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!

Hand Stitching and Embroidery


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!

Reminder! May 2017 Meeting this Thursday!

• Our May meeting is this Thursday, May 18th, 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 the One Block Wonder Workshop in April with Jo Ann Lepore? Please bring your work from this class to the meeting to share with the group.


Member Trunk Show continues: Josephine Dakers-Brathwaite is the next featured NJMQG Member in our Member Trunk Show Series for 2017!


• Pouches for Charity: Did you grab a pouch kit at the April meeting or make one with your own fabric? Please bring them and any travel-sized toiletries you have to fill the pouches. If you didn’t make a pouch but can bring toiletries, that would be great! If you still want to make a pouch, you can click on the Members Only page to download a pattern (Noodlehead Open Wide zippered pouch pattern in size medium).


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. Click here to register.

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


• 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. Members can also nominate other members with their permission. Questions? Email us at njmqginfo at gmail dot com.


• NJMQG Committee Volunteer Form is still available. You can also sign up to be a “floating” volunteer without being on a Committee. 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!

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!

Quilt Fest 2017 NJMQG Special Exhibit Recap

The NJMQG had a fantastic Special Exhibit at Quilt Fest this year. A huge Thank You to the members who submitted their quilts to the exhibit and also to those who volunteered to make this exhibit a success!

Here is a visual recap of our exhibit from March:

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Split Personality (Split II) by Michelle Reiter  40.5″ x 40.5″

Trip Around the Universe

Trip Around the Universe by Sue Erdreich  60″ x 60″

Too Much Blue

Too Much Blue by Jackie Laba  37″ x 45″

Spin-Off

Spin-Off by Kathy Morganroth  80″ x 90″

Growth DDIIORIO

Growth by Daniela Di Iorio  53″ x 53″

Sisyphus

Sisyphus by Jackie Laba  37″ x 45″

Ode To Stanley Whitney

Ode To Stanley Whitney by Sarah Fader  42″ x 41″

Momentum

Momentum by Melanie Tuazon  72″ x 72″

Log Cabin

One Large Log Cabin by Mary Kirchoff   Quilted by Diane Fama   45″ x 45″

Kaleidescopic Comet

Kaleidoscopic Comet by Judy Josephson  18″ x 18″

Improv Log Cabins

Improv Log Cabins by Sarah Fader  36″ x 46″

I Wanna

I Wanna by Tracy Baird  13″ x 18″

Weight of Love in my Garden

Weight of Love in my Garden by Margy Schilling  74″ x 83″

Happy Wife

Happy Wife by Rachel BondBaron   Quilted by Sarah Russett   62″ x 72″

Focus Through the Prism

Focus Through the Prism by Betsy Vinegrad  Each Quilt is 20″ x 20″

Flounce

Flounce by Melanie Tuazon  52″ x 57″

Flight of Fancy

Flight of Fancy by Judy Josephson  Quilted by Krishma Patel   39″ x 42″

First Go

First Go by Rachel BondBaron  50″ x 80″

Doodles

Doodles by Michelle Reiter  66″ x 66″

Crossing Over

Crossing Over by Sarah Fader   46″ x 32″

Citrus Sizzler

Citrus Sizzler by Diane Fama  55″ x 64″

Cosmos

Cosmos by Amy Veach   88.25″ x 113.5″

Claires Kimono Silks

Claire’s Kimono Silks by Margy Schilling   70″ x 70″

Black and White Trill

Black and White Trill by Melanie Tuazon  58″ x 68″

 

Double Shot of Stitching – Cross back Apron & Sew Together Bag Member-Led Workshops

Join us for a double-shot of stitching – two member-led workshops in one day! Register for one or both workshops! See below for all the details.

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Location: Community Church of Cedar Grove

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Workshop 1: Cross back Apron Workshop with Colleen Wiest
Time: 9am-1pm
Cost: $20 members / $25 non-members

In the first session, Colleen will take us step-by-step through the construction of the gorgeous Purl Soho linen cross back apron! This apron is the perfect cooking accessory: as functional as a paring knife, as useful as a wooden spoon, and as classic as a Bundt pan. For this version, we suggest using the gorgeous Watercolor Linen, a lightweight fabric that will stand up to the heat of the kitchen! Watercolor linen can be purchased at Purl Soho or Gray Lines Linen in the Garment District.

Upon registration, you’ll receive a comprehensive supply list and cutting instructions.
We recommend that you come to class with all pieces cut out and labeled.

To register for the Cross back Apron class, click here: Cross back Apron Registration
This class has a cap of 20 students.

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Workshop 2: Sew Together Bag Workshop with Amy Rehbein
Time: 1pm-5pm
Cost: $20 members / $25 non-members

In the second session, Amy takes the fear out of zippers! She will show you how to sew a wonderful little bag with three zippered pockets and four open pockets. This pouch holds lots of sewing notions, embroidery tools, or anything your heart desires! Don’t fear the zipper!  It’s so easy and Amy will show you how it’s done. These pouches can be made in so many great fabrics and make excellent gifts too. There are so many variations and you can have a lot of fun with the exterior. The finished size of the bag is 10” x 5” x 5”.

This class requires the purchase of the Sew Together Bag pattern. Upon registration, you’ll receive a complete supply list and links to purchase the pattern or you may check your local quilt shop and purchase it there.

We recommend that you arrive to class with all pieces cut and interfacing fused so we can get sewing right away and you can leave with a finished bag.

To register for the Sew Together Bag Workshop, click here: Sew Together Bag Registration
This class has a cap of 20 students.

NOTE: We will host a cutting party on Friday, May 19th from 7p-9p at the Cedar Grove Community Church to prepare for class the next day. Please indicate on the registration form if you are interested in attending so we can account for space.

About the Instructors

IMG_5824Colleen Wiest was born in the little town of Emmett, Idaho. Her mother taught her to embroider at a very young age. Her first stitching memory is of embroidering a kitten on a hanky for her grandmother when she was six. Her grandmother also taught her to use the sewing machine at a young age. She helped Colleen make her first blouse and skirt when she was 12. Colleen says sewing in one form or another has always been a part of her life. Her love of quilting developed as she watched her mother quilt. In recent years, with a bit more time on her hands, Colleen’s quilting skills have increased and developed as she has spent time with the wonderful women in the NJMQG. Colleen is married to her dear husband Joel, and together they have four children and, by the time she teaches the class, they will have 12 grandchildren!


amyrWife to her high school sweetheart and mother of 3 daughters, Amy Rehbein has been a maker for as long as she can remember. Born and raised in New Jersey, Amy spent countless hours playing at the feet of her Mother’s Singer sewing machine. She has been sewing since she was a little girl – generations of women before her influencing her creative passions. Ten years ago she began quilting, developing a unique style that she likes to call “Vintage Modern,” honoring the past by weaving traditional elements into her modern designs. Amy’s work has been published in modern quilting books and shown in quilt shows. She has taught various sewing classes to all levels of sewists. Currently, Amy is serving as the Vice President of the North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild where she has been an active member since 2013. Amy also taught the hugely popular Betty Bowler Bag workshop earlier in 2017.