November 2021 Guild Meeting

Hello, everyone! Sorry for the delay in the recap, the beginning of holiday season coincides with lots of school days off and goings on and I let it slip. I hope everyone had a relaxing day of thanks…

We had 49 people joining us over zoom and started our meeting with our guest speaker Cindy Grisdela. She gave us a great lecture all about color. One thing that she said that stuck out for me was using the color wheel to help in your quilting (and beyond), but what if… What if you take a tried and true color wheel combo, but then shake it up? My take on it, was there are rules that can be followed, but you should also try playing around with them and changing them up! (I myself love to not follow rules) We would love to get some other takeaways. Leave a comment below!

After a nice Q&A, we got down to some guild business. We had a very comprehensive review of the budget, by our very thorough treasurer, Lenny. We then voted on the 2022 budget and it was approved 100% by members. If you want to read the details on that it can be found in the members only section. (and,as usual, if you need the password, send a board member an email and we can get that to you)

We got a glimpse of our Quiltcon Community quilt top that was pieced by Crista B. and Carolyn M. has offered to quilt it for us. Thanks to all the members that took some time to make a block or help in any other way.

Raffle prize time!…and the winner of the mini iron wand is… Penny M! Congrats!

Let’s talk about next month. Instead of our big December holiday party get together we talked about the activities we have planned. On Saturday December 11th, we are having a “Winter Wonderland Meet and Greet Tailgate” in the parking lot of the LDS church, 209 Mountain Ave, Caldwell. From 11-2 we will be socially distanced ‘chilling’ with our chairs and perhaps a favorite quilt draped over your lap? We will have hot cocoa, tea, coffee, maybe play a game or two, but most importantly, getting out and seeing some quilty friends, or meeting some new friends! Don’t for get to bring a chair, a mug and a quilt or at least an extra scarf!

In lieu of our regular meeting, we will be having a Pajama Party! Friday December 17th, 7:00, join us for a virtual open sew! There may be a little bit of guild business to cover in the beginning, but let’s chat and sew and also open, or share if you couldn’t wait, our Party Poppers!

Programs updated us on sign ups for Holiday Poppers which closed on November 21. The names were sent out for all participating. Don’t forget to get them in the mail by December 1!

Also for anyone who is interested in the Patchwork and Poodles Chore Coat class, there are still spots open, and there is also a new location and dates! Let our very own Daniela D show you how, January 29th and February 5th at Sew Leana, 12 W South Orange Ave,South Orange, NJ from 12:00-4:00. It is $70 (+pattern and you need the to have the quilt/quilted pieces prepared!) Sign up here.

Show and Tell time!

Nova quilt coat
Chore coat
Nova quilt coats
Cindy Grisdela class
Maria Shell Kitchen Sink class
Pattern test for Pretty Piney
Grandchild quilt
Peter’s Valley Bazaar Collages

Joann told us that the Bonnie Hunter 2022 mystery quilt has been introduced, if you are interested you can get more info here. And congrats goes out to Joann for the new opportunity at teaching at the Mid Appalachian quilt retreat in Gettysburg college. Can’t wait to hear more about that in the coming months.

I hope to see you all on December 11th and 17th! Any questions or anything you think I’ve missed or we should know about for next month, you can always email a board member! Stay well and warm!


November 18 – Guild Meeting – THIS THURSDAY!!

Our guild meeting night is this week!

Our Zoom guild meeting is 11/18/21 & the meeting is wherever YOU are.

We’ll open it up at our usual 7pm for a quick visit & we’ll start at 7:15.

We’re excited to share with you – we’ve got a guest speaker this month!

Cindy Gristela will be joining us.
From her studio in Reston, Va her abstract quilts are designed improvisationally without a preconceived pattern, a little bit like jazz music. She does all of her stitching on a machine, but it is entirely hand driven. There is no computer program or marking ahead of time. She stitches the motifs freehand using the needle and thread of the machine like a pencil or brush.

She is a self taught fiber artist but comes from a long line of women who have expressed themselves using needle and thread. She has a BA in Fine Arts from the College of William and Mary and an MBA from George Washington University.

She is the Author of Artful Improv: Explore Color Recipes, Building Blocks & Free Motion Quilting, and a new book, Adventures in Improv Quilts: Master Color, Design & Construction.

Cindy Grisdela Headshot

The email with the ZOOM call in details will come soon. 

If you haven’t already – please send ALL your photos to, with “November…(fill in the blank)”  in the subject line… send us your:

  • Block of the Month photos
  • Charity projects
  • Show & Tell

We are looking forward to seeing you and catching up!

If you would like to be a guest at our meeting this month, please email us for the Zoom information.

Yay! It’s almost guild day!!

Thanks so much & SEE you Thursday night!


October 2021 Guild Meeting

We had 39 members/guests join us for our October meeting over Zoom.


Unfortunately the Mancuso show in Edison has been cancelled.

Shout outs to Lenny, Betsy, Jackie and Sue who have work in the latest or upcoming Curated Quilts! Congrats and great job!

We would also like to (re)introduce Aubrey A Cece as secretary on the NJMQG board. (Hi, Its me, making this post. I look forward to being a part the board again!)

Treasurer Report

We’ve had 5 new member joining, making our total members 92 for now.
For the full overview go to the members only section of the website.
Send any board member an email if you need a password reminder.
And keep an eye out for the 2022 budget soon! We’ll be voting on it next month.


This years MQG’s Community Outreach Quilt challenge is all about angles. You can read about it here. We have decided to combine our voices together and using fusible applique, we have transferred our “voice prints” to fabric.
30 members made a voiceprint. The top was still being pieced, but here’s a sampling of some of the blocks.

We are still looking for a volunteer to quilt it. Send a board member an email if you are interested!

Raffle time

Kaffe Fassett in the Studio…Lucky winner is…
Rolanda!! Congrats and enjoy!

Programs Update

Our Star in the West BOM is finishing up. There’s an open sew on October 23. Can’t wait to see all the finishes in November! There’s still time to catch up!

We had a great workshop with Maria Shell. We worked on some Kitchen Sink Quilting–The Art of Making Do. Using leftover fabric, UFO’S, orphan blocks, and random strips of fabric to make them into a fun improvisational masterpieces. The focus of this workshop was on bit making (creating small improvisation-ally cut and pieced traditional quilt blocks) and composition.

The zipper pouch collection was a success! All in all we collected 65 for SOFIA! The top makers were Tari (15) and Jann (9) and they were the lucky recipients of some goodies. Thanks to all who made them! I’m sure they will be treasured by whoever receives one.

We had a great charity open sew day. If anyone has quilts to donate, Elinore said she can pick up! Elinore also has fabric for kits if anyone is interested in making something! We are accepting any size, but prefer some larger sizes. These will hopefully be making their way to some Afghan refugees, soon.

We have some fun things coming up!
Our very own, Daniela, will be teaching us how to make the Chore Coat by Patchwork and Poodles. This class will take place
IN PERSON at the Wayne Library. November 6 and 13 from 12:00-4:00. Everyone will have their own table. Masks required.

At our November meeting we will be having a guest speaker, Cindy Grisdela. She will being talking to us about Playing with Colors! (personally one of my favorite things!) Cindy is an award-winning artist who’s happiest in her studio surrounded by piles of colorful fabrics. In this lecture and trunk show, she’ll use examples of her work over the last 30 years to take away some of the mystery about choosing colors effectively for your quilts. Not sure what colors “go” together? This is the lecture to reduce your stress about color!

And as time is just flying, we are starting to think about our holiday stuff! This year we are doing a Party Popper swap (like a UK Christmas Cracker) Start saving some paper towel rolls. In the tube you will stuff all sorts of goodies you can fit (like buttons, charms, tweezers, embroidery threads or scissors, seam rippers, thread, tea, candy, mints, small charm packs, zippers, pens…you get the idea! Then you wrap it all in a fat quarter and send it to your partner. Sign ups went out, so keep an eye out and sign up today! We are asking everything be sent early to avoid it getting stuck in any of the mail issues happening. Email with any questions.

Show and Tell

And now to our favorite part

See you next month!

Peace -A