Reminder: August 2017 Meeting this Thursday!

• Our August meeting is this Thursday,August 17, 2017 at 7:15 pm 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.

Seems to be cooling off every evening this week, so we hope the space will be comfortable, and we won’t need the loud fans we needed for the July meeting.


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.

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Please remember to bring your Mini Quilts to swap

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Did you attend the Indigo/Shibori Dying & Cyanotype/Photogram Workshop  this past weekend?  If so, please bring samples so we can all see your work.  We want to hear all about it.


 

Member-Led Workshops!:  Spots are still available for the following workshops:

September: Noodlehead Market Bag Workshop with Michelle Reiter
October: 
Trill Workshop with Melanie Tuazon
November: 
Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop with Josie Dakers

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Refreshments: Consider bringing a light refreshment to share, especially if your birthday is this month


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 (Margy, Kathy, Lori, Aubrey, Sarah). As always, please bring anything you may have for Show and Tell!


See you on Thursday!

July 2017 Meeting 

July 2017 Meeting Recap

41 members and 4 guests attended
It was our first meeting as your new board, though two of us were away.

It was very hot, but we had lots of fans. Thanks to those who brought theirs from home. The fans made it very loud, but Amy was able to find us a microphone.

The Quilt Spot ladies came from Midland Park with a pop-up shop, which was in operation before and after the meeting and during the break.  They contributed two fat quarter bundles with gift cards, which went to two lucky members (JoAnn and Josie). Everyone seemed to enjoy the shopping, so maybe we can have them back next spring.

Information shared
 MQG update. Click here to see their website

 Quilt Alliance’s annual event Quilters Take Manhattan will be Sept. 15-17, and is always fun. Look here for more info

 NJ State Fair in Sussex co., in early August, has competitions for all kinds of fiber crafts. Check them out here

 Per Aleeda, St George’s Episcopal Church in Maplewood is hosting a crafters’ yard sale 7/29

 Kelly reminded us to bring in donations for raffle baskets for the Forget me Not Foundation, which provides emotional support to parents who have lost and infant. See Kelly’s post on facebook
Programming

Sarah reminded us of what classes are still to come this year.

The “one hour baskets” received from CJMQG for our members who participated in the swap were handed out. The baskets were quite nice, and lavishly filled with goodies. Lots of happy faces!


Second quarter bee blocks were exchanged. Due to vacations and family emergencies they were not all there, but the ones we did see were beautiful.


Stay tuned to sign up for the 3rd quarter bee.

And of course, we had show and tell.


Thanks to everyone and see you next month!

Final Bee Block Swap of 2017!

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It’s time for the third (and final) Bee Block Swap of 2017.  Stella has done a stellar (sorry, I couldn’t resist) job organizing this all year. Members have had a lot of fun making and receiving very beautiful blocks, so kudos to Stella for all her hard work to make it happen for us!  Next year’s themes will most likely change, so if you want or need blocks from this year’s hives, here’s your final chance.

Sign up here: 3rd quarter Bee block Swap

Here’s how it works:

HIVES: This swap is open to NJMQG Members only.  Each Bee Hive consists of no more than 6 quilters (if this needs to be adjusted due to participant numbers, you will be notified when hives are emailed).  There will be as many hives as needed to accommodate those who would like to participate.  Sarah will be the “Queen Bee” for all hives – if you have any questions, concerns, or issues, please contact her before the quarter ends.

BLOCKS: Each Hive is themed. You’ll have the option to choose a Star, Sampler or Free for All hive.

  • Sampler any 12.5 x 12.5 block (for example, log cabin, granny square, etc.)
  • Star – Any 12.5 x 12.5 square block
  • Free-for-Allany block style, any size – does not have to be square – if the block is under 10″ you must make 2 blocks (for example, if you make a Swoon block that is 21″, you only have to make one. If you make a Tula City block that is 6×6, you must make 2)

GUIDELINES:

  • Select a quilt block that is within your skill level.
  • Use fresh, modern, new, quilt shop quality fabric .
  • Use your own fabric stash to create the blocks – no one can request specific fabrics or designers.  
  • The block should measure 12.5 inches square when complete unless you are in the “Free-for-All” Hive.
  • Please only use neutral colored thread to construct your block. (This means if the block background is white, use white or cream thread, not black.)
  • Make 5 of the same square in each of your hive members’ chosen color palettes (6 if you want one for yourself)
  • Please take the time  to construct your blocks well and use a ¼ inch seam allowance (unless your pattern dictates otherwise).  Blocks that are too large or too small, even by a 1/4″ are sometimes not usable. You may choose to make a test block in your own color selection before constructing the blocks for your hive to ensure that the block will size correctly. A simple block well-constructed is always better received than a complicated block that is falling apart from poor construction.

TIMELINE:  The third quarter in 2017 will run from August – November. Sign-ups close on July 31st.  You’ll receive the names of the quilters in your hive as well as their color palettes and any additional information by August 2nd.  Finished squares for this quarter can be distributed early but are due at the November 16 guild meeting  –  Of course, sometimes things happen, so if you have an unforeseen emergency, please contact Sarah ASAP!

Sign up here:   Last Bee Block Swap of 2017:

Some finished quilts that Stella made from bee blocks:

 

 

 

NJMQG Upcoming Programs

 

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August 12: Indigo/Shibori Dyeing & Cyanotype/Photogram Workshop with Member Sarah Scott   – One spot left!

Create a unique piece of indigo dyed fabric to use in any sewing project. We will learn how to apply various methods of folding, tying, and stitching our presoaked natural fiber to produce an endless number of patterns. One of the most delightful aspects of fabric dying is the element of surprise ; experimentation is mandatory and fun is the side effect!
Always wanted to try sun printing?  Also known as cyanotype, or photogram, it is an early photographic process that dates back to 1842. An example of cyanotypes we are familiar with are blueprints used in building architecture. In this workshop, we will create our own cyanotype fabric pieces to use in garments, quilts or any sewn project.

Info and Sign up here: Indigo/Shibori Dying & Cyanotype/Photogram

 

MINI Mini

August Swap: Mini-Mini Quilt –  Make a mini-mini quilt and bring it to the August 21 Meeting.  Draw a number and take the corresponding mini home.  (A mini-mini quilt should look exactly as a full sized quilt would – only tiny -under 12×12)

 

 

 

 

 

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Paint chip mini swap: at the September 21 meeting you’ll pick out a paint chip for inspiration and write your name on it. The chip will be put back and redistributed.  You’ll make a mini quilt for someone using the paint chip for inspiration, and they’ll do the same for you.  Finished quilts are due to be swapped at the November meeting.

 

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September 23:  Noodlehead Market Tote Workshop with Michelle Reiter   – Only a few spots remain!

This versatile tote is great for a carry-on bag, farmer’s market trips, a library run or even as a stylish work tote! The possibilities for personalizing it and making it your own are endless!

In this class you’ll learn how to  quilt with stabilizer, install a basic zipper, sew basic binding, and add fashionable handles.

Info and Sign up here: Noodlehead Market Tote

 

MINI-Mini QuiltOctober Potholder Swap:  Make a potholder from a 8×8 traditional quilt block with a modern twist.  Bring it to swap at our October 19 meeting, and bring home another!

 

 

 

 

 

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October 21:  Trill Workshop with Melanie Tuazon

Students will work on the Trill quilt design, which is made entirely with quarter circle blocks. Skills learned include sewing curves, glue basting curves, trimming curved blocks and blending curved elements when piecing.

Students should be familiar with sewing with a 1⁄4” seam allowance.

Info and Sign up: Trill Workshop

 

 

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November 18: Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop with Josie Dakers

Have you ever fantasized about creating your very own one-of-a-kind art scarf? If yes, this workshop is for you. Come join Josie Dakers for a fun filled day where you will create your very own wearable art scarf using merino wool fiber, lightweight silk, cool embellishments, water, soap and lots of agitation.

This class requires standing most of the day so please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Come prepared to roll up your sleeves and have fun!   You will go home with a lightweight Nuno felt scarf for yourself or friend.

Info and sign up: Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop

July 2017 meeting update

Reminder: Meeting this Thursday, July 20, starting at 7:15. In addition to our regular agenda, The Quilt Spot will be there selling lots of fun pre-cuts , quilt kits and other goodies! They will accept cash and credit cards.

Also, if you signed up for the one hour basket swap with the Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild, we’ll be handing out baskets. I’ve seen them, and they are fun and generous. Really nice. Hope to see you then!

Our meeting is this Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 7:15 pm 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.

This will be the first meeting for the new Board.  We’ve been going  through a lot of information, and are gaining an even greater appreciation for the amount of work done by the previous Board.  We’ll be reaching out to the entire Guild over the next couple of months for input  regarding committees, teachers, bees, and other aspects of our Guild life.

We hope you’ll start thinking about speakers/teachers you’d like to see, so that we can start reaching out to people for next year.


• 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?  Please note that we have many new books donated by Beth.  We’ve updated the list on the blog.  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.

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Swaps:  One hour baskets are due, for the people who signed up

Bee Blocks for Quarter 3 are due, and sign ups will be open for the Quarter 3

• Member-Led Workshops are open for registration. Click the links below to read about them and to register!
August: Indigo/Shibori Dying & Cyanotype/Photogram Workshop with Sarah Scott
September: Noodlehead Market Bag Workshop with Michelle Reiter
October: 
Trill Workshop with Melanie Tuazon
November: 
Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop with Josie Dakers

 

• Refreshments for this meeting: Consider bringing a light refreshment to share, especially if your birthday is in July


• 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  . As always, please bring anything you may have for Show and Tell.

See you on Thursday!

Margy Schilling