Sunday, November 4, 2012

October Meeting Recap

There's so much to show from our last meeting on October 27th!  We had a fabulous show and tell where members showed off some completed and in-progress projects...






We also saw the results from our solids-only table runner challenge!



And lucky for us, Pat Harrison of Ocean Waves Quilting Co. did a demo on making half square triangles (HST's)!


Our next meeting will be: Saturday, December 1st at 2pm at Ryco.

On the agenda:
  • Show & Tell: Please bring a project to share with the group.  We love to check out what everyone is making!
  • Name Tags: We're each making a name tag based on a polaroid block. To get the directions, email us.
  • Style Share: Bring a piece of fabric that you feel captures your style to show the group. Do you love florals? Novelties? Solids? Dots? Big prints?
  • Technique demo by Jeannette Jacobs.

See you there!  And bring a friend!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Next Meeting: Saturday, October 27th


Our next meeting: Saturday, October 27th at 2pm
at Ryco Creative Sewing Center, 25 Carrington Street, Lincoln

On the agenda:

Show & tell - This is more and more fun every time we get together!  Bring a project to show to the group (in progress is fine)!  

Table topper challenge - Time to see the results from our solid table topper challenge!  (See further down in this email)



Making Nametags - At our September meeting, we were all inspired by the totally cute polaroid quilt that Tina shared (photo above!).  Next meeting, we'll share some directions on how to make your own polaroid block to use as a name tag at future meetings.  

Technique Demo - One of our members will share some of her quilting know-how by doing a demo - more details to come.

Please join us and bring any interested quilters along!



Table Topper Challenge:
Make a table topper of some kind (a table runner, circular or oval shape, depending on the shape of your own table).  Use only solid colors!  
This is a great chance to try out one of the elements that's characteristic of modern quilting: the use of solid fabric.  Any solid will do - take inspiration from the colors of your kitchen or dining room, from the season (fall colors!) or just what you like.  We'll show these off at our next meeting.  If you want to swap, feel free, or make the project for yourself.

Here are some tutorials to get you inspired:

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Next Meeting: Saturday, September 29th


All of the mug rugs!

We had a great turn out for our third meeting last Saturday at Ryco Creative Sewing Center! There were lots of quilts for show and tell, a Christmas mug rug swap, and Cindy from Ryco showed us some fabulous modern fabrics and quilting tools that are new to the shop. 

Pat, showing off her quilt!

Tina and Julia showing off the "sisterhood of the traveling quilt"!

We also talked about the purpose of our guild - many other chapters of the Modern Quilt Guild are very focused on only being "modern." At the Rhode Island Modern Quilt Guild, we are exploring modern aesthetic - it's about experimenting, trying out new techniques and methods, getting inspiration from both traditional and modern quilts, and each of us finding where our personal quilting style falls on the spectrum from traditional to modern. We aren't interested in excluding anyone because they're "too traditional" - we are only interested in bringing together a group that is curious about modern quilting and interested in exploring how they can be inspired by it.

Our next meeting: Saturday, September 29th at 2pm 
at Ryco Creative Sewing Center, 25 Carrington Street, Lincoln

On the agenda:
Show & tell - As always, bring a project to show to the group (in progress is fine)! If you have a project you're not sure about - how to go about quilting, or are wondering how to choose binding fabric - bring it along to ask the group!

Choosing our logo block - Some other modern quilt guilds have a quilt block that they use as their logo. Bring ideas and samples (sketch, finished block, or an idea in your head) to share as an idea for our logo. We'll choose one and use that logo as part of a nametag challenge for our October meeting.

Bring your favorite quilting tool - We'll each share our favorite tool and what we love about/how we use it!

Modern Fabric Shop Feature - Cindy will showcase some of the new modern fabrics and quilting tools coming in to the shop. Get ready to be inspired!

We hope you can make it! And bring a friend!



And we have something brewing for our October meeting - get started now!

Table Topper Challenge:

Make a table topper of some kind (a table runner, circular or oval shape, depending on the shape of your own table). Use only solid colors!

This is a great chance to try out one of the elements that's characteristic of modern quilting: the use of solid fabric. Any solid will do - take inspiration from the colors of your kitchen or dining room, from the season (fall colors!) or just what you like.

We'll show these off at our October meeting. If you want to swap, feel free, or make the project for yourself.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Next Meeting: This Saturday!

August 18th at 2pm at Ryco Creative Sewing Center, 25 Carrington Street, Lincoln

On the agenda:

Show & tell - Bring a project to show to the group (in progress is fine)!  If you have a project you're just not sure about - how to go about quilting, or are wondering how to choose binding fabric - bring it along to ask the group!

Quilting books/magazines swap - Ready to clear out some shelf space? Bring books or magazines to swap or lend out.  

Christmas/wintertime mug rug challenge! - At our last meeting, we swapped christmas/wintertime fabric for making mug rugs*.  At our August meeting, we'll bring our finished mug rugs and swap them with a "lucky dip" drawing.  If you weren't at our last meeting, go ahead and use any christmas/wintertime fabric you have on hand - the more participation, the better!  The challenge is to make it modern - use some solids, irregular patterns, negative space, or something else that you think makes it modern.  Play around with it and see what you come up with!

Modern Fabric Shop Feature - Pat will show us some of the new modern fabrics coming in to the shop. Get ready to be inspired!

*What's a mug rug, you ask?  A mug rug is bigger than a coaster but smaller than a placemat - the perfect size for a mug of tea and a little snack.  There are no rules about dimmensions.  Think of it as a very mini quilt - a quick and easy project that's a great chance to try something new and play a little.  Check out our last blog post for some examples and tutorials. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Next Meeting: Saturday, August 18th at 2pm


Thanks to everyone who came out for our second meeting last Saturday at Ryco Creative Sewing Center. We're really getting rolling now, and the ideas and inspiration are flowing.  Spread the word by inviting friends to join our mailing list, or sending people to our blog. The more the merrier!
- Carole Ann

Our next meeting: Saturday, August 18th at 2pm
at Ryco Creative Sewing Center, 25 Carrington Street, Lincoln

On the agenda:

Show & tell - Bring a project to show to the group (in progress is fine)!  If you have a project you're just not sure about - how to go about quilting, or are wondering how to choose binding fabric - bring it along to ask the group!

Quilting books/magazines swap - Ready to clear out some shelf space? Bring books or magazines to swap or lend out.

Christmas/wintertime mug rug challenge! - At our last meeting, we swapped christmas/wintertime fabric for making mug rugs*.  At our August meeting, we'll bring our finished mug rugs and swap them with a "lucky dip" drawing.  If you weren't at our last meeting, go ahead and use any christmas/wintertime fabric you have on hand - the more participation, the better!  The challenge is to make it modern - use some solids, irregular patterns, negative space, or something else that you think makes it modern.  Play around with it and see what you come up with!

Modern Fabric Shop Feature - Pat will show us some of the new modern fabrics coming in to the shop. Get ready to be inspired!

*What's a mug rug, you ask?  A mug rug is bigger than a coaster but smaller than a placemat - the perfect size for a mug of tea and a little snack.  There are no rules about dimmensions.  Think of it as a very mini quilt - a quick and easy project that's a great chance to try something new and play a little.  Check out our last blog post for some examples and tutorials.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Next Meeting: June 30th

Thanks to everyone who came out for our first meeting last Saturday at Ryco Creative Sewing Center. About 20 people came out to meet and greet each other, show and tell about some projects, and talk about what we'd like to get out of the group. I forgot to bring my camera this time around, but I promise to bring it next time so that we can capture some of the amazing projects that were shared!


Our next meeting: Saturday, June 30th at 2pm
at Ryco Creative Sewing Center, 25 Carrington Street, Lincoln

On the agenda:

Show & tell - bring a project to show to the group (in progress is fine)!

Discussion about labeling quilts - bring an example of how you label your quilts, and learn different ways that others are doing it. Check out this post that I found a while back about the importance of labeling quilts and preserving your history!

Christmas/wintertime fabric swap and mug rug challenge! - bring whatever Christmas/wintertime fabric you'd like to purge from your stash, and go home with some new fabrics to create a mug rug. We'll bring our finished mug rugs to our July meeting and swap them with each other. 

What's a mug rug, you ask? A mug rug is bigger than a coaster but smaller than a placemat - the perfect size for a mug of tea and a little snack. Think of it as a very mini quilt! A quick and easy project that's a great chance to try something new and play a little. 

Here are some links to online tutorials for mug rugs to get your creative juices flowing:




















 


Until June 30th, Happy Sewing!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

First Meeting - June 2nd!


Our first meeting will take place on Saturday, June 2nd at 2pm at Ryco Creative Sewing Center in Lincoln, RI.  For info on how to get there, visit their website   

Please bring a project (in progress is fine!) to show off to the group.  We'll do a little show & tell, talk about what we'd like to do with/get out of this group, and decide where and when meetings will happen moving forward.

Please RSVP to caroleann@connectthedotscrafts.com.  If you are unable to attend but want to share your thoughts, please send an email and we'll be sure to include your input at the meeting!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Join Us!

We are starting a chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild here in lil' Rhody, and we're looking for members to join in the fun! If you're in Southern New England and are interested in getting together with other quilters, please contact us or leave a comment to join our mailing list.



What is the Modern Quilt Guild? Here is some information from their website:

The Modern Quilt Guild is made up of over 100 guilds across the country and world. Our mission is to support and encourage the growth and development of modern quilting through art, education, and community.

The MQG developed out of the thriving online community of modern quilters and their desire to start meeting in person. The founding guild was formed in Los Angeles in October of 2009. Through blogs and the Internet, word spread quickly of the fun they were having and soon guilds started popping up everywhere.

Modern quilting is a new and rapidly growing movement in the quilting world. A group of quilters applied their current tastes and points of view to this traditional craft and shared their work online. Their fresh approach and new designs attracted sewers and quilters and the modern quilting movement was born.

Modern quilting, like all art, changes, grows and adapts from quilter to quilter as they find their own voice. Modern quilts reflect each quilter’s personality and personal style, and as the movement has grown, a modern quilt aesthetic, a set of principles that define and guide the movement, is beginning to emerge.



For more information about the Modern Quilt Guild and modern quilting, visit the Modern Quilt Guild website!