Thursday, October 2, 2014

Outdoor Exhibit on Saturday, Oct. 25

*This event has been rescheduled due to weather to Sat. Oct. 25. Hope to see you there!

Members from the CJMQG will be set up at the Pennington Farmer's Market from 9-1 at Rosedale Mills (Route 31 North in Pennington)! Our quilts will be displayed. Come meet us in person, find out about our organization, and see our quilts, including our guild banner below!




-Jess S.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

CJMQG Guild Banner


 

At long last, I'm here to blog about the banner our guild made earlier this year! Members voluntarily made all of the blocks; their challenge was to make any modern block (whatever that meant to them) with the fabrics provided. Our chosen color scheme was a range of blues, greens, and a touch of orange. I just love how the orange adds to the overall feel!




Various members helped piece the quilt using several solid fabrics. Jessica Levitt and I pieced the scrappy backing. Jessica L. also longarm quilted the banner, and Robin B. bound it. The quilt was already featured at the Quilt Fest of NJ X in March - see more about our special CJMQG exhibit here at Jess L's. blog. We display it at many of our guild events, including the Mid-Atlantic Mod Retreat!


You can next see the banner at our outdoor exhibit at the Pennington Farmer's Market at Rosedale Mills in Pennington, NJ on 10/4 (9am to 1pm). Several of us will be there with our modern quilts, handwork, and guild information, ready for you to come say hello!


Great job members! We will surely cherish this guild banner for years to come!

-Jess S.

October Meeting

Please join us for our October Meeting!

Tuesday, October 14, 7-9:30 pm (6:30 optional social/shop time)
Pennington Quilt Works, Pennington, NJ

Members, RSVP here.
Guests welcome! Please email us if you would like to come!


-Swap - The Great Fabric Trade – destash – trading, bartering or selling your fabric/books/notionsl. Bring small bills (use money at your own discretion - I originally decided "cash only" but checks are allowed now). Please limit what you bring to an amount that could fit right in front of you on a table. :) This has the potential to become a large, exciting, and annual event!

-Discussion- Scraps (using them and organization)

-Challenge: Make (or bring in) a scrap quilt using at least 30 fabrics

-Hand in ALL charity quilts for the Center for Great Expectations

-Receive fabric for Jessica Levitt's challenge (Cascade from Windham Fabrics) plus fabric for QuiltCon Charity Quilt block

 -2nd round of Bee
   
-Share Guild QAL blocks (Modern Mondays)

-Show and Tell

Can't wait!
Jess S.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

September Meeting Recap



It was awesome seeing everyone back from a long and productive summer! Wait until you see all the show and tell there was... :) Not all pictures are included in the post due to space. Just FYI. :)

 -Meetings will now start with social time from 6:30-7! No obligation to come, but this is a great time to catch up with friends, get to know others, and shop at PQW.

Upcoming Events:

  • CJMQG exhibit at Pennington Farmer's Market - 8am setup, 9-1 at Rosedale Mills on Route 31 (a couple minutes from Pennington Quilt Works) - members can bring a modern quilt to show, a chair, and handwork (if you wish) while we share our craft with the community! Sign up here. I'll be going to the Courthouse Quilter's Show (below) afterwards, if you'd like to come with!
  • Courthouse Quilter's Show (Quilts in the Mill) - Oct. 3-5, 10am - 5pm, Prallsville Mills, Route 29, Stockton, NJ - see bottom of this page for more info 
  • Mid-Atlantic Mod Registration - around Nov. 1 - see here for more info and the call for instructors! The retreat will be in Lancaster (Doubletree Hotel) from Apr. 23-26.
  • November Retreat- Hyatt House in Bridgewater, NJ. As of 9/13, 10 out of 20 spots have filled. This retreat is now open to guests, too! Please email the account if you need Kristina's address (where you will forward your room payment of $50 - for guests this payment is $70).
    • On Saturday, volunteers will be offering short, free classes for how to make handmade Christmas gifts (for example: folded star ornament, voile or lawn infinity scarf, etc.) We are taking teacher volunteers, and a supply list will be available before the retreat if you are interested in attending. You can participate in all, some, or none - your choice! :)
    • To reserve a hotel room, we have a special rate available until 10/6 - (6 one bedroom suites @ $107 a night + tax and 4 two bedroom suites @ $164 a night + tax) - all have king sized beds with 1 pull out couch per suite. Please email the account for info or, if you are in the guild, check the Bigtent invite for how to reserve your room.
  •  Charity quilts  for the Center for Great Expectations are due at the October meeting! Please machine bind for stability and quilt densely (straight lines are fine, too).
  • QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge - the Modern Quilt Guild has challenge individual guilds to make quilts based on this color palette:
color_palette_2

 (picture from MQG blog)

I am designing a quilt with alternate gridwork in mind, and members have signed up to make blocks by November. You will receive fabric in October with more info!


Meeting:
-To start, each person shared what they think might be their "specialty" in sewing. We asked this question over a year ago and it was fun to hear the responses!


 
-We discussed Jacquie Gering's August visit to our guild, and members who attended the Slice and Insert workshop showed their progress since then. You can see more about the lecture/trunk show here and the workshop here. We absolutely loved hosting Jacquie for the weekend jointly with the Philly MQG!

 


 –We presented Cala with a surprise quilt for her baby daughter!



Pattern/free tutorial here by Dani Miller, pieced by members, pieced together, basted, and bound by Amy B., quilted by Jessica L.
 
Demo: Susan Flick taught us how to make a snap bag. These are so cute and versatile! You could make a whole bunch for the holidays. Susan provided us with paper instructions to take home as well. Thanks!

- 2nd round of the CJMQG Bee – Amy received her blocks! This one was from Lee:

 
-Fall Mug Rug Swap - members who made mug rugs (or snack mats/small wall hangings) for the fall participated in a blind swap. It's always so neat to see what everyone comes up with!



-Show and Tell 

Miggie shared her Michael Miller challenge quilt:




Susan shared her charity quilts: 


Janneke had two finishes as well!:



 And, last but certainly not least, our guest Nicole shared this beauty:

 
-We moved our discussion on scraps to our next meeting.
-Thanks, as always, to Carol Esch for pictures, Amy Blanchard and hospitality for treats and Kathleen Stanish for the minutes! 

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OCTOBER MEETING
Tuesday, October 14, 7-9:30 pm (6:30 optional social/shop time)
Pennington Quilt Works, Pennington, NJ
 
  • Swap: The Great Fabric Trade destash – bring your fabric/books/notions to trade, barter, or sell. Bring small bills (use money at your own discretion - cash only!) Please limit what you bring to an amount that could fit right in front of you on a table. :) This has the potential to become a large, exciting, and annual event!
  • Discussion: Scraps (using them and organization)
  • Challenge: Make a scrap quilt using at least 30 fabrics
  • Hand in all charity quilts
  • Receive fabric for Jessica Levitt's challenge (Cascade from Windham Fabrics) plus fabric for QuiltCon Charity Quilt block
  • 2nd round of Bee
  • Share Guild QAL blocks (Modern Mondays) 
  • Show and Tell

-Jess S.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

September Meeting Reminder

Please join us for our September meeting!
Members, please RSVP here. Guests, please email us and let us know you are coming. Thank you!

When: Tues. Sept. 9, 7-9:30 pm (6:30 optional social/shop time)
Where: Pennington Quilt Works, Pennington, NJ

Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild 

Demo: Susan Flick, snap bag tutorial

Discussion: Using/storing scraps - be ready to share your storage methods! Bring any scrap projects, too, to share.

Swap: Fall mug rug - make one and bring it to swap! A mug rug is a mat you can put coffee and a snack on. I like to use mine as wall hangings, too!

Challenge: Make something from low volume fabrics

Charity quilts: Due at this meeting or October's (you can still pick them up at the meeting)

2nd Round of the CJMQG Bee

Guild Quilt-A-Long

Show and Tell 

See you then! :)

Jess S.