July 2022 Guild Meeting Recap

Hello quilty friends! We had another successful meeting this month. We had 36 people joining us over Zoom.

This month was our board transition month. Lenny provided us with her last treasurer’s report. Next time we will be hearing from Annette. Sam also lead us through her last slide show presentation of some future programs things, as well as, WIP’s and show and tell. Well, let’s say it’s their last for now…and a warm thanks for your service!

Our transition board meeting

At our in person meeting in June, we had given everyone an NJMQG anniversary pin to celebrate our 10 year! For all the members who were not at the meeting, we mailed you one and you should have received it (fingers crossed). If you are interested in more, we have some for sale. Just $5. Reach out to VP Ann if you are interested.

With more in person things on the horizon, we are reaching out to anyone who needs/wants a name tag. We are pairing up members in August, and are planning on swapping at the in-person October meeting. Please reach out to a board member if you are interested in getting on that list and didn’t get that email.

We are very happy to announce our newest challenge. This one will be fun, and it is going to culminate in a show at Peter’s Valley! Get your ideas in motion…but wait, there are some rules… We are asking members to make a square mini quilt (18-24″ SQUARE). To keep it somewhat “cohesive”, we want a palette of WHITE/CREAM and incorporating 1 button down shirt. And that’s it! Whatever a button down shirt translates to you with white or cream and a square. The google form to sign up was emailed, but if you need it sent again, reach out to a board member. Sign up deadline is August 1. The mini’s need to be handed over by September 27, so they can be hung in time for the opening reception. The show will run for October and November. You are welcome to make more than one AND you have the option to put the quilt up for sale (the gallery is able to help with pricing, too!) If you have any questions, reach out to any board member or Christa. OH! Keep the scraps from your shirt, too. We’ve got another thing up our sleeves (come on, I had to) for those. Stay tuned!

We had requested ideas for the MQG Community Quilt. The theme was Color Shift. The board received a few ideas, and chose a block from a super inspired, Aubrey. We have two color schemes to choose from. We will be sending something out to place your votes, and then will be starting to plan more of the details. Anyone interested in helping in any stage to get it done, let us know. Margy has offered to be the lead for it, but we need as many hands on deck to get kits together, then putting the blocks together, quilting, binding…after all, it is called a community quilt!

Our charity lead, Elinore, has donated 16 more quilts and whole bunch of pillow cases to families through American Friends Service Commitee, Immigrants Rights Program. They were excited to pick out their quilts to help them feel more welcome in their new homes. And we are so happy to have been able to donate to them!

Warwick Valley Quilter’s Guild is once again having their show this October. Submissions are open! Email WarwickValleyQuiltGuild at gmail dot com or member Penny M for more info.

Programs updates! Next month, we will be welcoming Tighe Flanagan for a trunk show during our regular meeting time, August 18 7:15 on Zoom. Then on Saturday August 20 Tighe will be teaching his Ottoman rings pattern over zoom from 10-3. Sign up here

For September we are going to have an open sew on Saturday September 10. On Thursday, September 15, we will have our meeting over Zoom. Saturday September 17 we are holding a workshop with Jacquie Gering.

In October, we are having our class with Mel Beach that was postponed from earlier in the year, as well as, an in person meeting on Saturday October 22. Lots to look forward to and plenty more we are working on through the end of the year and even 2023!

WIPS and Show and Tell

Betsy F- Audrey Esarey class
Julia- Audrey Esarey class

Congrats to this month’s winner… Betsy F!

Carolyn M- Baby quilt for niece
Carolyn M- King size for bed
Carolyn M- Upcycled jeans
Aubrey- Audrey Esarey class

I hope you are staying healthy and feeling inspired to make some quilts!


Ottoman Rings Workshop with Tighe Flanagan

Tighe Flanagan has a background in visual arts and Middle Eastern studies and loves to combine these passions through patchwork and quilting. His creative work is greatly influenced by a sense of place — those he has visited and researched as well as his home in Washington, DC. In addition to quilting and patchwork, Tighe enjoys sewing menswear and teaching others new skills and techniques. 

NJMQG is excited to host Tighe Flanagan for his Ottoman Rings Workshop. Our workshop will be held over Zoom on August 20, 2022 from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm EST.

Please fill out the google form to save your spot in the workshop. Then click on the paypal button to pay the workshop fee.





June 2022 Guild Meeting (in person!!) Recap

Hello friends and happy July! Sorry for the delayed recap, but boy was it ever a fun meeting?! Our first in person meetup of 2022, and it was simply magical to see (and hug) so many old friends, meeting some people face to face for the first time, and meeting new friends, too!

When everyone signed in, we were given a pin to celebrate the beginning of our 10 year anniversary celebration! (Don’t worry if you didn’t get one, we will be sending them out) And if you did get one and want more, we have some for sale, too.

We started a new list for anyone who would like to do a name tag swap (if you are interested you can send an email to any board member and we can set you up with a partner).

There were a few quilts out for display. First we had last years Quiltcon community outreach quilt. Since it didn’t sell at Quiltcon we were going to add it to the donation pile, but it was decided to gift it to a member who needed some extra love and comfort. What better way than a quilt made with love by the guild?

The Warwick Valley guild brought the quilt they have up for raffle with tickets to purchase. (If your interested in more info, check it out here)

Our Connected Project Quilt we did with Berene Campbell, aka Happy Sew Lucky, was also out on view. What a gorgeous quilt! (I’m embarrassed to say my block is still sitting in a UFO pile)

We also had a free table that was chock full of goodies for people sift through and our library out for the perusing.

Our first prize winner of the day was lucky ticket holder, Tari!

In celebration of our 10 years, we had a delicious cake!

The Persimmon pouch swap was a success!

Since it was a party we had some games to play! There were three simultaneous rousing games of ‘Left, Right, Center’ where, Sarah, Claire, and Tari went home with some nice stacks of fat quarters!! Some more lucky ticket holders got some prizes (congrats Pam and Julia) and a we played a Quilty Friend edition of Bingo (congrats to Rochelle) So much fun!!

And one of our favorite parts of guild meetings, showing off our work!

First we started with some WIP’s. This year, programs is encouraging us to get some things done and y’all have been busy! For some incentive we enter everyone who works on, and shows, a WIP into a drawing. Congrats to June’s winner, Karen!

Debby’s scrap quilt for The Depot
Karen’s Plaidish
Karen’s Scrappy Weave
Karen’s Floral State of Mind
Rebecca’s Temperature
Rebecca’s garden theme Maria Shell kitchen sink
Rebecca’s Star of the North (BOM)
Rachel’s lockdown project
Lucky Winner!

Show and Tell

Susan’s hand dyed ocean
Susan’s hand dyed
Karen’s Year of the Tiger
Karen for Niece’s baby
Margy for Nephew’s wedding
Margy’s Maria Shell Kitchen Sink
Debbie made a purse for son’s wedding using sleeves from dress
Carolyn for Owen’s bed- Lego Candyland
Rochelle’s Dear Jane quilt as you go ALL by hand- started 2007, finished 2020
Rochelle’s Thoroughly Modern Dear Jane done by machine, 263 blocks. Mark Lipinski fabric
Rachel’s quilt coat
Wannetta bag for daughter’s friend
Wannetta reversible bag
Wannetta hard bottom bag
Rebecca’s 100 blocks
Caroline with one of Mom’s (Dawn) Antique quilts
JoAnn’s bag
JoAnn teaching at Gettysburg- own design hexi
JoAnn teaching at Gettysburg-pixelated heart

We had our vote for our new board members last month. We are mostly staying the same, but saying good bye and BIG heartfelt thanks to Lenny and Sam, and welcome Betsy to programs and (welcome back) Annette to treasurer! We hope to continue to bring the guild fun meetings, great workshops and so much more!

We are working behind the scenes on the next Community Outreach quilt (more info here) and a fabulous opportunity with Peter’s Valley. You will be hearing more about all of that at our next guild meeting, Thursday July 21 at 7:15 over Zoom! Until then, stay cool, keep sewing and as always any comments or questions can be sent to any board member at anytime! And if you haven’t checked it out yet, the MQG has updated their website. You might recognize some familiar faces on the front page…

Stay well – Peace – Ciao for niaow