December 2013 Meeting - Recap

Our December meeting this past Saturday at Ryco was jammed packed. We opened up formal membership for the 2014 year and we are off to a great start with sign-ups. If you were not there you will be able to sign up next month or see our "membership page" on the right side of the Blog to download forms and mail in.

We all enjoyed our Fat Quarter Swap coordinated by Coco, who came up with a very clever and imaginative way to select our gift. Thanks Coco! Thanks also to Ryco for the surprise gift certificate for one lucky winner!  Here are some photos:

Next on the schedule was "Show and Tell".  Despite the busy holiday season, we had several people showing off their creations......

Our challenge for this month was to bring in a 10 x 10 Free Motion Quilting Square.  There was lots of oohing and ah-hing over the variety of designs we all brought in.  Tara offered to gather them all together into a binder for future meetings as a reference tool for ideas.  We had fun discussing the thought process behind our designs.  Here are the samples we all shared:

January Challenge:  In keeping with the Free Motion Quilting Theme, we are asking everyone to use only Whole Cloth to show off your blossoming Free Motion Quilting skills. It can be table runner, small quilt, pillow or larger if you are so inclined. Be BRAVE and FEARLESS! 

As 2013 is nearing an end, and some of us are assuming our new responsibilities as RIMQG Board Members, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Carole Ann and Tara for all their hard work and dedication in getting RIMQG off the ground and running!  We are all very excited to be a part of this wonderful group and are looking forward to a terrific 2014 Quilting Year.


Next Meeting: January 11, 2014  2:00 pm at Ryco, Lincoln, RI

Happy Holidays and Happy Quilting!  

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!

October Meeting Recap

As we prepare to join the Modern Quilt Guild "mothership" (thanks CA!) we announced that we will be covering a few crucial bases at our November meeting:

1) conducting elections for our Board of Directors 
2) presenting our guild's bylaws
3) introducing RIMQG membership forms 
4) announce what our annual membership dues will be and how they will be collected

Stay tuned for more details! We are all very excited!

Next Challenge
Due at our November meeting are the projects for the "Design Your Own Quilt" challenge.

Look for another blog post with the details from our 3x3 speakers on their process for designing quilts:
1) use Excel to design quilts and calculate yardage
2) use graph paper to sketch quilts, and carry a notebook to jot down quick ideas and inspirations
3) how to brainstorm ideas, answering the question "where do I start?"

Show & Tell
This month we saw some impressive quilts from our members, in addition to some great pieces from a few new faces!

Events & Field Trips

The New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA will feature a talk by Denyse Schmidt on Friday, November 15 at 7pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased on their website. If you're interested in going, send an email to Becky so we can coordinate our first guild field trip!

On view at the Museum will also be an exhibit called Roots of Modern Quilting: Fresh Eyes on Old Quilts, which is open from October 10 -December 28.

We also received an invitation from the Boston Modern Quilt Guild and Seacoast Modern Quilt Guilds to join them for a talk by Lizzie House on Saturday, November 23 from 10am-12pm. This would be a great opportunity to connect with other local chapters of the Modern Quilt Guild!

Thanks again to everyone who came out to the meeting this month. Happy quilting and see you soon!

Call for Charity Blocks: Quilts for CO & NM

From one of our members, Amanda:

With the recent flooding and destruction in Colorado and New Mexico, my goal is to bring warmth, love and kindness to those who may be feeling homeless, depressed, and worried about what their future brings. I’m looking for sewers to create quilt blocks to be put together into quilts for the people affected by the flooding. I’d also appreciate donations of supplies, such as fabric, batting, etc.

Block guidelines:
1. Quilt colors will be red, yellow, blue and white. These are the colors of the CO and NM state flags. Fabrics may be solid or print, as long as they are these colors.
2. I'd appreciate help from all skill levels. I'm a beginner sewer, so I encourage even the least experienced to give it a try! I found the Scrappy Trip Along to be a very simple, yet fun, block to do.
3. Blocks should be 12½" tall by whatever length you'd like. This means they may be 12½" by 6" or 12½" by 16" (Scrappy Trip Along becomes 12½" by 12½")
4. Please use quality quilting fabric and thread.

Please mail blocks by November 1st to:
Amanda McCormick
182 Camp Westwood Road
Greene, RI 02827

Contact Amanda with any questions at:

Next Meeting - This Saturday at 2pm!

Meeting this Saturday - 10/5 at 2pm

"3x3" Speakers: As an introduction to the Design Your Own Quilt Challenge due in November, we are having a series of 3 speakers (awesome members of our group!) discuss for 3 minutes each about their design process. We hope this sparks some inspiration if you're having some trouble getting started; or it might just inspire you to test out a new design process!

Show & Tell: Bring something in-progress or finished to share with the group. If you've completed your November challenge project early, please bring that too!

As always, we will be at Ryco!

*Don't forget to check out our Facebook page; it's a great place to stay up to date on news and interact with other members.

See you Saturday!

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.