A Modern Mini Challenge: I used to be a shirt

Hello NJMQG members!

As mentioned at the recent guild meeting, we’ve got a challenge for you with a BIG reward…

The NJMQG will be having an exhibit of this mini quilt challenge; hanging from Oct-Nov 2022 in the Gallery at Peters Valley School of Craft.

Our show will hang for one month with an opening reception on Oct. 1st.


(below is a photograph of the gallery space)

The mini-challenge for the show is as follows: Repurposing shirt material in modern mini quilts…

  • Challenge Parameters: 
    • MUST include fabric from only ONE (x1) button down shirt
    • White and/or Cream quilting cotton etc
  • Backing & Binding = anything goes
  • Square Mini quilt = 18×18″ with a maximum size 24×24″
  • Must include hanging corners on the quilt back – we’ll send a few tutorial links
  • Permanent label/name on back
  • Make and submit as many as you desire!

Quilts will be available to sell if you are interested with 50% commission to go to Peters Valley. Gallery staff can assist in retail cost pricing if desired.

Details to come on retail and posted labeling specifics. All hanging quilts will have a small gallery tag/sign with specifics to be determined.

Photos will be taken for publicity and gallery catalog. Our show catalog will available for purchase after the opening reception, and throughout October Show. 

Deadline for receipt of work to Peter’s Valley is Sept 27 – we’ll have a few options for collection as well as on open sew earlier in the month for drop off or sewing time. Save those shirt scraps as we’ve got ideas for how to use them for another upcoming project.

Sign up to participate via Google form by August 1st. Only one sign up needed – no need to tell us how many you’re planning on making or multiple sign-ups. We want to make sure we have enough intention to fill the space. Email was sent on July 21st from Crista with the Google sign-up form. Let us know if you have any issues with it.

After the sign ups are closed, additional details will be shared with participants. Please reach out to Crista and Rachel if you have additional questions. – info@njmqg.com

Looking forward to seeing what you make!

We are so excited about this challenge and guild opportunity. We hope you are inspired to make a few mini’s!

&&&&& these hit the size requirement for submitting to QuiltCon.

Mid Century Mod Curve – Virtual Workshop

NJMQG is partnering with Carole Lyles Shaw for a virtual workshop. Carole will be teaching her Mid Century Mod Curve class on June 27th from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. The fee for workshop is $45 for members and $55 for non-members. (Registration for non-members will open on May 30th)

NJMQG Member sign up  SOLD OUT!! (please email programs at njmqg.com to be added to the wait list)

Mid Century Mod Curve Class Fee

NJMQG Member


Mid-Century Mod Curve
Curve piecing can be fun and low stress! There are no templates needed and no pinning involved.
In this workshop, you will:
– Learn how to piece a quarter circle curve without templates or pinning.
– Learn and practice several techniques for improvisational cutting and piecing.
– Discover how to make each block unique and exciting.
Project sizes: 48″ x 48″ crib quilt; 60″ x 60″ lap quilt; table runner; place mats.


Carole is a modern quilt designer, author, and workshop teacher who has been an active member of the quilt and fiber art community for over twenty years. Carole always takes a modern, improvisational approach to her quilt designs. Carole’s passion and focus is on designing quilts for the modern quilt movement. She lectures about modern quilting and teaches modern workshops for beginning and experienced quilters from all backgrounds and styles. Carole served on the Board of Directors for The Modern Quilt Guild [2015 – 2017]. She co-founded and served as the first President of the Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild in Sarasota, FL. Many of Carole’s quilts have been exhibited in museums and art shows in the U.S. and internationally. Her modern quilt designs were published in Modern Patchwork Magazine and Fat Quarterly eZine
Carole is the author of two books on modern quilting: Madly Modern Quilts and Patriotic Modern Quilts. Both are available on Amazon and in local quilt shops. She has also launched a series of modern quilt patterns available on her website and in local quilt shops.

(All images are owned by Carole Lyles Shaw and used with permission to promote this workshop)

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 programs@njmqg.com with any questions.