Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Winter Table Runner of the Month 2017

October Meeting Minutes 2017 Important Reminder for November Meeting!

      OCTOBER 11th, 2017

The meeting was called to order by our President, Doreen D at 7pm.
There were two guests. Jackie, a friend of Eileen I and Barbara A, a joining member.
Karen M, our Treasure, reported a balance of $XXXX after paying for our previous speaker and the bus for our trip to Lancaster.


Name Badge: Eileen collected $3.30? (Our fine is 25 cents/infraction).

Charity: Eleanor N reported that a group got together and had an old fashion"quilting bee" to finish a king size quilt recently. Eleanor also reported that a bunch of crochet items have been donated for charity from someone who lost a loved one and given to Connie. Eleanor also wanted to "thank" Betsy Y for helping her "downsize" some quilts. Eleanor also received a thank you note for 87 dog beds.

Photography: Karen had placed pictures for pickup on the side table. Please remember to check if you had an item in Show & Tell the previous month.

Program: Diane D reminded us of the "mug rug" exchange for our Christmas meeting. She also reminded us that the Fall runner directions are on the website and she has two more to continue into the new year. She has a demonstration later for making an easy pumpkin. Diane also announced she will not be chairing the Program Committee next year, but reminds whoever does, that a speaker is already under contract for April and that it is always helpful to " pay forward" for the new Chair.

Sunshine: Flossie has finished her round of radiation and was disappointed she could not make the Lancaster trip. She goes for a PET scan next week and we wish her well.

Ways & Means: Winner for the drawing was, Kathy Burbidge.

Refreshments: Barbara W announced there will be no refreshment assigned for our next meeting because it is our Thanksgiving Dinner. Instead, a sign-up sheet is by the sign-in book to volunteer to bring your favorite dish to share.

Media: No report.


Doreen announced that October 25th will be our last Open Sew until Spring.

Our elections were held after a ballot was presented and although there was no accepting nominees for Secretary, Veronica Scutari volunteered to switch from another position. Our new officers for 2018 are: Helen S, President; Clare J, Vice President; Veronica S, Secretary and Helen R, Treasure.
Congratulations ladies and thank you for stepping up to the challenge.

Doreen commented on the great sales we were offered on the bus trip to Lancaster. 
"Mr. Burkholder" even donated several items to be raffled at a later date. Everyone had a good time and the group thanked Doreen for another job well done.

Bernie S thanked everyone who participated in the Pillow Case Challenge. She also cried when she read the plaque and showed the little red Converses she received for being our Captain. We came in second with over 1800 cases for the year. Our team of seven made 108 that Sunday. Next year's Challenge will be held September 16th, again at the Hammonton Fire Hall. Bernie's new challenge to us will be, for each 10 pillowcases you make, you will receive one coupon to go into a bucket for a prize. No goal was officially stated, but Bernie "would like" 2000-2500. ( She's not too competitive!) Bernie also said it would be helpful if you wash and iron them prior to bringing them in and mark them "washed". ( No perfumed detergents, please.) This year, Sharon C and Bernie washed and ironed our 1800 pillowcases! The group thanked Bernie for all of her "encouragement" in leading our Team.

Doreen reminded us that South Shore Stitchers Quilt Show is October 20th,21st and 22nd in Tuckahoe. Information was available at the front table. 

Helen E thanked all who donated items she collected for our Troops.


Eleanor displayed her church's raffle quilt and had chances for sale. They were $1 each or 6 for $5. The drawing will be November 11th.

Doreen read a note from Kristen Z informing the Guild she would not be renewing her membership for 2018. She stated she has too many other obligations at this time, but hopes to rejoin in the future. She wished us all well.

If anyone has quilting items they would like to donate for the Chinese Auction, to be held at our Christmas meeting, bring it in at the November meeting and give to Sharon.

Helen E also informed us that there is a silk workshop coming up, put on by the Modern group. Information and directions are on our website. She also told us about another offering on her website, a book review on FMQ, with a chance to win a copy by making a comment. You can also purchase the book on line. It's listed as a "long arm book"on Helen's site (helenernstlongarmquilting).

Sharon C also brought up the subject of increasing our membership beyond our present maximum of 60. She stated we have "lost" a lot of interested, "talented people." We presently have a waiting list of 4 or 5. A lot of discussion followed, both pro and con, so Doreen asked all to think it over and the subject will be reintroduced at our next meeting.

Doreen also reminded us and informed new members, that the Guild "owns" an Accu Cutter that can be signed out for personal use.

Diane then demonstrated how to make an easy pumpkin. It was cute and fairly simple. She will give the directions to Denise to put on the Guild's webpage. We also competed in a quilting word scramble.

Show & Tell followed of charity quilts, etc.

******IMPORTANT: Our next meeting (November 8th) is our Thanksgiving Dinner and will start at 6 pm. Bring your tasty contribution for dinner and any items for the Chinese Auction, to be held in December. Doreen has added an additional request, 2 fat quarters. They will be donated, along with other guilds, to those quilters who lost their "stash" in the recent fires and floods.*******

Respectfully Submitted,

Beverly T Secretary

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Guest Speaker Karen from Redbird Quilt Co. in September and Workshop Tuesday September 12th!

Please note workshop is Tuesday Sept 12th, 2017 at Millman Center 9:30am-4pm.

Align Your Free Motion Quilting Stars Lecture and Trunk Show 

 Geared toward domestic machine quilters (90-120 minutes) New in 2016:  Free Motion Quilting lecture that will educate on a variety of tips and tricks to help align your free motion quilting stars. I share 25-30 quilts and projects in my trunk and talk in detail about the projects that I quilted on my home machine. I point out key factors that help you become successful at domestic machine quilting – let’s avoid those FMQ Pitfalls and Align YOUR Free Motion Quilting Stars!! It’s informative, fun and inspiring! 

Sign up is now open! 
Check made payable to Camaco Quilt Guild and mail to Denise B over the summer to be enrolled!

Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) on a domestic sewing machine – Basics & Beyond “Aligning Your FMQ Stars” 
$40.00 9:30am-4pm Tuesday Sept 12th, 2017 at the
Millman Center

Shorten the time it takes to finish your next quilt – learn to free motion quilt on your domestic machine using practice quilt sandwiches. We’ll cover thread, batting, tools, tension, tips and Basic stitches including loop, pebble, swirl, echo, and meander (Basics). We’ll talk about how to align your FMQ Stars. A full day session is most beneficial (Basics and Beyond) and, in addition to the Basic stitches it includes McTavishing and Orange Peel Grid Motifs. 
15 students maximum.

***Darning Feet --  If you feel you need a little more information on darning feet let me know and I'll throw together a small handout for you to share with the Guild.    Personally I prefer a rounded darning foot -- for a Bernina it would be like the #9 foot.  On a Janome, I recommend the open or closed toe darning foot that is horseshoe (open toe) or round (closed toe).  

My favorite tools & why (Slider, gloves, high quality thread, needles, wool bat) Impact of needle, thread and batting choices on free motion quilting Pin basting technique ~ Plus Stopping, starting, jumping, tips Motifs – we’ll draw and stitch a variety of fun motifs 

Supplies: **Notes available during workshop at a discounted price 

Sewing machine with a Darning or Free Motion Quilting Foot (open or closed) 
1 to 2 yards light colored quality cotton fabric (cut into fat quarters for quilt sandwiches) 
½ to 1 yard batting (**Quilter’s Dream 100% Wool recommended) 
Spools of high quality 50wt cotton thread (**Aurifil recommended) 
Quilting Gloves(**Machingers are my favorite) - 
Basting Safety Pins **80/12 Needles (Top Stitch, Quilting, or Sharpe Needles) Paper & pencil to practice FMQ motifs Marking tool: 
**Hera Marker~ **Air or Water Soluble Blue Marker ~Soapstone ~Other 

Optional: **Little Genie Magic Bobbin Washers (not recommended for Berninas)

Optional: **Supreme Slider by LaPeirre (regular or queen size) **comparable Teflon sheet 

Recommended: Extension table or surface (large flat, flush surface recommended) 
Extra: Bring a pillow for your chair!! The correct height helps avoid future aches and pains. 

Class Preparation: Cut fabric and batting into Fat Quarter quilt sandwiches prior to class. Cut fabric top slightly smaller than batting and backing fabric (1” all around) 

Questions ?? e-Mail Karen

Hi – I’m Karen L. Miller, “CEO” ;) of Redbird Quilt Co. 
I’m a quilter, designer, writer, editor, blogger and educator all wrapped in one crazy grandma! I started quilting in 2006 when my sister Janet asked me to join her for a $1 block of the month, Thangles – remember them? Thus the beginning of my Quilty adventures.

I dabbled in piecing for a couple of years until my first applique class (Needle-turn Applique from the talented Sharon Stroud) at which time I fell head over heels In Love with everything applique. Cotton applique led to wool applique and again I was in seventh heaven. Wool applique allowed me to finish a quilt top quickly so I learned to Free Motion Quilt (FMQ) on my home machine. For years I took every FMQ and Wool Class I could find – gosh that was fun! I guess you could say I was addicted. Panel after panel was quilted while I honed my FMQ skills.

In 2012 I began blogging about my Quilting passion and was fortunate to win some beautiful Family Tree fabric by Deb Strain for Moda. That was the start of my designing passion. I prepared a sweet little pillow design and submitted it to the Moda Bake Shop (MBS). It published in October of 2013.

Since then I’ve designed & published 5+“Recipes” as a Chef for the Moda Bake Shop – 2 of which placed in the MBS top 10 annual awards. The learning and growing and designing continued as I created my first ever for-fee pattern and began teaching at Quilters Corner in Ithaca, NY. The Candor, NY “New Quilters on the Block” Guild hired me to teach too! WOW – Maybe my love of quilting can become my retirement fun! Redbird Quilt Co. was born… Workshops were created… and the saga continues!

I continue my education with online classes and by attending professional training with my “quilty” mentors! I’m was thrilled to spend 2 days with the famed Karen McTavish in 2015 learning more FMQ Fun! Karen is an amazingly talented long arm quilter. She’s the bomb! I was recently featured on the American Patchwork & Quilting Radio Podcast with Pat Sloan – oh that was fun too! In the summer of 2016 I trained with award winning Long Arm quilter, Linda Hrcka of The Quilted Pineapple. I’m very fortunate to spend time with these amazing quilters! Thank you for inviting me to work with your Group – It’s sew fun to share my passion with others who are wild for Quilting! I look forward to our time together.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

May Meeting Minutes

                                                       MAY  10th, 2017

The meeting was called to order by our president, Doreen D at 7:00 pm.
There were two guest.

Karen M, our treasurer, reported a balance of $XXXXX


Name Badge: $2.75 was collected in "fines".

Charity: Eleanor N reported we have 14 completed charity quilts. She will make up more dog beds and quilt kits for our next meeting. She also reminded us that she has batting for use in completing our charity quilts.

Photography: Karen T reminded us again to pick up previously taken pictures on the side table.

Program: Our speaker tonight is Jane Hamilton. There will be no runner for next month. However, for the summer, we will do a red, white and blue runner and the directions will be on our Blog.

Sunshine: There was no report, but Doreen said Flossie is doing well. (We wish her the best! She's missed.)

Ways and Means: The basket for tonight garnished $XX and was won by Barbara W.

Refreshments: Joyce H announced those who are to bring refreshments next month and begged people to please take home their leftovers.

Media: No report.


Doreen reminded us that the Cold Spring's Quilt show is June 24th and 25th. Registration forms can be found on line or see Clare. Also, Doreen and Clare hope that people will enter the Drunkards Path Challenge. All entries are needed by June 20th.

Our bus trip to Lancaster is September 30th. The sign up sheet was passed around again. The $39 cost is due at our June meeting.

I posted the new membership directory on-line and mailed copies to those who do not have computer access. There are three corrections. Joan K should be Joann, Diane DN should be Diana and Diane M new cell number is . ( If there are any other corrections, please let me know.)

A requested Saturday "open sew" was held and although quite a few signed up, only eight members showed up. Bernie did a lot of work to get and set up the Hall. If you sign up for something, please try to attend.

There was a good turnout at our regular "sew "at the Millman Center and will be continued the third and fourth Wednesdays through October.


The Pillow Case Challenge is September 17th and again, will be held at the Hammonton Fire Hall. Bernie challenged us all to help beat the competition. Everyone who attended last year had a great time. We have to defend our victory for making the most cases that day.

Helen E has a friend who's son is in the service and she and a few friends are collecting needed items to send overseas. Helen will post them on the Blog and if interested, please bring them to the June meeting.

Doreen and Sharon C announced that a member of South Shore Stitchers passed away and there will be a sale Saturday of material and other quilting items. It will be held on Route 9 in Seaville.

The meeting was adjourned.

There was an abbreviated Show & Tell, followed by our speaker, Jane Hamilton. Jane's trunk show contained antique, classic and modern quilts. She entertained us with her quilting background and enlightened us on different types of quilting, color values and how they affect outcomes. She also shared some tricks and tips. She will hold a workshop tomorrow at the Millman Center.

Refreshments were enjoyed by all.
Our next meeting is June 14th.

Respectfully Submitted,
Beverly Tyler, Secretary

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Minutes April 12th, 2017 Meeting

The meeting was called to order by our President, Doreen D at 7:00 p.m.
We welcomed three (3) guests.
Karen our Treasurer, reported a balance of $XXXX and $XX.00 in Petty Cash
We introduced the representative from CARA, Martina  (our charity for this year).  Ms. Singleton explained what CARA does for the people of Cape May County who are ages 13 and up.  All of their services are free and confidential.  She said had appreciative they were to receive the handmade quilts and hopes that we will continue to help them.
Committee Reports:
We have donated 40 dog beds.  They have made up 11 kits (material, batting and 3 yard quilt pattern) to be used by anyone who wishes to make a charity quilt for CARA.
Pictures are on the table, please take a look and pick up your pictures!
The May meeting will start at 6:45 pm.  Our speaker will be Jane Hamilton and she will have an Antique & Modern Trunk Show.  Her class will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm and the price will be $30.00 plus $10.00 kit fee which can be paid on Thursday.  Please remember if you are bringing a guest to our May Meeting there will be a $10.00 fee for the guest.
Table Runner for May is an English Paper Piecing which was designed by Diane D.  The instructions and pattern is on our blog.
Don’t forget to log in your completed UFOs for this year’s challenge.  In order to qualify your UFO must be complete (sewn, quilted and bound).  Denise will bring the log book to all meetings until the challenge ends in January 2018.
Diane M is home recovering from her surgery.  Flossie is doing better and is planning on going on our bus trip in October.  Diane D is home.
Ways and Means:
Raffle tickets were sold for our Easter/Spring themed basket and when you purchased your tickets we picked an egg.  The one person’s egg that did not have candy in it won a prize.
The lucky bakers for next month were announced.  Linda F, Donna F, Joey G, Anna H, Joanne K and Elaina H.  Reminder that if there are leftovers of an item that you bring, please take them home.
No report
Old Business:
Bus trip is on September 30, 2017 and we will be stopping at Burkholders, Good’s and Zook’s.  The cost will be $39.00 and will be collected at June’s meeting.  There is still room so if you have friends or family that want to go please sign them up.
New Business:
Claire spoke about the Cold Spring Village annual Quilt Show which will take place this year on June 24th & 25th and is open to both Adults and Children.  The cost is $10.00 and you can enter up to 6 quilts for the entrance fee which also includes admission to the show and breakfast.  There will also be another event this year to commemorate the new Brewery located in Cold Spring Village.  If you choose, you can make a Drunkards Path Block/mini quilt (no larger than 18 X 18 and must use Drunkards Path Pattern only) which will be hung in the Brewery and voted on by the patrons of the Brewery.  The winning block designer will receive a $50.00 gift certificate to Cold Spring Brewery.  Quilts need to be dropped off to Claire at Cold Springs no later than June 20, 2017.
We were informed by Blanche (the Millman Center employee) that we are only allowed to have the 2 tubs in the storage closet.  Only items that fit in the tubs are permitted.  Doreen and Bernie went through our tub and condensed as much as we could.  There is an ironing board in the closet and if it was left b someone from our open sew it needs to be taken home.
Next open sew will be Wednesday, April 26th at the Millman Center and there will be an open sew held on Saturday, April 29th from 10:00 to 4:00 pm at the West Cape May Borough Hall.
Denise has opening for the class on Thursday.