We are swapping super cute dumpling pouches!

dumpling swap

The details:

– Use the tutorial found here by Michelle Patterns to create your dumpling pouch. To download the template, click on the link in the tutorial: “Download Dumpling Pattern Pieces.”

– Check out our full Pinterest board for more dumpling pouch inspiration.

– Bring your dumpling pouch to the August guild meeting (Open Sew!) on Saturday, August 22nd at the LDS Church and you’ll go home with a dumpling pouch of your own!

– Have fun!

Upcoming Event/Dates


November 2015 Retreat at the Cross Roads Retreat Center!

The deposit check is due by August 11th.

Click here or click the Events tab for details!


Reminder: Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 28th, from 10am – 2pm.

The Warwick Valley Quilters’ Guild will have Mark Lipinski lecture about the Slow Stitching Movement. There is a $5 visitor fee and it will be held at the Warwick Senior Center. Details here.


The August meeting is an OPEN SEW meeting!

Saturday, August 22nd, 10am – 2pm, LDS Church, 209 Mountain Ave, Caldwell, NJ

SWAPS for this meeting:

• Bring your Bee Block Swap | Second Quarter blocks!

• Dumpling Pouch Swap (inspiration coming soon!). Click here for tutorial. There is a link titled “Download Dumpling Pattern Pieces.” Click that link to download the template.

Reminder: Meeting this Thursday!

July’s meeting is this Thursday, July 16, at 7pm at Rock Paper Scissors.

We will have the needle book swap (inspiration and tutorial here). You still have time to make one!

Bring a hometown/name quilt block for the Charleston AME charity if you are participating.

As always, bring a chair and your name tag. If you don’t have a name tag, we can arrange a partner swap. Also, please bring anything you may have for show and tell. See you then!

Announcements for July

The new NJMQG board would like to thank you all for electing us to our new positions. We are excited to make this an amazing year for our beloved guild! A huge thank you to our previous board members who worked so hard to make this past year a great one for the NJMQG. A very special thank you to Melanie Tuazon who fearlessly led the way!

Our July meeting is coming up on Thursday, July 16th, 7pm at Rock Paper Scissors.

Charity support: The Charleston Modern Quilt Guild is collecting signature blocks to be assembled into a quilt for the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. To contribute, please sign a 3.5” tall by 6.5” wide (to finish at 3” x 6”) fabric block with your name and location and bring it to the July NJMQG meeting. We will collect the blocks and take care of mailing them out. Here is the link for more details:

Are you working on your Needle Book for the July swap? Information is here.

We have our next Open Sew date and time confirmed! Open Sew will be on Saturday, August 22nd, from 10am-2pm at the LDS Church.

Reminder: Meeting this Thursday!

It’s time for our Annual Meeting, this Thursday, June 18 at 7PM at Rock Paper Scissors in Montclair.

We will be electing our new board. See this post for the officer candidates.

We will also have a needle book swap! There’s still time to make one. Information is here.

As always, bring a chair and a name tag. If you don’t have a name tag but would like one, let us know at the meeting and we’ll pair you up with someone to swap.

POSTPONED! June Swap: Needle Book is now a JULY SWAP!

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It’s time for the June July swap and this month we’re making needle books. We love these handy books and usually have one stashed with each of our hand-stitching projects.

There is only one rule for this swap – your book should be no smaller than 3″ x 4″.

You can find a great tutorial at this blog.

Some Pinspiration can be found on our NJMQG Pinterest page.

So… dig through your scrap bin, find some vintage fabrics like hankies or sheets, a bit of felt, and some ribbon and whip up a Needle Book! Bring one to the June July meeting and you’ll leave with one.

Any questions? Leave them in the comments and we’ll address them!

Have fun!

Meet the board candidates

At our next meeting on June 18, we will elect and induct our new executive board of NJMQG. Here, we get to know the candidates.


Daniela Di Iorio, President

How long have you been quilting?

I have been quilting for about 2 years. My favorite part of the quilting process is designing the quilt. My preferred method for creating a quilt is the in improvisational style using abstract art to influence my work. I like to dive right in and cut and sew, rearrange and design and contemplate and so on until the design is cohesive, has tension, is pleasing to the eye and balanced (or not balanced!).

What do you like best about our guild?

Our guild is amazing! I love it! The incredible talent of our members is immeasurable. I leave each meeting inspired and am so grateful for the support each member provides. I consider myself very lucky to be part of this wonderful group.

What are you looking forward to most as a member of the board?

I have learned so much over the past year as Program Director. I am most excited to keep our guild as alive and as vibrant as it is now and to continue to promote our guild’s mojo!

What do you do when you’re not quilting?

I am a designer, quilter, creative director, color aficionado and a fabric lover. When not running my design studio, I am at my sewing machine every chance I can get. I love spending time with my husband and two kids, taking long walks, ice cream, soy cappuccinos, traveling and looking for quilty inspiration wherever I can find it.

Photo on 5-20-15 at 11.19 AM #2Amy Rehbein, Vice President

How long have you been quilting?

I have been quilting for about 10 years.

What is your favorite part of the quilting process?

My favorite part of the quilting process is, well, the entire thing. I love all of it. From picking out fabrics to designing to piecing to thinking about what and who I am creating for to the binding. I need to be creative. Its deep in my soul and I find I am a better person when I allow myself to be creative. I know that sounds corny but there is so much truth in those words.

What do you like best about our guild?

One of the  best thing about our guild is the diversity of it. I think we are all so diverse and yet have such  respect for each others work. I feel there is such a wealth of knowledge that hasn’t even begun to be tapped into from members of our guild. I look forward to pulling it out of our members.

What would you like to do as a member of the board?

I would love to create more learning opportunities for our members and utilize the different gifts that we all have.

What do you do when you’re not quilting?

When I am not quilting I am taking care of my family. I am a wife to my high school sweetheart and a homeschooling Mom to a first grader and Sophomore in High School. I also enjoy gardening and photography and I love to embroider. 

IMG_0299Tracy Ehrhardt Baird, Program Director

How long have you been quilting?  

I made my first quilt in 2013 on a whim, using jelly roll strips and with no knowledge of a 1/4 inch seam!  I love it and it rests at the end of my bed.

What is your favorite part of the quilting process?  

Gosh, that’s a tough one, it kind of depends on the quilt. I do love the planning and fabric pull/buying process, since there are so many possibilities at that point.  I also get excited when that first block or section of the top comes together and you can see if what you visualized will work.

What do you like best about our guild?

The vast range of experiences and styles and personalities and levels of sewing knowledge in the group – I am always amazed (and sometimes slightly intimidated) during our show and tell when I realized how much I don’t know about our craft.

What are you most excited to do as a member of the board?  

I’m excited to better understand the guild leadership process on the national level, and to continue the relationships created in the quilting community.

 What do you like to do when you’re not quilting?  

This time of year (spring/summer) it’s all about gardening and being outside, trying to make up for having a ceiling over my head all winter.

Me and MLAnnette Aponte, Treasurer

How long have you been quilting?

I have been quilting for 23 years.  I saw an ad in my local paper about a quilting guild meeting. After years of watching Eleanor Burns on PBS – TV, I got on a bus and went to my first guild meeting.  It turned out that some of the guild members were neighbors and needless to say I never had to take the bus again. 

 What is your favorite part of the quilting process?

My favorite part depends on my mood.  Sometimes, I want to cut, some times to sew, other times I just want to look at quilting magazines and sketch quilt blocks while watching TV with my hubby.  I usually keep a quilt on my mid-arm frame for when I want to do some free motion quilting.

What do you like best about our guild?

The thing I LOVE best about our guild is the youthfulness and experience of our members.  I think modern quilting has revitalized the quilt movement.  I always see something wonderful very month.  I also like that we meet 12 months a year. We seem never to lose momentum.

 What are you most excited to do as a member of the board?

I think keeping up with the guild will be a great challenge and I look forward to interacting with the other board members. 

 What do you like to do when you’re not quilting?

I like to read, knit, zumba, practice yoga, walk and spend time with family and friends.

Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 2.59.56 PMMeg Sawyer, Secretary

How long have you been quilting? 

I have been sewing since I was ten years old. I have been quilting for about 9 years now. 

What is your favorite part of the quilting process? 

My favorite part of the quilting process is trying new techniques and experimenting with different patterns and techniques. I love how alternative ways of patch working can result in such different, unique creations. Every quilter has a different eye to their designs. 

What do you like best about our guild?

Being probably one of the youngest guild member, I like that I can talk about my passion with others who appreciate it just as much. Not many people my age can have conversations about quilting or sewing, so this is my little escape. 

What are you most excited to do as a member of the board? 

I am most excited about being more involved with the members and the guild. I recently graduated from college so now I have more time to focus my energy on quilting. I have so many ideas I want to execute with my sewing and quilting and I would love to include that with the members as well. 

What do you like to do when you’re not quilting?

When I’m not quilting, I am usually binge watching television shows or out with my friends! 

Thanks to all of our candidates! We look forward to the June meeting.