August Member-Led Workshop: Indigo Dying & Cyanotype Printing

We are so excited to host Sarah Scott for an intimate workshop turning all the things blue! Read below for all the details!

Indigo/Shibori Dying & Cyanotype/Photogram Workshop
Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Time: 10a-4p
Location: The home of an NJMQG member
Exact address will be sent with the supply list after registration
Cost: $40/members | $45/non-members – the cost includes lunch
This workshop is limited to 15 people. If the weather does not cooperate, a rain date will be determined.

Indigo/Shibori Dying & Cyanotype/Photogram Workshop

About Indigo/Shibori Dyeing
Spend a fun morning creating 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 pre-soaked 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! Sarah will provide all the materials for a morning of indigo dying, you may bring along your own pieces of 100% natural fiber fabric. Some examples: a small tablecloth, table runner, linen napkins, tea towels, etc. or an existing garment that is 100% natural (top, skirt, etc.) Sarah will also have a number of vintage linens available to purchase the day of the class. Dig through your linen closet for antique pieces that need a new life, they are wonderful for dying, and the results are beautiful. Be sure to wear old clothes and shoes, and be prepared to be out in the sun turning all the things blue!!

About Cyanotype/Photogram Printing
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.  All the cyanotype fabric is permanently printed, it just needs to be washed with non-phosphate detergent. Since Sarah will pre-treat the fabric at home, she will have a variety of fabric for you to choose from. You can expect to go home with four napkin-sized pieces, plus a postcard sized paper piece.  We will be working both outside and in a darkened area until we are ready to expose our images to the sun. Sarah will bring a variety of objects to ‘photograph’; feathers, sea glass, found objects, snakeskin (!), skulls (!), household objects, plants, leaves, and flowers, etc. There are so many ways to compose these beautiful images, and the results are striking!  After the exposure is complete, the fabric will receive a thorough washing and dry in a darkened area for 24 hours.  Again, we will be turning more things blue!!

Click here to register for this workshop. Supply list and location address will be sent once payment is made.

image1About Sarah
Sarah has been making and collecting for as long as she can remember, and being naturally curious has led her into many creative pursuits.  As a child, she taught herself to sew Barbie clothes from scraps, and always had pockets full of natural “treasures,” a habit she continues to this day!  In college, she studied literature to fuel her love of reading and education to have an excuse to hang out with kids.  As a young mother, Sarah discovered pottery and spent years diving into the world of clay, glazes and firing techniques as well as teaching kids classes.  Being a serial crafter means she has also spent lots of time of jewelry making, exploring home decor, painting, kids crafts, book art, wood burning, gardening, cooking, and of course, sewing has been her primary outlet of creativity for the past ten years.  In the past five years, Sarah became immersed in fabric surface design through the processes of block printing, gelatin printing, indigo dying and cyanotypes.  Sarah loves how multi-layered these art forms are, with many opportunities for expression and development — not to mention sewing and creating new things from the fabric you’ve designed.

On a personal note, Sarah has been married to her high school love for 19 years, and they have four children, three of whom she currently home schools. Sarah is currently employed as a part-time sewing instructor and teaches art classes for her local homeschool co-op. Sarah loves any opportunity to teach and make art.


July Member-Led Workshops: Paper Piecing & Embracing Negative Space

We are thrilled to continue our Member-Led Workshop series with two amazing instructors. First up is Betsy Vinegrad teaching a Paper Piecing class in the morning session. Then, Daniela Di Iorio will teach an encore of her Embracing Negative Space class that she debuted at MidAtlantic Mod, in the afternoon. You can register for one workshop or both! Read on for additional details:

Date: July 15, 2017
Location: LDS Church 209 Mountain Ave, Caldwell, NJ 07006
Cost: $20 each workshop for members / $25 each workshop for non-members

Paper Piecing with Betsy Vinegrad // 9a – 1p

Paper piecing is a surprisingly easy technique for creating quilt blocks with precisely matched seams and perfect points. Students will learn the basics and be able to tackle any paper pieced project.

Students will start with the letter “L”, the least difficult and end with the letter “O”.
Students are also welcome to bring any other paper piecing patterns to try out.

This workshop session is limited to 15 students and costs $20 for NJMQG members / $25 for non-members. Click here to register for the workshop. Once registered, you’ll receive a PayPal invoice to pay for your seat. Your seat is not confirmed until paid. The supply list will be sent after payment is made.

IMG_3639About Betsy
Betsy has been sewing forever and quilting almost as long. With a degree in clothing and textiles, she worked in the fashion industry for over 25 years as a pattern maker and technical designer. Now, most of her time is spent making quilts and experimenting with new techniques and gadgets. She loves sharing her knowledge of tips and tricks.


Embracing Negative Space with Daniela Di Iorio // 1p-5p

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to embrace negative space using graphic design principles,  and understand how to incorporate these elements naturally into your work. You’ll learn to trust your instincts, use line-work and balance while maintaining the spontaneity and fun of using an improvisation technique. Scissors are a must for this class!

This workshop session is limited to 12 students and costs $20 for NJMQG members / $25 for non-members. Click here to register for the workshop. Once registered, you’ll receive a PayPal invoice to pay for your seat. Your seat is not confirmed until paid. The supply list will be sent after payment is made.

Daniela head shot2About Daniela
Daniela Di Iorio is a graphic designer, Creative Director, technical editor, and artist. Born and raised in New Jersey, she began sewing as a little girl with her mom and her Nonna (grandma), sewing and designing garments into her twenties. Four years ago, she discovered her passion for quilting, specifically, improvisational quilting. Her style uses her graphic design expertise combined with the freedom of improv to make for endless combinations of designs. When not running her design studio, she is at her sewing machine, has a needle in hand, or is running with scissors every chance she can get. Currently, Daniela is serving as the President of the North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild where she has been an active member since 2013.

One Hour Basket Swap with CJMQG

We’re super excited to partner with the Central Jersey MQG in a One Hour Basket swap!
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Here’s how it works:

1. Register for the swap by May 12th, by completing this survey: One Hour Basket Swap Registration You will receive your partner’s name, email, and social media information by May 15th.
This is not a surprise swap, so please get to know your partner through email or social media!

2. Make a personalized one hour basket for your partner using this pattern: One Hour Basket Pattern – it costs $1.00 on Craftsy. The One Hour Basket is SUPER versatile! Check out our Pinterest board for more inspiration!

3. Fill the basket with up to $10 worth of goodies and a note and bring it to the June guild meeting on June 15th. Stella will provide bags and tags for you to put your basket in so the goodies don’t fall out.

4. At the July 20th guild meeting, you’ll receive your basket & goodies from your CJMQG swap partner.

5. Post how happy you are on social media, tagging your new CJMQG pal!

NOTE: This swap is open to CJMQG & NJMQG members only!