JMQG Holiday Party and Ornament Swap!

Hello all! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, so let’s have a party! Guild members have been sent an e-mail invitation to the party with a potluck sign up and party information. If you have not received that e-mail, please let us know! Party will be held on 12/13 at 6:30 PM at Candi’s community clubhouse. Please RSVP to the e-mail sent. You are welcome to bring in your spouse or other family members.

As a fun holiday activity, let’s all bring a handmade fabric ornament wrapped in a fat quarter to swap. Looking for ideas to make your ornament, check out these tutorials here:

http://debzpicaday.blogspot.com/2011/12/day-279-of-365.html

http://www.patchworkposse.com/2014/07/quilt-go-scrappy-ornaments-tutorial/

http://www.u-createcrafts.com/quilted-christmas-ornament-tutorial/

http://stumblesandstitches.blogspot.com/2011/11/tutorial-scrappy-stocking-christmas.html

Hope to see you all there!

November 2014 Meeting Highlights

JMQG Angie Quilt frontFive members attended the November Guild Meeting. Minutes from the meeting can be found here.

The fantastic quilt above is Angie’s show and tell. I am loving the 3D look and colors. And check out the fun back.

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Jen gave members attending a workshop on how she makes her improv pieced blocks. We all left with a completed block. What fun! Thank you, Jen.

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The pink and black improv chevron blocks looked quite sharp, don’t you think? Angie was the lucky winner.

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Be watching your e-mail inbox for information about our holiday party on December 13th.  See you all then.

 

November meeting reminder and Jen’s workshop

Just a friendly reminder that we will be meeting next Saturday 11/22 at 10:00 a.m. at the South Mandarin Jacksonville library.

After the meeting, Jen will be giving us a workshop on improv piecing. To take part in the workshop, please bring the following:

*A sewing machine and sewing essentials.

*Hot dry iron

*Starch

*Scraps! They can be any size or shape.

Also please remember your improv chevron BOM  and we are still showing our Quilt Your Style challenge quilts.

See you all there!

 

 

 

October Meeting Highlights

We had our October meeting on the 25th with 9 members in attendance. Click here to review the meeting minutes.

Our members yet again showed their creativity making the October BOM blocks in orange and gray. Symone was the lucky winner! Don’t you think the blocks turned out beautiful?

JMQG OCT BOMFour of our members also brought in their quilts and work in progress tops for the Quilt Your Style Challenge,  which has been extended to the November meeting to allow more members to participate.

Jen made this beautiful little quilt made in her favorite color and pieced using her favorite improv style. ( Jen is doing a workshop to show her improv technique after the November meeting; more information to follow). Check out the awesome back too!

JMQG OCT 6 Billie made a beautiful floral art quilt that she was still hand quilting.

IMG_2554Robin made an adorable birds on a wire top, check out the colorful bird upside down!

JMQG OCT 7Candi made a small geometric quilt with curves and wonkiness,

JMQG OCT 8In addition to the challenge quilts. Jen brought in the two quilts that she had entered into QuiltFest. Check out the creative backs on these quilts.

JMQG OCT 4JMQG OCT 5Billie brought some of her creative pin cushions and ornaments, as well as an art spider quilt.

JMQG OCT 1JMQG OCT 3Valerie suggested starting a members’ library, where a list of books/patterns/rulers that can be loaned is compiled and members can borrow media for  a particular time period. If you have some  items that you want included in the library, please submit a list to Val either by e-mailing us or at the next meeting.

Some of the exciting upcoming happenings at our guild include Jen’s improv workshop after the November meeting  and our Christmas party on 12/13.  Stay tuned for further information about both of these events. Hard to believe that 2014 is almost over, but it sure is, and we are looking for ideas and suggestions for new programs/workshops that you are interested in learning in 2015. If you have any suggestions, please e-mail us.

Our next meeting will be held on November  22nd at 10 a.m at the South Mandarin Library. See you all then.

 

 

 

November Block of the Month: Improv Chevron!

Jacqie Gering's Improv Chevron block
Jacqie Gering’s Improv Chevron block.

Improve (free) piecing is one of the most recognizable aesthetic of modern quilting! So let’s prepare for Jen’s workshop by making this improv chevron block from Jacquie Gering.This will be our last BOM for 2014, oh where has the year gone?

Fabric Requirements: Pink and black. Fabric choices must be either solid (any shade of  orange and gray) or tonals that “read” as pink and black.  No high contrast fabrics. We will be making a block that is 12.5” unfinished.

PSSST!  Don’t forget to make an extra block for our charity quilt project!  You can make a duplicate  of your first block or you can design a new block!  The choice is yours!

Basics for Block of the Month program:

SOLID FABRICS:  We will be focusing on using solid fabrics because solid fabrics are one of the most common features found in modern quilting.   Tonal fabrics that “read” as a solid color can also be used in place of solid fabrics.

GIVE AND GET:  Members who bring in a block will be given a ticket.  A lottery will be drawn to determine the winner who takes home all of the blocks.  One ticket per block.

FAIR SHAKE:  Please use fabric that you LIKE (or LOVE) for blocks you will be putting in to the lottery.   Please do not use the BOM lottery as a way to get rid of “uglies” and “red-headed-stepchildren” fabric that you do not like.

MODERN DESIGN:  We will be using the BOM program and lottery to learn about the modern quilting design ideas embraced by The Modern Quilt Guild.  These design ideas include improvisational piecing; slash, slice, and dice; “wonky” lines; negative space; and a handful of other techniques.

The Jacksonville Fair and our charity Sew In!

Hi all!

Just wanted to remind everyone that we will have a display of our modern quilts at the Jacksonville Fair this November. If you have a quilt/s you’d like to display, contact Robin at robinmccallisterdesigns at gmail dot com. She needs to have the quilts by the the third of November. We have a big space to show our talents, so let’s take advantage of this!

We are also meeting at Ladybug Quilt Shop this coming Sunday November 2nd, from 1 PM to 5PM, to finish designing and start putting the top and back together for our QuiltCon Charity Challenge quilt. If you’d like to take part of this, please join us.

Ladybug Quilt Shop is located at:1400 Cassat Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32205

See you soon!

October Meeting Reminder

Just a friendly reminder that we will be meeting on October 25th at 10:00 am in the conference room in South Mandarin library.  We are changing meeting time to include a social 15 minutes from 10 to 10:15 while we get the room ready for the meeting, and then the meeting will start at 10:15.  Don’t forget your wonky log cabin BOM  as well as your quilt your style challenge quilt.

Also, the meeting is your last opportunity to turn in your charity quilt challenge flying geese blocks. If you are unable to attend the meeting but have blocks to turn in, please e-mail us to arrange a way to get the blocks from you.

See you all then!

 

 

October Block of the Month: Wonky Diamond Log Cabins!

Wonky Log cabin by Creativentropy
Wonky Log cabin by Creativentropy

Here we are going from wonky stars in August to wonky diamonds in October. Yup, we like things just a little wonky. Wonkiness (OK spell check is telling me that wonkiness is not a word, but I am declaring it one) opens rooms for creativity and adds a lot of character, don’t you think?

We are going to be using Linda Nussbaum’s tutorial to make our wonky diamond log cabins.

Fabric Requirements: Orange and gray. Fabric choices must be either solid (any shade of  orange and gray) or tonals that “read” as orange and gray.  No high contrast fabrics.

PSSST!  Don’t forget to make an extra block for our charity quilt project!  You can make a duplicate  of your first block or you can design a new block!  The choice is yours!

Basics for Block of the Month program:

SOLID FABRICS:  We will be focusing on using solid fabrics because solid fabrics are one of the most common features found in modern quilting.   Tonal fabrics that “read” as a solid color can also be used in place of solid fabrics.

GIVE AND GET:  Members who bring in a block will be given a ticket.  A lottery will be drawn to determine the winner who takes home all of the blocks.  One ticket per block.

FAIR SHAKE:  Please use fabric that you LIKE (or LOVE) for blocks you will be putting in to the lottery.   Please do not use the BOM lottery as a way to get rid of “uglies” and “red-headed-stepchildren” fabric that you do not like.

MODERN DESIGN:  We will be using the BOM program and lottery to learn about the modern quilting design ideas embraced by The Modern Quilt Guild.  These design ideas include improvisational piecing; slash, slice, and dice; “wonky” lines; negative space; and a handful of other techniques.

JMQG at QuiltFest!

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When Jacksonville’s quilt show fell on the same day we meet, we just had to meet at QuiltFest instead of our regular scheduled meeting and what a great “meeting” that was! Lots of quilt eye candy and lots of beautiful fabrics and fun notions, what else could a quilter want? Oh, I am pretty sure someone had chocolate there too!

photo 3The quilt in this photo was Jen’s surprise to Angie and it was nothing short of wonderful! Jen won our very first block lotto in May and used the wonky log cabin blocks to make a quilt for Angie; for starting the meetings over a year ago and pushing until we became officially a guild. Yes indeed, thank you Angie! And what a beautiful quilt and gesture, Jen. Do you see your block in there?

And as if that beautiful quilt wasn’t enough, Jen had two more quilts at the show. Aren’t they beautiful hanging against the black curtain?

 

photo 2  photo 1 Our fearless president, Robin, also had a beautiful quilt hanging at the show. Don’t you just love the colors and playfulness of the design?

photo 4Angie also had a modern and out of the box log cabin quilt hanging at the show. Yes, these sticks are 3D!

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And last not least, our guild’s youngest Aiden had an adorable kitty quilt hanging at  the show. My favorite colors too!

photo 5That was a great representation of of our young guild and let’s plan on having even more presence next year, shall we?

Welcome April Kier

We are thrilled to welcome  April Kier as our newest JMQG member,  when she  joined us for the Sew-In on Saturday, September 20th.

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April is new to quilting and quickly mastered foundation paper piecing.  She also demonstrated she knows how to set up a comfortable and well organized sewing area.

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We had a great turnout with Angie, April, Candi, Jen, Symone and Yvonne.   Jessie and Valerie also stopped in to pick up their T-Shirt and fabric bundles for both the QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge and the Michael Miller Cotton Couture Challenge.

Rules for the Michael Miller Challenge can be found here  Michael Miller Spring Cotton Couture Challenge and the QuiltCon entry rules and sample entry form (which must be completed online) can be found here QuiltCon 2015 Entries – Rules.

There are still a couple of bundles for each challenge left, so if you want one, please contact us asap.  Contact Yvonne, if you haven’t paid or received your T-Shirt.  We’re wearing these on Saturday, September 27 at Quiltfest.

Personalizing your T Shirt is always an option.

T-Shirt Quartet

We had a great time and lots of laughs at the Sew-In.  Special thanks to KC and Jen for providing the bagels and cream cheese and April for bringing in the chocolates.

Hope to see you all on Saturday at Quiltfest.