Category Archives: Sew-In

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



Here is the information on making bluerkblocks in advance of our September 24th meeting and sew-in.   Contact Yvonne if you need pre-cut fabrics.

#Bluerkblocks with craftycop on IG

Quilts (42 Blocks) to benefit families of fallen Law Enforcement Officers

12.5”  Bluerkblocks

Recreated by Jen Van Orman from her original pattern 12.5” Raspberry Kiss Block.  Posted on her blog on September 9, 2016 by heritagethreads.

Happy Friday!  I thought I’d do something a little different today and instead of a 6″ #jensfillerblocks, I’d share the cutting instructions for a 12.5″ raspberry kiss block on my blog. I shared this on instagram months and months ago.  I had honestly forgotten about it until I assembled my B&C Sampler quilt today and had some that my lovely friend Jessica had sent me as a thank you for doing the quilty math for this.  This was the beginning of doing quilty math to change the size of blocks, which then led to my filler blocks. Kind of a fun block for that reason.

(4) 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ background squares

(2) 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ pink squares

(1) 3-1/2″ x 9″ pink rectangle

(2) 7″ x 7″ green for the corners, cut in half once diagonally

Sew together the middle “cross” section. You will need to cut 1/4″ from each edge to make end up with a 9″ square.

Sew the green triangles onto the corners as instructed in the original raspberry kiss block.

Note from the Maus to JAXMQG and Coastal Quilters….

Good ¼” seam allowance; proper pressing and trimming the center to 9” are keys to perfectly sized blocks.    Also pay attention to placement of directional fabrics; saves spending any time with the dreaded Mr. Ripper!

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

We’re Moving to the Beach

That’s right!!!  The Jacksonville MQG has found a new meeting and sewing location.

Our new location is the Neptune Beach Senior Activity Center, 2004 Forest Ave, Neptune Beach, FL 32266.

Our meeting day and time has also changed.   We will be meeting 2 – 7 pm on the last Sunday of each month, and those dates are:

  • July 30
  • August 27
  • September 24
  • October 29
  • November 26
  • December   TBD for our annual holiday gathering.

The NBSAC has a great meeting room, plenty of tables for our sewing machines, a full kitchen and lots more to offer our group.    Get directions to our new location Here

We hope to see everyone on July 30th.

May Sew-in Reminder

Just a friendly reminder that we will be having a sew-in this Saturday, 5/28 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the South Mandarin Library branch.

This day was our original general meeting date but because of the holiday we had it rescheduled to last Saturday. We still have the room reservation so we decided to keep the reservation and have a sew-in for anyone that is interested.

Christy will be there to make sure there is someone there so it would be nice it others could join her.  If you think you will be able to attend, please make a post on our members only Facebook page and let us know if you will be attending or not. Guests are definitely welcome. See you all then!

JMQG 1st Anniversary Retreat

Retreat Poster



As you can see from the poster, we have so much fun planned for our 1st Anniversary guild retreat.  

We will have the tentative schedule and registration package available for our members at the March 28th meeting, which is this coming Saturday.  Don’t forget  your pin cushions and tree  blocks.

At present the retreat is open to guild members who have paid their dues as of the March meeting.   We will open the retreat registration to guests as of April 10th or as soon as all members have had an opportunity to register.

Payment options via Paypal are now active on the Blog page.  

Member price  for the full 49 hour retreat  is $50.00 and cash and checks will be accepted at the March meeting.

Individual day pricing (for any part of that day) is as follows:

  • Friday only (April 17th) 4 pm to midnight is $15.00
  • Saturday only (April 18th) 12:01 am to midnight is $30.00
  • Sunday only (April 19th) 12:01 am to 5 pm is $25.00

The guild is providing grocery funds  for our resident chef to whip up some great breakfast and comfort-food style dinners.    Each attendee is also free to bring in a covered dish and favorite beverage.  Ladybug Quilt Shop has a full kitchen available for our use.

So mark your calendars for our first annual anniversary retreat.


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