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Here you'll find highlights of our monthly newsletter, information about upcoming speakers, shows and events, and all kinds of exciting information related to quilting. Happy Quilting!


Saturday, July 9, 2016

PLEASE wear your name tags

Attention Guild Members:

It has been request that all guild members wear a name tag to promote awareness among the members.  Our guild has grown and not everyone knows every one else in the guild.  Wearing of name tags will help members acknowledge and get to know one another. 

Membership booklets are being printed and will soon be available for distribution.  

July 5th, 2016

BE INVENTIVE ... Here are some links to ideas ... make your own name tag in any pattern you like. 

QUILTY NAME TAGS  

MORE QUILTY NAME TAGS

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Carole Carroll will be the guest speaker JUNE 29th








 Carole Carroll will be the guest speaker JUNE 29thTo make her feel at home the guild is to wear RED, WHITE and Blue.   

 Miracle Quilts is group of quilters, sewers and hard working woman of all ages who come together once a month at Independence Village in Oxford. Their mission is to create patriotic quilts to present to our wounded troops at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C,. for our Michigan VA hospitals and for our homeless vets and for Troops currently serving our great country!! 


 Miracle Quilts was founded by Carole Carroll in March 2009.  The volunteer sewers meet the second Saturday of every month at Independence Village, 701 Market Street, Oxford, Michigan. The hours are from 10am to 3pm.  The group also meets at the Oxford Public Library during the week. The dates fluctuate due to the library’s schedule.
 

 http://www.quiltersresources.net/quiltshows_mi.html

JUNE 11TH .... MIRACLE QUILTS ANNUAL QUILT SHOW
INDEPENDENCE VILLAGE 
701 MARKET STREET 
OXFORD MI 

OVER 200 QUILTS TO BE EXHIBITED 
GARAGE SALE of donated quilting and crafting items
CRAFT SALE
248- 321- 8669     
miraclequilts@att.net 
 

June 29th  – Carole Carroll, founder of Miracle Quilts,

 http://www.thedesertangel.org/quilts/   

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

May 25th, SUZI PARRON BARN BLOCK PAINTING WORKSHOP













BARN QUILT PAINTING WORKSHOP …. With SUZI PARRON

$50 for workshop … sign up and payment MUST be made in advance.  Most supplies included.  Make checks payable to EVENING STAR QUILT GUILD.  FEE is payable upon sign up for the workshop. 

Workshop will be open to non- guild members as of April 28th.  
Mail payment to:
Leslie Kirkpatrick (guild president)  3995 Bluebird Ln, Metamora MI,  48455  cheklady@yahoo.com
*or*  Sheila   Arbaugh  701 Harsen Rd. Lapeer MI     48446                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
LOCATION:  Trinity Lutheran Church, 706 West Flint St, Davison MI

MAP

CREATE YOUR OWN PAINTED BLOCK to hang on your house, barn, garage or storage unit.
Pre primed boards and paint are supplied.  You will be shown how to draft, tape and paint your block with careful attention to detail.  Workshop will last about 4 hours plus clean up time.  Finished block will be 2 x 2 feet perfect for smaller buildings.  Suzi has pattern suggestion or bring your own… for the first project it is best to keep it simple.  Paint, foam brushes, colored pencils and other tools needed will be supplied.  

SUPPLIES THAT ATTENDEE MUST BRING:
ONE inch painter’s tape.  FROG TAPE yellow or green is best but SCOTCH brand is okay.
Yard stick or 24 inch ruler
Pencil
Blow Dryer ( CAN share)
Covering for tables
Guild needs minimum of 10 student but maximum of 30


FROM SUZI PARRON WEB PAGE:

Home: on the road in her RV somewhere near YOU!

Author of the book,  “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement.”  Suzi travels full time speaking to quilt guilds and other groups about barn quilts and the quilt trail movement.

Suzi will take you on a journey along the quilt trail, beginning with the very first barn quilt, which stemmed from Donna Sue Groves and her wish to honor her mother’s quilting art. Suzi’s hour-long presentation features over one hundred stunning photographs of barn quilts, some of which rival cloth quilts in their intricacy. You will hear stories of some of the individuals who have painted quilt blocks to honor loved ones or their local culture, along with a few humorous anecdotes.

The presentation is both informative and entertaining, as Suzi explores the way in which our quilting heritage takes on new meaning as this movement continues to expand.

Suzi was a featured author during Quilt Week 2013 in Paducah and a lecturer at the National Quilting Association’s summer show. Visit Suzi’s Website and her blog for more about Suzi and Barn Quilts. Click on “Book signings and Events” to find out when Suzi will be in your area and remember that because she travels year round in her RV, she might be closer to your guild than you think!

Some comments on Suzi’s presentation:

The beautiful Barn Quilt photos and their poignant stories were brought to life so eloquently by Suzi. I highly recommend Suzi’s Barn Quilt presentation to your guild. Anyone who enjoys quilts will love her presentation; add in the topics of barns both old and new, along with beautiful photos of rural America and you have a program that is sure to please!

Suzi’s presentation was well planned — a wonderful slide show of many of the barns she had visited, accompanied by excerpts from her book. Her narrative about how she became interested in barn quilts was entertaining and Suzi shared some very heartwarming stories of the people whose barn quilts she visited.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

UP COMING ACTIVITIES

January's date was incorrectly posted earlier .... it is tonight January 27 at 6pm

January’s 27TH  meeting will be a trunk show of the board’s quilting projects. We are including the heads of committees also. We have such talent in our guild. Please plan to attend and cheer these gals on. We will be having our regular show and tell also. The gals who attend the quilt camp at Bear Lake, please bring some of your projects and tell us about camp.

February’s  24TH meeting will be a charity sew. In June, Carole Carroll head of Miracle Quilts will be our speaker. So it was decided to sew some quilts to give to her. To help us with this sew, we are asking for orphan blocks, yardage, and charm squares. There will be some 12 1/2 inch patterns available at the January guild meeting. You make take them home and sew. Since we only have about 1 ½ hours to work on them at the meeting, you will probably need to finish them at home or with your sewing group.


 Quilts of any size are appreciated. So if you’re organizing your sewing rooms, keep this charity in mind. Want to get rid of your UFO’s? Bring those too. Someone else might enjoying finishing them.

 March 30th  – Charlie Coutcher on Stash Busting

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 Programs Planned for 2016
                                                                  last Wednesday of the month 
 
January – New Officers’ Trunk Show


February – Charity Sewing


March – Charlie Coutcher on Stash Busting


April – Connie Titsworth, “What Kind of Quilter Are You.”


May – Suzi Parron – Barn Quilts and the American Trail, 

www.barnquilts.com

June – Carole Carroll, Founder of Miracle Quilts, 

www.thedesertangel.org/quilts/

July – A Quilted Tea Party


August – Beth Donaldson, Quilts and Human Rights


September – Denis Schober, Environment Makes a Difference


October – Traveling Exhibit from Keepsake Quilts


November- Guild Auction and Election of Officers


December – Christmas Party and Gift Exchange


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 CONGRATULATIONS!! OLIVIA KIPP!!
Olivia has been accepted at Kendal College of Art and Designs in Grand Rapids. With her background in art, textiles and quilting awards she should go far. We should be very proud that she is a member of our Guild. Congratulations Olivia!!
 


Safe House
The Empty Bobbins will be collecting bed pillows for Safe House for January. Pillowcases would be welcome too. The toys we collected for Nov. were taken to Safe House and appreciated. Thank you.
Cathie Conlen



 Hospitality
The December potluck was full. I always thing we should say to bring a platter instead of a plate to accommodate all the samples of food.    ONLY ONE PERSON signed up to bring food for the January meeting. Any other contributions would be welcome.
Sharon Muston














Sunday, January 3, 2016

February.... CHARITY QUILTING ... MIRACLE QUILTS

 

February 24, 2016  .... 

CHARITY QUILTING ...MIRACLE QUILTS


For our February Meeting the guild is to make quilts for  MIRACLE  QUILTS    Carol Carroll organizer of Miracle Quilts  will be speaking in June and the plan is to present the quilts to her then.   MIRACLE QUILTS in the past brought their quilts to WOUNDED WARRIORS, WALTER REED HOSPITAL and various veterans organizations in Michigan. 

 

SIGN UP sheet will be posted at the January meeting.   More information will be available at that time. 

The quilts can be any style, any size or any pattern.....
  • w/chair / lap at least  48x48 inches
  • Throws - estimate size   72 x 60 inches
  • Larger quilts accepted too.


NEEDED: 
SASHING MATERIAL NEEDED …. 1-1/2 to 2 yard would be needed for the average 72 to 60 inch quilt.   Can be yardage or assorted pieces of fabric in the same colors.

                                                                           (Calculated using EQ7 )   

Any  donations  that will make this event a success will be accepted …
Patriotic  and / or Bright cheerful colors are especially desirable….

 Fabric yardage , Fat Quarters, jelly roll - 2.5 inch strips

If you have any fabrics / UFOs / Orphan Blocks that you would like to finish and donate this would be a good organization to donate to.  Masculine, feminine, traditional or modern all quilts are workable. 
 
Block patterns for  <12-1/2 inch blocks ( stars)  unfinished : 12 inch finished>   will be available at the January meeting.  They would like them made up and brought in to the meeting in FEBRUARY.   If you want to get started now here are links to web pages you can find patterns on. 

QUILTER'S CASHE .... any  block will do ... these are just suggestions

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Bring a machine, basic sewing supplies.   An extension cord would be helpful.   Cutting and ironing stations will be set up.  There are all kinds of jobs for all kind of quilters…. If you can we will also need quilters to take the quilts home and do the FREE MOTION QUILTING ….

SOME quilt kits will be available at the February Sew In.   Any style acceptable.   We would like the  quilts back at or before the June meeting when they will be donated.



Correction:  THIS is a Miracle Quilts event .... it was erroneously reported to be Quilts of Valor... sorry for any inconvenience and misinformation... ... These are both great groups.













Wednesday, December 30, 2015

DECEMBER CHRISTMAS MEETING




from our DECEMBER 2015 meeting.....

Election Results:

Leslie Kirkpatrick .... President
MARY GARROW ... Vice President
SHARON MUSTON .... Secretary
Shirley Dingman .... Treasure

Board Meetings will be the TUESDAY after the regular quilt meeting at 1pm at Little Cesar's Restaurant in Davison.   Next meeting will be January 5th.   I hope to post monthly updates to this blog.    

The guild board members have asked that IF any member has any issues, concerns, ideas for the guild that Leslie be notified ( check the guild membership book for her phone number)  She will put it on the agenda otherwise it will be added to the end of the meeting.   If you can not attend the board meeting please contact Leslie anyways and the board will work with you.






                                                                                                                                                                                          







WINNER OF THE RAFFLE QUILT ......  GUILD MEMBER Eva Nash.   She bought all her own raffle tickets... Maybe that was how she won. ... I will have to try that strategy.



 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Rules for the MONTHLY 2-1/2 inch Strip Exchange

Rules for the 2.5 inch MONTHLY STRIP EXCHANGE 

 

New Monthly Fabric Exchange – 2 ½” strips
                            See the pages section of this blog for a permanent post of this information.  
 

Lots of quilters voted for this idea at the October meeting.  This replaces the Birthday Fat Quarter Club.  The more quilters who participate, the more fun it will be.
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Here are the rules:
·    No monthly commitment, no sign up sheet.
·    Quilt shop quality fabric, clean and pressed
·    2 ½” strips by WOF (width of fabric)
·    Put 5 strips in a baggie with your name on it.  The strips don’t have to be the same fabric, just the correct monthly theme.
·    Drop off the baggy when you arrive at the guild meeting on the table by the front door. 
·    During the break, take a different baggy than the one you brought.
·    If you want to exchange more than one baggy, great!  Bring 3, take 3, etc.

·    If you really want to get rid of those leftover strips from completed projects, you can also contribute extra strips, not in a baggy.  These strips will be used in donation quilts, if enough are donated.  This is a great way to bust your stash.

Here are the monthly themes:

January - - White
February --- RED
March - - - Green 
April - - -  Pastels
May - - -  Floral 
June - - - light batiks
July - - -  Patriotic colors
August - - - SUMMER, BEACH, WATER
September  - - -  Dark batiks
October - - -  Halloween fabrics or colors 
November - - -  Thanksgiving or Fall colors 
 December  - -  - Christmas

In the event that a meeting is cancelled...... bring your strips in to the following monthly meeting and they can be exchanged then.