Well — give or take! Depending on when you read this! ‘Til Meeting Time!!
Just a reminder that our February and March Meetings are moved up a week on the calendar due to work being done on the Neptune Beach Senior Activities Center.
So join us February 18 at 2:00 p.m. and March 18 at the same bat time, same bat channel!!
Don’t forget the Name Tag Challenge and Show and Tell. And if you didn’t participate in the Member’s Trunk Show, bring it on!! For those participating in the Murder Mystery Block Challenge, can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to. Sign-ups are ongoing for the UFO Challenge. What do you plan to submit?
We will be issuing a new 3 Month Challenge. It’s gonna be inspiring!!
And last but not least, bring your items for the Maker’s Faire. Just 7 weeks til that!
Our January meeting included a member’s trunk show. Members brought quilts and other sewn items to showcase their quilting style or quilts that have special meaning.
Leslee showed off 3 of her recent finishes. Leslee used different types of applique to create three great pieces. How sweet is that bunny!
Jenna showed us her first quilt made for her daughter. Her story that brought her to quilting shows why quilting has the power to heal. She also showed us a sweet little dress for her baby girl. Something handmade from mama is always special.
Melsenia brought her paper pieced diamond. This quilt is amazing. She showed us some techniques on how to get that wall hanging to hang straight. Great information.
Paula gave her son the world!! He loves to travel so she made him a map of the world. What a great way to remember where’s he’s been and where his next dream takes him. She also brought along a swap mini that a swap partner made of her little dachshund.
Kate showed off some stunning pieces she is working on. Alas, since she was taking the pics, I forgot to take over that job!! Pics will be added!! Too pretty not to show.
Update: So here are pics of Kate’s quilts. A riot of color!! Gorgeous!!
I brought almost everything I had. Hey, it was a trunk show and I had to clean out my trunk.
A few finishes:
A few still to be finished (adding these to our UFO challenge):
plus a special gift from some very special people:
The Murder Mystery Quilt Along is progressing nicely!! It’ll be great to see how these quilts progress.
And last but definitely not least, Maus diligently working on the our 2018 QuiltCon Charity Quilt. The members who worked on this one have outdone themselves. It is stunning!!
Such inspiration!! Can’t wait to see what’s in store next month!!
The executive director of H.E.A.L (Helping Enrich Autistic Lives) picked up this 2016 Quiltcon Charity Quilt to auction off at their Gala on February 22, 2018.
The quilt is titled “Out of Chaos, A Star is Born”. The challenge theme that year was Improv with Intent. The challenge leader was Jen Paetzold and was an improv guru! It was quilted by Candi Lennox. Yvonne Wecker made the label, sewed the binding and made the hanging sleeve.
We were very glad to be able to donate this beauty to raise funds for H.E.A.L. The mission of the HEAL Foundation is inspiring, educating and funding services for those affected by autism in our community. Their vision is to make our community the best place to live for those affected by autism. They are a non-profit in Northeast Florida. Through grants they support organizations serving those with Autism Spectrum Disorders. More information can be found at http://www.healautismnow.org If this donation is successful for them and they are willing, we may be making more quilts for them to auction off in the future!
Our meeting last night was a great success! We gained 4 new members, had beautiful show and tell and I felt a real sense of community with all the ladies. This is just a quick reminder about some things we have coming up in the months ahead. A more detailed post about the meeting with photos is coming soon.
We will start collecting donations for the Jacksonville Mini Maker Faire at our February meeting on 2/18/18. The Maker Faire is on April 7, 2018 from 10-5 at MOSH. We will be selling our donated items to generate revenue for the guild. We will also be recruiting new members! Some ideas for items are mug rugs, book marks, place mats, wallets, bags, quilts you’re willing to part with, fleece blankets, table runners etc….. We only have the next 2 meetings to collect items! More information on the Faire can be found at http://themosh.org/event/jacksonville-mini-maker-faire/
Also, next month we will have a Name Tag Challenge! Since we are growing in numbers, having name tags will help us all get to know each other! To make it more fun, we will vote on our favorite name tag (not your own ;)) and the winner will get a prize! So get sewing and bring those name tags to the February meeting!
Finally, a reminder to anyone interested in doing the Murder Mystery Quilt. This is a BOM with one chapter of a murder mystery sent to you each month. If you post a photo to their Facebook Album they will send you an extra clue each month to figure out whodunit. Since there a so many of us doing this already, we are getting a guild discount. The discount will be given as a refund I believe. Sign up and info can be found at https://murdermysteryquilt.com
That’s all for now! It was great to see everyone last night! Keep sewing!
And by party, I mean, a lot of quiltin’ and learnin’ and sharin’ and laughin’!!
Our January meeting is just around the corner and is going to be the beginning of a great year for the JAXMQG. The officers and board have been meeting to get some really exciting things on board for the upcoming year. Don’t miss the meeting to hear all about it.
At the January meeting, we will be announcing a new challenge and asking each person to participate in a survey to get a better idea of what kind of programs each member would like to see.
One of the things we will doing at the January meeting is a swap. Bring any fabric, tool, book or magazine that you no longer want and swap it with your quilting friends. One quilter’s unused stash is another one’s “just what I’m looking for”!
We are also gonna have a Member’s Trunk Show. Bring some of your favorite quilty finishes to show off your modern quilting skills. You may have shared it at a previous meeting but with so many new faces, it’ll be exciting to revisit some of those awesome masterpieces.
Also, anyone participating in the Murder Mystery Quilt Along is welcome to bring their finished block for month 1 for show and tell. We are looking into getting a guild discount as several members have signed to participate in this quilt along. There is still time to join in! It’s a block per month along with a chapter of a Murder mystery. The blocks are clues to whodunit. The first chapter was well written and quite a fun read! More info can be found at MurderMysteryQuilt.com .
So, join the party this Sunday, January 28th at 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Come meet us & stay as long as you like! We meet at the Neptune Beach Senior Activities, 2004 Forest Ave., Neptune Beach, FL 32266.
We had a great turnout for our December meeting and Christmas Party. Lots of great food and work on the QuiltCon Charity Quilt. We welcomed our new officers, President Kate Alicea, Vice President Paula Hagan, Secretary Robin McCallister and Treasurer Yvonne Wecker.
Kate’s sweet husband surprised her with flowers! Awww!!!
We are looking forward to a great 2018 with lots of quilty fellowship and fun!!
That’s all for now!
P.S. Next time maybe I can figure out how to get the pics in the correct order. And believe me I tried!!
We’re getting together onSunday, December 17thfor our annual holiday gathering. Let’s share a meal and some fellowship and then do what we do best and Sew, Sew Sew. The Guild is providing the brisket, so bring a side or dessert and a FQ to share.
We’ll be meeting at our regular time of 2:00 pm (set-up elves should start showing up around 12:30). Of course, everyone is welcome to come early.
Place: Neptune Beach Senior Activity Center.
Don’t forget that this is also a Sew-in and we’ll unveil our QuiltCon 2018 Charity Quilt progress. The new Executive Board of 2018 will be introduced and installed.
Please notice the 2018 Dues button via PayPal is now active. Dues remain at $35 for the new year and it is never too early to renew. We also have a new Donate to the #bluerkblocks project button on our blog sidebar.
We know a lot of us have been busy having fun at Quiltfest getting inspired and buying all that quilty goodness but we wanted to remind you that we have our guild meeting this Sunday, September 24th from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Neptune Beach Senior Activity Center. We’ll have a short business meeting which will include discussions on QuiltCon 2018 and the Charity Quilt Challenge. We can also discuss our adventures at Quiltfest. Did everyone get an opportunity to see JMQG’s basket for Quiltfest. Yvonne put together this great basket valued at $210. Thanks Yvonne!
After the general meeting, we have the center until 7:00 p.m to stay and sew. So plan on staying after the meeting and sewing on a project of your own or just stay and chat. There is plenty of room and outlets for everyone. You can bring snacks and drinks for yourself (and others) if you’d like.
Calling all quilters in the greater Jacksonville area.
There is a call out for quilts for the thousands of individuals displaced as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Read more below…..
The Linus Connection of Central Texas has also set up an operation to collect quilts.
So if you have any completed quilts, quilt tops, blocks or any fabric for backing and binding, please donate to to the Jacksonville Modern Quilt Guild at the Neptune Beach Senior Activity Center or contact us via email @ firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also bring any donations to our next guild meeting on Sunday, September 24th.