Local Events of Interest February 2016

Sue Reich at the Roosevelt Presidential Library

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is pleased to present an author talk and book signing with Sue Reich, author of Quilts Presidential and Patriotic.  The program will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 13, 2016 in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home.  Following the presentation, Reich will be available to sign copies of her book.  For more info for this other publics events at the DR Wallace Center:  www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/publicprograms/calendar.html.


Kyra Hicks at Vassar College

Quilter and author Kyra Hicks will give a presentation on the links between African American history and quilting.  “Amazing African American Quilt History as Prelude”, on Tuesday, February 16th at 5:30pm, in Taylor Hall, Room 203 at Vassar College.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more info and directions, please check the website at http://info.vassar.edu/news/2015-2016/160216-kyra-hicks.html.


Kate Themel Workshop

First Dutchess Quilt Guild, May 19, 2016.  9am – 3pm at the Cooperative Extension Farm and Home Center, Millbrook, NY.  Cost is $90.  For non-members, additional kit fee of $30.  Payable to Kate Themel (kit fee paid the day of the workshop).  If interested contact Carol Weber at rodian@optonline.net


Gardiner Library Fabrics, yarn, and Craft Supplies Sale

The Gardiner Library is holding it’s sixth annual Fabric, Yarns, and Craft Supplies Sale on Saturday, February 6th from 10am to 1pm in the library community room.  Items for sale include fabric at $1 and $2 per yard, deeply discounted yarn, craft supplies, handicraft kits, sewing, knitting, and crochet notions.  There is also a large quantity of basket making supplies, a kit to make a fifty state quilt, brand new white tee shirts for crafting, a plush hand-hooked rug, and several working sewing machines.  Free patterns and information on websites with ideas for crafters will be available at the sale.

The library is located at 133 Farmer’s Turnpke in Gardiner.  For directions, or further information, call the library at 845-255-1255 or visit www.gardinerlibrary.org or the library’s facebook page.

February Workshop

The February workshop is now posted in the calendar.  You can find all the information about the Daisy Pin Cushion, Wool Appliqué class by clicking on the February 20th link in the calendar or click here.

Daisy Pin Cushion Workshop by Lisa Fagan

Daisy Pin Cushion Wool Appliqué Class for February 2016

February 20, 2016: Wool Appliqué Class: Lisa Fagan 

Maximum 25 students

Daisy Pin Cushion Wool Hand Applique 

Daisy Pin Cushion Workshop by Lisa Fagan

Members: $15, Non-members: $20

Kit Available for $20 (optional): includes pattern, wool, sheet of fusible interfacing, needles and backing fabric. The only thing that it does not include is thread since so many of us have a lot of that handy. Lisa will have some with her just in case someone does not.

If no kit, will need to purchase the pattern from Lisa for $6.00. Supply list to follow.

Daisy Pincushion Supply List 

Required Pattern: Daisy Pincushion by Primitive Gatherings.
$6.00 ~ available from Lisa on day of class. PLEASE DO NOT COPY PATTERNS.

Wool Needed for Class: 
1. 4” x 9-1/2” Black for background
2. 3-1/2” Square white or off white for daisy
3. 2” x 8” green for leaves and stems
4. 1” square gold for center of daisy
5. 1” square red for ladybug
6. 1” square black for ladybug

Other Supplies Needed for Class: 
7. Fusible web: Soft Fuse is Lisa’s first choice, Steam-a-Seam Lite is her second choice
8. Pearl cotton or embroidery floss in colors that either match or contrast
9. Chenille #24 needle
10. Scissors
11. Pencil or ultra fine sharpie for tracing

Additional supplies: not needed for class: 
12. 4” x 9-1/2” homespun for backing
13. Two – 4” x 9-1/2” Kona solid for lining
14. 1 bag of ground walnut shells, plain or lavender

Lisa Fagan will have pearl cotton and bags of the ground walnut shells for stuffing the pincushion available for sale at the class.

Please direct any pre-class questions to Marie Girard who will get answers to your questions from Lisa Fagan, Log Cabin Fabrics.

Supply List to download:  Daisy Pincushion Supply List
Registration Form:  Daisy Pin Cushion Wool Applique Class Registration Form

January In-house Workshops

We are incredibly lucky to have in our Guild so many quilters who are not only skilled, but who are very willing to share their talents and their time with others.

To sign up for any of the following workshops please contact Marie Girard (she’s in the “book”).

Get ‘er Done Workshop: Pat Clark, Shirley Swenson and Connie Brewer have offered to act as mentors for members who have some UFOs lurking in the closet. If you keep stumbling over a Hunter Star, a New York Beauty, a Judy Niemeyer Seasonal Table Runner or a Kim Diehl  Invisible Applique wall hanging, and you need a nudge to get back at it, here is your opportunity to pick the brain of someone’s who’s been there, done that.

Denim Vests: Evelyn Urbom will show us how to transform those old jeans taking up space in the dresser drawers into sweet little vests for ourselves or someone we love.

Free Motion Thread Painting: Te Pabon and Erika Assimus have something new up their sleeves and guess what! They’re willing to share it with us. Have no idea what thread painting is? Well, just maybe Te and Erika will bring some samples to our December Get Together. If you are interested in this, or any of the other workshops, sign up with Marie.

Charm Squares: Ideas and Demonstrations: Sue Stepp
Okay so Pat Clark has us all cutting fabrics into squares and they are beginning to pile up. Want to get some ideas on how to transform those 6-1/2” darlings into actual somethings? Well, Sue Steep understands your pain and is here to show you the way.

Purses: Anna Wang is willing to guide us in our quest for getting back to our “girly girl” days. There are times for our L.L.Bean totes, and there are times for our sweet little purses. Here’s our opportunity to make one of those glamour bags just for us. Maybe Anna can have one available in December to make us drool.

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 skswenson@frontiernet.net 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.