January 16 Guild Meeting Recap

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2020. We started off the year with a very busy guild meeting, filled with activities, new challenges and plenty of show and tell.

But first, let me take care of a little business. There were two omissions from the November recap.

First, was the missing picture of Jackie Laba’s show and tell quilt.

Second, the identity of this quilt maker is Karen who worked on it at retreat. Thank you Caroline Hayes for filling me in.

Now onto our January recap.

Guild Business

We had a total of 46 in attendance, 2 being new members that night. Welcome Betsy Fabricant and Beth Schoedler. We also had a guest, Candice Chaleff, friend of Diane Fama.

Betsy brought the raffle quilt from Empire Quilters Guild. She is selling tickets contact her if interested.

Sarah talked to us about setting up an opportunity to sew for 25 Million Stitches. They will be doing an installation and are looking for submissions. For details on the project click on the link above. If you would be interested in participating with Sarah, contact her directly.

We thanked Terri & Barbara on the efforts for providing our holiday feast.

We also thanked Carol Mann for her November meeting presentation.

Fourth quarter financials have been posted to the website under the members only section.

Membership Update

The welcome letter will go out February 1st with the new password for the members only section. Your standing with MQG will also be final.

Aleeda, from the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of MQG provided us with an update on their recent discussion.


Next was the main activity of the evening, Finishing Demos!

Betsy on how to attach a sleeve.

The teachers were very knowledgeable and I think everyone learned something.

After break we got back our post cards from our swap with Cambridge Modern Quilt Guild.

We also heard from our teachers for their upcoming workshops this Saturday, January 25th.

Betsy will be teaching paper piecing with letters and Sue will be doing Color Theory and Improv.

There is still space available in both workshops. Please sign up and join in!

New Programs for 2020

UFO Challenge 2020 – It is time to reach for those forgotten treasures and get busy on them. Download a copy of the UFO Challenge 2020 Form and start sharing your progress on Instagram at #2020UFOChallengeNJMQG.

Your goal for each month is to make progress (cutting, piecing, sandwiching, quilting, binding) on what ever project you have assigned to that number. However, we will decide what order you go in. For the month of January you are to work on #4.

Bring your finished projects to the February meeting for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Sew Jersey. (If you can not attend the meeting in February, please email a picture of your finished project with your name to programs@njmqg.com to be entered into the drawing).

Block Lotto – Every other month we will be putting out a block pattern. You will make one or many and bring them to the meeting they are due. You will receive one ticket for each block you make. Depending on the number of blocks will determine the number of drawings. Winners will receive a maximum number of blocks to make a twin size quilt.

**When the pattern has been uploaded to the website you will be notified.

Full Year Calendar for Programs will be coming in February.

“Ask The Quild” was informative as always.

Show and Tell

Dawn with 2 UFO finishes.

Mary Jane with a Mystery Quilt finish.

Lenny with her Maria Shell workshop finish.

Betsy Fabricant with the inspiration piece and her interpretation.

Jackie with her Mystery quilt finish and her appliqued knots from the Whole Circle Studio workshop with some beautiful graffiti quilting.

Rachel with her Want Fanta/paper pieced with 1st facing.
Elaine with her quilt swap top.

Siobhan with Houses and Civil War.

Siobhan with front and back (or is it back and front) of her reversible batik beach.

Samantha with green and white log cabin and airplane quilt.

Kathy M. with Block-of-the-Month quilt.

Betsy with Square Spaces.

Judy with Bridges.

Pam with Bandanas.

See you next month!

Jennifer – Secretary

December 19 Holiday Party Recap

Welcome to the Holiday Party!

We had a little over 30 people join us for our festive night.

Such a wonderful spread of amazing food! Thanks Barb and Terri!

Guild Business We had a woman contact us offering up long arm quilting services. Paula Stoia, from Brownstone Quilters Guild, who resides in Rockaway. Please see Rachel for contact information.

Membership Dues It’s that time again! Membership renewal forms have been sent out and dues are $60 for the 2020 calendar year. You can pay online, send a check or pay at our January meeting 1/16.

January Member Meeting Reminder: This will be a special meeting with mini workshops on different quilt finishing techniques being taught by members. You won’t want to miss it. Plus, we will be getting our postcard swaps back!

**January Member Lead Workshop/ Saturday 1/25 Sign ups will be going out the beginning of January for these fun events. Check your email!

Next, we got to see the Quiltcon Charity quiltop.

Isn’t that a stunner!

Then, it was time for the Holiday Swap! First up, Mug Rugs!

And then there were Totes!

What lovely totes they were!

Meanwhile, we kept our creative juices flowing by crafting gingerbread house centerpieces as we enjoyed the festivities.

And what would a guild meeting be without Show N Tell!

MJ with a baby quilt for friend’s first grand child!

Debby with a matching pillow of leftover squares.

Sue with a ‘Quilt of all Stripes’.

Annette with a quilt donation for charity.

Kathy with ‘Wee Braw Bags’.

Betsy with Beaded Curtain quilt.

And finally Sarah aka ‘Yo Rebel Woman’, with a beautiful assortment.

As we close the door on 2019 and enter into a new year of quilting possibilities, I wish you never ending bobbins and uninterrupted quilting time!

Happy New Year!

Jennifer – Secretary

November 21st Meeting Recap

Happy December! Where did the year go!

What an exciting member meeting we had in November!

Guild Business

We had 46 members in attendance and 2 quests.

After hearing of Kimberli’s surgery, the guild sent her a bouquet of flowers as she recovers.

Treasury Report

We took two votes. The first vote was to keep the members’ dues the same as this year at $60. The second vote was on the 2020 budget. Both were approved as required by the bylaws.

Charity Update

Elinore filled us in on donations. We donated several quilts and pillow cases to SOFIA (Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates).

We started off with a special treat of a member trunk show from Carol Mann. She provided an overview of her families dental legacy and shared a little of her father’s artistic endeavors. We then viewed a wonderful slide presentation of her own artistic pursuits through the years, plus items she brought in person.

What amazing talents you have Carol! Thank you so much for your presentation!

Mystery Quilt Reveal

We first acknowledged Rochelle as she not only completed the mystery quilt top but quilted and bound it too!

Next came the parade of finished tops.

EPP Workshop Show n’ Tell

Thanks ladies for showing us your fine craftsmanship!

We also had a session of ‘Ask the Guild’ where many questions and answers revolved around tips to entering a quilt for Quiltcon.

Next up we had a showing of blocks for our Quiltcon Charity Quilt.

Over 40 blocks were collected even before we had our Open Sew on Saturday, November 25th. Well done!

There was talk of the Holiday Party that Barbara and Teri will be organizing for us. Hope you plan to attend Thursday, December 19th at LDS Church, Caldwell.

And there was mention of needing volunteers to demo at the January 16th meeting. We will be having a ‘Quilt Finishing Demos’ night. including binding, labeling, making hanging sleeves and more. Put it on your calendar.

We ended the night with Show n’ Tell:

Rochelle with vintage Log Cabin
Rebecca with an original design baby quilt.

Rebecca Improv Sew Day baskets.

Lenny and her Summer Sampler 2019.
Emily wedding gift for a friend.
Emily, newly finished quilt with favorite fabrics.
Debby with an adorable geranium baby dress.
Debby Map of the world baby quilt.
Betsy modeling the jacket she made.
Betsy with quilts from Nancy Crow workshop.
Pam, Cityscape Panel with Venetian blind effect. (Retreat finish.)
Pam, kitchen towel from shop in the Netherlands, surrounded by wonky stars. (Retreat finish.)
Margy, Harmonica Convergence quilt pattern (1)
Margy, Harmonica Convergence quilt pattern (2)
Mary Jane, guest quilt ‘Shoemaker’s Puzzle’ pattern.
Aubrey, modern quilt.
And I’m not sure who this is, because it’s not on my list. But what a beautiful quilt.

See you at the Holiday Party!