Tuesday, April 28, 2015

April Meeting Recap

Our April meeting was full of quilts, as usual! Look for the May newsletter for all guild business and reminders (it will be sent out the first weekend of May). If you aren't a guild member, you can still sign up for all the latest on the left sidebar.

Upcoming Events:
  • NJ Quilt Shop Hop - Apr. 24 - May 3rd
  • Texas Quilt Museum Modern Quilt Exhibit - submission deadline is April 30
  • Riley Blake MQG Fabric challenge - continues through spring
  • May Meeting - Tues., May 12, 6:30 shop/social time, 7-9:30 meeting, Pennington Quilt Works, Pennington, NJ (see bottom for more info)
  • Cloud 9 Fabrics CJMQG Mini Quilt Challenge: May - August meeting. Fabric will be passed out to those who signed up earlier in the year at the May meeting. Thanks to Cloud 9 for sponsoring!
  • Technology and Quilts Workshop taught by Jessica Skultety - FREE to guild members, $5 guests, Sat. May 6 from 2-4 pm at Pennington Quilt Works - members, please RSVP here
  • Walking Foot Quilting Workshop taught by Melanie Tuazon - Sunday, June 7 from 9:30 to 12, Hopewell Train Station (MAX 15 students, pay $12 at April meeting or after, guild members priority) - SOLD OUT
  • June Sewcial/Sewing Day - Sunday, June 7, Hopewell Train Station, 12 pm - ? (end time TBA), max. 20 quilters

Challenge: Jessica Levitt, our Vice President, chose the winners of her Cascade Fabric challenge. Thanks to Windham Fabrics and Jessica for sponsoring prizes! Jessica will post a full recap on her blog soon. Congrats to the winners!

1st place: Sand Dunes of Tattori by Krishma Patel (left)

2nd place by Elaine Hagaman

Bee: House blocks for Andy! We're now taking sign ups for the third CJMQG Bee, starting in August. Great job paper piecing, bee members!

Low volume fabric swap: Over 20 members brought a yard (but into 6x10" blocks) of low volume fabric to swap with others. Create a

Guild Quilt-A-Long: April blocks. We're still going strong with many members (even more than this) keeping up!

Challenge: New-to-you quilting techniques

Inspired by Carolyn Friedlander

Show and Tell:


 Jess S.

 Jess L. (mini for Mid-Atlantic Mod mini quilt swap)

 Linda (Cascade Challenge)


 Janet (Cascade Challenge)

May Meeting

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
6:30 optional shop/social time, 7-9:30 meeting time
Pennington Quilt Works, Pennington, NJ

Guests welcome, as always! Please see our guest policy here.
 Members, please RSVP here.
-Recap Mid-Atlantic Mod Retreat

-Swap/Challenge– low volume mug rug make a mug rug with low volume fabrics to blind swap with another guild member (can use other fabrics like solids or brights as an accent)

 -Start Cloud 9 Fabrics Cirrus Solids Mini Quilt Challenge, sponsored by Cloud 9 Fabrics (due at August meeting) - fabric will be passed to those who signed up

-Bias strip applique lesson – Jess Levitt

-Turn in purple flower blocks for Mott Hall Bridges Academy to Lori

-Guild QAL – May blocks

-Show and Tell

See you then!
    -Jess S.

    Friday, April 17, 2015

    May "Zig-Zag" Guild Quilt-A-Long Block

     Hustle (clap)
    Get to it (clap)
    ​Guild members (clap)
    Lets' do it!

    It's time for a Zig-Zag block!
    Enjoy a different way to make multiple half square triangles using paper templates.  

    To keep yourself organized, clearly mark on your instructions which fabrics will be colors 1,2, and 3.

    After placing two fabrics with a paper template stitch on all dotted lines. Make sure to use a shorter stitch length than normal to keep the integrity of the piecing when you eventually remove the paper (slowly and carefully please).
    Cut on solid lines and now you have perfect-sized half square triangles!
    Lay out and sew together!

    Monday, April 13, 2015

    Teddi's Bee Blocks - March

    Here are some of the blocks for Teddi's quilt! Teddi hand dyed the middle fabrics and asked our bee members to create log cabin blocks around them. Beautiful!

    -Jess S.

    Technology and Quilts Workshop by Jessica Skultety

    When: Sat May 16, 2015, 2–4 pm
    Where: Pennington Quilt Works, Pennington, NJ
    *Please RSVP here so we can gauge how many will attend. Thank you!
     Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild
    Want to learn about all the options you have online as a quilter? Have questions about Pinterest, Flickr, Instagram, or Facebook? Just want to come hang out and talk about quilts and technology with us?
    This seminar is FREE to our current members ($5 for guests)! Bring your preferred technology (laptop, iPad/tablet, phone, etc.), hook up to the wireless (if you so desire), and follow along.
    Hour 1: Jess S. will lead you through the four sites listed above and how you can use them to your advantage, as well as any others that YOU request in advance! PLEASE include any requested sites in your RSVP, and I'll let you know if it's feasible. You can also email me at quiltyhabit(at)gmail(dot)com with questions or suggestions.
    Hour 2: Break, shop, snack on some goodies, and ask Jess individualized questions about the sites. :)

    See you then!

    Walking Foot Quilting Class by Melanie Tuazon


    Join us for a fun class to stretch your quilting skills, taught by Melanie Tuazon, President of the North Jersey MQG and teacher at Rock, Paper, Scissors shop!

    Melanie promises to teach you techniques, send you home with a project, and give you personalized attention as you practice.

    From the flyer (will have available at April and May meetings):

    "You don't need to be a free motion master to make beautiful designs on your quilts - you just need your walking foot and a little creativity! We'll explore techniques to create both planned and improvised angles and waves, then make mini quilts that can be used for beautifully textured placemats or pillows."

    Date: Sunday, June 7, 2015, 9:30 am – noon (Free sewcial/sewing day afterwards from 12-5 for any and all members- more info to follow soon)
    Place: Hopewell Train Station, Hopewell, NJ

    Cost: $12 per student
    *A sewing machine with a walking foot is required for this class.
    Class limit: 15 members (CJMQG members get priority - will open it to guests after May meeting). 
    *You reserve your spot ONLY by paying $12 starting at the April 14 meeting - please still RSVP here. If you will not be attending the meeting but want to reserve your spot, email the guild and we will give you an address to forward a check to.
    Supply list will be emailed in May to those who sign up.
    Hope you can join us!