Several small groups have been established to focus on specific interests that may include learning a new technique, expanding quilting knowledge…
Open Sew Wednesdays
This is an informal group of quilters who meet in the Annex at Poricy Park on Wednesdays from 10 AM to 2 PM. Participants bring whatever they are working on. Come with your problems and we will try to help you solve them. Quilts that need a large space may be pinned or basted and we will help with that as well. New quilters are welcome and encouraged to come. Bring your lunch and meet new people or new friends.
Open Sew Saturdays
These Saturdays are scheduled throughout the year. As the name implies, it is open to everyone and you bring whatever you want to work on. We meet in the Annex from 10 AM to 3 PM so bring your lunch and plan to get things done.
Community Service Quilts
This group meets at the annex from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on the third Wednesday of the month. We make warm quilts and doll/teddy bear quilts for distribution to community groups. The completed quilts bring comfort and warmth to people in need. Interested in joining the group please contact Maryann Devine.
RRQ has started a new small group as of September 2014. The group is called a “modern quilt group” and has a limited number of spaces for individuals to attend the classes that meet once a month on a Sunday afternoon. The class helps the quilter develop skills related to making a variety of blocks to be assembled in a modern manner using alternate grid theory. The participants choose their own fabrics to use in the projects. The colors and patterns in the fabrics represent the individual quilter’s modern aesthetic. The group includes a variety of ages of individuals from 14 years on up. The participants need to be able to sew a quarter inch straight seam and be willing to try something different than traditional piecing and assembling techniques.
Contact Phyllis Garnant at 732-671-8370 or by email at email@example.com.
This group was established three years ago to help beginning quilters develop their quilting skills and learn all aspects of creating a quilt. The group has such a good time together that they continue to meet regularly. This group does not have any openings. A new beginner’s group, Sensational Stars, is being considered. Please see the description below.
The 4Patchers, a Different Kind of Small Group
Most small groups within a guild form around similar quilting interests: applique, reproduction, quilts thread painting, history, etc. The reason we are a group is that we all worked and taught quilting at West End Fabrics, a former quilt store in Fair Haven owned by Joy Bohanan. We’ve enjoyed expeditions to Paducah, our nation’s capital, NJ and NYC museums featuring quilts, local and regional quilt shows… and quilt stores anywhere. It is a surprise to us that we haven’t ‘homogenized’ – our individual styles and preferences remain unique.
Perhaps we are more of a team than a group. The 4Patchers organized two quilt exhibits at Monmouth University to show the artistry of quilters in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. We’ve made many raffle quilts during our 20-something years together, for both RRQ and the former State Quilt Guild of NJ. We have challenged ourselves and fellow guild members to approach ‘what if…?” of design or construction with daring and imagination.
One of the bounties of our years supporting each other is we’ve met many delightful people through our teaching and lectures and during the tough sweaty work of mounting a quilt show. All our experiences, as 4Patchers or as individuals, have given us rich memories and we feel gratitude to our quilting foremothers as well as to the bright newcomers who are inventing quilting’s future.
4Patchers- Joy Bohanan, Alison Curran, Lynn Liebenow, Libby Schoenwolf
This group has eight members who enjoy reading and quilting. The group meets monthly and discusses a book chosen by a member. The quilt requirement is that each member makes a quilt inspired by one of the books the group has read. These quilts are shown as a grouping at the 2014 RRQ Quilt Show. Storyweavers does not have any openings at this time.