JSMQG Making a Difference!

wineHere’s a wonderful letter we received re: the charity quilt we donated to Friends of MCCAC for their charity auction…keep up the good work ladies!

“Dear Eileen,

On behalf of the Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center, I would like to express our thanks to you and the Jersey Shore Modern Quilt Guild, for the magnificent quilt you created and donated to the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center. The quilt was the focal point of the silent auction at our recent “Wine Sipping, Sampling and Savoring Event” fundraiser, held at Grape Beginnings in Eatontown. Our winner was truly thrilled with her work of art and the funds donated from the quilt will be used to purchase medical equipment for the new Medical Suite in the Phase II building. The evening was a wonderful success and enjoyed by all!

The Friends of MCCAC is committed to doing all we can to raise money to insure the support of Phase II for the Child Advocacy Center. We continue to make progress towards building an advocacy center that is a safe, child-friendly facility where the victims of child abuse, neglect and assault can go to access the necessary prosecution, law enforcement, child protective services, medical, mental health and advocacy services following a report. We can’t do this alone; the support of generous people like you makes our efforts possible.

Again, we thank you and appreciate you and the Jersey Shore Modern Quilt Guild, as true “friends” of the Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center.

Sincerely,

Angela Juffey
Chair/Treasurer
Friends of the Mo”

Racers, start your engines!

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The guidelines and color palette for the Quiltcon 2018 Charity Quilt competition are out! Quilts must be constructed from the color pallete above, but do not need to include every color in the palette. Coordinating prints can be used in the design as long as they don’t contain any colors outside of the pallete above. As usual, quilts should be twin size – minimum 65” x 88”, no larger then 72” x 92”.

The theme this year is “Modern Traditionalism”…this immediately made me think we could put some of our “Back to Basics” Half Square Triangle Skills to the test. 🙂 I can’t wait to hear everyone else’s ideas at the our next meeting!

Charity Report from the trenches!

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An update from our amazing Charity chairperson, Eileen – keep up the good work ladies!

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Since September of last year, this guild has done some really awesome things in the name of charity. First the placemat donation to Lunch Break, quickly followed by the twenty two quilts we donated to the residents of the HABcore boarding home,  both in Red Bank, NJ.

Last month it was the thirteen children’s quilts to the Valerie Center at Monmouth Medical in Long Branch, NJ.  Awesome!!

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Our latest donation is our Quiltcon 2015 charity quilt submission. I initially reached out to the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center in hopes of donating quilts for the children there. The Advocacy Center is run by the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office for children who are the victims of sexual assault, abuse, and neglect. I was told that they are unable to give the children gifts of any kind as they could be misconstrued as a gift in exchange for testimony in court hearings. It’s a shame that the world has become so skeptical even when it comes to an act of good deed, but in the end those quilts went to the Valerie Center and I had the good fortune of meeting Lynn Reich of the Friends of the Advocacy Center.

Lynn accepted our Quiltcon charity quilt to be auctioned off at their fundraising event at Grape Beginnings in Eatontown, NJ on April 22nd. We met at Starbucks and it felt like meeting an old friend.  What was supposed to be a quick handoff turned into the better part of an hour. We enlisted a stranger to take this photo of us.

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I sincerely hope they can raise some money with this quilt.  You can read about the event on their website www.friendsofmccac.org

We may have shrunk in size, in terms of membership, but certainly not in heart!  I look forward to the chance to continue to serve our community and another charitable year for the guild.  Thank you to everyone for making all of this possible. Eileen

April Sew In!

We had a great sew-in this month! Nat whipped up two gorgeous matching Easter outfits for her twins…

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This is the Clara Dress pattern from Violette Field Threads – beautiful!

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And this adorable Classic Oxford is from Peekaboo Pattern Shop – so cute!

Brandy worked on her blue and green quilt, and got some binding assistance from Deb L

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And Deb L was busy on a blue and green quilt of her own!

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Who doesn’t love a baby quilt?

We love making baby quilts here at JSMQG! Here’s a round-up of a few of our favorites!

In 2015 I made this clamshell quilt for a little guy who is turning two soon…

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And last week presented this one to his mama for his new little sister! – Shannon

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From Eileen – “Here’s one I made in 2014, for a new great nephew. His mom told me she liked woodland animals and when I saw Jaybird Quilts make this using her Chopsticks pattern and a new fabric line for Dear Stella, I decided to totally copy it 🙂. Funny thing is I got an early start because baby was due in September. He decided to make his debut late July and I had to literally channel my inner Eleanor Burns and make this “Quilt in a Day”!! Young Alonzo Carter had to stay in the NICU for quite some time and although I could not see him the nurses swaddled him in this quilt every single day and mom regularly sent me updates and pics. Lonzie will be three this year and is thriving and that quilt is his constant companion. He has a sister now too and the same goes for her and her quilt too. This past January, their family was awoken in the middle of a bone chilling cold night by the fire department as their building was on fire. Everyone got out safely and as Alonzo and Elise were sleeping under their quilts, they were saved. Sadly everything else was lost.  Thankfully all is well for this family and they are in a new home…

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From Brandy: “My most recent baby quilt finish was the Appliquéd Anchor Quilt for my nephew Cullen which was presented at the baby shower held in his honor last January 2016. It included a custom label from Aunt B (me) to enter his birth information. He uses it as a play mat and it makes me happy to see him use it daily! I only wish I could be with him in Ohio to play there together more often!!!”

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From Deb L.: “These 2 quilts were for the grandchildren of the woman’s blog I write for. (Brother and sister) The dad was from Kentucky horse country and the baby’s name was Wyatt. The sister, Juniper’s quilt colors were requested by the mom as the color for the nursery and mom loves birds! The cowboy quilt was from a book and the mom saw it before I made it to make sure she liked it. The other one I just made up after I had gather the fabrics in the colors I needed. I also showed her the fabrics to make sure they worked for what she wanted in the nursery.”

From Deb H: Here are the 2 I’ve made for my grandsons. First… The Periodic Table for my grandson whose daddy is a chemistry teacher. Please note that each of the element ‘families’ have matching backgrounds. Each letter was cut out by hand and then machine appliquéd to the square before being sewn randomly together and quilted. A labor of love!!!

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Second… Hunter’s Star was made for my 2nd grandson. I followed the Missouri Star Quilt Company’s tutorial. I chose the pattern because my last name is Hunter. The backing fabric was called Patriotic Star… because his daddy is in the Navy. Next up!!! I’m working on a Clamshell Baby Quilt as my son and daughter-in-law are expecting a little girl in August!!! WooHoo!
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From June M!: This a baby quilt set that I made for our first grandson. I wanted to duplicate one that was my baby quilt using decorative stitches and machine embroidery. I was so proud of the results. It was used in several advertisements during my career at Brother Int’l. I also showed how to make several parts of it on the PBS show Sew Beautiful with Martha Pullen.
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March 2017 Show and Tell

Lots of gorgeous work this month – everything from simple and beautful quilts using the rail fence pattern we developed for our “42 Quilts for OG” charity drive to an ornately pieced “Dear Jane” quilt!

Brandy’s star quilt for OG with Bella helping with the basting.
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Eileen’s Split Rail for OG

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Michelle also made a beautiful Fence Rail Quilt for OG

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June finished up the Split Rail quilt for OG she was working on at our sew-in, using fabric she got from her mother.

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Deb L made a quilt for OG with antique style fabrics, inspired by the Victorian homes that line the streets in Ocean Grove.

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Sherre used some of the fabric donated by Timeless Treasures Fabrics to make her “Roses” quilt, and quilted it in an all-over rose pattern. She is hoping it can be given to someone named Rose!

Phyllis used some more of the fabric donated by Timeless Treasures to make not just one, but two beautiful donation quilts!

Our visitor Patti showed her Dear Jane quilt which was from a class at Mouse Creek Quilts where she met Michelle! It is all hand sewn and the borders (pictured on the right) still need to be attached.

Sherre brought a recent finish – a custom designed quilt using all Tula Pink fabrics – the entire back is pieced from Tula scraps too!

Sherre also shared another recent finsih – a quilt inspired by Ricky Tim’s “Harmonic Convergence” quilts.

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Another great meeting! See you in April!

Valerie Fund Initiative

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Maria Dolan, Eileen, Michelle, and a bucket of quilty goodness! 

In the words of our own, amazing charity chair, Eileen DiPietro: “Michelle Lewis and I made our much anticipated trip today to the Valerie Center at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch with 13 quilts in hand to donate. The Valerie Center is a comprehensive health care center for children with cancer and blood disorders. Their mission is to treat the whole child, socially, emotionally and medically and to do this close to home. The Valerie Fund was founded in 1976 in memory of Valerie Goldstein by her parents who had to travel with her to receive treatment. Today it is the largest network of facilities for children, seeing over 25,000 children per year with seven centers in NJ, NY and PA.

Our meeting today was with Maria Dolan, LCSW, who coordinates the care of these children. Maria gave us a tour of the facility. The atmosphere is cheerful and upbeat.  Depending on what the children come in for they could be there for the entire day. There is a waiting room with a huge comfy couch and the walls are lined with bookshelves. Another room is geared toward teens with gaming chairs, video games and iPads. The walls are painted with images of musical instruments. The  television room or “Cinema” room has thick, rich, red velvet curtains with gold fringe lining the doorway and televisions with theatre like seating. Even the examination rooms are pleasant and inviting, decorated in beach themes with a surfboards as an exam table!

We had such a pleasant visit with Maria and her staff and they were beyond thrilled to receive the quilts.  Maria truly “gets” the whole power of the quilt “thing”. She showed a genuine interest in the process of quilt making and the proper care of the finished quilt. I invited them to come and visit with us at a meeting or sew-in.

The quilts we donated today will be given to children who have to be at the Valerie Center for an extended period of treatment. I asked Maria to let us know when they were running low so we could try and maintain a supply for them. Quilts for kids are such a quick make with a long lasting effect and you ladies are so awesome and generous, and I am always in awe of you. Thank you all!!”