September 20 Guild Meeting Recap

Getting back into the groove at Cedar Grove! We had 37 members including new that night member Beth and 3 guests, Elaine, Siobhan and Betsy (2 of whom have since joined!) Welcome ladies!

We wished Francine a Happy Birthday!

Guild Business

Mid Atlantic Mod is coming back for April 30th-May 3rd, 2020. We will be having the same lottery for the 10 spots we received as sponsors. You have until October 6th to sign up for the lottery. Winners will be drawn at the October board meeting and winners will be contacted and a deposit of $25 to hold your lottery spot, will be due by October 17th. Regular registration as well as class selection opens on October 20th.


We received a wonderful thank you note from the folks at Social Justice Sewing Academy for the fabric we donated last month. We are also welcoming Elinore to the Charity committee.


Our books are on the move, thanks to Margy. She surprised us with this new book cart to make housing the guild library books and rulers easier to view and access.

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Calling All volunteers!

If you would like to join one of the committee’s that keep this guild running smoothly, please speak with a board member and we’ll get you off and running. Many hands make light work!

Member Quilt Display

Sarah shared with us her experience having a quilt in the show Inspired by…Quilts at Studio Montclair running now through October 19th. You can view her piece as well as many other artists pieces, interpreting  antique quilts.


  • Don’t forget if you hear of an upcoming event, contact Rachel and she’ll share of Facebook and put it in the next meeting slide show.
  • Anyone interested in a Debbie Grifka workshop, let Crista know.
  • Garden State Quilters are excepting bids from long arm quilters to quilt their 2020 Quilt Show raffle quilt. For more details, see Rachel.


Crista brought us a fun little game ‘Would you rather…’ by asking us questions like Would you rather piece or quilt; by hand or machine; follow patterns or freewheel; improv or traditional; etc.. We got a chance to stretch our legs and arms as we responded to each question.


Break Time

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Next it was time for the Post Card Swap


Mystery Quilt

  • Don’t forget to play with the blocks you have made so far to try and guess the end arrangement.
  • Post photos to Instagram with #2019NJMQGMysteryQuilt
  • Tag with @njmqg
  • Next clue coming soon.

Whole Circle Studios Lecture and Workshop

  • September 25th  Lecture at Margy’s house.
  • September 26th Workshop 10-4 (Full)

 JoAnn Lepore Workshop

  • English Paper Piecing with templates by machine
  • October 26th,  10-4
  • Cost will be $50 members, $60 nonmembers, includes templates.


Negative Space Challenge

  • Negative Space Challenge – Due at the October Meeting, October 17th!!
  • Mini, largest side to be 16″ or less.
  • Does not need to be square
  • We will be searching for a public place to display these, so the more the better!

Daniella gave us a presentation on what negative space is, and some examples.

Would you like to do a Demo?

We are looking to incorporate more members into our meetings. Demos are fun and informative for everyone. Won’t you share your knowledge of techniques, tools, or something special with your fellow quilters? Please contact Crista to participate.

Show and Tell

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Krishma published in Simply Modern Magazine

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New member Siobhan’s lovely quilt.

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And the back of Siobhan’s quilt.

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New member Elaine’s beautiful sampler.

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Dawn’s exquisite applique piece.

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Debbie’s bright and happy unicorn.

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Kathy’s beautiful shell assortment.

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Lenny’s fun improv.

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Lenny with Gotham’s Quilt lab pieces

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Ann with a beautiful sampler.

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Jo Ann with a stunner.

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Betsy went to Crafting Democracy Exhibit in Rochester, NY.

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One of her gorgeous quilts.

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And the back.

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Jackie with her Halloween special.

Thanks for reading!

Next Meeting Thursday, October 17th at 7:15 . Hope to see you there.

Jennifer – Secretary

August 2019 Guild Meeting Recap

Hello NJMQG!

We were back at the LDS Church in West Caldwell for our last meeting of the summer. Attendance was strong with 34 members and 1 guest Jamie, Alison BondBaron’s sister visiting from Memphis.

We all wished Danielle a Happy Birthday as she celebrates this month.

We took a moment to share the wonderful letter we received from Dana, Michelle’s husband for the ‘Man Quilt’ we gifted him.

Pam shared with us her experience as she recently attended Quilting by the Lake at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Syracuse, NY.

Open Sew/Charity Fabric Sorting

There were about a dozen of us gathered on Saturday, July 15th for some improv and fabric sorting which yielded the following projects

Samantha showed us her improv log cabin quilt top kit of previously collected blocks.and I showed an improv quilt top made from the strips we made that day.  There are more kits of log cabin blocks available to be assembled into tops.

We also saw a collection of finished charity quilts of the New Wave pattern by Elizabeth Hartman.


This project used up the remainder of the donated fabric from Beth from Rock Paper Scissors and created 15+ quilts. The pattern and template will remain in our library as we move on to our current charity pattern Shore Line by Tula Pink.

Communication of Upcoming Events

In order to provide easier communication between meetings, we encourage members to use our Facebook page to share events. During the meetings we will provide collected information in a slide for the power point that will be left up during the break for members to gather details for events that interest them.


We also discussed Fabscrap in Manhattan, where Rebecca visited and their sorting location in Brooklyn, where Sara visited.

Next, I shared a slide show of the quilts I viewed at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England. It is included below, in case anyone wanted to view them more closely.



To provide a little more direction and encouragement for the September Post Card swap with the Cambridge, Mass MQG, Diane provided a very helpful demo and answered questions.


Also in September we will have Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio visiting with a lecture on Friday, September 27th and workshop on Saturday September 28th

Show and Tell

Everybody’s Favorite

Samantha with her bird block and her boys in their toasty pj’s!

Terry meeting Jenny Doan and the beautiful chuppah!


Kelly showing all the beautiful items, made by members for her charity baskets.

Becca with her paper pieced sampler “Don’t Call Me Betsy”, three years in the making!

Penny’s Art Quilt of a boat bow, from Instagram.


Jackie with her assembled bee blocks.


My modern quilt from won Kaffe fabric from a prior meeting.

Ameri & Amy with their original design applique pieces, Cottage Petals. These blocks can be purchased through the Quilt Spot as a block of the month starting in October.

Hope to see you September 19th, back at our Cedar Grove location!



July 2019 Guild Meeting Recap

Reminder: The meeting location for the August meeting!!

**August 15th  LDS Church 209 Mountain Ave Caldwell NJ**

Greetings fellow guild members! Here’s the recap of our July meeting.

Our meeting this month was held at the Wayne Public Library. We had a great turn out  of 50 attendees,  30 members and 20 guests joining us!

Rachel BondBaron took over the reigns of president for her first NJMGQ meeting and did a wonderful job.

We started the meeting with a presentation from Linda Seward, a former NJ resident, now residing in England.


The lecture was on how to distinguish between a contemporary quilt and a modern quilt.

She then gave us a sampling of her work.


Regular meeting business was conducted after the lecture.

The finished quilt for Michele’s Husband was shared.


Thanks went out to Rachel BondBaron and Sarah Fader for leading the Improv with Rules/Open-Sew on July 13th. We had a good size gathering and many strips were sewn together. Also, we were able to process much of the charity fabric for future projects.

For the September Post Card swap with the Cambridge, Mass MQG, we suggest taking a look at Diane Fama’s Instagram @njquiltlover . She has some examples of post cards she has made. We encourage you to sign up for this swap challenge. The theme is your favorite place.

The Block Printing Workshop is light on sign ups. We need to have 10 participants by 8/1, or we will need to cancel.

Crista of Mystery Quilt fame will be on vacation in Oregon on the first of the month, but promised we will have our clue #4 sometime during the day.


During the open sew, members took the collected log cabin block and grouped them in kits for quilt top assembly. If you are interested in a block assembling kit, talk with Rachel.

Look forward to seeing you at the August meeting!