Heather Jones Workshop Registration Now Open for Members

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UPDATE: The workshop is full! Anyone who completes the form will be put on the waitlist and we will be in touch if additional spots are made available.

NJMQG members who wish to register for Heather Jones’s Improv Pineapple workshop (details here) on May 2 can do so by clicking below. All that is required is name, email, and phone number.


Confirmation emails will go out later tonight or first thing tomorrow morning. The first 20 registrants will receive an email with payment information. If there are additional registrants, they will be notified of their place on the waitlist.

NOTE: There is no registration necessary for the lecture on May 1. All are welcome to attend.

Good luck!

February Meeting Recap

Mini Swap

We had so many members participate in our very first mini quilt swap. Everyone did a amazing job creating something special to swap. It was fun to see all of them.



Quiltcon Recap.

Thank you to all the members who took the time to tell us the experience that they had in Austin. We loved hearing all the details.  Aleeda also passed around a slide show on her iPad so we could see the lovely quilts from the show. Thank you for that.  What fun that we had those generous swag bag and other giveaways! Congrats to all the winners.


Announcements of important dates – Heather Jones Workshop will be on Monday.

As always we had a wonderful time and thank you to all you incredibly talented and creative women for bringing in and sharing with us your quilts.



Reminder: Meeting this Thursday!

Just a quick reminder that our February meeting is this Thursday, Februrary 26 at 7PM at Rock Paper Scissors in Montclair, NJ.

We’re having our mini quilt swap! If you bring one, you get to take another one home. See this post for specs. There’s still time to make one if you haven’t started!

Stella will also be assigning hives for our Sampler Bee Block Swap

We have the prizes from January’s virtual Sewcial meeting, and amazing door prizes — not one, but TWO Quiltcon swag bags filled with goodies.


Also, our members’ stories from Quiltcon.

Here is our charity quilt hanging in the hallway outside the lecture halls for everyone to see:


And our members (minus Lori, who was in class) after our Texas BBQ dinner.


Back row: Daniela, Beth, Aleeda, Soph, Tracy, Melanie, Betsy, Ashley. Sitting: Margaret, Carol

Bring a chair, a name tag, a mini quilt to swap and something to show and tell. See you then!

Upcoming events

February and March are such busy quilty months! Check out some upcoming events and add your own in the comments.

February 21-22, 28- March 1 Nubian Heritage Quilters Guild show

Every two years, the Nubian Heritage Quilters Guild brings a spectacular assortment of quilts and wall hangings to the Crane House and Historic YWCA.  This years exhibit “In the Spirit of Freedom” celebrates the 20th anniversary of the he Nubian Heritage Quilters Guild. Come view the quilts and watch as they demonstrate hand piecing, machine piecing, rotary cutting and applique techniques.  Special Exhibits include: Modern Art Masterpieces,  Gee’s Bend Quilts, Prayer Flags, Surprise Art Quilts, Colored Girls Quilts, Dolls, and Pin Cushions.

Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children.  Children under 7 are free. Exhibit dates: February 21-22, 1-4 PM and February 28 to March 1, 1-4 PM.

- See more at: http://montclairhistorical.org/events/the-nubian-heritage-quilters-guild-exhibition/#sthash.sJPW6VQJ.dpuf

February 26 – NJMQG monthly meeting

7PM, Rock Paper Scissors, Montclair

March 2 – NJMQG member registration for Heather Jones workshop.

See blog post below.

March 5-8  Quilt Fest

Escape from Cabin Fever by joining us for The Quilt Fest of New Jersey at the Garden State Exhibit Center. The Quilt Fest will feature a Merchants Mall offering the best in fabrics, notions, sewing machines, wearable art, embroidery and everything for the quilter and home sewer! Details here.

March 14 (DEADLINE FEBRUARY 20) – Brownstone bus trip to Lancaster

The Brownstone Quilter’s Guild will be running a trip to the AQS show in Lancaster, Pa. on Saturday, March 14, 2015.    The cost of the trip is $60.00 and includes the bus fare, entrance to the quilt show and a tip for the bus driver.  If you or any members of your respective guilds are interested in taking the trip please send a check in the amount of $60.00 made out to the BROWNSTONE QUILTERS GUILD to my home address (EMAIL NJMQGINFO AT GMAIL.COM FOR ADDRESS) before February 20th.    Be sure to include your cell phone number on the check. The bus will be at the parking lot of the Armenian Presbyterian Church located at 140 Forest Avenue,  Paramus, 07463  at 7:15AM for a departure time of 7:30AM.    Park to the right side of the parking lot.  We should be back in Paramus at about 7:00PM

March 19 – NJMQG Monthly Meeting

7PM, Rock Paper Scissors, Montclair

March 20-22 Retreat at Crossroads Retreat Center

Email Aleeda at acquiltsy at yahoo.com for details and registration.

April 16 – NJMQG Monthly meeting

7PM, Rock Paper Scissors.

April 23- 26 Mid Atlantic MOD

Visit for information

April 25 – American Sewing Guild Spring Fling

The North Jersey Chapter of the American Sewing Guild is welcoming quilt teacher, designer and humorist Mark Lipinski as our guest speaker for our April 25th Spring Fling event. We hope you will join us!! The event, which includes lunch, door prizes, and Mark’s wonderful Quilt Journey trunk show and lecture, is from 11:30 am-3:30 pm at the Lafayette Place, Old Lafayette Village, Routes 15 & 94, Lafayette, N.J. Cost is $50 for ASG members; $60 for guests. For more information and to make a reservation, go to https://njasg.shutterfly.com/ and click on 2015-springfling-flyer.

May 1 – 2 – NJMQG presents Heather Jones Lecture and Workshop

Information here.

Lecture/Workshop announcement: Heather Jones is coming to NJMQG!

We are so very excited to announce our very first lecture workshop program for 2015– Heather Jones. The lecture on May 1st will be open to the public (free to NJMQG members). Online registration for the May 2nd workshop will begin for NJMQG members on March 2 and will open to non-members on March 9 if any of the 20 spots remain open.


Heather Jones

About Heather:

Heather Jones is a designer and self-taught quilter who lives outside of Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and two young children. She is the founder and former president of the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild. Three of her original quilts were chosen as winners of the Modern Quilt Guild’s Project Modern Challenges, a year-long national quilting competition, and she is a two-time finalist for the Martha Stewart American Made Awards. Heather is often inspired by everyday places and things, and is excited by the challenge to translate that inspiration into her work. Heather has a great love and respect for the traditional art of quilting, is an avid collector of vintage quilts, and loves to bring a modern twist to traditional patterns. Her modern quilting patterns are available at a number of online locations and she will soon be bringing the Heather Jones Studio patterns to print as well. Heather’s first solo book, “Quilt Local” published by STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books, an imprint of Abrams, will be released in the fall of 2015.

color theoryLecture: Color Theory and Interaction for the Modern Quilter

Friday, May 1, 2015 – Free to NJMQG members, $10 for visitors

In this lecture, Heather will teach the basics of color theory and color interaction, and how to apply those ideas to quilting projects. She will discuss the major fundamentals of color theory, how different colors relate to each other, and how a color can be influenced by other colors that surround it. Heather will also discuss the importance of listening to your own creative intuition when working with color and how to create a unique color library as well.

Full-Day Workshop: Improvisational Pineapple Block – Limited to 20 students

Saturday, May 2, 2015, $65 for members (registration starts March 2), $75 for non-members (registration starts March 9)

In this workshop Heather will teach you how to create improvisationally pieced pineapple blocks. While the traditional version of this block can be somewhat intimidating to create, it becomes more relaxed and approachable when combined with improvisational piecing as there is no need for precise measuring or cutting. This technique produces completely unique, one of a kind blocks with a strong graphic quality, and Heather will discuss how fabric placement and color choices affect the design of the block. Students will finish the class with a number of completed blocks that can be used in small patchwork projects or as the beginning of a larger quilt.

improv pineapple

Keep an eye out for Heather and her quilts in Quiltcon coverage this week and check out her blog, oliveandollie.com . We’ll have details including locations and times, by the next meeting on February 26.

NJMQG 2015 Sampler Bee Block Swap


It’s time to unveil our Bee Block program for 2015! This year will be a bit different – instead of a swap that runs the entire year, this program will take place three times in 2015. We’re so excited to tell you all about it, so here are the details:

– Each Bee Hive consists of no more than 6 quilters.
– There will be as many hives as needed to accommodate those who would like to participate.
– Stella will be the “Queen Bee” for all hives – if you have any questions, concerns, or issues, please contact her before the quarter ends.

– You’ll have 3 months to make a quilt block for each quilter in your hive (+ 1 for yourself if you choose).
It is important that you make your blocks following these guidelines so they will be usable when piecing a quilt.
– Select a quilt block that is within your skill level.
– Use fresh, modern, new, quilt shop quality fabric for your blocks.
– Everyone uses their own fabric stash to create the blocks and no one can request certain fabrics or designers.
– Take the time and effort to construct your blocks well and use a ¼ inch seam allowance (unless your pattern dictates otherwise). Anything less will likely fall apart. Blocks that are too large or too small, even by a 1/4″ are sometimes not usable. You may choose to make a test block before constructing the blocks for your hive to ensure that the block will size correctly. A simple block well-constructed is always better received than a complicated block that is falling apart from poor construction.
– The block should measure 12.5 inches square when complete.
– Please only use neutral colored thread.
– You’ll make 6 of that same square in each of your hive members’ chosen color palettes. (Like this set of Granny Square Quilt Blocks!)

6 Granny Squares

– The first quarter in 2015 will run from March – May.
– Sign-ups will take place from Feb 3 – Feb 27.
– Once sign ups close, you’ll receive the names of the quilters in your hive as well as their color palettes and any additional information provided on March 1st.
– Finished squares for this quarter can be distributed early but are due at the May guild meeting.
At this time, you are only committing to 1 quarter – sign-ups for future quarters will happen as the current quarter ends.
– The following quarters will run from June – Aug and Sept – Nov. You do not have to participate in all quarters to play along. Sign-ups for the next quarters will happen later in the year – watch this space for the announcement.
– Plan ahead! The quarter goes by very quickly. Please don’t wait until the last minute to start your blocks. This is a commitment and by signing up we expect you to follow through with that commitment. Sometimes things happen, so if you have an unforeseen emergency, please contact your Stella ASAP!

No matter how many quarters you participate in, you should have the beginnings of an amazing sampler quilt like this one:


Ok, that’s great, but how do I sign up?? Easy! Complete the form below. You’ll receive a confirmation that your sign-up was received. Last day for sign-ups is February 27th. Hope you’ll join us!

Sign ups are now closed. See you for the next round in May!

February Swap: Mini Quilts!

NJMQG Mini QuiltCan you believe it is February already? We can’t, but February means an NJMQG swap and this month we’re excited to be swapping Mini Quilts! There have been a ton of mini quilt swaps happening on Instagram and we thought we’d join the fun, too!

Not a ton of rules for this swap, but here are some guidelines to help you:
– Quilts should be no smaller than 16” and no bigger than 24” on a side
– We encourage you to try a technique, color, or shape you’ve never tried before
– Don’t forget to label your quilt so the recipient knows who made it
– If you bring one to our next meeting on Thursday, February 26 (at 7PM at Rock Paper Scissors), you get to take one home!

Check out our Pinterest board for inspiration.

If you have any questions or concerns, leave a comment and we’ll address them!