March 2022 Guild Meeting Recap

Hello quilting friends! We had our monthly meeting on March 17. We had 38 people joining us and a very special guest speaker.

We started out with a little guild business. The election of board members in coming up in June. As a reminder, the president and treasurer are 2 year commitments and the others are 1 year. The president and treasurer trade off in election years-president in odd years and even for treasurer. This June our treasurer and programs positions will be open. Programs works well being co-chairs. If you are interested or have any questions, please reach out to anyone on the board.

We moved right into our guest speaker, Audrey Esarey of Cotton & Bourbon. “Finding my voice in quilting” was the theme of her lecture and it was fascinating to see the evolution and trajectory of her work over time. She got started quilting after being invited to a class by her, then, future mother-in-law. Inspired by Caryl Bryer Fallert Gentry, Jonathan Lawes, and Nancy Crow, Audrey works with a lot of hand died fabric and curves, but is always interested in challenging herself (and the limits of EQ8). It was lovely having Audrey share with us. We are hosting a workshop with Audrey on April, there are still some spots open. You can sign up here. Come play with foundation and curved paper piecing in the Ultraviolet Radial workshop.

Ultraviolet Radial
Audrey Esarey

We had an update on our charity quilting. Ellaree made a list of Kennel quilts we know were made. If you made and sent on your own, let Ellaree or a board member know so we can update the tally!

We have started to bring some of our quilts and pillowcases to an amazing place for donations.
The American Friends Service Committee, is a Nobel Peace Prize winning program that has been working with refugees for over 100 years. They are a leader on immigration issues in NJ since the 1980’s, supporting through community organizing, education, advocacy and providing legal representation in immigration cases. The Immigration Rights Program has 2 offices in Newark and 1 in Red Bank. Elinore delivered some quilts that went to displaced families, many with small children, who are dealing with immigration and asylum issues. They are extremely appreciative by the generosity of our members. These quilts will be well loved. Please email Rachel (president at njmqg dot com) or text Elinore (info found in members only section of website) if/when you have quilts or pillowcases to donate. A drop off or pick up can be coordinated.

Next we talked about all things WIP! Anyone who sent in a WIP was entered to win a prize…

2 baby quilts. One on left too labor intensive to continue, so will add some sashing or borders.
David Owen Hastings Workshop
Simply Woven pattern by Moda A back 1/2 pieced 1/2 solid
Happy Sew Lucky We Women
Wool Applique
Happy Sew Lucky We Women
Pappersaxten Hold punch Workshop 6 point stars w/scraps

This month’s winner of the fabulous Tula Pink Butterfly 2 quilt pattern is… Jackie! Congrats! Can’t wait to see when you finish it 😉

We then moved right along to our Show and Tell

Wedding quilt for nephew
Paper pieced with EQ8 for Teacups group and learning photography lighting
Curated quilts entry
SJSA quilting banner

Wedding quilt

After show and tell we talked quickly about the survey that was going out about getting your opinions on starting up some meetings in person. If you did not get that email, please reach out to anyone on the board and we can forward the link.
Also our MQG Community Outreach group quilt did not sell at Quiltcon, so the board has voted on, and agreed to donating it to AFSC. We’ve had a request from a few more people hoping to see it in person before that happens, so let us know about how you feel in the survey!

If you are interested in sharing a little more about yourself with the guild, please reach out the Aubrey (secretary at njmqg dot com) You can answer some getting to know you questions and be featured on our Instagram page!

Hoping you are all staying healthy and enjoying the spring weather! Warmer days are *hopefully* here to stay for a while!

Until next time, keep on quilting!


Ultraviolet Radial Workshop

NJMQG is excited to host Audrey Esarey of Cotton and Bourbon for her Ultraviolet Radial Workshop. This is a brand new pattern being released just before our workshop. Be the one of the first to learn this pattern from Audrey! She will teach us her techniques for foundation paper piecing and curved piecing. This is a great workshop to learn something new or brush up on your techniques. Our workshop will be held over zoom on April 2 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm EST. The cost of the workshop is $57 for NJMQG members and $67 for non-members. (Plus a $2.00/class PayPal fee). NJMQG members will have one week to sign up before the workshop will be opened to nonmembers. Sign ups close on March 26 or when all 20 spots are full. Please fill out this google form to hold your spot in the class. Then pay the workshop fee.

February 2022 Guild Meeting Recap

Hello! We had a ‘small’ meeting, with 31 people joining us, even one checking in from Quiltcon, but still had our normal amount of fun!

Guild Business

We have sent in our numbers to the MQG for our renewal process for the year. We are starting with 66 members, but of course there is always time to renew or join. Click here if you want to do that.

It is Quiltcon time! We have a bunch of members there and I can’t wait to see more pictures and hear stories! Amazingly, the NJMQG had the second most amount of quilts entered in the show. A whopping 14! Way to go, friends! Represent! Congrats to all! Let’s keep on quilting, submitting, and making your quilty friend’s proud!

Our Quiltcon Community Quilt has been put up for sale, and hopefully will sell to benefit the Women of Color Quilters Network and The Navajo Quilt Project. We’ll keep you updated on that.


Last month we put the word out for Kennel quilts and boy did you deliver! You guys got busy and sent a ton to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. These are only a handful of what you did.

You can still make and send them. You can find some patterns are here.

We finally got to have our Chore coat class at Sew Leana with Daniela. Great work everyone!

2022 is THE year to work on some WIP’s. Programs is challenging us to get some of those old projects done. This month we are giving out a digital version of Cotton and Bourbon’s Mobius Radial quilt pattern.

We had a nice bunch of stuff finished up.

And the winner is….Susan! Congrats! Keep on working on those WIP’s everyone!

Spring is coming and we are looking forward to hosting Audrey Esarey (Cotton and Bourbon) at our March meeting for a lecture. Then April 2, Audrey will be doing a workshop on the Ultraviolet Radial quilt pattern. Keep an eye out for the email to sign up soon.

Show and Tell

Penny let us know that the Warwick Valley Quilt Guild has gotten permission to go ahead with a quilt show this year! I’m sure we will be reminded, and encouraged to enter, but keep October 15 & 16 in your calendar to go visit. It is always a good show!
Susan wanted to know the name of the pattern designer who does the animal quilts…Elizabeth Hartman for the win!

We officially ended at 8:15, but it was nice to stay on and chat for a while too. Hope you are all staying well and quilting often! See you next month, March 17, 7:15, on Zoom!