Hi everyone! Our next meeting is right around the corner! Here are a few updates…..
First of all, we are meeting in a NEW venue this month. The address is 450 Atlantic Blvd, Neptune Beach FL The time is still the same…meeting at 2:00 pm followed by open sewing until 7:00! You may want to bring an extension cord and snacks if your staying to sew.
At the 4/29 meeting we will be demonstrating how to use the Wefty Needle! The word “weft” is used in weaving and that is exactly what the Wefty needle is used for, fabric weaving! If you follow Mr. Domestic on Instagram or You Tube, you are probably familiar with the Wefty Needle. He does some amazing fabric weave pillows. Check it out! We will have some extra needles on hand for you to give it a whirl.
We will also have Sew Modern Chicky on site with her fabric pop-up shop!! She will have bundles, fat quarters, yardage and patterns for sale! If you’ve been looking for some Anna Maria Horner, Alison Glass, Jennifer Paganelli, Tula Pink or Libs Elliott fabrics, then you are in luck!! Jax MQG members will get 15% off all purchases!
Finally, we will open up registration for our June 9th “Leftover Quilt Class” with Debra Jalbert AKA Made of Honor Quilts. Registration is currently for Jax MQG members only and will open up to the public if there are any spots still available. Save your scraps! Debra will be teaching us tiny, improv piecing. Our fearless leader, Kate Alicea, asked Debra a few questions so we could get to know her a little better…..
- Where are you from? I am from New England and grew up on a dirt road next to a river in N.H. I just loved swimming, throwing dirt balls and going barefoot. I’m such an outdoors gal. I joined the Army after college then married a soldier so spent 22 years traveling and moving before we settled (for now) in Clermont Florida.
- How long have you been quilting? What made you start quilting? My first quilt was made while living in a tiny, quiet village in Wildflecken, Germany. It began as a creative outlet for my time hiding from the cold weather. That was in 1992, it would be a couple more years before I discovered rotary cutters and machine quilting.
- Who are your favorite fabric designers? Carolyn Freelander and Cotton + Steele
- What kind of machines do you use? I’m not too partial to a specific brand. I had a Pfaff for 20 years, now a Bernina 440 that is such a workhorse. Three years ago I purchased an APQS Lucey and for my 50th birthday my sisters gave me a Singer Featherweight that I use outside the house.
- What guild do you belong to? What are your favorite things about belonging to a MQG? I belong to the Orlando MQG and just love it! We have the best guild! (besides yours of course) everyone truly cares and supports one another. We give away so many quilts, we like sewing together and hanging out. Such a great group of gals! (and a guy or two). I love that this worldwide group is mostly made up of women that love and support one another, I love volunteering at and attending Quiltcon to meet lovely people and see unique work. You are all so talented!
- Tell us about your Quilt Con quilts! 🙂 I feel blessed by the acceptance of my quilts at Quiltcon (9 over the years) It has truly transformed my mind set from a hobbyist to an artist. It pushes me to think outside the box and work better.
- Tell us a bit about your Leftovers quilt technique I’ve always been frugal with my fabric. Leftovers #1 was completed in June of 2016 and is part of continuing obsession with using leftover fabric, sewing with tiny pieces, and developing a specific technique to make variations of quilts made with small squares. This journey and obsession continue today as I work on my 12th quilt in the series.
Please check out Debra’s website http://www.madeofhonorquilts.com for more information about her and definitely check out her instagram account @madeofhonorquilts
See you all on Sunday!!