Double Shot of Stitching – Cross back Apron & Sew Together Bag Member-Led Workshops

Join us for a double-shot of stitching – two member-led workshops in one day! Register for one or both workshops! See below for all the details.

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Location: Community Church of Cedar Grove


Workshop 1: Cross back Apron Workshop with Colleen Wiest
Time: 9am-1pm
Cost: $20 members / $25 non-members

In the first session, Colleen will take us step-by-step through the construction of the gorgeous Purl Soho linen cross back apron! This apron is the perfect cooking accessory: as functional as a paring knife, as useful as a wooden spoon, and as classic as a Bundt pan. For this version, we suggest using the gorgeous Watercolor Linen, a lightweight fabric that will stand up to the heat of the kitchen! Watercolor linen can be purchased at Purl Soho or Gray Lines Linen in the Garment District.

Upon registration, you’ll receive a comprehensive supply list and cutting instructions.
We recommend that you come to class with all pieces cut out and labeled.

To register for the Cross back Apron class, click here: Cross back Apron Registration
This class has a cap of 20 students.


Workshop 2: Sew Together Bag Workshop with Amy Rehbein
Time: 1pm-5pm
Cost: $20 members / $25 non-members

In the second session, Amy takes the fear out of zippers! She will show you how to sew a wonderful little bag with three zippered pockets and four open pockets. This pouch holds lots of sewing notions, embroidery tools, or anything your heart desires! Don’t fear the zipper!  It’s so easy and Amy will show you how it’s done. These pouches can be made in so many great fabrics and make excellent gifts too. There are so many variations and you can have a lot of fun with the exterior. The finished size of the bag is 10” x 5” x 5”.

This class requires the purchase of the Sew Together Bag pattern. Upon registration, you’ll receive a complete supply list and links to purchase the pattern or you may check your local quilt shop and purchase it there.

We recommend that you arrive to class with all pieces cut and interfacing fused so we can get sewing right away and you can leave with a finished bag.

To register for the Sew Together Bag Workshop, click here: Sew Together Bag Registration
This class has a cap of 20 students.

NOTE: We will host a cutting party on Friday, May 19th from 7p-9p at the Cedar Grove Community Church to prepare for class the next day. Please indicate on the registration form if you are interested in attending so we can account for space.

About the Instructors

IMG_5824Colleen Wiest was born in the little town of Emmett, Idaho. Her mother taught her to embroider at a very young age. Her first stitching memory is of embroidering a kitten on a hanky for her grandmother when she was six. Her grandmother also taught her to use the sewing machine at a young age. She helped Colleen make her first blouse and skirt when she was 12. Colleen says sewing in one form or another has always been a part of her life. Her love of quilting developed as she watched her mother quilt. In recent years, with a bit more time on her hands, Colleen’s quilting skills have increased and developed as she has spent time with the wonderful women in the NJMQG. Colleen is married to her dear husband Joel, and together they have four children and, by the time she teaches the class, they will have 12 grandchildren!

amyrWife to her high school sweetheart and mother of 3 daughters, Amy Rehbein has been a maker for as long as she can remember. Born and raised in New Jersey, Amy spent countless hours playing at the feet of her Mother’s Singer sewing machine. She has been sewing since she was a little girl – generations of women before her influencing her creative passions. Ten years ago she began quilting, developing a unique style that she likes to call “Vintage Modern,” honoring the past by weaving traditional elements into her modern designs. Amy’s work has been published in modern quilting books and shown in quilt shows. She has taught various sewing classes to all levels of sewists. Currently, Amy is serving as the Vice President of the North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild where she has been an active member since 2013. Amy also taught the hugely popular Betty Bowler Bag workshop earlier in 2017.

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!


Here’s how it works:

– 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.

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.

– 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:



February Meeting Recap!

Hi All!

We had a wonderful meeting on February 16th. It was so great to see everyone!

Daniela opened the meeting with announcements regarding general MQG business. To see the latest, click here.

We hosted our first apron swap with 10 members participating. Everyone got to know their partner and sewed an apron especially for them!


Amy hosted a trunk show and showed off her amazing quilts and projects. We learned all about her process and what inspires her. It was lovely to see all of her beautiful creations!

Stella gave a huge programs update with events laid out until June. Here are a few highlights that she talked about 

  • Garment District Field Trip  – join us for an informal tour of one of the most fun neighborhoods in NYC on March 11th – click the link for more information
  • Member-Led Workshop: Hand Stitching Trio  – Three classes in one day! Learn Hand Quilting with Stephanie Mullin, Reverse Appliqué with Michelle Reiter, and Embroidery with Stella Singleton all taking place on March 25th!


You can click this link to download the programs handout, with everything happening through June, that was available at the February meeting.

We rounded out the meeting with a very robust Show & Tell!

Mini quilts for the QuiltCon Mini Quilt Swap!

An amazing assortment of quilts – some of which were part of the QuiltFest Quilt Show.

Our next guild meeting is scheduled for March 16th at the Community Church of Cedar Grove (65 Bowden Rd). Meeting starts at  7:15pm – hope to see you there!