
O’Susannah’s Quilts 7 Gifts
- Watkins Glen, NY
Newsletter Deadline and Submission Needs
deadline for submissions to the next newsletter is
October 31st, 2011. All articles, reports and other
items of interest must be emailed to
no later than that date.
happy to accept program information, quilting hints, recipes (could be
edible, might be a recipe for a quilt), challenge ideas, block or fabric
swap proposals, even the occasional bit of poetry
Please note that
effective immediately absolutely no hardcopy items will be accepted.
Submissions must be in a format that enables editing – Microsoft Word is
Lake Guild will host the following National teachers:
Wednesday, October 5, 2011, Karen Kaye Buckley will present
her trunk show entitled" From the Beginning" charting her quilting history.
The one hour lecture starts around noon following our regular monthly
meeting. Non guild members are welcome to attend for a $5.00 fee. On
Thursday, October 6th, she will teach a class on machine appliqué called
Oriental Flowers from 9AM to 3 PM. Both the lecture and class will be held
at Gorham Methodist Church in Gorham, N.Y. As of August 3, 2011, we still
have some openings for her class. Check out her website at
The cost for the class is $45.00 and there will be a $10.00 fee for her
pattern. Contact Sally Kasulke at 315-789-0479 or
if you are interested in attending the class.
On Saturday morning, April 21, 2012, Karen Witt will present a
trunk show/ lecture at our Quilt show. Her presentation is entitled"
Quilting-Past , Present and Future". There will be a slight fee in addition
to your entry fee for the show. Her lecture will be presented at Marcus
Whitman High School in Gorham. N.Y. She will also teach a class on Friday,
April 20, 2012 called Nineteenth Century Nine Patch.Check out her website at
Plan to come for the show and the lecture. Watch for further details as the
show draws closer.
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