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 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 of December 2014 Meeting

Out last meeting for 2014 was fabulous!  There is so much talent in our group!

We will continue to develop and evolve as a Modern Quilt Guild and with everyone's enthusiasm and energy, next year will be even better!

We enjoyed goodies provided by Leslie and Tara and had a very lively brainstorming session to explore plans for next year. Thank you for all your wonderful ideas and suggestions.  The Board and Committees will take all that input and plan some exciting meetings and events for 2015!

Show and Tell

 Celine's Snowman Pillowcases were so sweet!

 Rachel's striking Four Patch Quilt
 Rachael also showed off her pencil pouches!

 Table runner designed by Celine. Quilted by Sue.


 Emily's Black/White/Red Challenge Quilt was beautiful!

 Jean shared her Black/White/Green Challenge quilt!

 Celeste's Tree Skirt with buttons was made with "25 degree Wedge"

 Jenn is nearly done with the binding on her Mariner's Compass!

 Denise shared the story of the "love" quilt made for her daughter. What a Mom!

 Meredith's color challenge quilt has become a very sweet and personal momento for her!

 Linda shared several beautiful quilts/projects. This one is created using the
"Sew Kind of Wonderful" Ruler
 This is her chevron quilt - very modern!

 These mini projects are part of her certification requirements - very nice!

Kathy's modern quilt is a bit of an illusion - it's really a nine-patch!
 Her gorgeous charcoal quilt using quilter's linen will make someone very happy!

 Jodi explained her Leaders & Enders quilt made from oodles of tiny squares!
Can't wait to see the finished quilt.


Modern Quilting Bee

The Modern Bee has caught on like wildfire! Here are some of our completed quilts from this first session!

Tara designed a beautiful and unique Bee quilt!



Leslie used the grey Michael Miller fabric for her Bee Quilt's background! 
Love it!

Suzanne named her Bee Quilt "Ancient Messages" and it has a beautiful Aztec feel to it!

We can't wait to see what quilters from Month #4 do with their blocks! (below)



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Thanks RYCO for the gift certificates earned by our Guild during 2014!

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Charity Quilt!

With the wonderful help from so many members, we have completed our FIRST charity quilt. We will finalize our recipient before the end of the year and post the news later on in the month!

Thank you all and see you in 2015!


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



September Meeting Recap

We had a great turnout for our September meeting at our new location at The Cumberland Public Library.  Thank you all for coming and welcome to our guests.

Sue Bleiweiss and Nancy Turbitt, of SAQA were here to introduce our members to the Studio Art Quilt Associates. Sue is one of the MA/RI Regional Reps for SAQA and Nancy is from RI. Check out the SAQA Regional Blog for details on upcoming events.


Committee Updates:

Activity Committee:   Black and White Challenge - Using Black and White with the addition of one other color (variations OK) and create a modern quilt project.  DUE:  November Meeting!

Charity Committee: Karen pieced donated blocks together, Jodi offered to quilt it, Jenn offered to bind our 1st Charity Quilt! Keep those blocks coming - thanks in advance!

Special Events Committee:  Mark your calendars for a special guest speaker on Saturday October 25th!  Rachel May!!


3 x 3 Applique Demo:  

Thank you to Suzanne, Tina and Leslie for demoing their personal techniques for applique. We all picked up a tip or two from these talented ladies.

 Susanne is partial to raw edge applique!

 Tina showed us the finer points of needle turn hand applique!

 Leslie shared her method of machine applique!


Show and Tell:


 Tara's twin boy elephant quilts were all from her stash!

 Tara's patchwork pillow is available in her shop!

 Carole Ann loves her interfacing method for piecing small squares!

 Charity showed us her finished Michael Miller Quilt!

 Jenn showed us her foster children block from an international Bee she's in!


 Leslie shared two pillow covers with UFO's.

 Jill's Moda Bake Shop wall hanging has beautiful pebbling!

 Everyone loved the ombre binding of Tina's spiral quilt!

 Mary's granddaughter will love her baby quilt!

 Bijou Lovely quilt with modern fabric is striking!

 Tara Celeste shared the inspiration for her Anchor Quilt - amazing!

 Meredith creatively used bamboo & walnut from her yard as the stand for her Budgie Branch gift!

Denise has made a lovely wedding quilt for her exchange student from Taiwan, which she will hand deliver to the new bride!
  

 Here are two of Pat's gorgeous quilts! She is published in 500 Traditional Quilts Book!


Next Month:  Modern Fat Quater Swap!


Election of Officers to RIMQG 

If you love RIMQG and are thinking you want to become more involved, consider volunteering to become a Board Member. More details next month.