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 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

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!










April Meeting Recap

We had a great meeting this month! Thank you to all those who help contribute to our monthly meetings and we also welcome the visitors we had this month!

 

Our 1st RIMQG Sewing Day:





Ryco hosted our first Sewing Day this past Saturday from 10:30-2:00 pm. We had a nice size group of sewers working on all kinds of projects. Thanks to Becky for organizing this through Ryco and for everyone who brought snacks!

Color Block of the Month:  

 
Leslie and Sue showed us their completed blocks for January. Bring your February blocks to the May meeting for viewing. Here's the link for those who have not signed up and wish to for this free class.

Charity Blocks:

Thank you to all who donated more "Knee Sock" blocks for our newly formed Charity Committee. Keep them coming and we will be on our way to piecing some quilts together! Use your scraps to create either "cool", "warm" or "juvenile/novelty" blocks.  If you don't have the pattern, contact us and we'll email it to you.

What is Modern?

We continued our monthly critique of a quilt to decide - is this a "modern quilt?"


Show and Tell: 

Everyone loves this part of the meeting!

 

 Meredith created this bird cage cover for her husband's birds!

 Jenn has finished piecing a 3 of a kind quilt!

 Patricia, a first time visitor, created a cat art quilt from a Sicily photo!

 Mary Ann showed off her Craftsy 2012 BOM quilt!

 Denise shared her quilt and inspiration for it, along with beautiful poem!

Cat shared a WIP which she inherited from her Great Aunt!
 Carole Ann shared her completed Hope Tomorrow Quilt!

 Becky created a paper piecing quilt for her nephew!

 Karen shared her completed paper piecing quilt also!


 Suzanne shared her colorful free motion quilted wall hangings!

 Tara showed us her "casette tape" baby quilt!

The Modern Quilt Guild - Michael Miller Challenge:


Fabric was passed out to the 22 members who signed up for this national challenge!
RIMQG rules: Focus on negative space - at least 25% of your finished quilt should be solids, you are not required to use all fabrics given, and you can add solids of your choice. See link to MQG for national rules and info about entering to win the challenge (enter by 6/23) - http://themodernquiltguild.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/are-you-ready/. Bring your completed challenge quilt to our June meeting.


RIMQG Retreat Announced:

Desiree and Becky coordinated our 1st Quilting Retreat to take place in Wells, VT
$200 for a 3 night stay. Two sessions - August 19-21, and August 22-24, 2014.
Check our Members FB page to message or email Tara, Desiree or Becky for more details.


New Quilt Shop!

Our very own RIMQG Vice President, Kathryn LeBlanc, is opening Dragonfly's Quilt Shop this Saturday, April 12th! She has generously given our members a special deal - see link.

http://www.dragonflysquiltshop.com/early-bird-sign-ups-for-the-rhode-island-modern-quilt-guild-members/


Quilt Shows this Spring:  

MQX Festival  April 9-12, Manchester, NH  http://www.mqxshow.com/MQX/East/Home/index.cfm

Narragansett Bay Quilters Show  April 26th    http://www.nbqa.org/quilt-shows/next-quilt-show/

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  Quilts and Color   April 6-July 27th


See you next month on May 3rd at 2:00 pm!