September 17th Meeting Recap

The weather has begun to cool and fall has been ushered in. Our September meeting saw 48 participants online, where we welcomed new member Christina Ku.

Guild Business

MQG Updates – We recognized our own Samantha Linehan as her quilt was featured in issue 03 of Modern Monthly, from the MQG.

They have a call out to make one of their classic patterns in their specific 2020 color palette. To learn more, log onto

Other MQG News

  • MQG is accepting applications for the MGQ Board of Directors
  • You can watch/ listen to a free textile talk every Wednesday afternoon.
  • Modern Monthly is looking for design submissions for Quilt of the Month for 2021. Deadline is November 1st.
  • Submission deadline is November 30th.
  • Mini Swap – October 2020 to February 2021, we’re holding our 5th international MQG swap, and all active MQG members are invited to participate! Spots are limited according to the number of volunteer helpers we have, but we’re accommodating as many people as possible! Once again, we’re making mini quilts — no larger than 24″ x 24″.


For details on both of these challenges, go to

Community Quilt Challenge

Our coordinator Margy spoke to us on the progress of the our community quilt we will be submitting. Kits were made and mailed to those who signed up to participate. The completed blocks need to be mailed back to Margy by Tuesday, October 13th.


We were finally able to donate some of our charity quilts. We sent 15 quilts to S.O.F.I.A. (Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates). We also gave quilts to Giving Hope Network for their Stuffed Suitcase program.

Member Demo

To assist in our charity efforts, Sue Erdreich provided us with a demo on making a burrito pillow.

You can use your basic skills to make this easy project for donation.


  • Sarah Trail from Social Justice Sewing Academy will be speaking to us at our October meeting. There will be a $5 donation for non-members, going directly to SJSA.
  • You can learn more about Clara Nartey, our August guest lecturer in her book “Drawn with Threads”. Available on Amazon.
  • Reminder: Pappersaxten’s Workshop video replay is available for 60 days before it expires. Make sure to review it, if you need assistance finishing your workshop piece.

Above are completed projects from the August workshop.

We are happy to announce the October workshop with Jenny Haynes is full!


Opportunities to participate:

  • Mini Quilt Challenge – “A Quilted Interpretation of 2020″ due at our December meeting, measuring 24” square or less.
  • Elfster Swap – Details and sign-ups coming soon.

UFO Challenge

We had two entries for September’s UFO challenge and the winner was Elaine and she received a neutral fat quarter bundle.

Next month the UFO is #7 and the prize is a gift certificate to Sew Jersey.

Show & Tell

See you in October, Thursday 10/15 @ 7:15pm!

Jennifer – Secretary

August 20th Meeting Recap

We are winding down the summer, but our on-line meetings keep getting hotter! We had 54 people join our session and we announced 4 new members this month. Welcome Mary O’Shea, Buntari Keitt, Jacqueline Biegel, and Nancy Lipsey!

Guild Business

It is time for our annual review of the bylaws. Members are welcome to review the current bylaws found on the members only section of the website. Please send suggestions you may have VP Kathy ( to be discussed at the next board meeting.

Quiltcon Submissions – will open September 1st. You can find more information at

MQG Mini Swap – information and sign ups to participate will be coming in the September and October.

Community Quilt Challenge

Thanks to Lenny for this amazing quilt design we will be making for our community charity submission for Quiltcon. Samantha and Margy will be the coordinators for this project. Sign ups to participate will go out to members Sept 1st.

Guest Lecturer – Clara Narty

The highlight of the night was our speaker Clara Narty who spoke to us about ‘How to Get Out of a Creative Slump’. The talk was informative and insightful. It was a true delight to have her speak to us and comment about her amazing work. You can check out her quilt art by clicking here.

Thank you, Clara!


The Connected Project Reveal

We finally opened our envelopes on August 6th and were able to assemble our blocks! What fun we had and the results are so cool!

If you would like to donate your block to be assembled for a a charity quilt, Betsy Vinegrad has offered to collect blocks and put them together. Please mail them to her after September 7th.

Charity Update – We will donating 15 quilts to S.O.F.I.A.(Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates) in Montclair.

Block Lotto – Wonky Churndash

These blocks were raffled off and the winner was…Me(Jen)! This concludes our block Lotto program for the year!

UFO Challenge

And the winner of the Drunkards Path/Curved Templates was Kelly! Congratulations!

*Reminder – Quilters Take a Moment (Virtual Quilt Show) September 25th and 26th. Tickets are $45/members of Quilt Alliance and $65/nonmembers. To find out more, click here.

October Events – We will have Sarah Trail from the Social Justice Sewing Academy speak to us at our member meeting. Mark your calendars now to make sure you don’t miss out.

Jenny Haynes of Pappersaxsten will be back with us again for another workshop. ‘Thistles, Cogs & Caterpillar Wheels’, a 2-day workshop will be offered on October 24th and 25th. Sign ups to go out in October.

Show and Tell

Thanks for to all who contributed and participated in our August meeting.

See you next month Thursday, September 17th @7:15.

Jennifer – Secretary

July 16th Meeting Recap

Thursday night, time to Zoom! We had 42 members on the call.

And so begins the 2020-2021 board year of NJMQG! We thank the out going board members of the programs team, Crista Bresnahan and Janet VanTreuren and welcome in the new team of Jeanine Bowen, Sue Erdreich and Samantha Linehan. Can’t wait to see what the team brings us this year!

Wishing ‘Happy Birthday!’ to our July babies!

Guild Business

We had two new members join us last night, Casey Olesko and Carol Poplaski. Welcome!

Treasurer Lenny presented our Q2 report. We currently have 81 members. We had a very successful fundraising effort, raising over $1500 for Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey. This was achieved through participation in the Connected Project.

Members can view the complete Q2 report, by logging into the members only section at

Congratulations goes out to our member Aleeda Crawley who was selected to be on the Board of Directors for the Modern Quilt Guild!

  • Registration is now open for classes and lectures.
  • ‘Taking Quality Photos for Quilt Show Entry’ webinar Tuesday, July 21st at 1:00 pm CDT. Registration is required. Details at
  • ‘Curved Piecing: Beyond the Drunkards Path’ webinar by Yvonne Fuches will be Thursday, July 30th @ 1:00 pm CDT.

Quilter’s Take Manhattan from the Quilt Alliance running September 25th-27th will be a virtual event. Visit their website for more information.

Blueprint/Craftsy announced they are coming back in September 2020.

Social Justice Sewing Academy

Jeanine provided us an overview of the wonderful work these amazing artists are involved in, making  artistic expressions with activism to advocate for social justice. We discussed opportunities to get involved with the process through Remembrance Blocks. To learn more about SJS Academy, go to their website and click on the ‘get involved’ tab.


Next up was some of the pieces completed at the Carole Lyles Shaw Virtual Workshop.

And the results of the member Pod Swap.

August Happenings

We will have a lecture during our August meeting from Clara Nartey. Learn more about Clara at her website

This will be a fun one as it will be another international experience! Find out more about Jenny on her website

UFO Challenge

And the winner of the book “Handmade Getaway” by Jacqueline Sava Clarke and Karyn Valino was

Sam! Congratulations.

Next month’s UFO is #2, prize is yet to be determined.

Show and Tell


  • Sign ups for Jenny Haynes Drunkards Path workshop go live Saturday, July 18th! Check your email.
  • Send your Wonky Churn Dash Block(s) to Kathy before the next meeting.
  • Next months meeting is Thursday, August 20th!

Thanks for joining us! Stay cool!

Jennifer – Secretary