November Meeting Reminder!

Just a friendly reminder that we will be meeting next Saturday, 11/21 at 10:30 at the South Mandarin Library branch.

A few things to note:

  • The something old, something new BOM.
  • The wave FMQ challenge.
  • Round robin participants, you don’t have to bring in your rounds since everyone should be adding their last round and no exchange is needed. All the tops are due on 12/12 and  will be revealed at our Christmas party.
  • Our nomination officer, Ted, will announce the new officers. There will be no elections since only one individual was nominated for each office.

See you all then!

December Stocking Swap

Hola Peeps and Peepettes…

At our October meeting I introduced the Secret Stocking Swap which will be held at our Holiday party on December 12th. The original thought was to have secret partners however many members felt that receiving their secret partner’s name @ our November meeting would not be sufficient time to put together their stocking so I have changed things up just a bit to accommodate more members. So we will have a drawing for the stockings. If you bring one then you will go home with one, so no need to wait! You can get started right now! :)

Stocking Swap Guidelines

  • Stocking must be handmade, with modern fabrics and a modern theme. (let your imagination run wild)
  • Stocking should be large enough to fit all your items in (approx. 10 in is the size I will be making)
  • Fill with 1 handmade item (ex. zippered pouch, mug rug, ornament, mini quilt, pin cushion, etc)
  • $10 limit on addtnl stocking fillers (ex. 3 fqs, 5 spools of thread, Chocolate, Candy, fabric pens, etc)
  • Limit one stocking per person

Stocking Tutorials

From Diary of a Quilter

My personal favorite style —> From Imagine Gnats

From Amy’s Creative Side

Are y’all getting excited?!?!?!? I know I am!

~das Jen

October Meeting Highlights!

It was Halloween AND the day of the Florida/Georgia game (yay Gators!) and we still managed to have 17 members and one visitor (hope you enjoyed your visit, Judy) at the meeting! We missed our absent regulars and hope to see you all in November. And just a reminder that the November meeting will take place on the 21st to accommodate for Thanksgiving.  The October meeting minutes are posted here.

Check out the gorgeous rainbow BOM blocks, Janette was the lucky winner.


Angie selected next month’s BOM: turn the old into new. Stay tuned for the detailed post.

Adele was a busy bee and brought in two beautiful and finished quilts to show (sew inspiring):


The back with the leftovers!
       The back with the leftovers!


Adam brought his awesome Marilyn Monroe quilt!


The Gator, Robin, brought her gorgeous ballerina quilt.

IMG_5711The back (spot the Gator).


Jen announced the Secret Santa swap that we will be doing at the Christmas party on the 12th of December; detailed information will follow soon as well as the chance to sign up!

Ted has all the nominations submitted for our officers election that will be held during the November meeting. He will be creating a ballot that will be available to all paid guild members, as well as instructions for submitting an absentee ballot if you are not going to be able to make it to the November meeting.

Happy November y’all!


Spotlight shines on…. Jen

1- Introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about where you are from, work, family etc.
    Hola Peeps & Peepettes! I am Jen Paetzold aka das Jen. I was born in California and moved to Florida when I was 5. My heart and internal timeclock are still on the West Coast and one day I will make it back there. For now I live in Orange Park with my best friend and husband, KC and our two teenage boys Orion (15) and Aiden (13). I spend my days sewing and caring for my Doods. We have a doogle named Beans and a flooflenuwfin named Cheddar.
As for work, my newest adventure is trying to sell my creations. My etsy shop is DasJenCreates and I can be found on Facebook under the same name. My main product is quilted potholders/hotpads. I find a great deal of joy in making potholders. Over the years, I have made them for practically all my friends and family. I am just not ready to stop so I figured it was time to open a store. :)

2- Tell us about when and how you started quilting.

I dabbled a bit here and there but seriously started quilting December 2010. I made (with the help of my Doods and my Momma) my first quilt for my mother n law. It was a secret Christmas present that we worked on right underneath her nose. It was very personal, hand quilted, and had a TON of love sewn in. We made her cry when we gave it to her. She adores that quilt to this day. I have come a long way since then.


I was drawn to sewing as I have a case of the “I can do that!”. I like to dissect things and figure out how I can make it on my own with items I already have around the house.

3- What’s your favorite part about quilting? Least favorite?

My favorite part about quilting is seeing something I made used. My least favorite thing is not having enough time.

4- Any favorite technique or one you wish to learn?

I figure out a great deal of technique through mental dissection but there are some things in the modern world of quilting that I have me stumped. Sadly, I have no idea what any of those techniques are called! LOL

I would also like to learn more about big stitch quilting. I have done quite a bit of hand quilting but I feel there is always tips and tricks to learn from others.

5- What fabrics are you drawn to? Any particular styles or colors?

I recently was told (*sighs* and I agree) that I am drawn to dots, more specifically I am drawn to things that are circular. I absolutely adore the color Orange. I love rainbows, gray, geometric, and bright n bold colors and patterns.

6- Who is your favorite quilter (whether international, national or local)? Any blogs you love to follow?

My favorite quilter is my Momma. I know that is kinda cliche but it is so true. I am always in awe with how much knowledge she has, how she can whip up any traditional block with perfection and flip right into some modern improv with ease, and her creativity is endless. She planted that seed in me, just took 35 years to flourish!I


I also enjoy improving a quilt together with my fellow JMQGers. It is so much fun to hear everyone’s idea or take on something and to view a different perspective, from there everything just expands!

7- Tell us about where you sew! Your stash? Your sewing machine/s.

I have a wonderful sewing area. I love that I can watch something on the TV, listen to music, or watch my boys play a game while I sew. I can pop into the kitchen to cook or clean up and the laundry is close by too. I like having my space in the middle of everything. I can do what I love to do and still be with my family.

Below is my view as I come down the stairs. Accross from my area is where my husband works on his projects.


Once seated, this is my view to the my left…


I have 2 machines. I use my brand new Viking at home and take my Brother to Sew-ins. I enjoy both of them.

8- Are you organized? Tell us, we won’t judge! If you are, what would you say the one thing that helped you
organize the most?

Yes, to a point. I clean up as I go. I think having everything at arm’s length is quite helpful as well.

9- Please share a picture of your favorite quilt that you made, and tell us a bit about it.

I have many favs but these are just a few…

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I have a few WIPs that I am fond of as well…

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10- Do you have a quilting bucket list?

Now that you mention it, I should make one! Some the things I would put on it would be….

  • Go to a retreat out of town
  • Go to a retreat out of state
  • Take a quilt cruise
  • Enter a quilt into Quiltcon
  • Finish Selvedge quilt
  • Make a new foundation pieced scrappy quilt because my favorite one from the thrift has died
  • Scrappy Double Wedding ring quilt
  • One Block Wonder (I have a specific design in mind but have yet to find just the right fabric)
  • Create and Finish Orion’s Orion quilt
  • Visit Spool in Chattanooga and meet Maddie!
  • Free motion quilt with my hopper
  • Have my own fabric line

11- Anything else you want us to know?

That was fun :)

September Meeting Highlights!

Apologies for the late post, but without much yapping on my part, you can find the September meeting minutes here. (Thank you Ted and Christy for taking them:)

Jen revealed the beautiful top for our QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge (Improv with Intent) and the awesome name she put together: “Out of Chaos, a Star is Born”!


Members and visitors shared their beautiful creations with us:


Don’t forget to send your officers nominations to Ted.

Our next meeting is on October 31st at 10:30 am. Round Robin participants, don’t forget your rounds! And check out October’s BOM and FMQ challenge.

Happy Quilting!




It’s Nomination time! Important election information.

Hello fellow Jax MQG members!

Just wanted to remind you all that our nomination officer, Ted, is eagerly awaiting your nomination for the four officers positions for our guild: President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.

To send him your nominations, you can find him and message him on FB (he’s a member of our FB group), OR e-mail the guild at jaxmqg at gmail dot com so we can share privately his e-mail and phone number contact information.

Important dates:

Deadline for submitting your nominations will be November 1st, 2015.

Voting will take place during the November meeting on November 21st, 2015.

If you are not able to attend the November meeting, directions will be given for voting by proxy.

Each paid member gets one vote for each officer position.

You can nominate yourself or another member. So let’s do it!