January 2016 Meeting Recap





Thank you for attending our January 2016 Meeting!



We had a great first meeting of the new year and welcomed many new faces to our group. We are happy to have you join us. You all have so many wonderful ideas and the enthusiasm was terrific. This year is going to be amazing! Here's what happened.....




Mighty Lucky Quilting Club

Today at 1:00 was our first meet up for the Lucky Spool challenge group.This month we learned about making bias tape, and using it as a design element in quilting. Members shared alternative ways of making the bias tape and placing it on their background fabric. Making and working with the bias tape seems to be a technique that people were unsure about at first, but are really enjoying it. Jill made this block (in the picture above) using bright, modern colors, and is contemplating turning this into a pillow! 



For those of you that may not know, this is a monthly subscription club through a quilting website Lucky Spool. A popular quilt designer/teacher will teach a different concept (through PDF) for you to try each month of the year.  You can sign up for the year or monthly, and all instructions are emailed right to you! This group will meet monthly at 1:00 pm before the RIMQG meeting to discuss that month's challenge and share ideas. If you are a paid RIMQG member, you can join the FB Group (see our FB page for members). For more information and to join The Mighty Lucky Quilting Club please click here  http://luckyspool.com/collections/patterns/products/mighty-lucky-quilting-club 



Jessica's bias tape project was inspired by
colorful bouncing balls.


Treasurer Report News

 Our new Treasurer Jen Smith updated us on our finances during the meeting. 
If you would like more information, please email RIMQG and we will be happy to get that to you.

Valentine's Day Fabric Postcard Swap!

Our last fabric postcard swap was a hit! We all had so much fun making fabric postcards and snail-mailing them out to our partners. So, we have decided to do another swap for Valentine's Day! Sign-ups were held and partners were selected. Postcards can be mailed your partner any time. If you couldn't make it to the meeting, don't worry! Please email Jenn Boyce and she will assign you a partner so you can participate in this fun swap. She can provide you with written directions if you have not made a fabric postcard before. They are super easy and fun to make!



Quarterly themes for 2016 were discussed,

 and in our First Quarter we will be focusing on Color! 

We will be viewing the MQG Webinar "Awaken Your Inner Color Genius" hosted by Carrie Bloomstone at our next meeting to begin our exploration on Color. In this Webinar,Carrie will discuss basic color theory and help us to find our own resonant palette. Color is highly personal and she teaches some tricks that can make it fun and easy! You wont want to miss it!!


Did you know!!?

 The mission of the MQG is to support and encourage the growth 
and development of modern quilting through art, education, and community.


Show and tell!


Alice has mastered sewing curves
for our Solid Challenge!


Tina shared her quilt "Interface" inspired by her husbands work with submarine communication in
 The U.S. Navy! The blue represents water, the yellow rectangle is a buoy and the quilting
 represents sonar signals in the water and the air. Well done, Tina!!
Patricia quilted her Grandson's beloved dog "Duke"
She even had her grandson help with the design!
New member Lil with her Ballerina mini quilt.
her technique included the use of a couching foot on her machine.


Kathy's book that inspired her Solid Challenge Quilt

Kathy's Blue and Grey Improv quilt for our Solid Challenge
Thank you to Sue A. for this beautiful quilt that you have donated to our charity efforts!

Suzanne's gorgeous Dream Catcher!
Maria shared her beautiful flower quilt 
Leslie made a quilt out of her colorful scrap fabrics!
Becky's Jelly Roll Race Quilt made with Cotton & Steel fabrics
Karen is exploring Gelli Plate Printing on fabric and made beautiful
snack mats from her design.


Next meeting is February 6th in the Community Room of Cumberland Public Library 2-4:00 See you there!! 









Recap of July Meeting

Great to see so many members at our July Meeting!


****Retreat Information*****

Deadline is July 18th!!  $150 for 3 nights!! 9/18-21.  Please email Tara ASAP and she will give you her address to mail a check. Her email is: ewehavemeinstiches@gmail.com


A big Thank You to Anthony Ferranti, 3rd generation Sewing Machine Mechanic! Anthony was very generous with his time and expertise. Here are some of the take aways from his lecture:

  • Most problems originate from the needle and bobbin case area
  • Always try changing needle, making sure to thread towards flat side of needle
  • Size 12-14 needle will do most jobs
  • Only use your needle threader on needles over size 11
  • Avoid pulling fabric with left hand as you are sewing. Results in bending needle and dinging bobbin case.
His contact info is 401-529-5488. He will fix your machine right at your home/office!


Some of our Members' Favorite Quilt Books:


  • The Block Magazine ($6.00 quarterly)
  • Mary Ellen Hopkins, It's OK if you Sit on My Quilt
  • Patchwork City
  • Modern Patchwork


Modern Quilt Guild of Charleston: Thank you to everyone who brought or made a block for our sister guild in Charleston. If you still want to participate in Quilt for Mother Emanuel for Charleston, SC Modern Guild, please click on this link. Deadline is August 1st. and you may mail your block to them directly.


Show and Tell - Riley Blake:

 Jenn did the quilt and Sue A. Long Armed it!

 Tara chose Patchwork City Blocks!

 Jessica's 94"top is The Topiary Tiles Pattern

 Sangeeta's personal reflection for her "Life is a Gift" quilt was very moving!

 Becky's Turn Dash Quilt is fabulous!

Meredith's latest creation is her interpretation of the Osprey Nest and Babies near her house!

Sue experimented with alternate grid work using the bargello style.

Denise's table runner really shows off the free motion quilting!

Member Show and Tell:


 Jenn shared the mini quilt she received from her cotton & Steel online friend!

 Tara's Flying Geese Quilt is now hanging in her office!

 Jessica's circle of squares is Cotton and Steel fabric!

 Jessica's mini is precious!

 Rachel shared her wonderful blue and white winter quilt!

 Leslie got some help from her Mom on this 1/2 square triangle bed quilt!

 MaryAnn's jazzy Bag is adorable and versatile!

 Denise chose a diamond pattern to quilt her cousin's quilt!

 Karen shared her mini challenge quilt early using cotton and steel fabrics.

Suellen's colorful runner was produced using foundation piecing!

Patricia shared her 20 fabric Bargello Chart - thanks Pat!


Great meeting everyone!  Thank you for your awesome participation and enjoy the Summer!
Next Meeting will be a Pot Luck on the Grounds of the Cumberland Library!