Thursday, August 1, 2013

July Meeting Recap

*I apologize that it took me so long to write this post. I should be good to go for August!

Our July meeting was Tuesday, July 9. Thanks to Kathleen for writing up the minutes!

 Upcoming Events:
  • August Meeting - Tuesday, August 13 @ Pennington Quilt Works, 7-9:30 (see bottom of this post for more details)
  • Look for an email/survey soon about an impromptu quilters' NYC trip. :)
  • The MQG’s first Sew Down will take place in Philadelphia, Friday to Sunday, Sept. 6-8. It is an all inclusive sewing event with workshops and lectures from 4 instructors. Registration is open and members of guilds belonging to the national guild will receive a 15% discount. That email (about the discount) was sent before the July meeting.
  • Sept. 28th is the Quilters Take Manhattan event. For those interested, tickets can be purchased online at
  • We are now part of the national Modern Quilt Guild! Look for an email soon about switching over from BigTent.
  • Make sure you fill out the survey about the joint retreat for next April in Lancaster - it's in your email! Even if you aren't planned on attending, it would help if you filled it out. Thanks!

Icebreaker: “What is your favorite summer activity?” The 27 members attending answered everything from quilting (of course!), to biking, to laying on the beach. Sounds good to me!

Guild Business:
I gave out the fabric packets for those who volunteered to create modern blocks for our guild banner. If you volunteered and weren't at the meeting, see me at the August meeting and I'll hand it over!

Banner Block Guidelines:
Blocks should be 8.5" x 8.5" - due in either August or September. PLEASE return leftover scraps (you should have some) to be used for binding/backing/etc.
Please only use the fabric given.
See my Pinterest board for some modern quilt block ideas. :)

Members shared their free motion quilting projects based on skills they learned at the Angela Walters workshop.

Educational Topic
Liza Lucy gave out pre-cut pieces of fabric and demonstrated how to sew a Y seam. I will be posting a tutorial on this shortly. For now, check out Rachel's practice! Thank you, Liza!

CJMQG July meeting  

Show & Tell
Bee members shared their completed blocks for June and July (since we didn't have a July meeting). For more info about the bee, see the tab at the top of our blog.

CJMQG July meeting 
For Laura's quilt

 For Linda's quilt

And, of course, members shared completed projects and works in progress.

"Sew" cute - okay, I won't say it again. :)
 Gorgeous scrappy trip-a-long!

 Pretty chevrons by Jess L.!

 The quilting on these gorgeous stones is amazing!

Love this so much, Kathleen!
Check out Kristina's beautiful dress! 
August Meeting:
  • Educational topic: I will be giving a short demo on Flickr! So, you'd better be there!
  • Challenge – Create your modern 8 ½ inch block for the CJMQG banner. Woohoo, August is all about me :D Just kidding. Though really, so far, it is! Just saying.
  • Discussion – Bring in a favorite book or magazine and share your interests. This has the potential to be a really great discussion!
  • Spotlight – Eugenia
  • A “Freebie Table” will be set up at future meetings. Neva has volunteered to maintain it (thanks, Neva!). Bring books, magazines, fabric (no smaller than a ¼ yard), tools, etc. you no longer want or need (in relatively good condition!)
See you on the 13th!
-Jess S.