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.

"Pixels" - July block, CJMQG QAL

This is another great block to perfect your scant 1/4" seam allowance!  

Masking tape marked with pen kept all the fabric pieces organized prior to piecing. Once the individual blocks were sewn they were laid out on a small design wall before sewn together.

My block came out a bit on the larger side and needed a trim.  Another guild member said hers came out to the correct size. What will your experience be?

Even though there is no formal guild meeting in July, a post for the August block will be sent during the second week in July.  Please bring your July and August blocks to the August meeting.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

May Meeting Recap

At this meeting:

-We swapped low volume mug rugs! Many of our members swapped 6" x 10" bricks of low volume fabric in April, and now we are using them. Beautiful! Great participation, everyone!

-We started the Cloud 9 Cirrus Solids Mini Quilt Challenge, which is sponsored by Cloud 9 Fabrics. All information was given at the meeting and later sent out in our guild newsletter. Mini quilts are due at the August meeting - you have all summer! Can't wait to see what you make, and thank you to Cloud 9!

Members received 6 fat eighths of solids. The bundle below will be a prize in our WIP It Up contest in January!

-The Cloth Pocket, a modern fabric shop in Austin, Texas, sponsored our meeting. Thank you for sending door prizes! Amy and Felix were so excited to win! Don't forget that this shop offers a 20% discount for MQG members - email me for the code.

-Janneke taught us how to sew selvages and showed off some of her beautiful makes. Thank you for the informative and entertaining presentation, Janneke!

Kathy also brought a selvage quilt to share. So much inspiration!

-Our next bee has filled up! We also shared more house blocks for this month's queen bee:

-We shared our May Quilt-A-Long blocks! Check out the post Neva wrote up for June here.

-Show and Tell:

The Denyse Schmidt Modern Solids Trunk Show was visiting Pennington Quiltworks! We had the pleasure of staring at these lovelies throughout the meeting.

Tatiana and Sonia are so cute with the bags they made at Mid-Atlantic Mod retreat.

Lee's beautifully bold snowball quilt.

Elaine brought her second place Cascade Fabric Challenge quilt for a second look!

Jess S. shared her finished Lizzy House mini quilt swap quilt. It will be off in the mail very soon!

Neva finished her Modern Mondays quilt from last year's guild QAL. Great job Neva - the quilting is stunning!

Beth shared her lovely pineapple block from a workshop with the North Jersey MQG and Heather Jones.

Jamee made this beautiful quilt for a little girl!

See you in June!

-Jess S.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

June Meeting Reminder

Tuesday, June 9, 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 our website under "About."

Last meeting until August! (July potluck info coming soon)

- Swap - Make an 18"x18" decorative pillow cover to swap using selvages (other fabric can be used but selvages should be featured)

-Challenge (ongoing through August): Cirrus Solids Mini Quilt Challenge sponsored by Cloud 9 Fabrics

-Bias strip applique lesson with Jess Levitt


-Guild QAL – June blocks

-Show and Tell

See you then!

-Jess S.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Guild Quilt-A-Long June Block - Circle of Geese


We're back to paper piecing this month with the traditionally modern Circle of Geese block.

The key to this block is planning ahead, deciding which fabric geese will appear where.  

Use a pen to mark on the papers where each fabric should appear.

Keep in mind that you are sewing the fabric to the plain side of the paper when making these fabric placement choices.

Are you caught up with all your blocks?  Now is the time to get them done because the blocks for the next few months are going to be EVEN MORE FUN!!!!

Don't forget to post your finished blocks on Instagram (#cjmqg), Facebook, or Flickr.