Reminder: April 2017 Meeting this Thursday!

• Our April meeting is this Thursday, April 20th, 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.


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 attend any of the Hand Stitching Trio Member-Led Workshops in March with Stephanie Mullin, Michelle Reiter, and Stella Singleton? Please bring your work from this class to the meeting to share with the group.


• Brown Bag Mini Quilt Swap: Did you participate in this fun swap? If so, the mini quilts are due at this meeting!


Pillowcases for charity are due at this meeting. There is still time to make a pillowcase for kids! Click here for info and suggested patterns.


Member Trunk Show continues: Jo Ann Lepore is the next featured NJMQG Member in our Member Trunk Show Series for 2017!


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

One Block Wonder Workshop with Jo Ann Lepore on Saturday, April 22 from 10am-4pm. Click here to register.

Cross Back Apron Workshop with Colleen Wiest on Saturday, May 20 from 9am-1pm. Click here to register.

Sew Together Bag Workshop with Amy Rehbein on Saturday, May 20 from 1pm-5pm. Click here to register.


If you did not bring in First Quarter Bee Blocks that were due at the March meeting, please do so for this meeting.


• Board Elections will be held in June. Any member in good standing can self-nominate to get on the ballot for our meeting on June 15. An email with more info was sent to members. If you are an NJMQG member and did not receive the email, please email us at njmqginfo at gmail dot com.


• NJMQG Committee Volunteer Form is available. Click here to volunteer!


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 Recap

The NJMQG had a fantastic Special Exhibit at Quilt Fest this year. A huge Thank You to the members who submitted their quilts to the exhibit and also to those who volunteered to make this exhibit a success!

Here is a visual recap of our exhibit from March:

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Split Personality (Split II) by Michelle Reiter  40.5″ x 40.5″

Trip Around the Universe

Trip Around the Universe by Sue Erdreich  60″ x 60″

Too Much Blue

Too Much Blue by Jackie Laba  37″ x 45″

Spin-Off

Spin-Off by Kathy Morganroth  80″ x 90″

Growth DDIIORIO

Growth by Daniela Di Iorio  53″ x 53″

Sisyphus

Sisyphus by Jackie Laba  37″ x 45″

Ode To Stanley Whitney

Ode To Stanley Whitney by Sarah Fader  42″ x 41″

Momentum

Momentum by Melanie Tuazon  72″ x 72″

Log Cabin

One Large Log Cabin by Mary Kirchoff   Quilted by Diane Fama   45″ x 45″

Kaleidescopic Comet

Kaleidoscopic Comet by Judy Josephson  18″ x 18″

Improv Log Cabins

Improv Log Cabins by Sarah Fader  36″ x 46″

I Wanna

I Wanna by Tracy Baird  13″ x 18″

Weight of Love in my Garden

Weight of Love in my Garden by Margy Schilling  74″ x 83″

Happy Wife

Happy Wife by Rachel BondBaron   Quilted by Sarah Russett   62″ x 72″

Focus Through the Prism

Focus Through the Prism by Betsy Vinegrad  Each Quilt is 20″ x 20″

Flounce

Flounce by Melanie Tuazon  52″ x 57″

Flight of Fancy

Flight of Fancy by Judy Josephson  Quilted by Krishma Patel   39″ x 42″

First Go

First Go by Rachel BondBaron  50″ x 80″

Doodles

Doodles by Michelle Reiter  66″ x 66″

Crossing Over

Crossing Over by Sarah Fader   46″ x 32″

Citrus Sizzler

Citrus Sizzler by Diane Fama  55″ x 64″

Cosmos

Cosmos by Amy Veach   88.25″ x 113.5″

Claires Kimono Silks

Claire’s Kimono Silks by Margy Schilling   70″ x 70″

Black and White Trill

Black and White Trill by Melanie Tuazon  58″ x 68″

 

Double Shot of Stitching – Cross back Apron & Sew Together Bag Member-Led Workshops

Join us for a double-shot of stitching – two member-led workshops in one day! Register for one or both workshops! See below for all the details.

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Location: Community Church of Cedar Grove

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Workshop 1: Cross back Apron Workshop with Colleen Wiest
Time: 9am-1pm
Cost: $20 members / $25 non-members

In the first session, Colleen will take us step-by-step through the construction of the gorgeous Purl Soho linen cross back apron! This apron is the perfect cooking accessory: as functional as a paring knife, as useful as a wooden spoon, and as classic as a Bundt pan. For this version, we suggest using the gorgeous Watercolor Linen, a lightweight fabric that will stand up to the heat of the kitchen! Watercolor linen can be purchased at Purl Soho or Gray Lines Linen in the Garment District.

Upon registration, you’ll receive a comprehensive supply list and cutting instructions.
We recommend that you come to class with all pieces cut out and labeled.

To register for the Cross back Apron class, click here: Cross back Apron Registration
This class has a cap of 20 students.

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Workshop 2: Sew Together Bag Workshop with Amy Rehbein
Time: 1pm-5pm
Cost: $20 members / $25 non-members

In the second session, Amy takes the fear out of zippers! She will show you how to sew a wonderful little bag with three zippered pockets and four open pockets. This pouch holds lots of sewing notions, embroidery tools, or anything your heart desires! Don’t fear the zipper!  It’s so easy and Amy will show you how it’s done. These pouches can be made in so many great fabrics and make excellent gifts too. There are so many variations and you can have a lot of fun with the exterior. The finished size of the bag is 10” x 5” x 5”.

This class requires the purchase of the Sew Together Bag pattern. Upon registration, you’ll receive a complete supply list and links to purchase the pattern or you may check your local quilt shop and purchase it there.

We recommend that you arrive to class with all pieces cut and interfacing fused so we can get sewing right away and you can leave with a finished bag.

To register for the Sew Together Bag Workshop, click here: Sew Together Bag Registration
This class has a cap of 20 students.

NOTE: We will host a cutting party on Friday, May 19th from 7p-9p at the Cedar Grove Community Church to prepare for class the next day. Please indicate on the registration form if you are interested in attending so we can account for space.

About the Instructors

IMG_5824Colleen Wiest was born in the little town of Emmett, Idaho. Her mother taught her to embroider at a very young age. Her first stitching memory is of embroidering a kitten on a hanky for her grandmother when she was six. Her grandmother also taught her to use the sewing machine at a young age. She helped Colleen make her first blouse and skirt when she was 12. Colleen says sewing in one form or another has always been a part of her life. Her love of quilting developed as she watched her mother quilt. In recent years, with a bit more time on her hands, Colleen’s quilting skills have increased and developed as she has spent time with the wonderful women in the NJMQG. Colleen is married to her dear husband Joel, and together they have four children and, by the time she teaches the class, they will have 12 grandchildren!


amyrWife to her high school sweetheart and mother of 3 daughters, Amy Rehbein 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. Amy also taught the hugely popular Betty Bowler Bag workshop earlier in 2017.

NEW Charity Drive: Pillowcases for Stuffed Suitcase Program

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Our upcoming charity call is to help the Giving Hope Network http://www.givinghopenetwork.org/ with their “Stuffed Suitcase” program.

They partner with organizations and donors to provide suitcases filled with important essential items to children in foster care who typically transport what little belongings they have in garbage bags. The initiative seeks to improve self-esteem and make children feel valued and special by packing each suitcase with needed comfort items, such as pajamas, robes, stuffed animals, books and unique, handmade items. The children are ages 3-16.

Our plan is to donate as many handmade pillowcases we can make for collection at the April NJMQG guild meeting. It’s a short timeframe, so this quick sew will get us closer to a greater volume of items to donate.

We will also be adding our pillowcase count to the Million Pillowcase Challenge.

I received many compliments on the pillowcases that I use to bring my quilts to our meetings. Your kind words lead me to believe that this would be a satisfying project for us to work on. Here are three easy tutorials. I used the roll-it-up burrito method to make mine – which also uses a bit less fabric.

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/images/millionpillowcases/2015/pdfs/Roll-It-Up-2015.pdf

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/images/millionpillowcases/2015/pdfs/Basic-Pillowcase-Pattern-2015.pdf

http://www.nancysnotions.com/text/pdf/SpeedyTrimmedPillowcase.pdf

Perhaps you could ask friends and family who are interested in a non-quilting project to also get involved.

Thanks in advance and we look forward to seeing all your great makes for such a good cause.

Please email njmqginfo at gmail dot com if you have questions.

-Rachel

Second Quarter Bee Block Swap!

It’s time for the second quarter Bee Block Swap! We had such an amazing first quarter with 27 swappers and five hives!

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Here’s how it works:

HIVES
– 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.
– Stella 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 Paper Pieced, Star, Sampler or “Free-for-All”

    • Paper Pieced Hive – a 12.5 x 12.5 paper pieced block
    • Star Hive – any 12.5 x 12.5 star block
    • Sampler – any 12.5 x 12.5 block (for example, log cabin, granny square, etc.)
    • Free-for-All – any 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)

You’ll have 3 months to make a quilt block for each quilter in your hive (+ 1 for yourself if you choose).

It is important that you make your blocks following these guidelines so they will be usable when piecing a quilt.
– Select a quilt block that is within your skill level
– Use fresh, modern, new, quilt shop quality fabric for your blocks
– Everyone uses their own fabric stash to create the blocks and no one can request certain 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
– You’ll make 5 of that same square in each of your hive members’ chosen color palettes (6 if you want one for yourself) Here is a set of Granny Square Quilt Blocks for a past hive

A note on block construction:
Take the time and effort to construct your blocks well and use a ¼ inch seam allowance (unless your pattern dictates otherwise). Anything less will likely fall apart.
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 second quarter in 2017 will run from April – July
– Sign-ups close on March 24th
– Once sign ups close, you’ll receive the names of the quilters in your hive as well as their color palettes and any additional information by April 2nd
– Finished squares for this quarter can be distributed early but are due at the July 20th guild meeting
At this time, you are only committing to 1 quarter – sign-ups for future quarters will happen as the current quarter ends.
– Plan ahead! The quarter goes by very quickly. Please don’t wait until the last minute to start your blocks. This is a commitment and by signing up we expect you to follow through with that commitment. Sometimes things happen, so if you have an unforeseen emergency, please contact your Stella ASAP!
If you do not bring your completed blocks to the July meeting for distribution, you will not be allowed to sign up for the next quarter.

Click here to sign up for the Bee Block Swap!

No matter how many quarters you participate in, you should have the beginnings of an amazing quilt like these:

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Reminder: March 2017 Guild meeting this Thursday!

• Our March meeting is this Thursday, March 16th, 2017 at 7:15 pm at the Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Road, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009. Parking is located in the 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.


• Brown Bag Mini Quilt Swap: If you are participating in this swap, bring your Brown Bag to this guild meeting filled with five fat quarters to be swapped with another participant. If you did not take a bag at the February meeting and would like to participate, bring your five fat quarters with you. We will have extra brown bags at the meeting.


2017 Bee Block Swap: 1st Quarter Bee Blocks are due at this meeting!


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, bring anything you may have for Show and Tell!
At the end of the meeting, please lend a hand with clean up if you are able (putting away chairs, tables, etc.).

See you on Thursday!