October 2016 Open Sew Date/QuiltCon Charity Quilt

Mark your calendars for the October Open Sew!

We will be working on our QuiltCon Charity Quilt!

WHEN: Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
**Please note: We have extended the time for this Open Sew**
Can’t make it for the entire time? Come when you can.

WHERE: Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Street, Cedar Grove, NJ

More details to follow!

Reminder: September 2016 OPEN SEW tomorrow!

Our September 2016 OPEN SEW is tomorrow, Saturday, September 17, 2016
from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Street,
Cedar Grove, NJ (where we meet for our monthly guild meetings)

**Please Note: We are tweaking the design of the QuiltCon charity quilt which means we will not be working on it this Saturday at this Open Sew. We are planning another Open Sew in October dedicated exclusively to working on the charity quilt. Date to be confirmed.**

• We will have Quilt of Valor blocks available to work on or bring your personal projects to this Open Sew.

• Pack your lunch and please bring a snack or drinks to share if you can.

• We need a couple of members to bring in an iron/ironing mat/board to share. Please comment below if you can share an “ironing set up.” Also, remember to bring extension cords/surge protectors and an extra task light for your station.

See you tomorrow!

September 2016 Happenings!

Hello everyone!

Here are some announcements/reminders:

• September OPEN SEW:
When: This Saturday
, September 17, 2016 from 10am – 2pm
Where: Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Road, Cedar Grove, NJ

November Cross Roads Retreat:
When: Wednesday, November 9th – Sunday, November 13th
Where: Cross Roads Retreat Center, 29 Pleasant Grove Road, Port Murray, NJ 07865
Click here for more info. Diane F. will also be at the meeting Thursday night to answer any questions.

The Modern Quilt Guild Calls for Submissions:
The MQG has many opportunities going on right now! They are writing a book and asking for submissions, looking for Quilt of the Month designers, Block of the Month designers, QuiltCon Magazine submissions, Michael Miller Challenge entries, Nine-Patch Challenge entries, QuiltCon Entries, Faculty for MQG Webinars, QuiltCon 2018 Teachers and Lecturers. Click here for more information and deadlines.

Reminder: September 2016 Meeting this Thursday!

• Our September meeting is this Thursday, September 15th, 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.

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

Member Trunk Show continues: Betsy V. is the next featured NJMQG Member in our Member Trunk Show Series for 2016!

Warwick Valley Quilters Guild Raffle Quilt: This beautiful quilt will be on display at our meeting. Please see Judy V. to purchase raffle tickets!

• Call for Library assistance: We are in need of a temporary librarian to fill in for a while. 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 from the NJMQG library? Books can be checked out for one month. If you borrowed a book 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!

November Quilting Retreat at Cross Roads

It’s time for the Fall Quilting Retreat at Cross Roads, hosted by Diane Fama! Everyone who has attended this retreat loves the location and the dedicated sewing time! Here is all the information provided by Diane:
It’s time for the November Quilting Retreat at Cross Roads! This year will be especially relaxing as the 2016 Presidential election will be over and we can sit and sew to our hearts content.
This is a bring you’re own projects to work on retreat – typically folks bring multiple projects to work on. You will need to bring your own sewing machine and standard sewing kit (thread, bobbins, scissors, etc.) Packing lists and detailed information will be sent to participants closer to the retreat dates.
Dates:  Wednesday, November 9th – Sunday, November 13th
Check in on Wednesday starts at 11 a.m and lunch will be available
Check out on Sunday is no later than 2 p.m. and lunch will be served prior to departures
Location: Cross Roads Retreat Center / 29 Pleasant Grove Road / Port Murray, NJ 07865
What’s included:
Double occupancy rooms with twin beds + all linens, 2-3 meals a day, plus snacks and beverages – bringing snacks to share is encouraged!

Cost: The total cost per person is $345.

A non-refundable deposit of $115 each is needed to secure your spot due by September 17.
The balance is due by October 24th.  You may pay for the entire cost upfront, if desired.
Please make you check payable to Diane Fama – she will send her mailing address when you RSVP
RSVP: There is a limit of 28 spots available –  this retreat tends to fill up quickly, so RSVP and send in your deposit ASAP.  A waiting list will be created once the 28 spots have filled. To send an RSVP email Diane.
If you have suggestions for Diane regarding retreat activities, or any other questions, please reach out to her.

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!