Quilt Fest 2017 Special Exhibit Submissions!


Have you figured out which quilt(s) you are submitting to be chosen to hang at Quilt Fest in our special exhibit: Modern Quilts: North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild yet?

Quilt Fest Dates: March 2-5, 2017
Location: Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Drive,  Somerset, NJ 08873

:: How to Submit / Details ::
•  We are able to display about 30 quilts.

•  A committee will review entries to curate the show. Please keep in mind this is an exhibit that should showcase your best modern quilt work. This is an exhibit that is included in the show, in part, to raise awareness about the modern quilt movement.

•  Here is an excerpt of the blurb we submitted for the brochure and for the website about our exhibit:
“Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. “Modern traditionalism” or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often represented.”

•  We encourage submitting mini quilts and multiple quilts!

•  To be considered, please click here to fill out the form. The form will ask for the following info:

– Maker’s name

– Title of each work
– Artist statement “blurb” (name of maker, title of item – may include more details – plus a descriptive paragraph)
– Size: quilts must be a minimum of 20″ on one side
– Insurance value (from Quilt Fest guidelines: “INSURANCE: Individual quilts may be insured for $100 up to $1000 each. Items valued at greater than $1,000 require a written appraisal. Items cannot be insured for greater than $5,000 each (even with a greater appraised value). MSM insurance coverage excludes earthquake and flood.”)

– Email and phone number

•  After submitting the form please email 1-2 photos of your quilt to njmqginfo at gmail dot com. Please name the file with your last name and name of the quilt. Example: “Surname_Quiltname.jpg”.

•  Please submit by Monday, December 19th Edited to add: Deadline extended! Submit by Wednesday, January 4th!

::  Other Details ::

– Each quilt should have a 4″ sleeve sewn on the top for easy hanging.
– Each quilt should have a label with a minimum of the following information: Maker’s Name, Name of Quilt, Phone

– The exhibit must be shipped as a group in as few boxes as possible or delivered to the Convention Center as a group by a maximum of 4 people. We can arrive any time during the afternoon of Wednesday, March 1. The quilt show will close on Sunday, March 5 at 5pm. We will coordinate drop-off and take-down at a later date.

• Wondering if your quilt(s) is “modern enough”? Submit anyway! There are many areas/categories that modern quilts fall into and we will do our best to showcase a breadth of work that represents modern quilting.
• Do you have a quilt top/top in progress that you know will be complete in time to be hung in the show? Submit it!

• You will be notified about your quilt(s) by December 30 (ish). 🙂
• Please contact us at njmqginfo at gmail dot com with any questions. We are so excited to see your amazing work!
Thank you!

Early Registration Opens THIS SUNDAY for Mid Atlantic MOD: A Modern Quilting Retreat

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The NJMQG is an official Mid Atlantic MOD sponsor again this year!

This retreat is planned by Central Jersey MQG and the Philadelphia MQG with surrounding guilds also participating. It’s a fantastic retreat filled with SO much to do!

Being a sponsor for the retreat guarantees our guild first access to 10 spots during early registration and a $25/person discount for our members that attend.

* Early Registration begins this Sunday, November 13th at 6pm and will be available only until November 26th. It’s first come, first served!

Here is the registration info you have been waiting for! WOO HOO!!

If you would like to attend, and are a current NJMQG member, please email Stella S. for the access code and the link to register: stellasingleton at gmail dot com

Mid-Atlantic Mod Retreat Dates and Location:
Thursday, April 27-30, 2017 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Lancaster, PA
. It’s a beautiful hotel in a great location!

Cost to Sponsoring Guild Members (that’s us!): $130

Workshops: $15 each. Click here for list of workshops. Page will be finalized with photos soon. You can choose to take workshops or not.

Lodging: Room rate is TBD + tax per night for single or double occupancy (last year it was $124/night + tax per night for single or double occupancy). We will update here on the blog when we have the info or check the MOD site.

General registration for very limited spots will open to the public in late November. NJMQG members will still pay the discounted price. Non-Member cost: $155.

The 2016 retreat had the following (some info copied from MOD’s site):

  • Plenty of social sewing time with the sewing room accessible from morning until very late at night
  • Various short hands-on workshops
  • Progressive quilts – where those who participated had a chance to win the completed top at the end of the retreat (!!!)
  • Secret and regular swaps
  • Charity sewing
  • Cocktail mixer
  • Local shop hops (nothing formal but there were carpooled trips to the many area shops)
  • Discounts to fabric shops
  • Swag bag filled with goodies (patterns, fabric, etc.)
  • Great giveaways
  • Some attendees chose not to participate in any of those options and sewed to their heart’s content (some people even sewed in their pjs). 🙂
  • Great location and beautiful hotel
  • And more!!

If you are on Instagram, check out the hashtag #midatlanticmod to see what everyone was up to at the last retreat!

Upcoming Quilt Shows & Events

Please see each sponsoring organization’s web site to confirm this information, and to answer any additional questions – and let us know of any modern quilting or other quilty/sewing events that might be of interest to our members! (edited 4/17/16 10:47 am with additions)


April 16-17, 2016
Berry Basket Quilters “Out of Hibernation” A Quilt Show
Medford, NJ
April 22-May 1, 2016
NJ Shop Hop
9 Different Towns, NJ
NJShopHop.com (Passport Cards available at participating shops)
April 30- May 1, 2016
A World of Quilts XXXVII by the Northern Star Quilter’s Guild
Danbury, CT
May 13-14, 2016
Melissa Averinos Trunk Show/Talk and Making Faces Workshop Sponsored by the njmqg
Caldwell, NJ
May 13-14, 2016
Around the Block Quilt Show by Rebecca’s Reel Quilters
Middletown, NJ
June 24-26, 2016
Vermont Quilt Festival (40th Anniversary Show)
Essex Junction, VT
July 21-24, 2016
Quilt Odyssey – Turning the World onto Quilting
Hershey, PA
July 27-30, 2016
AQS Quilt Week Quilt Show
Syracuse, NY
August 18-20, 2016
World Quilt New England by Mancuso Show Management
Manchester, NH
September 15-18, 2016
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza by Mancuso Show Management
Oaks, PA
September 23-26, 2016
Quilters Take Manhattan by the Quilt Alliance
New York, NY
September 30 – October 2, 2016
Quilts in the Mill, sponsored by Courthouse Quilters Guild
Prallsville Mills, Stockton, NJ
October 15-16, 2016
Stars in the Valley Quilt Show by Warwick Valley Quilters Guild
Warwick, NY
April – November 2016
Maine Stitching Retreats by A Gathering of Stitches
Portland, ME and other ME locations
February 23-26, 2017
QuiltCon East by The Modern Quilt Guild
Savannah, GA
March 2-5, 2017
The Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey by Mancuso Show Management
Somerset, NJ