Sunday, September 8, 2013

September Meeting Recap

We had another great meeting this month filled with inspiration and goals for the coming months. We shared our "make it modern" challenge items, as well as other show-and-tell pieces.

We also had a great demo by Coco on improv quilting. She showed us some famous quilts that were modern before their time, and she took us through her improv process using a design wall.  By the end of the demo she had a gorgeous modern improv quilt (that we can't wait to see finished!)

We issued a new challenge for our November meeting. As we continue to explore our goal of "designing your own quilts", our challenge is to bring an item that you designed yourself. We will dive into this during our October meeting with a "3x3" (three individuals who talk for 3 minutes each) about their design process.

A lot of great resources and ideas came up in the course of the meeting - here are some links to help you track them down:
  • A new quilt shop called Knit One Quilt Too is opening in Barrington on September 24th.
  • For longarm resources - our members SueAlison, and Pat all offer longarm services, or check out Mad About Quilts in Mansfield where you can rent a longarm machine for your own use.
  • Craftsy is a great resources for online quilting classes.
  • Ningret Quilters has an upcoming show from October 18-20 in Westerly.
Feel free to post any additional resources to our Facebook page!

Our next meeting will be Saturday, October 5th at 2pm at Ryco. Bring a show and tell piece, work in progress, or even the November challenge project (if you've finished early!)

Happy quilting!


  1. Hi there! My name is Amanda McCormick. I'm a 24 year old, beginner sewer who would like your help. I'm not sure if you heard of 'Quilts for Boston' earlier this year, but a guild in MA put together a collection of quilt blocks from people all over the country. With these blocks they worked to put together 50 quilts for the Boston Marathon victims. With the recent flooding in New Mexico and Colorado, I would really like to work on a similar collection. But I am one inexperienced sewer and I'm looking for some help. I've been working on some ideas and trying to talk to fellow sewers for help and suggestions. I'd be very interested in hearing what your opinions are and if any of your members would like to help.
    Thank you for taking the time to read this.

    Amanda McCormick
    Coventry, RI

  2. Hi Amanda! Our guild did participate in the "Quilts for Boston" initiative and we sent 6 blocks. We also submitted a number of 'flags' that were hung in the MFA in Boston. We would be very interested in participating in the cause you mentioned; if you are available to attend our meeting this Saturday at 2pm, I would love if you would share your ideas with the group. Many of our guild members are eager to participate, and we just need someone to organize the initiative. We would love to meet you at the guild meeting, any level sewer/quilter is welcome!

    We are ramping up our formal leadership board and guild committees, and this is something that would definitely be of interest to our (future) charity quilts committee. Hope you can get involved and hope to see you at a future meeting!

    Sorry for taking so long to get back to you :)