Tuesday, June 19, 2018

June meeting recap

Hi everyone! We'd like to remind you there are still some spots open in Janet's Bag Making Bootcamp workshop in August, and it is open to nonmembers. Registration for the Fall Retreat in November is now open for members.

Now let's take a look at our members' Modern Free Motion Quilting Quilt-A-Long blocks. This month's theme was different applications of straight lines.
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Finished 2017 Bee Quilts were due at this meeting in order to be eligible for prizes. This included the Guild Bee, NewBee, and the Summer Bees. We had several finishes! Great job!
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This month the Guild Bee made cute crab blocks for Kim. 
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What we saw in Show and Tell:
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After the break, we had a Sampler Fair. Four volunteer members set up tables to give a 20 minute presentation about a technique relevant to sewing and quilting. The remaining members split in four groups to visit each table in succession. Janet demonstrated making rope baskets, Carol taught how to face a quilt instead of binding it, Jamee showed us how to make a rod pocket and other hanging methods for wall quilts, and Maggie demonstrated some free motion embroidery. (Sorry I don't have any photos of this part - I was demoing and forgot to ask someone to take pictures for me!)

Thank you! A reminder to members that we don't have an official meeting in July but updates about a potluck will be on Bigtent. See you soon!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Modern FMQ QAL: June

Welcome to Month 6 of the Modern FMQ QAL! June's theme builds on those FMQ skills you've surely become more comfortable with by now. Yay for straight lines! Typically, they are quilted with a walking foot, but for some motifs, the FMQ foot is just quicker. With some practice, you might find yourself quilting more lines this way. This is also a really great way to practice following along previously quilted lines/retracing your steps.


Whether you're a guild member or quilting along at home, please check the Google Doc for tutorial links. Check out the May meeting recap, written by Maggie, for pictures of last month's quilt sandwiches.

We will be skipping a July challenge as the CJMQG does not have an official meeting. August's theme will be announced and posted on the Google Doc after the June meeting on Monday, June 11.

Keep quilting through the summer!

-Jess Skultety, 2018 QAL Leader