We wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving Day from The Rhode Island Modern Quilt Guild!
Modern Fat Quarter Swap took place - thanks to those who participated!
Black/White/Color Challenge -
Show and Tell -
Modern Bee Month 3 Blocks were exchanged and shared. Here is Karen's pieced top from her Group's blocks!
Happy Modern Quilting!
RIMQG Board Member Elections:
Fat Quarter Swap:
Quilt Bee Update:
Show and Tell:
Dragonfly Quilt Shop is offering 10% off to all RIMQG Members through 2014! Thanks Kathryn!
3 x 3 Applique Demo:
Show and Tell:
Next Month: Modern Fat Quater Swap!
Election of Officers to RIMQG
We are continuing our series called "Let's Get to Know You!"
to get to know her better and gain some insight into how she incorporates
(modern) quilting into her life.....
Let's Get to Know... Jill Belisle
How did you learn to quilt?
Thanks to the Activities Committee for arranging our August Meeting at Lincoln Woods. We had a beautiful summer day under the trees sharing and inspiring one another.
SHOW and TELL - this is where we shine!
Karen showed us her pinwheel wall hanging and sashiko pillow.
Quilting Bee UpdateAssignments were handed out to the members who chose to participate in our 1st Modern Quilt Bee. Three groups of 6 quilters were assigned 2 blocks per month. It was decided we will bring our finished blocks to each meeting for everyone to see. Thank you Jen and Charity for spearheading this Bee.
Special Events Announcement
Special Guest Speaker Rachel May!
Activity CommitteeNew Challenge is introduced for RIMQG:
Good Luck to our Lucky members attending the Quilt Retreat in August!!
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 **
Show and Tell projects
1. How did you learn to quilt?
I am mostly self-taught. My great grandmother was a maker of utility quilts in the 30's, but I never knew her. My mother made us a wedding quilt in 1974, but that was her first quilt. I also started quilting that year after seeing a picture of an Ohio Star quilt that I loved. I used cardboard templates, scissors, and hand pieced/quilted it. Some of the fabric was polyester, and it had a solid black back. It was an horrible chore, did not turn out too well, but my friend still loves it. (The one labeled 1975 is my first quilt). The thing that I love about quilting is pattern, color, and creativity. Dreaming of quilts is so much more fun that making that 97th block, but putting it all together is worth it at the end.
I had a Montgomery Ward machine with cams for decorative stitches. I got it in 1970, and used it until about 10 years ago when the bobbin winder broke off. Then I had gotten my husband's grandmother's White in a cabinet. I wore that one out too. Now I have a Featherweight, a Bernina and a Juki.
It's hard to chose a favorite child. However, the one I am most proud of is the Wedge quilt. I had seen a picture of a bed-sized one on the cover of a magazine. I was so impressed that I wanted to make one for myself. However, I did not want it to be bed-sized. I had no idea how to do it, but after studying the photo for hours I finally figured it out. I drafted it and cut strips to paper piece it. When it came to assembly, I finally had to hand baste all the intersections so that I would be satisfied with the piecing. It was work but worth it. It is about 30" square.
5. If you were to do this quilt over, would you do anything differently?
There are some errors in color selection in the outside spirals, and the inside "dresden" blades are in the wrong order in one spot. Oh well. Also, I wish that I had had my robotics when it came to quilting this one.
My favorite thing is to try new things and not take a class to figure them out. I also seldom buy patterns. If I see something that I like, I figure out how to make it. Of course buying a pattern would be more efficient, but where is the challenge in that? I'm a cheapskate at heart.
7. Do you follow a Modern Quilter/Blog/Fabric House? Why do you like them?
Not a blog follower - not enough time in the day. I do follow the Kaffe Fassett Collective Facebook Page. I love the color and pattern in those fabrics. Kaffe is probably my favorite fabric line overall. Modern fabrics really appeal to me though, with their fresh clear colors and interesting patterns.
8. How did you get into Longarm Quilting professionally?
9. What tips would you give a new quilter to Modern Quilting?
Have no fear. Go for it. Just be accurate.
10. Would you like to tell us anything else about yourself?
In addition to quilting, there are other things that consume me. I am an avid sports fan, following the Red Sox and Bruins particularly. I am a season ticket holder of the New England Revolution soccer team. Indoor soccer keeps me busy year round and nights and I try to run three days a week. In season, I work in my garden every day. Brazil/Mexico World Cup soccer is on as I write this - go USA. I live with my husband, my cat Wembley, and my dog Frieda on a lake in the boonies.
Thanks Sue! Great to hear about your love of quilting.
Interview by Karen McCann, Communications for RIMQG
Thank you, Tracey Williams, for hosting our group at your beautiful home and property!
Update on Michael Miller Challenge from MQG - Bring your completed challenge project to the July 12th meeting, when we will finally share our creations. Upload your picture to the Community Site of MQG before July 25th deadline.
Update on Quilters Retreat - 2nd Wave was filled. The girls are looking forward to some uninterrupted sewing time in Vermont!
Batting Presentation - Thanks Leslie for teaching us about the myriad of choices of batting available for our quilting projects. She explained and passed around a sample pack she had picked up at a Quilt Show. There is always something new to learn about batting.
Charity Committee: We have enough blocks for our first Charity Quilt. Please keep those blocks coming and we always welcome donations of batting and backing. Thanks in advance!
Activities Committee: Modern Fabric/Supplies Yard Sale! Will take place at our August 9th Meeting. We'll have a pot luck at Lincoln Woods (very close to Ryco) and enjoy buying some new items for our stash. Proceeds go to the Guild. Bring your items to the July 12th meeting.
RIMQG Quilting Bee: Charity and Jenn introduced a new spin on an old-fashioned concept - the Quilt Bee. This will be open to Members (if you haven't joined as a member yet, this is your incentive!) and we are hoping to get 12 or more members to sign up. Details will follow.
NEW!! Highlight a RIMQG Member Interview: Coming soon... Look for our new topic in our BLOG. We will interview and share the story of a member.
Show and Tell: Always a fun part of the meeting!