Members must complete one of the following three charity projects in order to maintain membership:

*The completion of one of these projects per guild year satisfies the community service membership requirement. It is not mandatory to attend the workshop to create either quilt or bags. See more information by clicking the "Membership" tab on the navigation bar at the top of this page.

Baby Quilt Workshop*


Here are the assembly instructions. Please call Carol if you have any questions.


1.         If you used a directional fabric for your focus fabric, make sure the 10 10” squares are all lined up in the same direction and cut on the same angle.  Cut the squares diagonally.




2.         Cut the coordinating 10 ½” squares twice on the diagonal into 4 triangle quarters.




3.         Sew sets of two of the coordinating triangles together along the short edge.  Press towards the darker color. 




4.         Sew each of the sets to a focus fabric triangle.  Press towards the focus fabric triangle.  Make 20.




5.         Square up each block to 9 ½”.




6.         Lay out your blocks to form pattern (see picture of quilt), being careful of the placement of directional prints.




7.         Sew the blocks into rows, pressing seam allowances of rows 1, 3 and 5 to right and 2 and 4 to the left.  Sew the rows together to finish the top.




Lap Robe Quilt* - February 11, 2017  Bay Shore - Brightwaters Library

Born to Read Bags (20)*

This is a volunteer program at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, NY. The purpose of the program is to encourage new parents to read to their newborns. Our Guild makes tote bags for this program. Each bag contains new children's books, finger puppets, and information about programs and services available at local libraries. One of our mandatory community service project choices, 20 bags are required to be made in one calendar year. Please see the pattern below, as well as supplies that are always needed for the bags.

The following are not mandatory, but participation is strongly encouraged:

French Braid Workshop - Quilt

Joan Dlouhy and JoAnn Incalcatera

Saturday, May 6, 2017: 9:30 am – 3 pm Bay Shore/Brightwaters Library

Please bring sewing machine, scissors, thread, rotary cutter, mat, rulers, and other needed sewing supplies


·         fabric must have at least 40” of useable width

·         You will have leftover fabric from each of the 10 fabrics for the braid run, but this is done intentionally in case you make a mistake or want to make matching pillows or shams. If you do NOT want leftover fabric for these reasons, ¼ yard of each of the 10 fabrics is sufficient BUT you MUST CUT CAREFULLY and make sure you have AT LEAST 40” OF USEABLE WIDTH FROM EACH

Fabric Requirements: (non-directional is highly recommended)

·         ½ yard of each of 10 fabrics for braid run. These should go from light to dark in order to get the best effect

·         ½ yard for accent squares

·         ¼ yard for starting triangles

·         ¼ yard for ending triangles

·         3/8 yard for inner borders

·         1 yard for outer borders

·         3 ½ yards backing if pieced crosswise (4 ½ if pieced lengthwise)

·         ½ yard for binding

·         59” x 78” batting

Cutting instructions before class:

1.   From each of the 10 fabrics for braid runs, cut one strip 8 ½” x width of fabric; then cut each in half. (You will have 2, 8 ½ x at least 20” of each color)

2.   From the accent fabric, cut 5 strips 2 ½” x width of fabric, then cut the strips in half (You will have 10,  2 ½ x at least 20” inches)

3.   From the starting triangle fabric cut 4 quarter square triangles, each with a 13” base

4.   From the ending triangle fabric cut 4 squares 7” by 7”, then cut the squares in half diagonally to obtain 8 half-square triangle.

5.   From the inner border fabric cut 6 strips 1 ½” x width of fabric


6.   From the outer border fabric cut 7 strips 5” x width of fabric

French Braid Workshop - Table Runner

Materials list for table runner

French Braid Workshop – May 6, 2017: Bay Shore/Brightwaters Library, 9:30-3 pm

Joan Dlouhy and JoAnn Incalcatera


NOTE: You can use scraps from your stash as long as you have fabrics that go from light to dark in order to get the best braid effect.


1.   10  2 ½  x at least 36” strips of varying hues or colors, light to dark, for braid run

2.   2   2 ½ x at least 36” strips for accent squares (dark coordinate is best)

3.   1 13” square of light coordinating fabric

4.   1 13” square dark coordinating fabric

5.   3/8 yd. for border (if you choose…you may just want to bind without a border)

6.   ¼ yd for binding

7.   ½ yd (roughly) backing


Cutting before class (numbers refer to fabric #s above)

1.   Subcut each strip into 2 ½ x 8 ½; make 4 piles, each having one color of each strip. (You should get 4 of each color). Keep fabrics in each pile in the same light to dark order.

2.   Subcut each into 2 ½ x 2 ½ (for a total of 20).

3.   Subcut in half diagonally to make 2 half square triangles

4.   Subcut in half diagonally to make 2 half square triangles


5, 6, 7. Do not cut until you are finished and can audition what options you would like to do!

Wheelchair Caddy

At our October 2016 meeting, Donna Ketcham asked members to donate wheelchair caddies for the sisters at Maria Regina residence. The following are two patterns: the first is the one that Donna showed at the meeting; the second is a less complicated pattern. Please be as generous as possible in participating in this endeavor.

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October 2016 Charity Project

Each year, guild members create items during one of our meetings to donate to a local charity. This year, Audrey Collins will lead us in making placemats for the Meals on Wheels program at the October 26, 2016 meeting.This is not a mandatory membership requirement but participation by all members and guests would be appreciated. 

Please click on the files below for information regarding this project.


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Quilts for Children's Hospice Network

At the October 2016 meeting, Ann Kershaw and JoAnn Incalcatera distributed a pinwheel and nine patch block pattern with directions and background fabric. Each member is encouraged to take this home and, using fabric of your own for the remaining parts of the block, complete the block and submit it to JoAnn and/or Ann by the December meeting. These blocks will then be assembled into quilts at our January Sit and Sew Snowflake workshop. The quilts will then be donated to the bereavement group of the South Shore Hospice. Members are encouraged to create at least one block; the more blocks donated will increase the number of quilts made, so please be as generous as you can. See the patterns below for detailed instructions for each block.

Gift Exchange

At our December meeting, members share the joy of the holiday season by participating in a grab bag. Please bring a wrapped, sewing related gift of no more than $15 dollars, and write your name on the outside so your recipient can thank you! A potluck dinner is also on the agenda, where members provide delicious homemade dishes for both dinner and dessert. Signups for the dinner menu will be in November.

Quilt Camp

Each year the Guild hosts a special, full day of sewing and fellowship for its members. Members can choose to attend a special class taught by enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructors or bring something of their own to work on.  The fee for non-members and guests is $15.

This year Quilt Camp will be held on March 18, 2017 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Joyce Fitzpatrick Senior Center at Brookwood Hall, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip.

Details of classes TBA

Mystery Quilt

An optional activity, the Mystery Quilt is led by Kim Young and began in September 2016. The 'mystery' is that the quilters do not know what the final product will look like until its final construction!  The instructions will be given out over the course of several months at our monthly meetings, ending with a Mystery Reveal (where everyone shows their finished products) at the May 2016 meeting.  Hope you can join us in this fun and suspense - filled project!

English Cottage Quilt

Please see Gerrie Fitzpatrick for details on this BOM project starting in October 2015. Completed quilts will be revealed in the spring of 2017.

Veteran Quilts

Please see Donna Belford for information.

Applique Group

The Hidden Stitchers, an independent applique group, meets the third Friday of the month at the Islip Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We share idea and projects that we're working on. Anyone is welcome to join us. The membership is open: no attendance, no dues except for the Christmas collection for the custodian, no formal classes, always someone to help with a problem, share their knowledge, share new products or old and enjoy one another's company. In June, at the library's request, we set up a display of members' projects. Come join us!

Embroidery Club

This is a hand embroidery gathering where the participants bring their own embroidery projects to work on. There is no attendance taken and no dues, however participants will be asked to chip in a small donation to give the custodians a holiday gift. The next meetings, all from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Bay Shore Brightwaters Library, are as follows:  December 12, 2016; January 9, 2017; February 13, 2017. Please see Sandy Maniscalco for more information.