NEW Charity Drive: Pillowcases for Stuffed Suitcase Program

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Our upcoming charity call is to help the Giving Hope Network http://www.givinghopenetwork.org/ with their “Stuffed Suitcase” program.

They partner with organizations and donors to provide suitcases filled with important essential items to children in foster care who typically transport what little belongings they have in garbage bags. The initiative seeks to improve self-esteem and make children feel valued and special by packing each suitcase with needed comfort items, such as pajamas, robes, stuffed animals, books and unique, handmade items. The children are ages 3-16.

Our plan is to donate as many handmade pillowcases we can make for collection at the April NJMQG guild meeting. It’s a short timeframe, so this quick sew will get us closer to a greater volume of items to donate.

We will also be adding our pillowcase count to the Million Pillowcase Challenge.

I received many compliments on the pillowcases that I use to bring my quilts to our meetings. Your kind words lead me to believe that this would be a satisfying project for us to work on. Here are three easy tutorials. I used the roll-it-up burrito method to make mine – which also uses a bit less fabric.

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/images/millionpillowcases/2015/pdfs/Roll-It-Up-2015.pdf

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/images/millionpillowcases/2015/pdfs/Basic-Pillowcase-Pattern-2015.pdf

http://www.nancysnotions.com/text/pdf/SpeedyTrimmedPillowcase.pdf

Perhaps you could ask friends and family who are interested in a non-quilting project to also get involved.

Thanks in advance and we look forward to seeing all your great makes for such a good cause.

Please email njmqginfo at gmail dot com if you have questions.

-Rachel

January Meeting Recap!

hey all! The QuiltCon charity quilt looks amazing! A huge thanks to all who volunteered to help make this happen! 🙂 You’ve all done an amazing job!

here’s some info and reminders below:

  • The Modern Quilt Guild has introduced its “modern monthly!’ It’s a monthly newsletter dedicated to things like, quilt of the month, block of the month, webinars, articles, interviews, etc. To gain access to these you must be a paid member.
  • Quiltfest is coming up March 2-5! We have about 23-24 quilts to put into the show! SO exciting! A form will be available soon for all to see the beautiful quilts. If you would like to help curate how they hang, help to set up or take down the exhibit, you can volunteer by emailing njmqginfo at gmail dot com.
  • There is a fabric challenge coming up by Kaffe Fassett for FreeSpirit fabrics called, “I am an Artisan .” Make a quilt, and possibly have it picked by Kaffe himself along with tons of different prizes! The quilt must be at least 80% artisan and the rest can be anything you would like to pair it with. The deadline is in June. Click the link for more info & you can look up examples by using the #artisanchallenge on instagram.
  • Feb. 4th is Amy’s Betty Bowler Bag class! Make sure you have your supplies! It’s coming up 🙂
  • All info for the Bee blocks has been emailed to the appropriate hives!
  • Our February swap is the cross back apron ! SO much fun! Click the link to sign up and for more info. The brown bag mini quilt swap will be after this one 🙂
  • Don’t forget to mark your calendars Timna Tarr is coming to town! She will do her lecture Friday, June 16th, and her map workshop will be Saturday, June 17th at our regular meeting location.
  • Our garment district adventure will be rescheduled! Stayed tuned for more info!

Thanks Liz for the Artisan presentation! We are excited for the challenge.img_7762

QuiltCon Charity Quilt!

 Lovely ladies hard at work ripping the papers 🙂 ❤

Some of the Hawaiian Appliqué blocks from Diane’s class!

Aleeda’s Quilty Tips!!

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Aleeda’s got some awesome quilty tips to share with all of us!

  • For rulers, threads, & cutters- you must first take inventory of what you have! Organize the rulers by shapes and use a peg board with a pipe cleaner to hold them all together. Aleeda uses an “omnigrid” bag that she got from JoAnn’s that she highly recommends.
  • For circle rulers, use a belt holder to keep them together and organized.
  • Thread can be stored in pencil cases/boxes. (which I believe she got from staples/office depot) She suggests organizing them by the type of thread they are. For example “Aurifil, Polyester, Metallic, etc.”
  • She keeps her bobbins secure by using the “donut” bobbin holder.
  • She uses a magnetic bar to hold her other tools such as scissors, [put a LOCK on them if you have some sneaky hands in the house :)] you can purchase them from IKEA, & harbor freight.

Show & Tell!

 

See you all next month!

QuiltCon Charity Quilting Bee this Sunday, January 8, 2017

We could use some help getting our QuiltCon charity quilt put together to be ready for machine quilting by our next meeting on Jan 19.

Margy S. and Sarah F. have agreed to coordinate the effort.

There’s a little bit of paper piecing to be done; putting the blocks and rows together; and then designing and adding borders.

If 5 to 10 members can work on it for two to three hours we should be able to accomplish this.

The plan is to meet at Margy S.’s house Sunday, January 8, from 2 – 5pm.

She lives in Clifton, quite near rtes. 3 and 46, and the Parkway. Come join us, we’ll have fun!

Bring your sewing machine if it’s easily portable, and your basic sewing kit.

We’ll bring the finished top to the next meeting for all to see. Hopefully the collective  creative mind will come up with a name for the quilt, so that someone can make a label.

Jackie L. has agreed to do the machine quilting, and after that we’ll need one more volunteer to bind it.

If you’d like to help but are unable to do so this Sunday, please let us know if the following Sunday or Monday (a holiday) work better for you.

Please contact Margy if you want to join our quilting bee. Click here or on the Members Only tab at the top of the page for her email address.