Final Bee Block Swap of 2017!


It’s time for the third (and final) Bee Block Swap of 2017.  Stella has done a stellar (sorry, I couldn’t resist) job organizing this all year. Members have had a lot of fun making and receiving very beautiful blocks, so kudos to Stella for all her hard work to make it happen for us!  Next year’s themes will most likely change, so if you want or need blocks from this year’s hives, here’s your final chance.

Sign up here: 3rd quarter Bee block Swap

Here’s how it works:

HIVES: This swap is open to NJMQG Members only.  Each Bee Hive consists of no more than 6 quilters (if this needs to be adjusted due to participant numbers, you will be notified when hives are emailed).  There will be as many hives as needed to accommodate those who would like to participate.  Sarah will be the “Queen Bee” for all hives – if you have any questions, concerns, or issues, please contact her before the quarter ends.

BLOCKS: Each Hive is themed. You’ll have the option to choose a Star, Sampler or Free for All hive.

  • Sampler any 12.5 x 12.5 block (for example, log cabin, granny square, etc.)
  • Star – Any 12.5 x 12.5 square block
  • Free-for-Allany block style, any size – does not have to be square – if the block is under 10″ you must make 2 blocks (for example, if you make a Swoon block that is 21″, you only have to make one. If you make a Tula City block that is 6×6, you must make 2)


  • Select a quilt block that is within your skill level.
  • Use fresh, modern, new, quilt shop quality fabric .
  • Use your own fabric stash to create the blocks – no one can request specific fabrics or designers.  
  • The block should measure 12.5 inches square when complete unless you are in the “Free-for-All” Hive.
  • Please only use neutral colored thread to construct your block. (This means if the block background is white, use white or cream thread, not black.)
  • Make 5 of the same square in each of your hive members’ chosen color palettes (6 if you want one for yourself)
  • Please take the time  to construct your blocks well and use a ¼ inch seam allowance (unless your pattern dictates otherwise).  Blocks that are too large or too small, even by a 1/4″ are sometimes not usable. You may choose to make a test block in your own color selection before constructing the blocks for your hive to ensure that the block will size correctly. A simple block well-constructed is always better received than a complicated block that is falling apart from poor construction.

TIMELINE:  The third quarter in 2017 will run from August – November. Sign-ups close on July 31st.  You’ll receive the names of the quilters in your hive as well as their color palettes and any additional information by August 2nd.  Finished squares for this quarter can be distributed early but are due at the November 16 guild meeting  –  Of course, sometimes things happen, so if you have an unforeseen emergency, please contact Sarah ASAP!

Sign up here:   Last Bee Block Swap of 2017:

Some finished quilts that Stella made from bee blocks:




One Hour Basket Swap with CJMQG

We’re super excited to partner with the Central Jersey MQG in a One Hour Basket swap!
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Here’s how it works:

1. Register for the swap by May 12th, by completing this survey: One Hour Basket Swap Registration You will receive your partner’s name, email, and social media information by May 15th.
This is not a surprise swap, so please get to know your partner through email or social media!

2. Make a personalized one hour basket for your partner using this pattern: One Hour Basket Pattern – it costs $1.00 on Craftsy. The One Hour Basket is SUPER versatile! Check out our Pinterest board for more inspiration!

3. Fill the basket with up to $10 worth of goodies and a note and bring it to the June guild meeting on June 15th. Stella will provide bags and tags for you to put your basket in so the goodies don’t fall out.

4. At the July 20th guild meeting, you’ll receive your basket & goodies from your CJMQG swap partner.

5. Post how happy you are on social media, tagging your new CJMQG pal!

NOTE: This swap is open to CJMQG & NJMQG members only!

Reminder: April 2017 Meeting this Thursday!

• Our April meeting is this Thursday, April 20th, 2017 at 7:15 pm at the Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Road, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009. Parking is located in the large lot in the back – use the side entrance to come in. Feel free to arrive about 15 minutes early.
Important: Check in at the registration table to sign in and pick up a raffle ticket for door prizes before finding a seat.

FREE table: Bring in the quilty items you no longer use and drop them on our FREE table at the beginning of the meeting. If your items are not taken, please bring them home with you.

Member Corner: Many of our members have their own creative businesses and services to offer. A designated table is provided for members to leave their business cards, class/workshop lists, postcards, etc. This is a great way to get the word out about what you have to offer!

Library: Have you borrowed a book from the NJMQG library? Books can be checked out for one month. Please see Margy S. If you borrowed a book at the last meeting, remember to return it at this meeting.

Did you attend any of the Hand Stitching Trio Member-Led Workshops in March with Stephanie Mullin, Michelle Reiter, and Stella Singleton? Please bring your work from this class to the meeting to share with the group.

• Brown Bag Mini Quilt Swap: Did you participate in this fun swap? If so, the mini quilts are due at this meeting!

Pillowcases for charity are due at this meeting. There is still time to make a pillowcase for kids! Click here for info and suggested patterns.

Member Trunk Show continues: Jo Ann Lepore is the next featured NJMQG Member in our Member Trunk Show Series for 2017!

Member-Led Workshops!:  Spots are still available for the following workshops:

One Block Wonder Workshop with Jo Ann Lepore on Saturday, April 22 from 10am-4pm. Click here to register.

Cross Back Apron Workshop with Colleen Wiest on Saturday, May 20 from 9am-1pm. Click here to register.

Sew Together Bag Workshop with Amy Rehbein on Saturday, May 20 from 1pm-5pm. Click here to register.

If you did not bring in First Quarter Bee Blocks that were due at the March meeting, please do so for this meeting.

• Board Elections will be held in June. Any member in good standing can self-nominate to get on the ballot for our meeting on June 15. An email with more info was sent to members. If you are an NJMQG member and did not receive the email, please email us at njmqginfo at gmail dot com.

• NJMQG Committee Volunteer Form is available. Click here to volunteer!

Refreshments: Consider bringing a light refreshment to share.

Remember to bring your name tag. If you do not have a name tag, we can arrange a partner swap- ask any of the NJMQG Executive Board Officers (Daniela, Amy, Annette, Kourtney, or Stella). As always, please bring anything you may have for Show and Tell!
See you on Thursday!