March 2011 Newsletter



The North Parish Quilters’ meet on the second Wednesday of the month, September through June, at the Union Congregational Church, 148 Haverhill Street, North Reading, MA 01864  The church opens at 6 pm, and the meeting starts at 7 pm

 SNOW CANCELLATION POLICY:   In the event that North Reading Schools are canceled on the day of a North Parish Guild Meeting, then the guild meeting is also canceled.  However, if snow conditions become severe through the day, members will be notified by email by 3pm on the day of the meeting. We ask that everyone assist with notifying our members of a cancellation.  Members without email should contact another North Parish Guild Member.  Thank you. ***********************************************************

President’s Notes:

Those that were not at the February meeting missed a phenomenal quilt artist.   Pat Delaney was the speaker of the night and her trunk show was incredibly inspiring.  She is a well published quilt artist and she showed some of her quilts that had made the cover of many magazines we all have purchased.  Each quilt was more impressive than the one before and the accompanying story both entertaining and humorous.    Rosemary Koch deserves a huge thank you for finding and booking this speaker.

I am pleased to announce that we have a new Newsletter chairperson – Nicole Scotina has stepped forward to fill the position recently vacated by Rosemary Koch.    The guild owes Rosemary a huge thank you for all the work she has put in over the years in developing and improving our newsletter as well as developing the North Parish website.  Thank you Rosemary.     Nicole is a new member who has come forward with some new and fresh ideas to promote the guild.   She will be working on creating a new website and linking it to Facebook.     Thanks Nicole for volunteering!     

 Gail Russell


Buttons, Buttons, Buttons        

Button, button, who’s got the button?  This month we are doing for our make-it-and-take-it the Button Bracelet.

 What you will need to remember to bring:

  • Buttons – an assortment works really well. All blues, reds and blacks, red, white and blue are great combo’s also.
  • Thread – heavy thread (Quilting Thread, Carpet Thread, Upholstery Thread) Neutral colors or a thread to match most of your buttons
  • Sewing Needle – Embroidery size 8 works well or your favorite needle that you have
  • Eye glasses – to thread the needle                    

                                                              Laurie Thies


               NPQ Programs & Event 

March 2011 to June 2011 

March 9, 2011      Program: Button Bracelets                           Vendor: TBD

 April 13, 2011     Program:   Mini workshops & Demo          Vendor:  TBD 

 May 11, 2011      Program:   TBD                                                   Vendor:  TBD

 June 8, 2011      Program:   Ice Cream Social                         Vendor:  TBD


North Parish Fat Quarter Raffle

Remember to bring a fat quarter to swap limited to 3 per person. This month’s theme will be batiks. Please see Joan LeGore and get a ticket to win the bunch


 Free Table     

 Don’t forget to check out the free table at the back of the room before and after the meetings.  Anything quilt related is welcome – please feel free to “put and take”.  If you bring anything and it is still there at the end of the evening, please take it home with you. This is a great way to recycle magazines, notions and unwanted fabric. Scraps are also welcomed.

 RoseMary Koch is looking for the following issues of American Quilter August thru December 2007 and January & February of 2008.


 Important Miscellaneous Information

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE:  Please send all updates and informational notes to Nicole Scotina, Newsletter Coordinator, by the 25th of the month to appear in the following month’s Newsletter:

 THE SUNSHINE LADY: Please let the Sunshine lady know of members who need some sunshine in their life.  Please e-mail : or call:  781-491-0460.  I appreciate your input.  Thank you, Ruby Browne

 GUEST FEES: Please be reminded that North Parish Quilt Guild has a guest fee policy– all guests pay a $3.00 fee for all meetings except when there is a Guest speaker — then the guest fee is $5.00.  The exception is our Annual Auction – No guest fee on this night.  We would appreciate members observing this policy.  Thank you.

 PARKING:  Please note that we will be reserving the first two spaces in the parking lot for speakers and vendors. 

 SUGGESTION BOX:   A penny for your thoughts.  If you have an idea, then let us know.  This is YOUR guild.  What would you like to see and do?  There will be a box at the back of the hall where the check in table is located. Please put your ideas and comments in the box.  We will read them and discuss them at the next board meeting. Thank you. Rosemary Delaney

 MYSTERY QUILT: Don’t forget to pick up your Mystery Sheets



North Parish Quilters 2011

Challenge Rules

  1.  With paint chips, use your three initials to choose three paint colors (fabrics) – one for each initial.  If you don’t have three initials, use the first 2 letters of your first name and the first letter of your last name.  If the paint color has a two word name, the initial can stand for either word.
  2.  Paint chips you have chosen must be included in a pocket on the back of the quilt.
  3.  Fabric must match the chosen color as near as possible and read as a solid.  You can add two fabrics of your choice which can be prints, floral, background, etc.
  4.  The size of the quilt is to be no larger than 24” x 24”.  Any size smaller is okay.
  5.  It must be quilted (not a pieced top) and have binding.  They are to be shown at our meeting in December.

 Contact Linda Jeffrey at 781-233-6278 if you have any questions.

Happy sewing

     NPQ Refreshment List 

          For March 9, 2011


Maureen Girardin Sue Hines Edith Kindred  Brenda Lane
Joan Green Ruth Howard Jeannie King  Paulette Lang
Pat Gregoire Linda Jeffrey Karen King  Joan Legor
Diane Guida  Cathy Juliano Wendy Kinzler Jolene Lewis
Jeanne Hanson  Gail Keck Cheryl Knott  Beth Licari
Beverly Hinckley  Cindy Kimball RoseMary Koch Linda Lydecker

Media Message

Hello fellow quilters! I am a new member of NPQ and fairly new to the quilt world. But that did not stop me from jumping head first into the deep end of the media pool. First I volunteered to be the new Newsletter Coordinator. That got me thinking about the possibility of creating a new website so other quilters in our community may find us and want to join in on our fun. Then another thought popped into my head…Having a Facebook page where members can have their quilt photos displayed, interact with one another, and find new quilting friends would also be fun.  So I have a lot of ideas that are slowly developing into reality. 

The website is It is not linked to a search engine such as Google yet because it needs a lot of work. It is in the “quilt top” phase of development. It still needs to be “quilted” and “bound”! 

If you are an avid Facebook user, log in and type in North Parish Quilters into the search just like you would find a friend and click on it. Then click on the “Like” button. That will enable you to make quilt related comments and questions and view all of the members’quilts. 

There will be a lot of building and tweaking going on over the next few months and I will keep updating you as we go. For those of you who do not have a Facebook account, or have never heard of it, and you would like to know more or join in, you may email me at or talk with me at the meeting and I will be happy to help you. For those of you who do not have a computer you will not be missing out on any important information and will continue to receive your newsletter as usual. 

Happy Quilting,

Nicole Scotina 


Charity News Update

Hole in the Wall  

Hi Everyone,                                                                                                                                        
THANK YOU for all you do! Our count is at 25 finished quilts and 95 pillowcases.  Keep them coming.  🙂   My how the year is flying by.

We need to have outstanding kits returned to us so we can keep the process moving toward our June delivery date. In particular, please return the Disappearing 9-Patch blocks with the dalmations and fire motif.

We have BATTING!  So if you have a top and bottom destined for the Hole in the Wall, let us know the size and we can give you batting. Also we will take good-sized batting remnants to piece together.

Come by and see what we have to do at the “Hole in the Wall” table.  This year’s charity block is a scrappy log cabin — please pick up instructions if you do not have them. We also welcome donations of 6″ x WOF pieces of cheery fabric that we will include in a quilt somehow. Also any large pieces we can use for backs. Remember that the general guideline for quilts is approximately 60″ x 70″ (twin size). 

Marcia deBrigard
Pat Winter
Jean Osborn


Quilt Calendar

  1. Still have a few spaces left. – Won’t you join us?? 24th Annual Penn Dutch Amish Trip sponsored by RoseMary Koch March 16-19 2011. A Quilters Fabric and Craft Shopping Paradise. Join us for the second American Quilters Society Quilt Show in Lancaster, PA. Features of this trip include: Purchase of Quilts at Amish Farmhouse – meet the Amish people. Shop at Peoples Place, Kitchen Kettle Village, Sauders, Zooks, Burkholders, and more and the AQS quilt show. This trip is fast paced, exciting and enjoyable—Come and meet some new quilters and enjoy yourself.  Trip includes: Roundtrip Deluxe Motorcoach; 3 nights at Willow Valley CC; Meals are buffets—3 Dinners and 3 Breakfasts; Entry to AQS Quilt Show; Meet and Greet Evening; embroidered nametags; daily water, group picture. All tips and taxes are included. Send Sase to RoseMary Koch @ 100 Brand Street, Arlington, MA 02474.     
  2. October 9, 2010 to June 30, 2011   Old Sturbridge Village Quilt Exhibit.
  3. New England Quilt Museum is sponsoring a Mass Quilt Documentation Project. Antique quilts to be documented by the Mass Quilt Documentation Project may be brought into the Museum on the third Friday of every month. To schedule an appointment please email or call the Library at 978-452- 4207 Ex. 15
  4. Trip to Ireland – July 6-14, 2011: Museum sponsored trip to Ireland. The 9-day quilting tour is $3,689: details at Http//  
  5. The Northern Lights Quilt Guild Show Richmond Middle School    63 Lyme Road (Route 10 North), Hanover, NH 03755 Saturday April 16, 2011  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM — Sunday April 17, 2011 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM — 200 + Quilts on exhibit, Multiple vendors, Demonstrations, Boutique, Silent Auctions, Quilt Raffle, Wheelchair accessible, Refreshments and “sew” much more *The Featured Quilter this year is Jeannette Stillson of Enfield, NH *Adults $6, Seniors and Children $5  *Raffle Quilt: $1 each or 6 for $5  * Drawing Sunday April 17 Information:                                        e-Mail:   We are on Facebook


Quilt Shows 

March 19-20 Rhododendron Needlers Quilt Guild Show Canton, MA                              Http://
March 26-27 Hands Across the Valley Quilters Guild Quilt Show Amherst, MA
April 7-9 Original Sewing and Quilt Expo Worcester, MA
April 9-10 Haddem Neck Congregational Church Quilt Show Haddem Neck, CT
April 11-16 MQX East – Machine Quilter Exposition Providence, RI               Http://
April 16 Seabreeze Quilt Guild Quilt Show Stratham, NH 
April 16-17 The Northern Lights Quilt Guild Show Hanover, NH                  
April 29-30 Merrimack Valley Quilters Guild  Quilt Show Plastow, NH
June 24-26 Vermont Quilt Festival Essex Junction, VT       
August 11-13 Lowell Quilt Festival Lowell, MA


The Rhododendron Needlers Quilt Guild Show 

Blue Hills Regional Technical School, 800 Randolph Street, Canton, MA

 Saturday March 19, 2011  10AM – 5PM
Sunday   March 20, 2011  10AM – 4PM

The show will include:  hundreds of beautiful quilts, vendor booths, boutique of quilting and craft items, raffle baskets, quilt, and hand-quilting frame, hand quilting demonstration and training, hand-made purses and tote bags available for purchase and…

“The Supper Quilt”

A quilting marvel designed and pieced by Dr. Donald Locke and quilted by Linda Taylor 

 Modeled after Leonardo daVinci’s famous work, “The Last Supper”, the quilt is itself a masterpiece. It is over 15 feet long and 5 feet high, and consists of 51,816 half-inch squares and 350 different fabrics!  A labor of love, it took Dr. Locke (a dentist by trade) two and one-half years to complete — around 1200 hours of work.This quilt has traveled the globe. Dr. and Mrs. Locke hope to see the quilt displayed in every state of the union. It has already appeared in 31 states.  This is the quilt’s first visit to Massachusetts. Admission to the show is $7.00 for a single day; $10 for two days.  Admission grants access to both member quilts and The Supper quilt.


Remember to bring to the March Meeting:


Yourself, of course

Name Tag – yours

Show and Tell

$$$ for the Raffle Table

March block of the month – “Interlocking Chain”

Batik fat quarters for the Fat Quarter Raffle

Ideas and suggestions to submit

Buttons, thread & needle for the Button Bracelet

Refreshments – If your name is on the list

Crisp, bright spring colored fat quarters for our next Raffle Quilt

Finished charity blocks and quilts


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