Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Highlights from April 2017 Meeting

Greenville MQG

April Showers 

That is "April Showers" of events and happenings overflowed at our meeting this past Saturday, April 15th and it's only the middle of the month!!!! 

Let's start with the Wildacres Retreat Conference Center on April 7-9th. It was a huge success and enjoyed by all who attended. Sandy Helsel wrote and read us her poem that perfectly summarized the event. She had us all laughing with her funnies......

Left and Right: Sandy Helsel reading the poem so composed...then adding the humor that made us laugh (I blurred the photo laughing......sorry Sandy ;-0 )

For those of you who could not come this past Saturday, you have opportunity to read it below:

Wildacres Retreat

An exciting adventure for new friends to bind,
Breathtaking surroundings and trails to unwind.
Knowledge of character as well as techniques,
Warm tasty meals and cozy beds to seek.

Our workroom was roomy and well electrified;
Inspiration exploded as we sewed side by side.
The potters’ below us delighted by our designs,
And came for a visit at regular times!

Time lapsed so quickly as projects unveil;
Exciting discoveries completed our tale.
Our plans for next year are to retreat to Wildacres,
We hope more of you will join as partakers.

At the retreat, Faye Jones and Sandy coordinated a special sewing project called a Schlep Bag. You may ask what is a Schlep bag? Here are some of the finished ones to see from the retreat:

Schlep Bags made with fabric squares
The scenery surrounding Wildacres was beautiful as captured in these photos taken by Elise Dunbar and Didi Salvatierra:

Bottom left: A quilt started at the retreat.....Can you guess where their inspiration came from?
Bravo to Faye Jones and Sandy Helsel for planning out all the details of this event so that it could be enjoyed. And, did you read in the poem.....The dynamic duo are already hinting about a retreat next year!!!!

April Program Recap


The topic of our April Program brought to light not the black and white of how to copyright an original quilt design, but rather, focused on the many gray areas of copyright infringement. Cindy Lammon and Faye Jones provided us with some excellent research on the topic and then challenged us to a quiz.

Cindy separated us into three small groups to better discuss the quiz questions and determine what we thought was the right answer.  As the quiz revealed, a lot of these situations are not black and white, but gray because more than one answer to many of the questions seemed right.



In addition to the quiz, for further insight on the subject, Cindy has provided below, the copyright sources used for Quilter's programs:

http://www.quilt.com/FAQS/CopyrightFAQ.html#An4
http://whileshenaps.com/2014/03/can-you-copyright-a-sewing-pattern.html
http://lostquilt.com/protecting-quilts/copyright-infringement/
http://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/public-domain/welcome/
http://www.quiltweek.com/contest/
http://www.ohfransson.com/terms-and-conditions


Block Recycle Challenge

This month was the unveiling of the quilt projects made with our tucked away, hidden, unfinished quilt squares that someone else selected to take and reimagine anew. As you know, Faye's theory and challenge to us was a hidden away quilt square could be the inspiration to another. Our goal was to prove her right.

Our guest judge was Ms. Melinda Hoffman who is a contemporary artist in the Greenville, SC area. Melinda's three joys are printmaking,working with paper and oil painting. The Melinda Hoffman website showcases her work. Thank you Melinda for coming and participating in this fun challenge for our group. 

As you will see, we had nine (9) entries. It never ceases to amaze me the boundless creativity of our group. Here are the results: 

Dana Blasi-expanded upon her square and then capped it with a rectangle of flying animated Charley Harper-like birds

Michele Blake- took her square and continued it outward building upon the light and dark

Madeline Faner- She took February's BOM "Ellen's Snowball"and created an galactica effect

Paige Alexander- took a Pineapple Log Cabin block and creatively enlarged it 

Darlene Sanford-(left) created symmetry with her squares and then added a light background color to make them pop
(right) she created movement with fabric color by dividing one of her squares- it also provided her color continuity

Pat Davies- took a hexagon patchwork and created a flower

Valorie Kasten- took her square and made a stripe, then utilized different quilting patterns to create emphasis

Faye Jones- took her square and made a nine patch quilt with a touch of whimsy

Sandy Helsel- took her log cabin square and made a handbag
Well, do you think we proved Faye Jones right!!! I think so. These nine ladies are the proof. Our challenge winners received a personal handmade bag by Faye Jones. Congratulations!


Left to right: Faye Jones-Challenger, Madeline Faner -4th place, Paige Alexander- 1st place, Valorie Kasten-2nd place, Michele Blake-3rd place, Melinda Hoffman-guest judge, Dana Blasi-5th place

Additional items to note:
  • Madeline Faner, represented GMQG in delivering this year's Charity Quilt to our local Greenville Habit for Humanities. She provided us with the best feedback we could ever wish for -- They loved it!!! ;-)
  • We had a good turnout to our meeting Saturday, April 15th (for a holiday weekend). Paige Alexander reported a total of 30 in attendance. We had 28 members and 2 guests amongst us. Thank you all for coming and participating.
  • Three opportunities for GMQG members to hone your quilting skills with Johnnie McKenzie:
    • Ready, Set, Quilt
    • Quilt Making/Sewing Basics (upcoming: Walking Foot Quilting Session)
    • Mentoring Programs 
         If you are interested, email her to inquire and/or schedule a date at johnniemckenzie@att.net
  • Susan Rink is coordinating a carpool for the upcoming Western NC Quilters Show coming up the first weekend in May in Flat Rock, NC at the Bonclarken Conference Center. If you are interested or would like more information contact Susan at srink1000@yahoo.com 
  • Congratulations to the Door prizes recipients. We had four (4) lucky winners to win beautiful two multi-colored finishing thread sets and two quilting magazines. And, many thanks to the ladies who donated the prizes.
  • August Quilt Challenge announced!!!!! Here are the criteria for this year's prize-winning challenge:
    • Quilt size - not to exceed 36" on one side
    • Pattern name: Birds in the Air:  http://mamalovequilts.com/2013/01/tutorial-birds-in-air-quilt-block.html . Note: the interpretation of this pattern is "open" to your imagination
    • Use at least three (3) of the 8 elements in modern quilt design listed below:
      • bright/graphic color palette
      • negative space
      • minimalism
      • no borders
      • improvisational piecing
      • alternate grid work
      • asymmetry
      • exaggerated scale
  • Did you know - MQG has quilting episodes called "Fresh Quilting" available on online. Check it out!
Upcoming GMQG Events:
  • May 12 & 13th - 
    Michelle Wilkie - Modern Quilt Design
    Michelle Wilkie Workshop - Modern Quilt Design-Every Day Inspiration. Look for the workshop details on our website.  For the Friday night opener, all are invited to the social and lecture by Michelle on "The Skill of Quilt Design". It will begin at 6:30pm. The charge is $5. And, if you were one of the lucky ones to reserve a spot for the Saturday workshop entitled Modern Quilt Design-Every Day Inspiration, your supplies list are available with Dana Blasi at danabird57@bellsouth.net

Upcoming Outside Quilting Events:

Modern Skill Builder - Block of the Month


Submitted quilt squares for X Marks the Improv Block
Our March Block Challenge was entitled "X Marks the Improv" with the tutorial on the A Quilter's Table by Debbie Jeske
X Marks the Improv Block
Look at what we received on Saturday.....what visual energy. Good job.






Cheryl Brickey has challenged us for April with:


Block name: Half Square Triangle {Scrappy Strings Style} by Designer: Karen from Blooming Poppies

Block size: 8" x 8" unfinished, (7 1/2" x 7 1/2" finished)
Skills this block builds: Strings, use of prints in modern blocks

Fabrics/Colors: White background and brightly colored print strips, all colors.

Variation on the Tutorial: In Step 6 of the tutorial, instead of aligning the drawn line on the white background fabric so that it is parallel to the seam lines of the strip block, align it perpendicular to the seam lines.

As Karen suggests, Cheryl recommends starting with muslin of about 8 3/4" to 9" square.

Each set of one strip unit and one background unit will yield 2 blocks.

Philanthropy

Last month, Faye Jones along with Cindy Lammon and Dana Blasi had opportunity to deliver GMQG charity quilts to the Julie Valentine Center. They were also given a tour of the facilities where the staff shared how much comfort the quilts bring to children when they are being examined. Follow this link to learn more about the Julie Valentine Center. We are making a difference.

Faye also shared she has ordered and received GMQG labels that can be sewed on your donated quilt. They will be available to members at our monthly meetings. This is a great personal added touch.

In addition, if you would like to be a part of the quilt deliveries to the Julie Valentine Center, please contact Faye birdie1345@aol.com.

Show & Share

Visual delight is how I would describe this month's Show & Share. Sometimes a photo does not do the quilt's justice. The fabric colors, design and the quilting were really exciting on each of the these pieces.  Thank you.
Michele Blake

Carol Kreson

Sarah Bookspan


Ruth Freyer


Faye Jones

Marcia Given

Valerie Kaston

Cindy Lammon


Sarah Snider

See what I mean.....we had an "April Shower" of events and happenings so far this month and there is still more going on and into May. Lots to inspire....Enjoy!

Next Month

Our May meeting is the Michelle Wilkie two-part workshop on May 12th - 13th.  Mark your calendars now....to come and join us Friday evening, May 12th at 6:30pm and then those who signed up for the workshop Saturday, May 13th from 10:00a.m. - 4:00pm at:

2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607

864-235-5031


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hello GMQG - Here is our April Agenda


Greenville Modern Quilt Guild 

April Events


Tis the season for "Spring" travel......seeing new places, being outdoors and enjoying new experiences. I think it's being in new surroundings that just inspires creativity.......it may be the inspiration needed for that next quilt project!!!!

Speaking of travel, we wish all who are headed to Wildfire Retreat Conference Center in NC a fun, fun and more fun time. The details of the event are here on our website. Thank you Sandy Helsel and Faye Jones for planning and coordinating this weekend away. 

For any additional questions regarding the trip, please email Sandy at shelsel65@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing about the recap of the retreat at our next GMQG meeting!

Please note the change in our next meeting. It will be on the 3rd Saturday, April 15th.....and we will have a full agenda that includes:
  • The "Block Recycle Challenge" unveiling!!!! This is going to be so much fun seeing how each of you transformed an unfinished, packed away and/or unloved quilt square that was brought in by one of you.  As you know, Faye Jone's theory and challenge to us was a hidden away quilt square could be the inspiration to another. Our goal is to prove her right next month. Faye will present prizes to the winners.
  • Recap of the retreat at Wildfire
  • Last but not least, Cindy Lammon and Faye Jones will lead a discussion on "Copyright in Quilting"

A Note from Cindy:

Last month, Dana and I had the opportunity to join Faye and deliver your charity quilts to the Julie Valentine Center. Like all of you, I've listened to Faye explain where our donated quilts are going and how much they mean to the recipients. But there is nothing like seeing the facility in person, meeting the staff and knowing first-hand the services that are provided. Victims of abuse are interviewed, examined and provided with therapy at the center. The staff members we met, including one of the physicians and a four-legged friend, were warm, kind and loving. They shared with us how much comfort your quilts bring to children when they are being examined. Follow this link to learn more about the Julie Valentine Center. And thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Upcoming Quilting Events:
Reminders:

  • Optional: bring a special item for special "gift basket" in the upcoming May workshop
  • Bring your Block of the Month, Show & Share and Philanthropy projects....and 
  • May 12 & 13th - 
    Michelle Wilkie - Modern Quilt Design
    Michelle Wilkie Workshop - Modern Quilt Design-Every Day Inspiration. Look for the workshop details on our website. 

Make plans to join us Saturday, April 15th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at:

2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607

864-235-5031


Monday, March 13, 2017

Highlights from our March 2017 Meeting

Recap of MQG QuiltCon East 2017 in Savannah, GA 


First, we celebrated!!!!!

Greenville Modern Quilt Guild had two members receive awards on their quilt entries in this year's MQG QuiltCon in Savannah, GA. Our award winners are..........Paige Alexander and Cheryl Brickey. We congratulate you both and are so proud of your accomplishment.

Paige Alexander (left) and Cheryl Brickey (right) - QuiltCon 2017 Award winners
Leslie White and team at Bernina Sewing Center presented both Paige and Cheryl with "festive star balloons" and gifts to honor them.

Here are photos of their winning quilts:

Cheryl Brickey - 1st Place in the American Patchwork & Quilting Nine Patch Challenge entitled "Warp and Welt"
Cheryl Brickey- Warp and Welt won 1st Place in 9 Patch Challenge
Paige Alexander - 2nd Place in the Small Quilt category entitled "Cursive"

Paige Alexander - Cursive won 2nd Place in Small Quilts

Paige Alexander - 3rd Place in the American Patchwork & Quilting Nine Patch Challenge entitled "Mustard Stain"
Paige Alexander - Mustard Stain won 3rd Place in 9 Patch Challenge
And, we cannot forget our GMQG Charity Quilt. As you entered the hallway where the charity quilts were on display.....there it was right at the entrance.
GMQG Charity Quilt- +++  Positive Impact +++
It's fun to see it hanging there.....again, great work to all who contributed to this project. As mentioned, GMQG charity quilt will be donated to Habitat for Humanities in Greenville, SC. Thank you, Madeline Faner for volunteering to deliver it to them.

Check out all the winning quilts at QuiltCon East show here at Modern Quilt Guild 2017 Award Winners including Best in Show.  GMQG extends a huge "THANK YOU" to the Modern Quilt Guild Organization. We know you worked tirelessly and made it look effortless in bringing the scope of the show together. You hosted a mammoth event that we all here in Greenville, SC celebrate, appreciate and enjoyed.

Quilting Bee Dialog:

Our meeting this month was about our experiences at QuiltCon. As I listened to the various comments and feedback, it made me envision a quilting bee sitting together around a quilt in progress. We have come to know each other, so we could talk openly and candidly.  It was good to hear each others perspectives, likes and/or dislikes, ideas, inspirations....and more.

If I could summarize our talks, I would have to say GMQG is enthusiastic to continue to be a part of defining "modern" quilting. And, to further challenge ourselves in thought, design, technique and workmanship.

Additional items to note:
  • We had a good turnout this meeting. Paige Alexander reported a total of 31. We also had seven (7) new members to join GMQG -- "WELCOME" bringing our membership total to date at 58.
  • Did you know - MQG has quilting episodes called "Fresh Quilting" available on online. Check it out!
  • Door prizes are fun. We had nine (9) giveways this month that included various items like a MQG water bottle, books, fabric quarters, patterns and more. Congrats to the lucky winners.
  • March 27th, Leslie White wants you to join her at Bernina Sewing Center for cutting up fabric scraps with AccuQuilt cutter. To learn more contact the store at 864-235-5031.
  • Next month: bring a gift for the "gift basket" that Cindy mentioned for our special upcoming event
  • August Quilt Challenge announced!!!!! Here are the criteria for this year's prize-winning challenge:
    • Quilt size - not to exceed 36" on one side
    • Pattern name: Birds in the Air:  http://mamalovequilts.com/2013/01/tutorial-birds-in-air-quilt-block.html . Note: the interpretation of this pattern is "open" to your imagination
    • Use at least three (3) of the 8 elements in modern quilt design listed below:
      • bright/graphic color palette
      • negative space
      • minimalism
      • no borders
      • improvisational piecing
      • alternate grid work
      • asymmetry
      • exaggerated scale

Upcoming GMQG Events:
  • Two (2) Ready, Set, Quilt classes with Johnny McKenzie are coming up for GMQG Members March 17th or 18th. The class session is free to members. The time for each class are 10:00am - Noon. Register at least five (5) days prior to the class date. For more information or to participate in the program contact Johnnie by email at johnniemckenzie@att.net
  • April 7-9th: Our guild is having a first retreat at the Wildfires Retreat Conference Center in North Carolina. The details of the event are here on our website.Thank you Sandy Helsel and Faye Jones for planning and coordinating this weekend away. It's not to late to sign up, invite a friend or participate in a carpool. For assistance, email Sandy at shelsel65@gmail.com
  • May 12 & 13th -
    Michelle Wilkie - Modern Quilt Design
    Michelle Wilkie Workshop - Modern Quilt Design-Every Day Inspiration. Look for the workshop details on our website.  For the Friday night opener, Michelle will speak on "The Skill of Quilt Design" and on Saturday, she will lead a workshop entitled Modern Quilt Design-Every Day Inspiration. Please note: we only have six (6) workspaces remaining for the Saturday workshop. Members and non-member guests can sign-up. If interested in coming, please do not delay in contacting Dana Blasi at danabird57@bellsouth.net

Upcoming Outside Quilting Events:

Modern Skill Builder - Block of the Month

Good job to those who challenged themselves to Ellen's Snowball designed by Cath of Wombat Quilts
Block name: Ellen's Snowball

We had five(5) who submitted their take on this quilt block and I have to say they looked spectacular. We look forward to seeing the quilt made utilizing these blocks. It is going to be an eyecatcher!

What is the March Block Challenge?

It is entitled "X Marks the Improv" Their is a great step by step tutorial on the A Quilter's Table by Debbie Jeske
X Marks the Improv Block 



So here are the details and guidelines:

Block size: 9 1/2" x 18 1/2" unfinished (smaller than in the tutorial)

Skills this block builds: Slice and insert, improv piecing

Fabrics/Colors: Whites, grays, and blues in solids or blenders (think boy fabrics so no floral fabrics) with an optional pop of orange and/or yellow

Philanthropy

We appreciate Faye Jones for keeping GMQG proactive for the cause in making cuddle/comfort quilts for children who have been removed from an abusive situation. And, now, as she mentioned (and received our show of hands in approval) to expand our reach to the Julie Valentine Center. This center works with both Women and Children in sexual assault cases. At a low moment in life, the beauty of a "comfort" quilt is a huge blessing in healing the human spirit.

Thank you to all who have generously given quilts to date AND thank you to many of you who brought quilts this past Saturday (see in Show & Share).

Show & Share

Elise Dunbar- Constellation pillow squares (left) & results from a Heather Jones workshop (right)

Michele Blake - her results from a Heather Jones workshop

Bonnie Cunningham (left) & Didi Salvatierra (right) - made table runners to be donated to Habitat for Humanity

Nicole McClelland - a baby quilt for her child's teacher 

Faye Jones - two children quilts for GMQG Charity

Faye Jones - goes tropical with Pineapple quilt square

Cheryl Brickey - children's quilt for GMQG Charity using Bonnie & Camille fabrics

Madeline Faner- beautiful quilted wall hanging (left) and children Clemson Tiger quilt for GMQG Charity

Valorie Kasten- her Quiltcon swap mini quilt she received from a quilter in Mexico City

Paige Alexander - discussing how she made her shirt

Debbie Graves -fabric recommendation by Hoffman

Marilyn Hagopian- recommending WALK by Jacquie Gering (machine quilting with a walking foot) 

Ruth Freyer - race car children's quilt for GMQG charity

Cindy Lammon - two quilts for GMQG charity

Cindy Lammon - Quilt with fabrics from Rifle Paper Co as well as Cotton & Steel
Next Month:

Please note a change in our next meeting. It will be on the 3rd Saturday, April 15th.....and we will have a full agenda that includes:
  • First of all ---Blow the trumpet, please --- it's "Block Recycle Challenge" unveiling!!!! This is going to be so much fun seeing how each of you transformed an unfinished, packed away and/or unloved quilt square that was brought in by one of you.  As you know, Faye Jone's theory and challenge to us was a hidden away quilt square could be the inspiration to another. Our goal is to prove her right next month. Faye will present prizes to the winners.
  • We also will have opportunity to hear about the retreat at Wildacres
  • Last but not least, Cindy Lammon and Faye Jones will present a lecture on "Copyright in Quilting"
You do not want to miss, so Save the Date now for April 15th and join us from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at:


2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607

864-235-5031