April 18th Show & Tell

We had a great meeting this month!  Show and tell is always my favorite part.

We started out admiring Bonnie’s entry for our New Jersey QuiltFest display.  This is called “Jewels on Snow” and is so lovely.

Brandy shared two quilts.  The first is her entry for the display, and the second is a gift for a family member with a very specific request for a quilt with squares and lines.

Sherre had a slow month this month, with only 5 large quilts to share.  Let’s all hope she is back on track next month.


Arlene finished this gorgeous appliqué top in a class at Mouse Creek Quilts.

June made some lovely pouches, and is cranking out houses for her Sewing a Village project.  She moves pretty fast and was hard to photograph.


Eilieen finished off the project we started at the February sew-in.  Her points are fabulous!  She shared a few pouches she had completed, too, but the photographer tonight was fairly sucky.

Deb brought in denim pillows, a lovely large quilt, and some little hearts she plans to leave around to brighten people’s day.

Allison brought in her pouch, and this adorable fish quilt!

Thanks, ladies, for all of the fabulous inspiration.  I will endeavor to do a better job with my photography next month.

JSMQG is #sewingavillage

sewavillageLots of our members have jumped on the sew-along hosted by Stitch Supply Company to create a massive 132 house “Village” quilt over approximately 5 months. The official start date is February 5th – plenty of time to order your pattern, The Village by Jumble, Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company and start choosing your fabrics – this quilt is EXTREMELY scarp and charm square friendly! Fussy cutting the doors is a big part of the fun! Finished quilt is 65″ by 79.5″. There will be prizes every week, graciously provided by Stitch Supply Company , who will be hosts of this Instagram sew-along. If you are new to the IG quilting community, or interested in getting your feet wet – this is a great opportunity. Post pics of your houses each week straight from the camera roll on your phone, and add the hashtag #sewingavillage to join in! (As your loyal social media gal, I would love it if you would tag @jsmqg as well!) If the pattern is unavailable at Stich Supply, here are a few places that also have it in stock: Eleanor Burns , AZSewingWorld , EQuilter and Vintage and Vogue

New (to us!) Shop Find

In my internet travels, I recently stumbled across Paige Miller’s shop in Point Pleasant, NJ – she has what looks like a wonderful community focused maker space in Point Pleasant, NJ. Frame and Fiber is a frame/yarn/fabric shop that also sells local artists’ work and offers a wide variety of classes, in knitting, sewing, and crochet. Amanda of Daisy Laine designs is their on-site sewist.

I haven’t made it down there yet (I hope to soon), but have spoken to Paige and it seems like a great addition to our brick and mortar resources here on the Jersey shore. You can see some of the fabrics offered in their etsy shop, and all have quite a modern sensibility – Joel Dewberry, Denise Shmidt, Erin McMorris, and Amy Butler, among others. If you have the time to venture down to Paige’s shop, say hi from JSMQG!

Holiday Sewing!

I have been sorely missing my sewing time in this crazy build up to the holiday season, but as Christmas approaches, I am hoping to join in the Ornament Along hosted by Wefty Needle and Mr. Domestic. That pinecone! That Kdusuma Ball! Maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to crank one out to top every present we give this year. How about you? You can find info and tutorials for all of these ornaments on the hosts’ websites, instagram (hashtag #ornamentalong ) and youtube channels. For this ornament along, Mathew and Tara alternated, with each posting a new ornment and tutorial every other week for six weeks. Mathew’s supply list can be found here and Tara’s here. Happy sewing! And don’t forget JSMQG members, our holiday party, fabric bucket exchange, AND board election is this coming Wednesday, December 20th!


2018 Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival Info

pittsburgh creativeHello Modern Quilt Guild Members,

We would like to inform you and your guild members of a few exciting details of the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival, April 6, 7, 8, 2018:
~Quilt Guild Challenge- see attached details for rules, theme, etc.
~An invitation to showcase your Guild’s work (a mini representation of the work that you have done, in an exhibit open to Modern Quilt Guilds.
~An invitation to your guild to meet at our event with other MGQ members in a designated MQG lounge area. (members from different cities and states can meet up and share  work/ideas, etc., hosted by Hoffman Fabrics.)
~Hoffman Fabric extravaganza AND Challenge exhibition with a chance to buy a huge variety of fabrics directly from their showroom (fat quarters to cut off the bolt)
~Classes taught by fellow MQG members
And a variety of other activities all 3 days:
~A different Make it and Take activity each day
~Creative Open Studio with sewing machines provided for you use and play with all materials provided to try your hand at new surface design/fabric making technique
~A vibrant marketplace for all of your creative and sewing needs
~Ongoing interactive demos throughout the market floor
~ Over 90 Classes that include:
    Sewing, quilting, embroidery, slow stitching, dyeing, nuno, block printing, weaving, spinning, surface design, knit, crochet, wool flowers, silk flowers, paper crafting, and more!
Group rates are available.
If you would like to make special arrangements for your group or guild , please let us know and we can assist you with any  details and arrangements.
FYI: Megabus stops directly in front of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center!

Fabric Basket or Bucket Swap @ December Meeting!

At our December meeting, we’ll be swapping handmade fabric baskets or buckets of our choice filled with $15 worth of goodies. Make sure to bring your gift wrapped to heighten the suspense.
Feel free to use the basket pattern of your choice – The Sewing Loft has a great pattern round-up with finished pics of each basket. The free bucket pattern we sent via e-mail can also be found here: Fabric Bucket Pattern. If you’d like to make the ever popular “One Hour Basket”,  the pattern (by Hearts and Bees) can be purchased for $1 on Craftsy.  The info page on Craftsy has pictures of just about every variation you can imagine!  If anyone is not a member of Craftsy or has a problem trying to buy the pattern, please let us know.



Eileen is collecting blocks to send to the Las Vegas MQG chapter as part of their #quiltsforvegas initiative. The pattern requested is Cluck Cluck Sew’s “Grayscale” block, and each quilt will also include a heart block (the same design that was used for #quiltsforpulse). The quilts are being made in whites and bright primary colors (prints ok). Eileen will be collecting at our next meeting – please contact her with any questions you might have. Thank you.



Sew Together Bag Class With Eileen – at next month’s sew in!

We know them, we love them, we covet them – our own Eileen D is going to lead us through the somewhat daunting process of making our own Sew Together Bags at our September sew-in: Here’s the info! The pictures above are a few examples of front panels Eileen has made up for this class.

Hey kids, September is right around the corner and if you are interested in taking my “class” at the September Sew In we should probably talk about school supplies!!
First, and foremost, you will need to purchase the pattern. It is the Sew Together Bag and it is available for purchase at sewdemented.com in PDF form for $12.  I have been told it is available in some quilt shops but I don’t remember which.  If you do purchase in PDF form make certain you print in “Actual Size” as there is one paper pattern piece included.
Before you consider fabric choices and how you may or may not want to piece or embellish your Exterior Panel, I strongly urge you to use Instagram and check out the hashtags for some super creative ideas   #sewtogetherbag #sewtogetherin2017 and #sewtogethersewalong  or simply use Google Image and search Sew Together Bag.  
Exterior Fabric:  The pattern calls for one Fat Quarter of fabric.  Now if you want to simply have your exterior made from a single piece of fabric this is the way to go.  If you would like your Exterior Panel to be made from patchwork or some other form of piecing please keep in mind that the actual, unfinished size of the panel is  13 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches and this piecing needs to be completed before the class.
Lining Fabric:  1/2 yard x WOF  Self explanatory and this will yield all the same interior bag linings.  I would stick to this for your first go at it, but you certainly don’t have to.  If you want to go all out and use more than one interior lining fabric you will need to cut four pieces,
B1, B2, B3, and B4   8 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches.  The fabric you need for the side panels (the actual pattern piece included in the pattern) is  also included in the lining fabric 1/2 yard.
Pocket Lining Fabric:  1/3 yd xWOF   Again this will yield three pocket lining of the same fabric.  Here I like to use three different fabrics and simply cut (2) 4 x 9 3/4 inch pieces of three (3) different fabrics and use some colorful, coordinating zippers.
Binding: 1 Fat Quarter
Batting or Fusible Fleece: (1) 18 x 22 inch piece.  I personally, use a thin batting but either is perfect and work equally the same.
Interfacing: 1 yard of lightweight fusible.  I highly recommend Pellon ShapeFlex SF101.  Me personally, I would not bother using anything else.  (I am not being paid to say that!!)
Zippers: (1) 18 inch zipper.  This is for the outside of the bag and there is no deviating in size.  (3) 9 inch zippers: This size is perfectly fine: however, if you fear the zipper I urge you to buy longer such as 12 inch or any size that is longer than 9.  I do not fear the zipper and I always use longer because it allows me to easily install it without the fear and the bulk of the zipper pull and stop and we will cut it after we finish installing it. NYLON ZIPPERS ONLY – NO METAL ZIPPERS!!
You can definitely pick up zippers at Joanns or Walmart. I order mine in bulk from Zipit and I will be placing an order before we have class so if anyone wants one in particular let me know I will include it in my order and I do own a lot already and I share nicely.
I love hearing from all of you so if you have and questions or concerns call or text me.
Next up, things you need to do prior to class!!
You guys are going to love this bag!  Thanks for having the confidence in me to teach it to you..