Monthly Archives: August 2013

Robin is Just Ducky Being Linked to Illya

Our very own Robin McCallister was mistakenly identified as Robin McCallum in our posted July Meeting minutes.

She said not to worry, she’s just “Ducky” to be linked to Illya Kuryakin.

Illya Kuriyakin We’ll try to have the name change ceremony at the August Meeting, which is scheduled for Saturday, the 17th, 10:30 a.m. at Country Crossroads Quilt Shop in Orange Park.

So speaking of Robin, here she is sharing one of her absolutely fabulous  works in progress (WIPS)

Robin's Window Quilt 2

Here’s a close-up of this wonderful window-esque quilt top.

Robin's Window Quilt

Jessica Silverman has been busy making baby quilts and shared a few of her projects.  Here is a quilt top for a very special little girl….

Jessica's Baby Girl Quilt

and one for a sweet little boy…

Jessica's Baby Quilt

Just love the racecar print.  Jessica also showed us her quilted animal shapes.

Jessica's Animal Shape Piecing

Here’s a close-up of the precious pooch…

Jessica's Animal Shape Piecing Close-up

Soooooo cute!!

Carolyn Parker visited our little guild in July (we truly hope you’ll return) and shared her gorgeous 3D geo themed block.   Can you say perspective?  Roll your chair back from your computer to get the true effect.

Pat Lucas's Geo Block

Carolyn also brought in the pattern from  QUILT Magazine, just to scare us! 

Pat Lucas - Geo Block Pattern

Thank you for sharing and we are  all looking forward to seeing the completed quilt.

Carolyn also opened up a completed geometric quilt top  and wow, this is spectacular

Carolyn Parker's Geo Quilt top

I would be remiss if I didn’t slip in a quick photo of our two visitors, Carolyn (who I have a feeling will be a member) and Pat Lucas visiting from Gainesville MQG.  We love having visitors and thank you both for joining us.

July Meeting - Carolyn and Pat

Lora Douglas brought in a couple of her recent foundation paper pieced efforts.   I just love it when someone else catches the FPP fever.

Lora's FPP Block


Lora's FPP Block 2

I think everyone should give foundation paper piecing a try, especially since the process really helps produce precise results for intricate patterns.  They say the  “proof is in the pudding” but in case you only want Jello,  then just simply look above at Lora’s superb  blocks.

To push the point (I must still be on the high from Lynn’s Quilter’s Crack), Lora and Yvonne will provide two different strategies for foundation paper piecing at the August 17th guild meeting.   This will be a real sew-in day, so bring your machine.

Yvonne will be providing guidance, tips and plenty of copies of the Circle of Geese  pattern from  Beth Cheri at Pieced By Numbers.   So bring some multi colored scraps and your favorite background fabric and you’ll go home with something like this lovely QfB block…

Block #1

Lora will  show us her technique using freezer paper and provide us with her tips.

Now, back to the July meeting for more of the projects presented by our members and guests.

Ginger Benoit brought in countless WIPs and some finished projects; every one of them a treasure.   She started by talking about her quilted bag and after she emptied it, passed it around so we all could look it over.  Here the bag is still bursting with all her WIPS

Ginger's Quilted Bag

and here’s a close-up of her workmanship

Ginger's Quilted Bag 3

Here is a really eye-catching comfort quilt with off-center charm sized blocks.

Ginger's Show & Tell

Just love the ultra modern circle fabric.   Here’s a close-up of the quilt top

Ginger's Show & Tell 2

Next, Ginger showed us her version of a window-scape

Ginger's S&T Windows Quilt

Of course, I got a close-up photo so you could see each block is actually  three strips of different fabrics to create the variegated or shaded patterning

Ginger's S&T Windows Quilt Close-up

Ginger has been very busy, and next up was her framed blocks on a baby quilt

Ginger's S&T Baby Quilt

You win the bragging rights prize  if you guessed, the next photo would be a close-up

Ginger's S&T Baby Quilt Close-up

Okay, faked you out (now my Boston is showing) with a second close-up to show the quilting

Ginger's Baby Quilt Fussy Cut Block

The fussy cut blocks just pop with the vibrant borders.

Ginger then showed us her Christmas wall hanging.  This is so festive it really does feel like Christmas in July!

Ginger's S&T Christmas Wall Hanging

Brava Ginger, these were truly special pieces and we thank you for sharing them with us.

While we were having our binding tutorial from Lora (the binding process will be a separate post), Mary Pat Callahan, a dear friend of our own Lynn Provencher, entered the quilt shop and was showing off her memory quilt to Lynn, when the Maus Papparazza in true tabloid fashion just knew there was something delicious at the front counter, and scurried over with her digital camera.

Whether she liked it or not (she did!),  Mary Pat was now destined to be part of the JMQG blog.  Here are three photos of this amazing memory quilt

Mary Pat Callahan's T Shirt Quilt

and close-ups of the denim vest

Mary Pat's Clothing Quilt 2

and little girl’s top

Mary Pat's Clothing Quilt

Memory quilts are simply magical and bursting with love.

WOW… This was quite a July Meeting, wasn’t it?   And we haven’t even posted yet about Lora’s binding tutorial.  Why don’t you check back in a few days and also plan to join us in August and see what we’re stitching up.


There was so much content  and activity at our July meeting, that any errors in identification or giving  proper credit of work is truly an oversight.  The Maus will probably need either an assistant, intern or most likely a notebook to write down things as the camera shutter is clicked.  No wonder I’ve got Robin married to an 80-something legend.  Ginko only works so well, especially now that I’m hooked on the Quilter’s-Crack!  Darn you Lynn!!!!!

Until the next post;  Happy Quilting.

The Maus


QfB Heading Towards Home Stretch

Just a quick post on JMQG’s Quilts for Boston progess.   As of today, we have five (Woo Hoo) completed quilts.  Here they are all neatly folded…

QfBs Folded

and here is Anne Haddock sewing at Yvonne’s house trying to finish up the last (#11) quilt backing.

Anne Sewing at Yvonne's House

We had five of the blocks that were brought back from Boston left over because they kept being put in the misfit pile due to non conforming color, size or other issues.  Anne and Yvonne restitched a couple and resized a couple more and got them all pretty for the center back section of QfB #11.  So the goal of using every block has been met.

Anne was also willing to be the “feet in the photo” quilt holder so I could photograph quilts numbered  3 – 4 – 5 outdoors in our beautiful sunshine.

First up is Anne’s QFB quilt front

Anne's QFB and back

Anne's QFB Back

Here is Anne’s QfB relaxing (watching tv?) while waiting for it’s Cecile B. DeMille close-up.

Anne's QFB draped

Next up is Candi’s QfB front

Candi's QFB

and back

Candi's QFB Back

and lastly, Yvonne’s second QfB contribution.  We all know she likes to name her quilts (how can we forget the “Kardashian?”) and this one is called “Cornered Geese”

Yvonne's QFB 2

and the back

Yvonne's QFB 2 Back

So, we’re all caught up with our Quilts for Boston progess reports.   We do expect to have the last five completed quilts turned in at our next guild meeting on August 17th at Country Crossroads Quilt Shop in Orange Park.    No real pressure intended, but Yvonne will be carrying whatever is available up to Boston the last week in August.

Still more to come from our last meeting.  See you all in a little while, and until then happy quilting.

The Maus

Lucy and Quilter’s Crack

July 2013 Meeting Minutes

One of the highlights of our July Meeting occurred when Lynn got us hooked on Quilter’s Crack.   Now before you call the DEA authorities, “Lucy, you got some ‘splainin to do!”  

Lucy and Ricky 2

And for another bit of my useless trivia, read all the way to the bottom of this post to find out what Ricky actually said to Lucy.

So back to Lucy does Crack…..As Country Crossroads quilt shop entrepreneurs, Lynn and Bob Provencher are always on the lookout for new tools and Lynn introduced us to On The Dot Repositionable Markers, another of the Qtools from Quilt with Marci Baker.

Quilter's Crack (2)

Lynn in her ever exuberant way,  had us all in stitches [okay, pun intended] as she described in very humorous detail trying out this new tool as similar to smoking crack.   Of course Lynn doesn’t smoke crack, but you have to admit that sometimes we quilters get downright obsessed with finding the right fabric and tools.  One could easily find the similarities between how we absolutely drool over fabric the same way a drug addict craves feeding his or her habit.    So these little colored Dots will forever be called Crack.

Quilter's CRACK

Lynn had three packages of her “Quilter’s Crack” available for sale in the shop and before she could finish peddling her smack, three of us were hooked and made a quick grab.

Another great turn-out for our monthly meeting

July Meeting 3

Check out the attached minutes from the meeting.   Apologies to Robin McCallister as we inadvertently listed her name as McCallum (darn that Word spellcheck!)   No worries Robin, we’ll get that fixed.

and the winner of the July Name Tag Challenge is:

06_2013_Candi's Nametag

Now we  know what Candi does with all those selvage edges we save for her.

Quilts for Boston Update

Woo Hoo…..Angie brought in the JMQG’s second completely finshed QFB Quilt.    Here’s the front

Angie's finished QfB

and the back

Angie's finished QfB back

The diagonal quilting and quick turn binding are beautifully done.

During the meeting,  Lynn completed  hand sewing the binding on the group quilt

Lynn Handsewing QfB Binding

which had the top pieced by Eve, the trimming up and sandwiching done by Lora and the quilting done on the longarm by Mr. Bob.  Here’s the near finished quilt…

Eve's Finshed QfB

Robin showed us her finished Florida themed QfB quilt top made at the Viking Sewing Gallery

Robin's Florida QfB Top 2  and the back

Robin's Florida QFB Back

Robin also shared the quilt top made from twelve of the blocks brought back from Boston

Robin's finshed QFB top

Lora gave us a sneak peek at the in progress quilting on her very modern QfB

Lora's QfB 2

Yvonne shared the two quilt tops made  from the last of the Boston MQG blocks.   First is the Running Man

Running Man Quilt Top

and the second is the Cornered Geese

Lynn Steven's Finshed QfB (2)

In gratitude to the JaxMQG members, Yvonne brought in a goody basket of charm packs and fat quarters for the sewists to select a thank you gift.

FQ Basket

As of the July Meeting, we have two completed QfB quilts; four in the quilting stage; and five at the finshed quilt top stage.    We’ll have more to show between now and the August meeting.

We had so many items and pictures takes during the  Show & Tell portion of our meeting, we’ll put out a separate post  so we can do them justice.   Stay tuned  over the next few days.

Last but certainly not least, Lora Douglas provided a demonstartion of binding techniques and we’ll post more about that to coincide with her posting the tutorial on her Dragonfly Quiltworks blog.  So stay tuned for that post and the link to her tutorial.

The challenge for the August Meeting is a Churn Dash Block; any size, any color but you must use modern fabric.   Everyone should bring in a Fat Quarter and the winner of the challenge gets to take the FQ basket home.

And for those really inquiring minds…..

Lucy and Ricky

With that Happy Quilting until the next post.

The Maus