2020 UFO Challenge

During the January meeting, we announced the 2020 UFO Challenge. Here is what you need to know.

  • Members can complete the UFO worksheet
    2020 UFO Challenge Worksheet
  • Each month a number will be selected (1-12).
  • Members who finish their project for the month will be entered into a drawing. The drawing will take place at the next monthly guild meeting. For example, members who finish their project during the month of January, will be entered and the winner will be announced at the February meeting.

Post your list, progress and projects to social media using #2020UFOChallengeNJMQG

For January, we will be working on UFO #4 on your worksheet. Bring your finished projects to the February meeting for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Sew Jersey. (If you can not attend the meeting in February, please email a picture of your finished project with your name to programs@njmqg.com to be entered into the drawing).

Happy Quilting!!!


January 2020 Guild Meeting – this week!

Reminder – our first meeting guild meeting of the year is this THURSDAY Jan 16

Where: Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Roadback at our “regular” spot

When: 7pm

Join us for our first guild meeting of 2020! We’ve got a lot to catch up on, with finishing demos hosted by our members, as well as some fun programming to talk about.

Bring your name tag, or if you need one – ask a board member and we’ll match you with a partner to make each other one.

Snacks – can’t stop/won’t stop and we all love them, especially if you’ve got something to celebrate, let us know so we can all cheer you on.

We’ve got our show and tell planned, if you’d like to share your make but have already gifted it away send Crista a photo (the sooner the better) to add into our slide show.

As you can see we’ve got a packed meeting planned, if we have a chance we’ll Ask The Guild a burning question – have something you’ve been needing to know? Give me a heads up so we can make sure we have the chance to get it answered!

Have a great week and see you soon!!


January Member Led Workshops!

Happy 2020! We have two workshops for our first guild event of the new decade!!! On January 25th, we will have two member led workshops taught by our talented members Betsy Vinegrad and Sue Erdreich.

Paper Piecing with Betsy
Paper piecing is a surprisingly easy technique for creating quilt blocks with precisely Betsy Paper Piecing.JPGmatched seams and perfect points.  We will be using Diane Bohn’s pattern called “My First Alphabet” in class.  A variety of simple and complex letters will be demonstrated during the workshop. Students will learn the basics and be able to tackle any paper pieced project.

**please note: students will receive a discount code to purchase the required alphabet pattern**

Paper Piecing Workshop Registration

Paper Piecing with Betsy

NJMQG Member Fee


Paper Piecing with Betsy Non-Member

Non-member fee


Location: The Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Rd. Cedar Grove, NJ 
9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Color Theory and Improv with Sue
Learn the basics of the color wheel, and how to apply them to your quilts. Then take your Supernova.jpgquilting in a whole new direction with Improvisational piecing. Let serendipity lead you to your finished quilt. Fun exercises to teach methods for cutting and piecing. Students will be encouraged to pursue their own improv journey.  Design concepts like balance and color harmony will be discussed.

Improv Workshop Registration

Improv and Color Theory with Sue

NJMQG Member fee


Improv and Color Theory with Sue

Non-member fee


Location: The Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Rd. Cedar Grove, NJ
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

January 16 Guild Meeting Recap

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2020. We started off the year with a very busy guild meeting, filled with activities, new challenges and plenty of show and tell.

But first, let me take care of a little business. There were two omissions from the November recap.

First, was the missing picture of Jackie Laba’s show and tell quilt.

Second, the identity of this quilt maker is Karen who worked on it at retreat. Thank you Caroline Hayes for filling me in.

Now onto our January recap.

Guild Business

We had a total of 46 in attendance, 2 being new members that night. Welcome Betsy Fabricant and Beth Schoedler. We also had a guest, Candice Chaleff, friend of Diane Fama.

Betsy brought the raffle quilt from Empire Quilters Guild. She is selling tickets contact her if interested.

Sarah talked to us about setting up an opportunity to sew for 25 Million Stitches. They will be doing an installation and are looking for submissions. For details on the project click on the link above. If you would be interested in participating with Sarah, contact her directly.

We thanked Terri & Barbara on the efforts for providing our holiday feast.

We also thanked Carol Mann for her November meeting presentation.

Fourth quarter financials have been posted to the website under the members only section.

Membership Update

The welcome letter will go out February 1st with the new password for the members only section. Your standing with MQG will also be final.

Aleeda, from the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of MQG provided us with an update on their recent discussion.


Next was the main activity of the evening, Finishing Demos!

Betsy on how to attach a sleeve.

The teachers were very knowledgeable and I think everyone learned something.

After break we got back our post cards from our swap with Cambridge Modern Quilt Guild.

We also heard from our teachers for their upcoming workshops this Saturday, January 25th.

Betsy will be teaching paper piecing with letters and Sue will be doing Color Theory and Improv.

There is still space available in both workshops. Please sign up and join in!

New Programs for 2020

UFO Challenge 2020 – It is time to reach for those forgotten treasures and get busy on them. Download a copy of the UFO Challenge 2020 Form and start sharing your progress on Instagram at #2020UFOChallengeNJMQG.

Your goal for each month is to make progress (cutting, piecing, sandwiching, quilting, binding) on what ever project you have assigned to that number. However, we will decide what order you go in. For the month of January you are to work on #4.

Bring your finished projects to the February meeting for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Sew Jersey. (If you can not attend the meeting in February, please email a picture of your finished project with your name to programs@njmqg.com to be entered into the drawing).

Block Lotto – Every other month we will be putting out a block pattern. You will make one or many and bring them to the meeting they are due. You will receive one ticket for each block you make. Depending on the number of blocks will determine the number of drawings. Winners will receive a maximum number of blocks to make a twin size quilt.

**When the pattern has been uploaded to the website you will be notified.

Full Year Calendar for Programs will be coming in February.

“Ask The Quild” was informative as always.

Show and Tell

Dawn with 2 UFO finishes.

Mary Jane with a Mystery Quilt finish.

Lenny with her Maria Shell workshop finish.

Betsy Fabricant with the inspiration piece and her interpretation.

Jackie with her Mystery quilt finish and her appliqued knots from the Whole Circle Studio workshop with some beautiful graffiti quilting.

Rachel with her Want Fanta/paper pieced with 1st facing.
Elaine with her quilt swap top.

Siobhan with Houses and Civil War.

Siobhan with front and back (or is it back and front) of her reversible batik beach.

Samantha with green and white log cabin and airplane quilt.

Kathy M. with Block-of-the-Month quilt.

Betsy with Square Spaces.

Judy with Bridges.

Pam with Bandanas.

See you next month!

Jennifer – Secretary