October 3, 2022 Lisa Calle

Trunk filled with Anything but Junk

Come spend a little time with Lisa Calle, the Bernina Ambassador and Award-Winning quilter!  With her humor and down to earth attitude, she will share with you her personal and professional journey of quilting.  Lisa illustrates how she has earned renowned success from her initial piece using a “⅜” seam allowance, to her latest quilt that won awards at the Houston International Quilt Festival.  As you gain insight on Lisa’s amazing craft and her 3-step Divide and Design method, any hesitation you have regarding the patience or talent for quilting will quickly disappear.  So, if you doubt whether or not you can quilt with pride, Lisa will give you the confidence and knowledge to start.  The world of quilting can be yours, too.


Tuesday, 4 October 2022                                        Lisa Calle:  Feather & Fills Folly

Tuesday, 4 October 2022     9:00 am to 3:30 pm EDT

Members $65 / Non-Members $70                 Click here to register:  Lisa Calle Feathers & Fill

Live, in-person at the Clifton Park Elks Lodge on 695 MacElroy Road in Ballston Lake, NY 12019

Do you love the idea of incorporating beautiful feathers into your design, yet feel that achieving such a look is way out of your league? Join Lisa as she introduces and demonstrates 6 different feathers. She will remove any timidness you may have and guide you with the assurance needed for placing feathers into your piece. But it doesn’t stop there…. After learning how to expertly execute these feathers… you will learn how to accentuate those fabulous feathers with different types of fills. Don’t let fills be an afterthought, they can make or break your quilt!

Workshop with Beth Helfter

Paula Schwab has kindly shared her photos with us. Beth taught our members her “accordian” half square triangle method. Paula: “loved the workshop!!! This method is so easy and addictive.

Needle Fact: The 80/40 Rule (?)

From a QN Member: Most regular sewing thread used for seam construction is generally a 50wt thread not a 40wt. And a size 80 needle is generally used for this weight thread though some applications require a 90(needle). 40wt thread is generally used for machine quilting or machine embroidery. And most sewing machine’s needle threaders will not work with a size 70 needle . . Look at the size of your own sewing threads. Coats and Clark’s regular thread is 50wt, Aurifil is 50wt, Mettler general sewing thread, Gutterman is 50wt as well as many other of the common manufacturers.

From Schmetz Needles: What Needle Size Do I Use
The most popular thread used for all types of sewing, quilting, and
crafting is a 40 weight thread. When using a 40 weight thread, use
a size 80/12 needle.
If using a thread finer than a 40 weight, such as a 50 weight, use a
smaller needle size such as 70/10. Likewise, if using a 30 weight
thread, use a needle size larger than 80/20, such as 90/14 or larger.


Use a squirt of mild dishwashing soap (Ivory/Dawn) and clean the mat with a
soft brush (soft is the key word here). The purpose of this gentle scouring is to
remove the fibers that get trapped in the cut marks preventing the cuts from
Olfa Cutting Mats love moisture! It is recommended that you soak your mat
from time to time. To soak it, put your mat in a bathtub or large container
(would have to be large so it can lay flat) and soak it for 15—20 minutes in a
solution of 1/4 cup white vinegar to every gallon of cool water. If the mat
doesn’t’ quite fit, let it soak and then return to reposition it. Do this every so
often to help extend its useful life.

You can keep your iron looking good with this simple trick. Just mix salt and
vinegar and heat on the stove. This solution easily wipes away dirt and grime
that may be on your iron and keeps it from dirtying up your fabric.

BOM, Challenge, Travel

Block of the Month (BOM) is returning to Quilt North for 2022-2023!

The Quilt North President has already chosen the President’s Challenge.

Travel is making inquiries about possible trips for us this year.

Our August newsletter will have details on these activities. You can find

more information on our website under the committee name at the top of

our website home page.

OCT 8, 2022 – JAN 22, 2023

Wall Power! Spectacular Quilts

from the American Folk Art


Artist unidentified, Broken Star Block Quilt, United States, 1930s, cotton, 81 x 64″, The American Folk Art Museum, Gift of Karen and Werner Gundersheimer, 2018.2.18 Photo by Gavin Ashworth

As an art form, quilts have deep roots in American life and experience. For more than three centuries, the artists, primarily women, have created highly individualized expressions in this medium that is both yielding and unforgiving, and challenges the maker to test the limits imposed by cutting and piecing bits of fabric.

This exhibition has been organized by the American Folk Art Museum, New York.

Location:  The Hyde Collection                       Museum Hours:
161 Warren Street                                                  Thursday – Sunday
Glens Falls, NY 12801                                            10 am – 5 pm
p. 518.792.1761
fx. 518.792.9197

Quilts for Hospice

Message from Cynthia Guess:

The Community Hospice cares for hundreds of Veterans on our program every year. To thank them for their service, we recognize each with a certificate and present them with a handmade blanket or quilt in red, white, and blue. Unfortunately, we only receive a fraction of the donated blankets we need, leaving about a third of our Veterans without. We are seeking knitters, crocheters and quilters to help ensure every Veteran on hospice can receive this gift of comfort and warmth. Blankets can be lap size (35 x 40 inches) or large enough for a hospital bed (66 x 90 inches). If your members would like to participate in this very special mission, your hand made blanket can be dropped off at our Albany office located at 445 New Karner Road. We also have offices in Saratoga Springs and Catskill. For more information, call The Community Hospice at (518) 724-0200 and ask to speak with Cindy in the volunteer office.