RSQ Members' Information

RSQ News

Our next meeting is June 25, 2024. The festivities include:
Parade of Quilts – Bring a meaningful quilt for show and tell &
Game Night – enjoy fun, quilt related games (in-person meeting, masks optional)

Doors open at 7:00 pm
Meeting runs from 7:30-9:00

Visitors always welcome: no fee for Parade of Quilts & Game Night

Program Overview

Some of these events will take place via Zoom. Check the home page and your email for more information.

Sept. 19, 2023
Parade of Benefit Quilts, A Show & Tell Event
Note: this is the third Tuesday of the month
(in-person meeting, masks optional)
Oct. 24, 2023
Betsy Habich: Designing and Piecing a Picture Quilt: Photo to Finished Quilt
(in-person meeting, masks optional)
Dec. 5, 2023
Ginny Radloff My Journey with Judy
Note: this is the first Tuesday of the month due to Thanksgiving
(in-person meeting, masks optional)
Jan. 23, 2024
Becky Goldsmith "A Practical Approach to Color"
This will be a Zoom meeting.
Feb. 27, 2024
Jane Sassaman "Textile Treasure Garden,"
This will be a Zoom meeting.
March 26, 2024
Debbie Wendt Egyptian Tentmakers Appliqué
(in-person meeting, masks optional)
April 23, 2024
Benefit Quilt Night
An evening devoted to comfort quilts
(in-person meeting, masks optional)
May 28, 2024
Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill Content, Concepts & Quilts: Approaching Quilting as a Graphic Designer
(in-person meeting, masks optional)
June 25, 2024
Parade of quilts – Bring a meaningful quilt for show and tell
Game night – enjoy fun, quilt related games
(in-person meeting, masks optional)

Workshop Overview

March 2, 2024
Jane Sassaman "Wings and Wedges"
Online workshop
Supply list (pdf)
May 28, 2024 - Noon to 4PM
Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill The A to Z of EPP (English Paper Piecing)
(in-person workshop, masks optional)
Supply list (pdf)

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charm quilt project fused scene one of our quilt shows yo yo making

Junior Quilters

Next in-person meetings

  • Sun. July 7, 2024 in Watertown, 123 Main Street, 2-4
  • Sun. Sept. 15, 2024 in Watertown, 123 Main Street, 2-4

About Junior Quilters

Since Feb. 2012, we have been holding monthly, afternoon meetings for the junior members of RSQ, those members between the ages of 6 - 18. At each meeting there are different activities for the kids to choose from. We always have fabric and sewing kits available to use.

Where

  • We meet at 2 libraries: the Robbins Library in Arlington and the Watertown Free Public Library.
  • When we meet at Robbins Library we use the Robbins Library Community Room.
  • When we meet at the Watertown Library we use the Watertown Savings Bank Meeting Room.

When

  • Robbins Library meetings are Wednesday afternoons, 3:30-5:30 or 4-6. (depending on the room availability)
  • Watertown Library meetings are Sunday afternoons, 2-4.
  • Please try to arrive a few minutes before the meeting starts.
junior quilters' artist trading cards

Why we only list a few dates at a time

  • The libraries only allow us to sign up 3 months in advance.
  • Please check back for latest information.
  • Or join our junior quilters mailing list for the latest news.

How to join

  • Email junior_quilters@risingstarquilters.org if your potential junior quilter would like to try out a meeting.
  • You can fill out our JQ membership form right away or wait until after the first meeting.

More information

  • Kids do not need to be related to an adult RSQ guild member to participate.
  • Cost: $5 per year
  • No prior sewing knowledge needed.
  • Junior Quilters can display their quilts in the quilt show.

A selection of our activities

  • Applique
  • Art quilts
  • Doll making
  • Fusing*
  • Machine quilting*
  • Our own quilt shows
  • Paper piecing
  • Raffles
  • Word of the day
  • Yo-yo making

*A note about safety. Adults do the ironing at our meetings and all sewing machine use is supervised.

Check us out!

Feel free to drop in and see what a meeting is like. But please let us know who is coming before the meeting so we can have sufficient supplies.

Email: junior_quilters@risingstarquilters.org
junior quilters' quilts

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Handouts

Here are handouts from mini-workshops given by members and quilt show demonstrations.

Small Fiber Works instructions

Raffle quilt instructions

2020 Mystery quilt instructions

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For Members Only

This item is for members only. Members, if you forgot how to login, you can contact the Web Bee to ask. But please try to find the admin information we sent first. We'd rather be quilting too.

Show & Tell September 2020 (pdf)

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Quilt Show Information

Register your quilt online

Drop off your registered quilt(s) at Arlington Town Hall on Fri. Oct. 13 between 8:30 am and 10:30 am.

Volunteer to help at the quilt show

Learn about this year's challenge and the boutique.

Check out the Quilt Show FAQ

Looking for other quilt show information? Try Extra Quilt Show Information for Members

Have a question that isn't answered? Ask it here.

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Block of the Month

labyrinth block violet block moonlight star block dutchman's puzzle block card trick block double friendship start block

Find block of the month instructions here.

moonlight star block

April 2022 Double Pinwheel

Nov. 2021 Celtic Twist - McCall's Instructions

Oct. 2021 Brave World Block

May 2021 Goose Tracks

April 2021 Colorado Block

Feb. 2021 Bento Box Block

Jan. 2021 Criss Cross Star Block

Dec. 2020 Snail Trail Block

Oct. 2020 Card Trick

Sept. 2020 Square Knot Block

Feb. 2020 Pinwheel Block

Sept. 2019 Friendship Star Block

April 2019 Ornamental Rail Fence Block

March 2019 Illusion Block

Feb. 2019 Delectable Mountains Block

Nov. 2018 Half and Half Quilt A
Half and Half Quilt B

Oct. 2018 Pick Up Sticks Block

Sept. 2018 Zig-Zag Block

May 2018 Triangle Tango Block

April 2018 Bird Block

March 2018 Hashtag Block

Feb. 2018 Old Maid’s Puzzle Block

Nov. 2017 Moonlight Star Block
additional piecing instructions

Oct. 2017 Susannah Quilt Block

Sept. 2017 String Diamonds

April 2017: Jewel Box

March 2017: Round the Twist
More detailed instructions

Feb. 2017: Spokes A Spokes B

Nov. 2016: Labyrinth with Quarter Square Triangle

Oct. 2016: Star in a Star

Sept. 2016: Spinner

May 2016: Streak of Lightning

April 2016: Darting Minnows

March 2016: Xs and Os

Feb. 2016: Celtic Twist

November 2015: Squares Upon Squares

Oct. 2015: Split Nine Patch

Sept. 2015: Violet

May 2015: Wonky Star Block

April 2015: Dutchman’s Puzzle Block

March 2015: Buzz Saw Block

Nov. 2014: Scrappy Star Block

Oct. 2014: Paths and Stiles Block

Sept. 2014: Bear Paw Block

May 2014: Ohio Star Block

April 2014: Batik Card Trick Block

March 2014: The Wonky Half Log Cabin Block

February 2014: The Anvil Block

December 2013: Baby Bud Block

October 2013: Traditional Double Friendship Star Block

labyrinth block

Questions? Contact the Block of the Month Committee

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Board Meetings

The RSQ Board meets the first Tuesday of every month-September through June, except December. The meetings are from 7:00pm-9:00pm. See monthly calendar or contact the website for more information.

All RSQ members are welcome to attend.

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Quilt Show Committee Meetings

Please contact the quilt show chair for more information about the next committee meeting.

All RSQ members are welcome to attend.

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Newsletters

Find current and past issues of Stars 'N Strips, the RSQ Newsletter

The newsletters are for members only. Members, if you forgot how to login, you can contact the Web Bee to ask. But please try to find the admin information we sent first. We'd rather be quilting too.

Membership forms

You can join/renew online or on paper. Payment options for credit card, check or cash are given on the forms.

Questions? Contact membership@risingstarquilters.org

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Policy manual

Find membership details here. (pdf file)

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New Members' FAQ

Answers

  • How do I get a name tag?
    • Ask at the membership table at a meeting.
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  • What is a block of the month?
    • Each month before the guild meeting begins, check out the kit available to create a block. At the Block of the Month table, you will find samples of the current month design, kits that include necessary instructions, some or all of the fabric required and people who can answer your block questions. Sign out as many kits as you would like to complete and bring completed blocks to the next guild meeting. No need to commit to a year’s worth of blocks and blocks are unique every month.

      When you return the completed block(s) on the due date, you can enter a drawing to win all of the blocks for that month! One block, one entry. Three blocks, three entries. It is that simple. Before the evening program begins, a drawing will select the winner of the blocks. If you take a block kit and find that life gets in the way of completing it before the due date, just bring the kit back and it will be given to the drawing winner along with all completed blocks. No worries!

      Each month, there are enough kits to create at least 30 blocks, allowing the winner to complete a good size quilt top by just participating in the current month!
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  • What about those raffles at the beginning of the meeting?
    • The name tag raffle is for those who wore their name tags that night. They write their names on slips of paper which are collected by the name tag raffle person. One of the names will be drawn and that quilter will win a pin!
    • The monthly raffle is for all, including those who forgot their name tags. You buy tickets (3 for a dollar) from the raffle person. Those whose ticket numbers are drawn win prizes. Prizes typically include: fabric, patterns, thread, notions and quilt books. If you don't win, that's okay too. Put your name on one of your losing tickets and turn it in. At the last meeting of the year, one of the losing tickets gets drawn for a big end-of-year prize!
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  • What is the raffle quilt?
    • The raffle quilt is a quilt we all make together that we raffle off at our annual show. The raffle quilt is designed, pieced and quilted by RSQ members.
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  • What are benefit quilts?
    • Benefit quilts are quilts we make and donate to various non-profit organizations. For the last few years, our benefit quilts have been donated to REACH Beyond Domestic Violence Inc., Welcome Baby a program within the Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts, and Tufts Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). (links open in new windows). Individual quilters and groups make baby, lap and twin-sized quilts throughout the year. We also meet the first Saturday of each month at Cambridge Quilt Shop to make benefit quilts. See our calendar for more information. Additionally, one of our meetings is devoted to benefit quilts night where we all work together on quilts. It's great fun!
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  • What is show and tell?
    • Show and tell is the part of the meeting where people have the chance to show what they've finished since the last meeting.
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  • How do I meet people?
    • Introduce yourself during the pre-meeting social time.
    • Participate in show and tell
    • Wear your name tag to every meeting
    • Volunteer
    • Join a Bee