August Meeting has been Canceled

As several members are out of town and will not be able to make our guild meeting for August and the library is unavailable, we have decided to cancel the August business meeting.

Our next meeting will be Saturday, September 24th at the South Mandarin Branch Library. We will have our regular business meeting and show and tell but in addition we plan on having a Das Jen remembrance and celebrate all the creative projects and challenges she brought to our guild.

Stay tuned… More info to come as we get closer to the September meeting date.


July Meeting Reminder

Just a friendly reminder that we will be having our business meeting this Saturday (7/23) from 10:30 a.m. to  12:30 p.m. at the South Mandarin Library branch.

After the business meeting the library room is available for open sewing until 5:00 p.m. for those members who would like to participate.

Don’t forget to bring your BOM for this month. If you need more info on this block, check the blog post here. Also don’t forget that the 2nd quarter challenge, the Paint Chip Challenge, is due.

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!

June Meeting Highlights

Our June meeting was held on Saturday, June 25 at the South Mandarin Library branch.

At the meeting our Program Committee provided treats for all and celebrated members with June birthdays.  You can review the minutes here.

We had a new member join during the meeting. Her name is Maureen and she comes all the way from Georgia. She has many years of experience quilting and is looking forward to meeting modern quilters like herself. Welcome Maureen!

During the meeting, members discussed sew-ins that are going on and the #QuiltsforPulse effort being started by the Orlando MQG. Our member, Jen, has been working hard sewing blocks/quilts and organizing sew-ins for this effort. Make sure you watch our blog and members Facebook page for times and places where there are sew-ins going on. Other members, including Robin and Yvonne are hosting events throughout Jacksonville during the month of July. Stay tuned to our blog for times and places on those also.

We then had our Pin Cushion/Thread Catcher swap. Whoever brought in a pin cushion was able to choose a pin cushion as their name was drawn.

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

Ruth showed her chevron quilt and the heart quilt she will be donating to #QuiltsforPulse.

And Joan brought some beautiful quilts she had been working on.

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

Next business meeting is Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the South Mandarin Library branch. Hope to see you all there!

#QuiltsforPulse – Second Wave

As Jen puts the finishing touches on the first wave of Quilts for Pulse, we have officially kicked off the second wave.

Sew-Ins scheduled for this weekend are as follows:

Friday, July 8,  9:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Neptune Beach Senior Activity Center (NBSAC) and hosted by Yvonne Wecker and Michelle Lemmers from Coastal Quilters.

Sunday, July 10, 12:00 noon until 4:00 pm at Ladybug Quilt Shop on Casset Avenue and hosted by Rikki Jameson, owner of Ladybug,

Monday, July 11,  4:00 pm until 9:00 at LadyBug and hosted by Robin McCallister, President of JAXMQG.

We are planning something fantabulous for all Jacksonville quilters to get involved sometime in September.   So please stay tuned for more on that.

Today’s Sew In with Coastal Quilters had a  total of 17 members and visitors gathered for many hours pouring our  love and passion into these beautiful quilts.   We are expecting to complete more than 20 quilts during the second wave.

At last nights Coastal Quilters Meeting Show and Tell, Martha Swallow surprised all of us when she presented her completed  Quilt for Pulse, aptly named “Heartfelt.”

Martha Swallow's Heartfelt
Martha Swallow’s Heartfelt

At today’s Sew-In, we collected two completed quilt tops.

Erin Evans with Rainbow Hearts
Erin Evans with Rainbow Hearts

Erin started this beautiful strip pieced heart quilt as part of another project some time ago.  When she heard we were making Heart Quilts for Pulse, she finished the quilt top and donated it to our stack today.


Coastal Quilters “From the Heart”

“From the Heart” is truly a collaborative labor of love.   This quilt top was started last week as a group project from: Dianne Anderson, Sue Hart, Carole Jackson, Betty Myers, Jane Shad and Judy Sweat and finished today with the added help of Debbie Dixon.     

Jane Shad showing us the last couple of blocks

"From the Heart"
Jane Shad and “From the Heart”

Here are a few blocks  made and added to our stack:

Block by Julia Baker
Block by Julia Baker
Blocks by Lynette Ellzey
Blocks by Lynette Ellzey
More blocks by Lynette Ellzey
More blocks by Lynette Ellzey
Blocks by Martha Swallow
Blocks by Martha Swallow

Martha continue to churn out finished blocks, this time changing up the pattern to use an “Urban Zoologie” charm pack.

Ann Carroway dug deep into her luscious batik stash and came to today’s Sew In with all her fabric cut.

Batik Hears
Anne Carroway working on Batik Hearts

Anne enlisted some willing quilters enabling  her to get more than half of the 40 blocks made.  Jane Shad moved right on over when her top was complete.   Patti Sanders and Karen Bradley  worked on piecing:

Patti Sanders
Patti Sanders


Karen Bradley
Karen Bradley

while Linda Garonski trimmed and pressed the blocks

Linda Garonski
Linda Garonski

Here is  Karen attempting improv piecing of all the small batik scraps (from Linda).   First time for everything, right Karen.    She plans to complete the back for the Batik Quilt.

Karen attempting Improv for the first time
Karen attempting Improv for the first time

Of course we had three JAXMQG members at the Sew In.    Robin arrived to the delight of all.   This was amazing  since she was just discharged from Baptist Hospital late Wednesday afternoon.   Now that’s dedication.   Here she is pondering her red stash.

Where do I start??
Where do I start??

Sara spent the day cutting her fabrics and will work on the piecing at home and at next Friday’s Sew in.

Sara David
Sara David

Packing up all our stuff to go to Sew Ins is never a simple feat.    Sara clearly depicts how we all roll!!

Sara David
Sara David

I’ll post more photos and progress  after Sunday and Monday’s Sew Ins.    Then we come on back to Neptune Beach on Friday, July 15th.     So with more updates to come,  stay tuned.   Or better yet,  come on and join us.

The Maus





Don’t fret if you missed out on last Saturday’s Sew-in after the meeting to work on Quilts for Pulse charity drive for the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild!

We will be at it again this Saturday, July 2nd @ the Mandarin Library from 1130-1800. All members/non-members are invited!

I will have finished tops in need of backings made, quilts to be sandwiched, quilted, and bound.

Thank you Joan & Mary Ann for working on hearts with me last Saturday, Ruth for providing moral support and Jessie for the binding.

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Ruth's finished top
Ruth’s finished top


Check out what other quilters are doing here —-> #QuiltsforPulse

Read more about the drive here —-> Orlando MQG blog

Important – All quilts, quilt tops, and/or blocks need to be delivered to me before or at the July 23rd General Meeting if you would like me to deliver them for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me.

Thanks to everyone that has helped. You are appreciated more than I can express in words.

~ Jen Paetzold (daspretzel at gmail dot com)

June Meeting Start Time Change

Because of Quiltcon 2017 registration starting at 10:00 a.m. the morning of our meeting, it has been decided by members that we will have a delayed start to our general meeting. Instead of a 10:30 a.m. start it will be at 11:30 a.m. One of our members, Joan, has committed to being at the library at 10:30 a.m. to open the room in case there are any members that don’t need to register and would like to come in and start setting up if they are going to be staying for the sew-in.

Thanks Joan!

June Meeting Reminder

Just a friendly reminder that we will be meeting this Saturday, 6/25 at 10:30 at the South Mandarin Library branch.

Don’t forget to bring your BOM for this month. If you need more info on this block, check the blog post here. After the meeting, the room is available as usual for members to stay and sew.

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!

Join us in support of #QuiltsforPulse

Please join us in supporting the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild in their #QuiltsforPulse charity drive. We are asking everyone; members, non-members and other quilt guilds to join us.

The Orlando MQG is asking for contributions to their quilt drive to support their community in the wake of the shooting at Pulse nightclub on June 12. They’re asking for a minimum of 102 quilts — one for each survivor, and one for the families of each victim who perished. Any quilts that surpass that number will be given to first responders, and then distributed to LGBT organizations in Orlando.

The Jacksonville Modern Quilt Guild is looking into some locations where we can hold sew-in’s that will give everyone the opportunity to work together on the Orlando Quilt project. Our goal is to have someplace available every single day in July. Whether we can enlist some local shops to open up space, or invite (and invade) some of the Seven Sister Guilds during their sew-ins, this will be a community effort of love to reach out to as many as possible. We’ll keep you updated and begin compiling a calendar of locations. If anyone has a suggestion or wants to host at one of the locations, send us an email at

In the meantime, one of our JMQG members, Jen, as already organized some sew-in times at the local South Mandarin branch library at the dates and times listed below to work on the quilts. Anyone is welcome to come and help out or drop off any blocks you may have made.

  • June 18 – Conference Room – 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • June 25 – Room A – after the general meeting 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • July 2 – Room B – 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

If you are unable to participate but still want to help out, here is a list of things they could use:

  • Batting
  • Low Volume Fabric
  • Large Modern Fabric Scraps for backing
  • Prepared Binding

We appreciate any type of participation you can give. If you have any questions regarding JMQG’s participation in the drive, you can email us at

For more information on the Orlando MQG and the specifics of what they are looking for click here.

June Swap: Pin CushionThread Catcher

Hello quilters! So for the June meeting, let’s swap a pin cushion thread catcher! If you don’t know what that is,  take a look at one of the tutorials here:

Confessions of a Homeschooler tutorial.

Merriment Design tutorial

Sally Said Sew Tutorial 

Just to give you some ideas. You can make it any colors, any styles, any technique! Just bring one to the June meeting and go home with one someone else made, it’s that simple!

Happy Sewing!