Starting out the New Year with Sarah Bond!

On January 12th at 7pm, we will be starting out our new year by welcoming Sarah Bond.  Sarah's lecture is titled "Many Quilts, One Family".  Sarah will be focusing on her family quilt history, her own quilts and inspirations. Her family quilting history goes back to her great-great grandmother who was a well-known slave quilter.   Sarah has been quilting since 1979 and teaching quilting for over 15 years. Sarah teaches at local shops and has exhibited her works at many local venues.  I am sure Sarah's talent and use of color will inspire us this year! 

Quilt Raffle Note:  Thanks to everybody at our December meeting who took home packets to sew for the 2016 raffle quilt!   They are due back NO LATER than our February 9 guild meeting (sooner is OK too!!)   If you are paper piecing arcs, but not appliqueing them to the black background, we need those arcs returned at the January meeting so our applique volunteers have a month to complete their part of the quilt.

Wrapping Up 2014 - The County Line Quilters Holiday Party!!

Wow!  I can't believe that it's the holidays already!  The turkey is eaten and it's time to celebrate another great year with the County Line Quilters! Please join us on Monday, December 8th at 6:30 pm -- please note the earlier time!

This year we are giving back!  In lieu of our traditional Pollyanna gifts, we are asking our members to donate a $10 grocery store gift card for the food larder at New Britain Baptist Church and/or bring in a full-size personal hygiene donation for A Women's Place.  A Women's Place has requested: hair and skin products, feminine hygiene products, hand sanitizer, razors, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, baby wipes, diapers (sizes 4, 5, 6), baby powder, baby wash and baby shampoo. 

We will also have our yummy appetizer and dessert party, please feel free to bring something, even if you didn't sign up at last month's meeting. 

Once we finish eating and chatting with our quilting friends, three of our guild members: Barbara Harrison, Sandy McKenna and Sally Malley will be sharing some great quilting and gift ideas.  It's going to be a fun night, so I hope to see you there!

Cyndi Hershey & Fabric 101: What's Old is New Again!

Fabric 101:  What's Old Is New Again

Cyndi currently the creative manager of Cranston Fabrics' Quilting Treasures division and will speak on trends in the fabric industry.  It's always great getting the inside scoop!  Please come out and join us on Monday, October 13th to welcome back our friend Cyndi!

Cyndi became interested in quilting in 1976 as a result of reading the Good Housekeeping issue that featured the Great American Quilt Festival. Since there were very few quilt shops at that time, she taught herself to quilt (with varying results!). Her education and background in interior design and textiles have been helpful as her interest in quilting has grown over the years.

Cyndi began teaching in the early 1980's at shops as well as at community evening schools. In 1989, Cyndi and her husband, Jim, bought the Country Quilt Shop (which became Country Quiltworks) located in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania. Their shop was selected as one of the top 10 quilt shops by American Patchwork & Quilting magazine in 1999. They owned the shop for 11 years.

Quilting and Embroidery: A Perfect Match!

Monday, Sept 8th at 7pm

Mark your calendars for our kickoff meeting for our new era in County Line Quilters!  We can swap stories about our great vacations, fun quilt shows and fabulous quilt store discoveries!  Looking forward to catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.  Don't forget to bring your show 'n tell!  (I'm sure you've been productive...)

Our first speaker of our 'new' year Michele McLaughlin who will be talking about "Quilting And Embroidery: A Perfect Match" !  Michele will be display and discuss vintage quilts and new trends in embroidered quilts.  This is a new topic for me, so I'm excited to learn more - I hope that you'll join me!

Meeting will be at New Britain Baptist Church, Butler and Tamanend Avenues in New Britain PA.   Guest fee is $5.

Quilts from your Garden?

Monday, June 9th - 7pm

Our last meeting before summer break will get us inspired to sew -- or garden! -- when award winning quilter Karen Dever presents her program "My Garden Of Quilts - Botanical Textiles". We'll also indulge in our annual Ice Cream Sundae Social and vote on our new officers. See you at 7PM!

(or earlier if you'd like to join us for Dinner With The Speaker! See below for details.)


June 9 - Dinner With The Speaker!

Join us at the New Britain Inn at 5:15 on Monday June 9 for dinner with our speaker for that night, Karen Dever. Let Sue Edelman know if you will be attending and she will have the restaurant set aside a table for us Contact Sue by email here  or by phone 215-659-2744.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame...

Stitch and Pitch Night at the Phillies! - August 6, 2014

Stitch and Pitch Night returns to the Phillies this year! Join your friends from County Line Quilters at the Phillies game on Wednesday night, August 6, 7:05PM for a fun evening of baseball and sewing.  Needlework enthusiasts take over Citizens Bank Park and stitch away while hopefully watching the Phillies win. Think knitting, embroidery, hand applique or piecing - small hand projects you can easily work on while seated at the game.

Tickets cost either $27 for Arcade Section seating (sections 233-237) or $18 for Terrace level (sections 330-333). That's a $6 savings off the regular price of tickets!

Telephone Sue Edelman (215-659-2744) by June 15 with your order of how many tickets and what price. Non-sewing friends and family are welcome to join us but must put up with possibly losing their dignity at being seen in a needlework crowd!

Back By Popular Demand... Quilters' Strip Poker!

Monday, April 14th - 7pm

We had so much fun with this last year, we've decided to do it again! To participate, you should bring 13 fabric strips, each 2 1/2" by 42" (like a "jelly roll" type strip) and your sense of humor! This game is easy to play and a lot of laughs - and the Grand Prize Winner could go home with over 100 fabric strips. Everyone goes home having had a fun evening!

If you're bringing a guest to this meeting, their $5 guest fee provides them with a set of strips, so there's no need for them to bring any with.  Members who don't have fabric (IS there such a thing??) can also purchase a set of 13 strips for $5.

Boas and G-strings are optional....

A Wealth of History in Local Quilts

Monday, March 10th at 7pm

This month we are excited to welcome Candace  Perry from the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center for her program on Pennsylvania German Quilt Heritage.  The Schwenkfelder Museum has an incredible collection of antique quilts and coverlets and Candace will be sharing some of their best with us.  You'll be amazed at how pristine these quilts are, and by the enjoyable stories behind them and the history of the Schwenkfelder religious community in our area.  

Plan to join us for a very enjoyable meeting and also before the meeting for "Dinner with the Speaker" at the New Britain Inn at 5 pm.  If you would like to join us for dinner please RSVP to Sue Edelman here by March 9.

Don't Be Afraid to Show That Quilt!

Monday, November 11 - 7pm

On November 11 we welcome Helle May Cheney of Flemington, NJ as our speaker. Helle May's patterns have appeared in magazines such as American Quilter, Quilters Home, and Quilters Newsletter and her quilts have been accepted into AQS shows and the Hoffman Challenge.   Her Estonian heritage is a source of inspiration for her quilting designs and we will see examples of it in her program "Don't Be  Afraid To Show That Quilt!"- a timely and inspiring topic as we begin to register our quilts for our April 2014 quilt show.  Visit Helle May's website for a sneak peak at her original designs!      

 And... don't forget your Monochromatic Challenge quilt is due at this meeting.  Now, I know most of you have it all completed and ready to go but just in case... Here are the rules one more time.  Good  luck!

Pennsylvania Dutch Quilts: Folklore and Superstition

Monday, October 14 - 7pm

County Line Quilters is excited to welcome noted antique quilt collectors Pat and Arlan Christ to their Monday October 14 2013 meeting on the topic "Pennsylvania Dutch Quilts:  Folklore And Superstition".  Their presentation of quilts from the 1800's to early 1900's  will begin at 7PM in Fellowship Hall of New Britain Baptist Church, Butler Avenue and Tamanend Road.

Arlan and Pat Christ want to preserve the legacy of quilts from past generations by sharing the history that surrounds the art of quilting.  They enhance their wonderful collection of antique quilts with knowledge not only about the quilts themselves, but about the times and society from which the quilts evolved.  

The Christs will be sharing a number of the most colorful Pennsylvania Dutch quilts made during this period.  Their unique designs and quilting patterns have created the “Dutch” folk art we collect today.  Learn about the connection of “quilts”, “hex signs” and the world of “folklore and superstitions.”  Don't miss it!

What's in Your Scrap Basket?!!

If someone told you that you could make quilt blocks such as the Pineapple, Log Cabin, Off-center Log Cabin, Sunburst Star, and Geese in the Cabin (to name a few) with just squares and strips of fabric or scraps, would you believe them? What if they also told you that the blocks use no foundations, no templates, no triangles and have no Y-seams but turn out perfectly square and all the same size, even in miniature?  Meet Nancy Bills, our September speaker, and her "Perfect Strips" technique.  

Join us in September at our new venue and see Nancy's exquisite quilts.  She will be showing quilts from her collection - both antique and her own - and talking about things she has learned over the years as a quilter.  And, in addition to talking about her quilts, she will include tips for construction, quilt assembly, and design... as well as her "Perfect Strips" technique!