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Mountain State Fair - Quilt constructed by Oksana Stark and quilted by Diane McGuire won second place in the Quilted by Another category. Trick Pony, red and white challenge by Oksana Stark took third in mixed wall hanging.

Vermont Quilt Festival - Diane Craft quilt won 3rd place for her Quilt Life at Round Pond. Marjorie Lydecker won the Founders Award for Phone Home. She also won a yellow ribbon. Audrey Germer won a blue ribbon.

Herring Run Quilters Guild Quilt Show - Mary Ann Karpinski (new member) won 3 awards. A brightly colored applique quilt called Flowers from My Garden won Viewers Choice 3rd place for medium quilt hand quilted. A Dresden plate quilt called Funky Platters won Viewers Choice Honorable Mention for medium quilt machine quilted. A pink and blue applique quilt called Antique Flowers won Viewers Choice for medium quilt hand quilted.

National Quilting Association show - Cecilia Macia's quilt entitled Viva la vida won an honorable mention in Large Quilt - Mixed Techniques. It also was featured at the American Quilters Society Show in DesMoines, IA in October 2012.

The Gathering 2012 - Ellie Held and Carol Salerno had 2 Sally Collins quilts accepted. Marilyn Swenson had 2 quilts in the show and Audrey Germer had a quilt entered.

Making Waves sponsored by the Cape Cod Art Association a Juried show and exhibited at the Cotuit Center for the Arts in Jan and Feb 2013 - Ro Morrissey's wall hanging titled A Quiet Spot On The Beach, has been accepted.

Barnstable County Fair - Lynne Conroy and Carol Salerno were judges. Bayberry will now be giving a $50 prize for the best machine pieced machine quilted entry in the county fair.

Centerville Museum - Paula Tuano displayed her quilt My Mother's Wedding.

Two of our Bayberry members, Marjorie Lydecker and Frances Brand, have been honored by invitations to have their quilts become part of permanent museum collections. Marge was invited to have her tree of life quilt, "Somewhere in Time," become part of the permanent collection of The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY. "Blessed Be the Ties That Bind," another of Marge's quilts, is now part of the permanent collection at the New England Quilt Museum. Fran's quilt, "Fruitorama", was awarded the "Best Mixed Media Award" at the Vermont Quilt Festival. It is now part of the permanent collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah. Fran also has two quilts in the permanent collection of the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA. They are "Bountiful Baskets", a stenciled quilt and "Vitamin C Plus", a theorem painted quilt.

Nancy McConnell will be published in the June/July issue of Quilters Newsletter Magazine, No. 428, which, if not already in the shops, will be shortly. Nancy submitted a story in their "300 Words About Quilting" feature that has been running for sometime now. The topic was "It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time". The magazine selects four entries to print when they run this feature and Nancy's was selected for this issue.

Priscilla Smith is also a member of Art Cloth Network, a group that uses art as a means of personal expression. The group is featured in an article in the April/May issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. Priscilla produced a piece for the groups' annual meeting in October called "The Machine Gun Nests of War." It is now hanging in an Art Cloth Network Show in Philadelphia, as part of Fiber Philadelphia 2012, an international biennial and regional festival for innovative fiber/textile art. To learn more about this group go to

The Coastal Quilt Artists (CQA), including Bayberry members Betty Crowell, Sandy Gregg, and Mary Lou Schwinn, won an honorable mention for their slice quilt "Copley Square" at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in November, 2011. This quilt is the latest in a series of slice quilts made by the CQA group depicting places in New England. The group meets twice a month in Scituate and will exhibit their latest art quilts at the Bridgewater Library in March and April, and at the North River Arts Society in Marshfield from June 16 to the end of July. The group also had a featured article in the February/March 2012 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine on their "slicing" method.

Once again, we find that a Bayberry member has talents that go beyond quilting. In 2011 Prime Time Cape Cod and Academy for Lifelong Learning of Cape Cod, Inc. at Cape Cod Community College sponsored a writing contest. The winners were announced in the January 2012 issue of Prime Time. June Calender won an Honorable Mention in the prose category for her short story "The Intruder". It's a story that makes you think about the consequences of your actions in a given circumstance.

Bayberry member Sandy Gregg had a quilt in the "New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilt" exhibit at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, CO. Several quilts from that exhibit, including Sandy's, were featured in the January/February issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited. Sandy will also have two art quilts in the exhibit "Fiber in the Present Tense" at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA from March 1 to April 21.

In February, Marge Lydecker was honored as Teacher Emeritus by Elly Sienkiewicz at the Applique Academy in Williamsburg, VA. Marge and her students, Patty Clayton, Sue Hart, Marge Farquharson and Marilyn Swenson were asked to have quilts that they brought for "Show and Tell" hung at the Saturday evening social. Other attendees and teachers asked for the opportunity to study the quilts more closely. Hung as a group, the quilts exhibited an originality that Marge encourages and a definite New England esthetic. Elly noted that Marge Lydecker's quilt sets are truly unique and her influences have contributed to quilting history.


: Once again, Bayberry members exhibited their exceptional talents and in so doing won ribbons at A Quilters Gathering in Nashua, NH. Congratulations to Sue Hart for winning the Publisher's Award for her quilt Chapters in my Life; Carol Horrigan for winning Third Place in the Color Compatibility Category for her quilt Snake River Log Cabin, and to Cecilia Macia who won two ribbons for her quilt Viva la vida: the Sarah Glenfield Director's Award, and in the Best of Show Category, an Honorable Mention for Quilting Excellence.

Houston: Last spring the Houston Quilt Festival issued a Call for Entries for a Special Exhibit for the upcoming Houston Int'l Quilt Festival. The Special Exhibit is entitled "Text on Textiles: Words as Designs on Quilts." Of the many entries submitted, only 26 quilts were selected for this exhibit. Three of the accepted quilts were from Bayberry members. Priscilla Smith had two quilts accepted: "The Words of War" and "Letters Home to Mom." Sandy Gregg had one accepted: "Gentle Rain." The exhibit premieres at the Houston Show in November and will then tour the country for three years at various art gallery and museum venues.

Vermont: Bayberry members continue to win prizes at the Vermont Quilt Festival in July. Julie Lariviere won a Blue Ribbon for her quilt "Through Spenser's Eyes" in the Pieced Bed Quilts Category; Carol Salerno won a Red Ribbon for her quilt "My Celebration of Life II" in the Wall Quilts Category and Cecilia Macia won a Yellow Ribbon for her quilt "Viva la vida" in the Mixed Techniques Category. The Special Exhibit: "Life's Work: The Quilts of Marjorie Lydecker and Her Students" was a huge success. Many Bayberry members, whose quilts were part of this exhibit, were in attendance. Marge gave lectures twice a day over the three-day exhibit period to captive audiences.

Cape Cod: Bayberry members walked away with many prizes at the Barnstable County Fair held in July. Paula Tuano won Best in Show and Best in Special Theme Category, "The Wedding Day", for her Mom's Wedding Dress Quilt. Pat Farrington won a First Place Blue Ribbon and Best Hand Quilting Ribbon for her "Christmas Mathematics" Quilt. Mickie Heath won a Ribbon for Best in the Special Theme Category, "Still Waters Run Deep," for her lighthouse quilt. Sue Campbell won ribbons for a lacy multi-colored shawl, a Cape Cod felted Carpet Bag, a "Wind and Sea" Hat and a lacy, delicate Rossetti Shawl jacket. Sue says: "The Fair is a wonderful event....makes you feel like a kid again in the summer going to the fair to see the animals, the crafts, and eat the fried dough! I highly recommend participating in the sewing, quilting and knitting events."

The versatility displayed by our guild members is a treat to behold. We look forward to seeing what honors and ribbons are handed out in the future.


Bayberry has an overwhelming number of talented members. This year alone some members were invited to participate in shows, others won awards with their show entries and one member won an award by entering the Hoffman Fabric Challenge.

June 17-19 - National Quilting Association
41st Annual Show, Columbus, OH
Special Exhibit
Carol Darling was asked to exhibit her quilt "Bonsai" as part of a special exhibit of Tree Quilts. Carol was one of 40 individuals invited to participate in this exhibit.

June 25-27 - Vermont Quilt Festival
Founders Award
Marjorie Farquharson - "Inspirations"

Red Ribbon
Marilyn Swenson - "A Reflection of Yarmouth Port"

Yellow Ribbon
Fran Brand - "Flow Blue"
Audrey Germer - "Container Garden"
Ellie Held - "Pumpkins and Bittersweet"

2010 Hoffman Challenge
Best Hand Workmanship Pieced Award
Ann Lainhart - "Hoffman Fussy-Cut Mariner's Compass"
Ann's quilt will travel the country as part of the 2010 Hoffman Challenge Exhibit.

August 12-14 - Lowell Quilt Festival - Images 2010
"Circle of Friends: Quilts from the First 25 Years"
A special exhibit of 34 select quilts by Bayberry's own Circle of Friends was featured and prominently displayed.
The designs and workmanship were admired by those attending the show. A highlight of the event were the Gallery Talks given by Marge Lydecker. She shared a number of techniques used in the making of many of the quilts, as well as a number of humorous and touching stories about the quilters in the Circle of Friends.

Beyond Quilting....
Hilary Ward, a volunteer for Hospice and Palliative Care of Westchester, NY received the Quality of Life Award from the Volunteer Center of United Way in April. The organization recognizes distinguished volunteers whose extraordinary work has made an impact within the communities it serves, and is the premiere volunteer recognition event in Westchester and Putnam Counties. Hilary was recognized for developing "communication boards" to use with terminally ill patients, inspired by her work with an elderly ALS patient unable to speak.

The International Quilt Festival (IQF), held yearly in Houston, TX, November 3-6, 2011, is the largest annual quilt show, sale, and quilt making academy in the world. The show attracts more than 53,000 people from around the globe to Houston each year. A special exhibit, Baltimore Album Review II, featured the work of many talented Bayberry members. One such quilt was "Our Summer Journey", a quilt designed by Marge Lydecker and Marge Farquharson. Bayberry members who contributed blocks to this quilt, in addition to the two designers, were Elaine Dwyer, Marilyn Swenson, Audrey Germer, Sue Hart and Lorraine Whitehouse. Audrey Germer, Fran Brand, Diane Craft and Marge Lydecker did the hand quilting while Sheila McAvoy was responsible for the cording and binding. Another quilt, entitled "Happiness is in the Journey", was designed by Elly Sienkiewicz and featured blocks made by Marge Farquharson, Sue Hart, Elaine Dwyer and many other Massachusetts women who took applique classes with Elly at Heartbeat Quilts. These two quilts, plus 10 other beauties are featured in Elly's new book Beloved Baltimore Album Quilts.
Also at the IQF, Mary Lou Schwinn, won a third place ribbon in the group category for "Boston's Back Bay". May Lou was one of a number of women from Cotuit who contributed "slices" to this quilt.