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!