May 2019 Guild Meeting

We welcomed 41 members and 2 guests!

MEMBER NEWS

Quiltfest Lancaster May 9-11: Betsy, Krishma, Carol, and Marilyn had quilts in the show. Congratulations to all!!

ONGOING & UPCOMING

Montclair Art Museum: New Directions in Fiber Art through June 16.
:: next Free First Thursday Night is June 6

MQG

  • Check out the Modern Monthly newsletter (MQG member login required)
  • Riley Blake challenge deadline was May 31st.
  • QuiltCon Charity Quilt announced. Theme: text. Color story: greyscale. Several members signed up to work on our guild’s quilt. Stay tuned…!

NOMINATIONS FOR 2019-2020 BOARD

Meet the nominees. Election will be held at the June Meeting by show of hands. New officers take control in July.

#MEMADEMAY on Instagram

Check out all the good stuff makers made!

APRIL FOOL UGLY FAT QUARTER CHALLENGE

MYSTERY QUILT

  • Follow the hashtag #2019njmqgmysteryquilt to see in your Instagram feed.
  • First cutting instructions were sent out May 1st.
  • Ideas for staying organized: baggies, index cards & swatches affixed to color key, lettered or numbered pins, plastic boxes, wunder clips & labels with number of pieces and dimensions.
  • Next instruction: June 1st-ish

JAPAN TOUR SLIDE PRESENTATION

by Betsy (& Michelle in absentia)
WOW…what else can I say? It was a m a z i n g!

SHOW & TELL

What a talented group we are!

PLEASE NOTE
The next meeting will be held on June 20 at
the Community Church of Cedar Grove

See you there!

Sept 2018 Meeting Recap

Welcome Fall and Welcome back

to our regular meeting place in Cedar Grove! This month 47 members and 2 guests (one of whom has joined!) were in attendance.

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We need YOU to help run OUR guild

  • Hospitality could use a couple more volunteers to help orient visitors and new people to the guild, and to help with the occasional party.
  • Nominating committee really just works in the early spring, but will need some help then.
  • Fundraising we would love if someone, or better yet a few someones would step up to come up with fundraising ideas and then help make them happen. This would help keep costs down for workshops, visiting instructors, etc
  • Charity Rachel and Emily are committed to this work, but could use some help to make it happen.

:: Contact president[at]njmqg.com to become a committee member. ::

How we spent our summer vacations –

There was travel, classes in Maine and at Gotham quilts in NYC, and of course the Sashiko class we sponsored at Sew Jersey, earlier in September. These two half day classes were fully enrolled, and greatly enjoyed by all.

September was Textile Month in NYC, and there were numerous pertinent museum exhibits, at the Met, MOMA, and the Museum of Art and Design; also the Piecework Collective exhibition the weekend after the meeting only.

Discussions –

Mancuso’s NJ Quiltfest will not be happening this year. They’ve apparently decided to have a show in Lancaster PA in May, instead. Seems like a loss for NJ, especially here in the northern part of the state.

MidAtlantic Mod quilting retreat however, is returning in 2019. We’re invited to be sponsors again. In return we would be guaranteed spots for 10 of our members.
A positive change, is that instructors would not get first dibs on registration. Seems like a good number of our members would like the chance to go, and would be willing to pay a share of the sponsorship fee to do so. Most seemed in favor of having a lottery within the guild to award the 10 places, before registration opens in early November.
Registration is $175, and then you would have the cost of lodging, meals, etc.
See midatlanticmod.blogspot.com for complete info.

QuiltCon charity quilt chairs, Ameri and Amy reviewed the requirements and the plan for our contribution, and handed out the rest of the kits for blocks.
All blocks are due at the October 18th meeting. In the meantime, there will be a couple of work sessions for people who want a bit of guidance for the required improv tiny piecing. We have volunteers for all the work to be done by the January 2019 Guild meeting so the quilt can be shipped in early February.

Holiday Party –

Those present voted, by show of hands, to opt for a new gift exchange at the holiday party. Instead of an Elfster gift exchange this year, we’ll each make a shopping tote and do a blind swap during the party, leaving more time for socializing, and show and tell. More details to come this fall. All agreed to have the main course catered again and bring in our own desserts.

Programs Update –

  • Jackie and Crista reminded us to sign up for Rayna Gilman’s Improv Quilting classes October 5 and 6.
  • Jackie Laba will teach Beginning Free Motion Quilting on November 3. Sign up here.
  • Embellish-Me Swaps were distributed among those participating. Have fun adding your stitchy flair! Remember to bring your embellished item to the October meeting to exchange with your swap-mate!
  • Last of the year Bee Hive blocks were exchanged. Photo Sep 20, 8 05 17 PM (1)
  • Book Reports: After the break, we had 30 second book reports (some went longer!). Quite a few of us had books to show, and shared a feature that made the book enjoyable or informative.Psst! Sneak peak at 2019 – Melanie Tuazon’s Walking Foot Quilting class in January, and in March, Diane Fama will teach a ruler workshop. Stay tuned for more details!

Last but not least, of course, was…Show and Tell!

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Samantha’s Stars

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Emily’s Beach quilt

Photo Sep 20, 9 09 53 PM

Sarah’s “She Let Herself Go”

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Dawn’s Little Foxes

Photo Sep 20, 9 12 33 PM

Diane’s Arrows

Photo Sep 20, 9 13 42 PM

Diane’s Scrap Crazy

Photo Sep 20, 9 16 12 PM (1)

Carol’s beaded applique

Photo Sep 20, 9 17 32 PM

Mary’s Mille Fiori (quitled by Diane Fama)

Photo Sep 20, 9 18 18 PM

Tracy’s Scrappy

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back of Tracy’s Scrappy quilt

Photo Sep 20, 9 19 31 PM

Tracy’s picnic quilt

Photo Sep 20, 9 20 39 PM

Anne’s Sheep baby quilt

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Anne’s Mystery Quilt

Photo Sep 20, 9 21 57 PM

Josie’s charity quilt top

Photo Sep 20, 9 22 12 PM

Rachel’s fab bag

Photo Sep 20, 9 23 13 PM (1)

Rachel’s Wonky Cross

Photo Sep 20, 9 24 24 PM (1)

Debby’s birthday quilt (for a neutral home!)

Photo Sep 20, 9 25 26 PM

Betsy’s lobster printed in Aleeda’s silk screen class

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JoAnn’s Pinwheels in Kathy Doughty prints

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Krishma’s Sampler (pieced by Joann’s friend, quilted by Krishma)

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Krishma’s quilting

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Ameri’s Multicolored Solids

See you in October!

August 2018 Guild Meeting Recap

Hellooo quilty friends!!

Sorry for the delay. Here’s the recap for our August meeting.

There were 32 members and 5 guests that joined us.

Happenings

We talked about some of the things we had coming up or done

There was a call for teachers for the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival next March and the local branch of National Association of University Women is looking for lecturers. Follow the links to find out more.

MQG

The MQG finally came out with their new website. Can we say search function, yay?!?! Check it out here.

Committees

We talked about the committees we have and the changes happening with them.

  • Charity will be Emily and Rachel
  • Quiltcon charity quilt is Amery and Amy
  • Bylaws will be retired for now
  • Nominating is Sarah F
  • Field trips is Becka
  • Sunshine will be under secretary
  • Tech is Kathy
  • Lenny is helping with Programs
  • Library is Laura F
  • Hospitality and Fundraising/scholarship heads are needed

We also had a discussion on the increase in dues and will be voting in November whether or not to raise the dues from $50-$60/year

Programs

  • The sashiko class was this past weekend. I know I can’t wait to hear and see more from that! You can see a few pictures here and here
  • The sign ups for Rayna’s classes is out. There are two chances to learn from her. Check them out here
  • We also had a survey go out about the Holiday party/Elfster swap and possible alternatives. I’m sure we’ll discuss more next meeting.
  • In September we will be doing our Book Reports, bring and talk about one of your favorite books or a sample made from the book AND our embellish me swap, where you can bring something no larger than 8 1/2×11 sheet of paper to be swapped and embellished!
  • And we are still planning to go to the Sculpture Garden in October. More details soon.

Quiltcon Charity Quilt

The theme is small piecing, using 1″ or less. The idea Amy and Ameri has worked on is amazing. Can’t wait to see this one flesh out.

Ask the Guild

We started a new thing called Ask the Guild to be able to get feedback on a project. It’s been fun. If you have a project with some questions, bring it in! We love to give our opinions!

Daniela inherited this WIP and is wondering how to work on it while keeping the integrity of the original work, but adding her own style.

Sew and Tell

Our favorite part of the meeting!

Laura- Poolside tote and Orange Peel Extravaganza

Margy- Wedding quilt top

Anne- Wave charity quilt

Betsy

And, sorry I missed your name with your amazing bag!

We will be back at our normal meeting place Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Rd, Cedar Grove. 7:15

Ciao for Niao! 😉

-A