Sunday, February 25, 2018

Modern FMQ QAL: March

Welcome to Month 3 of the Modern Free Motion Quilt Along! Unfortunately, our February guild meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather, but hopefully we're almost past that now (Daylight Savings is coming, people!). At our March 14 guild meeting, members will be sharing their quilt sandwiches from the February AND March challenges (and they have a chance to win prizes, too).

March's theme is stars, and if you check out the Instagram hashtag, you'll see lots of starry goodness there already. This weekend, I quilted my sandwich up in anticipation of our long-awaited guild meeting. It can't come soon enough!

If you'd like to view the tutorials for March, click here. It's free to join in, and anyone in the world can do so at any time. And stay tuned for the April theme, coming up in a couple weeks!

-Jess Skultety, 2018 QAL Leader

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

January 2018 meeting recap!

Hello and welcome to 2018! Our first meeting of the year was on January 10th.

First, I'd like to remind everyone registration for the spring retreat March 9-11 at Hyatt House is open to CJMQG members. To register, send your check directly to Neva (see the News section of Bigtent). Registration will be open to nonmembers by the end of January. Retreats are super fun and we hope to see you there!

January is when we hold our annual board elections. We elected co-presidents Jamee Pemberton and Janneke Van der Ree, Secretary Lee Burnham, and Treasurer Christine Johnston! Congratulations and thank you for stepping up!

The last blocks for 2017's round of the Guild Bee were paper pieced kite tails for Sue S.
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This was the first month of our Modern Free Motion Quilting Quilt-A-Long - the #modernfmqqal! We had tons of participants at our meeting and are delighted to see how many people are following along online. January's theme was loops.
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For Show and Tell we saw a few beautiful things:
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This meeting's Show and Tell was a little uncharacteristically light.. But only because it was time for the SECRET QUILTER GIFT EXCHANGE, which is so much fun. Each person opens their gift, and we all try to guess who made it!
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See you next month!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Modern FMQ QAL: February


Welcome to Month 2 of the Modern FMQ QAL! We had 17 ladies bring in quilted quilt sandwiches for February. Well done, everyone! Remember, guild members and those following from afar can share their work on Instagram with the hashtags #modernfmqqal and #cjmqg. There's some lovely inspiration over there!

For month 2, the theme is BRICKS. See the tutorials here on the Google Form. Remember, you can quilt *any* kind of brick you desire. CJMQG Members, bring your quilt sandwich next month to share (and win prizes)!

Keep it up!
-Jess Skultety, 2018 QAL Leader

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Modern FMQ QAL Begins!

We're so excited to kick off the Modern Free Motion Quilting Quilt Along! The January theme (loops) and tutorials were posted last month, and we can't wait to see what our members will bring on their first quilt sandwiches to the January meeting next week. There might be a couple of prizes... just saying. And the February theme will be announced there, with the Google Doc updated the next day (Thurs. 1/11!).

For all of you who are joining us from afar, welcome! We can't wait to see what you quilt up this year. This is a free opportunity to work on your free motion quilting skills, no matter what skill level you are. Please check out the main QAL page for all the information.

Sharing is a huge part of this QAL! Whether you're choosing fabrics for your sampler quilt or finishing up your January quilting, we'd love to see what you're making on Instagram. Please use the hashtags #modernfmqqal and #cjmqg!

Please note: I just clarified the fabric requirements section. Below is the change (it's updated on the main page, too). I made this suggestion at the December guild meeting but until now did not update the website to reflect. Thank you!

Fabric Requirements
  • (20) fat quarters (18"x22") to make quilt sandwiches - 10 on the front, 10 on the back
    • For best results, use solid or like-solid fabrics for the 10 front-facing fabrics
    • To leave yourself adequate room to grip your quilt sandwich as you quilt, cut your front-facing fabrics to 14" x 18".

Please email me if you have any questions!

-Jess Skultety, 2018 QAL Leader

Sunday, December 17, 2017

December meeting recap

Hello! Our agenda this month was a little short - no challenges or swaps to give everyone time to make their Secret Quilter gifts due at the January meeting. Reminder to members that dues for 2018 must be paid by the January meeting. Get your WIP It Up entries in by December 31!

Jess S led an information session about our Quilt-A-Long for 2018. She also posted all of the info on our website: Modern FMQ QAL - 2018 Guild Quilt-A-Long. The will be updated with the mystery theme each month, in case you miss a meeting (or are joining the QAL remotely). The theme for January is loops.

We had a discussion of the sewn items we include in our holiday traditions. Members mentioned things like patriotic tablerunners for Memorial Day and Independence Day, as well as handmade stockings and tree skirts for Christmas.

December's Show and Tell always has a lot of sharing, because our members make so many gifts! Here's what we saw:
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And finally, the Guild Bee made courthouse steps blocks for Kim.
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