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.

December Potluck Meeting Recap!

hey all!!! We had such a lovely Holiday Potluck!!! Thanks everyone for contributing! Hope you all had a lovely holiday and happy new year!


  • there are a few spots left in Amy’s Betty Bowler Bag Class !! If you are interested, click the link for further registration! 🙂
  • If you have yet to renew your membership, or you are a new member to the NJMQG, you can register here !

Elfster Swap!


Show & Tell!! 


***See you all January 19th!

Reminder: January 2017 Guild Meeting this Thursday!

• Our January meeting is this Thursday, January 19th, 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.

There are a few spots left in the Betty Bowler Bag Member-Led Workshop with Amy Rehbein on Saturday, February 4th! Click here to register.


Did you take Diane Fama’s Hawaiian Appliqué Invisible Machine Technique Member-Led Workshop in November? Please bring your work from this class to the meeting to share with the group.

NJMQG 2017 Membership: If you have not renewed your NJMQG membership for 2017, click here for membership form and payment. New members can join using the same link.

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!

QuiltCon Charity Quilting Bee this Sunday, January 8, 2017

We could use some help getting our QuiltCon charity quilt put together to be ready for machine quilting by our next meeting on Jan 19.

Margy S. and Sarah F. have agreed to coordinate the effort.

There’s a little bit of paper piecing to be done; putting the blocks and rows together; and then designing and adding borders.

If 5 to 10 members can work on it for two to three hours we should be able to accomplish this.

The plan is to meet at Margy S.’s house Sunday, January 8, from 2 – 5pm.

She lives in Clifton, quite near rtes. 3 and 46, and the Parkway. Come join us, we’ll have fun!

Bring your sewing machine if it’s easily portable, and your basic sewing kit.

We’ll bring the finished top to the next meeting for all to see. Hopefully the collective  creative mind will come up with a name for the quilt, so that someone can make a label.

Jackie L. has agreed to do the machine quilting, and after that we’ll need one more volunteer to bind it.

If you’d like to help but are unable to do so this Sunday, please let us know if the following Sunday or Monday (a holiday) work better for you.

Please contact Margy if you want to join our quilting bee. Click here or on the Members Only tab at the top of the page for her email address.

UPDATE Call for QuiltCon Charity Quilt Volunteers

Edited Jan. 3, 2017 to add:
Thank you so much to our two volunteers!
More details to follow.

We’re sending a call out for two volunteers to oversee the completion of our guild’s QuiltCon charity quilt.

With a deadline coming, we would so appreciate volunteers as soon as possible.

These volunteers would be responsible for overseeing the completion of the quilt and managing the rest of the volunteers.

The numbers are paper pieced, and rows need to be put together.

The remainder of the quilt has to be assembled.

Please email njmqginfo at gmail dot com.

Betty Bowler Bag Workshop with Amy Rehbein


We’re thrilled to continue our Member-Instructor Workshops with Amy Rehbein! Join us for this workshop where Amy will walk you through the steps to make the Betty Bowler Bag by Swoon  – a vintage-inspired carry-all, roomy enough to fit anything you need for a day trip. This bag is about 17” wide and features four exterior slip pockets, a zippered pocket, and piping for a professionally-made look.



About Amy
Wife to her high school sweetheart and mother of 3 daughters, Amy has been a maker for as long as she can remember. Born and raised in New Jersey, Amy spent countless hours playing at the feet of her mother’s Singer sewing machine. She has been sewing since she was a little girl – generations of women before her influencing her creative passions. Ten years ago she began quilting, developing a unique style that she likes to call “Vintage Modern,” honoring the past by weaving traditional elements into her modern designs. Amy’s work has been published in modern quilting books and shown in quilt shows. She has taught various sewing classes to all levels of sewists. Currently, Amy is serving as the Vice President of the North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild where she has been an active member since 2013.

Date: Feb 4, 2017
Time: 10a – 4p
Location: Cedar Grove Community Church // 65 Bowden Rd Cedar Grove
Cost: $35 members // $40 non-members – Class is limited to 20 participants
Pattern: You’ll be required to purchase the pattern prior to class. Information will be sent with the materials list.

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!

December Happenings!

:: 2017 NJMQG Membership ::
Please renew membership or sign up to become a member by January 1, 2017. Click here for details, membership form, and PayPal link to pay online if you are not paying by check.

:: Quilt Fest 2017 ::
Please submit your amazing modern quilts for the NJMQG Special Exhibit for Quilt Fest. Deadline is January 4, 2017. Details here.

:: Member Workshop on Saturday, February 4th! ::
Our very own Amy R. will be teaching a workshop on the Betty Bowler bag! Stay tuned for more details and how to sign up.


:: 2017 Bee Block Swap ::
Back by popular demand is the Bee Block Swap! Starting in January 2017, this swap program will take place three times. Deadline to sign up for the first one is Saturday, December 31st. Click here for details and sign up form. The swap is for NJMQG members only.

:: January Field Trip::
We’re headed to the Garment District in NYC on Saturday, January 7th. Details here.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year!