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January 27, 2019
Giving Love Quilt Tops from Jan's Quilts

I decided to come up with another layout for my quilt's charity quilts.  This version is super easy, you need 13 12.5" blocks and 12 12.5" HSTs.  The blocks I used were from the guilds BOM program.  Every month we have a different block and ask members to make one and donate it to our Charity Quilt Challenge.  Every month I make 4, 2 to donate and 2 to keep for my own use.  I really like how these turned out.  If you want to make your own Giving Love Quilt, you can find the tutorial here ...

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November 15, 2018
"I Got You, Babe" Soup Bowl Cozies from Jan's Quilts

My quilt guild, the Temecula Valley MQG, decided to exchange soup bowl cozies at our Christmas Party.  I never leave anything to the last minute so I got busy.

First I made the soup bowl cozy for the gift exchange, and I really liked it.  I used bright scraps and patched them together.  There are about a million soup cozy tutorials on the internet, I read over 4 of them, and they were basically the same, except for the monetized blogs, they're pushing "product".

I was really happy with the one I made for the gift exchange, and I ...

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August 12, 2018
The Plaid Block and a Tutorial from Jan's Quilts

This month is my turn to present the Block of the Month at the Temecula Valley Modern Quilt Guild meeting.  Several of us take turns presenting and there are some who never do it, we're all different, but I love helping out.  My idea for this block came from the Boulder MQG's BOM programs, July Block.  The center of their block is different so I modified it with a new tutorial.  You can find it here.

As usual, two of the blocks will be donated to the TVMQG's BOM program to make Charity Quilts, and two will ...

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July 2, 2018
The Giving Quilts are complete from Jan's Quilts

I'm so happy that I can check these as finished.  I'm biased, but I think they turned out really well.  These are my 4th and 5th finishes for 2018!

 Each quilt is different.  I made the quilt tops in February as samplers for my guild.  We'd been "building 12.5" blocks for a year and I presented these as a prototype for assembly of the blocks into charity quilts.  If you want to make something similar, the tutorial is here.


Started: Feb 2, 2018
Finished: July 2, 2018
Size: 59" x 73"
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June 24, 2018
ยป Jan's Quilts

The BOM blocks for the next two months are complete! Yay for me. These Strip Step blocks are fast and easy, and a real scrap-buster.  The Pres. and VP of my guild decided to make this a two-month endeavor; taking summer into consideration.  I'll probably make some more before the August meeting.

You can find the Strip Step tutorial here.

May your bobbins always be full,

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June 19, 2018
The Card Trick Block from Jan's Quilts

The BOM for June is Card Trick. Two of these 12.5-inch blocks are for the TVMQG charity quilt tops and two are staying here.  This is the link to the tutorial I used.  Now I'm all caught up, but our meeting is Thursday and there'll be a new BOM, oh, bother!

May your bobbins always be full,

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June 17, 2018
I'm early, I'm always early from Jan's Quilts

In March I issued a new challenge to the members of the TVMQG ~ A Charm Pack Challenge.  Most modern quilters don't use many pre-cuts, like charm packs or jelly rolls; so I thought a challenge was called for.

The challenge is due at our September meeting.  Mine is really now because I never leave anything to the last minute.

For the quilt top, I used 6 Cookies & Cream 40 Karat Gems charm packs from Wilmington Fabrics.  I like that half the squares are white and half are cream.  They all have a subtle white on white print.

I grabbed ...

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At Last! from Jan's Quilts

 I hadn't touched my sewing machine in over two months.  Life and travel got in the way.  In April I went to Croatia and loved it.  If there weren't so many unexplored places on my list, I'd go back in a heartbeat.  I was home for a couple of weeks and left on a three-week trip visiting Norway, London, and NYC.  I go to NYC annually for Book Expo America, but I'm always open for an excuse to visit the city that never sleeps.

Well, now I'm home for the next 10 or 11 weeks ...

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March 30, 2018
Busy from Jan's Quilts

I have been busy, just not quilting.  My quilt guild is small, just 20 members; we were formed just over 2 years ago.  We've been batting around fundraising ideas, and one of our members volunteered to "man" a table at a boutique being sponsored by a local salon.  She asked that we make small items for her to sell.  All proceeds will go to our guild.

At our last meeting, we had a demo and workshop about making rope bowls.  I had the bright idea to volunteer to make rope coasters for the fund-raiser.  Above are my first attempt ...

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March 25, 2018
A couple of finishes from Jan's Quilts

I started this quilt top last Saturday and finished it on Friday.  I used 6 charm packs of Cookies & Cream by Wilmington Prints and lots of scraps!

One of my guild members called this an Improv Butterfly Quilt; I guess I'll go with that name!  I really love how it turned out.

A couple of close-ups of the Butterflies. 

I also did a quick project, birthday gifts for my granddaughter Erin and her new husband Jaimie.  Jaimie is a firefighter and Erin is studying to be a nurse.  These are quick, but I took longer than the 15 minutes ...

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March 18, 2018
Charm Pack Challenge from Jan's Quilts

While I've been President of my quilt guild, I've presented a new challenge every 6 months.  The goal is to encourage the members to "think outside the box".  Many modern quilters never use a pre-cut, with the exception of Fat Quarters.  So this time it's the Charm Pack Challenge.  You can read about it here.

I decided to use white on white 5" squares.  The charm pack is called Cookies & Cream by Wilmington Prints.  The packs have 24 charms each and I bought 6 packs; if my math is right I'll end up with a 54 ...

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Rope Bowl from Jan's Quilts

This is the rope bowl that I made at the March meeting of the TVMQG.

Our fabulous VP of Programs, Jessica, taught the class.

My result is perfectly imperfect, and I love it.  I may or may not make more bowls, but at least I know how.  Our Secretary, Taylor, is doing a fundraiser for the guild, a salon boutique, and I'm going to use this technique to make some rope coasters.  Stay tuned!

May your bobbins always be full,

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April Charity BOM from Jan's Quilts

These are my versions of the Temecula Valley MQG block of the month.  This 12" Tulip Block is very easy to make, you can find the tutorial by following this link.  I cut the pieces on Friday and chain pieced all four blocks on Saturday.  They're put together log-cabin-syle.  As usual, I'll donate two and keep two.  I really love the green blocks and think I'll keep those.

May your bobbins always be full,

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February 7, 2018
I have math skills! from Jan's Quilts

My quilt guild, the Temecula Valley MQG, has been collecting blocks to make charity quilts.  We've selected our recipient, Jacob's House, and we're excited!  BUT, we only have enough 12.5" blocks to make 5 lap size quilts, bummer.  I came across a photo on the Boulder MQG blog that gave me inspiration on how to "extend" our blocks to make more quilts.

Above is my version and if you want to make one, I've written a tutorial about how I did it, you can find it here.

May your bobbins always be full,

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The Giving Quilt from Jan's Quilts

I made another Giving Quilt from my tutorial.  I really like this layout.  Below is my first attempt.

May your bobbins always be full,

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January 28, 2018
Paint Chip Challenge Quilt from Jan's Quilts

I've completed the Any Which Way quilt for my guilds' Paint Chip Challenge.  It's due at the February meeting, but I never leave anything to the last minute. I based this design on a quilt from 2015 Quiltcon, Profits & Losses by Gina Pina. Austin, Texas.  I found it via this blog post.  I couldn't find any other information, so I made up my own pattern.  I like how it turned out.

I started this quilt on 12/20/2017 and finished it on 1/28/2018, my long arm quilter really came through for me.  The quilt ...

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December 29, 2017
A Mug and A Mug Rug Swap from Jan's Quilts

Next month my guild will be two years old; we're a young guild.  This year for our Christmas party we decided to exchange a Mug Rug and a mug.  It was a lot of fun.  Mine is above, I took the fox block from the Fancy Forest quilt pattern and shrank it!  Talk about math skills!  I bought the mug to match and threw in some tea.

The swap is a blind swap, each gift was placed in a brown paper bag and we passed them around.  Above is the gift that landed in my lap.  I am so ...

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Paint Chip Challenge from Jan's Quilts

My quilt guild, the Temecula Valley Modern Quilt Guild's current challenge is the Paint Chip Challenge.  I went to Home Depot and relieved them of lots of paint chip samples; took them home and cut them up and at the October meeting issued the challenge.

How it works:

  • Each participant will draw two paint chips at random
  • You can add one other color of your choice, or draw an additional chip for a real challenge.
  • You can add one neutral.
  • Make a quilted project using those colors. Fabric can be solids or prints.
  • Project due in February 2018.

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November 30, 2017
December BOM, Kings Crown from Jan's Quilts

I'm in love with this block.  It was so much fun to make.  Here's the link to the tutorial by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell.  Our quilt guild, Temecula Valley MQG is asking members to make at least one 12.5" block each month, to donate to our Charity quilt project.  The first block was presented in January, due in February, and in February 2018 we're planning on putting the blocks together into quilts to donate to a local cause.  I always make four blocks, two to donate and two to keep here for a future project ...

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October 27, 2017
More BOM stitchin' from Jan's Quilts

It seems as if the only sewing I've accomplished lately is Blocks of the Month for my Modern Quilt Guild.  It's true, but I have a good excuse, I've been doing a lot of traveling.  In August, I went to Iceland, in September I "did" the Ultimate Gameday Weekend Tour, and in October I went to Spain for two weeks.  Altogether, I'm traveling over 100 days this year.

All that traveling has cut into my stitching time.  I have one small project to do and two large quilts in the planning stages.  Wish me luck.

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