Saturday, December 7, 2019

Highlights From the December 2019 Meeting


Our last meeting for 2019 was a festive one! In addition to food, fun and laughter, many of our members left with some awesome winnings!

We enjoyed wonderful food and tasty desserts...




And placed our tickets with hopes of winning...
Lots of smiling faces!




Many thanks to our party planners, Darleen Sanford, Jill Erickson, Ruth Freyer and Dana Blasi.


We presented our 2019 President, Elise Dunbar, with a Signature Quilt. Thank you Elise for your leadership in making this year fun and informative!


A Few Announcements

2020 Board Member Change


  • We want to thank Michele Blake for volunteering to be Secretary next year, but she recently found out that she will be moving out of Greenville. Leigh Ann Lukens  has stepped up to take the position in 2020. Thanks, Leigh Ann!

2020 Retreat


  • Next year's retreat will be held Thursday, April 2nd thru Sunday , April 5th, 2020 at Wildacres Retreat. Signups begin on  January 4th at the January meeting and continue until all 24 slots are filled. (double occupancy of 12 rooms). Eligibility is for current, 2020 Greenville Modern Quilt Guild members.
  • Your registration is complete when payment has been received in the amount $240 which is all inclusive (lodging, meals, use of sewing room and gratuity). Make checks out to GMQG and present or mail to Sandy Helsel (accepted after January 4, 2020 at 1pm).
  • Once all slots are filled, a Wait List will be started. At this time guests of GMQG retreaters will be allowed to register. Should a registered member need to cancel, wait listed individuals will be notified in the order in which they were received.
  • It will be possible to do a “split” between 2 people if there is a member that cannot attend all 3 nights: for example a person may only be able to come for 2 nights, the second person would come for just one night. Please make these arrangements yourselves and provide one payment for the slot.
  • Check-in begins: Thursday at 2:30 pm. Check-out Sunday afternoon - last meal served on Sunday is Breakfast. 
  • Optional activities during the retreat will include, but not limited to:
    • Dirty Santa (Fat Quarter swap of 4 fat quarters)
    • Mystery Project
    • Member demonstrations
    • Sale/swap Boutique
    • Field trips to local stores

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and look forward to seeing you all in 2020!


Our next meeting will be Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 1-3 pm at St Giles Church, 1021 Hudson Rd., Greenville, SC.

Friday, November 29, 2019

December 7, 2019 - Holiday Lunch and Auction


Hope you can join us Saturday, December 7th from 1-3 pm to celebrate another great year of friendship and growth as modern quilters!


Bring your appetite, as we'll be providing a light lunch, complete with holiday sweets!

The highlight of our December meeting is always our Lottery Auction! Here's how it works:
  • Bring any new or nearly new items that you'd like to donate to the meeting (items should be unwrapped).
  • Tickets for the auction can be purchased for $1 each (cash or check only).
  • Place your tickets in the container provided for each item for your chance to win! You can bid as many tickets as you like for an item to increase your chances of winning.
  • One ticket will be drawn for each item to determine the winner.

Remember, this is a wonderful fund raiser for our guild and future programs and activities. We thank you for your support!

A few other reminders:
  • We will be collecting dues for 2020 of $50 (cash or check).
  • There will be no Show and Share this month.
  • The library will not be available for check-out, but we will accept returns of GMQG library books.
See you Saturday, December 7th from 1-3 pm at St Giles Church, 1021 Hudson Rd., Greenville, SC.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Highlights From The November 2019 Meeting

Program: Hand Quilting

Many thanks to Didi Salvatierra who shared her expertise and love of hand quilting for this month's program. We learned about many of the tools and notions needed, and how important it is to try different tools to find what work best for you. Didi also shared many of her beautiful hand quilted creations.

For the second half of the program our members watched a demonstration by Didi of her hand quilting technique and Cindy Lammon helped with some hands-on practice. Batting was generously provided by Hobbs Batting.

Visit Didi at her website: Didi Quilts

Membership

  • We welcomed 43 members and 3 guests to our meeting this month.
  • 2020 dues are $50 and must be paid by January 31st. Bring your dues (check or cash) to the meeting or mail to Paige Alexander.

QuiltCon Charity Quilt

  • Our charity quilt, "Zoomville", raised $950 in the Synnex Share the Magic Auction for local children's charities.

Sew-In Day

  • Friday, November 8th will be the final Sew-In Day for 2019. Join us at Bernina We're In Stitches anytime from 10-4 and enjoy some fun sewing time with friends. We ask that you purchase a 1/2 yard of fabric at the shop to be raffled off at the end of the day.

Golden Hour Photo Shoot

  • Our next Golden Hour Photoshoot will be November 4th at 5pm (weather permitting) at the Wyche pavilion behind the Peace Center. You must contact Elise Dunbar if you'd like to participate, otherwise she will not be there. 

2020 Board of Directors

  • The following were elected to next year's BOD by unanimous vote:
    • President - Dagmar Theodore
    • Vice President - Faye Jones
    • Secretary - Michele Blake
    • Treasurer - Cindy Lange
    • Membership - Sarah Snider
  • The 2020 Board is looking for a Block of the Month Chair for next year. Blocks can be chosen from free online patterns or designed by our members. Contact us at greenvillemqg@gmail.com for more info or if you're interested in serving.

Block of the Month

  • The October Blocks, Tailgate shown this month:



  • Thank you to Travis Seward for designing our Block of the Month this year! Shown below is Travis's completed top. 


  • The instructions for finishing your quilt are here. There are two layout options (click on the link below each option for the pattern):

Layout Option A

Layout Option B


Holiday Luncheon, December 7th from 1-3 pm

  • In December we will host our annual fundraiser and we appreciate new or nearly new items for our auction/lottery. Attendees buy $1 tickets and place them into containers for each item. The winner for each is then drawn from the container. Suggested donations include: quilts, quilted items, quilting supplies, gift certificates, fabric, books, patterns, art, gift baskets and holiday items.
  • If you would like to donate something, but cannot attend the December meeting, contact the committee members listed below by mid November.
  • We ask that you please RSVP for the luncheon, so we can plan accordingly. RSVP by contacting one of the committee members listed below. We would like to have a final count by November 23rd.
  • Contact any of the committee members: Jill Erickson, Ruth Freyer, Darleen Sanford, Dana Blasi or the guild at greenvillemqg@gmail.com.

Library

  • The library will not be available for borrowing books in December, but we will be accepting returns for any GMQG books that have been checked out.
  • Thank you to Darleen Sanford, who will be taking over as librarian in 2020.

Spring Retreat

  • Mark your calendars for April 2-5, 2020 for our guild retreat at Wildacres Retreat Center in Little Switzerland, NC.
  • Sign-ups will begin in early 2020 with a maximum of 24 participants.

QuiltCon 2020

  • The deadline for QuiltCon entries is December 2nd.

Quilt Show

  • The quilt show in Pickens is next weekend, November 8-9th. See our Shows and Events Page for more details.

Show and Share


Gaye Lovegrove

Gaye Lovegrove


Carol Alperin

Cindy Lange

Cindy Kaiser

Cheryl Brickey

Nancy deJong

Helen Hale


Helen Hale
Ruth Freyer

Ruth Freyer
Denise Frick

Sheryl Sane

Jill Erickson

Jill Erickson
Mary Kelley

Faye Jones

Faye Jones
Dagmar Theodore

Jackie Callis
Valorie Kasten

Valorie Kasten

Our next meeting and holiday luncheon will be Saturday, December 7th from 1-3 pm at St. Giles Church, 1021 Hudson Rd., Greenville, SC.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

November 2, 2019 - Hand Quilting



Our program this month will be presented by our very own, Didi Salvatierra. Didi has been stitching professionally since 1990. Her quilts reflect a love of color, spontaneity and often humor. Many of you are familiar with her attention to detail and embellishments that infuse each piece of her work with vibrant visual impact. Didi has been hand quilting for others, teaching workshops and presenting lectures for many years.

Our Hand Quilting program will be multi-faceted. Didi will present a lecture, "Everything You Wanted to Know about Hand Quilting" followed by a hand quilting demonstration. Cindy Lammon will be assisting with a hands-on station for you to give hand quilting a try. All supplies will be provided. You'll even be able to take some batting samples home for further practice, thanks to a generous donation from Hobbs Batting.

There will also be some modern quilts on hand so we can learn how hand quilting can be incorporated into modern quilts! If you have a modern quilt that has some hand quilting, please bring it to the meeting to share with all of us.


A Few Reminders:


  • Election for the 2020 Board Members will take place at this month's meeting. You must be present to vote.
    • President - Dagmar Theodore
    • Vice President - Faye Jones
    • Secretary - Michele Blake
    • Treasurer - Cindy Lange
    • Membership - Sarah Snider
  • Our next Golden Hour Photoshoot will be November 4th at 5pm (weather permitting) at the Wyche pavilion behind the Peace Center. You must contact Elise Dunbar if you'd like to participate, otherwise she will not be there. 
  • Our last Block of the Month for 2019 is Tailgate.
  • Be sure to bring any items you have for our "Free to a Good Home" table.
  • Thank you for returning any library books you have checked out.
  • As always, we look forward to seeing your latest creations for Show and Share!
Hope you can join us, Saturday, November 2nd from 1-3 pm at St. Giles Church, 1021 Hudson Rd., Greenville, SC.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Highlights from the October 2019 Meeting

Machine Appliqué Workshop



Our Saturday started with a Machine Appliqué Workshop presented by our own Paige Alexander from Quilted Blooms. We learned her technique of satin stitch machine appliqué, including supplies, tricks and tips for dealing with corners and curves. After demonstrating the technique, Paige helped each of us create our own appliqué block.

Products mentioned: Soft Fuse Premium, Sulky Stabilizer, Modern Plus Sign Quilts, Self-Threading Needles.

Thanks Paige for such a fun and informative workshop!




Program: Machine Appliqué in Modern Quilting



For our regular program, Paige returned along with Travis Seward to present a program that included an overview of the many various techniques for appliqué. They shared a glimpse into the history of how appliqué has been used around the world and brought us back to modern times with examples of appliqué in modern quilts. Thank you Paige and Travis for inspiring us to explore appliqué even more. 


Attendance


  • We welcomed 32 members to our October meeting.

Asheville Quilt Show

  • Congratulations to GMQG winners in last weekend's Asheville Quilt Show: Paige Alexander, Valorie Kasten and Carrie Barcroft.
  • Exciting News! Our GMQG 2019 Charity Quilt "Zoomville" won first place in the Group Category.


Sew-In Day

  • Our September Sew-In Day was a huge success and fun for all 14 members in attendance! 
  • Our last Sew-In Day for 2019 is Friday, November 8th from 10-4 at Bernina, We're In Stitches.

Golden Hour Photo Shoot

  • Paige Alexander got some great photos at our first Guild Photoshoot!
  • Stay tuned for the next Photoshoot day and time.

November Program

  • Didi Salvatierra and Cindy Lammon will be presenting a program on Hand Quilting, which will include both a lecture and hands-on practice.
  • Do you have a modern quilt that has hand quilting? Please bring it to the meeting to share!

December Holiday Luncheon

  • In December we will host our annual fundraiser and we appreciate new or nearly new items for our auction/lottery. Attendees buy $1 tickets and place them into containers for each item. The winner for each is then drawn from the container. Suggested donations include: quilts, quilted items, quilting supplies, gift certificates, fabric, books, patterns, art, gift baskets and holiday items.
  • If you would like to donate something, but cannot attend the December meeting, contact the committee members listed below by mid November.
  • We ask that you please RSVP for the luncheon, so we can plan accordingly. RSVP at our regular meetings or contact one of the committee members listed below. We would like to have a final count by November 23rd.
  • Contact any of the committee members: Jill Erickson, Ruth Freyer, Darlene Sanford, Dana Blasi or the guild at greenvillemqg@gmail.com.

2020 Board Nominations

  • The Nominating Committee (Elise Dunbar, Cindy Lammon and Michele Blake) announced the nominees for next year's board:
    • President - Dagmar Theodore
    • Vice President - Faye Jones
    • Secretary - Michele Blake
    • Treasurer - Cindy Lange
    • Membership - Sarah Snider
  • Elections will take place at the November meeting. You must be present to vote.

2020 Dues

  • We will start collecting dues of $50 at the November meeting. According to our Bylaws, dues must be paid by January 31st to continue membership in the guild. Remember your GMQG dues also include your membership in The Modern Quilt Guild.

Block of the Month




  • October is our last Block of the Month for 2019, Tailgate:



Show and Share

Didi Salvatierra - Veteran's Raffle Quilt

Michele Blake

Bonnie Cunningham
Dagmar Theodore - "me-made" top

Mary Kelly - Appliqué from morning workshop, Mary also has a doll submitted to Houston in the Hoffman Challenge

Cindy Lange
Faye Jones

Ruth Freyer

Valorie Kasten
Our next meeting will be Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 1-3 pm at St. Giles Church, 1021 Hudson Rd., Greenville, SC.