This quilt was made by Emma Mae Hoagland Losey and her mother-in-law, Lavina Losey, in Hunterdon County, NJ, around 1870. The setting is a “streak of lightening” or zigzag setting which was very popular with New Jersey quilters. We’ve chosen a reproduction background for this block, and you can add your red or black reproduction fabric. Both the background and the block directions will be available at the April meeting, and the blocks will be due at the May meeting.

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June 2018 Block of the Month

November 2017 Block of the Month

quilter guild block of the month

​We’re back to appliqué this month. As our inspiration, we’ll be using a quilt by Alma Melroy in Warren County, NJ around 1940 for her daughter. According to New Jersey Quilts,  this is one of the first documented quilts to picture everyday objects.
We’ll be channeling Alma Melroy and using ‘30s and ‘40s prints for the umbrellas. The background fabric and the pattern will be available at the April meeting.  We’ll also have examples of prints of that era to inspire you. These blocks will be due at the May meeting.

January-Block Pary

We’re ringing in the New Year in formal attire with a traditional Bow Tie block. This New Jersey quilt (maker unknown) was made in the 1920’s with a combination of darker fabrics from the turn of the century and the bright colors that were becoming popular early in the 20thcentury. We will be making 2 six-inch blocks. Fabric and directions were given out at the December meeting. Directions can also be found on the Yahoo group under Files

January 2018 Block of the Month

February-Block Party
Clarence Lashley was born in 1884 in Scullville, Atlantic County, NJ.  His mother taught him all kinds of needlework, and he became an accomplished quilter.  This quilt was made around 1895.  The pattern is called a “Double X Variation,” but there seem to be other names for it, including Broken Dishes.  We’ll be making this block in February with a nod to our Pennsylvania neighbors.  Pattern and fabric will be available at the February meeting.

block of the month

This bright, cheerful Churn Dash quilt was made in New Jersey around 1880.  The Churn Dash, sometimes called Monkey Wrench, is a nine patch block with four half-square triangles in the corners.  For our March 2018 block we are going to update the look of the Churn Dash by using bright batik fabrics with a gray batik background to make 9’ finished blocks.

September 2017 Block of the Month​​

May 2018 Block of the Month

October 2017 Block of the Month

Each month in the guild newsletter, you will find a block pattern and instructions for making the block(s) for the following

month. When you make a block , bring it to the general meeting with two slips of paper, each with your name pinned to            the block.  The newsletter  and block of the month are available to current members only.  To become a member, view              our membership page.​  One paper stays on the block and the other goes into a bowl with the names of other contributors.      During the meeting, a name is selected from the bowl as the winner! The number of blocks turned in determines the                  number of winners per month. You are eligible to win each and every month in which you participate!  Block party                      participation is a great way to learn new skills each month.

March 2018 Block of the Month

Brownstone Quilters Guild

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February 2018 Block of the Month

April 2018 Block of the Month

Block of the Month

​December 2017 Block of the Month

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In the mid-19th century, signature quilts, often called friendship quilts, became popular as a way to honor friends or family members, and sometimes to raise money for organizations or causes.  A signature quilt was usually constructed of simple blocks which had space in which to write or embroider the names.
In celebration of Brownstone’s 35th Anniversary we are going to make signature blocks!  The pattern is a simple one requiring only two fabrics, a floral and muslin.   Paper piecing foundations and the muslin will be available at the May meeting.  All you’ll need to add is a pretty floral ( a 5 inch charm square should do it!)