April 15th Meeting Recap

Good morning! Has it already been a full week since our meeting? Time flies.

Last week on our zoom meeting we had 46 attendees, some were new members and a guest, Vicky Pede. Welcome!

Guild Business

Board Elections – Crista Bresnahan, our nominating committee chair, has been busy talking with members asking them to consider running for the positions for next term. If you would like to be considered for a board position of have more questions please contact her directly. The following is the election timeline.

  • May 20th meeting – Nominees will be presented.
  • June 17th meeting – Members will vote on the nominees.
  • July 15th meeting – New board members will begin their term.

Name Tag Swap – As we continue to gain new members regularly, we will have a continual list for name tag swapping. Please email Programs programs@njmqg.com for more details and to be put on the list.

Treasury Report – Lenny provided us with our first quarter report. You can view the details in the members only section on our website.

Quiltcon 2023/Georgia – In response to the recent political decisions in Georgia, members nation wide were inquiring about changing the location for Quiltcon 2023. Aleeda Crawley, member of our guild, and also a member of the MQG Board of Directors, reported to us that it would not be possible to change the location due to financial penalties. If you would like more details or have any questions, you may email Aleeda directly.

For those who participated last year in the Connected Project, you are now a published artist! Betsy V. sent our collaborative quilt to Curated Quilts Magazine and it is print for the article. If you would like to purchase a copy, you can order directly from Curated Quilts, asking for the COVID issue of this magazine.


The following photos are the projects from the David Owen Hastings workshop in March.

REMINDER: Mini Mod Block Swap

Star in the West BOM progress photos

Break Out Rooms

So we could socialize a bit, we had two sessions where we talked in small groups. So Much Fun!

Show & Tell

And there you have it!

Next Meeting Thursday, May 20th @7:15

Jennifer – Secretary

March 18th Meeting Recap

Spring has sprung! Daylight stretching later into the day and temperatures climbing upwards. Yay!

Our march meeting reached an attendance of 63. Welcome to new members Kaitlyn Fritsch & Ana Sancho-Rumeu, as well as several guests attending.

Guild Business

Board Elections are coming up in June and the Nominating Committee will be looking for volunteers. The positions up for election this year are President, Vice President, Secretary and Programs. If you are curious or interested about any of the positions you can read the position description in our bylaws, which is found in the Members Only section on the website. You may also contact Crista directly.

Name Tag Swap For those participating in the swap, you should have received your assigned recipient by now. If you have not, or would like to be included in our next name tag swap, please contact Progams.

Guest Speaker: David Owen Hastings


I’m a quilter, graphic designer, print and textile artist, and a former President of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. I create contemporary art and modern minimal quilt and textile designs. My creative approach to modern quilting has led to a busy schedule of workshops and lectures on quilting, branding for artists, art and textile techniques.

We had a fascinating evening listening to David Owen Hastings share his quilting journey with an emphasis of Minimal Design, Maximum Impact. This was followed up with a workshop on Saturday Inspired by Architecture.


Star in the West/BOM

Blocks 1&2 are out so far. Don’t forget your Open Sew 2nd Saturday of each month. Here’s some of the progress so far.

Show & Tell

Another great night on Zoom!

Next Meeting Thursday, April 15th @7:15


February 18th Meeting Recap

Greetings! Hope you are all well during this snowy February! The best thing about that for me is all the quilting I’m getting done. So let’s get to it. We had 60 people join our Zoom meeting. We welcomed 5 new members: Neena Shah, Joanne Kornoelje, Ellaree Pray, Wannetta Phillips and Kaitlyn Fritsch.

Guild Business

Reminder about membership:

Name Tag Swap

If you are new and don’t have one, or if you are returning and can’t find yours, this opportunity is for you. Rachel will be sending out an email on how to sign up and participate. The photos above are some of the previous swap name tags for inspiration.

A big shout out to two of our members for having winning quilts in this year’s Quiltcon!

Check out the rest of the winners at quiltcon.com


We had returning guest speaker, Berene Campbell from happysewlucky.com speak to us about our next swap project.

We look forward to seeing all the photos of these stunning little blocks later this year.

Are you coming to the Quiltcon After Party?! Please join us for another fun filled day of hanging out with your guild mates. Let’s all retreat to our sewing spaces to share conversation and laughs, while we sew, play some games and win some prizes. Hope to see you there!

Our March guest speaker will be David Owen Hastings davidowenhastings.com. There is still space available in his Saturday workshop.

Show & Tell

We started off with ‘Tells’ this time.

  • Betsy V. talked about one of her favorite rulers Bloc Loc blocloc.com. She recommends the half square triangle ruler for squaring up. You can watch a video on their site which shows what makes this ruler so helpful.
  • Penny M. shared about the reappearing act that occurs with the Frixion pen once it gets cold. That led to a longer discussion about marking pens and pencils, leading to a conclusion of marking thin lines from regular pencils work very well.
  • Samantha L. asked how to square a large quilt. Answer: start with the largest square ruler you have and do the corners first, then the sides.
  • Debby C. (I believe) asked a question about her rotary cutter leaving an uncut thread. Answers: try replacing blade, checking for damage on cutter, more pressure, moving fabric around on mat or flipping mat over.

If you have any tips or questions you would like to share with the guild please email programs before our next meeting.

It was great to see you all!

Next Meeting Thursday, March 18th @ 7:15

Jennifer – Secretary