August 17, 2017 meeting recap

Hey there!

Here’s the recap for the August 2017 meeting.

There were 47 members and 1 guest in attendance.


7:25 pm

Introducing the new board members

Margy S- president

Kathy M- Vice President

Lori B-  Treasurer

Sarah F- Programs

Aubrey C- Secretary

Warm welcome to the newest members Carol and Wendy.

  • Within the next couple of weeks we will be sending out some surveys. We need extra hands to help. So keep an eye out!
  • Thank you to Laura F for volunteering to be the librarian and Elinor to head the sunshine committee.
  • We have decided to do pop up shopping three times a year. We don’t want it to interfere with trunk shows or other activities we might have going on.

Let’s celebrate some members

  •  Congratulations to Betsy for having a quilt  in the Quilt Alliance show

Modern quilt guild happenings

  • Quilt con 2018 open entries until November 30
  • Look for webinar coming up on jurying and judging- August 31 at 8

Local news

  • Aleeda – Quilters Take Manhattan. 6th annual. September 16 at FIT. if she can get a group of 10 you can get a discounted rate-$55 tickets-
  • Diane – crossroads retreat Wednesday, November 8 through Sunday, November 12. 30 spots available.
  • Ellen V – Warwick guild is holding a seminar on judging Monday, October 30 and 31st from 9 to 4 Certified judge Sandra Dorvecker $190 plus $15 fee.


  • We had our mini mini swap. Participants included SarahEmily (shown by Margy)Rochelle Colleen Betsy Aleeda Jackie Joann #1 JoAnn #2 Amy (embarrassed, but shouldn’t be!!!)  Amazing work done by all!!
  • Next month the paint chip challenge is due.

Raffle #1

Congrats Sarah!

Vice President 

  • First a Thank you to the previous board members. Thank you to Daniela, Amy, Stella, Annette and Kourtney for all your hard work!
  • We are streamlining how we communicate. We have a new mailing address, a PO Box located in Montclair, and new NJMQG email addresses for a cohesive identity and easy transition to future boards. We are now using Google’s G Suite, a set of productivity tools which we were able to implement for free due to our Non-Profit status.


  • No business


  • Once again we are asking for many hands to help so keep an eye out for surveys for input and ways to help.
  • We are looking into changing our bee block possibly for a round robin or a different style
  • Indigo dying class review.   Good time had by all. Special thanks to Sarah for teaching and Stella for hosting and providing an amazing spread.

Upcoming events

  • Paint chip mini quilt is due at the October meeting  due to popular demand!
  • Possible future teachers include Amy Friend, Chawne Kimber, Heather Kojan
  • We are interested in hearing your suggestions for teachers
  • Michelle is doing trunk show in September
  • Michelle is teaching the Noodlehead Market Tote on September 23 (great bag!!)


  • Rachel-Last year we participated in Giving Hope Network. They provide ‘stuffed suitcases’ for 2-12 year olds in the Essex county foster system. This year we would like to participate as well. If you would like to help please bring completed pillowcases to the September meeting or the October 7 open Sew
  • Betsy and Melanie- The charity quilt for Quiltcon 2018 theme is Modern Traditional. The colors are white, ivory, yellow, orange, cerise, purple, and red. Betsy and Melanie have come up with two ideas. Stripes and Flecks and Stars and Stars. (A surevey went out and Stars and Stars was chosen by the members). September fabric will be handed out. October blocks will be collected. November blocks will be assembled. January 14 is the due date.

Raffle #2

Congrats Stella!

Show and Tell


Round Robin with a friend 

T-shirt Quilt 


Paper piece class with Betsy 

Forget me not donation 


Paper piece class with Betsy 

Improv class with Daniela 


Baby shower gift 


Finds from Mom and Dad’s house 


Cabins in the Snow 


Donation for Forget me not 


New to quilting 


1 hour basket 

Quilting by the lake-Maria Shell-making prints out of solids  

Teaching Quilting Start to Finish at Sew Jersey using Christa Watson Modern X 



Hand quilted for a friend 


Baby quilt based on Modern Quilting Mag  


Wednesday quilt group- Bonnie K Hunter mystery quilt. Quilted by Diane F  
Great meeting! See you in September!

Reminder: August 2017 Meeting this Thursday!

• Our August meeting is this Thursday,August 17, 2017 at 7:15 pm at the Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Road, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009. Parking is located in the large lot in the back – use the side entrance to come in. Feel free to arrive about 15 minutes early.
Important: Check in at the registration table to sign in and pick up a raffle ticket for door prizes before finding a seat.

Seems to be cooling off every evening this week, so we hope the space will be comfortable, and we won’t need the loud fans we needed for the July meeting.

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 bring them home with you.

Member Corner: Many of our members have their own creative businesses and 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: Have you borrowed a book from the NJMQG library? Books can be checked out for one month. Please see Margy S. If you borrowed a book at the last meeting, remember to return it at this meeting.


Please remember to bring your Mini Quilts to swap


Did you attend the Indigo/Shibori Dying & Cyanotype/Photogram Workshop  this past weekend?  If so, please bring samples so we can all see your work.  We want to hear all about it.


Member-Led Workshops!:  Spots are still available for the following workshops:

September: Noodlehead Market Bag Workshop with Michelle Reiter
Trill Workshop with Melanie Tuazon
Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop with Josie Dakers


Refreshments: Consider bringing a light refreshment to share, especially if your birthday is this month

Remember to bring your name tag. If you do not have a name tag, we can arrange a partner swap- ask any of the NJMQG Executive Board Officers (Margy, Kathy, Lori, Aubrey, Sarah). As always, please bring anything you may have for Show and Tell!

See you on Thursday!

July 2017 Meeting 

July 2017 Meeting Recap

41 members and 4 guests attended
It was our first meeting as your new board, though two of us were away.

It was very hot, but we had lots of fans. Thanks to those who brought theirs from home. The fans made it very loud, but Amy was able to find us a microphone.

The Quilt Spot ladies came from Midland Park with a pop-up shop, which was in operation before and after the meeting and during the break.  They contributed two fat quarter bundles with gift cards, which went to two lucky members (JoAnn and Josie). Everyone seemed to enjoy the shopping, so maybe we can have them back next spring.

Information shared
 MQG update. Click here to see their website

 Quilt Alliance’s annual event Quilters Take Manhattan will be Sept. 15-17, and is always fun. Look here for more info

 NJ State Fair in Sussex co., in early August, has competitions for all kinds of fiber crafts. Check them out here

 Per Aleeda, St George’s Episcopal Church in Maplewood is hosting a crafters’ yard sale 7/29

 Kelly reminded us to bring in donations for raffle baskets for the Forget me Not Foundation, which provides emotional support to parents who have lost and infant. See Kelly’s post on facebook

Sarah reminded us of what classes are still to come this year.

The “one hour baskets” received from CJMQG for our members who participated in the swap were handed out. The baskets were quite nice, and lavishly filled with goodies. Lots of happy faces!

Second quarter bee blocks were exchanged. Due to vacations and family emergencies they were not all there, but the ones we did see were beautiful.

Stay tuned to sign up for the 3rd quarter bee.

And of course, we had show and tell.

Thanks to everyone and see you next month!