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!


January 2019 guild meeting

We started our year out with another great meeting.

We had 46 members and 1 visitor with us, welcome Marcy!

As always, let one of the board members know if you need a pin or name badge.

We talked about our fabulous party and an extra special thanks to Barbara and Terri again! And we all agreed to do something similar to the tote swap next time.

Our renewals for the this year have now been sent in to the MQG. We are in the process of fixing the roster and changing the blog password. So that will be given out at the February meeting.

We talked about some of the fun things happening before our next meeting. NY Frocktails in Brooklyn, Vogue Knitting Live, and NJ orchid society. We have quite a few people going to Quiltcon. For those going, be sure to stop and see our guilds charity quilt and at least Melanie and Betsy have Quilts there, too.

Montclair Art Museum has a new show called New Directions in Fiber Art from February 9- June 16. On February 3, they had a Yarn bomb installation on the property. It’s so fun to drive by and see. We are going to try to plan a meetup to see the show too.

Rachel talked to us about charity. We sent 16 quilts to the Robert Kaufman to be donated the victims of the CA fires. We sent 25 lbs of scraps to The Social Justice Sewing Academy. We had a suggestion of buying white to have in charity bin. Terri talked to us about Quilts of Valor, and we will be collecting 12 1/2″ blocks. We are also going to have a new kit to replace the New wave pattern we were using for charity Quilts. We are also having a block drive, due in March, we are asking for as many scrappy log cabin blocks you can make. As always, we have bundles made up, sandwiches ready to be quilted, tops that need backs, all sorts of things waiting to be given a little love and attention for charity donations.

Jackie talked to us about our workshops for the coming year. We started out Melanie doing Creative Walking Foot, and Amy doing a Aneela Hooey clear open pouch. We are also looking forward to Sarah Bond and Sheri Schifaldi (Whole Circle Studio) later in the year.

While the meeting was going on, we had some fabulous ladies, putting a sleeve on our Quiltcon charity quilt, Pieceful Integration. Thanks to Ameri and Amy for your beautiful design and all the hard work you put into it. Thanks to Diane for the wonderful quilting. Thanks to Lori for the label and to everyone who made a block and helped in any way.

Before our break we had a sewing bucket list challenge questionnaire thingy and JoAnn had 47 our of 50, so she won our raffle prize.

When we got back to our meeting, we had Sue showing us how to face a quilt. She suggested this tutorial. Click the link to check it out. We are also asking you to make a mini, or something else you choose, showing off the facing technique.

Then we had our favorite time of the night.

Show (Sew) and Tell

Release the Geese

Samantha- Fractal block

Dawn- Michele Hill William Motis Design

Robin- Kaffe


Lenny- Suzy Quilts Mode in Fans

Rebecca- Go Fly a Kite class

2018 bee blocks

Debby- solid fabric Tula 100 City Blocks

Karen- Tula sliding Scale

Bear Hug aboriginal

Red and white

Mary Jane- valentine block

Betty- Rayna class


Debby- wave purse using cork fabric


Ameri- Quiltspot quilt

See you next month and happy sewing!


December 2018 Guild meeting and Holiday Party

Here we are in 2019 and I’m just getting to catch up the remainder of last year!

We had 47 members visiting us for our final meeting and final party of the year. It was a lot of fun and a great success, in big part to Barbara and Terri. We are so thankful for all the hard work put in to make it such a fabulous time!

First things first, there’s always the order of business to get through. We talked about the craft show members so generously donated to, to help do a little fundraising.

We had our vote on increasing dues from $50 to $60- approved
As well as our 2019 budget-approved.

We briefly about the member led half day classes in January.
For more info, check it out here

We collected some Quilts of Valor blocks and will always accept these. 12 1/2 x 12 1/2″ blocks in red, white and blue.

We sent a huge bunch of our scraps to the Social Justice Sewing academy.
Robert Kaufman is collecting quilts for people who were affected by the wildfires, so we sent some of our completed charity quilts to them
We would also like to ask anyone who is working on a New Wave charity quilt, to bring it to the January meeting

Our Quiltcon charity quilt top and back are done. It still needs a name, so thinking caps on!

We had a blind bag swap. So many great bags and happy faces!

And of course, our favorite part of the meeting is Show and Tell. Holiday gifts and more gorgeousness, as always!!

Lenny- donated to charity

Rayna’s class

Aleeda- Color Riot

Sue- Batik stripes

Deb- Kaffe flowers

Rochelle- Christmas quilt


Michelle- Music is Magic

Melanie- Trill minimal

Betsy- 2 color challenge

Michael Miller challenge

Judy- New Wave for charity


Don’t forget to renew your membership for 2019. We sent out a link in December, but if you need the link, let us know and we can forward it to you!

See you at our January 2019 meeting. January 17 at 7:15. Community church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Rd, Cedar Grove.