Recap of December 2014 Meeting

Out last meeting for 2014 was fabulous!  There is so much talent in our group!

We will continue to develop and evolve as a Modern Quilt Guild and with everyone's enthusiasm and energy, next year will be even better!

We enjoyed goodies provided by Leslie and Tara and had a very lively brainstorming session to explore plans for next year. Thank you for all your wonderful ideas and suggestions.  The Board and Committees will take all that input and plan some exciting meetings and events for 2015!

Show and Tell

 Celine's Snowman Pillowcases were so sweet!

 Rachel's striking Four Patch Quilt
 Rachael also showed off her pencil pouches!

 Table runner designed by Celine. Quilted by Sue.


 Emily's Black/White/Red Challenge Quilt was beautiful!

 Jean shared her Black/White/Green Challenge quilt!

 Celeste's Tree Skirt with buttons was made with "25 degree Wedge"

 Jenn is nearly done with the binding on her Mariner's Compass!

 Denise shared the story of the "love" quilt made for her daughter. What a Mom!

 Meredith's color challenge quilt has become a very sweet and personal momento for her!

 Linda shared several beautiful quilts/projects. This one is created using the
"Sew Kind of Wonderful" Ruler
 This is her chevron quilt - very modern!

 These mini projects are part of her certification requirements - very nice!

Kathy's modern quilt is a bit of an illusion - it's really a nine-patch!
 Her gorgeous charcoal quilt using quilter's linen will make someone very happy!

 Jodi explained her Leaders & Enders quilt made from oodles of tiny squares!
Can't wait to see the finished quilt.


Modern Quilting Bee

The Modern Bee has caught on like wildfire! Here are some of our completed quilts from this first session!

Tara designed a beautiful and unique Bee quilt!



Leslie used the grey Michael Miller fabric for her Bee Quilt's background! 
Love it!

Suzanne named her Bee Quilt "Ancient Messages" and it has a beautiful Aztec feel to it!

We can't wait to see what quilters from Month #4 do with their blocks! (below)



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Thanks RYCO for the gift certificates earned by our Guild during 2014!

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Charity Quilt!

With the wonderful help from so many members, we have completed our FIRST charity quilt. We will finalize our recipient before the end of the year and post the news later on in the month!

Thank you all and see you in 2015!


Recap November Meeting

Thank you to all who came out for our November Meeting. For those who couldn't make it, here is the recap!   We have been a busy group and it is so much fun to share our creations with each other.

Congratulations!

Elections were held and we are happy to announce our new 2015 Executive Board of Directors!

President -               Tara Coogan
Vice President -       Leslie Lowenstein
Treasurer -              Meredith Skelly
Secretary -               Jill Belisle
Member Rep -         Jenn Galloway-Boyce
Communications -   Karen McCann

The Rachel May Special Event was very well received!  Lots of excitement surrounded her talk to our Guild and it proved to be a hit!  It was suggested to visit URI Textile Museum - right in our own back yard!

Modern Fat Quarter Swap took place - thanks to those who participated!

Black/White/Color Challenge - 

Inspecting the B&W challenge up close!



Jenn's graphic interpretations!

Patricia's Flower Hand Applique Quilt

Becky's paper pieced mosaic with Bike printed fabric

Sue finally found use for her orange/yellow ombre fabric!

Jackie has been creating blocks from the Modern Bee and used them for this challenge!

"Soul Shine" by Suzanne is stunning!

Suzanne's "Broken Glass" quilt

Karen's mini slice and dice Quilt

Tara Coogan's Strip Quilt

Leslie's quilt using various tree fabrics

Celine used a UFO for her challenge

Meredith's "Cat Dream" Quilt showcased gorgeous thread painting

Tina's disappearing 9-patch quilt

Kathy's "Condo Doors with Minky on the back!


Show and Tell - 

The quilting is exceptional in Kathy's Angela Walters pattern

Celine's Baby Quilt is charming!

A photo does not do Denise's Doll Quilt justice!


Becky's Mosaic Block by Craftsy

In honor of her daughter, Tina's "Tanzania" Quilt

Our 1st "Charity Quilt" is done! Thanks to Jodi, Jenn, Karen and Celine and all those who donated blocks.



Modern Bee Month 3 Blocks were exchanged and shared. Here is Karen's pieced top from her Group's blocks!

See you next month! 

Happy Modern Quilting!


October RIMQG Meeting Recap

Thank you to all members and guests who attended our October Meeting this past Saturday!

RIMQG Board Member Elections:

We will vote on our 2015 Board at the November Meeting. If you would like to get more involved in the Guild, please contact Carole Ann at rimodernquiltguild@gmail.com or Tara Coogan at ewehavemeinstitches@gmail.com to get specific position information and to get your name on the ballot.  This is a great way to support our growing Guild and make new friends.

Monthly Topic:

We shared ideas and samples of Holiday gift projects. Here are a few of them: 
 *pillow cases, ornaments, draft stoppers, chalk fabric place mats. Leslie shared her go to book.


Fat Quarter Swap:

We will continue the Modern Fat Quarter Swap into the November meeting! Bring a fat quarter and go home with a fresh one (maybe use it for a holiday gift!)

Special Events:   

Special Guest Speaker Rachel May, a founding member of The Boston Modern Quilt Guild and Book Author. Free to members, $5.00 for guests. Bring a friend and also one of your modern quilts to share with Rachel! Members Click here to register: https://www.facebook.com/events/282596901930833/

Activities Committee:

Black, White & One other Color challenge due at the November meeting. We can't wait to see what you've come up with!

Quilt Bee Update:

We are onto month 3 of our Modern Quilt Bee. It's fun to see the blocks each month. If any participants have pieced or finished their quilts, bring them in to share!





Show and Tell:

Everyone loves to see each other's projects and get inspired by our fellow Modern Quilters. Here is the inspiration from October......

Tara completed her 100 Block Quilt! Gorgeous!


 New attendee, Sangeeta shared her Ladybug quilt and patterned table topper!

 Kathryn gave us a peek of her B&W challenge "homage to this fabric"

 Pat created this quilt from a Dragon Bones class. Slash technique using batiks!

 Meredith's hand-stitched space shuttle embroidery was inspired by the Astronaut Start Block Challenge.

 Celine's beautiful tote bag includes a "modern" button.

 Jodi has named this beauty "Fiona's Quilt"!

 Tara Celeste's Baby Quilt with bikes was a hit! (so was her little cutie)

 Jenn's sewing machine name tag is really cute!

Dragonfly Quilt Shop is offering 10% off to all RIMQG Members through 2014! Thanks Kathryn!


EXTRA! If you are a member of RIMQG, you are a member of The Modern Quilt Guild. If you haven't done so in a while, take a few minutes and check out all the wonderful resources provided on the "Mother Ship's Website", including webinars, patterns, interviews, and all around great inspiration. 

Next Meeting: Saturday, November 1st, 2:00 pm, Cumberland Public Library



September Meeting Recap

We had a great turnout for our September meeting at our new location at The Cumberland Public Library.  Thank you all for coming and welcome to our guests.

Sue Bleiweiss and Nancy Turbitt, of SAQA were here to introduce our members to the Studio Art Quilt Associates. Sue is one of the MA/RI Regional Reps for SAQA and Nancy is from RI. Check out the SAQA Regional Blog for details on upcoming events.


Committee Updates:

Activity Committee:   Black and White Challenge - Using Black and White with the addition of one other color (variations OK) and create a modern quilt project.  DUE:  November Meeting!

Charity Committee: Karen pieced donated blocks together, Jodi offered to quilt it, Jenn offered to bind our 1st Charity Quilt! Keep those blocks coming - thanks in advance!

Special Events Committee:  Mark your calendars for a special guest speaker on Saturday October 25th!  Rachel May!!


3 x 3 Applique Demo:  

Thank you to Suzanne, Tina and Leslie for demoing their personal techniques for applique. We all picked up a tip or two from these talented ladies.

 Susanne is partial to raw edge applique!

 Tina showed us the finer points of needle turn hand applique!

 Leslie shared her method of machine applique!


Show and Tell:


 Tara's twin boy elephant quilts were all from her stash!

 Tara's patchwork pillow is available in her shop!

 Carole Ann loves her interfacing method for piecing small squares!

 Charity showed us her finished Michael Miller Quilt!

 Jenn showed us her foster children block from an international Bee she's in!


 Leslie shared two pillow covers with UFO's.

 Jill's Moda Bake Shop wall hanging has beautiful pebbling!

 Everyone loved the ombre binding of Tina's spiral quilt!

 Mary's granddaughter will love her baby quilt!

 Bijou Lovely quilt with modern fabric is striking!

 Tara Celeste shared the inspiration for her Anchor Quilt - amazing!

 Meredith creatively used bamboo & walnut from her yard as the stand for her Budgie Branch gift!

Denise has made a lovely wedding quilt for her exchange student from Taiwan, which she will hand deliver to the new bride!
  

 Here are two of Pat's gorgeous quilts! She is published in 500 Traditional Quilts Book!


Next Month:  Modern Fat Quater Swap!


Election of Officers to RIMQG 

If you love RIMQG and are thinking you want to become more involved, consider volunteering to become a Board Member. More details next month.



"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

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!

July Meeting Recap

We had a great turnout this month, and we had FIVE first time visitors! 

Meeting Recap:

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!






"Getting to Know You" Interview Series for RIMQG

Today we are launching a new series called "Let's Get to Know You"! We will interview a RIMQG member to get to know her better and gain some insight into how she incorporates quilting into her life.

Let's Get to Know... Sue Ahnrud

Sue Ahnrud, Chepachet, RI 
Professional longarmer  - fb -Ponaganset-Quiltery
Hobbyist piecer

1. How did you learn to quilt?

I am mostly self-taught.  My great grandmother was a maker of utility quilts in the 30's, but I never knew her. My mother made us a wedding quilt in 1974, but that was her first quilt.  I also started quilting that year after seeing a picture of an Ohio Star quilt that I loved.  I used cardboard templates, scissors, and hand pieced/quilted it.  Some of the fabric was polyester, and it had a solid black back.  It was an horrible chore, did not turn out too well, but my friend still loves it.  (The one labeled 1975 is my first quilt).  The thing that I love about quilting is pattern, color, and creativity.  Dreaming of quilts is so much more fun that making that 97th block, but putting it all together is worth it at the end.
1st Quilt - 1975

2.  What was your first machine?

I had a Montgomery Ward machine with cams for decorative stitches.  I got it in 1970, and used it until about 10 years ago when the bobbin winder broke off.  Then I had gotten my husband's grandmother's White in a cabinet. I wore that one out too.  Now I have a Featherweight, a Bernina and a Juki.

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

It's hard to chose a favorite child.  However, the one I am most proud of is the Wedge quilt.  I had seen a picture of a bed-sized one on the cover of a magazine.  I was so impressed that I wanted to make one for myself. However, I did not want it to be bed-sized.  I had no idea how to do it, but after studying the photo for hours I finally figured it out.  I drafted it and cut strips to paper piece it.  When it came to assembly, I finally had to hand baste all the intersections so that I would be satisfied with the piecing.  It was work but worth it. It is about 30" square. 
  2009 wedge

4.  What kind of memories does it hold for you?

I pieced most of it over a retreat long weekend with some of my best quilting friends.  I love our yearly weekend together.

5.  If you were to do this quilt over, would you do anything differently?

There are some errors in color selection in the outside spirals, and the inside "dresden" blades are in the wrong order in one spot.  Oh well.  Also, I wish that I had had my robotics when it came to quilting this one.

6.  What is your favorite quilting technique?

My favorite thing is to try new things and not take a class to figure them out.  I also seldom buy patterns.  If I see something that I like, I figure out how to make it.  Of course buying a pattern would be more efficient, but where is the challenge in that?  I'm a cheapskate at heart.

7.  Do you follow a Modern Quilter/Blog/Fabric House? Why do you like them?

Not a blog follower - not enough time in the day.  I do follow the Kaffe Fassett Collective Facebook Page.  I love the color and pattern in those fabrics.  Kaffe is probably my favorite fabric line overall.  Modern fabrics really appeal to me though, with their fresh clear colors and interesting patterns.

8.  How did you get into Longarm Quilting professionally?


I started with a midarm because it was less expensive and I wanted to see how it would work out.  I had no intention of quilting for others at first.  I have upgraded 2 times, and when I got my present longarm, I added robotics.  This was a big expense, but I really like the accuracy and intricacy that can be achieved.  I sort of needed to take customers to justify the expense.  Also, at this point in my life, I hardly need any more quilts of my own, but I love to see them.  It is so much fun to see the quilts that people bring me.  Some are brand new quilters and some have been at it for a long time.  Each has something that I love to look at.


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

Have no fear.  Go for it.  Just be accurate.

10. Would you like to tell us anything else about yourself?

In addition to quilting, there are other things that consume me.  I am an avid sports fan, following the Red Sox and Bruins particularly.  I am a season ticket holder of the New England Revolution soccer team.  Indoor soccer keeps me busy year round on Tuesday and Friday nights and I try to run three days a week.  In season, I work in my garden every day. Brazil/Mexico World Cup soccer is on as I write this - go USA.  I live with my husband, my cat Wembley, and my dog Frieda on a lake in the boonies.


Thanks Sue! Great to hear about your love of quilting. 

Interview by Karen McCann, Communications for RIMQG 

June Meeting Recap


RI Modern Quilt Guild Sewing Day!


We had a wonderful Sewing Day filled with machines buzzing, good food, sharing ideas and projects and great community building over our common bond of Modern Quilting. If you couldn't make this event, we will be sure to host more of these in the future.


Thank you, Tracey Williams,  for hosting our group at your beautiful home and property!

Meeting Recap:

Update on Michael Miller Challenge from MQG - Bring your completed challenge project to the July 12th meeting, when we will finally share our creations. Upload your picture to the Community Site of MQG before July 25th deadline.

Update on Quilters Retreat - 2nd Wave was filled. The girls are looking forward to some uninterrupted sewing time in Vermont!

Batting Presentation - Thanks Leslie for teaching us about the myriad of choices of batting available for our quilting projects. She explained and passed around a sample pack she had picked up at a Quilt Show. There is always something new to learn about batting.


Committee Updates:

     Charity Committee: We have enough blocks for our first Charity Quilt. Please keep those blocks coming and we always welcome donations of batting and backing. Thanks in advance!

     Activities Committee:  Modern Fabric/Supplies Yard Sale! Will take place at our August 9th Meeting. We'll have a pot luck at Lincoln Woods (very close to Ryco) and enjoy buying some new items for our stash. Proceeds go to the Guild.  Bring your items to the July 12th meeting.

     RIMQG Quilting Bee:  Charity and Jenn introduced a new spin on an old-fashioned concept - the Quilt Bee. This will be open to Members (if you haven't joined as a member yet, this is your incentive!) and we are hoping to get 12 or more members to sign up. Details will follow.

     NEW!! Highlight a RIMQG Member Interview:  Coming soon... Look for our new topic in our BLOG. We will interview and share the story of a member.

Show and Tell:  Always a fun part of the meeting!

Carole Ann explained her square/grid method to create modern blocks

Tara shared her MM Challenge and it is fabulous!

Jenn shared her 3 of a kind quilt

Jackie is repairing a quilt she made for her son to be given to her grandbaby! What a wonderful gift!

Meredith is fearless and took on this "crazy cat lady" quilt. This is her first large quilt! Congrats Meredith!

Believe it or not, Charity completed cut and pieced this strip & flip (jelly roll) quilt in one evening! Nice job!

Jen shared her Challenge blocks and Charm Pack Cherry Pattern Blocks - great!

Leslie's "Orange Peel" runner was a hit! 

Mary shared her fabric and pattern for a cute summer skirt for her granddaughter. Lucky kid!

Jodi shared her binding and summery blocks with everyone!

Suzanne's original Angel Quilt is a one of a kind!

 Karen shared her art quilt runner.

Tracey's "Going in Circles" Wall Hanging was amazing! This was accepted into the MQX Show!

HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY RIMQG!!


See you next month on July 12th at Ryco!