David Owen Hastings "Indigo Dying in Japan"
Gina Gempesaw "A Quilty Finish: Borders and Bindings"
David is a modern quilter, graphic designer, print and textile artist, and was the 2020 President of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. He creates richly layered contemporary artwork and modern minimal quilt and textile designs. For over 20 years, David has exhibited his stitched paper artwork in galleries and juried shows and he works exclusively with nonprofit organizations on their branding and fundraising communications.
Sharing knowledge, encouraging creativity, and teaching new skills are personal passions. He also loves to travel, especially in Asia, and enjoys sharing his experiences and inspiration through travel photos and stories.
Note: Our February meeting will be held on Zoom.
Gina Gempesaw, of Gem Hill Quilts, is a quilter and quilt designer. Like many quilters, Gina learned to sew as a child and has been sewing ever since. Today, she says designing and piecing is her favorite part of the quilting process. She has designed many Quilts of Valor and most recently had her designs included in the book, "Americana Quilts" published by Annie's Quilting (2023).
Although born and raised in Davao City, Philippines, Gina now calls Pennsylvania home. She’s lived there for more than 25 years, but has also spent some time in Delaware and Japan. When she’s not designing patterns and making quilts, Gina is enjoying her other favorite pastime: traveling. Whether she’s trotting off to a bucket list destination, visiting with family in other parts of the country, or a weekend retreat with her quilting friends, Gina will always nurture her desire to see the world. Note: Our March meeting is in-person. (Guests welcome for $5)
Food Donations to Bucks County Services
Thank you to everyone who generously brought food to our 2023 meetings so far this year to be donated to the food pantry at Bucks County Family Services. Every item is gratefully appreciated by the recipients.
We urge all of our members to bring a donated item to every in-person meeting. We all have so much in our lives - we do not struggle to put food on the table for ourselves or our family. It is a blessing to be able to share with those in our community who need our help.
Please be generous and remember those in need throughout 2023.
~ Nancy Y.
President's Message - February 2024
A Community of Giving and Caring
Pick up any quilting magazine and you will read about how giving and caring the community of quilters is. The members of Newtown Quilters’ Guild have shown me first-hand what a giving and caring group of individuals you are. Whether it’s volunteering on a committee, helping with ideas for a quilt, how to solve a problem, making a philanthropy quilt, or helping a member who is sick, our members are very supportive of each other. We support each other through good times and sad times, hard times and happy times. We aren’t just a group of people who enjoy quilting. We are friends who care for and support each other in our creative quilting journey and in our daily lives.
I’ve been a member of NQG for a little over 4 years so consider myself a newer member of the guild. In that short time, I’ve been welcomed by both long-time and newer members. What is very apparent is we all respect and appreciate where we are in our quilting journey and what we can bring to the guild. This is a key element of a vibrant community of creative quilters that truly care about each other.
I am grateful for each of you. For everyone who has taken their turn and stepped up to help with the quilt show or one of the many committee or board positions. Thank you for all you have done in the past and for what you are willing to do now and in the future. You have shaped and continue to shape the guild into a welcoming organization open to all quilters.