Renew your membership for 2015

It is the time of year to renew membership or join NJMQG for the 2015 calendar year. All dues must be received by December 25 to ensure that we get 2015 membership cards in a prompt manner. The great news is that it’s now easier than ever to fill out your membership form and pay your dues– you can do it all right now! You can also complete the application now and pay at our meeting this Thursday, December 18 with a credit card, cash or check.

Step 1 – Complete Membership Application

This year, we have gone paperless for Applications! Just click on the link below to enter your name and email address. Mailing address and phone number are optional. We then just need you to check two boxes that pertain to Guild policy, and you’re done.

2015 Electronic Membership Application Form

Step 2 – Pay Dues

Dues for 2015 are $50. If you’d like to pay with a credit card, whether online from home or at a guild meeting, there will be a $2 surcharge.

If you’d like to pay your dues right now using a credit card, debit card, or PayPal account, click on this PayPal link.

If you’d like to pay in person with Jessica at the meeting, the easiest way  is with a credit or debit card. The guild has Square, which lets you swipe your card, sign, and have your receipt texted or emailed to you instantly. We will also be accepting checks or cash. Checks should be made out to North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild in the amount of $50. NJMQG dues are tax deductible.

Once we’ve received your application and dues, you’re all set! We’ll give out membership cards as soon as we have them.

We’re so excited for the upcoming year! Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Reminder: Meeting this Thursday, December 18

‘Tis the season for our second annual NJMQG swap! It’s one of our favorite meetings of the year, when we get together to share some cheer and a gift with a swap partner. Names were swapped in October, and we hope you’ll bring something special for your special someone. Please also bring a chair and if you are so inclined, a little something to eat or drink.

We’ll start with some short announcements and dates at 7PM on Thursday, December 18 at Rock Paper Scissors. Then we’ll launch right into the swap, which will happen simultaneously with show and tell. If you’ve made quilts for the holidays, we want to see them!

We will also be collecting dues for 2015– membership renewal is $50. We’ll have another post about that this week with online payment options if you prefer that method.

See you Thursday!

O-PEN IT! O-PEN IT! O-PEN IT!

Field Trip: Montclair Art Museum – Quilt Exhibit

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As promised, we gathered some dates for a get together to check out the Quilt Exhibit at the Montclair Art Exhibit before it closes on January 4th. If you would like to join Stella and view the exhibit together, check out the link here to see what dates/times are available and be sure to cast your vote.

We’ll close the poll on December 23rd and announce the meet up date and time on December 24th.

To read more about the quilt exhibit, click here.

Hope to see you there!

Last Call for Mid-Atlantic Mod!

Mid-Atlantic Mod

Our guild has six reserved spots left for Mid-Atlantic Mod, the modern quilting retreat in Lancaster, PA April 23-26. Those spots will be lost to general registration after tomorrow, November 23, so if you are interested in attending, act today or early tomorrow. General registration opens November 30.

All information about the retreat is on the official retreat blog. The cost to our members is $120 for the retreat, plus accommodations (details on the blog). Workshops are $15 each, paid in cash on the day of the workshop.

If you would like to register, please email njmqginfo at gmail.com for our exclusive NJMQG registration code.

It’s going to be lots of fun!

Quiltcon Charity Quilt Details

More details about our Quiltcon Charity quilt:

We’re pulling together our quilt on a VERY tight deadline. Fabric will be given to members who have signed up on our online form at the meeting on November 20.

Each bag will contain a cut of 20” x 25” Michael Miller Teal, plus a chunk of Kona for the plus sign. Here is the fabric pull for the quilt, using the required palette that Daniela so expertly designed:

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Kona Pickle, Michael Miller Teal, Kona Cerise, Kona Snow, Kona Shadow

Your mission is to float one or more plus signs in Teal, with the finished block measuring 18” square.

The pluses can be straight or wonky in any size. Here is my block (I made it in just under an hour):

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Even though we’re doing blocks, the idea is to have the floating pluses in all different positions, fulfilling the alternate grid requirement. Here is Amy’s sketch of the full quilt idea:

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Amy R. will assemble the top. Your bag, should you sign up, will also contain Amy’s address. Please mail your block to her by December 1.

Diane will long-arm quilt the quilt and Stella has volunteered to bind.

We can do this, team! Please chip in if you are able, no worries if you can’t. Sign up here to get fabric tomorrow night. If you’d like to make more than one block, put your name on more than one line. We need 20 blocks to make a twin size quilt!

Thank you to everyone for chipping in. There was a time when we thought we wouldn’t be able to pull it off, but it looks like we’ll be able to. Have I ever told you how I believe that quilters are some of the best people around?

Meeting this Thursday, November 20

Quilters! It’s meeting week! Our next meeting is this Thursday, November 20. It’s going to be packed full of information and inspiration, so come join us at 7PM at Rock Paper Scissors. Bring a chair, something to show and tell, and a nametag.**

We have an important announcement about our Quiltcon Charity Quilt— it’s on! But we are very, very tight on time. Daniela, Amy and Melanie came up with a simple but modern design of floating pluses that we can turn around on our tight schedule of finishing in January. We are looking for quilters to piece one or more 18-inch blocks on a very short deadline. You will get the fabric with directions at Thursday’s meeting and must mail finished blocks to Amy by December 1 (address will be included in directions). Please help if you can! The online sign-up is here. (Please note: the sign-up page cannot be edited from a mobile device. Computers only.) If you can make more than one block please put your name on more than one line.

Also, Stella and Melanie will be doing an Instagram 101 presentation! If you would like to follow along, visit your smartphone’s app store and download the Instagram app for free. Choose a user name and create a profile before coming to the meeting. We’ll talk about community, hashtags, etiquette, and a fun new interactive guild activity. We won’t have access to wifi during the meeting, so do your downloading at home beforehand.

**If you don’t have a nametag, let us know at the meeting and we’ll match you up with a partner to swap with.

Updates and Reminders – November

In order of occurrence:

  • Sunday, November 9 is registration for sponsoring guilds of Mid Atlantic Mod. The dates are April 23-26, 2015 at the Doubletree in Lancaster, PA. The cost for NJMQG members is $120 for the retreat plus $15 per workshop if you choose to take one or more. If you stay in the Doubletree, blocked rooms are available for $124/night. If you do not, there is a “local” surcharge of $50.
    • All registration information is available here.
    • Workshop information is here.
    • Ten NJMQG members may register on Sunday starting at 7PM. This will be first come, first served. If you would like the discount code, please email njmqginfo at gmail.com. The code will be sent out by Sunday afternoon.
    • Registration will open to the public on November 30. NJMQG members will still get the discounted rates. Any spots not taken by sponsoring guilds will be added to the pool of general spots.
  • Monday November 10, members will receive a ballot to vote for our regional representative to the MQG board of directors. We are in region 4, which is huge, and there are three candidates. You can read about them and see videos they’ve made here (this information is also in an email that went out to members last week):
  • Wednesday, November 12 starts the Crossroads retreat. Hope everyone has fun!
  • Thursday, November 20 is our monthly meeting. More on this soon.