(This page last updated November 14, 2022.)

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

Garden State Quilters

P.O. Box 424

Chatham NJ 07928

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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. 

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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.


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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, 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. 
Check back for more to come!

February 13, 2023

Member's Highlight: Beth Wilson & Members Teaching Member

GSQ Member Beth Wilson will present a trunk show of her quilts.  Plus several members will share their skills with other members in mini-workshops at workstations set up around the meeting room. More information to come!

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.

For a list of past speakers, click here.