Monthly Archives: February 2016

March Potholder Swap

Let’s have some fun trading potholders at the March meeting (3/26). Bring a potholder to swap and go home with one made by a fellow member! Very few rules:

1- Make it safe! Use all cotton batting, fabric and thread.

2- Make it modern! Use a modern quilt design element in your potholder.

3- Have  lots of of fun creating your potholder. If you need inspiration, just look here.

Quilt On!





February Meeting Highlights

Our February meeting was held on the 3rd Saturday of the month instead of the 4th because the library wasn’t available. Thanks to the gracious hospitality of Ladybug Quilt Shop we were able to hold our meeting there on the 3rd Saturday to allow the 4th Saturday to be available for people who wanted to attend Quilt Week in Daytona Beach.

At the meeting our Program Committee provided treats for all and gifts for members with February birthdays.  You can review the minutes here.

During the meeting, Robin discussed how there was still a need for an Instagram Moderator. Yvonne announced that her and Tony were going to volunteer for the Charity Committee but would still need volunteers to help the committee.

The Annual Retreat was discussed. It is going to be held this year at Ladybug Quilt Shop on April 22, 23 and 24. Check the blog for more information.

At the end of the business meeting we had show and tell:

Here were the finished January BOMs.


Leslie showed her beautiful throw quilt.

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Yvonne showed the finished top and back of one of the Love Quilt Project quilts.


Janette showed her baby quilt she was working on.

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Mary Ann showed her block that she completed from the Splendid Sampler Quilt Along.


She then showed us her quilt she made from a pattern in the book Patchwork City.


And then she showed us her beautiful completed round robin quilt.

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That’s it for now. Stay tuned for more info.

A word (or two) from your programs committee

Hello all!

So maybe more than two words (we all know how fabulously wordy we all are:) But I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce ourselves, especially to those who may have missed a meeting or two, and let you know about some of what is planned for the year.

Adele, Joan, Candi and MaryAnn form the programs committee and our goal is to present you with enough programs and activities to allow us all to grow with modern quilting. We hope that what we come up with will keep us all entertained, allow us to learn something new, share what we already know with others, and maybe challenge us a bit and get our creative juices flowing. We have many ideas, and always open for more! We would love to hear from you regarding what is of interest to you (yes YOU). It helps us so don’t hesitate to approach any one of us with any suggestions you may have.

I have created a Programs & Challenges page that will be updated throughout the year with more details of each activity as they get closer, as well as additions as they become possible. If you take a look, you will see that we are adopting a quarterly approach for various activities: quarterly challenges, quarterly swaps, quarterly sew-ins and many member demos! (which reminds me, if you want to show us a fun technique, demo your favorite ruler or gadget or any quilty goodness that you think we’d love, let us know!)

We have also launched the new BOM program. We will be sewing through Sew Mama Sew Modern BOM from a few years back. You can see all the blocks for the year already and will be releasing all the colors for the whole year shortly so if you would rather sew ahead, you can!

And last but not least, we have our Second Birthday Retreat coming up in April (22-24). YAY! Mark your calendar and stay tuned for retreat details and registration info!


Your Programs Committee




February Meeting Reminder

Just a friendly reminder that we will be having our business meeting this Saturday (2/20) from 10:30 a.m. to  12:30 p.m. at the Ladybug Quilt Shop, 1400 Cassat Ave., Jacksonville.

This meeting is being held a week earlier than we usually meet so that everyone has a chance to attend. At this meeting we will have our usual business meeting and show and tell but there will not be a sew-in. Ladybugs has graciously allowed us to hold our meeting at their shop, but we will need the meeting to end promptly at 12:30 p.m.

Don’t forget to bring your BOM for this month. If you need more info on this block, check the blog post here.

Also don’t forget that on the next Saturday (2/27) is our field trip to QuiltWeek 2016 in Daytona Beach. Stay tuned to our members Facebook page for more specifics.

See you all then!

Introducing 2016 Block of the Month

Hello JMQG members. Those of you who attended the January meeting know that our new guild program committee was seeking ideas for the block of the month program that we have been doing. We hope that with this new year, we can address the different points suggested by our members to make the BOM program more inviting to all of you.  So here are a few changes:

  • While many members expressed their desire to continue the block lottery, some indicated that they would like to create a sampler (for themselves) of the different BOM blocks. So we say why not both? So for each month when the BOM is presented, make a block for the lottery in the chosen color palette and one for yourself in your own colors if you want to make a sampler of all the blocks. Of course, a charity block is also always welcome.
  • Some members indicated they had a hard time making the variety of fabrics used in some blocks work for them, so we think we came up with a good color palette solution: Black, white and brights! This color palette will be used throughout the year. Each month, the block chosen will have a black and white fabric background and bright color/s chosen for each month. Hopefully doing this will make it easier for the winner to make a gorgeous quilt with the blocks they win.

Now that the style has been established, allow me to present to you Sew Mama Sew Modern BOM , which we will be following this year. The BOM features modern quilt blocks of varying styles and difficulty levels that hopefully will inspire us and build our skills. Each month, the corresponding block will be used and a bright color/s will be selected to go with black and white fabric background for the lottery BOM and if you are making a charity block. For your own sampler, obviously you can make it in the colors of your choice.

So without further ado, let’s begin with our February BOM: A cross-weaved square.  And yes, I see it has partial pieced seams and all, but directions look great, so let’s start our BOM with a bang!

Photo Credit: Sew Mama Sew Modern BOM

Follow the directions provided by the tutorial here using the following colors:

Fabric A: Solid Red

Fabric B: Solid medium Pink

Fabric C: Solid Turquoise

Fabric D (background): black & white print

Will be looking forward to seeing your blocks during our meeting! Please remember that due to the unavailability of the library this month, our February meeting will be held at Ladybugs Quilt Shop on February 20th from 10:30-12:30.

Happy Sewing!

February Guild Meeting Update

Clock and chairsLadybug Quilt Shop has been booked for our February 20th meeting. In the business meeting we will discuss the following:

  • Programs Committee to introduce a swap and talk about the 2016 Retreat
  • Charity Committee to introduce guidelines
  • Finalize carpools to QuiltWeek 2016 on February 27th in Daytona Beach
  • Show and tell

Meeting time is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We must be finished by 12:30 p.m. on that day.

January Meeting Highlights

Happy New Year!  What a great meeting and a great start to the new year. We welcomed back old and new members. New officers were introduced and our new Program Committee provided treats for all and gifts for members with January birthdays.  You can review the minutes here.

Introductions were made of our new board. Robin is continuing as President, Adele is our new Vice President, Yvonne is continuing as Treasurer,  and Sara is the new Secretary.

Our new Program Committee was also introduced. Adele, Candi, Joan and Mary Ann are now our new Program Committee/Hospitality. They really did a great job with hospitality for this meeting. During the meeting they informed us of all the fun and educational programs they have planned during the year. This month is our first quarterly challenge, the Fold-it, Snip-­it, Rip-­it, Drop-­it, Pass-­it Challenge​. We all stood in a circle and each started with a yard of solid color fabric we chose and then folded, snipped, ripped, dropped then passed until we each had seven pieces. The challenge then is for each of us to make a quilt using each of the seven fabrics we have. Look for more info on this challenge from the Programs Committee in future blog posts.

As part of the Program Committee’s initiative on offering educational demonstrations, Candi gave us a PowerPoint presentation on What is Modern Quilting and the Modern Quilt Guild’s website and everything it has to offer members.

Robin discussed the need for members to volunteer for Historian, Instagram Moderator, Retreat Committee and Charity Committee. During the meeting Tony graciously volunteered to be Historian. He will take pictures of our quilts and document them then give that information to the Quilt Alliance and also to our Secretary for our blog. If anyone is interested in volunteering for any of the remaining positions, please see a member of the board.

At the end of the business meeting we had show and tell:

Yvonne showed the finished top of one of the Love Quilt Project quilts,


Candi showed her quilt she did entitled Trilogy,

Ruth showed her finished Round Robin that is a quilt for her soon to be born grandchild, Everett,

and our new visitor, Pat, showed one of her mini quilts.


During the meeting there was a discussion on having our February business meeting on February 20th instead of at the QuiltWeek field trip on February 27th in Daytona Beach. This would allow members who couldn’t attend the field trip to still be able to attend the business meeting. Stayed tuned for more specifics on our next business meeting and field trip.

That’s it for now. Stay tuned for more info.