November

November in New Jersey is typically all about crisp weather and an explosion of Fall colors, we’ve had the colors but not much chill in the air. It’s coming though! Members made chevron blocks in Fall themed colors for our block lotto drawing and wowza they looked awesome. Congratulations to new member, Katie who won these. We cannot wait to see this as an awesome quilt!

On to trees for the December block, these are cute!

Brooke is really outdoing herself in choosing blocks every month. Thank you!

We are knee deep in preparing for our first ever Quilt Exhibit to be held at the Belmar Arts Council in February 2023. All of us are working on a mini art quilt, inspired by the Jersey Shore and with a nod to the number 10 somewhere to commemorate our 10 year anniversary. I’m excited to see museum goers trying to spot the “10” in our art!

This amazing collaborative quilt, spearheaded by one of our newer members, Helen, and pieced, quilted, and bound by members will be up for raffle the entire month of our exhibit and beyond. Whatever proceeds from the raffle will go towards purchasing supplies for our work in the community.

Ocean Waves

Speaking of Community, we will be making a donation of approximately 18 quilts to Mary’s Place by the Sea in Ocean Grove in early December. Mary’s Place is a retreat for women battling cancer where guests stay free of charge thanks to the generosity of their supporters. Women stay for a weekend and are treated to nutritious meals, counseling, therapy and their spa, all in the beautiful Victorian building with multiple porches lined with rocking chairs, just steps from the sea. Stay tuned to see the amazing work of our guild members when we make this donation.

Part of every meeting is our Program segment. These are member led and have proven to be both educational and very well received. This month Linda Duffy demonstrated several methods for making multiple half square triangles. Whether you’re new to this craft or have been at it for years, there is always something to learn Sewing strips together to produce half square triangles was new to me! Linda is also a firm believer in starching fabric prior to cutting for precision cutting and piecing and she touched on that in her tutorial, but has promised to devote an entire Program to starching, different types and even mixing your own next year. Thanks Linda

Last month our Program was about unusual machine feet led by June Mellinger. At that time June, who had a 25 year career at Brother Sewing Machine, offered a foot of the month for us. So this month she schooled us about the benefits of a binding foot. Very interesting. While she was demonstrating that someone noticed the embroidery on the back of her jacket. According to Junes husband, no surface is untouched by June’s machine embroidery. All of her quilts are quilted using her Brother machine embroidery function.

More show and tell!

Eileen participated in Kaitlyn of Knot and Thread’s Patchwork Duffle sew along. She used all fabrics from the original Cotton and Steel, now Ruby Star Society’s collections. Simple in design, Eileen used her longarm to quilt up the panel of patchwork before cutting the bag pieces which produced a fantastic looking quilted bag.
Our guest, Ann, showed us this lovely, non traditional tshirt quilt she made for her son.
MaryJane has been at it again, using the same fabric she managed to make three quilts and a pieced back, so really four quilts. And always with a story!! That’s what we love about her!!!
Gotta love Brandy, this has been a work in progress since the Queen Bee days of when we used to meet in Ocean Grove. This quilt is 120” square, anyone want to hand bind this baby?!?!
Julia’s husband Patrick made this beauty!! It reminds me of a take on an Irish chain. We can’t get Patrick to join us at a meeting 🤔 but we’d sure love to have him!!!
Brooke had some extra blocks from her Block Lotto spoils and whipped up a few pillow, how cute!!
Brooke made a jelly roll quilt
and, she tried her hand at some spider web quilting. Great job!

And a whole cloth baby quilt backed with minky!

Debbie Loeb finished two quilts she’ll be donating to our Community Outreach efforts, a super cute take on a modern bear paw and a baby quilt using leftover half square triangles from another project. Thanks Deb!!
Lastly, in preparation for the upcoming exhibit, Eileen prepared two different methods for hanging a quilt. A hanging sleeve for the back of a larger quilt and corner pockets to hang minis along with a handout of instructions.

That’s a wrap for November. Next month we’ll be celebrating the holiday together with a little party and a pincushion swap. Looking forward to that and winding down the year. Plans are being made for 2023 with lots of new and fresh ideas. Our little guild had gone from a handful of members to 30 and counting and I could not be happier about that. The more the merrier!!

Happy holidays to all!

October

Nothing says Fall like some pumpkins and it was a pumpkin party at our monthly meeting last night. Brooke gave us this awesome block for the Block Lotto and finally….she won them herself! Don’t you just love a good fall quilt!

Next month we’ll be completing a chevron looking block in fall colors, that’s going to be a fun one too!

There was much to talk about regarding our Quilts For Today and Tomorrow exhibit coming in February 2023 at the Belmar Arts Council. Everything is moving ahead and coming along quite nicely. Lucky for us that Virginia took the lead on all of the designing and printing of pamphlets and raffle tickets and our hostess, Julia is getting all the technical stuff organized. Thank you ladies June and I were able to participate in the intake of the BACs new show opening this Saturday night. It gave us the chance to see the inner workings and answered a ton of questions for us.

We had a fabulous program about machine feet. June, our foot specialist talked about some unusual machine feet. Isn’t it just the best when you learn something new. More than one of us was going home to make samples of different stitches using different feet. This will be a regular feature in our meeting now.

Something else that’s been happening regularly is guests. We’ve been having guests at almost every meeting lately and a majority of them end up joining! Last night we had two local ladies join us!

And now for your viewing pleasure, a little show and tell

Mary Ellen just continues to wow us with these art quilts of hers!
Linda got a jump start on her holiday sewing making three Christmas quilts for her kids.
Elizabeth took one of her UFOs and completed it and it looks beautiful.
Sherre finished her quilt that was Old Spool’s Shop Hop kit, before the Shop Hop was over. No surprise there!

Also from Sherre, she used this photo from her daughters room to create the quilt above. Nice work!

Brandy is on a roll, look at this huge quilt she finished!!
Also Brandy, she channeled her inner Sherre and already finished her Block Lotto win. Tremendous!!
Julia had a costumer come into the shop looking to sell this absolutely stunning, vintage variation of a double wedding ring quilt. She’s busy researching and trying to determine the age because there is no label on it. PSA This is the reason it is so important to label your work!!
MaryJane finished this little beauty and decided to hand embroider that center block to tie in the colors of the quilt. looks beautiful!

MaryJane also brought in this mini to show and so that we could see her method for hanging minis. Thank you.

June has a finished top from a retreat she went to recently in Pennsylvania. It’s so pretty.
And least but certainly not least our Ocean Waves quilt I’m finished and bound and ready to be photographed for entry in the MQG challenger. This quilt will be raffled off coinciding with our Exhibit at the Belmar arts Council, in an effort to raise funds for our continued work in the community

Members were also reminded that MQG Mini Swap is still open for sign ups if you’re interested. June talked a little about the process and showed us the quilt she received in the last swap.

Happy sewing!

Community Outreach

Not long ago, Brandy told us about a family in Jackson who had lost their home and pets in a fire. She asked us if we’d like to help her make them a quilt. JSMQG members are always at the ready to help so when Brandy asked for a couple of Wonky Cross blocks to construct a quilt for this family it will come as no surprise that she received so many she was able to assemble two quilts! Sherre donated her longarming services and quilted these up.

Fast forward to tonight, when Brandy and I headed over to meet Michelle and Warren for the first time at their rental home. What a nice couple! Michelle was excited to tell us that her grandmother was a quilter and of course they had many quilts from her and she clearly could relate to the power of quilts. So just in time for quilt weather and while they’re waiting for their home to be rebuilt, Michelle and Warren were overjoyed to receive their new quilts from us. Just look at those happy faces, doesn’t that say it all!!

Once again the JSMQG comes to the aid of our community! Thank you ladies!

September

We had a full house this September and they had no clue what they were about to learn! Our hostess extraordinaire, Julia, taught this month’s program. I like to call it “Everything you Wanted to Know About Fabric But We’re Afraid to Ask”!! She really outdid herself with the slideshow presentation. Afterwards everything got heated as we burned fabric to determine fiber content. It was enlightening. Patrick made sure we had bowls of water and a fire extinguisher on hand just in case, safety first!! Everyone enjoyed it. Thanks Julia

Linda Duffy took home the block lotto this month. Lucky Linda! These are going to make one fantastic quilt !

Helen assembled the blocks we made for the Ocean Waves quilt and added a small navy border. It looks amazing. It then went to Sherre to work her quilting magic!

There was no shortage of show and tell either. So many beautiful quilts. Mary Jane had a few and she also brought in her prize winning button art!

Sherre did GE Designs Ukrainian quilt

And a few others

These were Sherre’s block lotto winnings from the previous month.
Two finishes from MaryEllen
Two from Elizabeth!
Carol showed us this super cute baby quilt!
And this one from Linda!
Rosemary’s completed Star Wars quilt
A baby quilt and two other finishes from Eileen
What Brooke made with her “ugly” fabric from the swap!
June shared this stunner with us that her son scored and talked about the importance of labeling your quilts. This one is from 1900, what a find!!

Looking forward to October, Kathy Cunningham founder of Team Shamrock, who has raised over $1.5 million dollars for Tunnel to Towers, will be stopping by to speak to us.

Happy Fall and happy sewing!

August and Ocean Waves

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.

Team Shamrock

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.

July Meeting

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.

This particular piece incorporates thread sketching and I’m sure the picture doesn’t do it justice. It’s incredible!

As always, Show and Tell is a highlight of every meeting and there’s was lots to see.

Up first was Carol. She had two finishes this month, a jelly roll race quilt and this fun quilt!
One our resident Tula troop, Elizabeth, shared this beautiful quilt with us.
Always fun to see what MaryJane was up to, but more so to hear the stories that go with the quilt. This one was no different. A 4 1/2” bow tie block swap that all participants would come away with 80 blocks. But our friend MaryJane, took it next level and produced 196 blocks to make this stunner. Here it’s all about the layout and it did not disappoint!!
Eileen completed her Ruby Star Society, Perfect Picnic quilt, Jersey Tomato edition, with the majority of fabrics purchased from Old Spool Sewing and some stash additions.
Two finished from Debbie.
Shockingly, Sherre had no new finishes so she brought in some older quilts to show off for our newer members.
A finished quilt from Brandy!!
A beautiful finish from MaryEllen.

Block Lotto continues to be a favorite at meetings. Here’s what we made for July.

And Sherre was the lucky winner!

and some samples for next months block lotto, I love this one the design possibilities are endless.

Sherre repurposed her “ugly” fabric from last months swap into a cute tote bag to house a quilt for charity. Nice!!
And Eileen took her “ugly” fabric and created a basket which she gifted back to Virginia, the original owner of the “ugly” fabric, who was very happy to get it back!!
Helen has so graciously taken on the task of organizing our submission for the MQG Community Outreach Quilt challenge for QuiltCon. She has come up with a design for the quilt, shopped for all the fabrics, and created packets to pass out to members so blocks can be made and assembled. This has been a tremendous amount of work and her attention to detail is amazing. Thank you so much for doing this Helen, I am so excited to see this quilt come together!!

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

SCENES FROM AN EARLY SUMMER GET TOGETHER/JUNE MEETING

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!

A few of Deb’s art and landscape inspired quilts, including the one directly above entitled “Badlands”
Brooke showing us our Block Lotto assignment for next month. Mary Jane took home the June Block Lotto blocks!!
A few finished pieces from Sherre!
Love this table runner that Helen made!
June had a few finishes as well!
Eileen’s finished Beads quilt, which was donated to a local fundraiser the following day! She heard through the grapevine that they raised quite a bit of money with it!!
Elizabeth had a finish ready to get quilted too!

And a finished beauty from Mary Jane!

And how about that Brooke?! She claims she’s only been quilting for a short time but look at these three beauties she knocked out!! Impressive!
And last but certainly not least this beautiful piece by Mary Jane!

See you all in July, happy summer sewing!!

May 2022

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!!

June’s Around the Block in Lancaster quilt is finished!! She did some fabulous walking foot quilting on it.
One of our resident Tula Troops, Linda completed this amazing quilt
And Modern Handcraft’s Snowflake quilt made by Linda as well. What a beautiful back she made with all of the “bonus” cutoffs from the snowflake blocks 👏
Look at this beauty Elizabeth put together and that backing fabric she picked up right here at Old Spool Sewing!!
Another great quilt from Elizabeth!
Julia made Noodlehead’s Cresent Tote at our most recent sew-in and it looks great!
Expect to see more of the back of this jacket as Julia has been bitten by the Sashiko bug! And keep your eye open for more Sashiko classes at Old Spool Sewing Studio.
Sherre had three finished quilts to show us!
Brandy finished up the second of the wonky cross quilts that the group helped her make blocks for. She will be giving them to a family in Jackson who lost their home and pets in a fire.
Another one of Tulas Troop is Helen and she finished this most amazing quilt!!!
Just a few of Mary Janes creations including a block she made for a Canadian guild she’s a member of and that lovely blue and yellow quilt she threw together to include with our donation to a shop in Germany who’s collecting for displaced children from the Ukraine. Thank you for your generosity Mary Jane!
Laura put together yet another Looper quilt, fantastic!
Eileen finished her Beads quilt a pattern by Modern Handcraft.

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!

Last but certainly not least, our multi talented member, Pam, taught us fabric weaving as our monthly program. How cute is the fold over clutch she created with her weaved panel? Thank you Pam!

Winning

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!!!

And That’s A Quilt Wrap!

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!

April 2022

Another fun meeting for the Jersey Shore MQG. Brooke was kind enough to volunteer to put together our blocks for the quilt we are donating to the latest smart home recipient of Team Shamrock/Tunnel to Towers. Eileen quilted it on her longarm using an edge to edge design called “bayside”. We were striving for a low key beachy/serene vibe and I think we’ve nailed it but you decide.

It will be on its way to its new home next week!

Last month, I suggested we have a monthly block lotto and it was well received. Our first one was this month. We all made ‘double plus’ blocks, scrappy version and the winner, Rosemary C took home 32 blocks!!! Just fabulous! Stick around for next months sailboat version

Sherre gave us some good advice about squaring your quilt, the proper way to add borders, and assembling a backing. She also gave us some insight into how to prepare your quilts for a longarmer There were some very enlightening moments for us in this monthly program.

Eileen inquired if anyone would care to join her in making some quilt blocks to send off to a shop owner in Germany who is assembling quilts for displaced children from Ukraine. Also very well received and she will be collecting them at the May meeting. Any 12 1/2” block in blue and yellow, the Ukrainian flag colors.

We have a sew-in on the 23rd which will be a free sew, work on whatever you like! This is a good opportunity to just come and hang out and get to spend some quality time with your fellow members. And shop, of course!!

Here’s a little show and tell for your viewing pleasure. Happy sewing!

Sherre had a few finishes from a virtual retreat she attended with GE Designs!

Carol made this awesome tree skirt for her daughter!
Elizabeth has been busy!! Look at all of these finishes she had to show us this month!!
Laura attended Mandy’s Looper class at Old Spool Sewing and isn’t that just great!!
Look at June finishing that UFO from our February UFO challenge, way to go!!!
Inspired by a window she sees every day while working out at the Atlantic Club, June created this wall hanging and quilted it using some tips from Jacquie Guering’s walking foot quilting book. Stunning!
Two quilts in one, a finish from Mary Jane, this double sided quilt! Great job!!
First of two quilts that the group make blocks for Brandy to assemble and donate to a local family who lost their home and pets in a fire. Quilted by Sherre. #teamwork
Brooke showing us some samples she whipped up for our next block lotto.
Admiring all of our double plus block submissions for the monthly block lotto.

Take note of our mini quilts hanging in the studio, which were gifts for our lovely host Julia, a token of our appreciation for sharing her welcoming space with us, we are so grateful.

Back to our regularly scheduled sewing, see you next month!!

Block Lotto

The response to our first group Block Lotto was fantastic!! Last night Rosemary won these 31 (and another one coming from Nadine who couldn’t be with us) double plus 12 1/2” blocks. What an excellent, modern quilt this will be!! Brooke has chosen a sailboat block for this months and instructions were passed out. I’ll be sending them in an email, as well for those who couldn’t make the meeting.

Generally speaking I think we should establish a few things about the monthly Block Lotto. I’ve been looking at what other guilds do and here’s what I’ve come up with.

– monthly instructions will be for a 12 1/2” unfinished block. Exceptions will be for smaller blocks that when sewn together will finish at 12” I.e. (4) 6 1/2” or (2) 6 1/2” x 12 1/2”. (My reason behind the large block is that when you win you will have something substantial to create a top)

– one block = one entry except in the case where you need multiples to make a 12 1/2” block I.e. (2) 6 1/2” x 12 1/2” or (4) 6 1/2” and then (2) 6 1/2” x 12 1/2” = one entry and (4) 6 1/2” = one entry.

– you are encouraged to make as many as you like every month but at least one.

-if you are unable to attend the meeting when blocks are due, please make arrangements to get them to someone or to bring them the following month.

– once you win, we should expect to see your completed quilt top or quilt within 6 months to a year.

– in fairness to all of the participants, once you win you will be expected to continue participating; however, you won’t be eligible to win again until the following year.

Have fun and enjoy the process!! Brooke and I will be alternating months to come up with blocks. If you have an idea for us by all means email me or Brooke and we’ll be sure to include it. My goal is to present you with fun blocks with a modern aesthetic and maybe some new or alternative techniques for us to try. I have been scouring the MQG website and their “block study” segments and you can expect to see me taking full advantage of these freebies. I strongly encourage everyone to get on the MQG website and take advantage of the resources and webinars, these are free to you with your membership and there is a wealth of information on there. If you’re having difficulty navigating their website, reach out to Brandy for guidance.

Happy sewing!!