Sunday, November 7, 2021

November Guild Meeting

 The Guild elected the following Board and Committee Chairs for 2022.

Wildacres Retreat Report:

Dana and Faye will be co-chairing the retreat for next year. Faye reported that there were 10 very happy attendees for the retreat in November. They enjoyed having so much individual space in the workroom that Faye asked Wildacres if the Guild could have 2 dates for next year with a maximum of 14 each session. Wildacres will schedule us for our regular session of 12 bedrooms (24 attendees) in the spring.  It seems doubtful that they will be able to schedule us for a 2nd  session.

Philanthropy Report:

At present Laurel, Child Life Specialist, has 6 quilts in Greenville and 6 quilts in Spartanburg. For info about the Quilts for Kids program, including suggested sizes for the quilts, please see About Our Guild on our GMQG blog by clicking here: Philanthropy Program.

November Guest Quilter

The November presenter was Debbie Griftka who is known for her modern quilt designs, especially architectural structures. The following are snippets from the quilts she shared at the meeting.

The Guild sends a big thank you and round of applause to Debbie for sharing her fabulous quilts.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

October Guild Meeting

 President's Announcements

The December Guild Holiday Lunch will be at St. Giles on December 11th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Holiday Lunch committee will provide more information on donations and activities at the November meeting.

Volunteers for the 2022 Board and Committee Chairs are requested to send their names to the guild email address. Members will vote for the positions at the November meeting. The following positions are available. If anyone would like more information on the responsibilities of any of these positions, please email the Guild or speak with a current Board member.

1. President
2. Vice President
3. Secretary
4. Membership Chair

Committee Chair
1. Retreat Chair
2. Library Chair
3. Outside speaker coordinator
4. Block of the month coordinator

Dues for 2022 must be paid by mid-January of 2022 to ensure access to the Modern Quilt Guild website as soon as possible in 2022.

The Debbie Grifka workshops will be opened up to other local Guilds at the end of the week of October 4th. The meeting/lecture called Lines to Design will be Friday, November 5th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at St. Giles. Debbie will present a slideshow and display some of her quilts. 

On Saturday, Nov 6, there will be two workshops:

Every Day Creativity: 9:a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Kick your creativity into high gear with Every Day Creativity!  Debbie will talk about her 2017 and 2018 100 Day projects, how she set herself up for success and what she learned along the way.  Attendees will work on a postcard project and a 10″ mini quilt and leave with strategies that can be used to create every day.  ($4 kit fee payable in class). Class Fee: $35

Improv Appliqué Workshop: 1 p.m.-4 p.m. 

Discover how fast and fun improv appliqué can be!  Attendees will use fusible web to design a quilt and explore different ways to stitch it down.  This no-stress technique lets creativity run free!  Class Fee: $35 

Signup by sending an email to You will receive a PayPal invoice or you can pay by check. Just let us know which you prefer.

Charity Quilts

More than 20 beautiful quilts will be delivered to comfort children in need this month. A heartfelt thanks to all members who donated for their generosity. To learn ore about our Quilts for Kids program, check out About Our Guild on this blog.

October Quilt Challenge

Members were challenged to create a quilt no smaller than 16"x16" and no larger than 20"x20" in the spirit of Maria Shell and the Gee's Bend quilters. 

The Judges' Choice award was presented to Cindy Kaiser for her quilt which she said she began piecing at the Maria Shell workshop.

The Viewers' Choice award was a tie between Cindy Kaiser's quilt and the following quilt created by Christina Strickland.

The judges and viewers alike enjoyed all the entries for their unique treatments of the challenge criteria. The following quilts were submitted by Sandy Helsel (left) and Valorie Kasten (right).

Show and Share

Thanks to the following members who shared some of their recent quilt projects: Jackie Callis, Linda Cassell, Faye Jones, Jill Erickson, Cindy Lange, and Johnnie McKenzie.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Debbie Grifka November Visit

For the November meeting, we have Debbie Grifka ( visiting in Greenville. She will give a lecture at the November meeting on Friday evening, Nov. 5 from 6-8pm, called Lines to Design and will include a slide show and quilts.


On Saturday, Nov 6, there will be two 3-hour workshops:

Morning Workshop, 9am-12pm:


Kick your creativity into high gear with Every.Day.Creativity!  We’ll talk about my 2017 and 2018 100 Day projects, how I set myself up for success and what I learned along the way.  We’ll work on a postcard project and a 10″ mini quilt.  You’ll leave with strategies you can use to create every day.  Three hours.  ($4 kit fee payable in class)

Class Fee: $35

Afternoon Workshop, 1pm-4pm:

Improv Appliqué

Discover how fast and fun improv appliqué can be!  We’ll use fusible web to design our quilt and explore different ways to stitch it down.  You’ll love how this no-stress technique lets your creativity run free!  Three hours.

Class Fee: $35 

How to Register

Signup by sending an email to You will receive a PayPal invoice or you can pay by check. Just let us know which you prefer.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

September Guild Meeting

 Key notes from the September meeting:

  • A new formatting was implementing for the Member Quilting Services directory on our website. Send details of quilting services or items for sale or for free to the guild email for posting in the directory.
  • Let Sandy or Faye know if you would like to attend the Wildacres retreat. Two spots are open.
  • Check out the Facebook Greenville Modern Quilt Guild Members Group for details on the November meeting with Debbie Grifka. To sign up for the Saturday workshops, email your request to the guild email address. The November guild meeting will be held Friday, Nov. 5 from 6 - 8 p.m. 
  • October Guild Meeting:  It's our guild challenge. Watch for special details on how to submit your challenge quilts.
Presentation: Just One Charm Pack by Cheryl Brickey

Cheryl shared many "behind the scenes" glimpses into the making of her book...pattern design, fabric choices, and quilting choices. She also shared fun and fascinating facts about how the book came together, for example, how her quilts were photographed. The publisher shot the quilts in an AirBnB and allowed Cheryl to choose the photos for the book. 

Many guild members contributed to Just One Charm Pack by making one of the quilts or quilting one. Cheryl passed along her appreciation to these members: Sandy Henzel, Dana Blasi, Faye Jones, Carol Alperin, Cindy Kaiser, Michele Blake, Sarah Snider, Cindy Lammon, Cindy Hocker Lange, Garen Sherwood, Delia Dorn, Ruth Freyer, Travis Steward, and Darleen Sanford. Guild members will receive an email with a link to a GuildDeal special on her book and patterns.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

July 10, 2021 Meeting Highlights

.  Contact Information – to reach a member, please find contact information in the GMQG Directory and/or use our guild email for inquiries.

.  Thanks again to the Modern Quilt Guild ( for the use of their Zoom account.  If any member would like a recording of today's meeting, please email Brooke Stambersky within 14 days of the meeting date and she will send it to you.  

Brooke shared some of her favorite fun quotes with the membership including,

“I’m creative.  You can’t expect me to be neat, too.” 

“A clean house is a sign of a broken sewing machine,” and

“Throw kindness around like confetti.”  Good advice!

 And some MQG Updates including:

MQG Block Study
  .  The MQG is seeking original, creative quilt block designs for the MQG Block Study to share with MQG members.  You provide the block design, make some sample blocks, write the basic pattern, and they will provide the finished pattern and ideas for using it in a modern quilt.

 MQG Block of the Month
  .  The MQG is looking for original, creative quilt designs to share with MQG members each month in the MQG Journal.
   .  QuiltCon 2022 – will be held in Phoenix, AZ, February 16–20, 2022; Member Registration opens August 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.; non-member registration will open in September 2021.

Some of the MQG Challenges QuiltCon is having include: 
  .  2021 Make a Difference Challenge
  .  QuiltCon 2022 Community Outreach Quilt Challenge
  .  QuiltCon 2022 Hexagon Quilting Challenge sponsored by American Patchwork & Quilting
  .  QuiltCon 2022 Artisan Cotton Fabric Challenge sponsored by Windham Fabrics
 Check out the MQG website for more details.

AUGUST 7th:           TIMNA TARR Virtual lecture; hybrid Membership Meeting.

SEPTEMBER 4th:   CHERYL BRICKEY will share her newly published Just One Charm Pack Quilts book with Member Trunk Show of two versions of 17 quilts (for a total of 34) from the book.  Cheryl in person; hybrid Membership Meeting.

JULY 10:                   Katie Lewis – Certified TeachER OF Shannon Brinkley’s Scrappy AppliquÉ Method.

Unfortunately, Katie Lewis was unable to attend our meeting on Saturday due to a family illness.  We are keeping her in our thoughts and prayers.

Subsequently, the meeting was conducted solely through Zoom.  Janelle Schwartz of Dotty & Grace graciously volunteered to pinch hit for Katie.  Janelle came to us virtually from the Middle Eastern country of Jordan and shared her process of collage applique.  Janelle Schwartz is the quilter and pattern designer behind Dotty & Grace.  She loves to explore different quilting techniques and inspire others as a sewing and quilting teacher.  Her love of quilting started just over 10 years ago when she made her first quilt stitched with fabrics she had collected as souvenirs from a trip to Japan.  Janelle loves to explore new creative techniques and incorporate these into her quilt creations.  Janelle's programs and workshops are full of inspiration. Through the demonstration, samples and interaction, the format is fun and informative for all levels of quilters. 

Dana Blasi is stepping down as the GMQG Secretary.  If you are interested in joining the GMQG Board to serve in this position, or have any questions about the position, please contact Brooke at  Dana will be happy to show you the ropes and will be available to answer any of your questions in future.

  .  Faye Jones delivered thirteen Quilts for Kids last month; 
  .  And a big thanks to new member Suzanne Elswick who just dropped off another thirteen beautiful quilts, which will soon be comforting “our” kids; and

  .  The kids and the staff at CHAPP (Child Abuse Prevention Program) greatly appreciate and need our quilts.  Thanks for your generosity – past and future.  If you have any quilts you’d like to donate, please contact Faye Jones or email us at  You need not be a member to donate!

1.  Carolina Quilt Studio, located at 201-A Pelham Davis Circle, Greenville, is having a Sew-in on Saturday, July 17th, from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  All are welcome.  For more info call 272-3488.

2.  There is a Sewing Bee held on the first Wednesday of each month from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. known as the Carolina Cut-ups Quilting Bee that is open to everyone.  It is held at First Baptist Church of Taylors located at 200 West Main St., Taylors, in the Activity Department, entry to which is off the parking lot behind the church.  Members contribute $1 each meeting, which goes to Taylors FBC Single Moms Oil Change Ministry.  Call Sandy Helsel for more information.  Her number may be found in the GMQG Directory.

Send photos of your completed quilts to Susan Rink or to to be shown at the next meeting and featured in Quilt Quark on our website.

.  Check out GMQG’s private Facebook account, Greenville Modern Quilt Guild Members Only Group or its Public page, Greenville Modern Quilt Guild, and the GMQG Instagram account at @greenvillemqg (#greenvillemqg).

.  If members come across a link or other information they would like to share, they may forward it to President Brooke Stambersky to be shared at the next meeting.

For those on vacation and trips this past weekend, you were missed. We hope to see everyone on August 4th.  Until then!