Bee Block Swap | 3rd Quarter Sign Ups are OPEN!

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We’re so excited at how well the first & second quarter bee block swaps went! We had 24 participants for Q1 and 15 participants in Q2 who swapped blocks and WOW were they were gorgeous!

Now it’s time for our 3rd and final quarter bee block swap.

Even if you participated in past quarters, 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!)

6 Granny Squares

TIMELINE
– This quarter will run from September – November.
– Sign-ups will take place from August 24 – August 31.
– 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 September 1st.
– Finished squares for this quarter can be distributed early but are due at the November 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 August 31st. Hope you’ll join us!

:: Reminder: AUGUST MEETING ::

Our August meeting is this Saturday, August 22, from 10AM- 2PM at the LDS Church at 209 Mountain Ave, Caldwell, NJ.

It’s an Open Sew meeting, so bring your machines, extension cords and WIPs. We’ll also have charity quilt tops, lots of fabric and batting for anyone who wants to help with our donation efforts. Pack your lunch and bring a snack/treat/etc. to share if you wish!

SWAPS for this meeting:
• Bring your Bee Block Swap | Second Quarter blocks!
Dumpling Pouch Swap! There is still time to make one! Click here for tutorial. There is a link titled “Download Dumpling Pattern Pieces.” Click that link to download the template.

See you there!

Lizzy House Workshop hosted by Central Jersey MQG

The Central Jersey MQG is hosting a Meadow quilt class with Lizzy House, a printmaker, author, illustrator, fabric designer, and quilter!

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photo: sew-ok.com

WHEN:  Sunday, August 23 from 10 am – 5 pm (one hour lunch break)

WHERE:  Martinsville Community Center, 1961 Washington Valley Road, Martinsville, NJ (near Bridgewater, NJ)

Guest price is $115. Signups open on Friday, August 7th!

Please check out centraljerseymqg.blogspot.com or their Instagram account at @cjmqg for more details.

If you have any questions, please email centraljerseymqg (at) gmail (dot) com

Class description:
In this class, we will make the Meadow Quilt. This pattern is exclusively available in Lizzy’s class, and she plans to retire the class at the end of the year. We will be using curved piecing and reverse applique (on your machine), and Lizzy will be guiding us along.

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photo: theworkroom.ca

For more pictures of the quilt, see the Instagram hashtag #meadowquilt.

AUGUST SWAP: DUMPLING POUCH INSPIRATION

We are swapping super cute dumpling pouches!

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The details:

– Use the tutorial found here by Michelle Patterns to create your dumpling pouch. To download the template, click on the link in the tutorial: “Download Dumpling Pattern Pieces.”

– Check out our full Pinterest board for more dumpling pouch inspiration.

– Bring your dumpling pouch to the August guild meeting (Open Sew!) on Saturday, August 22nd at the LDS Church and you’ll go home with a dumpling pouch of your own!

– Have fun!

Upcoming Event/Dates

:: RETREAT ::

November 2015 Retreat at the Cross Roads Retreat Center!

The deposit check is due by August 11th.

Click here or click the Events tab for details!


:: SLOW STITCHING ::

Reminder: Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 28th, from 10am – 2pm.

The Warwick Valley Quilters’ Guild will have Mark Lipinski lecture about the Slow Stitching Movement. There is a $5 visitor fee and it will be held at the Warwick Senior Center. Details here.


:: AUGUST MEETING ::

The August meeting is an OPEN SEW meeting!

Saturday, August 22nd, 10am – 2pm, LDS Church, 209 Mountain Ave, Caldwell, NJ

SWAPS for this meeting:

• Bring your Bee Block Swap | Second Quarter blocks!

• Dumpling Pouch Swap (inspiration coming soon!). Click here for tutorial. There is a link titled “Download Dumpling Pattern Pieces.” Click that link to download the template.

Reminder: Meeting this Thursday!

July’s meeting is this Thursday, July 16, at 7pm at Rock Paper Scissors.

We will have the needle book swap (inspiration and tutorial here). You still have time to make one!

Bring a hometown/name quilt block for the Charleston AME charity if you are participating.

As always, bring a chair and your name tag. If you don’t have a name tag, we can arrange a partner swap. Also, please bring anything you may have for show and tell. See you then!

Announcements for July

The new NJMQG board would like to thank you all for electing us to our new positions. We are excited to make this an amazing year for our beloved guild! A huge thank you to our previous board members who worked so hard to make this past year a great one for the NJMQG. A very special thank you to Melanie Tuazon who fearlessly led the way!

Our July meeting is coming up on Thursday, July 16th, 7pm at Rock Paper Scissors.

Charity support: The Charleston Modern Quilt Guild is collecting signature blocks to be assembled into a quilt for the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. To contribute, please sign a 3.5” tall by 6.5” wide (to finish at 3” x 6”) fabric block with your name and location and bring it to the July NJMQG meeting. We will collect the blocks and take care of mailing them out. Here is the link for more details: http://charlestonmodernquiltguild.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-charleston-modern-quilt-guild-is.html

Are you working on your Needle Book for the July swap? Information is here.

We have our next Open Sew date and time confirmed! Open Sew will be on Saturday, August 22nd, from 10am-2pm at the LDS Church.