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 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:


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):


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:


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 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.

October Sew In Metting Recap

This months meeting was our quaterly open sew. For all that weren’t able to attend, you were missed. What a wonderful fun time getting to know everyone and watch them working.  We also began work on laying out our Guild Quilt at our open sew on Saturday.

Just to follow up on the announcements that were made;

Please if you haven’t already signed up for the Holiday Swap over on Elfster go ahead and do so.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, November 20th at 7:00 pm over at Rock Paper Scissors. Please remember to bring your name tags and a chair. Also look for an upcoming blog post on how to download the Instagram App onto your phones and set up your username. During our meeting we will be having  a Instagram 101.

No November Swap. Swaps will be returning 2015.

December Meeting will be our Holiday Swap

January will be our quarterly Open Sew

We have decided not to participate in this years Quilt Con Charity Quilt. With the deadline for the quilt being Jan 3rd we just felt we would not have enough time to prepare a quilt.

Thank you for all the work on the charity quilts. They are all beautiful and will be very much appreciated by their recipients.

Also, a HUGE thank you to the LDS church for allowing us to use their gymnasium.

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September Meeting Recap

What an amazing fun meeting we had in September. It was so lovely to get to meet Amy Butler and hear her talk to us and be a part of our meeting. What a wonderful treat.

Just a recap of some of the things that occurred that night and then we will get on to the fabulous show and tell.

October meeting will take place Saturday,  October 18th at the LDS Church 209 Mountain Avenue  North Caldwell, NJ. It will be an Open Sew. We want to encourage Charity Sewing at this event.

November Retreat Will be November 12 -16 at Crossroads in North Jersey. The swag bags are going to AMAZING… so excited for all the gals who will be going to this.

November meeting will be on November 20th at Rock Paper Scissors.

upcoming classes

Betsy Vinegrad will be teaching a Paper Peicing class Nov 8th at 12 PM at Montclair Art Museum

Diane Fama will be teaching a strip pricing , Nov 9th and Hawaiian Appliqué October 26

Mid Atlantic Mod  April 23-25 in Lancaster, PA Registration will begin Nov 1 and we are one of the sponsors.

and the fabulous Show and tell.

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