Sept 2018 Meeting Recap

Welcome Fall and Welcome back

to our regular meeting place in Cedar Grove! This month 47 members and 2 guests (one of whom has joined!) were in attendance.

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We need YOU to help run OUR guild

  • Hospitality could use a couple more volunteers to help orient visitors and new people to the guild, and to help with the occasional party.
  • Nominating committee really just works in the early spring, but will need some help then.
  • Fundraising we would love if someone, or better yet a few someones would step up to come up with fundraising ideas and then help make them happen. This would help keep costs down for workshops, visiting instructors, etc
  • Charity Rachel and Emily are committed to this work, but could use some help to make it happen.

:: Contact president[at]njmqg.com to become a committee member. ::

How we spent our summer vacations –

There was travel, classes in Maine and at Gotham quilts in NYC, and of course the Sashiko class we sponsored at Sew Jersey, earlier in September. These two half day classes were fully enrolled, and greatly enjoyed by all.

September was Textile Month in NYC, and there were numerous pertinent museum exhibits, at the Met, MOMA, and the Museum of Art and Design; also the Piecework Collective exhibition the weekend after the meeting only.

Discussions –

Mancuso’s NJ Quiltfest will not be happening this year. They’ve apparently decided to have a show in Lancaster PA in May, instead. Seems like a loss for NJ, especially here in the northern part of the state.

MidAtlantic Mod quilting retreat however, is returning in 2019. We’re invited to be sponsors again. In return we would be guaranteed spots for 10 of our members.
A positive change, is that instructors would not get first dibs on registration. Seems like a good number of our members would like the chance to go, and would be willing to pay a share of the sponsorship fee to do so. Most seemed in favor of having a lottery within the guild to award the 10 places, before registration opens in early November.
Registration is $175, and then you would have the cost of lodging, meals, etc.
See midatlanticmod.blogspot.com for complete info.

QuiltCon charity quilt chairs, Ameri and Amy reviewed the requirements and the plan for our contribution, and handed out the rest of the kits for blocks.
All blocks are due at the October 18th meeting. In the meantime, there will be a couple of work sessions for people who want a bit of guidance for the required improv tiny piecing. We have volunteers for all the work to be done by the January 2019 Guild meeting so the quilt can be shipped in early February.

Holiday Party –

Those present voted, by show of hands, to opt for a new gift exchange at the holiday party. Instead of an Elfster gift exchange this year, we’ll each make a shopping tote and do a blind swap during the party, leaving more time for socializing, and show and tell. More details to come this fall. All agreed to have the main course catered again and bring in our own desserts.

Programs Update –

  • Jackie and Crista reminded us to sign up for Rayna Gilman’s Improv Quilting classes October 5 and 6.
  • Jackie Laba will teach Beginning Free Motion Quilting on November 3. Sign up here.
  • Embellish-Me Swaps were distributed among those participating. Have fun adding your stitchy flair! Remember to bring your embellished item to the October meeting to exchange with your swap-mate!
  • Last of the year Bee Hive blocks were exchanged. Photo Sep 20, 8 05 17 PM (1)
  • Book Reports: After the break, we had 30 second book reports (some went longer!). Quite a few of us had books to show, and shared a feature that made the book enjoyable or informative.
  • Psst! Sneak peak at 2019 – Melanie Tuazon’s Walking Foot Quilting class in January, and in March, Diane Fama will teach a ruler workshop. Stay tuned for more details!

Last but not least, of course, was…Show and Tell!

Photo Sep 20, 9 08 46 PM

Samantha’s Stars

Photo Sep 20, 9 09 31 PM

Emily’s Beach quilt

Photo Sep 20, 9 09 53 PM

Sarah’s “She Let Herself Go”

Photo Sep 20, 9 12 00 PM (1)

Dawn’s Little Foxes

Photo Sep 20, 9 12 33 PM

Diane’s Arrows

Photo Sep 20, 9 13 42 PM

Diane’s Scrap Crazy

Photo Sep 20, 9 16 12 PM (1)

Carol’s beaded applique

Photo Sep 20, 9 17 32 PM

Mary’s Mille Fiori (quitled by Diane Fama)

Photo Sep 20, 9 18 18 PM

Tracy’s Scrappy

Photo Sep 20, 9 19 20 PM

back of Tracy’s Scrappy quilt

Photo Sep 20, 9 19 31 PM

Tracy’s picnic quilt

Photo Sep 20, 9 20 39 PM

Anne’s Sheep baby quilt

Photo Sep 20, 9 21 08 PM (1)

Anne’s Mystery Quilt

Photo Sep 20, 9 21 57 PM

Josie’s charity quilt top

Photo Sep 20, 9 22 12 PM

Rachel’s fab bag

Photo Sep 20, 9 23 13 PM (1)

Rachel’s Wonky Cross

Photo Sep 20, 9 24 24 PM (1)

Debby’s birthday quilt (for a neutral home!)

Photo Sep 20, 9 25 26 PM

Betsy’s lobster printed in Aleeda’s silk screen class

Photo Sep 20, 9 26 11 PM

JoAnn’s Pinwheels in Kathy Doughty prints

Photo Sep 20, 9 28 08 PM

Krishma’s Sampler (pieced by Joann’s friend, quilted by Krishma)

Photo Sep 20, 9 28 59 PM

Krishma’s quilting

Photo Sep 20, 9 30 29 PM (1)

Ameri’s Multicolored Solids

See you in October!

Reminder: July Meeting this Thursday

OUR JUNE MEETING IS THIS THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 AT 7:15 PM.

PLEASE NOTE THE LOCATION: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 209 Mountain Ave, Caldwell, NJ 07006

Doors will open  at 7pm.  There will be a short survey to help the new Programs coordinators develop events for 2019. Please think about the kinds of programming you’d like to participate in.

Reminder: Open Sew at the air-conditioned Montclair Public Library Saturday July 21 10:00-4:00. Bring friends and sew for charity or your own project!

Important: Please sign in at the registration table 

Remember to bring:

  • Charity quilts that you’ve completed
  • Refreshments: if your birthday is this month
  • Name Tag: If you do not have a name tag, we can arrange a partner swap – just ask any of the NJMQG Executive Board Officers (Margy, Kathy,
  • Aubrey, Jackie, or Crista).
  • As always, please bring anything you may have for Show and Tell!

 FREE table: Bring in the quilty items you no longer use and drop them on our FREE table at the beginning of the meeting. If your items are not taken, please take them home with you


• Member Corner: Many of our members have their own creative businesses and services to offer. A designated table is provided for members to leave their business cards, class/workshop lists, postcards, etc. This is a great way to get the word out about what you have to offer!


• Library: Have you borrowed a book from the NJMQG library? Books can be checked out for one month. Please see Laura F., our librarian.
If you have checked a book out, please return it at the September meeting when we will be back at the Community Church.


• Upcoming Programs:

Saturday July 21st – Open Sew at the Montclair Public Library Auditorium 50 S Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042

Saturday August 11th – Silk Screen Workshop with Aleeda Crawley. Signups will open soon; watch for an announcement. Meanwhile, keep doodling & sketching!

See you on Thursday! 

2019 New Jersey Arts Annual – Crafts February 9 – June 16, 2019

Call for Submissions

The New Jersey Arts Annual is a unique series of exhibitions highlighting the State’s visual artists. One exhibition takes place each year in either fine arts or crafts, in alternating sequence. These exhibitions are open to any artist currently living or working in New Jersey.

The Arts Annual series is sponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

Exhibition Theme
New Jersey: New Directions in Fiber Art

Exhibit location: Montclair Art Musuem, February 8 – June 16 2019

In recent years, artists have been actively contributing to an international renaissance in fiber arts with powerful, cultural associations. The formerly strict boundaries between so-called fine and applied arts have become increasingly blurred. Renowned artists such as Sheila Hicks and Lenore Tawney working with textiles and fiber transcend simple and assumed distinctions between art and craft. Whether emerging or established, the artists chosen for this year’s Crafts Annual should manifest the striking diversity and vitality of New Jersey fiber work. The examples chosen will encompass a variety of media and techniques and also address a multiplicity of technical, aesthetic, and social concerns. As humanity relies increasingly upon technology, there is a growing appreciation of the personal, sensuous delivery of mood and content through the familiar components of fiber. Putting forth the discoveries of their world and times, these artists engage the expressive potential of ancient methods with contemporary voices.

ENTRY DEADLINE Wednesday, August 1, 2018

For more information about jurors, eligibility, and submission requirements and form, please click here to download the prospectus.