November 2020 Guild meeting – THIS THURSDAY!!

Hello friends, how are you? Here’s a monthly reminder for you…

We’ve got our Zoom guild meeting 11/19/20 – and we’d love to see your smiling faces! Our meeting is wherever YOU are – your couch, backyard, your sewing table, you pick!

We’ll open it up at our usual 7pm to visit & we’ll start at 7:15

Look for an email with the ZOOM call in details. 

What do we need from you? By WEDNESDAY– photos from: 

  • the PapperSaxsten Cogs and Caterpillar wheels class from last month
  • UFO challenge finishes
  • Show & Tell 

Send to the Programs team ( with the MONTH in the subject line (NOVEMBER (UFO, S&T, class, etc) in the subject line so we can include your makes in the slide show.

We are looking forward to seeing you. 

If you would like to be a guest at our meeting this month, please email us for the Zoom information.

Thanks so much & SEE you Thursday!!


Updates: Our 2021 MQG Community Outreach Quilt

fabric prep

The MQG’s Community Outreach quilt for QuiltCon 2021 is focused on curved piecing with a given color palette. As in previous years the NJMQG is participating and we are well on our way. A shout out to our members: Lenny van Eijk who came up with a great design, Kathy Morganroth for getting our templates in order, and Margy Schilling who has sorted out organizing, prep and co-ordination of all the parts.

Thanks to all who are already participating on our community quilt: 24 guild members were sent kits! About 20 of us hung out in three Zoom sessions. Twelve have already returned pieced blocks, and they look fabulous!!

cutting & prepping fabric kits

Hopefully the rest are on their way. Please let us know if you have any problems with the blocks or find that you don’t have the time you thought you would.
We have a small group lined up to piece the top together, but we will let you know if we are in need of more assistance in this area.

There is another opportunity to help with this quilt: It needs a back! We have a few yards of the blues, and plenty of orange scraps. Anyone interested in doing a bit of improv???  If we have one person to sew it, I bet we can get a few others to consult over Zoom.

Think about it, and let Margy know, or we can talk more about it at the Guild meeting on Thursday.

October 2020 Guild Meeting & Guest Presenter – this Thursday 10/15

Upcoming Zoom Guild Meeting…

Where: your couch, desk, sewing area  – wherever you like!

When: hard start @ 7:15 – we’ve got a guest! Sara Trail of the Social Justice Sewing Academy will be joining us to speak about Quilting an Intergenerational Community: Youth, Fabric & Activism

We’d love to see your faces at our meeting this Thursday – we’ll open it up at our usual time at 7pm to get set up, and we’ll start promptly at 7:15

Our guest this month: Sara Trail founder and Executive Director of the Social Justice Sewing Academy.


The Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) is a youth education program founded in 2017; it aims to bridge artistic expression using textile media with activism to advocate for social justice. Through a series of hands-on workshops in schools, prisons and community centers across the country, SJSA empowers youth to use textile art as a vehicle for personal transformation and community cohesion and become agents of social change. Many of the young people make art that explores issues such as gender discrimination, mass incarceration, gun violence and gentrification. The powerful imagery they create in cloth tells their stories. These quilt blocks have been displayed in museums, galleries and quilt shows across the country. This visual dialogue bridges differences in race, age and socioeconomics and sparks conversations and action in households across the country.

Join Sara Trail in this inspiring talk as she shares how youth use quilting as a platform of personal expression through the Social Justice Sewing Academy.

Meeting details – We’ll start our meeting by quickly saying hello then jumping in to hearing from Sara, then after our Q&A we’ll have our guild updates and have our UFO & Show & Tell shares.

Check your inbox for an upcoming email with Zoom call-in details. Please do not pass on the Zoom info directly to friends as we are asking for PayPal donations – info is below…

*If you are a guest (non-NJMQG member) and would like to join us – please do! – we have a $5 fee this month, with these donations going to the SJS Academy. 

Use the PayPal button below and the Zoom details will be emailed to you after payment is received. Please contact treasurer(at) if you have any issues. 

*there is a $2 PayPal charge added to the $5 guest fee


Sara Trail – SJSA: Youth, Fabric & Activism

Your donation as a guest of the NJMQG for this talk will be donated to the SJSA……Guest fee $5 *there is a $2 PayPal charge automatically added to the $5 guest payment

7.00 $

Helpful ZOOM reminders – While we have our guest, please be mindful and mute your microphone. Check your video & audio settings before we start and don’t hesitate to ask if you need some guidance about where your settings are. Since we plan on a Q&A time, familiarize yourself with the ZOOM buttons: there is a chat button that looks like a speech bubble. Feel free to use this to ask questions during her talk.

UFO, Show & Tell photos – To better facilitate the meeting; please send our Programs team – Samantha, Jeanine & Sue (programs(at) any photos BY WEDNESDAY to add into our usual meeting slide show – specify the MONTH and if your item is for the UFO section or Show & Tell etc.

We are looking forward to seeing you. 

Here are a few Zoom reminders if you have not joined us this way before. Please help us give you the best meeting we can…

-Check your microphone & speaker settings before the meeting. Call us beforehand if you need help at all.

-Turn off your t.v. in the background so it doesn’t compete with your microphone

Thanks so much & SEE you Thursday!!