NEW Charity Drive: Pillowcases for Stuffed Suitcase Program


Our upcoming charity call is to help the Giving Hope Network 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.

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.


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!


Here’s how it works:

– 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.

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.

– 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:



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!

February Meeting Recap!

Hi All!

We had a wonderful meeting on February 16th. It was so great to see everyone!

Daniela opened the meeting with announcements regarding general MQG business. To see the latest, click here.

We hosted our first apron swap with 10 members participating. Everyone got to know their partner and sewed an apron especially for them!


Amy hosted a trunk show and showed off her amazing quilts and projects. We learned all about her process and what inspires her. It was lovely to see all of her beautiful creations!

Stella gave a huge programs update with events laid out until June. Here are a few highlights that she talked about 

  • Garment District Field Trip  – join us for an informal tour of one of the most fun neighborhoods in NYC on March 11th – click the link for more information
  • Member-Led Workshop: Hand Stitching Trio  – Three classes in one day! Learn Hand Quilting with Stephanie Mullin, Reverse Appliqué with Michelle Reiter, and Embroidery with Stella Singleton all taking place on March 25th!


You can click this link to download the programs handout, with everything happening through June, that was available at the February meeting.

We rounded out the meeting with a very robust Show & Tell!

Mini quilts for the QuiltCon Mini Quilt Swap!

An amazing assortment of quilts – some of which were part of the QuiltFest Quilt Show.

Our next guild meeting is scheduled for March 16th at the Community Church of Cedar Grove (65 Bowden Rd). Meeting starts at  7:15pm – hope to see you there!


Timna Tarr Lecture & SOLD OUT Maps Workshop // June 16 & 17

We are SO excited to host Timna Tarr for a lecture and workshop in June!
We anticipate high interest for these events, so please read all of the information below:

Join us for a lecture with award winning quilter, Timna Tarr where she will be discussing her process as well as color theory.

Date: June 16, 2017
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Community Church of Cedar Grove – 65 Bowden Rd. Cedar Grove, NJ
Cost: NJMQG members, free // all others $5
RSVP: Click this link to RSVP for the lecture


Timna Tarr comes from a long line of quilters but did not begin quilting until after studying art history in college. She bought her first longarm in 2001 and began quilting clients’ quilts shortly thereafter. Since then she has custom designed and quilted thousands of quilts. Timna’s own nationally award-winning quilts are in private and corporate collections and have been seen in numerous exhibits, quilting magazines, and books. She is an in-demand speaker and teacher throughout the northeastern United States and is a member of her local guilds, Hands Across the Valley Quilters Guild and the Northampton Modern Quilt Guild.



In this full-day workshop, we’ll work with Timna in the morning learning her technique to create a gorgeous map using fabric. In the second half of class, Timna will guide us through an improvisational version of the maps workshop!

IMPORTANT: This workshop is limited to 20 participants. Once the workshop fills, we will begin a wait list. Due to the expected popularity of this workshop, you MUST pay within 24 hours of receiving your PayPal invoice. Delay in payment will result in moving your name to the wait list.
If you would like to pay by check, please make arrangements with Stella.

THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT. Use the link below to add your name to the WAIT LIST.

Date: June 17, 2017
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Community Church of Cedar Grove – 65 Bowden Rd. Cedar Grove, NJ
Cost: $65 for members // non-members may register starting March 15th – cost is $75
JOIN THE WAIT LIST: Click this link to RSVP for the workshop

Looking forward to seeing you!

Field Trip: NYC Garment District // March 11, 2017