May 2022 Guild Meeting

Hello quilty friends! We had our May meeting over Zoom and 36 people joined.

First things first, we had a bit of guild business to attend to. We have board elections coming up in June. There are two spots opening up and we had two people step up to run for the positions. Thank you to Annette A (for treasurer) and Betsy F (for programs position). If anyone else is interested in helping out the board, we are always looking for people to help. Reach out to any of the current board members and let us know.

Keep an eye out for an update on the Ukraine benefit destash!

The MQG Quiltcon Community Outreach quilt info was sent out, and boy does it look like a fun one! (you can check out the info here) I was inspired to start playing around with some ideas already. For this year’s Community Outreach Challenge, the MQG is asking members to make quilts that show a color shift, or gradient, in the piecing.

From the MQG:
There are two gradients for your group to choose from for the 2023 QuiltCon Community Outreach Challenge. We’ve shown many color stops along the way from one end to the other. Choose your starting point and be sure to use a total of at least three color stops on your gradient. You do not have to use all of the color stops shown, nor are you required to use solids for this project. Get creative with your use of solids and prints. Make it scrappy, or reuse bits from older projects. We can’t wait to see what you come up with. 

Option 1: Cool colors from Dark Teal to Lime Green
Option 2: Warm Colors from Eggplant Purple to Pink

This year, we are pleased to announce that guilds will have the opportunity to sell their Community Outreach quilts during QuiltCon to raise funds for the benefit of two charitable programs supported by the Brown Sugar Stitchers Guild of Atlanta: The Carrie Steele Pitts’ Home and the children’s sickle cell disease program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

We are excited to start getting ideas from the guild. We also need someone to be the point person for this committee. Please start thinking about it and reach out if you are inspired or are interested in helping!

There are some fabulous things happening that we are sharing that may be of interest…

Needles & Bolts, A modern quilt shop & haberdashery

York Quilters Guild – Quilt Show “Celebration of Quilts”

  • June 10 9am-7pm, June 11 9am-4pm
  • York College, York, PA
  • Judged show, registration is open – celebrationofquilts.com
  • Same time & location as the Garden Club Flower show

Brandywine Quilters – Methods & Madness Quilt Show

  • Neumann University Mirenda Center – Aston, PA
  • July 22 & 23 10am-5pm, July 24 10am-3pm

Warwick Valley Quilters Guild – Stars of the Valley show

NJMQG members are highly encouraged to enter quilts. Forms will be available June 1. Registration starts June 15. Any questions, reach out to Penny (info found in members only section)

We had, self-proclaimed bling/sequin lover, Mel Beach join our meeting. She talked to us about how she uses Fun & Games in Quilting. Like one of her teachers said, “If you had fun, you won” – Mr Aurora.
It really was facinating seeing how she incorporates using dice, cards, word/grid/target games, scratch board and even Lego for literal and abstract interpretation and inspiration. Mel challenges herself to a lot of 100 day projects to keep the creativity flowing and to help get ideas to used for larger projects. If you have a chance you should check out her blog, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for more. And we rescheduled our class with Mel for October, so you want to keep an eye out for that! More about the class from her website…

Modern Free Motion Fillers & Fun!

Do you love the look of modern quilts but unsure how best to quilt all that negative space?  In this workshop, I’ll share my favorite mark-free, modern quilting motifs involving C-curves, loop de loops, zig zags, and door beads.  We’ll explore how simple changes to each of the designs will yield all new filler designs!  This is a low-stress and super fun workshop that is perfect for quilters who are new to free-motion quilting, as well as those looking to add new modern designs to their quilting repertoire.  You’ll leave with new design ideas, tips and tricks for free motion quilting success, and the confidence to add beautiful, modern quilted texture to your modern quilt tops!

After the lecture we had a programs update…

We got a lovely thank you note from all the fabulous Kennel Quilts you generously made and donated.

Elinore also let us know that we donated another 19 quilts and 8 pillowcases at the end of April! Great work everyone!

This month we only had a few WIP’s submitted. Julia has been working on her blocks from our workshop with Cotton and Bourbon, and Pam C made a beautiful birch tree wall hanging and a very cool quilt for her nephew who graduated from high school. Funny enough, Pam won last month’s prize and this month Julia won!

Our Show and Tell this month was also small. Is everyone saving up to show at next month’s in person meeting?

SJSA banner she quilted
Runner for friend’s daughter’s wedding gift to match plates on registry

Jackie shared a great quilt she had been working on since Mid Atlantic Mod, but were asked not to share.

A quick reminder that Julia B is inviting people to visit her while she’s recuperating from her accidents. She’s offered up use of her extra sewing machines and hot tub! There was talk of donuts, too? 😛
You can find her info in the members only section.

Our June meeting will be in person and we are excited to be seeing people in person and to celebrate a very special anniversary for our guild. We’ve come a long way since we used to cram ourselves into Rock Paper Scissors, but we are so glad to be here and able to celebrate with you! If you signed up for the Persimmon pouch swap, I hope you are working on it to be ready to swap! (If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can mail it, or try to figure out a way to get it to your partner)

In an effort to be have a little face to face, we have picked some dates that we would like to meet in person. We are mixing it up in hopes to have as many people join us, so we are sticking with our zoom meeting for the third Thursday of the month and in person on Saturdays. Of course we will keep in mind the recommendations of what is going on at the time and realize everyone has a different comfort level, but we are hoping to continue to be able to see each other more in the “real” world. We have some more great lectures planned for some of the zoom meetings.

Hope to see you at our IN PERSON anniversary meeting on June 25 at the Community Church of Cedar Grove, starting at noon. More details to come soon, but be prepared to come with a cup/mug, a fat quarter to play a game with, your pouch swap (if you signed up), and any show and tell you’d like to share with us! As always we hope you are getting your craft on and staying well!

Peace

-A

Reminder: June 2017 Meeting this Thursday!

• Our June meeting is this Thursday, June 15th, 2017 at 7:15 pm at the Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Road, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009. Parking is located in the large lot in the back – use the side entrance to come in. Feel free to arrive about 15 minutes early.  Important: Check in at the registration table to sign in.


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 bring 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: Have you borrowed a book from the NJMQG library? Books can be checked out for one month. Please see Margy S. If you borrowed a book at the last meeting, remember to return it at this meeting.


Board Elections will be held at this meeting. NJMQG Board Nominees have been posted to the Members Only page. Nominations may also be made from the floor with the consent of the nominee on the day of the election. Forgot or need the password to the Members Only page? Contact us at njmqginfo at gmail dot com.


The Not a Raffle Raffle: To raise money for charity, we are holding The Not a Raffle Raffle at this meeting for NJMQG members!

Cost: 10 tickets for $5. Cash or check only, please.

Prizes: Prize list


One Hour Basket Swap: Baskets are due at this meeting for the swap with the CJMQG.


Timna Tarr is coming to visit NJMQG June 16 & 17 for a Lecture and a Workshop! (workshop is sold out)

THE LECTURE
Join us for a lecture with award winning quilter, Timna Tarr where she will be discussing her process as well as color theory.

Date: Friday, June 16, 2017
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Community Church of Cedar Grove – 65 Bowden Rd. Cedar Grove, NJ
Cost: NJMQG members, free // all others $5
RSVP: Click this link to RSVP for the lecture

Hospitality for this weekend’s Timna Tarr Lecture and Workshop: There will be a sign up sheet at this meeting to bring in snacks, goodies and drinks for the Friday lecture, the Saturday workshop, or both! Please see Sarah F. with any questions.


Member Trunk Show continues: Krishma Patel is the next featured NJMQG Member in our Member Trunk Show Series for 2017!


Member-Led Workshops are open for registration. Click the links below to read about them and to register!
July: Paper Piecing Workshop with Betsy Vinegrad
July: Embracing Negative Space Workshop with Daniela Di Iorio
August: Indigo/Shibori Dying & Cyanotype/Photogram Workshop with Sarah Scott
September: Noodlehead Market Bag Workshop with Michelle Reiter
October: 
Trill Workshop with Melanie Tuazon
November: 
Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop with Josie Dakers


Refreshments for this meeting: Consider bringing a light refreshment to share.


• Remember to bring your name tag. If you do not have a name tag, we can arrange a partner swap- ask any of the NJMQG Executive Board Officers (Daniela, Amy, Annette, Kourtney, or Stella). As always, please bring anything you may have for Show and Tell (we respectfully ask that you limit your show and tell items to one item for this meeting).



See you on Thursday!

June Happenings and NJMQG Board Elections

Happy June, everyone!


Timna Tarr is coming to visit NJMQG June 16 & 17 for a Lecture and a Workshop! (workshop is sold out)

THE LECTURE
Join us for a lecture with award winning quilter, Timna Tarr where she will be discussing her process as well as color theory.

Date: June 16, 2017
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Community Church of Cedar Grove – 65 Bowden Rd. Cedar Grove, NJ
Cost: NJMQG members, free // all others $5
RSVP: Click this link to RSVP for the lecture


NJMQG Board Nominees have been posted to the Members Only page. Elections will be held at our meeting on Thursday, June 15th. Forgot or need the password to the Members Only page? Contact us at njmqginfo at gmail dot com.


• Our Volunteer Form has been updated. Click here!


Member-Led Workshops are open for registration. Click the links below to read about them and to register!
July: Paper Piecing Workshop with Betsy Vinegrad
July: Embracing Negative Space Workshop with Daniela Di Iorio
August: Indigo/Shibori Dying & Cyanotype/Photogram Workshop with Sarah Scott
September: Noodlehead Market Bag Workshop with Michelle Reiter
October: 
Trill Workshop with Melanie Tuazon
November: 
Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop with Josie Dakers


• Did you sign up for the One Hour Basket Swap with the Central Jersey MQG? Be sure to bring it to our June meeting.


Urban Sewciety, a fabric shop and sewing studio located in Westfield, N.J., now offers 15% off purchases to NJMQG members! Must show NJMQG ID card. Discount excludes classes.