The Traditional Arts Expo Celebrates 20 years at the Fair

The Fair invites guests to explore the talents of today's guilds and artisans.


The Traditional Arts Building participating Guilds and artists have been presented with a “Sun Bonnet Sue Open Block Challenge”. Guild members are being asked to design a 10.5” block with “Sue” (Overall Sam is the boy version) in any fiber art form they choose; appliqué, red work, fibers and yarns, etc.

Rich Danner, a member of ESQG, came up with the idea for the 80th anniversary year of the Fair as he researched the 1930’s era and found Sun Bonnet Sue to be a popular sewing figure.

The blocks will be collected before the fair and the quilt will be sewn together in the TA Building throughout fair week. Everyone will sign their block, with the idea of archiving the quilt somewhere in the Warren County area. There will be three prizes awarded for the best blocks, courtesy of the Tapestry group.


The United Quilt Show

Showcasing the talents of both the Hunterdon County Quilt Guild and the Evening Star Quilt Guild, in addition to displaying items from the Warren County Needle Arts Guild and the Lost Art Lacers of North Jersey.


Lost Art Lacers of North Jersey

The Lost Arts Lacers of North Jersey collectively have many years of experience in making, studying, collecting, and teaching the intricacies of hand-made laces. The group may often be seen at places such as Millbrook Village, the Warren County Farmers’ Fair, the NJ State Fair, the DAR's Christmas in July, Grey Towers in Milford, PA, Cooper Mill in Chester, NJ, and the Armstrong House in Montague, as well as numerous others throughout the year where interested spectators turn out to marvel over the painstakingly slow process of weaving different types of laces by hand. Members of the LAL specialize in diverse laces – bobbin laces, tatting, crochet, knitted lace, needle lace, and hairpin lace. Access the website for contact information and dates and places of events. Visit their website at



Lois Macknik, a handweaver, will be demonstrating how fancy patterns are woven on a loom. She will also have a small loom you and your children can weave on. A sampler of natural dyed yarn will show what colors could be gotten from different plants and trees.


Warren County Needle Arts Guild

The Warren County Needlearts Guild was founded in 1979 for those interested in traditional (and sometimes not-so-traditional) needle arts, and is dedicated to the growth of these skills and the learning of new techniques. Hand arts the group focuses on include sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet, embroidery, and other forms of creative expression in handwork. The Guild offers monthly programs or projects guided by members’ interests, generally led by talented guild members, with an occasional guest speaker. Each meeting features a “show and tell” of completed or in-progress work, providing inspiration and support for members, offering one-on-one help with problems.

The Needlearts Guild is a small, friendly, creative group that is supportive of others who love needlework. Recent programs have included ruched fabric flowers, an appliqued table-runner, wool penny-rug techniques, chicken-scratch embroidery, and knitting, among others.

Beyond their own interests, the Needlearts Guild members strive to use their skills in making a difference in the community through an annual service project. This year they made quilted fleece blankets for “Derek’s Hugs”, in support of children in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Angel 34 Foundation, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Past projects have benefited pediatric cancer units in Lehigh Valley Hospital via “Con-Kerr Cancer” and the Million Pillowcase Challenge, as well as a program to make totebags and backpacks for school children in Haiti, in conjunction with United Methodist Women.

Meetings are held from September through June on the third Tuesday at 6:30 PM, at the McCrea Port Murray United Methodist Church, 276 Main Street in Port Murray, NJ. Please stop by their table in the Expo building to see examples of their work and talk with members. All items for sale are made by our talented Guild members.

The Evening Star Quilter’s Guild

Founded in September of 1987. The original group of 12 quilters from Warren County who quilted in their homes has grown to a vibrant guild averaging 103 members.

If you have a love for quilting you are welcome to join the group, where you'll learn and share the art and skills of quilting. A main focus of the Evening Star Quilter’s Guild is to provide continuing education and support to all members from beginners to experts. The Guild meets at 7:00 pm at the Belvidere High School on the second Tuesday of each month from September to June every year. Dues amount is $20.00 per year.

Creativity is inspired through the many optional programs, some of which include: show and tell, challenges, block of the month, row quilts and mystery quilts. Workshops on specific designs or techniques are offered throughout the year where one can learn “hands-on” and possibly go home with a finished quilt. A new member liaison assures no one will ever feel uncomfortable attending their first meeting.

Throughout the 24 years the Evening Star Quilter’s Guild has been together, the members have reached out to the community by donating hundreds of quilts in support of local charities and organizations. Each year the Charity Quilt Committee identifies a charity or organization to receive the quilts made by the members. In the past quilts have been provided to “Wrap a Smile”, an organization which helps children with cleft lip or palate repair. Quilts have also been given to the many brave wounded soldiers in hospitals here and abroad though Quilts of Valor. For the past several years, the Evening Star Quilters have created and donated holiday place mats to Meals-on-Wheels for distribution to local shut-ins in hopes of making their holidays brighter. And there are other organizations to which the group has donated many quilts.
To learn more about the Evening Star Quilter’s Guild, please visit our website at


Hunterdon County Quilting Guild

Now in its 37th year, is comprised of over 70 men and women interested in the preservation and promotion of the quilting arts and community service. New members of any skill level, from beginners to advanced and from traditionalists to 21st century design quilters are welcome to join us.

Having an opportunity to spend time with others with kindred interests, while learning new techniques, sharpening skills and experiencing “Wow, I can do that” moments in a friendly, non-competitive environment makes guild participation highly worthwhile.

In addition to lectures and workshops presented by expert speakers, the yearly schedule of activities includes a member-led “round robin”, a community service workshop day, and quilters’ retreat weekends. Members also participate in the Biennial Quilt Show at the Lebanon Township Museum in New Hampton where quilts are featured for the month of October. Also, every two years the Guild creates a queen-size quilt to raffle and use the profits to help support a local charity.

While not the primary reason for the guild’s existence, its community service initiative is of great importance. This ongoing program allows the guild to offer comfort to those in need. This year the Guild presented 347 pillowcases to children with cancer or long-term illnesses. In 2013 – 2014 the guild presented 350 placemats to the Meals on Wheels program of Hunterdon County. In previous years the guild has donated to other organizations, such as Children's Home Society, Anderson House, Shannon Daley Foundation, Home Instead, Good News Home for Women, Quilts of Valor and Cancer Institute of NJ Pediatrics.

Be sure to stop by the Hunterdon County Quilting Guild area in the Expo Building at the Warren County Fair, where they will have a schedule of meetings for the upcoming year. They may be demonstrating quilting techniques and will be presenting a Quilter’s Boutique of handmade items.

You are invited to learn more about the guild at its annual Open House meeting on October 16, 2015. Guild meetings are held the third Friday of the month between September and June at 9:30 AM at the Readington Reformed Church, 124 Readington Road, Readington, NJ. For more information about the Hunterdon County Quilting Guild, please email or go to


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