August Meeting Recap 2016!

Hey all! Congrats to our olympians in the “Sew for the Gold Sew-in!”

Our bronze medalist: Betsy Vinegrad

Our silver medalist: Mark Goodloe

Our Gold medalist: Terry Waxman


Look at how beautiful the Pulse Quilts are looking!❤

Thank you everyone for making & donating supplies for these backpacks!! They came out beautiful, and will be loved tremendously! 



*** Reminders/upcoming events to keep in mind: 

  • There is a Michael Miller fabric challenge ! click the link for more details (deadline for entries is Nov 30th)
  • The Modern Quilt Guild is doing a Block of the Month challenge and YOU could be the next designer!
  • There is a 9 Patch Design Challenge for QuiltCon (deadline is Nov 30th)
  • Call for instructors/lecturers for QuiltCon 2017
  • In October Amy Butler will be signing her latest book at Rock Paper Scissors !
  • The Warwick Valley Quilter’s Guild is hosting their Stars of the Valley Quilt Show on October 15 & 16, 2016. The deadline to enter the show is September 1st. Click here for more information!
  • If you don’t already, you should follow us on instagram “@njmqg.”😉 we are always posting WIPS, quiltspiration, and other fun stuff including NJMQG InstaIntros to introduce our own board and our members members.
  • So far we have 11 blocks for our “Quilts of Valor” quilt, and we need 20! The free pattern can be found on Craftsy. Volunteers welcome!
  • We are starting a new workshop series within our guild, with our super talented members leading the classes! Starting us off will be Diane Fama, teaching Hawaiian Appliqué ! Click the link for more information and for registration!
  • In September, Betsy V. will be doing a Member Trunk Show!
  • Our next Open Sew is Saturday, September 17th from 10am-2pm.
  • DC zipper pouch swap info: Click here to read all about it and to register! We will be using a Pinterest board to post photos of ideas and examples for inspiration. We are encouraging everyone to add no more than $10 worth of fun little trinkets inside the bag for their partner. Sign ups close on Sept. 6th and matches will be sent out by Sept. 12th.

& for show & tell…

See you all next time!


Zippered Pouch Swap with the DCMQG

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We’re super excited to partner with the DCMQG on a zippered pouch swap!

Here’s how it works:
1. Register for the swap by September 6th, by completing this survey: Zippered Pouch Swap Registration

2. Make a zippered pouch no smaller than 6″ H x 6.5″ W x 4″ D for your partner. You will receive your partner’s name, email, and social media information by September 12th. This is not a surprise swap, so please get to know your partner!

You can use any zippered pouch pattern – However these dimensions are for the Noodlehead Medium Open Wide Pouch, which is a perfectly acceptable zippered pouch you could make! Check out our Pinterest board for more inspiration!

3. Fill the zippered pouch with $10 worth of goodies and a note and bring it to the October guild meeting on October 20th. Stella will provide tags for you to attach to the pouch so you can write your partner’s name on it.

4. At the November 17th guild meeting, you’ll receive your zippered pouch & goodies from your DCMQG swap partner.

5. Post how happy you are on social media, tagging your new DCMQG pal!

Hawaiian Appliqué – Invisible Machine Technique Workshop with Diane Fama

We’re so excited to kick off our Member-Instructor Workshops with Diane Fama’s Hawaiian Appliqué -Invisible Machine Technique workshop!

About Diane
Diane started her quilting career by piecing by machine and quilting by hand, lap quilting-style so it was portable and could be done on the run. She joined her first guild in the 1980s where she learned a variety of techniques, including hand piecing and appliqué, by making blocks of the month to practice her skills and learn different methods. Diane has shown her quilts locally and nationally and has been honored with many ribbons and awards for her various fiber art works over the years.

Workshop Details
Remember folding paper several times as a kid and then cutting it into Snowflakes? This same concept is used for Hawaiian Applique to be appliquéd to a background in one of several techniques. We’ll explore the right way to fold and cut the freezer paper to make a perfect Hawaiian appliqué unit. We’ll discuss and perform invisible machine appliqué methods during class to be used to put your Hawaiian design onto the background fabric. Students should be able to complete one Hawaiian applique block during class. These can be made into a single design wall hanging, pillow, or be used as the first of several blocks for a table runner or wall hanging.

We’ll cover circles, curves, leaves, stems, points, inverted points, reverse peep holes.  Once you mastered these techniques, you will get the opportunity to try your hand at a simple Hawaiian style motif project that can be finished into a 20-inch square or pillow. If time allows, we will also review how to do machine button hole stitching for a completely different look and feel.

Date & Time: November 19, 2016 / 10a – 4p
Location: Cedar Grove Community Church
Cost: $25 NJMQG members / $35 non-members

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.
If you prefer to pay via check or cash, please contact Stella Singleton to make payment arrangements.
Workshop supply list will be emailed with your registration confirmation.

Stay tuned for more Member Workshops to be announced soon!



Reminder: August 2016 Meeting this Thursday!

• Our August meeting is this Thursday, August 18th, 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.

• ** We will be in the sanctuary for this meeting which is air conditioned. The entrance is the same.**

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

Backpacks and School Supplies Donations are due at this meeting. There is still time to make a backpack or pick up school supplies to donate! Click here for info and pattern.

QuiltCon Charity Quilt Survey for NJMQG Members Only: Have you taken our quick charity quilt survey yet? This information is needed to design the quilt. Please click here or on the Members Only tab above to participate.

The Members Only section is password protected. Please email njmqginfo at gmail dot com if you need the password.

• Call for Library assistance: Our librarian is unable to attend meetings for the next few months– we are in need of a temporary librarian to fill in while she is out. If interested, inquire with Vice President, Amy R. at the meeting on Thursday.

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 have borrowed a book the NJMQG library? Books can be checked out for one month. If you borrowed a book from our library at the last meeting, remember to return it at this meeting.

• Refreshments: Consider bringing a light refreshment to share at the meeting. 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!

NJMQG Sew for the Gold Sew-In Starts now!

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Edited to add: Thank you for participating! We will announce and contact our winners tomorrow, Monday, August 15th!

Our virtual NJMQG Sew For The Gold Sew-In starts now and runs until 5pm! Stay inside, watch the Olympics and SEW!

We will be posting on Instagram using the hashtag #njmqgsewforthegold. Show us what you are working on! Use the following tags: #njmqgsewforthegold #njmqg @njmqg
You can also post on Facebook.

As an NJMQG member, you are eligible to win a prize if you post your sewing progress/projects/etc. and use the #njmqgsewforthegold hashtag! We have a gold, silver and bronze prize. Winner will be selected randomly.

Sew up a charity backpack for next week’s meeting! Read about it here. Links to the backpack pattern are here and free on Craftsy.

Members of other guilds or anyone who quilts/sews: please join us as well and use our tags. We want to see your beautiful work!

NJMQG Sew for the Gold Sew-In

We are hosting a virtual Sew-In, but this time, it’s not snowing outside, it’s too HOT outside! The NJMQG Sew For The Gold Sew-In is this Sunday, August 14th from 11am to 5pm. Stay inside, watch the Olympics and SEW!

We will be posting on Instagram using the hashtag #njmqgsewforthegold. Show us what you are working on! You can also post on Facebook.

This is a great time to sew up a charity backpack for next week’s meeting! Read about it here. Links to the backpack pattern are here and free on Craftsy.

“See you” on Sunday! Use the following tags: #njmqgsewforthegold #njmqg @njmqg

Also, next week, the MQG is having an MQG Sew Day!

from the MQG site:
“Who says we have to be in the same place to sew together? You’re invited to a virtual sew day with MQG members around the world using Instagram stories.

The sew day will be held August 21 all day long, regardless of time zone. Post a photo using #mqgsewday to show others that you’re participating, then hop on to Instagram stories to post a live video of what you’re working on! Browse the hashtag to meet new friends and connect with members in real time. Hope to see you there!”





July 2016 Meeting Recap!!

Hey all!! First off- can we say-we are 82 members strong!? How awesome is that? So exciting!

Here are a few reminders/upcoming events to keep in mind:

  • The Modern Quilt Guild is doing a Block of the Month challenge and you could be the next designer! Click the link for more info.
  • There’s going to be a 9 Patch Design challenge for QuiltCon (deadline is Nov 30th)
  • Our QuiltCon charity quilt idea is celebrating the wide range of ages of our members. We will work on these blocks at the open sew on Sept. 17th. Here is the survey we need members to fill out by Tuesday, August 16th Saturday, August 20th.
  • Don’t forget about making/filling and donating a Backpack for the August meeting! The ages of the kids are between K-5th grade.
  • In October Amy butler will be signing her latest book at Rock Paper Scissors !
  • The Warwick Valley Quilter’s Guild is hosting their Stars of the Valley Quilt Show on October 15 & 16, 2016. The deadline to enter the show is September 1st. Click here for more information.

Some awesome swaps are headed your way! Here’s a list of the upcoming swaps:

  • DC Swap zipper pouches
  • Elfster Swap
  • Bee Block Swap (2017)

Here are some tips/tricks and questions from members that were also shared. Q & As

Q: do you iron your seams open? to one side? what is the proper method?

few A’s:

  1. half square triangles press open & switch stitch length down
  2. iron front of the fabric, open fabric op perpendicular & put iron in the seam and press away
  3. Tailor’s clapper (wooden block) leaves a crisp seam

Q:  how do you get gunk off the iron? 

few A’s:

  1. Use a used/new dryer sheet when the iron is hot.
  2. “Goo Gone” an oil based cleaner when iron is cold.
  3. “Iron Off” cleaner
  4. Use white vinegar on a Q-tip when iron is hot
  5. Use Distilled water

Show & Tell time!



 See you all August 18th!