Wednesday, April 15, 2015

RI Modern Quilt Guild Member Interview

 "Let's Get to Know Tina...."

Today we'll share an interview with RIMQG member Tina Craig and gain some insight into how she became a Modern Quilter...

1. Tell us about yourself

Hi, I'm Tina Craig from Wakefield, RI. My husband Bill and I recently celebrated our 25th anniversary. Our daughter Julia is a junior at Siena College in Albany, NY. Our son Pete is a Lance Corporal in the Marine Corps, currently stationed at Camp Lejeune in NC. Sometimes I feel guilty for admitting how much we are enjoying our empty nest!

25th Anniversary Quilt!

2. How did you learn how to quilt?

I started quilting shortly after we were married. I saw an ad in the paper for a beginner quilting class at Colchester Mill, which was a perfect way to start. I was immediately hooked! 

3. What type of sewing machine do you own?

In the early 90's, I bought a Bernina Virtuosa 153 that has served me well. Also living at my house are my grandmother's Singer, my mother's Necchi, Julia's Janome, a Featherweight that I've had about a year, and my mother-in-law's toy Singer.

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

I think my favorite quilt is Meadowsweet Dresden that I made in 2011. I still love the fabric line by Sandi Henderson. It took me an entire weekend retreat to quilt it.  

5. What is your favorite quilting technique?

I love piecing, especially paper piecing. Sitting at my machine pushing fabric under the needle is my happy place! Lately, I've been doing a lot of stash and scrap quilting. It's time to use it up! The problem with all this piecing is that I have a huge pile of tops waiting to be quilted.

Modern Log Cabin Challenge Quilt 2015

6. Do you follow a Modern Quilter/Blog/Fabric designer? What draws you to them?

I wish I had unlimited funds to buy every piece of fabric that Kate Spain designs!

7. What does "Modern" quilting mean to you?

The Modern Quilting aesthetic really appeals to me. I love the fabrics, colors and patterns. A quilty friend recently labeled me a traditional quilter with modern tendencies. With 25 years of experience and a 25 year old stash, I guess she's right!

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

My tip to new quilters is to take classes. Online classes are great, but there's no substitute for hands-on, in-person instruction, especially for the basics.  

Thank you Tina! To check out more of Tina's fabulous work, head over to her Blog Seaside Stitches!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Recap April Meeting 2015

Happy Spring!  Here is your monthly recap of our April Meeting.

Committee Updates:


  • We will announce the next challenge project in May; until then, make some blocks for the charity quilts! (see below)
  • Riley Blake MQG Fabric Challenge - keep working on your project! The challenge runs through July and you can tag your photos on facebook/instagram/etc with ‪#‎mqgfabricchallenge‬
  • Modern Fat 1/4 Swap - Next month's theme is "polka dots" - one person wins the whole pot!
  • The Charity Committee is accepting your Log Cabin Blocks in pinks, purples & teals in the following sizes: 6.5, 12.5 and/or 18.5.  Thank you in advance.

Special Events:
  • MQX Show, Manchester, NH, April 8-11. A bunch of members are attending; next year we will coordinate farther in advance to organize a group trip. Can't wait to hear about how the show was!
  • Saturday, April 25th, Rochambeau Public Library, Providence 1:30-3:30. Let's gather together to watch a MQG Webinar (Members: look for registration invite in your inbox). 
Sewing Day!  We will be hosting open-sew before each monthly meeting. Bring all your gear (don't forget your machine's power cord!) and a project to work on. There are also often workshops and demo's that we will announce for future open-sew's.

Our Guild Challenge Reveal!   

Log Cabin Challenge Projects

Show & Tell

Thanks for a great meeting!  See you all May 2nd! Don't forget - May Meeting will be in the Main Library, Community Room.