October 2017 Guild meeting

Can I just say, what a great meeting! There were times when I was listening so intently that I almost forgot to take pictures! Thanks to everyone who came!

59 members and 4 guests joined us. 

Margy with….Member News



  • Oct 21&22- Open studio 1-5:00 at Manufacturer’s village.  356 Glenwood Ave, East Orange. 
  • Until Oct 29- Quilters of Color at Westbeth Gallery. More info here
  • Nov 1- Brandon Mably at Quilt Tree. More info here 
  • Nov 11&12- Brownstone show-Diane’s retreat- Art Trail/studio tour in Bridgeport, CT (Denyse Schmidt) 
  • Gotham Quilts new space 
  • Riverdale public library has quilt display


  • Overview of what’s coming up
  • Survey results-54 responses
  • Quick tip-try board basting technique
  • Paint chip mini swap. 15 swapped. Great job everyone! 
  • Mid Atlantic Mod cancelled


  • 75 pillowcases donated to Stuffed Suitcase Program
  • 9 quilts finished heading to Quilts of Compassion 

Raffle #1

  • Congrats Rolanda! You sat in the lucky chair!


Thank you to Beth/RPS for all that she did for NJMQG and good luck in DC!

Trunk Show-Melanie 

Started quilting in 2011

East West (pattern for Cloud9)


Green Peek

Measure (in Quiltcon mag)

Momentum (the comfy couch quilt)

Rally (MQG pattern of month Feb ‘16) 


Window #1

Trill (class on October 21)


Raffle #2-MaryJane and Merrie guessed correct! 37 notions in the jar

Show & Tell

Emily- quilt for mom

Mark- Halloween quilt for friend

Island chain done /Alison Glass jelly roll

Sue-Bar mitzvah present

Marika- Carolyn Friedlander

Witch’s hat(tricker than you think, but super cute!! )

Anne- Victoria Findlay Wolfe pillow cover

Mini quilt auction piece

Inspired by challenge- painter Alma Thomas

Penny- ‘Summer Bounty’Inspired by challenge- Matisse 

Andrea- Jessica Skultety improv orange peel class 

Mary- inspired by challenge- Matisse (hand appliqué)

Mark Lipinski class 

Diane- friend’s clean out=her gain

Carla- display gone awry 90×110. Quilted by diane

Janita- ‘Immigrant’ from Melissa Averinos class

Betsy Paper piecing class

Tracy-scrap buster 

Meg- baby quilt for cousin from grandma

Michelle’s Market Tote class


Plum awesome 

We will see you November 19 @ 7:15.  65 Bowden Rd, Cedar Grove, 07009


Reminder: October ’17 Meeting this Thursday

Our October meeting is this Thursday October 19, 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: Please check in at the registration table to sign in. 

Please remember  to bring finished blocks for our QuiltCon charity quilt, paint chip mini quilts to swap,  pillowcases,  and finished charity quilts for hurricane victims.

Thanks to the 54 members who responded to our survey last month (only 2 anonymously). This month we’ll review the results,  get some new committees started,  and hear about some exciting classes planned for the new year.                                          Also at this meeting, Melanie Tuazon will present a trunk show of her work.

——————————————————————————————————————————–• FREE table: Bring in 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

• 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 Laura F., our librarian.  If you borrowed a book at the last meeting, please try  to return it at this meeting.

—————————————————————————————————————————.Member-Led Workshops!:  Spots are still available for the following workshops:
Trill Workshop with Melanie Tuazon, coming up this Saturday
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, and wear,  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).                                                                                                                         Your assistance to move chairs at the beginning and/or end of the meeting is greatly appreciated.                                                                                                                                         As always, please bring anything you may have for Show and Tell!

See you on Thursday!

Reminder: Open Sew & Charity Sew Combo – this Saturday 10/7

Our Open Sew is this Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 4pm at the Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Street, Cedar Grove, NJ (where we meet for our monthly guild meetings).

We have SIX hours of sewing scheduled! Can’t make it for the entire time? Come when you can!

So many inquiries have come in about contributing to the recent hurricane relief, we are combining & using the opportunity of this open sew to also make progress on our charity efforts. *Of course, if you have a project you’re trying to get done, please bring it. It will be nice to sew and spend time together.

For our charity sewing – quick and easy is the key, so we can get as much done as possible. We can work together in groups to knock out some projects: sew with a buddy or make a team!
*We’ll bring our donated fabric, scraps, and a big roll of batting.
Don’t feel like piecing? That’s cool – there are few quilt tops already made just waiting to be to be quilted. We’ve cut out big pieces of coordinated fabric for backs, some new tops, or there are a few precut pillowcases if you’d like to try one of those.
*Do you have any jelly rolls or charm packs you haven’t found any use for? (Then let me see your jelly roll!) Bring them along – maybe they will work with something in the charity stash – and no cutting needed! Large pieces for backings are especially appreciated.

*Besides fabric and batting, we will have a cutting station, including an AccuQuilt (Diane will be there to show us the magic of the AccuQuilt and we’ll cut all the things at one time!); an ironing station, and some extension cords.

Please bring:
*sewing machine and your basic supplies
*small ironing set up (the more the merrier), or ironing board (let us know if you’re able to bring one)
*extension cords/surge protectors
*your smiling face

Food stuffs: bring snacks, bring your own lunch (there is a microwave & fridge available), or bring cash $$$ to buy from the Cedar Grove Deli. We’ll place an order.
Please bring any finished pillowcases you have – I heard you all made SO MANY!!!!!
Thanks so much, and looking forward to seeing you all