Wednesday, September 21, 2016

November Quilt Challenge!!

2016 is the fifth anniversary for our guild, so let's celebrate!

The challenge, due at the November 8th meeting, is to make a quilt with the theme, "Five".
You take it from there! 

Guidelines to be eligible for fabric bundle raffle prizes:

Size: Shortest side is 12" OR contain a minimum of 144 square inches.
Style: Must have a modern aesthetic. (Check the MQG resources page for detailed definition)
Completion: Must be quilted and bound.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

September Meeting Recap

Hello quilty friends, it's time for another meeting recap post!

First, just a reminder that registration continues for the walking foot workshop and November retreat, both of which are available to nonmembers, more info here!

Now there is a lot to show you..

First up, our Patchwork City Quilt-a-long participants brought in their blocks.
Patchwork City Quilt-A-Long

The Crayon Challenge quilts were finally due! If you recall: in June, each participant blindly drew three crayons from a box, and had to complete a quilt from fabrics of those three colors, with one optional neutral. We had a LOT of quilts! It was amazing!
Crayon Challenge 1
Crayon Challenge 2
Crayon Challenge 3
Crayon Challenge 4

The Guild Bee made blocks for Susan.
Guild bee - blocks for Susan

The New Bee made blocks for Michele.
New Bee - blocks for Michele

For this month's demo, Janneke discussed different forms of appliqué and showed many examples.
Demo - Janneke talks appliqueDemo - Janneke talks applique

We had another Member Spotlight, this time with Jessica Skultety describing her quilting journey. She showed everything from her very first quilt (t-shirts) to the one she recently finished for the Crayon Challenge above.
Member Spotlight - Jessica Skultety
Member Spotlight - Jessica SkultetyMember Spotlight - Jessica Skultety
Member Spotlight - Jessica SkultetyMember Spotlight - Jessica Skultety
Member Spotlight - Jessica SkultetyMember Spotlight - Jessica Skultety
Member Spotlight - Jessica SkultetyMember Spotlight - Jessica Skultety

The meeting closed out with another great Show and Tell!Show and Tell - Jamee
Show and Tell - JuandaShow and Tell - Connie
Show and Tell - JannekeShow and Tell - Lee
Show and Tell - LynnShow and Tell - Jessica S
Show and Tell - Laura BShow and Tell - Jessica L

Friday, August 19, 2016

August meeting recap

Hello quilty friends! It's time for another meeting recap post!

We had several announcements and reminders that CJMQG members can find in our newsletter and on BigTent. Reminder that the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza is September 15-18, and that nonmember registration is open for two upcoming workshops and our fall retreat. We discussed location and pricing possibilities for having a second retreat in 2017, and talked about our options for 2017's QAL/BOM.

Blocks for our QuiltCon charity quilt are due by the September meeting, but some have been finished already!
001 charity quilt first blocks

New Bee
Members returned blocks for Kathleen and Michele handed out her packets.
002 new bee

Members returned blocks for Laura S. and Susan handed out her packets.
003 cjmqg bee

Our members made enough blocks for two quilts. Jess S finished the first quilt and Laura S put together the second top. They'll be on their way to the Orlando MQG soon!
004 quilts for pulse 1
006 quilts for pulse 3

Patchwork City Quilt-A-Long
Members brought in finished blocks for a chance to win some FQs.
007 patchwork city QAL 1
008 patchwork city QAL 2
009 patchwork city QAL 3

The swap this month was 6x10" cuts of black-on-white or white-on-black modern printed fabrics.
010 black and white fabric swap

Show and Tell
Six members brought in pieces for us to marvel at. Thanks, ladies!
011 show and tell 1012 show and tell 2
013 show and tell 3014 show and tell 4
015 show and tell 5016 show and tell 6

Friday, July 22, 2016

Registration is open for non CJMQG members

Please contact Neva Asinari, President, with any questions and for treasurer's mailing address.

Chawne Kimber will be teaching her Small Piecing workshop to our guild on Saturday, September 17th, at Neshanic Reformed Church in Hillsborough. This is a full day workshop running front 9:00 -4:30 p.m. with 1.5 hour lunch break.

We use layouts of squares of varied sizes to explore small-scale machine piecing that preserves stamina while producing detailed work. Equipment, fabrics, basic color theory, and structural integrity are essential elements we emphasize. A full-day workshop can result in a completed mini quilt top. (advanced beginner and above)

The class is limited to 20 people. Cost per person is $80 (non refundable but transferable to another). Your payment to our treasurer reserves your spot.

By popular demand we are bringing Melanie Tuazon back to teach this class again! This half day workshop will be on Saturday, October 22, from 9:30 - 12:30 at Neshanic Reformed Church in Hillsborough.

You don't need to be a free motion master to make beautiful designs and texture on your quilts! you just need your walking foot and a little creativity! We'll explore techniques to create both planned and improvised angles and waves, then make mini quilts that can be used for placemats or pillows.

The class is limited to 20 people. Cost per person is $40 (non refundable but transferable to another). Your payment to our treasurer reserves your spot.

Please join us for the CJMQG's annual sewing retreat before the holidays! Work on WIPs, challenges, gift sewing or start a new project. It's up to you! Get ready for great conversations and lots of laughs! If you are new to the guild this is a great opportunity to for us to get to know you!

Dates: Friday, November 11th starting at 10:00 a.m. through Sunday, November 13th, 8:00 p.m. (come and go as you please - the price is for the whole weekend)

Place: Hyatt House Branchburg, 3141 US Highway 22 East, Branchburg, NJ 08876 - (908) 704-2191

Spots: 20 available! Your payment received by our treasurer holds your spot!

Cost (Fee for conference room): $80.00 per person Your payment to our treasurer, Krishma, reserves your spot. There is a "no-refund" policy on payments received but they may be transferred to another person.

Accommodations: We have a block of 6 Single Suites with queen size pull out sofa bed at $129.00 per night and 4 Double Queen suites with queen sized pull out sofa bed at $149.00 per night. Room includes a full American hot and cold buffet-style breakfast. Visit the Hyatt House website to make reservations online. Discounted room prices will automatically be entered. You may also call 908-704-2191 and request the "Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild" room block. This limited block of room with special pricing is good until Friday, October 1st only!

Commuting: You do not have to stay at Hyatt House to participate! Come and go as you please during the weekend!

Day Passes: Will only be offered at the beginning of November if openings are available.

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!