Michelle Engel Bencsko, the Creative Director of Cloud 9 Fabrics (http://cloud9fabrics.com/fabrics/cirrus-solids/),
will visit our guild to discuss how organic cotton is made. She will
also present a trunk show of quilts made with Cloud 9 Fabrics and take
any questions. I hope you will join us for a fun and informative
When: Saturday, January 31 from 1-2 pm
Where: Pennington Quilt Works, Pennington, NJ
Our January meeting/party was a blast! We had so much fun playing Quilt Bingo (three gift certificates were donated by Jan of Pennington Quilt Works, plus she has been hosting us for three years - thank you, Jan!). We also had our epic Secret Quilter Gift Exchange with a whopping 20 participants! Remember, members have access to our monthly newsletter, which I send out before the next meeting. The newsletter contains news, reminders, events, shout outs, meeting agendas, pictures, and anything else that might come up. Look for the February newsletter in a couple of weeks!
Cloud 9 Fabrics – Michelle Engel Bencsko – Lecture and Organic Fabric/Quilt Trunk Show - Saturday, January 31 from 1-2 pm at Pennington Quilt Works - free for members, $5 guests - Members can RSVP here
Jessica Levitt's fabric
challenge has started and continues on through March 31! Those who signed up received fabric at this meeting. Use the hashtag #cascadefabricchallenge on Instagram to share your progress/finishes (also tag #cjmqg so the whole guild can see!).
Elections for the 2015 year: Jessica Skultety - President Jessica Levitt - Vice President Kristina Bobo - Treasurer Laura Schafer - Secretary
Thanks to Kathy Stanish for all of her work as secretary! Welcome, Laura!
Bee - our bee members received two blocks (one to be finished for Feb., one for March).
Quilter Gift Exchange - here are some pictures from the event. Participants filled out a survey about their preferences for gifts. There were mini quilts, table runners, scarves, pouches, purses, and more! Thanks, everyone, for making this our 3rd successful holiday swap!
Thank you Laura for the pictures! You can see all of the pictures from this meeting in the CJMQG Flickr pool.
Guests welcome, as always! See our guest policy in the "about" tab. -Elections for 2015 Officers. Be there to cast your vote and celebrate the new board! -Quilt-o (quilt bingo) with prizes from Pennington Quilt Works! Thanks, Jan! -Secret Quilter Gift Exchange/Swap -Jessica Levitt's Fabric Challenge Intro -Bee -New Guild Quilt-A-Long for 2015 (bring fabric selection and/or first block). See info here: http://centraljerseymqg.blogspot.com/p/2014-guild-bom.html -Show and Tell
note that the January newsletter will be sent to your email through
MailChimp a few days before the meeting. Please let me know if you
haven't received anything from MailChimp yet.
For the January meeting, you are asked to bring some fabric ideas or choices. I
was all set to get creative with fabric colors thanks to my trusty new
Kona Color card I received for Christmas (yay Santa!). But once my
family saw the original picture of the Quilt from the Knoxville MQG, they
all said they loved the colors they used. In truth, most all of the
quilts at my home are made of warm colors and they liked the idea of
cool and bold.
So, I chose the following for my color scheme:
Kona: Night Fall, Ultra Marine, Grass Green, Chartreuse, Flame, School Bus, Snow
also went ahead and made the first two blocks (due at the February)
meeting to make sure the patterns were sound and to be able to answer
any questions regarding construction.
January block is straight forward and sports a partial seam to
complete. Don't fear! It's just a small one and the tutorial next to the instructions on our website gives you all the information you need.
February block contains very simple paper piecing; perfect for a
beginner. For those of you new to paper piecing there are many tutorial
and videos online to view.
Looking forward seeing what everyone has to share at the January meeting!