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