Sunday, November 24, 2013

November Meeting Recap

 We continue to have visitors and potential new members at our meetings! Welcome! :) There was a lot of news this month, so read on below... also, check out the general layout of the December meeting at the bottom of the post.


  • Make sure you subscribe to our group on the MQG website. If you are having trouble, email the account (centraljerseymqg(at)gmail(dot)com).
  • Mid-Atlantic Mod has SOLD OUT! If you'd like to get on the waiting list, fill out the registration form at this link.
  • Information about our Guild Quilt-A-Long (QAL) for 2014 can be found on this post. The first blocks will be due at the January meeting!* (*does not mean you have to make all of them!). This QAL is laid back and is meant to get everyone working on the same quilt with their own choices of fabrics and blocks. You can choose not to participate if you wish (no registrations, no stress, no finish, no worries)! Of course, we'd love to see as many people participating as possible and sharing their progress!
  • Please continue to bring donate to our freebie/giveaway table. Please refrain from donating any fabric that isn't quilt shop quality cotton or any overly large items.
  • We are exhibiting our modern quilts at the NJ Quilt Fest from March 6-9! This is a UNIQUE opportunity to exhibit our guild's quilts that we might not have again for a long time. Please submit two pictures of your quilt (a good picture of the front, and a detailed shot of the quilting), plus the title and size of your quilt, to centraljerseymqg(at)gmail(dot)com BY January 3. Quilts should fit the modern aesthetic which means they should be inspired by modern art and design, but all skill levels are welcome. Quilts should include 1 or more of the following criteria:
    • lots of negative space
    • alternate grid layout
    • bold colors
    • asymmetry
    • minimalism
    • solid fabrics
    • improvisational piecing (including seams that aren't always straight or even)
    • modern traditionalism
  • We only have a few submissions so far so if you've been wavering or putting it off, PLEASE consider submitting one of your modern quilts! Submissions will be screened by a committee (if you haven't expressed your interest to be on the committee, also email the account). Thanks!
  • An email went out recently about the secret quilter gift swap. The sign ups are all online (on a Google form in that email) and are very simple to complete. Assignments are at random and should be sent out before the December meeting. We will exchange secret gifts at the January meeting, which will be a fun time for all! :)
  • You can bring in any of your Riley Blake challenge quilts/quilted creations from Dec. to Feb.

  •  Jess gave away some goodies from Quilt Market (thanks, Jess!). Janet and Judith won!
  • Sandy received her blocks from the Guild Bee.
  • We discussed favorite fabrics and favorite designers. Guild members mentioned well-known names to lesser known names - but altogether, I think it's safe to say we LOVE fabric! :)

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  • Show and Tell:



December Meeting
  • Please bring dues for next year ($50).
  • Meg Cox lecture - how to take better pictures of your quilts
  • Spotlight (?) (anyone want to volunteer?)
  • Challenge: Share a gift you are giving for the holidays

See you in December!
-Jess S.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Guild Quilt-a-long (QAL)!

Here is the link for the quilt-a-long we have chosen for 2014. We will start with the first 6 blocks due at the January meeting.

The QAL is called Modern Monday at 42 Quilts. Click the link here to see the blocks and links to tutorials! Here is Jenifer's Pinterest board, which will show you all the blocks at once.

Your goal is to make about 6 blocks a month - they come out to 6" per block.
YOU pick the colors and fabrics! There is no limit to your creativity here!
You can redesign the blocks, if you want, to make them bigger (or smaller if you dare!)

Can't wait to see what you come up with!

-Jess S.

Friday, November 8, 2013

November Meeting Reminder

 Please join us (and RSVP) for our November meeting! Guests welcome!

When: Tue Nov 12, 2013, 7-9:30 pm
Where: Pennington Quilt Works, Pennington, NJ

At this meeting we will:
-discuss officers/leadership for next year - please contact Jess L. if you are interested in learning more about the responsibilities - if you are currently an officer and are willing to stay on, let Jess L. know
-have a discussion on your favorite fabric designers - bring samples of some of your favoritess and be ready to talk about what you love in a fabric collection!
- share our Riley Blake Challenge - UPDATE - you may have already seen, but there are now fabric prizes for this challenge and the new deadline is mid February - so please take your time and you can bring it any meeting until February.

Here's a great summary about the challenge from the Seattle MQG:
  • Deadline for submitting projects for national prizes:  February 17, 2014
  • For national prizes, completed photos must be posted on the MQG site in the FINISHED forum here.
  • Members can make anything they want as long as it is quilted.
  • Add in any solids fabric or Riley Blake printed fabric.
  • You do not need to use all the fabrics given to you.
  • Upload and share your photos to the Fabric Challenge Forum on the MQG Community site here.
  • Ten finalists for national prizes will be announced February 19, 2014. Riley Blake will pick three winners and announce the final winners on February 24, 2014.
  • Don’t forget to use the #mqgrileyblakechallenge on Instagram and Twitter!

-kick off a guild Quilt-along
-giveaway goodies from quilt market
-general business
-Show and Tell - don't forget to bring your quilted quilts if you used Barbara's Persing's advice to finish one

See you there!
-Jess S.