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!