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Beachplum Quilters of the Jersey Shore

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 $30.00 per year (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, progams, 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 fundraiser. 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 which runs from September to June.  Completed quilt tops are displayed and voted upon at the September meeting of the following year.  

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   www.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).  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. During2020-2021  we made surgical masks for our local CMC Hospital Staff as well as Placemats donated to Meals on Wheels, over 120 so far each year.  Each year, we continue to increase our charity quilt and placemats donations. We have our work cut out for us and we take pride in our guild's esprit de corps!

Raffle Quilt

This is usually a queen size quilt, handmade by Guild members. This year we had 2 Raffle quilts ready for the Quilt Show.  Various techniques are used, including hand applique work.  All members are asked to sell and/or buy raffle tickets. 

Door Prizes

After members sign in at each meeting, they are given a ticket for a door prize drawing that night.


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.  

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:  Friday, September 20, 6:30

NEW -GUILD Bee Group- Workshop format

United Methodist Church 23 Church St, Manasquan- Go to back of church- in Fellowship Hall - plenty of parking spots-  Meetings take place on the first Friday of the month. Questions: Jackie P.-  jppearce@optonline.net


No Regular Guild Meetings in July or August

 September 6 - Bee Meeting, 1:00 pm

September 8 - Beachplum Festival at Island Beach State Park, 9-4.  Our guild will have a table with lots of handmade items for sale to the public.

September 20 - 6:30 pm.  Regular Guild Meeting.  Pot luck dinner and BOM Showcase 

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.

Best of 2024 Show and Judge's Choice made by Laurie Schnitzer

2024 Best in Quilt Show and Judge's Choice.  "Kaffe & Friends Go Clamming" was made by Laurie Schnitzer.  


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



Our Beachplum Quilt Guild Show on April 13 & 14 was a huge success.  We thank all of the participants who came to the show, our donors, the vendors, and our members who worked tiredlessly to make the show a reality.  

Special thanks and shout out to our Quilt Show Chair and Co-Chair, Gloria S. and Kit D. as well as our Committee Chairs !!!

The Next Quilt Show is Scheduled for

April, 2026

2024 Quilt Show Rules

2024 Registration Form and Story Card Form

2024 Quilt Show Categories

2024 Challenge Rules

2024 Challenge Quilt Registration

2024 Show Flyer

2024 Press Release

Quilt Show Tips

2024 Raffle Quilts

1st Prize - Countryside Star

94" x 106" Pieced and Hand Appliqued

2nd Prize - Shirley's Hexies

50" x 66" Hand Pieced


Beachplum Programs


Meetings are held at The Presbyterian Church (PCTR) for our Regular Meetings

Program Info:  Dina N. - e-mail dina08759@aol.com

Underlined dates denote a Guild Meeting

Meetings are held every 3rd Friday of the month

Door opens at 6:00 p.m./ Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.


Friday, September 15 - First meeting of the year!!!  Pizza Party, Proposed Budget, BOM Showcase, Getting Ready for Beachplum Quilt Show

Saturday, September 16 - No event

Friday, October 20 - Regular Guild Meeting, Make & Take Craft - bring the items you were planning to bring to the November meeting (CLICK HERE FOR SUPPLY LIST).  Show Tips on Color & Design, Fall & NJ Themed Placements Due

Saturday, October 21 - Embrella Sit and Sew

Friday, November 17 - Dr. Katie Holstein, Riverside Chiropractic Center. Lecture on Ergonomic Quilting to help us enjoy our craft while being kind to our bodies. Show Tips on Borders & Sashing

Saturday, November 18 - No event

Friday, December 15 - Miss Kat Presentation (Kathleen Lindsey). Book Author and sought-after Lecturer, Show Tips on Quilting Design

Saturday, December 16 - No event


Friday, January 5 - Bee Meeting

Friday, January 19 - Quilto - bring coins, buttons, etc. to mark your cards, Show Tips: Is Your Quilt Show Ready?

Saturday, January 20 - Sit and Sew - Making tote bags for door prizes.  (click here for details)

Thursday, February 1 - Due date for first group of show quilt registrations (click here for link to Quilt Show 2024 rules and registration information)

Friday, February 2 - Bee Meeting - Maria S. demo/workshop on "Four Patch Stack and Whack" (click here for details and supplies)

Friday, February 16 - TBD, Spring Fling Placemats are due (click here for more details)

Saturday, February 17, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sit and Sew, Making totes for quilt show.

Friday, March 15 - Challenge Quilt Submissions Due

Saturday, March 16 - TBD


Wednesday, April 10, 2024 Drop off of Show Entries, 10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Elks Lodge, Toms River

Thursday, April 11, 2024Judging of Quilts (Time to be Announced) Elks Lodge, Toms River

Friday, April 12, 2024 - Set up of Quilt Show, (Time to be Announced) Elks Lodge, Toms River

Saturday, April 13, 2024 - "Quilts in Wonderland" Show, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Elks Lodge, Toms River

Sunday, April 14, 2024 - "Quilts in Wonderland" Show, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Elks Lodge, Toms River

Friday, May 17 - Regular Guild Meeting, Lecture on FPP - Fabulous Fabric Puzzle - where Fun & Fabulousness Converge by Dina Newbert

Saturday, May 18 - Workshop on FPP at the church, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm by Dina Newbert

Friday, June 21 - Election of officers for 2024-2026

The Sampler Newsletter

Published 10 months each year,

September through June

E-mail newsworthy articles to the 

Editor, Marcia Guza,


Block of the Month


Marcia G., Dixie M., and Emilie S.

- Kits are at Crafty Fabrics, Mantoloking Rd, Brick, NJ 


Pictures of the Patterns for 2023/24 

2022/23 BOMs

Lets Make Charity Quilts

Committee Chairs, Carol C. and Juanita G.

The Beachplum Quilt Guild donates numerous charity quilts as a core part of its mission.  Members are encouraged to make charity quilts that are donated to organizations serving children and adults.  Members can quilt their own quilts or bring them to Marcia G. at a meeting for quilting.  Batting is provided by the guild. 

Members can also attend the Bee meetings where they can participate in making charity quilts for the guild to distribute as well. 

Placemats for Meals on Wheels 

Members make several hundreds of placemats for individuals served through Meals on Wheels.  The placemats are collected and distributed three times in a program year and follow themes related to Fall, Spring or Summer.

Making Placemats for Meals on Wheels

Pattern appears in Free Patterns Section (click here)


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: https://youtu.be/faAWjyrIbJk    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:


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

Sit N Sew 

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)
  • Quilting Daily Podcast
  • Use Spotify APP to access Podcasts
  • www.debbybrown.com
  • Bernina owners like the B-475 model featuring quilters favorites
  • Tula Pink Bernina -770 machine is funtastic!

More Sit N Sew Tips:

  • Spring brings a new challenge- Emile S. suggests deep cleaning your sewing space/closet. 
  • 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- Facebook..com/BellWorksFreshMarket.
  • 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..
  • Sherrie M. mentions GEDesigns.com.. 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 - Quiltville.com : free pattern, "Scrappy Mountain Majesty" is very pretty.  
  • 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.


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!

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.

Above Photo: Girl Friends at the 2021 Beachplum Festival at Island Beach State Park 

The NEXT Festival is September, 2024


Quilt Appraisals By Karen Dever

e-Mail:  njquiltappraisr@aol.com

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.

We're Now on QuiltingHub.com

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


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)               




The Mancuso Quilt & Sewing Fest:


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!


 Join us on Facebook.com/BeachplumQuiltersGuild

Like us and Share with your family & friends

Social Media Sitegroupworks.com/BeachplumQuilters



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.keepsakequilting.com online quilt store in New Hampshire

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.quiltingismytherapy.com  Angela Walters

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.suepellanddesigns.com   Machine Applique w/ Fusible and her set of rulers

www.superiorthreads.com 1-800-499-1777   Thread company in Utah

www.quiltersselect.com  Free Quilt Projects by Alex Anderson


www.stitchinpost.com  Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show: www.soqs.org

www.ppquilts.com  (People, Places, Quilts in Summerville, SC)

www.questioningquilter.com  ( 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 - 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


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,  marcia_guza@yahoo.com

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

Rosemary Banks, 609-267-3809, E-Mail:  scrappyquilter17@aol.com

Sherre MacClellan, 732-766-0999, 91 Kings Way, Freehold, NJ 07728,  sherremac3@hotmail.com

Claire Berg, Owner,  www.MouseCreekQuilts.com, 732-294-7858

Emily Snyder, erlutt@gmail.com

Local New Jersey, New York QUILT SHOPS:

www.craftyfabricsquilting.com Brick, NJ

www.fabricland.com  Rt 22, N. Plainfield, NJ

www.joann.com/  Toms River, NJ

www.mousecreekquilts.com  Howell, NJ
www.oldecityquilts.com  Burlington, NJ
www.penningtonquilts.com  Pennington, NJ 

Stitch N' Sew Centre, Lakewood, NJ  E-Mail:  stitchnsewcentre@hotmail.com   (732) 363-2220

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.modabakeshop.com website

www.cvquiltworks.com  Jackie Kunkel - Certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor
Kristie's Custom T-Shirt & Memory Quilts  E-Mail:  kam3608@comcast.net

The following websites are directories for finding other quilters, guilds, or shops:




www.wrbqinc.com  Directory of quilting events, shops


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


Next year, National Quilting Day is March 16th, 2024

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

Kim Gimblette-2023

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 - MyGrove.co- 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-2023

Linn Woodward

Vienno Wurret - Children's Specialized Hospital

Pat Zimmer

R. Zimmerman  

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.

Our Past Quilt Shows

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


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

September 2021 Meeting

Show N Tell: