October 17th Guild Meeting Recap

Greetings Guilders!

In case you weren’t at last months meeting, here’s what went on.

Guild Business

We had 42 members in attendance with 7 Guests (Beth, Judy, Donna, Barb – Rachel’s mom, Maria, Mandy & Heidi.) Welcome!

Treasury Report

Lenny walked us through the 3rd quarter treasury report. We also discussed the 2020 budget which will be up for a vote by members at the November meeting. Dues to remain the same for the upcoming year.

Jackie won the raffle.

Carol Mann shared about the Brita Nelson workshop “Crumbs to Quilts” she took with Garden State Quilter’s guild.



For future workshops, we would like to have a volunteer to take photos and post to social media. If you plan on attending a future workshop and would be willing to do so, please let Christa or Janet know.

Negative Space Challenge was put forth for the October meeting and participation was good.

Oct guild mtg (31) And after the guild voted we a first and second place winner.

First and Second place! Congratulations ladies!

Whole Circle Studios Recap & Share

A nice full workshop yielded some beautiful works of art.

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Up coming events

Feel free to participate in any of the following

  • Sit n’ Stitch Fundraiser with Jersey Shore Modern Quilt Guild Saturday 11/9 from 10-7
  • Brownstone Quilt Show  Allendale, NJ Friday 11/8 and Saturday 11/9.
  • Open Sew for Quiltcon Charity Quilt LDS Church, Caldwell, NJ Saturday 11/23 9-4.

Speaking of Quiltcon Charity Quilt, Betsy provided a demo for us on the 10″ string block that will make up the quilt top.

Directions were emailed out to everyone. We will be working on theses blocks at the Open Sew on 11/23. If you are not attending the open sew, please make sure to bring your completed block to the November meeting.

Mystery Quilt – Final Clue The final directions will be going out early to allow everyone extra time to assemble their quilt top to bring to the November meeting. And if you won’t be finished by November, no worries! Whatever month you complete your quilt top, bring it in for show and tell and receive a prize from Programs.

EPP by Machine Workshop still has a few openings, so sign up today!

Holiday Swap Item for Holiday Party

It was put to a vote between a pincushion, mug rug or tote bag. It was very close so we we’ve decided to do your choice of a mug rug or tote bag.

**Holiday Party will be Thursday December, 19th.

Ask the Guild will be returning at the November meeting and every odd numbered month going forward. Bring a project you are stuck on and “ask the guild” what they suggest you do next.

Member Trunk Show with Carol Mann At the November meeting, Carol will be giving us a peak in to her quilting world with a trunk show of her projects.

Finish a Quilt Meeting In January, we will be having several mini demos on different aspects of finishing your quilt. We are still looking for people to demo techniques. If you would be interested, please contact Programs.

Show N’ Tell

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Rochelle – Dachshund

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Rochelle – Trinket AG

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Penny – Desert Series: Afternoon Sun & Shadow

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Kelly – Stripe Gradation

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Betsy – Free Wheeling Single Girl

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JoAnn – Kaffe

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JoAnn – Kaffe

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Betty – Grey Negative Space

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Pam – Where We’ve Been (towel quilt) Catstudio towels

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Margy – Wedding gift

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Colleen – Transparency group quilt won at Mid Atlantic Mod, front.

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Back, just as nice.

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Jackie – Tree

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Fern – Market Tote

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Jennifer – Alabama Chanin reverse applique

And that’s a wrap!

Join us for our next meeting Thursday, November 21st @ 7:15 in Cedar Grove!

Happy Quilting!





Reminder: Guild Meeting – This Thursday

Reminder: Guild Meeting – this week

WHEN: Thursday, October 17, 2019

LOCATION: We will be at our usual meeting place – Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Rd, Cedar Grove.

Time: Doors open at 7pm, get there early to visit with friends! – meeting starts at 7:15 pm

Please sign in at the registration table


Whole Circle Studio’s visit – bring your class WIP

Positive use of Negative Space!

Mystery Quilt progress & questions

QuiltCon Charity quilt

Oct 26 – Machine EPP member lead workshop with Jo Ann Lepore


  • Refreshments – especially if it’s your birthday month, let’s celebrate!!
  • Name Tag – & new members, we’ll arrange a swap with a guild mate if you need one
  • Charity items – quilt blocks, tops, or pillowcases that you’ve completed
  • Items for the FREE table: Bring in the quilty items you no longer use and drop them on our FREE table at the beginning of the meeting. If your items are not taken, please take them home with you
  • Info for our Member Corner: Many members have their own creative businesses & services to offer. A designated table is provided for members to leave their business cards, class/workshop lists, postcards, etc. This is a great way to get the word out about what you have to offer!
  • Library items: books or rulers to return or check out!
  • Show & Tell items to share!


Mystery Quilt – Ongoing – Bring your tips or questions to the Mystery Quilt Boss Ladies

Hope you had a great month – see you soon!…at our regular spot.

September 20 Guild Meeting Recap

Getting back into the groove at Cedar Grove! We had 37 members including new that night member Beth and 3 guests, Elaine, Siobhan and Betsy (2 of whom have since joined!) Welcome ladies!

We wished Francine a Happy Birthday!

Guild Business

Mid Atlantic Mod is coming back for April 30th-May 3rd, 2020. We will be having the same lottery for the 10 spots we received as sponsors. You have until October 6th to sign up for the lottery. Winners will be drawn at the October board meeting and winners will be contacted and a deposit of $25 to hold your lottery spot, will be due by October 17th. Regular registration as well as class selection opens on October 20th.


We received a wonderful thank you note from the folks at Social Justice Sewing Academy for the fabric we donated last month. We are also welcoming Elinore to the Charity committee.


Our books are on the move, thanks to Margy. She surprised us with this new book cart to make housing the guild library books and rulers easier to view and access.

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Calling All volunteers!

If you would like to join one of the committee’s that keep this guild running smoothly, please speak with a board member and we’ll get you off and running. Many hands make light work!

Member Quilt Display

Sarah shared with us her experience having a quilt in the show Inspired by…Quilts at Studio Montclair running now through October 19th. You can view her piece as well as many other artists pieces, interpreting  antique quilts.


  • Don’t forget if you hear of an upcoming event, contact Rachel and she’ll share of Facebook and put it in the next meeting slide show.
  • Anyone interested in a Debbie Grifka workshop, let Crista know.
  • Garden State Quilters are excepting bids from long arm quilters to quilt their 2020 Quilt Show raffle quilt. For more details, see Rachel.


Crista brought us a fun little game ‘Would you rather…’ by asking us questions like Would you rather piece or quilt; by hand or machine; follow patterns or freewheel; improv or traditional; etc.. We got a chance to stretch our legs and arms as we responded to each question.


Break Time

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Next it was time for the Post Card Swap


Mystery Quilt

  • Don’t forget to play with the blocks you have made so far to try and guess the end arrangement.
  • Post photos to Instagram with #2019NJMQGMysteryQuilt
  • Tag with @njmqg
  • Next clue coming soon.

Whole Circle Studios Lecture and Workshop

  • September 25th  Lecture at Margy’s house.
  • September 26th Workshop 10-4 (Full)

 JoAnn Lepore Workshop

  • English Paper Piecing with templates by machine
  • October 26th,  10-4
  • Cost will be $50 members, $60 nonmembers, includes templates.


Negative Space Challenge

  • Negative Space Challenge – Due at the October Meeting, October 17th!!
  • Mini, largest side to be 16″ or less.
  • Does not need to be square
  • We will be searching for a public place to display these, so the more the better!

Daniella gave us a presentation on what negative space is, and some examples.

Would you like to do a Demo?

We are looking to incorporate more members into our meetings. Demos are fun and informative for everyone. Won’t you share your knowledge of techniques, tools, or something special with your fellow quilters? Please contact Crista to participate.

Show and Tell

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Krishma published in Simply Modern Magazine

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New member Siobhan’s lovely quilt.

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And the back of Siobhan’s quilt.

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New member Elaine’s beautiful sampler.

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Dawn’s exquisite applique piece.

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Debbie’s bright and happy unicorn.

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Kathy’s beautiful shell assortment.

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Lenny’s fun improv.

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Lenny with Gotham’s Quilt lab pieces

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Ann with a beautiful sampler.

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Jo Ann with a stunner.

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Betsy went to Crafting Democracy Exhibit in Rochester, NY.

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One of her gorgeous quilts.

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And the back.

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Jackie with her Halloween special.

Thanks for reading!

Next Meeting Thursday, October 17th at 7:15 . Hope to see you there.

Jennifer – Secretary