Reminder: Mid Atlantic MOD Retreat General Registration opens tonight

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General registration for limited Mid Atlantic MOD retreat spots will open this evening, November 27th at 6pm.

Click here for the General Registration link. Click here or on the Members Only tab to get the NJMQG member discount code. The General Registration link is there as well.

A waitlist will begin on the registration site when the event is sold out following General Registration.

If you need the password to the Members Only section, please email njmqginfo at gmail dot com.

Holiday Potluck Celebration

We are so thrilled about our annual Holiday Potluck Celebration!

Date: Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Time: 7:15pm  (doors open at 6:30pm)

Location: LDS Church, 209 Mountain Avenue Caldwell, NJ 07006
(please note change of location for this meeting only)

We would love for everyone to bring a hot or cold appetizer, beverage or dessert. Use this link to sign up. (click here)

Many items need multiples so feel free to sign up for whatever you feel comfortable bringing – Napkins your thing?  No judgement here.

This is also the time where we reveal our Elster swap partner. If you were matched up in October, bring your gift to present to your partner.

We’ll also have a very special show and tell where you can show off your holiday gifts before they are given to their new owners. Due to all the activities taking place at the meeting, we respectfully ask that you limit your show and tell to two items.

Cant wait to round out the year with all our fabulous members!

November meeting recap!

Everyone was so excited to receive their zipper pouches from the DCMQG!! Look at these excited and happy faces!

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Great meeting as usual!! We have some important events/info coming up so in case you missed it:

  • We are looking for your quilt submissions in the Quilt Fest  Modern Quilts exhibition again! Click the link for all the details about how to submit a quilt. You must fill out a form and send 1-2 photos of the quilts by emailing njmqginfo at gmail dot com. Deadline for entries is Monday December 19th. :) 
  • The Central Jersey MQG is looking for guild members who teach on a regular basis. If you are interested, please contact Neva or send her your information at centraljerseymqg@gmail.com by Nov. 30th.
  • Here is more information about Mid Atlantic Mod . General registration opens November 27th & they will be making a waitlist this year.
  • We are going to be going on a field trip to the Garment district come January! (More info to come)  Timna Tarr will be joining us for a lecture and workshop in June! June 16th will be for her lecture called “flying colors” and the 17th will be her map making class-tractional and improv maps. More details to come.
  • Kelly Chladil is collecting 5″, 6″, or 6.5″ fabric squares (not blocks) to make up new quilt kits for Quilts Beyond Borders. Any colorful fabric is great as the quilts are for kids.
  • We voted on the budget and all were in favor of keeping dues the same!
  • Don’t forget about our Holiday Potluck Party for our next meeting! It will be held at the LDS Church on 209 Mountain Avenue in  Caldwell, NJ 07006.

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Aleeda gave us some great tips for our “quilty health!”

What are some of the most important tools to make you a successful quilter?

  1. Hand Lotion from Bed, Bath, and Body works: “Look ma, New hands.”
  2. Stretching! How to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome: doing wrist circles, and stretching out the wrists regularly.
  3. Focus/Giving your eyes a rest: Special eye chart 10-15 ft across the room allows you to take a break from sewing/quilting and allows you to refocus your eyes.
  4. Little red stress ball from Staples.

 

And now, Show &  Tell!

 

See you in December elfsters :)!

Quilt Fest 2017 Special Exhibit Submissions!

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Have you figured out which quilt(s) you are submitting to be chosen to hang at Quilt Fest in our special exhibit: Modern Quilts: North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild yet?

Quilt Fest Dates: March 2-5, 2017
Location: Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Drive,  Somerset, NJ 08873


:: How to Submit / Details ::
•  We are able to display about 30 quilts.

•  A committee will review entries to curate the show. Please keep in mind this is an exhibit that should showcase your best modern quilt work. This is an exhibit that is included in the show, in part, to raise awareness about the modern quilt movement.

•  Here is an excerpt of the blurb we submitted for the brochure and for the website about our exhibit:
“Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. “Modern traditionalism” or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often represented.”

•  We encourage submitting mini quilts and multiple quilts!

•  To be considered, please click here to fill out the form. The form will ask for the following info:

– Maker’s name

– Title of each work
– Artist statement “blurb” (name of maker, title of item – may include more details – plus a descriptive paragraph)
– Size: quilts must be a minimum of 20″ on one side
– Insurance value (from Quilt Fest guidelines: “INSURANCE: Individual quilts may be insured for $100 up to $1000 each. Items valued at greater than $1,000 require a written appraisal. Items cannot be insured for greater than $5,000 each (even with a greater appraised value). MSM insurance coverage excludes earthquake and flood.”)

– Email and phone number

•  After submitting the form please email 1-2 photos of your quilt to njmqginfo at gmail dot com. Please name the file with your last name and name of the quilt. Example: “Surname_Quiltname.jpg”.

•  Please submit by Monday, December 19th so the committee has enough time to view and vote to curate the items in the show.

::  Other Details ::

– Each quilt should have a 4″ sleeve sewn on the top for easy hanging.
– Each quilt should have a label with a minimum of the following information: Maker’s Name, Name of Quilt, Phone

– The exhibit must be shipped as a group in as few boxes as possible or delivered to the Convention Center as a group by a maximum of 4 people. We can arrive any time during the afternoon of Wednesday, March 1. The quilt show will close on Sunday, March 5 at 5pm. We will coordinate drop-off and take-down at a later date.

• Wondering if your quilt(s) is “modern enough”? Submit anyway! There are many areas/categories that modern quilts fall into and we will do our best to showcase a breadth of work that represents modern quilting.
• Do you have a quilt top/top in progress that you know will be complete in time to be hung in the show? Submit it!

• You will be notified about your quilt(s) by December 30 (ish).🙂
• Please contact us at njmqginfo at gmail dot com with any questions. We are so excited to see your amazing work!
Thank you!

Reminder: November 2016 Guild Meeting this Thursday!

• Our November meeting is this Thursday, November 17th, 2016 at 7:15pm at the Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Road, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009. Parking is located in the large lot in the back – use the side entrance to come in. Feel free to arrive about 15 minutes early.

Important: Check in at the registration table to sign in and pick up a raffle ticket for door prizes before finding a seat.


FREE table: Bring in the quilty items you no longer use and drop them on our FREE table at the beginning of the meeting. If your items are not taken, please bring them home with you.


Member Corner: Many of our members have their own creative businesses and services to offer. A designated table is provided for members to leave their business cards, class/workshop lists, postcards, etc. This is a great way to get the word out about what you have to offer!


Library: Have you borrowed a book from the NJMQG library? Books can be checked out for one month. Please see Margy S. If you borrowed a book at the last meeting, remember to return it at this meeting.


Zippered Pouch Swap with the DCMQG: If you participated in this swap, you’ll receive your pouch at the meeting.


If you participated in a past Bee Block Swap and have a finished quilt top or quilt, please bring it to show!


• Charity:
– We will have blocks to hand out to work on for the QuiltCon Charity quilt.
– There will be charity quilt tops and fabric available for members to take home, and batting, too!
– If you have a completed Quilt of Valor block, please bring to this meeting.
– Kelly C. is collecting 5″, 6″, or 6.5″ fabric squares (not blocks) to make up new quilt kits for Quilts Beyond Borders. Any colorful fabric is great as the quilts are for kids.


Budget for 2017: Our Tentative Budget Proposal for 2017 is available for review on the blog under the password protected Members Only tab. We will vote on the cost of Membership Dues for 2017 and will vote on it at the November meeting. The board is proposing to keep the dues at $50 for 2017. We will review the budget at the November meeting and will vote on it at the December meeting. Please email njmqginfo at gmail dot com if you need the password.


• Refreshments: Consider bringing a light refreshment to share. If you are able to do so, please comment below.


• Remember to bring your name tag. If you do not have a name tag, we can arrange a partner swap- ask any of the NJMQG Executive Board Officers (Daniela, Amy, Annette, Kourtney, or Stella). As always, please bring anything you may have for Show and Tell! 

See you on Thursday!

October 2016 Meeting Recap

What a great meeting!

We surprised our first NJMQG President, Melanie Tuazon, with a quilt to thank her for all of the work she has done for our guild. So many members worked on the front of the quilt. The back has blocks with members’ signatures on them.

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We presented Aubrey with a get well gift:

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We collected the pouches for our swap with the DCMQG!

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Aleeda shared some wonderful tips for us at this meeting. Click here to read them!

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Show and Tell! Just gorgeous!

See you at the November meeting!

November 2016 Updates and Happenings

:: QuiltCon Charity Quilt 2017 ::
Thank you to all of the guild members who were able to attend the October Open Sew where we worked on the QuiltCon Charity Quilt blocks! A huge thank you to those who took many blocks home to work on as well.

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*More volunteers are needed to sew up the remainder of the blocks. The blocks are foundation paper-pieced. The paper should remain intact after sewing them up. There are 15 bags with patterns and fabric at Rock Paper Scissors available to be picked up. Please email njmqginfo at gmail dot com if you are able to pick up a bag and return it completed for the November meeting next week or shortly thereafter. When you pick up, write your name and email and how many bags you have taken on the sheet provided.


:: Budget for 2017 ::
Our Tentative Budget Proposal for 2017 is available for review on the blog under the password protected Members Only tab. We will vote on the cost of Membership Dues for 2017 and will vote on it at the November meeting. The board is proposing to keep the dues at $50 for 2017. We will review the budget at the November meeting and will vote on it at the December meeting. Please email njmqginfo at gmail dot com if you need the password.


:: Mid Atlantic MOD, a modern quilting retreat Early Registration ::
The NJMQG is a sponsor of this retreat which means we are guaranteed 10 spots at a discounted rate. Please read all about this fantastic event in Lancaster, PA by clicking here.
Early registration opens this Sunday, November 13th at 6pm. If you would like to attend, and are a current NJMQG member, please email Stella S. for the access code and the link to register: stellasingleton at gmail dot com.


:: NJMQG Membership & Membership Renewal for 2017 coming soon! Details to follow.


:: December Holiday Party ::
Sign ups to bring in food for the December Holiday Party will open soon.