January 2023 Meeting Recap

Hello quilty friends! Hope you’ve all had a lovely start to the new year. This month we had 50 people join us for our Zoom meeting. We welcomed some new friends to our guild with a special shout out to Mary Ann D, Daniel R, Cindy S, Pat B, Mary K, Pam F and Michelle.

We went over some quick guild business, because what we all were here for this month was a lecture from Heather Kojan. First things first, we could not continue without proudly congratulating our very own member and cofounder, Aleeda C. for being elected MQG Board President! We know she will put her heart and smarts into her role. Read more about it here!

Quiltcon is coming up. Thanks for Margy S. for once again taking the lead on all the coordinating for the Community Outreach Quilt. If you are going to be in Atlanta, Lenny is coordinating a meetup/group photo. Contact her to join in. For those of us not going to Quiltcon, we will be hosting an open sew over Zoom on Saturday, February 25. We’ll send out an email with that info soon.

We are in the middle of our guild renewal! Tell your friends! I may be biased, but we have the best guild around. Don’t forget to fill out the form AND then send the payment, either through Paypal, or check to the PO Box. To do that and find out more check it out here. We are hoping to have majority of the signups done by the end of January. We reset our roster in February.

We will be hosting a Needle Minder Swap! We will be sending out the sign ups and matching up partners soon. Then we will be swapping at our In Person Tea Party meeting/Open Sew in March.

Last, but certainly not least, we welcomed Heather Kojan for a lecture ahead of the Interleave Piecing class she was teaching on Saturday January 21.

Heather talked to us about Quilt Design. Her personal style is more modern traditional. During the pandemic she was quite a prolific quilter with about 20 quilts each in 2020 and 2021! Regarding quilt design she talked about 5 points. Inspiration (is everywhere!), Design Composition, Education, Selection and Construction and Documentation. It was lovely to have her with us and I hope everyone enjoyed!

Next month we will have our usual updates, as well as the quarterly treasurer’s report and show and tell! Send pictures of everything you’ve been working on to programs at njmqg dot com. We want to see all the quilty goodness!

Until next time, be well, stay crafty!

-A

January Guild ZOOM & Guest speaker

Hello & Happy New Year!
​Our Zoom guild meeting is this Thursday 1/19 & Heather Kojan will be joining us​ as a guest speaker​!

We’ll open it up at 7pm and start at 7:15 so we can go through some quick guild business and ​then ​hand over the meeting​.​ Please hold your ​S​how & ​T​ell photos ​until next month’s meeting.

​A little more about Heather Kojan​ who will be teaching a​ (sold out) ​Introduction to Interleave workshop with us this Saturday​…​​

Heather has been sewing since her teens and quilting for more than 25 years. She  considers herself a modern quilter, with traditional roots. 

She is the founder of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild and loves speaking to different groups and sharing the modern aesthetic. She is foremost a teacher. She teaches modern quilting classes in local shops, guilds and shows across the country.

​She is a contributing author to the book Classic Modern Quilts and a featured quilter in The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood, and 50 Little Gifts published by Lucky Spool. You can frequently find her work in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks MagazineModern Patchwork Magazine and Curated Quilts.​

You can find ​her at her blog: http://www.heatherkojan.com or on​ Instagram @heatherkojan

​We are so excited to have Heather join us, we’ll see you in a few days!

Check you email for the Zoom invite.

-Rachel

August Guild meeting & GUEST – THURSDAY!

Our guild meeting is this Thursday 8/18 at 7:15 pm via ZOOM! We’ll open at 7pm to visit beforehand.

Guest speaker: Tighe Flanagan – sharing about his work, journey and pumping you all up for his upcoming class this Saturday. There are a few spots still available – sign up via the website.

Tighe Flanagan has a background in visual arts and Middle Eastern studies and loves to combine these passions through patchwork and quilting. His creative work is greatly influenced by a sense of place — those he has visited and researched as well as his home in Washington, DC. In addition to quilting and patchwork, Tighe enjoys sewing menswear and teaching others new skills and techniques. 

We’ve got a few updates to share at the top, then we’ll hand over the meeting to Tighe. 

Please hold onto your WIP photos and Show & Tell pics until our meeting next month – there will be no slide show this meeting for sharing them.

Check your email for the Zoom details & see you THIS Thursday!

-Rachel