Newsletter

MAY 2022 NEWSLETTER

We were excited to welcome Sue Colozzi to our meeting. Sue is an accomplished and award winning landscape quilt artist who has taught many classes at the Falmouth Art Center and around New England. See details of her presentation HERE.

Tickets for the Raffle Quilt were distributed to members present. Additional tickets are available to sell. Remember, it is the expectation that all members will purchase $20 in tickets. We will need volunteers to sell tickets at the Sandwich Crafts Fair on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31, and the Mashpee Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 1. Check your calendars, sign up sheets are available at the meetings.  Please do your part to make this raffle a success.

Holly informed the membership that we need to start thinking about a design for next year’s quilt and several people will be needed to organize this. Again, as a wise person once said, “Many hands make light work.”

It was decided that the annual picnic/potluck would be moved to August due to changes in our schedule. A sign up sheet will be available at the June meeting.

Cathy Williamson announced that she got a fiber art project into the Falmouth Art Center juried show. Congratulations, Cathy!

Members voted to approve an amount of money that would again go toward the Falmouth Service Center Backpack Program to support students returning to school in the fall.

Members were reminded to start thinking about the Dresden Neighborhood class that will take place in October.

Nancy D. has offered to do a presentation next month on “Tools You’ll Just Want to Have”. We are looking for one or two other volunteers to do another quick presentation on a technique they use or have recently learned, or some other skill they thing the group would find interesting or helpful.

The Open House Committee will have another Zoom meeting on June 2, at 6:30 PM. All are welcome and encouraged to participate. The same Zoom link as our regular meetings will be used.

MARCH & APRIL 2022 NEWSLETTERS

In March we were please to have our very own Nancy D. provide us with a walkthrough of her quilting history with a presentation of many of the beautiful quilts she has made over the years; some of which have been prize winners.

We invited Noreen Couture, another Cape resident and member of Bayberry Quilters, to give a talk about her quilt journey and she too gave us a trunk show of the quilts that represented where she started and where she is today. Noreen is also an award winning quilter and was even invited to display one of her quilts in Paducah.

You can view the quilts from both presentations HERE.

Plans for the October 8th Open House are beginning to come together.

Members had been notified of changes to location and dates of upcoming meetings.

• May 19th meeting will be held in Meeting Room #2, due to the Recreation Center needing our space.

• Due to the Falmouth Commodores baseball home scheduled, our June meeting has been moved to June 23rd. Doors will open at 6:15 PM due to another meeting in progress with our meeting starting at 6:30.

• Again, due to the Falmouth Commodores schedule, our July meeting has been moved to July 28th. We may need to meet in Room #2 but will keep you posted.

FEBRUARY 2022 NEWSLETTER

Guild members participated in a Comfort Quilt Sew-athon and at least two comfort quilts were assembled and made ready for to quilting.

JANUARY 2022 NEWSLETTER

The January meeting featured a Valentine card making event coordinated by Ginger Rabesa. All those in attendance completed a card to give to a special person.

It was announced that the December Clean Out the Closet Sale was a huge success and remaining fabric, etc. was donated to the Woods Hole Public Library Fabric and Fiber Sale in March.

DECEMBER 2021 NEWSLETTER

It is with great sadness that the Guild has received news of the passing of long-time member Betsy Micelli-Clarke. Betsy had been an active member of the guild and a good friend to many. Her loss will be greatly felt.

NOVEMBER 2021 NEWSLETTER

At the November meeting we spent a brief amount of time going around the room and on Zoom reintroducing ourselves to each other.

Plans were made for the December holiday meal. Since the treasury has been building up it was voted to that the Guild would purchase the entree and members would sign up to bring sides or desserts.

It was announced that the December meeting would feature a “Clean Out the Closet Sale”. We have been asked to reduce the amount of “creative stash” we are storing in the Recreation closet so we will be having a gigantic sale of all the donated fabric, books, patterns, etc. Nothing will be more than $5.

Scrap bags 50 cents, fat quarters 25 cents, yardage for $1.00 and large yardage for backing $5.

OCTOBER 2021 NEWSLETTER

At this time we are still meeting in a hybrid manner and in person participants are asked to follow the DPH guidelines.

Jennifer Linton gave a very informative and emotional talk related to the Museum of Fine Arts exhibit Fabric of a Nation – American Quilt Stories. Her PowerPoint included a picture representation of some of the quilts and the powerful stories they told. Jenn explained the quilts are not primarily there to appreciate the makers skills but more so to document the good and not so good times in the country over the decades.

To view some of the quilts (you will need to scroll down on the page) and to learn more about this exhibit go to https://www.mfa.org/exhibition/fabric-of-a-nation.

UPDATE FROM JENN 10.27.21

I just received the link to an MFA Staff member’s reflection on two of the quilts by Asian Americans that I showed in my presentation. I really like how she ties the two quilts together so I thought I’d share it. 

SEPTEMBER 2021 NEWSLETTER

We are still meeting in a hybrid manner – in person and on Zoom. Mask Advisory: Mass Department of Public Health advises all unvaccinated residents to continue to wear masks in indoor settings and when they can’t socially distance. The advisory also recommends that vaccinated residents who are at increased risk from COVID-19, or who live with someone at increased risk, should wear a face covering indoors (other than in their home).

Holly Santangelo and Lori Crawley, representing the Programs Committee, have organized several in-person demonstrations this month. Lori, Holly, and Susan will demonstrate three different skills.

The Row Quilts will be revealed at this meeting.

AUGUST 2021 NEWSLETTER

We are still meeting in a hybrid manner – in person and on Zoom.

Lori is planning a weekend retreat later this year. Details will be forthcoming.

Lynn is still working on the design for the Mystery Quilt.

There is a Pumpkin Block Swap. Sign up is by September 1 and blocks need to be mailed to participants by October 31st.

JUNE/JULY 2021 NEWSLETTER

In June, we were still meeting remotely. In July, we were finally able to access the Recreation Center for an in-person meeting however, due to limited parking as a result of the Falmouth Commodore’s game and other events in that part of town, several members returned home to watch via Zoom.

It was decided, due to short planning time, we will not have our annual picnic get together this year but will focus on our holiday party in December. No decision has been made yet on our October open house.

MAY 2021 NEWSLETTER

With Covid protocols slowly lifting we discussed what might be the possibilities of meeting in person. It was decided that we’d have one more meeting via Zoom to get a better handle on whether we’ll be able to return to the Gus Canty Recreation Center for meetings or perhaps have an outdoor meeting.

A “Virtual Show and Tell” is being organized by Rosemarie Gentile. Members were asked to submit photos of completed and/or partially completed projects from the past and present with short descriptions to share on a digital platform. Currently, the viewing will be for members only.

APRIL 2021 NEWSLETTER

It is anticipated that Lynn DiRusso and Lori Crawley will be providing more details to those who have signed up for the Mystery Quilt, which will include several virtual group sessions.

Susan Berteaux has had experience with several quilting subscription boxes. She will explain their contents and what they offer to quilters. If anyone else has had experience with quilt box subscriptions, they are welcome to provide their insight into the pros and cons.

MARCH 2021 NEWSLETTER

Message from our President:

Tune in this Thursday, March 18 at 6:30 PM to hear about our guild’s activities and to welcome our special guest speaker, Alyson Ainsworth.  Alyson works at Chilewich, a high-end store that designs innovative textiles for placemats, floor mats, etc. where she is a Master Weaver for the company.

We will give the majority of our meeting time to Alyson but there will still be time to share your work in our Show & Tell.

For updates on the Chicken Block Swap, see the Program Calendar page.

FEBRUARY 2021 NEWSLETTER

Message from our President:

Hello everyone!


I hope you are finding yourselves warm and cozy in your homes quilting away. I am lucky to report I just retired on January 29th after 42 years and happy to report that I have had a chance to get some quilting done and am enjoying it.

This month’s meeting we will be able to share about our chicken swap that is going on and the row quilt. We will be starting the second month for the row quilt and it will be moving from the second row to the next person on the list to start the third row. By the end there will be 8 rows to this quilt. For those of us who are part of the chicken block swap, some chickens have been moving to their new coop and it has been fun to go to the mail and receive those chickens. If you were unable to do the chicken swap don’t feel left out. We have a new block swap in the works and are exciting about sharing it with all of you once all the chickens have found their new coop to live.

At the February meeting we will introduce the first ever “Scrappy Zoom Mystery Quilt”. Come and join us on this new adventure together. Nothing like sewing and laughing with friends. We will meet on Zoom as we sew month to month together through each step. If you are interested, email Lynn or Lori. We are getting the plans together now, but here’s an idea of how it will work:

1)  Once a month you will get instructions, just like other mystery quilts.
2)  Every month we will meet on a day and time that works best for most (not our meeting day).
3)  Instead of sewing each step alone we will get together on Zoom and sew together, month-to-month.
4)  We can ask questions, see what each of us are doing, and have some laughs.
5)  Don’t worry if you are unable to make a Zoom meeting – we will email each step to you.

So sign up and let’s create together!

Contact: Lori, lcrawley4@verizon.net or Lynn, ledirusso@gmail.com

I have also sent an email to a woman in Manhattan, New York. She is my friend’s daughter who works at Chilewich, which is a high-end store that designs innovative textiles for placemats, floor mats, etc. Alyson went to Rhode Island School of Design and now works at Chilewich where she designs for their company. She also does weaving and I have extended her an invitation to come and talk with us at a future meeting so we can hear her story and how she got started and what she is doing now.

Florence has started her Block of the Month for March and it is a very cute block. Susan will get the directions out to us all through email. Also, we will talk about the changes in our web site.

We will meet this Thursday, February 18th at 6:30 p.m. Can’t wait to see all of you and hear what you have been doing since January.

As always, stay safe and healthy and see you on ZOOM!

Lori

As always, stay safe and healthy and see you on ZOOM!

Lori

JANUARY 2021 NEWSLETTER

Message from our President:


Happy New Year and hopefully everyone is staying safe and healthy this new year. I can’t wait for the time when we will all be able to get together, laugh, chat and do some quilting together again.

The Officers have discussed and talked about the upcoming year and the membership dues. This March it will be 1 year since we have been able to meet and do anything as a guild. That, combined with the fact that we probably won’t be able to meet until at least sometime this summer, the Board decided to waive the membership fee of $20.

In doing so, we would still ask you to send in your membership form to join as a member, but do not mail in a check to cover the fee for this year. We would also like to take this time to hopefully increase our membership by using the NO Membership Fee for the year as an incentive to gain some new members.

If you already sent in a check, it will be returned or voided – let Deborah know what you would like her to do. Deborah Winograd, debfwin@meganet.net

As a reminder, this January Meeting is “Meet the Quilter” and our guest will be Ginger from our Guild who will give us a tour of her craft room as well as talking about how she got into crafts/quilting and she will do a card making demonstration. Some of us will be listening and watching, while others signed up to get a kit to follow along with the demonstration and make their own card.

For those of us who signed up to get the kit: you will need to have your own glue ready for the meeting.

I look forward to listening and learning from Ginger and look forward to hearing and seeing what you all have been doing over this last month.

Our next meeting is Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 6:30 PM and the link to access the ZOOM room is below.

See you all soon, Lori