Special Events Committee Update: August retreat is fast approaching and will be so much fun! We will also be planning a Happy Hour in Downtown Providence for a social meet up; look for the date/location in an upcoming newsletter.
Activities Committee Update: Next month is our "Quilting Notions Yard Sale"; we will be hosting our monthly meeting at Lincoln Woods Park (exact location to follow in newsletter) for a potluck lunch, yard sale to benefit the guild, and usual meeting activities. If you have anything to contribute to the yard sale, please bring it ready to go so that we can get it priced quickly. Please bring personal checks or small bills to pay for items.
Charity Committee Update: Continually collecting blocks (from print out template), backing fabric, and batting. If you are interested in piecing/quilting, we have enough blocks to make our first charity quilt! See a committee member or guild leader to participate.
Modern Bee: Jenn and Charity are leading our guild Modern Bee; if you signed up, look for an email from Jenn to coordinate. We decided to do a 6-month Bee, so that participants could finish their quilt faster. This will require each participant to make two blocks per month. We are so excited to see this come together and look forward to seeing the blocks/quilts that result!
"Getting to know you" Interview Series: Sue was the first member highlighted in this new series (see previous post!) We thought this was fun and we learned a lot about her! Look out for another member to be highlighted this month and see a guild leader to volunteer to be interviewed for future months!
Michael Miller Challenge Quilts
** we forgot to take a guild photo of our challenge projects!! please bring your project to our next meeting so that we can get a group photo for our Facebook page **
Tara had a lot of negative space and filled it with dense and varied FMQ patterns
Tina shared this mini quilt that she designed on EQ7 using HST's
Jill shared a mini quilt that she applique'd hexagons; demo coming soon!
Jodi embraced the negative space challenge too; with this creative display of plants and a kite
Desirae and Suzanne improv designed this quilt; very modern use of improv piecing and off-center white borders
Jenn shared her shooting stars quilt; the FMQ makes it look like they're shooting!
Leslie is getting creative with different FMQ patterns with this awesome take on a Dresden plate
Tara made use of that negative space to showcase a sampler grid of the challenge fabrics
Suzanne made these circles pop with a black contrasting background
Mary made a bag and used different FMQ designs in each column
Sue let the fabric patterns make the shapes of the butterflies, tree, and sun. The mailbox even says "Michael Miller!"
Lisa used different sized pinwheels to showcase the challenge fabrics
Becky embraced the modern layout and did some "echo" quilting
Carole Ann did some nice applique of these petals and did a ton of swirls for her FMQ
Wow! so many challenge projects!! thanks to everyone who participated and we look forward to doing this again next year with the MQG, and later this year within our guild!
Show and Tell projects
Tara used the inspiration from Carole Ann's grid-interfacing backing to make this baby quilt
Tara also finished the quilt top from the "100 Modern Blocks" book!
Pat showed this impressive improv applique wall hanging
Ken showed a kids quilt with dinosaur panels
Tina made this wall hanging using paper piecing
Sue compiled the blocks from the Color Theory instructional on Craftsy
Carole Ann finished the grid-interfacing blocks and added some solids to frame them out
Thanks to everyone who came out to the meeting; we look forward to seeing you all at Lincoln Woods Park next month, August 9th at 2:00pm. Look for the specific location in our newsletter and bring a chair or picnic quilt to sit on. Don't forget to bring food for the potluck if you signed up (comment on the Members Facebook Page to bring something) and be ready to buy some quilting notions from our yard sale to benefit the guild!