Category Archives: Charity Quilts

Christmas Party and Sew In

Christmas Tree in Munich Germany

We’re getting together on Sunday, December 17th for our annual holiday gathering.    Let’s share a meal and some fellowship and then do what we do best and Sew, Sew Sew.  The Guild is providing the brisket, so bring a side or dessert and a FQ to share.

We’ll be meeting at our regular time of 2:00 pm  (set-up elves should start showing up around 12:30).     Of course, everyone is welcome to come early.

Place:   Neptune Beach Senior Activity Center.

Don’t forget that this is also a Sew-in and we’ll unveil our QuiltCon 2018 Charity Quilt progress.      The new Executive Board of 2018 will be introduced and installed.

Please notice the 2018 Dues button via PayPal is now active.   Dues remain at $35 for the new year and it is never too early to renew.    We also have a new Donate to the #bluerkblocks project button on our blog sidebar.

Give us a shout out if you need more details.

The Maus


#Quilts for Harvey

Calling all quilters in the greater Jacksonville area

There is a call out for quilts for the thousands of individuals displaced as a result of Hurricane Harvey.    Read more below…..

The Linus Connection of Central Texas has also set up an operation to collect quilts.

So if you have any completed quilts, quilt tops, blocks or any fabric for backing and binding, please donate to to the Jacksonville Modern Quilt Guild  at the Neptune Beach Senior Activity Center or contact us via email @ You can also bring any donations to our next guild meeting on Sunday, September 24th.

August 27th Meeting

Let’s get ready to Sewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!

Can you believe August is more than half over and the kiddos are back at school….   where did the summer go?     This must mean more quilty sewing fun for us.

If you didn’t join us at our new meeting location at the Neptune Beach Senior Activity Center in July, you are in for a treat when we meet on  Sunday, August 27th.   The business meeting starts at 2 pm and we’ll we sewing by 2:30…woo hoo.

We do have a few items on the agenda for programs:

  • Kate  will be leading our QuiltCon 2018 Charity Quilt  workgroup and will provide the details on that in September.   Make sure you let her know you want in on this fantastic annual project.   For those of us who want to see more now, click the link from The MQG here.


  • Robin will be leading our Love Quilt project for next year and will provide more deets later in the fall.   For those of us who want to see more now, click the link from The Love Quilt Project here.


  • Only three of us signed up for the annual QuiltCon Michael Miller Challenge using their new “Our Yard” fabric line.    We don’t want anyone to be left out, so we have a donation of this new yummy fabric cut into delicious packages and would like every member to get one.   The only catch is, when you sign up, you agree to make one 6 1/2″ unfinished block (any block any style) from the fabric and the rest is yours to keep.  What will we do with these blocks, you ask?    We’re going to put them together to make a collaborative quilt and enter it in the MM Challenge by the deadline of November 30th.  Of course, anyone can submit an individual quilt for this challenge and we’ll have the challenge rules available with the fabric packets.  For those of us who want to see more now, click the link from The MQG here.


  • The Maus will be introducing our involvement in the BluerBlocks project.  If you’re on Instagram, please check out craftycop, who put out the call in late June for blocks for comfort quilts which will go to the families of fallen law enforcement officers.    We responded and thought this would be a worthwhile activity for our guild and any of the traditional guilds in Jacksonville.  We’re working again with Coastal Quilters  (our Pulse Quilts partner) and we’ve set a goal of 168 blocks which means four quilts.   There is a specific pattern for the blocks and we’ll have a follow-up post within the next day or so with more specifics including dates, times and locations of sew-ins.    So stayed tuned and get your blue and low volume stash ready.    We will also have fabric kits ready for anyone willing to stitch up a block or two or more.

So that’s it for now with so much more to come very soon.

The Maus

#QuiltsforPulse – Second Wave

As Jen puts the finishing touches on the first wave of Quilts for Pulse, we have officially kicked off the second wave.

Sew-Ins scheduled for this weekend are as follows:

Friday, July 8,  9:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Neptune Beach Senior Activity Center (NBSAC) and hosted by Yvonne Wecker and Michelle Lemmers from Coastal Quilters.

Sunday, July 10, 12:00 noon until 4:00 pm at Ladybug Quilt Shop on Casset Avenue and hosted by Rikki Jameson, owner of Ladybug,

Monday, July 11,  4:00 pm until 9:00 at LadyBug and hosted by Robin McCallister, President of JAXMQG.

We are planning something fantabulous for all Jacksonville quilters to get involved sometime in September.   So please stay tuned for more on that.

Today’s Sew In with Coastal Quilters had a  total of 17 members and visitors gathered for many hours pouring our  love and passion into these beautiful quilts.   We are expecting to complete more than 20 quilts during the second wave.

At last nights Coastal Quilters Meeting Show and Tell, Martha Swallow surprised all of us when she presented her completed  Quilt for Pulse, aptly named “Heartfelt.”

Martha Swallow's Heartfelt
Martha Swallow’s Heartfelt

At today’s Sew-In, we collected two completed quilt tops.

Erin Evans with Rainbow Hearts
Erin Evans with Rainbow Hearts

Erin started this beautiful strip pieced heart quilt as part of another project some time ago.  When she heard we were making Heart Quilts for Pulse, she finished the quilt top and donated it to our stack today.


Coastal Quilters “From the Heart”

“From the Heart” is truly a collaborative labor of love.   This quilt top was started last week as a group project from: Dianne Anderson, Sue Hart, Carole Jackson, Betty Myers, Jane Shad and Judy Sweat and finished today with the added help of Debbie Dixon.     

Jane Shad showing us the last couple of blocks

"From the Heart"
Jane Shad and “From the Heart”

Here are a few blocks  made and added to our stack:

Block by Julia Baker
Block by Julia Baker
Blocks by Lynette Ellzey
Blocks by Lynette Ellzey
More blocks by Lynette Ellzey
More blocks by Lynette Ellzey
Blocks by Martha Swallow
Blocks by Martha Swallow

Martha continue to churn out finished blocks, this time changing up the pattern to use an “Urban Zoologie” charm pack.

Ann Carroway dug deep into her luscious batik stash and came to today’s Sew In with all her fabric cut.

Batik Hears
Anne Carroway working on Batik Hearts

Anne enlisted some willing quilters enabling  her to get more than half of the 40 blocks made.  Jane Shad moved right on over when her top was complete.   Patti Sanders and Karen Bradley  worked on piecing:

Patti Sanders
Patti Sanders


Karen Bradley
Karen Bradley

while Linda Garonski trimmed and pressed the blocks

Linda Garonski
Linda Garonski

Here is  Karen attempting improv piecing of all the small batik scraps (from Linda).   First time for everything, right Karen.    She plans to complete the back for the Batik Quilt.

Karen attempting Improv for the first time
Karen attempting Improv for the first time

Of course we had three JAXMQG members at the Sew In.    Robin arrived to the delight of all.   This was amazing  since she was just discharged from Baptist Hospital late Wednesday afternoon.   Now that’s dedication.   Here she is pondering her red stash.

Where do I start??
Where do I start??

Sara spent the day cutting her fabrics and will work on the piecing at home and at next Friday’s Sew in.

Sara David
Sara David

Packing up all our stuff to go to Sew Ins is never a simple feat.    Sara clearly depicts how we all roll!!

Sara David
Sara David

I’ll post more photos and progress  after Sunday and Monday’s Sew Ins.    Then we come on back to Neptune Beach on Friday, July 15th.     So with more updates to come,  stay tuned.   Or better yet,  come on and join us.

The Maus




Join us in support of #QuiltsforPulse

Please join us in supporting the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild in their #QuiltsforPulse charity drive. We are asking everyone; members, non-members and other quilt guilds to join us.

The Orlando MQG is asking for contributions to their quilt drive to support their community in the wake of the shooting at Pulse nightclub on June 12. They’re asking for a minimum of 102 quilts — one for each survivor, and one for the families of each victim who perished. Any quilts that surpass that number will be given to first responders, and then distributed to LGBT organizations in Orlando.

The Jacksonville Modern Quilt Guild is looking into some locations where we can hold sew-in’s that will give everyone the opportunity to work together on the Orlando Quilt project. Our goal is to have someplace available every single day in July. Whether we can enlist some local shops to open up space, or invite (and invade) some of the Seven Sister Guilds during their sew-ins, this will be a community effort of love to reach out to as many as possible. We’ll keep you updated and begin compiling a calendar of locations. If anyone has a suggestion or wants to host at one of the locations, send us an email at

In the meantime, one of our JMQG members, Jen, as already organized some sew-in times at the local South Mandarin branch library at the dates and times listed below to work on the quilts. Anyone is welcome to come and help out or drop off any blocks you may have made.

  • June 18 – Conference Room – 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • June 25 – Room A – after the general meeting 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • July 2 – Room B – 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

If you are unable to participate but still want to help out, here is a list of things they could use:

  • Batting
  • Low Volume Fabric
  • Large Modern Fabric Scraps for backing
  • Prepared Binding

We appreciate any type of participation you can give. If you have any questions regarding JMQG’s participation in the drive, you can email us at

For more information on the Orlando MQG and the specifics of what they are looking for click here.

Red Cross Charity Quilt Update

Best Sew-In turnout ever!

Many thanks to Angie,  Candi, Janette, Jen, Laurie, Robin, Ruth and Symone for their diligent efforts to finish our Red Cross Charity Quilt  (top and back) today.


The view as you enter Room D from the Library main floor.  Eight happy JMQG sewists sewing elbow to elbow (literally) in one of the smallest rooms we’ve booked.    Here are Candi, Symone and Angie making it work.

DSC02939 Next to Angie is Laurie then around the corner is Jen.  Don’t you just love the symmetry of the alternating placement of sewing machine and ironing stations?


Jen and Robin saying….”Enough with the photos already.  We have to get this quilt done!”

DSC02937And last but not least in the final corner of the room are Ruth and Janette.   Then back to Candi’s work area.

You can see the quilt top folded on the chair and the back taking shape with bold orange, yellow, turquoise and red fabric on the design wall.


We’ll have the big reveal in another week or so, so stay tuned.



Sew-In and More QuiltCon

This is a reminder we have a Sew-In planned for Sunday, March 1st at the Southeast Regional Branch of the Jacksonville Public Library, located at


10599 Deerwood Park Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256

The Library and Sew-In hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the Library is located next door to the Sheraton Hotel at the intersection of Deerwood Park Boulevard and Gate Parkway just south of JTB.

Our goal is to finish the back and sandwiching of the Red Cross Charity Quilt.

Donna Lee, my new QuiltCon bestie from Illinois, sent me a quick message today that she was reading Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s blog and VFW mentioned she had as QuiltCon students two bloggers she has followed for years.  Links to their blogs were there, so Donna clicked through and started to laugh as she scrolled down to the fifth photo and noticed guess who waiting patiently in the registration line on Day 1.

I must say it is one of my best photos….so from now Mr. DeMille, I demand all photos be shot from my left side!!

Kristen Shields is a well known quilter and blogger from Bend, Oregon and I enjoyed reading about QuiltCon from her perspective.  Loved the Convention Center photos shot from her hotel room.

More posts coming during the week, so stay tuned.




So, We Had This Sew-In

American Red Cross


We had our sew-in during the evening of February 16th to work on the charity quilt for the American Red Cross Silent Auction event planned for March 15th.

JMQG 011

Robin, Jen, KC and Yvonne played with scrappage, shown below on just one of the three fabric tables.   We took this …

JMQG 014
and turned it into this….

JMQG 019

We were still playing with the layout at 9:30 p.m. when Jen volunteered to take the blocks (after many photos were snapped) and finish piecing the top this week.

We did start with a vision of red crosses on white tone-on-tone background and the opposite white crosses on red background.   Our plan was always to have the crosses a little to a lot wonky.

The creative juices were definitely flowing and after we added some very structured blocks to the layout ,  we all decided to add our personal signature color into the mix.

KC created a stunning purple and red block.

KC's purple block


Robin added her signature teal to a cross.  Jen made a wonky orange toned star and Yvonne  added her signature Kona Ash.  Jen then added Kona Steel to the mix and it became magical.   You can see some of the magic in the layout photo above.

Jen is making an improv section for the quiltback and Robin will put it all together and do the quilting.   Yvonne will add the binding and we expect to showcase the finished product the first week in March.

Many thanks to Rikki at Ladybug Quilt Shop for providing her space, encouragement and insight in getting the blocks to come together.  Many many thanks to Robin for taking the lead on the project and to KC, Jen and Yvonne for working on another labor of love.

Can’t wait to see it finished, so stay tuned.


Maus Out