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

Catching Up

Greetings Friends!  I hope you all are well and remain healthy throughout this unprecedented time in our county and world right now   I have no idea when we will be able to see one another again so i will do my best to keep in touch with you here and on social media.  If you’re like me I’m sure you have fabric and projects to occupy you for another good three years easily, am I right!?  If not or if you’re quilters adhd has kicked in there are plenty of Quilt Alongs going on on social media and I’ll try to keep you abreast of those.  You can always follow @letsquiltalong on Instagram, she does a great job of posting everything she knows about.  There’s a few happening on Facebook as well  GE Designs has a one day project happening this Sunday and The Sewing Shed in Ireland is doing an instructional medallion Quilt which started today.

Unrelated, and on a more cheerful note, last Thursday myself, June Mellinger (and her son Chris), and Deb Hunter had the pleasure of  meeting one of the founders of Mary’s Place By The Sea, Michele Gannon, to whom we delivered the twelve “jelly roll race” quilts that you all so generously made!  Mary’s Place is a Place for women with cancer to take a break from their challenges  in a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere and where she can enjoy Oncology Massage, Nutritional Education, Reiki and Healing Touch Therapy, Yoga, Guided Meditation, Expressive Writing, Art Therapy, Prayer, and the list goes on.  There are nine private bedrooms with queen size beds and each has a private bath.  A house manager is always there ready to support the guests.  Complimentary organic, plant based breakfast and lunch is prepared in the gorgeous kitchen and served in their dining room.  I can not accurately describe how beautiful and clean, warm and inviting this house is.  Since it’s inception, Mary’s Place has served over 10,000 women, absolutely free of change!  Not one dollar has ever been taken from any woman for their stay here.  This is all funded by grant-writing, fundraising, and the 200+ volunteers who give of themselves to make this work and now we can consider ourselves one of them!

Our quilts were most graciously received by Michele who was extremely grateful.  I envision them in baskets in the living room waiting for the guests to curl up in front of the fireplace with or on one of the many classics white rockers outside on one of the porches that span the front of the house on each of the three levels of this beautiful home.

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This was another wonderful thing we did, ladies, here’s to more in 2020.

Stay well and keep in touch, Eileen

 

 

Welcome to March!

Hi everyone, hope you all are well and getting ready for Spring!  March is here and our next Saturday meeting/sew-in is right around the corner. Once again I will open the doors at 10 and the meeting will commence at 10:30 or sooner if we have everyone there. June and I did a fairly good job at keeping the meeting well within the one and a half hour goal ( I believe we were just slightly over an hour). Hope to see all of you there again. Our turnout last month was phenomenal. This month I’m encouraging you to bring a friend to our meeting.  Guests can stay and sew-in with us for the small fee of $10.00

Just a few reminders:

Michelle will be teaching us needle turn appliqué as part of our programming this month. Bring your own charm square if you like but Michelle will be providing some as well.  Regarding future programming, please let Deb Hunter know what skill of yours you’d like to share with us and any ideas you have for something you’d like to learn.

April is our fundraising event in lieu of our monthly meeting. Brandy will provide more details.

For our May sew-in I will be guiding us through the construction of the Noodlehead 241 Tote. It’s more of a bag than a tote and I think you’ll love it. Purchase your pattern and supplies if you haven’t already done so. You’ll need to do all your cutting and apply the interfacing beforehand to speed up the process. As always you can call or text me any questions you may have.

Hope to see you all on th 14th!!  Eileen

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

Friendly Reminder

Just a friendly reminder, our first combined Meeting & Sew-In will be this Saturday, February 8th, 2020 at the Colts Neck Reformed Church.  Doors will open at 10 am, meeting will commence at 10:30 or sooner if everyone is there and ready to go.  We will aim to be finished with the meeting portion of the day between 11:30 and 12:00 in order to leave ample time for everyone who is sewing-in.  Please plan to attend, there are things to discuss, lessons to be learned, and quilting to show off.  We will be having a visitor in attendance from the Beachplum Quilters, to talk about their upcoming show and who is very interested in our show and tell, so make sure you have some.

If you have not already done so, please read and respond to Brandy’s email about the meeting and again if you haven’t already paid your dues be prepared to pay them at the meeting.

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday.          Eileen

President’s Message and A Year in Review

Greetings and Happy New Year!  First I would like to thank the members for the vote of confidence in me as your new President. Once upon a time, I was just a gal sewing at my kitchen table.  In 2013 when the Boston Marathon bombing took place, I made a flag for the “To Boston With Love Project” and posted a photo on Flicker.  Next thing I knew, Diane contacted me via Flicker and asked if I would like to join her newly formed guild. I met up with her and Bonnie Bartholomew at a sew-in at Fabric Inspirations, and the rest is history.  I hate to sound cliché but this has truly been the best thing that happened to me.  I never had friends who sewed or didn’t roll their eyes when I talked about it and I never dreamed I would one day be heading up the guild, but here we are.

I would also like to thank June Mellinger for continuing in her role as Secretary and stepping up to fill the role of Treasurer as well.  Thank you to our outgoing President, Deb Hunter, good wishes to her this coming year as she faces some new challenges and to Phyllis Garnant, our outgoing Treasurer, thank you for your service to the guild.

As a guild, in term of numbers, we are small; however, we are mighty in the sense that when we put our minds and hearts (not to mention our machines) together we accomplish great things.  Last year we did some great things in the name of community and charity and when I think of quilt guilds those things go hand in hand.  In January, I personally delivered 7 quilts to the homeless camp right here in our neighborhood in Howell, Destinys Bridge, while those residents were facing eviction and were in fact evicted shortly after.  They were humbled, grateful, and perhaps a tad bit warmer because of your generosity.  In February we had a sew-in for charity where I told you all about Oceans Harbor House in Toms River, a safe haven for homeless youth.  I asked for 20 something pillowcases and in March I donated 40 something pillowcases to them.  Our March sew-in was a “jelly roll race for charity”, I now have almost 12 completed quilts ready to be donated.  In August, we donated our 2019 Quilt Con Charity Quilt to 180 Turning Lives Around, an organization that supports victims of domestic violence, to be used at one of their upcoming fundraisers.  December was no different, our members made small drawstring bags and at our holiday party in lieu of swapping gifts we purchased new socks and toiletries and stuffed those bags again to give to the youth at Oceans Harbor House.  We also presented local veteran, Scott Nokes, with our 2018 QuiltCon Charity Quilt at the dedication of his new “smart home” built for him by the Stephen Siller Tunnels to Towers Foundation.  Wow ladies, pat yourselves on the back because you never cease to amaze me.

I’ve said it so many times that our members have an abundance of talent in every aspect of sewing and quilting and this year we had no shortage of member lead demonstrations, tutorials and instructional sew-ins.  We made bags, pillows, learned about thread, needles, sewing notions and so much more.

We had another, bigger, successful “In Stitches” event and we are planning to expand that to twice a year with one being on a little bit less of a scale.  This is another example of using the talents’ within our own guild to demonstrate modern quilting techniques and to have quick, little make and takes.  Our own Brandy Borden and Allison Fitspatrick deserve so much credit for putting this event together; as well as, June and Pam for procuring so many fabulous prizes!

The new year comes not without challenges to our guild, but we’ve faced them in the past and persevered.  Trying out a new meeting schedule and combining it with our sew-in is a first step in figuring out what will work for us this year.  My wish for the guild is always to see it grow: however, it continues to be challenging for us.  I don’t know what the answer is but I personally am willing to try anything that will potentially  work.  I would certainly also be okay with the “status quo” in that our membership would at the very least stay the same.  As in the past I would like us to embrace modern quilting, in addition to our own particular styles.  I would also like to continue to see us glean from each other what each of us have to offer, and there is a lot.  Let’s make this a year of having fun with each other, (after all we are basically just a group of ladies who enjoy sewing), learning, stepping out of our comfort zone perhaps and volunteering for a project, continuing to serve our community, and camaraderie!!