March 18th Meeting Recap

Spring has sprung! Daylight stretching later into the day and temperatures climbing upwards. Yay!

Our march meeting reached an attendance of 63. Welcome to new members Kaitlyn Fritsch & Ana Sancho-Rumeu, as well as several guests attending.

Guild Business

Board Elections are coming up in June and the Nominating Committee will be looking for volunteers. The positions up for election this year are President, Vice President, Secretary and Programs. If you are curious or interested about any of the positions you can read the position description in our bylaws, which is found in the Members Only section on the website. You may also contact Crista directly.

Name Tag Swap For those participating in the swap, you should have received your assigned recipient by now. If you have not, or would like to be included in our next name tag swap, please contact Progams.

Guest Speaker: David Owen Hastings

ABOUT DAVID

I’m a quilter, graphic designer, print and textile artist, and a former President of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. I create contemporary art and modern minimal quilt and textile designs. My creative approach to modern quilting has led to a busy schedule of workshops and lectures on quilting, branding for artists, art and textile techniques.

We had a fascinating evening listening to David Owen Hastings share his quilting journey with an emphasis of Minimal Design, Maximum Impact. This was followed up with a workshop on Saturday Inspired by Architecture.

Reminders

Star in the West/BOM

Blocks 1&2 are out so far. Don’t forget your Open Sew 2nd Saturday of each month. Here’s some of the progress so far.

Show & Tell

Another great night on Zoom!

Next Meeting Thursday, April 15th @7:15

Jennifer-Secretary

MARCH 2021 Guild Meeting – THIS THURSDAY!!

Guest Lecture with David Owen Hastings!

Let’s hang out this Thursday for our guild meeting, enjoy a guest lecture and catch up.

Our Zoom guild meeting is 3/18/21 & the meeting is wherever YOU are.

We’ll open it up at our usual 7pm for a quick visit & we’ll start at 7:15.

We have David Own Hastings joining us to talk about Minimal Design, Maximum Impact. 

ABOUT DAVID

I’m a quilter, graphic designer, print and textile artist, and a former President of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. I create contemporary art and modern minimal quilt and textile designs. My creative approach to modern quilting has led to a busy schedule of workshops and lectures on quilting, branding for artists, art and textile techniques.

The modern quilting movement is evolving and changing, but one thing remains consistent: simple, spare design combined with thoughtful quilting make an outstanding combination.

David will give us an overview of his process for coming up with simple graphic quilt designs, starting with stitched paper models (called maquettes). He’ll show examples of how to translate an architectural photo into a quilt design. The techniques he’lI present are also great for making unique modern quilt block designs as well as tips on how to break free of stitch in the ditch walking foot quilting. 

The guild with the ZOOM call in details will come soon. 

If you haven’t already – please send your show & tell photos to Programs@njmqg.com, with “ March Show & Tell” in the subject line…Send us pics of your QuiltCon projects, in progress BOM (Block of the Month) blocks and anything else you are working on.

If you are participating in the Mini Mod Swap – don’t forget to make your donation . Please contact us if you are having any PayPal issues.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

If you would like to be a guest at our meeting this month, please email us for the Zoom information.

Fun, fun fun!!!

Thanks so much & SEE you Thursday night!

-Rachel

February 18th Meeting Recap

Greetings! Hope you are all well during this snowy February! The best thing about that for me is all the quilting I’m getting done. So let’s get to it. We had 60 people join our Zoom meeting. We welcomed 5 new members: Neena Shah, Joanne Kornoelje, Ellaree Pray, Wannetta Phillips and Kaitlyn Fritsch.

Guild Business

Reminder about membership:

Name Tag Swap

If you are new and don’t have one, or if you are returning and can’t find yours, this opportunity is for you. Rachel will be sending out an email on how to sign up and participate. The photos above are some of the previous swap name tags for inspiration.

A big shout out to two of our members for having winning quilts in this year’s Quiltcon!

Check out the rest of the winners at quiltcon.com

Programs

We had returning guest speaker, Berene Campbell from happysewlucky.com speak to us about our next swap project.

We look forward to seeing all the photos of these stunning little blocks later this year.

Are you coming to the Quiltcon After Party?! Please join us for another fun filled day of hanging out with your guild mates. Let’s all retreat to our sewing spaces to share conversation and laughs, while we sew, play some games and win some prizes. Hope to see you there!

Our March guest speaker will be David Owen Hastings davidowenhastings.com. There is still space available in his Saturday workshop.

Show & Tell

We started off with ‘Tells’ this time.

  • Betsy V. talked about one of her favorite rulers Bloc Loc blocloc.com. She recommends the half square triangle ruler for squaring up. You can watch a video on their site which shows what makes this ruler so helpful.
  • Penny M. shared about the reappearing act that occurs with the Frixion pen once it gets cold. That led to a longer discussion about marking pens and pencils, leading to a conclusion of marking thin lines from regular pencils work very well.
  • Samantha L. asked how to square a large quilt. Answer: start with the largest square ruler you have and do the corners first, then the sides.
  • Debby C. (I believe) asked a question about her rotary cutter leaving an uncut thread. Answers: try replacing blade, checking for damage on cutter, more pressure, moving fabric around on mat or flipping mat over.

If you have any tips or questions you would like to share with the guild please email programs before our next meeting.

It was great to see you all!

Next Meeting Thursday, March 18th @ 7:15

Jennifer – Secretary