NOV MEETING CANCELLED

Due to inclement weather, the meeting scheduled for tonight, Thursday November 15 2018, is CANCELLED.

Voting on the 2019 budget is deferred to the December meeting.

Announcements & Updates:

Fund-raising Events

December 1-2 Margy will have a table at a holiday craft show hosted by local jewelry artist Hilary Shank-Kuhl at 106 South Fullerton Ave in Montclair.

  • 5% of all proceeds are donated to a local soup kitchen. Last year they gave close to $600 to Toni’s Kitchen, which was then matched by another local charity.
  • Net proceeds will benefit NJMQG.

We are asking members for donations of one or two items to sell

  • Such as a small quilt, table runner, tote bag, potholder, set of coasters or place-mats, or small art piece that doesn’t quite fit in your house. Items must be good quality–something you’d like to receive as a gift. They could be something you’ve already made, but haven’t found the right recipient for; or something you make while making a grocery tote for our gift exchange.
  • If you have a donation please contact Margy (president@njmqg.com) so she can arrange to get it before Dec 1.

December 13 drawing for our Cloud 9 quilt at the Holiday Party, $5 donation.

MQG QuiltCon Entries close November 30th

Time to finish and submit your QuiltCon 2019 entries!
We’re getting close! QuiltCon quilt entries close at the end of the month: November 30th.

Submissions are open until 11:59pm Central time on Thursday, November 30th. Once the clock strikes midnight, the system shuts down. Beat the deadline by finding the corresponding time in your time zone.

MidAtlantic MOD

Reminder to our ten lottery winners, IF we don’t have your money by Friday, please email Margy regarding your intention to attend the retreat. Info regarding actual sign up will be sent to you this weekend.

QuiltCon 2019 Charity Quilt

Amy and Ameri have pieced the blocks, are adding borders, and will soon be passing it to Diane for quilting. Wow!! Many thanks to everyone who participated!

Recent Happenings

November Retreat:

26 attendees had a fabulous time sewing, eating, yakking, eating, sewing, and sharing, sharing, sharing…! Looking forward to seeing all the stitching!

Many thanks to Diane Fama for all the work creating and organizing this fun getaway! …and yes, Judy did find her car keys! 😉

Quilt Festival 2018 Houston:

Betsy showed 2 quilts: “Mini Mandala” and “New Directions”.
Mel received 3rd place for her group quilt “Women’s Work“.

Kudos and congrats to you both!

Programs Updates:

  • Recap of November 3rd Free motion quilting class

Our successful free motion quilting class taught by our very own Jackie Laba. (Angela Walters better watch out!) Keep practicing and show off your new skills at the Dec meeting!

  • December Tote Bag Swap

We will be sending a sign up sheet to get an idea of the number of people who will be participating.  There will be a link to the pattern attached to the sign up sheet and on the blog. This will be going out on Saturday November 24.

Please bring your tote bag gift-wrapped to the holiday party Dec 13th. We will be doing a blind swap. You do not have to follow the pattern “exactly” – the goal is to have consistency in sizes. Feel free to embellish, quilt, or add a little something something to the tote. We have such talented members, we can’t wait to see what people make!

  • January Workshops

January 26th at Community Church-Cedar Grove
Sign up link will go out the first Saturday of December (Dec 1st at 10:00 am)

Morning Session: Melanie Tuazon teaches Walking foot class
Afternoon Session: Amy Rehbein teaches Boxy Clear Pouch by Aneela Hoey

December is Membership Renewal Month

  • 2019 dues is $60.
  • Renewals will open in December after the budget is approved. Watch your inbox for a link to the registration form.
  • Your 2019 membership will be confirmed upon receipt of payment AND completion of the online registration form.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

See you on at the Holiday Party on December 13th!

MidAtlantic MOD lottery open for members

Ten lucky NJMQG members will be chosen for reserved spots at MidAtlantic MOD


Check your email for a link to enter your name in the lottery.


Quite a few members have expressed a desire to attend MidAtlantic MOD next May, and so we have paid to once again be sponsors, ensuring 10 spots for NJMQG members. Once the early registration period is over, there will be a limited number of additional spots available to the public on a first come first served basis.

We have agreed to hold a lottery within the guild for the 10 spots allotted to us. If you would like to go, and are able to pay the full cost of registration, please check your email for the link to the signup form. On Monday November 5 we will draw 10 names and those people will be guaranteed spots at MOD.

NJMQG preregistration lottery

  • Sign-up:  October 28-November 4 (Monday to Sunday)
  • Drawing:  Monday November 5

for questions about the lottery, contact Margy: president (at) njmqg (dot) com

MidAtlantic MOD

  • When:  May 2-5, 2019
  • Where:  Doubletree by Hilton in Lancaster, PA (same hotel as the previous retreats)
  • Registration:  Sunday November 11, 7 pm.
  • Pricing:  $175 for full registration

for retreat info visit www.midatlanticmod.com

 

Sept 2018 Meeting Recap

Welcome Fall and Welcome back

to our regular meeting place in Cedar Grove! This month 47 members and 2 guests (one of whom has joined!) were in attendance.

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We need YOU to help run OUR guild

  • Hospitality could use a couple more volunteers to help orient visitors and new people to the guild, and to help with the occasional party.
  • Nominating committee really just works in the early spring, but will need some help then.
  • Fundraising we would love if someone, or better yet a few someones would step up to come up with fundraising ideas and then help make them happen. This would help keep costs down for workshops, visiting instructors, etc
  • Charity Rachel and Emily are committed to this work, but could use some help to make it happen.

:: Contact president[at]njmqg.com to become a committee member. ::

How we spent our summer vacations –

There was travel, classes in Maine and at Gotham quilts in NYC, and of course the Sashiko class we sponsored at Sew Jersey, earlier in September. These two half day classes were fully enrolled, and greatly enjoyed by all.

September was Textile Month in NYC, and there were numerous pertinent museum exhibits, at the Met, MOMA, and the Museum of Art and Design; also the Piecework Collective exhibition the weekend after the meeting only.

Discussions –

Mancuso’s NJ Quiltfest will not be happening this year. They’ve apparently decided to have a show in Lancaster PA in May, instead. Seems like a loss for NJ, especially here in the northern part of the state.

MidAtlantic Mod quilting retreat however, is returning in 2019. We’re invited to be sponsors again. In return we would be guaranteed spots for 10 of our members.
A positive change, is that instructors would not get first dibs on registration. Seems like a good number of our members would like the chance to go, and would be willing to pay a share of the sponsorship fee to do so. Most seemed in favor of having a lottery within the guild to award the 10 places, before registration opens in early November.
Registration is $175, and then you would have the cost of lodging, meals, etc.
See midatlanticmod.blogspot.com for complete info.

QuiltCon charity quilt chairs, Ameri and Amy reviewed the requirements and the plan for our contribution, and handed out the rest of the kits for blocks.
All blocks are due at the October 18th meeting. In the meantime, there will be a couple of work sessions for people who want a bit of guidance for the required improv tiny piecing. We have volunteers for all the work to be done by the January 2019 Guild meeting so the quilt can be shipped in early February.

Holiday Party –

Those present voted, by show of hands, to opt for a new gift exchange at the holiday party. Instead of an Elfster gift exchange this year, we’ll each make a shopping tote and do a blind swap during the party, leaving more time for socializing, and show and tell. More details to come this fall. All agreed to have the main course catered again and bring in our own desserts.

Programs Update –

  • Jackie and Crista reminded us to sign up for Rayna Gilman’s Improv Quilting classes October 5 and 6.
  • Jackie Laba will teach Beginning Free Motion Quilting on November 3. Sign up here.
  • Embellish-Me Swaps were distributed among those participating. Have fun adding your stitchy flair! Remember to bring your embellished item to the October meeting to exchange with your swap-mate!
  • Last of the year Bee Hive blocks were exchanged. Photo Sep 20, 8 05 17 PM (1)
  • Book Reports: After the break, we had 30 second book reports (some went longer!). Quite a few of us had books to show, and shared a feature that made the book enjoyable or informative.
  • Psst! Sneak peak at 2019 – Melanie Tuazon’s Walking Foot Quilting class in January, and in March, Diane Fama will teach a ruler workshop. Stay tuned for more details!

Last but not least, of course, was…Show and Tell!

Photo Sep 20, 9 08 46 PM

Samantha’s Stars

Photo Sep 20, 9 09 31 PM

Emily’s Beach quilt

Photo Sep 20, 9 09 53 PM

Sarah’s “She Let Herself Go”

Photo Sep 20, 9 12 00 PM (1)

Dawn’s Little Foxes

Photo Sep 20, 9 12 33 PM

Diane’s Arrows

Photo Sep 20, 9 13 42 PM

Diane’s Scrap Crazy

Photo Sep 20, 9 16 12 PM (1)

Carol’s beaded applique

Photo Sep 20, 9 17 32 PM

Mary’s Mille Fiori (quitled by Diane Fama)

Photo Sep 20, 9 18 18 PM

Tracy’s Scrappy

Photo Sep 20, 9 19 20 PM

back of Tracy’s Scrappy quilt

Photo Sep 20, 9 19 31 PM

Tracy’s picnic quilt

Photo Sep 20, 9 20 39 PM

Anne’s Sheep baby quilt

Photo Sep 20, 9 21 08 PM (1)

Anne’s Mystery Quilt

Photo Sep 20, 9 21 57 PM

Josie’s charity quilt top

Photo Sep 20, 9 22 12 PM

Rachel’s fab bag

Photo Sep 20, 9 23 13 PM (1)

Rachel’s Wonky Cross

Photo Sep 20, 9 24 24 PM (1)

Debby’s birthday quilt (for a neutral home!)

Photo Sep 20, 9 25 26 PM

Betsy’s lobster printed in Aleeda’s silk screen class

Photo Sep 20, 9 26 11 PM

JoAnn’s Pinwheels in Kathy Doughty prints

Photo Sep 20, 9 28 08 PM

Krishma’s Sampler (pieced by Joann’s friend, quilted by Krishma)

Photo Sep 20, 9 28 59 PM

Krishma’s quilting

Photo Sep 20, 9 30 29 PM (1)

Ameri’s Multicolored Solids

See you in October!