Charity Quilt Sew Day

Prior to our October meeting, some of our members met during our “open sew” time to work on the charity quilt we are creating for QuiltCon 2019. For those of you not familiar with the concept, the Modern Quilt Guild issues a charity quilt challenge for every QuiltCon. The National MQG assigns the color palette and theme, then each participating member or guild needs to come up with the design, piece it, and quilt it. This year’s theme was tiny piecing, and the palette (shown below) was decidedly pastel.

Tina revealing the block design…

Tina revealing the block design…

Color palette and scrap samples

Color palette and scrap samples

Tina’s sample block!

Tina’s sample block!

This year, Tina Craig led our team in not only the design of our quilt, but also in the production on Saturday. It’s always a fun morning when people come together for a good cause… especially when it involves sewing… am I right?!

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Special thanks to Lil for taking photos during our sewing time!

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 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















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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 January 2015 Meeting

Happy 2015 Modern Quilters!!

We had a terrific turnout for our first meeting of the new year. Thank you for renewing or signing up for the 2015 Membership Year.
 REMINDER - we must receive your dues before the Feb. 7th meeting.  

Here is what we did.......

Monthly Activity - Notions 101


Lots of great advice was shared and here are some of the notions we all love to use:

Add a 1/4 ruler, applique scissors by Karen Buckley, iPhone camera for layouts, Robert Kaufman App calculator, decorative seam rippers, lint rollers for ironing board, various marking pens - air erase, chalk, dental tools for points, etc., bird feather to clean channel of machine, Niagara Spray starch, Teflon slider for FMQ, clover wonder clips

LOG CABIN 3 month CHALLENGE ANNOUNCEMENT!!


The only RULE for this challenge is to start from the LOG CABIN BLOCK. You may create a quilt project of any size, shape, and color.  It will be due at the April Meeting.  Feel free to post photos, ideas, ask advice on our Facebook Members Page.  Leslie has created a Board on Pinterest for just this challenge! Get creative and modern - 1 giant block, all solids, gradation of color, deconstructed blocks. 


Items of Interest.....


Our Guild's 1st Charity Quilt was donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Providence, RI. They were thrilled and very appreciative. Here is Karen presenting it to CEO, Michael Fantom.


Members can sign up for the January 27th Modern Quilt Guild's Choosing Fabrics Webinar.

Committee Sign-Up Sheets were passed around at the meeting. If you were not present and would like to take a more active role in the Guild, we encourage you to email us and sign up for any of the Committees (Activities, Charity, or Special Events)  For further information about each one, email Tara.

Modern Quilt Bee - This is your chance to join round #2 of our popular Modern Bee Group. Email Tara to sign up. February will be the 1st of 6 months. Must use free patters only.

If you are a RIMQG member and on Facebook, we encourage you to request to be a group member on our Members Page. Check in every so often to get tips, resources, and ask advice of other members between our monthly meetings. 

RIMQG is now on Pinterest. If you are a visual person and love to be inspired by others, this online, photo-based social media site is for you.  Check out the site to join.

Show and Tell

 Leslie completed her Bee Quilt - fabulous!



Jenn's Plus Quilt using Tula Pink fabric is so sweet!

 Tina's original "Morse Code" quilt was designed for her husband to celebrate their 25th Anniversary!

 Suzanne's Confetti Quilt was stunning!


Created an art quilt in honor of her husband's love of hummingbird's!

 Charity's Halloween Quilt has a very clever spider web design radiating out from the middle!


Jenn's little boys will surely love their Star Wars Quilt on a cold winter's night!

Celeste's Asian Kimono Quilt is gorgeous!


There is no doubt that Sue's Slice and Insert quilt is very modern!

Celine's Scrappy Quilt is a feast for the eyes and senses!


Our first Jr. Member, Rachael shared several of her award winning MQX quilts - Here is a darling purple one.

 
Meredith had a ball creating a hexi runners!

  
Tara Celeste's Log Cabin with her online friends is precious!

Thanks for a great month!  Keep sewing and creating Modern Quilts!


See you next Month!!

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!


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.



March Meeting Recap

A big thank you to Pat at Ryco for generously offering us a bigger, brighter space for our monthly meetings. Our group is growing and this new space is going to be wonderful from now on.


There was a lot to cover this month. MQG pins and official member cards were passed out to those who have signed up to be members of the guild. There are lots of quilt shows coming up this Spring (see bottom of page) Here's what happened....

Quilt Critique:  What makes a quilt modern? We had a lively discussion of traditional vs. modern. We will continue this critique each month since it was so helpful for m any of us. 


Charity Committee:  Kathryn showed us some examples of the "knee sock" quilt block we will be sewing for our charity quilts. We will gladly accept any blocks you make and bring in to the monthly meetings. Email us if you want more info.  Also, Carole Ann had two requests for charity work (her post is on the RIMQG Members 2014 page)

Monthly Topic: Leslie introduced our new monthly activity challenge. "Color Theory" Block of the month, on Craftsy.com.  Click here for details to sign up for this free ongoing class.  Please bring your completed January Block to the next meeting in April.


Special Events Committee:  Becky has set up our 1st RIMQG Sewing Day! It will be held at Ryco on Saturday, April 5th starting at 10:30 am.  Bring your machine and supplies and get ready to have a great time till the meeting at 2:00 pm. Please RSVP to Becky at rebecamara79@hotmail.com
to reserve your spot.

WIP Switch Challenge: If you have WIP's, post them on our FB pages and anyone who wants to take up that challenge can communicate with the member. If you aren't on FB, feel free to bring it to the meeting and you will have the opportunity to show it.

3x3 Binding Demo:  Carole Ann, Tara and Coco each demonstrated their own personal binding method. This was a huge hit and everyone took some valuable information away from that to practice at home.


Show & Tell: Here are some of what our talented members are quilting this month!
 Tara's black, yellow and white quilt is striking!

 Sue's pastel table runners were beautiful!

 Maria showed us her gorgeous quilt!

 Jenn introduced us to her jelly roll race quilt.

 Suzanne made an Art quilt utilizing the "couching" technique.

 Kathy had expirimented with an Aboriginal with solids quilt!

 Charity's Disappearing 9 Patch was a big hit!

Carole Ann showed us her scrap cascade quilt!

New Challenge Opportunity for our RIMQG  Guild Members!  Do you want to have your modern quilt exhibited in a major quilt show? Now is your chance! click here for details. Open to all RIMGQ Members.

Modern Quilt Guild (MGQ)  Michael Miller Challenge: Carole Anne will keep us posted on this challenge. When the fabric arrives it will be distributed to those who signed up.

Quilt Shows in and around New England this Spring:  We can arrange carpooling and scheduling on our FB RIMQG Members page.

National Quilting Day is Saturday, March 15. Quilt Guild Members--bring your valid guild membership card and get in free!
and
MEET THE AUTHOR  
Saturday, March 29 ~ 11:30 am
Rachel May is a founding member of the Boston Modern Quilt Guild. 
She will be signing her new book, Quilting with a Modern Slant.
 
 
April 9-12
Manchester, NH
 

Touching Stars Quilt Show
April 26-27
North Kingston High School

June 6-7
UMass Dartmouth

 Quilt Con - February 2015    This is The Modern Quilt Guild's big show! check out the whole site and consider saving up for this Austin, TX trip.

See you next month at Ryco, Lincoln  at 2:00 pm