Events for Autumn 2017


I hope everyone has had a fun summer!  Doesn’t it seem like it has been ages since our last meeting?  Here’s an overview of our upcoming happenings (all events are at the Cedar Grove Community Church unless noted):

Charity:  We’re now adding a quilt drive for Houston and Florida in addition to our planned pillowcase drive for children in foster care.

Easy-Burrito-Pillowcase-TutorialPillowcases for the Giving Hope Network – Please bring pillowcases to the September 21 Meeting.  (You can also make them at the October 7 Open Sew but our focus on that day is now moving toward quilt making for Hurricane victims.)

Here are a few tutorials:

All People Quilt Free Patterns  
Nancy’s Notions Speedy Trim Pillowcase PDF download
Missouri Star Burrito/Rollup Pillowcase Video Tutorial

Hurricane Response:  We’d love to hear from members your ideas about how you would like us to implement this, but we know one thing:  we will be making quilts for distribution!  To that end, please feel free to start making them now.  In addition, our Open Sew on October 7 will be dedicated to making quilts for Florida and Houston.  The guild has fabric and batting, and we’ll be looking for volunteers to quilt and bind them.

Meeting September 21:
Trunk Show with member Michelle Reiter.
The Paint chip mini quilt swap is now due at the October meeting.   Details are below.


Noodlehead singlebagSeptember 23 10AM-4PM:
Noodlehead Market Tote with Michelle Reiter – There have been a few cancellations, so there are 2 spots open.
SIGN UP:  Noodlehead Market Tote





imagesOpen Sew October 7,  10AM-4PM:
Guild Charity Sew Day for Houston and Florida.  Come and sew for a few hours or all day!  Guild will supply fabric and batting.


Meeting October 19, 7:15 PM:  
Trunk show with member Melanie Tuazon.
imagesPaint Chip Minis due.  Make a mini quilt using the colors on the paint chip that you chose at the August meeting.  Size Should be no longer than 12″ on one size and 20″ on the other. (see above for details!)



trillOctober 21 10AM-4PM
Trill Workshop with Melanie Tuazon  – There are still a few spots available.
SIGN UP:  Trill Workshop






Meeting November 16, 7:15:
Star Hive BlocksBee Block Swap Quarter 3 due
Potholder swap due -Make a potholder (8″x8″). This should be a  modern take on a classic block!



nuno felt scarf

November 18 10AM-5PM
Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop with Josie Dakers
SIGN UP: Nuno Felted workshop






downloadDecember 14, 7:15PM
Holiday Party and Elfster Swap  at LDS Church, 209 Mountain Ave/Caldwell NJ

August 17, 2017 meeting recap

Hey there!

Here’s the recap for the August 2017 meeting.

There were 47 members and 1 guest in attendance.


7:25 pm

Introducing the new board members

Margy S- president

Kathy M- Vice President

Lori B-  Treasurer

Sarah F- Programs

Aubrey C- Secretary

Warm welcome to the newest members Carol and Wendy.

  • Within the next couple of weeks we will be sending out some surveys. We need extra hands to help. So keep an eye out!
  • Thank you to Laura F for volunteering to be the librarian and Elinor to head the sunshine committee.
  • We have decided to do pop up shopping three times a year. We don’t want it to interfere with trunk shows or other activities we might have going on.

Let’s celebrate some members

  •  Congratulations to Betsy for having a quilt  in the Quilt Alliance show

Modern quilt guild happenings

  • Quilt con 2018 open entries until November 30
  • Look for webinar coming up on jurying and judging- August 31 at 8

Local news

  • Aleeda – Quilters Take Manhattan. 6th annual. September 16 at FIT. if she can get a group of 10 you can get a discounted rate-$55 tickets-
  • Diane – crossroads retreat Wednesday, November 8 through Sunday, November 12. 30 spots available.
  • Ellen V – Warwick guild is holding a seminar on judging Monday, October 30 and 31st from 9 to 4 Certified judge Sandra Dorvecker $190 plus $15 fee.


  • We had our mini mini swap. Participants included SarahEmily (shown by Margy)Rochelle Colleen Betsy Aleeda Jackie Joann #1 JoAnn #2 Amy (embarrassed, but shouldn’t be!!!)  Amazing work done by all!!
  • Next month the paint chip challenge is due.

Raffle #1

Congrats Sarah!

Vice President 

  • First a Thank you to the previous board members. Thank you to Daniela, Amy, Stella, Annette and Kourtney for all your hard work!
  • We are streamlining how we communicate. We have a new mailing address, a PO Box located in Montclair, and new NJMQG email addresses for a cohesive identity and easy transition to future boards. We are now using Google’s G Suite, a set of productivity tools which we were able to implement for free due to our Non-Profit status.


  • No business


  • Once again we are asking for many hands to help so keep an eye out for surveys for input and ways to help.
  • We are looking into changing our bee block possibly for a round robin or a different style
  • Indigo dying class review.   Good time had by all. Special thanks to Sarah for teaching and Stella for hosting and providing an amazing spread.

Upcoming events

  • Paint chip mini quilt is due at the October meeting  due to popular demand!
  • Possible future teachers include Amy Friend, Chawne Kimber, Heather Kojan
  • We are interested in hearing your suggestions for teachers
  • Michelle is doing trunk show in September
  • Michelle is teaching the Noodlehead Market Tote on September 23 (great bag!!)


  • Rachel-Last year we participated in Giving Hope Network. They provide ‘stuffed suitcases’ for 2-12 year olds in the Essex county foster system. This year we would like to participate as well. If you would like to help please bring completed pillowcases to the September meeting or the October 7 open Sew
  • Betsy and Melanie- The charity quilt for Quiltcon 2018 theme is Modern Traditional. The colors are white, ivory, yellow, orange, cerise, purple, and red. Betsy and Melanie have come up with two ideas. Stripes and Flecks and Stars and Stars. (A surevey went out and Stars and Stars was chosen by the members). September fabric will be handed out. October blocks will be collected. November blocks will be assembled. January 14 is the due date.

Raffle #2

Congrats Stella!

Show and Tell


Round Robin with a friend 

T-shirt Quilt 


Paper piece class with Betsy 

Forget me not donation 


Paper piece class with Betsy 

Improv class with Daniela 


Baby shower gift 


Finds from Mom and Dad’s house 


Cabins in the Snow 


Donation for Forget me not 


New to quilting 


1 hour basket 

Quilting by the lake-Maria Shell-making prints out of solids  

Teaching Quilting Start to Finish at Sew Jersey using Christa Watson Modern X 



Hand quilted for a friend 


Baby quilt based on Modern Quilting Mag  


Wednesday quilt group- Bonnie K Hunter mystery quilt. Quilted by Diane F  
Great meeting! See you in September!

Final Bee Block Swap of 2017!


It’s time for the third (and final) Bee Block Swap of 2017.  Stella has done a stellar (sorry, I couldn’t resist) job organizing this all year. Members have had a lot of fun making and receiving very beautiful blocks, so kudos to Stella for all her hard work to make it happen for us!  Next year’s themes will most likely change, so if you want or need blocks from this year’s hives, here’s your final chance.

Sign up here: 3rd quarter Bee block Swap

Here’s how it works:

HIVES: This swap is open to NJMQG Members only.  Each Bee Hive consists of no more than 6 quilters (if this needs to be adjusted due to participant numbers, you will be notified when hives are emailed).  There will be as many hives as needed to accommodate those who would like to participate.  Sarah will be the “Queen Bee” for all hives – if you have any questions, concerns, or issues, please contact her before the quarter ends.

BLOCKS: Each Hive is themed. You’ll have the option to choose a Star, Sampler or Free for All hive.

  • Sampler any 12.5 x 12.5 block (for example, log cabin, granny square, etc.)
  • Star – Any 12.5 x 12.5 square block
  • Free-for-Allany block style, any size – does not have to be square – if the block is under 10″ you must make 2 blocks (for example, if you make a Swoon block that is 21″, you only have to make one. If you make a Tula City block that is 6×6, you must make 2)


  • Select a quilt block that is within your skill level.
  • Use fresh, modern, new, quilt shop quality fabric .
  • Use your own fabric stash to create the blocks – no one can request specific fabrics or designers.  
  • The block should measure 12.5 inches square when complete unless you are in the “Free-for-All” Hive.
  • Please only use neutral colored thread to construct your block. (This means if the block background is white, use white or cream thread, not black.)
  • Make 5 of the same square in each of your hive members’ chosen color palettes (6 if you want one for yourself)
  • Please take the time  to construct your blocks well and use a ¼ inch seam allowance (unless your pattern dictates otherwise).  Blocks that are too large or too small, even by a 1/4″ are sometimes not usable. You may choose to make a test block in your own color selection before constructing the blocks for your hive to ensure that the block will size correctly. A simple block well-constructed is always better received than a complicated block that is falling apart from poor construction.

TIMELINE:  The third quarter in 2017 will run from August – November. Sign-ups close on July 31st.  You’ll receive the names of the quilters in your hive as well as their color palettes and any additional information by August 2nd.  Finished squares for this quarter can be distributed early but are due at the November 16 guild meeting  –  Of course, sometimes things happen, so if you have an unforeseen emergency, please contact Sarah ASAP!

Sign up here:   Last Bee Block Swap of 2017:

Some finished quilts that Stella made from bee blocks: