Thursday, February 16, 2017

February Meeting Recap

It's February in New Jersey, a great time to get snuggled in your quilts and read about our last meeting!

As we came in, we were greeted by personalized cookies to celebrate our Spark Joy event. AMAZING!
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We had announcements about some upcoming events, including two workshops that members can sign up for right now, see the News section of Bigtent for details. Reminder that going forward members are responsible for their own name tags - you can keep using the printed ones, or you can make a quilty one. If you forget yours, we will have HELLO MY NAME IS stickers handy.

QuiltCon is next week! Several of our members will be attending, and we hope everyone gets in the fun on Instagram and other social media.

The Quilt and Sewing Fest of New Jersey will be held in Somerset March 2-5, and will feature a special exhibit of work by member Jess Skultety, if you would like to attend!

The members who already made their name tags shared them, and I apologize for not gathering them together for a photo. Next month!

Our members shared their recent work from the MQG's Block of the Month:

The Guild Bee made asterisk blocks for Lee:
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The NewBee made these colorful blocks for Mada:
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This month we had a Valentine Challenge! Make any size quilt you want, with a valentine theme:
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Here are some of the things our members brought in for Show and Tell:
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After Show and Tell, we had our break, and opened up our Spark Joy event. Members had tables set up with items they no longer wanted that were sorted for free, for sale, or for silent auction. We hope that everyone who participated had fun!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

January Meeting Recap

Hello again and welcome to 2017! May it be quilty.

A reminder to members: please update your contact information on your Bigtent profile to make sure you receive any emergency information (like meeting cancellations due to snow).

We held our board elections for 2017. For Secretary, Helaine Lobman. Treasurer, Beth Carmody. Vice President, Laura Schafer. Neva will continue as President. Congratulations and thank you for volunteering!

The new year of the Guild Bee began with Lee handing out her packets.

The NewBee finished blocks for Cheryl:
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Only one entrant in the MQG BOM:

Show and Tell happens in the middle of meetings now, so we have more opportunity to examine the quilts up close!
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And then!! Our annual Secret Quilter Gift Exchange!
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4-7 secret quilter4-8 secret quilter
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And finally, our QuiltCon Charity Quilt has been bound and labeled and will be off to QuiltCon soon!!
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Thursday, December 29, 2016

December Meeting Recap

Hello again, dear quilty friends! It's time for another monthly meeting recap post!

Member reminders: Our next meeting will be Wednesday January 11th at Hopewell Presbyterian Church.
Members who sign up for the Pantone color of the year challenge by January 11th will receive one half yard of Kona Lime at the March meeting. You can send an email to be added to the list of participants. If you aren't sure if you already signed up, there's a list in the "News" section of Bigtent.

We wanted to thank Jan of Pennington Quilt Works for hosting us over our first years as a guild. As membership has grown, we'll be moving to a larger space for 2017. Thank you, Jan, for everything you've done for us!
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The NewBee brought in the blocks they made for Beth. They're hashtag blocks! #awesome
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Here are some of our members' blocks for the MQG's Block of the Month.

December was the final month of our Patchwork City Quilt-A-Long!

At the break, we had a brown bag swap. Members brought in a brown paper bag filled with three fat quarters and their favorite quilting tool. There was a lot of laughter during the swap. Thanks to Cheryl for organizing!
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After the break, member Christina gave us a demo on how to do quilt-as-you-go. Thank you Christina!
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Member Meg brought in the quilts she had purchased in this year's Quilt Alliance auction.
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We had one of our biggest Show and Tell sessions of the year!
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10-1 janneke 11-1 Neva
12-3 jess tiled 13-1 lee
14-1 christine 15-1 katie
17-1 lori 16-1 michele
16-2 michele 18-2 mary ellen
19-2 maggie 20-1 mada
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See you in January with our annual Secret Quilter Swap!