Monday, July 11, 2016

July Meeting Recap and Charity News!!

Thank you to all that came out for our meeting this month!

We had a great time and had much to discuss.


Quilts for Pulse & Quilts for Peace:



The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild is leading a quilt drive for victims and families of the Pulse Night Club shooting that took place in Orlando on June 12th. Many of our members have been making blocks to contribute to this cause. If you would like to make a block or two, please click here http://cluckclucksew.com/2015/01/making-heart-blocks-in-multiple-sizes.html for the tutorial. We are making 10 inch (10.5 unfinished) blocks, using bright rainbow colors, (solids or prints) with a white or low volume background. Becky Sanborn is collecting blocks for Quilts for Pulse until August 1st.  Please mail your blocks to Becky. She will be sewing the blocks into a quilt top. You can contact us for her mailing address.


MaryAnn Koblentz will also be collecting the same heart blocks (in navy) for Quilts for Peace. These blocks will be made into a quilt to send off to the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild for the families of the Police Officers that lost their lives in the senseless Dallas shootings last week. We are asking for 10 in (10.5 unfinished) blocks in NAVY solids or prints, with a white background. You can mail your blocks to MaryAnn or bring the blocks to our August 6th meeting. Please contact us for MaryAnn's address as well.


                                                 
                                                                Quilts For Peace (Dallas)

Thank you to all for your help with making blocks for these wonderful causes.
If you are able to help quilt the Quilt for Peace, please reach out to MaryAnn and let her know.


We had a great discussion this month about our favorite quilting tips and tricks!


RIMQG Members’ Quilting Hacks – tips, tools and tricks to make quilting easier!
- Lint roller for cleaning up ripped out seams (and lots of other stuff!)
- Carpenter’s square and 6-foot metal ruler from Home Depot for squaring up quilts
- Books by quilting “greats” who laid the groundwork for modern quilting: Nancy Crow, Gwen    Marston, Jean Wells, & Raina Gillman
- “Simply Moderne” French modern quilting magazine (text is in English)
- Magnet on a suction cup – stick to machine to catch pins as you’re sewing
- Bo-Nash ironing products, including “007 Bonding Agent” powdered heat-set glue
- Fabric glue stick
- Small magnifying glass for threading needles
- 1/4” acrylic ruler
- Hem clips
- Frixion pens (for light to medium fabrics)
- Sewline white ceramic pencil (for light fabrics)
- Bird feather for cleaning sewing machine
- Pipe cleaners and Q-tips for cleaning sewing machine
- Chopstick for poking out corners
- Emery board for smoothing out templates
- Wooden wallpaper seam roller for pressing seams without an iron
- Wooden skewer instead of a stiletto for guiding seams through the machine
- Piece of rug pad laid between fabric and ruler to prevent ruler from slipping as you cut
- Rug pad under machine foot pedal to prevent slipping
- Quilt in a Day half-square triangle square-up ruler – trim HSTs in 2 cuts instead of 4
- Hera marker for marking fabric & quilting lines
- Masking tape or painters tape for marking long, straight quilting lines

Please check out RIMQG Facebook Page for our latest Show & Tell pictures!

*We hope to see you August 6th for our 3rd Annual Potluck Meeting! Our meeting will be in the Gazebo on the grounds of the Cumberland Public Library 11:30-1:00 for food, fun, and Show & Tell!  

Lucky Spool Group will meet at 10:30

(In the event of inclement weather, we will be inside.)




Tuesday, February 9, 2016

February 2016 Meeting Recap

Thank you all for coming to join us at our February meeting! 


We had a great turn out at this month's meeting and we welcomed 3 new members! Here's what happened.....



The Mighty Lucky Quilting group met at 1:00 to discuss February's challenge "Minimalist Improvisation" presented by Season Evans. 


The goal of this challenge was to create a patchwork panel using minimalist principles: a few colors (possibly just solids) and having a clear focus on color, shape or movement. We were advised to gather our fabrics with a focus fabric in mind, coordinating solids and contrasting solids. The key technique with this challenge was to limit the choices of fabrics, let the focus fabric guide you when making the piece, and paring down choices through thoughtful subtraction. We had a few examples to share and a great discussion on this challenge. Members were pleasantly surprised to see completed projects for this month, as well as Jen Smith's completed January bias tape project. 

Minimal improv block made by Jenn B. She later turned it into a pillow.
Jen Smith shared this cute pillow she made using January's bias tape
project

For those of you that may not know, this is a monthly subscription club through a quilting website Lucky Spool. A popular quilt designer/teacher will teach a different concept (through PDF) for you to try each month of the year. You can sign up for the year or monthly, and all instructions are emailed right to you! This group will meet monthly at 1:00 pm before the RIMQG meeting to discuss that month's challenge and share ideas. If you are a paid RIMQG member, you can join the Facebook Group (see our FB page for members). For more information and to join The Mighty Lucky Quilting Club please click here http://luckyspool.com/collections/patterns/products/mighty-lucky-quilting-club 


Webinar Viewing

We watched the MQG webinar "Awaken Your Inner COLOR GENIUS" by Carrie Bloomston at this month's meeting. Carrie's webinar discussed basic color theory and helped us tap into our own innate sense of color through a few different exercises discussed in the webinar. We hope that you enjoyed it! For more information on The MQG's free webinar series, please click on this link: themodernquiltguild.com and go to the Community tab at the top of the page. The webinars are free for paid members, but you must login to view them.

HOMEWORK for next meeting:

At the March meeting, Allison Wilbur will help us go deeper into the world of color with a series of fun activities! Please raid your stash and come prepared with the following supplies (if possible):
  • 10-20 charm squares (5-inch squares) representing as many colors around the color wheel as you can (approx. 2 squares per color is ideal)
  • 1 or 2 fat quarters in neutral colors
  • Prints or solids will work. Please note everybody’s charm squares will be mixed together during the activity, so you might want to label yours with stickers or masking tape so you can collect them at the end.


Valentine's Fabric Postcard Swap!


Our fabric postcard swap is still underway through the month of February. Members that received a card brought them in to share. Please watch the mail for your card. One member let us know her postcard was stuck inside of some junk mail and she almost threw it out!! Isn't it fun to send and receive mail as pretty as this?!


Show and Tell

Denise shared her beautiful tree quilt that was made using applique and couching techniques 

Celine's gorgeous star quilt


Suellen was inspired by a workshop with quilting teacher/pattern designer Timna Tarr and created this circle quilt based on Timna's teachings


The back of Suellen's circle quilt. Very modern! 


Sue A created this improv piecing quilt inspired by a Jacquie Gering
workshop she attended.


A stunning piece called "28" by Suzanne M. 


This  table runner made by Dianne F was her first try at free motion quilting. Great job Dianne!

Jelly roll race quilt by Sangeeta


Jen S made this darling quilt with charm packs
The back of Jen's quilt.
"Red Hot Chili Peppers' by Celine was made using a jelly roll, a charm pack, and a layer cake of these beautiful fabrics.


Thank you all for another great meeting. See you in March!


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

January 2016 Meeting Recap





Thank you for attending our January 2016 Meeting!



We had a great first meeting of the new year and welcomed many new faces to our group. We are happy to have you join us. You all have so many wonderful ideas and the enthusiasm was terrific. This year is going to be amazing! Here's what happened.....




Mighty Lucky Quilting Club

Today at 1:00 was our first meet up for the Lucky Spool challenge group.This month we learned about making bias tape, and using it as a design element in quilting. Members shared alternative ways of making the bias tape and placing it on their background fabric. Making and working with the bias tape seems to be a technique that people were unsure about at first, but are really enjoying it. Jill made this block (in the picture above) using bright, modern colors, and is contemplating turning this into a pillow! 



For those of you that may not know, this is a monthly subscription club through a quilting website Lucky Spool. A popular quilt designer/teacher will teach a different concept (through PDF) for you to try each month of the year.  You can sign up for the year or monthly, and all instructions are emailed right to you! This group will meet monthly at 1:00 pm before the RIMQG meeting to discuss that month's challenge and share ideas. If you are a paid RIMQG member, you can join the FB Group (see our FB page for members). For more information and to join The Mighty Lucky Quilting Club please click here  http://luckyspool.com/collections/patterns/products/mighty-lucky-quilting-club 



Jessica's bias tape project was inspired by
colorful bouncing balls.


Treasurer Report News

 Our new Treasurer Jen Smith updated us on our finances during the meeting. 
If you would like more information, please email RIMQG and we will be happy to get that to you.

Valentine's Day Fabric Postcard Swap!

Our last fabric postcard swap was a hit! We all had so much fun making fabric postcards and snail-mailing them out to our partners. So, we have decided to do another swap for Valentine's Day! Sign-ups were held and partners were selected. Postcards can be mailed your partner any time. If you couldn't make it to the meeting, don't worry! Please email Jenn Boyce and she will assign you a partner so you can participate in this fun swap. She can provide you with written directions if you have not made a fabric postcard before. They are super easy and fun to make!



Quarterly themes for 2016 were discussed,

 and in our First Quarter we will be focusing on Color! 

We will be viewing the MQG Webinar "Awaken Your Inner Color Genius" hosted by Carrie Bloomstone at our next meeting to begin our exploration on Color. In this Webinar,Carrie will discuss basic color theory and help us to find our own resonant palette. Color is highly personal and she teaches some tricks that can make it fun and easy! You wont want to miss it!!


Did you know!!?

 The mission of the MQG is to support and encourage the growth 
and development of modern quilting through art, education, and community.


Show and tell!


Alice has mastered sewing curves
for our Solid Challenge!


Tina shared her quilt "Interface" inspired by her husbands work with submarine communication in
 The U.S. Navy! The blue represents water, the yellow rectangle is a buoy and the quilting
 represents sonar signals in the water and the air. Well done, Tina!!
Patricia quilted her Grandson's beloved dog "Duke"
She even had her grandson help with the design!
New member Lil with her Ballerina mini quilt.
her technique included the use of a couching foot on her machine.


Kathy's book that inspired her Solid Challenge Quilt

Kathy's Blue and Grey Improv quilt for our Solid Challenge
Thank you to Sue A. for this beautiful quilt that you have donated to our charity efforts!

Suzanne's gorgeous Dream Catcher!
Maria shared her beautiful flower quilt 
Leslie made a quilt out of her colorful scrap fabrics!
Becky's Jelly Roll Race Quilt made with Cotton & Steel fabrics
Karen is exploring Gelli Plate Printing on fabric and made beautiful
snack mats from her design.


Next meeting is February 6th in the Community Room of Cumberland Public Library 2-4:00 See you there!!