Saturday, January 24, 2015

Cloud 9 Fabrics Lecture

Michelle Engel Bencsko, the Creative Director of Cloud 9 Fabrics (, 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 afternoon!

When: Saturday, January 31 from 1-2 pm
Where: Pennington Quilt Works, Pennington, NJ

Free for current CJMQG members, $5 for guests. Members can RSVP here.

See you then!

January Meeting Recap

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!

CJMQG January 2015  

Upcoming Events:
  • 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
  • Lunch and Kaffe Fassett and Liza Lucy Quilt Exhibit Visit - Sunday, Feb. 8, Phillipsburg, NJ and Lafayette College - Members, info and RSVP is here
  • February Meeting - Tues., Feb. 10, 2015 - 6:30 (optional social/shop time), 7-9:30, Pennington Quilt Works (see bottom of post)
  • QuiltCon - Austin, TX, Feb. 19-22
  • Quilt Fest of NJ XI (and our Modern Quilts exhibit!) - March 5-8, 2015, Garden State Exhibit Center - we're on the special exhibits page!
  • Hopewell Train Station Sewcial - Saturday, March 21, 10-4:30 (unofficial time)
  • Mid-Atlantic Mod Retreat– April 23-26

CJMQG January 2015


  • Dues are due – send to Kristina (email us for her address) - $50. Click here to see our membership benefits!
  • Quilts are due at the Feb. meeting for the NJ QuiltFest XI exhibit.
  • Please fill out our End of Year Survey and help us plan for 2015!
  • 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!

CJMQG January 2015
^Playing quilt bingo

2015 Quilt-A-Long - we shared our first blocks! Please, join in at anytime!

CJMQG January 2015

CJMQG January 2015
CJMQG January 2015

Bee - our bee members received two blocks (one to be finished for Feb., one for March).

Secret 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!

CJMQG January 2015

CJMQG January 2015
CJMQG January 2015

CJMQG January 2015
CJMQG January 2015
CJMQG January 2015
CJMQG January 2015
CJMQG January 2015

Show and Tell 

CJMQG January 2015

Thank you Laura for the pictures! You can see all of the pictures from this meeting in the CJMQG Flickr pool.

February Meeting
 Tuesday, Feb. 10
6:30 optional social/shop time, 7-9:30 meeting
Pennington Quilt Works, Pennington, NJ

-Hand in quilts for QuiltFest XI showcase
-Introduction to WIP It Up contest for 2015
-NEW* - Scrap swap
-Discussion/presentation: Color of the Year (Marsala)
-Treasurer Report - 2014
-Challenge: Jessica Levitt’s Cascade fabric challenge (final due date: March)
-Discuss charity initiative – Lori S.
-Guild QAL – February blocks
-Show and tell

-Jess S.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

January Meeting Reminder

January Meeting/Party

Welcome to the CJMQG's fourth year!
 Tuesday 1/13/15 - 7:00-9:30 @ Pennington Quiltworks
(6:30 - optional shop/social time)

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
-New Guild Quilt-A-Long for 2015 (bring fabric selection and/or first block). See info here:
-Show and Tell

Please 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.
-Jess S.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Guild Quilt-A-Long - January

By Neva, Guild Quilt-A-Long Cheerleader

"RAH, RAH, SIS, BOOM, BAH"  I'm so excited for this year's QAL!!!!!

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

I 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.

The 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.

The 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!