July Meeting Recap

We had a great turnout this month, and we had FIVE first time visitors! 

Meeting Recap:

Special Events Committee Update: August retreat is fast approaching and will be so much fun! We will also be planning a Happy Hour in Downtown Providence for a social meet up; look for the date/location in an upcoming newsletter.

Activities Committee Update: Next month is our "Quilting Notions Yard Sale"; we will be hosting our monthly meeting at Lincoln Woods Park (exact location to follow in newsletter) for a potluck lunch, yard sale to benefit the guild, and usual meeting activities. If you have anything to contribute to the yard sale, please bring it ready to go so that we can get it priced quickly. Please bring personal checks or small bills to pay for items.

Charity Committee Update: Continually collecting blocks (from print out template), backing fabric, and batting. If you are interested in piecing/quilting, we have enough blocks to make our first charity quilt! See a committee member or guild leader to participate.

Modern Bee: Jenn and Charity are leading our guild Modern Bee; if you signed up, look for an email from Jenn to coordinate. We decided to do a 6-month Bee, so that participants could finish their quilt faster. This will require each participant to make two blocks per month. We are so excited to see this come together and look forward to seeing the blocks/quilts that result!

"Getting to know you" Interview Series: Sue was the first member highlighted in this new series (see previous post!) We thought this was fun and we learned a lot about her! Look out for another member to be highlighted this month and see a guild leader to volunteer to be interviewed for future months!

Michael Miller Challenge Quilts
** we forgot to take a guild photo of our challenge projects!! please bring your project to our next meeting so that we can get a group photo for our Facebook page **

Tara had a lot of negative space and filled it with dense and varied FMQ patterns

 Tina shared this mini quilt that she designed on EQ7 using HST's

Jill shared a mini quilt that she applique'd hexagons; demo coming soon! 

 Jodi embraced the negative space challenge too; with this creative display of plants and a kite

Desirae and Suzanne improv designed this quilt; very modern use of improv piecing and off-center white borders

Jenn shared her shooting stars quilt; the FMQ makes it look like they're shooting!

Leslie is getting creative with different FMQ patterns with this awesome take on a Dresden plate

Tara made use of that negative space to showcase a sampler grid of the challenge fabrics

Suzanne made these circles pop with a black contrasting background

Mary made a bag and used different FMQ designs in each column

Sue let the fabric patterns make the shapes of the butterflies, tree, and sun. The mailbox even says "Michael Miller!"

Lisa used different sized pinwheels to showcase the challenge fabrics

Becky embraced the modern layout and did some "echo" quilting

Carole Ann did some nice applique of these petals and did a ton of swirls for her FMQ

Wow! so many challenge projects!! thanks to everyone who participated and we look forward to doing this again next year with the MQG, and later this year within our guild!

Show and Tell projects

 Tara used the inspiration from Carole Ann's grid-interfacing backing to make this baby quilt

Tara also finished the quilt top from the "100 Modern Blocks" book! 

Pat showed this impressive improv applique wall hanging

Ken showed a kids quilt with dinosaur panels

Tina made this wall hanging using paper piecing

Sue compiled the blocks from the Color Theory instructional on Craftsy

Carole Ann finished the grid-interfacing blocks and added some solids to frame them out

Thanks to everyone who came out to the meeting; we look forward to seeing you all at Lincoln Woods Park next month, August 9th at 2:00pm. Look for the specific location in our newsletter and bring a chair or picnic quilt to sit on.  Don't forget to bring food for the potluck if you signed up (comment on the Members Facebook Page to bring something) and be ready to buy some quilting notions from our yard sale to benefit the guild!

Next Meeting: 2/8 at 2pm

At our next meeting, we'll be focusing on: Needles & Threads!

Discussion: What kind of threads and needles do you use and why?  We all have lots to learn about the benefits and drawbacks of using different types of threads and needles on different machines and during different parts of the quilting process.  We'll pool our collective knowledge to come up with some answers and tips!

Demo: Kathryn will demonstrate how to bury your threads when quilting.

WIP Switch Challenge: Shake up your inspiration a little!  Bring one of your WIPs (works in progress) that you've lost momentum on, and swap it with another member's WIP.  You'll finish someone else's WIP and gift it back to them, and you'll get yours back as a finished quilt, too.

Show & Tell: Bring something finished or in progress to share with the group.  Be ready to share your thoughts on what makes it modern.

See you on Saturday, February 8th at 2pm at Ryco Creative Sewing Center.

January Meeting Recap

Thanks to everyone who came out to our January meeting!

We started the meeting by sharing some of our favorite quilting tools:  

Here are a few of the suggestions to add to your next shopping list:

  • Handi-Bobs & Bobbin Buddies - for your thread needs
  • Red binding clips - for holding your binding in place as you sew it on
  • Mechanical pencils - for drafting awesome modern quilts
  • Accuquilt - fast/accurate cutting (can be rented at Ryco) 
  • Pool noodle - for storing quilts, keep wrinkles out
  • Thread Cutter Gizmo - great for chain piecing
  • Comic book boards - organizing your fabric
  • Quilt Halo - to assist with your FMQ 
  • Teflon washers - relieve friction in your bobbin casing
  • Quilting gloves - for getting a good grip during FMQ

Next, we shared what we came up with for the January Wholecloth Quilt Challenge:
(Suzanne's quilt)

(Lisa's quilt front - above & back - below)

Becky made a wholecloth quilt inspired by the RIMQG's logo!
(Becky's quilt)

(Kathryn's quilt)

(Carole Ann's quilt)

Next, we brainstormed some awesome ideas of challenges, demos, workshops, and activities we want to take on in 2014.

Lastly, we shared some beautiful quilts that members recently finished:

Thanks again, everyone, for sharing your beautiful quilts and inspiration with the group!

November Meeting Recap

We had a lot to cover at the November meeting! If you weren't able to make it, here's a recap:

1) We introduced the RIMQG's first Board of Directors:

      Carole Ann Penney, President
      Kathryn LeBlanc, Vice President
      Tara Coogan, Treasurer
      Jodi Meenan, Secretary
      Coco LeClaire-Conway, Membership
      Karen McCann and Sherri Noel, Communications Administrators

2) Tara did a free-motion quilting demonstration of some designs, ranging from basic stippling to dogwood flower. Here's some action shots of "wonky boxes":

2) There is a Free-Motion quilting challenge due in January. The parameters are to create a whole-cloth quilt (or table runner, wall hanging, etc.) and get creative with your free-motion quilting. Whole-cloth means the quilt will have no patchwork; we suggest using a solid fabric or a subtle print that will allow your quilting to be the star of the show. If you need some inspiration or have questions, take it to our Facebook page and get feedback from the group.

3) To prepare for the challenge due in January, we are practicing by bringing a 10x10 mini quilt sandwich to the December meeting (no binding necessary) with a free-motion design that gets you out of your comfort zone. Try something new! See the photos from the demonstration for reference. Our goal is to toss all of the mini's on the table at the next meeting and see what the group came up with. The mini's will be collected and we will make a booklet of sorts, from which we can refer to if we need quilting design inspiration. Bring as many as you'd like! 

4) Here are some links to some our favorite FMQ guru's:

5) Here are photos of the November challenge, Design Your Own Quilt:

6) And last but not least; show and tell!

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the meeting!
Please keep an eye out for our newsletter with more details about the 
membership forms that will be submitted before the end of the year.
Keep on quilting and see you next month!

Upcoming meeting: November 9th at Ryco

We have some exciting things going on at our November 9th meeting!! We hope you can join us :)

1) Introducing RIMQG membership forms
2) Presenting our Board of Directors 
3) Sharing the Design Your Own Quilt challenge projects
4) Announcing our Modern Fat Quarter Swap in December
5) Announcing the Free-Motion Quilting challenge due in January
6) Presenting a Free-Motion Quilting demo

We will have a busy meeting, so plan for a bit more than the usual hour! 

See you November 9th at Ryco!

September Meeting Recap

We had another great meeting this month filled with inspiration and goals for the coming months. We shared our "make it modern" challenge items, as well as other show-and-tell pieces.

We also had a great demo by Coco on improv quilting. She showed us some famous quilts that were modern before their time, and she took us through her improv process using a design wall.  By the end of the demo she had a gorgeous modern improv quilt (that we can't wait to see finished!)

We issued a new challenge for our November meeting. As we continue to explore our goal of "designing your own quilts", our challenge is to bring an item that you designed yourself. We will dive into this during our October meeting with a "3x3" (three individuals who talk for 3 minutes each) about their design process.

A lot of great resources and ideas came up in the course of the meeting - here are some links to help you track them down:
  • A new quilt shop called Knit One Quilt Too is opening in Barrington on September 24th.
  • For longarm resources - our members SueAlison, and Pat all offer longarm services, or check out Mad About Quilts in Mansfield where you can rent a longarm machine for your own use.
  • Craftsy is a great resources for online quilting classes.
  • Ningret Quilters has an upcoming show from October 18-20 in Westerly.
Feel free to post any additional resources to our Facebook page!

Our next meeting will be Saturday, October 5th at 2pm at Ryco. Bring a show and tell piece, work in progress, or even the November challenge project (if you've finished early!)

Happy quilting!

Join us this Saturday!

Meeting this Saturday - 9/7 at 2pm

Show & Tell: Bring something in-progress or finished to share with the group. 

Make it Modern Challenge: Our challenge for this meeting is to take something that's usually "traditional" in quilting and make it "modern" - whatever that may mean to you.  Bring your project and we'll continue our exploration of what defines Modern Quilting.

Improv Quilting Demo:  Coco will demonstrate the process of improv quilting, or quilting without a set pattern/plan in mind.

AND mark your calendars for our upcoming meetings this fall:

10/5 at 2pm
11/9 at 2pm
12/7 at 2pm

As always, we'll be at Ryco Creating Sewing Center.

August Meeting Recap

Thanks to everyone who came out to our meeting this weekend!  We had a great group and a lively discussion of what makes a quilt modern or traditional.

Below is the list we came up with.  The MOST important thing to remember is that our guild does not see modern as "good" and traditional as "bad" - we don't exclude anyone from our group for being "too traditional."  What we all have in common is that we're all interested in exploring the modern aesthetic.  So much of our inspiration comes from tradition techniques and patterns!

This list is the basis for our next challenge: MAKE IT MODERN.  For our next meeting, we're challenging our members to take inspiration from traditional quilting and update it to make it modern. Becky brought a great example of this to our meeting this weekend: she updated a traditional dresden block by using bright chevron fabric, and by using all the same fabric around the plate.

Here are some more photos from our meeting (blame my dead camera battery for the low-quality photos - I had to use my iphone.  Still, these modern colors really pop!).

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, September 7th at 2pm.  We'll continue our exploration of what makes a quilt "modern" by sharing the results of our "Make It Modern" challenge. Then we'll have a demo by Coco on improv quilting. Don't forget to bring something to share at show & tell. As always, we'll be at Ryco Creating Sewing Center.  See you there!!

April Meeting Rcap

During our April meeting we heard a great talk on COLOR from Allison WilburAllison discussed Primary Colors, and the bold effect of Complementary Colors (color wheel opposites).


Allison suggested using a color tool like the one below (or even paint chips!) when shopping for fabrics. 

Allison also showed us the effect of warm colors versus cool colors. In the star blocks below, when the warm color is in the background (yellow/orange fabrics), the block tends to appear "flat", but when she reversed the pattern and used the warm colors in front, the star really develops depth and a 3D effect.  The blue quilt below demonstrates the use of monochromatic fabrics, and the multi-colored quilt has an interesting effect of fading from one color to another.

As always, we saw some amazing quilts from our members during "show and tell"! 

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the April meeting. 
We are all looking forward to seeing the finished items from our Crayon Challenge at our May 4th, 2pm meeting! More details about our next meeting will be posted soon. 

Happy quilting!

Next Meeting: Saturday, April 6th at 2pm

Here is what we have planned:

Allison Wilbur will be telling the group about Color. Members are encouraged to bring examples of work where they believe they effectively used color, or where they could use some advice. Learn about Allison's initiative with Quilt for Change, where she uses "the Art of Quilt to Inspire Social Change". 

We are still working on our Crayon Challenge! This challenge was assigned at our March meeting where members blindly picked a crayon out of a bag, and had to use that color as the inspiration for their next project. We will be presenting our finished items at our May meeting.  If you would still like to participate in the Crayon Challenge, we will provide another opportunity at our meeting this Saturday.

Show & tell - Bring a finished piece or a work in progress! Get some helpful insight from the group on where to go next with a project, or even how to better bring out your inspiration color from the Crayon Challenge.

Don't forget your Polaroid Block name tag! 

As always, we meet at at Ryco Creative Sewing Center.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!