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!! 









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!






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!

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!

MQG Madrona Road Challenge

A few months ago, the Modern Quilt Guild issued a challenge to its members: create a quilt using only the Madrona Road fabric line paired with coordinating solids.  Three members of the RI Modern Quilt Guild answered the call, and here's what they came up with:

Tina Craig - Seaside Stitches

Carole Ann Penney - Connect the Dots Crafts

Mary Beth Slinko

Check out the Modern Quilt Guild's flickr group to see a gallery of the finished challenge quilts.  It's amazing and inspiring to see how different each quilt is!

Thanks to Michael Miller and the Modern Quilt Guild for supplying guilds with this beautiful fabric!