Tuesday, February 9, 2016

February meeting CANCELLED

Due to the incoming snow this evening through tomorrow, our February guild meeting will be cancelled tonight. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, March 8th, with the same exciting events to experience that we were planning for this evening!

Use this extra time to make something for the the Valentine Swap if you haven't already, finish your bee block if you were running behind or start making some blocks for the Patchwork City guild quilt-a-long.

We'll see you in March! Stay warm (with quilts) and safe.


Monday, February 8, 2016

CJMQG Cloud 9 Challenge Display at Hillsborough Library

Stop by the Hillsborough Library during the month of February to view our Cloud 9 Challenge display!

Last year we were given samples of Cloud 9 Cirrus Solid fabrics and tasked with making a 15" mini quilt using only the solids from their collection.

The results gave us another opportunity to showcase the amazing talent that the members of our guild possess. I am always in awe of how each member of our group can be given the same instructions and yet create uniquely diverse quilts.

Fifteen quilts from this challenge are currently on display made by the following:

Teddi Munslow
Linda Schultz
Kim Rotter
Janneke ​V​an ​d​er Ree
Lori Saporito
Kathleen Stanish (2)
Krishma Patel
Jessica Skultety
Susan Flick
Helen B​ranch
Lynn Pilquist
​Neva​ Asinari​
Lee​ Burnham​
Jam​ee ​Pemberton​

Note that two of the quilts made for this challenge by Laura Bennett and Jessica Levitt were accepted to Quiltcon 2016 and are currently in Pasadena, CA. Stay tuned for a future post of their minis as well as the other CJMQG quilts that went to Quiltcon this year!

Also, our award winning (Quiltcon 2015 3rd Place Group Quilt) guild banner is also on display!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Goodbye from the 2014-2015 Board

Jessica Levitt (founder, former President, current VP), Jessica Skultety (former VP, current President and Webmaster), and Kristina Bobo (current Treasurer) have been on the board for the past two years (or more). We'd like to collectively thank you for all of your help in making our guild a wonderful place to be! It's been a pleasure to serve the CJMQG.

Jess S. (left) with Jess L.

Kristina at one of our retreats


Laura Schafer, who is staying on as Secretary through 2016, also has some words: "I'm excited to continue working with the guild leadership in the position of Secretary. The CJMQG has made a huge difference in my creativity, confidence and capabilities in quilting, and I'm happy to do my part to assist others in their quilty journeys. I really enjoy our activities, learning experiences, and new friendships. Let's make Year 5 a great year!!"


I'd personally like to thank all of you for your continued support of the guild and my own quilting. I never thought that I would be in the position of guild president when I joined four years ago as a very intimidated college student (you are all STUNNINGLY talented!). You have become friends and loyal comrades, and it feels like coming home whenever we have a guild meeting or event! Thank you for making all of it worthwhile. I'll still be around, but you can look towards the back of the room instead, where the old board will surely be cackling like Statler and Waldorf.

Maggie Schreiter is taking over all newsletter and blogging duties as the Webmaster, so you can look for her posts here. Neva Asinari is our new President! They have both taken over their duties with grace and thoroughness. Thank you also to Christina DiMarco and Krishma Patel for volunteering for the essential roles of Vice President and Treasurer! I can't wait to see where our guild goes next!

-Jess S.

Monday, January 18, 2016

January Meeting Recap

Our January meeting is typically our end-of-the-year celebration. This meeting was an exciting one, full of wrapping up and new beginnings!


Elections: Our new board for 2016 will begin at the February meeting!
President: Neva Asinari (@somelikeitquilted)
Vice President: Christina DiMarco (@free2bslah)
Secretary: Laura Schafer (@helloquilts)
Treasurer: Krishma Patel (@krishmaquilts)

Congrats to the new board!! We can't wait to see what you have in store for us!

Also, we have new appointed positions for 2016 - thank you for volunteering!

Photographer/Webmaster: Maggie Schreiter
Hospitality: Jamee Pemberton, Janet Bergman, Teddi Munslow, Lynn Pilquist, Connie Stephens, and Linda Schulz
Philanthropy: Lori Saporito and Janneke Van Der Ree


Laura Bennett shared the QuiltCon charity quilt. Thank you to all those who made blocks, Laura for designing and organizing, and Krishma for quilting. The quilt is on its way to QuiltCon Pasadena!

finished charity quilt

Our WIP It Up Contest ended! All the prizes are listed here. Thank you to Pennington Quilt Works, Windham Fabrics, Cloud 9 Fabrics, and Aurifil for donating prizes, and congrats to all those who finished quilts this year!

wip it up drawing winners

We held the largest swap of the year, the Secret Quilter Holiday swap. 24 members participated this year! It was a blast. Here are some of the pictures from the swap - see our Instagram account, @cjmqg, or our Flickr group for more.

Yes, you saw that right - in that last picture, Jamee made Catherine an entire QUILT! Wow!!

Though it was tough to top that display, as always, we had show and tell.

showntell susan

Susan finished her Saturday Sampler from 2014!

showntell krishma

Krishma shared her response to the poaching of Cecil the lion.

showntell lori 1

Lori had a lot of fun with Liberty fabrics, and it shows!

showntell jamee 1

Jamee made this bright and lovely medallion-like quilt.

There are more pictures from show and tell here!

Get ready for a great 5th year of the CJMQG!

February Meeting

Guests welcome, as always!

Please see our guest policy here.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
6:30 optional shop/social time, 7-9:30 meeting time
Pennington Quilt Works, Pennington, NJ
  • Swap: Modern Valentines (mug rugs, pillow cover, bunting, table runner, anything you want Valentines themed)
  • Demo: Faux Piped Machine Binding Tutorial given by Elaine Hagaman
  • Discussion: Patchwork City Quilt-A-Long 2016 - Bring in samples of the fabric/color story and tell us what layout options from the back of the book or your own alternate grid work you will be using for your quilt.
  • Update on our guild mini quilt display at the Hillsborough Library
  • CJMQG Bee - Bring back and display Beth Carmody's  blocks and Janneke will hand our her instructions.
  • Challenge for March: Finish up your 2015 Guild Quilt-A-Long quilts
  • Show and Tell

-Jess S.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Contest Sponsors

Thank you to all the sponsors for our WIP It Up contest, which ran from February 2015 to January 2016! Members entered their finished quilts during that time into a raffle. Winners were then chosen using the random number generator at our January meeting.

Those who entered finished 251 quilts this year, and there were over 1100 entries in the contest! Wow! Great job members!!

Here were the prizes up for grabs:

 A thread pack of "Reel Time" Aurifil 50 weight thread from Aurifil


A fat Quarter bundle of Cirrus Solids from Cloud9 Fabrics


A pouch full of hand-sewing and paper-piecing goodies from Pennington Quilt Works


7 Artisan Cotton charm packs from Windham Fabrics 


A "Mendocino" by Heather Ross fat quarter bundle from Windham Fabrics

A "Story" by Carrie Bloomston fat quarter bundle from Windham Fabrics


Bring in your finished (quilted and bound) Quilt-A-Long quilt from last year to the March meeting! You'll have a chance of winning one of two prizes:

If you completed a quilt containing between 6-11 of the QAL blocks, you can win this neutral fat quarter bundle from Windham Fabrics!

 If you completed a quilt with all 12 blocks, you can win this Mendocino bundle by Heather Ross from Windham Fabrics!


Thank you to all of the sponsors for your continued support of the Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild!

-Jess S.