In the spirit of friendship… and just being curious, I
thought it would be fun to visit our sister modern quilt guilds and see what
they were up to. Bonny and Kat decided to join me on my adventure.
First off… when I originally thought of this I didn’t check
the calendar. I had no clue that the 3rd week of each month was so
popular for quilters! Philly Guild meets on the 3rd Tuesday, we meet
on the 3rd Wednesday, and North Jersey is the 3rd
Thursday. So yes… that meant 3 nights in a row we attended a guild meeting. I
don’t know about you all… but I’m getting to an age where one outing at night a
week does me in! Three in a row was a bit much. However… I enjoyed every
Philly Modern Quilt Guild was first on the hit list. I
attended a meeting of theirs about 6 years ago when they were meeting in a
youth group recreation hall. Jan (owner of Pennington Quilt Works) and I were
considering the idea of forming a Modern Quilt Guild based out of her shop and
went to see what all the hoopla was about. That trip was the seed that started
the Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild.
Anticipating the drive to be about an hour and a half, we
left early enough to allow stopping for dinner along the way. Bonny spotted an
Italian place along the route which ended up being pretty good.
Wow! The Philly Guild has certainly GROWN in the past 6
years!!! There were over 40 members in attendance and now meet in a spacious
classroom on the Salus University Campus in Elkins Park, PA.
There were quilters of all levels and styles. They run 2
Bees… one for beginning quilters, who showed off their positive/negative churn
dash blocks, and the other for more advanced sewers sharing their Snail Trail
blocks which were either paper pieced or patched depending on the choice of the
maker. The most important lessons we took from this were the ‘rules’ to joining
the Bee. Only 12 members per Bee were allowed… and each member was committed to
participating in all 12 months by making 2 blocks each month. It’s a solid
commitment… with a completion check off list to hold everyone accountable.
This guild has a Block of the (every other) Month Lottery.
This month’s selection was “Be Good to Your Heart” by Amy Smart (www.diaryofaquilter.com). Our travel
group was told of this before hand in case we wanted to participate. You write
your name on a slip of paper, one for each block you made. A name is drawn and
the winner gets them all! This month’s winner received 13 blocks to make into
an adorable Valentine quilt. Both Kat and I donated our blocks… Bonny finished
hers into a mini quilt and donated it to Rebecca’s Reel Quilters as an auction
item for their upcoming Quilt Show in May. The rest of the year is already
planned out… here is the link if you want to see what they are: http://www.phillymodernquiltguild.com/p/bi-monthly-block-raffle.html
Their governing style is the same as most guilds… President,
Vice President, etc… However they have added one more little tweak, for the
sake of continuity (and smooth transition) only 2 executive board positions are
on the ballot each year. Food for thought.
After a 10 minute snack break the meeting resumes with their
scheduled program. Usually they divide up into 2 demo groups for instruction on
some exciting technique or program, and switch after 20 minutes. Both groups
get the full value of each program. The night we attended however was not ‘usual’.
Instead, they swapped their Holiday gifts.
It was explained to me that November and December are super
crazy months, so they decided to swap their holiday gifts each January instead.
Using an online App named Elfster, whoever chooses to participate goes online
and fills in the questionnaire. Elfster assigns each participant with a
receiver’s name and preferred ‘likes’. You may then ask your receiver specific
questions anonymously. The parameters the guild set up were… 1. Do not spend
more than $35 and 2. One item must be handmade. Each gift was absolutely
AMAZING… and received with such gratitude and appreciation. The entire process
was heart warming! Personally I drooled over a Kaffe Fassett scarf that was
handmade from Rayon. I have been searching the Internet for a source, but so
far have come up empty handed.
Show and Tell ended the night… and OH what a sight! Speak
about inspiration!!!! Everything from adorable baby quilts to magnificent
masterpieces, held up for all to see. Our little brains were reeling with
future quilt ideas!
The drive home was un-eventful… until Kat realized she was
locked out of her house!!! Uh-oh! Her trusty police department sent a cute
officer to the rescue. All in all in was an adventure.
Next up, The North Jersey Quilt Guild whose meetings are
held in Cedar Grove, NJ. Kat was familiar with the area, so volunteered to
drive this time.Originally this group
met in a local store, Rock, Paper, Scissors… and have since outgrown the space
and recently re-located.Welllllll….
Once I heard there was a cute quilt shop to visit, I just HAD to add that to
our itinerary. Yes, of course I found some yardage I couldn’t live without… AND
at 40% off!!! Kat joined me in the thrill of the hunt, while Bonny showed
What’s New Jersey without a diner??? Kat remembered eating
at Park West Diner for lunch many times, so for old memory’s sake we agreed to
go there for dinner. Yum!!! There’s nothing like diner food!!! It was difficult
to select from the vast menu… but Bonny and I made quick decisions and put the
menu aside. Kat however wanted something specific, which apparently is only on
the lunch menu. A quick call to a friend of hers… who happened by coincidence
to be eating at the same diner that exact moment, got her what she wanted.
Needless to say… we were a little late getting to the
I was warned by their President, Daniela to expect a bit of
confusion as they were meeting for the very first time in their new location. Following
the phone GPS directions we drove ‘in’ the ‘out’ driveway of the parking lot,
then we walked through the back door instead of the front door to the church.
Eventually we made it to our seats and were warmly welcomed. So in the end, we
seemed to be the ones who were confused.
The meeting began with Old Business, New Business,
Membership, and announcements. The mention of the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club a
few members had joined interested me, so I did some research when I got home.
For $5 a month you get an in-depth quilting technique taught by top
instructors. There’s an option of paying $50 for the entire year in addition to
picking and choosing your months. It’s kind of awesome and I think I might try
it. Check it out… http://luckyspool.com/products/mighty-lucky-quilting-club
I was impressed with the Charity Committee. A local man had
contacted the guild explaining his wife, Myra had passed away and he would like
to donate her fabric (4 carloads full!) to be used for Charity work. The
Committee created bundles of co-ordinating fabrics as best they could for guild
members to take and make into quilt tops. If you didn’t want to quilt it, or
bind it, you were encouraged to return it for someone else to do the next step.
As long as a finished quilt resulted, they didn’t care how many people worked
on it. During Show and Tell a few members talked about how they ‘channeled’
Myra while using her fabric. Very cool!
During break you could take a look at the FREE table. The
rules here were… place on the table anything you no longer wanted/needed. Any
member was invited to give it a new home. At the end of the night, if it was
still there, you needed to take it back. Kat picked up some yardage of
heavyweight burgundy felt (which the previous owner was so thrilled she was
taking that she went out to her car in the freezing cold parking lot to
retrieve more to give her)… and I scored a quilt book with TWO quilts that
The program for the evening was a trunk show… of a guild
member! It’s something new this guild is trying. There are so many wonderfully
talented quilters they thought it would be nice if each did a truck show of
their own things. Andrea was the very first presentation. She was originally
from Austria and began quilting here in the US in 2005. Her stuff was
AWESOME!!! She began her truck show with the very first project she ever made…
a paper pieced pillow… with instructions to the group NOT to tug on the top
aggressively, as she didn’t know anything about ¼” seams… and believed hers
were 1/8” if she was lucky. Her creativity and talent were awe
inspiring, but it was her humor that stole the show.
A tough act to follow… was Show and Tell. Four guild members
stood together and shared their own Holiday Swap. Each were instructed to use
the same reversible tote bag pattern, and fill it with 3 to 4 gifts. Ahem… one
member we learned never follows the rules, and put in 6 items. Again, just as
the Philly Guild proved, these gifts were just as special and amazing. One
recipient even received 2 pair of hand knit socks. Show and Tell continued with
not only the display of many beautiful quilts… but the heart-warming stories
behind them. Ohs and ahs could be heard throughout the room.
During our own meeting, sandwiched between these two, we
discussed the issue of whether our Facebook page should be public or private.
This guild solved the problem by having two pages… one of each! What a simple
solution to a new generation problem.
I personally enjoyed these trips immensely. Not only for
meeting and sharing with like minded quilters and experiencing sister guilds,
but also to get to know two of our very own guild members a little bit better.
The time shared in the car gabbing about our lives and views, and taking the
time to eat together is so rewarding.I
have learned that Kat could use some help setting up her Grace Frame and
putting together an IKEA unit to get her sewing space in order (I’ll make an
all points bulletin for these tasks in the near future) and that Bonny loves to
count down the distance before you have to make a turn (600 feet, 500 feet, 50,
10, 5, NOW!). I wouldn’t know these things any other way.
The next road trip is planned for Saturday, February 6th
to the Michener Museum in Doylestown, PA. Please join us if you can.
I’m hoping to plan more ‘road trips’ in the future. Perhaps
a ‘Shop with Me’ to Pennington Quilt Works, or a longer trip to the Amish
Country in Lancaster to spend the day fabric shopping will be announced. Is
there some place YOU want to go?? Let me know, and we will get a group
together! We take turns driving so not any one person bares the expense…
however, if too many want to come along I am not opposed to hiring a bus.
Are you all excited to begin another fun filled year with the Jersey Shore Modern Quilt Guild???
Woo! Hoo! Let's get this party started!
Our next meeting:
THIS Wednesday, January 20, 2016 from 7pm to 9pm in the Jersey Shore Arts Center Building. If you are new to us... it is located at 66 Main St in Ocean Grove, NJ 07756.
As of this posting the Agenda has not been made public as yet, but I'm sure Carolyn has something wonderful in mind for us!
Don't forget to bring along a 'Show and Tell'! That's the most fun of each meeting, and why we take time out of our busy lives to gather... and get our 'quilt fix'!
There's still room for anyone who would like to join in on the car ride to the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA to view Blanket Statements... a display of new quilts by Kaffe Fassett, as well as Historical quilts from the collection provided be The Quilt Museum and Gallery in York, UK. The date has been set for Saturday February 6, 2016... no exact time has been decided upon as yet, but rumor has it there's an awesome quilt shop near by. Plan on an all day excursion!
If you prefer to 'go it alone'... then do your best to visit this Thursday, Jan 21st. Meg Cox, Liza Lucy, and Mark Lipinski will be there doing hand stitching demos from 1pm to 3pm.
AND... if you were unable to make it to December's meeting, here's what you missed!
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Dues were voted on to be $40 a month, and a number of people turned in checks to Sherre
as our new Treasurer Shannon Silver was not in attendance. Make checks out to JSMQG
and bring to the January meeting. We had enough in our treasure to pay for our membership
in the National Guild at the 16-25 member level
Nominations for offices were voted on and the suggested slate was elected:
President Sherre MacClellan
Vice President Brandy Borden
Secretary Bonny Collins
Treasurer Shannon Silver
3. Confirmed offices/appointments:
Charity Eileen DiPietro, Natalie Syracuse, Helen Foster
Program Carolyn Braun (who will work off the surveys we completed of our
interests and skills)
4. Location: We have discussed changing our venue several ties. Tonight we voted to meet as
Monthly business meetings will be held at the Ocean Grove Arts Center, with possible
changes of venue in the hottest months of the summer when there is no AC.Cost is $25
Sew-ins will be held monthly at the Reform Church in Colts Neck, which Sherre belongs
to. We can probably move there for the hot months.
They will guarantee availability of space for the sew-ins. Those attending sew-ins should be
prepared to pay $5 for the time—any additional funds will be supplied by JSMQG. Sherre will
check into whether we can keep some items there, like an ironing board and iron, table risers
Looking at a map with all our homes marked on it, the locations are both accessible as
easily by most of the members.
An advantage of remaining connected to the Arts Center is its focus on the ARTS, the
potential for quilt shows to be held there, and the beneficial outreach in connection with the town
—such as “quilt-ins” on the boardwalk to help publicize our existence.
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5. Our Improv with Intent blocks were sewn into a quilt top at the last meeting, and Sherre
took it home to sandwich and long-arm quilt, It looks good, and each person’s contribution
melds in well with all the others.Sherre put two extra blocks on the back, and the quilting looks
great. Carolyn will make binding form the scraps and bind it. Then it is to be used for charity, so
Eileen is on the alert for an appropriate recipient.
6. We declared an intermission while everyone helped themselves to the holiday feats—a
combination of fresh fruit, dips and veggies, dips and corn chips, whiskey cake made
with rum, cookies, fudge, and banana blueberry cake. And more!
7. Kat surprised us all with earrings she had purchased on eBay. Nice ones!
8. We exchanged pin cushions and Bonny took pictures of each person with the pin cushion
she received. Should we create a directory of pictures to identify the members? Several attend-
ing were at a loss as to many names and felt this would be helpful. Along with name tags written
9. Queen Bee—Carolyn collected several of the striped triangles she asked for at the last meet-
ing. Brady is Queen Been for January.
Phyllis showed a dramatic red, white, and black quilt for charity about 5’ square
Phyllis showed several mini quilts made form orphans donated to RRQ which will be put
in the Small Quilt Raffle for their spring show May 13-14 at Poricy Park. One had tiny pinwheels,
and another had sixteen-square blocks about one inch each.
Helen showed a wonky midsize quilt about 5’ square in orange, and shades of blue for
Helen showed us a 2’ x 2’ rug she knit from strips of leftover fabric scraps. Thick and
cozy. We need a class in this!
Kat showed a black velvet purse she made with Christmas themes embroidered on the
back and the flap, The gold shoulder chain set it off as a formal bag.
Brandy showed a light and dark blue and white seafaring quilt top about 6x6’ with ap-
pliqued anchors on white squares.
Carolyn showed a Winnie the Pooh charity quilt about 4x4’ square; a red, pink, and
white mini quilt in log cabin pattern; a mini quilt with orange balls in random sizes and patterns
on a yellow background; a black and white, silver and gold with swirls and dots about 3 x 3’ for
charity; several pillow cases for pillow forms, each with a central Christmas motif, sf s 5 x 5’
coverlet in a large V patterns using pinks, greens and blues. This one would be good for a
Sherre showed a black and white with squares and rectangles she donated for charity; a
closely quilted mini quilt with vintage sampler patterns; A while background with mini-pinwheels
and squares on the front, and the back used clocks of the supplied fabrics in a grid; and a dis-
appearing 9-patch with charity fabric in dark blue and wild colors.
11. Phyllis mentioned an online challenge that comes up weekly with Moda fabrics, “Little
Shop” whose patterns can be downloaded
12. Eileen mentioned a Riley Blake fabric challenge for a modern quilt which cones available at
10AM Saturdays. The fabric is shipped to the quilt, not the individuals
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13. Sherre closed the meeting with a discussion of us needing some substance at our meet-
ings. Business, sharing, and then a learning segment each month. We have many talents and
skills among us which if we had a focused session, we could learn from. Many of the sharing
projects are teachable!
Our next meeting will be January 20.
Queen Bee Brandy?
Do we have a line-up of Queen Bees or is it time to set one up?
We need to come up with a list of programs scheduled for the next several months so the mem-
bership can be prepared.
Bonny Collins, Secretary FaceBook: Don't forget to check out our Facebook Group... Jersey Shore Modern Quilt Guild. Lot's of fun sharing is going on there.
Are you all ready to dust off your sewing machines, gather your rotary cutter, and get down to the business of creating AWESOME quilts??? Great! Let's start off with a SEW-IN in a NEW LOCATION!!!
Sew-Ins will be held the 2nd Saturday of the month... EVERY MONTH, without fail... from 10:00am to 6:00pm.
NEW LOCATION is... Colts Neck Reformed Church located at 72 County Rd 537 in Colts Neck, NJ (not far from Delicious Orchards... YUM!)
The cost is $5... payable each time you attend. In the past, sew-in attendees pulled money together and purchased a pizza for sustenance. We aren't quite sure how this is going to play out yet in the new location so it might be wise to pack a snack... with plenty to share :-)
So... gather your machine and supplies, pack a snack, put $5 in your pocket... and join fellow members for a full day of quilting fun.
From time to time a few of us decide to jump in a car and do something fun. It's a great way to enjoy each other's company outside of the monthly meetings and sew-ins. Fabric sales, quilt shows, and Girl's Night Out at Laurita Winery have been a few 'last minute' excursions.
An email blast was sent to all members with details of our most current escape/s... visiting sister guilds at their monthly meetings. To date... Kat, Bonny, and Deb H are planning to visit the Philly Guild on Monday the 19th... and the North Jersey Guild on Thursday the 21st (yes, our very own meeting is sandwiched in-between). There is still room in the car for a few more. Please let one of us know if you'd like to join us. *Please note, the Philly Guild has invited us to join their block swap that night. If you would like to join us and participate, please let one of us know and we will email you the block directions.
An exhibit titled 'Blanket Statements'... New Quilts by Kaffe Fassett, and Historical Quilts from the collection of The Quilt Historical Museum and Gallery in York, England are on display until February 21st at the Michener Art Museum in Doylsetown, PA. This display will only be in TWO museums in the US!!!!
Further details click HERE.
A date has not yet been set for this trip. The idea is to gather all interested members, then decide on a date that works for everyone. If interested please message Deb H at: deb(at)debhathaway(dot)com.
It's time to update our website with all of our personal and business websites and blogs. Taking a look around the sites I've noticed some blogs haven't been updated in MONTHS. Please let me know if you no longer wish to have us link to your postings. In addition... if you have a website or blog that doesn't show up on our site, and you would like to be linked... please let us know!!
Our PINTEREST boards are now available for ALL to view. No more 'needing an invitation'... just FOLLOW the boards the same as anyone else. If you choose to follow, then please add a board to your personal account titled JSMQG and pin things you think should be on our boards. Once a week they will be grabbed and put over there for all to see.
Is there anything you would like to see on our website that isn't already there? How often do you go to the site? Why are you going there? What are you hoping to find??? Speak up and let us know how we can make this form of communication better for you. After all... this is YOUR guild. YOU and your opinions are important. Let's make this an AWESOME site and a hub for all things JSMQG!!!