Beachplum Quilters of the Jersey Shore

Welcome to our Website!  Come see our member's quilts at a meeting and be inspired to sew your best quilt ever.  We always have Fun sharing with each other.

MEETINGSPresbyterian Church of Toms River, 1070 Hooper Ave., Toms River, NJ 08753

September to  June - Third Friday of each Month

6:30 PM - Door opens at 6:00 PM - Parking in the Rear

Next Meeting:  May 19-Kim Gimblette Lecture

      Workshop-5/20/23- Sashiko Technique

5/12/23- 2024 Quilt Show Meeting -6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Presbyterian Church-Hooper Ave.-in the Crossings Room-Enter under the covered entrance to the left of where we usually enter. Bring ideas for the Theme/ Title of our show.  We need Volunteers, too.

NEW -GUILD Bee Group- Workshop format-Apr 7, 

May 5, Jun 2nd. 1-3:30 PM  United Methodist Church 23 Church St, Manasquan- Go to back of church- in Fellowship Hall - plenty of parking spots

Questions: Jackie P.-

Next Placemat Challenge- "Patriotic" or "Summer" due at May MTG 5/19/23


LEFT:  Handing over the Gavel from Dona S to Donna D.  Good Luck for 2022-2023

RIGHT:   Our Presidents, Janet P, Ellen H, Donna D, Dona S, Laurie S.

Jackie P. was absent.

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.

Guild Information

Beachplum Quilters of the Jersey Shore, Inc. 

P.O. Box 749

Island Heights, NJ 08732-0749

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 Sampleris 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 quilt 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.  

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 Block 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 Fabrics 750 Mantoloking Road, Brick, N. J, 08723 

(732) 920-6220

 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).  In 2017, we made 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. 

2020-2021  We made surgical masks for our local CMC Hospital Staff as well as Placemats donated to Meals on Wheels, over 120 so far.

We have our work cut out for us!

Raffle Quilt

This is usually a queen size quilt, handmade by Guild members. This year we have 2 Raffle quilts ready for the Quilt Show in 2022.  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 describe the duties of the historian.  Much of our recent history is on this Website in the form of archived newsletters and photos.


The guild schedules lectures & workshops during the course of the year.  Professional quilt artists offer their expertise on appliqué, paper piecing, mixed media, or whatever the guild may be interested in accomplishing. We look for nationally known lecturers to speak at our meetings and events.  


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.


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!

Return this form with a $30 check payable to "Beachplum Quilters"

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.

Quilt Show Committees

Luncheon Committee or Bus Trip

Charity Quilts



 Newsletter Articles



October 22, 2022 Eleanor Levie Link to Website Pictures:

Click on: weave a quilt with me


Why sew by hand? Becky Goldsmith

Hand sewing gives you time to breathe and think while at the same time letting you accomplish something. And you get to hold fabric that feels good and whose colors make you happy!

When choosing what to sew, I reach for projects that make sense to sew by hand. Wool applique, with it's thick and fuzzy edges, looks great when appliquéd by hand and it is fast and very forgiving. Watch the video to learn the simple whip stitch on felted wool applique and the thread I use to hold shapes in place. Or use this link:    Click here for:  Piece O' Cake website

Fireworks!  A Super Easy Summer Quilt (Harlequin Block) The Questioning Quilter

Watch Brita Nelson's Demo on You Tube:

A fun You Tube video:  Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show 2022 - CLICK HERE

Free Quilting APP at the Apple iPhone Store:  "Robert Kaufman Fabrics Quilting Calc" - excellent

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 -
  • IKEA has some glass front bookshelves which seem ideal for fabric storage-Some have drawers
  • Featherweight Shop on Featherweight 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 A. is backed up with quilts to be quilted.  She started a new job.  Be patient.
  • Spring brings a new challenge- Emile S. suggests deep cleaning your sewing space/closet.  She made 4 placemats for the Meals On Wheels program.
  • Sherrie M. 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-
  • Quilt Labels:  Emile S. uses freezer paper to anchor the fabric before writing out her labels.  She hand stitches the label on the back corner
  • Jeannette M. 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 T. 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 M. mentions 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 S. 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 - : free pattern, "Scrappy Mountain Majesty" is very pretty.  Pat Toth is making a Bonnie Hunter square with lots of green scraps, sewn together.
  • Barbara E. 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 G. 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.

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 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!

Thank You Everyone for helping us at our yard sales Last year!

Yard Sale sponsored by Ann B. - Bayville, NJ

Yard Sale in Island Heights, NJ  Mary P. & husband sponsored Beachplum

Quilters Guild.  We sold Yarn, fabric, patterns, and met the nice people of Mary's neighborhood.

Friends from way back. We were Girl Scout leaders once, long ago...Great to see you again!

Orphan Block found at Ann's sale was finished by Laurie S. 

This dress is one of 750 dresses made by a group in our area that we donated fabric to.  It is an example of how smaller pieces are combined to create a dress that will be treasured by the recipient. 

 Nancy Muldowney and her granddaughter helped to create several dresses.

Friends at the 2021 Beachplum Festival - The NEXT Festival is September, 2023

The Next Quilt Show is Scheduled for 2024 at The Toms River Elks Lodge, #1875.

Quilt Show Volunteer Committees:

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,

Story Cards, Vendors, Welcome Admissions, White Gloves

Volunteers are welcome, especially at set-up times and at the end of the show....  

Send Show Wrap-Up Reports to:

2024 Quilt Show Chair:  Could It Be YOU?

2022 Quilt Show Rules

2022 Registration Form

2022 Quilt Show Categories

2022 Challenge Rules

2022 Story Card Form

2022 Country Store Sales Form

2022 Show Flyer

2022 Press Release

The Queen Size Raffle quilt is on the left & the Lap size quilt is on the right: Both were won by deserving people!  Enjoy

Pat L.'s quilt was at the September 2021 meeting:

Quilt Appraisals By Karen Dever


mobile: (856) 816-6628

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.

September 2021 Meeting

Show N Tell:

We're Now on

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

Block of the Month

2022-23 Chairs:

Marcia G., Dixie M., and Emilie S.

Instructions and patterns.  Feedback appreciated.

We can update files with corrections, as needed.

Pictures of the Patterns for 2022-23  - Kits are at Crafty Fabrics, Mantoloking Rd, Brick, NJ 


Charity Quilts

ZOOM Meetings:

Meeting ID:  883 2537 0548

Passcode:  127890

 Sit N Sew Schedule:

Saturday, November 19, 2022- 9:30 AM  

Saturday, January 21, 2023- 9:30 AM

Saturday, March 18, 2023- 9:30 AM


Quilts for Kids Charitable Organization

494 Lincoln Highway, Fairless Hills, PA 19030


Sherri displays her blocks at our last in person workshop before COVID-19 Lock-down,  2/22/20 with

Debbie Kalenty,

Galaxy Quilt Pattern

Beachplum Programs

WE ARE BACK at The Presbyterian Church (PCTR) for our Regular Meetings- Starts this September, 2022             

Program Info:  Dina N. - e-mail:

Underlined Dates denote a Guild Meeting

Meeting Dates:  3rd Friday of the month/ DoorOpens at 6 PM 

     Meeting starts @ 6:30 PM

2022- 2023

9/16/22-Reg MTG- Block of the Month Showcase - Viewers Choice Vote- Jersey Mike's Wraps

10/21/22-Eleanor Levie Lecture- "Rock Your Quilting"

10/22/22- Sat.- 9:30AM - 1 PM Eleanor's Workshop- "Weave A Quilt With Me"  

11/18/22- Dina's Holiday Hand Made Items Demo- Snowman soup can or glove

11/19/22- Saturday- 9:30 AM- Sit N Sew via ZOOM 

12/16/22- Dianne Werner(Tentative) Member Trunk Show


01/20/23- Quilto- Bring Pennies (or Quarters-INFLATION?) or Buttons and Five - 2-1/2" strips to Play 5 Games

01/21/23- Saturday- 10 AM - 2 PM - Estate Sale Shopping Day at Presbyterian Church Toms River

02/17/23- Maria Sendzik Lecture at Meeting

02/18/23- Saturday- Maria's Workshop- Kira Quilt Pattern

03/17/23- Eliza Hardy Jones Lecture- "Song Quilts"

03/18/23- Saturday- 9:30 AM- Sit N Sew  

04/7/23- Good Friday/ 04/09/23- Easter

04/21/23- No Meeting

04/22/23- Sat. Guild Luncheon- Speaker- Meg Cox, Quilt Journalist- We NEED a Volunteer to CHAIR this

05/19/23- Kim Gimblette Lecture- "Sashiko Quilting"

05/20/23- Saturday- 9:30 AM- Kim's Workshop- Sashiko Quilting

06/16/23- Debbie Welch, Barnegat Bay Dye Works- Lecture

06/17/23- Saturday- 9:30 AM- Debbie's Workshop


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:

"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.

Canned meats, tuna, soups, stews, canned fruits, vegetables, dry cereal, baked beans, rice, pasta, tomato products, peanut butter, jelly, mac & cheese, coffee, tea, non dairy powdered creamer,  juice, cake mix, muffin, brownie mix, toilet paper, diapers, paper products (tissues, napkins, towels), soap, toothpaste,

non-perishable items (Parmalat 1%, sweet condensed milk)               

Send Checks to:  FULFILL

3300 Route 66, Neptune, NJ 07753



The Mancuso Quilt & Sewing Fest:

Mid Atlantic Quilt Guild Network- on hold

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!

Jersey Shore Makerfest  

Save the Date- ?


Toms River High School North @ the Arena


The National Quilt Museum

"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 write "ATTN: Q For Q" on the box

Please include your name, address, and contact info to receive a receipt.

Last year over 650 individuals and over 30 guilds participated to show support for the museum's efforts to promote the word of today's quilters around the globe

Times Are Changing

"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  And Quilters Newsletter digital patterns, eBooks, digital magazines and other quality products will continue to be available at

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."

"Happy quilting!

The QN Staff"

Reference:  Quilters Newsletter, October/November 2016 Page 5.

 2022 Winter Placemat Challenge Rules

Click here to download and print the Winter Placemat Challenge  Rules

Personal  UFO List

Use this sheet to keep track of your own UFO's.

2020 Raffle Quilt

"Bespoke Blooms"
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 



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 

Click on the video or the link below.


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 TENTATIVE:  Annual Makerfest, Pine Belt Arena, H.S. North, Toms River, NJ 08753

2nd Saturday in October, 10 am - 4 pm

Social Media


Quiltmaker -

Fons & Porter - Love of Quilting -  International Quilt Market, Houston, TX - Karoline (Karey) Bresenhan, President/ Founder or WRBQ, Inc. Directory of Quilt Shops, Quilds, and Events by Region  Bernina sewing machine website    online quilt store in Vancouver, Washington online quilt store in Idaho online quilt store in New Hampshire Ruby Short McKim (1891-1976)  Quilt Artist trained at Parson's School of Design, NYC   

Author: One Hundred and One Patchwork Patterns, 1931  Angela Walters  online quilt store in Missouri  Original Sewing & Quilt Expo website  digital edition of Quilters Newsletter magazine  Quilters Newsletter online quilt store     free CHARITY QUILT PATTERNS  for our guild   Machine Applique w/ Fusible and her set of rulers 1-800-499-1777   Thread company in Utah  Free Quilt Projects by Alex Anderson  Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show:  (People, Places, Quilts in Summerville, SC)  ( Brita Nelson, The Questioning Quilter)


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 - 

Gudrun Erla -

Reed Johnson -

Charisma Holton - 

Abigail Dolinger -

Timeless Treasures -

Stephanie Cunnyngham -

Rachel Raburn -

FreeSpirit Fabrics -

Patti Carey -

Northcott -

Gina Gempeshaw -

P & B Textiles -

Scott Flanagan -

Island Batik - -

Bev Getschel -

Deborah Richmond -


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,

Kristin Alfano, 4702 W. Grimshire Rd, New Palestine, IN 46163   317-902-2034  E-Mail:

Rosemary Banks, 609-267-3809, E-Mail:

Sherre MacClellan, 732-766-0999, 91 Kings Way, Freehold, NJ 07728,

Claire Berg, Owner,, 732-294-7858

Local New Jersey, New York QUILT SHOPS: Brick, NJ  Rt 22, N. Plainfield, NJ  Toms River, NJ  Howell, NJ  Burlington, NJ  Pennington, NJ  Forked River, NJ- Online only
Stitch N' Sew Centre, Lakewood, NJ  E-Mail:   (732) 363-2220   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  New York City, NY - The Bernina Sewing Center - Matawan, NJ

VENDOR SITES:  Debbie Kalenty website- Deb Tucker Tools  Deb Tucker Tools website website  Jackie Kunkel - Certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor
Kristie's Custom T-Shirt & Memory Quilts  E-Mail:

GUILD WEBSITES:  Baltimore Heritage Quilters Guild

DESTINATIONS:  In Tennessee - A Mountain Quiltfest  Mancuso Show Management  AQS Quiltweek in Paducah, KY, Quilt City, USA   Vermont Quilt Fest  Shelburne, VT    A destination quilt shop- Savannah, GA  An insiders guide to the garment district's best shops for quilters to explore with restaurant suggestions while in N.Y.City  People, Places, Quilts - Summerville, SC, a suburb of Charleston, SC

MODERN QUILTING SITES:  Jacquie Gering  Jessica Skultety


The following websites are directories for finding other quilters, guilds, or shops:  Directory of quilting events, shops


The National Quilt Museum-  1-(270) 442-8856Lancaster

Quilt and Textile Museum -
Shelburne Museum -
Morris Museum - 6 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown, NJ -
The Red Mill Museum, Red Mill Museum Village, Clinton, NJ -  


From time to time members request a recipe from a meeting.  Although we can't put up unlimited numbers of recipes, take advantage of them when you see them.


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 19th, 2022

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

Jody Beck- Oct 2020

Joann Belson

Jinny Beyer

Dottie Bliss

Dorothy Bosselman

Barbara Burke

Jeanne Campbell

Betty Lou Cassidy

Sally Chafatelli

Trish Chambers

Janice Cooke

Meg Cox

Marilyn Crossan

Judy Dales

Barbara Dannenfelser

Sandra Dannenfelser

Nancy Degen

Linda Denner

Pat Farace

Anna Faustino-2009 & 2017

Linda Felton

Jane & Gary Fulton

Jude Germaine-Munoz

Fran Gillsheimer

Alison Goss

Tina Gravatt

Ellie Greico

Marcia Guza

Linda Hahn

Jane E. Hamilton

Judy Henderson

Beckie Herdle 

Lacey J. Hill

Mary Ellen Hopkins

Richard T. Hyers

Debbie Kalenty-2017, 2019, 2020,2021

Cheryl Kerestes

Nancy Kerns

Stacy Koehler

Phyllis Klein

Pat Knochel

Lynn Kough

Loretta Kriger

Jackie Kunkel

Carol Lauterbach

Chris Lee

Eileen Lehner

Eleanor Levie-2022

Nancy Lubisco

Kay Lukasko

Cheryl Lynch

Janellea Macbeth-2017

Sherre MacClellan- 2021

Marion G. Mackey

Ricki Maiette

Vickie Mathas

Merry May

Norma McAfee

Bonnie McCaffrey

Nancy McCarron Lubisco

Spencer Morgan - 2016

Pat Morris

Jeanette Muir  

Anita Murphy

Brita Nelson-Dec 2020

Dina Newbert-2022

Melanie Norman

Ann Oliver

Peggy Oppenheimer

Donna Painter

Elizabeth Pauley

Janet Peterson

Tom Powis

Minabess Randolph

Jeannie Robinson

Sue Rodgers

Patricia Rogers

Tammie Ruffle

Connie Safran - member trunk show 2017

Libby Schenewolf

Sally Schneider

Michele Scott

Nancy Screbo

Maria Sendzik-2017

Irene Sherman

George & Virginia Siciliano

Jessica Skultety-2016

Gail Small

Rebecca Szabo

Cheryl Taylor

Gretchen Thacker

Arlene Troiano

Debbie Welch

Linn Woodward

Vienno Wurret - Children's Specialized Hospital

Pat Zimmer

R. Zimmerman  

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 Past Quilt Shows:

"Quilts in Full Bloom Show & Sale"  April 2-3, 2022"

Kathleen Cox & Ellen Hyers, Chairs

"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


"Birds of a Feather Quilt Together" April 5-6, 2014

 Ellen W. Hyers & Shirley Moramarco, Chairs

"Quilting From the Heart" - April 2012    

Laurie V. Schnitzer, Chair

"Plum Crazy Over Quilting" - April 2010

 Laurie V. Schnitzer, Chair

"Across The Generations" - April 2008

 Judy Richtmyer, Chair

"Grandmother's Flower Basket" - April 2006

 Linda Casserly, Liz Henne & Connie Miller, Chairs

"Serendipity" - April 2004

 Linda Casserly, Chair

"Old Fashioned Charm" - April 2002

 Eileen Koeck Stacey & Linda DeBree, Chairs

"A Quilt Odyssey" - March 2000

 Eileen Koeck Stacey & Pat Gardener, Chairs

"99 Years of Quilts, A 20th Century Retrospective" - March 1998

 Cathleen Y. Applegate & Eileen Koeck Stacey, Chairs

"Quilting At The Jersey Shore" - June 1996

 Beth O'Neil & Arlene Troiano, Chairs

"A Whirlwind of Quilts" - June 1994

 Dee Burrows & Carrie Kiefer, Chairs

"Fall Festival of Quilts" - November 1992

 Nancy Clark, Chair

"A Spring Fling II" - April 1990

 Lucille Clark, Chair

"A Spring Fling" - April 1988

 Nancy Clark & Lori Day, Chairs

Hurricane Sandy Quilts

The following quilts are representative of the 125 quilts donated by our guild to people who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Our members and friends are to be thanked and congratulated for their generous gift of time and loving stitches that graced every quilt below.  

2016 Show Pictures

Registration & Judging Starring

Sandra Dorrbecker, Judge

Ellen, Shirley, Susan H, Laurie, Pat, Susan S, Rita, Gloria

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

Some of Our Previous Raffle Quilt Pictures

Bikes & CocaCola- Everything Goes Better With COKE !


Spinning Star Placemat