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 August Meeting

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Summer Potluck!! We had a great day relaxing in the Gazebo, eating wonderful food, and socializing. 






We had some exciting announcements this month:

Quilting Retreat
We have shifted the dates to October 23-26 in the hopes that more can join; we currently have 3 members committed, but need a minimum of 6 to get a big enough house to have the quilting space we would like. 

Please email us at: rimodernquiltguild@gmail.com ASAP if you are interested in joining! If we don't get additional sign-ups within the next couple of weeks, we may have to cancel and try again next year. Have suggestions to make the retreat more accessible going forward? Please email your feedback; it's always welcome :)


Quilt SHOW!!!!
We have been invited to be exhibitors at the Pawtucket, RI Fine Home Furnishings Show!! This is a great opportunity to showcase our work (and offer it for sale, if we choose!)
It's taking place November 6-8, 2015 and we have about 100ft of pipe and drape to decorate with our quilts. 

**We are looking to create a committee to help with coordination for this show; please email: rimodernquiltguild@gmail.com if you would like to be part of this committee. It will entail the committee helping to develop the printed resources, coordinating the layout of the quilts to be hung, and help determine what we want to share to the public about our Guild. We need help to make this happen! Please contact us to assist :)

**We are also needing high-quality photos to be used as marketing material (most advertising is done by the show coordinator)... please email us with some photos that we can use to show the public our amazing modern work.

Check out the website for details: http://www.finefurnishingsshows.com



Now... on to our Mini Quilt Cotton & Steel Challenge Projects!







It was great taking the time to gaze upon these impressive works and discuss techniques, tools, and fabrics! 



Other Show & Tell: 











Thanks again to all who contributed food to the potluck; we have some wonderful cooks! 

See you all again next month, where we will resume our open sew and have our normal meeting hours again. See the sidebar for the next batch of meeting dates!

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!