Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Quilt Shows and Competitions - From the Mailbag!

Here is some information we've recently received in our mailbag regarding upcoming quilt shows and competitions.  Enjoy!

1.  Florida Modern Quilt Retreat!
--The Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild is organizing the first Florida Modern Quilt Retreat!
--It will take place on May 15th to 18th, 2014, at the Kenilworth Lodge in Sebring, Florida.
--The retreat lasts for three nights and includes optional workshops, breakfasts, some dinners, door prizes, etc.
--The cost is $250 for double occupancy for $350 for single occupancy.
--For more information, go to:


2.  Suncoast Quilt Expo:
--The Suncoast Quilt Expo will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 7th and 8th, 2014.  It will be held at the Bradenton Area Convention Center (1 Haben Boulevard, Palmetto, Florida).
--For information regarding the show and quilt entry forms, go to:


3.  Jewish-Themed Quilt Show - Call for Entries
--The Chase Family Gallery of The Mandell Jewish Community Center will present, "Connecting Threads Quilt Show - Quilting as part of Jewish Life,"a quilt show for its summer art exhibition.
--It will be held from July 8th to August 31st, 2014 in West Hartford, CT.
--The exhibition will demonstrate how Jewish women with a simple piece of fabric and a length of thread has had the ability to connect Jewish traditions from one generation to another.  Quilts that meet these criteria are welcome.
--Quilt entries are open until April 4th.
--For more information, please contact southfloridamod@gmail.com for the flyer.

4.  Belleview Busy Bee Quilters Show
--The Belleview Busy Bee Quilters will host a quilt show on Friday and Saturday, February 14th and 15th, 2014.
--The show will be held at Silver Springs Shores Presbyterian Church, 674 Silver Road, Ocala, Florida.
--For more information, please contact southfloridamod@gmail.com for the flyer.

Upcoming Blocks of the Month

For the Boca chapter, here is the upcoming information for the Blocks of the Month!

JANUARY:  Half-square Triangle block, in 12.5 inches square.  Please use a white background and any colors for the triangles.  Here is the tutorial:


FEBRUARY:  Scrappy Trip Around the World block, 12.5 inches square.  Please use as many colors and scraps as you like!


MARCH:  Glimma Crosses Block (make one or more), 7 inches square unfinished.  Use any colors you like!



December Meeting Photos!

Happy 2014!  Here is a quick photo recap of the December guild meeting.  Enjoy the photos!

The December Bee block was this beautiful modern mosaic block!

Here is December's Block of the Month.  The block was easy and fun, and the colors were great!  Members also brought in some older Blocks of the Month and Bee Blocks.

Here are two Round Robin quilts in progress.  The completed baby quilts will go to children in need, thanks to Project Linus!

After a quick recap of the latest news and events, we pushed the tables together and learned how to English Paper Piece!  It was fabulous seeing our members sewing together and learning a new technique.

A little show and tell ended the meeting.  Beautiful quilts!

Finally, here is a photo of the amazing quilt that was exhibited at the Mancuso show in West Palm Beach in December.  Charlotte and the rest of the Bee members created this beautiful design.  Congratulations to all!

REMINDER:  Our next meeting is Saturday, January 18th, from 10am to 12pm at StitchCraft in Boca Raton.  See you there!

Monday, January 13, 2014

November 16th was another rollicking meeting of the Jupiter branch of the South Florida Modern Quilt Guild.  We were happy to welcome a few of our northern friends back to sunny Florida , and look forward to many more over the next few months. 

Show and Tell was, as always, inspiring.  We loved Kathy’s modern paper pieced Christmas trees, and Marian’s lovely quilt – hard to believe that only two fabrics were used to make that fun and funky quilt.  


Debbie got us in the mood for our hands-on project by showing us an awesome updated hexagon quilt.  Her perfectly fussy cut Day of the Dead motifs were incredible.  
Joan then led us all through a hand pieced hexagon pin cushion project.  For once, there was total silence in the room as we all stitched our hexagons together.  


Barbara was the recipient of this month's Block Party blocks.  The cool blues and greens in the blocks members turned in looked terrific next to the warmer peach background strips. 
Nan is January's block recipient.  She asked for 14 ½ inch string pieced blocks, to be used in a quilt for the Quilting Angels group. 
All are invited to make one – or more – blocks for her to use for this good cause.  Use fun, kid-friendly prints and solids to make these blocks!  They’re fun and fast to make.  You can pick up instructions from Nan at Quilters’ Choice if need be. 
Triangles were the theme for the past month’s Block Swap group.  There were wonderful blocks presented, and Alaine was the lucky recipient of those blocks.  For January, two 16 1/2 inch rectangles are requested.
December 7 was our Sew Day at Quilters Choice.  Everyone brought a project work on and we contentedly spent the day talking, encouraging, advising and sharing lots of things, including some delicious contributions!
We’re also looking forward to the next South Florida Mod meeting – Debbie is preparing a demonstration, and maybe even a hands-on activity, that is sure to leave us inspired and challenged.    See you then!