Hello friends and happy July! Sorry for the delayed recap, but boy was it ever a fun meeting?! Our first in person meetup of 2022, and it was simply magical to see (and hug) so many old friends, meeting some people face to face for the first time, and meeting new friends, too!
When everyone signed in, we were given a pin to celebrate the beginning of our 10 year anniversary celebration! (Don’t worry if you didn’t get one, we will be sending them out) And if you did get one and want more, we have some for sale, too.
We started a new list for anyone who would like to do a name tag swap (if you are interested you can send an email to any board member and we can set you up with a partner).
There were a few quilts out for display. First we had last years Quiltcon community outreach quilt. Since it didn’t sell at Quiltcon we were going to add it to the donation pile, but it was decided to gift it to a member who needed some extra love and comfort. What better way than a quilt made with love by the guild?
The Warwick Valley guild brought the quilt they have up for raffle with tickets to purchase. (If your interested in more info, check it out here)
Our Connected Project Quilt we did with Berene Campbell, aka Happy Sew Lucky, was also out on view. What a gorgeous quilt! (I’m embarrassed to say my block is still sitting in a UFO pile)
We also had a free table that was chock full of goodies for people sift through and our library out for the perusing.
Our first prize winner of the day was lucky ticket holder, Tari!
In celebration of our 10 years, we had a delicious cake!
The Persimmon pouch swap was a success!
Since it was a party we had some games to play! There were three simultaneous rousing games of ‘Left, Right, Center’ where, Sarah, Claire, and Tari went home with some nice stacks of fat quarters!! Some more lucky ticket holders got some prizes (congrats Pam and Julia) and a we played a Quilty Friend edition of Bingo (congrats to Rochelle) So much fun!!
And one of our favorite parts of guild meetings, showing off our work!
First we started with some WIP’s. This year, programs is encouraging us to get some things done and y’all have been busy! For some incentive we enter everyone who works on, and shows, a WIP into a drawing. Congrats to June’s winner, Karen!
Show and Tell
We had our vote for our new board members last month. We are mostly staying the same, but saying good bye and BIG heartfelt thanks to Lenny and Sam, and welcome Betsy to programs and (welcome back) Annette to treasurer! We hope to continue to bring the guild fun meetings, great workshops and so much more!
We are working behind the scenes on the next Community Outreach quilt (more info here) and a fabulous opportunity with Peter’s Valley. You will be hearing more about all of that at our next guild meeting, Thursday July 21 at 7:15 over Zoom! Until then, stay cool, keep sewing and as always any comments or questions can be sent to any board member at anytime! And if you haven’t checked it out yet, the MQG has updated their website. You might recognize some familiar faces on the front page…
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.
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
Soft opening Memorial Day Weekend, Grand Opening Weekend of June 10-12
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?
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!
Hello quilting friends! We had our monthly meeting on March 17. We had 38 people joining us and a very special guest speaker.
We started out with a little guild business. The election of board members in coming up in June. As a reminder, the president and treasurer are 2 year commitments and the others are 1 year. The president and treasurer trade off in election years-president in odd years and even for treasurer. This June our treasurer and programs positions will be open. Programs works well being co-chairs. If you are interested or have any questions, please reach out to anyone on the board.
We moved right into our guest speaker, Audrey Esarey of Cotton & Bourbon. “Finding my voice in quilting” was the theme of her lecture and it was fascinating to see the evolution and trajectory of her work over time. She got started quilting after being invited to a class by her, then, future mother-in-law. Inspired by Caryl Bryer Fallert Gentry, Jonathan Lawes, and Nancy Crow, Audrey works with a lot of hand died fabric and curves, but is always interested in challenging herself (and the limits of EQ8). It was lovely having Audrey share with us. We are hosting a workshop with Audrey on April, there are still some spots open. You can sign up here. Come play with foundation and curved paper piecing in the Ultraviolet Radial workshop.
We had an update on our charity quilting. Ellaree made a list of Kennel quilts we know were made. If you made and sent on your own, let Ellaree or a board member know so we can update the tally!
We have started to bring some of our quilts and pillowcases to an amazing place for donations. The American Friends Service Committee, is a Nobel Peace Prize winning program that has been working with refugees for over 100 years. They are a leader on immigration issues in NJ since the 1980’s, supporting through community organizing, education, advocacy and providing legal representation in immigration cases. The Immigration Rights Program has 2 offices in Newark and 1 in Red Bank. Elinore delivered some quilts that went to displaced families, many with small children, who are dealing with immigration and asylum issues. They are extremely appreciative by the generosity of our members. These quilts will be well loved. Please email Rachel (president at njmqg dot com) or text Elinore (info found in members only section of website) if/when you have quilts or pillowcases to donate. A drop off or pick up can be coordinated.
Next we talked about all things WIP! Anyone who sent in a WIP was entered to win a prize…
This month’s winner of the fabulous Tula Pink Butterfly 2 quilt pattern is… Jackie! Congrats! Can’t wait to see when you finish it 😉
We then moved right along to our Show and Tell
After show and tell we talked quickly about the survey that was going out about getting your opinions on starting up some meetings in person. If you did not get that email, please reach out to anyone on the board and we can forward the link. Also our MQG Community Outreach group quilt did not sell at Quiltcon, so the board has voted on, and agreed to donating it to AFSC. We’ve had a request from a few more people hoping to see it in person before that happens, so let us know about how you feel in the survey!
If you are interested in sharing a little more about yourself with the guild, please reach out the Aubrey (secretary at njmqg dot com) You can answer some getting to know you questions and be featured on our Instagram page!
Hoping you are all staying healthy and enjoying the spring weather! Warmer days are *hopefully* here to stay for a while!