(This page last updated September 9, 2022.)

The workshop fee is $65 if paying by check
($67 if paid by credit card available only at meetings).

Workshop 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: https://vimeo.com/591124840/783e632ebe.

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. 

December 12, 2022

Members Highlight & Charity Sit & Sew

January 9, 2023

New Year’s Celebration

Learn a New Skill, Members Teaching Members

February 13, 2023

New and Returning Members Meet & Greet

Show & Tell

Michelle Banton

March 13 & 14, 2023

Michelle Banton


Lecture: Secrets of the International Quilt Market

WorkshopDresden Neighborhood


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April 10 & 11, 2023

Ariane Zurcher


Lecture: An Artist’s Journey from Designer to Artist

Workshop: Introduction to Improvisational Stitching

May 9, 2023


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 cmannconso@yahoo.com  or Mledyard@gmail.com if you have questions or need further information.