October 15th Meeting Recap

Greetings Guild!

For our October Zoom meeting we had 51 attendees. We had 9 tickets paid for by non members for our guest lecturer Sara Trail, which in turn we donated to the Social Justice Sewing Academy.

We also welcomed two new members Meghan Johnson and Ann Marston.

Guild Business

Community Outreach Quilt Challenge – After some Zoom workshops, the participants of the COQC completed their assigned blocks and were asked to mail them back to Margy for assembly ASAP. We hope to have a photo for next month’s meeting of the assembled top.

Quiltcon Updates – Anyone who wishes to submit a quilt has until November 30th. Check the website for guidelines.

Can you take the survey? If you feel like you have participated in Modern making in any way, please do! It’s open until mid-November. Questions inquire about your own personal making, and the trends and people who have influenced you. It is anonymous (thanks, Qualtrics!), contains 15 questions, and should take you 5-8 minutes to complete. 


Charity Updates – After having a wonderful tutorial from Sue Erdreich at our September meeting, we are asking for you to make some pillowcases for Giving Hope Network. They are collecting them before Thanksgiving.

Down load the instructions from here.

We also have received our preprinted quilt labels for charity quilts. If you have completed a quilt for charity and would like to attach a NJMQG label to it, please contact Elinore Gordon or a board member.

Honoring Margy Schilling – Former President

We were able to watch as Margy opened the quilt we made for her in appreciation of her service as NJMQG President for the 2017-2019 term. We are grateful for Margy’s leadership during her term. As well, we thank all who participated in the construction of this quilt.

Guest Lecturer Sara Trail from Social Justice Sewing Academy

What a wonderful time we had hearing from Sara Trail. From her enthusiastic childhood, through her energetic teenage years, and into her academic excellence in higher education, Sara provided us the insight to forming her Social Justice Sewing Academy.

SJSA empowers young people to use sewing to express themselves and create opportunities for growth and change.


We thank Sara for her very informative presentation. To learn more about SJSA or get involved with her organization click the link above. If you have scrap fabric you would like to donated to SJSA, you can mail it to the following address. SJSA P.O. Box 2473 Antioch, CA  94531

You have until Friday 10/30 to join in the fun! Contact programs@njmqg.com

UFO Challenge

And the winner of October’s UFO Challenge, receiving a $25 gift certificate to Sew Jersey was Christa!

Next month your UFO is #11 and the prize is a Tula Pink coloring book.

Sisterhood Swap

Several of our members took part in a swap similar to our Connected Project. They used the sisterhood block also from Berene Campbell from Happy Sew Lucky to make the adorable blocks below.

Show & Tell

Thanks to all for another great meeting!

Join us next time, Thursday, November 19th @ 7:15pm!

Jennifer – Secretary

September 17th Meeting Recap

The weather has begun to cool and fall has been ushered in. Our September meeting saw 48 participants online, where we welcomed new member Christina Ku.

Guild Business

MQG Updates – We recognized our own Samantha Linehan as her quilt was featured in issue 03 of Modern Monthly, from the MQG.

They have a call out to make one of their classic patterns in their specific 2020 color palette. To learn more, log onto themodernquiltguild.com

Other MQG News

  • MQG is accepting applications for the MGQ Board of Directors
  • You can watch/ listen to a free textile talk every Wednesday afternoon.
  • Modern Monthly is looking for design submissions for Quilt of the Month for 2021. Deadline is November 1st.
  • Submission deadline is November 30th.
  • Mini Swap – October 2020 to February 2021, we’re holding our 5th international MQG swap, and all active MQG members are invited to participate! Spots are limited according to the number of volunteer helpers we have, but we’re accommodating as many people as possible! Once again, we’re making mini quilts — no larger than 24″ x 24″.


For details on both of these challenges, go to themodernquiltguild.com

Community Quilt Challenge

Our coordinator Margy spoke to us on the progress of the our community quilt we will be submitting. Kits were made and mailed to those who signed up to participate. The completed blocks need to be mailed back to Margy by Tuesday, October 13th.


We were finally able to donate some of our charity quilts. We sent 15 quilts to S.O.F.I.A. (Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates). We also gave quilts to Giving Hope Network for their Stuffed Suitcase program.

Member Demo

To assist in our charity efforts, Sue Erdreich provided us with a demo on making a burrito pillow.

You can use your basic skills to make this easy project for donation.


  • Sarah Trail from Social Justice Sewing Academy will be speaking to us at our October meeting. There will be a $5 donation for non-members, going directly to SJSA.
  • You can learn more about Clara Nartey, our August guest lecturer in her book “Drawn with Threads”. Available on Amazon.
  • Reminder: Pappersaxten’s Workshop video replay is available for 60 days before it expires. Make sure to review it, if you need assistance finishing your workshop piece.

Above are completed projects from the August workshop.

We are happy to announce the October workshop with Jenny Haynes is full!


Opportunities to participate:

  • Mini Quilt Challenge – “A Quilted Interpretation of 2020″ due at our December meeting, measuring 24” square or less.
  • Elfster Swap – Details and sign-ups coming soon.

UFO Challenge

We had two entries for September’s UFO challenge and the winner was Elaine and she received a neutral fat quarter bundle.

Next month the UFO is #7 and the prize is a gift certificate to Sew Jersey.

Show & Tell

See you in October, Thursday 10/15 @ 7:15pm!

Jennifer – Secretary

August 20th Meeting Recap

We are winding down the summer, but our on-line meetings keep getting hotter! We had 54 people join our session and we announced 4 new members this month. Welcome Mary O’Shea, Buntari Keitt, Jacqueline Biegel, and Nancy Lipsey!

Guild Business

It is time for our annual review of the bylaws. Members are welcome to review the current bylaws found on the members only section of the website. Please send suggestions you may have VP Kathy (vicepresident@njmqg.com) to be discussed at the next board meeting.

Quiltcon Submissions – will open September 1st. You can find more information at quiltcon.com

MQG Mini Swap – information and sign ups to participate will be coming in the September and October.

Community Quilt Challenge

Thanks to Lenny for this amazing quilt design we will be making for our community charity submission for Quiltcon. Samantha and Margy will be the coordinators for this project. Sign ups to participate will go out to members Sept 1st.

Guest Lecturer – Clara Narty

The highlight of the night was our speaker Clara Narty who spoke to us about ‘How to Get Out of a Creative Slump’. The talk was informative and insightful. It was a true delight to have her speak to us and comment about her amazing work. You can check out her quilt art by clicking here.

Thank you, Clara!


The Connected Project Reveal

We finally opened our envelopes on August 6th and were able to assemble our blocks! What fun we had and the results are so cool!

If you would like to donate your block to be assembled for a a charity quilt, Betsy Vinegrad has offered to collect blocks and put them together. Please mail them to her after September 7th.

Charity Update – We will donating 15 quilts to S.O.F.I.A.(Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates) in Montclair.

Block Lotto – Wonky Churndash

These blocks were raffled off and the winner was…Me(Jen)! This concludes our block Lotto program for the year!

UFO Challenge

And the winner of the Drunkards Path/Curved Templates was Kelly! Congratulations!

*Reminder – Quilters Take a Moment (Virtual Quilt Show) September 25th and 26th. Tickets are $45/members of Quilt Alliance and $65/nonmembers. To find out more, click here.

October Events – We will have Sarah Trail from the Social Justice Sewing Academy speak to us at our member meeting. Mark your calendars now to make sure you don’t miss out.

Jenny Haynes of Pappersaxsten will be back with us again for another workshop. ‘Thistles, Cogs & Caterpillar Wheels’, a 2-day workshop will be offered on October 24th and 25th. Sign ups to go out in October.

Show and Tell

Thanks for to all who contributed and participated in our August meeting.

See you next month Thursday, September 17th @7:15.

Jennifer – Secretary