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Hello Mods!
Welcome to the January newsletter! Writing this, it feels like ages since our last meeting on December 3. A lot has happened--the holidays feel like the distant past, and the 2017 is already well underway. In the meantime, we've had a very successful and fun winter retreat, and there are many exciting things coming up soon--read on for information about our upcoming meeting on February 4, as well as other quilty goodness heading our way!
December Meeting Events
The Winter Mini Quilt Swap!
The December Meeting was a lovely celebration of the end of the year--there were so many eats and treats at the meeting, and the Winter Mini Quilt Swap was a roaring success! The quilts were all so delightful, and everyone who participated gleefully went home with a treasure. Due to the success of this event, it would not be surprising to see another swap come up at a later date. 

President's Corner

Hello Mods! As we all begin another new year together please accept my best wishes for a happy and healthy 2017, filled with laughter and love of friends and family, and the creative inspiration for many new quilts. I look forward to spending 2017 with you as we engage in new ideas, deepen our connection and community and have a few laughs. See you all soon!


Show & Tell
Clockwise from upper left: Bernadette & EPP hexis; Rachel & wedding dress quilt; Eva & EPP Lone Star; Nellie & Medallion Quilt
Upcoming in February
We are going to have a jam packed meeting this month! Here are some things to look forward to:
  • Our guest speaker, Jeff Hermes, is an attorney who specializes in First Amendment and copyright law. He'll be informing us on the ins and outs of copyright infringement, and helping us navigate many of the issues that have arisen in the quilting community. Get ready to have your burning questions answered by an expert!
  • Usha Berlin will be vending at this meeting, so get ready to pick up some of her gorgeous Indian prints! (And maybe win some of her goodies at the raffle!)
  • Bring in your finished paint chip challenge quilts! We will display them around the room for all to see. If you intend to enter yours in the upcoming Quilt Show, and would like to get it off your sewing table, please make sure that it has a hanging sleeve. We can't wait to see them all together! Any other quilts that you have for the show, bring those, too!
  • Of course, we'll be collecting block lotto squares, and community blocks. See below for details.
A New Relationship with NYU Langone's Stephen A. Cohen Military Family Clinic
The Stephen A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at NYU Langone supports veterans and their families with a variety of different services, including clinical support, transition and relocation services, among other things. On Saturday, January 28, they hosted a Military Family Day to bring people together for tons of family-friendly activities. One of the activities was to make blocks for a quilt! Eva and Caroline went there, and worked with Joey Casey from the Textile Arts Center to help kids and their families make indigo shibori squares to be cut into blocks, as well as drawn blocks. It was super fun to work with these families!

We have offered to piece and quilt the project for the Langone Clinic to brighten their office space and make the families who visit feel welcome and comfortable when they come in for services. Gotham Quilts has generously offered their space to us on Saturday, February 11, for a piecing party from 6:00-10:00 PM. The images above depict some of the blocks the families made at the event, and an image of the quilt layout. Please join us! There is limited space, so please RSVP to Caroline if you would like to work on this awesome community outreach project, and help the guild try to build relationships with our greater NYC community!
Join us for a Community Outreach Quilting Project for
NYU Langone Military Family Services!
Saturday, February 11, 6PM
Pat Harrison of Ocean Waves Quilting Company - A Workshop 
Patricia Harrison is a longarm quilter, quilt designer, lecture and workshop presented, and now a NACQJ judge (formerly an NQA Certified Master Quilt Judge). She has been longarming since 1999; has won numerous regional and national awards for quilting her own quilts and those of her customers. Pat's articles, quilt designs and her quilting have also been published in books and magazines. 
Pat enjoys all aspects of the quiltmaking process although she would have to admit that her particular favorite part of the process is designing quilting that will enhance the work of the quilt top. I really enjoy seeing the transition a quilt top goes through as it is quilted and the third dimension emerges.
For more information go to:

Easy Peasy Circles
Learn how to easily and evenly piece circles into your quilts using the "freezer paper frame - glue baste - heat set - stitch" method. All steps to this simply successful technique will be fully demonstrated. Students may piece circles into an existing quilt top such as a jelly roll
1600 (inches of fabric) race top like the pictured class sample, Champagne Batik, or piece circles into blocks for a quilt of their own design. (Live video camera feed is used for demonstrations throughout this workshop enabling each student to clearly see how a technique is done.)
To see how to make a Jelly Roll quilt, please see the YouTube video:
Instead of the Jelly Roll quilt, you may choose to do one of Pat's other patterns shown below. Seating is limited so sign up early.
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
Place: Village of Mineola Community Center
          155 Washington Avenue, Mineola, NY 11501
Fee: $35
Contact: Donna Russell (516) 484-2088
The Bee Hive
Improv Bee
Greer's Ibbie Queen Bee for January! Everyone should have received her fabric at the beginning of the month! 
Diana Cherryholmes' blocks for December may be hanging around on your sewing table, too! 
Lucky Bee
Tina's super cute dog blocks are due back at the February meeting. This quilt's got a deadline, so please be sure to bring your blocks for her!
On The Block
Block Lotto!

Because there are so many projects in the works this month, our Block Lotto team is keeping it simple this month! Bring a 10" square of a black and white print fabric to participate!
Kids' Block!
We are still collecting Kids' Blocks until the February meeting! If you haven't made yours yet, there is still time to whip out this super cute and easy block!
Do you own a Singer Featherweight? Here is a resource for you for Featherweight repairs:
Crown Machine Services
2792 Broadway (between 107 and 108)
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