Big Announcements for RIMQG

Events Update 

We have some exciting events coming up this fall, as well as the MQG’s Michael Miller challenge! Read on for details on our special guest speaker and how you can enter your quilts in our first show.

Special Guest Speaker Timna Tarr at October 3rd Meeting, 2-4 pm


NEW LOCATION: Mohr Library, 1 Memorial Ave., Johnston, RI


No Open Sew this month.

For our October 3 meeting, we’ll be treated to a lecture and trunk show by talented quilter Timna Tarr. Timna is an award-winning quilter whose work has been featured in national quilt shows, magazines, and international traveling exhibits. Check out the gallery on her website to see some of her gorgeous quilts. Then see them live on October 3, 2015 at the Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library in Johnston. We’ll meet at the usual time, 2:00 p.m. We’re asking that members pay $5 to help offset the lecture fee. Non-members are welcome, too, for a $10 charge. We hope everyone can be there—this is exciting!


Our First Quilt Show


At our August meeting, Tara announced a fantastic opportunity—to display our members’ quilts at the Fine Furnishings Show at the Pawtucket Armory, November 6-8. The show’s curator invited us to assemble a mini “show-within-a-show” at no charge to the guild. This is a GREAT way to get our feet wet without the full responsibilities of putting on a show.

This is also our opportunity to show a large audience of people who appreciate fine craftsmanship the talent we have in our guild. We hope to assemble a display of quilts that really express the aesthetics and vibrancy of modern quilting. So please enter your best modern work! Here’s how:


  1.  Fill out  entry form per quilt and bring it, along with your quilt, to the September or October meeting. All quilts and entry forms must be received by the October meeting to be considered.
  2.  Please label your quilt with your name so there’s no confusion later when quilts are returned.
  3.  Quilts will be hung on pipe and black drape using hat pins—so make sure you’re okay with your quilt being pinned. No special sleeve required.
  4. We are allowed to sell quilts at the show. If you would like to sell your quilt, please include pricing and contact information on the entry form. You will be responsible for handling sales directly with the buyer; the guild or any volunteers at the show cannot be involved.

Lastly, if you’d like to be involved in planning, set-up/break-down or volunteering at the event, please contact Leslie Lowenstein or Jill Belisle.

Quilt Show Entry Form - Please print from 8/26 email sent out.

MQG Michael Miller Challenge Details

Please click here to get details on this challenge.

https://community.themodernquiltguild.com/groups/michael-miller-glitz-fabric-challenge

Recap of May Meeting

It was great to see everyone at our May Meeting! We had a jammed packed couple of hours and for those of you who weren't able to attend, here is what you missed....



Monthly Topic: Photographing your Quilt for the Non-Professional 



 Karen led a discussion on using our cameras (point & shoot, DSLR, and smart phone cameras) to document our work in creative and fun ways!

Webinar Recap: 

       "Modern Quilting: Know It When You See It" and review of the new MQG definition of Modern Quilting. It was decided we will use this criteria when sharing how our Show and Tell's are MODERN.

Activities Committee:

    *  New Challenge due at the August Meeting. The challenge is a mini quilt 16-20", can use Cotton and Steel fabrics. Post your ideas and inspiration on our RIMQG Pinterest Board!

    *  The Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) announced a new Michael Miller challenge. Emails will be mailed out and the sign up is Saturday, 10:00 am, May 9th to sign-up. Find details on Quiltconwest.com.

     * Fat Quarter Swap - June is "low volume fabric" Think tan, off-white or light gray.

Quilting Retreat???  

     There is interest for a quilting get-a-way, so it you want to be part of the planning, email us. 


Show and Tell:

 Ken's Modern Underground Railroad is fabulous! Welcome back Ken!

 Tara's Custom Pillows in hand-dyed Cherrywood Fabrics for Studio Dunn are amazing! Kudos!

 Jenn finished piecing her Riley Blake Challenge Quilt! Beautiful!

 Kathy used her custom made design wall during the Sewing Day and shared it with the group at the meeting!  Thanks for the idea Kathy!

 Here is her Sew Kind of Wonderful table runner - love the circular quilting!


 Becky and the Charity Committee are busy designing two more charity quilts! Thanks everyone - keep the blocks coming!

 Judy's Kaffe Fessett stripes quilt was made for her 13 yr old grandson - what a lucky guy!

 Sangeeta's "child quilt" was proudly shown by her little guy! What a sweetie!

 Ken also showed us his misty forest quilt - very soothing and nice work!

Leslie shared her mini hearts quilt - all hand sewn. A good reminder that hand quilting is making a revival!

Coming Up....

     Our July Meeting will feature local sewing machine maintenance expert, Anthony Ferranti. His contact info is:11 Anna Sayles Rd.
Lincoln, RI 02865
401-529-5488

July Meeting Recap

We had a great turnout this month, and we had FIVE first time visitors! 

Meeting Recap:

Special Events Committee Update: August retreat is fast approaching and will be so much fun! We will also be planning a Happy Hour in Downtown Providence for a social meet up; look for the date/location in an upcoming newsletter.

Activities Committee Update: Next month is our "Quilting Notions Yard Sale"; we will be hosting our monthly meeting at Lincoln Woods Park (exact location to follow in newsletter) for a potluck lunch, yard sale to benefit the guild, and usual meeting activities. If you have anything to contribute to the yard sale, please bring it ready to go so that we can get it priced quickly. Please bring personal checks or small bills to pay for items.

Charity Committee Update: Continually collecting blocks (from print out template), backing fabric, and batting. If you are interested in piecing/quilting, we have enough blocks to make our first charity quilt! See a committee member or guild leader to participate.

Modern Bee: Jenn and Charity are leading our guild Modern Bee; if you signed up, look for an email from Jenn to coordinate. We decided to do a 6-month Bee, so that participants could finish their quilt faster. This will require each participant to make two blocks per month. We are so excited to see this come together and look forward to seeing the blocks/quilts that result!

"Getting to know you" Interview Series: Sue was the first member highlighted in this new series (see previous post!) We thought this was fun and we learned a lot about her! Look out for another member to be highlighted this month and see a guild leader to volunteer to be interviewed for future months!


Michael Miller Challenge Quilts
** we forgot to take a guild photo of our challenge projects!! please bring your project to our next meeting so that we can get a group photo for our Facebook page **



Tara had a lot of negative space and filled it with dense and varied FMQ patterns



 Tina shared this mini quilt that she designed on EQ7 using HST's

Jill shared a mini quilt that she applique'd hexagons; demo coming soon! 


 Jodi embraced the negative space challenge too; with this creative display of plants and a kite


Desirae and Suzanne improv designed this quilt; very modern use of improv piecing and off-center white borders

Jenn shared her shooting stars quilt; the FMQ makes it look like they're shooting!

Leslie is getting creative with different FMQ patterns with this awesome take on a Dresden plate


Tara made use of that negative space to showcase a sampler grid of the challenge fabrics

Suzanne made these circles pop with a black contrasting background

Mary made a bag and used different FMQ designs in each column

Sue let the fabric patterns make the shapes of the butterflies, tree, and sun. The mailbox even says "Michael Miller!"

Lisa used different sized pinwheels to showcase the challenge fabrics


Becky embraced the modern layout and did some "echo" quilting


Carole Ann did some nice applique of these petals and did a ton of swirls for her FMQ

Wow! so many challenge projects!! thanks to everyone who participated and we look forward to doing this again next year with the MQG, and later this year within our guild!


Show and Tell projects


 Tara used the inspiration from Carole Ann's grid-interfacing backing to make this baby quilt

Tara also finished the quilt top from the "100 Modern Blocks" book! 

Pat showed this impressive improv applique wall hanging

Ken showed a kids quilt with dinosaur panels

Tina made this wall hanging using paper piecing

Sue compiled the blocks from the Color Theory instructional on Craftsy

Carole Ann finished the grid-interfacing blocks and added some solids to frame them out



Thanks to everyone who came out to the meeting; we look forward to seeing you all at Lincoln Woods Park next month, August 9th at 2:00pm. Look for the specific location in our newsletter and bring a chair or picnic quilt to sit on.  Don't forget to bring food for the potluck if you signed up (comment on the Members Facebook Page to bring something) and be ready to buy some quilting notions from our yard sale to benefit the guild!






June Meeting Recap


RI Modern Quilt Guild Sewing Day!


We had a wonderful Sewing Day filled with machines buzzing, good food, sharing ideas and projects and great community building over our common bond of Modern Quilting. If you couldn't make this event, we will be sure to host more of these in the future.


Thank you, Tracey Williams,  for hosting our group at your beautiful home and property!

Meeting Recap:

Update on Michael Miller Challenge from MQG - Bring your completed challenge project to the July 12th meeting, when we will finally share our creations. Upload your picture to the Community Site of MQG before July 25th deadline.

Update on Quilters Retreat - 2nd Wave was filled. The girls are looking forward to some uninterrupted sewing time in Vermont!

Batting Presentation - Thanks Leslie for teaching us about the myriad of choices of batting available for our quilting projects. She explained and passed around a sample pack she had picked up at a Quilt Show. There is always something new to learn about batting.


Committee Updates:

     Charity Committee: We have enough blocks for our first Charity Quilt. Please keep those blocks coming and we always welcome donations of batting and backing. Thanks in advance!

     Activities Committee:  Modern Fabric/Supplies Yard Sale! Will take place at our August 9th Meeting. We'll have a pot luck at Lincoln Woods (very close to Ryco) and enjoy buying some new items for our stash. Proceeds go to the Guild.  Bring your items to the July 12th meeting.

     RIMQG Quilting Bee:  Charity and Jenn introduced a new spin on an old-fashioned concept - the Quilt Bee. This will be open to Members (if you haven't joined as a member yet, this is your incentive!) and we are hoping to get 12 or more members to sign up. Details will follow.

     NEW!! Highlight a RIMQG Member Interview:  Coming soon... Look for our new topic in our BLOG. We will interview and share the story of a member.

Show and Tell:  Always a fun part of the meeting!

Carole Ann explained her square/grid method to create modern blocks

Tara shared her MM Challenge and it is fabulous!

Jenn shared her 3 of a kind quilt

Jackie is repairing a quilt she made for her son to be given to her grandbaby! What a wonderful gift!

Meredith is fearless and took on this "crazy cat lady" quilt. This is her first large quilt! Congrats Meredith!

Believe it or not, Charity completed cut and pieced this strip & flip (jelly roll) quilt in one evening! Nice job!

Jen shared her Challenge blocks and Charm Pack Cherry Pattern Blocks - great!

Leslie's "Orange Peel" runner was a hit! 

Mary shared her fabric and pattern for a cute summer skirt for her granddaughter. Lucky kid!

Jodi shared her binding and summery blocks with everyone!

Suzanne's original Angel Quilt is a one of a kind!

 Karen shared her art quilt runner.

Tracey's "Going in Circles" Wall Hanging was amazing! This was accepted into the MQX Show!

HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY RIMQG!!


See you next month on July 12th at Ryco!