May 2016 Infinity Scarf Swap!

May 3, 2016, edited to add: Sign ups are now closed. Infinity scarves are due at the May 2016 guild meeting (Thursday, May 19th).

It’s time for our next swap! A beautiful, breezy Infinity Scarf seems to be the perfect choice for the warm weather.

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For this swap, we’ll be matching you with a partner instead of randomly swapping them. This way you can get to know who you are sewing for and make a personalized scarf to her/his taste.

Timeline:
– Deadline to sign up is Tuesday, May 3rd.
– Matches will go out Wednesday, May 4th.
– Scarves are due at the May 2016 Guild Meeting on Thursday, May 19th.

Inspiration:
Check out the Pinterest board we’ve put together here and some tutorials to peruse below:

The Rules:
– Make something you would be proud and happy to wear yourself.
– Take your partner’s fabric likes into consideration
– Use quality fabrics
– Say “thank you” after the swap
– You get what you get and you don’t get upset

Sign Up:
To sign up for the swap, please click here to fill out the form. You must be an NJMQG member. You will be contacted with your partner’s information on May 4th.

This is a great swap to try out different substrates like voile, double gauze, knit fabric, even mixing and matching fabrics for a reversible fashion accessory.

If anyone has other links to infinity scarf tutorials, please add them in the comments of this blog post.

MARCH 2016 Happenings

Hello, Hello! Updates, reminders, upcoming events, things to check out…


edited to add:

Quilters Take Manhattan

Registration is Open today, Monday, March 7th for members of the Quilt Alliance! Tickets go on sale to non-members at a later date.

From the website: “Speakers will be announced soon. [The] main event at FIT will be held on Saturday, September 25 with fun add-on events held on Friday, September 23 and Sunday, September 25.

Here is a link to check out past Quilters Take Manhattan events which have included an After Dark Cocktail Party at the home and studio of Victoria Findlay Wolfe with a quilt design competition between Heather Jones, Luke Haynes and Mark Lipinski, Tours of the Garment district, Workshops at City Quilter, Behind the Scenes Preview at the American Folk Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum’s Renowned Textile Center, lectures, Costume Tour at the Museum at FIT, and more!


Quiltfest

edited to add: Event ended Sunday, March 6th

Still going on! The show started this Thursday, March 3rd and ends today, Sunday, March 6th at 5pm! It’s located at the Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset, NJ.

Visit our Special Exhibit called “Modern Quilts presented by the NJMQG”! While you are there also check out the rest of the show, the other special exhibits and the vendors!


SWAPS

March 2016 GREEN Pincushion Swap:

The theme is Green and must be a Pincushion. It’s due at the upcoming March 2016 Meeting, Thursday, March 17th!  Click here for details and inspiration.

Paper Bag Mini Swap:

The Paper Bag Mini Swap bags were handed out at the February meeting. These are due at the April 2016 meeting!


 

Field Trips: Shopping Saturday

Reminder:: Our next Field Trip/Shopping Saturday is Saturday, March 19th at 3pm at Rock Paper Scissors located at 15 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ!


Morris Museum Exhibits

The Morris Museum currently has Studio Art Quilt Associates’ annual quilt art exhibition titled Text Messages. This runs through Sunday, March 20th.

There is also an exhibit of vintage textiles/crafts titled Follow the Thread which runs through Sunday, May 1st. This exhibit brings together more than seventy-five works from the collection of the Morris Museum.


March 2016 Crossroads Retreat

The spring Crossroads Retreat runs from Thursday, March 31st – Sunday, April 3rd!


 

Mid-Atlantic Mod!

An NJMQG sponsored modern quilting retreat! Thursday, April 21st – Sunday, April 24th!  Read about it here.


Upcoming Lecture and Workshop

Melissa Averinos will be visiting us Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May 14th! Mark your calendars! She will give a Talk and Trunk Show on Friday night, May 13th, and will teach a “Making Faces” Workshop (a class recently taught at QuiltCon!) on Saturday, May 14th. Details coming soon!


 

March 2016 Green Pincushion Swap!

:: Pincushion Swap! ::

Our 2016 March meeting will feature a Green Pincushion Swap!

pincushion swap

Click here for a Pincushion inspiration board on Pinterest to get your creative juices flowing.

*** The pincushion must feature the color GREEN in some way. It does not have to be green in its entirety.**

Please make a pincushion that you would LOVE to receive! 

Swaps are for NJMQG Members only.