December 17th Meeting Recap

Happy Holidays! We a fun festive crowd of about 50 people join in Thursday night for our Annual Holiday Party meeting. We had a very busy night with lots of pretty quilty things, so lets take a look.

Guild Business

  • MQG UpdatesMembership renewal will be coming in January. Current members will receive an email with all the information and a link to PayPal.
  • Quiltcon Community Quilt – Margy updated us that the quilt is currently with Krishma for quilting.
  • Charity Updates – Elinore, our coordinator, dropped off 81 pillowcases to Giving Hope Network. Collecting for charity is ongoing. If you have a quilt or pillowcases you would like to donate, please contact Elinore.

Programs Updates

Tara Faughnan Workshop – Elaine Bronner informed us that the Brownstone Quilters Guild has openings in the Color Interaction Workshop from Tara Faughnan. The date is Saturday, January 16th and the cost is $60 for nonmembers. Click on the link to register.

Final UFO Challenge

And our final UFO winner is Sarah! She won a copy of the Cotton & Steel Coloring book.

This concludes our 2020 UFO Challenge. If you wish to continue challenging yourself to complete your projects, check out American Patchwork and Quilting’s annual challenge.

2020 Mini Quilt Challenge

To conclude this year, we ask members to make a mini quilt of what 2020 meant to them. We received the following entries.

Thank you to all who participated and the interesting stories behind each one.

Show & Tell

Elfster Swap

It was fun to watch the live opening, then each person went through and described what they received. The following are all the pictures we received ahead of time of most of the gifts.

What a fantastic job everyone did! That concludes the 2020 North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild year!

We would like to wish you all a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season! We look forward to seeing you over Zoom (and hopefully in person) next year!

Next Guild meeting is Thursday, January 21, 2021 @ 7:15pm


November 19th Meeting Recap

It’s almost Turkey Time! Are you ready?

Our October meeting had 44 members in attendance with no guests. We welcomed new member Jann Slapin, who some already know from Garden State Quilters guild. Welcome!

Guild Business:

  • Photos of projects for our monthly member meeting need to be submitted by the day before the meeting (Wednesday) with the month as the subject line.
  • Workshop enrollment cancellations – we strongly encourage you to not withdraw from a workshop(with the exception of emergency/extenuating circumstances). For many reasons this becomes a great nuisance for our programs committee. Thank you for your understanding.
MQG Updates

All submissions/challenges for Quiltcon are due by November 30th.

Community Quilt Challenge Update:

Our quilt is coming together, front and back are pieced and it is now on it’s way to member Krishma Patel for quilting. Can’t wait to see it finished!

Treasurer’s Report & 2021 Budget Proposal

We thank Lenny for the amazing job she does keeping our financials in order. She presented the 3rd quarter report and provided the 2021 Budget proposal. Members voted via live survey and approved the proposed budget.

Charity Updates

We donated more pillowcases to Giving Hope Network. Please continue to make them as they will continue accepting them. Please contact Elinore Gordon to arrange for pick up of any quilts or pillowcases you want to donate to charity. You can find her contact information on the roster in the members only section.

We received a note of thanks from Trinitas Regional Medical Center for our donation from participation in the Connected Project.


Some of the results from the PapperSaxSten workshop 10/24 & 10/25

Open Sews in November

This has been such a hit! It’s been great seeing so many people get together, chat, sew and catch up! The best is yet to come…

Black Friday 6-Hour Sew-a-thon!

November 27th 9 am – 3 pm

After all the stress and business getting ready for Thanksgiving, skip Friday holiday shopping. Join rotating hosts Rachel, Jeanine, Samantha and Sue and spend time with your sewing sisters! We will start at 9 am and give away our first prize at 10 and every hour on the hour after that! You must be present to win.

Please remember to take a photo of what you are sending out. Then send those photos to programs so we can put them into the slide show for the December Holiday Party meeting. That way with all the excitement of people opening their gifts, we won’t miss out on seeing all the beautiful gifts you created. Items must be mailed by December 7th to ensure your recipients get their gifts in time for the meeting 12/17.

Samantha’ Favorite Things

A huge shout out to Samantha for giving us all kinds of wonderful, quick gift ideas to make this season. Please take a look at the previous post for all the details! I know I will be making a tissue holder or two!

Don’t forget to submit your mini for our December meeting!

And now for more pretty stuff!!

UFO Challenge

And the winner for November receiving a Tula Pink Coloring Book is Terry!

With 2 UFO’s left for the year, pick one or pick both. Make progress or finish, then submit your photo for a chance to win a Cotton & Steel coloring book!

Show & Tell

Thanks to all who attended and participated this month.

See you next month for our Holiday Meeting,

Thursday, December 17th @7:15

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jennifer – Secretary

October 15th Meeting Recap

Greetings Guild!

For our October Zoom meeting we had 51 attendees. We had 9 tickets paid for by non members for our guest lecturer Sara Trail, which in turn we donated to the Social Justice Sewing Academy.

We also welcomed two new members Meghan Johnson and Ann Marston.

Guild Business

Community Outreach Quilt Challenge – After some Zoom workshops, the participants of the COQC completed their assigned blocks and were asked to mail them back to Margy for assembly ASAP. We hope to have a photo for next month’s meeting of the assembled top.

Quiltcon Updates – Anyone who wishes to submit a quilt has until November 30th. Check the website for guidelines.

Can you take the survey? If you feel like you have participated in Modern making in any way, please do! It’s open until mid-November. Questions inquire about your own personal making, and the trends and people who have influenced you. It is anonymous (thanks, Qualtrics!), contains 15 questions, and should take you 5-8 minutes to complete.

Charity Updates – After having a wonderful tutorial from Sue Erdreich at our September meeting, we are asking for you to make some pillowcases for Giving Hope Network. They are collecting them before Thanksgiving.

Down load the instructions from here.

We also have received our preprinted quilt labels for charity quilts. If you have completed a quilt for charity and would like to attach a NJMQG label to it, please contact Elinore Gordon or a board member.

Honoring Margy Schilling – Former President

We were able to watch as Margy opened the quilt we made for her in appreciation of her service as NJMQG President for the 2017-2019 term. We are grateful for Margy’s leadership during her term. As well, we thank all who participated in the construction of this quilt.

Guest Lecturer Sara Trail from Social Justice Sewing Academy

What a wonderful time we had hearing from Sara Trail. From her enthusiastic childhood, through her energetic teenage years, and into her academic excellence in higher education, Sara provided us the insight to forming her Social Justice Sewing Academy.

SJSA empowers young people to use sewing to express themselves and create opportunities for growth and change.

We thank Sara for her very informative presentation. To learn more about SJSA or get involved with her organization click the link above. If you have scrap fabric you would like to donated to SJSA, you can mail it to the following address. SJSA P.O. Box 2473 Antioch, CA  94531

You have until Friday 10/30 to join in the fun! Contact

UFO Challenge

And the winner of October’s UFO Challenge, receiving a $25 gift certificate to Sew Jersey was Christa!

Next month your UFO is #11 and the prize is a Tula Pink coloring book.

Sisterhood Swap

Several of our members took part in a swap similar to our Connected Project. They used the sisterhood block also from Berene Campbell from Happy Sew Lucky to make the adorable blocks below.

Show & Tell

Thanks to all for another great meeting!

Join us next time, Thursday, November 19th @ 7:15pm!

Jennifer – Secretary