Greetings! Hope you are all well during this snowy February! The best thing about that for me is all the quilting I’m getting done. So let’s get to it. We had 60 people join our Zoom meeting. We welcomed 5 new members: Neena Shah, Joanne Kornoelje, Ellaree Pray, Wannetta Phillips and Kaitlyn Fritsch.
Reminder about membership:
Name Tag Swap
If you are new and don’t have one, or if you are returning and can’t find yours, this opportunity is for you. Rachel will be sending out an email on how to sign up and participate. The photos above are some of the previous swap name tags for inspiration.
A big shout out to two of our members for having winning quilts in this year’s Quiltcon!
We had returning guest speaker, Berene Campbell from happysewlucky.com speak to us about our next swap project.
We look forward to seeing all the photos of these stunning little blocks later this year.
Are you coming to the Quiltcon After Party?! Please join us for another fun filled day of hanging out with your guild mates. Let’s all retreat to our sewing spaces to share conversation and laughs, while we sew, play some games and win some prizes. Hope to see you there!
Our March guest speaker will be David Owen Hastings davidowenhastings.com. There is still space available in his Saturday workshop.
Show & Tell
We started off with ‘Tells’ this time.
Betsy V. talked about one of her favorite rulers Bloc Loc blocloc.com. She recommends the half square triangle ruler for squaring up. You can watch a video on their site which shows what makes this ruler so helpful.
Penny M. shared about the reappearing act that occurs with the Frixion pen once it gets cold. That led to a longer discussion about marking pens and pencils, leading to a conclusion of marking thin lines from regular pencils work very well.
Samantha L. asked how to square a large quilt. Answer: start with the largest square ruler you have and do the corners first, then the sides.
Debby C. (I believe) asked a question about her rotary cutter leaving an uncut thread. Answers: try replacing blade, checking for damage on cutter, more pressure, moving fabric around on mat or flipping mat over.
If you have any tips or questions you would like to share with the guild please email programs before our next meeting.
Happy New Year! May it truly be a happy one this year.
We had 46 members in attendance and we welcomed new member Neena Shaw. We also had two guests, Josaine Royster and Carolyn McKibbin. Welcome!
Membership Renewal – It’s time again to renew your membership. The two step process(Sign-up and pay) needs to be completed by January 31st. The cost is $60, same as last year.
Treasury Report – Lenny provided us with the full year recap with us coming within $5 of budget! To see details of the report, please log onto the members only section on the website.
Quiltcon Community Quilt – Completed and officially submitted.
The following is snapshot of what our Programs team has put together so far for the year.
Mark your calendar now for these upcoming events so you don’t miss any of the fun.
Charity Quilt Block Pattern for 2021
In years past we have picked a particular designer’s quilt pattern to use for our guild’s effort to put charity quilts into our local community. This year we have selected a block put out by the MQG called The Corner Block.
In the past we have held charity open sew days in person to work on these projects. Now we ask you to go the website and login to retrieve the free pattern and create a quilt in your own design, to support our local charities.
You can submit a complete quilt or just a quilt top. We have batting and backing fabric available to help you finish your quilt.
Programs also asked us to come up with our 21 Crafty Goals for 2021. It’s never to late to start, so begin your list today. Include things you’d like to accomplish, try, add or delete in all your crafting adventures. Then you can share them with us at our meetings throughout the coming year.
Happy Holidays! We a fun festive crowd of about 50 people join in Thursday night for our Annual Holiday Party meeting. We had a very busy night with lots of pretty quilty things, so lets take a look.
MQG Updates – Membership renewal will be coming in January. Current members will receive an email with all the information and a link to PayPal.
Quiltcon Community Quilt – Margy updated us that the quilt is currently with Krishma for quilting.
Charity Updates – Elinore, our coordinator, dropped off 81 pillowcases to Giving Hope Network. Collecting for charity is ongoing. If you have a quilt or pillowcases you would like to donate, please contact Elinore.
Tara Faughnan Workshop – Elaine Bronner informed us that the Brownstone Quilters Guild has openings in the Color Interaction Workshop from Tara Faughnan. The date is Saturday, January 16th and the cost is $60 for nonmembers. Click on the link to register.
Final UFO Challenge
And our final UFO winner is Sarah! She won a copy of the Cotton & Steel Coloring book.
This concludes our 2020 UFO Challenge. If you wish to continue challenging yourself to complete your projects, check out American Patchwork and Quilting’s annual challenge.
2020 Mini Quilt Challenge
To conclude this year, we ask members to make a mini quilt of what 2020 meant to them. We received the following entries.
Thank you to all who participated and the interesting stories behind each one.
Show & Tell
It was fun to watch the live opening, then each person went through and described what they received. The following are all the pictures we received ahead of time of most of the gifts.
What a fantastic job everyone did! That concludes the 2020 North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild year!
We would like to wish you all a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season! We look forward to seeing you over Zoom (and hopefully in person) next year!
Next Guild meeting is Thursday, January 21, 2021 @ 7:15pm