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:

Cindy Lange stated our current balance is $8,175.00 which includes:

     A.  Payment of Nat’l. MQG dues of $1,020.00 (a step down from 2020 level); and   
    B.  When Maria Shell’s payment of $1,025.00 ($500 for Group Meeting; $525 for workshop recouped by fees paid by attendees) clears, balance will be $7,150.00 (payment was mailed to her in Anchorage, AK);
    C.  Taxes:  Cindy has completed the IRS Charity 990 for the year.
    D.  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


Gee's Bend Quilters' Prayer

Blessing of our Hands

Let us pray. 

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid:  Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy Name.  Amen.

We ask for your blessings upon our hands.  Hands that will be about your work.  Hands which will spread love and compassion in your world.  Amen.

L:  As we live in community with God and one another

R:  May our hands be instruments of peace and love.

L:  For those who are in need of warmth and sustenance

R:  May our hands prepare quilts and a banquet.

L:  For the teaching, instruction, and companioning of all people

R:  May our hands nurture compassion, acceptance, and above all, love.

Anointing of the Hands

Blessing:  Blessed be the work of our hands, O God, for they are the works of your hands.

Response:  Thanks be to God

Let us Pray.

Here in this studio, O God, for these gathered, exercise their gifts, stretch their skills, express their artistry, delight their senses, and move their souls.  Amen.

L:  Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

R:  Thanks be to God.

  

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Upcoming Meeting - Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Please join us this Saturday, May 1st, from 1-3 p.m. for our monthly GMQG meeting and take note:  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, please contact us at greenvillemqg@gmail.com.  

Agenda


.  President updates; Hybrid Meetings - Brooke Stambersky

.  Treasurer updates, Financial Report - Cindy Lange

.  Show & Share - Susan Rink

.  Program:  Gee's Bend Presentation - Faye Jones, Anne Larkin, & Rita Sassone

.  Annual Challenge Announcement

.  Programs/Workshops:  June Workshop Details


Stay in touch:  

GMQG Gmail:        greenvillemqg@gmail.com        

GMQG Instagram:  @greenvillemqg (#greenvillemqg)

GMQG Website:     greenvillemodernquiltguild.com 

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

                            Public - Greenville Modern Quilt Guild

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Upcoming Workshops


June:  Karen Eckmeier - Wiggles and Waves
Inspired by the textures, lines and colors found in nature, Karen shares her love of curved piecing and collage, and how it led to the creation of her layered topstitching technique. Wild curves and dramatic angles may look difficult to do, but the process is really easy and quite relaxing!
Karen Eckmeier's
Wiggles & Waves

Color Twists & Leaves
Karen Eckmeier

Karen's Workshop (morning, 9-12 on June 5):
Color Twists and Leaves - Ease in to gentle free-form, topstitched curves in this technique and design workshop.  We will make abstract flowers that twist round and round and pairs of Layered Leaves embellished with yarn. Then experiment with different combinations to see which design layouts appeal best to you for making your choice of a wall hanging, table runner, table topper, a bag or the beginnings of a quilt top. Workshop cost: $20/person.






Friday, April 9, 2021

2021 Programs Schedule Update

PROPOSED SPEAKERS/PROGRAMS FOR GMQG 2021

- UPDATE -

Jan. 2     Johnnie McKenzie –“Inspirations”

Feb. 6    Travis Stewart – Men in Quilting

Mar. 6    Favorite Books

Apr. 3    1. Modern Quilt Guild Admin – tour of MQG Website; 
                 2. Maria Shell – Virtual Lecture + Workshop

May 1     1. Gee's Bend Lecture – via Zoom - Faye Jones, Rita Sassone & Anne Larkin
               2. 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 September!"*

June 5     Karen Eckmeier – Workshop via Zoom before meeting – Color, Twists and Leaves, 9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
                                          Membership Meeting Lecture - Wiggles and Waves, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Hybrid - Karen via Zoom; Membership in person &/or via Zoom.

July 10 –    Katie Lewis – Shannon Brinkley's "Scrappy Appliqué" Method - Lecture & Trunk Show in person; Membership in person or via Zoom.
                  Katie is a "Scrappy Appliqué" Certified Teacher.

Aug. 7 –     Timna Tarr – Lecture via Zoom; Membership in person or via Zoom.

Sept. 4 –     1.  Annual Challenge Reveal:  'Gee's Bend Quilts' Improv Quilt (see May for description), Hybrid - *This meeting will be in person and/or via Zoom.  For those who participate in the Challenge and don't feel comfortable attending a live meeting, prior to the deadline and no later than Friday, Sept. 3rd 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.  Reveal:  Saturday, September 4th.
                   2.  Cheryl Brickey - Newly published Just One Charm Pack Quilts book with Member Trunk Show of quilts from the book.

Oct. 2 –      

Nov. 6 –     Debbie Grifka - Workshop

Dec. 4 –      Christmas Luncheon and Auction

**This calendar may be subject to change.**

Quilt Quark Gallery - Cindy Lange

Cindy Lange created 1) her multi-colored solids “Lava Lamp” charity quilt backed by rainbow-people fabric to practice sewing curves, and 2) her “Midnight Stars” half-rectangle quilt, reminiscent of a pattern named “Harlequin,” in solid and patterned red, white and black fabrics, with a few round floral appliques sprinkled in.

Cindy Lange - "Lava Lamp" Charity Quilt
41" x 51"

Back of Lava Lamp


Cindy Lange - "Midnight Star" Charity Quilt
41" x 51"