January 2019 guild meeting

We started our year out with another great meeting.

We had 46 members and 1 visitor with us, welcome Marcy!

As always, let one of the board members know if you need a pin or name badge.

We talked about our fabulous party and an extra special thanks to Barbara and Terri again! And we all agreed to do something similar to the tote swap next time.

Our renewals for the this year have now been sent in to the MQG. We are in the process of fixing the roster and changing the blog password. So that will be given out at the February meeting.

We talked about some of the fun things happening before our next meeting. NY Frocktails in Brooklyn, Vogue Knitting Live, and NJ orchid society. We have quite a few people going to Quiltcon. For those going, be sure to stop and see our guilds charity quilt and at least Melanie and Betsy have Quilts there, too.

Montclair Art Museum has a new show called New Directions in Fiber Art from February 9- June 16. On February 3, they had a Yarn bomb installation on the property. It’s so fun to drive by and see. We are going to try to plan a meetup to see the show too.

Rachel talked to us about charity. We sent 16 quilts to the Robert Kaufman to be donated the victims of the CA fires. We sent 25 lbs of scraps to The Social Justice Sewing Academy. We had a suggestion of buying white to have in charity bin. Terri talked to us about Quilts of Valor, and we will be collecting 12 1/2″ blocks. We are also going to have a new kit to replace the New wave pattern we were using for charity Quilts. We are also having a block drive, due in March, we are asking for as many scrappy log cabin blocks you can make. As always, we have bundles made up, sandwiches ready to be quilted, tops that need backs, all sorts of things waiting to be given a little love and attention for charity donations.

Jackie talked to us about our workshops for the coming year. We started out Melanie doing Creative Walking Foot, and Amy doing a Aneela Hooey clear open pouch. We are also looking forward to Sarah Bond and Sheri Schifaldi (Whole Circle Studio) later in the year.

While the meeting was going on, we had some fabulous ladies, putting a sleeve on our Quiltcon charity quilt, Pieceful Integration. Thanks to Ameri and Amy for your beautiful design and all the hard work you put into it. Thanks to Diane for the wonderful quilting. Thanks to Lori for the label and to everyone who made a block and helped in any way.

Before our break we had a sewing bucket list challenge questionnaire thingy and JoAnn had 47 our of 50, so she won our raffle prize.

When we got back to our meeting, we had Sue showing us how to face a quilt. She suggested this tutorial. Click the link to check it out. We are also asking you to make a mini, or something else you choose, showing off the facing technique.

Then we had our favorite time of the night.

Show (Sew) and Tell

Release the Geese

Samantha- Fractal block

Dawn- Michele Hill William Motis Design

Robin- Kaffe


Lenny- Suzy Quilts Mode in Fans

Rebecca- Go Fly a Kite class

2018 bee blocks

Debby- solid fabric Tula 100 City Blocks

Karen- Tula sliding Scale

Bear Hug aboriginal

Red and white

Mary Jane- valentine block

Betty- Rayna class


Debby- wave purse using cork fabric


Ameri- Quiltspot quilt

See you next month and happy sewing!


Reminder: Membership renewal and meeting this week


If you haven’t renewed your membership yet, please fill out the form today.  Pay online with PayPal, or bring your payment to the meeting.

LOCATION: We will be at our usual meeting place at the Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Rd, Cedar Grove

Doors will open  at 7pm. 

Important: Please sign in at the registration table, and wear your name tag.

Remember to bring:

  • Charity quilt in the Wave pattern for a group photo.  we’d like to see them all together, so bring the top even if it’s not finished yet
  • Refreshments:  especially if your birthday is this month
  • Name Tag: If you do not have a name tag, we can arrange a partner swap – just ask any of the NJMQG Executive Board Officers (Margy, Kathy, Aubrey, Jackie, or Crista).
  • As always, please bring anything you may have for Show and Tell! 
  • Charity quilts, blocks , or pillowcases that you’ve completed

 FREE table: Bring in the quilty items you no longer use and drop them on our FREE table at the beginning of the meeting. If your items are not taken, please take them home with you

• Member Corner: Many of our members have their own creative businesses and services to offer. A designated table is provided for members to leave their business cards, class/workshop lists, postcards, etc. This is a great way to get the word out about what you have to offer!

• Library: back in business!
If you have checked a book out, please return it

• Upcoming Programs:                                                                                                                             Saturday Jan 26, two half day classes taught by members who are experienced teachers:  in the morning Melanie Tuazon with Creative Walking Foot, and  after lunch Amy Rehbein  will teach  how to make a clear boxy pouch.  There are still a few spots         left in each class, so sign up soon!

See You on Thursday – we’re counting on good weather, so we can all see our finished QuiltCon Charity Quilt  in person, before it get’s shipped out.


December 2018 Guild meeting and Holiday Party

Here we are in 2019 and I’m just getting to catch up the remainder of last year!

We had 47 members visiting us for our final meeting and final party of the year. It was a lot of fun and a great success, in big part to Barbara and Terri. We are so thankful for all the hard work put in to make it such a fabulous time!

First things first, there’s always the order of business to get through. We talked about the craft show members so generously donated to, to help do a little fundraising.

We had our vote on increasing dues from $50 to $60- approved
As well as our 2019 budget-approved.

We briefly about the member led half day classes in January.
For more info, check it out here

We collected some Quilts of Valor blocks and will always accept these. 12 1/2 x 12 1/2″ blocks in red, white and blue.

We sent a huge bunch of our scraps to the Social Justice Sewing academy.
Robert Kaufman is collecting quilts for people who were affected by the wildfires, so we sent some of our completed charity quilts to them
We would also like to ask anyone who is working on a New Wave charity quilt, to bring it to the January meeting

Our Quiltcon charity quilt top and back are done. It still needs a name, so thinking caps on!

We had a blind bag swap. So many great bags and happy faces!

And of course, our favorite part of the meeting is Show and Tell. Holiday gifts and more gorgeousness, as always!!

Lenny- donated to charity

Rayna’s class

Aleeda- Color Riot

Sue- Batik stripes

Deb- Kaffe flowers

Rochelle- Christmas quilt


Michelle- Music is Magic

Melanie- Trill minimal

Betsy- 2 color challenge

Michael Miller challenge

Judy- New Wave for charity


Don’t forget to renew your membership for 2019. We sent out a link in December, but if you need the link, let us know and we can forward it to you!

See you at our January 2019 meeting. January 17 at 7:15. Community church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Rd, Cedar Grove.