January 2016 Meeting Recap





Thank you for attending our January 2016 Meeting!



We had a great first meeting of the new year and welcomed many new faces to our group. We are happy to have you join us. You all have so many wonderful ideas and the enthusiasm was terrific. This year is going to be amazing! Here's what happened.....




Mighty Lucky Quilting Club

Today at 1:00 was our first meet up for the Lucky Spool challenge group.This month we learned about making bias tape, and using it as a design element in quilting. Members shared alternative ways of making the bias tape and placing it on their background fabric. Making and working with the bias tape seems to be a technique that people were unsure about at first, but are really enjoying it. Jill made this block (in the picture above) using bright, modern colors, and is contemplating turning this into a pillow! 



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 FB 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 



Jessica's bias tape project was inspired by
colorful bouncing balls.


Treasurer Report News

 Our new Treasurer Jen Smith updated us on our finances during the meeting. 
If you would like more information, please email RIMQG and we will be happy to get that to you.

Valentine's Day Fabric Postcard Swap!

Our last fabric postcard swap was a hit! We all had so much fun making fabric postcards and snail-mailing them out to our partners. So, we have decided to do another swap for Valentine's Day! Sign-ups were held and partners were selected. Postcards can be mailed your partner any time. If you couldn't make it to the meeting, don't worry! Please email Jenn Boyce and she will assign you a partner so you can participate in this fun swap. She can provide you with written directions if you have not made a fabric postcard before. They are super easy and fun to make!



Quarterly themes for 2016 were discussed,

 and in our First Quarter we will be focusing on Color! 

We will be viewing the MQG Webinar "Awaken Your Inner Color Genius" hosted by Carrie Bloomstone at our next meeting to begin our exploration on Color. In this Webinar,Carrie will discuss basic color theory and help us to find our own resonant palette. Color is highly personal and she teaches some tricks that can make it fun and easy! You wont want to miss it!!


Did you know!!?

 The mission of the MQG is to support and encourage the growth 
and development of modern quilting through art, education, and community.


Show and tell!


Alice has mastered sewing curves
for our Solid Challenge!


Tina shared her quilt "Interface" inspired by her husbands work with submarine communication in
 The U.S. Navy! The blue represents water, the yellow rectangle is a buoy and the quilting
 represents sonar signals in the water and the air. Well done, Tina!!
Patricia quilted her Grandson's beloved dog "Duke"
She even had her grandson help with the design!
New member Lil with her Ballerina mini quilt.
her technique included the use of a couching foot on her machine.


Kathy's book that inspired her Solid Challenge Quilt

Kathy's Blue and Grey Improv quilt for our Solid Challenge
Thank you to Sue A. for this beautiful quilt that you have donated to our charity efforts!

Suzanne's gorgeous Dream Catcher!
Maria shared her beautiful flower quilt 
Leslie made a quilt out of her colorful scrap fabrics!
Becky's Jelly Roll Race Quilt made with Cotton & Steel fabrics
Karen is exploring Gelli Plate Printing on fabric and made beautiful
snack mats from her design.


Next meeting is February 6th in the Community Room of Cumberland Public Library 2-4:00 See you there!! 









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!


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