June 2019 Guild Meeting Recap

Hello, my lovely guild mates! Hope everyone is staying cool. Here’s the recap of our June meeting.

We had 36 members and 1 guest joining us. Thanks for coming to visit Liz Kuny (whose amazing piece Troublemaker is the exhibit at the MAM).

First things first! Please take note of changes in the meeting location for the months of July and August!!

July 18 Wayne Public Library 461 Valley Road, Wayne NJ
August 15 LDS Church 209 Mountain Ave Caldwell NJ
Goings on
The Sarah Bond class was a great success!
Quilting Treasures will be at Sew Jersey July 14 9:30-11:30
Betsy and Melanie are in the latest issue of Simply Modern
Schweinfurth will have an exhibit Quilt=Art=Quilt Registration: June 18, 2019 to August 2, 2019 Exhibit Dates: October 26, 2019-January 5, 2020
We also talked about the Japanese quilt festival, Quiltcon and Quiltfest
Chawne Kimber has an exhibit at Lafayette college

Philadelphia Museum has an exhibit that seems interesting Souls Grow Deep

As always we encourage everyone to take advantage of all the MQG has to offer- webinars, etc… and did you sign up for Quiltcon classes?

We also have a nice easy design we can all easily join in on for the MQG charity quilt. It will be half black/half white string block. With text fabric. And keeping a blank white strip to write in and a black strip in the middle. Makes sense, right?! Don’t worry…We will talk more about it soon!

We didn’t have any updates on charity or treasury.


Our mystery quilt had its 3rd installment go out.

We will be participating in a postcard swap with the Cambridge, Mass MQG. The theme is your favorite place and it will be due in September. More info will be sent out.

We are having a guest lecturer at the July meeting, Linda Seward. We will NOT be doing Show and Tell so if you have something you want to show us and will be gifting it or not have it for August, you can send a picture for the slide show to programs@njmqg.com before the August meeting.

On July 13, we will be having an extra fun Open Sew (at the LDS Church, in Caldwell) Rachel (and Sarah?) will be doing some fun improv exercises based on a Sherri Lynn Wood class they took. Using some charity fabric, you can learn and experiment and loosen up a little. Of course, you are always free to bring your own fabric/project to work on, as well.

August 10, we have an awesome opportunity to do block printing with Rachel at her workplace studio in Jersey City.

And Diane announced the dates for her retreat. If you are interested keep November 6-10 open and you can contact her with any questions (contact info found in members only section of the site)


We had our vote for the new board. Running unopposed in all positions, and being voted in unanimously, we introduce to you your new board

President- Rachel Bond Baron

Vice President- Kathy Morganroth

Treasurer- Lenny Van Eijk

Programs co-chairs- Crista Bresnahan and Janet Van Treuren

Secretary- Jennifer Ireton

Congrats and can’t wait to see what fun you have in store for us!


Congrats to Rochelle who won the raffle!


Kelly has asked us to help her once again in making and collecting things for the Forget Me Not foundation, due by the September meeting. Please contact her for more info.

Aleeda gave us a little update on the happenings of the Diversity and Inclusion group for the MQG.

Show and Tell

First up in our slide show…

MaryJane gifted a birthday quilt for her son

Samantha gifted a scout quilt

Samantha- paper pieces sewing machine

red and white hearts

Rachel- clam shell tote

Emily- triangle quilt top made in a weekend

Mark- bee hive blocks

Robin- mini received in swap

French general hand pieced

Carmen- purple star

Jennifer- scrappy appliqué

Riley Blake challenge

Debbie- wall hanging


Need to replace the backing

And last but not least we would like to give our genuine and heartfelt thanks to, Margy, our fearless leader for the past couple of years!! And a special thanks from your fellow board members for the pizza and the view 🥰 It’s been a pleasure working with you.

Oh, one more thing. It has been an honor to be the voice to bring you these blog post recaps. I know I wasn’t always timely with them and I wasn’t great with the Instagram updates, but it’s been fun being the secretary for the past two years. I’m not going to lie, though, it will be nice to not have to take notes.

Good luck to the next board!

Hope See you at the July meeting!

July 18 7:15 Wayne Public Library 461 Valley Road, Wayne NJ

Ciao for Niao


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 😆