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January 2018 | The Newsletter of the NYC Metro Modern Quilters Guild 2.3
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Next Meeting: Sheen Center, 18 Bleeker Street, 12PM
April Meeting Highlights
Our April Mini-Retreat was super fun!
The April meeting took us to the Lower East Side where Maria G. hosted the guild at her building's event space for an all-day meeting and mini-retreat. After our regularly scheduled meeting, which included donuts, bagels, and an overall sense of joviality, members pulled out their projects and spent time together basting, cutting, quilting, and doing all the things we love to do together! The event was a real success, and, due to its popularity, we hope to have more events held there in the future!
Thanks to all who made the trek eastward to join us! We'll be back at the Sheen Center for May and June's meetings!
The President's Corner

Hey Mods! Spring is sprung and I’m really psyched about our May meeting. The April mini retreat at 475 FDR Drive was really fun; on the Board we learned a lot too and hope to repeat and enhance that success with a couple next year. Did you make it to the NJ Sewing and Quilt Expo? I had a great morning wandering the vendors and checking out the fantastic quilts. Thanks to Cynthia for organizing our Guild’s exhibit and to everyone who contributed a quilt. Great job!

So how’s your spring sewing going? A couple of months ago I mentioned that I’d converted a longtime friend into a new quilter and recently sold her on the ease and practicality of precuts. Not only can you get an entire quilt top out of one bundle but if you don’t have a lot of living space like a lot of us city folk, there’s little left over. She just made her first quilt from a layer cake and is really enjoying the simplicity of it. And I’m sort of reliving my early quilting days and getting a charge out of watching her adventures.

What are you looking forward to, now that the weather makes going outside a little more attractive Even it’s just opening the window next to your sewing machine and letting the sunshine in, spring sounds great to me.

The June Retreat!
There are still a few spots available for our June retreat at Ladore in Waymart, PA! Spend a lovely weekend from June 8-10 in the Poconos stitching, gabbing, swimming, eating, and relaxing with your guild buddies! You can still sign up at the May meeting!
Haven't been there before? Take a look!
The Show & Tell Four Patch
From top left clockwise: Ivete Tecedor; Judy Corwin; Tina Marney; Sue Erdreich
Quilter of the Month: Maureen Wirth
How long have you been quilting?
Off and on for 30 years. 

What got you started? 
I learned to sew as part of 4-H and home economics classes in middle school. Quilting seemed like a natural and more creative extension of sewing garments. 

What is your favorite quilting technique? or What's your favorite part of the quilting process?
My favorite quilting technique is whatever I learned most recently. There is just so much creative talent in our guild and in the quilting community at large. It is very inspiring. My favorite part of the process is definitely selecting the fabric for a quilt. 

What is your favorite color? or What is a color that always seems to pop up in your work?
I have a fair amount of green fabric in my stash. I especially love a bright light green. It really pops. My quilts tend to have bold colors - especially in baby quilts. 

What is your most favorite quilt you've ever made? 
One of  favorite quilts is the second or third quilt I ever made. It was for my grandmother and the reason it is among my favorites has nothing to do with the design, but rather the reaction I got from her when she opened up her gift. My grandmother taught me how to embroider and crochet. She encouraged my crafty side and always commented on how much "hard work went into making that".

What quilt did you make that gave you a real sense of achievement or victory?  
I finished a quilt my cousin started before she died and gave it to her nephew as a wedding gift. He and his wife just loved it. 

What do you think the most valuable or important aspect of quilting is for you?
Quilting is a big stress reliever and it really gives me a sense of accomplishment. 

What kind of machine do you use?
Bernina Virtuosa 150 Quilter's Edition 

What is one quilting notion that you can't possibly live without?
Seam ripper

What is your biggest quilting goal?
Making a quilt for every member of my family. I have about 3 more to go. 

What is your favorite part of being in the guild?
Show and tell. I just love to see what other members are making. We have such a talented group. 

What do you do when you're not quilting?
Run, work, and volunteer with New York Cares
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Upcoming
June elections are almost upon us!
 
Nominations for the following roles will be held in May. If you are unable to attend and would like to nominate yourself or another, please email president@nycmetromodquilters.com to do so.

Vice President
Duties include: Assist the president with administration; perform the duties of president when needed; organize committee heads.
 
Treasurer
Duties include: Manage guild funds; maintain guild accounts; manage books; prepare and file taxes.

Membership Secretary
Duties include: Collect membership dues and manage member data; orient new members; organize meeting welcome table.
Announcements
Save the Date!
Saturday, August 18
Do you get the feeling that the wait from June to October is too long to go without a guild meeting? Maria has reserved a day in August to have a one-day retreat! Details coming soon!
Congratulations to Alyson and Jean on the handsome addition to their family! Welcome, Bradley! (And he just loves his new quilt!)
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