March Member Led Workshop

Not Your Basic Blue Bag

We are excited to host Janet for our member led workshop: Not Your Basic Blue Bag

Not Your Basic Blue BagWe’ve all been there. The big blue and yellow home store that has those huge blue bags at their register that you can purchase to carry all your treasures home. We love it’s size. We love it’s practicality. But we’ve always been a fan of beautiful things that function. The Not Your Basic Blue Bag is an alternative bag that delivers all the practicality of the original but all the style of a one of a kind bag. A quick and easy sew, it also offers three sizes for when you don’t necessarily need a HUGE bag but you still want to carry your treasures in style.  This bag is a great “gateway” bag in that it includes a few basic bag making skills. You get to choose the size. Pattern is included in the cost of the class

When: March 28th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where: Cedar Grove Community Church: 65 Bowden Rd. Cedar Grove, NJ 07009

Cost: $55 member or $65 for nonmember (plus $2 paypal fee)

Please complete the registration and pay through the paypal button or by mailing a check to: NJMQG 41 Watchung Plaza Montclair, NJ 07042.


Member class fee

Not Your Basic Blue Bag


Non Member class fee

Not Your Basic Blue Bag


Janet Van Treuren has been sewing since she was very young and started quilting about 28 years ago. Originally from St. Louis, Janet has lived in NJ for almost as long as she has been quilting. During the day, Janet has a small business sewing window treatments and soft furnishing for a couple interior designers. Janet has a personal philosophy to do one fun thing each day. Come to the workshop and have some fun!

January 2020 Block Lotto

Over the course of the year, we’ll “assign” blocks and give parameters with specific block sizes and colors (if applicable).  Those who want to participate should make as many of the assigned block as they wish and bring them to the meeting at which they’re due (March 19).  Each finished block is worth one ticket. All of the tickets will be put into a drawing, and the person with the winning ticket wins all of the blocks!  Depending on the number of blocks we receive, we may choose to split them among multiple people (for instance, if we have enough blocks to make two throw quilts, they’ll be split between two winners).

Jan block loto

Block Parameters:

  • Choose your favorite fabrics for the plus signs
  • Please use white or low volume white background fabrics for the background fabrics
  • The block should measure 12.5” x 12.5” which includes a ¼” seam allowance 
  • Instructions for making the block can be found at  Instructions for Block

The more blocks you make, the more tickets you receive and therefore the more chances you have to win all of the blocks that have been contributed.  Please consider participating to make this a fun and successful activity for our guild.  

You can email if you have any questions.

2020 UFO Challenge

During the January meeting, we announced the 2020 UFO Challenge. Here is what you need to know.

  • Members can complete the UFO worksheet
    2020 UFO Challenge Worksheet
  • Each month a number will be selected (1-12).
  • Members who finish their project for the month will be entered into a drawing. The drawing will take place at the next monthly guild meeting. For example, members who finish their project during the month of January, will be entered and the winner will be announced at the February meeting.

Post your list, progress and projects to social media using #2020UFOChallengeNJMQG

For January, we will be working on UFO #4 on your worksheet. Bring your finished projects to the February meeting for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Sew Jersey. (If you can not attend the meeting in February, please email a picture of your finished project with your name to to be entered into the drawing).

Happy Quilting!!!