South Shore Stitchers Quilt Guild
Biennial Quilt Show - "America Quilts"
Held Oct. 14-15-16,
Upper Township Community
Center, Tuckahoe, NJ
2022 Quilt Show
Viewer’s Choice Winners
See 2022 Quilt
Show Page Here
Click Show Page for Videos & Photos of 2022 Event
November Meeting Program
Demonstrations from Comfort Quilts
showed all the infinite possibilities that can
go into making a Fidget Blanket – just 9 squares – and no two fidgets are
alike! Anything Goes!
Cecelia Swilkey and Sue Hanlin showed how easy it is to make adult
bibs – with the pattern included in the kits!
Diana Easterday taught all the steps in putting together an I Spy
quilt. So easy! When the steps are followed – all the squares join together
– like magic!
Debbie MacNeill demonstrated the steps in making wheelchair
and walker bags. (And she will add the buttonholes and buttons for you if
The South Shore Stitchers
was held Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023 at the Upper Twp Community Building. All
the proceeds from the day were donated to the
South Jersey Quilts of Valor
organization. In the picture above, QOV chairperson
Ruth Ann Bosworth,
(standing) is showing off the organization’s scrappy raffle quilt.
Jo Ann Voit
is helping sell raffle tickets and helping buyers take all the fabric they
need and then add some money to the donation jar for QOV.
More pictures from the Marketplace sale
day are on the
SSS Facebook page.
SSS Quilt Guild Demo Program
The program at the monthly Guild meeting included 4 demonstrations presented
by Guild members. Each demonstration was about 10 minutes long with the
members moving from table to table for all the demos. (Thank you to Jane P
for the demo photos!)
Debbie MacNeill’s demo showed how to make a hanging sleeve
for quilt backs.
Ginny Cooper showed some tips on attaching a binding to
Merry May’s demo was about measuring for backing.
Laurann Cacioppo talked about adding a label to your
New Jersey State Winner
Ginny Cooper attended the Awards Ceremony
Luncheon for the New Jersey State Senior Citizens Art Show in Mercer County
on Thurs. Oct. 12, 2023 and was surprised to receive a
First Place ribbon in the Craft category
(non-professional) for all 21 counties in the state. The Senior Art Show is
on display at Meadow Lakes in East Windsor from Sept. 30 to Oct. 26.
view all the NJ state winners in each category go to –
Becca Fenstermacher of Sugar Sand Quilt Co. gave the Sept.
2023 Guild program about "Walking Foot Quilting." She had a "Trunk Show" of
many examples of walking foot techniques. >
www.sugarsandquilts.com | >
Cape May County 2023 Senior Art Show
The awards ceremony for the 47th Annual Cape May County Senior Art Show was
held Wed. Aug 23 at the ACCC campus. SSS Guild members winning ribbons are
pictured above. First Place Craft - Ginny Cooper, Second
Place Craft - Bert McCaughey and Third Place Acrylic
Painting - June McCauley. All the artwork in 9 categories
will be on display until Sept 1. The First-Place winners in each category
will go to the New Jersey Senior Citizen Art Show (NJSAS) in East Windsor,
NJ. The State's 57th Show will run from Sept 30 to Oct 26, 2023.
Merry May's Trip to Africa for the
member Merry May presented a slide travelogue program of
her trip to Africa for the Guild's August meeting. She and another woman
flew to Africa, representing the Advocacy Project, a
non-profit organization that helps women's cooperatives in developing
countries make items for sale so the women have an income for their
families. Merry is pictured above with one of the hand embroidered squares
that the women made and then incorporated them into machine sewn bags that
the Advocacy Project can sell for the women. Visit >
purchase handmade items.
Helen Ernst's Trunk Show
Guild member Helen Ernst presented a Trunk Show program of
her quilts at the July meeting. Helen has an extensive collection of vintage
linens which she incorporates into quilts. She uses hankies, tablecloths,
tea towels, lace, cross stitch, and embroidered items which she attaches or
appliques to a fabric background and then machine quilts around the items.
At the SSS Quilt Guild meeting Monday, June 12, 2023 many members submitted
Placemat Challenge entries that were voted on by the members. A selection of
placemats, which had a ‘Summer’ theme, is shown in the photo above. The
Placemat Challenge winners are pictured below. Jane Pszczolkowski,
left, won First Place, Sue Tarrant, middle, won Second Place and
Bert McCaughey won Third Place. All the Placemats will be donated to the
local Meals On Wheels for distribution to their clients.
At the June 12, 2023 SSS Quilt Guild meeting, member Elizabeth Ohlson
presented a trunk show of her quilts. Elizabeth is pictured with two of her
many Kaleidoscope quilts, sewn together with many little pieces cut from
Ocean City 2023 Flower Show – Cross Stitch Category
SSS Guild member Ann Carroll won a Second-Place ribbon at
the June 2023 Ocean City Flower Show for her Cross Stitch – "Snow Days."
SSS Guild member Mary Alice Campanaro won a Third-Place
ribbon at the June Ocean City Flower Show for her Cross Stitch – "Strawberry
South Jersey Story Quilt - Rebuilding Connections – Millville High School
SSS Guild member, Merry May,
worked for 10 weeks with the Advance Placement Art students at Millville
High School, instructing them in the art of Quilt Making. Each student made
a block following the theme of the Quilt – “South Jersey Story Quilt –
The students selected fabrics related to
their personal stories, cut each piece according to their drawings and
appliqued them to a fabric quilt block, using a sewing machine and quilting
The photo above shows
the finished blocks arranged into their quilt.
left, is pictured with Dr. Iveta
Pirgova, Program Coordinator with Wheaton
Arts and Cultural Center and Matthew
Daniels, Art Teacher, Millville High
In the photo below some
of the students who made the blocks are pictured with
Merry May and
They revealed their finished quilt to friends and family at a recent Student
Art Show Presentation at Millville High School. ##
At the SSS Quilt Guild meeting for May 2023:
Four “Back to Basics Demos” were offered to members. Each demo was
approximately 15 minutes and then a bell was sounded, and each group of
members moved to a new demo. Everyone learned a lot!
Upper Right: Ginny Cooper had
tips for ¼” Seams, Pressing and Nesting Seams.
Lower Right: Ruth Ann Bosworth
showed how to make Four at a Time Flying Geese.
Lower Left: Laurann Cacioppo
demonstrated various ways to make Half and Quarter Square Triangles.
Upper Left: Merry May explained
Fabric Rotary Cutting and Safety and Cutting long border strips. ##
South Shore Stitcher (SSS) Quilt Guild member
presented her lecture “Working with Color” at the monthly Guild meeting in
She had many interesting color tips and
examples of how to use color effectively to achieve subtleness or pop in a
quilt. Merry is pictured with just two examples of how the same fabrics can
be seen differently in a quilt, depending on what color is surrounding them.
Occasionally she referenced her color
wheel quilt for color ideas for quilters.
Her background for the lecture was an
1850’s hand quilted antique quilt, hand pieced with thousands of tiny
triangles of color! ##
The Guild’s Panel Challenge was due at the regular
monthly meeting in March. A total of 31 entries were hung around the room to
be judged by Guild members. The winners were, left to right, First Place,
Diana Easterday, Second Place Deb MacNeill,
and Third Place Sue Tarrant.
South Shore Stitchers Guild member Elizabeth
Ohlson, center, was greeted by several SSS members at her Ocean
City Art Center Reception for her pottery plates Friday March 10. From left,
Deb Conrad, Ginny Cooper, Elizabeth, Nancy Ely,
and Jane Pszczolkowski.
The exhibit is on view at the
Art Center through March 2023.
Potluck Dinner - Mar. 2023
Hosted by hospitality co-chairs
back left, and Deb Conrad.
Quilt Guild Lecture by
of Sugar Sand Quilt Co. (
www.sugarsandquilts.com ) gave an informative lecture about dealing with
and using UFO’s (Un-Finished Objects) at the monthly SSS Guild meeting, Feb.
13, 2023. Becca is pictured with one of her unfinished quilt tops and she
asked Guild members for different ideas on finishing it.
Guild member Ruth Ann Bosworth, left, brought an unfinished
panel to the lecture for ideas and inspiration on how to finish it for a
hanging. She got many ideas from Becca and other Guild members. She can now
get started and finish her UFO!
Quilt Show Fundraiser Donation
A check for over $1,100
was presented to Committee member Kim Hayes, left, by South
Shore Stitchers 2022 Quilt Show Co-Chair Nancy Turnbull at
the Upper Township Committee meeting Monday night, Feb 13, 2023. The money
was from the sale of Raffle Baskets at the Quilt Show. The Township will add
the money to the Township Recreation Trust Fund for the children of the
Township. The Biannual Quilt Show is held at the Upper Township Community
Center on Rt 50 in Tuckahoe, NJ.
OCHS Students Dive Into Sewing: Seven South Shore Stitchers
Guild members gave instructions to several Ocean City High School students
and members of the OCHS Dive team on making pillowcases. For a couple hours
after school, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023 the students pinned, sewed, and ironed
100 kids print pillowcases for the Ryan’s Case for Smiles organization.
Teacher and dive team coach, Amy Kohl, gathered the students in the library
and the SSS Guild members brought 9 sewing machines and other equipment to
do the job. After washing and bagging, the pillowcases will be presented to
Shore Medical Center in Somers Point for young patients.
Case for Smiles >
Quilt Show Checks Presented - Jan. 9, 2023: Accepting checks from
the SSS 2022 Quilt Show Raffle Quilt proceeds from Co-chair Nancy Turnbull
(left) are Ruth Ann Bosworth (center) representing South Jersey Quilts of
Valor and Jane Pszczolkowski (right) representing Ryan’s Case for Smiles,
South Jersey Chapter. (Not pictured is Quilt Show co-chair Debbie
Pictured are a few of
the Comfort Quilts ‘regulars’ who help each month cutting, sewing, and
preparing all the Comfort Quilts items for giving away. I-Spy Quilts,
Comfort Quilts, Fidget blankets, adult bibs, and other items. Comfort Quilts
meets each month – 3rd Wednesday – at the Church. Two members in the picture
are holding Fidget Quilts that will be donated to organizations.
Many selections of dinner appetizers were brought
by Guild members
at the 2022 annual Holiday Tea.
Deb and Diana have a hard time selecting desserts
from the special dessert table.
So many choices!!
Volunteer Quilt Winner
Guild member and Quilt Show Volunteer
Pam Horton was the winner of the Volunteer Quilt. Her name was
drawn from all the members names who volunteered and helped with the Quilt
Show 2022. The quilt was made from leftover scraps from the Guild
Show "Walk Thru" Video
(Full Show - 26
Minute Video by Ginny Cooper)
Dollard Baker Sew & Vac, one of
the many (13) vendors that did business at the South Shore Stitchers Quilt
Guild Biennial Quilt Show, held Oct. 14-16, 2022 in the Upper Township
Community Center, Tuckahoe, NJ
See Show Page
for Videos & Photos >
The Proud, The Few, The SSS Quilt Guild Trash Crew
On Friday, Oct. 21, several Guild members met at Wayside Village in Marmora
to pick up trash along Stagecoach Road in Upper Township as part of the
Clean Communities Program. Pictured, from left (with our bright vests) are
June McCauley, Ginny Cooper, Joey Goodman, Mary Beth Roadarmel, Dot
Aitken, Elsie Carey and Nancy Jefferson.
Quilt Show Breakdown Crew
Special Guild member ‘teams’ – all pictured here in bright tees – worked
quickly and efficiently to take down the Quilt Show after it closed. All the
quilts were taken down and put in their individual pillowcases and returned
to the Guild members. Then all the drapes and racks were broken down and the
floor cleaned and ready again for sports. Now…. Guild members are all
working on special quilts for the next SSS Quilt Show – in 2024. Stay
“America Quilts” Show Co-Chairs
The 2022 Quilt Show co-chairs Debbie
Lombardozzi, (left) and Nancy Turnbull stand
between the two raffle quilts that were made for the Quilt Show(s). The
scheduled 2021 show was postponed because of the pandemic, so the quilt (on
the right) was ‘saved’ and a second quilt (pictured on the left) was made to
sell raffle tickets before the state license expired. It was raffled off in
November 2021. Several Guild members worked on piecing, appliquéing and
quilting the two quilts.
The drawing for the actual Show quilt will be
November 7, 2022.
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2022 Quilt Show Display - Ocean City Library
2022 Quilt Show Display - Upper Cape Library Branch
Winning Challenge Quilts
above are the winners of the Quilt Show Map Challenge.
Nancy Turnbull (from left), 2nd, Sue Tarrant,
1st, and Debbie Lombardozzi, 3rd.
Twelve Map Quilts were submitted for Guild voting at the Sept. 2022
meeting. The map quilts will all be displayed at the Guild's Biennial Quilt
Show, Oct. 14-16, 2022
Hand Piecing Demos by Deb MacNeill and Cecelia Swilkey
Deb MacNeill showed many examples of her
hand piecing expertise at the SSS Guild meeting Monday night, Aug. 1, 2022.
She covered techniques from the 1970’s to the present. She also talked about
some of the advantages of hand piecing over machine piecing – and the
meditative and portable attributes of piecing by hand.
Deb showed a long table runner and a
small zipper bag.
This small hanging has many very small pieces
– all sewn together by hand.
(Click on photos to see
An example of some curved hand piecing (front and back).
Guild member Cecelia Swilkey showed examples of her hand piecing –
using some of the same and some different techniques. The close-ups of her
two quilt examples show how it is possible to perfectly align all the seams
and points when carefully hand piecing.
Guild Workshop / Program - Wooly Tree
An afternoon workshop and an evening guild
program on July 11, 2022,
were given by Mary and Jane of Wooly Pines.
Each Guild member attending the afternoon workshop made a ‘Wooly Tree’ and
the members at the evening Guild meeting made a small punch needle wool
sunflower pin. The $5 charge for each pin was covered by the Guild and the
Wooly Pines ladies asked for all the money to be donated to World Central
Kitchen for Ukraine. ##
Historic Cold Spring Village Quilt & Fiber Show
Held June 25 - 26, 2022
Quilt Guild member Jane Pszczolkowski
won Viewers Choice “Best of Show” and “First Place Wall Quilt” for her angel
quilt at the Historic Cold Spring Village Quilt and Fiber Show, June 2022.
See more Guild member quilts in the show on the
SSS Guild Facebook page.
Guild presentation on working with vintage linens
Helen Ernst at the SSS meeting on June 13, 2022.
Wall hanging using a
printed tablecloth, adding extra fabric, and custom machine quilting.
Helen had many examples using antique hankies. She adds background fabric
and machine quilts them.
An example of using a hand cross-stitched sampler adding fabric pieces and
Adding machine quilting to an old cross-stitched tablecloth.
Another example using hand-made doilies and pieces of a cross stitched table
WheatonArts Presentation - South Jersey Story: Quilt and Glass
SSS Guild members Merry May (left) and Nancy Ely
stand with their story quilt before their presentation at WheatonArts on
Saturay, June 11, 2022.
The quilt’s label.
Nancy Ely points to the applique vase block she made that
WheatonArts chose for the glass blowers to create.
After Merry and Nancy’s presentation about creating their quilt – Merry
introduces some of the glass blowing team that
will create the blue vase in the
The glass team working – shaping and blowing – the hot blob of glass that
will become the blue vase
Finished vase ready for cool-down oven for about 30-hours.
WheatonArts glass blowing team.
SSS Guild members Merry May and
Nancy Ely will introduce their story quilt,
the glassmaking tradition of South Jersey,
on Saturday, June 11, 2022, 2
pm at the WheatonArts Glass Studio in Millville.
Guild member cross stitch
entries in the Ocean City Flower Show, June 3-5, 2022 at the Ocean City
Music Pier - MaryAlice Campanaro, left, won First Place and
Best of Class, and Ann Carroll won 2nd
Techniques by Deb MacNeill and Cecelia Swilkey
At the South Shore
Stitcher’s monthly Guild meeting May 9th, members Deb MacNeill
and Cecelia Swilkey demonstrated several different hand applique techniques.
Deb gave a short history of applique tools and techniques – from
cereal box templates to freezer paper (on the bottom). Cecelia uses freezer
paper on the top. Techniques for needle turn applique were demonstrated.
(Click on photos for larger view)
After Deb and Cecelia’s
demonstration, many members took a closer look
at all the projects
and examples that were shown.
300,000th Commemorative Quilt of Valor Awarded to Bridgeton NJ
92 year old Korean War Veteran Conrad Benz received his
quilt from the South Jersey Quilts of Valor Chapter on Friday, May 6, 2020
during the group's monthly workshop at the Dennisville Senior Center.
Seated, from left, Kathy Tweed, awarded the quilt; Benz; Ann, his wife of 67
years; Mark, his son; Nan LaCorte, his niece; and Ruth Ann Bosworth, QOV
Chapter chairperson. Pictured standing are a few members of the monthly
"Material Worlds" exhibit of quilts
2022 at Stockton University
Pictured above, with three quilts from the
South Jersey Quilts of Valor Chapter, are Cynthia Arrieu-King, curator of
the exhibit and a Stockton professor; and Ruth Ann Bosworth, QOV Chapter
chairperson. Photo below shows a small sample of the other quilts in the
"Material Worlds" exhibit of quilts
2022 at Stockton University
L-wing, adjacent to the PAC 1st & 2nd
Visitors should park in lots 5-7. See
SSS Quilt Guild Demo
At South Shore Stitcher’s monthly
Guild meeting April 11th, member Lynnette Coates gave an
informative demonstration of the importance of quilt labels on all quilts.
Many different ideas and techniques were discussed and shown. Lynnette
is pictured here with just one of her examples – two different labels on her
Potluck Dinner for SSS Quilt Guild Mar. 14, 2022
South Shore Quilt Guild members and a few of the many community members who
helped make pillowcases for Ryan’s Case for Smiles and other items for
charity, March 12, 2022 for National Sew Day.
Several South Shore Stitchers Quilt Guild members and many community
volunteers participated in the Sew Day, March 12, 2022. Guild members helped
community volunteers make over 100 pillowcases for the national
organization, Ryan’s Case for Smiles. Pillowcases will be donated to
children in local South Jersey hospitals. The volunteers also made adult
bibs that will be given to area nursing homes. Guild fabrics were also used
to make Alzheimer’s Fidget blankets. Thank you to all who participated in
this National Sew Day event. And the recipients of your generous efforts
making pillowcases, bibs and Fidget quilts definitely thank you all for your
generous time and effort!
Guild member Nancy Ely, left, and Merry May fold and stack over 100
pillowcases that volunteers made during the Sew Day sponsored by South Shore
Stitchers Quilt Guild.
SSS Guild member winners of the Patriotic Placemat Challenge. Nancy
Ely (right) - 1st place, Jane Pszczolkowski - 2nd
place and Lynnette Coates - 3rd place.
There were 23
placemats, made by Guild members, that were voted on at the February 2022
meeting. However, about 50 were made. All were donated to the Meals on
Wheels organization in Cape May County. Thank you to all who participated!!
Sampling of entries in the Patriotic Placemat Challenge.
South Shore Stitchers Charity Quilts project delivered
blankets and 84 adult bibs for the
United Methodist Communities at The
Shores in Ocean City.
Pictured with residents are co-chairs of Charity
Quilts Sue Hanlin and Diana Easterday.
Cape May County Special Services School received
22 kid oriented fidget
blankets and 5 quilts from
the South Shore Stitchers Charity Quilts
co-chairs of Charity Quilts Diana Easterday, left, and
are pictured with Special Service staff.
South Shore Stitchers Guild members volunteered Monday afternoon, Feb. 7, at
Ocean City High School with the Dive Team to sew
pillowcases for Ryan's Case for Smiles. Pictured above,
holding a few of the finished cases, are the dive team members with their
coach Amy Khol (on the right). Several sewing machines and
other equipment were set up on tables in the library after school. The
sewing machines were supplied by Jane Pszczolkowski and
Ryan's Case coordinator, Sharon Cadwell. Volunteers helping
in the library were Sue Hanlin, Ronnie Sauerbrey,
and Ginny Cooper. After the Pillowcases are washed and
bagged they will be delivered to Shore Medical Center in Somers Point.
The South Shore Stitchers Raffle Quilt for the October 2022
- "America Quilts". The quilt has machine pieced houses,
hand appliqued borders and custom machine quilting.
It was made by
several SSS Guild members.
Tickets ($1 each) will be on sale starting in
The drawing is Nov. 7, 2022. So be sure you get your tickets
have a chance to win this beautiful quilt!! Perfect for any home.
SEW-IN - Saturday, Mar. 12, 2022
SSS Quilt Guild Communty "Open House"
Celebrating National Quilt Month
Come and make a pillowcae for Ryan's Case for
Smiles and learn about the SSS Quilt Guild.
Location: Tuckahoe Methodist Church | Time: 9 am - 2 pm
Sew-In Registration: Call
South Shore Stitchers 2022 Quilt Show Co-Chair Nancy Turnbull
(left) presented checks to representatives of the two organizations
that benefited from the selling of a 'between shows' SSS Raffle Quilt. The
ticket drawing was November 2021. Ryan's Case for Smiles representative,
Jane Pszczolkowski (middle) and Quilts Of Valor
representative, Crystal Smith (right) received the checks
for the organizations.
Quilt Guild 2022 Officers
New Officers for 2022 were inducted at the
December meeting of the South Shore Stitchers Quilt Guild. They each
reivedce a special color of thread during their induction by Pat
Kline, a Guild member. New officers, left to right are, Sue
Gill, President, Rosemary Snyder, Secretary,
Debbie Conrad, Vice President, and Veronica
South Shore Stitchers Raffle Quilt Winner for 2021 - Lori
Fernandi (right) - is pictured with her Quilt! Her winning ticket
was drawn at the SSS Quilt Guild meeting, Nov 8. Also pictured is
Nancy Turnbull (left), co-chair person (with Debbie
Lombardozzi). Nancy presented the Quilt to Lori Friday morning, Nov
12 at the Quilts Of Valor workshop. Lori is a QOV member. She bought her
winning ticket at the Cold Spring Village Quilt and Fiber Show in June 2021.
Congratulations to Lori!!
Guild's 2021 Holiday Dinner
Setting out all the dishes at the "appitizer
Guild Hospitality Co-Chair Ronnie Sauerbrey.
She also set out all the goodies on the "dessert table".
All the Guild members (pictured above and below)
around the full tables to fill their plates with all the goodies
by members for their annual Holiday Dinner.
Guild Member Demonstrtion
Half-Square Triangle Tips Demo w /
SSS Guild member Merry May
presented a "Half-Square Triangle Demo" at the November 2021 meeting of the South
Shore Stitchers Quilt Guild. Merry offered many tips for making perfect 1/2
Square Triangle Blocks. Tips included - finger pressing the seam, pressing
the seam, and squaring up the block on all 4 sides.
The result - a Perfect Half Square Triangle!
Merry demonstrated chain piecing for sewing many
half square triangles. She showed techniques for sewing 1/4 square
tiangles (middle picture) and techniques for 3-color 1/4 square triangles.
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