Saturday, September 26, 10:00 am
Franklin Mill Store • 305 Union Street • Franklin, MA
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 email@example.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
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
Kathy, 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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!