February 2017 Meeting Recap

A busy month for JSMQG as we prepared for Quiltfest! Make sure to come by and say hello if you are going to be there this weekend – we have a table, demos, a mini quilt display, and a guild show! We had piles of amazing minis – check out our instagram (@jsmqg)  for closeups! June brought her grey scale mini-in-progress, Deb L showed off her linear mini, Bonnie brought her log cabin inspired mini, and Brandy finished her not-so mini “Modern Crossed” quilt (it is on display as part of our guild show at Quiltfest!)

We had two great tutorials this month too – Phyllis gave a wonderful presentation on quilt labeling options (and the importance of labeling every quilt!) – she showed us embroidery methods, permanent markers that work well on fabric, and printable fabric options. June discussed how (unfortunately)  common quilt theft is and reminded us to use a permanent labeling technique for quilts that we submit to any show – for example, Natalie mentioned that while embroidery is pretty, the stitches can be picked out after it is stolen to obscure its origins. Phyllis showed us the various commercial options available for printing labels onto fabric, such as June Tailor’s line and Dritz’s options. Natalie explained how she fuses quilting cotton to freezer paper so that she can run it through a home printer. A tutorial on this technique can be found here. Don’t forget you can also design and order yardage of custom labels from sources like spoonflower and etsy. One labeling “compromise” that was discussed was writing your information in permanent fabric marker on the quilt back, then sewing over it with your embroidered or pieced label. The “gold standard” seemed to be piecing the label into the actual back of your quilt, so that removing it would be both difficult and very obvious.


Next up was June, providing a much needed tutorial on how to make a proper hanging sleeve for a quilt in preparation for Quiltfest NJ. She showed us how to incorporate a pleat into our sleeves so that regardless of the hanging rods a particular show uses, the sleeve has enough give to hang both smooth and straight, while also being the 4″ completed width most shows require. A video tutorial similar to the technique June described can be found here.


On to the show and tell! Lots of lovely quilts this month. Sherre brought in a cute “bug” quilt she made with her new embroidery machine, made for her daughter since the heat in her VW Bug isn’t always the most reliable. 🙂 Brandy brought her gorgeous finished “Winged Supernova” quilt – made using the Supernova tutorial you can find in our member resources!


Hope to see you at Quiltfest – come find us for lots more info about our little guild!

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