December 2015 Meeting Recap

Thank you for attending our December 2015 Meeting!

We had a fun and important meeting this past Saturday. Here is the recap of what happened....

Sue A. and Jenn B. have introduced and are spearheading The Mighty Lucky Quilting Club. There was enough interest to start this group within our guild (and receive a 10% guild discount) for this monthly subscription club. A popular quilt designer/teacher will teach a different concept for you to try each month of the year.  You can sign up for the year or monthly.  The first meeting for this group will be at 1:00 pm before the January 9, 2016 meeting. If you are a paid RIMQG member, you can join the FB Group (see our FB page for members).   http://luckyspool.com/collections/patterns/products/mighty-lucky-quilting-club 

Glamp Stitchalot:  Charity and Jen S. shared their experience of attending this quilt retreat. They donned their retreat t-shirts while telling us stories of rubbing elbows with the likes of Tula Pink!



Group Brainstorm for 2016!  Members discussed the activities, presentations and direction they'd like to see for the Guild in the coming year.

Postcard Swap - Here is a sample of the adorable postcards our talented and creative members sent to each other!







Charity Committee:  Denise revealed the next completed charity quilt which was committee pieced and quilted by Denise. It was decided that it would be donated to a local little girl who has recently beaten leukemia!

Member Show and Tell:
 Jenn shared her table runner using quilt as you go technique.

 Charity made a mini applique Thimble Blossoms quilt pattern.

 Jen's "Are We There Yet?" is a Michael Miller fabric MQG challenge.

 Jessica shared her mini hexies!


Alice showed these two wall hangings featuring textured quilting.

Pat announced that two of her quilts will be shown at the Attleboro Arts Museum Art Show on December 12th.

Guild Challenge:  Due in January - "Solid"

Fat Quarter Swap - Bring a blue and white FQ if you wish to participate in the swap.

Thank you to our 2015 Board of Directors! Some of us are moving on to next year and some are retiring! We all enjoyed our terms and are proud to be a part of this wonderful guild! In order -  Jill Belisle (Secretary), Jenn Boyce (Member Rep), Karen McCann (Communications), Tara Coogan (President), Meredith Skelly (Treasurer), and Leslie Lowenstein (Vice President).


DRUM ROLL, Please........

Elections were held and we would like to present your new 2016 Board of Directors!

Congratulations to all and thank you very much for all who went out for the Board.  We plan on sending out a short profile of each newly elected board member later this month!

President,   Jill Belisle
Vice President, Leslie Lowenstein
Secretary, Sangeeta Mellen
Treasurer, Jen Smith
Communications, Jenn Boyce
Member Rep, Denise Lamb

 Sangeeta, Jen, Jill, Jenn, Leslie, Denise

IMPORTANT NOTICE

2016 DUES are due and are $35.00    Please pay online through Paypal.  You don't want to miss out on all the wonderful benefits that MEMBERS receive with their paid yearly membership! Click here on our Membership Page to sign up now!   Scroll down to the bottom for Paypal link.

Recap of October 2015 Meeting

Thank you for a great turnout for our October meeting and Trunk Show with Timna Tarr! Everyone was impressed and inspired by her story and her fabulous quilts! Here is a recap and photos from our meeting.

UPDATE ON QUILT SHOW at the  Fine Furnishings Show, Pawtucket Armory Arts Center, Pawtucket, RI, November 6-8.

Leslie and her committee collected our Modern Quilts to exhibit and/or sell during this upscale furnishing show. If you still want to show one of your quilts or volunteer please contact her at ljlowenstein@cox.net.   The Show organizers have asked us to help publicize the event, so please share this link http://www.finefurnishingsshows.com/pawtucket with your friends/family/contacts!  Thank you!

Fat Quarter Swap - "Fall" swap extended till next month.

Guild Challenge - "Solids" any size, make it modern!  Due in January

Timna Tarr -  http://www.timnatarr.com/

Our guest speaker from Western Massachusetts shared her story and philosophy of quilting with all of us. We all went away with lots of tips and insights from her talk. The following pictures are Timna's personal quilts:





 Her backings are often filled with the extra blocks. She sometimes uses the leftovers for label.
 Study in color - how the gold plays off each of the other colors!


"George Washington" Quilt - great story about how much fabric this took to make!










Improv Workshop she taught in Portsmouth, RI


Member Show and Tell:
 Tina's Mini Circles is super cute!

 Sissan's Black outline quilt is for a friend!

 Meredith has put the finishing touches on her Painted Phoenix. Embellishments are from her aunts and grandmother!


 Fred is continuing to experiment with his free motion quilting! Beautiful.

Leslie's Anna Graham- Noodlehead Bag with leather handles is so great!



Timna was very generous letting us get up close and personal with her quilts. She has several patterns that have been published and are for sale.


A big thank you to Mohr Memorial Library, Johnston, RI for allowing us to host our meeting this month.

We are back to the Cumberland Public Library next month (Hayden Center) on November 14th - however be aware of the date change. We are one week later due to the Quilt Show in Pawtucket!  See You Then!  Meeting from 2-4 pm.  Open Sewing is from 9-2 - Free to current members!


Recap of September 2015 Meeting

Welcome Back!

September is here and everyone is in full swing with Fall activities, including lots of quilting!
We had a wonderful meeting and everyone walked away with tips and inspiration to go home with!

Question of the Day:

" Who is your dream teacher and class? " Several members shared their favorite teachers and classes. Who and what class is on your bucket list?

Next Month: Timna Tarr - Guest Speaker and Trunk Show!


Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library
1 Memorial Ave.
Johnston, RI 
(Lower Level Conference Room)

We are in full swing to promote next month's meeting. Please mark your calendars and spread the word to attend our October 3rd Saturday meeting from 2-4 pm. Members $5.00/ Non-Members $10.

Timna will be hosting a workshop entitled "Designing with Flying Colors" on Friday, Oct. 2 for the Quilters by the Sea Guild in Portsmouth, RI. They have graciously opened the workshop to RIMQG members if space allows. $40 for full day workshop.  Please contact Susan Rood (susancats@cox.net) if you would like to be put on the list.

Quilt Show at the Fine Furnishings Show - Important Details!

We will be accepting modern quilts for our first quilt show to be hung at the Fine Furnishings Show at the Pawtucket Armory on November 6-8th. Friday night through Sunday. This is a high-end furniture show and this is a fabulous opportunity to share with the public our amazing modern quilts! You may choose to sell or not. Bring your best work to the October meeting and make sure you label your quilt and attach an Entry Form with each quilt.

Leslie Lowenstein (ljlowenstein@cox.net) and Jill Belisle  (jillb3441@hotmail.com) will be coordinating this event. Please email them to sign up for show volunteering and entry information or any other questions. 


Quilting Retreat:

6 lucky ladies will be quilting up a storm at the Fall Retreat. Why not plan on attending the next one?

Next Challenge:

Our next guild challenge will be "SOLIDS".  There are no size or design rules. Just use your creativity and modern aesthetic to make this challenge really pop!  Due on January 9, 2016 meeting.

Fat Quarter Swap:

Next month's theme will be FALL - bring your modern fall fat 1/4's and go home with something too!

Monthly Discussion:

What is your favorite shortcut?
  • Creative Grids "stripology" ruler
  • Elmer's Washable School Glue to assist in binding
  • Half square triangle methods: "folded corner clipper", "quilt in a day triangle square up ruler", magic 8 video on Craftsy
  • Judy Lancaster of Ryco will be teaching a 7 methods of cutting triangles class.

Show and Tell:

 Tina shared her Wild & Goosey patterned flying geese quilt!

 Patricia brought in her challenge quilt which was inspired by the photo to the right.

 Patricia also finished her star quilt using batiks.

 Suzanne completed up a circle wall hanging with pebble quilting!

 Suzanne got lots of ooh's and ahh's with her bird house log cabin quilt!

 MaryAnn made an adorable wall hanging for the Riley Blake challenge!

 Karen shared her daughter's quilt made by both Karen and her Mom.


 Jenn's sewing machine cover is really neat!

 Jenn also completed a quilting bee quilt called "Twister" and features a text background.

 Fred cleverly calls this his "Nap" quilt (larger version of a Lap quilt!)

 Fred explained his unique technique of serging his quilted squares together for complete his quilts!

 Sue Ellen had a wonderful time making these bright stars for her quilt!

 Mary K. showed off her bee quilt showing the wonky crosses the members made for her!

 Mary also shared her orange sashed music themed quilt top.

 Denise finished her son's strip quilt on a grey background!

 Denise also wowed us with her shadow block quilt!

 Kathy's mini Cotton and Steel was made using the Stripology Ruler!

 Kathy also shared her disappearing 9-patch using Malka Dubrawsky fabric.

Her "non-modern" night and day star quilt is striking!


Due to our Special Event and change of location there 

will not be an Open Sewing Day next month!

* Look for an email this week on upcoming shows and events you may want to attend!

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

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 November Meeting

Thank you to all who came out for our November Meeting. For those who couldn't make it, here is the recap!   We have been a busy group and it is so much fun to share our creations with each other.

Congratulations!

Elections were held and we are happy to announce our new 2015 Executive Board of Directors!

President -               Tara Coogan
Vice President -       Leslie Lowenstein
Treasurer -              Meredith Skelly
Secretary -               Jill Belisle
Member Rep -         Jenn Galloway-Boyce
Communications -   Karen McCann

The Rachel May Special Event was very well received!  Lots of excitement surrounded her talk to our Guild and it proved to be a hit!  It was suggested to visit URI Textile Museum - right in our own back yard!

Modern Fat Quarter Swap took place - thanks to those who participated!

Black/White/Color Challenge - 

Inspecting the B&W challenge up close!



Jenn's graphic interpretations!

Patricia's Flower Hand Applique Quilt

Becky's paper pieced mosaic with Bike printed fabric

Sue finally found use for her orange/yellow ombre fabric!

Jackie has been creating blocks from the Modern Bee and used them for this challenge!

"Soul Shine" by Suzanne is stunning!

Suzanne's "Broken Glass" quilt

Karen's mini slice and dice Quilt

Tara Coogan's Strip Quilt

Leslie's quilt using various tree fabrics

Celine used a UFO for her challenge

Meredith's "Cat Dream" Quilt showcased gorgeous thread painting

Tina's disappearing 9-patch quilt

Kathy's "Condo Doors with Minky on the back!


Show and Tell - 

The quilting is exceptional in Kathy's Angela Walters pattern

Celine's Baby Quilt is charming!

A photo does not do Denise's Doll Quilt justice!


Becky's Mosaic Block by Craftsy

In honor of her daughter, Tina's "Tanzania" Quilt

Our 1st "Charity Quilt" is done! Thanks to Jodi, Jenn, Karen and Celine and all those who donated blocks.



Modern Bee Month 3 Blocks were exchanged and shared. Here is Karen's pieced top from her Group's blocks!

See you next month! 

Happy Modern Quilting!


October RIMQG Meeting Recap

Thank you to all members and guests who attended our October Meeting this past Saturday!

RIMQG Board Member Elections:

We will vote on our 2015 Board at the November Meeting. If you would like to get more involved in the Guild, please contact Carole Ann at rimodernquiltguild@gmail.com or Tara Coogan at ewehavemeinstitches@gmail.com to get specific position information and to get your name on the ballot.  This is a great way to support our growing Guild and make new friends.

Monthly Topic:

We shared ideas and samples of Holiday gift projects. Here are a few of them: 
 *pillow cases, ornaments, draft stoppers, chalk fabric place mats. Leslie shared her go to book.


Fat Quarter Swap:

We will continue the Modern Fat Quarter Swap into the November meeting! Bring a fat quarter and go home with a fresh one (maybe use it for a holiday gift!)

Special Events:   

Special Guest Speaker Rachel May, a founding member of The Boston Modern Quilt Guild and Book Author. Free to members, $5.00 for guests. Bring a friend and also one of your modern quilts to share with Rachel! Members Click here to register: https://www.facebook.com/events/282596901930833/

Activities Committee:

Black, White & One other Color challenge due at the November meeting. We can't wait to see what you've come up with!

Quilt Bee Update:

We are onto month 3 of our Modern Quilt Bee. It's fun to see the blocks each month. If any participants have pieced or finished their quilts, bring them in to share!





Show and Tell:

Everyone loves to see each other's projects and get inspired by our fellow Modern Quilters. Here is the inspiration from October......

Tara completed her 100 Block Quilt! Gorgeous!


 New attendee, Sangeeta shared her Ladybug quilt and patterned table topper!

 Kathryn gave us a peek of her B&W challenge "homage to this fabric"

 Pat created this quilt from a Dragon Bones class. Slash technique using batiks!

 Meredith's hand-stitched space shuttle embroidery was inspired by the Astronaut Start Block Challenge.

 Celine's beautiful tote bag includes a "modern" button.

 Jodi has named this beauty "Fiona's Quilt"!

 Tara Celeste's Baby Quilt with bikes was a hit! (so was her little cutie)

 Jenn's sewing machine name tag is really cute!

Dragonfly Quilt Shop is offering 10% off to all RIMQG Members through 2014! Thanks Kathryn!


EXTRA! If you are a member of RIMQG, you are a member of The Modern Quilt Guild. If you haven't done so in a while, take a few minutes and check out all the wonderful resources provided on the "Mother Ship's Website", including webinars, patterns, interviews, and all around great inspiration. 

Next Meeting: Saturday, November 1st, 2:00 pm, Cumberland Public Library