These are a few of my favorite things…

At our guild meeting on Thursday, I shared some of my favorite, mostly free, quick projects and tutorials. As promised, here are the links to my favorite things. Rachel has also contributed a link to an infinity scarf that she showed off a year or two ago, and an easy beanie tutorial that she would love to try. Let us know if you try one! ~Samantha

In Color Order: Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial
Lined Drawstring Bag by Jeni Baker of Tutorial and one bag size are free. Pay for the pattern to get all the sizes
open wide zippered pouch tutorial size chart - Noodlehead
Open Wide Zipper Pouch by Free pattern and tutorial for all three sizes.
kelbysews: 1 Hour Basket Tutorial
One Hour Basket by Pay for the pattern and make one for everyone you know! Takes me longer than one hour to make, but OH SO USEFUL!
Sew a Sunglasses Case - Melly Sews
Snappy Sunglasses Case by Free pattern and tutorial. Quilted to protect your glasses, snap closure made with measuring tape
Soup Bowl Cozy Pattern – Happy Hour Stitches
Soup Bowl Cozy by Free pattern and tutorial. Great for leftover layer cakes and odd pieces of batting
Two Brown Birds: FREE PATTERN
Travel Tissue Cover by Free pattern and tutorial. Super quick and easy. Pair with a matching mask, hand lotion, or hand sanitizer for a homemade gift.
The Sewing Chick | Tutorial — Quilt-as-you-go Thread Catcher
Thread Catcher by Sew Lux Fabric has kits. Free pattern and tutorial. Uses the quilt-as-you-go method.
Sideline Scarf - FREE Pattern Included — Urban Sewciety Blog
Sideline Scarf with zipper pocket by Urban Sewciety- Free pattern
Introducing the FREE Workhorse Patterns x Sewcialists Beanie Pattern! –  Sewcialists
The Sewcialists Beanie– Free pattern

November 2020 Guild meeting – THIS THURSDAY!!

Hello friends, how are you? Here’s a monthly reminder for you…

We’ve got our Zoom guild meeting 11/19/20 – and we’d love to see your smiling faces! Our meeting is wherever YOU are – your couch, backyard, your sewing table, you pick!

We’ll open it up at our usual 7pm to visit & we’ll start at 7:15

Look for an email with the ZOOM call in details. 

What do we need from you? By WEDNESDAY– photos from: 

  • the PapperSaxsten Cogs and Caterpillar wheels class from last month
  • UFO challenge finishes
  • Show & Tell 

Send to the Programs team ( with the MONTH in the subject line (NOVEMBER (UFO, S&T, class, etc) in the subject line so we can include your makes in the slide show.

We are looking forward to seeing you. 

If you would like to be a guest at our meeting this month, please email us for the Zoom information.

Thanks so much & SEE you Thursday!!


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

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