Final Bee Block Swap of 2017!


It’s time for the third (and final) Bee Block Swap of 2017.  Stella has done a stellar (sorry, I couldn’t resist) job organizing this all year. Members have had a lot of fun making and receiving very beautiful blocks, so kudos to Stella for all her hard work to make it happen for us!  Next year’s themes will most likely change, so if you want or need blocks from this year’s hives, here’s your final chance.

Sign up here: 3rd quarter Bee block Swap

Here’s how it works:

HIVES: This swap is open to NJMQG Members only.  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.  Sarah 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 a Star, Sampler or Free for All hive.

  • Sampler any 12.5 x 12.5 block (for example, log cabin, granny square, etc.)
  • Star – Any 12.5 x 12.5 square block
  • Free-for-Allany 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)


  • Select a quilt block that is within your skill level.
  • Use fresh, modern, new, quilt shop quality fabric .
  • Use your own fabric stash to create the blocks – no one can request specific 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 to construct your block. (This means if the block background is white, use white or cream thread, not black.)
  • Make 5 of the same square in each of your hive members’ chosen color palettes (6 if you want one for yourself)
  • Please take the time  to construct your blocks well and use a ¼ inch seam allowance (unless your pattern dictates otherwise).  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 third quarter in 2017 will run from August – November. Sign-ups close on July 31st.  You’ll receive the names of the quilters in your hive as well as their color palettes and any additional information by August 2nd.  Finished squares for this quarter can be distributed early but are due at the November 16 guild meeting  –  Of course, sometimes things happen, so if you have an unforeseen emergency, please contact Sarah ASAP!

Sign up here:   Last Bee Block Swap of 2017:

Some finished quilts that Stella made from bee blocks:




NJMQG Upcoming Programs


August 12: Indigo/Shibori Dyeing & Cyanotype/Photogram Workshop with Member Sarah Scott   – One spot left!

Create a unique piece of indigo dyed fabric to use in any sewing project. We will learn how to apply various methods of folding, tying, and stitching our presoaked natural fiber to produce an endless number of patterns. One of the most delightful aspects of fabric dying is the element of surprise ; experimentation is mandatory and fun is the side effect!
Always wanted to try sun printing?  Also known as cyanotype, or photogram, it is an early photographic process that dates back to 1842. An example of cyanotypes we are familiar with are blueprints used in building architecture. In this workshop, we will create our own cyanotype fabric pieces to use in garments, quilts or any sewn project.

Info and Sign up here: Indigo/Shibori Dying & Cyanotype/Photogram



August Swap: Mini-Mini Quilt –  Make a mini-mini quilt and bring it to the August 21 Meeting.  Draw a number and take the corresponding mini home.  (A mini-mini quilt should look exactly as a full sized quilt would – only tiny -under 12×12)







Paint chip mini swap: at the September 21 meeting you’ll pick out a paint chip for inspiration and write your name on it. The chip will be put back and redistributed.  You’ll make a mini quilt for someone using the paint chip for inspiration, and they’ll do the same for you.  Finished quilts are due to be swapped at the November meeting.


Noodlehead singlebag

September 23:  Noodlehead Market Tote Workshop with Michelle Reiter   – Only a few spots remain!

This versatile tote is great for a carry-on bag, farmer’s market trips, a library run or even as a stylish work tote! The possibilities for personalizing it and making it your own are endless!

In this class you’ll learn how to  quilt with stabilizer, install a basic zipper, sew basic binding, and add fashionable handles.

Info and Sign up here: Noodlehead Market Tote


MINI-Mini QuiltOctober Potholder Swap:  Make a potholder from a 8×8 traditional quilt block with a modern twist.  Bring it to swap at our October 19 meeting, and bring home another!







October 21:  Trill Workshop with Melanie Tuazon

Students will work on the Trill quilt design, which is made entirely with quarter circle blocks. Skills learned include sewing curves, glue basting curves, trimming curved blocks and blending curved elements when piecing.

Students should be familiar with sewing with a 1⁄4” seam allowance.

Info and Sign up: Trill Workshop



nuno felt scarf

November 18: Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop with Josie Dakers

Have you ever fantasized about creating your very own one-of-a-kind art scarf? If yes, this workshop is for you. Come join Josie Dakers for a fun filled day where you will create your very own wearable art scarf using merino wool fiber, lightweight silk, cool embellishments, water, soap and lots of agitation.

This class requires standing most of the day so please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Come prepared to roll up your sleeves and have fun!   You will go home with a lightweight Nuno felt scarf for yourself or friend.

Info and sign up: Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop