NJMQG March Events Canceled

Hello fellow guild members and friends,

Under CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Board has decided to cancel our 2 March events: the regular meeting on Thursday March 19, and Janet Van Treuren’s  bag-making workshop on Saturday March 28. Full refunds will be issued to all those who signed up for the workshop.

The medical community recommends minimizing social contact, which means limiting all social engagements including intimate gatherings among friends. While no one seems to know how bad the pandemic will be or how long it will last, everyone seems to agree that it will get worse before it gets better. We hope that warmer weather will work in our favor. 

Meanwhile, as we individually practice “social distancing”, we want no one to feel isolated, so the Board is working to find safe ways to stay in contact and share our guild spirit. 

On Thursday March 19th, instead of meeting in person, we’re gonna s-t-r-e-t-c-h those technical skills and host a live online meeting from 7:15 to about 9.

Crista is spearheading this and will send detailed information about joining the meeting using your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Please send pictures of your UFO project and any items you planned on bringing to Show and Tell to programs@njmqg.com. Block Lotto is postponed until next month – so you have extra time!!

We urge all members to take appropriate precautions to stay safe and healthy.

For more information, here’s a link to information from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

Your Executive Board,

Rachel, Kathy, Lenny, Jenn, Crista & Janet

February 20 Guild Meeting Recap

Welcome to February! The groundhog didn’t see his shadow this year and I think he got it right.

Guild Business

We had a light meeting this month with 28 in attendance. Many of course had made their way to Houston for Quiltcon.

A ‘Welcome!’ letter was sent out to those members completed the registration process. It contains the new password to the members only section of the website. If you are paid up and did not receive the letter let us know.

Start Bringing your $1 bills!

Starting in March will begin holding meeting raffles with chances to win cool quilting prizes! You won’t want to miss out on the action.

MQGQ – Modern Classics Challenge

The MQG is going back in time to re-release some of our favorite patterns of the month and we are inviting you to join in for a chance to have a quilt included in a special exhibit for QuiltCon 2021 in Atlanta!

Visit themoderquiltguild.com for complete details on how to participate.

Workshop Recap

On January 25 we had member led workshops by Betsy Vinegard and Sue Erdreich. Betsy taught paper piecing using the pattern “My First Alphabet” from Diane Bohn at fromblakpages.com

Sue provided a class on color theory and improv piecing.

Notan Exercise

Based on the Black and White issue of Curated Quilts Magazine, Kathy led us in an exercise doing Notan.


First up, UFO challenges progress makers for the month of February.

And the raffle winner for this months UFO challenge was Terri!

Next month for the March meeting you are to work on UFO #9!

Or pick any UFO, work on it and show us your progress to be eligible for the drawing!

Other Reminders for March Meeting

Block Lotto Blocks due! If you need a copy of the directions, email programs.

We will be having a member led workshop on Saturday, March 28th making the ‘Not Your Basic Blue Bag’ with Janet VanTreurun.

Programs for 2020

A complete listing of the balance of the years speakers was passed out during the meeting. Copies will be available at the March meeting. Or keep an eye on the calendar on the website. The overview is:

  • April – Debbie Grifka
  • June Carol Lyles Shaw
  • August – Merrie Ford
  • October – Annabel Wrigley

Show and Tell

Debby Coats with her paper pieced block and Swedish star.

Jeanine Bowen with ‘All Stars’

Margy with star quilt sample

Debby Siccardi with baby hexie pillow.

Sallie with her Mystery Quilt.

Rachel with Ice Dyed Napkins.

Ameri with Meadowland.

See you next month!

Jennifer – Secretary

March Member Led Workshop

Not Your Basic Blue Bag

We are excited to host Janet for our member led workshop: Not Your Basic Blue Bag

Not Your Basic Blue BagWe’ve all been there. The big blue and yellow home store that has those huge blue bags at their register that you can purchase to carry all your treasures home. We love it’s size. We love it’s practicality. But we’ve always been a fan of beautiful things that function. The Not Your Basic Blue Bag is an alternative bag that delivers all the practicality of the original but all the style of a one of a kind bag. A quick and easy sew, it also offers three sizes for when you don’t necessarily need a HUGE bag but you still want to carry your treasures in style.  This bag is a great “gateway” bag in that it includes a few basic bag making skills. You get to choose the size. Pattern is included in the cost of the class

When: March 28th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where: Cedar Grove Community Church: 65 Bowden Rd. Cedar Grove, NJ 07009

Cost: $55 member or $65 for nonmember (plus $2 paypal fee)

Please complete the registration and pay through the paypal button or by mailing a check to: NJMQG 41 Watchung Plaza Montclair, NJ 07042.


Member class fee

Not Your Basic Blue Bag


Non Member class fee

Not Your Basic Blue Bag


Janet Van Treuren has been sewing since she was very young and started quilting about 28 years ago. Originally from St. Louis, Janet has lived in NJ for almost as long as she has been quilting. During the day, Janet has a small business sewing window treatments and soft furnishing for a couple interior designers. Janet has a personal philosophy to do one fun thing each day. Come to the workshop and have some fun!