Friday, August 30, 2013

Logo vote... We have a winner!

Here it is, our new NJMQG logo:

Thanks to everyone who voted and a huge thank you to Daniela for her designs.
We'll keep you updated on our progress as we continue to update and streamline our communication process.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Next Logo Vote... Colors!

It was a close vote, but solids won, 17-13.

Here is our next and last vote. Which color palette do you prefer? Voting is open until Thursday at 11PM.

Rainbow colors:

Or colors that match the palette of The Modern Quilt Guild:
Rainbow colors win! 20-9

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Challenge: The Land That Never Was

At Thursday's monthly meeting, we announced our latest challenge! Cloud9 Fabrics has partnered with the NJMQG to show off the skills of our members as well as some new designer fabric.

The Land That Never Was is the latest line of organic quilting cotton from Lisa Congdon for Cloud9 Fabrics. Participants in the challenge got to blindly pick three fat eighths from the collection to make into a block. They can use just the prints and Kona White to make a block that is 12.5 inches on two sides, whether length or width. They can make the other dimension as big or small as they like.

Blocks are due at the September meeting on Thursday the 26th. Winners will be chosen by Michelle and Gina of Cloud9, and we will be announcing a prize from Rock Paper Scissors! All of the blocks will be collected and made into a quilt to be donated to a worthy cause.

I can't wait to see what our challenge participants do with the bold colors and imaginative characters! There's also some great text prints. Stay tuned.

P.S. We have a little bit of fabric left! Contact me at melintheattic(at) if you're a NJMQG member and would like to participate!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Logo vote: open until Tuesday night

It's logo voting time! We are working on the identity of the guild and need some help with the details. Today and tomorrow we'll vote on the design, and Wednesday and Thursday we'll decide on the colors.

Here are our choices.

Dotted "stitch" lines:
Or solid letters:
Vote for your favorite below by Tuesday at 11:59PM. We'll announce the winner and move on to colors.

UPDATE: Solids win! 17-13

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Bylaws approved!

Just wanted to say a huge "THANK YOU!!" to all of you who took the time to slog through reading the Bylaws so carefully, and giving your thoughtful  feedback tonight. It is very helpful to hear from those who've been through this before.  Much appreciated!

For those who couldn't make it to the meeting, the Bylaws with the revisions voted in at the meeting, were approved! One step closer to joining the national MQG - so we're still on track for a September application.

You all ROCK!! Is that the current expression? I know it's not "You're the Bomb" any more. And certainly not "You're so Boss!"   :-))

It's great to be part of such a cooperative and FUN group!


Monday, August 19, 2013

Much to discuss

Guild members might have noticed an influx of emails from me as we hurdle toward Thursday's meeting. I say hurdle because it feels like we have so much to talk about and I find myself trying to figure out the best way to stay organized and get the most done quickly!

Here are the highlights of what the executive board is working on, and what we'll need from you.

  • BYLAWS! Yes, they're drawn up and ready for a general vote. We ask that each of you check your email for a link from me that contain the document that will soon become our bylaws. Read it over before the meeting and bring your notes, concerns, issues, etc. If you'd rather email me about bylaws, please do so at melintheattic(at)
  • Facebook The other email from me, sent last night, is about our private Facebook group, a totally informal place to share information and high fives between meetings. It is not mandatory and all important information will be communicated first here and via email. But if you want to show off your latest finish, ask a question of a member or publicize something quilty, this is the place. It is only open to members.
  • Logos! We will be seeing some versions of the new NJMQG logo (designed by the fabulous Daniela DiIorio), and we need member help to settle on some details of the design. 
  • Block challenge We are very excited to have a sponsored block challenge. I will not spoil anything, but there will be prizes.
Don't forget a chair, a nametag and something quilted for show and tell! I am usually not a fan of exclamation points, but look how many I've used! It's going to be great.