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 greenvillemqg@gmail.com for inquiries.

.  Thanks again to the Modern Quilt Guild (themodernquiltguild.com) 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.  

PRESIDENT’S UPDATE:
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.

MEETINGS & PROGRAMS:
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.

TODAY'S PROGRAM
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. 

NEWS:  
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 brooke.Stambersky@gmail.com.  Dana will be happy to show you the ropes and will be available to answer any of your questions in future.

PHILANTHROPY:
  .  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 greenvillemqg@gmail.com.  You need not be a member to donate!

SEW-INS/SEW-ALONGS:
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.

SHOW & SHARE:
Send photos of your completed quilts to Susan Rink or to greenvillemqg@gmail.com to be shown at the next meeting and featured in Quilt Quark on our website.

OTHER NEWS:
.  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!

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Upcoming Meeting July 10, 2021, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Unfortunately, Katie Lewis cannot attend our meeting on Saturday due to a family illness.  We are keeping her in our thoughts and prayers.  

Subsequently, we will be doing the entire meeting virtually through Zoom and not meeting at St. Giles.  Zoom access starts at 12:50 p.m. with the meeting beginning promptly at 1:00 p.m.  If you are not a member and would like to join or attend the meeting, please contact us at greenvillemqg@gmail.com. 

Katie's replacement will be Janelle Schwartz of Dotty & Grace.  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.
Janelle Schwartz, dottyandgrace.com

Agenda


1. President updates
2. Sew-in/Retreat 
3. Show & Share
4. Guest Speaker - Janelle Schwartz



Stay in touch:  

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GMQG Instagram:  @greenvillemqg (#greenvillemqg)

GMQG Website:     greenvillemodernquiltguild.com 

GMQG Facebook:   Private - Greenville Modern Quilt Guild Members Only Group

                            Public Page- Greenville Modern Quilt Guild

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Carolina Cut-Ups Quilting Bee

 -  For your information  -

Sandy Helsel has reminded us of a sew-in group named Carolina Cut-ups Quilting Bee that we are all welcome to attend for the nominal fee of $1.00.  It meets on the First Wednesday of each month (next one July 7th) starting at 9:30 a.m. & ending around 12:30 p.m.  Many members drift in and out during these hours.  Some get together and go out to lunch.

It is located at:

Taylors First Baptist Church
200 West Main Street
Taylors, SC 29687

We meet in their Rec Center/Activity Dept., which is in the back of the church and looks like this:


Parking is in the lot you see on the right side of this picture with the entrance in the middle of the picture between the columns.

 

When you walk in the door, to the left it looks like this, and there is a reception desk on the right.  You do not check in but just continue walking down that hallway on the right:

The classroom where they meet is on your right and looks like this:


The money collected goes towards Taylors FBC Single Moms Oil Change Ministry.  For more information, please contact Sandy Helsel (see your Directory).

 

Friday, July 2, 2021

New Email Service

Our guild uses blogger to create our blog posts which are then sent out via Feedburner as emails to all of the subscribers.  Feedburner is unfortunately going away, so we are moving to a new blog emailer system called Mailerlite.

What does this mean to you?  If you are subscribed to the GMQG blog, you will automatically be signed up through the new service.  You do not need to do anything.  The emails you get showing the blog posts will look a little different.

If you are not subscribed to the blog and wish to receive the blog posts as emails, you can sign up below or click here.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

GMQG Quilt Challenge 2021

Annual Challenge Announcement:  From Rita Sassone, "I recently heard this quote, which I think is important to share with my fellow quilters:  'You have to go by instinct and you have to be brave.'  This is my challenge to you all!  After experiencing Maria Shell's workshop and hearing about the Quilters of Gee's Bend, your task is to create an improv quilt (top, batting, back, quilted and bound) no smaller than 16" x 16" nor larger than 20" x 20" (doesn't need to be square) to showcase all you have learned.  Be sure to add a label on the back to identify yourself.  Remember, be bold and be brave!  Can't wait to see your creations in October!"*

Annual Challenge Deadline:  'Gee's Bend Quilts' Improv Quilt, Hybrid - *This meeting will be in person and/or via Zoom.  For those who participate in the Challenge who are unable to attend the live meeting, prior to the deadline and no later than Friday, Oct. 1st, you can either

1) make arrangements to drop off your quilt with Faye Jones or Dana Blasi, or

2) have your quilt picked up by Dana or Dagmar Theodore, and

3) we will be happy to submit it for judging and show your quilt at the meeting on your behalf. 

For all others, further instructions for dropping off your quilt for the judges will be forthcoming closer to the meeting date.

Reveal:  Saturday, October 2nd.  In any case, please remember to send a good photo of your creation to Susan Rink so we can provide Zoom attendees with clear visuals of all the submitted quilts.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

May 1, 2021, Meeting Highlights

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

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

.  Our next meeting will be hybrid, meaning in person &/or via Zoom, and held on Saturday, June 5, 2021, from 1 to 3 p.m. after a morning workshop with Karen Eckmeier (see below).  Log on between 12:50 and 1:00 p.m. for a short visit prior to the start of the meeting.  Members will receive an email notice containing the Zoom meeting link and passcode prior to the meeting. 

MEMBERSHIP:

We welcomed 29 members to our May Zoom meeting.

 2021 MEMBER DIRECTORY:

The 2021 Member Directory has been updated and will be published on Monday, May 3rd.  We’re excited to now include the sewing machines we own as a means of support to one another whether we’re in need of help troubleshooting or to get personal reviews when shopping for a new machine. 

TREASURER’S REPORT:

A.  Taxes:  Cindy has completed the IRS Charity 990 for the year.

B.  Reminder – print out your MQG membership card on the MQG website to present at Bernina’s to get your monthly discount there. 

ST. GILES - FELLOWSHIP HALL UPDATE / HYBRID MEETINGS:

The poll on meeting types indicates the majority of members are interested in hybrid meetings, which would allow for both in-person and virtual attendance.  The Board is running an equipment test at Fellowship Hall, St. Giles, this month and aims to have the system up and running for the June 5 meeting.

SEW-INS/SEW-ALONGS:

Sandy Helsel will be checking with Bernina as to re-initiating our 3rd Friday, every-other- month, in-person, Sew-ins.  See Show & Share below regarding the forthcoming survey concerning virtual sew-ins/sew-alongs.

SHOW AND SHARE / QUILT QUARK GALLERY:

Today’s Show and Share consisted of many versions of making stripes based on the Maria Shell workshop.  Attendees met virtually after the workshop and had a Maria Shell Sew-in via Zoom.  Everyone enjoyed this method of “sewing in,” and subsequently, we are planning to do more Zoom sew-ins/sew-alongs.  One of the advantages of this type of sew-along is not having to pack and transport machines and equipment back and forth to another location - you are in your own sewing area with everything you need.  A survey is forthcoming to gauge member preferences for rotating between weekends vs. evenings during the week for those who are working.

Share your quilts with us by emailing photos either to Susan Rink or to Dana Blasi prior to the next meeting.

WILDACRES RETREAT:

Sandy Helsel reported the results of interest in attending Wildacres in the Fall has been great.  We have 14 definitely interested and a few more depending on dates and restrictions.  Faye Jones is awaiting a response on our request for rooms in the months of Oct. or Nov.  We must keep in mind that it may be a while before we know the availability for our group.  Sandy will get information out to those interested as soon as we know.

MEETINGS & PROGRAMS

MAY 1:  GEE’S BEND PANEL – QUILTS, PRAYER, & COMMUNITY - FAYE JONES, RITA SASSONE & ANNE LARKIN with cameo by JOHNNIE MCKENZIE

The May program was dedicated to a glimpse into the lives of the Quilters of Gee’s Bend. These talented quilters are descendants of slaves from the once isolated Pettway Plantation in rural Alabama.  Without much exposure to the outside world and no art education, many generations of these women created stunning bed quilts using scraps of fabric from work clothes, torn dresses, Sears corduroy, and stained aprons.  They first came to national attention with the Freedom Quilting Bee, a cooperative arising from the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and were sold in New York City at Bloomingdale’s and Saks, providing income for the women.  Little did they know these blankets born of necessity would one day cause an international sensation in the art and quilting world when they were randomly rediscovered by art collector Bill Arnet forty years later in 2001.  By 2002, the art world was abuzz when Michael Kemmelman would state in his New York Times’ Art Review, ‘Jazzy Geometry, Cool Quilters,’ “The best of these designs, unusually minimalist and spare, are so eye-poppingly gorgeous that it’s hard to know how to begin to account for them. But then, good art can never be fully accounted for, just described…”

The people of Gee’s Bend were physically separated from the outside world by the topography of the land carved out by the waters of the Alabama River virtually shaping their community into an island, access to which was accomplished only by ferry.  One can observe the naturally occurring echoes of African art found in their creations, having survived without such corrupting outside influences as the wax and wane of historical European- and Asian-, to popular American art.  From the limitations of isolation and poverty came extraordinary works of original abstract and improvisational art, which would find their way into the foremost museums of the world. 

Found fabric was (and continues to be) shared within the community, along with the activity of hand quilting among the women of Gee’s Bend whose guiding force was ensuring family and friends were administered to and cared for.  There’s was a ministry that continues today through China and Mary Ann Pettway who begin each day with the Quilters’ Prayer* and whose retreats are punctuated throughout by the spontaneous singing of hymns.  It is hard to look at the works of these artisans whether it be the dominating concentric squares of Housetops, the random cohesion of Stripes and Strings, the irregular strips of color comprising Lazy Gals, or the Courthouse Steps variation known as Brick Layer without acknowledging that surely their ancestors and the ensuing generations of Gee’s Bend quilters who adhered to their own particular brand of tradition were the originators of what is known today as modern “improv.”  And if you’re looking for one more bit of insight into the ethos of the Gee’s Bend quilter, remember what the Pettways say, “If you don’t like it, wack it!”

 *Click on Gee’s Bend Quilter’s Prayer on our blog to see the prayer.  For more information on the Gee’s Bend Quilt Retreat, go to geesbendquiltingretreats.com.  Registration is open for 2022 Spring and Fall Retreats.  Go online for a number of books on- and videos about Gee’s Bend.

JUNE 5:  9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - KAREN ECKMEIER via Zoom -  WORKSHOP: COLORS, TWISTS AND LEAVES; and

               1:00 – 3:00 p.m. - MEETING PROGRAM LECTURE, WIGGLES & WAVES, Membership in person or via Zoom

JULY 10Katie Lewis in person – Certified TeachER OF Shannon Brinkley’s Scrappy AppliquÉ Method – Lecture & Trunk Show; Membership in person or via Zoom.

CLASSIFIED ADS SUBCOMMITTEE:

Johnnie McKenzie is spearheading the Classified Ads Subcommittee.  Classified ads on our blog will allow us to post quilting goods and services, etc., for and by our members.  An amendment to the Bylaws to include advertising on the blog is being drafted on which we will vote.  More details to come.

OTHER NEWS:

.  Gee’s Bend Retreats opened up registration in April for its 2022 Spring and Fall Retreats.  For more information, contact past attendees Faye Jones or Rita Sassone and/or go to geesbendquiltingretreats dot com.  We are told it fills up fast.

.  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.

See you next month!

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Maria Shell Workshop Sew-Along - April 2021

Maria Shell won Best Machine Quilting, Framed, for Mosh Pit @the Golden, and First Place in Piecing for Everything All At Once, at QuiltCon 2021.  Several GMQG attendees of her workshop Making Prints Out of Solids in April got together later and had a virtual sew-along.  We worked on a variety of stripe sets with solid colors including mirrored stripes, tracks, dots, linear blocks, bead strings, and grids.  We used some of the techniques Maria shared with us including information on selecting a color palette, improvisational piecing techniques, and ideas for taking these techniques and creating original quilts.  

We all agreed it was a great way to sew together!  Although we really miss being together at our Sew-ins, this was a great alternative for a few reasons.  One, you don't have to pack or unpack or repack anything.  You're in your own sewing space!  Two, some of us had a person in our home we needed to remain close to.  Convenient!  And, of course, three, there's that pesky Covid thing we're trying to avoid.

We all want to thank Travis Seward for hosting us on his Zoom account!  Check out some of our masterpieces in the making:

Here are just three of Maria Shell's magnificent quilts.

Force Field by Maria Shell

Haru by Maria Shell

Uptown Rail Fence by Maria Shell