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!

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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!

March 2017 Meeting Recap

We had a lovely meeting in March!

Our meeting started off with some MQG announcements which can be found here.


The First Quarter Bee Block Swap blocks were exchanged. Look at those beautiful blocks!

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Members shared finished quilts and tops made for charity. A couple of the quilts shown here were made at the February Open Sew!


At the February Open Sew, members participated in a Jelly Roll Race! Also, check out how fast Amy can sew here and here! 😉


Members recapped their experiences at QuiltCon 2017. Click here to see the award winners of the quilt show. As a guild, we submitted a quilt to the QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge. Thank you to all of the members who made this quilt happen!

 

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photo by Colleen W.

 


Our guild had a lovely special exhibit at Quilt Fest at the beginning of March. Click here to see the recap.


Here is Show and Tell!

February Meeting Recap!

Hi All!

We had a wonderful meeting on February 16th. It was so great to see everyone!

Daniela opened the meeting with announcements regarding general MQG business. To see the latest, click here.

We hosted our first apron swap with 10 members participating. Everyone got to know their partner and sewed an apron especially for them!

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Amy hosted a trunk show and showed off her amazing quilts and projects. We learned all about her process and what inspires her. It was lovely to see all of her beautiful creations!

Stella gave a huge programs update with events laid out until June. Here are a few highlights that she talked about 

  • Garment District Field Trip  – join us for an informal tour of one of the most fun neighborhoods in NYC on March 11th – click the link for more information
  • Member-Led Workshop: Hand Stitching Trio  – Three classes in one day! Learn Hand Quilting with Stephanie Mullin, Reverse Appliqué with Michelle Reiter, and Embroidery with Stella Singleton all taking place on March 25th!

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You can click this link to download the programs handout, with everything happening through June, that was available at the February meeting.

We rounded out the meeting with a very robust Show & Tell!

Mini quilts for the QuiltCon Mini Quilt Swap!

An amazing assortment of quilts – some of which were part of the QuiltFest Quilt Show.

Our next guild meeting is scheduled for March 16th at the Community Church of Cedar Grove (65 Bowden Rd). Meeting starts at  7:15pm – hope to see you there!

 

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!

October 2016 Meeting Recap

What a great meeting!

We surprised our first NJMQG President, Melanie Tuazon, with a quilt to thank her for all of the work she has done for our guild. So many members worked on the front of the quilt. The back has blocks with members’ signatures on them.

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We presented Aubrey with a get well gift:

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We collected the pouches for our swap with the DCMQG!

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Aleeda shared some wonderful tips for us at this meeting. Click here to read them!

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Show and Tell! Just gorgeous!

See you at the November meeting!

March 2016 Meeting Recap!!!

 

Hey all!!! March was such a fun meeting!  Thanks to all who participated in the Pin cushion Swap, and also thank you to Diane Fama for a BEAUTIFUL trunk show!!!

For those who couldn’t be there, here are a few announcements to remember and things to look out for:

Mini Quilts for the Paper Bag Mini Swap will be due at our next meeting which is now Thursday, April 28th at 7:15PM. Please note the date and time change.

Melissa Averinos will be coming to lecture and teach a workshop!!! We are VERY excited 🙂 ! The lecture will be held Friday, May 13th in the evening, and the Workshop, Making Faces, will be Saturday, May 14th, 10-5PM. More information to come on sign ups and all that good stuff! Go and check out her work at her website to see what she’s all about!

Wishing everyone attending the Cross Roads Retreat and the Mid Atlantic MOD retreat a fantastic time!!

Also, the New Jersey Shop Hop will be starting soon and the theme is Earth day! There are projects located at various stores around NJ that you can collect and make and drumroll please……. there are tons of really awesome fun PRIZES!!! WOOO!!! It’s a great way to visit and support a whole bunch of other LQS’s around NJ, and the road trips are fun too 🙂

Here is Rock Paper Scissors’s sneak peek of their Shop Hop project: a quilted rug!

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 BRING ON THE PIN CUSHIONS for the Swap! Green for St. Patrick’s Day! 

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Here is a peek into Diane’s amazing trunk show!!! 

 

 

and of course… show & tell!!!!

and lucky me!!! I received my Mini early!! made by Stella Singleton! :):):):):) 

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See you all April 28th at 7:15PM!!!

 

September Meeting Recap

::  SEPTEMBER MEETING RECAP  ::

• Our fun question for the meeting was:

~ How Many States Have You Bought Fabric In? Diane totaled a final number of 26! Aleeda was a close second with a total of 21!

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• Our October Swap is an Infinity Scarf swap! Click here for details and to sign up!


• QuiltCon Charity Quilt 2016:   Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 12.22.31 PM~ We distributed the fabric and guidelines for the QuiltCon 2016 Charity Quilt: Improv with Intent. Thank you to all of our participants. The blocks are due back at the October meeting. If you tag photos of your progress/finished block(s) on social media, please use the tags: #njmqg  #quiltconcharityquilt


~ QuiltCon 2016 Magazine: The deadline to submit a quilt design or an article to the QuiltCon 2016 magazine is Tuesday, September 29,  2015. Click here for details. Please consider submitting.


• QuiltCon 2017:

~ Call for Instructors and Lecturers for QuiltCon 2017: Deadline is December 31, 2015.  Applicants notified by March 31, 2016. Click here for details.


• NJMQG Library:

~ The board has appointed an NJMQG Librarian: Kelly Chladil! Details on procedure coming soon.


• Upcoming Events:

~ Our OCTOBER GUILD MEETING is: Thursday, October 15, 2015 at Rock Paper Scissors from 7 – 9pm.

~ Brownstone Quilters Guild Quilt Show:  November 6 – 7, 2015. Please click here for details. Hopefully everyone had the chance to buy a raffle ticket for the beautiful raffle quilt that was shown at the meeting!

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~ Blanket Statements: New Quilts by Kaffe Fassett at the Michener Art Museum. Click here for details. Also, please check out the related programming going on in November through December here (see column on right for listings).

~ Cross Roads Retreat: November 11 – 15, 2015. All spots are currently filled.

~ Central Jersey MQG Fall Sewing Retreat: November 13 – 15, 2015. Please email njmqginfo (at) gmail (dot) com for details.

~ Rock Paper Scissors will be vending at Quilter’s Take Manhattan this weekend.

~ Rock Paper Scissors Annual Holiday Boutique is December 4, 5, 6th, 2015.


• Congratulations to Krishma! Her quilt, Juxtapose, was chosen as one the the 18 quilts to represent the MQG at the Texas Quilt Museum. The show runs from January to March, 2016.


• Check out the Show and Tell. Wow!

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See you at the next meeting!