Monthly Archives: July 2013

JAX MQG Meeting Eve

July Mtg on Calendar

This is just a friendly reminder that our next guild meeting is tomorrow.

Saturday,  July 20th at 10:30 a.m. at Country Crossroads in Orange Park

Don’t forget your nametag for the Nametag Challenge

Lora Douglas and Lynn Provencher will provide a class / tutorial on binding methods including adding piping.

I’ve added two new links under the Blogroll.   First is the Modern Quilt Guild (the national guild) blog which has a current post about the Boston MQG Quilts for Boston (QfB) initiative…..and towards the end of the post is a shout out to the Jacksonville MQG.

Natl MQG Post

The other link is for the blog of our sister guild in Boston.    Alice Webb wrote a wonderful post on July 12th about our involvement in their QfB project.   Can’t wait to see what they say when they get our 11 quilts!

See you all tomorrow.

Yvonne Maus


1762 You Say?

Emperess of Russia                                     Catherine-the-Great
Emperess of Russia Catherine-the-Great

This post is not really about when Catherine II became Tsar of Russia upon the murder of Peter III, which happened on July 17, 1762.  Got your attention with this bit of historical trivia though, didn’t I?

I am posting about 17-6-2 which is my “letter number” cipher  for, you guessed it… Q-f-B or Quilts for Boston.

We had our last official Sew-In at Country Crossroads Quilt Shop in Orange Park on Saturday and we had another great turnout with Lynn, Lora, Angie, Symone, Lynn S, Anne and me.

Before we all got started, Anne showed us her masterpiece “Marine Corps Memory” quilted wall hanging for her neighbor’s birthday in August.   Anne incorporated her neighbors t-shirts, BDU pants and jacket and parts of his flight suit.   All the zippers’ pockets, and belting are still operational.    This will be a wonderfult birthday surprise.

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Lora helped Anne square up her QfB quilt-top.

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Then Anne decided to replace the gray fabric with the yellow and white chevron fabric in one corner of her quilt.  Quilters are constantly re-designing, aren’t we?

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Next we all looked at Angie’s fascinating quilt top.   She cut up a couple of the more traditional blocks and made them truly modern. QfB Sew-In_07-06-2013 006

Here’s the pieced backing Angie made and she even matched up the chevron stripes.

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…and here’s a close-up of the embroidered block on the backing.

Close-up of Angie's quilt back

Then everyone got into the act to help Angie and Symone apply pins to their QfB sandwich.

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The first few quilt tops we designed had a very symmetrical slightly off-set 12 blocks.  Then Lora got us all thinking more along modern lines with her minimalist three block quilt top.   Without planning it both Anne and Angie had the same creative idea and their quilt tops have a deliciously diagonal directional movement to them.

Diagonal Quilts

We can’t wait to see what they do with their straight line quilting.

I still had 11 unused blocks after everyone picked through the stack I brought back form Boston.  So I’ll be making two more quilt tops.

Here is my design and modern take on the running man that I worked up on Friday night and right now I’m thinking of using yellow as the background. The Running Man

Before we left Country Corners, Bob showed us his progress quilting Eve’s QfB quilt on the longarm using gray thread to bring out the designs in each block and white thread for meandering around the sashing.   He and Lynn expect the quilt will be totally finished (that’s quilted and bound) by the end of the weekend.

That was  our last official Sew-In, but if there is a need to get together, we can always schedule something before our next guild meeting on July 20th.   We’ll have the big reveal for ten QfB quilts and also pick a winner for our nametag challenge.

Wonder if there will be anymore posts between now and the 20th?   You’ll have to check in and see.

Until then, happy quilting.

Yvonne Maus

Quilts for Boston (QfB) – Part IV

Rocky Anthology

I admit it, these posts are getting as bad as the Rocky franchise.   That said…I still have two more posts until I catch up with “Yo, Adrienne.”  Until I relinquish the reins to this blog on July 20th, I’ll try to be more creative with the post titles.

We had another QfB Sew-In at the Viking Sewing Gallery at the Town Center on Thursday, July 4th.     Joining me were Lynn Stevens and Robin McCallister.

Lynn finished her quilt top and will bring it to our Sew-In on Saturday, July 6th @ Country Crossroads.    She needs to piece a back and then sandwich it.   Today she worked on finishing the gray sashing on Robin’s quilt top and then making more binding to add to my roll.

Jun 29 023  Jun 29 025Looks like the gray sashing is complete but we need to straighten out this pile of blocks.

Robin challenged the team at the Viking Gallery to make blocks for their own quilt donation for QfB.   Here’s one of Robin’s lovely blocks.

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and here she is in preparation for appliqueing a sea turtle…

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I just love that blue fabric (available at Jo-Anns).  It really looks like water and the turtle will be appliqued to it.

We all hung out pretty low-key for a few hours and I was able to finish machine sewing the binding to my quilt.

Here are some photos of my quilt during the quilting process using my dining room table.

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Jun 29 011Jun 29 013 Jun 29 014 the quilting part is FINALLY done after more than 75 hoopings.   Jun 29 016

I also ripped out not only the straight line criss cross quilting I did without a walking foot last week on the Tweety Bird block, but also the embroidered / quilting swirl (below) I did in the blue center.

013Had to do it, that back was too puckered for me to accept it.   My seam ripper has seen a lot of action this week; that swirl was triple stitched!!

I generally hand sew bindings but thought with the QfB deadline looming, I’d better get this quilt finished.   I played on one the Viking Gallery’s Topaz machines and tried out a fabulous edging foot.   When I machine sew the binding, I always start on the back side and turn to the front.  I know this is backwards, but I think this gives me a better opportunity for a nice clean stitched edge on the  front binding…


and hopefully, stitching close to the ditch on the back.


My trusty seam ripper was overworked again today since I just wasn’t satisfied with how the binding stitches looked.  I even had to vacuum the carpet of the Viking Gallery since there were so many threads on the floor around where I was sewing.  Don’t know about you, but it seems I’m never satisfied with my works in progress.  I quess I need to revisit the Quilter’s Pledge.

And here it is all finished with a very colorful scrappy binding…first the back….

Jun 29 027 and now drum roll please…. the front

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Many thanks to my better half, Bubba for holding it up pool side so I could photograph it in natural light.

And last but not least, here it is all folded up ready for shipping up north.


This has got to be a record number of photos for one quilt, so I guess I’ll have to name  it “The Kardashian!”

See you all Saturday for the next Sew-In.

Yvonne Maus

QfB Yet Again

OOPS….meant to post this earlier in the week.

This week we continued our Sew-Ins trying to finish up the first few Quilts for Boston.

On Saturday, June 29th, at Country Crossroads Quilt Shop, we had a really lively group with Lynn, Lora, Candi, Angie, Symone, Eve (still earning her service hours), my good friend Anne Haddock from Middleburg and me.  Again many many many thanks to Bob and Lynn Provencher for hosting and sewing with us.

Here is Lora’s absolutely stunning finished quilt top…

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Kudos to Lora for creating a brand new Lone Starburst foundation paper pieced block shown on the left; the design and pattern can be found on Six White Horses blog .    You really can’t see it in the photo, but Lora has the quilt top marked for very modern quilting.

Here are Lora and Angie discussing modern quilt design layout and how to piece the top with the blocks on point.

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Eve completed her homework assignment and finished her quilt top.  Here she is getting it ready for final pinning.

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Lora spent the rest of the morning assisting and teaching Eve how to square up her quilt top, and sandwich it for presentation to Mr. Bob for quilting on the long arm.  Bob also gave our group a quick lesson on various quilting stitches and demonstrated using the long arm.

Candi’s quilt top was also completed and it too is gorgeous.

Candi's QfBCandi also used the time and space at Country Crossroads to sandwich her quilt.  I cannot wait to see what Lora and Candi do with the negative space quilting on these two very modern beauties.

Angie and Symone brought back the stack of blocks and then played around with the design wall, but alas, my camera’s battery ran out of juice and I couldn’t take any more photos.   I’ll make sure I have it charged from now on.    Anyway, they came up with an awesome layout and I hear there may be a unicorn somewhere in the mix.

My good friend Anne Haddock joined us and she also participated in playing on the design wall.  Doing that gets you hooked, and now Anne is also making a quilt top.  That brings us up to NINE quilts being made in Jacksonville for our sister guild in Boston.

After all was said and done at the Saturday Sew-In, I still had 11 blocks leftover.   I’ll have to check on the two quilts in progress by management team at the Viking Gallery to see if they need more blocks.

We set up two more Sew-ins…

  • Thursday, July 4th @ the Viking Gallery from noon to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 8th at Country Crossroads in Orange Park from 10:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.

Hope to see you there.

Yvonne Maus