Anyone want to meet up to make 19th Century Quilts?

From Ellen Adalman – please respond to her directly if you are interested. Her info is in our membership booklet and also on the Members Only section of our website.

I read an article about the 19th Cenutry Patchwork Divas. They make miniature (and regular) quilts in the style of the 19th century. They choose that time period for their interest in history as well as the fact that each quarter of the 1800’s has its own look (pre-Civil War, Civil War, Westward Expansion/Prairie , Victorian, Baltimore). I thought it would be fun to have a miniature group to create these historic quilts. The appeal of small quilts is they can be finished in a reasonable amount of time.
Once I see if there is any interest, we can decide if we want each person to create their own quilt or do a block exchange. We would also need to agree as to when, how often ( I was thinking monthly) and where we should meet. We can miniaturize patterns or we can work from a book
( for example, Kathleen Tracy’s Civil War Doll Quilts or Prairie Doll Quilts). I am open to your ideas, So…if this sounds like something of interest to you, please contact me at

Student Scholarship Initiative

Volunteer mentors from 7 districts have stepped forward for the student scholarship initiative.   We’re nearly 1/3 of the way there, since our guild members cover 22 school districts.   Invitation letters will go out this week to those 7 districts.  
The districts are listed below.  The ones with asterisks are districts for whom we already have mentors.  (Note:  if you volunteered for Onteora, please contact me since I didn’t write your name down!).  
Cairo-Durham, Catskill, Germantown, Gilboa-Conesville, Hudson, Hyde Park, Kingston City**, Kingston Catholic**, Margaretville**, Millbrook, New Paltz, Onteora**, Poughkeepsie, Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Rondout Valley**, Roxbury**, Saugerties**, Sullivan West,  Wappingers, Webetuck, Windham-Ashland-Jewett
Please consider signing up for your district as a mentor.  You would be responsible for connecting with the student, answering any questions they may have about the guild, and forwarding any questions or concerns to me.  Easy job!  Great PR for the guild, and a help for the students.  Email me if you’d like to hop on board. 

Request for help from Holy Sews

My name is Sheila Read ( I have begun a mission called Holy Sews . We meet at St. James United Methodist Church in Kingston. We are in desperate need of a few people who would help us construct bereavement layettes for babies who pass away before their time usually 17 to 25 weeks gestation.  These outfits are given free of any charge to hospitals, funeral homes, or where ever the need might be. They have already been presented to Kingston Hospital, Northern Dutchess Hospital and Leahy Funeral Home. I have replenished Northern Dutchess Hospital recently. I am also in contact with Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie and they would also like some layettes.

You can access detailed information on line at and read Regina’s story.  You can contact me at 845-331-7715 or

Thank you for yourtime and consideration
Sheila Read