OPEN SEW – this Saturday Sept 25

Hello friends – We’ve got a MEET-UP / OPEN SEW planned for this Saturday Sept 25th.

Headed by Sarah Fader and our Charity team.

Sarah presented our new quilt drive initiative at our recent guild meeting -New Jersey is receiving about 10,000 Afghan evacuees who will be sheltered at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst for an undetermined amount of time.
As we will soon be welcoming Afghan refugee families to our area, we will be collecting quilts specifically for this purpose. 

Anyone can participate in whatever way they are able to.

We will be collecting already finished quilts, and blankets at this time and can supply batting and backing if you have a finished top ready to donate. 

We will keep you posted about where/when we will be collecting finished items in the future.

Project Linus is collecting baby sized quilts, so we will focus on larger pieces – from lap/throw size quilts and up.

The pattern = it is up to you on how simple or complex you’d like to make it. There is no theme or restrictions. Only that it can be washed, used, and loved.

If you would like to attach a welcome note – please do.

Our Open Sew details:

Saturday 25th  – that’s THIS Saturday10am-4pm

Community Church of Cedar Grove (or usual guild meeting spot)

65 Bowden Road, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009

To ensure everyone’s safety​, we will observe social distancing and wear face masks inside the building.


T​he guilds charity fabric stash will be there to go through and is available for use. We will have yardage available for backing and batting​.You can cut & sew there or take fabric home with you.

Want to hang out, visit and make kits?! Great! We need help with that too.

Drop in for a bit or stay all day!

Stuff to bring:

Your sewing machine & extension cord, power strip etc.

Rotary cutter, mat, ruler

existing quilt bits to sew & donate​

Lunch – there is a fridge & microwave there


Your ZIPPER POUCHES to turn in to Sam!!​


Thanks & SEE YOU SOON!!!!​

xoxo – NJMQG​

QuiltCon Refugee Mardi Gras Open Sew this weekend!

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

WHEN: TOMORROW! Saturday February 22nd from 10 am to 4 pm

WHERE: the Community Church of Cedar Grove 65 Bowden Rd, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009

Why should QuiltCon2020 attendees have all the fun?
Join us for a lightly Mardi Gras-themed Sew Day!

Wear green, yellow, or purple if you can. Or beads. Or a crown. Anything goes. We’ll have a give-away because what’s a get-together without a give-away?! And rumor has it there might be King Cake…

  • Bring a UFO or pick a Charity project to work on from our stash of well uh, charity projects.
  • Lunch-wise you’re on your own…bring something or order in.
  • Sarah F. will be on hand with her 25,000 Stitches project and would love your contribution to it!
  • The Notan materials from Thursday’s meeting will be there if you’d like to continue your exploration of dark-light. Bring your own paper scissors.
  • Or just come and hang out!

See you there!

2019 Charity News

Hi members!

Thank you to all who contributed charity quilts, the new wave quilts and your own designs!

Donations:

  • We were able to donate a total of 16 quilts in 2018 (yay!) to the Robert Kaufman quilt drive to benefit the California fire victims.
  • We already have 6 finished quilts ready for donation.  
  • We have 42 pillowcases ready to send to the Stuffed Suitcase program through the Giving Hope Network for their next giving event and we are so thankful to you guys, you’re the best! Let’s try to beat 2017’s pillowcase record of 127 pillowcases made and make more for 2019!
  • In addition, we have already donated 32 pounds of fabric scraps to the Social Justice Sewing Academy. Their Instagram is @sjsacademy if you want to check them out.

Below are the charity activities happening so far for 2019, we are so excited for our upcoming projects!

Log Cabin Blocks

We are making log cabin blocks that should be made 12 ½ by 12 ½ that will be finished 12×12 blocks. We would like for you to dig up those awesome stash strips and ask that members use some white in the block so they have a universal look once assembled into the quilt tops. There will be strips available at the February meeting from the charity stash and white to mix up with your stash. We will have a special giveaway in March for members who bring in log cabin blocks, but we will continue to collect blocks until we have enough for a quilt top or two. Use up that scrap stash!

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log cabin with measured strips

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one log cabin with measured strips, and one with unmeasured wonky strips

 

Quilts of Valor Blocks

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Quilts of Valor blocks

 

Thank you for all who made QOV blocks lately, they are awesome! We will be collecting more through to the April meeting so we have enough to assemble into several quilt tops. There will be QOV block kits available at the February meeting as well as at the charity open sew that we are hosting during the weekend of QuiltCon (February 23rd). These blocks should be 12.5” x 12.5” and can be any pattern of your choosing. Please make sure the colors are red, white and blue.

 

 

Presenting the 2019 NJMQG Charity Pattern of the Year! 

shoreline quilt The pattern we are using this year for charity quilts and kits is the “Shoreline” pattern from Tula Pink. This is a free pattern available from her website and we were given permission to create kits for our guild. Rachel, Crista, Terri and Emily got together last month to organize the charity stash (thank you!) and have already created 10 kits to make quilt tops for this pattern! These will be available at the charity open sew. We will continue to have the Elizabeth Hartman New Wave Quilt pattern and kit if you would still like to try that pattern.

We also have tops with backing and battings available for those of you who want to practice your FMQ skills and walking foot! These will be available at the March meeting. We have 5 quilt tops that need backings made or cut, and 4 quilt tops/backs ready for batting and quilting.

Thank you again for all of your charity efforts last year, you are all amazing.  I can’t wait to see how many we get done this year, let’s try to beat last year’s pillowcase numbers!

Emily Chwazik

Co-Chair of Charity Committee