Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tatiana's Bee Blocks

Here are the bee blocks that Queen Bee Tatiana received recently. They are all so lovely together! Thanks Tatiana for the pictures and Lee for sending them.

-Jess S.

March Meeting

Please join us for our March meeting!
Members, please RSVP here. Guests welcome! Please see our guest policy under the "about" tab at the top of this blog.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Pennington Quilt Works
6:30 optional social/shop time; 7-9:30 meeting

-Recap QuiltFest of NJ and QuiltCon

-Return quilts from QuiltFest - if you cannot attend the meeting, you must arrange for someone else to pick up your quilt

-Challenge: Jessica Levitt - Cascade Fabric (due by March 31 - must be a quilted item)

-Activity/Swap: The Great Fabric Exchange - destash – trading, bartering or selling your fabric/books/notions. Bring small bills (use money at your own discretion - cash or checks) Please limit what you bring to an amount that could fit right in front of you on a table. :)

-Treasurer Report - 2014


-Turn in wonky star blocks for the Knoxville MQG and purple flower blocks for Mott Hall Bridges Academy (see recent charity block email for details)

-Guild QAL - March blocks

-Show and Tell

See you then!
Jess S.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

March "Filmstrip" Block

Our block this month has lots of small pieces, so make sure you've got the scant 1/4 inch nailed down on your sewing machine!  If you need help I recommend reading this tutorial by Gen X Quilters.

Here is the link for the tutorial in PDF form: Filmstrip

First, you will prepare the border of the block:

Next, you will sew half square triangles.  I love it when the pattern makes the units a bit oversized so I can trim to the exact size.

I took some time with the next step to figure out what colors I wanted where for the wonky star points.  If you have yet to make a wonky star this tutorial  has great instructions for you.

And....  now you are a quarter of the way through the quilt-a-long!

 Happy sewing and I'll be monitoring Instagram for block finishes.  Tag your post #cjmqg, #kmqg, and tag @knoxmqg!


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Bee blocks for February

Liz Hawkins, our queen bee, asked for house blocks surrounded by log cabins. Here are some of the blocks she will be receiving at the February meeting:

 Lee's first block

 Lee's second block


 Andy F.



Liz's own three blocks

Thanks to Lee, our Bee Keeper, for sending photos for us to share with everyone.

-Jess S.

Reminder: February Meeting

Please join us for our February Meeting!

Guests welcome, as always!

Please see our guest policy here.
Tuesday, February 10
6:30 optional social/shop time, 7-9:30 meeting
Pennington Quilt Works, Pennington, NJ

-Hand in quilts for QuiltFest XI showcase (must be in a labelled plastic bag, complete with quilt sleeve and label)
-Introduction to WIP It Up contest for 2015
-Scrap swap - bring a quart plastic bag stuffed full of scraps and go home with new ones!
-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
See you then!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

5, 6, 7, 8

​5, 6, 7, 8 - Hey, Hey you!
Put your other stuff away,
'Cause today is the day
You're gonna work on your January & February blocks due at next week's meeting!

Gimme a "B"
Gimme a "O"
Gimme a "M"
What does that acronym stand for?
BLOCK OF THE MONTH Quilt-A-Long at Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild!
Goooooooo guild!!!!!!​

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Visit from Cloud 9 Fabrics

Michelle and Gina from Cloud 9 Fabrics visited our guild on Saturday! This was a free lecture/trunk show for members. We asked them to come and talk to us about their company, organic fabric, and the process of working with fabric designers. I think it's safe to say, from the amount of questions asked and oohs and ahhhs, that we were thoroughly impressed. Plus, their headquarters is in NJ - they're local! If you want to learn more about their organic fabric, you can head over to their "about" page. Here are some pictures from Laura Bennett and myself:

We look forward to seeing the Cloud 9 booth at QuiltCon this month! Plus, we hope to be working with them later in the year for a challenge... you heard it here first. :)

Jess S.