Bonnie Turner visit and workshop

Bonnie Turner from Log Cabin Fabrics will join us in November for a morning lecture and trunk show where she will share her treasury of projects, highlighting her stunning crazy quilt embroidery work. In the afternoon class we will learn some basic embroidery stitches, silk ribbon embroidery and other embellishing techniques to create a mock crazy quilt needle case. It is called “mock” crazy quilting because there is no piecing of the foundation of the project so we can move on quickly to the creation of them embroidery stitches.
There is nothing like hand work to relax and enjoy the creative process.  This portable project is a perfect take-along for traveling or those waiting room times.  There is no advance prep work for the class and no machine is needed.  These darling needle cases make wonderful holiday gifts for your favorite quilting buddies.
HALF-DAY WORKSHOP: “Crazy Quilt Embroidery Stitched Needle Case”
Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 12:30 – 3:30 pm at Grace Church.  Limit 15 students
Cost: $20 for Wiltwyck members ($25 for non-members)
Crazy Quilt Embroidery Stitched Needle Case Supplies:
Optional kit for the needle case will be available from Bonnie at the class for $20.  Please indicate on the registration form if you wish to purchase a kit so Bonnie can have an adequate number available.
Supplies if you do not wish to purchase the kit:
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Two 4 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ pieces of coordinating fabric (Bonnie likes batiks)
  • Embroidery thread to match
  • Chenille needles #22 or #24
  • Marking pencil or pen
  • Small ruler – 1″ x 6″
  • Silk ribbon
  • Charms or buttons of your choice
Bonnie will have items relative to the project available for sale.
Remember to pack a light lunch to nibble between the lecture and the class!

Workshop-Registration-Form-Bonnie Turner



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164 pillow cases made by guild members for pediatric wards. Great job everyone!
A big THANK YOU to all who made and donated pillow cases. Using juvenile fabrics will make them perfect for donation to several organizations.




June program

Our final meeting of the year in June will be a combination potluck luncheon and community sew. You are welcome to come to either or both. For the luncheon, please bring a favorite (and yummy!) main dish, salad or side dish to share. We will be putting everything on a buffet table. If you only bake, you may bring dessert. But as we are all concerned about our “swim suit figures,” main dishes would be preferred. Also please remember to bring your own dinner plate, silverware, and beverage. Napkins and tablecloths will be provided.

For a little fun and sociability at the potluck, we are having the Left/Right game. Don’t forget your gorgeous fat quarter of fabric for that. We are also having a Show and Tell of favorite notions. There is always something out there we haven’t heard about that would make sewing just a bit easier. So…remember to bring your favorite notion, fat quarter of fabric, potluck dish and place setting for an enjoyable June meeting!

If you haven’t already signed up for the luncheon, please e-mail or call Shirley Swenson at or 845-876-2556 with your pot luck contribution. Thanks!


Thanks to Joan Polakoff for information and photos from a recently attended program.  Joan is trying to organize several trips to museum shows that are currently on, or will soon be opening, all about quilts. Contact her if you would be interested.

some Guild members arrived early

mariners compass quilt

log cabin variation


Susan Stessin-Cohn in front of a brilliantly colored red and green traditional quilt, which was in pristine condition.

Detail of the quilt

This is a very fragile crazy quilt which was kept folded in its acid free box.

An album quilt made by Susan. She's nearly finished with the hand quilting. This took our breath away, it was so spectacular!

Susan gave us a lesson in how to fold and store a quilt that you want to be preserved in the best condition.

This is one of several samplers which were done by girls as young as 5 year old.

A quilt on a bed in one of the homes we visited at the site.


This is a box for storing your threads and needles. The thread is inside and only the end of the thread you're sewing with is pulled out through the hole. There's a pincushion on the top. There are drawers all around it.

quilts which we saw on beds in the homes.

Green and white quilt on a bed

Sunflower quilt

Blocks that must have been taken apart from a quilt that had been made up of these.

This is a crazy quilt that was laid out over a settee in a wonderful Edwardian home in the village. The house started out as a one room stone cottage, and when much money was made by an owner, he transformed it into a splendid and large modern home. It is said that this so outraged the citizens of the Huguenot Street area, that the Historic Huguenot Street Foundation was formed to prevent further erosion of the Huguenot village in this area.

Community Quilt Information

If you would like to work on a Community Service quilt at home the sizes are as follows:

For the shelter quilts – 40” x 48” or larger with batting. Quilted or tied.

For the Nursing Home – 36” x 48” and no batting. Flannel backing is good for these because they do not slide off easily. Quilted or tied.

Directions for the walker pockets and wheel chair pockets can be found here.


Signing up for Wiltwyck-sponsored workshops

Please make out a check to Wiltwyck Quilters Guild for the fee listed above for the workshop. Give your check to Shirley Swenson, or mail it to her at 402 Slate Quarry Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 (845-876-2256) along with a self-addressed stamped envelope for a copy of the supply list. Please include the name of the workshop on the check.

Cancellation Policy: If the guild cancels a workshop, the workshop fees will be refunded. A waiting list will be maintained if sufficient interest in a workshop exists. If an individual cannot attend the workshop, contact the coordinator to see if there is a waiting list. If possible, wait-listed members will be contacted in the order of sign-up to substitute, however there is no guarantee that your space can be refunded.

Thread Therapy Workshop DVD

If you missed this DVD workshop in February or want to look at it again, please contact Shirley Swenson to borrow the DVD. You’ll be amazed how much there is to learn about thread, needles, and tension. The two-hour DVD, which features Bob Purcell, President of Superior Threads and self-certified Threadologist, can be played on a DVD player or on a computer with a DVD drive. Eventually this DVD will be in our library.

See for more information about Superior Threads products, to view and print excellent thread reference guides (under the Education tab), or to sign up for their monthly newsletter, which also features specials and sales.

Program News

Winter through Spring 2012 Calendar

February 18 – Superior Threads DVD workshop and Superior Thread giveaways as door prizes

March 17 – In-house workshops

April 20 and 21 – Kari Carr of New Leaf Stitches

May 4 (Friday) – Cathedral Stars workshop with Bonnie Hunter

May 19 – Carol Gilham-Jones lecture and workshop: Tile Quilt Revival

June 16 – Yearend events and community service sewing

2012 “Quilts In The Valley” Show News

In December Lynne Davidson, Mary McLaughlin, Vicki Lienau, Lois Long, Dagmar Yaddow, and Angee spent two hours at the school. Measurements were taken, ideas were flowing and it was very exciting! We are still in need for a chairman to head the silent auction.

Silent Auction items can be, small  wall hangings, table runners or totes. Until we find a chair, you may give your items to Angee. Also, if you have decided on a theme for your Dream Basket, please let Regina Packard know.