Sunday, December 30, 2012

January Meeting Reminder!

This marks the start of year 2 for the CJMQG!

When: Tue Jan 8, 2013, 7-9:30 pm EST
Where: Pennington Quilt Works
Pennington, NJ

At this meeting we will:
-vote in new officers
-collect dues for the new year
-exchange Secret Quilter gifts (
-Enjoy spotlight on Myra Corbett
-share your Madrona Road challenge if you're done
-discuss visions for the guild for the new year- if you have ideas please come prepared to share
-general business
-regular show and tell

RSVP here.

See you then - Happy New Year! :)
-Jess S.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

MQG Madrona Road Challenge

Our guild is officially participating in the Madrona Road Challenge! At the December meeting, we received fat eighth bundles of some of the Madrona Road fabrics in the Ocean colorway. This fabric line is designed by Violet Craft for Michael Miller.

My slightly dark picture of the gorgeous fabrics I received

Because this is a Modern Quilt Guild challenge, this means that MQGs all over the world are participating and sharing their work on the Flickr group (a photo-sharing site). You need a Flickr account to post your creation, but it's easy - click here to go to, and click the pink "sign up" on the top bar. Once you take a picture of your creation, upload it to your Flickr photostream (let me know if you need help), go to the official challenge group (linked above), join the group, and post your photo. It sounds complicated, but it really isn't, I promise :)

The challenge officially runs until January 31st, but you can share your creation at either the January or February meeting. Pictures of your creation have to be on the Flickr account by the 31st in order to be considered for any kind of accolation or prize (which has not yet been announced). You can make ANYTHING, as long as it uses just these fabrics and any solids.

*Our guild's individual challenge is "detail" - however you choose to interpret that!

Again, HERE is the link for the Flickr group (there are already pictures up!)

What are your ideas so far? We'd love for you to post links to your Flickr pictures or blog posts!

-Jess S.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

December Meeting Recap

Hi all! I promise I'll be back with more frequent posts after Christmas is over!

  • We will vote for new officers at the January meeting. All positions have volunteers, so, yay!
  • You can still register for QuiltCon (February 21-24 in Austin, TX).
  • Let Jessica Levitt know if you would like to sew up some of the charity blocks to make a large lap quilt - she can bring them to the January meeting, too.
  • We handed out fabric for the Madrona Road Challenge! See below in January meeting... and another post coming here soon.
We had a lesson on Paper Piecing with Robin. She showed us the process of basic paper piecing and stopped at each stage to explain, with props. Thanks, Robin (from a quilter who needs to try paper piecing!)
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Spotlight: Laura N. (who really, really shouldn't move!) (pictures and explanation to follow, when I get them!)

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We shared handmade gifts for the holidays. Many had at least one to share... even those who have sworn off making handmade gifts *coughJessicacough* :)
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Finally, we had show and tell.
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(sorry if all the pictures together looks strange - Blogger and Flickr aren't liking me too much right now).

Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 7-9:30 pm, Pennington Quilt Works in Pennington, NJ
  • Secret Quilter gift exchange due - bring your gift wrapped but also in a bag, so it stays secret!
  • January/Madrona Road Challenge - you can bring your piece to share for this meeting, or in February. Our challenge is "details" - whatever that means to you. *You can use the given Madrona Road fabric and solids only!
  • Spotlight on Myra C.
Jess S.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Reminder: December Meeting and OKCMQG Linkup

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

November Meeting Recap

Sorry this is late! I will post pictures when I get them!

  • Congrats to our very own Joyce Hughes, who was the grand prize winner of the McCalls Quilt Design Star Professional Category! Click here to see her profile on their website!
  • Dues for next year can be paid at the December or January meeting - $50.
  • If you would like to volunteer to be an officer, email Jessica L. or contact her on BigTent.
  • Fill out your Handmade Gift Exchange form and bring it this coming Tuesday (our December meeting), so that we can exchange in January!
First, little old me did a (what was meant to be relatively short but ended up quite long) presentation about the quilty blogosphere on the internet. I highlighted several blogs that may be of interest to the modern quilting crowd (all links mentioned can be found here, or under the "Links" tab at the top of this page). Don't forget to check out the blogroll on the right sidebar, which features our very own members!

Jessica L. did a Quilt Market recap with some giveaways, woohoo! Thanks, Jess! She also showed us this great video which summarizes Quilt Market, and features many of our favorite fabric designers.

We swapped potholders made throughout the month before! Participants were asked to make them modern. Hopefully, those will be put to good use during the holiday season :)

We got to see several quilts made by Kathleen Stanish. (there will be more of an explanation when I post the pictures!)

Finally, we had show and tell - one of our favorite parts of the meeting, I think it's safe to say!

December meeting post  (RSVP here) coming your way!
-Jess S.