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  September 2011


Pamela Langdon

Dianne Miller


Vice President:

Past President:
Jean Lathrop

Sally Stevens

Natalie Masker

Committee Chairs
Marjorie Day

Linda Storrings

Information Chair:
Valerie Schultz

Meeting Program:
Janet Lutz



Hi everyone,

 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.

 The  recent 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 cool place.

 See you in September in Mexico – New York that is. Mexicali Quilt Guild will be our hosts, September 21, 2011.


Dianne Miller


  • Information and registration for September Delegates Meeting

  • 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 Whelan

  • In Memorium

  • QCNYS Help Wanted List

  • Membership Report

  • 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:

Mexico VFW

State Rte 3 N, Scenic Avenue

Mexico, NY 13114

The business meeting will start at 10:00 AM

Click here for details and registration form.



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 -               

o    Prepare a list ahead of time and mention:


QCNYS Delegate Meeting Schedule


September 21, 2011        Mexicali Quilt Guild

December 7, 2011            Host guild needed*

March 21, 2012                  Thread Bear Quilt Guild

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. 

The modest 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.   




Seminar 2011 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.

 Karla 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.


From Lake Country Quilt Guild President, Linda Phillips

Fulton, N.Y.

    We would 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.

    The show 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

Donita Whelan

It was 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, quilt raffle, and silent

auction ... 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.


"Who can say for certain .... maybe you're still here?

I feel you all around me ... your memory's so clear.

Deep in the distance ...I can hear you speak.

You're still an inspiration ... can it be?

You are watching over me (us) from up above?

I know you're there  ... a breath away is not far to where you are"





In Memorium

Margaret A. (Marge) Fisher, of West Lake Road, Skaneateles, died Tuesday, June 21, 2011, her 76th birthday.

Marge 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






June 2011 (updated July 2011)

Please consider 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.



Vice President:

            Election – September 2011

            Term – 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.

Current Nominee:     Marilyn Urciuli



We are looking for volunteers for the following appointed positions:


Historian: 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 information.


Build Your Guild Event Coordinator: 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) 229-2908


Recently filled positions:


Service Project Coordinator - Thanks to Kathleen Gilbert for volunteering at the June Membership Meeting.


Travel Club Coordinator - Thanks to Lisa Fischer for volunteering at the June Membership Meeting.


Membership Report
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 next meeting.

Membership questions?  Please contact me via email at 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 QCNYS members!


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 Commons.




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

For more information:


Candlelight Quilt Guild presents Northern Lights  October 22, 23, 2011

Location:              Van Buren Elementary School – 14 Ford Street, Baldwinsville, NY

For more information:


Schweinfurth Art Center presents Quilt=Art+Quilt                October 30, 2011 thru January 8, 2012

Location:                              Schweinfurth Art Center – Auburn NY

For more information:


Piecemaker Quilters of Elmira presents Quilts Amongst the Books II       November 1-30, 2011

Location:              Steele Memorial Library – 101 East Church Street, Elmira NY

For more information:


Kenan Quilters Guild presents Collections of Color            November 4, 5, 6, 2011

Location:              Kenan Arena, - 195 Beattie Avenue, Lockport, NY

For more information:


The following QCNYS Business members are providing Travel Club Bonus Offers – refer to Travel Club Passport for details :

Calico Gals - Oswego and Syracuse NY

Dye-lectable Creations - Waddington, NY

Mission Rose Quiltery - North Syracuse, NY

Mountain View Quilting - Honeoye, NY

O’Susannah’s Quilts 7 Gifts - Watkins Glen, NY




Newsletter Deadline and Submission Needs

The 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.

We are 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 preferred.




Lake to Lake Guild will host the following National teachers:


      On 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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