2017 Swap Schedule

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Are you ready to participate in some amazing swaps this year? Our Programs Director, Stella, has plotted out 2017 with a great swap schedule! Check it out below:

JANUARY
1st Quarter Bee Block Sign Ups (Closed)

FEBRUARY
Crossback Apron Swapsign up herelast day to sign up is Friday, January 27th
Also, pick up a brown bag at the February Guild Meeting to participate in the Brown Bag Fat Quarter Mini Quilt Challenge due in April

MARCH
Bring your Brown Bag to the March guild meeting filled with five fat quarters to be swapped with another participant
1st Quarter Bee Blocks Due // 2nd Quarter Bee Block Swap Sign-ups Open

APRIL
Brown Bag FQ Mini Quilt due

MAY
Open Wide Medium Noodlehead Pouches for Charity
Pattern: http://noodle-head.com/2012/06/open-wide-zippered-pouch-diy-tutorial.html
– Save your hotel and travel-sized toiletries to use to fill the pouches
– We’ll donate them to a Women’s Shelter at the end of May

JUNE
One-Hour Basket Swap with CJMQG
– Pattern: https://www.craftsy.com/sewing/patterns/1-hour-basket-tutorial/236408

JULY
Q2 Bee Blocks Due // Q3 Bee Block Swap Opens

AUGUST
Mini Mini Quilt Swap

SEPTEMBER
Coming soon!

OCTOBER
Coming soon!

NOVEMBER
Q3 Bee Blocks Due

DECEMBER
Holiday Potluck & Gift Swap

*Obligatory Disclaimer: Schedule and patterns are subject to change.
Be sure to attend our monthly guild meetings to hear the latest news and see all of the lovely swap items!

January Meeting Recap!

hey all! The QuiltCon charity quilt looks amazing! A huge thanks to all who volunteered to help make this happen! 🙂 You’ve all done an amazing job!

here’s some info and reminders below:

  • The Modern Quilt Guild has introduced its “modern monthly!’ It’s a monthly newsletter dedicated to things like, quilt of the month, block of the month, webinars, articles, interviews, etc. To gain access to these you must be a paid member.
  • Quiltfest is coming up March 2-5! We have about 23-24 quilts to put into the show! SO exciting! A form will be available soon for all to see the beautiful quilts. If you would like to help curate how they hang, help to set up or take down the exhibit, you can volunteer by emailing njmqginfo at gmail dot com.
  • There is a fabric challenge coming up by Kaffe Fassett for FreeSpirit fabrics called, “I am an Artisan .” Make a quilt, and possibly have it picked by Kaffe himself along with tons of different prizes! The quilt must be at least 80% artisan and the rest can be anything you would like to pair it with. The deadline is in June. Click the link for more info & you can look up examples by using the #artisanchallenge on instagram.
  • Feb. 4th is Amy’s Betty Bowler Bag class! Make sure you have your supplies! It’s coming up 🙂
  • All info for the Bee blocks has been emailed to the appropriate hives!
  • Our February swap is the cross back apron ! SO much fun! Click the link to sign up and for more info. The brown bag mini quilt swap will be after this one 🙂
  • Don’t forget to mark your calendars Timna Tarr is coming to town! She will do her lecture Friday, June 16th, and her map workshop will be Saturday, June 17th at our regular meeting location.
  • Our garment district adventure will be rescheduled! Stayed tuned for more info!

Thanks Liz for the Artisan presentation! We are excited for the challenge.img_7762

QuiltCon Charity Quilt!

 Lovely ladies hard at work ripping the papers 🙂 ❤

Some of the Hawaiian Appliqué blocks from Diane’s class!

Aleeda’s Quilty Tips!!

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Aleeda’s got some awesome quilty tips to share with all of us!

  • For rulers, threads, & cutters- you must first take inventory of what you have! Organize the rulers by shapes and use a peg board with a pipe cleaner to hold them all together. Aleeda uses an “omnigrid” bag that she got from JoAnn’s that she highly recommends.
  • For circle rulers, use a belt holder to keep them together and organized.
  • Thread can be stored in pencil cases/boxes. (which I believe she got from staples/office depot) She suggests organizing them by the type of thread they are. For example “Aurifil, Polyester, Metallic, etc.”
  • She keeps her bobbins secure by using the “donut” bobbin holder.
  • She uses a magnetic bar to hold her other tools such as scissors, [put a LOCK on them if you have some sneaky hands in the house :)] you can purchase them from IKEA, & harbor freight.

Show & Tell!

 

See you all next month!

February Swap: Cross-back Apron

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It’s time for the February swap! This month we’ll be making Cross-back Aprons (like the one in the photo above from Purl Soho). Sometimes called Japanese work aprons, these versatile aprons are a great cover up for crafting, baking, canning, or gardening. How lovely would these look in linen for an airy look this spring!

This is an assigned swap, so you’ll get to work one-on-one with your partner to determine fabric, pattern, color, and special touches to personalize it – and the partner you sew for will sew for you!

Purl Soho has a great step-by-step tutorial here and The Daily Sew has one here. If you have a favorite pattern, feel free to use it – just ensure it is the cross-back style!

To participate, complete the registration form by clicking here.

Sign ups close on January 27th.
Partners will be emailed by January 30th.
Bring your apron to the February guild meeting on the 16th.

If you’d like to read a little about the history of the apron, Food52 has a great article here.