February 2016 Meeting Recap

Thank you all for coming to join us at our February meeting! 


We had a great turn out at this month's meeting and we welcomed 3 new members! Here's what happened.....



The Mighty Lucky Quilting group met at 1:00 to discuss February's challenge "Minimalist Improvisation" presented by Season Evans. 


The goal of this challenge was to create a patchwork panel using minimalist principles: a few colors (possibly just solids) and having a clear focus on color, shape or movement. We were advised to gather our fabrics with a focus fabric in mind, coordinating solids and contrasting solids. The key technique with this challenge was to limit the choices of fabrics, let the focus fabric guide you when making the piece, and paring down choices through thoughtful subtraction. We had a few examples to share and a great discussion on this challenge. Members were pleasantly surprised to see completed projects for this month, as well as Jen Smith's completed January bias tape project. 

Minimal improv block made by Jenn B. She later turned it into a pillow.
Jen Smith shared this cute pillow she made using January's bias tape
project

For those of you that may not know, this is a monthly subscription club through a quilting website Lucky Spool. A popular quilt designer/teacher will teach a different concept (through PDF) for you to try each month of the year. You can sign up for the year or monthly, and all instructions are emailed right to you! This group will meet monthly at 1:00 pm before the RIMQG meeting to discuss that month's challenge and share ideas. If you are a paid RIMQG member, you can join the Facebook Group (see our FB page for members). For more information and to join The Mighty Lucky Quilting Club please click here http://luckyspool.com/collections/patterns/products/mighty-lucky-quilting-club 


Webinar Viewing

We watched the MQG webinar "Awaken Your Inner COLOR GENIUS" by Carrie Bloomston at this month's meeting. Carrie's webinar discussed basic color theory and helped us tap into our own innate sense of color through a few different exercises discussed in the webinar. We hope that you enjoyed it! For more information on The MQG's free webinar series, please click on this link: themodernquiltguild.com and go to the Community tab at the top of the page. The webinars are free for paid members, but you must login to view them.

HOMEWORK for next meeting:

At the March meeting, Allison Wilbur will help us go deeper into the world of color with a series of fun activities! Please raid your stash and come prepared with the following supplies (if possible):
  • 10-20 charm squares (5-inch squares) representing as many colors around the color wheel as you can (approx. 2 squares per color is ideal)
  • 1 or 2 fat quarters in neutral colors
  • Prints or solids will work. Please note everybody’s charm squares will be mixed together during the activity, so you might want to label yours with stickers or masking tape so you can collect them at the end.


Valentine's Fabric Postcard Swap!


Our fabric postcard swap is still underway through the month of February. Members that received a card brought them in to share. Please watch the mail for your card. One member let us know her postcard was stuck inside of some junk mail and she almost threw it out!! Isn't it fun to send and receive mail as pretty as this?!


Show and Tell

Denise shared her beautiful tree quilt that was made using applique and couching techniques 

Celine's gorgeous star quilt


Suellen was inspired by a workshop with quilting teacher/pattern designer Timna Tarr and created this circle quilt based on Timna's teachings


The back of Suellen's circle quilt. Very modern! 


Sue A created this improv piecing quilt inspired by a Jacquie Gering
workshop she attended.


A stunning piece called "28" by Suzanne M. 


This  table runner made by Dianne F was her first try at free motion quilting. Great job Dianne!

Jelly roll race quilt by Sangeeta


Jen S made this darling quilt with charm packs
The back of Jen's quilt.
"Red Hot Chili Peppers' by Celine was made using a jelly roll, a charm pack, and a layer cake of these beautiful fabrics.


Thank you all for another great meeting. See you in March!


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!

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