Beginning Free Motion workshop

If you can move your hands together up and down and side to side, you can free motion quilt!  Spend Saturday November 3rd with the NJMQG learning basic free motion quilting.  Our member lead workshop will be taught by Jackie Laba.  The workshop will demonstrate techniques of basic free motion quilting and help you practice and build your confidence.

Spend Saturday November 3rd with the NJMQG and learn sometime new.

The workshop will be held at the Community Church of Cedar Grove: 65 Bowden Ave, Cedar Grove, NJ on Saturday November 3rd from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Class Registration


Beginning Free Motion Workshop


Non Member Registration



Jackie Laba: After teaching English for nearly 30 years, Jackie returned to her first love, quilting  5 years ago.  Jackie has embraced this strange new world of “modern” quilting with rotary cutters, chain piecing, negative space and free motion quilting.

Supply List

Rayna Gillman Workshops!

The NJMQG is thrilled to host Rayna Gillman for two days of improv workshops on Friday October 5th and Saturday October 6th.

NJMQG members sign up here (password required).

Rayna, a founding member of the North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild, describes her workshops as bring process-oriented, taking a playful, relaxed, “what if?” approach. Participants are encouraged to use their intuition, to experiment, and to enjoy the results of “happy accidents.” Read class descriptions here and check out Rayna’s website here.

Friday Workshop Sign up

Friday October 5th, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Caldwell United Methodist Church: 8 Academy Rd., Caldwell NJ, 07006

Rayna Gillman Friday Workshop for – Non Members

Improvising with Rectangles (price includes $2 PayPal fee)



Saturday Workshop Sign up

Saturday October 6th, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Community Church – Cedar Grove: 65 Bowden Rd., Cedar Grove, NJ 07009

Rayna Gillman Saturday Workshop – Non Member

No Strings Attached – “Go Fly a Kite” (price includes $2 PayPal fee)


Please email Crista or Jackie at with any questions.

QuiltCon Charity Quilt 2019

QuiltCon Charity Quilt 2019


This is Ameri’s and Amy’s beautiful design for the 2019 QuiltCon charity quilt with the theme, Tiny Piecing. The shapes within the blocks are representations of the small piecing. This is the portion of the quilt that will be pieced (improv, traditional or paper pieced) by individual members. More information on the timeline below.


The QuiltCon Charity quilt block packets will be handed out at sew-ins or at the September guild meeting (some may have already received block packets at the August meeting).  You can either sew a block at home or attend one of the 2 sew-ins.   There are a few spots left at the sew-ins if you would like to sew with other members (a fun way to get your block completed).

    In order to stay on track with the rest of the timeline, the blocks (all have instructions accompanying them) must be returned at the October meeting.

    After they are collected, the blocks will be pieced together to form a quilt top. During the September and October meetings there will also be fabric available to be pieced for a creative scrappy back. A volunteer(s) is needed for this job.

     At the November meeting the top and back will be returned and handed off to a volunteer for quilting.

     At the December meeting the quilted quilt will be handed off to the binder (we have volunteers for this already).

    In Mid January the quilt will need a label and sleeve (volunteers needed).

    On February 1st the Quilt will be mailed to QuiltCon in Nashville

Sew In dates: Thursday, September 13 10am-12pm at Jackie Laba’s house in Parsippany (Morris Plains mailing address)  or the afternoon of October 7 at Margy Schilling’s house in Clifton (Note from Jackie: participants may come a little earlier and stay later; since I live next to Parsippany Hills High School, be warned that my street is impassable between 2 and 2:45)

Sign up sheets will be available at the meetings. Email Ameri ( or Amy ( if you would like to attend the above sew-ins, volunteer for one of the steps, or have any questions.