Sunday, May 22, 2022

Highlights from the May, 2022 Meeting


From Our President:  Sandy Helsel

 Quiltfest Greenville, SC:  Two of our members, Faye Jones and Valorie Kasten, won a blue ribbon for Best Use of Negative Space in the Mid-Century Modern category.. The quilt, “Nine Mysteries”, was pieced by Faye and quilted by Valorie. Several members who attended the show provided comments on what they liked and disliked about it. We will be contacted in late fall regarding our 2023 participation as a guild. We will not make the decision until called upon in December.


Western North Carolina Quilters Guild will present “A Garden of Quilts Show” on Friday, May 20

(10 am – 5 pm) and  Saturday, May 21 (10 am – 4 pm). This exciting show will include a special exhibit of Quilts of Valor, docent tours, arts and crafts vendors, raffle baskets, used book sale, and a boutique of handmade quilted items made by members for sale to the public. The location is the Youth Activities Building located in the Bonclarken Conference Center in Flat Rock, NC, just south of Hendersonville. For GPS use 5 Pine Drive, Flat Rock, NC. Actual address is 500 Pine Dr. Admission is $5 with free parking. Wheelchairs and walkers are welcome.


QuiltCon 2023, Atlanta GA: The MQG will be announcing QuiltCon challenges each Monday for the rest of  May .Watch your inbox on Mondays to learn more about the Community Outreach Quilt Challenge, the fabric challenge, and more!


Wildacres Retreat:  Dana Blasi reported that even though only 5 of our members were able to attend the retreat, they had a great time.  Here are the colorful hoop organizers (the mystery project) by the Retreaters!  And, Dana hard at work!


VP – Programs:  Jackie Callis & Darleen Sanford


2022 Challenge:  Darleen presented details of this year's challenge which will use the skills we  gained in the March program on improv piecing and are learning with Valorie's BOM. For our Challenge we will be using an orphan block(s) you may have laying around (or put together a simple nine patch, log cabin, etc.). The block(s) will then be cut at least 3 times. These pieces will be used to create a quilt no bigger than 36” x 36” (a medium size wall hanging). The Challenge reveal will be in September.


June:  At this month's meeting,  we will get to know some of our newer members. Brandi, Anita, Ava and Duski will be showing a few of their quilts and talking about their quilting journey. Also, information about the July meeting including examples of the projects and sign-up sheets will be provided by Sandy.


July:  Sandy is organizing this month's meeting. Because it is the 4th of July weekend, this will be an informal gathering, ” Make-It and Take-it” will be the subject.  And, we will have 4th of July cake! At the June meeting there will be 3-4 samples of the projects on a table with a sign-up sheet in front of

each. We ask that you sign-up for the one or two in which you wish to participate so that we make enough “kits” in each category. If you miss the June meeting, please email Sandy.  Kits with fabrics, batting and instructions will be provided.

Tools you need to bring are:

            Sewing machine, (just a small straight sewing one is all that is necessary)

            Small and longer ruler, rotary cutter and small matt.

            Neutral thread (beige, tan or light gray)



            Disappearing marker.

Minutes of the June meeting and the July meeting reminder notice will have pictures of the projects and tools needed.


August:  Lewis Carl will present a program on ”The 5 Principles of Composition”.


Membership:  Jill Erickson


Thirty members and 4 guests attended the meeting. Two of our guests joined. At present the GMQG has 62 members. Please remember to notify Jill Erickson if any of your contact information has changed.  Updates to the directory will be available at the June meeting.


Social Media:  Dagmar Theodore


Shady Lady Quilt Show  June 24 – 26, 2022


Block of the Month:  Valorie Kasten 


Block 5:  “The Converging Block”

                The instructions can be downloaded here.

Show and Share:  Thank you Ava Moore for taking the pictures!


Program:  Our lecture was “Pick a Shape – Any Shape.....What Shape Are You” by world famous quilt artist, teacher and author, Marilyn Doheny,  This lecture focused on the five universal shapes and the meaning of each one. The shapes we prefer and use as quilters can indicate profound things about ourselves at thar particular time in our life. Below are a few of the quilts Marilyn has made using the Wedge Rulers she invented.  Marilyn will conduct a full-day workshop on Saturday, May,14, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at St. Giles Church. All supplies will be provided.  Bring a lunch!  The cost is $60. Contact Jackie Callis,,  for more information or if you wish to attend.


Our next meeting will be Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 1-3 pm at St. Giles Church, 1021 Hudson Rd., Greenville, SC.


Marilyn Hagopian, Secretary






Monday, May 2, 2022

May Meeting Reminder

 Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022

Time: : 1 PM – 3PM

Location: Giles Presbyterian Church, 1021 Hudson Rd. Greenville SC 


Agenda  for Meeting

  • President Sandy Helsel – Requesting comments from those attending the Greenville QuiltFest
  • Wildacres Retreat wrap- up report: Dana Blasi
  • VPs: Up and coming programs, workshop, and Fall Challenge: Darlene Sanford and Jackie Callis
  • Treasurer’s report: Cindy Lange
  • Membership:  Jill Erickson
  • Philanthropy: Faye Jones
  • Library: Ruth Freyer
  • Block of the Month: Valorie Kasten -bring what you made for April


Show and Share: Need someone to volunteer to take pictures




Program: Marilyn Doheny, World famous contemporary quilt artist, teaches and lectures, is a self-published author of over 47 titles, inventor of the 9-degree Circle Wedge Ruler and the 45-degree Kaleidoscope Wedge ruler. Marilyn will conduct an all-day workshop on Saturday, May 14. The cost is $60. If you are interested, contact Jackie Callis (jcallis2 at gmail dot com).

Friday, April 8, 2022

Highlights from the April, 2022 Meeting


From Our President:  Sandy Helsel

Quiltfest Greenville, SC will be held April 28, 2022, at the Greenville Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr., Greenville SC.  There will be a Trunk Show by the Designer Divas on Saturday at 1:30 pmThe Divas are a group of talented ladies out of Asheville who do all kinds of embellished clothing. For information go to

Quilt Fest Long Beach, CA, August 4-6, 2022, at the Long Beach Convention Center, is taking entries for exhibit in the following Categories: Art Deco Inspired Quilts, Art Nouveau - Craft as Art, Movies and Musicals: Hooray for Hollywood, and Quilted Comics and SCI-FI. Also the International Quilt Fest in Houston which is November, 3-6 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, is taking entries now with deadlines for entry on May 26th at 1 pm. High sponsorship with cash prizes equaling $54,000. It is a big, beautiful show!  With your MQG membership you should be getting these announcements and, if not, let me know.

Western North Carolina Quilters Guild will present “A Garden of Quilts Show” on Friday, May 20 (10 am – 5 pm) and Saturday, May 21 (10 am – 4 pm). It is being held at the Bonclarken Conference Center in Flat Rock, NC. For GPS use 5 Pine Drive, Flat Rock, NC.  Admission $5. Free parking


 VP – Programs:  Jackie Callis & Darleen Sanford

 Upcoming Programs: 

            May:  Internationally known quilter, designer and author, Marilyn Doheny, will present our program.  Marilyn will conduct an all-day workshop on Saturday, May 14. The cost is $60. If you are interested, contact Jackie Callis (

Challenge:  Information on this year's challenge will be presented in May.

            August:  Lewis Carl will present a program on the 5 principles of composition and how to create a good grouping.

 Membership:  Jill Erickson

At present the GMQG has 60 members. Twenty-two members and 5 guests attended the meeting. The new directories are here and ready for pick up at the membership desk. Please let Jill know about any errors you may find so they can be corrected for our records. The new rack cards are also completed. To promote our guild, we place them at Marietta’s and Bernina’s shops.  If you have any other suggestions, please let me know.


Library:  Ruth Freyer

Ruth is our new librarian.


Philanthropy:  Faye Jones

Faye told us about an opportunity to send quilts to the Ukrainian refugees in Poland. Faye is collecting these quilts which will be given to David Timmons (brother of the twins and the Greenville contact who will then deliver them to the Quilted Twins shop in Dade City, Florida.  At our meeting, Faye collected 9 quilts for the Ukrainian refugees in Poland and 8 quilts for Quilts for Kids.


Retreat – Dana Blasi & Faye Jones

Registration for the retreat is closed.


Block of the Month:  Valorie Kasten 

Valorie introduced the April block for the Bletchley Park Stitch Project. PDF Instructions are found here.


Show and Share:




Program:  Ruth Pollow Quilting Journey and Trunk Show

 Ruth shared her early quilt projects and her progress toward using fabric and thread painting to create her fantastic art quilts which often feature birds and other animals.  She emphasized the importance of creating a realistic eye on the animals as a necessary component to give personality and life to her work. She also talked about her use of FMQ to enhance her designs. A few of Ruth's creations:





Our next meeting will be Saturday, May 7, 2022  from 1-3 pm at St. Giles Church, 1021 Hudson Rd., Greenville, SC.

 Marilyn Hagopian, Secretary