Tuesday, June 21, 2016

June meeting recap

We had so much to talk about in June's meeting! Members, please see the newsletter and our Bigtent site for more about upcoming events including sewcials and workshops. You can also find information about the Orlando MQG heart quilt drive, including a link to the block instructions, in the discussion posted by Jess S. on Bigtent.

Now for the pictures!

Meg Cox gave us a short lecture on the state of digital printing in the fabric industry. She discussed the differences between digital printing and traditional screen printing, the ranges of colors, and why some manufacturers have embraced the process and why others have not. She brought in examples from a few companies including Hoffman and Hawthorne Threads. Here are a few:

Patchwork City QAL: participants brought in their blocks for June.

NewBee's first set of blocks, made for Juanda! Please read about the NewBee here.

CJMQG Bee: Members brought in their blocks for Kristina.

Swap: Paper pieced mug rugs. Look at how cute they are!

Challenge: Members finished up their churn dash minis following the machine binding demo from last month.

Neva announced our new challenge, the crayon challenge. We picked our crayons, and those quilts are due back in September.

Show and Tell: Once again, we are floored by the diverse talents of our members!

Our next official meeting is on August 9. See you then!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Are you ready for the crayon challenge?

Get your 3 randomly chosen colors at the June 14th meeting. Finished quilts will be due in September. If you won't be at the meeting find a friend to pick yours up for you! Guidelines will be given out on the 14th.

See you then!

PS. If anyone has a solids color card (ie. Kona, Moda etc...) please bring it so members can match up their crayons!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

One Simple Wish

On Wednesday, May 18, One Simple Wish received quilts from the Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild. Stephanie accepted the quilts from Janneke to place in their new updated One Simple Wish World and are ready to be used at the offical opening on June 4th. More quilts were stored to be given to foster kids on their way to new homes.
Janneke and Stephanie

The quilts in the room

A round of applause for Janneke. Thank you for all you have done!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May Meeting Recap

Our May meeting began with announcements of some upcoming events, including the June sewcial and meeting and the fall retreat at Hyatt House. Members should look on BigTent for more information about the events and invitations to join.

A new bee with medium/large, simple blocks began this month, so next month we'll have photos to share of the first round. Thanks to Michele for organizing the bee.

Bee: Participants brought in Neva's blocks, which were based on Elizabeth Hartman's modern mosaic. Kristina handed out her packets for next month.
Bee blocks for Neva

Patchwork City Quilt-A-Long: Blocks for this month
Quilt-a-long participants

Member Spotlight: Jamee brought in six quilts and described her journey as a quilter. She talked about the different things she has explored, and says she has made "probably 200" quilts at this point. Wow!
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Two more traditional quilts.

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Two contemporary style quilts.

Member Spotlight: Jamee
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A modern style galaxy quilt Jamee made for her husband (a space geek) and the back.

Member Spotlight: Jamee
Another modern quilt from the Paper Lanterns quilt pattern.

Challenge: Bring in quilted (but not necessarily finished) churn dash blocks we made for the April meeting.
Challenge: quilted churn dash minis

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Challenge: quilted churn dash minis

Demo: Nicole gave a demo on how to do machine binding with glue basting.
Demo: machine binding

Show and Tell:
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Janet showed a horse show ribbon quilt, and a remake of her open space rainbow mini from Mid Atlantic Mod. The open spaces are so cool!

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Susan showed a quarter circle sketch in stripes, following a class she took. Nicole showed her finished queen size quilt-as-you-go project, which featured intricate free motion quilting around the batik fabric.

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Laura B won the progressive quilt top from this year's Mid Atlantic Mod retreat. Jess L worked on it, helping coordinate and connect all the different blocks. Jess also showed a finished progressive quilt from the 2015 Mid Atlantic Mod retreat.

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Jess S showed her new design, the Star Light, Star Dark quilt. She'll be offering it as a quilt-a-long on her blog over the summer. She also showed her epic medallion quilt, finished after two years of work!

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Mary showed a table runner absolutely covered in appliqu├ęd circles. Lori made a wallhanging for a friend, whose late mother was a quilter, and the fabrics are from the stash she left behind.

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Finally, Janneke showed this small quilt she made from orphan blocks for the charity One Simple Wish.

Next meeting will be June 14. Some things to look forward to:
Swap: modern paper pieced mug rug, 6x6" to 6x12"
Meg will give a talk on digital printing in the fabric industry
A challenge will be announced to be finished for the August meeting

Monday, April 18, 2016

April Meeting Recap

We had our meeting on April 12 at Pennington Quilt Works. We had a lot of announcements about upcoming sewcials, retreats, classes, and shows. It's going to be a busy year.

Bee: Bee participants brought in their blocks for Janneke
bee blocks for Janneke

Patchwork City QAL: QAL participants showed some of their first blocks and were entered in a drawing for two fat quarters from Elizabeth Hartman's collection.
Patchwork City QAL blocks

Lori S. got impatient and made a whole small quilt from her QAL blocks so far. Great job!
Lori's Patchwork City QAL quilt

Challenge: The challenge for this month was to make a 12.5" churn dash block for a mini quilt.
challenge: churn dash blocks

The swap was spring-themed small print fabric. The swappers did the exchange at the break.
swap: springy small prints

Demo: After the break, Jessica L. gave a demo on quilting possibilities for the churn dash blocks. She suggested drawing on paper copies of the blocks to work out the quilting patterns. The challenge for next month will be to bring in the quilted churn dash minis.
demo: quilting churn dash mini quilt

Show and Tell: Our members never disappoint! Click to see bigger.
show and tell: 2015 bee quilt finished show and tell: Jamee

show and tell: mounting minis on stretched canvas show and tell: quilt-as-you-go panel

show and tell: volcano mini show and tell: rainbow raindrops

show and tell: circle mini

Thank you everyone for a great meeting! See you next month.