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.

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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.

 

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.