Monthly Archives: June 2013

Quilts for Boston, The Sequel

We had our third Sew-In on Thursday, June 27th at the Viking Gallery at the Town Center.  Jo-Ann Fabrics manager also let us use the classroom so we could spread out.QFB_Sew-In 008

I got there around 3 p.m. and set up to start machine quilting the first quilt.    Had to move the furniture around until I was satisfied the quilt would not fall on the floor.   So here is my quilt set up for me to work on.

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My plan is for an eclectic quilting; using designs from my new Quilt Design Software and the rest will be straight line sewing.

QFB_Sew-In 011I  don’t have a walking foot for the new machine (drat) so I was in the process of ripping our my straight line sewing which puckered on the quilt back…when Danielle, one of the great sewists from the Viking Sewing Gallery introduced me to Eve, a 15-year-old student at Douglas Anderson High School for the Performing Arts.   Eve was at the Viking Gallery with her mom, Julie for an owners lesson on their new Ruby machine and decided to join our group sewing in the classroom.   Eve will be  earning her required school service hours by volunteering to sew a quilt while honing her sewing skills.

Here are Eve, Julie and Danielle, and they clearly are having fun. Eve_Julie_Danielle

While I helped Eve plan her quilt top design, Danielle ran back to the Viking Gallery to get me a walking foot  (woo hoo).

As Eve settled on her design below, she began to think about sashing colors.

Eve's Design She looked through my stash and found the exact same yellow background fabric that’s in the bottom right block.   Sometimes that’s just how easy these decisions can be.

Danielle and I coached Eve through the cutting, pinning, sewing, ironing, trimming processes and after a few hours, her quilt top was taking shape.

Eve's Quilt TopHere it is 8:40 p.m. and time to start packing up.  Eve’s homework assignment was to finish sewing the blocks together in rows.   Danielle agreed to coach her Friday evening so her quilt top would be finished by Saturday’s Sew-In at Country Crossroads in Orange Park.

Earlier in the evening, Angie and Symone also stopped by the Viking Gallery to select blocks for their QfB Quilts.    They will be joining us on Saturday.  QFB_Sew-In 015

That’s my QfB quilt rolled up showing the pieced backing under all those blocks; this quilt apparently  was not going to get much quilting attention on Thursday!   My goal is to have it finished this weekend, so I can bind it on Monday.

We are now on track to make eight quilts for the Boston Modern Quilt Guild’s Quilts for Boston initiative; and we have 12 Jacksonville ladies working on this project.

More QfB updates after our Sew-In tomorrow morning.



Quilts for Boston – JMQG First Two Sew-Ins

Aren’t Quilters the Best?

So many of the members of our guild contributed to making blocks for the Quilts for Boston request made by our sister guild, Boston Modern Quilt Guild last April after the horrific bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.


Here are the twelve blocks we sent up north.    They were already selected for inclusion in quilts when I attended a sew-in in Acton, Massachusetts on June 12th.  I did bring back roughly 80 blocks to make four quilt tops back in Jacksonville.   At our June guild meeting we looked at the blocks and talked about using sashing to create more negative space, thereby giving us the ability to make more than four quilt tops.

Here’s the quilt top I started, when I returned from Boston.  It was all done until I decided to pull out one block to add the yellow embroidered block.   Sometimes the designing process just never ends!

Yvonne's Quilt Top

Here’s a close-up of the machine embroidered block…

Yvonne's Emroidery

Still need to cut those jump stitches!

At our first Sew-In at the Viking Sewing Gallery at the Town Center on June 20th, Robin selected twelve “star themed” blocks to sash in Kona gray.   Here, we have the dynamic duo of Robin and Michelle sewing and pressing.   What a great team they make.

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At our Saturday, June 22nd, Sew-In at Country Crossroads Quilt Shop in Orange Park, I was thrilled to have our wonderful hostess Lynn available plus  Lora, Candi and our new member Lynn Stevens.

Here Lora is setting up our design wall.

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It’s amazing how well cotton sticks to flannel without having to use a thousand pins.

Decisions, decisions

Here we are sorting through the blocks to find just the right ones for that specific design we each had in our own mind.

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Lora and Candi quickly decided to minimize the number of blocks they would use and to create their quilt tops with lots of negative space.

Here is Lora’s initial design, which has as her inspiration a quilt she saw at QuiltCon.   Her plan is to use Kona white minimal sashing and Kona grays in the background to create a framed shading for the blocks.

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I cannot wait to see what she finally comes up with.    I’m hearing there may be some foundation paper piecing included.

Here is Candi using a low volume geometric fabric donated by Andover Fabrics to create borders for her selected blocks.

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Candi reports her quilt top is complete and she is ready for sandwiching and machine quilting at this coming Saturday’s sew-in.

Lynn decided to create a design using white sashing on two sides of the blocks and then offset the columns for her quilt top.   Here she is showing us her finalized design.

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This one will be stunning when complete.

To date, we have five gorgeous comfort quilts in varying stages of completion.

So, are you inspired yet?

Well, then join us at one or both of our next two Quilts for Boston Sew-Ins:

  • Thursday, June 27th – 6-8:30 pm @ the Viking Gallery at the Town Center
  • Saturday, June 29nd – 10:30 am -1:30 pm @ Country Crossroads

We still have plenty of blocks to choose from.   Can you hear them calling out to you?  “Please pick me….I want to be in a quilt. too.”

Hope to see you there.


JMQG July Meeting

This is to correct my post from yesterday about our next meeting.  Our July Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, July 20th @ 10:30 am at Country Crossroads Quilt Shop, 799 Blanding Boulevard in Orange Park.   I mistakenly posted it as July 13th.   Thank you Candi for catching the error.  The original post has also been corrected.

Don’t forget your nametag for the Name Tag Challenge.   Winner receives two lovely fat quarters courtesy of Candi.

Lynn and Lora will provide a demo/class on piped binding and other forms of machine sewn bindings.


June is Busting Out All Over!

CarouselClick here for June 2013 Meeting Minutes

Okay, I may be dating myself here, but this song from the 1956 musical “Carousel” is appropriate for our recent Guild meeting…

Just because it’s June, June, June!

I am thrilled to be this month’s guest blogger and if the Spirit moves you, I’d love it if you would check out the Maus’s blog.

Continuing Gratitude

As always, we are ever so grateful for the muse-worthy meeting space provided to us by Lynn and Bob Provencher, proprietors extraordinaire.  Mr. Bob is also a master wizard with the longarm!

Check out their blog Thimblemouse & Spouse.

Here we have the ever lovely Lynn showing us her new nametag, made for this month’s challenge.


This month, we had a banner turnout with twelve (yes, woo hoo….a deliciously delightful dozen) sewists on site at Country Crossroads Quilt Shop on Blanding Boulevard in Orange Park.

June Discussion

Since we had so many members and visitors present for the meeting, we spent a good bit of time introducing ourselves and talking about how we each became a quilting enthusiast.

What are we working on?

Candi brought in two of her recently completed pieces.   Not only does she have a spectacular artistic eye, her free motion machine quilting is also fantastic.

Candi's Quilts

Our new member Robin McCallister, who happens to be the Manager at the Viking Sewing Gallery (inside Jo-Ann’s) at the Town Center, brought in her pieced American Flag quilt which is embroidered with the Pledge of Allegiance.   Wouldn’t this make a great gift?


Every month, Lora brings in something wonderful and June was no exception.  Once again, she clearly wowed us with another one of her quilt masterpieces.  I don’t know about you, but I would love to make this quilt.  So I vote we have Lora lead us in a quilt-along this year.


JMQG’s role in Quilts for Boston continues

I had the opportunity to attend the June 12th Boston Modern Quilt Guild sew-in for their Quilts for Boston project.  Before attending the meeting, I offered to piece blocks into a quilt top or two.  So after spending a couple of hours cutting backing for the QfB quilts, I looked through the piles of submitted blocks and brought back to Florida four random bags of blocks, batting and backing.

At the JMQG meeting the following Saturday, I talked a little about my trip and showed some of the blocks.  As typical of our guild, the call went out to join in the effort and we set up a few sew-ins and the schedule is:

  • Thursday, June 20th – 6-8:30 pm @ the Viking Gallery at the Town Center
  • Saturday, June 22nd – 10:30 am -1:30 pm @ Country Crossroads
  • Thursday, June 27th – 6-8:30 pm @ the Viking Gallery at the Town Center
  • Saturday, June 29nd – 10:30 am -1:30 pm @ Country Crossroads

Here we are on Saturday, organizing the blocks.

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We’ll post again later this month, showing our progress helping out our sister guild.

June Challenge

At our May meeting, Candi came up with a great idea for each of us to create a name tag for our meetings, and naturally, her idea turned into our June meeting challenge.  Of course, Candi went one step further and is also providing the prize to the winner of the challenge.  How about two lovely fat quarters for the most creative nametag?

Since we had so many new members and visitors, we extended the nametag challenge with a final deadline set for the July meeting.   Take heed though; this is what the  competition looks like so far….

June Nametags

Our next meeting is set for Saturday July 20th, 10:30 a.m. at Country Crossroads.

Lynn Provencher and Lora Douglas have graciously agreed to provide a  demo on various binding techniques.  During the last two meetings, we looked at a number of their completed quilts, especially those with the added piping, and many of us asked for a how-to class.   So here’s your chance to learn how-to add piping during the binding process.

That’s all for now.   Happy Quilting and see you all soon,