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!


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

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!! 









Sunday, December 13, 2015

2016 Board Member Introduction

We would like to provide a formal introduction to... drumroll please....

Your 2016 RIMQG Board of Directors!!!



Jill Belisle - 2016 RIMQG President


1) Tell us about your quilting history (years, style, machine, business)

My machine is a Bernina Activa 145, which I bought in 2002. At that time, I was trying to learn garment sewing, and took lessons. I produced a few really nice skirts thanks to my sewing teacher, but I never got really good at this type of sewing. About four years later, my sister-in-law announced that she was pregnant with my very first nephew. I thought it would be a great time to start quilting, so I bought a pattern (which really was silly because it was literally nine 12-inch fabric squares) and agonized over the fabric choices at Jo-Ann's. After finishing that quilt for Colin, who was born in early 2007, I decided I wanted to make more. Thanks to my work buddy (and our vice president!) Leslie Lowenstein, I learned how to bind and free-motion quilt, among many other quilting skills (she's especially good at quilt math!). I made lots more baby quilts, and finally "graduated" to some larger ones (never bigger than lap size, but maybe someday ...). I really enjoy smaller projects like table runners, wall hangings, and the recent postcard challenge! I have only four quilts that I made, the rest I've given away.

2) Why do you like being part of the RIMQG

This is my first time in a guild, and I'm really enjoying the camaraderie. Until I joined RIMQG, I only knew two other active quilters - now I know dozens! It's so much fun to meet people from all over the area, and I've learned so much from the demos and show-and-tell. I also love learning about modern quilting - it's so different from how I got started, but it's amazing!

3) Why is it important to you that you are part of the Board?

I was secretary last year, and I found the experience to be a lot of fun and really instructive. It's helping me develop leadership skills that I can use at work as well as on the board of a local nonprofit I volunteer for. It was also great to get to know the other board members better. I'm thrilled to take on the role as president this year, and I look forward working with the board and all of the members to raise our group's profile in the modern quilt community, welcome new members and make RIMQG THE guild to join! 

4) What are you most excited about for 2016 (for our group)?

I'm most excited about all of the great ideas our members brought forth in our December brainstorming session. There are so many fun activities that we could try, and I look forward to helping to bring them to life!




Leslie Lowenstein - 2016 RIMQG Vice President


1) Tell us about your quilting history (years, style, machine, business)

I've been sewing since I was little, but didn't start quilting until I was in college. I made a wall hanging out of wool--it was horrible but I think my mom still has it hanging in her house. I was probably the only student in my whole school with a giant quilting hoop in her dorm room! As a history major, I was really drawn to the history in quilts. I made traditional quilts and historical reproduction quilts and I was happy. But then I started seeing all these bright, bold colors, with lots of white and contrast and asymmetry and negative space and...it didn't take long to realize that, while I still love the history in quilts, modern quilting is for me. (I'm just wondering what to do with all that reproduction fabric in my stash!)

2) Why do you like being part of the RIMQG

The friendships, the ideas, and the inspiration! I come home from every meeting with a huge grin on my face. My husband thinks it's hysterical. I think it's so awesome to have REAL quilting friends who love it as much as I do!

3) Why is it important to you that you are part of the Board?

I love being so involved and being able to help to shape who we are as a group. I feel like the friendships I've made are so much stronger and I've been able to get to know so many more members through planning meetings, activities and events. I want to do everything I can to help other quilters grow and have as much fun as I’m having.

4) What are you most excited about for 2016 (for our group)?

The brainstorm we had at the December meeting made it very clear that we want to become more focused in 2016. I love that! I'm excited to really dig into a few core ideas. And I just can't wait to get started with the monthly Lucky Spool club that Sue initiated. What a great idea!



Jenn Galloway-Boyce - 2016 RIMQG Communications

1) Tell us about your quilting history (years, style, machine, business)

My grandmother taught me basic sewing when I was young but I was too much of a tomboy to care at that time.. I just couldn't  seem to sit at a sewing machine with such a huge world to explore outdoors! I began to quilt 10 years ago with a friend. She taught me some basics and than I found a lot of books on sewing at the Library. I also watched quilting tutorials on YouTube and taught myself. My first machine was a Brother and I now own a beautiful Babylock that I purchased from our VP Leslie. 

2) Why do you like being part of the RIMQG

I was pretty lonely sewing quilts in my basement and thought how much fun it would be to meet other quilters. I could not believe how I felt when I left my first RIMQG meeting at Ryco almost 2 years ago! It was amazing to find a room full of people that loved quilting as much as I did! I left that meeting so excited and inspired by all of the members and their beautiful quilts! Our guild is full of wonderfully talented and knowledgeable quilters and I have learned so much as a member of RIMQG!

3) Why is it important to you that you are part of the Board?

I truly believe in the mission of the MQG, which is "to support and encourage the growth and development of modern quilting through art, education, and community." Being a part of the RIMQG Board in 2015 has helped me to grow as a person and build lasting friendships with other members of the board and guild. I am excited to continue on the board this year in my new Communications position. 

4) What are you most excited about for 2016 (for our group)?

I am excited to learn new techniques together as a group and expand our knowledge of modern quilting by participating in activities and challenges. I am particularly excited about the Mighty Lucky Quilting Group that will begin in January.



Jen Smith - 2016 RIMQG Treasurer

1) Tell us about your quilting history (years, style, machine, business)


I have been quilting since February of 2012.  My husband had made our son a pirate ship bed and I needed to get a pirate sail for the mast on the bed.  I searched forever and then I decided to make my own.  Trouble was, I didn't have a sewing machine.  So, I went out and purchased the cheapest machine I could find and learned how to use it.  I managed to make the sail and then I needed a quilt.  Again, I searched and searched but the amazing quilts I found were so expensive.  So I decided to use my cheap machine to make one.  It turns out the quilt cost just as much as the ones I didn't want to buy, I know you are all shaking your head up and down right now!  But the best part of this long story is that I LOVED making that quilt!  I was hooked just after the first google search for fabric.  Looking at that quilt now, it's totally rudimentary but I still love it!  I haven't stopped making since that day.  I now sew on a Bernina 560 and my husband cut a hole in an Ikea desk for my machine to make a set in table, so free motion quilting is easier!  I really love modern fabrics and the modern look. I am hoping to get better at improv and negative space!

2) Why do you like being part of the RIMQG
I just love spending time with a room full of people who understand my love of making quilts.  The MQG is so informative and I have learned so much since becoming a member!
3) Why is it important to you that you are part of the Board?
I really want to try and give back to this great community, so what better way than being on the board and getting to know all the great guild members better!  I am hoping to try and overcome my fear of public speaking and learn better leadership skills at the same time.   

4) What are you most excited about for 2016 (for our group)?
I am so excited after our brainstorming session last meeting.  I am particularly interested in improv and negative space.  I really struggle with quilting in the negative space so I practically never make a quilt with it!  I really hope to work on that this year!



Sangeeta Mellen - 2016 RIMQG Secretary

1) Tell us about your quilting history (years, style, machine, business)

My mother-in-law introduced me to traditional quilting 11 years ago on a very basic Janome which I still have and love. Shortly thereafter I transitioned from a graphic design career with many deadlines to starting an online quilt shop so I would be able to work from home whilst still being able to take care of my young kids. 
Having an online quilt shop inspired me to design patterns to make kits with the fabric I was selling.  
I immediately fell in love with the creative process of watching my designs turn into something tangible.
This is when I bought my Bernina Artista 640,  which is the machine I currently use. The Universe however has a way of changing the course of our lives...
I no longer sell fabric online and just last year after about 8 years of not quilting I decided to look for a quilt guild that was more my style. I'm so glad I found it!

2) Why do you like being part of the RIMQG

I love the energy, positivity, the charitable contributions that bring happiness and joy to someone's life, the sharing of knowledge, the learning, the different styles, ideas and inspiration that everyone one brings to the group. But I especially love and value the friendships I've made being in this group.

3) Why is it important to you that you are part of the Board?

I feel honored to be part of the board as secretary and to be able to contribute my skills and ideas to help facilitate the growing needs of our guild as well as to help maintain a balance of keeping things light and fun for our members.

4) What are you most excited about for 2016 (for our group)?


I think with every year that passes we learn more and can be even more amazing with the things we create and contribute. I'm excited to see where this leads us. 




Denise Lamb - 2016 RIMQG Member Rep

1) Tell us about your quilting history (years, style, machine, business) 

I've been sewing for 50 years - gee maybe I should make myself a 'Golden Jubilee Quilt"?  My very first project was  a competition with my fellow 2nd grade friend to make a Barbie Dress (a la Ginger Rogers style).  It was a complete and utter disaster; I just couldn't figure out how to make the seams not show - right sides together? duh!    Thus began my lifelong desire to conquer every aspect of sewing.  I'm kind of a 'gold star' person, so I became a pretty darn good dressmaker.  In High School I learned tailoring, then majored in Textile Science at URI. I'd always dabbled in quilting, but only since joining RIMQG have I dove into quilting. (Quilts don't need fitting!)  I love Bernina's and have slowly moved up the ranks to my current machine, the 710.  Oh yeah! and my newest 'little' love: a gently used APQS Millennium longarm.  

2) Why do you like being part of the RIMQG 

I'm not much of a "joiner" - I usually prefer working on my own things, at my own pace.  But that first meeting of the RIMQG, for me, was like being blind and seeing for the first time!  Such color combinations, such style, such a screaming new approach!  I was hooked.  But the best part was meeting such a great and stimulating group of quilters.  I've said it before, but I'm vibrating with excitement after every meeting. 

3) Why is it important to you that you are part of the Board?

I ran for a post on the board because I felt it was time for me to "give back" to this group that has given me so much joy and encouragement.  

4) What are you most excited about for 2016 (for our group)?

I'm hoping to help the Board "tighten up" the already fabulous program.  I'd like to see us focus our study of Modern Quilting- be it through color,design, technique.  I think that the "Lucky Spool Club" that Sue Ahnrud spearheaded is going to be a major step towards achieving this goal.  



Welcome new board members! 
We look forward to a wonderful 2016 under your leadership!




Wednesday, December 9, 2015

December 2015 Meeting Recap

Thank you for attending our December 2015 Meeting!

We had a fun and important meeting this past Saturday. Here is the recap of what happened....

Sue A. and Jenn B. have introduced and are spearheading The Mighty Lucky Quilting Club. There was enough interest to start this group within our guild (and receive a 10% guild discount) for this monthly subscription club. A popular quilt designer/teacher will teach a different concept for you to try each month of the year.  You can sign up for the year or monthly.  The first meeting for this group will be at 1:00 pm before the January 9, 2016 meeting. If you are a paid RIMQG member, you can join the FB Group (see our FB page for members).   http://luckyspool.com/collections/patterns/products/mighty-lucky-quilting-club 

Glamp Stitchalot:  Charity and Jen S. shared their experience of attending this quilt retreat. They donned their retreat t-shirts while telling us stories of rubbing elbows with the likes of Tula Pink!



Group Brainstorm for 2016!  Members discussed the activities, presentations and direction they'd like to see for the Guild in the coming year.

Postcard Swap - Here is a sample of the adorable postcards our talented and creative members sent to each other!







Charity Committee:  Denise revealed the next completed charity quilt which was committee pieced and quilted by Denise. It was decided that it would be donated to a local little girl who has recently beaten leukemia!

Member Show and Tell:
 Jenn shared her table runner using quilt as you go technique.

 Charity made a mini applique Thimble Blossoms quilt pattern.

 Jen's "Are We There Yet?" is a Michael Miller fabric MQG challenge.

 Jessica shared her mini hexies!


Alice showed these two wall hangings featuring textured quilting.

Pat announced that two of her quilts will be shown at the Attleboro Arts Museum Art Show on December 12th.

Guild Challenge:  Due in January - "Solid"

Fat Quarter Swap - Bring a blue and white FQ if you wish to participate in the swap.

Thank you to our 2015 Board of Directors! Some of us are moving on to next year and some are retiring! We all enjoyed our terms and are proud to be a part of this wonderful guild! In order -  Jill Belisle (Secretary), Jenn Boyce (Member Rep), Karen McCann (Communications), Tara Coogan (President), Meredith Skelly (Treasurer), and Leslie Lowenstein (Vice President).


DRUM ROLL, Please........

Elections were held and we would like to present your new 2016 Board of Directors!

Congratulations to all and thank you very much for all who went out for the Board.  We plan on sending out a short profile of each newly elected board member later this month!

President,   Jill Belisle
Vice President, Leslie Lowenstein
Secretary, Sangeeta Mellen
Treasurer, Jen Smith
Communications, Jenn Boyce
Member Rep, Denise Lamb

 Sangeeta, Jen, Jill, Jenn, Leslie, Denise

IMPORTANT NOTICE

2016 DUES are due and are $35.00    Please pay online through Paypal.  You don't want to miss out on all the wonderful benefits that MEMBERS receive with their paid yearly membership! Click here on our Membership Page to sign up now!   Scroll down to the bottom for Paypal link.