Saturday, January 25, 2014

Next Meeting: 2/8 at 2pm

At our next meeting, we'll be focusing on: Needles & Threads!

Discussion: What kind of threads and needles do you use and why?  We all have lots to learn about the benefits and drawbacks of using different types of threads and needles on different machines and during different parts of the quilting process.  We'll pool our collective knowledge to come up with some answers and tips!

Demo: Kathryn will demonstrate how to bury your threads when quilting.

WIP Switch Challenge: Shake up your inspiration a little!  Bring one of your WIPs (works in progress) that you've lost momentum on, and swap it with another member's WIP.  You'll finish someone else's WIP and gift it back to them, and you'll get yours back as a finished quilt, too.

Show & Tell: Bring something finished or in progress to share with the group.  Be ready to share your thoughts on what makes it modern.

See you on Saturday, February 8th at 2pm at Ryco Creative Sewing Center.

January Meeting Recap

Thanks to everyone who came out to our January meeting!

We started the meeting by sharing some of our favorite quilting tools:  

Here are a few of the suggestions to add to your next shopping list:

  • Handi-Bobs & Bobbin Buddies - for your thread needs
  • Red binding clips - for holding your binding in place as you sew it on
  • Mechanical pencils - for drafting awesome modern quilts
  • Accuquilt - fast/accurate cutting (can be rented at Ryco) 
  • Pool noodle - for storing quilts, keep wrinkles out
  • Thread Cutter Gizmo - great for chain piecing
  • Comic book boards - organizing your fabric
  • Quilt Halo - to assist with your FMQ 
  • Teflon washers - relieve friction in your bobbin casing
  • Quilting gloves - for getting a good grip during FMQ

Next, we shared what we came up with for the January Wholecloth Quilt Challenge:
(Suzanne's quilt)

(Lisa's quilt front - above & back - below)

Becky made a wholecloth quilt inspired by the RIMQG's logo!
(Becky's quilt)

(Kathryn's quilt)

(Carole Ann's quilt)

Next, we brainstormed some awesome ideas of challenges, demos, workshops, and activities we want to take on in 2014.

Lastly, we shared some beautiful quilts that members recently finished:

Thanks again, everyone, for sharing your beautiful quilts and inspiration with the group!