Friday, July 24, 2015

CJMQG 1st Annual Summer Potluck

In place of our July meeting, we held a summer potluck at Janneke's house. It was a blast! We hope to throw one again in the winter. Please enjoy pictures from the event below, and we'll see you at the August meeting on Tuesday the 11th! 

Thanks to Janneke for hosting, Laura B. for pictures, and everyone for bringing seriously delicious food!

Group pic of those who could make it!


Kathleen brought "Left, Right, Center" - we played with fat quarters and dollar bills. And below, the big winners! We will definitely play again soon!

Some show and tell - you can see more on our Flickr group and on our Instagram (@cjmqg).

Krishma's Improv Pineapple quilt from the North Jersey MQG's Heather Jones workshop

Susan's curvy walking foot quilt from Melanie Tuazon's workshop

Jamee's quilt

Janneke's quilt

-Jess S.

August Meeting Invitation

Please join us for our August Meeting!
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
6:30 optional shop/social time, 7-9:30 meeting time
Pennington Quilt Works, Pennington, NJ
Guests welcome, as always! Please see our guest policy on the "About" tab above.

-Bring all quilts for the PNQE Exhibit to be sent out at the end of August. We must have all the quilts at this meeting! An email will be going out later this month with more info.

-Challenge: Cirrus Solids Mini Quilt Challenge sponsored by Cloud 9 Fabrics - due!

-Fabric postcard showcase by Susan F.


-Guild QAL – July and August blocks

-Show and Tell

See you then!
-Jess S.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Modern Quilt Guild Feature

A few months ago, I wrote up a blog post about our charity quilt from last year for QuiltCon, "Modern Bracelets." It's been featured on the MQG blog. Go check it out here, and make sure you sign up on the Bigtent forum to make a block for the next charity quilt!

central jersey pic2 

-Jess S.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

August Bee Block - "Raw Edges"


If you follow the directions to this block as originally written you will get just what the title says, "Raw Edges."

It will look something like this.

Having raw edges on any block does not sit well with me personally.  If it doesn't with you I would suggest using a form of applique; either raw edge interface or turned.

BUT WAIT! If you want to kick up your skills a notch why not inset both circles? Pile of Fabric has a great tutorial and you can download the PDF here. With this technique the outer circle (focal fabric) will finish at an 8" circle and the patchwork at 6.5" (These are the template measurements you will use for the freezer paper.)

Let my pain be your gain in obtaining the correct sized circle templates.

After having no success with my thrifty compass (I found no joy in this object after using it so it got tossed.) I took to the internet and found a great template here at 

Much better!

Here is where it gets to be more arts and crafts than quilt sewing but the end result is worth it.  Feel free to email me directly with any questions!



Sunday, June 14, 2015

June Meeting Recap

At this meeting:

Swap: We swapped selvage pillow cases (after our lesson with Janneke in May)! Members had to use selvages in some way to make an 18" x 18" (standard size) pillow case. Here are the makers with their makes before the random swap (from left to right: Kim, Kathy, Jess S., Janneke, and Janet).

And afterwards!

Demo: VP Jessica Levitt gave us an informative bias strip applique lesson, as per member request. Thank you, Jess!

Members showed off their Guild Quilt-a-long blocks for the month of June (and Elaine, second from right, changed up the middle!). Kathy (first on left) even finished her July block!

 I-spy charm swap! Can't wait to see what you make!

Challenge: Jamee (above) and Janneke brought in the first official mini quilt finishes for the Cloud 9 Cirrus Solids Mini Quilt Challenge! Jamee outlined her shapes in gold thread and Janneke appliqued some cute birds. All the rest will be photographed at our August meeting (when they are due). Great job, ladies!


Bee - House blocks for the queen bee this month:

AND two finished CJMQG bee quilts! Wow! It was so great to see these in person. Keep bringing them in as you finish them, bee members!

 Janneke's finished quilt top. Look at that border, too!

 Liz's finished quilt. It's a giant house! It was fun to search out everyone's blocks.


Show and Tell: LOTS of quilts this meeting!

Neva showed off her Peek block mini quilt (pattern by our recent teaching guest Melanie Tuazon) and the quilt for her office (below). Besides the beautiful quilts, these are awesome pictures of you, Neva!

 Janet's modern quilts! She does amazing quilting, too!

Christina finished this stunning scrappy quilt in an unconventional color scheme. I think we can all agree that it is perfect!

 Helen's quilting really adds another layer to her design!

One of our visitors shared this purple beauty!

Sonia was excited to show off her tunic from Camp Stitchalot!


Jess S. finished this Misdirection quilt for Jess of the Elven Garden (pattern coming soon) and an improvisational plus block baby quilt. I can't wait to gift it this week!

And, last but not least, Jess L. made this tablerunner for her son's teacher. It's so pretty all quilted up, too (you can see it on Instagram - @jtlevitt)!

 Thanks to this meeting's photographers, Cala and Neva.

That's all, folks! See you at the July Potluck (no official meeting until August)!

-Jess S.