Event this Tuesday! Color Play with Sue Kessler

Next Tuesday, April 12 6-8:30 we have an awesome workshop planned hosted by the Franklin Mill Store and led by Sue Kassler.

 

Come for and evening of Color Play! A brief and non-intimidating discussion of “color 101” will begin the evening. Bring a favorite piece of fabric you all ready own or choose one at the store. Or, if you have a pattern you’ve been wanting to make but have no idea what fabric to choose, bring that! IMG_6032 (2)As we play with coordinating fabric possibilities for each fabric or pattern, you will learn to ask yourself the questions that will help define your final selections. Color is personal – you all ready know what you like – come to this workshop to gain confidence in your color choices!

 

You are more than welcome to bring a guest to this event BUT you need to RSVP by THIS FRIDAY, April 8th. Please respond to this email if you are planning to attend, we want to make sure there are enough handouts and other goodies! Also – Mary from Franklin Mill Store has generously extended a 20% discount on all full priced quilting cottons purchased that evening.

Hope to see you there!

ALSO: Please remember that there is NO social this Friday.

October Social Reminder!

The October Social will be held on Friday, 10/9/15 from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Please feel free to drop in any time and bring along any project you would like to work on. You can also just come by and socialize!

Improv Pumpkin by RMQG member Julie will be the focus of the October Social

Improv Pumpkin by RMQG Member Julie

Since it is October, we have decided to sew a pumpkin mini quilt. This mini is so cute and could be used as a Halloween hanging decoration, a pillow cover, or gift. If you would like to make one, bring an assortment of orange scraps, a green scrap from the stem, a half yard of neutral fabric for the background.

Keep in mind that Franklin Mill Store closes at 5:00 pm, so come early if you want to shop. Refreshments to share are appreciated. With the cooler weather, we will have hot tea, ice and cold drinks.

See you there!

Pat, Social Committee Chair

September Meeting Recap

Runamok MQG
September Meeting
Saturday, September 26, 10:00 am
Franklin Mill Store • 305 Union Street • Franklin, MA
17 Members

Thanks to everyone who braved the construction on the railroad tracks and joined us for our September meeting!

Self-Nominations for Officer Positions

Members were invited to self-nominate for officer positions. To accommodate any members that were unable to attend today, self-nominations will be accepted via email until midnight on Saturday, October 3. Self-nominations can be sent to Megan, RMQG Secretary, at runamoksecretary@gmail.com. Elections will be held during the next meeting on Saturday, October 24. Absentee ballots will be accepted via email until midnight on Saturday, October 31. Paper ballots will be sealed in an envelope and counted by the RMQG Officers. Members self-nominated for the following positions and will be on the October ballots:

  • President nominee: Jennifer V.
  • Vice-President nominee: Julie R.
  • Treasurer nominee: Pat M.
  • Secretary: Megan H.

Social Committee Update

Improv Pumpkin by RMQG member Julie will be the focus of the October Social

Improv Pumpkin by RMQG member Julie will be the focus of the October Social

Pat, Social Committee Chairperson, announced the date of the next RMQG Social: Friday, October 9, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Julie provided a sample of an improv pieced pumpkin, which will be the focus project of the social. Members interested in the improv pumpkin should bring scraps of orange, green, and background fabrics. A limited number of sewing machines are available in the classroom and members are always welcome to work on any project they desire. Additional information will be posted on the blog as the date approaches.

Charity Committee Update

DSCF0462Kathy, Charity Committee Chairperson, was proud to announce the completion of RMQG first charity effort! Together we created 41 “presentation cases” for Quilts of Valor. QOV distributes handmade quilts to veterans and service members. The quilts are wrapped in presentation cases, which double as pillowcases. Ideas for upcoming charity efforts were suggested and will be pursued in the following months.

Summer Sampler Series
Members presented their Summer Sampler Series blocks for August and September (as you may recall, presentation of the August block was pushed back for the sketch stitch applique demo). Participating members were entered into a raffle for a $10 Franklin Mill Store gift card. Congratulations to Diane, our lucky winner!

Arkansas Traveler from Freshly Pieced

Arkansas Traveler from Freshly Pieced

Six Point Stringed Quilt Block from Fresh Lemon Quilts

Six Point Stringed Quilt Block from Fresh Lemon Quilts

Carol’s Block

Each month, Carol presents a different block from RMQG members to stitch up. Completed blocks are then entered into a raffle and one lucky member takes home all the blocks! The more blocks you make the more chances you have to win. Last month’s block was Batik’s Two-Fer. Sue is on a winning streak! This is the second month in a row that she has won Carol’s Blocks. Congratulations, Sue!

Carol’s Block for October is Hashtag. The colors will be light and bright with one solid and one white. Very low volume prints that present as solids may be used, as well. The blocks will be approximately 9″ square.

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Hashtag Block samples by Carol

Hashtag Block samples by Carol

Row By Row Experience

Row By Row Experience has wrapped up for the summer, but RMQG is still continuing on! At the November meeting, members will present their Row By Row projects. Popular Choice will win a special prize and guild members will be doing the voting. The rules are simple: use three Rows (or the elements from the Rows, as long as they are obvious and recognizable). Pieces larger than 36″ square do not need to be finished, but anything smaller than 36″ should be quilted and bound.

Rhode Island Modern Quilt Guild Upcoming Event

Rhode Island Modern Quilt Guild will be hosting Timna Tarr on Saturday, October 3. Guests are welcome and there is a $10 fee at the door for non-members.

Runamok MQG Upcoming Programming

Programming for upcoming meetings was discussed. November will feature a sew-in (date to be determined and announced). December will be a holiday celebration and gift swap. We had a blast last year and are looking forward to it again this year! Some members have concerns about attending sew-ins on the second floor of FMS due to the stairs. Jennifer, Megan, and other members have graciously volunteered to assist other members with bringing their machines and equipment up the stairs.

Fuller Craft Museum Upcoming Events

Laura is an educator and docent at Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton and shared some upcoming programming at the museum. Art as Quilt: Transitions in Contemporary Textile Media will be opening on October 3. Denyse Schmidt will be hosting a Pure Improvisation Quilt Workshop on January 9. Laura also conducts guided tours of the museum.

Chances To Meet Jacquie Gering

Kathy shared that Jacquie Gering will be making appearances around the New England area in the coming months. She will be hosting workshops, lectures, and trunk shows.

Show and Tell

Show and Tell time! This is when members of RMQG get to show off their lastest creations!

Martha has been busy creating these mug rugs as hostess gifts. She used aboriginal fabrics purchased at Franklin Mill store and quilted with wavy lines.

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Kathy presented two quilts. First was a quilt featuring Kaffe Fassett fabrics she completed during a class in August. The strips were sewn into a tube and sliced. The second quilt was a disappearing 9 patch backed with minky. She patched the blocks at random for a unique look. Both quilts were finished on her long arm.

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Megan finished the jelly roll quilt she started at the September social. She used Kona cottons for the backing, binding and background. The prints are Moda Modern Neutrals.

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Sandie also created a jelly roll quilt. She saved her half square triangles from the mitered joins to create a beautiful vertical border. She also incorporated her piece from last month’s sketch stitch applique demo into the backing and carried the owl theme throughout the entire piece. Nice work, Sandie!

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Dawn presented a baby quilt for a good friend. She used scraps from a quilt she recently completed for her daughter. This quilt features heart applique and a pieced border. She did an AMAZING job with her precise piecing of the stripes in the border. Dawn also brought in a quilt that is four years in the making. Using paper pieced stars from Carol Doak, she has created a touching tribute to her life with her husband. Each star represents a state or country they have lived in. Thank you, Dawn, for sharing this very special quilt with us.

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Julie showed off her first jelly roll quilt. Love the stitching, Julie! She is also addicted to mini quilt swaps on Instagram. She brought in two recently completed minis: one for the Sew My Stash swap featuring text prints and brights, and another for the Simply Mini swap where participants were given the opportunity to choose their own design.

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Sue has been at it again! She has created another intricate quilt top with tiny half square triangles. This quilt measures 41″ square and is comprised of over 2,000 pieces! The finished piece will be given to her sister to display in her master bedroom. It will be a beautiful complement to the room’s antique furnishings.

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During a summer excursion to the Cape with her husband, Laura purchased this stained glass wreath at an antique shop. She is planning to create an applique template based on the bunny. The quilt will mirror the colors and layout of the wreath and will be given to her grandchildren.

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Carol created this 9 patch quilt without the aid of a template or pattern! She used all floral prints from her stash. She also showed us her version of the jelly roll quilt. She mitered the strips, added 2″ squares at random, and included a vertical border. She hand quilted a random design to finish it off.

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Finally, a big “thank you!” to Pat for helping members display their works during Show and Tell. That’s team work!

Franklin Mill Store Gallery

Jennifer reminded RMQG members that Franklin Mill Store has graciously offered us gallery space to display our quilts. Our goal is to display a fresh set of quilts each month. The quilts do not need to include a hanging sleeve. At the moment, Jennifer has two quilts on display: a New Wave quilt featuring Kaffe Fasset fabrics, and a Strip and Flip quilt using batiks. She will be teaching Strip and Flip at her beginner modern quilters class at FMS. Kathy also has a quilt on display advertising her long arm business, Next Generation Quilting.

Any members interested in displaying a piece at FMS are encouraged to talk with Jennifer. We would love to see your work on display!

Brainstorm Session

Megan recently sent a general survey to all active members. Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey. Your feedback is essential to keep RMQG alive. Jennifer gave an overview of the results, which segued into a dialogue and game plan to move RMQG forward. Our top concerns were listed and members broke out into small groups for a brainstorming session, the results of which will be further discussed during the October meeting.

By Laws and Code of Conduct

A key concern raised by many of the members was a current by laws and code of conduct. It was decided that a sub committee will be formed to review and possibly amend these documents. This discussion was tabled until the next meeting. Any members wishing to review these documents were invited to email Megan at runamoksecretary@gmail.com. She will gladly pass along a copy to any member interested in viewing the documents.

October Meeting Demonstration

Sue has volunteered to share her knowledge of paper piecing at the October meeting. Thank you, Sue! Additional information will be posted on the blog as the date approaches, so check back for more!

Heads Up! Road Work Ahead!

We just received word of road work in the area. Franklin Mill Store will still be open on Saturday, and our meeting will take place as scheduled. During the meeting, we will be hold self nominations for all Officer positions.

Here is the message from Franklin Mill Store with parking alternatives. Hope to see everyone Saturday at 10 am!

Despite what the detour signs will say because of railroad repair work this Saturday,
we will be open.  Access to the Mill will be open from the south end of the Union Street.
If you have difficulties getting into our parking lot, parking is available in the lot
on the corner of Union and Cottage streets (across the street next to Agway).

September Social Announcement!

Friday Night Social with Runamok MQG
September 11, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Franklin Mill Store, 305 Union Street, Franklin (in the classroom)
With the wild success of our last jelly roll demo, we decided to do it again! You will leave with a baby size quilt (or even a throw size, depending on how many strips you bring).
What to bring: Machine, thread, and one jellyroll or fabric strips cut 2 1/2″ by WOF (width of fabric). You can also cut 2 1/2″ strips of fabric any length – the longer the better! Jelly rolls can be purchased at Franklin Mill Store (keep in mind, the shop closes at 5:00 pm). A full jelly roll will give you a nice throw sized quilt when completed. This is a really fun demo and we know you will love the outcome.

As always, the demo is optional and you are free to work on any project you like, or you can just come hang out with us!

Cold drinks and/or an appetizer is appreciated. We will have the air conditioning, ice to keep our drinks cold, and great company!

~ Pat, Social Committee Chair

August Meeting Recap

Runamok MQG
August Meeting
Saturday, August 22, 10:00 am
Franklin Mill Store • 305 Union Street • Franklin, MA
14 Members, 1 Guest Speaker

  • Jennifer announced self-nominations for officer positions will take place in September. Voting will be held in October. The positions will be President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Positions descriptions will be available for review. Any questions can be directed to the current officers either in person or via email. Jennifer, Acting President and VP, can be reached at runamokmqg@gmail.com. Megan, Secretary, can be reached at runamoksecretary@gmail.com
  • Plans for the future of the guild will be discussed at the September meeting. Megan will be sending an online survey to all current members in preparations for the discussion.
  • Pat, Social Committee Chair, provided a Social Committee update. The next social will be held on Friday, September 11, 5:00 pm, in the downstairs classroom. Donations of drinks and snacks are graciously accepted. Megan will post the reminder announcement on the blog as the date approaches. We will be working on jelly roll quilts, so if anyone is interested in learning this technique, join us on the 11th!
  • Kathy, Charity Committee Chair, provided a Charity Committee update. The Charity Committee will be wrapping up their collections of presentation cases for Quilts of Valor in September. Kathy has some ideas for future charity endeavors, and is always open to ideas from guild members.
  • There are seats open on both the Social and the Charity committee, so members are encouraged to get involved! This is a member-driven guild, so we are always open to thoughts and ideas from all our talented members.
  • Jennifer passed around a sign up sheet to bring snacks to upcoming monthly meetings. She will pass the list along to Maureen.
  • Summer Sampler Series blocks for August are being pushed back to September. This will allow some of us to get caught up; it’s been a busy summer! August and September blocks will be presented at the September meeting, and yes, there will be prizes! Be sure to bring in your blocks!
  • Carol’s Block for August was “Pick Up Sticks.” Sue was this month’s luck winner. Congrats, Sue!
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Pick Up Sticks blocks

  • Carol’s Block for September will be “Batiks Two-Fer.” Remember, you get a raffle ticket for each block you make, so the more you make, the more changes you have to win! This time, you are making two blocks. They can be different, or they can be twins! Each set of blocks will count at one raffle entry.

September Block of the Month
Batiks Two-Fer

Use any batik fabrics, and a solid, if desired, for contrasting 1/2″ square triangle blocks.

A (cut 2) 4 1/2″ squares for two blocks

B (cut 5) 2 7/8″ squares to make two blocks (note: 5 of each color)

Make 10 half-square triangles, 5 for each block (B)
Sew 2 half-square triangles together, and then stitch to square A
Sew bottom three half-square triangles together
Stitch together to form one 6″ block
Repeat to form two blocks

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  • The September meeting will feature an open discussion forum. We will be focusing on goals and ideas for the health and expansion of the guild. Megan will be sending out a brief online survey to all active members in preparation for the September meeting, just to get those creative juices flowing. We want to hear your thoughts and ideas!!
  • Megan will be posting regular updates to the blog, including meeting recaps, meeting reminders, and event announcements. If you are not receiving her emails, please check your spam folder! You can also subscribe to the blog via the sign up link on the right side of the home page. This way, you will receive an email notification as soon as a new blog post is made!
  • Laura Collins guided us through a sketch stitch demo. Thank you, Laura, for sharing your time and talent with us! We all have a new favorite technique! Check out the pictures below to see the Runamok MQG ladies working diligently on their pieces, and to see the fruits of our labors!
Laura Collins demonstrated Sketch Stitch Applique

Laura Collins demonstrated Sketch Stitch Applique

Planning the layout

Planning the layout

Let's get stitching!

Let’s get stitching!

The end results

The end results

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August Meeting – Sketch Stitch Applique Demo

Our August meeting is taking place this Saturday! We have a special guest: Laura Collins. She’s going to teach us all how to sketch stitch applique – a very easy, modern approach to machine applique.

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An example of Sketch Stitch Applique

This meeting will be in the classroom (downstairs in a separate building for newbies), so you won’t have to lug your sewing machines up the stairs. Bonus: It’s air conditioned!

Here’s the list of things you should bring:

  • Your sewing machine, set up with dark thread, and your regular piecing foot
  • Fabric scissors (pinking shears are very helpful if you have them)
  • Craft/paper scissors. You’ll be cutting paper templates, so you don’t want to dull your good fabric scissors.
  • Background fabric and fabric scraps. Having options is nice, but you don’t need to bring a lot. You can still practice the technique with even a few scraps.

The guild will provide the following, but it would be helpful to bring your own (no waiting for resources!)

  • Tear-away stabilizer, such as Sulky Tear Easy
  • A glue stick
  • Freezer paper
  • Craft paintbrushes (like the kind you get in the kids section, usually $1 for 3-5 of them)
  • Starch.

Looking forward to seeing lots of smiling faces on Saturday!

August Social!

The August Social will be held on Friday, August 14th, from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm in the classroom at Franklin Mill Store, 305 Union Street, Franklin.

Join us for an evening of sewing and socializing, and feel free to bring a guest! Pat will be demonstrating a quick and easy pillowcase with French seams (no seams exposed).  If interested please bring the following precut fabrics:

27 1/2″ X 42″ for the body
9 1/2″ X 42″ for the cuff
2″ X 42″ for the accent piece

Don’t forget your machine and sewing supplies. There are some machines available in the classroom, but we cannot guarantee they are threaded, etc.

Our Charity Committee is collecting pillowcases for their donation to Quilts Of Valor.
Collections are being made through September.  Cases MUST  be made in a patriotic red,white and blue theme; but please, NO gold (as that is for the fallen heroes) and NO glitter in the fabric. This is a great opportunity to learn to make a pillowcase plus give to a worthy cause.

An appetizer, dessert, or cool drink is greatly appreciated. We will provide the ice, water, and paper goods AND air conditioning!

Keep in mind that FMS closes at 5:00 pm, so if you plan on shopping before the social starts, arrive early!

Look forward to seeing you there!

Pat, Social Chairperson

July Meeting Recap

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Monthly Meeting
Saturday, July 25, 2015
10:00 am
Franklin Mill Store, Franklin, MA
18 attendees

  • Quilts of Valor Presentation Cases: Presentation cases for the Quilts of Valor charity were collected.
  • BOM: The July BOM for the Summer Sampler Series was Paper Pieced Star. While there was no prize drawing, members proudly displayed their finished blocks. The August block is another paper pieced block titled Arkansas Traveler. Anyone struggling with the blocks may contact Sarah at runamokmqg@gmail.com or Megan at runamoksecretary@gmail.com. We are always happy to help!

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  • Carol’s Block: Welcome back, Carol! With the return of Carol, comes the return of Carol’s Block. Each month, Carol presents a block for willing members to complete and enter into a raffle. The winner receives all the completed blocks! Keep in mind that you receive one entry per block that you complete, so the more blocks you make, the better your chances of winning! The block for August is called Pick Up Sticks or Chop Sticks. The rules are as follows: you must use a white background and any bright/bold contrasting colors for the “sticks”. Start with a 10″ block to allow yourself some room to play. Remember – this is an improvised block, so have fun with it! However, there should be at least 2 sticks and should measure no less than 8 1/2″. No need to square up the block – we are going to leave that task up to the winner. Just be sure to press all your seams in towards the “sticks.”
  • Social Committee Update: Pat, Social Committee Chair, provided an update. Currently, the Social Committee consists only of Pat and Julie. The committee to open to additional members joining. Anyone interested should speak with Pat. Traditionally, socials are held the second Saturday of each month, from 5 pm to 10 pm (approximately), although this schedule is flexible and may change based on the needs of the guild and its members. Snacks are graciously accepted, and the social will have either a centralized theme or just a sit and sew. Members always have the option of working on the project of their choosing. During the next social, Pat will be demonstrating pillowcases using the “hot dog” method, which features french seams. Anyone interested in making a pillowcase should bring one yard of main fabric, 10″ by WOF (width of fabric) for the cuff, and 2 1/2″ by WOF for the decorative band. Of course, bring your machine, thread, and any other notions you need. If you are completing a pillowcase for the Quilts of Valor charity drive, keep this in mind: it must be high quality fabric. The colorway is red, white and blue (think patriotic!) and steer clear of yellow/gold stars, as they represent a fallen hero.
  • Update from the Treasurer: Pat is also the Treasurer for the guild and will be providing periodic updates on our financial status. Any financial questions may be directed to Pat.
  • Officer Elections: Sarah announced that Officer Elections will take place in October. Sarah will be resigning her post as President, so members are encouraged to considering running for this post. All Officer appointments are made by member selection. The Officer posts include: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Descriptions of these positions will be provided at the August meeting and will also be distributed to members via email. Nominations and candidate announcements will be made at the September meeting, and the official ballot will be available at the October meeting.
  • Show and Tell:
    • Megan presented her jelly roll quilt, which was completed at the July social. She used Moonshine fabric and Kona Solids, and finished the quilt with heavy, dense stitching.

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    • Dawn presented a WIP, a “big girl quilt” for her 6-year-old daughter to replace the baby quilts she has outgrown. This is an “I Spy” quilt featuring fused and machine appliqued hearts in a variety of novelty fabrics.

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    • Kathy has returned to the guild after a short hiatus. Welcome back, Kathy! She has been working her way through UFOs (unfinished objects) and managed to nearly complete EIGHT projects in one month! Wow! She presented a quilt with jewel toned fabrics and a grey background that will be entered into a quilt show in Connecticut. She long arm quilted the piece using alternative grids. Kathy also showed off her Missouri Star quilt, made with a layer cake of yellow and grey prints. Up next was her Kaffe Fasset quilt top, which she made with the “slice and dice” method. Last but not least was her fantastic tuffet, made with her favorite, Kaffe Fasset, plywood, and a foam circle.

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    • Julie presented her jelly roll top, which she also completed during the July social. Her top was made with a blue ombre jelly roll. She has been on a pillowcase kick, as well. She presented two pillowcases: one dresden plate and one diamond pattern featuring Sunprint fabrics. Thank you for sharing, Julie!

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  • August Meeting Programming: Heads up! The August meeting is going to be taking place in the downstairs classroom. A special guest will be demonstrating Sketch Stitch Applique.  The supplies list and more details will be posted in a few days.

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  • Next Social: The next Social will take place on Friday, August 14, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm in the downstairs classroom. Pat will be demonstrating pillowcase construction.
  • Next Meeting: Saturday, August 22, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the downstairs classroom. We will be having a special interactive demo, so bring your machine and supplies.