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!

April 2017 Meeting Recap

What a great meeting!

– Here are announcements regarding general MQG business. To see the latest, click here.
– The MQG is exploring a new member engagement model for getting member feedback and input into MQG decisions with the launch of task forces. Check it out here.
– Click here for MQG Call for Submissions.

NJMQG Committee Volunteer Form is active. You can also sign up to be a “floating” volunteer without being on a Committee. Click here to volunteer!

Board Elections will be held in June. Nominations were opened at this meeting. Any member in good standing can self-nominate to get on the ballot for our meeting on June 15. Members can also nominate other members with their permission. Questions? Email us at njmqginfo at gmail dot com.

InstaIntros are so fun! Are you on the list to have your own week? If not, contact Stella to be put on the schedule. This is a great way to share your creative space, quilts, creations, and inspiration on the NJMQG Instagram feed. It’s also a fantastic way to get to know your fellow members. Check out some of the photos of the awesome members who have participated so far below or click here to check out our Instagram feed!

– The NJMQG donated 28 finished quilts to those who lost their homes in the Ocean Grove fire.
– NJMQG members made over 50 pillowcases (!!!) to be donated to the Giving Hope Network. The pillowcases will be given to foster children.
Charity Pouches to be donated: Charity pouch kits were handed out to be collected at the May meeting along with travel-sized toiletries. The fabric was generously donated by Cloud9 Fabrics (Thank you, Cloud9 Fabrics!).

A few members shared their gorgeous creations from the Member-Led Hand Stitching Workshops!

Hand Stitching and Embroidery

Member-Led Workshops:  Spots are still available for the following workshops:
Cross Back Apron Workshop with Colleen Wiest on Saturday, May 20 from 9am-1pm. Register here.
Sew Together Bag Workshop with Amy Rehbein on Saturday, May 20 from 1pm-5pm. Click here to register.

Brown Bag Mini Quilt Swap: Our members had so much fun with making and receiving these mini quilts!

Member Trunk Show with Jo Ann Lepore: JoAnn has been quilting for over 30 years. She has always had a sewing machine and couldn’t imagine what her life would be like without one. Her favorite part of the process is piecing the fabrics and seeing the magic come alive. Being able to take fabric and manipulate the patterns is so rewarding and creative.

Here is our fabulous Show and Tell!