May 2019 Guild Meeting

We welcomed 41 members and 2 guests!

MEMBER NEWS

Quiltfest Lancaster May 9-11: Betsy, Krishma, Carol, and Marilyn had quilts in the show. Congratulations to all!!

ONGOING & UPCOMING

Montclair Art Museum: New Directions in Fiber Art through June 16.
:: next Free First Thursday Night is June 6

MQG

  • Check out the Modern Monthly newsletter (MQG member login required)
  • Riley Blake challenge deadline was May 31st.
  • QuiltCon Charity Quilt announced. Theme: text. Color story: greyscale. Several members signed up to work on our guild’s quilt. Stay tuned…!

NOMINATIONS FOR 2019-2020 BOARD

Meet the nominees. Election will be held at the June Meeting by show of hands. New officers take control in July.

#MEMADEMAY on Instagram

Check out all the good stuff makers made!

APRIL FOOL UGLY FAT QUARTER CHALLENGE

MYSTERY QUILT

  • Follow the hashtag #2019njmqgmysteryquilt to see in your Instagram feed.
  • First cutting instructions were sent out May 1st.
  • Ideas for staying organized: baggies, index cards & swatches affixed to color key, lettered or numbered pins, plastic boxes, wunder clips & labels with number of pieces and dimensions.
  • Next instruction: June 1st-ish

JAPAN TOUR SLIDE PRESENTATION

by Betsy (& Michelle in absentia)
WOW…what else can I say? It was a m a z i n g!

SHOW & TELL

What a talented group we are!

PLEASE NOTE
The next meeting will be held on June 20 at
the Community Church of Cedar Grove

See you there!

Reminder: Guild meeting this week

WHEN: THURSDAY, MARCH  21, 2019 AT 7:15 PM. Doors open at 7 pm.
LOCATION: We will be at our usual meeting place at the Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Rd, Cedar Grove.


Important: Please sign in at the registration table, and wear your name tag.


THIS MONTH:

It’s a Spring Tea Party! Bring your teacup or mug. Or a March Hare

Quiltcon recap! Tell us what you loved, hated, learned… Short & sweet — promise!

Pick up your MQG Membership Card


REMEMBER TO BRING:

  • Refreshments:  especially if your birthday is this month
  • Name Tag: If you do not have a name tag, we can arrange a partner swap – just ask any of the NJMQG Executive Board Officers (Margy, Kathy, Aubrey, Jackie, or Crista).
  • As always, please bring anything you may have for Show and Tell! 
  • Charity quilts, blocks , or pillowcases that you’ve completed

 FREE table: Bring in the quilty items you no longer use and drop them on our FREE table at the beginning of the meeting. If your items are not taken, please take them home with you

• Member Corner: Many of our members have their own creative businesses and services to offer. A designated table is provided for members to leave their business cards, class/workshop lists, postcards, etc. This is a great way to get the word out about what you have to offer!

Library: back in business!
If you have checked a book out, please return it


• Upcoming Programs:

Saturday March 30: Member-led workshops “Rulers” and “Aprons”.
Spots are still available. Info & sign up here.

See you in Cedar Grove Thursday evening!

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!