Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Boston Strong - let's contribute!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the Boston Marathon Bombing. The Rhode Island Modern Quilt Guild would like to contribute to the incredible efforts to show comfort and support to the victims, and continue to uplift the spirits of Boston.  

Tina from Seaside Stitches has shared two opportunities for us to show some quilting support!

Quilts for Boston is looking for 12.5" tall (square, or width of your choice) blocks. Jump over to the Boston Modern Quilt Guild post to view more details. They are requesting blue, yellow, light gray, and white fabrics in the blocks, to mirror the colors of the Boston Marathon. 

To Boston With Love is looking for 6" x 8" flags to string together as banners to hang in Boston. Head over to the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild's post and follow the detailed instructions on how to construct the flags.  Please continue their theme of "love, hearts, and peace" using the color pallet below. Tara will tie all of the RIMQG's flags so they can be hung together!

If you would like to contribute blocks and/or flags, please bring them to our May 4th meeting. If you cannot make it to the meeting please email Tara at ewehavemeinstitches@gmail.com to obtain her address and mail them to her.  The deadline for both the blocks and flags is the last week of May, so Tara will be sending off the RIMQG contributions and a supportive note from our guild on May 20th.

We would love to show our Boston support! We encourage you to participate and look forward to seeing all of the blocks and flags at our May 4th meeting. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

April Meeting Rcap

During our April meeting we heard a great talk on COLOR from Allison WilburAllison discussed Primary Colors, and the bold effect of Complementary Colors (color wheel opposites).


Allison suggested using a color tool like the one below (or even paint chips!) when shopping for fabrics. 

Allison also showed us the effect of warm colors versus cool colors. In the star blocks below, when the warm color is in the background (yellow/orange fabrics), the block tends to appear "flat", but when she reversed the pattern and used the warm colors in front, the star really develops depth and a 3D effect.  The blue quilt below demonstrates the use of monochromatic fabrics, and the multi-colored quilt has an interesting effect of fading from one color to another.

As always, we saw some amazing quilts from our members during "show and tell"! 

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the April meeting. 
We are all looking forward to seeing the finished items from our Crayon Challenge at our May 4th, 2pm meeting! More details about our next meeting will be posted soon. 

Happy quilting!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Next Meeting: Saturday, April 6th at 2pm

Here is what we have planned:

Allison Wilbur will be telling the group about Color. Members are encouraged to bring examples of work where they believe they effectively used color, or where they could use some advice. Learn about Allison's initiative with Quilt for Change, where she uses "the Art of Quilt to Inspire Social Change". 

We are still working on our Crayon Challenge! This challenge was assigned at our March meeting where members blindly picked a crayon out of a bag, and had to use that color as the inspiration for their next project. We will be presenting our finished items at our May meeting.  If you would still like to participate in the Crayon Challenge, we will provide another opportunity at our meeting this Saturday.

Show & tell - Bring a finished piece or a work in progress! Get some helpful insight from the group on where to go next with a project, or even how to better bring out your inspiration color from the Crayon Challenge.

Don't forget your Polaroid Block name tag! 

As always, we meet at at Ryco Creative Sewing Center.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!