Monday, February 3, 2020

February 2020 Meeting Recap

There is LOTS of Modern Quilty Goodness in this recap!
Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see it all!

Program: Notan, Experiencing Design by Lewis Carl

At our February meeting we learned about Notans and Quilting from Lewis Carl, an assistant professor in the Division of Art + Design  of the School of Fine Arts and Communication at Bob Jones University. In his presentation, "Notan, Experiencing Design", we learned that Notan is about how light and dark interact. It is the interaction between positive and negative space. And we had hands on practice creating a design using what we learned! 





GMQG 2020 Block of the Month

Cynthia Steward shared about the February Block of the Month: Nancy Crow – Color Block.
Nancy Crow, one of the foremost quilt artists of our time, has inspired quilters for 30 years to break from tradition and explore color through her exhibits, lectures & workshops. She pushed the boundaries of quilt making, using free-form cutting and unmeasured shapes to develop her improvisational construction process. read more on the blog
Click Here for instructions pdf.


Upcoming Sew-in Dates:

March 20th, May 22nd and August 21st

Location:  Bernina’s located at 2310 E. North St., Greenville, near Pleasantburg Rd.
Time : anytime between 10 Am and 4 PM
Admission: Buy a half yard fabric at Bernina to place in the basket for a drawing after lunch time.


GMQG Spring Retreat at Wildacres: 

Thursday, April 2nd thru Sunday, April 5th Meals begin Thursday evening and conclude with breakfast Sunday morning. Cost $240

As of Feb. 2nd there are just 3 spaces left.  Call or email: Sandy Helsel, 864-640-7437, or email: shelsel65@gmail.com. If spaces are not filled by the March GMQG meeting guest of attendees may apply.


  • Thursday: Check-in begins at 2:30 PM for both the sewing room and the lodge. First meal: dinner
  • Activities to include: all day sewing plus optional activities:
  • Friday: morning: Mystery Project, Afternoon :Japanese Bags ( all optional), after dinner: short entertainment
  • Sat: Morning: Dirty Santa, ( so bring 4 fat-quarter concealed in bag or wrapping), Afternoon: Sal N’ Swap Boutique with polymer jewelry group. Suggested little items such as: pin cushion, cell phone little purses, mug rugs, table centers or runners, small toys, purses, belts, fabric boxes, book covers.
  • Sunday: show and share of what you have been working on. Breakfast is last meal, but you can sew in the sewing room until about 2 PM  Linens from your room must be gathered and in perspective hallway location by 10:30.AM


Note: There will also be a "Mini Retreat": April 4th meeting at St. Giles 10 AM to 4 PM  (For those not attending Wildacres, but wishing to participate in some selected retreat activities for the day only. More information TBD)


#YeahThatQuiltGuild: Modern Quilting in Greenville, SC

The Greenville Modern Quilt Guild will showcase the work of our members in a special exhibit during QuiltFest Greenville, April 30 - May 2 at the Greenville Convention Center. Would you like to submit a quilt to be included in the exhibit? Please review the guidelines in the Submission Form (Word version) (PDF version), complete the form, and submit with a photo of your quilt(s) by the April 4 deadline. Questions about the exhibit or submission process? Contact Cynthia Steward (belleekster@gmail.com).

Philanthropy:

GMQG Members donated  7 Quilts for Kids at the January meeting and 7 at the February meeting. Faye has also invited anyone who is interested in going with her to donate the quilts to please let her know. Email Faye at birdie1345@aol.com

GMQG 2020 Annual challenge:

The annual challenge will be in August. The theme is Re-purposed.
Prizes are 1st: $50, 2nd: $30 and 3rd: $20
Rules: At least 50% re-purposed fabric such as clothing, vintage blocks,sweaters, woolens, etc...
May be quilt, wearable items,totes, purses, pillows etc.
No size restriction but recommended 60' max
Must be 3 layer quilting- top/batting/backing
Item should be of MODERN design
Questions? Email Faye at birdie1345@aol.com

Quilters of SC Spring Meeting

March 20, 2020 - , Greenville, SC. Click here for more info.

GMQG 2020 Workshops:

We will begin collecting registrations for all workshops at the March meeting.

Debbie Grifka will be at the guild in October or November (Date still TBD).  \
She will be teaching the following programs and workshops:
Friday 3-hour workshop (24 person max) - Improv Applique
Friday presentation (open to all) - Lines to Design (no cost)
Saturday 6-hour workshop (24 person max) - Every.Day.Creative
The costs for the workshops will be $30/$60 early registration for members, $35/$70 regular registration, $40/$80 non-members

Faye Jones -
Improv Your Way - April 25th 10am-2pm - $15 for members - 20 person max

Cheryl Brickey -
Intro to Quilt Pattern Writing - July 11th 9am-noon - $15 for members

Show and Share February 2020:

Cindy Kaiser / Free Wheeling Quilt-Along

Cindy Kaiser Gwen Marston mini quilt

Didi Salvatierra / Baskets berries and blooms

Susan Rink / Spinning Stars quilted by Carol Alperin

Susan Rink / Amanda Murphy pattern Flicker

Susan Rink / Pegs (planes trains and autos fabric)




Sybil Radius / Quilt in a Quilt, "For Margo"



Sybil Radius / Dinosaurus

Johnnie McKenzie / Turquoise grunge fabric

Johnnie McKenzie / Global Migration

Johnnie McKenzie / Global Migration (back)

Johnnie McKenzie / Based on Victor Vasdarelli's- Pop Art in Blues



Faye Jones / Free motion quilting demo piece


Faye Jones / Fabric marbling samples


Faye Jones / Pouch ruler bag

Ruth Freyer / "Whatever"

Ruth Freyer / Quick Curve Ruler - Crop Circles

Ruth Freyer /  Recommended a Book by Australian author, Alyce Blyth, Mini Masterpieces: Learn How to Quilt! A Workbook of 12 Essential Blocks & Techniques

Ruth Freyer / Summer Sampler 2019 / 10 more blocks

Ruth Freyer / Summer Sampler 2019 / 10 more blocks

Ruth Freyer / Summer Sampler 2019 / 10 more blocks

Ruth Freyer / Summer Sampler 2019 / 10 more blocks

Cheryl Brickey / Pink Scrap Happy quilt

Cindy Lange / Serendipity (back)

Cindy Lange / Serendipity (front)

Paige Alexander / Jelly Roll Twist

(Congratulations to Paige, who will be on 
the Modern Quilt Guild,  

GOOD NEWS:

Johnny McKenzie is teaching quilting classes on the walking foot, basic quilting, and free motion quilting.

Didi Salvatierra will be teaching a class called “So You Want To Hand Quilt?”  on Thursday March 19, 1-4 pm. PDF here. Sign-ups for this class are being handled by Beginnings Quilt Shop on Greenville Highway in Hendersonville.  Class size is limited.

Congratulations to Cheryl Brickey! She is writing her second book with Stash Books which contains 18 small-sized, beginner friendly quilt designs.  She is making samples of each pattern for the book and would love to include a finished second quilt made by another quilter in a different colorway for each pattern. 

If you would like to take part:

Timing:  From the time you receive the materials and pattern you will have 8 weeks to finish the quilt.  The in-progress and finished quilt must be kept secret until the book is revealed.

You will receive:

-All materials to make the quilt

-Fabric for the quilt top, backing, and binding

-Batting

-Thread if needed

-The finished quilt back after professional photography. The quilt is yours to keep, but I hope you will consider donating the quilt through the guild to philanthropy.

-A digital version of the book

-Credit in the book by the picture of your quilt

If interested, please fill out the following google form:

https://forms.gle/sAQ3WCZMJphfXSTw8

(If there are more volunteers than needed, quilters will be picked randomly.)

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Yay! You made it all the way to the bottom! Aren't you glad!?

See you in March!

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Bring Scissors on Saturday, February 1st!!

Important reminder: For Saturday's program, we are requesting that everyone bring Scissors to the meeting. (Paper cutting scissors).

See you then!

Leigh Ann

Monday, January 27, 2020

REMINDER: Spring Retreat Reminder for this Saturday, February 1st

Spring Retreat at Wildacres April 2-5th

• Registration is underway and 17 of the 24 slots have been filled to date. Those that have registered, but not paid the fee ($240) please bring to the Feb meeting this Saturday or get your checks to Sandy Helsel, 209 Scenic River Way, Taylors, SC. 29687 to confirm your registration. For more information contact Sandy by email: shelsel65@gmail.com (Sandy Helsel, co-chair of Spring Retreat). Registration will continue at the sign-in table.

 March meeting registration for the retreat will be open to non-members as well who are friends with attending members of GMQG where opening are still available.

Sandy Helsel

Sunday, January 26, 2020

February 1, 2020 Designing Quilts with Notans with Lewis Carl

Come join us next Saturday, February 1, 2020  for our Program: Designing Quilts with Notans with Lewis Carl!
Lewis Carl, is a faculty member of the School of Fine Arts at Bob Jones University. In 2019 he presented a well received program on color and other considerations in quilt design. This year he will continue building on our knowledge by showing us how to use shape and value in quilt design. Although all of us do not design our quilts "from scratch", color, value and other technical art knowledge insures fabric  selection and design that will yield a harmonious and expressive quilt.

Looking to fill the Board position of GMQG Secretary
The Guild is in need of a Secretary beginning after the February meeting. If you are looking for a great way to get more involved with the Guild, becoming the Secretary for the Guild is a great opportunity to support the guild and to get to know other Guild members better! If you think you might be interested, please feel free to ask Leigh Ann about it at the February meeting or email her at greenvillemqg@gmail.com.

The Palmetto Quilt Guild Quilt Festival
The Palmetto Quilt Guild in Hilton Head, SC, will hold their bi-annual quilt festival on March 20-22, 2020 at the Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Resort.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Highlights from the January 2020 Meeting - Free Motion Demo Stations

Program: Free Motion Quilting Demo Stations   

Our January meeting featured 3 free motion quilting demo stations. Many thanks to Valorie Kasten, Cheryl Brickey and Faye Jones for putting together and awesome demo with lots of great tips and information! Very inspiring! 
Here are the related links and information:

The Power of the Pebble PDF - Link
(Valorie’s doodling device:  Blackboard by Boogie Board; they are available from most large retailers for less than $45.)

Five Tips for Successful Domestic Ruler Quilting - Link
Here is a Link to Cheryl’s Amazon page with her favorite tools and notions for doing ruler quilting on her domestic machine. She quilts on a Bernina 710 and has the Bernina ruler foot.

Thanks to Faye for reminding us to have fun and practice , practice , practice our Free Motion Quilting and make it into a Charity Quilt!

Valorie Kasten

The Power of the Pebble

Faye Jones

Free Motion Quilting /  Tracing Fabric Elements

Cheryl Brickey

Domestic Ruler Quilting

Membership
We welcomed 43 members, 5 new members and 8 guests to our meeting this month.

Sew-in Day 
Our first sew-in day at Bernina will be January 17, 2020 from 10 AM to 4 PM. Bernina We’re in Stitches shop is located at 2310 E. North Street, Ste A, Greenville, SC. Your admission is to purchase ½ yd of fabric from Bernina and contribute it to “the pot.” Each attendee then places their name in a basket for a drawing to win all the ½ yard cuts.  Bring your machines and a project to work on and enjoy getting to know old and new members of the guild while learning and having loads of fun. If you have never been to Bernina’s there is much to see from a terrific selection of fabrics to beautiful finished quilts in the sewing room.
(Thanks to our Sew in Coordinators, Sandy Helsel & Rita Sassone. Our Sew-in /days will be held the third Friday of every other month.)

Spring Retreat at Wildacres April 2-5th
Registration is underway and 17 of the 24 slots have been filled to date. Those that have registered, but not paid the fee ($240) please gets your checks to Sandy Helsel, 209 Scenic River Way, Taylors, SC. 29687 to confirm your registration. For more information contact Sandy by email: shelsel65@gmail.com (Sandy Helsel, co-chair of Spring Retreat)

Note: Saturday, April 4th, our regular monthly meeting will be replaced by an all day Mini-Retreat held at our normal location, St. Giles Church. More information will be provided at future meetings and online as plans are made.

Quilters of SC Spring Meeting
Nichole McLellan, our Quilters of SC Representative, invites us all to attend the Spring Meeting on March 21, 2020 at Hilton Greenville, (45 West Orchard Park Drive, Greenville, SC 29615)
For more information click here.

GMQG 2020 Block of the Month Series:
This year Cynthia Steward will be creating our Block of the Month Series. She has chosen Modern “Quilting Influencers” as our theme. Click here for this month’s PDF instructions:  January Block - Gwen Marston’s String Improv OR visit the BOM Blog here:

Quiltfest Greenville, SC
Quiltfest’s spring quilt festival will be held April 30-May 2, 2020 here in Greenville, SC! Click here for more info.

Quiltcon 2020
QuiltCon 2020 will be in Austin, Texas, Feb. 20–23, 2020 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. Click here for more info.

Didi Salvatierra Class
Didi Salvatierra will be teaching a class called “So You Want To Hand Quilt?”  on Thursday March 19, 1-4 pm. PDF here. Sign-ups for this class are being handled by Beginnings Quilt Shop on Greenville Highway in Hendersonville.  Class size is limited.

Show and Share


Cindy Lammons and Cheryl Brickey

Cindy Lammons 

Cindy Lammons 

Cindy Lammons 

Paige Alexander, Faye Jones, Valorie Kasten, Cheryl Brickey, Cindy Lammons and Travis Seward - Group Quilt
Dana Blasi

Cindy Lange

Linda Cassell

Linda Cassell

Lynn Harrell

Cheryl Sane

Rita Sassone

Rita Sassone

Nicole McClellan

Johnnie McKenzie

Johnnie McKenzie

Johnnie McKenzie

Johnnie McKenzie

Johnnie McKenzie

Johnnie McKenzie

Michelle Blake

Michelle Blake

Michelle Blake

Valorie Kasten

See you next month!