Monthly Archives: January 2015

January 2015 Meeting

Hi All:

Our January meeting is scheduled for this Saturday, January 24th at the Jacksonville Public Library, South Mandarin Branch on San Jose Boulevard.  The business meeting begins at 10:15 a.m. and we have lots to discuss.   Show and tell will follow the business meeting.

Clock and chairsWe would like each of you to think about and write down two personal “Quilty or Sewing” Goals for 2015.   We will be collecting the goals and plan to build the programs around what the membership is most interested in.

We also want to follow up on Valerie’s suggestion for the JAXMQG Virtual Library.  So please bring a list of books, magazines, videos, etc. that you would want listed in The JAXMQG Library for other members to borrow.

Lastly, we are looking to create a trunk of charity quilts so we always have something on hand for those in need.    Please bring in any misfit or unfinished blocks or unfinished quilt tops for donation and perhaps someone will turn it into a masterpiece of love.

Many of our members received The MQG email and linked up to get free fabric for the Spring Fabric Challenge sponsored by Riley Blake.  Really love the prints.

MQG 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

The window for registering for this challenge and getting the free fabric was rather narrow and closed by the end of the first day of the post.   You can still participate; just have to buy the fabric yourselves.  For full challenge details, sign in to The MQG website.

We are hearing that some of our members didn’t get the email or are having trouble navigating The MQG website, so If there is interest, Yvonne will provide a walk through of The MQG website.

I’ll be posting soon about our fabulous Art Walk event on January 7th.  Hope you check back in again real soon.




Silly Goose – Catch Me if You Can

Our entry for the QuiltCon 2015 Charity Quilt Challenge arrived on time in Austin, Texas.

JMQG_QuiltCon Charity Quilt Front-cropped
Silly Goose – Catch Me if You Can made by JAXMQG

Here is a photo of the quilt back:

JMQG QuiltCon Charity Quilt Back

The quilt design of foundation paper pieced flying geese and appliquéd dresdens comes from our creative muse, Candi Lennox.

Once the challenge rules were published by The MQG, Candi started her design process and enlisted Yvonne Wecker in early September to help her test the fpp templates.  They then went to work cutting the fabric to give each guild member one of these lovely fabric bundles.

JMQG QuiltCon Charity Quilt

We held a sew-in on September 20th where Candi and Yvonne provided a quick tutorial on foundation paper piecing.  We gained a new fpp convert in Jen Petzold, known as our very own Queen of Improv.   Did you see that quilt back?   We’ll wait while you scroll back up and take another look.  Jen created three phenomenal improv sections and handed them off to Yvonne who put them together with her embroidered JAXMQG label to form the back.

Jen wasn’t our only new fpp convert.  April Kier joined our guild during the sew-in and was thrilled with her first attempts at paper piecing.

April Kier


As you can see, the templates had four large geese or eight small curved geese.  We had the curved templates pointing both left and right.  Guild members were asked to make one large and one curved section from their fabric bundle and many thanks also go to Robin McCallister, Angela Williams, Symone Williams, Janette Hughes, Valerie Lanham and Jessie Silverman for their contributions.

The blocks were due at our October meeting and Candi, Robin and Jen settled on the basic layout of the quilt top.   Jen gathered up left over fabric and used her magic on the back.   Our quilt was also the traveling quilt going from one person to another, off to Alabama with Candi over the Thanksgiving holiday and then with Yvonne to Orlando during the first week of December.

Candi pieced the top, and then made the dresdens which were pinned with the curved geese for Yvonne to appliqué using invisible thread.


The final layout was tweaked  numerous times to add those last few elements to enhance the alternate grid work.



Yvonne decided to tszuj up the dresden centers by adding a bit of embroidery.  The pattern was created by Robin for another project, but we all agreed the design would work in our quilt.

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Yvonne completed the quilt top, back and sandwiching to hand the quilt back to Candi just before Christmas for her 80+ hours of free motion quilting.     Don’t you just love the pebbling and free motion waves all done on a home machine?   Did you catch the ghost dresdens and geese that Candi quilted into the background?

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While Candi pulled a few all nighters quilting, Yvonne created 528 inches of scrappy piping

528 in of piping

playing with the piping hot binding tool in advance for her workshop at QuiltCon.

Piping Hot Binding tool

We used Kona Capri, our background solid fabric for our binding to make our piping pop.

Additional thanks to Candi for shipping our labor of love off to Austin via FedEx on New Year’s Eve.

We love our QuiltCon 2015 Charity Quilt and hope you enjoyed reading about our process.  If you’re at QuiltCon, we would be honored if you took a look at

Silly Goose – Catch Me if You Can   by the Jacksonville Modern Quilt Guild.

Skill Builder BOM with Alyssa Lichner

The New Year brings us new opportunities and challenges.

Are you interested in honing your skills?  Join us in the 2015 Skill Builder Block of the Month (BOM) with Alyssa Lichner from Pile O’ Fabric.  

For more information, here is the link to Alyssa’s blog and fabric shop.

Alyssa has provided a discount for JMQG members and friends.  So if you are interested in this phenomenal BOM, use the coupon code:  jacksonvillemqg25, and you’ll receive a 25% discount in Alyssa’s shop for either the pattern or the pattern and templates.

Hope you’ll join us.