April 2019 guild meeting

Here we are in May already and here’s the recap, I know you’ve all been waiting for.
Sadly, Margy announced that Gwen Marston died today

Places we’ve been, classes we’ve taken, what we’ve been inspired by…  

  • Empire Quilt show at FIT – Pam won 2 baskets
  • Lancaster AQS show March 27-30 
  • AQS interview w/ Joe Cunningham on “Story Bee” on youtube  
  • Lenny will have quilt in July issue of Curated Quilts
Upcoming Events (oops…some now passed!) 
  • Mid Atlantic Mod
  • Lancaster Quiltfest – replacing NJQuiltfest – May 9-11
  • Brooklyn Museum Frida Kahlo exhibit through May 12, also a fiber art installation is there.
  • Fiber art exhibit still at Montclair Art Museum through June 16. (Reminder: Free admission on first Thursdays!)
  • Art Show opportunity – Studio Montclair/Montclair historical Society – make something in response to old quilts in the Historical Society’s collection
MQG News:
Call for Entries: MQG Showcase at International Quilt Market & Festival, Oct. 26–Nov. 3, 2019. Submissions open now through June 22, 2019.
Treasurer’s report – now posted on the member’s only page
Programs updates – Crista and Jackie
  • Mystery quilt – 40 members signed up! Instructions to go out May 1st.
  • Sarah Bond Color & Grayscale workshop signups open April 20 (now sold out!)
  • April Fool ugly fat quarter swap – bring your finished item to the May meeting
  • Rulerpalooza – As a sort of kick off to our ruler library, we asked you to bring in and share which rulers you like, or are curious to try, or covet…

Pam had an amazing folding bias ruler and an apple core ruler

Lenny shared the clearly perfect slotted half square triangle trimmer

Jackie brought in the circle cut by Mari Quilts

Ann can’t get enough of her good old basic 4×14″ruler

Crista recommended the bloc loc half square triangle ruler

Look for our ruler library coming soon!

Charity updates – Rachel and Emily
  • Ideas re: who to give our quiltcon quilt to
  • Batting available to complete charity quilts – let us know what you need before the next meeting and we’ll bring it. (The whole bolt is tooooo heavy to lug to every meeting!)
Nominating committee – Michelle, Sarah, Aleeda
Gathering names for the upcoming board election – throw your hat in the ring! Nominees will be announced at the May meeting.

And our favorite time

Show and Tell



Emily- curved flying geese

Caroline- Tula Pink Shoreline for Charity

Harmonic Convergence

Dawn- charm pack

Green stars and squares

2″ square mini

Mountain mini

Navy with stars

JoAnn- Bonnie K Hunter mystery quilt


Gifts for grandkids Disney cruise (possible workshop?)

Jackie- free motion demo practice

Lennie- pencil case

Improv log cabin to practice quilting

Pivot quilt

Debbie- aboriginal strip quilt

Judy- cowboy quilt


Maria Shell class

Annette- baby Quilt

Self binding

We will be back at the Community Church of Cedar Grove for our next meeting! 7:15 start.

Don’t forget to bring your “ugly duckling” April fool’s swap, a snack to share, show and tell and your great creative selves!!

Thanks to Kathy for keeping great notes while I had an emergency for the first half of the meeting!



March 2019 Guild Meeting Recap


We had a lovely tea party at our meeting last month. Thanks to Terri and Barbara for setting it up. (And another special thanks for all your work on the holiday party) And to Margy for your water pots. We had 46 members and 2 guests join us for the meeting. Welcome to Kate, April, Carmen and Raquel (forgive any mispellings).

We started out with some updates from members  about what they’ve been doing or what’s coming up.

Some fabulous classes being taken:

    Margy and Jackie took Melanie’s Thumbprint curves
    Betsy and Michelle took Libs Elliot’s Embrace the Chaos
    Penny took Susan Carlson’s 5 day workshop in Tuscon
    Robyn, Lori and Fern took Lauren Pinkley’s collage method
    Sarah took Maria Shell’s Making Stripes planned improv in Craft Napa
    April took a class with Leslie Jenesen
    National Quilt day was celebrated. We had 8 at Margy’s and 9 at Jackie’s house sewing away.
    We also had our Charity Sew-in.
  • Coming up we had/have:
    • Montclair Uni George Segal gallery had a book art exhibit by BAR

      Kimberli is at Bloomfield Library every 1st & 3rd Thursday from 12-2 doing handwork (and every 2nd monday from 6-8)
      Gotham NYC holds Quiltlab the 2nd Thursday of the month

    We are always interested in what techniques you want to learn or who you’d like to have teach. Two suggestions, Yvonne Puchs (quiltingjetgirl) an Lee Chappel Monroe. Let us know if you have any other ideas!

    MQG stuff

    We got sent membership cards from the MQG. If you haven’t gotten yours, pick it up at the sign in table at the next meeting (which will be meeting at the LDS church in Caldwell, I’ll mention it again later…)
    Quiltcon happened and we got a lovely slideshow of pictures from some members. Unfortunately seems like the weather wasn’t the greatest, but looks like plenty of fun, and more importantly, beautiful and inspiring quilts, was had! If you’d like to see more of the quilts, someone suggested the Eventscribe App for Quiltcon. If you check out under posters you can see more. We also had a couple of members mention the Modern Sewciety podcast to check out.

    Our charity gals, Rachel and Emily, are getting us all excited to sew. Some new Shoreline kits have been put together and we had our block drive (I didn’t seem to jot the total number down, but you did not disappoint!)

    The clear leader was Kelly, with 67!!,

    and Elaine was next with 22.

    Way to go! Don’t forget to keep sewing up pillowcases, blocks, kits or anything your heart desires for charity to lovingly donate to those in need.

    Our programs ladies are always hard at work. Crista and Jackie have got a Mystery quilt starting soon, and a good looking schedule through the rest of the year. At the April meeting we will be doing an April Fool exchange. Bring in an “ugly” FQ to be magically transformed.

    And then it brings us to our favorite time…

    Show and Tell

    Kelly- Shoreline

    Rachel- Improv SherriLynn Woods

    Japanese rice pouch

    Emily- quilt for boyfriend


    Rochelle- EPP handpieced and quilted

    Tempurature quilt

    Jennifer- Moda scraps offset Lonestar


    Sarah- Why Not Now

    Jackie- Rayna’s improv

    Judy- Seagulls

    Debbie- Barn “quilt”

    Mary Jane- jeans

    Betsy- Blue and white pineapple

    Rebecca- Fabric manipulation

    Julia- My grandmother’s flower garden

    Elaine- little girl

    And Pam and Michelle showed up some not photgraphed. (Make sure to let me know if you don’t want the pictures put online)



    The April meeting will be at our alternate space due to our space being unavailable.
    The meeting will be April 18, 7:15 at The Church of Latter-Day Saints 209 Mountain Ave, Caldwell, NJ 07006.

    See you then.

    Ciao for niao 😆



    February 2019 Guild Meeting

    Hello, quilty friends!

    We had a lovely meeting with 26 members, including our newest, Laura! Welcome! We will try and pair you up for a name badge soon!

    Our official membership roster has been updated, and at last count it was 68 members. This month our meeting fell during Quiltcon and we had quite a few members down in Nashville taking it all in (including our very own Melanie, who won 3rd place in improv!!), but we’ll hear more about all that next month.

    Let’s talk about what’s happening!

    Lenny took a class on ruler work at Gotham. Melanie’s class on walking foot/quilting and Amy’s clear pouch classes were a hit. You can check out some pics here. Sallie has seen the newest exhibit at MAM and highly recommends it (through June) There’s a new exhibit at the Newark Museum on Wendy Red Star, and we should all check out the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Brooklyn museum through May 12. If you are able to make an appointment for pretty specific hours, there’s an exhibit called She Persists at Gracie Mansion.

    March 16 is National Quilting Day, and in honor of that we want to get together and quilt! We have some members generously opening up there homes for some fun sewing time. We have Clifton, Woodcliff Lake and Morris Plains locations in the works. (If someone around the Maplewood area would perhaps like to play host, hit us up through email.) More about that to come.

    Our charity efforts have been growing. We all loved the ease of the pattern and kits with the New Wave quilt, but had a request to change it up. Our newest pattern will be Shoreline by Tula Pink. There are 10 kits that are ready to go, so far, so let’s get sewing!

    We are also trying to beat our record of 127 pillowcases that were donated in 2017. They are easy and quick to make. Let’s get sewing!

    We are also encouraging everyone to participate in our block drive. There’s even a chance to win prizes! Due next month, we want as many 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ scrappy log cabin blocks you can make (in order for some consistency we are asking for there to be some white in them) and we also are collecting Quilts of Valor blocks in red, white and blue.

    This Saturday, February 23, we are having a missing Quiltcon open sew. Perfect time to work on some charity stuff, or whatever you want. 10-4 at the Cedar Grove location. Bring lunch or cash to order.

    We are introducing a little tech update with some fancy schmancy use of projection!Woah! We ARE modern! Crista is helping us all see a little easier with the help of a phone and a screen. There’s some cords and other stuff involved, but the main thing is that we don’t have to be all up in each other’s space and it will make things better in the long run. We also will have the ability to share pictures of things, for ask the guild or a quilt that needs to be sent before the meeting. If you can get a picture to programs@ njmqg.com by the Thursday before that month’s meeting, you’ll still have an opportunity to show off!

    We also got a nice update on the upcoming program schedule. It will be emailed and posted soon, for those of you that couldn’t make the meeting. For example, though, on March 30, you will have the chance to take a ruler class with Betsy and/or make a fun Reuse-Recycle-Repurpose apron with Kathy. Signups will be out soon.

    For our raffle, we wanted to know who had been quilting for the shortest time…and our winner was Lenny. Only about a year and a half, although you’d never know it, with how amazing she is!

    We are also reintroducing our Instaintros. If you interested in sharing a little about yourself to our members and followers on our Instagram, send an email to vicepresident@ njmqg.com.

    Then our favorite time…

    Show/Sew and Tell

    Emily showing a charity quilt I believe Terri finished?

    Dawn-Working through some UFO’s. Circa 2003 Renae Merril workshop? (and it’s machine quilted

    Jen- Bonnie K Hunter mystery quilt

    MaryJane- charity quilt

    Debby S- flannel baby quilt

    JoAnn- Star quilt

    Blooming 9 patch

    Samantha- machine quilting samples

    Aubrey- gift quilt

    Terri- recently took a cruise and in supported some local artists in Haiti. Peace Quilts and a book Patience to Raise the Sun

    We had someone bring up the topic of the modern aspect of the modern in our guild. One thing I’ve personally loved about this guild is the huge breadth of knowledge and experience and kindness. We welcome everyone regardless of experience, skill, age, race, sex and even though we are a modern guild, you will not be shunned for bringing something that might be considered traditional. I know when I joined as a beginner quilter I was encouraged by everyone to continue to do what we were ALL there to do…quilt. Plain and simple, we all join together because we have a simple common bond. We love to make. Not every quilt is everyone’s style and that’s what makes the world go round. Never apologize.

    So let’s continue to raise each other up and enjoy what we do and share with each other! I suppose I’ll get off my soap box now. I hope I haven’t taken too much advantage here.

    Until next time! Ciao and happy quilting!