Clifton Park Farm Fest

The annual Clifton Park Farm Fest is Friday-Sunday, Sept. 19-21. This fun, family-friendly fall weekend features activities at area farms, apple orchards and other agricultural locations. Complete information is available at the Clifton Park Town Office.

The event kicks off with a Harvest Dinner Friday evening at the Shenendehowa Adult Community Center. On Saturday, the Amity Reformed Church in Vischer Ferry will host a one-day quilt exhibit, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This exhibit features larger quilts — from crib to king size — and the quilts are displayed on the church pews.

Members intersted in participating in the show should drop off their quilts with Ruth Riddle and Martha Hadarics at the Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18. Each quilt must have a label with the name of the quilt, owner’s name and any pertinent information, and each quilt must be in a pillow case or other type of tote bag — no garbage bags, please! Entrants may pick up their quilts at 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, at the church.

If you cannot drop off your quilt on Sept. 18 or pick it up on Sept. 20, please contact Ruth or Martha via phone or email to make other arrangements.

Members who are available to volunteer to help set up the show Saturday morning and tear down Saturday afternoon should contact Ruth or Martha. Because Amity is an antique building, its sanctuary is reached by a set of outside stairs, meaning we could use as many volunteers as we can get! Any and all help is welcome.

Remember Your Summer Challenge Blocks!

If you haven’t made any yet, there’s still time! This summer’s challenge is called “The Exploding Block” and the instructions are available in a video from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

To participate in the challenge, you will need to make at least four blocks in pastels and creams. Solids are ok, and small florals or prints that read as a solid from a short distance are good, too. Make two with cream centers and two with pastel centers. You do not have to use the same fabrics in all your blocks. When you are done, sew your blocks together into a four-patch square using a ¼-inch seam, alternating cream- and pastel-centered blocks. Finished squares should measure 6½ inches.  When assembled into a four-patch, they will measure 12½ inches.

Wall Hanging Challenge at Albany Institute of History & Art

The Albany Institute of History & Art is hosting a quilt wall hanging challenge in conjunction with its exhibition “Under Cover: Revealing Designs in Bedcovers, Quilts and Coverlets.” Challenge kits may be picked up at the Institute’s front desk starting Sept. 2. Entries must be submitted by Nov. 14, and quilts will be displayed Nov. 28-30. Contact Barbara Collins at or 463-4478 for more information.

Challenge Rules & Submission Requirements (PDF)

Entry Form (PDF)

“Everything Matters” at Sept. 8 Guild Meeting

The first guild meeting of the year features a presentation by Cathy Racine, owner of Charlton Sewing Center in Massachusetts, called “Everything Matters.”

If you’ve already renewed your membership for 2014-15, be sure to pick up your card at the membership table. If you haven’t already renewed, please do so ASAP – you’ll be able to pick up your membership card at the October meeting.

Be sure to check out all of the great upcoming workshops – sign up before they sell out! – as well as the new block-of-the-month, which will be limited to just 30 kits a month.

Travel Update

Barbara Wolfe and Pat Burgess will be handling all your travel needs this year! You can contact either one of us with any questions. We can’t wait to have you join us for some exciting quilt excursions!

Quilters Gathering
Manchester, N.H.    Nov. 8
$95 (includes dinner and entrance to the show)

AQS Quilt Show
Lancaster, Pa.    Mar. 12-14
Final price TBD

Genesee Valley QuiltFest
Rochester, N.Y.    June 6
Final price TBD

From the President

Greetings quilters!

I hope your summers have been great. It seemed like it took forever to get here and I’m always sad to see it go. I just have to remember that it will be months before the snow flies (I hope).

Our VPs, Jennie Kerwood and Suzette DuPont, have planned a wonderful year. We have great speakers lined up and exciting workshops. Sign up for some as soon as you can.

We’re still looking for a venue coordinator. The job entails getting volunteers to help with set-up and take-down at our monthly meetings. A clipboard is going to be circulated during the September meeting to start this process. It’s an easy job if shared — maybe there’s a group of friends who can help out. Let me know.

Looking forward to catching up with everyone,

Ann Pastore

P.S. – Big thanks to Karen Sturtevant and Nancy Glover for once again organizing the beautiful quilt display at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library this August (see page 2). And thank you to the members who provided quilts for the show. When I stopped by, the friendly security guard mentioned that it had been very popular. This is a great way to let folks in the community know we’re here and to give us all the opportunity to see some lovely quilts.

Quilts at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library

Make sure you stop by to see the colorful display of quilts made by QUILT North members upstairs at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library. It looks great and it will be up for the rest of the month.
The library is at 475 Moe Rd, Clifton Park, NY 12065. It is open MondaysThursdays, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
Many thanks to Karen Sturtevant and Nancy Glover for all their work making this display happen.

Charity News

from Dayle Gruder

Welcome back, quilters! I hope you had a great summer!

Last year, we had a very successful year with charity quilts under Maria Newnham’s leadership. The Charity Committee donated 91 quilts in 2013-14. Our thanks to Maria for all her help. Thankfully, she continues to be an asset with Charity. Special thanks goes out to the participants of the summer workshop. I’ll be holding another one on National Quilting Day, Saturday, Oct. 25. Please sign up at the Charity table or call me at 664-5271.

Please return all completed Camp Erin quilts and other completed kits at the September meeting. Don’t forget your summer challenge blocks for the September meeting and return all projects that you took over the summer as soon as you can.

We need more volunteers! I need someone to deliver quilts once they’re completed and to store them in their homes until needed.

Thanks to everyone who has helped in any way!

Block-of-the-Month: New for 2014-15!

autumnBOMYour block-of-the-month team has been working on a new project for 2014-15. This kit will be available at the September meeting and is the first in a series of four seasons. Each project will be a pieced basket with seasonal fusible applique, and borders and finishing instructions will be included.

We are only preparing 30 kits at a cost of $5 each, so purchase will be on a first-come, first-served basis. This year, we will not be collecting your blocks to raffle off. Instead, you get to keep your finished project!

So, be sure to pick up your autumn kit at the block-of-the-month table this September.