Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November Meeting Recap

Our November meeting was quite a busy one! 

Swap: Our members made fall or winter themed potholders for the blind swap! Here is a picture of the makers with their makes before the swap. Great job everyone!

Scrap Swap: We have a huge plastic bin that we bring to a couple meeting a year. Members can bring their fabric scraps in a plastic bag and swap them with whatever they want from the bin. Vultures, I tell you!

Lori and Jess have their game faces on.

Challenge: Neva shared her reverse applique piece, which she is teaching at Mid-Atlantic Mod in April (by the way, all CJMQG spots are full for the retreat, but general registration is open on Dec. 2 for anyone).

Lesson: I gave a lesson on Alternate Gridwork in Modern Quilting. It's one of the parts of the Modern Quilt Guild's definition of modern quilting, and it's also one of the easiest ways to modernize your quilts. See the quilts below for some examples and this post for resources.

 Sisterhood Quilt

Sisters' Ten QAL by AnneMarie Chany

Block of the Month: Kathleen finished her whole quilt!! Great job, Kathleen!

Here are blocks from September, October, and November. Our members are still going strong!

 Bee: Kim R. requested bookshelf blocks, and our members responded! Look at all the unique details!

 Show and Tell:

Tatiana's slice and insert quilt from the Jacquie Gering class

Christina's quilt


December Meeting
Guests welcome, as always!
Please see our guest policy here.
Tuesday, December 8
6:30 optional shop/social time, 7-9:30 meeting time
Pennington Quilt Works, Pennington, NJ
-Pay dues for 2016 - $50 to "Central Jersey MQG"

-Collect mini quilts from Cloud 9 Fabric challenge for display in February - include your name on the back and "Central Jersey MQG"

-Discussion: Favorite quilt blocks - feel free to bring examples - we can talk about both traditional and modern uses

-Swap: Solid fabrics  - purchase a yard of fabric and cut into (24) - 6"x10" bricks and you'll receive 23 back to use for a February solids challenge (or whatever you choose!)

-Challenge: Share a sewn gift you are giving this holiday season

-CJMQG Bee - 3rd round

-Guild QAL – December Blocks

-Show and Tell


See you then!

-Jess S.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Resources for Alternate Gridwork

In anticipation of my short lesson on Alternate Gridwork at the upcoming meeting, I'm posting these resources for you to peruse. I will be referring to some of the quilts and ideas here. Thanks!

Alternate Gridwork Resources

A Modern Quilt Guild blog post by Heather Grant (Alternate Gridwork basics, plus interactive graphics and links to more technical gridwork information)

Alternate Gridwork Webinar by Heather Grant (must be signed in to view on MQG site)

Rule of Thirds from Cambridge in Color

Alternate Gridwork Quilts – Pinterest Board by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced

Alternate Gridwork Quilts – Pinterest Board by Jess Skultety of Quilty Habit

-Jess S.

Friday, November 6, 2015

November Block - CJMQG QAL

R-E-D-H-O-T what do we got (clap clap)
We gotta lot (clap-clap)
we gotta guild that's REDHOT!

And you ARE red hot if you have made all of the blocks up to October and are ready to tackle November's Diamonds block!

Running behind?  It's not too late.  You can catch up?  A great venue to crush the blocks you are behind on is the November Retreat Weekend at the Hyatt House. Spots are still available!

​The Diamonds block uses techniques you've played with in previous months.  My only suggestion is that instead of cutting 3 7/8" squares as stated in the directions cut 4.25" instead to provide extra room for trimming.

One more month to go!  YOU CAN DO IT!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Day Passes Now Available for CJMQG Fall Retreat!

Day passes for the weekend of November 13-15 are now available:

Friday  - 3 spots
Saturday - 1 spot
Sunday - 2 spots

Cost is $30 for members and $35 non-members. 
(Limit 1 spot per person for the weekend)
Note: One whole weekend spot at $70 for members and $90 non-members is still available (Fri - Sun). See all info here.
Please send an email to Neva (n.asinari(at)gmail(dot)com) to secure your spot.

Payment must be received by the November 10th meeting to hold your spot!  If you are unable to attend our treasurer, Kristina, must have receipt of your payment prior to the 10th. Email Neva for Kristina's address.

Thank you!

-Neva A. and Jess S.