Beachplum Quilters of the Jersey Shore
Welcome to the website of Beachplum Quilters of the Jersey Shore. We hold our meetings on the third Friday of the month at 6:30PM from September to June. We meet at the Presbyterian Church of Toms River. Here you can learn about who we are and how diverse our guild is. Should you want to join our guild, you will also find information about when and where we meet. You are always welcome. Come visit us at a meeting to see our member's quilts and be inspired to sew your best quilt ever!
Please leave your Name and Email or Phone information and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks for your interest in our Guild.
Sit N Sew - 2/13/21
While Sewing, we got to chatting about Favorite Tools, Blogs, Etc
- Favorite Iron: Reliable Velocity Auto Control
- Use Feed Corn in microwaveable heat pads for your shoulder/neck- it holds up better than rice-- Get it at Farm/Tractor Supply
- Grippy Spray for Rulers
- 60 MM Rotary Cutter for 4 or more thicknesses of fabric
- Stripology Ruler designed by Gudrun from Creative Designs Rulers
- Gudrun - GEquiltdesigns.com
- IKEA has some glass front bookshelves which seem ideal for fabric storage-Some have drawers
- Featherweight Shop -YouTube.com on Featherweight Machine-www.Singer-Featherweight.com maintenance-get the kit from Idaho(?)-get the booklet, special bobbins, 1/4" foot, and horizontal spindle, new belt
You Want More?
- Quilt & Tell Podcast (Marti Mitchel "History of the Rotary Cutter, 9/23/2020)
- Quilting Daily Podcast
- Use Spotify APP to access Podcasts
- Bernina owners like the B-475 model featuring quilters favorites
- Tula Pink Bernina -770 machine is funtastic!
3/13/21 - Sit N Sew:
- Kristin Alfano is backed up with quilts to be quilted. She started a new job. Be patient.
- Spring brings a new challenge- Emile Snyder suggests deep cleaning your sewing space/closet. She made 4 placemats for the Meals On Wheels program.
- Sherrie MacClellan suggests organizing your stash by colors, and cutting yard goods into pre-cut sizes: 2-1/2", 5", 10" strips. Store fat quarters, 10" squares, and "leftovers" in separate bins or places.
- Sherrie also mentioned going to "BellWorks" in Holmdel every Wednesday, 11AM - 4PM, for indoor craft vendors- Facebook..com/BellWorksFreshMarket.
- Quilt Labels: Emile Snyder uses freezer paper to anchor the fabric before writing out her labels. She hand stitches the label on the back corner
- Jeannette Middlekauf buys $5 bags of used shirts at a garage sale and "Debones" them by taking off buttons, sleeves, seams to get yardage to make new scrappy quilts.
- Pat Toth loves Sit N Sew "because it forces me to do something and its nice being together". Laurie loves it because it is always inspirational, informative, & fun.
- Sherrie MacClellan mentions GEDesigns.com again- 1st Virtual Retreat was started this past week. She got a kit & pattern. Stripology Rulers and 60 MM Rotary Cutters are a must. Gudrun Erla, Quilt Artist, runs the show on TU & FRI Live on Facebook and/or YouTube.
- Marlene Stoever makes tabs for hanging a small wall quilt: (4) 5" x 3-1/2" pieces are folded in half, hand sewn, and strategically placed, on the top back of the quilt.
- Bonnie Hunter - Quiltville.com : free pattern, "Scrappy Mountain Majesty" is very pretty. Pat Toth is making a Bonnie Hunter square with lots of green scraps, sewn together.
- Barbara Exposito finished her Dinosaur Quilt- so Cute. Also she made a "Giraffe in a Teacup" 6" x 9" mug rug with green fabrics. It was paper pieced and fused applique.
- Marcia Guza is busy not only sewing, but working professionally doing TAX Returns.
- Recipes: Brisket, dry rub, 250 degrees overnight in the oven - Delicious or Crock Pot brisket, onions, pickling salt & spice mix rub, 1 can Guinness or Yeungling beer, on low, all day. Stromboli - Rolled out refrigerator dough, with cooked meat, rice, and veggie saute, then folded over and baked in hot oven till done.
- Respectfully submitted by Laurie Schnitzer from S.C. - please send corrections to her. But please don't.
TID BITS: 4/10/21 -Making Placemats for Meals on Wheels:
Pattern appears in Free Patterns Section or at the website below:
- Dina N. - Uses a black wrought iron, Wall Hanger with safety pinned strips of 2-1/2" pieces of fabric. She can hang it in the closet or pull it out to choose strips for the next project
- There is a "Placemats Box" at Crafty Fabrics - inside the box by Tuesday, 4/13/21, will be the printed labels to use on the back of the placemat. Pick up labels for this placemat or your next. LABEL SHOULD BE PRINTED AS: "BEACHPLUM QUILT GUILD 2021" Attach it by sewing with a machine or by hand....
- Susie's Magic Binding was described -Search YouTube.com for this nifty technique - It is machine sewn - and has the look of faux piping on the front.
- Dina N. - Dina's Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas Recipe - Ingredients: diced onion, diced peppers, chicken breasts, 1 to 1-1/2 pounds, 1 Fajita or Taco seasoning packet, broccoli florets, 1-14 oz. can diced tomatoes, soy sauce, Cook these ingredients in a buttered crock pot, all day. Shred the chicken, mix it back into the pot. Scoop out onto flour tortilla wraps - add shredded cheese such as mozzarella, then fold or roll it up. Good as a leftover too.
- Eight of us shared some good stories about ancestry, sailing, & families. Join us next time!
SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM DONA REGARDING COVID-19
To my Fellow Guild members,
The quilt show scheduled for April 18 & 19, 2020 has been cancelled. This is a big disappointment for us but we feel it is the right thing to do.
More decisions are still to come. We are in the process of contacting the quilt show committee chairpersons on their needs. Please email us if you have specific concerns that need immediate consideration.
Goals of the Guild
Our Mission Statement
To educate, motivate, and create an atmosphere of sharing and friendship. To have active participation by all guild members on at least one committee. To strive for the growth of all aspects of this guild.
Debbie Kalenty, Guest Workshop Host
March 20, 2021 10 AM - 4 PM- Zoom Platform
Hunter's Star - Masquerade Pattern using the Petite Star Ruler from Studio 180 Design, LTD
Buy Pattern & Ruler in advance from Debbie:
Brita Nelson, Guest Speaker
December 18, 2020,
Join at 06:00 PM, Eastern Time
"Now You See It, Now You Don't,
The Magic of Disappearing Blocks"
Lecture at 07:00 PM
GO NOW to see her 3 Minute Video Link:
Join 12/18/2020 Zoom Lecture:
Meeting ID: 859 4610 1387
Dec 19, 2020 WORKSHOP Members - $20.00
10:00 AM - 04:30 PM 1/2 hour for lunch
Link up at 09:45 AM
Buy Pattern in advance from Brita Nelson at:
*Supply List from Dona- Must create some blocks ahead of time - easy*
Jody Beck, October 16, 2020 Guest Speaker
"Jody's Jems Journey and Demo" Lecture
Jody Beck has been sewing, crafting, and creating ever since she can remember. She picked up quilting in 2000 & started teaching and writing patterns in 2003. She's been privileged to have her Jody's Jems patterns sold in shops from Hawaii to Key West, FL and has customers who love her designs from as far away as Australia and the UK. "The Art of Quilt Design" is a power point presentation of how Jody created her Jody's Jems designs. (She emailed: "Power point and recorded demo did not fly well." So Beachplum Guild will see her live presentation, Jody's Jems Journey and Demo.)
She has lived in 10 states with her husband of 38 years and has taught quilting in Arizona, New England, and Pennsylvania since 2003. Jody will demonstrate her techniques. Please visit her website in advance of her lecture on October 16th.... Patterns are available for sale at:
The Sampler Newsletter
but suspended until we return to in-person meetings.
However, Zoom Meeting Minutes and BoM photos are published below.
- September 2019
- October 2019
- November 2019
- December 2019
- January 2020
- February 2020
- March 2020
- June 2020 Zoom Meeting Minutes
- July 2020 Zoom Meeting Minutes
- August Block of the Month Entries
- August 2020 Zoom Meeting Minutes
- September Block of the Month Entries
- September 2020 Board Meeting Minutes
- September 2020 Zoom Meeting Minutes
- October 2020 Zoom Meeting Minutes and BoM Pic
- November 2020 Zoom Meeting Minutes with BoM Pic
- December 2020 Zoom Meeting Minutes with BoM Pic
- January 2021 Zoom Meeting Minutes with BoM Pic
- February 2021 Zoom Meeting Minutes with BoM Pic
- March 2021 Zoom Meeting Minutes
- March 2021 Upstairs Downstairs BoM Blocks
- April 2021 Zoom Meeting with BoM Pic
- May 2021 Zoom Meeting with BoM Pic
Join Beachplum Quilters of the Jersey Shore! For annual dues of $30, you will receive a year’s worth of
information-packed meetings, breathtaking Show & Tells, the monthly newsletter, and of course, exciting speakers. Need more incentive to join? BQJS members receive discounts at local quilt shops!
Our guild needs collaboration and support to maintain an enjoyable atmosphere at our meetings and upcoming events. We can continue to provide this with the participation of everyone. Please indicate the committees that interest you below and chairpersons will check with you before scheduling you for any upcoming events.
Sept 18, 2020 - Big Show N Tell -Zoom MTG
Oct 16 - Jody Beck Lecture: "The Art of Quilt Design"
Oct17 - Jody's Workshop: Cancelled
Nov 20 - Reg Zoom MTG
Nov 21 - Sit N Sew for Charity Quilts-ZOOM Meeting
Dec 18 - Brita Nelson Lecture: "Now You See It, Now You Don't, The Magic of Disappearing Blocks"
Dec 19 - Zoom WORKSHOP - Brita Nelson - "Making Magic, A Disappearing Block Sampler Quilt, 39" x 39"
Jan 9 - Sit N Sew for Charity Quilts, Zoom at Home
Meeting ID: 837 7955 0509 Passcode: 792208
Jan 15 - Zoom MTG
Feb 13 - Sit N Sew Zoom at Home - 10 AM
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 864 2399 9009
Feb 19 - Zoom MTG
Mar 13 - Sit N Sew Zoom at Home - 10 AM
Meeting ID: 844 2136 6495
Mar 19 - Zoom MTG
Mar 20 - Debbie Kalenty Zoom Workshop -Hunter's Star Quilt-"Masquerade" pattern 10 AM
Apr 10 - Zoom Sit N Sew 9:00AM - 3:00PM-Placemats
Apr 16 - Zoom MTG
May 21 - Zoom MTG
Jun 18 - Zoom MTG
2020 Raffle Quilt
The Story of Our Quilt
Robin Pandolph designed the pattern called "Bespoke Blooms".On her travels to Southwest England in June 2008, she was inspired to create 12 blocks, each named after a little village in Somerset. A friend of our guild donated this kit of fabrics and the pattern to our guild member, Mary G, with the request that it be used for fund raising purposes for the guild. The following members did the applique work: Sue G, Rita R, Jackie P, Shirley M, Ellen H, and Joyce W.
The piecing was done by Janet P.
The binding was done by Jane S.
Longarm artistry: Kristin Alfano
New Palestine, IN
ON APRIL 19, 2020 THE WINNING TICKET WAS SELECTED. CONGRATULATIONS
Quilts in Full Bloom 2020 Quilt Show & Sale
*** Cancelled ***
Check back with us for our 2022 Quilt Show & Sale
Tickets $1.00 each Books of 10 available for $10 each
Ambiance, Appraisals, Baskets, Challenge Quilts, Country Store,
Demos, Door Prizes, Judging & Scribes, Members Booth, Mini Quilt Auction,
Publicity, Raffle Quilt Ticket Sales, Registration Intake & Return, Set-Up and Take Down,
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Surgical Mask Pattern
"Making Masks, because we can"
New Post on Piece O Cake Blog
By Becky Goldsmith
Jenny Doan at Missouri Star Quilt Company: https://www.missouriquiltco.com
"How to make face masks"
Laurie VS made the mask in 1 afternoon. This is NOT a substitute for an N-95 mask.
Food Bank Donations* are accepted at each Meeting.
Please be generous. Bag your donation securely.
We always accept feminine hygiene products.
*Due to COVID-19 please donate to: FULFILL
3300 Route 66, Neptune, NJ 07753
Beachplum Quilters Next Quilt Show:
AQS QUILT WEEK
The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey
The goal of MAQGNet is to unify guilds with diverse interests by sharing information on resources (lectures, workshop teachers, appraisers and judges); providing information that is pertinent to quilt guilds; discussing and finding solutions to guild related issues; and promoting a positive atmosphere in which quilting can flourish.
Like us and Share with all your families and friends so we can get exposure to many more people!
Maybe they will come to our show because they saw us on Facebook.
Many thanks to Sue B. for setting us up!
Save the Date- ?
Toms River High School North @ the Arena
"Quilts For Quilting" Campaign
Send a new or antique quilt or miniature quilt
as a tax deductible donation
Fabric and Quilt Books are also requested
For the 3 Annual Auctions
Questions: 270-442-8856 ext 207
Send to: National Quilt Museum,
215 Jefferson St, Paducah, KY 42001
Please include your name, address, and contact info to receive a receipt.
"Quilters Newsletter has held a very special place in the hearts of quilting enthusiasts for 47 years, and has been a source of inspiration and learning for quilters around the world. However, the magazine will no longer be published after the October/November 2016 issue. (Quilters Newsletter subscribers will receive Quilting Arts magazine beginning with the December/January 2017 issue, or they may select another F + W quilt publication. Call 800-477-6089 for information.
While the print version of Quilters Newsletter is going away, free quilt patterns, historical content and other information will still be available online at quiltersnewsletter.org. And Quilters Newsletter digital patterns, eBooks, digital magazines and other quality products will continue to be available at quiltandsewshop.com.
Quilters Newsletter began publication in September 1969 and was founded by Bonnie and George Leman. It was the first - and for many years the only magazine devoted solely to the interests of quiltmakers. Bonnie composed the first issue on a manual typewriter at her kitchen table, and the day it was published was the same day she gave birth to the youngest of her seven children.
That day marked the beginning of an international phenomenon. Many quilt historians agree that Bonnie almost single-handedly launched a quilting revival around the time of the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976 by researching and publishing information about a domestic pastime that had fallen out of vogue since the end of the Great Depression and the onset of World War II. No one can deny that she shaped and guided that revival during subsequent decades.
Bonnie Leman and Quilters Newsletter will forever be linked to the history of quiltmaking in the U.S. and abroad. It's a legacy that will never be forgotten.
F + W, Quilters Newsletter's parent company, is committed to the quilt industry and will continue to serve the community by publishing magazines, creating videos, digital patterns, online education, books, in-person events, ecommerce products, and more under the brands of Fons & Porter, McCall's Quilting, Quiltmaker, Quilting Arts, Keepsake Quilting, and Original Sewing & Quilt Expo. We will continue to evolve in order to serve a community with ever-changing habits and media preferences."
The QN Staff"
Reference: Quilters Newsletter, October/November 2016 Page 5.
Sit N Sew Schedule:
Sat,Feb 13, 2021 Zoom Meeting
Sat, Mar 13, 2021 Zoom Meeting
Sat, Apr 10, 2021 Zoom Meeting
See Programs Section for LINK to Zoom Platform
Sew Charity Quilts with us in your own sewing room!
Quilts for Kids Charitable Organization
494 Lincoln Highway, Fairless Hills, PA 19030
2018 By Laws
Block of the Month
2021 UFO Challenge Rules
Trunk Show - Janet P 2015
In 2015, Janet P., a long time member, brought her extensive collection of quilts to our meeting.
Her son videotaped the trunk show and it is presented here through a link to YouTube.com.
Click on the video or the link below.
Free Patterns, Make 'N Take Its
Join us on Facebook.com/BeachplumQuiltersGuild
Like us and Share with your family & friends
Annual Makerfest, Pine Belt Arena, H.S. North, Toms River, NJ 08753
2nd Saturday in October, 10 am - 4 pm
Social Media Site: groupworks.com/BeachplumQuilters
E-mail Spencer Morgan- firstname.lastname@example.org
Quiltmaker - www.quiltingdaily.com
Fons & Porter - Love of Quilting - www.fonsandporter.com
www.quilts.com International Quilt Market, Houston, TX - Karoline (Karey) Bresenhan, President/ Founder
www.thequiltshopnavigator.com or WRBQ, Inc. Directory of Quilt Shops, Quilds, and Events by Region
www.weallsew.com Bernina sewing machine website
www.connectingthreads.com online quilt store in Vancouver, Washington
www.shabbyfabrics.com online quilt store in Idaho
www.mckimstudios.com Ruby Short McKim (1891-1976) Quilt Artist trained at Parson's School of Design, NYC
Author: One Hundred and One Patchwork Patterns, 1931
www.missouriquiltco.com online quilt store in Missouri
www.sewingexpo.com Original Sewing & Quilt Expo website
www.quiltersnewsletter.com digital edition of Quilters Newsletter magazine
www.quiltandsewshop.com Quilters Newsletter online quilt store
www.quiltsforkids.org free CHARITY QUILT PATTERNS for our guild
www.superiorthreads.com 1-800-499-1777 Thread company in Utah
www.quiltersselect.com Free Quilt Projects by Alex Anderson
www.ppquilts.com (People, Places, Quilts in Summerville, SC)
Stony Brook Sew & Vac 191 Rt 130North, Bordentown, NJ 08505-Supplier of Quilters Select items 609-372-4018 Services: Brother, Singer, Viking, Janome, and most other machines
Stitch and Sew in Lakewood, NJ Ernie and Jane/ Maintenance of all brands of sewing machines
Mouse Creek Quilts in Howell, NJ Claire/ Maintenance of HandiQuilter machines
The Bernina Sewing Center in Matawan, NJ
Olde City Quilts in Burlington, NJ
Hinkletown Sewing Center, 1-(717)354-8961 232Wanner Rd, Ephrata, PA 17522
Bonnie Hunter - www.quiltville.com
Gudrun Erla - GEDesigns.com
Reed Johnson - www.bluebearquilts.com
Charisma Holton - www.charismascorner.com
Abigail Dolinger - abyquilts.wordpress.com
Timeless Treasures - www.ttfabrics.com
Stephanie Cunnyngham - www.sissybellesews.com
Rachel Raburn - www.facebook.com/redbirdquilting
FreeSpirit Fabrics - www.freespiritfabrics.com
Patti Carey - www.pattispatchwork.com
Northcott - www.northcott.com
Gina Gempeshaw - www.gemhillquilts.com
P & B Textiles - www.pbtex.com/freepatterns
Scott Flanagan - www.facebook.com/4thandmaindesigns/
Island Batik - www.islandbatik.com
eQuilter.com - www.equilter.com
Bev Getschel - www.bevgetscheldesign.com
Deborah Richmond - www.quiltedturtle.com
LONG ARM ARTISTS:
Diane McColley, Owner, Crafty Fabrics, 750 Mantoloking Rd, Brick, NJ 08723, 732-920-6220
Marcia Guza, (Charity Quilts only), Crafty Fabrics, 750 Mantoloking Rd, Brick, NJ, email@example.com
Kristin Alfano, 4702 W. Grimshire Rd, New Palestine, IN 46163 317-902-2034 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosemary Banks, 609-267-3809, E-Mail: email@example.com
Sherre MacClellan, 732-766-0999, 91 Kings Way, Freehold, NJ 07728, firstname.lastname@example.org
www.craftyfabricsquilting.com Brick, NJ
www.fabricland.com Rt 22, N. Plainfield, NJ
www.joann.com/ Toms River, NJ
www.thepincushionfabrics.net The Pin Cushion, 657 N Delsea Dr, Vineland, NJ 08360 (856) 692-5460
A Fabric Outlet & Gifts, 2644 North West Blvd, Vineland, NJ 08360 (856) 690-8633
www.cityquilter.com New York City, NY
www.bernina-nj.com - The Bernina Sewing Center - Matawan, NJ
www.quiltersobsession.com Debbie Kalenty website- Deb Tucker Tools
www.studio180.com Deb Tucker Tools website
www.shelburnemuseum.org Shelburne, VT
www.sewmuchmore.com A destination quilt shop- Savannah, GA
www.paulanadelstern.com/fabric/guides/index.php An insiders guide to the garment district's best shops for quilters to explore with restaurant suggestions while in N.Y.City
www.ppquilts.com People, Places, Quilts - Summerville, SC, a suburb of Charleston, SC
MODERN QUILTING SITES:
www.tallgrassprairiestudio.com Jacquie Gering
www.quiltyhabit.com Jessica Skultety
The following websites are directories for finding other quilters, guilds, or shops:
www.wrbqinc.com Directory of quilting events, shops
MUSEUMS WITH QUILTS & TEXTILES:
The National Quilt Museum- www.quiltmuseum.org 1-(270) 442-8856Lancaster
Quilt and Textile Museum - www.quiltandtextilemuseum.com
Shelburne Museum - www.shelburnemuseum.org/
Morris Museum - 6 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown, NJ - www.morrismuseum.org
The Red Mill Museum, Red Mill Museum Village, Clinton, NJ - www.theredmill.org
National Quilting Day
National Quilting Day is observed the third Saturday each March. Make a quilt and post it on social media site: #NationalQuiltingDay
This year, National Quilting Day is March 20, 2021
National Quilting Day is a special holiday, set aside to celebrate quilts and quiltmakers - past, present, and future.
The National Quilting Association, Inc. began sponsoring National Quilting Day with a resolution passed by members attending the 22nd Annual Quilt Show in Lincoln, Nebraska, in June 1991. The third Saturday in March is officially designated as National Quilting Day, but over the years, observance of National Quilting Day has unofficially been expanded to the whole month of March!
National Quilting Day gives us the opportunity to reflect with pride on the traditions of quiltmaking and the contributions quiltmakers have made to their families and communities for many generations.
A Brief History of National Quilting Day
In 1989, the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society organized a "Quilter's Day Out" on the third Saturday of March to celebrate the rich tradition of quiltmaking in Kentucky. In 1991, the NQA officers were so enthused with the concept and success of "Quilters' Day Out that they voted to take it to a national level.
The first National Quilting Day was observed in 1992 and since then it has grown into a global celebration for all quiltmakers and quilt lovers. Helen Storbeck, one of the founders of National Quilting Day, wrote in The Quilting Quarterly, "Groups of quilters were encouraged to hold special events, publishers and shop owners were invited to sponsor promotions especially for quilters and it quickly became a grassroots endeavor with quilters in every part of the country participating. In the first year of National Quilting Day, quilters in other countries asked to participate. They were welcomed with open arms. As our feelings of a community network have evolved to include a world community, it is only appropriate that quilters and quilt lovers everywhere united to give recognition to the special art form."
The 2014 free Pattern supplied by The National Quilting Association is Stash Attack in the Archived Documents section.
This Article has been provided by the National Quilting Association
Guest Speakers and Teachers
The following guest speakers have presented lectures and /or workshops for our guild members.
We are grateful for their knowledge, expertise & guidance.
Linda Applegate-May 2018
Vienno Wurret - Children's Specialized Hospital
Our Past Quilt Shows
The Guild puts together a biennial (taking place every other year) quilt show in the even years. Members display the quilts they have made since the last show. This is a major fund raiser for the guild's activities, including gifting hundreds of charity quilts over the years. These funds are also used for our programs and activities, including guest teachers and lecturers, workshops, etc. Our quilt shows give us the opportunity to have our work judged by a professional, with awards presented in a variety of categories. Money donated at our shows goes directly into keeping this cottage industry alive and well for many years to come.
OUR NEXT SHOW: April 18-19, 2020 Cancelled or Postponed/TBA "Quilts in Full Bloom"
Kathleen Cox, Ellen Hyers, Chairs
Our Past Quilt Shows:
"Everything's Coming Up Roses" 2018 Quilt Show & Sale April 14-15, 2018
Kathleen Cox & Sue Balfe, Chairs
"Garden of My Dreams" 2016 Show & Sale April 9-10, 2016
Ellen W. Hyers & Shirley Moramarco, Chairs
Laurie V. Schnitzer, Chair
2015 Guild Luncheon
Pearls of the Jersey Shore 30th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, April 11, 2015
The 2015 Challenge Quilt winners and participants are as follows:
1st Place - Gloria Squicciari - Sea Life
2nd Place - Paula Patri - Sunbonnet Sue & Sam at Black Tie Boogie Gala
3rd Place - Pat McCullough - Things to Enjoy at the Jersey Shore
Pamela Gallamore - Pearls Honey
Dona Spencer - Candles
Barbara Bendinsky - Spider Web
JoAnn McCoy - North Pole
Jane Schoonfield - Log Cabin Block w/ Beachplum Pins
Debbie Perks - Mickey Hot Air Baloon
Laurie Schnitzer - Dresden Flowers, Mini Quilts Clothesline & Guild Founder, Minabess Randolph Picture
Jackie Pearce - Sailboat
Connie Safran - Pirate Octopus
Preparing Your Quilt For A Long Arm Quilter
By Tammie Ruffle, 1601 Timber Run, Nashville, TN 37214, (908) 421-1435
- All seams are stitched securely-especially the outside perimeter. When the quilt is loaded on the rollers of the long-arm, the fabric is stretched taut. If you have not backstitched those outside seams, they may pull apart. (Stay stitching around quilt 1/8" is a viable option)
- Remove any selvages before piecing your back - they do not stretch and can cause puckers and may not lay flat.
- Square your quilt top, but more importantly, square the back. If you piece the back, make sure it is trimmed square.
- Please press your seams, (front and back). Press them as flat as you can.
- For flat borders, measure your quilt center, and on the 2 outside edges where the borders will attach. Take an average of the three and that is the border length. This applies to both directions.
- Trim all your loose threads. You aren't going to like seeing dark thread tails behind your lighter color fabric.
- Backing and batting must be 6-8" longer and 6-8" wider than the quilt top. Quilters need that much extra to ensure that our grips to the sides of the quilts will distribute the tension evenly. The grips will get in the way of the machine if there is not enough extra fabric for the back. This can cause "wobbles" in the quilting if there is not enough back fabric.
- If you have pre-washed your fabric for the quilt top, you should pre-wash your fabric for the back to avoid any uneven shrinkage.
- Bring each layer( top, batting, backing) separately, (do not baste them together).
- If you have a directional quilt or back, please place a safety pin at the top if you have a preference.
- Press your back.
- Please embellish your quilt AFTER it has been quilted.
What To Consider Before the Consultation
- Your Budget. High end custom will cost you much more than an edge to edge design.
- Possible designs you might like ( you will get some suggestions from the long-arm quilter)
- Thread color - do you like contrast or do you like the thread to blend in?
2013 Beachplum Quilters of the Jersey Shore www.beachplumquilters.org
Quilt Appraisals By Karen Dever
Is Grandma's quilt really priceless? Or now that you have a winner's ribbon from the local quilt show, should you be concerned that someone might want to steal your quilt? Would you want your quilts replaced if something does happen to them? Perhaps it is time to consult a certified appraiser of quilted textiles!
Learning what a quilted textile is worth for insurance purposes or market value does not happen in the same manner as it does on a certain popular television show. Getting a quilted textile appraised requires an examination of the item on the spot,and perhaps follow-up research. If you have ever wondered how much you should insure Granny's quilt for or what the replacement cost would be of your recent masterpiece, contact Ms. Dever to learn more about your quilted item.
Karen Dever, a certified appraiser with AQS (American Quilt Society) and a member of the Professional Association of Appraisers - Quilted Textiles (PAAQT), will be able to appraise quilts, to answer questions about quilt valuation, to give advice on quilt care, and to admire the hard work of quilters known and unknown.
Appraisals can be completed on new and old quilts, both traditional and non-traditional, and quilted garments.
To book an appointment, contact her e-mail. She will be taking appointments for our next show. Book her early because she usually is busy.