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!)

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  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
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!
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


February Meeting Recap

We had a great turnout for this month's meeting - 25 Modern Quilters!    Welcome to our new members. We are so glad you have chosen to join us!


Monthly Topic 


Our Thread and Needle discussion brought lots of discussion and samples being passed around. 

Thread tips that were shared:

* Use Madeira invisible thread in the bobbin and change out the color on top when needed.
* Aurifil Thread makes a great chart with a variety of colors
* Superior Thread Newsletter is offering a free ($3.95 shipping) DVD on aspects of thread. I will order a copy for our Guild and members can check it out to view it at home.
* Pale green makes a great neutral, as does peach for warm tones.
 Check out Pat Sloan's List of Perfect Colors
* Sulky makes a fine thread for applique work.

Needle tips that were shared:

* Superior makes a titanium top needle that won't snap, but will bend instead. Check online or at quilt shows.
* Change your needle before every new project.
* Listen to the sounds of your machine. You'll hear if something is "off".
* Going over pins is a "no-no". Better be on the safe side and change out your needle to avoid costly repairs.
* Look for deals online and at your favorite stores. Please share on our Facebook Page.

Monthly Demo

Kathryn gave us a Demo on Hiding Threads.

First knot your ends. Then use Dritz or Spiral Eye Needles for easy threading the short ends and bring it back into the batting. Tug gently till you hear the "pop" that tells you the knot has gone into the sandwiched quilt. Pull needle back up and carefully clip off  thread from needle! Thank you Kathryn!

WIP (Works in Progress) Challenge

 The group came up with some general guidlines for this activity. 

* Crib size or smaller
* Give specific instructions - don't assume we know what you want done
* Be flexible and willing to get back a finished product that is not exactly what you expected
* Are you willing to be a piecer, quilter, binder, or any combination of those skills?

March Challenge

Next month bring your WIP project to the monthly meeting to swap your with other quilters! We agreed on completing our swaps within 2 months.

Monthly Show and Tell 

There is so much talent and inspiration in our group. Here is what we are working on and have completed this month!

 Kathryn and her daughter show off her kitchen quilt
 Tara made a custom birthday quilt for a client
 Jodi shared her strip & flip quilt
 Becky made her niece very happy with this quilt
 Katherine shared her "Love" challenge quilt
 Sue completed a beautiful pastel colored quilt
This is Desarea's 1st quilt! gorgeous!
 Jackie shared her Japanese inspired quilt
 Charity showed us her Modern Maples
 New member Jen shared this lovely quilt
 Tina shared her "Big Love" quilt and matching mat

 Suzanne shared her amazing Log Cabin Sampler
 Karen shared her paper piecing quilt top
 Ken shared his modern take on Underground Railroad squares
Jen shared her modern draw string bag - cute!

Next Month

Our topic for March is Binding. Come prepared to share what your favorite binding technique is and bring samples to show us.

Bring any "Modern" quilt or project you are working on or have finished for Show and Tell.

Quilt Shows:  New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA is currently hosting Quilts of Japan. Starting in July 2014 they will host Rhode Island Quilts. Check out your local library for free day passes.

Our neighbors over at the Boston Modern Quilt Guild have a celebrity in their midst. One of the founders, Rachael May,  has published a book on Modern Quilting. Click here for more info.

Next Meeting Saturday, March 8th at 2:00 pm at Ryco.