March Member Led Workshops

Join us on March 30th for our 2nd member led workshop of 2019.

Morning Session
Betsy will be teaching a Beginning Ruler class. Want to explore quilting with rulers but are nervous about where to start? Betsy will share the basics of quilting with rulers and provide instruction on how to translate the use of rulers to different projects. We will be using the ruler to learn how to outline letters, words, or simple shapes by filling in the space around them.

Registration

Ruler Class

$32.00

Afternoon Session
Reuse – Recycle- Repurpose: In this workshop, Kathy will teach you how to repurpose a men’s dress shirt into a quick, fashionable, fun and functional apron.

Registration

Apron Class

$32.00

If you have any questions, email Crista & Jackie at programs@njmqg.com

February 2019 Guild Meeting

Hello, quilty friends!

We had a lovely meeting with 26 members, including our newest, Laura! Welcome! We will try and pair you up for a name badge soon!

Our official membership roster has been updated, and at last count it was 68 members. This month our meeting fell during Quiltcon and we had quite a few members down in Nashville taking it all in (including our very own Melanie, who won 3rd place in improv!!), but we’ll hear more about all that next month.

Let’s talk about what’s happening!

Lenny took a class on ruler work at Gotham. Melanie’s class on walking foot/quilting and Amy’s clear pouch classes were a hit. You can check out some pics here. Sallie has seen the newest exhibit at MAM and highly recommends it (through June) There’s a new exhibit at the Newark Museum on Wendy Red Star, and we should all check out the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Brooklyn museum through May 12. If you are able to make an appointment for pretty specific hours, there’s an exhibit called She Persists at Gracie Mansion.

March 16 is National Quilting Day, and in honor of that we want to get together and quilt! We have some members generously opening up there homes for some fun sewing time. We have Clifton, Woodcliff Lake and Morris Plains locations in the works. (If someone around the Maplewood area would perhaps like to play host, hit us up through email.) More about that to come.

Our charity efforts have been growing. We all loved the ease of the pattern and kits with the New Wave quilt, but had a request to change it up. Our newest pattern will be Shoreline by Tula Pink. There are 10 kits that are ready to go, so far, so let’s get sewing!

We are also trying to beat our record of 127 pillowcases that were donated in 2017. They are easy and quick to make. Let’s get sewing!

We are also encouraging everyone to participate in our block drive. There’s even a chance to win prizes! Due next month, we want as many 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ scrappy log cabin blocks you can make (in order for some consistency we are asking for there to be some white in them) and we also are collecting Quilts of Valor blocks in red, white and blue.

This Saturday, February 23, we are having a missing Quiltcon open sew. Perfect time to work on some charity stuff, or whatever you want. 10-4 at the Cedar Grove location. Bring lunch or cash to order.

We are introducing a little tech update with some fancy schmancy use of projection!Woah! We ARE modern! Crista is helping us all see a little easier with the help of a phone and a screen. There’s some cords and other stuff involved, but the main thing is that we don’t have to be all up in each other’s space and it will make things better in the long run. We also will have the ability to share pictures of things, for ask the guild or a quilt that needs to be sent before the meeting. If you can get a picture to programs@ njmqg.com by the Thursday before that month’s meeting, you’ll still have an opportunity to show off!

We also got a nice update on the upcoming program schedule. It will be emailed and posted soon, for those of you that couldn’t make the meeting. For example, though, on March 30, you will have the chance to take a ruler class with Betsy and/or make a fun Reuse-Recycle-Repurpose apron with Kathy. Signups will be out soon.

For our raffle, we wanted to know who had been quilting for the shortest time…and our winner was Lenny. Only about a year and a half, although you’d never know it, with how amazing she is!

We are also reintroducing our Instaintros. If you interested in sharing a little about yourself to our members and followers on our Instagram, send an email to vicepresident@ njmqg.com.

Then our favorite time…

Show/Sew and Tell

Emily showing a charity quilt I believe Terri finished?

Dawn-Working through some UFO’s. Circa 2003 Renae Merril workshop? (and it’s machine quilted

Jen- Bonnie K Hunter mystery quilt

MaryJane- charity quilt

Debby S- flannel baby quilt

JoAnn- Star quilt

Blooming 9 patch

Samantha- machine quilting samples

Aubrey- gift quilt

Terri- recently took a cruise and in supported some local artists in Haiti. Peace Quilts and a book Patience to Raise the Sun

We had someone bring up the topic of the modern aspect of the modern in our guild. One thing I’ve personally loved about this guild is the huge breadth of knowledge and experience and kindness. We welcome everyone regardless of experience, skill, age, race, sex and even though we are a modern guild, you will not be shunned for bringing something that might be considered traditional. I know when I joined as a beginner quilter I was encouraged by everyone to continue to do what we were ALL there to do…quilt. Plain and simple, we all join together because we have a simple common bond. We love to make. Not every quilt is everyone’s style and that’s what makes the world go round. Never apologize.

So let’s continue to raise each other up and enjoy what we do and share with each other! I suppose I’ll get off my soap box now. I hope I haven’t taken too much advantage here.

Until next time! Ciao and happy quilting!

-A

Reminder: Guild meeting this week

OUR FEBRUARY MEETING IS THIS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY  21, 2019 AT 7:15 PM.

 

LOCATION: We will be at our usual meeting place at the Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Rd, Cedar Grove

Doors will open  at 7pm. 

Important: Please sign in at the registration table, and wear your name tag.

Remember to bring:

  • Refreshments:  especially if your birthday is this month
  • Name Tag: If you do not have a name tag, we can arrange a partner swap – just ask any of the NJMQG Executive Board Officers (Margy, Kathy, Aubrey, Jackie, or Crista).
  • As always, please bring anything you may have for Show and Tell! 
  • Charity quilts, blocks , or pillowcases that you’ve completed

 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 take 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: back in business!
If you have checked a book out, please return it


• Upcoming Programs:                                                                                                                          –  Our  “I’m not going to QuiltCon Sew-In” this Saturday  2/23, 10am to 4pm   We’ll have lots of charity quilts ready to piece, quilt or bind, swag bags from previous QuiltCons, healthy snacks, and of course, a chance to sew together.  Join us for all or part of the day.                                                                                                                                        – March 16 is National Quilting Day.  We hope to celebrate the day by gathering to sew with our quilting friends at a few of our homes.                                                                 – oh yeah QuiltCon is this weekend 2/21 – 2/24.  Hope everyone has a great time!

And we hope to see the rest of you in Cedar Grove, Thursday evening!