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!






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

 





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!!