The Fair invites guests to explore the talents of today's guilds and artisans.
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.
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 www.lostartlacers.org for contact information and dates and places of events. Visit their website at www.lostartlacers.org
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.
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.
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 www.esqg.com
The Hunterdon County Quilting Guild, going into its 40th year, is comprised of more than 85 men and women from Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset, and Warren County, interested in the preservation and promotion of the quilting arts and in community service. The Guild welcomes new members of any skill level and interest, from beginner to advanced, and from traditionalists to 21st Century design quilters. The meetings and activity sessions provide great opportunities to spend time with others having similar interests, while learning new skills, and contributing to the community.
In addition to lectures and workshops presented by experts in the quilting field, their activities include a member-led round robin, a Community Service Workshop Day, two Quilter’s Retreats, and participation in the Biennial Quilt Show at the Lebanon Township Museum in New Hampton.
To support their community service, members participate in both the Hunterdon County 4H Fair and the Warren County Fair, where they sell handmade items, including quilts. Every two years, the Guild creates a queen-size quilt to raffle, the profits of which go to help support a charity in the community.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, the community service projects are of great importance to the members. This year’s Service Day, members made decorative pillowcases in bright colors and child-pleasing prints to donate to children with cancer or who are hospitalized. The pillowcases will be distributed to the Cancer Institute Pediatric Department, the Morristown Hospital Goryeb Children’s Center, and the RWJ/BMS Children’s Hospital. Other projects this year were making quilts for Project Linus, placemats for Meals on Wheels, and bib/vests, wheelchair bags and walker pockets for Veterans at Lyons Hospital, quilts for Home Instead Senior Care, and pillowcases for Veterans at Haven North. The Quilts of Valor Committee delivered 18 quilts to Combat Veterans.
In 2015-16, Community Service efforts resulted in the distribution of over 100 large walker pockets, over 200 wheelchair pockets and 95 quilts distributed to Hunterdon Care Center, Rolling Hills Care Center, Country Arch Care Center and Little Brook Nursing Home, and 132 placemats to Meals on Wheels. The Guild has also distributed quilts to the Shannon Daly Foundation, the First Baby at Hunterdon Medical Center and RWJ Somerset Medical Center, 12 Quilts of Valor (quilts for wounded servicemen and women), Team Velvet, and Home Instead Senior Care.
Members also create quilts at home and in sewing circles and donate them to the Guild to present to people in need of some TLC, such as hospitalized or chronically ill children, survivors of fires, and others brought to the attention of the Guild. The Guild meets on the third Friday of each month, September through June, at the Readington Reformed Church, 124 Readington Road, Whitehouse Station, NJ, and can be seen at hcqgnews.tripod.com