January 2018 | The Newsletter of the NYC Metro Modern Quilters Guild 2.3
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Next Meeting: Sheen Center, 18 Bleeker Street, 10AM
December Meeting Highlights
In December we had a great meeting and celebrated the holiday season with a potluck of sweet and savory goodies!
Kristin Axtman of  Brooklyn Haberdashery visited the guild and shared her interest in boro-inspired textile collage. She spoke on what characteristics motivated her to start her business and emphasized the importance of resourcefulness and innovation in starting a creative company. In the following demo/workshop, Kristin introduced her take on Japanese boro and demonstrated stitching and patching techniques, while members created their our mini-boro-inspired samplers.
In addition to her talk and workshop, she also vended some of her lovely wares, which included high-end snips and scissors, thread, embroidery hoops, and so on. 
The pin cushion swap was a great sucess!
The President's Corner

Well it’s that time again- the holidays are over, I’m putting away the decorations and even the holiday fabric goes back into its bin for another year. But we’ve got some great things going on and I’m excited about 2018 and all it has to offer.

The biggest news is we’re moving! I can’t wait to get started in our new meeting space at the Sheen Center. I think it will be a great fresh start. And we’ll have a new neighborhood to explore and get to know.

And we have a full events calendar lined up. I can’t wait for all the fun stuff. Big thanks to everyone who’s contributed ideas, feedback and of course to Cynthia for doing all the legwork and actual, you know, work of arranging them. Awesome stuff.

How are your projects going? Do you make new year’s resolutions for quilting? I vowed to finish three quilts by the end of 2017; I finished one, got a good start on a second by the end of the year (now completed) and am almost finally done with that third UFO. Of course my vow to not start any new projects until those three were finished fell by the wayside. There’s always so many quilts I want to make.

One of the funnest things for me lately has been turning on a longtime friend to quilting. She took her first lessons and is having fun, and it’s been really hard for me to not overload her patterns, ideas, fabric, all that. Having a new quilting buddy might be even better than having a new quilt. 

So let’s get things started in February and see where the new year leads us!


We're Moving!
Photo courtesy of The Sheen Center
Say Hello to the Sheen Center!
We said goodbye to Hartley House with the close of 2017, and are moving downtown to a new space for our monthly meetings! The Sheen Center's upstairs studios will offer the guild a sunny spot on Bleeker Street, and an earlier time slot to boot!
Our February meeting will be held from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. See you bright and early on the 3rd!

If you are traveling by train, The Sheen Center is most easily accessible from the BDFM Broadway Lafayette Station or the 6 Bleeker Street Station. The NR Prince Street Station is also not far. The address to The Sheen Center is 18 Bleeker Street. For your convenience, here is a map (courtesy of Google):
The Show & Tell Four Patch
Quilter of the Month: Emily Nieder
How long have you been quilting?
I started quilting in 2012.
What got you started? 
I learned to sew in 2011 because I wanted to make clothes for myself but I became frustrated when I couldn't manage to make them fit properly or they looked "homemade" (in a bad way!).  One day I saw a class on Craftsy about quiltmaking that I thought looked fun and, best of all, it didn't have to fit!  I soon learned that quilting is very exacting but I much prefer the precision sewing needed to make a quilt over garment making.  
What's your favorite part of the quilting process?
Picking out the fabric and figuring out how it will go together is one of my favorite parts of quilting.  
What is your favorite color? or What is a color that always seems to pop up in your work?
Definitely coral.
What is your most favorite quilt you've ever made? 
I made this oversized Lemoyne star (about 22" square) and quilted it using silk thread so it would look very delicate.  It was a gift for a family friend and I was sorry I had to give it to her!

What quilt did you make that gave you a real sense of achievement or victory?  
I made this double wedding ring quilt for my mother's 60th birthday and she finally received it on her 62nd birthday!  It was most satisfied with the secondary design I made with the quilting.  

What do you think the most valuable or important aspect of quilting is for you?
I love the satisfaction of creating a tangible object that people can interact with.
What kind of machine do you use?
Bernina 440 QE
What is one quilting notion that you can't possibly live without?
I only get one?!  Clover patchwork pins for sewing curves or precision piecing, and my quilt halo for fine quilting.
What is your biggest quilting goal?
To finish quilts for all my immediate family members that they love - this is challenging mostly because some of them are very particular!
What is your favorite part of being in the guild?
The social community full of people who support, encourage, and inspire.
What do you do when you're not quilting?
I run my new business, Athena Art Conservation.  If you're in need of a painting conservator or just want to learn more, please check out my website:  :)

Block Lotto!
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Usha of Handloom Batiks will be back with us in February to vend her gorgeous hand printed fabrics from India! 
Join SAQA PA for a Symposium
Saturday March 17, 2018
Radnor, PA (near Philadelphia)
For more information and to register, click here.
Fiber’s the Bomb will start the day off with a meet and greet coffee and munchies from 9AM until 10AM. Followed by two speakers a buffet lunch and then two more speakers.
The presentations will end at 4:15PM when we move on to the Wayne Art Center ( a few miles away: for the artists and jurors walk through from 5PM to 6PM.
The evening will conclude with the Art Quilt Elements opening reception immediately following the walk through.
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