RI Modern Quilt Guild Member Interview

 "Let's Get to Know Tina...."

Today we'll share an interview with RIMQG member Tina Craig and gain some insight into how she became a Modern Quilter...

1. Tell us about yourself

Hi, I'm Tina Craig from Wakefield, RI. My husband Bill and I recently celebrated our 25th anniversary. Our daughter Julia is a junior at Siena College in Albany, NY. Our son Pete is a Lance Corporal in the Marine Corps, currently stationed at Camp Lejeune in NC. Sometimes I feel guilty for admitting how much we are enjoying our empty nest!

25th Anniversary Quilt!

2. How did you learn how to quilt?

I started quilting shortly after we were married. I saw an ad in the paper for a beginner quilting class at Colchester Mill, which was a perfect way to start. I was immediately hooked! 

3. What type of sewing machine do you own?

In the early 90's, I bought a Bernina Virtuosa 153 that has served me well. Also living at my house are my grandmother's Singer, my mother's Necchi, Julia's Janome, a Featherweight that I've had about a year, and my mother-in-law's toy Singer.

4. Can you tell us about a favorite personal quilt?

I think my favorite quilt is Meadowsweet Dresden that I made in 2011. I still love the fabric line by Sandi Henderson. It took me an entire weekend retreat to quilt it.  


5. What is your favorite quilting technique?

I love piecing, especially paper piecing. Sitting at my machine pushing fabric under the needle is my happy place! Lately, I've been doing a lot of stash and scrap quilting. It's time to use it up! The problem with all this piecing is that I have a huge pile of tops waiting to be quilted.

Modern Log Cabin Challenge Quilt 2015

6. Do you follow a Modern Quilter/Blog/Fabric designer? What draws you to them?

I wish I had unlimited funds to buy every piece of fabric that Kate Spain designs!

7. What does "Modern" quilting mean to you?

The Modern Quilting aesthetic really appeals to me. I love the fabrics, colors and patterns. A quilty friend recently labeled me a traditional quilter with modern tendencies. With 25 years of experience and a 25 year old stash, I guess she's right!

8. What tips would you give to a new Modern quilter?

My tip to new quilters is to take classes. Online classes are great, but there's no substitute for hands-on, in-person instruction, especially for the basics.  

Thank you Tina! To check out more of Tina's fabulous work, head over to her Blog Seaside Stitches!

Recap April Meeting 2015

Happy Spring!  Here is your monthly recap of our April Meeting.



Committee Updates:

Activities:

  • We will announce the next challenge project in May; until then, make some blocks for the charity quilts! (see below)
  • Riley Blake MQG Fabric Challenge - keep working on your project! The challenge runs through July and you can tag your photos on facebook/instagram/etc with ‪#‎mqgfabricchallenge‬
  • Modern Fat 1/4 Swap - Next month's theme is "polka dots" - one person wins the whole pot!
Charity:
  • The Charity Committee is accepting your Log Cabin Blocks in pinks, purples & teals in the following sizes: 6.5, 12.5 and/or 18.5.  Thank you in advance.



Special Events:
  • MQX Show, Manchester, NH, April 8-11. A bunch of members are attending; next year we will coordinate farther in advance to organize a group trip. Can't wait to hear about how the show was!
  • Saturday, April 25th, Rochambeau Public Library, Providence 1:30-3:30. Let's gather together to watch a MQG Webinar (Members: look for registration invite in your inbox). 
Sewing Day!  We will be hosting open-sew before each monthly meeting. Bring all your gear (don't forget your machine's power cord!) and a project to work on. There are also often workshops and demo's that we will announce for future open-sew's.


Our Guild Challenge Reveal!   

Log Cabin Challenge Projects















Show & Tell




















Thanks for a great meeting!  See you all May 2nd! Don't forget - May Meeting will be in the Main Library, Community Room.

Recap March Meeting 2015

Hello Modern Quilters!  Here is your monthly recap of our March Meeting.


Committee Updates:

Activites:

  • Log Cabin Challenge is due next Month. Start with the "idea" of  the Log Cabin Block and spin it off in any MODERN direction you want. Bring in your finished pieces as well as WIP's to share.
  • Fat 1/4 Swap - Congratulations Tara on winning this month.  Next month's theme is "flowers"
Charity:
  • The Charity Committee is accepting your Log Cabin Blocks in pinks, purples & teals in the following sizes: 6.5, 12.5 and/or 18.5.  Thank you in advance.

 


Special Events:
  • MQX Show, Manchester, NH, April 8-11. Jessica is coordinating carpools to attend the show either daily or overnight. If we can get enough people, we may qualify for a group discount admittance ticket. Email Jessica for more info.  at: archer.icon@gmail.com

  • Saturday, April 25th, Rochambeau Public Library, Providence 1:30-3:30. Let's gather together to watch a MQG Webinar (stay tuned for which one). 
Wrap-Up on Sewing Day!  We had a great group of quilters who were anxious to get out of their studios for some quilting, chatting and sharing. Thank you to Sue A. for leading a workshop of "Slice and Insert" We will collect blocks from everyone to put together a quilt to be given to The Cumberland Library as a thank you! Blocks are due in May.  Contact us if you would like to get some fabric (gray and oranges) to make a block to contribute.



Show and Tell:

 Jessica took a long-arm class and sewed the alphabet on her quilt!

 Tina's Spring quilt is made with "cool modern" scraps.

 Besties, MaryAnn and Denise shared their sister quilts!

 Denise also showed her "piecing with poppies" runner.


 Kathy shared her quilts from her Maine retreat. The green one is for her son.

 Meredith's photo transfer cat quilt was a hit!

 Suzanne's colorful quilt was beautiful.

 Pat's Log Cabin handing was based off a photo from Italy.

Karen shared a wool quilted piece onto a scarf.

Keep Calm &  Keep Quilting cause Spring is on its way!!!...............  see you all next month!

Recap February 2015 Meeting

It was great to see old and new members at the February Meeting! Welcome to our guests who joined us for the first time - we hope you will consider joining our Guild for 2015!


Showcasing our Quilts!

Ice Breaker Question of the Month:   


"How do you Hang your Quilts?"   Here were some suggestions....
  • Velcro Command Strips by 3M
  • Corsage Push Pins 
  • Home Depot Wooden Lattice with eye hooks
  • Traditional Sleeves
  • Ladders (antique apple picking ladders and custom made ones)
  • Quilting Clips


Sewing Day Announcement!

We will host an Open Sewing Day on Saturday, March 7th from 10-2 at The Cumberland Public Library (same room our monthly meetings are held in).  Sue A. will lead a workshop in "Slice and Insert".  This workshop is optional. Feel free to bring whatever you want to work on and please bring irons/boards/extension cords, and bag lunch, etc...  An email RSVP form will be sent out to current paid members separately this week. 


Log Cabin Challenge:  

Our guild's current challenge is "Modern Log Cabin". The only rule is you must create some quilted item using the structure of a log cabin. You are encouraged to think outside the box and make it Modern! For example, wonky blocks, One huge block, modern fabrics/colors, etc...  Please click here to get to our RI Modern Quilt Guild Pinterest Page for inspiration. Due: April Meeting.

Committee Reports: our newly formed committees got together to brainstorm and share their ideas with the group.


Charity Committee - We will use extra log cabin blocks in pinks, purples and teals to create a new charity quilt. More info to come. Everyone is welcome to contribute. 

Activities Committee - Fat Quarter Swaps, Vendor presentations, monthly demos are some of the ideas this committee has lined up for us.  A Sewing Day and workshop is scheduled for March 7th (see below for more details). March Fat Quarter Swap will be the color GREEN

Special Events Committee - Field Trips are being planned for MQX in April, Pine Tree Quilt Show in Maine in July, Essex Junction, VT Quilt Show. There is interest in planning a RIMQG Quilt Show in 2015.  A committee will be need to be started. Stay tuned for details on these events.

Modern Quilt Bee:

The 2nd Quilt Bee has begun. We will look forward to seeing the Hives' blocks next month!

MQG Challenge: 

It was announced that Leslie purchased enough extra fabric for the Modern Quilt Cottage Garden Challenge to allow 8 extra quilters participate in the national guild challenge. You must be a paid 2015 RIMQG member to be eligible. 


Show & Tell:


 Tara's Wedding Quilt for a customer will make this couple so happy!

 Karen's almost finished quilting her 1st Bee Quilt.

 Jessica's Batik Jelly Roll Quilt has beautiful color choices!

 Judy's improv piece is log-cabin inspired!

 Jenn's Tula Pink Cross quilt is smashing! Pretty muted grey backing.

 Tina's Schnitzel & Boo mini swap showcases her favorite colors - orange and blue!

 Tina's shows a sample of a selvage Log Cabin block.

Jr. Member Rachel quilted this multi-green quilt in striking black thread!

 Kathy's "Sew Kind of Wonderful" ruler quilt is really snazzy!
 She wasn't satisfied, so she redesigned it using Kaffe Fassett fabrics!

 Sue Castler shows us her finished quilt from a Rayna Gillman Workshop she took this summer.

 Here is another in progress piece from the Hudson Valley Fiber Arts Workshop by Sue!

 Sue A's mini was inspired by a Zen Chic pattern!

 Becky's Niece, Sophia shared her first quilt. All the sewing was done by her!

 Becky shared her 1st Bee Quilt. Her nine patch set on point is beautiful!

 Suzanne shared her bright primary colored quilt. Note the quilting extends out into border!

 Something old can be something new...  Suzanne is contemplating free motion quilting an old flower basket quilt.

What a lucky grandchild to have Mary Ann as a Grandma! She has finished sewing the baptismal gown!

 Meredith Cat Grooming quilt is made from wool!

See you next Month! (Sewing Day is the same day as our March Meeting!)



Recap January 2015 Meeting

Happy 2015 Modern Quilters!!

We had a terrific turnout for our first meeting of the new year. Thank you for renewing or signing up for the 2015 Membership Year.
 REMINDER - we must receive your dues before the Feb. 7th meeting.  

Here is what we did.......

Monthly Activity - Notions 101


Lots of great advice was shared and here are some of the notions we all love to use:

Add a 1/4 ruler, applique scissors by Karen Buckley, iPhone camera for layouts, Robert Kaufman App calculator, decorative seam rippers, lint rollers for ironing board, various marking pens - air erase, chalk, dental tools for points, etc., bird feather to clean channel of machine, Niagara Spray starch, Teflon slider for FMQ, clover wonder clips

LOG CABIN 3 month CHALLENGE ANNOUNCEMENT!!


The only RULE for this challenge is to start from the LOG CABIN BLOCK. You may create a quilt project of any size, shape, and color.  It will be due at the April Meeting.  Feel free to post photos, ideas, ask advice on our Facebook Members Page.  Leslie has created a Board on Pinterest for just this challenge! Get creative and modern - 1 giant block, all solids, gradation of color, deconstructed blocks. 


Items of Interest.....


Our Guild's 1st Charity Quilt was donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Providence, RI. They were thrilled and very appreciative. Here is Karen presenting it to CEO, Michael Fantom.


Members can sign up for the January 27th Modern Quilt Guild's Choosing Fabrics Webinar.

Committee Sign-Up Sheets were passed around at the meeting. If you were not present and would like to take a more active role in the Guild, we encourage you to email us and sign up for any of the Committees (Activities, Charity, or Special Events)  For further information about each one, email Tara.

Modern Quilt Bee - This is your chance to join round #2 of our popular Modern Bee Group. Email Tara to sign up. February will be the 1st of 6 months. Must use free patters only.

If you are a RIMQG member and on Facebook, we encourage you to request to be a group member on our Members Page. Check in every so often to get tips, resources, and ask advice of other members between our monthly meetings. 

RIMQG is now on Pinterest. If you are a visual person and love to be inspired by others, this online, photo-based social media site is for you.  Check out the site to join.

Show and Tell

 Leslie completed her Bee Quilt - fabulous!



Jenn's Plus Quilt using Tula Pink fabric is so sweet!

 Tina's original "Morse Code" quilt was designed for her husband to celebrate their 25th Anniversary!

 Suzanne's Confetti Quilt was stunning!


Created an art quilt in honor of her husband's love of hummingbird's!

 Charity's Halloween Quilt has a very clever spider web design radiating out from the middle!


Jenn's little boys will surely love their Star Wars Quilt on a cold winter's night!

Celeste's Asian Kimono Quilt is gorgeous!


There is no doubt that Sue's Slice and Insert quilt is very modern!

Celine's Scrappy Quilt is a feast for the eyes and senses!


Our first Jr. Member, Rachael shared several of her award winning MQX quilts - Here is a darling purple one.

 
Meredith had a ball creating a hexi runners!

  
Tara Celeste's Log Cabin with her online friends is precious!

Thanks for a great month!  Keep sewing and creating Modern Quilts!


See you next Month!!