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

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.

Meet Your Fellow Members

My Name is: Deb Loeb


Born: Long Island,NY I have been Quilting for several decades.

My maternal Grandmother quilted and this is a quick story about her

HUNTING FOR A MEMORY

The quilt pictured above is just one of the many quilts my maternal Grandmother made.

No, I wasn’t on a safari, just a trip to a fabric shop. But this isn’t just any fabric store. This store has everything – everywhere. There are aisles and aisles of every kind of fabric imaginable. The fabric is stacked two high on both sides. It is then stacked on top of that and in front of each side on the floor making it so you sometimes have to go sideways just to get down an aisle. It’s hard work finding just what you want here, easier if you weren’t trying to find something specific, but today I am. I’m hunting for more reproduction fabric, reminiscent of that used by my grandmother to make everyone of her children, grandchildren, and I suppose a good many of her great-grandchildren, their very own special quilt. Now these weren’t the artful quilts that you see today. No elegant patterns here.
Just made with love for generations to pass down.

I think of the quilts I’ll make. Not fine or fancy, just cozy, becoming more beautiful as they age. Being used with love. That does it you know. Repeated washings, a little fraying, getting faded, like people… aging beautifully.

I don’t have a longarm. I mainly make lap and baby size quilts since I don’t have a long arm to quilt larger things.

Inspired by other quilters, art, nature, love of fabric, I like to try all different types of quilting.

Most of what I make are gifts or are for charity. I’ve made some other crafty things too, bags and such.

Took a class few years ago with Victoria Finley Wolff. It was interesting and learned some new things.  Have to think about the workshop thing.

Love what ever colors speak to me that would look good in a quilt that excites me. I do love blues. I like photography and try to draw and watercolor.

Yes, I check my email. 

Meet Your Fellow Members

My name is Rosemary Crerand:

Just a quick introduction from your newest member, Rosemary.  I am the eldest of ten children all of whom were born birthed by the same doctor and born in the same hospital in Jamaica (Long Island), New York.  At the age of 16 our house in Massapequa was just bursting at the seams and thus we made the move to NJ.  I met my husband a few months later and one thing led to another and can’t believe we will be celebrating 52 years of marriage this year.  How did that happen I don’t even feel 52. In 2005 my husband took an early retirement which prompted me to do the same thing.  After twenty plus years at a job I loved at Rutgers University we packed up and moved to Florida.  Although we absolutely love our friends and our house here my husband has had numerous health issues so once the pandemic has passed we will be returning to New Jersey to be close by our family.  If you don’t know this by now, Eileen, your president, is my sister.  
I haven’t been quilting that long.  Maybe eight years. I was always captivated by the quilts my sister made and she just kept urging we to try it.  She had confidence in me and she had no doubt I’d love it.   So the rest is history. I took myself down to West Palm Beach to a Mancuso show.  Bought a Juki and have been at it ever since.  She recently pushed me out of my comfort zone and encouraged me to make a Minecraft quilt, with Gods knows, how many little pieces for my grandson.  I turned out amazing and she continues to inspire me to this day.
I love everything about modern quilts. The clean lines. The bright colors. But I truly believe it is the actual quilting that brings them to life. I don’t have a longarm but am looking forward to learning on Eileens once we get home.
I haven’t had any classes in the past two years but I have taken quite a few at our locally at the Dragonfly Quilt Shop in Vero Beach FL. I’ve been so fortunate to become great friends with the owner and she has introduced me to some of the most beautiful and talented women. Thru some of the events I’ve attended I’ve been fortunate enough to meet Alex Veronelli (Aurifill), Jennie Doan and Victoria Finely Wolfe. I know bringing a speaker to the guild is probably wildly expense but maybe I could reach out and see how the local shops down here were able to do it.
Prior to the pandemic I belonged to two book clubs but that like everything else has been put on hold due to the Covid. I was actually thinking about starting a virtual one if anyone has an interest let me know.
I have email and check it daily so feel free to reach out.  The last thing I would like to say is that I love the feel of your guild. Each and every one of you have always made me feel so welcomed each time I’ve been in NJ. You ladies are amazingly talented and not shy to share your gift with others.  Thank you for including me.

Meet Your Fellow Members

Name:  Bonnie Bartholomew

Where were you born?     WAY upstate New York (farm country).  Oldest of 6 kids. 

How long have you been quilting?     20+ years

Who/what inspired you to start quilting?      Started sewing in grade school…been sewing ever since.  Quilting appealed as it combined my love of art and sewing. 

Who/what inspires you now?  Art, my family, color, nature, flowers

When talking about quilts – what is MODERN in YOUR view?      Color, shape, spontaneity.

Do you follow any specific quilter or designer?  If so, who?      Susan Carlson, Katie Pasquini Masopust , Terry Kramzar

What type of quilting do you prefer – piecing, paper piecing, appliqué, hand stitching?  Do you longarm?           Piecing, fused applique, paint, fabric pencils, etc.  I use a sit down long arm for machine quilting.

 Is there a type of quilt/project that you like to do?  Wall hanging, bed quilt, pocketbooks, totes, table runners?         I do art quilts, wall hangings, pieced quilts

Do you participate in any challenges, Quilt-a-longs (what is this?), charity sewing?    If so, which?   Lack interest in those.

Have you taken any classes in the last two years?  If so, which ones?  Did you find them useful?          Have gone to many classes which I enjoyed.  Physical limitations make it too difficult now.

Is there something that you would like JSMQG to develop a workshop on?         Designs  for free motion quilting?    Photographic images on quilts? no comment

Are there any speakers would you like to see visit JSMQG? no comment

What are your favorite colors?  Blue, cool colors, jewel tones, bright color, all color!

What other interests do you have? Used to garden but can’t anymore.  Love to bake.

Anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?     Haven’t accomplished much lately.  Think the whole quarantine thing has done me in!

Do you have access to email?  Do you check it periodically?  I do use email and instagram.

Meet Your Fellow Members

Name: Michelle Lewis

Where were you born? Frankfort Germany

How long have you been quilting? 25 years

Who/what inspired you to start quilting? I always sewed clothing having 3 daughters and wanted to make a quilt for my girlfriend having her first baby

Who/what inspires you now? Everything, Modern, Traditional,  Art quilts and Applique

When talking about quilts – what is MODERN in YOUR view? Strong motifs and negative space

Do you follow any specific quilter or designer?  If so, who? Pride and Joy Quilter, Jacquline  Dejonge (paper Piecing) and all applique artists

What type of quilting do you prefer – piecing, paper piecing, appliqué, hand stitching?  Do you longarm? All of the above Still working on the longarm aspect

Is there a type of quilt/project that you like to do?  Wall hanging, bed quilt, pocketbooks, totes, table runners? Will do all just not so much into table runners.

Do you participate in any challenges, Quilt-a-longs (what is this?), charity sewing?    If so, which? Not to many challenges I stay Challenged by the projects I choose. I will do charity sewing if needed

Have you taken any classes in the last two years?  If so, which ones?  Did you find them useful? Craftsy Classes for machine quilting and clothing tailoring also some ruler work

Is there something that you would like JSMQG to develop a workshop on? Can’t think of nothing at the moment

Are there any speakers would you like to see visit JSMQG? Virtual? The sky’s the limit

What are your favorite colors? RED can never have to much red and Black too really all colors are in the running not a fan of purple

What other interests do you have? Since Covid cooking baking and knitting and more quilting I dabble with painting also

Anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked? Nope you pretty much covered it all.

Do you have access to email?  Do you check it periodically? Not frequently

Meet Your Fellow Members

My Name is: Eileen DiPietro
Where were you born? Jamaica, New York
How long have you been quilting? About 15 years
Who/what inspired you to start quilting? I sewed garments since I was in
elementary school, I didn’t develop an interest in quilting until later in life. I had
gotten a magazine in the mail with a picture of a quilt on the cover and thought ‘I
can make that’. The rest is history.
Who/what inspires you now? I find inspiration everywhere. The amount of
information available on social media outlets makes me have to sometimes look
away in order to get anything accomplished.
When talking about quilts – what is MODERN in YOUR view? Modern to me is the
use of negative space to add quilting designs. Bright colors, unstructured blocks and
new takes on traditional piecing are what deems a quilt modern to me..
Do you follow any specific quilter or designer? If so, who? I like to follow other
guilds, fabric designers and a few bloggers.
What type of quilting do you prefer – piecing, paper piecing, appliqué, hand
stitching? Do you longarm? I prefer foundation paper piecing for the precision
results it gives. I am not fond of precision, traditional piecing. I always have a hand
sewing project like English paper piecing, embroidery or hand binding going on.
I own a longarm, a learning curve for sure, but I am comfortably quilting large quilts
now.
Is there a type of quilt/project that you like to do? Wall hanging, bed quilt,
pocketbooks, totes, table runners? Large, bed size quilts are my thing. I do also love
quick make like a table runner or a tiny quilt to hang in the studio or on my front
door. I do believe I’ve been dubbed the resident bag maker of this guild and I can
apply a zipper to just about anything!
Do you participate in any challenges, Quilt-a-longs (what is this?), charity sewing?
If so, which? I love quilt alongs for the camaraderie and accountability they bring.
My roots are in charity sewing, and I am a firm believer that sewing and charity go
hand in hand. Charity is how the past president of this guild found and recruited
me.
Have you taken any classes in the last two years? If so, which ones? Did you find
them useful?
I have not taken any real classes. I was scheduled to attend a three
day longarm workshop with Handi Quilter, which was cancelled due to the
pandemic.
Is there something that you would like JSMQG to develop a workshop on? Nothing
in particular, I am open to learning anything new. I also believe that our guild
members all have unique talents and excel in their own different areas and that we
should be taking advantage of that with member led workshops.
Are there any speakers would you like to see visit JSMQG?
What are your favorite colors? As far as quilting goes, I love a white background
with lots of bold colors.
What other interests do you have? Cooking, healthy eating and a medical issue that
limits what I can eat has created a challenge in preparing healthy, good tasting
meals that I am currently enjoying.
Anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked? Being part of a guild has
really changed my life. Prior to being a member I was sewing at home and had no
friends who share my passion. I value every friendship made and take a
tremendous amount of pride in what this small guild has accomplished in the way of
charity.
Do you have access to email? Do you check it periodically? i stay on top of my
email..

Meet Your Fellow Members

Name: Brandy Borden

Where were you born?  Salem, Ohio

How long have you been quilting? Since 2013 ish…         

Who/what inspired you to start quilting?

After moving to New Jersey in 2009, I was lost and without a social network. My husband suggested that I find a hobby instead of following him around like a puppy… That’s not exactly how it went, but close… From there I started with some private sewing lessons and made a set of $150.00 pillow cases…. They were for extra-large pillows, but it was still a bit excessive. I then found a class through Monmouth Park System and in my second course made a quilt for my grandmother. After that I was addicted. I now have an endless supply of works in progress.

Who/what inspires you now?

Sometimes everything and sometimes nothing…. Being part of the JSMQG helps to keep me moving and making. Having a group of inspiring ladies to share with is wonderful!

When talking about quilts – what is MODERN in YOUR view?

I think that bright patterns make a modern quilt. I like bright vibrant colors and it is the color that speaks to me in the quilts I love. Modern can be a pattern… a fresh design… A new idea if there is such a thing… It can be something made today or 100 years ago… I think the key is clean, nice design…

Do you follow any specific quilter or designer?  If so, who?

I am not a faithful follower, but I like to see the following blogs:

Red Pepper Quilts https://www.redpepperquilts.com

Sew Katie Did https://www.sewkatiedid.com/blog/  – She makes modern quilts in the Seattle area. I love her stuff and her beautiful studio.

Ruth De Vos https://www.ruthdevos.com – She has a gaggle of kids and makes beautiful art quilts that are pieced with freezer paper technique. Awesome!

Lo & Behold Stitchery https://www.loandbeholdstitchery.com – love her quilt designs

Lou Gardiner https://www.lougardiner.co.uk/   – love her embroidery and her spunkiness.

Sophie Standing http://www.sophiestandingart.com/ – love her embroidery and thread painting techniques!

What type of quilting do you prefer – piecing, paper piecing, appliqué, hand stitching?  Do you longarm?

I love the whole process from coming up with the design to piecing and quilting. I like free motion quilting small projects on my domestic machine and am embarking on the adventure to learn to longarm quilt with a hand-guided approach!

Is there a type of quilt/project that you like to do?  Wall hanging, bed quilt, pocketbooks, totes, table runners?

I prefer to make quilts and give them away… obviously smaller is faster, but I usually don’t like anything smaller than 60” for a quilt project. I usually end up adding on to make small projects harder! I have a reputation for starting many projects and finishing few… something I hope to improve on this year. I also like to make bags, but am happier to tackle these projects with friends…. Like Eileen!

Do you participate in any challenges, Quilt-a-longs (what is this?), charity sewing?    If so, which?

I like to help with charity projects with the guild, but am terrible at doing any kind of “A-Long” project. I have not been successful in the past with meeting deadlines. I like to take part in the projects and complete them at my own Sllllloooowwww pace.

Have you taken any classes in the last two years?  If so, which ones?  Did you find them useful?

I have taken some classes through the Monmouth Park System that were very useful. When I am working on something over my head, I like to have help on hand. I made a dress which was wonderful, but I couldn’t have done it without help. I have recently taken a couple of Design Matters TV classes and find them very inspiring. I also recently purchased a couple of Craftsy classes to learn to make lingerie and to make a skirt a la Alabama Chanin!

Is there something that you would like JSMQG to develop a workshop on?

I will be happy to participate in whatever the group does. I would love to partake in a fabric dying workshop. I would also like to learn more hand stitching and embroidery techniques. Art Quilting techniques are also interesting to me and I hope to make a collage quilt this year!

Are there any speakers would you like to see visit JSMQG?

There is a local Art Quilter names Elena Stokes… I am not sure if she does workshops, but if so, it would be awesome. There is also a lady called Tie Dye Amy that does classes for groups in NJ..

https://elenastokes.com/

https://www.facebook.com/tyedyeamy/

What are your favorite colors? I love Magenta and various purples and oranges as well as blues and greens. I love vibrant colors!

What other interests do you have? I am interested in making jewelry, watercolor and oil painting, embroidery, print-making, the list goes on…. I love to make and intend to do more of it this year than in the past. I am happiest when making!

Anything you would like to add that we haven’t asked?

Thank you for keeping things going for the group!

Do you have access to email?  Do you check it periodically?

I check email often…. Not every day, but often.