Updates: Our 2021 MQG Community Outreach Quilt

fabric prep

The MQG’s Community Outreach quilt for QuiltCon 2021 is focused on curved piecing with a given color palette. As in previous years the NJMQG is participating and we are well on our way. A shout out to our members: Lenny van Eijk who came up with a great design, Kathy Morganroth for getting our templates in order, and Margy Schilling who has sorted out organizing, prep and co-ordination of all the parts.

Thanks to all who are already participating on our community quilt: 24 guild members were sent kits! About 20 of us hung out in three Zoom sessions. Twelve have already returned pieced blocks, and they look fabulous!!

cutting & prepping fabric kits

Hopefully the rest are on their way. Please let us know if you have any problems with the blocks or find that you don’t have the time you thought you would.
We have a small group lined up to piece the top together, but we will let you know if we are in need of more assistance in this area.

There is another opportunity to help with this quilt: It needs a back! We have a few yards of the blues, and plenty of orange scraps. Anyone interested in doing a bit of improv???  If we have one person to sew it, I bet we can get a few others to consult over Zoom.

Think about it, and let Margy know, or we can talk more about it at the Guild meeting on Thursday.

October 2020 Guild Meeting & Guest Presenter – this Thursday 10/15

Upcoming Zoom Guild Meeting…

Where: your couch, desk, sewing area  – wherever you like!

When: hard start @ 7:15 – we’ve got a guest! Sara Trail of the Social Justice Sewing Academy will be joining us to speak about Quilting an Intergenerational Community: Youth, Fabric & Activism

We’d love to see your faces at our meeting this Thursday – we’ll open it up at our usual time at 7pm to get set up, and we’ll start promptly at 7:15

Our guest this month: Sara Trail founder and Executive Director of the Social Justice Sewing Academy.


The Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) is a youth education program founded in 2017; it aims to bridge artistic expression using textile media with activism to advocate for social justice. Through a series of hands-on workshops in schools, prisons and community centers across the country, SJSA empowers youth to use textile art as a vehicle for personal transformation and community cohesion and become agents of social change. Many of the young people make art that explores issues such as gender discrimination, mass incarceration, gun violence and gentrification. The powerful imagery they create in cloth tells their stories. These quilt blocks have been displayed in museums, galleries and quilt shows across the country. This visual dialogue bridges differences in race, age and socioeconomics and sparks conversations and action in households across the country.

Join Sara Trail in this inspiring talk as she shares how youth use quilting as a platform of personal expression through the Social Justice Sewing Academy.

Meeting details – We’ll start our meeting by quickly saying hello then jumping in to hearing from Sara, then after our Q&A we’ll have our guild updates and have our UFO & Show & Tell shares.

Check your inbox for an upcoming email with Zoom call-in details. Please do not pass on the Zoom info directly to friends as we are asking for PayPal donations – info is below…

*If you are a guest (non-NJMQG member) and would like to join us – please do! – we have a $5 fee this month, with these donations going to the SJS Academy. 

Use the PayPal button below and the Zoom details will be emailed to you after payment is received. Please contact treasurer(at)njmqg.com if you have any issues. 

*there is a $2 PayPal charge added to the $5 guest fee


Sara Trail – SJSA: Youth, Fabric & Activism

Your donation as a guest of the NJMQG for this talk will be donated to the SJSA……Guest fee $5 *there is a $2 PayPal charge automatically added to the $5 guest payment

7.00 $

Helpful ZOOM reminders – While we have our guest, please be mindful and mute your microphone. Check your video & audio settings before we start and don’t hesitate to ask if you need some guidance about where your settings are. Since we plan on a Q&A time, familiarize yourself with the ZOOM buttons: there is a chat button that looks like a speech bubble. Feel free to use this to ask questions during her talk.

UFO, Show & Tell photos – To better facilitate the meeting; please send our Programs team – Samantha, Jeanine & Sue (programs(at)njmqg.com) any photos BY WEDNESDAY to add into our usual meeting slide show – specify the MONTH and if your item is for the UFO section or Show & Tell etc.

We are looking forward to seeing you. 

Here are a few Zoom reminders if you have not joined us this way before. Please help us give you the best meeting we can…

-Check your microphone & speaker settings before the meeting. Call us beforehand if you need help at all.

-Turn off your t.v. in the background so it doesn’t compete with your microphone

Thanks so much & SEE you Thursday!!


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