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In Memory of Peter Hudson

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Peter Hudson, Jan Taylor’s son, passed away on Sat. 3/26/11 after an 18 year long battle with a brain tumor.  He died peacefully at home in Oakland, CA.

He was 41 years old, and was Administrative Manager for the Bay Area Youth Action Consortium (BAYAC).  He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and coworkers.  His life was too short, but the world is a better place for him having been in it.

If you feel like doing something in his memory, give to charity. You can choose your own, of course, but Pete had two suggestions:

The American Brain Tumor Association (www.abta.org) which supports the types of research that gave him 18 good years after his tumor was diagnosed. Let’s hope the research continues so people in the future get even more time.

And, Bay Area Community Resources (www.bacr.org), designated for the Bay Area Youth Action Consortium (BAYAC). Pete’s work at BAYAC over the last decade gave his life meaning and purpose.

Infinite Variety – A Trip to NYC

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When I heard about the exhibits at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City, I thought it would be a great trip.  I have a niece who is presently attending college in NYC.  This gave me a great opportunity to go to NYC and stay with her.  I mentioned this to Carol Sullivan.  We both decided it was a must do trip.

The exhibit “Infinite Variety – Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts” is phenomenal.   Just walking through the door you are awestruck.  It’s hard to fathom you are looking at 650 red and white quilts.  The way the quilts are displayed you feel surrounded by history. 

Previously, I was never particularly fond of red and white quilts.  Now I have a greater appreciation of theses two color quilts.  The variety of quilts is just stunning.  There were appliqued, pieced, and Hawiian applique.  There were a few variations on bar quilts.  Quite a few used the same block but the different color placements and settings made the exhibit all the more interesting   Who knew you could do so much with just two colors.  Will I be making a red and white quilt in the future? No, but blue and white is definitely a possibility.

If you can get to NYC this week, it is well worth the trip.  The red and white quilt exhibit runs through to March 30th.  If not, the museum will be coming out with a catalog of all the quilts in the exhibit.  Once I get home I will upload the pictures Carol and I took.

Your friend in quilting,

Cathy Harnisch

Saturday’s Ribbon Workshop

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Saturday’s quilt show ribbon making workshop was a big success and we created enough origami ribbons to more than meet the judge’s needs for the quilt show.  Pat and I would just like to thank all the volunteers that showed up to help in this effort.  More than 20 members were there to work on this project.   Maggie’s superior teaching skills had everyone turning out ribbons in no time, and they are gorgeous as you can see by the photos.  We truly appreciate the volunteer’s generous giving of their Saturday morning to help in this effort.  It is truly the spirit of this Guild in action.

Mary & Pat

NY Quilt Show Bus Trip – One Day

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Linda Pearl of The Patchwork Pearl has arranged a one day bus trip to New York City to view “Infinite Variety; Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts” sponsored by the American Folk Art Museum. This is an exhibit of more than 650 red and white American textiles, the largest quilt exhibit ever presented in New York City. The bus will leave from Nashua NH at 6 am and the cost is $75. Contact Linda@thepatchworkpearl.com or call 603-233-0320 for more information.

Silent Auction at Quilt Show

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For the third year, MVQ members will be donating small quilts to be sold at the Silent Auction booth at the Quilt Show. Fifty percent of the selling price will go to Women In Transition- our charity of the year. The maker gets the other 50%.

This year the thought was that we might include other creative items along with the quilts.

More to come on this topic as we get closer to the show!

March Madness is coming to MVQ

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Our March Madness meeting will be on March 17th [you can wear green, if you want!]. Nine talented members will be demonstrating their talents at nine different tables. You can browse all nine or stay at one- it is up to you. Handouts will be available for you to take home to practice the skill.

  • Flange built into binding technique- Lyn Grenier
  • Machine Quilting on your home machine- Jeannie Elliot
  • Hand quilting – Gail Seely
  • Stitch and Stab Method of hand quilting- Ildi Tary
  • Pineapple technique- Sue Harnden
  • Machine Applique- Maggie Judd
  • Hand Applique- freezer paper on top- Mary Ginn
  • Kaleidescope block- Barbara O’Neil
  • Crazy Quilting- Helen Gosselin

The March Workshop will be held on March 19th at the Plaistow Library.

We will be learning fabric origami- Each person will make a large flower and a small flower which we will use as our award ribbons at the Quilt Show.

Any other flowers are yours- we will provide fabric for the award flowers- bring your own for yours.

A sign-up sheet will be at the meeting so we will have an idea of how many.

Successful UFO Auction!

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Thanks to Ildi Tary and her helpers, over $2000 was netted at the UFO auction this year. It appears to be a record for the books!

Ildi will pass the excess “treasures” along to Angie Cyr for the White Elephant Table at the Quilt Show- so watch for the bargains.