Member-Led Workshop: Hand Stitching Trio

We’re so excited to offer a 3-in-1 Workshop in Hand Stitching! In these sessions you’ll learn specific slow-stitching techniques. From hand quilting – to reverse appliqué -to basic embroidery, your hand stitch toolbox will be filled with so many useful techniques to embellish current projects or start new projects!

Date: March 25, 2017
Time: Three 90-minute sessions – see below for times
Location: Cedar Grove Community Church // 65 Bowden Rd Cedar Grove
Cost: Members $10 each session // Non-members $15 each session
Sign up for one, two, or all three!

Workshop 1: Hand Quilting with Stephanie Mullin

In this 90-minute session you’ll learn the basics of hand quilting. Stephanie will review the tools, elements and techniques of hand quilting with plenty of time for practice built in.
If you would like to purchase a practice quilt “sandwich” Stephanie will have them available for $12 on the day of the workshop.

This session is limited to 15 participants and costs $10 for members, $15 for non-members. To register for this workshop, click here:

Workshop 2: Alabama Channin-Style Reverse Appliqué with Michelle Reiter
12noon – 1:30pm

In this 90-minute session, Michelle will walk you through the Alabama Channin-Style reverse appliqué technique. You’ll get an overview of the history and tools before learning on a small sample. You’ll even have time to get started on a larger project that you can finish at home.

This session is limited to 15 participants and costs $10 for members/$15 for non-members.
To register for this workshop, click here:

Workshop 3: Coloring with Thread with Stella Singleton
2:00pm – 3:30pm


Spend 90 minutes with Stella learning the basics of embroidery! You’ll learn stitches like backstitch, satin stitch, stem stitch, lazy daisy, and french knot that we’ll use to color a pre-printed panel of fabric. This session requires the purchase of a supply kit for $5, payable at the time of the workshop.

This session is limited to 15 participants and costs $10 for members/$15 for non-members.
To register for this workshop, click here:

About the Instructors

Stephanie Mullin
Stephanie loves making things! Some of her fondest memories are of making mini skirts during high school Home EC class! Stephanie was introduced to quilting when her daughter was born when the women from church gave her the sweetest pink gingham quilt. She was so touched by that gesture! It instilled the desire to learn to quilt and to reach out to others with quilts of love. Stephanie loves hand quilting and hopes to embrace machine quilting a little more in the future. When she asked her husband what he thought her quilting style was, after reading him a list of descriptions, he concluded she was a crazy quilter – and she’s ok with that.

Michelle Reiter
michellebiopicMichelle learned to sew in Home Economics in 7th grade and loved it instantly. At the time, she sewed clothes and stuffed animals. Michelle loves the reverse appliqué technique using jersey for so many reasons, especially the endless possibilities of what can be done using these techniques that have applicability to clothing, quilts, home goods, softies and so much more. She believes projects can be as simple or complicated as your imagination allows and loves how much faster and less fussy it is than traditional appliqué.


Stella Singleton
One of Stella’s first forays into hand stitching was small cross-stitch kits her mother bought her to keep her out of trouble (trouble was her middle name as a kid!) Once the kitchen wall was filled with tiny cross-stitched works of art, she graduated to embroidery – where she fell in love with the many ways thread could be manipulated to showcase texture, the rainbow of DMC floss, and project portability. Always eager to try new things, Stella began stitching on fabric designs and loved the unique look of embellishing fabric with embroidery.

Registration & Payment
You can register for one, two, or all three workshops – use each link above to register separately. Each workshop is limited to 15 people. Please note that your registration is not confirmed until payment is made. Once we receive your registration, a PayPal invoice will be sent to you to complete payment. A $2 PayPal fee will be added. If you prefer to pay via check or cash, please contact Stella Singleton to make payment arrangements.

Workshop supply lists and additional information will be emailed with your registration confirmation.

Stay tuned for more Member Workshops to be announced soon!

Member-Led Workshop: One Block Wonder with Jo Ann Lepore


We’re thrilled to continue our Member-Led Workshop Series with Jo Ann Lepore!  Join us for this workshop where Jo Ann will walk you through the One Block Wonder technique.

The class is an exploration of the One Block Wonders book and quilts designed by Maxine Rosenthal. In this workshop you’ll learn Maxine Rosenthal’s technique for the One Block Wonder – a method of kaleidoscopic shape designs from six repeats of a single fabric and 60 degree triangles.

Your completed quilt will be made from successful manipulation of these pieces – along with the use of a design wall – to develop your personal interpretation of the technique.


Date: April 22, 2017
Time: 10a – 4p
Location: Cedar Grove Community Church // 65 Bowden Rd Cedar Grove
Cost: $35 members // $40 non-members

About Jo Ann
jlepbiophotoJo Ann has been sewing since the age of eight and took her first class at the age of nine. In 1985, she started a gift and decorative accessories company and has produced fabric-crafted gifts, accessories and upholstered children’s furniture. For almost 30 years, her items have been sold in retail stores throughout the world!

For the past 20 years, Jo Ann has taught quilting including projects and techniques that she loves. She spends time creating quilts for competitive entry where she has been honored with many show ribbons highlighting her success and has also been published in national quilting magazines.

Registration & Payment
You can register for the workshop by clicking this link, however your registration is not confirmed until payment is made. Once we receive your registration, a PayPal invoice will be sent to you to complete payment. A $2 PayPal fee will be added.
If you prefer to pay via check or cash, please contact Stella Singleton to make payment arrangements.

Workshop supply list and additional information will be emailed with your registration confirmation.

Stay tuned for more Member Workshops to be announced soon!

Reminder: February 2017 Meeting this Thursday!

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• Our February meeting is this Thursday, February 16th, 2017 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.

Did you take Amy Rehbein’s Betty Bowler Bag Member-Led Workshop? Please bring your work from this class to the meeting to share with the group.


Member Trunk Show continues: Amy Rehbein is the next featured NJMQG Member in our Member Trunk Show Series for 2017!

Cross Back Apron Swap: For those of you who signed up for this swap, please bring your apron to the meeting.

• Brown Bag Mini Quilt Swap: If you would like to participate in this swap, we will have brown paper bags at this meeting for you. More details to come!

Quilt Fest 2017: If you submitted quilts to the NJMQG Special Exhibit, please bring your quilt(s) to this meeting. More details are in the email that was sent to those participating in the exhibit. If you did not receive an email and submitted a quilt, please email njmqginfo at gmail dot com.

• Jelly Roll Race: Not going to QuiltCon? Come to our Open Sew on Saturday, February 25! We will be sewing pre-cut fabric strips/jelly rolls into charity quilt tops! We will need volunteers to cut and roll fabric at our guild meeting this Thursday. We also need volunteers to bring 2 large cutting mats, 4 rulers & 4 rotary cutters for cutting the strips. Please comment if you can provide!

Refreshments: Consider bringing a light refreshment to share.

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!

Quilt Fest 2017 NJMQG Special Exhibit


All NJMQG members who choose to do so have the opportunity to review the quilts submitted via a Google form. The form is available in the password-protected Members Only section of the blog. Forgot or need the password? Email us at njmqginfo at gmail dot com.

The form will be available until this Sunday evening, February 12th.

Can you lend a hand? If you are able to volunteer for the event, some needs include: determine the order the quilts will hang in the show; bring quilts and set up the exhibit on Wed., March 1; take down quilts on Sun., March 5. Please email njmqginfo at gmail dot com to volunteer.

2017 Swap Schedule


Are you ready to participate in some amazing swaps this year? Our Programs Director, Stella, has plotted out 2017 with a great swap schedule! Check it out below:

1st Quarter Bee Block Sign Ups (Closed)

Crossback Apron Swapsign up herelast day to sign up is Friday, January 27th
Also, pick up a brown bag at the February Guild Meeting to participate in the Brown Bag Fat Quarter Mini Quilt Challenge due in April

Bring your Brown Bag to the March guild meeting filled with five fat quarters to be swapped with another participant
1st Quarter Bee Blocks Due // 2nd Quarter Bee Block Swap Sign-ups Open

Brown Bag FQ Mini Quilt due

Open Wide Medium Noodlehead Pouches for Charity
– Save your hotel and travel-sized toiletries to use to fill the pouches
– We’ll donate them to a Women’s Shelter at the end of May

One-Hour Basket Swap with CJMQG
– Pattern:

Q2 Bee Blocks Due // Q3 Bee Block Swap Opens

Mini Mini Quilt Swap

Coming soon!

Coming soon!

Q3 Bee Blocks Due

Holiday Potluck & Gift Swap

*Obligatory Disclaimer: Schedule and patterns are subject to change.
Be sure to attend our monthly guild meetings to hear the latest news and see all of the lovely swap items!

January Meeting Recap!

hey all! The QuiltCon charity quilt looks amazing! A huge thanks to all who volunteered to help make this happen! 🙂 You’ve all done an amazing job!

here’s some info and reminders below:

  • The Modern Quilt Guild has introduced its “modern monthly!’ It’s a monthly newsletter dedicated to things like, quilt of the month, block of the month, webinars, articles, interviews, etc. To gain access to these you must be a paid member.
  • Quiltfest is coming up March 2-5! We have about 23-24 quilts to put into the show! SO exciting! A form will be available soon for all to see the beautiful quilts. If you would like to help curate how they hang, help to set up or take down the exhibit, you can volunteer by emailing njmqginfo at gmail dot com.
  • There is a fabric challenge coming up by Kaffe Fassett for FreeSpirit fabrics called, “I am an Artisan .” Make a quilt, and possibly have it picked by Kaffe himself along with tons of different prizes! The quilt must be at least 80% artisan and the rest can be anything you would like to pair it with. The deadline is in June. Click the link for more info & you can look up examples by using the #artisanchallenge on instagram.
  • Feb. 4th is Amy’s Betty Bowler Bag class! Make sure you have your supplies! It’s coming up 🙂
  • All info for the Bee blocks has been emailed to the appropriate hives!
  • Our February swap is the cross back apron ! SO much fun! Click the link to sign up and for more info. The brown bag mini quilt swap will be after this one 🙂
  • Don’t forget to mark your calendars Timna Tarr is coming to town! She will do her lecture Friday, June 16th, and her map workshop will be Saturday, June 17th at our regular meeting location.
  • Our garment district adventure will be rescheduled! Stayed tuned for more info!

Thanks Liz for the Artisan presentation! We are excited for the challenge.img_7762

QuiltCon Charity Quilt!

 Lovely ladies hard at work ripping the papers 🙂 ❤

Some of the Hawaiian Appliqué blocks from Diane’s class!

Aleeda’s Quilty Tips!!


Aleeda’s got some awesome quilty tips to share with all of us!

  • For rulers, threads, & cutters- you must first take inventory of what you have! Organize the rulers by shapes and use a peg board with a pipe cleaner to hold them all together. Aleeda uses an “omnigrid” bag that she got from JoAnn’s that she highly recommends.
  • For circle rulers, use a belt holder to keep them together and organized.
  • Thread can be stored in pencil cases/boxes. (which I believe she got from staples/office depot) She suggests organizing them by the type of thread they are. For example “Aurifil, Polyester, Metallic, etc.”
  • She keeps her bobbins secure by using the “donut” bobbin holder.
  • She uses a magnetic bar to hold her other tools such as scissors, [put a LOCK on them if you have some sneaky hands in the house :)] you can purchase them from IKEA, & harbor freight.

Show & Tell!


See you all next month!

February Swap: Cross-back Apron


It’s time for the February swap! This month we’ll be making Cross-back Aprons (like the one in the photo above from Purl Soho). Sometimes called Japanese work aprons, these versatile aprons are a great cover up for crafting, baking, canning, or gardening. How lovely would these look in linen for an airy look this spring!

This is an assigned swap, so you’ll get to work one-on-one with your partner to determine fabric, pattern, color, and special touches to personalize it – and the partner you sew for will sew for you!

Purl Soho has a great step-by-step tutorial here and The Daily Sew has one here. If you have a favorite pattern, feel free to use it – just ensure it is the cross-back style!

To participate, complete the registration form by clicking here.

Sign ups close on January 27th.
Partners will be emailed by January 30th.
Bring your apron to the February guild meeting on the 16th.

If you’d like to read a little about the history of the apron, Food52 has a great article here.