Reminder: Open Sew & Charity Sew Combo – this Saturday 10/7

Our Open Sew is this Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 4pm 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!

So many inquiries have come in about contributing to the recent hurricane relief, we are combining & using the opportunity of this open sew to also make progress on our charity efforts. *Of course, if you have a project you’re trying to get done, please bring it. It will be nice to sew and spend time together.

For our charity sewing – quick and easy is the key, so we can get as much done as possible. We can work together in groups to knock out some projects: sew with a buddy or make a team!
*We’ll bring our donated fabric, scraps, and a big roll of batting.
Don’t feel like piecing? That’s cool – there are few quilt tops already made just waiting to be to be quilted. We’ve cut out big pieces of coordinated fabric for backs, some new tops, or there are a few precut pillowcases if you’d like to try one of those.
*Do you have any jelly rolls or charm packs you haven’t found any use for? (Then let me see your jelly roll!) Bring them along – maybe they will work with something in the charity stash – and no cutting needed! Large pieces for backings are especially appreciated.

*Besides fabric and batting, we will have a cutting station, including an AccuQuilt (Diane will be there to show us the magic of the AccuQuilt and we’ll cut all the things at one time!); an ironing station, and some extension cords.

Please bring:
*sewing machine and your basic supplies
*small ironing set up (the more the merrier), or ironing board (let us know if you’re able to bring one)
*extension cords/surge protectors
*your smiling face

Food stuffs: bring snacks, bring your own lunch (there is a microwave & fridge available), or bring cash $$$ to buy from the Cedar Grove Deli. We’ll place an order.
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Please bring any finished pillowcases you have – I heard you all made SO MANY!!!!!
Thanks so much, and looking forward to seeing you all
-Rachel

 

Reminder: June 2017 Meeting this Thursday!

• Our June meeting is this Thursday, June 15th, 2017 at 7:15 pm at the Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Road, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009. Parking is located in the large lot in the back – use the side entrance to come in. Feel free to arrive about 15 minutes early.  Important: Check in at the registration table to sign in.


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 bring 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: Have you borrowed a book from the NJMQG library? Books can be checked out for one month. Please see Margy S. If you borrowed a book at the last meeting, remember to return it at this meeting.


Board Elections will be held at this meeting. NJMQG Board Nominees have been posted to the Members Only page. Nominations may also be made from the floor with the consent of the nominee on the day of the election. Forgot or need the password to the Members Only page? Contact us at njmqginfo at gmail dot com.


The Not a Raffle Raffle: To raise money for charity, we are holding The Not a Raffle Raffle at this meeting for NJMQG members!

Cost: 10 tickets for $5. Cash or check only, please.

Prizes: Prize list


One Hour Basket Swap: Baskets are due at this meeting for the swap with the CJMQG.


Timna Tarr is coming to visit NJMQG June 16 & 17 for a Lecture and a Workshop! (workshop is sold out)

THE LECTURE
Join us for a lecture with award winning quilter, Timna Tarr where she will be discussing her process as well as color theory.

Date: Friday, June 16, 2017
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Community Church of Cedar Grove – 65 Bowden Rd. Cedar Grove, NJ
Cost: NJMQG members, free // all others $5
RSVP: Click this link to RSVP for the lecture

Hospitality for this weekend’s Timna Tarr Lecture and Workshop: There will be a sign up sheet at this meeting to bring in snacks, goodies and drinks for the Friday lecture, the Saturday workshop, or both! Please see Sarah F. with any questions.


Member Trunk Show continues: Krishma Patel is the next featured NJMQG Member in our Member Trunk Show Series for 2017!


Member-Led Workshops are open for registration. Click the links below to read about them and to register!
July: Paper Piecing Workshop with Betsy Vinegrad
July: Embracing Negative Space Workshop with Daniela Di Iorio
August: Indigo/Shibori Dying & Cyanotype/Photogram Workshop with Sarah Scott
September: Noodlehead Market Bag Workshop with Michelle Reiter
October: 
Trill Workshop with Melanie Tuazon
November: 
Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop with Josie Dakers


Refreshments for this meeting: Consider bringing a light refreshment to share.


• Remember to bring your name tag. If you do not have a name tag, we can arrange a partner swap- ask any of the NJMQG Executive Board Officers (Daniela, Amy, Annette, Kourtney, or Stella). As always, please bring anything you may have for Show and Tell (we respectfully ask that you limit your show and tell items to one item for this meeting).



See you on Thursday!

April 2017 Meeting Recap

What a great meeting!

– Here are announcements regarding general MQG business. To see the latest, click here.
– The MQG is exploring a new member engagement model for getting member feedback and input into MQG decisions with the launch of task forces. Check it out here.
– Click here for MQG Call for Submissions.


NJMQG Committee Volunteer Form is active. You can also sign up to be a “floating” volunteer without being on a Committee. Click here to volunteer!


Board Elections will be held in June. Nominations were opened at this meeting. Any member in good standing can self-nominate to get on the ballot for our meeting on June 15. Members can also nominate other members with their permission. Questions? Email us at njmqginfo at gmail dot com.


InstaIntros are so fun! Are you on the list to have your own week? If not, contact Stella to be put on the schedule. This is a great way to share your creative space, quilts, creations, and inspiration on the NJMQG Instagram feed. It’s also a fantastic way to get to know your fellow members. Check out some of the photos of the awesome members who have participated so far below or click here to check out our Instagram feed!


Charity:
– The NJMQG donated 28 finished quilts to those who lost their homes in the Ocean Grove fire.
– NJMQG members made over 50 pillowcases (!!!) to be donated to the Giving Hope Network. The pillowcases will be given to foster children.
Charity Pouches to be donated: Charity pouch kits were handed out to be collected at the May meeting along with travel-sized toiletries. The fabric was generously donated by Cloud9 Fabrics (Thank you, Cloud9 Fabrics!).


A few members shared their gorgeous creations from the Member-Led Hand Stitching Workshops!

Hand Stitching and Embroidery


Member-Led Workshops:  Spots are still available for the following workshops:
Cross Back Apron Workshop with Colleen Wiest on Saturday, May 20 from 9am-1pm. Register here.
Sew Together Bag Workshop with Amy Rehbein on Saturday, May 20 from 1pm-5pm. Click here to register.


Brown Bag Mini Quilt Swap: Our members had so much fun with making and receiving these mini quilts!


Member Trunk Show with Jo Ann Lepore: JoAnn has been quilting for over 30 years. She has always had a sewing machine and couldn’t imagine what her life would be like without one. Her favorite part of the process is piecing the fabrics and seeing the magic come alive. Being able to take fabric and manipulate the patterns is so rewarding and creative.


Here is our fabulous Show and Tell!