Chawne Kimber Workshops

The North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild is excited to announce that textile artist Chawne Kimber will be giving a trunk show and lecture, and teaching two workshops for us.

The workshops will be on March 16 and 17, with an evening lecture on Friday March 16.
Sign-ups: Saturday, February 3 at 10AM for NJMQG members
Sign-ups for non-members will open on February 10 at 10AM.
Cost: $70 NJMQG members, $75 non-members

Lecture: Friday, March 16, 7 PM at the Chawne will give a trunk show and lecture about her quilting journey at:  United Way of Northern New Jersey, 60 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042


Improvisational Hand Quilting: Friday, March 16, 10AM-4PM at the United Way of Northern New Jersey, 60 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042

Hand quilting is super, super fun! And the best way to make something more fun is to improvise. So let’s practice the basics of hand quilting (beginners are welcome!) and then consider design and techniques for improv.
Supply list is here: ImprovisationalHandQuilting

Adventures in Small Piecing:  Saturday, March 17, 10AM-4PM at the Community Church, 65 Bowden Road, Cedar Grove, NJ

A surefire way to slow down your machine stitching is to stitch small things. We’ll construct a custom mini sampler quilt top whose blocks encourage practicing some efficient traditional and improvisational techniques specialized for smaller work. We’ll also discuss the visual impact of the use of varied scaling of blocks in our design work. In the end, we’ll agree that small piecing can enhance our quilts without terribly increasing our workload.   It will be a free-form class that starts with a trunk show and demonstrations of techniques. We’ll follow up with open sewing time with one- on-one instruction.  Supply list is here: SmallPiecing

Kimber_EmbroideredHeadshotChawne Kimber is an award winning textile artist who has exhibited quilts and embroidery in galleries and festivals in all over the United States. When not manipulating cotton, she is a professor of mathematics at a small liberal arts college in the Northeast.  Chawne blogs at   Shown here is Chawne’s embroidered headshot.

January 2018 Guild Meeting

Happy New Year everyone!

48 members and 2 guests joined us.

We have renewed our membership with the MQG for another fabulous year. Thanks so to all who have renewed and if you haven’t, there is always time! We will be receiving our membership cards next month.

Thanks to Sew Jersey for vending!

MQG News

  • The MQG will be debuting a new website in February. In the meantime you can still check out all they have to offer here


  • Welcome to our new member Rebecca and 2 guests Pam and Kathy.
  • We will update the password for the blog in February
  • Ezza and Becca will exchange nametags
  • Let’s vote- keep the catering at the Holiday party? yay- will be budgeted for
  • Let’s vote- skip the Show & Tell at the Holiday party- yay- stick to gifties only
  • Aleeda- Retreats March 22-25 and June 15-17 contact for more info

Happy News

  • Congrats to Kimberli getting into graduate school at Rutgers
  • Congrats Melanie, Michelle, Betsy, Michelle B and Krishma for having work in the MQG book


  • Quiltfest- Any help setting up April 25 or taking down April 29 would be greatly appreciated. Reach out to us if you know you can/would like to help
  • Amy Friend workshop- coming up this Friday Jan 26 and Saturday Jan 27. If you are available to help set up or break down, it would be much appreciated. You can find the details here
  • New calendar in the works. Handout given. Will post soon. We are working on booking high demand teachers 2 yrs in advance. Any ideas? Shoot us an email
  • Round Robin starting! Will be monthly.  Check out the Pinterest board if you need ideas or help.

Here are some of the starters…

  • Challenge! due at the Febrary meeting. Make a mini (no larger than 20″ on any side) monochromatic half square triangles. To be part of a special exhibit at Quiltfest. Pinterest inspiration here
  • Chawne Kimber signups will begin February 2
  • 1st quarter Bee Swap signups available until Friday Jan 26- 3 catagories- stars, improv and/or 21st centurey log cabin
  • Bylaws committee met. Updating certain details such as where we meet (still said
    RPS). working on others such as elections every 2 years, overlapping changes… Voting will be at the February meeting. If you’d like to suggest anything, email Diane at

Raffle winners

Congrats Aleeda and Kimberli! Happy shopping at Sew Jersey


  • Melanie-Our quilt is named Star Power. We voted to have it donated to Quilts for Vegas directly from Quiltcon- yays all around

  • Rachel- 20 New wave patterns donated from Elizabeth Hartman, quilt kits donated from Beth and templates made from Rachel make for some amazing charity quilt kits!

Show and Tell

Kimberli giving Ameri her quilt swap

Emily- Round Robin baby quilt

Emily- Lucky inheritance of Great Great Grandma quilt

Anne- Triangulation (Andrea class 2 yrs ago)

Kelly- Rainbow quilt

Jackie- Sew Jersey raffle winner

Betsy- sashiko bag (class at Gotham Atsushi Sashiko)

Gabriela- yo yo table runner

Annette- First attempt at modern

Penny- Warwick workshop

Penny- Timna Tarr workshop

Rochelle- Stack n Whack

Rachel- paper pieced green bear

Caroline- Josie’s Nuno Felted scarf class

Colleen just doing a walk by 😉

nother name I've missed, sorry…

2018 1st Quarter Bee Hive Sign-ups!

The ever-popular Bee Hive Block Exchange is back for 2018! Each hive is limited to 6 people. If more than 6 sign up, we will create either a mega-hive or a separate hive depending on the numbers.
There will be three hive choices:
Star Hive – The popular classic!
21st Century Log Cabin – Modern take on a classic!
Improv – Anything goes but make it improv!
Blocks should be 12.5 inches per side, sewn with a neutral thread, using quality, 100% cotton quilting weight fabric, with pressed seams.
Follow this link to sign up  for the 1ST QUARTER HIVE ONLY.
You’ll be asked to indicate your first and second choice hives, add your colors, any comments and you’re done!
1st Quarter signups are open January 20 – 26. Assignments will be emailed on January 27, and blocks are due at the March 15th meeting.