FMQ Motif of the Month Challenge: Month One Loop De Loop.

JMQG FMQ Challenge

Free motion quilting (FMQ) and modern quilting go hand in hand; got to fill up that expansive negative space with beautiful quilting! Here is your chance to build up and hone your FMQ skills with our very own FMQ challenge! The goal is for each participating individual to dedicate as little or as much time as they want to practice a particular FMQ motif chosen for that month by one of our members. Each month, a member will volunteer to select a FMQ design and challenge participants to stitch it down on a practice sandwich (any size from 12 inches and up) and bring it to the meeting to show and share (no matter how bad you think it looks, we want to see!). We can discuss our experiences and help troubleshoot problems together; a true judgment-free zone!

Below is a list of volunteers I have so far, if you wish to volunteer for a particular month, let us know at the next meeting. All that is required of the volunteer is to let us know what design they want to challenge us with for their chosen month at the prior month’s meeting.

  • May 2015: Candi
  • June 2015: Robin
  • July 2015: Christy
  • August 2015: Angie
  • September 2015: Bonnie
  • October 2015: Sara
  • November 2015: Ruth

We’ll keep this going until we all become proficient FM quilters or we get tired of trying :) :)

Now without further rambling on my part, let’s introduce our very first FMQ Motif of the Month chosen by Candi: Loop de Loop! Let’s all get loopy here. The fabulous Leah Day has an awesome tutorial here to get us started. So loop away all and bring your practice piece (or is it a masterpiece?) to our May meeting on May 30th.

Let’s get quilting!

May 2015 Swap – Pocket Quilts

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It all started at the retreat when I made this teeny tiny quilt which measures 3in x 4in. I thought, “Hey! That is so teeny tiny it could fit in your pocket.” to which Candi said, “We should make that a swap!” (or something like that, everyone knows I was lacking valuable sleep…lol)

The rules….

1 – No larger than 4in x 4in finished

2 – It must be modern inspired (search google or pinterest for “modern blocks” for inspiration if needed)

3 – bright, bold, high contrast, etc

4 – You can make up to 2

5 – Please include your name and the date on the back

below are some examples of ones I made and showed at the April meeting (the flying geese is an inch too large but the pattern can be printed smaller)…

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I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with. Let your mind run wild.

~ das Jen

April Meeting Highlights and Sew-In Reminders

 

Curvy blocks from the April BOM
        Curvy blocks from the April BOM

We had a great turnout for our April meeting! 12 members and 3 visitors (one turned member by the end of day, welcome Adele Rivers) were in attendance. You can read the April meeting minutes here.

The  photo above is of the contributed curvy blocks from our April BOM, aren’t they fabulous? Joan was the lucky winner of the block lottery!

Many exciting things are happening at our growing JMQG, which is now 23 members strong by the way, including a fun pocket quilt swap for our May meeting.  Pocket quilt because it fits in your pocket;  a quilt no larger than 3” by 5”, made using a modern theme/technique/block and signed on the back with quilter name and date. Each member can swap up to 2 pocket quilts. More information will follow soon but start revving your creative engine!

As usual, the show and tell is always the favorite part and many members (and visitors) wowed us with their creations. Check out the awesome tulip mug rug and love birds quilt made by our creative Jen.

JMQG tulip mug rug

JMQG Jen quilt

Ruth shared with us her colorful quilt that made for a gorgeous spring table mat.

JMQG Ruth quilt

Our visitor Paris brought a couple of her quilt tops to share with us.

JMQG Paris

JMQG Paris quilt

Adele dazzled everyone with her Chenille bird quilt, and a wholecloth and a couple other tops.

JMQG Adele quilt

JMQG Adele quilt

JMQG Adele quilt

JMQG Adele quilt

And last but not least our own president shared some finishes and near finishes with us.

JMQG Robin quilt

JMQG Robin quiltAnd with these beautiful quilts, I’d like to remind everyone that the we have a sew-in planned at the Southeast Regional library branch at 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256, on Sunday 5/3rd between 1 and 5.

Also, because our May meeting falls on the holiday weekend, members attending the April meeting voted to move it to the fifth Saturday of May, May 30th at 10 am at the South Mandarin library. If you are in town for the holiday,  we will hold a sew-in on the fourth Saturday when our meeting usually takes place between 10 and  4 at the South Mandarin library branch. You can always check our calendar for all the scheduled sew-ins. We’d love to sew with you!

See you soon!

 

BOM – May 2015

Hola Peeps & Peepettes!

May’s BOM is brought to you by Faith Jones over @ Fresh Lemon Quilts.

You can find her easy to follow tutorial for the “Scrap Plus” block over here —> Scrap Plus Tutorial.

In keeping with the modern quilting aesthetics, the background fabric is to be a solid or tonal in the maker’s color choice. You can either do your scrappy portion in the same color as your border fabric or a contrasting color.

Remember to make 2 blocks, 1 for our drawing and 1 for charity quilts.

My BOM for May (the purple on purple is just an example)

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In May we are starting over and everyone’s name is going back into the pot to win. So if you previously have won you can now win again.

I can’t wait to see your blocks! :D

~das Jen

April 2015 B.O.M.

Jen's Finished April BOM
Jen’s Finished April BOM

Hola my JMQG Peeps! April’s B.O.M. is brought to you by the letter “C” for Curves. It is all about free form curves. You can find the method that I use @ Red Pepper Quilts. She has a perfect tutorial to guide you through how to make these awesome curves. Being able to master these curves will add movement to your modern quilts.

Untrimmed

Un-finished block should be 12.5 in. Please use solids and tone on tone fabrics for these blocks. The color choices are up to you. Please make 2, one for the winner of the blocks and one to add to our charity block stash. When our stash gets large enough I will start putting tops together that will be used as charity quilts.

Make your strips about 14 in. long and keep adding to your block til you reach about 26 inches in width and you will have made enough to cut 2 blocks!

You CAN do this! Have fun!

If you are attending the JMQG retreat, I will be there and will be happy to help in person if you would like.

~Das Jen

Are you ready? Our First Anniversary Quilt Retreat is almost here!

Retreat page 2Here we are just a few days away from our First Anniversary Quilt Retreat; it’s an exciting time for our growing JMQG and we know you are all as excited as we are. There will lots of laughter, fun camaraderie, sharing and yes lots of sewing! The flyer shows what supplies to bring with you and I just wanted to highlight a couple of points:

* Sewing Machine! Those interested in learning or at least trying FMQ, bring your darning foot, or your machine manufacturer may call it freehand or free motion foot, it’s the foot that has a spring and goes up and down. Bring all your feet (ha there is a sentence that only quilters understand!) if you are not sure! And on a side note, we will have some extra quilt sandwiches made to share, but if you have some batting scarps and muslin or cheap fabric, make a sandwich or two sized between 16 and 20 inches and bring along.

*Cutting tools, rulers, pins and thread; essentials for sewing!

*Fabrics! Bring your scraps for our improv quilting workshops. Also about 10 FQs, 1 yard of print fabric and 2 yards of your favorite background fabrics. You will be using these fabrics in the various workshops and projects offered.  It’s our best guess and probably an over estimate, but hey, it’s better to have more, right? And I’d like to clarify that the workshops are not for quilts but rather to teach techniques and processes, so choose fabrics that play well together overall so you have a variety to choose from for the various projects, but don’t stress over what to choose and remember you will be a quilt shop with quilters and fabric shortage will not be an issue!

*Bring your own personal project, or two (or three for the fast fingers!) to work on in between other happenings.

*Most importantly bring your enthusiasm and let’s quilt!

The retreat is taking place at Ladybug Quilt Shop:1400 Cassat Ave # 6, Jacksonville, FL 32205

See you all on Friday.

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.