A Visit to Meraki Stitch Studio

Meraki Stitch Studio proprietors (and guild members) Liz and Kristin invited us to hold our July meeting in their bright, happy studio and then spend the afternoon chatting and creating. The airy space is located in Warren’s historic Cutler Mills complex—once a yarn mill, now home to many makers and creatives. The meeting was brief—we celebrated second quarter WIP finishes and several members showed their latest work. Then it was on to sewing!

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Allison Wilbur, talented quilter, teacher, and former guild member, also has a studio in the Cutler Mills complex just down the hall from Meraki Stitch Studio. Allison invited members to stop by and check out her quilts on display, along with many beautiful trims that she offers for sale.

Allison Wilbur with her latest work on the design wall behind her

Allison Wilbur with her latest work on the design wall behind her

Allison’s studio, with another work in progress on the cutting table

Allison’s studio, with another work in progress on the cutting table


Second Quarter WIPs — Finished!

Congrats to Denise, Jackie, and Joyce, and to Joyce for winning the WIP raffle.


Show & Tell

Charity Quilt Sew Day

Prior to our October meeting, some of our members met during our “open sew” time to work on the charity quilt we are creating for QuiltCon 2019. For those of you not familiar with the concept, the Modern Quilt Guild issues a charity quilt challenge for every QuiltCon. The National MQG assigns the color palette and theme, then each participating member or guild needs to come up with the design, piece it, and quilt it. This year’s theme was tiny piecing, and the palette (shown below) was decidedly pastel.

Tina revealing the block design…

Tina revealing the block design…

Color palette and scrap samples

Color palette and scrap samples

Tina’s sample block!

Tina’s sample block!

This year, Tina Craig led our team in not only the design of our quilt, but also in the production on Saturday. It’s always a fun morning when people come together for a good cause… especially when it involves sewing… am I right?!

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Special thanks to Lil for taking photos during our sewing time!

The Flying Geese Reveal!

For the first six months of the year, members exchanged flying geese blocks. Each month we were to bring a certain amount of geese, made from modern Kona colors with gray backgrounds. Some of us participated every month, and some of us only participated a few times. But no matter how many blocks you had, all the reveals were amazing and unique! I think that the statement heard most was, “I can’t believe how different everyone’s reveal is…” And it’s true!

See for yourself…

Denise’s Mid-Century Modern Quilt

Denise’s Mid-Century Modern Quilt

Christine’s Wacky Geese Quilt

Christine’s Wacky Geese Quilt

Suellen’s Powder Case

Suellen’s Powder Case

Sue A’s Quilt & Tablerunner

Sue A’s Quilt & Tablerunner

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Lisa’s Family Photo Wall Hanging

Lisa’s Family Photo Wall Hanging

Pat’s House and Trees top

Pat’s House and Trees top

Maria’s Flying Geese top

Maria’s Flying Geese top

Denise’s Luxurious Lap Quilt

Denise’s Luxurious Lap Quilt

Tina’s Drunkard’s Path Wall Hanging

Tina’s Drunkard’s Path Wall Hanging

Lil’s Teal Square Quilt

Lil’s Teal Square Quilt

See? So many unique, beautiful interpretations!

And now, all together…

SO.MUCH.FUN!

SO.MUCH.FUN!

Rumor has it, we still have some reveals coming. Can’t wait to see what people bring in over the next few months…

June 2018 Meeting Recap

For quilters who have thought about entering a quilt in a show but weren't sure what to expect, RIMQG member

Tina Martiniano Craig

provided a practice run—and it was practice for both the quilters and herself. She judged 35 member quilts as part of the process to become a certified quilt judge. 

Tina provided feedback on each quilt and awarded "ribbons" for best in several categories. She explained how judges approach each quilt, what they look for, and how they score the quilt's design and technical presentation. She also answered many questions from members.

Below are the winning quilts. (Not pictured: Best Visual Impact: "314 Meadow Lane" by Sue Ahnrud; Best Embellishment: "Blue Ballerina" by Lil Sklenarik; Best Longarm Quilting: "Himalayan Poppy" by Sue Ahnrud.)

Best Original Design:

"City Girls Country Life" by Christine Conrad Lane

Best Use of Color:

"Little Houses on the Hillside" by Christine Conrad Lane

Best Piecing:

"Eat Your Veggies" by Suellen Franze

Best Appliqué:

"French Roses" by Suellen Franze

Best Hand Stitching:

"Mon Ami" by Denise Nilsen

Best Domestic Quilting AND Best Edge Finish:

"Small Talk Stinks" by Alice Cooper

Best Scrap Quilt AND Best of Show:

"Lollapalooza" by Suellen Franze

Judge's Choice:

"One Hot Mess" by Alice Cooper

Upcoming Meetings

July 7:

Since the library closes at 1 p.m. in the summer, there will be no regular meeting in July. Open Sew will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Hayden Center Room 3. Sue Ahnrud will lead a workshop on making improv name tags for anyone who would like to participate.

August:

The August meeting will be a summer picnic! Time and place to be announced.

May 2018 Meeting Recap

Members were inspired to organize their sewing spaces with Denise Lamb's presentation that was chock-full of ideas and tips. Denise, a professional organizer, shared dozens of photos of spaces she has organized for clients as well as ideas for furniture, storage containers and design walls, even upcycling everyday containers like plastic lettuce boxes. Her presentation was a real treat.

Member Show & Tell

November Meeting

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Cumberland Library
Mendon Rd., Cumberland, RI

New room this month: Hayden Center Room #3

(Drive around to the back of the library;
enter through the Hayden Center entrance.)

Member Trunk Show: Alice Cooper and Judy Blackadar

Alice and Judy will show some of their work and talk about their quilting journey.


Extended Show & Tell

Bring whatever you have been working on, modern or not!

2018 Board Election

We will elect our 2018 Board on Saturday.  Anyone wishing to run for a position on the Board is encouraged to contact a current Board member as soon as possible before the meeting.  Otherwise,  the following slate of proposed officers has been prepared:
  • President:  Kathy Graves
  • Vice President:  Jackie Baddeley
  • Secretary:  Suellen Franze
  • Treasurer:  Lill Sklenarik
  • Member at Large:  Sue Ahnrud

2018 Dues

Dues may be paid at any time. Dues are $35 if paid before December 31.  Starting January 1, they are $40. Checks made out to RIMQG or cash are accepted at the meeting, or use the Paypal link in the member newsletter.

Charity Project: Crafty Cop Quilt Blocks

Jenn Galloway-Boyce will be coordinating a charity project to make blocks for the Fallen Officer Project.  She will be collecting both low volume prints and blues that members can donate.  She will be making these into kits that members can sew together.