Quilt Fest 2017 Special Exhibit Submissions!

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Have you figured out which quilt(s) you are submitting to be chosen to hang at Quilt Fest in our special exhibit: Modern Quilts: North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild yet?

Quilt Fest Dates: March 2-5, 2017
Location: Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Drive,  Somerset, NJ 08873


:: How to Submit / Details ::
•  We are able to display about 30 quilts.

•  A committee will review entries to curate the show. Please keep in mind this is an exhibit that should showcase your best modern quilt work. This is an exhibit that is included in the show, in part, to raise awareness about the modern quilt movement.

•  Here is an excerpt of the blurb we submitted for the brochure and for the website about our exhibit:
“Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. “Modern traditionalism” or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often represented.”

•  We encourage submitting mini quilts and multiple quilts!

•  To be considered, please click here to fill out the form. The form will ask for the following info:

– Maker’s name

– Title of each work
– Artist statement “blurb” (name of maker, title of item – may include more details – plus a descriptive paragraph)
– Size: quilts must be a minimum of 20″ on one side
– Insurance value (from Quilt Fest guidelines: “INSURANCE: Individual quilts may be insured for $100 up to $1000 each. Items valued at greater than $1,000 require a written appraisal. Items cannot be insured for greater than $5,000 each (even with a greater appraised value). MSM insurance coverage excludes earthquake and flood.”)

– Email and phone number

•  After submitting the form please email 1-2 photos of your quilt to njmqginfo at gmail dot com. Please name the file with your last name and name of the quilt. Example: “Surname_Quiltname.jpg”.

•  Please submit by Monday, December 19th Edited to add: Deadline extended! Submit by Wednesday, January 4th!

::  Other Details ::

– Each quilt should have a 4″ sleeve sewn on the top for easy hanging.
– Each quilt should have a label with a minimum of the following information: Maker’s Name, Name of Quilt, Phone

– The exhibit must be shipped as a group in as few boxes as possible or delivered to the Convention Center as a group by a maximum of 4 people. We can arrive any time during the afternoon of Wednesday, March 1. The quilt show will close on Sunday, March 5 at 5pm. We will coordinate drop-off and take-down at a later date.

• Wondering if your quilt(s) is “modern enough”? Submit anyway! There are many areas/categories that modern quilts fall into and we will do our best to showcase a breadth of work that represents modern quilting.
• Do you have a quilt top/top in progress that you know will be complete in time to be hung in the show? Submit it!

• You will be notified about your quilt(s) by December 30 (ish). 🙂
• Please contact us at njmqginfo at gmail dot com with any questions. We are so excited to see your amazing work!
Thank you!

October 2016 Meeting Recap

What a great meeting!

We surprised our first NJMQG President, Melanie Tuazon, with a quilt to thank her for all of the work she has done for our guild. So many members worked on the front of the quilt. The back has blocks with members’ signatures on them.

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We presented Aubrey with a get well gift:

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We collected the pouches for our swap with the DCMQG!

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Aleeda shared some wonderful tips for us at this meeting. Click here to read them!

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Show and Tell! Just gorgeous!

See you at the November meeting!

November 2016 Updates and Happenings

:: QuiltCon Charity Quilt 2017 ::
Thank you to all of the guild members who were able to attend the October Open Sew where we worked on the QuiltCon Charity Quilt blocks! A huge thank you to those who took many blocks home to work on as well.

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*More volunteers are needed to sew up the remainder of the blocks. The blocks are foundation paper-pieced. The paper should remain intact after sewing them up. There are 15 bags with patterns and fabric at Rock Paper Scissors available to be picked up. Please email njmqginfo at gmail dot com if you are able to pick up a bag and return it completed for the November meeting next week or shortly thereafter. When you pick up, write your name and email and how many bags you have taken on the sheet provided.


:: Budget for 2017 ::
Our Tentative Budget Proposal for 2017 is available for review on the blog under the password protected Members Only tab. We will vote on the cost of Membership Dues for 2017 and will vote on it at the November meeting. The board is proposing to keep the dues at $50 for 2017. We will review the budget at the November meeting and will vote on it at the December meeting. Please email njmqginfo at gmail dot com if you need the password.


:: Mid Atlantic MOD, a modern quilting retreat Early Registration ::
The NJMQG is a sponsor of this retreat which means we are guaranteed 10 spots at a discounted rate. Please read all about this fantastic event in Lancaster, PA by clicking here.
Early registration opens this Sunday, November 13th at 6pm. If you would like to attend, and are a current NJMQG member, please email Stella S. for the access code and the link to register: stellasingleton at gmail dot com.


:: NJMQG Membership & Membership Renewal for 2017 coming soon! Details to follow.


:: December Holiday Party ::
Sign ups to bring in food for the December Holiday Party will open soon.