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.
Please bring any finished pillowcases you have – I heard you all made SO MANY!!!!!
Thanks so much, and looking forward to seeing you all


Events for Autumn 2017


I hope everyone has had a fun summer!  Doesn’t it seem like it has been ages since our last meeting?  Here’s an overview of our upcoming happenings (all events are at the Cedar Grove Community Church unless noted):

Charity:  We’re now adding a quilt drive for Houston and Florida in addition to our planned pillowcase drive for children in foster care.

Easy-Burrito-Pillowcase-TutorialPillowcases for the Giving Hope Network – Please bring pillowcases to the September 21 Meeting.  (You can also make them at the October 7 Open Sew but our focus on that day is now moving toward quilt making for Hurricane victims.)

Here are a few tutorials:

All People Quilt Free Patterns  
Nancy’s Notions Speedy Trim Pillowcase PDF download
Missouri Star Burrito/Rollup Pillowcase Video Tutorial

Hurricane Response:  We’d love to hear from members your ideas about how you would like us to implement this, but we know one thing:  we will be making quilts for distribution!  To that end, please feel free to start making them now.  In addition, our Open Sew on October 7 will be dedicated to making quilts for Florida and Houston.  The guild has fabric and batting, and we’ll be looking for volunteers to quilt and bind them.

Meeting September 21:
Trunk Show with member Michelle Reiter.
The Paint chip mini quilt swap is now due at the October meeting.   Details are below.


Noodlehead singlebagSeptember 23 10AM-4PM:
Noodlehead Market Tote with Michelle Reiter – There have been a few cancellations, so there are 2 spots open.
SIGN UP:  Noodlehead Market Tote





imagesOpen Sew October 7,  10AM-4PM:
Guild Charity Sew Day for Houston and Florida.  Come and sew for a few hours or all day!  Guild will supply fabric and batting.


Meeting October 19, 7:15 PM:  
Trunk show with member Melanie Tuazon.
imagesPaint Chip Minis due.  Make a mini quilt using the colors on the paint chip that you chose at the August meeting.  Size Should be no longer than 12″ on one size and 20″ on the other. (see above for details!)



trillOctober 21 10AM-4PM
Trill Workshop with Melanie Tuazon  – There are still a few spots available.
SIGN UP:  Trill Workshop






Meeting November 16, 7:15:
Star Hive BlocksBee Block Swap Quarter 3 due
Potholder swap due -Make a potholder (8″x8″). This should be a  modern take on a classic block!



nuno felt scarf

November 18 10AM-5PM
Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop with Josie Dakers
SIGN UP: Nuno Felted workshop






downloadDecember 14, 7:15PM
Holiday Party and Elfster Swap  at LDS Church, 209 Mountain Ave/Caldwell NJ

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!


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!