SCENES FROM AN EARLY SUMMER GET TOGETHER/JUNE MEETING

June is just whizzing by but earlier this month we had the best outdoor meeting/get together at Brandys home. The weather turned out to be perfect, she was worried, I wasn’t, and it was just a beautiful night! I always say the business portion will be quick but to be honest our guild has almost doubled in size post pandemic and our group is so eager to participate in new challenges and projects that all the business seems to go on forever. But that is a good thing!

Business aside, we had a really fun game of “Pass the Presents”, the ugly fabric version and everyone went home with someone else’s “ugly” fabric and the challenge to make something out of it for our July meeting! I’m super excited to see what everyone comes up with. Newbie, Brooke completed hers the next day practically, can’t wait to see what she did. Julia had a game of sewing room bingo we all played and lucky June went home with a gift certificate to Julia’s shop, Old Spool Sewing! There was also a Mug Rug Swap for anyone who wanted to participate and that was fun too!

Helen had volunteered to take on the Quilt Con Community Outreach challenge quilt and she was able to tell us all her plan for the quilt and will be passing out fabric packages at our July meeting. It’s gonna be a beauty! Thanks Helen!

Deb Hunter gave us a little trunk show of her art quilt pieces to give us some inspiration for our own upcoming challenge. Interesting to see how she was inspired by things on trips she’s taken across the country and also right here on the Jersey Shore and used fabric bits to recreate them. Newer member, Mary Ellen, is going to give us some insight into how she creates those fantastic art pieces of hers at a meeting as well. So much talent in our little group!

Lots of show and tell and good food! A lot of food!! And the chance to relax outdoors and get to know our newer members better. Many, many thanks to Brandy for hosting us in her huge, gorgeous backyard, so huge we almost lost Brooke but that’s a story we’ll save for July!

A few of Deb’s art and landscape inspired quilts, including the one directly above entitled “Badlands”
Brooke showing us our Block Lotto assignment for next month. Mary Jane took home the June Block Lotto blocks!!
A few finished pieces from Sherre!
Love this table runner that Helen made!
June had a few finishes as well!
Eileen’s finished Beads quilt, which was donated to a local fundraiser the following day! She heard through the grapevine that they raised quite a bit of money with it!!
Elizabeth had a finish ready to get quilted too!

And a finished beauty from Mary Jane!

And how about that Brooke?! She claims she’s only been quilting for a short time but look at these three beauties she knocked out!! Impressive!
And last but certainly not least this beautiful piece by Mary Jane!

See you all in July, happy summer sewing!!

May 2022

Block lottos, donations, swaps, ideas oh my!! Another jam packed meeting full of great content and ideas for the future. Plans are currently in the works for a group picnic and swap, a new block lotto with a bonus block for a community outreach quilt, an art quilt mini challenge, and a committee formed for the Quilt Con community outreach project. Phew! I need a nap!!

June’s Around the Block in Lancaster quilt is finished!! She did some fabulous walking foot quilting on it.
One of our resident Tula Troops, Linda completed this amazing quilt
And Modern Handcraft’s Snowflake quilt made by Linda as well. What a beautiful back she made with all of the “bonus” cutoffs from the snowflake blocks 👏
Look at this beauty Elizabeth put together and that backing fabric she picked up right here at Old Spool Sewing!!
Another great quilt from Elizabeth!
Julia made Noodlehead’s Cresent Tote at our most recent sew-in and it looks great!
Expect to see more of the back of this jacket as Julia has been bitten by the Sashiko bug! And keep your eye open for more Sashiko classes at Old Spool Sewing Studio.
Sherre had three finished quilts to show us!
Brandy finished up the second of the wonky cross quilts that the group helped her make blocks for. She will be giving them to a family in Jackson who lost their home and pets in a fire.
Another one of Tulas Troop is Helen and she finished this most amazing quilt!!!
Just a few of Mary Janes creations including a block she made for a Canadian guild she’s a member of and that lovely blue and yellow quilt she threw together to include with our donation to a shop in Germany who’s collecting for displaced children from the Ukraine. Thank you for your generosity Mary Jane!
Laura put together yet another Looper quilt, fantastic!
Eileen finished her Beads quilt a pattern by Modern Handcraft.

Eileen made this Noodlehead Range Backpack, with fabrics she picked up at Old Spool as well as the pattern. It’s on display at the shop in case you’d like to make one too!

Last but certainly not least, our multi talented member, Pam, taught us fabric weaving as our monthly program. How cute is the fold over clutch she created with her weaved panel? Thank you Pam!

Winning

Just a few short months ago I asked the group if they’d be interested in either a Queen Bee or a Block Lotto. The consensus was for a block lotto. New, and very enthusiastic, member Brooke has taken on this challenge of coming up with a block every month and she’s doing a fabulous job! She is taking full advantage of the MQG website Block Study feature, as well as researching and coming up with some more traditional blocks. In April we made some scrappy double plus blocks and this month a traditional sailboat!

This has quickly become a really fun part of our monthly meetings. Congratulations to Mary Ellen on winning this bevy of boats and the JSMQG for our newest member Brooke, a most welcome addition to our group!!!

And That’s A Quilt Wrap!

At long last our Maker’s Day quilt is in its forever home, wrapping its owner in the best kind of hug, a Quilty hug!

The quilt that began its journey as our guild participating in the Makers Day festivities of 2019 in the Monmouth County Library Headquarters where 86 children designed “quilt” blocks with construction paper pieces and our members subsequently took those blocks and recreated them in fabric, is finally home! I had the pleasure of presenting it to Brian Sullivan at a Boy Scout event honoring him. Brian served in the Army from 1987-1990 and was called back in 1991 for Operation Desert Storm, where his unit became stranded in the desert outside Kuwait and was not rescued until after the ground war was over. Brian continued serving back at home in a leadership role in the Boy Scouts of Monmouth County and currently volunteers at a local hospital as part of a Veterans organization. A fitting recipient for a quilt crafted by youth in his home county, Brian was very grateful and moved. He was eager to get home and look at the binder filled with information about how the entire process came about.

This was a long time in the making and the gifting. No one would have predicted that a global pandemic would literally shut the world down when this idea we had was formulated. We went into Makers Day looking to garner interest in quilting from both the youth and the community, as membership in our own guild was waning. While we didn’t exactly accomplish that at Makers Day, the pandemic, in an odd way, managed to increase our membership as the community was locked down and an interest in sewing and quilting was born out of mask making! Go figure!

Many thanks to each and every member who participated in this project. Special thanks to Deb Hunter, whose brainchild this was and who worked out every minute detail right down to the chronicle she created to accompany the quilt.

And that’s a quilt wrap!

On a side note, after I gave my little speech about the guild, our community involvement and this quilt, the quilt was presented to Brian. He unfolded it and held it up for everyone to see and my six year old great nephew, who is part of the Boy Scout troop, shouted out “I give that an A+!!!” Thanks for the affirmation Jackson!

Team Shamrock

This morning June and Eileen brought our latest quilt to Kathy Cunningham. Kathy heads up Team Shamrock as a part of Tunnel to Towers. This year’s Smart Home recipient is Staff Sergeant Ben Webb. In just a few months Ben’s new home will be delivered and this comforting quilt made by our members will be gracing the back of his couch. Kathy took one look at the quilt and thought it looked so comforting and we agreed! Without any planning, Eileen and I selected this fabric as we shopped at Old Spool Sewing Studio and now, we could see the camouflage feeling of these fabrics as they worked together in this quilt. The quilt pattern was found on The Modern Quilt Guild web site, and it is entitled Intersection Block by Margo Yang. The quilt was presented during an Active Fit class that Kathy teaches at Team Shamrock, over 50 attendees got to hear about our efforts and the recipient.

April 2022

Another fun meeting for the Jersey Shore MQG. Brooke was kind enough to volunteer to put together our blocks for the quilt we are donating to the latest smart home recipient of Team Shamrock/Tunnel to Towers. Eileen quilted it on her longarm using an edge to edge design called “bayside”. We were striving for a low key beachy/serene vibe and I think we’ve nailed it but you decide.

It will be on its way to its new home next week!

Last month, I suggested we have a monthly block lotto and it was well received. Our first one was this month. We all made ‘double plus’ blocks, scrappy version and the winner, Rosemary C took home 32 blocks!!! Just fabulous! Stick around for next months sailboat version

Sherre gave us some good advice about squaring your quilt, the proper way to add borders, and assembling a backing. She also gave us some insight into how to prepare your quilts for a longarmer There were some very enlightening moments for us in this monthly program.

Eileen inquired if anyone would care to join her in making some quilt blocks to send off to a shop owner in Germany who is assembling quilts for displaced children from Ukraine. Also very well received and she will be collecting them at the May meeting. Any 12 1/2” block in blue and yellow, the Ukrainian flag colors.

We have a sew-in on the 23rd which will be a free sew, work on whatever you like! This is a good opportunity to just come and hang out and get to spend some quality time with your fellow members. And shop, of course!!

Here’s a little show and tell for your viewing pleasure. Happy sewing!

Sherre had a few finishes from a virtual retreat she attended with GE Designs!

Carol made this awesome tree skirt for her daughter!
Elizabeth has been busy!! Look at all of these finishes she had to show us this month!!
Laura attended Mandy’s Looper class at Old Spool Sewing and isn’t that just great!!
Look at June finishing that UFO from our February UFO challenge, way to go!!!
Inspired by a window she sees every day while working out at the Atlantic Club, June created this wall hanging and quilted it using some tips from Jacquie Guering’s walking foot quilting book. Stunning!
Two quilts in one, a finish from Mary Jane, this double sided quilt! Great job!!
First of two quilts that the group make blocks for Brandy to assemble and donate to a local family who lost their home and pets in a fire. Quilted by Sherre. #teamwork
Brooke showing us some samples she whipped up for our next block lotto.
Admiring all of our double plus block submissions for the monthly block lotto.

Take note of our mini quilts hanging in the studio, which were gifts for our lovely host Julia, a token of our appreciation for sharing her welcoming space with us, we are so grateful.

Back to our regularly scheduled sewing, see you next month!!

Block Lotto

The response to our first group Block Lotto was fantastic!! Last night Rosemary won these 31 (and another one coming from Nadine who couldn’t be with us) double plus 12 1/2” blocks. What an excellent, modern quilt this will be!! Brooke has chosen a sailboat block for this months and instructions were passed out. I’ll be sending them in an email, as well for those who couldn’t make the meeting.

Generally speaking I think we should establish a few things about the monthly Block Lotto. I’ve been looking at what other guilds do and here’s what I’ve come up with.

– monthly instructions will be for a 12 1/2” unfinished block. Exceptions will be for smaller blocks that when sewn together will finish at 12” I.e. (4) 6 1/2” or (2) 6 1/2” x 12 1/2”. (My reason behind the large block is that when you win you will have something substantial to create a top)

– one block = one entry except in the case where you need multiples to make a 12 1/2” block I.e. (2) 6 1/2” x 12 1/2” or (4) 6 1/2” and then (2) 6 1/2” x 12 1/2” = one entry and (4) 6 1/2” = one entry.

– you are encouraged to make as many as you like every month but at least one.

-if you are unable to attend the meeting when blocks are due, please make arrangements to get them to someone or to bring them the following month.

– once you win, we should expect to see your completed quilt top or quilt within 6 months to a year.

– in fairness to all of the participants, once you win you will be expected to continue participating; however, you won’t be eligible to win again until the following year.

Have fun and enjoy the process!! Brooke and I will be alternating months to come up with blocks. If you have an idea for us by all means email me or Brooke and we’ll be sure to include it. My goal is to present you with fun blocks with a modern aesthetic and maybe some new or alternative techniques for us to try. I have been scouring the MQG website and their “block study” segments and you can expect to see me taking full advantage of these freebies. I strongly encourage everyone to get on the MQG website and take advantage of the resources and webinars, these are free to you with your membership and there is a wealth of information on there. If you’re having difficulty navigating their website, reach out to Brandy for guidance.

Happy sewing!!