Not to sound like a broken record but gosh there is so much happening for our little guild!!! We are adding new members almost monthly and last night was no exception as we welcomed Denise to our guild. And, we had a surprise visit from our favorite Coast Star reporter, Brigit Carlson, whose interest is both personal and professional. She brought a photographer along who was trying to capture the chaos of a group of women assembling an ambitious quilt. Speaking of which, we had a very brief meeting, mainly about our upcoming quilt exhibit at the Belmar Arts Council, which now has an official name, Quilts For Today and Tomorrow!! Post meeting our goal for the night was to assemble our Ocean Waves quilt which will be showcased at the exhibit and raffled off, the proceeds of which the will be used to fund our community outreach work. Call me corny but it was super heartwarming to see all hands on deck, including Brigit who jumped right in and did the pressing, and to witness Helen’s hard work and vision come together by, and I quote our hostess and cheerleader Julia, the “magical members of the JSMQG” it is going to be a beautiful quilt.
So here’s a few shots of the Ocean Waves quilt coming together
See you in September when we return to our regular meeting.
The Jersey Shore MQG has a strong emphasis on community outreach, including the worldwide community. Recently I learned of a German quilt shop owner who is collecting quilt blocks to assemble and distribute to Ukrainian children who’ve been displaced and now living in her country. I asked our members if anyone would like to join me in making a block. True to form, the response was fantastic and as a result I was able to put together the first quilt and a member, MaryJane donated the second one. Both are now enroute to Germany and will sure to brighten the day of a child. This is why we quilt!!
Team Shamrock, headed by Kathy Cunningham in honor of her brother who lost his life on 9/11, is a top fundraiser for Tunnel to Towers. The Jersey Shore MQG supports Team Shamrock by providing quilts for local smart home recipients and for their fundraising events. Their most recent fundraiser was held on July 14th at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como NJ. That event raised $40,000 for Tunnel To Towers and we were proud to have created this quilt as part of the fundraiser. Our members were asked to contribute a “one for me one for charity” as part of our monthly block lotto project. We were able to assemble the blocks we received into this phenomenal modern quilt with its “nod” to Team Shamrock ☘️ in the lower right corner. Kathy is always wowed by our work and never misses an opportunity to shout us out whether it’s to a class she’s teaching at the Atlantic Club or to everyone gathered at a fundraiser and we are just as grateful to her for that, as she is to us for the support we give her.
What a fabulous meeting we had this past Thursday, so many good things on the horizon for the Jersey Shore MQG including our first ever quilt show in February 2023 at the Belmar Arts Council!!
Our member led, monthly program just keeps getting better and the feedback I’m getting is fantastic. Our newer members especially love it and are learning so much. I’ve always been a proponent of utilizing our individual talent to teach one another and it has been very well received. This month member, Brandy Borden showed us examples of some fresh, modern takes on reverse appliqué. More than one of us has since ordered the books she shared and it looks like they’ll be some reverse appliqué projects in future show and tells. Thank you, Brandy!! This month was a double feature and MaryEllen Crumlish showed us some examples of her art quilts and talked about how she gets her inspiration and turns them into small quilts. Honestly, I was blown away and the buzz amongst the members right now is all about their upcoming challenge to create an art quilt and the inspiration she has given us. Can’t thank you enough MaryEllen!! Check out some of her work.
As always, Show and Tell is a highlight of every meeting and there’s was lots to see.
Block Lotto continues to be a favorite at meetings. Here’s what we made for July.
and some samples for next months block lotto, I love this one the design possibilities are endless.
Our guest this month, Christine, also made the Ruby Star Society Picnic quilt. I met Christine for the first time when she and I ran into each other shopping at Old Spool for fabric for this quilt. She also wowed us with her Looper quilt
June is just whizzing by but earlier this month we had the best outdoor meeting/get together at Brandys home. The weather turned out to be perfect, she was worried, I wasn’t, and it was just a beautiful night! I always say the business portion will be quick but to be honest our guild has almost doubled in size post pandemic and our group is so eager to participate in new challenges and projects that all the business seems to go on forever. But that is a good thing!
Business aside, we had a really fun game of “Pass the Presents”, the ugly fabric version and everyone went home with someone else’s “ugly” fabric and the challenge to make something out of it for our July meeting! I’m super excited to see what everyone comes up with. Newbie, Brooke completed hers the next day practically, can’t wait to see what she did. Julia had a game of sewing room bingo we all played and lucky June went home with a gift certificate to Julia’s shop, Old Spool Sewing! There was also a Mug Rug Swap for anyone who wanted to participate and that was fun too!
Helen had volunteered to take on the Quilt Con Community Outreach challenge quilt and she was able to tell us all her plan for the quilt and will be passing out fabric packages at our July meeting. It’s gonna be a beauty! Thanks Helen!
Deb Hunter gave us a little trunk show of her art quilt pieces to give us some inspiration for our own upcoming challenge. Interesting to see how she was inspired by things on trips she’s taken across the country and also right here on the Jersey Shore and used fabric bits to recreate them. Newer member, Mary Ellen, is going to give us some insight into how she creates those fantastic art pieces of hers at a meeting as well. So much talent in our little group!
Lots of show and tell and good food! A lot of food!! And the chance to relax outdoors and get to know our newer members better. Many, many thanks to Brandy for hosting us in her huge, gorgeous backyard, so huge we almost lost Brooke but that’s a story we’ll save for July!
Block lottos, donations, swaps, ideas oh my!! Another jam packed meeting full of great content and ideas for the future. Plans are currently in the works for a group picnic and swap, a new block lotto with a bonus block for a community outreach quilt, an art quilt mini challenge, and a committee formed for the Quilt Con community outreach project. Phew! I need a nap!!
Eileen made this Noodlehead Range Backpack, with fabrics she picked up at Old Spool as well as the pattern. It’s on display at the shop in case you’d like to make one too!
Just a few short months ago I asked the group if they’d be interested in either a Queen Bee or a Block Lotto. The consensus was for a block lotto. New, and very enthusiastic, member Brooke has taken on this challenge of coming up with a block every month and she’s doing a fabulous job! She is taking full advantage of the MQG website Block Study feature, as well as researching and coming up with some more traditional blocks. In April we made some scrappy double plus blocks and this month a traditional sailboat!
This has quickly become a really fun part of our monthly meetings. Congratulations to Mary Ellen on winning this bevy of boats and the JSMQG for our newest member Brooke, a most welcome addition to our group!!!
At long last our Maker’s Day quilt is in its forever home, wrapping its owner in the best kind of hug, a Quilty hug!
The quilt that began its journey as our guild participating in the Makers Day festivities of 2019 in the Monmouth County Library Headquarters where 86 children designed “quilt” blocks with construction paper pieces and our members subsequently took those blocks and recreated them in fabric, is finally home! I had the pleasure of presenting it to Brian Sullivan at a Boy Scout event honoring him. Brian served in the Army from 1987-1990 and was called back in 1991 for Operation Desert Storm, where his unit became stranded in the desert outside Kuwait and was not rescued until after the ground war was over. Brian continued serving back at home in a leadership role in the Boy Scouts of Monmouth County and currently volunteers at a local hospital as part of a Veterans organization. A fitting recipient for a quilt crafted by youth in his home county, Brian was very grateful and moved. He was eager to get home and look at the binder filled with information about how the entire process came about.
This was a long time in the making and the gifting. No one would have predicted that a global pandemic would literally shut the world down when this idea we had was formulated. We went into Makers Day looking to garner interest in quilting from both the youth and the community, as membership in our own guild was waning. While we didn’t exactly accomplish that at Makers Day, the pandemic, in an odd way, managed to increase our membership as the community was locked down and an interest in sewing and quilting was born out of mask making! Go figure!
Many thanks to each and every member who participated in this project. Special thanks to Deb Hunter, whose brainchild this was and who worked out every minute detail right down to the chronicle she created to accompany the quilt.
And that’s a quilt wrap!
On a side note, after I gave my little speech about the guild, our community involvement and this quilt, the quilt was presented to Brian. He unfolded it and held it up for everyone to see and my six year old great nephew, who is part of the Boy Scout troop, shouted out “I give that an A+!!!” Thanks for the affirmation Jackson!
This morning June and Eileen brought our latest quilt to Kathy Cunningham. Kathy heads up Team Shamrock as a part of Tunnel to Towers. This year’s Smart Home recipient is Staff Sergeant Ben Webb. In just a few months Ben’s new home will be delivered and this comforting quilt made by our members will be gracing the back of his couch. Kathy took one look at the quilt and thought it looked so comforting and we agreed! Without any planning, Eileen and I selected this fabric as we shopped at Old Spool Sewing Studio and now, we could see the camouflage feeling of these fabrics as they worked together in this quilt. The quilt pattern was found on The Modern Quilt Guild web site, and it is entitled Intersection Block by Margo Yang. The quilt was presented during an Active Fit class that Kathy teaches at Team Shamrock, over 50 attendees got to hear about our efforts and the recipient.