2019 Charity News

Hi members!

Thank you to all who contributed charity quilts, the new wave quilts and your own designs!

Donations:

  • We were able to donate a total of 16 quilts in 2018 (yay!) to the Robert Kaufman quilt drive to benefit the California fire victims.
  • We already have 6 finished quilts ready for donation.  
  • We have 42 pillowcases ready to send to the Stuffed Suitcase program through the Giving Hope Network for their next giving event and we are so thankful to you guys, you’re the best! Let’s try to beat 2017’s pillowcase record of 127 pillowcases made and make more for 2019!
  • In addition, we have already donated 32 pounds of fabric scraps to the Social Justice Sewing Academy. Their Instagram is @sjsacademy if you want to check them out.

Below are the charity activities happening so far for 2019, we are so excited for our upcoming projects!

Log Cabin Blocks

We are making log cabin blocks that should be made 12 ½ by 12 ½ that will be finished 12×12 blocks. We would like for you to dig up those awesome stash strips and ask that members use some white in the block so they have a universal look once assembled into the quilt tops. There will be strips available at the February meeting from the charity stash and white to mix up with your stash. We will have a special giveaway in March for members who bring in log cabin blocks, but we will continue to collect blocks until we have enough for a quilt top or two. Use up that scrap stash!

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log cabin with measured strips

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one log cabin with measured strips, and one with unmeasured wonky strips

 

Quilts of Valor Blocks

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Quilts of Valor blocks

 

Thank you for all who made QOV blocks lately, they are awesome! We will be collecting more through to the April meeting so we have enough to assemble into several quilt tops. There will be QOV block kits available at the February meeting as well as at the charity open sew that we are hosting during the weekend of QuiltCon (February 23rd). These blocks should be 12.5” x 12.5” and can be any pattern of your choosing. Please make sure the colors are red, white and blue.

 

 

Presenting the 2019 NJMQG Charity Pattern of the Year! 

shoreline quilt The pattern we are using this year for charity quilts and kits is the “Shoreline” pattern from Tula Pink. This is a free pattern available from her website and we were given permission to create kits for our guild. Rachel, Crista, Terri and Emily got together last month to organize the charity stash (thank you!) and have already created 10 kits to make quilt tops for this pattern! These will be available at the charity open sew. We will continue to have the Elizabeth Hartman New Wave Quilt pattern and kit if you would still like to try that pattern.

We also have tops with backing and battings available for those of you who want to practice your FMQ skills and walking foot! These will be available at the March meeting. We have 5 quilt tops that need backings made or cut, and 4 quilt tops/backs ready for batting and quilting.

Thank you again for all of your charity efforts last year, you are all amazing.  I can’t wait to see how many we get done this year, let’s try to beat last year’s pillowcase numbers!

Emily Chwazik

Co-Chair of Charity Committee

January Member Led Workshops

Join us on January 26th for our first workshop of 2019 led by our very own Melanie and Amy.

Morning Session
Melanie will be teaching Creative Walking Foot: You don’t need to be a free motion master to make beautiful designs and texture on your quilts– you just need your walking foot and a little creativity! We’ll explore techniques to create both planned and  improvised angles and waves, then make mini quilts that can be used for placemats or pillows. Along the way, we’ll discuss technique and strategy for applying these techniques to bigger projects.

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Registration

Creative Walking Foot for NJMQG member

$32.00

Afternoon Session
Amy will be teaching the Clear Boxy Pouch by Aneela Hoey:  You will learn tips for working with vinyl and zippers.  The Boxy Clear Pouch has a see through front pouch so you are able to view contents at a glance. The bag has a sturdy box shaped base with spacious interior.

Registration

Clear Boxy Pouch for NJMQG member

$32.00

 

Join us for our first workshop of 2019.  If you have any questions, email Crista & Jackie at programs@njmqg.com

2019 New Jersey Arts Annual – Crafts February 9 – June 16, 2019

Call for Submissions

The New Jersey Arts Annual is a unique series of exhibitions highlighting the State’s visual artists. One exhibition takes place each year in either fine arts or crafts, in alternating sequence. These exhibitions are open to any artist currently living or working in New Jersey.

The Arts Annual series is sponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

Exhibition Theme
New Jersey: New Directions in Fiber Art

Exhibit location: Montclair Art Musuem, February 8 – June 16 2019

In recent years, artists have been actively contributing to an international renaissance in fiber arts with powerful, cultural associations. The formerly strict boundaries between so-called fine and applied arts have become increasingly blurred. Renowned artists such as Sheila Hicks and Lenore Tawney working with textiles and fiber transcend simple and assumed distinctions between art and craft. Whether emerging or established, the artists chosen for this year’s Crafts Annual should manifest the striking diversity and vitality of New Jersey fiber work. The examples chosen will encompass a variety of media and techniques and also address a multiplicity of technical, aesthetic, and social concerns. As humanity relies increasingly upon technology, there is a growing appreciation of the personal, sensuous delivery of mood and content through the familiar components of fiber. Putting forth the discoveries of their world and times, these artists engage the expressive potential of ancient methods with contemporary voices.

ENTRY DEADLINE Wednesday, August 1, 2018

For more information about jurors, eligibility, and submission requirements and form, please click here to download the prospectus.