The President's Message

Meegan Veeder-Shave

Have you ever wanted to learn how to quilt?
Do you want to learn new quilting ideas and techniques?
Do you want to meet people who have fiber art interests and make new friends?

Join us for motivation, encouragement and camaraderie. All levels of quilters are welcome. We have workshops and speakers and special events to provide opportunities to learn and practice quilting in its many different forms. We would love to see you come and learn about this truly expressive art.
Meegan Veeder-Shave- President

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Coming in September

Wed. 18      Freedom Plains United Presbyterian Church on Route 55                         in Lagrangeville.                     

                     FDQ Meeting:  Agenda TBD

Thurs. 19   Community Quilt Bee/ Liz's Barn 10 am

First, I would like to say Thank you to Janet Jozwiak for serving as VP this year- we had great programs and have really appreciated your efforts to bring quality speakers to us.

Last month I overheard my daughter describing my sewing style as ‘bat out of hell’. I was a little surprised. I learned how to sew at young age. I have never remembered a time that I couldn't sew but I do remember some of the stages. At first it was if it was done, it was good enough.  Then, because I was one of THOSE kids- in order to win in competitions, I had to slow down  and focus to the point where I was matching threads in plaids to make sure EVERYTHING was done right.

In college I got a couple of jobs: one was a tailor where everything had to look right, one was mending athletic uniforms and one was costuming for the college theater department. Each of them required different sewing views, but slow was not going to work for costumes and athletics
(especially if you were the sole costumer with a cast of 25). So I learned to speed up, but I got to work with techniques as a tailor.

Then I got married and I guess when you added kids to the mix, there was a part of me that still matched up seams and plaids but if you took too much time the kids grew out of what you were making so speed won out in the end over precision sewing. Although I did do a few very special heirloom pieces for my girls.

Last month, I took the miniature workshop with Katrina Thomas and I am so grateful I did. It brought me back to just enjoying the process and improving my techniques. It has made me slow down and know that it is okay to do that because my precision is getting so much better. I am hoping that in the future, my daughter will describe me as ‘meticulous’ or ‘outstanding’ not ‘bat out of hell’. I guess we will see what time brings.

To you- I wish you a happy summer. Enjoy the weather, the flowers, the camaraderie that the season brings. If you are at the county fair, stop by the sheep barn and say hi to our 8 lambs. If not, I will see you in September. If you need to reach me - Please use or call me at 845 380-9639.

Happy Quilting, Meegan


Summer Vacation


Community Quilts - 7/18 and 8/15 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the barn                             Also projects to work on at home

“Quilting in Our Community” booth at the Duchess County Fair – Karen Abramson and Melissa Hernandez coordinators

The Dutchess County fair is held Tuesday August 20 through Sunday August 25th on the fairgrounds in Rhinebeck New York.

Featured quilter is FDQ President Megan Veeder-Shave. In addition, the Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show raffle quilt will be on display.