December Happenings!

:: 2017 NJMQG Membership ::
Please renew membership or sign up to become a member by January 1, 2017. Click here for details, membership form, and PayPal link to pay online if you are not paying by check.


:: Quilt Fest 2017 ::
Please submit your amazing modern quilts for the NJMQG Special Exhibit for Quilt Fest. Deadline is January 4, 2017. Details here.


:: Member Workshop on Saturday, February 4th! ::
Our very own Amy R. will be teaching a workshop on the Betty Bowler bag! Stay tuned for more details and how to sign up.

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:: 2017 Bee Block Swap ::
Back by popular demand is the Bee Block Swap! Starting in January 2017, this swap program will take place three times. Deadline to sign up for the first one is Saturday, December 31st. Click here for details and sign up form. The swap is for NJMQG members only.


:: January Field Trip::
We’re headed to the Garment District in NYC on Saturday, January 7th. Details here.


Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year!

Holiday Potluck Party this Thursday + Reminders!

Our December Meeting is a HOLIDAY POTLUCK PARTY!

TIME: Doors open at 6:30, starts at 7:15pm

WHEN: This Thursday, December 15, 2016

WHAT TO BRING:

  • An Appetizer, Dessert or Drinks. Please use the link here to sign up.
  • Your Elfster swap gift
  • Show and Tell (we respectfully ask that you limit your show and tell items to two items for this meeting)
  • Membership payment for 2017 if you have not already submitted
  • QuiltCon Charity Quilt blocks if you worked on them
  • Quilt of Valor Block if you worked on one
  • Your name tag- If you don’t have a name tag, we can arrange a partner swap
  • Also, Betsy V. will be selling tickets for the Empire Quilters raffle quilt

WHERE: LDS Church, 209 Mountain Ave, Caldwell, New Jersey
***please note location for this meeting***


Quilt Fest 2017: Submission Deadline Extended!

Submit your Quilts! The deadline has been extended to Wednesday, January 4th.

  • We will be a part of a special exhibit at Quilt Fest in March 2017: Modern Quilts- North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild
  • Quilt Fest is March 2-5, 2017
  • Click here to submit by January 4, 2017
  • Each quilt should have a 4″ sleeve sewn on top for easy hanging.
  • If you have a quilt top only to submit now, please consider submitting.
    The quilt should be complete and ready to hang for the show.


BUDGET for 2017:

  • We will be voting on the NJMQG budget for 2017 at this meeting. To view the budget, go to the Members Only section of the blog and click “Tentative Budget Proposal for 2017.” If you need the password, please email njmqginfo at gmail dot com.


Membership Renewal for 2017/ New Members:

  • We are always accepting new members!
  • Please click here to renew membership or to become a member. NJMQG Membership shall be recognized upon payment of dues and completion of the 2017 Membership Application Form.
  • Bring cash or check to the meeting or pay by January 1, 2017.


2017 Bee Block Swap:

Back by popular demand is the Bee Block Swap! Starting in January 2017, this swap program will take place three times. Click here for details. Click here to sign up. Deadline to register is December 31, 2016.


See you on Thursday!

Quilt Fest 2017 Special Exhibit Submissions!

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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!