Weekly Update for December 22, 2021

Hello My Quilting Friends!!
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> I think it’s safe to say our Holiday Party was a complete success!!!  I’ve heard from many of you both at the party and afterwards, nothing but positive comments!!


> I must thank the hospitality committee, Joan C. And Diane M. They did an amazing job and worked so hard all evening to ensure our festivities went smoothly!

> I hope you all enjoyed the food! It was provided by Spuntino, they are on Old Country Rd in the old Pathmark shopping center.  If you happen to go there, tell Joe how much you enjoyed the food. 


> Catering our party was the first time this has ever been done.  We ordered what we thought would be a decent amount.  Turns out, we did have a lot of leftovers.  Had I thought of it, we would have provided some take out plates and distributed to anyone interested .  I brought the food home and prepared it to be frozen thinking we would bring it back in January.  It might bring in more members for pro-bono night.


> Rather than go through all the trouble of freezing, defrosting, heating it up and bringing it back in January, a decision was made to donate the leftovers.  It wasn’t easy finding a soup kitchen willing to take it because it had been open. A friend of Lucie suggested Tri CYA, behind the Famous Footwear in the Big H shopping center in Huntington. They were all too happy to receive it. I told them they could freeze any leftovers, she said there wouldn’t be any leftovers.


> We take for granted how blessed we are and how many people there are longing for a hot meal. I hope everyone feels we made the right decision to donate the food.


> Next year, if the guild decides to cater the party again, I have a list with the food that was ordered and the number of guests.  They will be able to adjust the amount of food accordingly.


> Congratulations go to Lucie B. For winning our 2021 stunning “A Year of Staying Home “ Raffle Quilt! 


> Congratulations to those who won 2nd, 3rd and the door prize. Also to those who won the baskets and plants!


> I hope everyone enjoyed themselves as much as I did!!

Spoke with Carol N. She sounds good and is coming along! I sent her well wishes from everyone and mailed her the get well card we all signed.
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> I wish you all a Blessed Holiday, no matter what you celebrate!  A Happy and Healthy New Year!  May we all get out from under this Covid mess soon.


> Looking forward to seeing seeing everyone next year!!

Michelina Maguire


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Photos from the December 7, 2021 Holiday Festivities

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Weekly Update, November 15, 2021

Good Morning All My Quilty Friends!!

I hope everyone is doing well!!  We have really lucked out with the weather for the month of October this year!!  We have had some glorious days.  The bright sunshine when the leaves turn such glorious colors is just amazing!!  I love walking around my block and taking in all it’s beauty!  Pretty soon we will be putting aside the year “2021”! 

Every year I say how fast this year went by!  This is no exception!

Our evenings are getting darker earlier, we go into hibernation mode.  Hopefully we do a little more sewing in front of the fireplace or your favorite easy chair.

Luckily, we now have some exercises and stretches to help straighten out our bones.

I hope you all enjoyed our zoom program with Rose Parr at the November meeting!!

I received some mixed revues on the program, mostly good!  She did speak a little bit too fast at times, but all in all I feel she did a nice job and covered many issues.

It seems there was a small issue with the sound.  I borrowed my friend’s speaker that we used for the last zoom meeting.  The church speakers are up high and we felt the sound was off.  The speaker was angled towards the center of the room, perhaps that was the reason.  In any case, I do hope you found the lecture somewhat helpful.

She has some handouts for the guild, as soon as I receive them, I will make them available to everyone.

Thank you for your patience!

We had purchased a new speaker with a wireless microphone for better sound than the one we have and to be able to pass the mic around for everyone to use and not worry about tripping on the wire.  We felt the new speaker did not project the sound enough so I returned it.  It was not easy to find something with enough sound for the room, not too big because someone has to drag it to and from the meetings and with wheels, which is impossible!!  We went to Sam Ash, P.C. Richards and Best Buy.  I know nothing about speakers and some of the salespeople knew about as much as me.  Therefore, I’ve decided we will keep what we have for now or until someone who has a better knowledge than myself can help.  We do not have any zoom lectures scheduled at the moment.  We will continue to rent the church’s equipment when and if there are any other zoom lectures.  It’s just easier than purchasing, not so much for the cost, we all know the guild has money but for storage purposes.

Thank you to our Secretary, Brigitte M. for an excellent job on our minutes, not to mention how quickly they are sent out.

Thank you to our Program Chair, Dale S. and her assistant Lauren G. for an amazing job at the Gift Camp and the UFO Challenge.

Thank you to our Webmistress, Kathy K. for posting all those beautiful pictures on Facebook and our Website of our talented members and their amazing workmanship!!

Thank you to our Membership, Lucille I. and Laura L.  for all the adjustments, corrections and keeping us up to date.  We are now up to 101 members.  That’s AMAZING!! 

There will be NO fat quarter raffle for the month of December.

Lucille will be collecting for Operation Veronica if you have any donations.

Thank you Michele for our bi-monthly newsletter and to those who contribute information.

Thank you to our Book Raffle, Jen F. and Barbara O.

There will be NO Book raffle for the month of December.

Thank you to our Block of the Month, Marion S. and Judy K.  the block of the month project is not due till January.  A Santa block was handed out for you to make for the Holiday.

Thank you to our Pro-Bono, Linda R. and Trish M. they have been collecting and donating many quilts. 

They have an overwhelming number of quilt tops.  Won’t you please consider taking one and finishing it as part of your membership obligation?? 

The Raffle Quilt will find a new home at our Holiday Party!!  I’m sure everyone is hoping they win it!  Along with two other prizes!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the making of our “A Year of Straying Home” quilt. 

Thank you to our Honey-Bee Basket committee, chaired by Brigitte M. and Anne M. along with many valuable volunteers.

They will be collecting items for the March raffle at the December meeting.  This will be the last collection!  Please deposit your gently used items in the bins provided.

Also, at the moment they are overwhelmed with books and magazines, therefore they will NOT be collecting any more. 

For the past few months, there has been a basket made up and raffled by Carol W. and Annemarie K.

At the December meeting they will be raffling off a basket for free!!  Annemarie will be handing out tickets at the membership table.  Please make sure you get one!

Thank you to them for making the baskets!

LAST BUT NOT LEAST!

Our Holiday Party!

This year it has been voted on to cater the event!  YIPPEE!!

We will need a count.  Please email me. (See Member Directory for Mickey’s tele # and email address.)

I will need to keep a total amount for ordering. 

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!!

There will be a “Hand Made Ornament” exchange if you care to participate.

We will have our usual $20.  Secret Santa gift exchange as well.  You can use one of your Joann’s coupons and get something really special!  Something you yourself would love to receive!!

There will be NO “Play Date” this Tuesday, November 16th at my house.

It is getting rather chilly and the garage would be uncomfortable.  Perhaps we will consider something inside after the new year.

Let us NOT forget those less fortunate during the Holiday Season!  The Christ Lutheran Church food pantry are always looking for donations and always grateful!!  Please try to remember to bring a non-perishable item.

Last week my friend who dabbles in many crafts, like the rest of us, took me to a get together at a friend’s house.  Sarah is a rug hooker!  Even though I told her I and am NOT taking up a new hobby I decided to tag along.  Sarah lives in Greenport, so why not take a ride!  Any excuse for me to go out east.  Sarah has these get togethers every Tuesday with two different groups that alternate.  She made a delicious apple pie and coffee and then we all sat around and chit chatted and worked on our projects!  She charges a small fee, well worth the money, It was delightful!!

She teaches rug hooking AND sells wool!!  She vends at some of the major wool festival’s, that’s where I met her the first time.

The reason I am telling you this, we have many members who do wool applique, felting and needle punch.  She has an amazing selection of wools in her home that she sells.  She also dyes her own wool and teaches if anyone cares to take up a new hobby.  I am proud to say I left there with some pretty pieces of wool and did NOT take up a new hobby!

But I will be paying her another visit!

I believe I’ve covered everything!!

I hope you all find all this jibber jabber helpful!!  I know Michele sends out the newsletter every other month but I think we tend to forget what’s happening.  I try to keep you all informed and up to date.  I also like to acknowledge everyone for their efforts, time and hard work we ALL do to maintain our guild.  We all benefit!!

I am proud to be among this amazing group we call the Huntington Quilter’s!!  I look forward to a festive December meeting!

Bring your appetite and your smiles!!

See you soon,

Michelina M.

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Members Show and Tell projects photos from the November 2, 2021 meeting.

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SEPTEMBER 7, 2021 MEETING REMINDER

Good Morning My Quilty Friends!!

I hope you are all doing well and continue to stay safe and healthy!!  Can you believe the summer is almost over and we are getting ready to begin our 2021-2022 guild meeting year??  I don’t know about you but I am super excited not only about seeing everyone but we have some exciting programs AND our “FABRIC EXTRAVANZA” is going to be amazing!!  The committee has worked super hard all summer to put together a fun evening with sooooo many prizes to be won!  A BIG shout out “THANK YOU” for all the hard work and time that has gone into making this a success!!  

We had a very productive board meeting this past Wednesday, there were 10 members present. In order to not take up too much time at the September meeting, I would like to give you all an update.

I will be soon be closing on a house in Bellport.  We do not expect to move for at least a year.  

I have volunteered for almost every position in my 20 plus years as a member of the Huntington Quilter’s.  I have enjoyed every committee I’ve been on but being the President has been the most fun.  I have said so many times,  you are an amazing and talented group of beautiful women, it has been a pleasure and an honor to be among you all.  Especially being able to get to know so many more of you than I would have.

There are a few committees that will need new volunteers next year.

President, Secretary, Block of the Month, Hospitality and possibly Programs.

I will be looking to appoint a Nominating Committee in February. They will then attempt to fill these positions which will be announced at the May meeting.  Please, if any of them appeal to you, please step up, it will make the process so much easier.

The committee members are:

President- Michelina M

Treasurer/Retreat- Lucie B

Secretary- Brigitte M

Membership- Lucille I, Laura L.

Hospitality- Joan C. Diane M.

Book of the Month- Jen F. Barbara O.

Block of the Month- Marian S. Judy K.

Pro Bono- Linda R. Trisha M.

Program- Dale S.

Newsletter- Michele M.

Website/Facebook, photographer- Kathy K.

Gift Camp- Dale S. Lauren G.

Quilt Camp- Madeline E. Jo M.

Operation Veronica- Lucille I.

Sunshine and Flowers- Kathy R.

Historian- Nancy R.

We purchased a new speaker and microphone at Sam Ash for under $300. 

It will connect to the laptop for Zoom speakers and to the microphone which is wireless for those who refuse to come to the front of the room to use it, now it can travel to you.

Retreat: 

Lucie will not be depositing the checks for the retreat until mid-October.  If the retreat is cancelled, your own check will be returned.  As of now, it is a GO!  It is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 12, 13, 14.  Thursday the 11th is the add-on for those who might want to come early.  Please let Lucie know ASAP if you want to be on the “early” list.  As of now, there are no available spaces left for the retreat.

Membership:

We have 42 paid with 4 returning members.

Please NOTE: There will be NO fat quarter raffle for the September meeting.  

Between checking in, paying dues and the raffle, there will be too much going on.

Hospitality:

As of now, we are able to provide refreshments.  There will be coffee, tea, water and a 40th anniversary cake.

In lieu of all the positive reactions from the Pizza and Ice cream treats at the June party, this will now be our new tradition for the end of year.

We hope to change up the Holiday party a little.  Perhaps order a few main dishes from a pizzeria.  We would still be able to fill in the menu with some appetizers and desserts.

This will be addressed at the September meeting.  Thoughts and suggestions are welcome!

Website:

Our webmistress has been updating our website.  Visit the site, post pictures, share information.

She also handles our Facebook page.  Join the site and get involved.

Newsletter:

Our editor, Michele M. sends out a newsletter every other month.  Please help by sharing information, hints, tips, stories, recipes, jokes!  We would all love to read about it!!

Raffle Quilt:

The 2021 Raffle Quilt is a pattern by Kim Diehl called Journey’s End.

The winner will be chosen at the December Holiday Party with a second and third monetary prize.

There was supposed to be a contest for naming our raffle quilt.  We received 20 different suggestions.  My intention was to hang the list and have you put a check mark next to your choice.

Dottie Gay wrote a beautiful poem for our label called “The year of staying home”. The board felt the title of the poem should be the name of the quilt.

I do apologize for the confusion and I do hope you all understand and agree with this decision. 

The 2022 Raffle Quilt will be chaired by Michele M. 

Pro-Bono

Our pro-bono committee has delivered 60 quilts this summer.  Don’t forget to bring in your donated quilt.  It’s a requirement, part of being a member.

Book raffle:

You are now able to put your tickets in for the book you would like to win only, instead of a general raffle.

There will be NO book raffle for September.

Block of the month has a new chairperson, Judy K.

Gift camp:

Will take place Saturday, October 16

Please note: it will be held at St. Francis of Assisi in Greenlawn. From 9:00-3:00

Presently there are 3 teachers for the AM classes and 3 for the PM classes.  

Please remember to bring your projects to the September meeting for sign up

They would love to have a few more teachers.  Won’t you please share a small project that would make a lovely gift with your fellow quilters??

The President’s Challenge, which is a mug rug to be made from the fabric you received inside the small planter, does NOT have to be in till the December meeting.

September 7th is our first meeting at 7:30 PM at the Christ Lutheran Church on the corner of Burr Rd and Larkfield.

FABRIC EXTRAVANZA Celebrating the Huntington Quilter’s 40th Anniversary! Will be the program.

Do you have a vest or jacket you made in the 80”s??  please remember to wear it for the celebration!!

There will be 75 prizes to be won along with some extras.

Tickets are 12 for $10.00 30 for $20.

If you purchase 30 tickets, one of the tickets will go into a special fat quarter drawing.

There will be a 50/50 raffle $1.00 each or 6 tickets for $5.00

TIP: if you bring self- stick address labels you will NOT have to write your name on all the raffle tickets, which will give you more time to admire all the items!!

For those who are not aware.  YOU MAY BRING A GUEST.  There is a $5.00 guest fee for a meeting and a $10.00 guest fee when there is a speaker.

NO Guests are allowed at the December or June meeting.

October 5th, trunk show given by one of our members, JoAnne Powell, her work is amazing!!  Show and Tell.

November 2nd, we will have a zoom meeting by Rosa Parr from Canada, her program is “Healthy Quilting “

 December 7th is our Holiday Party.

January 4th is Pro Bono night.

February 1st, no program available yet.

Choosing a Nominating Committee 

March 1st is the official HoneyBee Raffle.  The committee is asking members to get together with friends and make up your own baskets. This will be a tremendous help in the number of items they need to collect and sort.  They will still collect but hopefully it will not be so overwhelming.

March is also our Quilt Camp, no date has been set yet.

April 5th, no program available yet.

May 3rd, no program available yet.

Announcing new Board members.

June 7th, Pizza and Ice cream party.

Some additional information:

The Longwood Estates Fair is Saturday and Sunday, September 25th and 26th.

Huntington Historical Apple Festival will be Sunday, October 24th at 12:00-4:00

Located at the Kissam Properties on Park Ave. Huntington.

We will have a table with demonstrations of different crafts.

Huntington Fall Festival in October.

That’s all for now!

Looking forward to our September meeting and seeing everyone!!

Michelina Maguire

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Hi everyone,

Thank you to everyone who have paid their Guild dues either at the June Meeting or have mailed them to Lucille I.

We would appreciate if the members could pay the upcoming dues ASAP by mail to avoid the “crush” at the membership desk.

Please print the membership form and send it along with your $30.00 check made payable to the Huntington Quilters.   Please highlight any new changes to your personal info. and send it to Lucille I.

Our first meeting will be on Tuesday, September 7th at 7:30 pm.

The fat quarter raffle will be:  PATRIOTIC  Red, White or Blue

There will be raffle for anyone wearing an ID.

Interested in purchasing a Guild pin? $5.00

Guild Membership Cards will be distributed.

Remember all dues must be paid by the October meeting.
The Membership Roster will be distributed soon after and any unpaid members will be deleted.

If by some chance you will not be rejoining, please let use know!!

Thank you!  Enjoy the rest of the summer and stay safe!

Lucille I. & Laura L.

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WEEKLY UPDATE – August 23, 2021

Hello My Quilty Friends!! 

I would like to go over a few things before the September meeting! The “Play Date” at my house will be MONDAY, AUGUST 23 @ 1:00 pm.
I’ve changed it due to a Dr. appointment on Tuesday.  I hope you can make it, it will be the last one before the monthly meeting. After that the play dates will be monthly, two weeks after each meeting. Looking forward to seeing you, I hope you can make it! 

The meeting is Tuesday, September 7th 2021 at 7:30 PM.

There will be information from the Raffle Committee in the newsletter regarding set up and help out. Many Hands Make Light Work!! Bring lots of dough!!  There will be so many wonderful items to choose from!! 

The church pastor is away.  As soon as he returns, they will be having a meeting regarding protocol.  Masks, food etc.  As soon as I find out anything I will pass it on to everyone. The food pantry is always in need of non-perishable items.  They were so grateful with everyone’s generosity from the June meeting.

Membership has received several checks in the mail.  Beat the rush at the September meeting and mail your check to Lucille I., our membership chairperson. 

To date, we have sold approximately 40 tickets to our annual Quilt Raffle fund raiser. We are all required to purchase tickets.  Please contact Lucie if you would like to do so by mail. I will have the list of titles for our name that quilt contest up on the bulletin board, just put a check mark in the box with the name you like.  They will be counted and a winner will be chosen. 

Our September/October newsletter will be sent shortly.  Please forward any information you would like to share with everyone to our editor, Michele M. 

Judy K. will be joining forces with Marian S. for our Block of the Month.  

Barbara O will be joining Jen F. for our Book Raffle.  They have changed it up a bit.  You are now able to choose which book you would like to win!!  Great Idea!! 

Gift Camp is still looking for teachers!!  I can’t stress enough how important it is to help out and volunteer!!!  They only have three teachers for the morning and three for the afternoon.  I am certain that so many of you have some project that would make a lovely Holiday Gift and doesn’t require too much time or effort! Won’t you PLEASE offer to help out???  Contact Dale S. or Lauren G. 

Don’t forget your Pro-Bono’s!!  we are obligated to provide at least one quilt per year. Our chairwomen, Linda R. and Trish M. have collected all summer and delivered many beautiful quilts to some very grateful recipients! 

The Huntington Historical Society Apple Festival is being held Sunday, October 24th 2021 at the Kissan House Properties.  They are located across from the Huntington Cinema Arts Theatre. The Huntington Quilters will have a table demonstrating some of our talents.  Lucie B. and Michele M. will be there.  I will as well. If you would like to participate and demonstrate something or just help out, please let Lucie or myself know.  You can do two hour shifts of your choice. If you would like to sell something while you are helping out, you may.  Just donate a small percentage to the Historical Society. If you would like a table to sell only, please contact Lucie B. Lucie has sent out information regarding our November retreat.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact her.

I think that’s all for now. Can’t wait to see everyone!! Michelina Maguire   
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HQG JUNE 1 2021 MEETING SHOW AND TELL PHOTOS

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JUNE 1, 2021 MEETING

What a fun evening! So many members attending! So good to see all these familiar faces. Lots of smiles and hello!

We had PIZZA and ICE CREAM! What a treat! It was terrific to see all these Ladies out and enjoying themselves! Quite the line for the ice cream!

Thank you Mickey for organizing this treat!

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WEEKLY UPDATE – JUNE 1, 2021

Good Morning to All My Quilty Friends!!

I will say it took a long time for me to stop smiling after our Party Meeting on Tuesday evening!!

Our hospitality committee did an amazing job as usual with refreshments, table and paper goods.  Thank you to Joan C. and Diane M.

Thank you to Ginger B, for the herb planters, they were adorable!

To all our committee volunteers, that work so hard to keep us entertained!

Lucie, for taking care of our funds.  Lucille I. and Laura L. Membership.  Marian S. and Alice Z. for Block of the month.  Maggie S. and Jen F. our book raffle.

Linda R. Trish M for our Pro Bono! To our webmistress/Facebook and photographer, Kathy K. and to our editor, Michele M.

Thanks to Dennis M. for helping out with set up and take down!  To all of you who came early and stayed late to help with set up and clean up!!

None of this would be possible if we all did not contribute in some form or fashion!

I think that was the most fun most of us has had in a long time!  I was so happy everything went as planned and thrilled to see everyone enjoying themselves!  I hope each and every one of you had as much fun as I did!!  There were also so many new faces that have come out to join us,  it was just wonderful!!

The pizza was purchased at Rocco’s pizzeria on Broadway/Greenlawn Rd.  They opened recently and I thought they could use the business.  The pies were delicious and he gave us an amazing price of $10. Per pie. 

The ice cream truck was Ellen M. idea.  I must say that was the highlight of the evening!  Big shout out “Thank You” to her!

I think we will all revisit new ideas for our June and December parties when we go back in September.

I want to take a moment to REALLY THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!!!

Everyone thinks being President is such a big undertaking or too much work.  I have volunteered at almost every position but being President has been the most fun I have had being a part of the Huntington Quilter’s ever! 

I say that from the bottom of my heart!  I have really gotten to know women I would not have had the pleasure to meet.

Keeping all of you informed and busy though this pandemic has helped me keep my mind busy and involved as well!!

I can’t say it enough how proud and blessed I feel to be among such a lovely, talented group of ladies!!

When I came home, I took those God, awful shoes that were killing me off and sat on the recliner and went through all my blocks!

They are just adorable!  I tried to match some of the blocks to faces, others came with hints as to who made them and yet some came with lovely notes!  I can’t wait to put them all together!  Thank you, Kathy for organizing such a thoughtful gift and to all of you for participating!!  I really appreciate each and every one of you and I’m grateful to call you my friends!!

I called Jane on Wednesday to let her know it was our group who left the items for the food pantry as a token of appreciation and to help those in the community. She was wondering where they came from. Thanked us all and was very appreciative!

The membership committee have already collected dues from some of you who just can’t wait to sign up for this amazing guild!

You may mail your checks for $30. For the 2021-2022 year to Lucille I.

You can find her contact information in you membership list.

I forgot to mention, Michele M. received notice that the fair out east in September, where she sells tickets for our raffle quilt, will be available to us.  That’s great news!!

The Patriotic fabric swap was a success as usual!  The packets will be available for pick up next week.  You can call me to make arrangements or you can pick them up at my house on June 15, Tuesday {I think} at 1:00 P.M.  that is the next “Plat Day”  I do hope you can join us.

I hope to have them every other Tuesday for the summer!

If anyone has an idea for the next fabric swap, please let me know.

Florence Bavarian, who sells the antique and feedsack fabrics will be at the Northport Antique market this Sunday if anyone is interested.

They are open outdoors the first Sunday of the month through October.

I think that’s all I have to share with you for now.  I hope you have a healthy, happy beautiful summer.  Make up for lost time!!

Thank you again to all of you!

Michelina Maguire

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