Date change for January meeting

The January guild meeting is our annual charity workshop. Because of venue availability, we will be meeting TUESDAY, Jan. 6, not Monday, Jan. 5.

The workshop will be held at the Elks Lodge, 695 Mac Elroy Road, Ballston Lake (which is only about 10 minutes from Shenendehowa United Methodist Church). This is a new venue for us for workshops and has received rave reviews. Here’s a chance to check it out and work alongside other members making quilts that will be given to those in need.

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Library book sale

As new librarian, it was one of my duties to weed out the old books, and with help from Paula Dunn, this has been accomplished. I will have several books on the freebie table and others for sale near the library at the November meeting. Books will be priced in the $1-$2 range. All proceeds from this sale will go towards buying new books (suggestions welcome). We also plan on building a special rulers collection (donations welcome), and maybe even start a DVD collection. So, stop by and take a look — changes, they are a-coming!

Susan Ahearn

Annual Holiday Party Dec. 1

The QUILT North annual holiday party will take place Monday, Dec. 1, at the Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Once again, we will have a potluck dinner. Please bring a dish to share, according to the first letter of your last name:

  • G-L — Main dish
  • M-R — Side dish or salad
  • S-Z — Dessert
  • A-F — Appetizer

Please bring a serving utensil with your dish, labeled with your name.

Also, back by popular demand, we will be playing QUILT BINGO with $1 cards, with donations going to charity. The program will also include fun icebreakers and quilty games for everyone’s enjoyment.

Again this year, we will collect gift items for residents of Maplewood Manor.  This is Saratoga County’s nursing home, located in Ballston Spa. Suggestions of items you may want to collect and put aside are lotions, powder, shampoo, soaps, large-print books, magazines, crossword puzzles, word search books, decks of cards, men’s socks and nail clippers. Also, we’re collecting calendars for the residents; please bring any calendars you receive and don’t plan on using and these, too, will be distributed.

Looking forward to a festive evening! Hope to see you there!

Helping Hands Food Pantry Collection

We will be collecting nonperishable food donations and monetary contributions for Helping Hands Food Pantry at our November meeting. This annual tradition helps those less fortunate get through these trying times this Thanksgiving season.

The pantry is mainly in need of paper products (paper towels and facial tissues), meals in a can (ravioli, etc.),  ramen noodles, and boxed gelatin/pudding mixes.

Monetary support of the pantry allows it to purchase food from the Regional Food Bank of NENY (fresh and frozen meats, dairy products and produce) to supplement the canned and packaged food the pantry collects during food drives. Every dollar purchases ten times more food at the Food Bank, compared with retail prices.

Thank you in advance!

“Quilting for Real” at the Nov. 3 Guild Meeting

Pamela Druhen will present a lecture and trunk show at our next meeting. Her threadscapes capture such realism, you’ll swear you’re looking at a painting or photograph!

“This Guy Must be Nuts” at the Oct. 6 Guild Meeting

Humorist and the king of miniature quilts George Siciliano, along with teacher and award-winning hand quilter Virginia Siciliano, will be our featured speakers.

“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.