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Winter Edition          December 2011



Pamela Langdon

(585) 349- 2596   


Dianne Miller



Vice President: Marilyn Urciuoli


Past President:

Jean Lathrop



Secretary: Martha Wetzler              



Treasurer: Natalie Masker



Committee Chairs

Historian: Position open


Membership: Linda Storrings



Info Chair: Valerie Schultz



Meeting Program: Janet Lutz




Greetings Ladies,


What a wonderful day we had at Mexico for our delegate meeting. A very special “Thank You” to Mexicali Quilt Club for all of your hospitality and hard work. You made the day special for all of us.


For those who were not in attendance, I would like to share a few of the highlights:

Janet introduced our new webmaster Ann Hawkins who is enthusiastic and has many new ideas to make our newsletter more valuable to us and user friendly. We talked about having a calendar of events in our newsletter and request that all the guilds send in information, like when and where you meet, important up and coming activities, speaker and such. It will be our responsibility to get the information to her and to Val in a timely manner. Please don’t wait until the end of the info deadline.


We nominated and vote in a new vice president Marilyn Urciuoli who will be inducted at the December meeting. Her job is to work between the guilds and assist whenever possible. Welcome Marilyn!


We discussed what service project we will do as group and because there were so many ideas that people like, included in this newsletter is information about some and how you can become involve either as an individual or a group.


We did get a couple groups to volunteer to do the member meetings for June and next September but not for December. When no one steps forth it becomes the job for the board.


Pamela Langdon


  • December Delegates – DAY & DATE CHANGE to Thursday, December 1st

  • Travel Club Winners to be announced

  • Guild Program Opportunities

  • Delegate Meeting Schedule

  • QCNYS Help Wanted List

  • Membership Report

  • Newsletter Deadline and Submission Needs

  • Minutes for June and September  Meetings


Delegate Meeting December 2011

Hosted by QCNYS Board and Calico Gals

Thursday, December 1st   


BYOS (Bring Your Own Sandwich)

Soup, Salad and Dessert provided



Where:  Dewitt Community Room at the East Syracuse Fire Department

            148 Sanders Creek Parkway, East Syracuse, NY  13057



                    BUILDING IS ON THE RIGHT

                    The building is handicap accessible and has great parking


The business meeting will start at 10:30 AM

Membership Renewals are due - bring your renewal form and dues to this meeting! (Linda Storrings)

Travel Club Raffle winners will be announced – don’t forget your baskets and passport forms!!

Educational Scholarship Drawing will be held, bring completed forms please.


Reservation Form

Name(s): If registering for more than one person please indicate the name of each attendee


Guild/Business/Non-Profit Affiliation: ______________________________________________________

Guild Delegate or Business Member: ________________________________________________________

Guild Officer or Non-Profit Member:_______________________________________________________

QCNYS Officer or Individual Member: ______________________________________________________

Guest: _____________________________________________________________________________

Send reservation form and check ($4.00 per person) payable to QCNYS to:

          Lynn Schantz, 501 East Avenue, Kirkville, NY  13082

          315-656-3735  Email:


Reminder to Participating 2011 Travel Club Guilds:

Did your guild participate in the 2011 Travel Club? If so, please remember to bring your guild’s raffle basket to the December 2011 meeting. These baskets will be awarded by lottery to QCNYS members who attended the required number of quilt shows and submit the required form. The forms are found on the last page of the Travel Club booklet and may be given to a guild delegate or brought to the December meeting.


Reminder to Travel Club Passport Holders:

Did you purchase a QCNYS 2011 Travel Club Passport and attend at least six events? Please remember to turn your form (last page of booklet) in to your local delegate for the December meeting. It could be you going home with one of the baskets donated by participating guilds!


Info on 2012 Quilt Shows for Travel Club Passports due by December 1st please!!



Greetings QCNYS Members, It is that time a year again ... time to renew your membership dues.  Renewal information was distributed at the wonderful meeting in September hosted by Mexicali Quilters.  I like to issue the information early to allow you to bring the dues with you to the December meeting.  If you were not at the meeting, we will include the renewal forms with this newsletter for you to use. Please click here for renewal forms - Business Renewal * Guild Renewal * Individual Renewal * Not For Profit Renewal


Thanks to those that promptly have returned them to me already.  If you, your guild, or your business decides not to renew your membership, please let me know so that I take you off the reminder list.


As of October 1st, we currently have 39 Member Guilds, 12 Business Members, including our newest member Rohring Brook Custom Quilting, 9 Individual Members and 1 Not-for-Profit Member.  Roaring Brook Custom Quiltings is located in the northwestern Adirondacks and heard about us through her membership in the Tug Hill Quilt Guild, one of our Guild Members.


We always welcome new members.  If there are Guilds in your area that are not members of QCNYS, please invite them to the next meeting so that they can find out what we are all about.


If you have any membership questions, please contact me through my email or by phone, evenings and weekends, 315-695-3425.


Your Membership Chairman, Linda Storrings


Quarterly Delegate Reports

As a delegate to QCNYS do you sometimes wonder which of the wonderful guild activities to share with fellow quilters during the oral Delegate Reports?


The QCNYS Board has some suggestions to keep this portion of the meeting on schedule and interesting to all.  Prepare a list ahead of time and mention:











Does your Guild or Shop have an upcoming event?  Get the word out!! Send your information to Val Schultz, for the next QCNYS Network News!!


Kenan Quilters' Guild presents COLLECTIONS OF COLOR quilt show

November 4, 5 & 6   10am - 5pm   Admission $5

Over 300 quilted items on display               Featured Quilter                Live Demos                         Vendors

Quilt Appraiser                                                 Door Prizes                         Boutique                               Food

Chinese Auction Drawing 4 pm Sunday

Kenan Arena      433 Locust Street               Lockport NY 14094                            

For more information contact Jan at 716-434-0273


Piecemaker Quilters of Elmira – Quilts Amongst the Books II

All of November

Steele Memorial Library, 101 East Church St, Elmira NY

Free Admission


QAQ – Quilts=Art=Quilts - 31st Annual Show

October 30th thru January 8th, 2012          

Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn NY

Admission $6                       

QCNYS Travel Passports will be stamped thru December 1st


Spring into Color 2012 – Celebrate Earth Quilt Show

Lake to Lake Quilt Guild

April 13th & 14th, 2012    Admission $5.00

Trunk Show and Lecture by Karen Witt, “Quilting – Past, Present & Future” on Saturday 10AM-11:30AM for more information


North Country Quilt Guild Biennial Quilt Show

June 8, 9 & 10 at the Clayton Arena, Clayton, NY. Over 200 quilts on display and vendors galore! 

Also there will be a silent auction of quilted wall hangings to benefit breast cancer research.








We are pleased to announce the upcoming



To be held July 12th, 13th and 14th of 2012 at the Gordon Fieldhouse, on the RIT campus. (Same place GVQC quilt show has been the last two shows.) The three day seminar includes; Ricky teaching all of his techniques.  Alex will give advice on a wide variety of quilting topics and tips, as well as her latest projects. Libby will show us how she creates and how we can create, her beautiful quilted ribbons.  All of this will be done with a syllabus and a pencil. No dragging a machine and supplies around. This is a relaxed and enjoyable three days of fun learning. (Then we can all go home and create one of those magnificent rhapsody quilts.


There is also, a concert on Friday evening, which is included in your seminar fee. Ricky plays his music, piano and flute. He has been working with the Colorado Indians to record their music and keep the history. He also tells how he became a quilter. He does a beautiful power point presentation. I have seen it three times and still laugh.


The registration fee is $179.00 for the large group rate and $194.00 for small group rate and $219.00 for single registration.  This includes all three days and the concert. (If you wish to bring a spouse or friend to the concert only, tickets can be purchased for $10.00) We want all of our members, or friends of members to get in at the lower group rate so we are starting a sign up. You may sign up and pay with one payment, if you please. Or you can sign up on the installment plan and pay in 1/3 increments. Roughly $60.00 for a total of three payments.  Make checks payable to GVQC.  This offer is good and must be paid in full by the May meeting, of GVQC. 


For clarification or questions please, contact Mary Anne Smith  / 585-442-4195, or Priscilla Kibbee. at / 315-594-1046 


Guild Program Opportunities


Kenmore Quilters Patch is sponsoring a Fearless Circles Workshop by Marlous Carter on Saturday April 21, 2012 from 9:00 AM - 4 PM. For further info contact Cathy Chamberlin at


North Country Quilt Guild is hosting the following lectures  and workshops:

April 25, 2012 - Mary Huey lecture titled "Discovering the Keys to Your Creativity" with class, "Playing With Jelly Rolls" on April 26th

May 22,  2012  -  Lorraine Torrence lecture titles "Design Principles for Quilters". This will be  followed on the 23rd by workshop "Collage Curves Mini Quilt Class" and on the 24th a second workshop "Designing With a Single Shape". 

Sept. 25 and 26, 2012 - Lola Jenkins, a quilt artist who recently appeared on The Quilt Show, an internet show hosted by Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson.  Lola is from Oklahoma and is interested in visting other NY guilds while she is here.

Anyone interested in taking one of these classes, please contact Laura Little, or at 315-782-1674.


Lake to Lake Quilt Guild

Friday,  April 13, 2012, Karen Witt teach a class called Nineteenth Century Nine Patch.  For more information about the class or to sign-up please contact Florine Meredith at or 607-532-8733 or  Check out Karen Witt’s website at and don’t forget her lecture and trunk show on Saturday, April 14th!





QCNYS Delegate Meeting Schedule

March 21, 2012               Thread Bears Quilt Guild, Sherrill NY

June 20, 2012                 Plank Road Quilt Guild, Cicero NY

September 19, 2012        Lake to Lake Quilt Guild, Gorham NY

December 5, 2012           Host guild needed*

* The QCNYS Board understands that hosting the quarterly meetings can place an unbudgeted financial burden on the host guild. On August 6th, 2011 the QCNYS Board voted to offset some of the cost of hosting the meetings by providing a $100 stipend from QCNYS to the host guild. This stipend is effective with the December 7, 2011 meeting. 

The modest fee paid by each attendee will remain in effect. Many host guilds also offer raffle baskets in addition to further reduce the expense of hosting the quarterly meetings







New York State Flood Relief – Broome County


Broome County was especially hard hit by the flooding. The United Way has on-line information for providing assistance - the main screen has several options; choose "Flood Guide" and on page 23 through 31 there are many options to select from to aid these people. Each option has a phone number and address so the individuals and guilds can select and contribute in whatever way seems appropriate. More Information: Lynn MacDonald



Quilts of Valor

Let me just take a moment to thank you for extending me the opportunity to speak at your September meeting.  Furthermore, with all the wonderful service projects that were presented, on behalf of the Quilts of Valor Foundation ( we would be very pleased to be chosen as the Consortium’s ongoing service project this year.  Our service men and women are thankful for every effort made on their behalf.

Let me take a moment to introduce myself to those of you not at the meeting. My name is Kerry Barnes and I belong to the Lake Country Quilt Guild in Fulton, New York. I am also the service project chairman for the guild which is the Quilts of Valor Foundation. For the past two years we have awarded a quilt at a ceremony on Memorial Day to a local veteran. Recently I volunteered to be the coordinator for New York State when it was decided that one regional director was not enough.  I have had the opportunity to work with the organization at MQX-East, Houston Quilt Festival, and North Carolina.


I started making quilts for our veterans about seven years ago in honor of my father, Christy Malone.  My dad served his Country for several decades, was awarded the bronze star for his service during World War II, and is buried in Arlington Cemetery.  I am proud to honor and comfort a new generation as they heal from the ravages of war.


The Quilts of Valor website contains everything you ever wanted to know about the program. However, I will briefly go over the high points. The Foundation was formed in 2001 by Catherine Roberts after her son was deployed to the Middle East. 


The quilts are made of the finest materials by talented piecers and quilters. They are awarded to our service men and women to comfort them during their healing process; as such they are meant to be used and must hold up to frequent laundering. Each quilt has a special label documenting the quilt as a “Quilt of Valor” and is presented in a presentation case or matching pillowcase.  Most of the time they are patriotic in nature but other themes are accepted.  The sizes vary between 55”-72” wide and 65”-90” long. This range works well for a hospital bed or bunk. 


A network has been established so that blocks and quilts are assembled and then sent to long arm quilters who donated their time to quilt the QOV’s. The quilts are returned to the piecers for binding, labeling, and laundering. 


The finished quilt is then matched to someone who requests a QOV on the website. As the State coordinator, the Foundation contacts me with requests from our state. The hope is that New York state quilts are awarded to New York state service men and women before sending other finished quilts to the Foundation for distribution all over the world to our military installations. 


Presently, we have awarded 56,058 quilts but lacked 187 quilts to fill the requests in September.  Our piecers and quilters are doing a fine job but as more and more individuals learn of our organization, the requests outnumber the supply. 


If you can help, please do. We need blocks, whole batts, finished tops, long arm quilters, and money to defray the cost of shipping.


Remember as our Founder, Catherine Roberts, likes to remind us “it is not about politics it is about people”. 


If I can assist you in anyway, my address is: 2 Cliff Rd., Oswego, New York 13126. My e-mail address is or My phone number is 315-342-0866.


Thank you in advance,

Kerry Barnes - New York State coordinator Quilts of Valor Foundation 




June 2011 (updated November 2011)

Please consider volunteering for one of the following positions; without these positions filled, we cannot continue to provide the programs that many of our membership have found valuable.



We are looking for volunteers for the following appointed positions:


Historian: The Historian is responsible for collecting and organizing historical records of our activities, including meetings and organized events.  Tasks include photographing events and/or collecting photo’s from members, collecting news articles, programs, and organizing this information in a binder or scrap book.  You will be responsible for storage of previously collected information.


Build Your Guild Event Coordinator: In 2006 and 2009, QCNYS hosted a one day “Build your Guild” event to provide a venue for member guilds to share ideas for hosting and promoting events, publishing newsletters, guild and meeting organization, along with a host of other topics.  The Coordinator shall oversee the research and obtain a suitable location, organize the food required, recruit volunteers to facilitate discussions and scribes to take notes, and to oversee the publication of these notes and distribution to the membership. 



If you or someone else in your Guild might be interested in one of these positions, please contact our Information Chairman for more information or to sign up.


Val Schultz (585) 229-2908






Newsletter Deadline and Submission Needs


The deadline for submissions to the next newsletter is January 15th, 2012. All articles, reports and other items of interest must be emailed to no later than that date.


We are happy to accept program information, quilting hints, recipes (could be edible, might be a recipe for a quilt), challenge ideas, block or fabric swap proposals, even the occasional bit of poetry.


Please note that effective immediately absolutely no hardcopy items will be accepted. Submissions must be in a format that enables editing – Microsoft Word is preferred.  Photos and business cards should be sent in a .jpg format.





June 2011 QCNYS Minutes


QCNYS meeting opened by Dianne Miller at 10:00.


Minutes as published in the newsletter were accepted.


Treasurer’s report given. Balance is $17,572.48. This reflects the addition of the quilt show account that was added to the regular account.


Linda Storring membership:  39 guilds, 11 businesses and 1 not for profit.


Val Schultz , Information Chair informed members that the Website would be changing over the summer. It will be revamped by Ann Hawkins, who is a member of Lake to Lake. Please get information in by the middle of July to Val for the newsletter.


Historian, Marjorie Day is resigning and need volunteer to do historian job.


Janet Lutz says that the travel club is doing well and passports are still available.  Also another committee member is needed to help with the travel club.


Dolly Monteleone is resigning as Service Projects Chairman.  She is collecting the Alzheimers 9x12 quilts. Need a volunteer to take over the Service Projects position.


We are also looking for a vice president, anyone interested can contact Val Schultz at

Break for lunch.


After lunch we had a trunk show by our guest speaker Marlous Carter.


Submitted by Marty Wetzler







Minutes for September Member Meeting


The meeting was called to order at 10:21am at the VFW in Mexico NY.


First on the agenda was introduction of member delegates, business members, individual members and visitors.


No minutes were available from previous meeting.

Treasure’s report was given as $18, 26.82.


Linda S. reported that there are no new guilds.


Janet L. explained there would be no program today to give our new webmaster a chance to speak to the group.

Ann Hawkins was introduced and spoke to the group fielding many questions from the membership. She stressed that they need to send information to her and to Val for it to be published. Additional information was also discussed about the ‘face book’ page.


The chair reminded the group that we still are in need of a historian and Linda spoke about what the job entailed.

Janet L spoke about Marilyn Urciuodi being willing to take on the job as VP. Janet explained what the job entailed and the members were asked for any additional nomination. None came. Janet they officially nominated Marilyn and it was seconded. A vote was cast with a show of hands and all agreed, no abstention and no nays were noted.


Janet was asked to speak about the travel club and she stated she would take unsold passports and money if member brought it with them.


Linda corrected Pamela and the amount to be given for service grants and also explained the educational grants that are coming up in December.


Karry Burrn for Lake Country Quilt Guild was given the opportunity to speak about the New Your State program for the Quilts of Valor. Kathleen Gilbert was introduced as the volunteer to head service projects. She spoke of several and the intention was to choose one and vote but a lengthy discussion proceeded. Many delegate felt that the service project should be decided on in the spring and not now. Lynn McDonald from GVQC stood up and stated she felt we needed to keep our project within the state. Many other did as well. In the end a final decision was now decided upon for a service project. Lynn’s suggestion of helping the people within the state that were hurting from all the recent storms was the one decided on to try and do. Lynn offer to take anything that comes in and get it to the correct people if no one from the southern tier was available in December to take whatever comes in at the meeting. It was decided we would collect clothing, nonperishable foods, bedding and quilts. Each group could choose what they would like to do. Two groups expressed that they were working on the problem within their guild currently. Pamela request that several of the idea should be written up and place in the newsletter so anyone interested could follow through. There seemed to be quite a bit of interest in the quilts being done in Watertown where kits were available so the cost would be less for the different groups. Many also wanted to do the quilts of valor but it was no a unanimous agreement.


No new business came up and the meeting closed at 11:53am. Respectfully submitted




10 Good Reasons to Buy Fabric

1. It insulates the cupboard where it is kept.

2. It keeps the "economy" moving, it is my duty to support cotton farmers, textile mills and fabric shops.

3. It is less expensive and more fun than psychiatric care.

4. It is a contest – the one who dies with the most fabric wins.

5. It keeps without refrigeration, you don’t have to cook it to enjoy it, and you’ll never have to feed it, change it, wipe its nose or walk it.

6. Like dust, it’s good for "protecting" previously empty spaces in the house, like the ironing board, laundry basket, the dining room table etc.

7. It is not immoral, illegal or fattening. It calms the nerves, gratifies the soul and makes me feel good.

8. Because it’s on "SALE."

9. Because I’m worth it.

10. And buy it now, before your husband retires and goes with you on all your shopping expeditions.






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