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Be Well – March and April 2020

Because of the health risk, our March 2020 meeting was cancelled and the April one is tentative at this time.

We still have quilts hung at the Charlton Sewing Center, but the store is not open, and we will leave the quilts at the store until we can get into it again. If you did not get to vote on one of the quilts as to which best represents the guild, we will post if voting will continue at a later date. Otherwise, please go to our Facebook page to view photos of the quilts that were submitted.

Charlton Sewing Center is also leaving materials to pickup and sew facemasks, then return to a drop box – all outside the store in tubs for you to access without going inside if you are interested in helping out in that manner.  Please see the Facebook site for the Guild or the sewing center for all information.

We will post as soon as we know what our scheduling is going to be for the next three – four months;  much is dependent upon state recommendations and guidelines, and our concerns for eveyone’s health and well-being.

We all miss getting together, viewing each other’s quilts, listening to the speakers we have engaged for the year, and discussing all that we are doing as a guild.

Until we can meet again – please all – be safe and be well.

February 2020 Guild Meeting

February  2020 Guild Meeting

Our speaker this month was Pat Delaney – an extremely creative and award-winning quilter for the past 20 years.  Most recently Pat had a show at the NEQM titled “The Colorful World of Pat Delaney”.

Per the NEQM:  “Pat Delaney’s quilts are renowned for their vibrant colors, intricate details and complex patterns. Her work has won numerous awards and recognition from every major quilt organization in the United States. Among these are Best of Show at AQS QuiltWeek in Des Moines, Iowa (2013) and a First Place award at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas (2011). . . . . .Delaney not only enjoys creating her own designs, but also focuses on teaching these skills to other quilt makers.”

Because Pat’s favourite colour is red, she presented a slide show featuring just about all the reds found in nature and said that if in doubt about what colours to use with red, look at nature for inspiration.

One of Pat’s four quilts featured in 500 Traditional Quilts by Karey Patterson Bresenhan from Lark Publications is even titled “Inspiration Draws from Nature”.  The other quilts are “Barcelona Crow’s Nest,” “Sugar Maples and Nose Stickers,” and “To Everything There is a Season.” And for those of you unfamiliar with the term ‘nose sticker’, children also call the maple tree seeds  ‘helicopters’ in other parts of the country.

While she has done basic red and white in at least one quilt, most of her quilts are a vivacious mix of reds and other colours for contrast.

If you missed the guild meeting, click on  the links below for photos of some of her quilts:

New England quilt Museum at

Pat’s website at

Photos  of a few of Pat’s quilts are included here.

And of course we have the Show and Tell photos of some quilts made by our guild members:

Quilt Displays 2020

CHARLTON LIBRARY QUILT DISPLAY – We are no longer able to display quilts at the library in the room we used, due to water damage and subsequent renovations.  Instead, the library has offered us a wall to hang one quilt each month. Quilts may not be wider than 65″.  Anne P is taking names and phone numbers of members interested in having a quilt displayed. The selection is random, by drawing one name of those interested at each guild meeting.  That person will then be given the following month to display a quilt. Hanging sleeves are not required. The library would like a short bio with each quilt displayed.  Nicole is our contact at the library if you need to speak with her about arrangements to drop off or pick up your quilt.


[a]  ONLY large quilts, but no larger than 80″ wide x 88″ long.

[b] MUST have a 4″ hanging sleeve.

[c]  NO tied quilts.

[d]  NO labels or identifying  information on the front of the quilt.

[e]  MUST have been made AFTER 2015.

[f]  Must be brought to Susan Burns at the February Guild Meeting – or you may take yours to the Center on Feb 28th.

Quilts will be judged and voted on anonymously to determine the quilt that best represents our Guild.  That quilt will then be displayed at the NEQM in the summer of 2020. So go through your quilts and see what you haven’t given away!

NOTE:  If you were not at the meeting on Sunday Feb 16th. or if you forgot to bring your quilt for the display at the Charlton Sewing Center, please bring your quilt directly to the Charlton Sewing Center any time during the day, Friday, 2/28 and be sure it is given to Peg Sullivan so that you will be included in the month-long display.  Any questions, please contact Susan Burns at or call her at 508-864-2397 prior to 2/28

MARCH 15 – CHARLTON SEWING CENTER RECEPTION –  If you haven’t had time to get to the Center to vote on the quilt which you think best represents the Cornerstone Guild, then come to the reception, meet friends, view the quilts and cast your ballot! 

Modern Quilt Group – January 2020 Meeting

JANUARY 2020 – Modern Quilt Group – Lunar Theme

Hi, All,
What a great meeting we had yesterday afternoon. A few new people joined us and hopefully were inspired to come back and perhaps join in the discussion or challenge!

To celebrate Chinese New Year, we began with fortune cookies….and gained a few words of wisdom for 2020 – the Year of the Rat. We then dove right into a show and tell of our Challenge Quilts with the theme of Lunar! We had a wide range of interpretations all involving the moon in some way. Many thanks to our challenge participants…..and to those of you who brought other-than-lunar quilts. I personally was inspired to do more.

Jill Havrilla shared a few small quilts and fabric panels that she had had printed from photographs through a web service –

Our featured presenter was Susan Burns, who stepped us through the process of facing a quilt. She presented different techniques, some easier than others. Below are links to her favorites. Thanks, Susan, for taking the time to share your expertise!

This is the link to Robbi Joy Eklow’s method:
How to Make a Quilt Facing | WeAllSew
Art Quilter, Robbi Joy Eklow, shares her method for facing a quilt, a finish that gives the edges of a quilt a clean look without the frame of traditional quilt binding. A facing is similar to a binding on a quilt, except that it’s turned completely to the back so there is no visual line around the edge of a quilt.

This is the one from Susan Brubaker Knapp:
How to face a quilt (non-mitred) BLUE MOON Susan Brubaker Knapp. They are free, How to face a quilt (non-mitred) These directions were produced by Susan Brubaker Knapp. They are free, and may be copied and distributed. E-MAIL:

Sue T then distributed an article from the Modern Quilt Guild ( entitled “A Framework for Judging Modern Quilts.” Thanks, Holice, for sending it along. There lots of discussion points in the one-page outline; we’ll plan to tackle items at future meetings.

Notes for the Future:

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, April 25th, from noon to 2 pm at the Community Room at the Charlton Library. It will follow the board meeting held that morning from 10 – 12.

Our challenge for the April meeting will be Modern Traditionalism – the Churn Dash block. Each quilted item should feature the traditional churn dash block in a modern way.

Our challenge for the July meeting (date/time/venue tbd) will be a modern fabric challenge. Each participant should bring a half yard of modern fabric in a brown paper bag to the APRIL 25 meeting. At the April meeting, the bags will be exchanged, and we will discuss any additional guidelines, if any, to the challenge. This challenge will be due at the July meeting.
That’s it for now. I’ll send out a reminder in mid-April.
Many Thanks to all for making this mini-group so much fun!
Sue T.

January 2020 20th Anniversary Social

Cornerstone Quilters Guild 20th Year Celebration – “Log Cabin Fever”

Guild members gathered January 19th to celebrate 20 years of quilting, learning and sharing with other avid quilters.

The pop-up shop had fat quarters and larger fabric remnants for sale – at wonderfully low prices! – and members signed up for workshops and volunteered to assist in other areas. [Side bar: pop-up store will always take donations of fabric – but no scraps – at least fat quarters of fabric, and other quilting items.]

To get the meeting started, since conversation was loud and a bit “echo-y”, Becki gave a shrill “Yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi”, which was followed by surprised silence and then laughter.  But the object was achieved,  and the meeting began with general announcements and news of ongoing projects for the year from our president, Anne P. There was no speaker for this meeting as January can be “iffy” weather-wise, so we substituted having a speaker with having a party.

After announcements, we had a double Show and Tell session:  we started with past presidents showing the quilts they had been given at the end of their terms, as a great big cozy thank you for all the time and energy they put into the guild – and it takes a lot!

The second part of show and tell – since we had decided on “ cabin fever” as a theme  – was log cabin quilts made by members,  or quilts members had found on sale, and could not pass up!  (‘Find of the year’ kudos to Carol for the $20 100-plus- year-old silk tape quilt she was fortunate enough to discover).

Following the viewing of all the gorgeous and well-loved quilts, it was really time for the party to get going – with CAKE!  We had both chocolate and white with quilt block designs as decoration. As if quilters need more sugar(!). I think for many members, me included, quilting is our “go to” comfort “food”.

At some point the question arose as to how the guild came up with its name, and Susan B shared that, to the best of her knowledge, it was because we are located near the corner where  the three states – Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts – meet.

All-in-all, it was a lovely celebration, thanks to those members who donated planning skills, plates, cups, utensils, drinks and, of course, their time.

A couple additional “thank you” shout outs for the food served at the January 19th party – To the pastry chef, Sarah, daughter-in-law of Anne C. Thank you Sarah, for providing beautiful and delicious cakes. The cookies served were Pizzelle, a traditional Italian waffle cookie, baked by Anne P’s husband. Thank you, Tony, for your culinary contribution to our celebration.

The next guild meeting is February 16th.  Our speaker will be Pat Delaney and her topic is “Red”. Make plans to join us. Who doesn’t love some shade of red!

November 2019 Meeting

Our delightful speaker this month was Marianne Hatton and her topic was “Jill of All Trades”. Marianne has a long history in all kinds of sewing – clothing, embroidery, lace,  piecing quilts and then quilting them by hand. She was complimented on her hand quilting when she had an opportunity to attend a quilting party with a group of Amish women. She also believes in using LOTS of different patterns and colours in her quilts. She also loves to incorporate design elements into her quilts that hold significance for her, reminding her of the many places she has traveled.

“Like many quilters, she sewed clothes from a young age and dressed Barbie dolls with garments requiring those tiny eighth-inch buttons and half-inch zippers! , , , , then she became a high school home economics teacher so she could sew some more. Marianne has been making quilts for the past 30 years or so, and has taught quiltmaking for at least 20 of those years in adult education settings, privately, and in quilt stores. She owned The Uncommon Thread, a small fabric import business specializing in importing hand-dyed fabrics from South Africa, for about five years, but gave it up to focus more on teaching. Students in her studio classes range from beginners through experienced quilters and she enjoys every opportunity to teach. Her goal is to enable students to put their unique stamp on their creations, and she endeavors to bring out the latent talent for design that many quilters don’t know they have within themselves!  Marianne was born in South Africa and she and her husband came to the United States in 1977.”  

She has a brief video on if you are interested in hearing about the book. You can also visit her site to learn more about her workshops at

And of course we had show and tell:




















Jelly Roll Rug Workshop Postponement

Instructor Anne Covino and Sue Therriault have made the decision to postpone Anne’s scheduled May 2, 2020 Jelly Roll Rug workshop and will offer it in the Fall of 2020. We will announce the date when it is re-scheduled.

If you have any questions, Sue will be available at the Workshops table at the November 17 Guild meeting.