August 2019 Guild Meeting Recap

Hello NJMQG!

We were back at the LDS Church in West Caldwell for our last meeting of the summer. Attendance was strong with 34 members and 1 guest Jamie, Alison BondBaron’s sister visiting from Memphis.

We all wished Danielle a Happy Birthday as she celebrates this month.

We took a moment to share the wonderful letter we received from Dana, Michelle’s husband for the ‘Man Quilt’ we gifted him.

Pam shared with us her experience as she recently attended Quilting by the Lake at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Syracuse, NY.

Open Sew/Charity Fabric Sorting

There were about a dozen of us gathered on Saturday, July 15th for some improv and fabric sorting which yielded the following projects

Samantha showed us her improv log cabin quilt top kit of previously collected blocks.and I showed an improv quilt top made from the strips we made that day.  There are more kits of log cabin blocks available to be assembled into tops.

We also saw a collection of finished charity quilts of the New Wave pattern by Elizabeth Hartman.

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This project used up the remainder of the donated fabric from Beth from Rock Paper Scissors and created 15+ quilts. The pattern and template will remain in our library as we move on to our current charity pattern Shore Line by Tula Pink.

Communication of Upcoming Events

In order to provide easier communication between meetings, we encourage members to use our Facebook page to share events. During the meetings we will provide collected information in a slide for the power point that will be left up during the break for members to gather details for events that interest them.

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We also discussed Fabscrap in Manhattan, where Rebecca visited and their sorting location in Brooklyn, where Sara visited.

Next, I shared a slide show of the quilts I viewed at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England. It is included below, in case anyone wanted to view them more closely.

 

Programs

To provide a little more direction and encouragement for the September Post Card swap with the Cambridge, Mass MQG, Diane provided a very helpful demo and answered questions.

 

Also in September we will have Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio visiting with a lecture on Friday, September 27th and workshop on Saturday September 28th

Show and Tell

Everybody’s Favorite

Samantha with her bird block and her boys in their toasty pj’s!

Terry meeting Jenny Doan and the beautiful chuppah!

 

Kelly showing all the beautiful items, made by members for her charity baskets.

Becca with her paper pieced sampler “Don’t Call Me Betsy”, three years in the making!

Penny’s Art Quilt of a boat bow, from Instagram.

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Jackie with her assembled bee blocks.

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My modern quilt from won Kaffe fabric from a prior meeting.

Ameri & Amy with their original design applique pieces, Cottage Petals. These blocks can be purchased through the Quilt Spot as a block of the month starting in October.

Hope to see you September 19th, back at our Cedar Grove location!

Jennifer.

 

July 2019 Guild Meeting Recap

Reminder: The meeting location for the August meeting!!

**August 15th  LDS Church 209 Mountain Ave Caldwell NJ**

Greetings fellow guild members! Here’s the recap of our July meeting.

Our meeting this month was held at the Wayne Public Library. We had a great turn out  of 50 attendees,  30 members and 20 guests joining us!

Rachel BondBaron took over the reigns of president for her first NJMGQ meeting and did a wonderful job.

We started the meeting with a presentation from Linda Seward, a former NJ resident, now residing in England.

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The lecture was on how to distinguish between a contemporary quilt and a modern quilt.

She then gave us a sampling of her work.

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Regular meeting business was conducted after the lecture.

The finished quilt for Michele’s Husband was shared.

Programs

Thanks went out to Rachel BondBaron and Sarah Fader for leading the Improv with Rules/Open-Sew on July 13th. We had a good size gathering and many strips were sewn together. Also, we were able to process much of the charity fabric for future projects.

For the September Post Card swap with the Cambridge, Mass MQG, we suggest taking a look at Diane Fama’s Instagram @njquiltlover . She has some examples of post cards she has made. We encourage you to sign up for this swap challenge. The theme is your favorite place.

The Block Printing Workshop is light on sign ups. We need to have 10 participants by 8/1, or we will need to cancel.

Crista of Mystery Quilt fame will be on vacation in Oregon on the first of the month, but promised we will have our clue #4 sometime during the day.

Charity

During the open sew, members took the collected log cabin block and grouped them in kits for quilt top assembly. If you are interested in a block assembling kit, talk with Rachel.

Look forward to seeing you at the August meeting!

Jennifer.

 

June 2019 Guild Meeting Recap

Hello, my lovely guild mates! Hope everyone is staying cool. Here’s the recap of our June meeting.

We had 36 members and 1 guest joining us. Thanks for coming to visit Liz Kuny (whose amazing piece Troublemaker is the exhibit at the MAM).

First things first! Please take note of changes in the meeting location for the months of July and August!!

July 18 Wayne Public Library 461 Valley Road, Wayne NJ
August 15 LDS Church 209 Mountain Ave Caldwell NJ
Goings on
The Sarah Bond class was a great success!
Quilting Treasures will be at Sew Jersey July 14 9:30-11:30
Betsy and Melanie are in the latest issue of Simply Modern
Schweinfurth will have an exhibit Quilt=Art=Quilt Registration: June 18, 2019 to August 2, 2019 Exhibit Dates: October 26, 2019-January 5, 2020
We also talked about the Japanese quilt festival, Quiltcon and Quiltfest
Chawne Kimber has an exhibit at Lafayette college

Philadelphia Museum has an exhibit that seems interesting Souls Grow Deep

As always we encourage everyone to take advantage of all the MQG has to offer- webinars, etc… and did you sign up for Quiltcon classes?

We also have a nice easy design we can all easily join in on for the MQG charity quilt. It will be half black/half white string block. With text fabric. And keeping a blank white strip to write in and a black strip in the middle. Makes sense, right?! Don’t worry…We will talk more about it soon!

We didn’t have any updates on charity or treasury.

Programs

Our mystery quilt had its 3rd installment go out.

We will be participating in a postcard swap with the Cambridge, Mass MQG. The theme is your favorite place and it will be due in September. More info will be sent out.

We are having a guest lecturer at the July meeting, Linda Seward. We will NOT be doing Show and Tell so if you have something you want to show us and will be gifting it or not have it for August, you can send a picture for the slide show to programs@njmqg.com before the August meeting.

On July 13, we will be having an extra fun Open Sew (at the LDS Church, in Caldwell) Rachel (and Sarah?) will be doing some fun improv exercises based on a Sherri Lynn Wood class they took. Using some charity fabric, you can learn and experiment and loosen up a little. Of course, you are always free to bring your own fabric/project to work on, as well.

August 10, we have an awesome opportunity to do block printing with Rachel at her workplace studio in Jersey City.

And Diane announced the dates for her retreat. If you are interested keep November 6-10 open and you can contact her with any questions (contact info found in members only section of the site)

Elections

We had our vote for the new board. Running unopposed in all positions, and being voted in unanimously, we introduce to you your new board

President- Rachel Bond Baron

Vice President- Kathy Morganroth

Treasurer- Lenny Van Eijk

Programs co-chairs- Crista Bresnahan and Janet Van Treuren

Secretary- Jennifer Ireton

Congrats and can’t wait to see what fun you have in store for us!

Raffle

Congrats to Rochelle who won the raffle!

Announcements

Kelly has asked us to help her once again in making and collecting things for the Forget Me Not foundation, due by the September meeting. Please contact her for more info.

Aleeda gave us a little update on the happenings of the Diversity and Inclusion group for the MQG.

Show and Tell

First up in our slide show…

MaryJane gifted a birthday quilt for her son

Samantha gifted a scout quilt

Samantha- paper pieces sewing machine

red and white hearts

Rachel- clam shell tote

Emily- triangle quilt top made in a weekend

Mark- bee hive blocks

Robin- mini received in swap

French general hand pieced

Carmen- purple star

Jennifer- scrappy appliqué

Riley Blake challenge

Debbie- wall hanging

Margy

Need to replace the backing

And last but not least we would like to give our genuine and heartfelt thanks to, Margy, our fearless leader for the past couple of years!! And a special thanks from your fellow board members for the pizza and the view 🥰 It’s been a pleasure working with you.

Oh, one more thing. It has been an honor to be the voice to bring you these blog post recaps. I know I wasn’t always timely with them and I wasn’t great with the Instagram updates, but it’s been fun being the secretary for the past two years. I’m not going to lie, though, it will be nice to not have to take notes.

Good luck to the next board!

Hope See you at the July meeting!

July 18 7:15 Wayne Public Library 461 Valley Road, Wayne NJ

Ciao for Niao

-A