Sunday, February 14, 2021

February 6, 2021, Meeting Highlights

GMQG MEETINGS:

Former President Dagmar Theodore emceed our February meeting in Brooke Stambersky’s absence. 

Contact Information – in regard to being directed to any member herein, please find contact information in the GMQG 2020 Directory and/or use our guild email greenvillemqg@gmail.com. 

Thanks again to the Modern Quilt Guild (themodernquiltguild.com) for the use of their Zoom account.  At the end of March, we will reassess whether to move forward with meeting in person or hybrid meetings in person combined with Zoom.

If any member would like a recording of today's meeting, please email Dana Blasi within 14 days of the meeting date and she will send it to you.

Our next meeting will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2021, from 1 to 3 p.m.  Log on between 12:50 and 1:00 p.m. to visit prior to the start of the meeting.  Members will receive an email notice containing the Zoom meeting code and password prior to the meeting.

ST. GILES UPDATE:

Nancy deJong has been in touch with St. Giles who said they will begin allowing groups back into their facilities late March/early April.

 

MEMBERSHIP:
We welcomed 35 members to our February Zoom meeting.  

NEW COMMITTEE CHAIR:

Today we welcomed Susan Rink as our new Social Media Chair.  She will be spearheading the GMQG presence on Instagram and Facebook, as well as managing Show & Share with a new look via PowerPoint.


MEETINGS:
MARCH 6th - Member Participation:
Rita asked us to dust off one of our favorite quilting books for our March 6th Membership meeting program.  Think about which book you have come to love and enjoy, and prepare to share a little about it as well as show any quilts you have made from the book. 

APRIL 3rd - Speaker and Workshop:

For the April 3rd Membership meeting program, we will have Maria Shell coming to us virtually from Alaska.  Her presentation will be on “Building Community Through Quilts.”  Immediately following the guild meeting she will conduct a virtual workshop on “Making Prints Out of Solids.”  The fee for the workshop is $25.00.  Contact us at greenvillemqg@gmail.com to sign up by PayPal invoice or by check payable to GMQG.

If anyone has any ideas or things they'd like to see presented or has taken a class they'd like to share, please contact Rita.  This is your guild and we need you to speak up to let us know what you're thinking.  Modern quilt guilds are posting what they are doing virtually on Facebook and Instagram, and we are open to hearing examples of the "new normal" of meeting online.  Learning keeps us young!

FEBRUARY 6th PROGRAM:

Quilting by Men – Men doing “Women’s Work” -  A Presentation by Travis Seward.
In 1992 the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (“RMQM”) held its first show featuring quilts made by men called “Man Made,” novel at the time because quilting had been considered women's work and few men were known to quilt.  Since then, more men have emerged and are participating in the art and craft of quilting.  In 2022, the RMQM will hold its 16th bi-annual show of quilts made by men. 

To highlight periodically not knowing where they fit in, Travis wove in a parody U-Tube, “Quilting Anonymous,” a humorous look at men quilting in secret.  Stereotypes and changing societal roles aside, men quilt for the same reasons women do - it’s relaxing, therapeutic, they learned from their grandmother, mother, or sister, they enjoy the process of making something useful, it’s a challenge, they like the math and structure, to make money, or they just want to make something pretty.  

Travis included historical background of men’s roles in quilting.  Over 100 years ago, Egyptologist Jackson Gaston Maspero excavated an Egyptian tomb from its 21st dynasty in which a leather tent/quilt was found from 1069 B.C.  These tents/room dividers containing intricate designs, often heavily appliqued, are not dissimilar from those of quilts and are typical of the area.  Throughout history, Egyptian men have been the makers of these tents and continue to dominate the tentmaking industry today.

Men typically were the ones conducting business in the textile or tailoring businesses in pre-colonial Britain and Europe.  In colonial America, however, women dominated the sewing arts.

Travis recommended going online to see the American Folk Arts Museum’s September 2017 - January 2018 exhibition entitled “War and Pieced:  The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics” to see British soldiers’ wartime quilts from the 18th and 19th centuries.  “It was the first in the United States to showcase complex geometric quilts made exclusively by men using richly dyed wools from British military and dress uniforms.  They were once termed, “Soldiers quilts” or “Crimean quilts.” 

In the 1930s, the Kansas City Star Newspaper provided a reader service through which patterns could be ordered for a dime and made quilting books available to order.  One of the providers of that service was Hubert ver Mehren’s Home Arts Studio, (see our March 2020 Meeting Highlights for more on Home Arts Studio) and his patterns came under the heading of “Bettina.”  It is possible Mehren either didn’t want his name to be associated with women’s work, or thought women might be turned off by a man inserting himself into what was regarded as a woman’s domain.  Interestingly, many of his intricate quilt patterns look quite modern. 

Some male quilters who are well known today include Ricky Timms, David Taylor, Luke Haynes, Molli Sparkles, and Jimmy McBride.  In 2010 Joe Cunningham wrote the groundbreaking book, “Men and the Art of Quilting,” published by the American Quilters Society, which focuses on 30 men and contains a few patterns.  Included in the book are Bob Adams, Jack Brockette, Scott Hansen, and Michael James, the Leader of the Art Quilt Movement, to name a few. 

Ricky Timms, a former concert pianist who was recognized as one of the 30 most distinguished quilters in the world, began quilting when he inherited his grandmother’s Kenmore sewing machine in 1991.  Though awkward for him initially, he was so welcomed at his first quilt guild meeting and thereafter, he soon abandoned giving credence to the gender of quilters and quickly began feeling a part of a community of creative individuals who hope to create something for the enjoyment of themselves and others. 

Rob Appel, formerly of Man Sewing acquired by the Missouri Star Quilt Co. who is now on his own as RobAppel.com, is known for his exuberance and positive personality and his own unique approach to making quilts.  Matthew Boudreaux, Mr. Domestic, is another big personality who is a self-described sewist, crafter, teacher, speaker, designer, advocate, firm anti-racist, LGPTQIA+, and “best of all, Helena’s dad.”  Peter Byrne came to fame because he took best of show at QuiltCon last year (2019).  Peter is also a really new quilter.  He began in 2017 in Toronto, didn’t know what he was doing, fell in love with it, and said he just wants to be a master of whatever he does.  He does something he calls "hover quilting" using stick glue to hold pieces together, stitching edges down with a 1/8” seam, and leaving the edges raw. 

There are 2.3 thousand men in the Men Who Quilt group and many men who have risen to fame in the quilting world, but there are thousands who fly under the radar who just enjoy sitting down to quilt and create, finding joy in the art of quilting.  These men are just as diverse as any other group – single, married, partnered, gay, straight.  Travis says to be inspired by everyone out there regardless of their lifestyle, station in life, or gender, and look to our capacity for love and joy in what we do as quilters. 

Our many thanks to Travis Seward for his engaging and eye-opening presentation on Men in Quilting! 

ANNUAL DUES - PAYPAL OPTION & EXTENDED DEADLINE:

While you can join GMQG at any time, MQG has extended the deadline to March 1st to join GMQG and also get access to the MQG website with its plethora of free webinars, patterns, challenges, and the latest from QuiltCon throughout 2021. 

As many of you know, we have a new option to pay annual dues ($50) electronically through our charitable account with PayPal in addition to paying by check.  If you haven’t yet had a chance to join or re-up, please contact Treasurer Cindy Lange to either request to pay via PayPal invoice (which will come directly from PayPal) or to arrange to send a check to Cindy’s address made out to the order of Greenville Modern Quilt Guild.

 

PHILANTHROPY:

In addition to our current charity program providing comfort “Quilts for Kids” for the Julie Valentine Center, Jill Erickson introduced us to Tummy Time (“TT”) quilts.  TT quilts (36” x 36”) are made for newborns in the Greenville Hospital System’s Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program.  The nurse home-visiting program serves underprivileged mothers/families from the early stages of pregnancy through to 3 years after giving birth.  The Greenville program was started in 1977 and locally serves 100-150 babies a year.  The program is national now and is a proven process leading to less neglect and abuse, fewer parental convictions, and children being better prepared for nursery school.  The quilts provide a good clean place to put baby on its stomach to encourage lifting its head.  Jill said last year she facilitated giving them about 40 quilts and the families are overjoyed upon receipt. 

SHOW AND SHARE / QUILT QUARK GALLERY:

Please go to the Quilt Quark Gallery on our blog greenvillemodernquiltguild.com to see the beautiful quilts made for Show & Share.

 > Jill Erickson presented three Tummy Time (“TT”) quilts on behalf of a member who wishes to remain anonymous:  1) Hashtags, 2) Teddy Bear, and 3) Three Whales.  Thank you Anonymous!

 

> Susan Rink made two lively philanthropy quilts for the Julie Valentine Center including a Variation of the “Autumn Blossoms” pattern by A Bright Corner and “Magical Squares” from a pattern in Quiltmaker Magazine.  Both were beautifully quilted by our own Rita Sassone.

Thanks to all our quilters for their Show & Shares!  Please continue to share your quilts with us by emailing photos either to greenvillemqg@gmail.com or to Secretary Dana Blasi.  Please take note:  if you are sending photos for Show & Share any later than 2 days prior to the membership meeting, please send them directly to Dana.  Inexplicably, we have experienced not receiving your photos in time for the meeting when sent to our Gmail up to 2 days prior to the meeting.

Thank you for cropping your photos before emailing them to us (but if you’re unable, we’ll happily do it).  You may also post your photos on our Instagram and Facebook page but please take note, we have no means to automatically transfer photos from IG/FB to our blog (yet... stay tuned).

SEW-IN:

The next Sew-In is on hold at the moment.  Further updates will be forthcoming.

WANTED:  CLASSIFIED ADS SUBCOMMITTEE:

We are looking for volunteers to participate in a new subcommittee to review procedures for adding classified ads to our blog for members to sell their quilty items and for quilt related businesses to advertise on the blog, in the Directory, and on our social media.  We have lots of ideas and examples and simply need someone to help organize it all.  Contact Brooke Stambersky to participate.

LIBRARY BOOKS:

Should you have any books checked out from the GMQG Library, please contact Darleen Sanford to arrange to return them or have them picked up.

 

OTHER NEWS:
.  Gees Bend Retreats is going to open up registration in April 2021 for the next retreat to occur in 2022.  For further information, contact past attendees Faye Jones or Rita Sassone and/or go to geesbendquilting retreats dot com and sign up to be notified.  We are told it fills up fast.
.  Check out the GMQG Instagram account at @greenvillemqg (#greenvillemqg).
.  Skillshare dot com has a myriad of inexpensive classes to take.
.  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, February 7, 2021

Quilt Quark Gallery - Tummy Time Quilts

The following three quilts were made anonymously by a guild member for the Tummy Time quilts project for newborns (36” x 36”) for the Greenville Hospital System Nurse-Family Partnership (GHS NFP).  The quilts provide a good place to put baby on its stomach to encourage lifting its head.  The nurse home-visiting program serves underprivileged mothers/families from the early stages of pregnancy to 3 years after giving birth and has proven very successful.


Hashtags

Teddy Bear


Three Whales

Quilt Quark Gallery - Susan Rink

The following two quilts were made by Susan Rink for the Julie Valentine Center. 

Variation of "Autumn Blossoms"
Pattern by A Bright Corner
Quilted by Rita Sassone

Back of Autumn Blossoms

Magical Squares by Susan Rink
Pattern from Quiltmaker Magazine
Quilted by Rita Sassone



Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Upcoming Meeting - Feb.6, 2021 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Please join us this Saturday, February 6,  from 1-3 p.m. for our monthly GMQG meeting on Zoom.  Please take note Zoom access starts at 12:50 p.m. (as opposed to 12:30 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. 

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday for the highly anticipated program originally planned for September 2020.  We’re so happy Travis recovered and is ready to present:

Quilts Made by Men - The Men Who Quilt:  A Presentation by Travis Seward.

In 1992 The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum held its first show featuring quilts made by men.  Novel at the time because quilting had been considered women's work, and few men were known to quilt.  Since 1992, more men have emerged and are participating in the art and craft of quilting.  Travis will highlight the work-quilts made by men and discuss the community of male quilters today.  

Luke Haynes - Self Portrait

Molli Sparkles - Work in Progress

Ricky Tims

Annual Dues Deadline:  Final Reminder - Don’t forget to send in your dues for 2021.

 

Attention QuiltCon Entry Folks:  Johnnie McKenzie would love for those of you who have entered a piece in QuiltCon to email her a photo and share a few moments of your inspiration in the February meeting. (johnniemckenzie@att.net). 

 

April Speaker and Workshop:  For the April 3rd members meeting, we will have Maria Shell as our virtual speaker.  Her presentation will be on “Building Community Through Quilts.”  Immediately following the guild meeting, she will also conduct a (virtual) workshop on “Making Prints Out of Solids.”  The fee for the workshop is $25.00.  More info to be shared at this Saturday’s meeting.

  

A Few Reminders and Bits of Information:

.  Sub-committee chair & help:

Looking for a volunteer to be the chair of a classified ads subcommittee to help establish policy for the Bylaws (what/whom to allow, fees, etc.). These classified ads would be shared on the blog or even Facebook listing items for sale or quilting services, for instance. The Board has some ideas and would like a member to assist in this endeavor.  Contact Brooke if interested. 

 

.  Show & Share/Quilt Quark Gallery: 

Send your photos of completed quilts to greenvillemqg@gmail.com to be shown at the next meeting and featured in Quilt Quark.  Try to crop and make lighting adjustments before sending but if you cannot, don’t worry – we’ll do it!


.  Meet a new Committee Chair this Saturday.

 

.  Library:  Remember to return checked-out guild books to Darleen Sanford.

 

.  Our meetings for the first quarter will be on Zoom.

 

.  Mantra for 2021:  Inspiration!

 

Reach out:  Have you found yourself wondering about someone you used to see at in-person meetings?  Take a minute to email or call someone to say hi, and invite them to the meeting this weekend.  If you haven’t attended in a while, please know you are missed!

 

Stay in touch:  Can’t remember the addresses offhand?  Maybe this will help - our blog and Facebook page spell out our entire guild name using modernquiltguild within the address, while our email and Instagram addresses abbreviate it (“mqg”).

 

GMQG Web/Blog/Newsletter Address:  greenvillemodernquiltguild.com

GMQG Facebook page:                       greenvillemodernquiltguildbulletinboard

 

GMQG Gmail address:                        greenvillemqg@gmail.com        

GMQG Instagram Handle:                  @greenvillemqg (#greenvillemqg)

 

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Quilt Quark Gallery - Lynne Harrill

Lynne Harrill made Blankie for Leslie for a Christmas gift using 9.5" strips.  She placed the lighter blocks in the center, which gradually became darker as it radiated out.  She started it on Dec. 1st and finished on Dec. 24th!

"Blankie for Leslie" by Lynne Harrill

Lynne's process of cutting strips...

and more cutting...

and plotting on her design wall.



January 2, 2021, Meeting Highlights

GMQG MEETINGS:

Thanks again to the Modern Quilt Guild for the use of their Zoom account.  We have the following two months of 2021 reserved to continue meeting via Zoom.  At the end of March, we will reassess where we are in terms of social distancing and determine if we are able to move forward with hybrid meetings in person combined with Zoom later on this year.  

If any member would like a recording of today's meeting, please email greenvillemqg@gmail.com or Dana Blasi within 14 days of the meeting date and we will email it to you.  Dana's contact information may be found in the GMQG Directory.  

Our next meeting will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2021, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Log on between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m. to visit prior to the start of the meeting.  Members will receive an email notice containing the Zoom meeting code and password prior to the meeting.

GMQG DIRECTORY PASSWORD:

If you have forgotten the password to get into the Directory file, please email us at greenvillemqg@gmail.com to request it.

MEMBERSHIP:  

We welcomed 35 members to our Zoom meeting this month. 

2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRS:

Today we enjoyed hearing from our new Board members and Committee Chairs who include:  

Board of Directors:
President - Brooke Stambersky
 VP of Programs - Rita Sassone
Treasurer - Cindy Lange
Secretary - Dana Blasi
Membership - Jill Erickson

  Committee Chairs:
Outside Speaker Coordinator - Dagmar Theodore
  Philanthropy and Spring Retreat Co-Chair - Faye Jones
 Spring Retreat Co-Chair and Sew-In Chair - Sandy Helsel
 Librarian - Darleen Sanford
 Facility Coordinator - Marilyn Hagopian
St. Giles Liaison - Nancy deJong
 Holiday Luncheon Fundraiser Chair - Dana Blasi

Contact information for each of the Board Members and Chairs may be found in the GMQG Directory.

THEME FOR 2021 - "INSPIRATION"

Our new VP of Programs, Rita Sassone, has been putting a lot of time and energy into creating and organizing programs for 2021, many of which are already scheduled.  Whether in person or virtually, we are excited about what we have in store for 2021.  

Rita's theme for the year is Inspiration, which was jump started today with Johnnie McKenzie's presentation tying in to our goal of looking at taking any kind of style and making it modern.  Johnnie suggested learning the techniques and how to construct what you're making and then making it modern.  

Rita also chooses a word to represent the year every January and this year it is Resilient, pushing through the struggles you are facing and persevering.  We as a guild believe ourselves to be resilient and know we can persevere through this difficult time.  We encourage everyone to continue to show up to meet virtually and go the distance until we can be together again!

Looking forward, Rita asked us to be dusting off one of our favorite quilting books.  Think about which one you have come to love and enjoy -  we are going to do something special with it in April.

Also, if anyone has any ideas of things they'd like to see presented or perhaps has taken a class they'd like to share, for example, please get in touch with Rita.  We want to encourage open communication from the members.  This is your guild and we need you to speak up to let us know what you're thinking.  Many modern quilt guilds are posting what they are doing virtually on Facebook and Instagram and we are open to hearing about how they are dealing with the "new normal" of meeting online.

JANUARY PROGRAM:  JOHNNIE MCKENZIE - CREATING ORIGINAL QUILTS

Many thanks to Johnnie McKenzie for sharing how one captures an inspirational idea, develops it, and executes it to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece in her program titled "Creating Original Quilts."  Johnnie feels it is important not only to learn from experts but to share what you know as well.  Her goal this year is to help our members increase their abilities as designers.

Johnnie believes that each of us is an expert quilter in one way or another.  What she would love for you to do is to participate in "10 Minutes of Inspiration."  Brooke and Rita agreed in future we can spend ten minutes of each meeting to share the inspiration for our original designs and the processes we go through.  Why?  Because no matter how long you've been quilting, you can always learn something from somebody else and knowledge not shared is wasted.  Johnnie invites each of you to reach out to her at johnniemckenzie@att.net to share what you are doing and ask any questions you would like. 

Johnnie was recently selected as Artist in Residence by the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association  Her exhibit is titled "Maraki" and has over 25 pieces in it, which are also for sale.  Their website has not been updated quite yet with Johnnie's bio and details of some of the pieces, but will be by Jan. 16, the official date of her opening and Opening Reception.  You can see her beautiful collection of work at the Art Center located at:

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association Art Center
420 W. Main Street
Blue Ridge, GA  30513
www.BlueRidgeArts.net

Artist in Residence
January 16 - April 3, 2021
Opening Reception January 16, 2021, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

FEBRUARY PROGRAM:

Quilts Made by Men - The Men Who Quilt:  A Presentation by Travis Seward.

In 2003 The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum held its first show featuring quilts made by men.  Novel at the time because quilting had been considered women's work and few men were known to quilt.  Since 2003, more men have emerged and are participating in the art and craft of quilting.  Travis will highlight the work quilts made by men and discuss the community of male quilters today in our February meeting.

ANNUAL DUES - NEW PAYPAL OPTION:

We now have a new option to pay annual dues through our charitable account with PayPal.  A "heads-up" email will go out to the membership explaining that those of you who have not yet had a chance to submit your dues will be receiving an invoice directly from PayPal as an option to pay electronically.  The PayPal invoice will come directly from PayPal the day after the heads-up email.  In order that you would know it is not a scam, we are sending the heads up email with a picture of what the PayPal invoice will look like.  It is not mandatory to pay this way.  If you are paying by check, please mail it to Treasurer Cindy Lange.  Her contact details may be found in the GMQG Directory.

WANTED:  CLASSIFIED ADS SUBCOMMITTEE

We are looking for volunteers to chair and/or participate in a new subcommittee we are proposing to review procedures for adding classified ads to our blog for members to sell their quilty items and for quilt related businesses to advertise on the blog, in the Directory, and possibly on Facebook.  Contact Brooke Stambersky to volunteer to participate in the Classified Ads Subcommittee.  Brooke's contact information may be found in the GMQG Directory.

LIBRARY BOOKS:

Should you have any books you checked out from the library, please contact Darleen Sanford to make arrangements to return them.  Darleen's contact information may be found in the GMQG Directory.

BLOCK OF THE MONTH:  

The Board and Committee Chairs decided to table Block of the Month for the time being until such time as we can meet in person again (hopefully soon!).

SHOW AND SHARE / QUILT QUARK GALLERY

Please go to the Quilt Quark Gallery to see the beautiful quilts made for Show & Share this month.

> Jean Gardiner made a throw-sized quilt using the Zipline pattern by Bear Hug Quilt Works and hand quilted it in large stitches.

> Lynne Harrill made Blankie for Leslie for a Christmas gift using 9.5" strips.  She placed the lighter blocks in the center, which gradually became darker as it radiated out.  She started it on Dec. 1st and finished on Dec. 24th!

> Travis Seward took on his first commissioned quilt, Variation on an Irish Chain, which was gifted as a Christmas present.  He prepared five designs for his clients from which to pick.

Thanks to all our quilters for their Show & Shares!  Please continue to share your quilts with us by emailing photos to greenvillemqg@gmail.com.  We would like to thank our quilters for cropping their photos before emailing them to us as we are unable to do so on our end.  You may also post your photos on our Facebook page, but please take note that we have no means to automatically transfer photos from FB to our blog.  That may only be accomplished by emailing them to our Gmail (address above).   

SEW-IN:  The next Sew-In is on hold at the moment.  Further updates will be forthcoming.

OTHER NEWS:

Gees Bend Retreats is going to open up registration in April 2021 for the next retreat to occur in 2022.  For further information, contact past attendees Faye Jones or Rita Sassone (see GMQG Directory) and/or go to geesbendquiltingretreats dot com and sign up to be notified.  We are told it fills up fast.

Check out the GMQG Instagram account at @greenvillemqg (#greenvillemqg).

The Modern Quilt Guild website (themodernquiltguild dot com) has a plethora of free webinars and patterns available to all its members. 

Skillshare dot com has a myriad of inexpensive classes to take.

If members come across a link or other information they would like to share, they may forward it to President Brooke Stambersky (see GMQG Directory) to be shared at the next meeting.


See you next month!
 

Quilt Quark Gallery - Travis Seward

Variation on an Irish Chain
Travis Seward took on his first commissioned quilt, Variation on an Irish Chain, which was gifted as a Christmas present.  He prepared five designs for his clients from which to pick.

"Variation on an Irish Chain" by Travis Seward

Close up of piecing in "Variation on an Irish Chain"

Quilted arcs in "Variation on an Irish Chain"