September 2018


The President’s Message

Wow, here we are again, with summer in the rear view mirror and another fun year of Cornerstone Quilters Guild activities ahead!

Cornerstone Quilters runs on volunteer power!  Many thanks to our wonderful volunteers who work behind the scenes to keep everything humming along!  The audit committee, made up of Mary Piorun, Joy Reece, and Judy Bachand, ably conducted the annual financial audit. Thanks, ladies! Anne Pietroburgo has lined up interesting speakers for our meetings, and Susan Therriault has made sure that we have fun workshops scheduled throughout the year.

Thanks go out to Joanne Carey and Sally Lemay for taking over the DVD library.  Carol Cruttenden and Joanne Morin have fresh merchandise for our Cornerstone Collectibles pop-up shop. (Carol and Joanne want to remind people that donated magazines must be intact with nothing removed!)  They will have “Mystery” kits available at the September meeting for the low cost of $5. Get a kit and show off your handiwork at the May meeting! Kits will include fabric and the pattern. Shopping may be done both before and after the meeting.

Judy Bachand and Mary Piorun are heading up a “Shoebox Block” challenge. The guild did this several years ago, so it’s time to bring it back! Sign up will be in September.  In addition, Anne Covino and Monique Fontaine are putting together an “Orphan Block” challenge. I understand the orphan blocks have rolled in, there will be plenty to choose from. And will there be another “Whisper Challenge”? Stay tuned!

Terri Donnelly and her able team of volunteers will continue having Outreach meetings twice a month. Dates for September are the 14th and 28th. The group meets at the Charlton Grange from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. You don’t have to attend a meeting to help out! Kits are available for at-home sewing. There’s a need, especially, for quilts sized for cribs and hospital NICU’s.

Due to interest in forming a mini group dedicated to the modern quilting movement, Susan Therriault is planning an organizational meeting later this Fall at the Charlton Library. Look for more information on that soon!

We continue to look for one or more volunteers to head up a social media program. This would include maintaining (and upgrading) our website, taking charge of our Facebook account, possibly starting an Instagram account, and syncing it all. Please let any of our Board members know if you can help us out.

Laura Salo is again heading up a quilting display for “Celebrating Agriculture Day” at the Woodstock Fairgrounds on September 22nd. Laura would love for volunteers to help her out. Please contact Laura at:

Thirteen members responded to the request for completing a questionnaire that was made available in the spring. The Board of Directors has reviewed the responses and we’ve made some tweaks as a result.  For one, there will be no winter brunch this coming year. There was interest expressed in having a quilt show. Please be aware that mounting a quilt show takes a team of dedicated volunteers and is an undertaking requiring a strong commitment to see it through. If you’re someone who can rise to the
challenge, let us know!

Also, we have reworked our informational brochure which will be placed in local shops and any other place we can think of to attract new members.  The new brochure is full of color and photos of quilts made by guild members. Check it out!

Lastly, as you may be aware, it’s been customary to present an outgoing President with a quilt at the end of the second year of serving in that position.  I have asked that it not be done for me, as I was fortunate and blessed to receive a magnificent quilt at the end of my first term in office that I love and use. It reminds me every day of how important the Guild has been in my life! Thanks to everyone for making the Guild such a great organization!

Susan Burns, President


June 2018


Greetings, Quilters!

Here we are at the close of another fun Guild year! We’ll wrap things up at our June 10th meeting/ get-together, which will be held in the lower level of Charlton Baptist Church. Please park in the back and enter through the door at the lower level. You’re invited to bring a snack/ finger food to share, but certainly that’s entirely discretionary. If you do bring something, and a serving utensil is required, please provide one. The Guild will provide beverages, along with plates and cups. And bring your wallets and checkbooks, because there are lots of great finds to be had at the Silent Auction! The Cornerstone Collectibles’ Team of Carol and Joanne have put together what promises to be a cornucopia of treasures to bid on!

In addition, bring your red, white and blue quilts to show, and any other “show and tell” quilts you’d like to show off! If you participated in a Challenge this year and haven’t yet shown your completed Challenge project, please bring it in June! Set-up for the meeting will begin at 11:30 and help is needed! If you can possibly come early to help, the facilities committee will be grateful. The Guild runs on volunteer power!!

The Membership committee people will have a table at the June meeting, so if you haven’t yet renewed your membership, you can do so then while you also check-in. There will also be a drop box for the Questionnaires that were circulated last month. Lost yours? No worries! Gaye Kenyon will have extras! If you do not renew your membership (con’t. pg. 2) Newsletter of the Cornerstone Quilters Guild 2 June 2018 (President’s Message con’t.) by the June meeting, you will not receive the newsletter going forward, which would be sad, so renew now!

And just because this Guild year is wrapping up doesn’t mean there isn’t fun being planned for next year!! And looking ahead, we’ll get the ball rolling by collecting “orphan blocks” at the June meeting, so bring any strays you don’t mind parting with. Monique Fontaine will collect them and organize orphan block packets for pickup in September, for you to transform into something amazing and wonderful! Also, Judy Bachand, with able assistance from Mary Piorun, will be reprising the “Shoebox Swap” activity that we so enjoyed several years ago. Sign-up will be in September. Look for additional information in the September newsletter.

Every year we need three people to audit the financial records. We need three volunteers to make this happen, please sign up if you can do this over the summer. It doesn’t take long, just a few hours getting together and going over the books.

Lastly, enjoy the Summer which will pass by all too quickly. Remember that rainy days are good sewing days!

Susan Burns, President

May 2018


President’s Message

Can it really be Spring?? Wow, April was brutal, including an April Guild meeting that was on the verge of being cancelled due to winter weather. Holy cow! But here we are, back with warm weather, daffodils, pollen, flying bugs, etc., and that means our Guild year will be drawing to a close in June. How fast this year has gone by!

We’ll be voting on executive officers at the May meeting. The slate of officers has been presented by our nominating committee, but if you or someone you know wants to be included for any position prior to voting, you need to let us know right away.

A lot goes on behind the scenes to keep our guild humming along. The Board of Directors doesn’t plan just for next month’s meeting, it plans for next year’s meetings, and beyond. To do that in the most effective way for our members, we need to know what YOU want Cornerstone Quilters to be so it remains a vibrant and important part of your lives. Included in the newsletter is a questionnaire that the Board invites you to fill out and return (anonymously) at either the May or June meeting. We’ll have a box available for you to drop your responses into. You can always email or snail-mail any member of the Board, as well. Your input is so important, please let us know what you think!

The second “Reveal” of the year will be done at the May meeting. Participants in the Architectural Challenge will be displaying how they interpreted a photo of a building/structure provided by our Vice-President, Monique Fontaine. This is sure to be interesting! The final Challenge Reveal, for the Whisper Challenge, will be at the June meeting. Also at the May meeting, Cornerstone Collectibles will be having a “Blowout!” sale, so plan to do some shopping! If you haven’t yet renewed, please do so this month so you don’t get dropped from the mailing list. You don’t want to miss a thing!

And speaking of the June meeting— we’ll be having a social get-together in the lower level of the Charlton Baptist Church, with potluck finger food. It’s not necessary to bring something to share, but the more the merrier, yes? Please include a serving utensil if your dish requires one. The setup for the June meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m., and extra help is always welcome, both before and after. Also, please bring your red, white, and blue quilts in June to display in honor of the National Holidays coming up. As a reminder, the June meeting will be the second Sunday, on June 10th. Cornerstone Collectibles has a great Silent Auction planned for that event. Plan to place your bids!!

Susan Burns, President

April 2018


Greetings, Quilters!

It’s time for our first Challenge REVEAL and I’m so excited to see what everyone did to transform the Holice Turnbow Panel From You-Know-Where into something magical! So bring those re-imagined pieces and show us what you did! Holice’s guidelines were to make a top roughly 45” x 60”, the unfinished top is fine! Next up, in May, is the Reveal for the Architectural Challenge, and in June is the Whisper Challenge unveiling.

Please note that the June meeting will be the second Sunday, not the third, and we’ll be having a finger food potluck in the lower level of the Charlton Baptist Church. Our theme is “Red, White, and Blue” in honor of Memorial Day, Flag Day, and the Glorious Fourth, so bring your red, white and blue quilts to show! There won’t be a Cornerstone Collectibles table in June, but Carol and Joanne are putting together great stuff for a silent auction! And look for the May “Blowout Sale” at Cornerstone Collectibles next month!

The April meeting is when we start membership renewals for the coming year. In this newsletter is the renewal form. If you haven’t renewed already (and thanks go out to those who have!), please fill out the form to bring, along with the dues, to the April meeting, or mail it to Gaye Kenyon. Anything that we can do to help Gaye and her team is most welcome. Also, please remember that the dues are now $30.00, having been voted on and approved at the March meeting.

Karen Murphy is stepping down as our Library Director, and we need someone to replace her if the lending library of DVD’s is to continue. Send an email to me or anyone on the Board if you can take this over. If you have DVD’s checked out, please return them no later than the May meeting. If no one is willing to take on the Library position, then we will likely discontinue that and place the DVD’s in the June silent auction.

Lastly, the Board is putting together a Questionnaire which we hope will let us know what you want in the coming year. The current plan is to send it out in May. Lots has happened in the quilting world, in general, over the last two decades, and we want to keep up with the times. This is YOUR guild, so give us your input!

Susan Burns, President

March 2018


Greetings, Quilters!

Isn’t it fabulous to have more sunlight and even see green shoots popping up here and there! Having winter in the rear view mirror is so restorative to my creative spirit!! If you have the opportunity, do search out photos online from the recent Quilt Con 2018 which was held in Pasadena at the end of February. So much inspiration! The modern quilt movement is going strong and drawing in younger quilters. Susan Therriault is looking into what the interest level is for adding a mini-group focused on Modern Quilting, stay tuned for more information on that. And, “Thank you!” to Sue!

As you check in at the Members’ Table for the March meeting, you’ll receive a colored paper “Flag” for the purpose of voting on whether to increase our annual dues from $24 to $30. You must have the paper Flag to vote. Only members in good standing will be able to have their votes counted.

I’m excited to welcome back Beth Helfter as our guest speaker in March. This will be Beth’s third appearance at Cornerstone Quilters. She has a lively sense of humor and I know everyone will enjoy her!

Till then— Happy Spring and Happy Quilting.

Susan Burns, President

February 2018


President’s Message

As I hope everyone is aware, the Guild’s Board of Directors made a collective decision at it’s meeting on August 19, 2017, to propose an increase in annual dues from $24 to $30. In 2000, when the Guild was formed, the dues were set at $24, and this has not been changed in the 18 years since the Guild inception. It’s a fact of our lives that prices go up, not down, and that has been true for the Guild and the activities it has offered to our members. A survey was made of other guilds in our general area, and dues of $30 are not out of line with what is going on elsewhere. The Board of Directors is aware that an increase in dues will make some members unhappy. We wish we could fund our activities at 2000 prices but we cannot.

This proposal must be put to a vote of the members at our March general meeting, under the Guild’s ByLaws. If approved, the increase will go into effect when membership renewals start in April. If the members do not approve the increase, then the Board of Directors will be taking a hard look at what activities can be scaled down or eliminated with the least impact to our members. It is possible that we will not have as many paid speakers, for instance, and a subsidy for the annual Brunch may need to be eliminated. Choices will need to be made.

The guild income and expenses are included in every newsletter. If you have any questions about any of it, you are certainly free to ask them and have them answered.

I can’t stress enough that the Guild runs on Volunteer Power. Please get involved. Be on a Committee. Run for an elected position. There are always open positions. By being a part of the steering process and a voting member of the Board of Directors, you can have a direct say on what we do and how we do it. Members are always welcome to attend meetings of the Board of Directors, just let us know you’re coming so we can have a chair for you. This is your Guild. Make your voice heard and work to keep the Guild alive and well going forward.

Susan Burns, President

January 2018


President’s Message

My favorite day of the year is January 2nd. The madness of the holidays is fading into a dim memory (usually a good thing!) and I can grab a moment for reflection on what has been and what is to come.  Setting goals is an activity I’m trying to leave in the rear view mirror at this stage of my life, and it’s hard. I’m goal driven. I make lists and check off the boxes! But I’m thinking about how achieving a goal doesn’t really bring happiness, because the goal is something you think you should have already accomplished. “I’m late! I should have done that by now! “  So I’m trying a re-set to focus on those deeply personal goals that won’t be seen by anyone but me, the ones that I do for my own pleasure, which is why there’s a better shot at achieving them. Focusing on who I am and not what I achieve is the goal for 2018. Comparison to anyone else is the enemy of joy, so I’m taking joy in what brings me joy without thought to what anyone else is doing.  So do what brings you joy, whether it’s piecing a king size quilt top with 2,543 pieces, or making a soft cushion for a beloved pet to curl up on. The holidays with all their must-do yapping are behind us. Let’s look ahead to joyful quilting which makes our hearts full. Wishing you all an overflowing basket of joy in 2018!

Susan Burns