April 2017 Meeting Recap

What a great meeting!

– Here are announcements regarding general MQG business. To see the latest, click here.
– The MQG is exploring a new member engagement model for getting member feedback and input into MQG decisions with the launch of task forces. Check it out here.
– Click here for MQG Call for Submissions.


NJMQG Committee Volunteer Form is active. You can also sign up to be a “floating” volunteer without being on a Committee. Click here to volunteer!


Board Elections will be held in June. Nominations were opened at this meeting. Any member in good standing can self-nominate to get on the ballot for our meeting on June 15. Members can also nominate other members with their permission. Questions? Email us at njmqginfo at gmail dot com.


InstaIntros are so fun! Are you on the list to have your own week? If not, contact Stella to be put on the schedule. This is a great way to share your creative space, quilts, creations, and inspiration on the NJMQG Instagram feed. It’s also a fantastic way to get to know your fellow members. Check out some of the photos of the awesome members who have participated so far below or click here to check out our Instagram feed!


Charity:
– The NJMQG donated 28 finished quilts to those who lost their homes in the Ocean Grove fire.
– NJMQG members made over 50 pillowcases (!!!) to be donated to the Giving Hope Network. The pillowcases will be given to foster children.
Charity Pouches to be donated: Charity pouch kits were handed out to be collected at the May meeting along with travel-sized toiletries. The fabric was generously donated by Cloud9 Fabrics (Thank you, Cloud9 Fabrics!).


A few members shared their gorgeous creations from the Member-Led Hand Stitching Workshops!

Hand Stitching and Embroidery


Member-Led Workshops:  Spots are still available for the following workshops:
Cross Back Apron Workshop with Colleen Wiest on Saturday, May 20 from 9am-1pm. Register here.
Sew Together Bag Workshop with Amy Rehbein on Saturday, May 20 from 1pm-5pm. Click here to register.


Brown Bag Mini Quilt Swap: Our members had so much fun with making and receiving these mini quilts!


Member Trunk Show with Jo Ann Lepore: JoAnn has been quilting for over 30 years. She has always had a sewing machine and couldn’t imagine what her life would be like without one. Her favorite part of the process is piecing the fabrics and seeing the magic come alive. Being able to take fabric and manipulate the patterns is so rewarding and creative.


Here is our fabulous Show and Tell!

March 2017 Meeting Recap

We had a lovely meeting in March!

Our meeting started off with some MQG announcements which can be found here.


The First Quarter Bee Block Swap blocks were exchanged. Look at those beautiful blocks!

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Members shared finished quilts and tops made for charity. A couple of the quilts shown here were made at the February Open Sew!


At the February Open Sew, members participated in a Jelly Roll Race! Also, check out how fast Amy can sew here and here! 😉


Members recapped their experiences at QuiltCon 2017. Click here to see the award winners of the quilt show. As a guild, we submitted a quilt to the QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge. Thank you to all of the members who made this quilt happen!

 

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photo by Colleen W.

 


Our guild had a lovely special exhibit at Quilt Fest at the beginning of March. Click here to see the recap.


Here is Show and Tell!

February Meeting Recap!

Hi All!

We had a wonderful meeting on February 16th. It was so great to see everyone!

Daniela opened the meeting with announcements regarding general MQG business. To see the latest, click here.

We hosted our first apron swap with 10 members participating. Everyone got to know their partner and sewed an apron especially for them!

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Amy hosted a trunk show and showed off her amazing quilts and projects. We learned all about her process and what inspires her. It was lovely to see all of her beautiful creations!

Stella gave a huge programs update with events laid out until June. Here are a few highlights that she talked about 

  • Garment District Field Trip  – join us for an informal tour of one of the most fun neighborhoods in NYC on March 11th – click the link for more information
  • Member-Led Workshop: Hand Stitching Trio  – Three classes in one day! Learn Hand Quilting with Stephanie Mullin, Reverse Appliqué with Michelle Reiter, and Embroidery with Stella Singleton all taking place on March 25th!

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You can click this link to download the programs handout, with everything happening through June, that was available at the February meeting.

We rounded out the meeting with a very robust Show & Tell!

Mini quilts for the QuiltCon Mini Quilt Swap!

An amazing assortment of quilts – some of which were part of the QuiltFest Quilt Show.

Our next guild meeting is scheduled for March 16th at the Community Church of Cedar Grove (65 Bowden Rd). Meeting starts at  7:15pm – hope to see you there!