Monthly Archives: May 2015

May Meeting Highlights

Our gorgeous May BOM blocks!
       Our gorgeous May BOM blocks!

We had our most amazing turnout to date for the May meeting,  yay us! Accompanied by the largest participation in the BOM program as you can tell from the picture above. Lucky Sara was the winner of these gorgeous blocks. (Well most of them, the seconds when made were added to our growing charity pile).

And more exciting news, we  also had our youngest member join us! A big welcome to Aiden Paetzold. Yup, Jen’s and KC’s son, and Bonnie’s grandson and we are so thrilled to have this family as part of our guild  (which is 27 members strong to date).

In addition to the BOM, 12 members swapped some amazing pocket quilts. We may be a small guild,  but we are packed with talent! Check out these little ones!

Pocket Quilts!
                        Pocket Quilts!

Some big quilts were also shared (alas not swapped 🙂 by some of our members.

Jen shared two quilts that she made as gifts.

The Front
                                  The Front
The Back
                              The Back

Jen's Quilt 2

Angie shared her big awesome quilt top that she is making for her bed.

Angie's Quilt

Laurie shared her creative way to turn her not-so-liked Jelly Roll quilt into a design more to her liking!

Laurie's quilt

Christy showed her fabric umbrella work in progress!

Christy's umbrella

Ruth shared two gorgeous finishes with us.

Beautiful colors!
         Beautiful colors!
And check out the back!
      And check out the back!

Ruth's quilt 2

And last but  not least, Joan shared her Apple quilt!

Joan's quilt

To review the minutes from the May meeting, click here.  Here is a list of our upcoming activities:

  • Sew-In at the  Southeast Regional Library (Deerwood) from 1-5 PM on Sunday June 7th.
  • June BOM: Low Volume designs. A blog post to follow.
  • Bird Quilt Swap. A blog post to follow.

Quilt on!



FMQ Motif of the Month Challenge: Month One Loop De Loop.

JMQG FMQ Challenge

Free motion quilting (FMQ) and modern quilting go hand in hand; got to fill up that expansive negative space with beautiful quilting! Here is your chance to build up and hone your FMQ skills with our very own FMQ challenge! The goal is for each participating individual to dedicate as little or as much time as they want to practice a particular FMQ motif chosen for that month by one of our members. Each month, a member will volunteer to select a FMQ design and challenge participants to stitch it down on a practice sandwich (any size from 12 inches and up) and bring it to the meeting to show and share (no matter how bad you think it looks, we want to see!). We can discuss our experiences and help troubleshoot problems together; a true judgment-free zone!

Below is a list of volunteers I have so far, if you wish to volunteer for a particular month, let us know at the next meeting. All that is required of the volunteer is to let us know what design they want to challenge us with for their chosen month at the prior month’s meeting.

  • May 2015: Candi
  • June 2015: Robin
  • July 2015: Christy
  • August 2015: Angie
  • September 2015: Bonnie
  • October 2015: Sara
  • November 2015: Ruth

We’ll keep this going until we all become proficient FM quilters or we get tired of trying 🙂 🙂

Now without further rambling on my part, let’s introduce our very first FMQ Motif of the Month chosen by Candi: Loop de Loop! Let’s all get loopy here. The fabulous Leah Day has an awesome tutorial here to get us started. So loop away all and bring your practice piece (or is it a masterpiece?) to our May meeting on May 30th.

Let’s get quilting!