Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"Let's Get to Know You" Interview Series for RIMQG

We are continuing our series called "Let's Get to Know You!"

Today we'll share an interview with RIMQG member Jill Belisle of Warwick
to get to know her better and gain some insight into how she incorporates
(modern) quilting into her life.....

Let's Get to Know... Jill Belisle

How did you learn to quilt?

      I tried teaching myself at age 16, but I had no idea what I was doing! I cut fabric squares (didn’t measure them to make them uniform) and sewed them together (didn’t know about seam allowances). I also didn’t quilt it, because I didn’t know you were supposed to do that either! It fell apart shortly after completion. I took a long break from sewing until my late twenties, when my friend Leslie Lowenstein (also a member of RIMQG) provided much-needed guidance and instruction. She’s a great teacher!

      What was your first machine?

      My first machine was an old Singer that I inherited from my grandmother (it was probably made in the 50's). That’s the one I used for that disaster of a first quilt. When I started sewing years later, I bought a Bernina Activa 145, which is the machine I still use today.
      Can you tell us about a favorite personal quilt? 

      One of my favorite quilts was the baby quilt I made for my nephew Colin. It could not have been more simple – nine 12-inch squares sewn together in three rows – but I loved making it. It was my first “real” quilt and I remember spending hours at the fabric store picking out just the right colors and patterns.

      What kind of memories does it hold for you?

      I was so proud of that simple little quilt. I had always wanted to give handmade items as gifts, and now I had finally done it! That was the beginning of many, many baby quilts that I have made over the years for friends and family.
      If you were to do this quilt over, would you do anything differently?

      I think I would have tried for a little more contrast with the fabrics. I used a novelty frog print as the main fabric, and the other fabrics I picked were all similar shades of green.
      What is your favorite quilting technique? 

      I really enjoy English paper piecing. I have been working on a quilt that is made from two-inch hexagons for about five years. There are thousands of pieces to be sewn together, and I work on it a little at a time. I don’t know if I will ever finish it, but it’s fun to do!
      Do you follow a Modern Quilter/Blog/Fabric House? Why do you like them

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

      I would encourage a new modern quilter to be adventurous, particularly when it comes to free-motion quilting. It’s not as scary as it first seems!
           What is something you love about Rhode Island?

      I love how close everything is. You can go from the city to the country to the shoreline all in the same day. Of course, this sometimes gets me in trouble, because I think I can get anywhere in the state in 20 minutes, which means I end up being unintentionally late for things!

Thank you Jill!  Most of us can appreciate your love of giving away "handmade" gifts.

Interview by Karen McCann, Communications for RIMQG

Monday, August 11, 2014

August Meeting Recap!

Thanks to the Activities Committee for arranging our August Meeting at Lincoln Woods. We had a beautiful summer day under the trees sharing and inspiring one another.

Thank you to all who donated and purchased from our Yard Sale. Proceeds will go towards future workshops, speakers and events to enhance our growing RIMQG Community.

Also, a big thanks to those who brought food and drink to our outdoor pot luck today.

SHOW and TELL - this is where we shine!

Suzanne's Tree of Life and Flowers from a photo quilts!

Meredith finished her Cat Quilt - her 1st large quilt!

Sue shared her Kaffe Fassett international online quilt bee top.

Ken shows both a traditional and modern take on the Underground Railroad pattern.

Becky is traveling in style with her Amy Butler tote bag!

Maryann shared two beautiful quilts, one will be given to her 1st grandchild this fall!

Lisa whips up mug mats in her spare time and was nice enough to share this one.

Karen showed us her pinwheel wall hanging and sashiko pillow.

Quilting Bee Update

Assignments were handed out to the members who chose to participate in our 1st Modern Quilt Bee. Three groups of 6 quilters were assigned 2 blocks per month. It was decided we will bring our finished blocks to each meeting for everyone to see. Thank you Jen and Charity for spearheading this Bee.

Special Events Announcement

Special Guest Speaker Rachel May!

RI local, a founding member of The Boston Modern Quilt Guild, and Quilt Book Author Rachel May will be our Guest Speaker for a special event to take place on Saturday afternoon, October 25th. Free to members, $5.00 for others.  Get this on your calendars now and more details to follow!

Activity Committee

New Challenge is introduced for RIMQG:

The new challenge was presented and it will involve using Black and White fabric with the addition of ONE other color. Several members had the savvy suggestion that variations of those three colors may be used. For example, if you choose Pink as your one color, it was range from Blush to Magenta.  That is extent of rules. Any size, Any shape!   It will be due for the November Meeting.

Monthly Topic

September's monthly topic will be a 3x3 applique demo. Let's learn or brush up on three ways to use this skill in our modern quilting.

Good Luck to our Lucky members attending the Quilt Retreat in August!!

*******************NEW LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT*****************

Our new meeting location will be the Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland, RI (401) 333-2522.  See you September 6th at 2.00 pm.

Thank You to Ryco for the generous use of your space for our meetings these past 2 years!! Let's continue to support Pat and her wonderful team!

(some) of our talented Michael Miller Challenge Quilters!