Thursday, June 19, 2014

"Getting to Know You" Interview Series for RIMQG

Today we are launching a new series called "Let's Get to Know You"! We will interview a RIMQG member to get to know her better and gain some insight into how she incorporates quilting into her life.

Let's Get to Know... Sue Ahnrud

Sue Ahnrud, Chepachet, RI 
Professional longarmer  - fb -Ponaganset-Quiltery
Hobbyist piecer

1. How did you learn to quilt?

I am mostly self-taught.  My great grandmother was a maker of utility quilts in the 30's, but I never knew her. My mother made us a wedding quilt in 1974, but that was her first quilt.  I also started quilting that year after seeing a picture of an Ohio Star quilt that I loved.  I used cardboard templates, scissors, and hand pieced/quilted it.  Some of the fabric was polyester, and it had a solid black back.  It was an horrible chore, did not turn out too well, but my friend still loves it.  (The one labeled 1975 is my first quilt).  The thing that I love about quilting is pattern, color, and creativity.  Dreaming of quilts is so much more fun that making that 97th block, but putting it all together is worth it at the end.
1st Quilt - 1975

2.  What was your first machine?

I had a Montgomery Ward machine with cams for decorative stitches.  I got it in 1970, and used it until about 10 years ago when the bobbin winder broke off.  Then I had gotten my husband's grandmother's White in a cabinet. I wore that one out too.  Now I have a Featherweight, a Bernina and a Juki.

3. Can you tell us about a favorite personal quilt? 

It's hard to chose a favorite child.  However, the one I am most proud of is the Wedge quilt.  I had seen a picture of a bed-sized one on the cover of a magazine.  I was so impressed that I wanted to make one for myself. However, I did not want it to be bed-sized.  I had no idea how to do it, but after studying the photo for hours I finally figured it out.  I drafted it and cut strips to paper piece it.  When it came to assembly, I finally had to hand baste all the intersections so that I would be satisfied with the piecing.  It was work but worth it. It is about 30" square. 
  2009 wedge

4.  What kind of memories does it hold for you?

I pieced most of it over a retreat long weekend with some of my best quilting friends.  I love our yearly weekend together.

5.  If you were to do this quilt over, would you do anything differently?

There are some errors in color selection in the outside spirals, and the inside "dresden" blades are in the wrong order in one spot.  Oh well.  Also, I wish that I had had my robotics when it came to quilting this one.

6.  What is your favorite quilting technique?

My favorite thing is to try new things and not take a class to figure them out.  I also seldom buy patterns.  If I see something that I like, I figure out how to make it.  Of course buying a pattern would be more efficient, but where is the challenge in that?  I'm a cheapskate at heart.

7.  Do you follow a Modern Quilter/Blog/Fabric House? Why do you like them?

Not a blog follower - not enough time in the day.  I do follow the Kaffe Fassett Collective Facebook Page.  I love the color and pattern in those fabrics.  Kaffe is probably my favorite fabric line overall.  Modern fabrics really appeal to me though, with their fresh clear colors and interesting patterns.

8.  How did you get into Longarm Quilting professionally?

I started with a midarm because it was less expensive and I wanted to see how it would work out.  I had no intention of quilting for others at first.  I have upgraded 2 times, and when I got my present longarm, I added robotics.  This was a big expense, but I really like the accuracy and intricacy that can be achieved.  I sort of needed to take customers to justify the expense.  Also, at this point in my life, I hardly need any more quilts of my own, but I love to see them.  It is so much fun to see the quilts that people bring me.  Some are brand new quilters and some have been at it for a long time.  Each has something that I love to look at.

9.  What tips would you give a new quilter to Modern Quilting?

Have no fear.  Go for it.  Just be accurate.

10. Would you like to tell us anything else about yourself?

In addition to quilting, there are other things that consume me.  I am an avid sports fan, following the Red Sox and Bruins particularly.  I am a season ticket holder of the New England Revolution soccer team.  Indoor soccer keeps me busy year round on Tuesday and Friday nights and I try to run three days a week.  In season, I work in my garden every day. Brazil/Mexico World Cup soccer is on as I write this - go USA.  I live with my husband, my cat Wembley, and my dog Frieda on a lake in the boonies.

Thanks Sue! Great to hear about your love of quilting. 

Interview by Karen McCann, Communications for RIMQG 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June Meeting Recap

RI Modern Quilt Guild Sewing Day!

We had a wonderful Sewing Day filled with machines buzzing, good food, sharing ideas and projects and great community building over our common bond of Modern Quilting. If you couldn't make this event, we will be sure to host more of these in the future.

Thank you, Tracey Williams,  for hosting our group at your beautiful home and property!

Meeting Recap:

Update on Michael Miller Challenge from MQG - Bring your completed challenge project to the July 12th meeting, when we will finally share our creations. Upload your picture to the Community Site of MQG before July 25th deadline.

Update on Quilters Retreat - 2nd Wave was filled. The girls are looking forward to some uninterrupted sewing time in Vermont!

Batting Presentation - Thanks Leslie for teaching us about the myriad of choices of batting available for our quilting projects. She explained and passed around a sample pack she had picked up at a Quilt Show. There is always something new to learn about batting.

Committee Updates:

     Charity Committee: We have enough blocks for our first Charity Quilt. Please keep those blocks coming and we always welcome donations of batting and backing. Thanks in advance!

     Activities Committee:  Modern Fabric/Supplies Yard Sale! Will take place at our August 9th Meeting. We'll have a pot luck at Lincoln Woods (very close to Ryco) and enjoy buying some new items for our stash. Proceeds go to the Guild.  Bring your items to the July 12th meeting.

     RIMQG Quilting Bee:  Charity and Jenn introduced a new spin on an old-fashioned concept - the Quilt Bee. This will be open to Members (if you haven't joined as a member yet, this is your incentive!) and we are hoping to get 12 or more members to sign up. Details will follow.

     NEW!! Highlight a RIMQG Member Interview:  Coming soon... Look for our new topic in our BLOG. We will interview and share the story of a member.

Show and Tell:  Always a fun part of the meeting!

Carole Ann explained her square/grid method to create modern blocks

Tara shared her MM Challenge and it is fabulous!

Jenn shared her 3 of a kind quilt

Jackie is repairing a quilt she made for her son to be given to her grandbaby! What a wonderful gift!

Meredith is fearless and took on this "crazy cat lady" quilt. This is her first large quilt! Congrats Meredith!

Believe it or not, Charity completed cut and pieced this strip & flip (jelly roll) quilt in one evening! Nice job!

Jen shared her Challenge blocks and Charm Pack Cherry Pattern Blocks - great!

Leslie's "Orange Peel" runner was a hit! 

Mary shared her fabric and pattern for a cute summer skirt for her granddaughter. Lucky kid!

Jodi shared her binding and summery blocks with everyone!

Suzanne's original Angel Quilt is a one of a kind!

 Karen shared her art quilt runner.

Tracey's "Going in Circles" Wall Hanging was amazing! This was accepted into the MQX Show!


See you next month on July 12th at Ryco!