April Swap: Spring Bunting

Spring is in the air and what better way to celebrate than with bright and lovely bunting!
This month we’re swapping whimsical bunting flags to decorate our space with some spring inspiration.

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The deets:

– Use the tutorial found here at Pink Stitches to create your bunting flags

– Minimum of 10 triangles/flags on your bunting

– Flags can be any type of fabric

– Leave enough ribbon/trim at each end of the bunting to hang the banner (bias tape also works in place of ribbon)

– Use spring colors/patterns/theme

– Bring your bunting to the April guild meeting and you’ll go home with a bunting of your own

Check out our Pinterest board for more bunting inspiration and HAVE FUN!

Reminder – meeting this Thursday, March 19

Just a friendly reminder that we have a meeting this Thursday at 7PM at Rock Paper Scissors in Montclair.

Bring a chair, a name tag and something to show and tell!

We have announcements, a new swap to introduce for April, and a program by popular demand!

We are very lucky that Beth Rowan of Rock Paper Scissors is going to give us her demo from Quiltcon called “Sew Many Substrates.” (We were supposed to get a sneak peek in January before we got snowed out!) She’ll show us samples of quilts made from substrates like voile and jersey knit, and pass along some tips on how she made them. Get there early for good seats!

See you then!

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.

REGISTRATION FORM

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Also, our members’ stories from Quiltcon.

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

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

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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.