Wednesday, October 11, 2017

October Meeting Recap

We were promised an action packed October meeting, and it didn't disappoint!

Many members worked all morning on the guild's entry in the QuiltCon charity challenge. Most blocks were completed in one day. A team is already prepared to create the last--and largest--block, and then the top is ready to be assembled!






Next up, the much anticipated reveal of the HST challenge! It was so much fun to see everyone's unique take on the project. The creativity and talent was incredibly inspiring.


Finally, member show & tell!







Friday, September 22, 2017

Upcoming Events

Sewing Day - QuiltCon Charity Quilt

Come sew with friends and help assemble our guild's contribution to the QuiltCon charity quilt project! We'll work in teams of three to create improv wave blocks. Each team will have an improv facilitator, a sewist, and an ironist. Anyone can help, no matter what your skill level is. The more quilters we have, the faster we can put our quilt together, so please join us!

October 7, 2017
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (before the monthly meeting)
Cumberland Public Library

RI Modern Quilt Guild Fall Retreat

Join us for a whole weekend of quilting--with a water view! Each quilter will have her own 8-foot table. Price includes room, sewing space, dinner on Friday and Saturday and breakfast buffet on Saturday and Sunday. Bring a friend!

Sea Crest Beach Hotel
North Falmouth, MA
November 10-12, 2017

Retreat Price:
Double $301.18 + $25 registration fee
Triple $274.00 + $25 registration fee
Single $426.12 + $25 registration fee
Optional Thursday room $105/night plus taxes


Upcoming Meetings

All meetings at Cumberland Library, 2 -4 p.m.

October 7:
  • How to make pieced or made fabric and what to do with it 
  • Modern Mystery HST Challenge Reveal - bring your completed item/top!
November 4:
  • Election of 2018 Board of Directors
  • Member trunk show - see a member's journey toward Modern
December 2:
  • Member trunk show - see a member's journey toward Modern
  • QuiltCon 2018 MGQ challenge reveal

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

September Meeting Recap

After no meetings all summer, it was good to get together again! There was much news to be shared, including details of upcoming events: Timna Tarr workshop on September 16, the MQG charity quilt sew-day on October 7 and the guild retreat November 10-12. Sue K and Maria L shared their secrets for getting an accurate 1/4-inch seam, and Sue gave everyone a preview of the design for the MQG charity quilt.

And of course...show & tell!







Saturday, April 15, 2017

What to Expect at the May Meeting...

The next meeting for the RIMQG will be Saturday, May 6th at Diamond Hill Park. PLEASE NOTE: This is a location change from our normal spot... it's just up the road from the library, and across the street from the Ice Cream Machine.

There are some exciting topics on the agenda for this month. Members who attended QuiltCon in Savannah will be sharing their experiences... and their photos! If you weren't able to make it in person, this is a great way to hear more about the show. We will also be having a demonstration of three different binding techniques. Demonstrations are a wonderful way to learn something new, ask questions about techniques, and learn from your fellow guild members. (If you are a member who has a skill or technique you want to share, please feel free to contact us.)

And lastly... For those of you participating in the 2017 Modern Mystery Challenge... bring your half square triangles to swap! Remember, it's 16 squares, size of 6.5 inches, using Kona solids only. This month is WARM/COOL colors. (One warm color and one cool color per square... but they don't all have to be the same mix of colors.) Bring them in a quart-sized ziploc bag with your name labeled either on the bag, or on a piece of paper inside.

See you all soon!

Monday, July 11, 2016

July Meeting Recap and Charity News!!

Thank you to all that came out for our meeting this month!

We had a great time and had much to discuss.


Quilts for Pulse & Quilts for Peace:



The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild is leading a quilt drive for victims and families of the Pulse Night Club shooting that took place in Orlando on June 12th. Many of our members have been making blocks to contribute to this cause. If you would like to make a block or two, please click here http://cluckclucksew.com/2015/01/making-heart-blocks-in-multiple-sizes.html for the tutorial. We are making 10 inch (10.5 unfinished) blocks, using bright rainbow colors, (solids or prints) with a white or low volume background. Becky Sanborn is collecting blocks for Quilts for Pulse until August 1st.  Please mail your blocks to Becky. She will be sewing the blocks into a quilt top. You can contact us for her mailing address.


MaryAnn Koblentz will also be collecting the same heart blocks (in navy) for Quilts for Peace. These blocks will be made into a quilt to send off to the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild for the families of the Police Officers that lost their lives in the senseless Dallas shootings last week. We are asking for 10 in (10.5 unfinished) blocks in NAVY solids or prints, with a white background. You can mail your blocks to MaryAnn or bring the blocks to our August 6th meeting. Please contact us for MaryAnn's address as well.


                                                 
                                                                Quilts For Peace (Dallas)

Thank you to all for your help with making blocks for these wonderful causes.
If you are able to help quilt the Quilt for Peace, please reach out to MaryAnn and let her know.


We had a great discussion this month about our favorite quilting tips and tricks!


RIMQG Members’ Quilting Hacks – tips, tools and tricks to make quilting easier!
- Lint roller for cleaning up ripped out seams (and lots of other stuff!)
- Carpenter’s square and 6-foot metal ruler from Home Depot for squaring up quilts
- Books by quilting “greats” who laid the groundwork for modern quilting: Nancy Crow, Gwen    Marston, Jean Wells, & Raina Gillman
- “Simply Moderne” French modern quilting magazine (text is in English)
- Magnet on a suction cup – stick to machine to catch pins as you’re sewing
- Bo-Nash ironing products, including “007 Bonding Agent” powdered heat-set glue
- Fabric glue stick
- Small magnifying glass for threading needles
- 1/4” acrylic ruler
- Hem clips
- Frixion pens (for light to medium fabrics)
- Sewline white ceramic pencil (for light fabrics)
- Bird feather for cleaning sewing machine
- Pipe cleaners and Q-tips for cleaning sewing machine
- Chopstick for poking out corners
- Emery board for smoothing out templates
- Wooden wallpaper seam roller for pressing seams without an iron
- Wooden skewer instead of a stiletto for guiding seams through the machine
- Piece of rug pad laid between fabric and ruler to prevent ruler from slipping as you cut
- Rug pad under machine foot pedal to prevent slipping
- Quilt in a Day half-square triangle square-up ruler – trim HSTs in 2 cuts instead of 4
- Hera marker for marking fabric & quilting lines
- Masking tape or painters tape for marking long, straight quilting lines

Please check out RIMQG Facebook Page for our latest Show & Tell pictures!

*We hope to see you August 6th for our 3rd Annual Potluck Meeting! Our meeting will be in the Gazebo on the grounds of the Cumberland Public Library 11:30-1:00 for food, fun, and Show & Tell!  

Lucky Spool Group will meet at 10:30

(In the event of inclement weather, we will be inside.)




Tuesday, February 9, 2016

February 2016 Meeting Recap

Thank you all for coming to join us at our February meeting! 


We had a great turn out at this month's meeting and we welcomed 3 new members! Here's what happened.....



The Mighty Lucky Quilting group met at 1:00 to discuss February's challenge "Minimalist Improvisation" presented by Season Evans. 


The goal of this challenge was to create a patchwork panel using minimalist principles: a few colors (possibly just solids) and having a clear focus on color, shape or movement. We were advised to gather our fabrics with a focus fabric in mind, coordinating solids and contrasting solids. The key technique with this challenge was to limit the choices of fabrics, let the focus fabric guide you when making the piece, and paring down choices through thoughtful subtraction. We had a few examples to share and a great discussion on this challenge. Members were pleasantly surprised to see completed projects for this month, as well as Jen Smith's completed January bias tape project. 

Minimal improv block made by Jenn B. She later turned it into a pillow.
Jen Smith shared this cute pillow she made using January's bias tape
project

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 Facebook 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 


Webinar Viewing

We watched the MQG webinar "Awaken Your Inner COLOR GENIUS" by Carrie Bloomston at this month's meeting. Carrie's webinar discussed basic color theory and helped us tap into our own innate sense of color through a few different exercises discussed in the webinar. We hope that you enjoyed it! For more information on The MQG's free webinar series, please click on this link: themodernquiltguild.com and go to the Community tab at the top of the page. The webinars are free for paid members, but you must login to view them.

HOMEWORK for next meeting:

At the March meeting, Allison Wilbur will help us go deeper into the world of color with a series of fun activities! Please raid your stash and come prepared with the following supplies (if possible):
  • 10-20 charm squares (5-inch squares) representing as many colors around the color wheel as you can (approx. 2 squares per color is ideal)
  • 1 or 2 fat quarters in neutral colors
  • Prints or solids will work. Please note everybody’s charm squares will be mixed together during the activity, so you might want to label yours with stickers or masking tape so you can collect them at the end.


Valentine's Fabric Postcard Swap!


Our fabric postcard swap is still underway through the month of February. Members that received a card brought them in to share. Please watch the mail for your card. One member let us know her postcard was stuck inside of some junk mail and she almost threw it out!! Isn't it fun to send and receive mail as pretty as this?!


Show and Tell

Denise shared her beautiful tree quilt that was made using applique and couching techniques 

Celine's gorgeous star quilt


Suellen was inspired by a workshop with quilting teacher/pattern designer Timna Tarr and created this circle quilt based on Timna's teachings


The back of Suellen's circle quilt. Very modern! 


Sue A created this improv piecing quilt inspired by a Jacquie Gering
workshop she attended.


A stunning piece called "28" by Suzanne M. 


This  table runner made by Dianne F was her first try at free motion quilting. Great job Dianne!

Jelly roll race quilt by Sangeeta


Jen S made this darling quilt with charm packs
The back of Jen's quilt.
"Red Hot Chili Peppers' by Celine was made using a jelly roll, a charm pack, and a layer cake of these beautiful fabrics.


Thank you all for another great meeting. See you in March!