January Member Led Workshops

Join us on January 26th for our first workshop of 2019 led by our very own Melanie and Amy.

Morning Session
Melanie will be teaching Creative Walking Foot: You don’t need to be a free motion master to make beautiful designs and texture on your quilts– you just need your walking foot and a little creativity! We’ll explore techniques to create both planned and  improvised angles and waves, then make mini quilts that can be used for placemats or pillows. Along the way, we’ll discuss technique and strategy for applying these techniques to bigger projects.

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Registration

Creative Walking Foot for NJMQG member

$32.00

Afternoon Session
Amy will be teaching the Clear Boxy Pouch by Aneela Hoey:  You will learn tips for working with vinyl and zippers.  The Boxy Clear Pouch has a see through front pouch so you are able to view contents at a glance. The bag has a sturdy box shaped base with spacious interior.

Registration

Clear Boxy Pouch for NJMQG member

$32.00

 

Join us for our first workshop of 2019.  If you have any questions, email Crista & Jackie at programs@njmqg.com

OUR DECEMBER MEETING/HOLIDAY PARTY IS THIS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2018 AT 7:15 PM.

NOTE LOCATION: LDS Church, 209 Mountain ave, Caldwell

Doors will open  at 7pm.   Barbara and Terri have a lovely dinner planned for us, so try to be on time!

Important: Please sign in at the registration table, and wear your name tag.            

    It’s been a long time since we’ve seen each other, and there are a few things to discuss:                           

  • Thanks to all who donated items to sell at the craft fair a couple of weeks ago.   We made close to $300, but there many items that were not sold.  We will have them at the meeting to return to their makers.
  •        We will vote on the Board’s recommendation to increase our annual dues to $60.
  •        Then we will vote on the proposed budget for 2019 (you can read it on the members only page of the blog, if you have not already)

Remember to bring:

  • Tote bag for our gift swap.  Please label the bag, or somehow put your name in it and gift wrap it.
  • desserts:  especially if you’ve started your holiday baking already!
  • Name Tag: If you do not have a name tag, we can arrange a partner swap – just ask any of the NJMQG Executive Board Officers (Margy, Kathy, Aubrey, Jackie, or Crista).
  • As always, please bring anything you may have for Show and Tell!  We’d really love to see work from the Jackie’s class, or something you completed at the retreat Diane sponsored last month, and of course the quilts you’ve made for holiday gifts
  • Charity quilts that you’ve completed
  • Quilts of Valor blocks

 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 take them home with you


• Library: on hiatus this month.
If you have checked a book out, please return it in January.


          See You on Thursday in Caldwell!

NOV MEETING CANCELLED

Due to inclement weather, the meeting scheduled for tonight, Thursday November 15 2018, is CANCELLED.

Voting on the 2019 budget is deferred to the December meeting.

Announcements & Updates:

Fund-raising Events

December 1-2 Margy will have a table at a holiday craft show hosted by local jewelry artist Hilary Shank-Kuhl at 106 South Fullerton Ave in Montclair.

  • 5% of all proceeds are donated to a local soup kitchen. Last year they gave close to $600 to Toni’s Kitchen, which was then matched by another local charity.
  • Net proceeds will benefit NJMQG.

We are asking members for donations of one or two items to sell

  • Such as a small quilt, table runner, tote bag, potholder, set of coasters or place-mats, or small art piece that doesn’t quite fit in your house. Items must be good quality–something you’d like to receive as a gift. They could be something you’ve already made, but haven’t found the right recipient for; or something you make while making a grocery tote for our gift exchange.
  • If you have a donation please contact Margy (president@njmqg.com) so she can arrange to get it before Dec 1.

December 13 drawing for our Cloud 9 quilt at the Holiday Party, $5 donation.

MQG QuiltCon Entries close November 30th

Time to finish and submit your QuiltCon 2019 entries!
We’re getting close! QuiltCon quilt entries close at the end of the month: November 30th.

Submissions are open until 11:59pm Central time on Thursday, November 30th. Once the clock strikes midnight, the system shuts down. Beat the deadline by finding the corresponding time in your time zone.

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Reminder to our ten lottery winners, IF we don’t have your money by Friday, please email Margy regarding your intention to attend the retreat. Info regarding actual sign up will be sent to you this weekend.

QuiltCon 2019 Charity Quilt

Amy and Ameri have pieced the blocks, are adding borders, and will soon be passing it to Diane for quilting. Wow!! Many thanks to everyone who participated!

Recent Happenings

November Retreat:

26 attendees had a fabulous time sewing, eating, yakking, eating, sewing, and sharing, sharing, sharing…! Looking forward to seeing all the stitching!

Many thanks to Diane Fama for all the work creating and organizing this fun getaway! …and yes, Judy did find her car keys! 😉

Quilt Festival 2018 Houston:

Betsy showed 2 quilts: “Mini Mandala” and “New Directions”.
Mel received 3rd place for her group quilt “Women’s Work“.

Kudos and congrats to you both!

Programs Updates:

  • Recap of November 3rd Free motion quilting class

Our successful free motion quilting class taught by our very own Jackie Laba. (Angela Walters better watch out!) Keep practicing and show off your new skills at the Dec meeting!

  • December Tote Bag Swap

We will be sending a sign up sheet to get an idea of the number of people who will be participating.  There will be a link to the pattern attached to the sign up sheet and on the blog. This will be going out on Saturday November 24.

Please bring your tote bag gift-wrapped to the holiday party Dec 13th. We will be doing a blind swap. You do not have to follow the pattern “exactly” – the goal is to have consistency in sizes. Feel free to embellish, quilt, or add a little something something to the tote. We have such talented members, we can’t wait to see what people make!

  • January Workshops

January 26th at Community Church-Cedar Grove
Sign up link will go out the first Saturday of December (Dec 1st at 10:00 am)

Morning Session: Melanie Tuazon teaches Walking foot class
Afternoon Session: Amy Rehbein teaches Boxy Clear Pouch by Aneela Hoey

December is Membership Renewal Month

  • 2019 dues is $60.
  • Renewals will open in December after the budget is approved. Watch your inbox for a link to the registration form.
  • Your 2019 membership will be confirmed upon receipt of payment AND completion of the online registration form.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

See you on at the Holiday Party on December 13th!