Our January meeting is this Thursday, January 18, 2018 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.

Doors will open early at 6:45 pm for a vendor pop-up: Sew Jersey will set up shop for browsing and buying before the meeting starts, and again during break.

• Important: Please sign in at the registration table 

• Remember to bring: 

  • Payment for your 2018 dues, if you haven’t already paid. If you’re not sure, email Lori: treasurer [at] njmqg [dot] com.
  • Round Robin starter block plus additional scraps & fabrics if desired (see below)
  • Refreshments: Consider bringing a light refreshment to share, especially if your birthday is this month
  • Nametag If you do not have a name tag, we can arrange a partner swap – just 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!
  •  Charity quilts that you’ve completed

 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 librarian.  If you borrowed a book at the last meeting, please remember to return it this month

• Upcoming Programs: A few spots are still available for Amy Friend Workshops on January 26 & 27.

See you on Thursday!

Round Robin – here’s  how it works:

To the January meeting, bring a block that will be the center of your quilt. It can be a UFO! It can be rectangular! It can be anything: pieced, appliquéd, painted, a pretty panel, whatever….

With your block, also bring any scraps, strips, fat quarters, etc., that you would be glad to have included in future rounds. Those who work on your quilt CAN use those pieces or ignore them completely, their choice. Also include a note if you wish to specify any preferences, such as “do not use any cat fabric” or “you can use black if it works.” But again, your preferences may be ignored. Part of the pleasure here is giving up control. Really.

Starter blocks will be distributed to Round Robin participants at the Jan meeting. You’ll take one home and add a border, due back at the next meeting.You’re only committing to one round at a time. So stretch your modern-quilty muscles and HAVE FUN!

Here’s the example of a UFO starting block that Lori showed in Nov.


4 designers talk about their No-Rules Round Robin here.

Another article about round robins.

There are lots of other examples of Round Robins on Pinterest and elsewhere on the internet, and we’ll talk more about it at the meeting.