FRIDAY December 17 – Guild Meeting, Popper Swap & Open Sew

Open Sew PAJAMA PARTY this Friday

Our Zoom guild meeting is this FRIDAY 12/17/21

We’ll start at 7pm, chat for a few minutes, share some guild reminders & have our holiday popper swap, then we’ll hang out and sew for a while.

We will NOT be having a show & tell or slide show this month, save those pics for our January meeting.

We are looking forward to seeing you and hanging out in our pj’s to sew and open our poppers. You know there will be prizes!!

Our email with the ZOOM call in details will come soon. 


See you FRIDAY night!


November 2021 Guild Meeting

Hello, everyone! Sorry for the delay in the recap, the beginning of holiday season coincides with lots of school days off and goings on and I let it slip. I hope everyone had a relaxing day of thanks…

We had 49 people joining us over zoom and started our meeting with our guest speaker Cindy Grisdela. She gave us a great lecture all about color. One thing that she said that stuck out for me was using the color wheel to help in your quilting (and beyond), but what if… What if you take a tried and true color wheel combo, but then shake it up? My take on it, was there are rules that can be followed, but you should also try playing around with them and changing them up! (I myself love to not follow rules) We would love to get some other takeaways. Leave a comment below!

After a nice Q&A, we got down to some guild business. We had a very comprehensive review of the budget, by our very thorough treasurer, Lenny. We then voted on the 2022 budget and it was approved 100% by members. If you want to read the details on that it can be found in the members only section. (and,as usual, if you need the password, send a board member an email and we can get that to you)

We got a glimpse of our Quiltcon Community quilt top that was pieced by Crista B. and Carolyn M. has offered to quilt it for us. Thanks to all the members that took some time to make a block or help in any other way.

Raffle prize time!…and the winner of the mini iron wand is… Penny M! Congrats!

Let’s talk about next month. Instead of our big December holiday party get together we talked about the activities we have planned. On Saturday December 11th, we are having a “Winter Wonderland Meet and Greet Tailgate” in the parking lot of the LDS church, 209 Mountain Ave, Caldwell. From 11-2 we will be socially distanced ‘chilling’ with our chairs and perhaps a favorite quilt draped over your lap? We will have hot cocoa, tea, coffee, maybe play a game or two, but most importantly, getting out and seeing some quilty friends, or meeting some new friends! Don’t for get to bring a chair, a mug and a quilt or at least an extra scarf!

In lieu of our regular meeting, we will be having a Pajama Party! Friday December 17th, 7:00, join us for a virtual open sew! There may be a little bit of guild business to cover in the beginning, but let’s chat and sew and also open, or share if you couldn’t wait, our Party Poppers!

Programs updated us on sign ups for Holiday Poppers which closed on November 21. The names were sent out for all participating. Don’t forget to get them in the mail by December 1!

Also for anyone who is interested in the Patchwork and Poodles Chore Coat class, there are still spots open, and there is also a new location and dates! Let our very own Daniela D show you how, January 29th and February 5th at Sew Leana, 12 W South Orange Ave,South Orange, NJ from 12:00-4:00. It is $70 (+pattern and you need the to have the quilt/quilted pieces prepared!) Sign up here.

Show and Tell time!

Nova quilt coat
Chore coat
Nova quilt coats
Cindy Grisdela class
Maria Shell Kitchen Sink class
Pattern test for Pretty Piney
Grandchild quilt
Peter’s Valley Bazaar Collages

Joann told us that the Bonnie Hunter 2022 mystery quilt has been introduced, if you are interested you can get more info here. And congrats goes out to Joann for the new opportunity at teaching at the Mid Appalachian quilt retreat in Gettysburg college. Can’t wait to hear more about that in the coming months.

I hope to see you all on December 11th and 17th! Any questions or anything you think I’ve missed or we should know about for next month, you can always email a board member! Stay well and warm!


November 18 – Guild Meeting – THIS THURSDAY!!

Our guild meeting night is this week!

Our Zoom guild meeting is 11/18/21 & the meeting is wherever YOU are.

We’ll open it up at our usual 7pm for a quick visit & we’ll start at 7:15.

We’re excited to share with you – we’ve got a guest speaker this month!

Cindy Gristela will be joining us.
From her studio in Reston, Va her abstract quilts are designed improvisationally without a preconceived pattern, a little bit like jazz music. She does all of her stitching on a machine, but it is entirely hand driven. There is no computer program or marking ahead of time. She stitches the motifs freehand using the needle and thread of the machine like a pencil or brush.

She is a self taught fiber artist but comes from a long line of women who have expressed themselves using needle and thread. She has a BA in Fine Arts from the College of William and Mary and an MBA from George Washington University.

She is the Author of Artful Improv: Explore Color Recipes, Building Blocks & Free Motion Quilting, and a new book, Adventures in Improv Quilts: Master Color, Design & Construction.

Cindy Grisdela Headshot

The email with the ZOOM call in details will come soon. 

If you haven’t already – please send ALL your photos to, with “November…(fill in the blank)”  in the subject line… send us your:

  • Block of the Month photos
  • Charity projects
  • Show & Tell

We are looking forward to seeing you and catching up!

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

Yay! It’s almost guild day!!

Thanks so much & SEE you Thursday night!