Quiltcon and News from the MQG

Have you checked your email?  The MQG sent out their February  News and Happenings email today and it is full of information about Quiltcon and how you can participate virtually and through live streaming.  In addition, the Board is asking for input from you, the members,  on the 2022 Community Quilt Challenge (formerly the Charity Quilt Challenge). We were just talking about this at last Saturdays’ meeting/sew-in!  There’s lots of other information and past webinars are there for your viewing and reference. Take advantage, this is part of your membership.

Happy sewing, Eileen

November Meeting

Our second meeting in our new space was less business and lots of fun. We met some more new friends and added new members to the guild which is so awesome. I predicted that post quarantine of this dreadful pandemic we would see a resurgence in the sewing/quilting arts after people dusted off their sewing machines to make masks and thought this is kind of fun, and the JSMQG is realizing exactly this as we are close to doubling our membership pre-pandemic!! I could not be happier!

We have lots in the works in the way of Community Outreach. Deb H put together kits for us to make seasonal placemats for donation, completed projects are due back at the December meeting. The return of Monthly Programs is exciting. In December we will talk about batting and the different varieties and uses. Everyone is encouraged to bring a sample of their favorite and I have gotten sample packs from Quilters Dream to pass out and talk about. There may be a door prize too! We currently have programs scheduled through May, think about what else you’d like to see in a program and what you would like to host one on. Two member lead bag making workshops are scheduled now for early next year and we’ll be doing those at a Saturday Sew-In.

A few reminders for next month: 1. bring your completed placemats, 2. A sample of your favorite batting, 3. Your go to place for free patterns and tutorials and 20 copies of one them to share/swap. 4. A treat or dessert to share for our holiday get together, and 5. Some show and tell.

And now some show and tell from this month, see you all in December!!

October Meeting

First meeting in the new space was a success, the space is perfect for us, our hosts are super gracious, there’s fabric shopping and we added four new members (five in the last two months). Yay!! This time of year, there is always a lot of business. Once that was out of the way, we were able to talk about plans for Community Outreach projects and Programs for education and instruction, and some Show and Tell.

Sherre snuggling her oversized tote bag that got a lot of interest from the crowd.
Three quilts made by Sherre
A little something festive from Linda to hang in her sewing room.

The start of something good!

Linda also made a few bowl cozies.
Eileen’s Dot and Dash quilt.
Another one from Eileen
A beautiful interlocking wall hanging made by June using needle turn appliqué

With so much to talk about and see and a little shopping, the time passed so quickly. Looking forward to next month and really getting to know our new members. Our first scheduled program will be next month. Brandy will lead us in how to navigate the MQG website. Make sure to bring a WiFi capable device and your log in information for the MQG website. Until then, happy sewing! Eileen

September Meeting

Brandy was kind enough to take some pictures from our September meeting. There’s was lots to show and tell.

Phew! That was a lot to see, but we haven’t been together in person for a while. It was nice that the members were able to see the completed quilt that started at the Monmouth County library’s Makers Day event, where children created a block from construction paper and our members recreated them in fabric. It will be donated to a local veteran!

And then we talked and ate and talked some more. A beautiful day!!

Jersey Shore MQG Gives

By now I’m sure most, if not all of you, have seen the quilt some of us put together for donation on social media. I had been sharing it as much as possible to promote the event that it went to. Team Shamrock was founded by Kathy Cunningham to honor and do good in the name of her brother, Donald Robertson Jr, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Her brother had a shamrock tattoo, hence the name. Team Shamrock is one of the top fundraising teams for Tunnel2Towers.org,, the Stephen Siller Foundation

We started this Wonky Cross quilt without a destination in mind and it’s completion just happened to coincide with the fundraiser at Bar Anticipation in Belmar. June reached out to Kathy and she was thrilled at the idea. This is not the first time we’ve worked with Kathy. If you recall we gave our Quilt Con charity quilt, the Shore Bird, to smart home recipient, Scott Nokes through Kathy and Team Shamrock.

On the night of the event, there were 600 attendees. Our Quilt was displayed in a basket and its description framed in acrylic. Kathy, whom I had the distinct pleasure of meeting when I handed the quilt off, gave our guild a lovely shout out. The event when it was all said and done, raised over $40,000!! That’s incredible and some 600 people heard about us! I’m proud of this and grateful to each of us that helped in the making.

Team Shamrock is in the process of building another smart home for a four time Purple Heart recipient veteran who suffers from severe PTSD and TBI. He served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Kathy has asked if we can make a quilt for him for his new home and we have agreed. We will talk more about that at our September meeting.

We as a guild have always been generous to the community, and it feels good to be doing that again!

Success!

An idea born out of a conversation about having too many quilting supplies turned out to be a success in every way. Going in, I had no expectation about a dollar amount from our little garage sale and besides our own members, friends and family I knew beforehand pretty much how many outsiders we would have. We had some donated tools, books, gadgets, fabrics and quilts in progress and lots of items donated by our own members. Two things happened, at the end of the the day we netted in the neighborhood of $235 and the “outsiders” became new friends!! More than that, we were together, in person, for the first time in almost a year and a half and it was wonderful. We talked, we laughed, we ate we had show and tell and it all felt so good and inspiring as always. I would like to thank every one of our members who helped make this possible, especially our “cashier” June and our amazing host Michelle. I couldn’t have done it without you. I’m looking forward to returning to in person meetings again soon.

Spring is Here!

Spring is here and its time to get your studio and supplies in order.  Your Jersey Shore MQG will be having its first ever Garage Sale/ Ugly Fabric Auction.  Get excited!!!  During a recent conversation with a fellow member, who shall remain nameless, she confessed to having six travel irons. What?!?  You may ask yourself, how can this happen, but the truth is we probably all have similar situations where we’ve misplaced something and bought new, or were out shopping at a show and we just couldn’t remember if we already had one of these tools.  I’ll admit I have more than one Dresden ruler to name one.  So here’s your chance to lighten your load, pick some things up at rock bottom prices and help us raise some funds for the guild.  Bring your tools you no longer want or need, books, patterns, you name it.  When I discussed this at our meeting last Saturday, someone asked what about ugly fabric and orphan blocks?  Bring It!!  I had sent out a group text to see who’s in and I am so happy with the response, so let’s do this!!

When:  Saturday, June 12th, 2021 11AM

Where:  This event will take place at Michelle’s house, outdoors, and I will send the address in an email.  (I need to set a rain date  with Michelle first)

Bring:  Whatever you want, just know that whatever doesn’t move you will have to bring home with you, but seriously “one man’s trash,,,”

We will have a very informal meeting first.  BRING A BAG LUNCH for yourself and a treat for the group in you want.  I have also approved with Michelle, INVITE LOCAL FRIENDS TO STOP BY AND BROWSE

More than anything, I am so excited to see all of you in person after such a long time,

Eileen 

March

It’s hard to believe it’s been over a year since we last met in person. All things considered and despite the challenges we’ve faced I’m pretty proud of how our small guild has carried on.

We had our regularly scheduled meeting virtually this past Saturday, there were six of us in attendance. I always worry that I don’t have a formal agenda like the old days, how will I fill the time. In true quilter fashion, once we get to chatting, somehow over two hours passed. June gave us a rundown of our finances which pretty much remain unchanged and our status with the MQG. Those of us who attended QuiltCon, had all positive feedback, kudos to the MQG for pulling off such an epic event virtually. Other matters discussed were the workshop we held for the Mini Maker Case and how great that went. The majority of us who attended either have a finished product or are well on the way to a finish. The next one is set for March 27th where we’ll be adding something new to our tool belt making Sew Sweetness’ Suffolk Coin Purse. Grab your pattern and supplies and get ready to join us. I’ll send out an email with some tips I learned while making my samples. I’ll also be sending a separate email with instructions for blocks, that Brandy wrote up, for our next charity quilt.

It came up in conversation that I had signed up for the Lancaster MQG virtual BOM which includes a monthly Zoom workshop. I had sent out the information a while ago. Well one thing led to another and I believe four of us are now attending. It starts tonight but I do believe you can join at any time. I’m interested not only in the quilt but also in the opportunity to meet and chat with their guild members and hopefully visit with them in person at some point. That’ll be fun.

Well that’s it for now, I will see you on the 27th. Until then happy sewing!

Eileen

February

Hi friends, I have no idea what happened to January and here we are two weeks in to February! I’ve been inundated with things to get the new year started, appointments, a couple of commissioned quilts and you know the drill. Sorry I’ve taken so long to get something on here but here we go,

Our meeting in January was a success in every sense. We had nearly our full membership in attendance and before we knew it more than two hours had passed. It was really great to see and talk with everyone. I had the second date scheduled for the third Wednesday and three of us showed up, which again was great. I’m going to continue that this month; however, I’m going to plan to be sewing that night and maybe demonstrating a quick make at that time if I determine there’s an interest. I will post on Facebook what to bring for anyone who is. Sound good? Sometimes the meetings get away from us and we don’t get to all the things I have planned, you know we quilters have the gift of gab! I will continue to schedule both time slots, unless we get to a point where I’m there alone.

There was, like I said, so much to catch up with last month and tons of show and tell to talk about, we completely forgot about that conversation starter ( like we actually need one!) your most coveted/hoarded fabric. Let’s try that again on Saturday. Show us what you’ve got, talk about why it’s so special and just what you’re waiting for, if anything, to use it.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again. June will be with us this month and can update us on her portion. Bring your show and tell, see you Saturday morning.

Eileen

New Year – Fresh Start

Happy New Year friends!!! I am so glad to be writing this post today in good health and hoping you are all reading this the same way. It is a new year, we have a fresh start, and hope for what lies ahead of us this year. We’ve made it through a most difficult and challenging time in our lives and also in terms of our guild and although we are certainly not out of the woods yet, there is hope on the horizon. If you missed me saying it earlier, I am so pleased to welcome back each and every one of our existing members as well as our new member, Rosemary. Things are looking up for sure!

Our first official meeting is scheduled for this coming Saturday 1/9/21 at 10:30 am. If you haven’t joined us yet in this fashion, go to our member page, look for Eileen’s Room for this day, click on it and you will be redirected I’m always there early and you can text me if you’re having trouble getting in. It does help to have the Facebook Messenger App on your device. I’m trying to accommodate everyone so I also have another meeting set up for Wednesday evening 1/20/21 at 7 pm. Come to one or both, whatever works for you!! Whichever meeting you come to please bring:

1. Your absolute favorite fabric that you are hoarding/ saving for that one special project and tell us how you acquired it and why it is so dear to you.

2. Three (3) 3 1/2 inch squares of fabric, (2) of the same and (1) coordinating. I’m going to show you a super quick make.

3. Show and Tell if you have any.

And all your enthusiasm, ideas, and suggestions for this new year!

I’ve mentioned in the past about sewing the Mini Maker Case together as a group. I’ve not had much feedback but I am still open to that so let’s talk about it at the meeting and either plan a day or scrap the idea. Im working on a sample of another bag of sorts, that is born out of the fact that I do not know how to do anything on a small scale, buy, cook, you name it. When you grow up in a house with ten children everything is bought in exact measure of what you will need for the week etc. No such thing as stockpiling. So when I needed to make something for my house I bought way too much of a certain “material” and I was trying to brainstorm what I could do to get rid of it. If it works out I will get that key ingredient to all of you and we can have a group project for February. I actually thought it would be a fun swap project; however, that may not be feasible right now. Tell me how you feel about swaps right now, I always like to be on the receiving end of a handmade item, you? And who doesn’t like when something that’s not a bill shows up in your mailbox? Let’s chat!

Lastly, I am going to join in on a Block of the Month this year with Kim Lapacek of Persimmon Dreams. Early on in my journey, when Craftsy was free I participated in two block of the month. I would guesstimate that a solid 70% of my quilting skills were learned there. It is a unique opportunity to learn new skills or hone the ones you may already have and haven’t used in a while. You have nothing to lose, it is free, she has some wonderful quilters scheduled in the lineup, and you end up with a decent size quilt, as the bocks are 12 1/2”. I should probably mention that the finished quilt is a mystery. It starts on the 12th, so go take a look. Kim’s theme this year is the Old School Block of the Month, new takes on old quilt blocks. I would love for you to join me, who’s in?

I’m making a personal commitment to keep this blog up to date this year, so be on the lookout. I’m also hoping to keep the social media outlets more engaged so please post your projects and tell me about anything new and exciting so I can repost.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone this month, whether it be on Saturday or on Wednesday, or both. Eileen