Wings Falls Quilters Guild - Glens Falls, New York

About Our Guild

Based in historic Glens Falls, New York, the Wings Falls Quilters Guild (WFQG) was formed to encourage and develop an appreciation for the art of quilting. The guild was founded in 1977 when five local women decided to find other people who enjoyed quilting. Today there are almost 250 members who come together once a month from all over eastern New York. Others come from as far north as Plattsburgh, some travel from the Albany area and still others drive from Vermont. Our members have varying degrees of quilting ability, ranging from beginners to accomplished blue ribbon winners. What we share in common is our desire to learn, teach and to share our love of quilts and quilting.

Membership and Meetings

Dues

Annual dues are $20. For those over age 60 or under the age of 18, annual dues are $10. Guest fees are $3.00 for non-members. For more information about joining WFQG, please contact Gail Carchietta (518 745-0381) or Ann Kokosa (793-7173).

Meetings

Meetings are usually held on the second Saturday of each month, from September through June, at our new location, Christ Church United Methodist Church in Glens Falls . Between 8:30 and 9:30 members socialize. Meetings start promptly at 9:30. A typical meeting includes a brief business meeting, followed by "show and tell," drawings for "block of the month" and door prizes, and a planned program. Activities often include a guest speaker, member or speaker workshop, a community service project, or a holiday or picnic celebration. At each meeting members can borrow from an extensive lending library of quilt books, videos and stencils.

From the south

Take Exit 18. Turn right onto Main Street. At light (with CVS on the left) road becomes Broad Street. At the fork (Stewart's store on the fork), bear left to continue on Broad Street. Continue straight. Upon entering the downtown area of Glens Falls, bear left to merge onto South Street. At the second light, you will see the monument. Go around the monument and bear left onto Bay Street. Church will be on your left.

From the north

Take Exit 19. Turn right onto Aviation Road. Aviation Road becomes Quaker Road at the intersection where Olive Garden is. Continue on Quaker Road. Turn right onto Bay Street (at intersection just beyond Hannaford). Take Bay Street into the city of Glens Falls. At your third light, church will be on your right.

From Whitehall or Vermont

Take Route 4 to Route 149. Turn left onto Bay Road. At the intersection with Quaker Road, Bay Road becomes Bay Street. Continue on Bay Street into the city of Glens Falls. At your third light, church will be on your right.

From the village of Hudson Falls

Go around the park onto River Street. River Street will become Lower Warren Street. Lower Warren Street will become Warren Street. Continue on Warren Street until you come to the "five corners" in Glens Falls. Sharp right turn onto Ridge Street. At the second light, turn left onto Washington Avenue. At the next light, the church will be on your left. Parking is available on the streets around the church. You may also park in the CNA building parking lots as they permit use of their parking lots for church functions. Enter through the door on the Washington Street side of the building (the north side) or quietly (as there are driving courses) through the entrance on the parking lot side (South Side). The north entrance delivers you directly to the fellowhsip hall. The south entrance delivers you to a hall, which leads past the kitchen and to the fellowship hall just beyond the sanctuary.

Telephone Tree

In case of inclement weather, members are notified via a telephone tree list. The list is distributed in November. Members joining the guild after October are asked to contact the Membership Chair so arrangements can be made to add your name to the list of members in your area.

Radio Stations

Cancellation of guild meetings will also be announced on the following area radio stations: WWSC 1450 AM (Glen Falls area), WGY 810 AM and K100.5 FM (South of Glens Falls), and WOKO 98.9 FM (North Country).

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Fall News

In case you haven't noticed, our new and improved (and easy to remember) web address is up and running. You're now viewing the WFQG site at www.wingsfallsquilters.org. Be sure to bookmark this as one of your favorites. In the meatime, if you go to the old site, you'll be directed here.

Post a reminder, ask a question or share the latest news with fellow quild members at the new Wings Falls Quilters Bulletin Board at Yahoo.groups. Follow this link to subscribe. Please note: 1) You will need to register a username and password with Yahoo before you can join, and 2) You do not need e-mail to read the messages posted on this site..

The Albany chapter of the American Sewing Guild is planning a fabric and notion sale on October 4, from 10AM-3PM at the West End Presbyterian Church at 585 Central Avenue (one-half mile east of exit 5 from I-90 in Albany.) Donations of fabric, notions, patterns, magazines or other sewing related items may be donated before the sale. They will be collected at the September Guild meeting. For more information, contact Patricia Rose at 489-5003 between 7AM-9PM.

Barb Nichols has two Featherweights (completely refubished) ready for sale to a good home. Call 793-1498. Champlain Valley Quilters Guild of NY show is scheduled for October 4 and 5 in Plattsburgh. Phone Priscilla Reed 518 653-5698 for more information. Biennial Quilt Show at the First Presbyterian Chruch of Warrensburg, Saturday, October 18. For more information, contact Linda Denner at 623-4504. Empire Quiltfest, "A Harvest Medley" will be held October 25 and 26 at the Christian Brothers Academy at Airline Drive off Route 155 in Colonie.

Spring News

Audrey Kiernan thanks everyone who expressed interest in the Featherweight program she tried to arrange for this summer. If you are interested in a similar program in the future, please contact her.

The May 10th meeting will feature a special guest vendor,"Thread Connections" from Middlebury, Vermont. Bring your pin money. Guild tote bags ($18.00 ea.) and mugs ($6.00 ea.) will also be available.

In March 2003 we surveyed our members to learn more about their interests and backgrounds, and to provide suggestions for upcoming programs. Click here to view a summary of survey results.

Programs Fall and Spring for this year

Annual Garage Sale and Marion Policastro Trunk Show Featuring "Creative Boarders"

Members set up your tables 8:15. Tables are open for browsing and sales before and after the meeting. No reservations necessary ! Following regular meeting Marian will teach "Mile-a-Minute" and "Caldor Block" workshops. Bring sewing machines, rotary cutters and mats, ruler and scraps. Cost is $10.00. Contact Elayne at 793-3081 or Anna Maria at 812-0420 to sign up.

George and Virginia Siciliano - Lecture and Trunk Show

Sign up for the minatures workshop "Size Really Does Matter. Part One will be held on Friday night October 10 from 6PM-10PM at the Quilting Bee. Part Two will be held following the Guild Meeting the next day from 12PM-3PM. Registration is $30.00. Contact Contact Elayne at 793-3081 or Anna Maria at 812-0420 to sign up.

Donna Milford "My Family Quilts: Quilts from the 19th and 20th Centuries" - Lecture and Trunk Show

Our afternoon workshop with Mary Widdis is called "Scrappy Pinwheels." Bring your Tri-Recs Ruler.

Holiday Party and Auction

Please note the building will open at 9am. Please drop off auction items between 9 and 9:30. Auction fun begins at 10. Cash and checks are accepted. Refreshments: A-H bring desserts; I-Z bring main dishes. Don't forget canned goods for distribution to a local food pantry and 3 fat quarters for a gift exchange.

Community Service Day

Join fellow members to assemble log cabin blocks into quilt tops. How many ways do you know to set a log cabin block?

Community Service

The log cabin block has been selected at this year's pattern for community service projects. Karen Gibbs is this year's committee chair. Please contribute strips (between 1.5 inches and 3 inches wide ) to meetings for piecing enthusiasts to sew together. Members are asked to contribute three, six and nine inch blocks for January's Community Service Day.

Seeking sewing machine operators! Call Karen Gibbs to obtain strips and directions for making log cabin blocks.

Following the November 8th program, plan to bring soup or bread to share for lunch and then say to make a Lasagna Quilt. For each quilt you will need 35 strips, 4.5 inches by width of your fabric (about 42 inches). Make one quilt for community service and one to take home. Get together with a friend or two, and have one bring an iron, one a machine and one the cutting tools.

Bring in your UFO's and lonely quilt blocks. The Community Service team loves a creative challenge. Think of the possibilities!

The guild is in the process of finishing quilts for attendees of Cindy's Retreat, an annual gathering at Lake George for women who are currently battling cancer. The retreat will take place during the last weekend of October. If you have a completed lap- or twin-size quilt you would like to donate, please contact Karen at 587-9497. Just a few more completed quilts are needed to assure that all attendees will receive a quilt.

Wings Falls Quilt Festival "Hearth and Home"

Adirondack Community College - 640 Bay Road - Queensbury, NY 12804 - Linda Shea, Chair