July Meeting Reminder

Just a friendly reminder that we’ll be meeting Saturday, July 26th beginning at 10:30 am at the South Mandarin Branch Library.  We’ll be in the conference room on the left as you enter the library.

Don’t forget to bring your July Block of the Month!  Please remember to make one block for our block lotto, and an extra one for our charity quilt project.

We also have the room reserved for a bit of sewing immediately following our meeting, so don’t forget your sewing machines!  Feel free to bring your WIPs and UFOs  for some sewing fun with fellow JMQG friends!

We’ll see you Saturday!!!

July Block of the Month: Modern Retro

This month, we want you to flex your creative muscles.  The rules are simple — choose a traditional block of your choice and modernize it!  Using the tenets of modern quilting and your imagination, transform your traditional block into a modern masterpiece ! Cut it, make it wonky, re-size it, applique it,  use a minimalist design.  How you choose to re-design your block is up to you.   Above all, have fun with the process!

July BOM Examples

Block size:  12.5″ unfinished.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTSThis month’s block will be using 3 colors: yellow and black with a grey solid accent fabric. Remember, fabric choices must be either solid (any shade of yellow, black or gray) or tonals that “read” as red.  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!


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.

Photo Credits:  Log Cabin; Rail Fence; Snowball; North Bay MQG BOM Series; Drunkard’s Path; Churn Dash; Mod Oval; Liberated String Quilt; Mod Circles; Flying Geese; Block-A-DayImprov Nine Patch.

Celebrate Independence Day with a Sew-In

Fireworks and Flag

We’re having a Sew-In day on the 4th of July.    Join us between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for some cameraderie and fun at the Town Center.   We’ll be using the classroom at the back of Jo-Ann Fabrics.

Bring your machine and your WIPS and  UFOs or start a new project.

Next Sew-In will be Saturday, July 12th same place but different time and we’ll send out a reminder early next week.





Jacksonville Quiltfest!

QuiltFest 2014



   September 25 – 27, 2014

Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center
1000 Water Street
Jacksonville, Florida

Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

It is *almost* July! So I wanted to give you all a  nudge and remind you that if you want to enter a quilt into Quiltfest, you must submit the form by July 25th; you drop the quilt off on September 13th.

Here is a link to the quilt entry form.  Please indicate on there that you are a member of the JMQG if you enter a quilt. Also, on the form, there is information about donating a mini quilt to the silent auction.

Lets show off our modern quilts:)

June 2014 Meeting Highlights

Oh it is summer time! Attendance was lower than last month and we were missing some key members but we managed to have a productive and fun meeting. You can view the June Meeting Minutes here.

Our talented members brought these quilts for show and tell.

photo 1-horzFrom left to right: Janette, Valerie and Christy. And let me take this opportunity to welcome our newest paid member, Valerie, who came into the meeting a visitor and left a member.

Eight members brought their fabulous slashed June blocks  to be entered into the block lottery and lucky Christy won the blocks.


The marvelous Yvonne brought some giveaways-from “cleaning her stash,” to paid members. Paid members had their pick between a fabric pack or a BOM pattern booklet.

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Yvonne also bought some goodies from the MQG and is offering them for sale to benefit the JMQG. Goodies include MQG decals and patches, as well as MQG tumblers and canvas bags. Please contact us for information to purchase these items.

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One last thing I’d like to highlight from the meeting. We were invited as the JMQG to give a presentation about modern quilting to the Coastal Quilters Guild on August 7th. We are asking all members who are able to bring one quilt or quilt top that we can “borrow” for the purposes of showing examples of modern quilting. If you have a modern quilt that you can lend us for a couple of weeks, please bring it to the July meeting.

Our next meeting will be held on July 26th at 10:30 AM at the South Mandarin Library Branch.

See you all next month!



June Meeting Reminder


Just a quick reminder that our meeting is coming up next Saturday,  June 28th at 10:30 a.m.  in the South Mandarin Library Branch.  Meeting will take place in the conference room, on the left as you enter the library.

Don’t forget your June BOM -the light green and dark purple slash, to be entered to win the block lottery. And how about while you are slashing the block for the lotto, you slash another to be made into a charity quilt? You know you won’t be able to stop at one!

In addition to the BOM, we will be discussing Modern Quilting and what makes a quilt modern.  I am asking you  all to bring one or two modern quilts that you have made for presentation/discussion. It is ok to bring quilt tops.

Looking forward to seeing all next week.