Roberta and Mary will each be conducting a workshop on Sunday, April 10, Details are available below. Design your own house block. Here are some examples. Let's "tie them all together" by including something RED. Anything goes: prints, solids, novelty prints, batiks, anything. You might want to add embellishments, appliances, a car in the driveway, a bird on the roof, flower boxes at the windows, ivy on the walls …. A round table discussion.
Learn what items receive a thumbs up from quilters, and what deserves a definite thumbs down. Share your experiences and learn from others! Date : Sunday, April 10, Sign up : To reserve your place in either workshop, send a check made out to Empire Quilters to Mary Butler. Do you feel uncomfortable when it comes time to make color choices?
Gain color confidence by studying the Amish use of color. No need to attend art school as the answers are available right in this part of our quiltmaking tradition. You will have a hands-on experience working with both the Pennsylvania and Midwestern palettes, each with its own rules and restrictions. Be more creative with the walking foot than just stitching in the ditch. Create your own designs for blocks and borders by paper folding simple shapes.
Mary will teach her no-marking method to stitch designs with heavy threads, and participants will also learn to add decorative stitching to their work. This class will have an emphasis on handling stripes. For more information about Mary Mashuta visit: www. Websites for thread: There are many threads on these sites so you must be diligent in searching for the correct threads. These are both heavy threads that will really show.
One spool lasts a long time as not much thread is needed for each design. Roberta Horton and Mary Mashuta will be the featured speakers at our monthly guild meeting on Saturday, April 9, See above for details. A highlight of this season was our biennial quilt show which took place March 26—27, For complete information about the show, visit the Show page.
Guest Fee: No guest fee this month. Please join us! It's time for our annual Charity Quilting Day! Throughout the day we will be putting our efforts into making as many quilts as possible for the charities that the guild supports. The activities go on all day — beginning at approximately am.
Please come as early as you can. Don't miss this opportunity to participate in one of the main activities of the Empire Quilters. You will learn, laugh and get to know your fellow guild members at this once-a-year activity. One of the quilts we made last year is pictured here, and you can see more of the quilts on the Charity Quilts page. Bring your ideas, sewing machine if you can , sewing supplies, fabric, quilt tops, quilt backings, and needles and yarn for tying. We can also use some large cutting mats and sharp rotary cutters. But most importantly — bring yourself!
There are plenty of experienced quilters on hand who are able and willing to show everyone how to participate. Bring quilt tops you have for charity quilts. The charity committee saves large pieces of fabric from the scrap table, so we will do our best to match your quilt top with a quilt back. If you have fabric that you would like to donate for charity, please bring it with you. The more we have, the nicer the quilts will be. If you want some ideas of how to make some easy charity projects, visit the Service page.
The Service Page has quilt patterns, stuffed animal patterns, and some general guidelines for you to follow. There are also some easy quilt assembly suggestions. Don't forget … The judging of show quilts for the upcoming Urban Inspirations Quilt Show will also happen at this meeting. If you are submitting a quilt for the show that you wish to have judged considered for a ribbon or award , you must deliver your quilt s to at F.
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We are delighted to announce that celebrated artist, author, designer and teacher Jan Krentz is planning to "drop by" our meeting and do a mini as in short, sweet, and fast! Jan is in the area and has agreed to share some of her fabulous and famous! She holds the honor of being The Professional Quilter's Teacher of the Year, and is consistently nominated year after year for that award.
She has had numerous appearances on television, online, and has been the featured quilter in many prestigious quilt shows. To learn more about Jan, and to see many examples of her stunning work, we encourage you to explore her website: www.
Immediately following the presentation by special guest Jan Krentz, we will begin one of our most popular activities — Members Teaching Members! We will split up into groups and each of us will have the opportunity to learn a new skill. Our guild is full of talented, experienced, and generous members who are always willing to share their tips and techniques with their fellow guild members. The following exciting workshops will be offered — and members get to choose which workshop to attend! Sweatshirt Jacket — Naomi Shelnut, instructor.
Naomi will be demonstrating how to make a gorgeous jacket out of a basic sweatshirt. This will be a demonstration and you will need to bring your own sweatshirt and fabrics! Based on the hats and outfits Naomi creates for the monthly ticket selling, this class will undoubtedly be an exercise in whimsy leading to a spectacular result. Embroidered quilt labels — designing and creating an embroidered label for your quilt.
Renee Fields, instructor. Renee will demonstrate how to make a beautiful embroidered label for your quilts. This would be a great class to work on the final piece of your masterpiece for our show! Learn how to design and embroider that one last detail to add to your quilt. Learn how to make sharp points and lovely rounded curves without using fusing! Tina has been quilting for over 25 years and always has a fun way to do things. There is a class limit of 25 for this class, so be sure to sign up early.
Art Quilting — Sandra Samaniego, instructor. Participants will create 3D embellishments including fabric beads and fabric bundles.
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Sandra will talk briefly about art quilts in general and show a few that she has made that have a lot of embellishments. English paper piecing — learn how to make beautiful Grandmother Flower Garden quilts. Diane Rubenstein, instructor. Did you ever wonder how our Diane Rubenstein makes those wonder hand-pieced quilts with all the pieces?
In this workshop, you can find out! Diane will demonstrate how you put together a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt and give you the techniques you need to do so. She will be providing a small kit, so it is important that you sign up early!diemonlalantia.ga/map26.php
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If using total scraps decide if you want each flower all the same or total scrappy. If doing total scrappy, bring a piece enough for each middle that will remain constant i. Red, Pink, or Yellow, or any color that floats your boat! Middle color looks best if solid or a blender. Fabric can be in strips which are what I prefer at a minimum of 3. Scraps should be at least 4" square. These kits will include pre-cut wool, embroidery thread, two buttons, and instructions. Directions for completing the project will be explained and demonstrated for completion at home.
Learn how recycled wool sweaters can also make beautiful and useful items. The supply list will be available at the January meeting. Sign up for your preferred workshop at the Membership Desk in December and January. You can also sign up by contacting Kitty Squire. You will find Kitty at the membership table during guild meeting days, or you can email Kitty at kesquilts33 msn.
The workshops will be filled on a first-reserved basis, so submit your choice in early. Note … As the workshops fill up, people who haven't registered ahead of time will be assigned to workshops with available space. The meeting will run a little differently to make it easier on everyone. We will then open the Share Table for no longer than 30 minutes to enable our members to pick up any last minute needs for the classes.
We will then break up into groups with each class being taught in one of several different areas of the floor. Once the classes are finished, the meeting is over. Members have been asking to do the fashion labels blocks again, so here it is, but a little different this time. The foundation blocks are 8" square made from solid cottons in taupe, ivory, tan, brown, gray, any neutral. Arrange your labels using a glue stick to hold them in place. Machine applique folding under any raw edges.
Add yoyos and buttons if you like. They fill in the holes. Hint: Coats have nice big labels. Neckties have good ones too. Use a seam ripper to remove labels without damaging the garment. Congratulations to guild member Lisa Kehrle for winning the blocks this month! New York City. We are delighted to welcome the multi-award winning quilter, author, and web expert Gloria Hansen to our January meeting! Gloria has translated her love of working with the computer to designing and creating award winning quilts. She takes color and spins it to create exciting, interconnected spirals, circles and diagonals.
She will let us into the secrets of manipulating fabric, color and computer use for quilts that stun the eye and inspire the imagination. Gloria will begin her presentation by talking about The Art of Being an Artist — an overview of where she creates her work, the history of her traditional roots, the journey to her digital roots, and where she gets inspiration. Then, she will explain the difference between resampling and resizing a digital image. By the end of the presentation you'll know exactly how to resize an image to a quilt show's requirements and exactly how large or small you can print your images.
As the author of many publications, Gloria Hansen is well-known for her ability to clearly explain the information that at times confounds us and makes our heads spin resolution, pixels, dimensions, digital, web, digital-editing and more! Her latest publication Digital Essentials is the go-to book for answers to questions about all-things digital for quilters.
This is a not-to-be missed opportunity to hear this gracious expert share her techniques, tips and love of the art. You are invited to bring your favorite doll self-made or purchased to our Doll Party. Begin the New Year with other Empire Quilters doll lovers and share stories at this festive party celebrating the start of the New Year. Post-Meeting Update!
Many members attended and showed off their favorite adorable! You can See Pictures Here. Have you ever felt a little disappointed that Betsy Ross got to design the flag instead of you? When you view a display of flags of the world, do you see ways they could be tweaked to good advantage? Me too! Well here's our chance. I made a few flags to be sure that this block would meet the tests for an Empire BOM: must be fun, pretty, and result in a truly butt-kickin' quilt.
Check, check, and check! Look at some flags and look at your stash. Then create a flag that measures 12" tall by 15" wide. Guest Fee: No guest fee this month! Please join us for this fun fundraising auction and holiday charity gift gathering. Our December meeting is traditionally a combination holiday party, holiday charity endeavor, and a fundraising event. This year our featured activity is going to be something extra special! Back at Empire Quilters by overwhelming popular demand — Auctioneer John McCall will lead us in a fundraising auction to help with our upcoming Urban Inspirations quilt show expenses.
We are accepting donations for auction items and are asking for generous support from our members and friends. We will take quilting-related items as well as gift certificates for professional services, personal services, restaurant meals, theater tickets — we will welcome all donations in good condition.
We're looking for everything from Broadway show tickets to manicures. Items at previous auctions included fabric, books, instructional videos, jewelry, plants and quilts! We will also be having a table with smaller items see the decription of the President's Table below , so don't thing you have to donate something huge — as long as the items are in good shape, we will find a way to make money on them to help support our worthy causes.
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If you have items to contribute to the auction , please contact Larry Gifford lawgifford me. To help things run smoothly, we request that you fill out a Donation Form for the item s you are contributing to the auction. The forms will be available at the Membership Table in October and November. Latest Message from the Auction Committee: Posted: Nov 20, — It is not too late to contribute a donation to the auction.
You can donate a service, bake a cake for a later date, donate a massage, or teach a quilting skill. One year, I bought Pamela Leonard Wexler's donation of hand quilting a quilt. Lots of talent in this Guild! You can get a donation from one of your favorite neighborhood stores; a restaurant, gym, nail saloon, etc.
One of your friends might be a lawyer, baker, etc. A lawyer that would donate making a will is a big dollar draw. This is besides the amazing donations that can be generated from your talents. Live Auction Rules — When you arrive at the meeting, sign in and receive a paddle with your special number. Purchases from the live auction can be paid for by cash or check at the conclusion of the auction.
Items are sold as is so come early and take a look at the items that will be on display for the live auction. In addition to our major auction, we will be finishing and assembling holiday items for children. We're asking for as many teddy bears and stockings as you can make.
Unfortunately there are so many children in the New York City Area who will receive little — if anything — for the holidays. Please help brighten their holidays by contributing an item for a child. Every item will go to a child or family who has little else for the holidays. The children — and their parents — need the help, and we can help. The patterns are easy, and are available here for downloading in PDF format, below. Stockings can be decorated with batting on the top, or with holiday cookie-cutter decorations, or with ribbons.
Use your imagination! If you are uncertain about embroidering or drawing the face on the teddy bear, just bring it to the meeting, and the Service Committee will paint the face on for you. Please do not use buttons on the bears for child safety reasons. If you are unable to make stockings or bears, another option is to donate an inexpensive toy small enough to fit into the stocking as a stocking stuffer.
The organizations that distribute these items specifically request hats, gloves, mittens, socks, combs, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, coloring books and Teddy Bears. No food or candy items, no makeup or perfume please. Please do not donate any used items. If you have any questions, please email info empirequilters. And last — but certainly not least! Once again we ask that all our bakers get busy that week and bring in goodies for us to share. We would also love a few food donations for the Auction or the President's Gift Table!
The guild will provide the water and soda, the member will provide the goodies. After all, we all need to refresh ourselves after the had work of spending money at the Auction! Posted: Dec 17, — The December Holidays will soon be over, presents opened, food eaten and memories of a good time with family and friends. Once again, the members of Empire Quilters have opened their hearts and provided for those who are less fortunate in our City.
This year the membership contributed Stockings, Bears, 96 Stuffed Animals, 57 Other Soft Dolls, Hats, Gloves, Mittens, Handknit Hats and Scarfs, 77 Handmade Drawstring bags, jewelry, hand beaded earrings 36 , 1 Mans shirt; Toys — over individual items which included books, coloring book, crayons and related items, pads, stickers, matchbox cars, trucks, puzzles, games, cards, puzzles, slinky's, DVD's.
There were over 3, toiletry items and candy, chips and holiday treats. Since we had so many toys, I made up three large bags the kind from the Dollar Store and filled them with toys. We divided the toiletry items so each person received at least two of each item in plastic zip lock bags. Keep in mind that these numbers may be off as the amount of stuff to put together in one day is tremendous, but it all got done.
I would like to thank my mother, Betty Walsh, for helping get all this stuff together with me so it reached the shelter on time. This is her third year helping with assembling our Holiday collection. I would also like to thank my husband, Mike for delivering all the "stuff" as I was unable to take off from work, so he went after school and delivered everything. Our members should be very proud of themselves for a job well done. We are living in world where we are all thinking twice about how we spend our money, but the Empire Quilters always think of others and looking at the numbers think of all the people who receive a gift, given with love, from someone who does not know them.
Hopefully, they will realize there are some really nice people who really care about them. The December block is quick and easy. These wonky "plus signs" will look like windowpanes when all the blocks are sewn together. Here's an arrangement of three blocks to get an idea of what they'll look like as a windowpane scrap quilt. The white areas might be a good place to show off some quilting!
Congratulations to guild member Janet Randolph for wining this month's collection of Window Panes blocks! Join the group! You'll make new friends, learn some new quilting techniques, have a project in common with others, and support each other. Visit the Focus Groups page for complete inforamtion, and check out the previous months below to see samples of the blocks made. Date : Sunday, December 12, The ever-popular and talented Anna Faustino is back with another fabulous workshop!
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Victims turn up completely drained of all their blood from puncture holes in the neck, in some gruesome encore performance of the Transylvania of lore. Instead of limiting themselves strictly to her dreams, Reese's premonitions begin to arrive via physical contact with future victims. While she tries to piece together her erratic psychic evidence, Romanian police, desperate to find their killer, zone in on her implausible connection to each of the victims.
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