August 2018 Guild Meeting Recap

Hellooo quilty friends!!

Sorry for the delay. Here’s the recap for our August meeting.

There were 32 members and 5 guests that joined us.


We talked about some of the things we had coming up or done

There was a call for teachers for the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival next March and the local branch of National Association of University Women is looking for lecturers. Follow the links to find out more.


The MQG finally came out with their new website. Can we say search function, yay?!?! Check it out here.


We talked about the committees we have and the changes happening with them.

  • Charity will be Emily and Rachel
  • Quiltcon charity quilt is Amery and Amy
  • Bylaws will be retired for now
  • Nominating is Sarah F
  • Field trips is Becka
  • Sunshine will be under secretary
  • Tech is Kathy
  • Lenny is helping with Programs
  • Library is Laura F
  • Hospitality and Fundraising/scholarship heads are needed

We also had a discussion on the increase in dues and will be voting in November whether or not to raise the dues from $50-$60/year


  • The sashiko class was this past weekend. I know I can’t wait to hear and see more from that! You can see a few pictures here and here
  • The sign ups for Rayna’s classes is out. There are two chances to learn from her. Check them out here
  • We also had a survey go out about the Holiday party/Elfster swap and possible alternatives. I’m sure we’ll discuss more next meeting.
  • In September we will be doing our Book Reports, bring and talk about one of your favorite books or a sample made from the book AND our embellish me swap, where you can bring something no larger than 8 1/2×11 sheet of paper to be swapped and embellished!
  • And we are still planning to go to the Sculpture Garden in October. More details soon.

Quiltcon Charity Quilt

The theme is small piecing, using 1″ or less. The idea Amy and Ameri has worked on is amazing. Can’t wait to see this one flesh out.

Ask the Guild

We started a new thing called Ask the Guild to be able to get feedback on a project. It’s been fun. If you have a project with some questions, bring it in! We love to give our opinions!

Daniela inherited this WIP and is wondering how to work on it while keeping the integrity of the original work, but adding her own style.

Sew and Tell

Our favorite part of the meeting!

Laura- Poolside tote and Orange Peel Extravaganza

Margy- Wedding quilt top

Anne- Wave charity quilt


And, sorry I missed your name with your amazing bag!

We will be back at our normal meeting place Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Rd, Cedar Grove. 7:15

Ciao for Niao! 😉


November 2017 Guild Meeting

11/16/17  7:21pm

We had 48 members and 6 guests joining us.


Some guests we had…Ellen, Liz, Ezza, Z, Loretta and Betty. Hope to see you again!


  • Diane F- Retreat review. Diane won some Ribbons at Brownstone. Danny Amazonos, Kaffe and Phillipa Naylor
  • JoAnn- Houston review
  • Ameri- Heather Givens workshop
  • Josie and Aleeda at CWC Glen Ridge craft show Dec 2- Glen Ridge Congregational church on Ridgewood Ave
  • Quiltcon Quilts due November 30th
  • Mqg webinars. Check them out
  • VT quilt fest June 22-24
  • Sisters quilt show
  • Mancuso date and venue change
  • Gotham grand opening in new space
  • Robin- Xmas party December 14 at Latter Day Saints church. Elfster swap and being catered by guild



  • 127 pillowcases donated and 17 quilts donated. Thanks to Beth for donating fabric and to Rachel’s local Fedex for giving discount on shipping


  • MQG charity quilt blocks done and trimmed. assemble front 11/20 back 11/26


  • Lori- 2018 tentative budget

Vice president

  • Kathy- Interested in a scholarship for a workshop? email

SHARE Time! (so much fun to get up moving, and getting to know some crazy little details about members)



  • Bee Blocks Swap

  • Pot Holder Swap
  • Amy Friend workshop in January- Friday class, Friday night lecture and trunk show and Saturday class. Few spots left in each
  • Member led classes. email proposed ideas to
  • Chawne Kimber hopefully in March
  • Mancuso NJMQG exhibit


  •  NEW CHALLENGE- Monochromatic mini quilt (no larger than 20″ on any side) with half square triangles- Due February meeting
  • Will continue Bee Blocks quarterly and try a round robin!


Field Trips and Meetups. second Saturday of month. tentatively including…

  • NYC- Candy, Gotham, Pins & Needles and Victoria Findlay Wolfe
  • Brooklyn- Brooklyn General, Brooklyn museum and/or Botanical Gardens -4/14??
  • NJ- Pennington and Grounds for Sculpture
  • Cloud 9
  • Connecticut- Denyse Schmidt


Karen- Panache

This is my happy

Kathy- Melanie Trill class, throw size

Marika-1st quilt 3rd grade?

Rochelle- Farmer’s wife sampler


Robin- Handpieced Pumpkin quilt

20+year old T-day

Diane- quilting

Zen Chic dandelion

Melanie- in Simply Moderne- Cloud9 Cirrus solids


Amy- Melanie’s class Trill

Debby- Be my neighbor

? (Sorry didn’t get the name) My Small World

Ameri- quilt for grandma

Mary- mini tuffet

Lori- Michelle’s class


Annette- Betsy’s anything goes class

That’s all for now. Until next time!


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!