Beachplum Quilters Guild of the Jersey Shore was formed in 1985, to encourage, support and promote the art of quilting, through education and motivation in an atmosphere of sharing and friendship. Our members represent all ages and levels of quilting experience; advanced as well as beginning quilters. Annual membership dues are $30 (September - June). The guild meets on the third Friday of every month at 1070 Hooper Avenue in Toms River, 08753 at the Presbyterian Church on the corner of Hooper and Chestnut Street.
The guild newsletter, The Beachplum Sampler, is published monthly September through June, and provides guild news, pictures, programs, as well as notices of shows, exhibitions and guild-sponsored special events.
Our guild currently has a show every other year (even years) at the Toms River Elks Lodge #1875. This is the guild's major fund raiser. We also have a raffle quilt which is part of the show to generate additional funds.
Beachplum Quilters is a guild member of : Maqgnet (Middle Atlantic Quilt Guild Network)
Show and Tell Our monthly meetings include the various works in progress or completed quilts by the guild members.
Block of the Month There is a Bock of the Month committee. They provide color and pattern for this activity. At the end of the year, completed quilt tops are displayed and voted upon.
Charity Quilts We continue to make quilts for charities. Our charity volunteers can meet at: Crafty Fabrics750 Mantoloking Road, Brick, N. J, 08723 (732) 920-6220www.craftyfabricsquilting.com Recipients of the charity quilts have been nursing homes, Hospice families, veterans, a women's shelter, and hundreds of at-risk babies and children. 2013 was the year we made 125 bed size quilts which were donated to local families/victims of Hurricane Sandy (10/29/12). This year, 2017, we are making quilts for children and families affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as well as for Oceans of Love, our local Ocean County charity for children. We will send more charity quilts to House of Hope, another local organization helping homeless families.
We have our work cut out for us!
Raffle Quilt This is usually a queen size quilt, handmade by Guild members. Various techniques are used, including hand applique work. All members are asked to sell and/or buy raffle tickets.
Door Prizes After you sign in at each meeting as a member, you are given a ticket for a door prize drawing that night.
The Historian Records of the guild are kept by the Historian. The records consist of past newsletters, directories, photo albums, and publicity of the guild such as newspaper clippings and flyers. The by-laws found on a separate page on this site describes the duties of the historian.
Workshops The guild schedules lectures & workshops during the course of the year. Professional quilt artists offer their expertise on appliqué, paper piecing or whatever the guild may be interested in accomplishing. We look for nationally known lecturers to speak at our meetings and events.