Monday, May 29, 2023

June 2023 GMQG Meeting

 Date: Saturday, June 3rd, 2023

Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Location: St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 1021 Hudson Rd, Greenville SC. In the single-story building
behind the main chapel.

Please bring any of the following to the guild meeting: laptops, computer chargers, rulers of any size, and extension cords. If you do not have these items, you can still participate! If you have anything else that you think will assist you in designing, please bring these items as well!

Agenda for Meeting:

President Ava Moore Welcome and Comments

Vice Presidents Anita Wilbur, Barbara Stroup, Amanda Stegen July Meeting Update

Treasurer Darleen Sanford

Secretary Dawn Holter Photo reminder for Show and Share

Membership Jill Erickson -- Welcome Guests and New Members

Philanthropy Duski Coleman and Cindy Lange

Social Media Dagmar Theodore

Results from Survey

Show and Share


Program: Have you ever opened the Modern Quilt Guild website only to get your discounted QuiltCon
tickets? Are you a MQG website expert? Did you know you can sign up for challenges or download an
endless amount of resources for FREE on the Modern Quilt Guild website?

This month, programs invites everyone to participate in a website overview and design challenge. After a
brief rundown, members will collaborate in teams of 4 to create a pattern/design for the QuiltCon
Outreach quilt.

Then members will vote to select the winning design, which will become the pattern for the 2024 QuiltCon
Outreach Quilt. Winners will NOT leave empty handed. ;)

We ask members to bring laptops, computer chargers, rulers of any size, and extension cords. If you do not have these items, you can still participate! If you have anything else that you think will assist you in designing, please bring these items as well! May the best design win!

If you have an interest in helping with the Outreach Quilt for QuiltCon 2024 or the guild outreach, please
let me know!!

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Highlights from the May 6, 2023 Meeting

Upon entering the meeting hall, Anita passed out guild lanyards and Jill passed out name tags.

Our President Ava Moore called the meeting to order at 1:07 p.m.

Ava recognized individuals for their help with QuiltFest:
• Amanda contacted “white glove” individuals and those that helped with the booth
• Ava thanked Marilyn with a show pin as Marilyn organized Landrum Quilters to “white glove” on our behalf and got additional help
• Ava thanked Duski as she was working another booth and came and helped at our booth

The MQG challenge reveal will be at our July meeting. As a reminder work on something you learned at QuiltCon; a technique that’s new/different to you; something to increase your skills.

Try out something fun; different background or possibly different stitching. MAKE IT FUN.

Jill informed us we are currently at 61 members. Sey B, Meg L, and Sherri E joined today and we had 2 guests: Janice and Alexis.

Jill also shared/read a thank you note from the Nurse Practitioner Team (one of the philanthropy groups that was here last month to present).

Cindy commented on the two philanthropy groups and quilts needed: Mothers and babies up to two years of age and Victims of sexual & physical abuse. Cindy presented the quilt that was completed from the squares completed in last month’s quilt along, along with a tummy time quilt.

Cindy explained tummy time quilts should be under 40” square. Quilts for teenagers should be larger. Geo shapes are great ideas for teen quilts.

Dagmar is working on updating social media. Members can join the GMQG members only Facebook page, as well as the public GMQG Facebook page.

Anita – Programs VP – shared that the EQ8 class w/Cheryl Brickey is $50 per person on Aug 12.

• June program – Amanda will be presenting everything MQ website offers
• Brainstorming design for next charity quilt. 

At meeting end we will vote on which design to make.

The requirements for the charity quilt are as follows:
o October register your design
o November send in pictures of your project
o December turn in your completed project

Duski shared that one of our members works with Tabernacle to teach children how to quilt. Anyone have an extra sewing machine to donate?

Ava shared that she is looking for volunteers to spearhead next year’s QuiltCon charity quilt. This individual will take the winner from the June meeting design and run with organizing the for the group sew and spearhead the October sew-in.

We also could use help with Outreach.

Ava plans out sending out a survey via Survey Monkey (totally anonymous). Ava has only been here two years and wants a sense of what we’re interested in and would like feedback.

September meeting changed to the 2nd Saturday in September (September 9) due to Labor Day; July meeting is NOT changing. It remains at July 1st.

One more thank you for QuiltFest – Laura – came in and brought quilts for the booth at the last minute!

Show and Share:

Philanthropy – There were 4 charity quilts donated in our current meeting.


Ergonomics for Sewing and Quilting

Presenter – Linda Russo, Asheville Quilt Guild, retired physical therapist

The ergonomics is not just pertaining to sewing; efficient productivity to reduce discomfort.
4 Factors to consider:
    - Workspace
    - Tools
    - Techniques
    - You
Here are some take-aways from the discussion:

    - Anytime posture bad; raise your breast bone (constantly re-adjust whether sitting or standing)
    - Workplace triangle – cutting, sewing, ironing (ideally 3-4 ft between)
    - Don’t sit more than 30 minutes
    - Change position based on what you’re doing
    - Eyes forward; chin slightly tucked; shoulders back; forearms on table
    - Reader glasses as opposed to progressive
    - Have sewing peddle directly under your needle
    - Consider tilting your machine; doorstop to tilt machine
    - Raise your other foot to equal the one on the peddle
        • Neez Ez – foot pedal holder
    - Hips should be higher than knees
    - Cushioned mats (squishy pads) @ ironing board and cutting table
    - Need to wear shoes (shock absorb) for ironing & cutting

Some tools to have on hand:
    - Eyebrow razor
    - Awl for stiletto

Our next meeting will be Saturday, June 3, 2023.


Dawn Holter, Secretary

Note from Linda Russo: What can you do to improve your sewing ergonomics?
What can you change…change your space, tools or change your techniques?

Sewing Machine

Proper height chair, table. Raise or lower to get 90 degree angles at hips, knees, ankles. Use a seat cushion, back support, pillow, chair with back support.

Drop-in table promotes the best position, machine sitting on dining room table is usually too high. Angle the machine using door stops behind the machine so it leans towards you.

Lighting is important to avoid eye strain and can improve positioning. Classes-retreats – stack chairs, sit on pillow


Stand on cushioned mat, use appropriate height iron table, use table risers, adjustable table (Martelli, IKEA, Harbor Tool)

Rulers – non-slip surface, suction grip, Quilters Select, Creative Grids, lip-edge rulers, which color lines can you see the best?

Rotary cutters – different grips, weighted rotary cutters, Martelli cutters. What is best for you? Alternates – Accuquilt, cutting machines, use pre-cuts and kits to decrease amount of cutting 

Stand on cushioned mat, wear supportive shoes, adjust ironing board height.

What type iron works best for you? Oliso iron, or use silicone mat to decrease arm movement. 
Iron weight, style? If ironing seated at your sewing machine, you still need to move!

Hand Sewing

Use good lighting, sit with good positioning—head and neck position. 
What style hoop or stand works best? Use magnifier, thimble, gloves, splints? What needle can you handle without hand pain?


What can you do to improve positions? Stand or sit? Use silicone mat at a seated machine so quilt moves smoothly. You don’t want to be wrestling the quilt!

Overall tips---

Move! Alternate activities and positions. Take breaks to stretch, get a drink of water…don’t forget to get a good protein snack and drink fluids. Movement promotes blood flow which will help prevent an injury. Listen to music, podcast, etc. Move every 20 minutes, move for 2 minutes. MOVE!





Wednesday, May 3, 2023

May Meeting is Almost Here!

Date: Saturday, May 6th, 2023

Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 1021 Hudson Rd, Greenville SC. In the single-story building
behind the main chapel.

A big thank you to all that came down to QuiltFest and either volunteered for the booth or the White Glove

Agenda for Meeting:

President Ava Moore – Welcome and Comments

Vice Presidents Anita Wilbur, Barbara Stroup, Amanda Stegen – June Meeting Update 

Treasurer Darleen Sanford – Budget Update

Secretary Dawn Holter – Photo reminder for Show and Share

Membership Jill Erickson -- Welcome Guests and New Members

Philanthropy Duski Coleman and Cindy Lange

Social Media Dagmar Theodore

Additional Committees: Outreach, Quilt for QuiltCon 2024, Update Webpage

Survey Monkey to come out soon.

Show and Share


Program: The May program is all about ergonomics and keeping our bodies healthy while we sew.
There will be Linda Russo, PT coming to join us and share.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Highlights from the April 1, 2023 Meeting

Our President Ava Moore started the meeting by giving us a program update for our next
meeting. The May program will be all about Ergonomics and having a better sewing


Then Ruth showed her Kawandi style quilts, which is what our June program will be all about.

After waking up to thunderstorms and rain, we had 12 gals for the Sew-In and there were 12
blocks completed for the charity quilt. Hats off to all that attended and thanks to Cindy and
Duski for organizing.


We had two guests for our April program. Both speakers were from the two charities that the
guild donates quilts to for babies and children in need.

Mary Bielecki, from the Nurse Family Partnership, explained how our tummy time quilts were
used for new mothers facing significant challenges to teach Adult-supervised Tummy Time.
These are first time mothers that are on Medicaid, as well as some additional criteria. The
nurses interact with the first-time mothers for up to two years and work to break the cycle of
poverty for newborns.

Our second guest was Laurel Wanner, from Child Advocacy Services, works with children who
have suffered abuse and traumatic situations. They work with children up to the age of 22,
especially if an older child is developmental delayed. After a child has been processed and seen
by a doctor, a situation where they have no control, Laurel will select two or three quilts and
allow the child to choose which one they want, so they can start to have say moving forward.

Show and Share:




Our next meeting will be Saturday, May 6, 2023, from 1-3 pm at St. Giles Church, 1021 Hudson
Road, Greenville, SC.

Sandy Helsel, fill in Secretary

Dana Blasi, Photos

Ava Moore, President

Sunday, March 19, 2023

April Sew In


April 1st will be our first Saturday Sew In of the year!  Please see the attached PDF for information.  

Please let Duski or Cindy know if you plan to attend by March 25 if possible and if you plan to work on your own projects or try the Charity Quilt Block.  This will let them plan the set up on Saturday morning and have room for everyone!

Even if you don't want to bring your machine, you are welcome to join us!  

And remember to bring lunch!

Highlights from the March 4, 2023 Meeting

 Our President Ava Moore started the meeting by giving us a program update for our next
meeting. We are having a “Community Sew-In” next month. The sew-in starts at 10:00 a.m.
You can assist with the group with a philanthropy quilt. Cindy showed us a sample block which
she will supply to be used to create the quilt; improvisational quilting. New quilters are
encouraged to participate. Members are also welcome to work on a project of choice if they
prefer. There will be two sign-up sheets in the back of the room: philanthropy quilt or free
The Presentation for next meeting will be guest speakers; one from each of our Philanthropy
We will also be constructing our Guild Banner that day. The banner will be used when
individuals from our Guild speak at other Guild meetings or various social events.
Our prior charity quilt, which we worked on last October that Valerie created, was on display at
QuiltCon (it’s in the back of the room) and there are pictures on Facebook. It was suggested
that we raffle the quilt and conduct the raffle as we visit various quilt guilds. Proceeds from the
raffle will go to one of our philanthropy groups. Program Committee will try to visit various
Quilt Guilds.
The Quilter of South Carolina meeting is in Columbia next weekend. If you are aware of any
upcoming guild shows, please let Anita know.
Our guild currently has 60 members. 2 new members today were Deanna Giles and Michelle. 3
previous members rejoined.

Ava then discussed a Guild Challenge. She would encourage everyone to try something new.
Suggestions are a new method you haven’t done before, thread play, or search MQG website
for a quilt pattern. This should be FUN to participate in. Please make your project a size that
can be donated to one of our philanthropies – 36 x 36 would be a good suggested size.

Show and Share:


Amanda shared a slideshow of QuiltCon. There were over 2,000 quilt entries in the show;
500 were shown. All childrens’ quilts entered in QuiltCon are accepted.
Discussion of requirements to enter show:
• Picture of quilt
• Must be member of a Modern Quilt Guild
• Fee is approximately $20 per quilt entry
• Quilt must be made within three years of current QuiltCon
This led to discussion of what qualifies a quilt as MODERN. Some of the qualities named were:

• Solid colors
• Negative space
• Asymmetry
• Bold contrast
• Improv
• Utilitarian

It was recommended to follow the “Quilty Architect” for some inspiration with regard to
Modern Quilts. He is a full-time architect; some-time quilter.
Our next meeting will be Saturday, April 1, 2023. Starting at 10:00 a.m. we will have a Sew-In
(explained above); bring lunch and then following our guild meeting will run from 1-3 pm at St.Giles Church, 1021 Hudson Road, Greenville, SC. For our program we will have guest speakers
representing the two philanthropies we support.

Dawn Holter, Secretary



Friday, February 10, 2023

Highlights from the February 4, 2023 Meeting:


Our President Ava Moore started the meeting by welcoming guests and new members:

Beth Eastman, Megan S., Diana, Marie and Leslie

Announcements were as follows:

  •  Guild Membership and MQG cards (will be updated in mid to late February)
  •  Innova 2021 w/ navigator for sale; it is priced to sell
  • Smoky Mtn Quilters Show is Jun 23-24, 2023 in Knoxville, TN Call for entries
  •  Western NC MQG, March 18 – National Quilt Day – to be held at the Calvary Episcopal Church, Fletcher, NC.: Piecing Workshop/demonstration for more details
  • Ava showed us her nametag and discussed working on getting name tags for guild


VP Programs – Amanda Stegen gave update for March Meeting

“Quilt ConVersation” – please be prepared to share take aways from QuiltCon

  • Any new or interesting techniques you learned
  • Notes from any class you participated in
  •  Craft or tool that you think would be beneficial to share with group 
  • New technique or design you want to learn more about


Treasurer’s Report – Darleen Sanford

At the end of January our bank balance was $5,400

Please pay your 2023 dues; March 4 deadline to be included in the directory


Membership – Jill Erickson

Jill reported that as of today we have 42 paid members

There were 36 in attendance for today’s meeting

Philanthropy – Duski Coleman

  • Duski reported that 9 quilts were donated to the Prism Health and 4 to tummy time last month
  •  April Meeting – 2 speakers from both the organizations we support (Julie Valentine Center (Greenville Hospital) and Nurse Family Partnership will be speaking
  • April Sew-in - prior to meeting starting @ 9:30 a.m. we will have a sew-in. Bring your machine if you’ll be sewing (not necessary, other things you can help with/work on)
  •  Can bring project of your choice to work on or a philanthropy project
  • Cindy Lange will have blocks to work (similar to our prior project with Valerie)
  •  If you don’t want to bring a machine come and help iron or other various tasks
  • Duski will have simple patterns available
  • Backing fabric has been donated


Additional announcements:

  • Group photo at QuiltCon, Thur, February 23 @ 3:00 p.m. in front of our Quilt Guild Charity Quilt
  • Additional group photo at QuiltCon, Friday, February 24 @ 11:00 a.m. for those in attendance that day
  • “Tammy” has a ticket for a class on Sunday @ QuiltCon that she is unable to attend; see her if interested
  •  Dagmar indicated that the QuiltCon vendor list is available for those interested in checking
  •  Sandra Wolf stated there were still 3 seats available on the bus to QuiltCon @ $32.00 promptly leaving the WalMart parking lot on Pelham @ 6:45 am (boarding 6:30 am)


Library – Ruth Freyer

Ruth informed us that there were some new additions to our library. Check it out – I checked out two awesome books myself . Important – it would be most helpful if when you check out a book you not only list the month and day but also put the year. Not helpful if you only were to put 2/4.


Show and Share:

#1 – Faye Jones – rag quilts. Faye also shared a quilt sandwich for practice with free motion quilting



#2 – Cybil Radius – Improv piecing. 

Cybil also shared Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Carol Lyles for improv piecing.

#3 – Cindy Lange – scrappy quilt 


#4 – Diane McLean – painted lady


#5 – Cindy Moore – Window to the World – paper piecing

Mixed Media – from a linoleum block w/cycle gears


Mentioned the Recraft Store on Haywood in Greenville. Recycling crafts and donating for proceeds.


#6 – Amy and her future daughter-in-law Christy – Both completed their first quilts using the Antique Tile pattern and then donated them to philanthropy.



Our quilt guild member Cheryl Brickey demonstrated EQ8 and its ability to help you create modern designs by playing with scale, pattern, color, negative space, and more. There are a multitude of quilt squares that you can manipulate into a multitude of iterations.

There will likely be a coupon for EQ8 issued during QuiltCon or you can contact Cheryl if interested.

Due to the large number of members already owning EQ8 and their interest in learning how to maneuver through the software there is a possibility Cheryl will do a beginner’s class for EQ8. Please be prepared to sign up at our next meeting so we can find out how many are interested and make future plans.

Our next meeting will be Saturday, March 4, 2023, our guild meeting will run from 1-3 pm at St. Giles Church, 1021 Hudson Road, Greenville, SC. We will be highlighting our QuiltConVersations!


Dawn Holter, Secretary