Monthly Archives: June 2014

Jacksonville Quiltfest!

QuiltFest 2014



   September 25 – 27, 2014

Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center
1000 Water Street
Jacksonville, Florida

Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

It is *almost* July! So I wanted to give you all a  nudge and remind you that if you want to enter a quilt into Quiltfest, you must submit the form by July 25th; you drop the quilt off on September 13th.

Here is a link to the quilt entry form.  Please indicate on there that you are a member of the JMQG if you enter a quilt. Also, on the form, there is information about donating a mini quilt to the silent auction.

Lets show off our modern quilts:)


June 2014 Meeting Highlights

Oh it is summer time! Attendance was lower than last month and we were missing some key members but we managed to have a productive and fun meeting. You can view the June Meeting Minutes here.

Our talented members brought these quilts for show and tell.

photo 1-horzFrom left to right: Janette, Valerie and Christy. And let me take this opportunity to welcome our newest paid member, Valerie, who came into the meeting a visitor and left a member.

Eight members brought their fabulous slashed June blocks  to be entered into the block lottery and lucky Christy won the blocks.


The marvelous Yvonne brought some giveaways-from “cleaning her stash,” to paid members. Paid members had their pick between a fabric pack or a BOM pattern booklet.

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Yvonne also bought some goodies from the MQG and is offering them for sale to benefit the JMQG. Goodies include MQG decals and patches, as well as MQG tumblers and canvas bags. Please contact us for information to purchase these items.

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One last thing I’d like to highlight from the meeting. We were invited as the JMQG to give a presentation about modern quilting to the Coastal Quilters Guild on August 7th. We are asking all members who are able to bring one quilt or quilt top that we can “borrow” for the purposes of showing examples of modern quilting. If you have a modern quilt that you can lend us for a couple of weeks, please bring it to the July meeting.

Our next meeting will be held on July 26th at 10:30 AM at the South Mandarin Library Branch.

See you all next month!



June Meeting Reminder


Just a quick reminder that our meeting is coming up next Saturday,  June 28th at 10:30 a.m.  in the South Mandarin Library Branch.  Meeting will take place in the conference room, on the left as you enter the library.

Don’t forget your June BOM -the light green and dark purple slash, to be entered to win the block lottery. And how about while you are slashing the block for the lotto, you slash another to be made into a charity quilt? You know you won’t be able to stop at one!

In addition to the BOM, we will be discussing Modern Quilting and what makes a quilt modern.  I am asking you  all to bring one or two modern quilts that you have made for presentation/discussion. It is ok to bring quilt tops.

Looking forward to seeing all next week.





MQG Membership Update

Our “13  Strong” JAXMQG membership roster has been submitted to The MQG to make the June 16th deadline for discount pricing for any of us interested in going to QuiltCon next February in Austin, Texas.    MQG members only registration opens on June 24th.

With incomplete email addresses for a couple of you (Jen and Billie); we had to use the JMQG email as a temporary measure to get your names in by the deadline.  We’ll update our roster after our June meeting. 

June Block of the Month: Slash!

My creation
(Credit links below)

We will be using the Orange Pick-Up Sticks tutorial from the Empire Quilt Guild.

NOTE:  CUT YOUR SQUARES TO 8.5″ TO ALLOW FOR TRIMMING.  The final block is made with 4 blocks and should be trimmed to 12.5″.

Get your rotary cutter ready to slash up some fabric!  I *adore* slashing up blocks but this technique does have a challenge to it.  When piecing multiple inserts, there will inevitably be a build-up of seams  – it is what it is.  The tutorial we are using suggests pressing the seams toward the insert causing the insert to “puff up” a bit.  This “puff” will help when quilting as well — like a good underwire bra!

Block size:  12.5″ unfinished

My creation
(Credit links below)

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS:  Dark purple with bright/light medium green solid accent fabric. Fabric choices must be either solid (any shade of dark purple) or tonals that “read” as dark purple.  No high contrast fabrics.

Basics for Block of the Month program:

SOLID FABRICS:  We will be focusing on using solid fabrics because solid fabrics are one of the most common features found in modern quilting.   Tonal fabrics that “read” as a solid color can also be used in place of solid fabrics.

GIVE AND GET:  Members who bring in a block will be given a ticket.  A lottery will be drawn to determine the winner who takes home all of the blocks.  One ticket per block.

FAIR SHAKE:  Please use fabric that you LIKE (or LOVE) for blocks you will be putting in to the lottery.   Please do not use the BOM lottery as a way to get rid of “uglies” and “red-headed-stepchildren” fabric that you do not like.

MODERN DESIGN:  We will be using the BOM program and lottery to learn about the modern quilting design ideas embraced by The Modern Quilt Guild.  These design ideas include improvisational piecing; slash, slice, and dice; “wonky” lines; negative space; and a handful of other techniques.

See you all soon!

Mosaic 1 credits:
1. Pick-up-sticks-IMG_7552, 2. Pick Up Sticks, 3. Pick-up Sticks, 4. Pick Up Sticks Mini Wall Quilt, 5. Improvised Crosses, 6. QuiltCon Block Challenge: Pickup Sticks, 7. rainbow block, 8. Cross quilt top finished, 9. Cross Quilt – quilting progress, 10. SUTK Progress…, 11. Trudy Block [1], 12. {Modern 12} Bee – August 2011, 13. Ice cream for All- front detail, 14. Tula Pink Blocks, 15. Fresh Modern Bee Block for Viv, 16. 4×5 Bee – Hive 15 – Dashasel

Mosaic 2 credits:
1. Purple Iris, 2. In Motion, 3. Summer is coming, 4. Maelstrom, 5. japanese maple leaves as pointalism, 6. benches, 7. Untitled, 8. Right of centre, 9. Geranium ‘Pink Penny’, 10. The Game, 11. Hometown, 12. Light & Colour, 13. The Beast, 14. Shades of Purple, 15. Delphinium – Magic Fountains Dark Blue, 16. For My Gran Who Turned 91 Today, 17. Tulips, darkened to make them look more like the real ones, 18.135/365, 19. Purple Flowers, 20. Purple Sheen, 21. Behind Our Dreams, 22. Peas – Coloured Pencil Drawing, 23. Delicate Devine Dark Waves of Desire~, 24. Untitled, 25. Dark Purple, 26. Vibrant Purple, 27. Everywhere, 28. Dark purple flower opening, 29. purple flower head, 30.Green & Purple, 31. Purple and Green, 32. Reflections, 33. Purple & hairy, 34. Purple Tulip on Black II, 35. One Eyed, One Horn, Purple People Eater., 36. Purple and Green With a Hint of Orange

May 2014 Meeting Highlights

image(6)-tileWe had a productive and fun first meeting at the new location in the South Mandarin Library Branch; twelve members and visitors were in attendance to discuss guild business and programs and share some eye-candy.  Meeting minutes were posted here.

image(24)We had our first Block of the Month (BOM) lottery and lucky Jen won the blocks; they’d make a fabulous quilt, don’t you think? If you missed Ruthee’s post about the wonky log cabin block, click here. Next month’s BOM will be focused on Jackie Gerring’s slash technique. The colors for the June block will be plum and lime green. Instructions will be posted right here on the blog, so stay tuned! The goal of this BOM is to expand our modern quilting horizons by using different modern piecing techniques and solid fabrics to make one block a month. Have fun making the block, bring it to the meeting and your name will be entered for a chance to win all the blocks submitted during that meeting. Just imagine the possibilities of what one can make with the blocks if they win.

A slide show of the wonderful quilts and work in progress shared by members and visitors can be viewed here:


As a reminder, we are in the process of collecting dues and submitting our application to officially join the national MQG. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact us. Or better yet, join us on June 28th at 10:30 AM in the South Mandarin library branch.

Information on benefits for joining the MQG can be found here. You get all the benefits of the individual membership plus a local guild.

Happy Quilting and looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday, June 28th.