August 2022 Guild Meeting Recap

Hello all! We had another great meeting last month! We had 44 people joining us. Welcome to new members Holly, Jennifer, Juanda, and Marina!

We had the pleasure of having Tighe Flanagan talk to us, but before he did, we had a little bit of guild business to go over.

As you may have heard, we are celebrating our 10 year anniversary…for a whole year! June 2012 the guild started having meetings and in 2013 we officially joined the MQG. As part of the celebration to commemorate, we had some pins made. At our June in-person meeting we were able to give a lot of them out. We had been planning on mailing out the rest, but to be honest, the postage was higher than we had expected, so we are going to hang on to them to hopefully see more of you in-person to hand out. We do have some more in-person meetings and open sews coming up, but for those of you who aren’t able to meet up, we can plan a way to pick up, drop off, or if you would like it sent, we are asking for you to pay for postage. (There are some extra ones for sale if you are interested in more, too) reach out to Ann vicepresident at njmqg dot com.

We have matched up some more members for a name tag swap. If you are new or interested in having a name tag made for you, let us know!

Approximately 35 members have signed up to take part in the I Used To Be a Shirt mini challenge to be shown at Peters Valley October-November. Crista has sent out the emails with the details, but to recap it must made from a button down shirt and white and/or cream fabric. It should be no smaller than 18″ no larger than 24″ SQUARE. If you are feeling inspired, you can make more than one. Really, you can make as many as you like! Don’t forget to add corner tabs for hanging and a label! Taking pictures beforehand isn’t necessary(if you saw that on the email form), but if you want to take process photos you can tag NJMQG and Peters Valley on instagram. The minis need to be handed over by September 27. They can be dropped of at Crista’s or we can plan other ways to get it where it needs to be. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions! Oh! Keep those scraps, too! We have something special planned for them.

Peters Valley is holding their craft fair on September 24 and 25 from 10-5. The guild will have a community booth so we can share more about modern quilting. If you are interested in taking a shift to work the booth and/or to lend some quilts to display, let us know!

Our MQG Community Outreach Quilt, for 2023 Quiltcon in Atlanta, is in the works. We voted on the blue/green color way with a log cabin style block idea by Aubrey. (sample above made with Aubrey’s stash) Some members will be getting together to cut the fabric for kits soon. We will be sure to let you know when they are ready to be picked up. We will be having an open sew on September 10, which will be the perfect time to pick up and/or work on the blocks. We are always looking for volunteers to help at every stage, so if you are interested in more than just making a block, please reach out. We will need help putting the blocks together, quilting, binding, even putting on the label! We would like to have all the blocks before the October meeting to stay on schedule.

A few announcements…
The deadline for the Warwick Valley Quilters Guild show is fast approaching. Check here for more info or contact Penny (email in members only section)

To try and keep things a little more easily organized, an At a Glance newsletter has been sent out and posted for everyone. It’s a nice bullet point list of upcoming dates to keep in mind. Hopefully it will help everyone!

Next up we had our guest lecturer, Tighe Flanagan. He lives in DC, has an MA in Arab studies from Georgetown and calls himself a lifelong creative. He started quilting in 2016, had his first quilt in a show in 2019, and got his first award in 2021. If you look at his work you can clearly see how he is inspired by art, architecture and math! He talked about his arsenal of tools and skills and math, lots of math! There were still a couple of spots left for his class on Saturday. Even if you can’t make it, he generously gave all members a coupon code for his site through the end of the month. The code was sent out, but if you lost track of it, someone on the board can send it to you. You can also find a free pattern of his on the MQG website. It was a pleasure to have him speak to us about his quilts and process.

For the lucky who jumped at the chance, we have a workshop with Jacquie Gering, who will be showing us how to step up our walking foot game. It was filled up in no time, but we have plenty of other good stuff coming up, too. We will be sure to update soon!

Summer is flying by and before you know it, school will be starting, days will be cooler and we will continue to have more fun things going on! Hoping we’ll see you at the open sew on September 10 or our monthly guild meeting on Thursday September 15 over Zoom. In the mean time, keep on working on the minis, WIP’s and more! Just keep on quilting!

Don’t forget to send in pictures of WIPs and Show and Tell to programs! You don’t have to wait until last minute 🙂

-A

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

Sept 2018 Meeting Recap

Welcome Fall and Welcome back

to our regular meeting place in Cedar Grove! This month 47 members and 2 guests (one of whom has joined!) were in attendance.

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We need YOU to help run OUR guild

  • Hospitality could use a couple more volunteers to help orient visitors and new people to the guild, and to help with the occasional party.
  • Nominating committee really just works in the early spring, but will need some help then.
  • Fundraising we would love if someone, or better yet a few someones would step up to come up with fundraising ideas and then help make them happen. This would help keep costs down for workshops, visiting instructors, etc
  • Charity Rachel and Emily are committed to this work, but could use some help to make it happen.

:: Contact president[at]njmqg.com to become a committee member. ::

How we spent our summer vacations –

There was travel, classes in Maine and at Gotham quilts in NYC, and of course the Sashiko class we sponsored at Sew Jersey, earlier in September. These two half day classes were fully enrolled, and greatly enjoyed by all.

September was Textile Month in NYC, and there were numerous pertinent museum exhibits, at the Met, MOMA, and the Museum of Art and Design; also the Piecework Collective exhibition the weekend after the meeting only.

Discussions –

Mancuso’s NJ Quiltfest will not be happening this year. They’ve apparently decided to have a show in Lancaster PA in May, instead. Seems like a loss for NJ, especially here in the northern part of the state.

MidAtlantic Mod quilting retreat however, is returning in 2019. We’re invited to be sponsors again. In return we would be guaranteed spots for 10 of our members.
A positive change, is that instructors would not get first dibs on registration. Seems like a good number of our members would like the chance to go, and would be willing to pay a share of the sponsorship fee to do so. Most seemed in favor of having a lottery within the guild to award the 10 places, before registration opens in early November.
Registration is $175, and then you would have the cost of lodging, meals, etc.
See midatlanticmod.blogspot.com for complete info.

QuiltCon charity quilt chairs, Ameri and Amy reviewed the requirements and the plan for our contribution, and handed out the rest of the kits for blocks.
All blocks are due at the October 18th meeting. In the meantime, there will be a couple of work sessions for people who want a bit of guidance for the required improv tiny piecing. We have volunteers for all the work to be done by the January 2019 Guild meeting so the quilt can be shipped in early February.

Holiday Party –

Those present voted, by show of hands, to opt for a new gift exchange at the holiday party. Instead of an Elfster gift exchange this year, we’ll each make a shopping tote and do a blind swap during the party, leaving more time for socializing, and show and tell. More details to come this fall. All agreed to have the main course catered again and bring in our own desserts.

Programs Update –

  • Jackie and Crista reminded us to sign up for Rayna Gilman’s Improv Quilting classes October 5 and 6.
  • Jackie Laba will teach Beginning Free Motion Quilting on November 3. Sign up here.
  • Embellish-Me Swaps were distributed among those participating. Have fun adding your stitchy flair! Remember to bring your embellished item to the October meeting to exchange with your swap-mate!
  • Last of the year Bee Hive blocks were exchanged. Photo Sep 20, 8 05 17 PM (1)
  • Book Reports: After the break, we had 30 second book reports (some went longer!). Quite a few of us had books to show, and shared a feature that made the book enjoyable or informative.Psst! Sneak peak at 2019 – Melanie Tuazon’s Walking Foot Quilting class in January, and in March, Diane Fama will teach a ruler workshop. Stay tuned for more details!

Last but not least, of course, was…Show and Tell!

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Samantha’s Stars

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Emily’s Beach quilt

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Sarah’s “She Let Herself Go”

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Dawn’s Little Foxes

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Diane’s Arrows

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Diane’s Scrap Crazy

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Carol’s beaded applique

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Mary’s Mille Fiori (quitled by Diane Fama)

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Tracy’s Scrappy

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back of Tracy’s Scrappy quilt

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Tracy’s picnic quilt

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Anne’s Sheep baby quilt

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Anne’s Mystery Quilt

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Josie’s charity quilt top

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Rachel’s fab bag

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Rachel’s Wonky Cross

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Debby’s birthday quilt (for a neutral home!)

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Betsy’s lobster printed in Aleeda’s silk screen class

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JoAnn’s Pinwheels in Kathy Doughty prints

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Krishma’s Sampler (pieced by Joann’s friend, quilted by Krishma)

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Krishma’s quilting

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Ameri’s Multicolored Solids

See you in October!