Introducing 2016 Block of the Month

Hello JMQG members. Those of you who attended the January meeting know that our new guild program committee was seeking ideas for the block of the month program that we have been doing. We hope that with this new year, we can address the different points suggested by our members to make the BOM program more inviting to all of you.  So here are a few changes:

  • While many members expressed their desire to continue the block lottery, some indicated that they would like to create a sampler (for themselves) of the different BOM blocks. So we say why not both? So for each month when the BOM is presented, make a block for the lottery in the chosen color palette and one for yourself in your own colors if you want to make a sampler of all the blocks. Of course, a charity block is also always welcome.
  • Some members indicated they had a hard time making the variety of fabrics used in some blocks work for them, so we think we came up with a good color palette solution: Black, white and brights! This color palette will be used throughout the year. Each month, the block chosen will have a black and white fabric background and bright color/s chosen for each month. Hopefully doing this will make it easier for the winner to make a gorgeous quilt with the blocks they win.

Now that the style has been established, allow me to present to you Sew Mama Sew Modern BOM , which we will be following this year. The BOM features modern quilt blocks of varying styles and difficulty levels that hopefully will inspire us and build our skills. Each month, the corresponding block will be used and a bright color/s will be selected to go with black and white fabric background for the lottery BOM and if you are making a charity block. For your own sampler, obviously you can make it in the colors of your choice.

So without further ado, let’s begin with our February BOM: A cross-weaved square.  And yes, I see it has partial pieced seams and all, but directions look great, so let’s start our BOM with a bang!

Photo Credit: Sew Mama Sew Modern BOM

Follow the directions provided by the tutorial here using the following colors:

Fabric A: Solid Red

Fabric B: Solid medium Pink

Fabric C: Solid Turquoise

Fabric D (background): black & white print

Will be looking forward to seeing your blocks during our meeting! Please remember that due to the unavailability of the library this month, our February meeting will be held at Ladybugs Quilt Shop on February 20th from 10:30-12:30.

Happy Sewing!

February Guild Meeting Update

Clock and chairsLadybug Quilt Shop has been booked for our February 20th meeting. In the business meeting we will discuss the following:

  • Programs Committee to introduce a swap and talk about the 2016 Retreat
  • Charity Committee to introduce guidelines
  • Finalize carpools to QuiltWeek 2016 on February 27th in Daytona Beach
  • Show and tell

Meeting time is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We must be finished by 12:30 p.m. on that day.

January Meeting Highlights

Happy New Year!  What a great meeting and a great start to the new year. We welcomed back old and new members. New officers were introduced and our new Program Committee provided treats for all and gifts for members with January birthdays.  You can review the minutes here.

Introductions were made of our new board. Robin is continuing as President, Adele is our new Vice President, Yvonne is continuing as Treasurer,  and Sara is the new Secretary.

Our new Program Committee was also introduced. Adele, Candi, Joan and Mary Ann are now our new Program Committee/Hospitality. They really did a great job with hospitality for this meeting. During the meeting they informed us of all the fun and educational programs they have planned during the year. This month is our first quarterly challenge, the Fold-it, Snip-­it, Rip-­it, Drop-­it, Pass-­it Challenge​. We all stood in a circle and each started with a yard of solid color fabric we chose and then folded, snipped, ripped, dropped then passed until we each had seven pieces. The challenge then is for each of us to make a quilt using each of the seven fabrics we have. Look for more info on this challenge from the Programs Committee in future blog posts.

As part of the Program Committee’s initiative on offering educational demonstrations, Candi gave us a PowerPoint presentation on What is Modern Quilting and the Modern Quilt Guild’s website and everything it has to offer members.

Robin discussed the need for members to volunteer for Historian, Instagram Moderator, Retreat Committee and Charity Committee. During the meeting Tony graciously volunteered to be Historian. He will take pictures of our quilts and document them then give that information to the Quilt Alliance and also to our Secretary for our blog. If anyone is interested in volunteering for any of the remaining positions, please see a member of the board.

At the end of the business meeting we had show and tell:

Yvonne showed the finished top of one of the Love Quilt Project quilts,


Candi showed her quilt she did entitled Trilogy,

Ruth showed her finished Round Robin that is a quilt for her soon to be born grandchild, Everett,

and our new visitor, Pat, showed one of her mini quilts.


During the meeting there was a discussion on having our February business meeting on February 20th instead of at the QuiltWeek field trip on February 27th in Daytona Beach. This would allow members who couldn’t attend the field trip to still be able to attend the business meeting. Stayed tuned for more specifics on our next business meeting and field trip.

That’s it for now. Stay tuned for more info.

January Meeting Reminder

Just a friendly reminder that we will be meeting next Saturday, 1/23 at 10:30 at the South Mandarin Library branch.

Some exciting things are in store for 2016. Our Program Committee has been working very hard and have come up with new and exciting programs and activities for the year. For this meeting we will be announcing a new challenge. Please bring one yard of your favorite solid fabric to participate. No need for your sewing machine but as with most of our guild meetings, there is a sew-in after the meeting in the same room until 6:00 for whomever is interested.

Also a reminder that membership dues are due. The Jacksonville MQG has made paying  your annual dues easier. Check out our Paypal Payment Option link under the Membership section on the right side of the blog. You can also pay your dues at the meeting with cash or check. In the meeting we will be discussing what it means to be a member of the National Modern Quilt Guild and what benefits come along with being a member

And lastly, please bring your name tag to the meeting. If you don’t have one, feel free to create your own unique name tag or we will have blank ones at the meeting for you to use.

See you all then!

November Meeting Highlights

It was a short and sweet meeting, you can read the minutes here.

Ted announced (via text message) the new officers that will serve the JMQG starting January 2016 through December 2017. Since the nominations were unopposed, no election was needed. The officers are as follows:

President: Robin McCallister .

Vice President: Adele Rivers

Treasurer: Yvonne Wecker

Secretary: Sara David

Thanks to all four of you for volunteering. Hooray! We are ready for 2016!

Jaime won the old to new blocks BOM!

Ok, a couple of reminders before I show you photos from our fabulous show and tell. There will be no meeting in December, instead we will be having a Christmas party at Ruth’s house (thank you very much for hosting us, Ruth) on December 12th, starting at 6 PM. Please watch your e-mails for an RSVP and food sign-up list as well as directions to Ruth’s house.

We will have a filled stocking swap at the party, you can find the rules here. And for round robin participants, the big reveal will happen during the party. All rounds should be finished and finished tops need to be present at the party. If you are unable to attend the party, please coordinate to get the top there, and thank you! I am so looking forward to the reveal, it will be fantastic!

Ok, so back to November’s show and tell. I’d love to start with this little cute guy that Janette brought to show us made by a quilter who knew about another quilter :) Adorable!


Angie made this beautiful notebook cover:


Jen showed us a quilt her momma (our own Bonita) made for her:


As usual, the amazing Ruth wowed us with not one, but two finished quilts (fronts and backs):

Joan showed us the clever growth chart she made for Ruth’s grandson:


And the gorgeous quilt she made  to pretty up an “ugly couch”, yes, that will do it!


Adele showed us the top she finished, gorgeous!


And lastly, our Quilt Con Charity quilt is quilted and waiting to be bound, yippee!


Wishing to see you all at the party, and if not, I wish you all happy holidays, Merry Christmas and a fantabulous 2016 full of quilty goodness.

November Meeting Reminder!

Just a friendly reminder that we will be meeting next Saturday, 11/21 at 10:30 at the South Mandarin Library branch.

A few things to note:

  • The something old, something new BOM.
  • The wave FMQ challenge.
  • Round robin participants, you don’t have to bring in your rounds since everyone should be adding their last round and no exchange is needed. All the tops are due on 12/12 and  will be revealed at our Christmas party.
  • Our nomination officer, Ted, will announce the new officers. There will be no elections since only one individual was nominated for each office.

See you all then!

December Stocking Swap

Hola Peeps and Peepettes…

At our October meeting I introduced the Secret Stocking Swap which will be held at our Holiday party on December 12th. The original thought was to have secret partners however many members felt that receiving their secret partner’s name @ our November meeting would not be sufficient time to put together their stocking so I have changed things up just a bit to accommodate more members. So we will have a drawing for the stockings. If you bring one then you will go home with one, so no need to wait! You can get started right now! :)

Stocking Swap Guidelines

  • Stocking must be handmade, with modern fabrics and a modern theme. (let your imagination run wild)
  • Stocking should be large enough to fit all your items in (approx. 10 in is the size I will be making)
  • Fill with 1 handmade item (ex. zippered pouch, mug rug, ornament, mini quilt, pin cushion, etc)
  • $10 limit on addtnl stocking fillers (ex. 3 fqs, 5 spools of thread, Chocolate, Candy, fabric pens, etc)
  • Limit one stocking per person

Stocking Tutorials

From Diary of a Quilter

My personal favorite style —> From Imagine Gnats

From Amy’s Creative Side

Are y’all getting excited?!?!?!? I know I am!

~das Jen