October 17th Guild Meeting Recap

Greetings Guilders!

In case you weren’t at last months meeting, here’s what went on.

Guild Business

We had 42 members in attendance with 7 Guests (Beth, Judy, Donna, Barb – Rachel’s mom, Maria, Mandy & Heidi.) Welcome!

Treasury Report

Lenny walked us through the 3rd quarter treasury report. We also discussed the 2020 budget which will be up for a vote by members at the November meeting. Dues to remain the same for the upcoming year.

Jackie won the raffle.

Carol Mann shared about the Brita Nelson workshop “Crumbs to Quilts” she took with Garden State Quilter’s guild.



For future workshops, we would like to have a volunteer to take photos and post to social media. If you plan on attending a future workshop and would be willing to do so, please let Christa or Janet know.

Negative Space Challenge was put forth for the October meeting and participation was good.

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First and Second place! Congratulations ladies!

Whole Circle Studios Recap & Share

A nice full workshop yielded some beautiful works of art.

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Up coming events

Feel free to participate in any of the following

  • Sit n’ Stitch Fundraiser with Jersey Shore Modern Quilt Guild Saturday 11/9 from 10-7
  • Brownstone Quilt Show  Allendale, NJ Friday 11/8 and Saturday 11/9.
  • Open Sew for Quiltcon Charity Quilt LDS Church, Caldwell, NJ Saturday 11/23 9-4.

Speaking of Quiltcon Charity Quilt, Betsy provided a demo for us on the 10″ string block that will make up the quilt top.

Directions were emailed out to everyone. We will be working on theses blocks at the Open Sew on 11/23. If you are not attending the open sew, please make sure to bring your completed block to the November meeting.

Mystery Quilt – Final Clue The final directions will be going out early to allow everyone extra time to assemble their quilt top to bring to the November meeting. And if you won’t be finished by November, no worries! Whatever month you complete your quilt top, bring it in for show and tell and receive a prize from Programs.

EPP by Machine Workshop still has a few openings, so sign up today!

Holiday Swap Item for Holiday Party

It was put to a vote between a pincushion, mug rug or tote bag. It was very close so we we’ve decided to do your choice of a mug rug or tote bag.

**Holiday Party will be Thursday December, 19th.

Ask the Guild will be returning at the November meeting and every odd numbered month going forward. Bring a project you are stuck on and “ask the guild” what they suggest you do next.

Member Trunk Show with Carol Mann At the November meeting, Carol will be giving us a peak in to her quilting world with a trunk show of her projects.

Finish a Quilt Meeting In January, we will be having several mini demos on different aspects of finishing your quilt. We are still looking for people to demo techniques. If you would be interested, please contact Programs.

Show N’ Tell

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Rochelle – Dachshund

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Rochelle – Trinket AG

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Penny – Desert Series: Afternoon Sun & Shadow

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Kelly – Stripe Gradation

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Betsy – Free Wheeling Single Girl

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JoAnn – Kaffe

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JoAnn – Kaffe

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Betty – Grey Negative Space

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Pam – Where We’ve Been (towel quilt) Catstudio towels

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Margy – Wedding gift

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Colleen – Transparency group quilt won at Mid Atlantic Mod, front.

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Back, just as nice.

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Jackie – Tree

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Fern – Market Tote

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Jennifer – Alabama Chanin reverse applique

And that’s a wrap!

Join us for our next meeting Thursday, November 21st @ 7:15 in Cedar Grove!

Happy Quilting!





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!