FMQ Motif of the Month Challenge: Month Three Curls and Swirls!

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 :) :)

This month’s challenge was chosen by Christy! In her words:

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Disclaimer: this is an exercise to practice! I am selecting the exercise and am not a free motion teacher! My photo is attached as an example of what I did with the exercise not as an example for what you should do!

Now without further ado the free motion quilting exercise is Curls and Swirls! Spend at least 15 minutes making curls and swirls and echoing those curls and swirls using the time to practice eye, hand, and foot (machine, stitch speed) coordination!
~Quilt on!
~ Christy

 

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Thank you very much, Christy! This will be fun! Here is a video from the fabulous Leah Day to help you navigate your swirls.

Angie will be choosing our next month’s challenge.

In Christy’s words, quilt on all!

June Meeting Highlights

Once again, we had a fabulous meeting, thanks to our members and officers.  If you missed it, you can read the minutes here.

The low volume BOM yielded some fantastic blocks and lucky Yvonne won that lottery.

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In addition to the BOM, 12 gorgeous bird blocks were swapped and we continue to be inspired by the creativity of our members. Hard to even pick a favorite, don’t you think?

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We had a great time swapping birds and then moved into show and tell.

Christy brought in a quilt she made for her dad with many travel theme fabrics; fantastic!

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Ruth brought two gorgeous quilts; one with the reversible flags on each side.

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Candi showed her almost finished Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt:

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Adele showed her beautiful strip ruler quilt top, fantastic colors!

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Our visitor Sandra, shared with us her quilt as you go quilt in progress, isn’t it gorgeous?

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Some important dates to remember:

July 5th, Sunday: Open Sew-In at the Southeast Regional Library (Deerwood Ave), Room A from 1-5 PM.

July 11th, Saturday: QuiltCon Charity Quilt Sew-In at Ladybug Quilt Shop from 10am – 5pm. Jen will be teaching improv wonky stars and each member will be given a fabric packet to use to make a block to two for the charity quilt. Members can also bring their own personal project if they wish to sew the whole day.

Finally, our sister guild in Charleston had put out a call for help to collect signed brick blocks to make a quilt for Mother Emanuel church to express our love and support. Information can be found on their blog here.  Please bring your block to one of the above sew-in meetings as Yvonne collects blocks to send them to Charleston. If you would like to send a block but cannot attend any of the sew-ins, please contact us to arrange the block handoff. Yvonne would like to have the blocks no later than the July 25th meeting to send them to Charleston before the August 1st deadline.

More information about July BOMs and program to follow. Keep quilting :)

June Meeting Reminder and Binding Demo!

Hello quilters!

Just a friendly reminder that our meeting will be held this coming Saturday at 10:30 am (please note time change) at the South Mandarin library. Don’t forget our low volume BOM , FMQ Motif of the month challenge,  and our bird quilt swap!

Candi will be doing a demo on Sharon Schamber’s binding method directly after show and tell, and we have the room until 4 PM, so if you want to sit and sew, bring your stuff!

Hope to see you all there and happy Father’s Day to the dads in our guild.

FMQ Motif of the Month Challenge: Month Two Pebbles on a Rope!

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 :) :)

Pebbles on a rope!
Pebbles on a rope!

Now without further rambling on my part, let’s introduce our  JuneFMQ Motif of the Month chosen by Robin: Pebbles on Aa Rope; inspired by Christina Cameli’s Beads on a String. Our very own Robin made this awesome video tutorial for you here. PebblesonaRope diagram So pebble away all and bring your practice piece (or is it a masterpiece?) to our June meeting on 6/27. Christy will be choosing our next month’s challenge! Let’s get quilting!

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June BOM

June is all about turning it down…..to a “low volume” :)

Low Volume fabric  shows up as a solid or nearly solid in a black n white photo. It varies from light tone on tone to text printed on a light background to light florals. Colors can vary. Low volume fabrics have always been around in the quilting world (previously called “muted”) and is an aesthetic that we see in modern quilting.

Rules for June’s BOM

  • 12.5 in unfinished
  • choose your favorite modern block or “modernise” a traditional block
  • color scheme  – light grays, light beige, and creams. You can include super light color but it should not stand out when looking at the finished block.

Here the examples I showed at our May meeting. You can see where the small amount of low volume color does not over power the block…

Wonky Log Cabin
Wonky Log Cabin
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Improv
Wonky Star
Wonky Star

You can find some great Low Volume fabrics at Ladybug Quilt shop here in Jacksonville or Pink Castle Fabrics online for example.  After making these blocks and thanks to Rikki over at Ladybug I now have my very own low volume fabric stash.

For some low volume quilt inspiration check here and here.

Remember to make 2, one for the winner and one for our charity stash. I will be bringing all the charity blocks I have to the June meeting for anyone that would like to work on putting a charity quilt together. Robin has graciously donated a bolt of batting to be used for our charity quilts.

As always I look forward to seeing what your creative minds produce :)

~das jen

June Bird Quilt Swap

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Birds , birds, birds. We have many bird lovers in our group and the funky bird block at the retreat started a sort of bird quilting fever! Ruth suggested a bird quilt swap and Christy suggested making them a frame-able size. So here we are! The rules:

Design:

Any bird goes! Piece it, applique it, quilt it. paint it, embellish it; wherever your creative takes you.

Size:

Choose from one of three sizes that are the most common frame sizes: 4×6 inches, 5×7 inches, or 8×10 inches.

Finish:

Quilt it but don’t bind it as it’s intended for framing.  Sign and date the back of the quilt.

Due at the June Meeting.

Most important,  have fun!

Here is a photo of that first bird from retreat; if you are looking for inspiration, check Google or Pinterest for awesome bird quilts and blocks.

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Happy birding!