JUNE 2016 OPEN SEW!

:: OPEN SEW ::

As announced at our May guild meeting, we have an OPEN SEW coming up!

WHEN: Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 10am – 2pm
WHERE: Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Street, Cedar Grove, NJ (where we meet for our monthly guild meetings)


Please see Tracy’s message about the Charity project for the day:

The Quilt of Valor pattern we will be using is “Kite Tails” by Amy Friend, it was the MQG August 2014 free pattern of the month. The quilt blocks are large, 12″ x 18″, and are made using paper piecing.

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We have enough red, blue, and cream/tan donated patterned fabric for the bow tie shapes (but feel free to bring patriotic fabric if you would like to donate more) but we will need plain white quilting cotton for the background. Just pure white, if the tones are a little off in shade it’s fine since this is a scrappy pattern. For each block I recommend a 1/4 yard, it’s more than each block will need but then it will be easy to paper piece and not stress over having the right sized scrap.

Here is the pattern: Kite Tails August 2014 Pattern
A 60″ x 72″ quilt requires 20 blocks. We should hit that easily! If you’re an experienced paper piecer this is simple, if you’re new hopefully my quick demo will make sense. We might need sewing buddies that day!


As always, you may also work on other NJMQG charity quilts or your own personal projects at this Open Sew.:)

Please remember to pack your lunch. If you would like, please bring a snack or drinks to share. Also remember to bring extension cords. If you have an extra task light for your station, that may help, too.

See you then!

May 2016 Meeting Recap!

Hey all!!

A few important announcements:

QuiltCon:  Call for submissions for the QuiltCon magazine are out. Quiltcon East Charity Quilt was announced: Details coming soon!!!:)

Do you have a business or talent to share? We have a new table set up at the meetings where you can place your business cards, postcards, list of classes you’re teaching, and/or services you provide! Be sure to be on the lookout at the June meeting for these!

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 16. An email with more info was sent to members. If you did not receive the email, please email us at njmqginfo at gmail dot com.

Open Sew- Saturday June 4th!  Where: Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Road, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009. When: 10AM-2PM  ***  At this open sew we will be working on a modern Quilts of Valor. More details to come shortly!!! *** 

So this past meeting was great with the Slow Stitch Demos! Tracy taught us visible mending, Stephanie taught us hand quilting and Stella taught us embroidery. What did you all think?

 

Thanks everyone who participated in our infinity scarf swap!! They all were super awesome!

 

And now… Show & Tell!!

See you all at the open sew, and/or next meeting!!

April 2016 Meeting Recap!!

Hey all!!! For those who couldn’t be there, here are a few announcements to remember and things to look out for:

QuiltCon:  Call for submissions for the QuiltCon magazine are out. Quiltcon East Charity Quilt was announced: Details coming soon!!!:)

Do you have a business or talent to share? We have a new table set up at the meetings where you can place your business cards, postcards, list of classes you’re teaching, and/or services you provide! Be sure to be on the lookout at the May meeting for these!

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 16. An email with more info was sent to members. If you did not receive the email, please email us at njmqginfo at gmail dot com.

Don’t forget at the May meeting to bring your infinity scarf for those participating in the swap, and supplies for our slow stitching demos!! Tracy will be doing visible mending, Stella will be doing embroidery and Stephanie will be doing hand quilting.

Charity news: We received a thank you letter from the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County for donating 27 quilts! How wonderful is that!? 27 quilts!! Let’s keep going!

And now for the mini quilt swap! Thank you everyone for participating!! They turned out BEAUTIFUL!!!

 

 Show and Tell!!:)

See you all at the next meeting!

Reminder: May 2016 Meeting this Thursday!

May 2016 Meeting This Thursday!

• Our May meeting is this Thursday, May 19th, 2016 at 7:15pm (note the time change) at our new location:

• Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Road, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009

• Please park in the large lot in the back and use the side entrance to come in.

• Feel free to arrive about 15 minutes early.

• Please remember, you do not have to bring a chair.

• Important: Please check in first at the Check-In table before going into the main area where the meeting takes place.


NEW!: Many of our members have their own creative businesses and services to offer. There will be a table at each meeting designated 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!


FREE table: Please bring in quilty / sewing related items you are no longer using/would like to pass along (books, fabric, thread, patterns, notions, etc). If it does not get taken by the end of the meeting, please take it home with you.


Library: Consider borrowing from our NJMQG Library. If you have borrowed a book from our library, please remember to return it to Kelly C. at this meeting.


MAY 2016 Infinity Scarf Swap: Infinity Scarves are due at this meeting. If you signed up for this swap, please bring the scarf to the meeting!


• NJMQG Board Nominations: An email went out to members about the election in June. If you did not receive the email, please email njmqginfo at gmail dot com.


Slow Stitching Demos: Please remember to bring in supplies to take part in the demos at this meeting. Please click here for supply list.


• Open Sew Date: We will announce a June Open Sew date at this meeting!


• Refreshments: Please consider bringing a light refreshment to share at the meeting. If you are able to do so, please let us know by commenting on this blog post.


• Please bring your name tag to the meeting. If you were paired up at the last meeting and you chose to swap at this meeting, please remember to bring the name tag. If you do not have a name tag, we can arrange a partner swap- please see any one of the NJMQG Executive Board Officers (Daniela, Amy, Tracy, Annette, or Kourtney). As always, please bring anything you may have for Show and Tell! If you took the Melissa Averinos Making Faces Workshop this past Saturday, we encourage you to share your pieces from the class!

See you on Thursday!

May 2016 Meeting: Slow Stiching Demos

Hello everyone!

So excited to have three Slow Stitching Demos at the May meeting (Thursday, May 19)!

  • Tracy B. will show us Visible Mending
  • Stephanie M. will show us Hand Quilting
  • Stella S. will show us Embroidery

We will break off into smaller groups so we can watch/participate in each Slow Stitching topic.

Here is a list of supplies for each Slow Stitching topic if you would like to participate during each demo:

Visible Mending:
Please bring:
– something that either needs mending or could use a little stitchy patch embellishment
– scrap fabric for patching – if it’s for heavier fabric like jeans it’s a good idea to use a similar fabric weight for the patch
– heavier thread: embroidery, Sashiko, even heavier sewing thread like button thread
– needles that can accommodate the thicker strands

Hand Quilting:
Please bring:
– fat quarter size quilt sandwich
– embroidery hoop
– thimble that would fit on your middle finger (right or left handed) if you have one

Embroidery:
Please bring:
– Embroidery Needle
– small sharp scissors
– a scrap or piece of patterned fabric with bold lines/design
– 1-2 skeins of DMC floss that matches the fabric
– a hoop sized appropriately to hold the fabric scrap securely (wood or plastic is ok)
Please use the Comments section of this blog post for any questions. Thanks!

 

Reminder! Melissa Averinos Trunk Show & Talk this Friday!

We are so excited to have Melissa Averinos visit the NJMQG this weekend, Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May 14th, 2016!

:: The Trunk Show and Talk ::

Free to NJMQG members, $5 for visitors

WHEN:  Friday, May 13, 2016 at 7pm

Where: LDS Church, 209 Mountain Ave, Caldwell, NJ

Melissa will share her path as an artist/quilter/fabric designer!


If you are registered for the “Making Faces” workshop, we will see you on Saturday, May 14th!


:: About Melissa ::

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Melissa Averinos paints, makes quilts, designs fabric, and writes craft books. She won a Judge’s Choice Award at QuiltCon 2015 for her quilt face #1 and won Best In Show at QuiltCon 2016 for her quilt My Brother’s Jeans.’ Melissa loves Atomic Fireballs, pie, unicorns, rust, gardening, yoga, thrift shopping, sad songs and summertime. Melissa is an imperfectionist, a hugger and a good listener. She lives on Cape Cod with her Adorable Husband Stuart and their two golden retrievers.

May 2016 Infinity Scarf Swap!

May 3, 2016, edited to add: Sign ups are now closed. Infinity scarves are due at the May 2016 guild meeting (Thursday, May 19th).

It’s time for our next swap! A beautiful, breezy Infinity Scarf seems to be the perfect choice for the warm weather.

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For this swap, we’ll be matching you with a partner instead of randomly swapping them. This way you can get to know who you are sewing for and make a personalized scarf to her/his taste.

Timeline:
– Deadline to sign up is Tuesday, May 3rd.
– Matches will go out Wednesday, May 4th.
– Scarves are due at the May 2016 Guild Meeting on Thursday, May 19th.

Inspiration:
Check out the Pinterest board we’ve put together here and some tutorials to peruse below:

The Rules:
– Make something you would be proud and happy to wear yourself.
– Take your partner’s fabric likes into consideration
– Use quality fabrics
– Say “thank you” after the swap
– You get what you get and you don’t get upset

Sign Up:
To sign up for the swap, please click here to fill out the form. You must be an NJMQG member. You will be contacted with your partner’s information on May 4th.

This is a great swap to try out different substrates like voile, double gauze, knit fabric, even mixing and matching fabrics for a reversible fashion accessory.

If anyone has other links to infinity scarf tutorials, please add them in the comments of this blog post.