June 2018 Meeting Recap

For quilters who have thought about entering a quilt in a show but weren't sure what to expect, RIMQG member

Tina Martiniano Craig

provided a practice run—and it was practice for both the quilters and herself. She judged 35 member quilts as part of the process to become a certified quilt judge. 

Tina provided feedback on each quilt and awarded "ribbons" for best in several categories. She explained how judges approach each quilt, what they look for, and how they score the quilt's design and technical presentation. She also answered many questions from members.

Below are the winning quilts. (Not pictured: Best Visual Impact: "314 Meadow Lane" by Sue Ahnrud; Best Embellishment: "Blue Ballerina" by Lil Sklenarik; Best Longarm Quilting: "Himalayan Poppy" by Sue Ahnrud.)

Best Original Design:

"City Girls Country Life" by Christine Conrad Lane

Best Use of Color:

"Little Houses on the Hillside" by Christine Conrad Lane

Best Piecing:

"Eat Your Veggies" by Suellen Franze

Best Appliqué:

"French Roses" by Suellen Franze

Best Hand Stitching:

"Mon Ami" by Denise Nilsen

Best Domestic Quilting AND Best Edge Finish:

"Small Talk Stinks" by Alice Cooper

Best Scrap Quilt AND Best of Show:

"Lollapalooza" by Suellen Franze

Judge's Choice:

"One Hot Mess" by Alice Cooper

Upcoming Meetings

July 7:

Since the library closes at 1 p.m. in the summer, there will be no regular meeting in July. Open Sew will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Hayden Center Room 3. Sue Ahnrud will lead a workshop on making improv name tags for anyone who would like to participate.

August:

The August meeting will be a summer picnic! Time and place to be announced.

May 2018 Meeting Recap

Members were inspired to organize their sewing spaces with Denise Lamb's presentation that was chock-full of ideas and tips. Denise, a professional organizer, shared dozens of photos of spaces she has organized for clients as well as ideas for furniture, storage containers and design walls, even upcycling everyday containers like plastic lettuce boxes. Her presentation was a real treat.

Member Show & Tell

November Meeting

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Cumberland Library
Mendon Rd., Cumberland, RI

New room this month: Hayden Center Room #3

(Drive around to the back of the library;
enter through the Hayden Center entrance.)

Member Trunk Show: Alice Cooper and Judy Blackadar

Alice and Judy will show some of their work and talk about their quilting journey.


Extended Show & Tell

Bring whatever you have been working on, modern or not!

2018 Board Election

We will elect our 2018 Board on Saturday.  Anyone wishing to run for a position on the Board is encouraged to contact a current Board member as soon as possible before the meeting.  Otherwise,  the following slate of proposed officers has been prepared:
  • President:  Kathy Graves
  • Vice President:  Jackie Baddeley
  • Secretary:  Suellen Franze
  • Treasurer:  Lill Sklenarik
  • Member at Large:  Sue Ahnrud

2018 Dues

Dues may be paid at any time. Dues are $35 if paid before December 31.  Starting January 1, they are $40. Checks made out to RIMQG or cash are accepted at the meeting, or use the Paypal link in the member newsletter.

Charity Project: Crafty Cop Quilt Blocks

Jenn Galloway-Boyce will be coordinating a charity project to make blocks for the Fallen Officer Project.  She will be collecting both low volume prints and blues that members can donate.  She will be making these into kits that members can sew together.

October Meeting Recap

We were promised an action packed October meeting, and it didn't disappoint!

Many members worked all morning on the guild's entry in the QuiltCon charity challenge. Most blocks were completed in one day. A team is already prepared to create the last--and largest--block, and then the top is ready to be assembled!






Next up, the much anticipated reveal of the HST challenge! It was so much fun to see everyone's unique take on the project. The creativity and talent was incredibly inspiring.


Finally, member show & tell!







Upcoming Events

Sewing Day - QuiltCon Charity Quilt

Come sew with friends and help assemble our guild's contribution to the QuiltCon charity quilt project! We'll work in teams of three to create improv wave blocks. Each team will have an improv facilitator, a sewist, and an ironist. Anyone can help, no matter what your skill level is. The more quilters we have, the faster we can put our quilt together, so please join us!

October 7, 2017
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (before the monthly meeting)
Cumberland Public Library

RI Modern Quilt Guild Fall Retreat

Join us for a whole weekend of quilting--with a water view! Each quilter will have her own 8-foot table. Price includes room, sewing space, dinner on Friday and Saturday and breakfast buffet on Saturday and Sunday. Bring a friend!

Sea Crest Beach Hotel
North Falmouth, MA
November 10-12, 2017

Retreat Price:
Double $301.18 + $25 registration fee
Triple $274.00 + $25 registration fee
Single $426.12 + $25 registration fee
Optional Thursday room $105/night plus taxes


Upcoming Meetings

All meetings at Cumberland Library, 2 -4 p.m.

October 7:
  • How to make pieced or made fabric and what to do with it 
  • Modern Mystery HST Challenge Reveal - bring your completed item/top!
November 4:
  • Election of 2018 Board of Directors
  • Member trunk show - see a member's journey toward Modern
December 2:
  • Member trunk show - see a member's journey toward Modern
  • QuiltCon 2018 MGQ challenge reveal

September Meeting Recap

After no meetings all summer, it was good to get together again! There was much news to be shared, including details of upcoming events: Timna Tarr workshop on September 16, the MQG charity quilt sew-day on October 7 and the guild retreat November 10-12. Sue K and Maria L shared their secrets for getting an accurate 1/4-inch seam, and Sue gave everyone a preview of the design for the MQG charity quilt.

And of course...show & tell!







What to Expect at the May Meeting...

The next meeting for the RIMQG will be Saturday, May 6th at Diamond Hill Park. PLEASE NOTE: This is a location change from our normal spot... it's just up the road from the library, and across the street from the Ice Cream Machine.

There are some exciting topics on the agenda for this month. Members who attended QuiltCon in Savannah will be sharing their experiences... and their photos! If you weren't able to make it in person, this is a great way to hear more about the show. We will also be having a demonstration of three different binding techniques. Demonstrations are a wonderful way to learn something new, ask questions about techniques, and learn from your fellow guild members. (If you are a member who has a skill or technique you want to share, please feel free to contact us.)

And lastly... For those of you participating in the 2017 Modern Mystery Challenge... bring your half square triangles to swap! Remember, it's 16 squares, size of 6.5 inches, using Kona solids only. This month is WARM/COOL colors. (One warm color and one cool color per square... but they don't all have to be the same mix of colors.) Bring them in a quart-sized ziploc bag with your name labeled either on the bag, or on a piece of paper inside.

See you all soon!

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.)