JMQG 1st Anniversary Retreat – Update

Corrected Poster!!   And some new information on the bottom.

Retreat Poster

 

 

As you can see from the poster, we have so much fun planned for our 1st Anniversary guild retreat.  

We will have the tentative schedule and registration package available for our members at the March 28th meeting, which is this coming Saturday.  Don’t forget  your pin cushions and tree  blocks.

At present the retreat is open to guild members who have paid their dues as of the March meeting.   We will open the retreat registration to guests as of April 10th or as soon as all members have had an opportunity to register.

Payment options via Paypal are now active on the Blog page.  

Member price  for the full 49 hour retreat  is $50.00 and cash and checks will be accepted at the March meeting.

Individual day pricing (for any part of that day) is as follows:

  • Friday only (April 17th) 4 pm to midnight is $15.00
  • Saturday only (April 18th) 12:01 am to midnight is $30.00
  • Sunday only (April 19th) 12:01 am to 5 pm is $25.00

The guild is providing grocery funds  for our resident chef to whip up some great breakfast and comfort-food style dinners.    Each attendee is also free to bring in a covered dish and favorite beverage.  Ladybug Quilt Shop has a full kitchen available for our use.

We will have a Sizzix Big Shot Pro and dies available if you want to cut fabric for the Sizzix / Victoria Findlay Wolfe challenge or just play.

We’ll have a couple of Viking Embroidery machines available for you to test drive.

So mark your calendars for our first annual anniversary retreat.

JMQG 1st Anniversary Retreat

Retreat Poster

 

 

As you can see from the poster, we have so much fun planned for our 1st Anniversary guild retreat.  

We will have the tentative schedule and registration package available for our members at the March 28th meeting, which is this coming Saturday.  Don’t forget  your pin cushions and tree  blocks.

At present the retreat is open to guild members who have paid their dues as of the March meeting.   We will open the retreat registration to guests as of April 10th or as soon as all members have had an opportunity to register.

Payment options via Paypal are now active on the Blog page.  

Member price  for the full 49 hour retreat  is $50.00 and cash and checks will be accepted at the March meeting.

Individual day pricing (for any part of that day) is as follows:

  • Friday only (April 17th) 4 pm to midnight is $15.00
  • Saturday only (April 18th) 12:01 am to midnight is $30.00
  • Sunday only (April 19th) 12:01 am to 5 pm is $25.00

The guild is providing grocery funds  for our resident chef to whip up some great breakfast and comfort-food style dinners.    Each attendee is also free to bring in a covered dish and favorite beverage.  Ladybug Quilt Shop has a full kitchen available for our use.

So mark your calendars for our first annual anniversary retreat.

 

JMQG Pincushion Swap

 

Quilt Your Style Challenge!

Greetings quilters!

In case you missed it, we are doing a pin cushion swap during the March meeting. Make a pin cushion and bring it to the meeting. Stuck for ideas?  Do a quick search for a “pincushion tutorial” and get inspired.  Anything goes here, from a simple “pillow” to a fancy robot (hey there is an idea!). Just remember the golden rule and bring something you’d like to receive.

See you all soon!

March BOM: Branch Blocks Jen’s Style!

JMQG March BOM, Jen's Block

I know everyone is sitting on pins and needles waiting for the March BOM tutorial! Ta da! Our fabulous Jen made a tutorial for us (thank you, Jen)! And I am so excited to announce that Jen has kindly volunteered to choose blocks for us so we can continue the BOM program, yay!

Here is the link to Jen’s tutorial:

JMQG March BOM

Remember that if you weren’t at the last meeting and didn’t select a color for your background, to just select a color that’s not taken (Jen has the list of colors chosen in the list!). And speaking of colors! Our talented president Robin will be presenting color theory for our March program after the business meeting. If you are afraid of color or stuck with the same color palette (like me!), come and listen to what Robin has to say :)

See you all on the 28th!

February 2015 Meeting Hightlights

 

We had a great turnout for our February meeting with 12 members and 2 visitors!  Meeting minutes can be found here.

Yvonne shared her QuiltCon workshops projects:

JMQG Yvonne's QuiltCon projects
Aren’t the ladybugs adorable in that perfectly piped quilt?

Yvonne also shared the mug rug she made from a “rescued” embroidered block, free motion quilted and all.

Check out the pebbles!
Check out the pebbles!

Marita wowed the group with her gorgeous quilt, made from a variety of striped fabrics, the movement is amazing.

Striped fabrics add so much dimension!
Striped fabrics add so much dimension!

Marita is a Zentangle certified instructor (a future workshop?) and she shared her stunning FMQ with us.

Done with no markings!
Done with no markings!

Jen showed us her beautiful (and oh so Florida) paper pieced little quilt:

Stripes for the binding!
Stripes for the binding!

Mary showed us her “many firsts” applique quilt:

Check out the movement the quilting adds!
Check out the movement the quilting adds!

Our visitor Jessie shared her table runner and beautiful four-patch quilt:

JMQG Jessie's quilt JMQG Jessie's Table runner

Symone  and Ruth both shared their fabric notebook covers:

Don't you love the fabric?
Don’t you love the fabric?
Ruth used the BOM to make her cover, love the cherries!
Ruth used the BOM to make her cover, love the cherries!

In reds and browns, the fractured blocks looked great and Yvonne was the lucky BOM winner! I really must take better photos of these.

JMQG Feb BOM

Jen also brought the finished top for the quilt we are making for the Red Cross Silent Auction:

Stay tuned for the finished quilt photo!
Stay tuned for the finished quilt photo!

There is no shortage of talent in our little guild.

Please remember to check our Calendar of Events for upcoming guild events. Our next get together will be for our March meeting on March 28th at 10:00 AM. How about a fun pincushion swap? The only rule is to make a pin cushion you’d like to receive! Any pin cushion goes. Stuck for ideas? Plug  “Pincushion tutorial” in your favorite search engine and get inspired! Bring a pincushion to the March meeting and leave with a different one; fun!

A BOM tutorial is cooking and will be posted soon! And do you know what else is cooking? Retreat planning for our first anniversary! Mark  your calendar for the 4/18th weekend and stay tuned for the exciting details coming soon to a blog near you!

Keep quilting and see you soon!

 

 

 

Friendship Quilters Guild Presentation

We hope you are able to join us when we  present “Today’s Modern Quilting” at the Friendship Quilters Guild March meeting.

Presentation photo

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10 and begins promptly at 10 a.m.

The location is:

Argyle Church of Christ
7310 Collins Road
Jacksonville, FL 32244

Here’s a map and driving directions from the Friendship Quilters Guild’s website:

Map_Friendship Guild

Driving Directions:

From Downtown Jacksonville via I-295 West Beltway:
Drive South on I-295. Take exit for Blanding Boulevard and Collins Road. Move to Right hand lane – Exit at Collins Road. Turn right (west) and go approximately 1/2 mile to stoplight at Rampart Road.  Turn left (south) onto Rampart Road.  The Argyle Church is on the left. Proceed approximately 100 yards to parking lot entrance.

From Beaches, Southside or  Orange Park via I-295 West Beltway:
Proceed over the Buckman Bridge.  Follow signs for Blanding Boulevard Exit.  Move to left lanes to drive to special lanes, but do not exit at Blanding Boulevard.  Continue approximately 1 mile to Collins Road.  Move to Left lane and exit onto Collins Road – be in left lane.  Turn left (west) at stoplight at top of exit ramp onto Collins Road.  Go approximately 1/2 mile to stoplight at Rampart Road.  Turn left (south) onto Rampart Road.  The Argyle Church is on the left. Proceed approximately 100 yards to parking lot entrance.

Local from Westside Jacksonville:
Proceed on Blanding Boulevard to Collins Road.  (Burger King & CVS on West corners).  Proceed approximately 2.5 miles to stoplight at Rampart Road.  Turn left (south) onto Rampart Road.  The Argyle Church is on the left.  Proceed approximately 100 yards to parking lot entrance.

or
take Argyle Forest Boulevard west approximately 2.5 miles to Rampart Road.  Turn right and go about 1/2 mile.  The Argyle Church is on the right before the Collins Road traffic light.  Turn right into parking lot entrance.

 

Red Cross Charity Quilt Update

Best Sew-In turnout ever!

Many thanks to Angie,  Candi, Janette, Jen, Laurie, Robin, Ruth and Symone for their diligent efforts to finish our Red Cross Charity Quilt  (top and back) today.

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The view as you enter Room D from the Library main floor.  Eight happy JMQG sewists sewing elbow to elbow (literally) in one of the smallest rooms we’ve booked.    Here are Candi, Symone and Angie making it work.

DSC02939 Next to Angie is Laurie then around the corner is Jen.  Don’t you just love the symmetry of the alternating placement of sewing machine and ironing stations?

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Jen and Robin saying….”Enough with the photos already.  We have to get this quilt done!”

DSC02937And last but not least in the final corner of the room are Ruth and Janette.   Then back to Candi’s work area.

You can see the quilt top folded on the chair and the back taking shape with bold orange, yellow, turquoise and red fabric on the design wall.

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We’ll have the big reveal in another week or so, so stay tuned.

 

 

Sew-In and More QuiltCon

This is a reminder we have a Sew-In planned for Sunday, March 1st at the Southeast Regional Branch of the Jacksonville Public Library, located at

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10599 Deerwood Park Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256

The Library and Sew-In hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the Library is located next door to the Sheraton Hotel at the intersection of Deerwood Park Boulevard and Gate Parkway just south of JTB.

Our goal is to finish the back and sandwiching of the Red Cross Charity Quilt.

Donna Lee, my new QuiltCon bestie from Illinois, sent me a quick message today that she was reading Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s blog and VFW mentioned she had as QuiltCon students two bloggers she has followed for years.  Links to their blogs were there, so Donna clicked through and started to laugh as she scrolled down to the fifth photo and noticed guess who waiting patiently in the registration line on Day 1.

http://kristinshields.typepad.com/

I must say it is one of my best photos….so from now Mr. DeMille, I demand all photos be shot from my left side!!

Kristen Shields is a well known quilter and blogger from Bend, Oregon and I enjoyed reading about QuiltCon from her perspective.  Loved the Convention Center photos shot from her hotel room.

More posts coming during the week, so stay tuned.

Maus

 

 

February Meeting – Saturday

Wow did the month fly by!!!

It’s already time for our February meeting:

Saturday

February 28th, 2015

10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.

Where?  you ask….

Jax Library-So Mandarin

Right here, at the Jacksonville Public Library, South Mandarin Branch on San Jose Boulevard.

Don’t forget, we have …

The BOM (Block of the Month)

for the February Meeting is the Fractured Block.   The  block specs are as follows:

  • color palette is red and brown  (or any fabric from your stash that has at least a speck of red and/or brown)
  • use any combo of prints and solids
  • size is 12.5  inches unfinished (or slightly larger if you choose not to trim)
  • one block to donate to the BOM member drawing
  • second block to donate to charity / misfit block stash (this is optional)

here is a link to a really good tutorial for the fractured block….

http://reannalilydesigns.com/2011/02/fractured-background-quilt-block-tutorial/

See you all at 10.

 

Maus

QuiltCon 2015 – The Weekend, Part Deux

Sunday was the last day of QuiltCon 2015.   First day all week, I could actually get into Starbucks at the hotel without being 50th in line.   It was a cold windy walk over to the Convention Center and I noticed it just wasn’t as busy anywhere.

My class on Sunday was with Victoria Findlay Wolfe and entitled “15 MInutes of Play.”

15 Miuntes of Play

The class was superb and since I follow VFW’s blog and her FB feed, I really knew what to expect.    My new friend Donna Lee from Central Illinois, with whom I began the week in the class with Katy Jones, was once again my table mate.  We also shared a table with another new friend, Liz Hoyland, from Melbourne Australia.

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We spent the first hour making fabric from our scraps only to “Cut it Up” our new catch phrase from class.    We then took a little break to have an up close and personal trunk show with Victoria.   She started by modeling her polyester patchwork jacket.

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Here is “Double Edged Love” the QuiltCon 2013 Best of Show.

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Here are more…

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The centers of her improv hexies are english paper pieced misfit blocks Victoria picked up in her travels.   Amazing what she did with them.

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Being a farm girl, Victoria vowed she would never make a cow quilt…

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Finally, here’s a photo of Victoria’s design wall of blocks.

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Here’s the class design wall and Victoria posted a photo of the middle panel with my little hexie flower on her blog.  Woo Hoo!!!

DSC02929During the lunch break I had a final opportunity to visit the show floor, so here’s my last group of quilt photos.

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QuiltCon was a blast and it was sad to peek through the show doors after class to see the vendor booths being packed up and dismantled.   So looking forward to QuiltCon 2017 in Savannah, Georgia.

The MQG held a Leadership Conference for guild officers on Monday and it was an informative day with insightful presentations in the general session and then breakout sessions  covering, Sponsorship, Programs, Legal, and Sewlebrities.

Well, that’s it for my report of QuiltCon 2015.  Hoped you enjoyed reading about the event and viewing the photos of these fabulous quilts.

Time to get ready of our guild meeting this Saturday,  February 28th.

Maus Out