Thursday, November 20, 2014

November Meeting Recap

Our November meeting was packed full with activities, news, fabric, and of course, quilts!

Upcoming Events:
 -Submit quilts to QuiltCon
by November 30, 2014 

-December Meeting 
Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 6:30 (optional shop/social time), 7-9:30
Pennington Quilt Works
See bottom of post for details

-Dues for next year - bring to December meeting preferably to renew your membership! It's $50 for the year, and this goes towards our challenges, meeting lessons/events, charity projects, guild retreats, and to the international Modern Quilt Guild. If you have any questions, please email the account!

-January Meeting 
 Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 6:30 (optional shop/social time), 7-9:30
Secret Quilter gift exchange and officer elections

 -January Sewcial (free!), Hopewell Train Station, 10am-5pm
Sunday, January 18, 2015
3 out of 20 spots remaining - members RSVP here.
Sat. March 21 - 10-4:30

-Cloud 9 Fabrics – Michelle Engel Bencsko – Lecture and Organic Fabric/Quilt Trunk Show 
Saturday, January 31, 1-2 pm, Pennington Quilt Works, Pennington, NJ
Free for 2015 CJMQG members, $5 guests

Doubletree Hotel, Lancaster, PA
April 23-26
Details here - general registration - Nov. 30 @ 7pm


General Announcements:
-Event section on the Forum online (Bigtent) – please post any sewing related events you are involved with/hear of. You can announce them at meetings, too.

- Please enjoy our giveaway table and feel free to donate. However please don't bring very large items and please only bring quilter's cotton fabric (or the kind of designer home décor or laminate etc. sold in quilt shops).

-Meetings start with a shop/social time from 6:30-7! No obligation to come, but this is a great time to catch up with friends, get to know others, and shop at PQW!

-I'm experimenting with MailChimp, an email service, for guild updates in addition to Bigtent (possibly an all-inclusive newsletter kind of thing). You should be getting an email from me soon!   

-The Great Fabric Trade from last meeting was successful and we'd love to see more people participate next time. We will do it again in the spring, so set aside your destash goods for the future!
-End of year survey – will go out through email and link on Bigtent. Please start to think about what you'd like to do next year!
-Please respond to the email about volunteering to vote for our quilt exhibit and the Quilt Fest in March. The voting committee will vote in mid-December before the holidays.

-Our November retreat was so much fun - see blog post here!
-Charity quilts went to the Center for Great Expectations - see blog post here!


-Ice breaker – We found out whether there were families of sewists out there, or lone wolves (a bit of both - and many learned from their grandmothers!). 

-We discussed officer positions and nominated members for those positions (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer). Nominations will also take place at the December meeting, and elections will take place at the January meeting. If you have any questions, feel free to email the account!

Challenge: We collected 8" x 8" blocks for our guild's QuiltCon Charity Quilt. Guess what? The top is already pieced!

Designed and pieced by Jessica Skultety

Discussion:  Scrap sewing/storage - What are your favorite solutions for sewing with scraps?
How do you store them?

Activity: Fabric and color play with Jessica Levitt


- 2nd round of the CJMQG Bee – Lee's quilt blocks

-Show and Tell

Lori S.:

 Jess S.:




Jess L.:


December Meeting
  • Discussion: Favorite sewing classes online and in person – bring laptop to follow along 
  • Challenge: Bring in a gift you are making for the holidays 
  • Officer Nominations  
  • Work on your Secret Quilter Exchange project – due in Jan.
  •  Wrap up 2014 Guild QAL 
  • Bee  
  • Show and Tell

Looking ahead:
January Meeting
  • Activity: Bring in your Secret Quilter Gift Exchange! 
  • Challenge: Receive fabric for Jessica Levitt's Cascade fabric challenge - due in March - you can still sign up (email us) 
  • Officer Elections  
  • Bee 
  • Introduce new guild QAL 
  • Show and Tell

Happy Thanksgiving! :)
-Jess S.