Quiltcon Charity Quilt blocks

Hello NJMQG! Melanie here, with an update on our MQG charity quilt for Quiltcon.

Our winning design is Stars in Stars! Members can choose a star that they love to make and embed it into the overall design. It will be exciting to see how the stars come out and members should be able to find their stars in the finished quilt. (This is just a mock-up, our finished quilt will look very different!)

Stars in Stars

As you can see, it’s composed of blocks. Some are squares and some are half-square triangles (HSTs).

At the September guild meeting, we handed out bags with blocks and instructions. The instructions specify a background color and a star color. HST blocks also specify a solid triangle color for one half of the HST. This is so that the overall design emerges. Blocks that are white on white can be used as background or star– they will blend together but also add a lot of interest to the “negative space” of the quilt.

Here are some example blocks by Betsy and Kathy. If you post yours on Instagram, use the hashtags #njmqgcharityquilts and #quiltconcharityquilt .


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If you would still like to pick up a block, limited supplies will be available at the Open Sew meeting on October 7.

For star inspiration, search on Pinterest. Here is a post of traditional stars, and here is a tutorial for wonky stars (you will have to adjust the size).

Blocks are due at the October meeting on the 21st.

If you have questions, email me at melintheattic at gmail dot com.

Exhibit in NYC


This exhibit of the work of Erin Wilson using Japanese textiles and her own hand dyed fabric is only up until Oct. 7,  in a gallery in Chelsea.  A couple of us on the Board are planning to go see it next Thursday, and thought this would be a fun field trip for any Guild members who had the time and interest.

The exhibit is open from 1p until 6p.  The gallery is in the neighborhood of Chelsea Market and the High Line, and about 14 blocks from the Whitney Museum.  If the weather is still  nice we could do some walking, grab a bite to eat.  Obviously it is a work day, and there is mass-transit and a lot of walking involved, so it’s not for everyone.

We will plan to meet in front of  547 W 27th St, at 1pm Thursday  October 5.

Respond in the comments, or let Margy know  (president@njmqg.com) if you’re interested,  and we can plan our afternoon.

Reminder:  Just two days left to respond to our survey!  This is your guild, and we value your input and participation.







• Our September meeting is this Thursday,September  21, 2017 at 7:15 pm 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.

Our first meeting after the summer, this should be a busy one.    Michelle will  present a trunk show of her work;  there’s a membership survey that we’ll distribute and take time to discuss; and we expect that the piece work for our QuiltCon charity quilt will be distributed.

 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 take 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 Laura F., our new librarian.  If you borrowed a book at the last meeting, remember to return it at this meeting.


.Member-Led Workshops!:  Spots are still available for the following workshops:
Trill Workshop with Melanie Tuazon
Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop with Josie Dakers


• Refreshments: Consider bringing a light refreshment to share, especially if your birthday is this month

• Remember to bring, and wear,  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 (Margy, Kathy, Lori, Aubrey, Sarah). As always, please bring anything you may have for Show and Tell!

See you on Thursday!