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(This page last updated January 24, 2022.)

The workshop fee is $65. Non-members pay $70 except as noted.
If paying by mail, checks should be sent to the guild at

Garden State Quilters

P.O. Box 424

Chatham NJ 07928

 To register and more information on registration form.

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Speakers & Workshops for 2022-2023


September 12, 2022

Starting the New Year

Welcome Back Meeting & Super Show & Tell

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October 10 & 11, 2022

Rachel Derstine

Lecture:  From Inspiration to Art process

Designer Rachel Derstine delivers a power point presentation on where she finds inspiration for her art: other artists, photographs, and influences from life experiences. Additionally, Rachel will discuss how to make effective quilts using art concepts, such as limiting color palette, simplifying the background, and using repetition of line, shape, values and color throughout the work.

WorkshopKeep It Simple But Pack a Punch

Participants learn how to create beautifully simple but compelling quilts through color, values and design concepts, then sketch out a rough design on paper, keeping in mind that “simple” often makes a more powerful statement than “busy.”  

The class will involve mostly improv quilting without a ruler using hand dyed or commercial fabrics: an interesting focal fabric and various values in other hand dyes, batiks, silks or prints.   Gradient fabrics are especially effective for this type of quilt.  
Pre-class viewing of Rachel’s short video may be helpful:

For Supply List click here.


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November 14, 2022

Maria Naito

FB: Maria’s Quilts and Crafts

Lecture: Quilting in Today’s Japan

A 25-year resident of Japan, Maria Naito’s Zoom lecture provides a little glimpse of everyday life in Japan, and many photos of the amazing Japanese quilts from the various quilt shows she has been lucky enough to see.  She also will talk about how Japanese art and culture developed over the last century, and how quilting, especially, found fame internationally. She explains the system of how quilters may study for many years under a Sensei. Finally, she’ll share the types of fabrics Japanese quilters often use, and GS Quilters will be able to see all these used in her detailed close-up photos. 

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November 15, 2022

No Sew Ornaments | Open Sew 

Learn how to make two fun holiday ornaments in a workshop led by our own Karen Jack or get a jump on finishing up a holiday gift in our Open Sew hand project while getting to know other Garden State Quilters.

Workshop fee for all attendees: $20.

Note: this workshop will take place at Sew Jersey.

The classroom is NOT handicap accessible. 

Click here for more information including location.


Click here for materials needed.

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December 12, 2022

Charity Sit & Sew

We’re kicking off the Season of Giving with some giving of our own when Sunshine hosts our annual charity sewing project. This year we’ll be making comfort pillows for veterans and those recovering from surgery.  Work stations will be set up around the meeting room for members to construct the pillows assembly-line style -- from cutting out to sewing, stuffing and hand sewing the pillows closed, plus a table for writing notes to accompany them.  No need to bring any supplies or tools -- Sunshine will provide everything needed to make them.

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January 9, 2023

New Year’s Celebration

Join us for an evening of fun as we celebrate our 41st Anniversary and raffle off baskets of goodies donated by some of our favorite vendors and our own very talented members!   So far we have generous donations from Andover Fabrics, Bernina, Fairfield Batting, Hobbs, Last Stitch Quilting, Missouri Star, Pennington Quilt Works, Pocono Sew and Vac, The Quilt Spot, ACME Country Fabrics, Quilter's Dream and The Warm Company! Some lucky members will also take home Kris Dale’s world-famous chocolate chip cookies, beautifully decorated cakes from Jean Stubaus and Christine Courtney, as well as other items from our generous members. This year we even have a Singer Featherweight!  A 1947!  Complete with case and attachments. 

February 13, 2023

Member's Highlight: Beth Wilson & Members Teaching Members

GSQ Member Beth Wilson will present a trunk show of her quilt journey.  Plus several members will share their skills at workstations set up around the meeting room.  Planned demonstrations include: 

  • Learn how to make sleeves for our upcoming quilt show/hang your large quilts more effectively (Ginger Scott)

  • How to make continuous bias binding (Jackie Laba)

  • 5 different ways to fuse for appliqué (Barbara Campbell)

  • Yo-Yos – how to make and use them in your quilts (Beth Wilson)

  • Learn a variety of ways to bury a knot (Carol Mann)

February 14, 2023  10:00am-3:30pm

Origami Design
@Sew Jersey – weather-permitting, on Zoom if not.


There are stairs at Sew Jersey but help is available
to bring the machines up to the room. Cost: $35

Carol Mann, Program co-chair, will teach her approach to Origami handbag making. She has two version to show and explain. The goal is learning the concept so you can make a bag in a few hours without using a pattern.

You will complete a bag in class. 


A sewing machine is required. A supply list will be provided to those who sign up and available at our January and February meetings.


We love to have our workshops in person because of the camaraderie!

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March 13 & 14, 2023

Michelle Banton

Lecture: Looking Great, Dresden Plate

A look at the history of the nearly 100 year old Dresden Plate quilt block.  What inspired it? How is it being kept current? Something old is still new. We’ll see traditional designs and more modern variations.

WorkshopDresden Neighborhood

Location: Grace Episcopal Church, Madison

9:30 a.m. —3:30 p.m.

A fun class based on Persimon Dreams’ Dresden Neighborhood pattern.  Make it your own – scrap friendly. You’ll finish to the top in class.


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April 10 & 11, 2023

Mary Cargill - Broderie Perse

April 10 Lecture: Broderie Perse

Mary has been doing various forms of needlework for many years, starting with doll clothes as a child and has been sewing ever since. She has been studying embroidery especially crewel for over thirty years and has been quilting for over 20 years Her quilts are based on traditional styles, especially appliqué. Broderie Perse is a traditional form of appliqué and quilt making which she is very happy to introduce to you!

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April 11 Workshop: Discovering Broderie Perse

Sew Jersey $35/$45 for non-members

Broderie  Perse is a very creative and individual style of quilting. Pick and bring a large floral print that you love, letting the flora fabric lead the way to your selection of other fabrics. Learn to read medium to large floral favors finding garlands bouquets and other surprises. Choose and bring the prints to the workshop and learn how to design a small Broderie Perse quilt. Supply list will be provided and sewing machines are not needed.


May 8, 2023

The Wonders of EQ8

We are putting together a program to demonstrate the ease and power of EQ8. At the end of the program we should have a quilt that our members can help design.

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May 9, 2023

Ginger Scott: Collage Workshop

At Sew Jersey from 3:00-7:00 PM. No sewing machine needed.

$35/$45 for non-members

Ginger, our co-chair of the 2023 guild quilt show will once again share her expertise in Collage Quilt making.

June 12, 2023

Strawberry Supper

Key Information for our Featured Speaker Workshops


Workshops on Zoom can be experienced together at home or together at our physical meeting venue, Grace Episcopal Church.

Email  or if you have questions or need further information.

For a list of past speakers, click here.

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