Bee Block Swap | 2nd Quarter Sign Ups are OPEN!

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We’re so excited at how well the first quarter bee block swap went! We had 24 participants who swapped blocks at our May meeting and they were gorgeous! We couldn’t believe that there were no block pattern repeats! AMAZING!

Now it’s time for our 2nd Quarter swap.

Even if you participated in the 1st Quarter, you still need to sign up if you’d like to participate again.
Here are the details:

HIVES
– 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.

BLOCKS
– 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!)

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TIMELINE
– This quarter will run from June – August.
– Sign-ups will take place from May 22nd – May 31st.
– 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 June 1st.
– Finished squares for this quarter can be distributed early but are due at the August guild meeting.

– 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 Stella ASAP!

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

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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 May 31st. Hope you’ll join us!

Heather Jones visits NJMQG

On May 1, NJMQG welcomed Heather Jones for a lecture and workshop.

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During her color theory lecture, she talked about Josef Albers and theories about how colors interact. There were pictures of her quilts, and the Q&A was a definite highlight.

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On Saturday, May 2, it was workshop time! Heather showed guild members how to make improv pineapples, and everyone had fun. Most attendees made at least two blocks.

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Heather’s samples.

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Demonstration time.

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Student blocks.

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Stella made a teeny tiny pincushion pineapple.

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We had the perfect design wall in the LDS church gym. Huge thanks to Stephanie and Colleen for being our hosts.

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At the end of class, Heather concluded with some observations and discussion.

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It’s a little blurry, but here’s the whole group!

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Thanks to everyone who helped make this event a success.

Announcements for April

  • Our next meeting is next Thursday, April 16 at 7PM at Rock Paper Scissors in Montclair.
  • Entries for the Garden State Quilters’ Show close on April 17. Contact Betsy Vinegrad with questions and see our previous email for details and forms.
  • New Jersey shop hop is April 24-30. http://www.njshophop.com/
  • Our May meeting will be on Thursday, May 21. We will meet our board candidates, swap mini-bee blocks and share impressions of our Heather Jones program. The June meeting, with elections and our summer swap (TBD) will be on June 18.
  • Heather Jones comes May 1! Join us for her lecture at the Church of Latter Day Saints at 7PM. She’ll be talking about color theory and sharing her quilts. Her sold-out Improv Pineapple workshop is the following day, May 2.
  • Denyse Schmidt is coming to Rock Paper Scissors Wednesday June 17 for an evening workshop. Signups will happen soon. Details will come from RPS.
  • Entries for the NJ State Fair (thanks to Kelli for reminding us) are due on July 25 and 26. The fair opens July 31st. Information about craft and hobby competitions are at http://www.njsfcahh.com/

March Meeting Recap

Thank you to Beth Rowan who shared with us her Quilt Con demo, Sew Many Substrates. We loved learning about how to use other fabrics besides quilting cottons in our projects. We also loved all the gorgeous samples.

We also had a special visitor, Janita’s sister, Berene  (happy sew lucky)  if you want to add her to your instagram accounts and be inspired.) She graciously brought some door prizes with her. Lucky Us.

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As always we had amazing Show and tell from our very talented guild members. And quite a few charity quilts were added to be given away.

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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!