Early Registration Opens THIS SUNDAY for Mid Atlantic MOD: A Modern Quilting Retreat

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The NJMQG is an official Mid Atlantic MOD sponsor again this year!

This retreat is planned by Central Jersey MQG and the Philadelphia MQG with surrounding guilds also participating. It’s a fantastic retreat filled with SO much to do!

Being a sponsor for the retreat guarantees our guild first access to 10 spots during early registration and a $25/person discount for our members that attend.

* Early Registration begins this Sunday, November 13th at 6pm and will be available only until November 26th. It’s first come, first served!

Here is the registration info you have been waiting for! WOO HOO!!

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

Mid-Atlantic Mod Retreat Dates and Location:
Thursday, April 27-30, 2017 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Lancaster, PA
. It’s a beautiful hotel in a great location!

Cost to Sponsoring Guild Members (that’s us!): $130

Workshops: $15 each. Click here for list of workshops. Page will be finalized with photos soon. You can choose to take workshops or not.

Lodging: Room rate is TBD + tax per night for single or double occupancy (last year it was $124/night + tax per night for single or double occupancy). We will update here on the blog when we have the info or check the MOD site.

General registration for very limited spots will open to the public in late November. NJMQG members will still pay the discounted price. Non-Member cost: $155.

The 2016 retreat had the following (some info copied from MOD’s site):

  • Plenty of social sewing time with the sewing room accessible from morning until very late at night
  • Various short hands-on workshops
  • Progressive quilts – where those who participated had a chance to win the completed top at the end of the retreat (!!!)
  • Secret and regular swaps
  • Charity sewing
  • Cocktail mixer
  • Local shop hops (nothing formal but there were carpooled trips to the many area shops)
  • Discounts to fabric shops
  • Swag bag filled with goodies (patterns, fabric, etc.)
  • Great giveaways
  • Some attendees chose not to participate in any of those options and sewed to their heart’s content (some people even sewed in their pjs). 🙂
  • Great location and beautiful hotel
  • And more!!

If you are on Instagram, check out the hashtag #midatlanticmod to see what everyone was up to at the last retreat!

2016 Elfster Holiday Swap Sign Ups are Open!

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NJMQG Members should have received an invitation to join the Elfster Holiday Swap via email.

The deadline to sign up is Monday, October 31, 2016. Swap Partner assignments go out on Tuesday, November 1st.

What is the Elfster Swap?

The Elfster Swap is a holiday swap that takes place at our December meeting which is a Holiday Potluck Party!

Sign up via the Elfster email to participate. Elfster will match everyone with a partner. On November 1st, you will receive an email with the name of the person you are making/buying the gift for. Keep your assigned partner a secret! You can anonymously ask your swap partner about their preferences via the Elfster site.

You are encouraged to make a wish list on the Elfster site with your own fabric preferences, style, favorite fabric designers, etc. so the participant that is making/buying a gift for you has some guidance.

Make or buy something special for your swap partner. Keep it at $15.

When: Thursday, December 15, 2016
Where:  NJMQG Holiday Potluck Party at the LDS Church, 209 Mountain Avenue in  Caldwell, NJ 07006

If you are a member and you did not receive an invitation, please send an email asap to njmqginfo at gmail dot com.

Thank you!

Reminder: October 2016 Open Sew Tomorrow for QuiltCon Charity Quilt

Our October 2016 OPEN SEW is tomorrow, Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Street, Cedar Grove, NJ (where we meet for our monthly guild meetings).

We have SIX hours of sewing scheduled! Can’t make it for the entire time? Come when you can!


** We are working on our QuiltCon charity quilt.

A main section of the quilt is foundation paper-pieced. There are other areas of the quilt that do not require paper-piecing.

Please bring an extension cord and/or power strip, neutral thread (light gray or cream), task light,  paper piecing tools (“Add-A-Quarter” ruler, scissors for paper, etc).


• Pack your lunch and please bring a snack or drinks to share if you can.


• We need a couple of members to bring in an iron/ironing mat/board to share. Please comment below if you can share an “ironing set up.”