Monday, May 14, 2018

Highlights from the May 2018 Meeting

Improv Piecing Workshop

Improvisational Piecing can be a freeing, no rules method of creating beautiful modern quilts. A group of enthusiastic members enjoyed a workshop with our own, Didi Salvatierra, this Saturday after our regular business meeting. Amid piles of colorful fabrics and scraps, machines were buzzing as we created some unique pieced fabrics.

Didi taught us that "the possibilities are endless"!

Visit Didi's website at:


We welcomed 25 members and 2 guests at this month's meeting!


  • Congrats to our members who won ribbons at the Foothills Piecemakers 2018 Quilt Show: Carol Alperin, Johellen George, Dagmar Theodore, Darlene Sanford, Cheryl Brickey, Sarah Wannamaker, and Rita Sanssone.

Retreat Wrap-up:

  • Thank you to Sandy Helsel and Faye Jones for organizing this year's retreat. 
  • The retreat capacity will be capped at 24 and the hope is to expand the stay to 3 nights in 2019.
  • The optional project this year was a journal cover and we saw several of them in our Show and Share this month. If you're inspired to make your own, you'll find these free tutorials helpful:

Shop News:

  • 2018 Quilter's Planners are 50% off.
  • Be sure to check out the new classes on Fabric Collage.
  • Classes on making children's clothing coming this summer.

Membership News:

  • Reminder that Member Directories are now available from Nancy de Jong.

Upcoming Events:

  • NC Quilt Symposium is May 31, June 1-3 at UNC Asheville.
  • Quilters of SC will have a quilt exhibit at the Columbia Quilt Expo on July 20-21. We encourage our members to enter a quilt. Registration guidelines and forms can be found on the QSC website, Please note registration forms must be post marked between June 11 and June 14.
  • The Asheville Quilt Guild is hosting Grace Errea for a 2 day workshop on Impressionist Appliqué. The workshop will be held June 20-21, and you need not be a member to attend. More information can be found here.


  • Our next Sew-In is June 22 from 2-10 p.m. at the Bernina Store. 

Journey of Quilters:

  • Members are invited to join us on Friday, May 25 at 1:30 p.m., as we host an event for a Quilter's Tour Group at the Bernina Store. It should be a fun afternoon with Show and Share, demos and refreshments. No need to register!

Upcoming Meetings:

  • June 9 - Trunk Show featuring 2 of our own members.
  • July 14 - Round Robin
  • August 11 - Guild Challenge reveal.


  • Faye Jones announced that we have received a donation of fabric from the family of a local quilter who has recently passed away. Please feel free to take any of the fabric to use in your charity projects.

Block of the Month:

  • This month's block is the Dimensional Bow Tie.
  • Follow the link for the tutorial. Starting with 2 1/2" squares will result in a 4" block, but feel free to start with 2 1/2", 3" or 3 1/2" squares.
  • Use contrasting colors, using the same fabric for the knot and tie pieces.

MQG Charity Challenge:

  • Sign-ups begin May 25 for the MQG's 2019 Charity Challenge. Our guild would like to make a group quilt this year, to be shown at QuiltCon 2019 and then donated to a local charity. The quilt must be submitted by Feb. 8, 2019.
  • We need 2 volunteers to organize the effort. Valorie Kasten will serve as an advisor. Please contact Susan Rink ( if you're interested.
  • This year's challenge is to make a twin size quilt with the theme Small Piecing. You can find all the details and the color palette on the QuiltCon website here.


  • A new book on Improv Piecing was donated to our library this month and will be available for check-out next month.
  • A reminder to please return books after one month.

Show and Share:

Sarah Wannamaker

Didi Salvatierra

Ruth - Charity quilt

Marcia Givens
Marcia Givens - notebook cover

Travis Seward - notebook cover

Sarah Snider - notebook cover

Nancy Schlepphorst - Charity quilt

Dana Blasi - "What would you like for the world?"
Mitzi Schafer
Diane Bienick
Valorie Kasten - Riley Blake Challenge and Charity quilt
Susan Rink - Schlep Bag

Laura Hall - notebook cover
Faye Jones - Charity quilt and notebook cover
Please join us for our next meeting 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at:
2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607


Friday, May 4, 2018

Meeting at 12 noon - Saturday, May 12, 2018 followed by Improv Workshop

Please note the change in our meeting time this month! Our regular business meeting and Show and Share will start at 12 noon on Saturday, May 12th.

The Improv Workshop with Didi Salvatierra will be from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, for those of you who are signed up. Come prepared for an afternoon of creating and sewing using Improv techniques!

A few reminders:

  • The Block of the Month is Transparent Play. Follow the link for the pattern.
  • Please return any Library books checked out last month.
Hope you can join us at noon on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at:
2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607

Monday, April 16, 2018

Highlights from the April 2018 meeting

Modern Plus Sign Quilts with Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander

Our program this month featured two of our own members, Cheryl and Paige, who co-authored their first book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts. We were able to see up close and in person most of the quilts that are patterned in the book. The quilts are all great examples of a modern take on a very old, traditional Plus Sign block. Several of the quilts included "mash-ups" of a Plus Block with another traditional block, such as Pinwheel, Irish Chain and Kaleidoscope and ranged from super simple pieced quilts to applique to paper piecing.

Thank you Cheryl and Paige for sharing your enthusiasm and your beautiful work with us! Be sure to check out the Modern Plus Sign Quilts Blog Hop that Cheryl and Paige hosted on their blogs. Cheryl is at Meadow Mist Designs and Paige is at Quilted Blooms. You can also find their free Modern Plus Block Pillow pattern on the Stash Website.


We welcomed 39 members, 2 new members, and 6 guests at this month's meeting!

Shop News:

  • Happy Anniversary to Bernina We're In Stitches! Congratulations on three years of serving the sewing community of Greenville!

Membership News:

  • Nancy deJong has our 2018 Membership Directories printed and ready to be picked up at the membership table. One per member please. 

Upcoming Events:

  • Foothills Piecemakers Bi-Annual Show is April 27-28 at the Pellam Road Baptist Church (stop by on the way to the retreat!)
  • NC Quilt Symposium is May 31, June 1-3 at UNC Asheville.
  • Quilters of SC will have a quilt exhibit at the Columbia Quilt Expo on July 20-21, 2018. We encourage our members to enter a quilt. Registration guidelines and forms can be found on the QSC website, Please note registration forms must be post marked between June 11 and June 14, 2018.

Sew-In Days:

  • Please join us on April 20, 2018 from 2 pm - 10 pm at the Bernina Store! Come at any time and stay for as long as you like. Bring your own projects to work on. We ask that you purchase a half yard of fabric at the store which is raffled to one lucky participant.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • May 12 - Special meeting time is 12 - 1. Following the meeting Didi Salvatierra will present an Introduction to Improv workshop. Email Valorie at to check on current openings in the workshop.

Guild Challenge:

  • Choose a traditional block whose name begins with the same letter as one of your names and create a quilt in a modern style. This means that you will have at least three letters to work with or more if you have multiple middle or last names. 
  • Resources that catalog traditional blocks are numerous such as The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns by Jinny Beyer, 5,500 Quilt Block Designs by Maggie Malone, and
  • The quilts will be displayed at the August 11 meeting and prizes will be awarded by viewer's choice.
  • Quilt size not to exceed 36" on any one side.
  • The interpretation of your block is open to your imagination!
  • The design must use at least 3 of these 8 elements in modern quilt design: 
    • Bright/graphic color palette
    • Negative Space
    • Minimalism
    • No border
    • Improvisational piecing
    • Alternate grid work
    • Asymmetry
    • Exaggerated Scale

Journey of Quilters Event:

  • On May 25, we will be hosting a tour group of quilters at the Bernina Store from 1-3 pm. Mark your calendars and be sure to join us for a fun afternoon of demos and refreshments!


  • We collected five Charity Quilts today. They are all appreciated and will go to those needing comfort at a difficult time. Thank you!

Block of the Month:

  • This month's block is called Transparency designed by Kitty Wilkin of Night Quilter. Follow the link for the tutorial.
  • Please use a light background and a monochromatic color scheme (light, medium and dark of the same color).

Library Update:

  • We have 3 new books in our library! Paper Pieced Modern, We Love Color and Improv Piecing.

Show and Share

Marcia Given - Pieced Hearts Warm to Cool - free pattern by Kate Spain
Sara Conrad - Charity tablerunners
Sara Conrad - Feline Friends Challenge

Marilyn Hagopian - Maxwell Tote by Abbey Lane

Nancy deJong - Tulip Table Toppers

Travis Seward - Triangle Challenge for Curated Quilts

Madeline Faner - Whales Charity Quilt

Sarah Mims - Kaleidoscope Block from Paula Nadelstern class

Dagmar Theodore - Foothills QG Black and White Challenge

Laura Hall - Indigo Hand Dyed Triangle using work shirts from her Father and Batik String Quilt

Faye Jones - Charity Strip Quilt and Wedge Quilt

Faye Jones - Asian Lanterns

Paige Alexander - Plus Sign Pouch made by Michelle Blake and QuiltCon 2018 Challenge quilt
Paige Alexander - Pineapple Quilt, pattern published in Quilty Magazine Mar/Apr

Cindy Lammon - Row Addition from Modern Plus Sign Quilts and Economy Block, both for Charity
Cindy Lammon - String Quilt

Valorie Kasten - Tote Bag pattern from Branch and Vine and Charity Quilt
After such an inspirational and fun program, we hope to see lots of Modern Plus Sign quilts in future Show and Shares!

Our next meeting will be at a special time - 12 pm on Saturday May 12, 2018, at:
2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607


Friday, April 6, 2018

Modern Plus Sign Quilts - Saturday, April 14, 2018

This Saturday we are honored to have GMQG's own, Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander, share their recently published book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts!

Photo from QuiltCon 2018

Have you ever considered writing a quilt book? For most of us, it seems like a daunting task! This month Cheryl and Paige will not only show us many of the quilts from their new book, but briefly explain the process of turning an idea into a published book.

After seeing the quilts in "person", you may want to add Modern Plus Sign Quilts to your personal quilt book library! The books are available for purchase at the Bernina Store. You can also take this opportunity to get your book signed by the authors.

You don't want to miss it!

Don't forget to bring:

  • This month's Block of the Month: Improv Curves Block
  • Any library books checked out last month.
  • Your Show and Share projects!
Hope to see you Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 1-3 pm at:

2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Final Registration for 2018 Quilt Retreat

Are you still thinking about attending Greenville Modern Quilt Guild's annual retreat at Wildacres Conference Center? Before you know it April 27th will be here and it will be time to pack your bags!

Deadline for this year's retreat is March 30, 2018 at 5 pm. After that date, registration will be closed and we will turn any extra rooms back to the facility.

Please be sure to contact Sandy Helsel at or phone (864) 640-7437 to register by the 31st.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Highlights from the March 10th Meeting

QuiltCon and Trends in Modern Quilting

Our program this month was a review and discussion of QuiltCon 2018. We viewed many of the winning quilts, along with our members' quilts that were juried into the show. The discussion concluded with a look at some of the current trends in Modern Quilting. Hopefully, we all left with some new ideas for our own creations!

Things To Know...

We were happy to welcome 6 new members to our guild this month! With 39 members and 4 visitors, we had a total of 49 present at the meeting.

News From the Shop

  • Angela Walters' new quilting rulers are now in the shop.
  • Bernina has released a gold #1 foot for the 125th anniversary of its first machine.
  • Spaces are still available for the afternoon session of the Aurifil Thread lecture on March 28th.
  • A book signing party is planned for Friday, March 16th to launch the new book, "Modern Plus Sign Quilts" with our members Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander.
  • An Accuquilt Trunk Show is coming to the shop in April. Check back for dates.
  • Scissor sharpening will be available at our May or June meeting.


  • Nancy de Jong has a proof of this year's Membership Directory. Members were asked to check the information included before it goes to print next month. If you were unable to attend the meeting and your information has changed since the last directory, please email Nancy at

Mark Your calendar


  • Currently there are 22 retreaters for the April 27-29 retreat at Wildacres Retreat Conference Center. 
  • Please email Sandy ASAP at, if you would still like to register. Guests are also welcome.
  • If you are planning on going to the retreat, Sandy has scheduled a meeting (prior to our regular monthly meeting) on April 14th at 12:30. She will be discussing car pool plans, supplies to bring, the mystery project and more. Please email Sandy at the address above if you cannot make this Retreat Planning Meeting.

Sew-In Days

  • Thanks to all of you who joined us in February!
  • The remaining days for the year are: April 20, June 22, August 17, and October 19, from 2-10 pm.

Upcoming meetings

  • April 14 - Modern Plus Sign Quits and How to Get Published
  • May 12 - Improv Quilting followed by a workshop with Didi Salvatierra. Our regular meeting will start at noon and be followed by the hands on workshop. The workshop is limited to 20 members and filled up at this month's meeting. If you'd like to be added to a wait list, please email Valorie at and put "Improv Workshop" in the subject line. If you signed up at the meeting and are unable to attend the workshop, please let Val know!

Riley Blake Challenge

  • For those who signed up, Valorie has the fabric supplied by the MQG.
  • If you didn't sign up, you can still participate in the challenge by purchasing the fabric yourself.
  • Challenges are due on April 22nd.

Journey of Quilters Event

  • Our guild will be hosting a quilting tour group at the Bernina Store on Friday, May 25th from 1-3 pm.
  • The program will consist of Show and Share, demos and refreshments.
  • All our welcome, but seating will be limited as we're expecting around 30 guests.
  • We're looking for members willing to participate in the Show and Share and/ or bring refreshments. Sign up at next month's meeting.
  • We would also like to give each of the guests a hand-made tote bag. Susan provided us with simple online tutorials. Please sign up at the next meeting if you're willing to make 1 or 2.

Block of the Month

  • We had several blocks turned in from last month's BOM. Thank you!
  • This month we're making an Improv Curves block from the Knoxville MQG.
  • Use any colors you choose, keeping the unpieced portion of the block solid or almost solid.
  • Dagmar suggests placing 2 rulers on your fabric, spaced about an inch apart to stabilize it as you cut the improv curve.


Congratulations to GMQG member, Paige Alexander whose "Casting Shadows" quilt took second place in the Michael Miller Challenge at QuiltCon!

Show and Share

Elise Dunbar - Charity quilt

Didi Salvatierra - hand appliquéd and hand quilted

Ruth - BOM Charity Quilt and "Lloyd & Lola" pattern by Elizabeth Hartman
Laura Hall - "Round and Round" pattern by Thimbleblossoms

Michelle Blake - "See it All Pouch" from Stitched Sewing Organizers by Aneela Hoey
Michelle Blake - "Inside Out Pouch" and Jelly Roll Rug
Sue Bready - Charity Quilt

Travis Seward -  Courthouse Steps

Denise Frick - Mini House Quilts made from scraps

Valorie Kasten - Mini quilt from MQG swap and Charity quilt
Nancy de Jong - Charity quilt - Diamonds made from Half-square triangles

Faye Jones - Quilt from Hand-dyed fabric and Charity quilt
We'd love to see you at our next meeting, Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 1-3 pm at:
2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607