Monday, July 16, 2018

Highlights from the July 2018 Meeting

Many thanks to our demo leaders, Cindy Lammon, Michele Blake and Nicole McCelland! We are so lucky to have such talented members who are willing to share their knowledge with us. Our demos included English Paper Piecing, making bag handles and the 6-Minute Circle. We all left having learned some new sewing skills!

You can find more information here:

Pieced Curves So Simple by Dale Fleming
HGTV - How to Create Easy Circle Quilt Blocks
Schmetz Needles
Pellon Interfacing


  • We welcomed 33 members, 8 guests and 2 new members to our meeting!

Shop News

  • Shop Hop starts Friday, July 20, 2018. See below for the beautiful quilt that Leslie made using this year's Shop Hop blocks.
  • A Landscape Quilt Class is scheduled for August.
  • In September, the shop will be hosting a 3-day One Block Wonder retreat.
  • Last month, our guild presented Leslie, the owner of Bernina, with a quilt as a thank you for making the space available for our meetings. We received this lovely note this month:

Quilters of South Carolina

  • Lynn Parker shared information about the Quilters of SC organization. Dues are $20 annually.
  • Visit the website for more information on many of the fun activities that the group sponsors: Spring Meeting with a national speaker, Annual Fall Retreat (registration for this year's retreat begins July 15, 2018), a Quilting Expo in Columbia July 20-21, 2018 and an annual challenge.

Block of the Month

  • This month we'll be making the July Giant Block from Kitchen Table Quilting in the 24" size. Follow the link for the pattern. You will need to "purchase" the pattern (put it in your cart and check out), but it is free.
  • Please use warm colors with a light colored background.
  • Need some help with half and/or quarter-square triangles? Here's link with a tutorial for both: How to Sew Perfect Triangles


  • Look at all the wonderful Polaroid blocks that were turned in this month! 
  • Our generous members also donated 7 new quilts for our charity program!

Upcoming Events

  • We'll have a scissor sharpener at our August 11, 2018 meeting. Sharpening will start at noon and cost $15 per scissors, straight and pinking. Cash/check/credit card payments are accepted.
  • Our next Sew-In is Friday, August 24, 2018 from 2 - 10 p.m. at the Bernina Store.
  • QuiltCon is Feb. 21-24, 2019 in Nashville. Registration is now open and as a member of the GMQG your admission is free if you register soon.
  • The MQG has announced the challenges for QuiltCon 2019.
  • Sacred Threads is a traveling exhibit, featuring "Quilts exploring life's journeys: Joy, Inspiration, Spirituality, Healing, Grief, Peace/Brotherhood", and will be on display in Hayesville, NC, July 15-19, 2018.
  • The Asheville Quilt Show is Sept. 28-30, 2018 at the Asheville Ag Center.

South Carolina Swap

  • Find all the details about the swap on our website here.

MQG Charity Challenge

  • Elise Dunbar and Cindy Lammon are organizing the charity quilt for QuiltCon 2019.
  • The theme is "small piecing" (e.g., less than 1") and we will be making an Improv quilt inspired by a child's playmat and a map of Greenville. See some inspiration pictures on our Pinterest Board.
  • The guild will be purchasing the fabric and two Sew-In days are planned in September to piece the blocks for the quilt.
  • Mark your calendars for September 7 and 8, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Bernina store. Bring your sewing machine; everything else will be provided. We hope to have as many members participate as possible! The sewing is easy and we'll provide directions for both the Improv and block piecing.
  • If you're unable to join us on these  special Sew-In days, we'll have the almost finished quilt available at our later meetings and you can participate by adding some hand quilting.

Upcoming Meetings

  • August 11, 2018 - Guild Challenge with judges from the Palmetto Guild. You'll find the rules for the challenge on our website here
  • September 8, 2018 - Cheryl Brickey will present "Quilt As Desired"
  • October 12, 2018 - 6:30 pm Yvonne Fuchs will present "Transparency Quilts"
  • October 13, 2018 - 10 am - 4:30 pm Yvonne Fuchs Workshop - "Transparency Quilts" (the workshop is currently full, contact Cindy at to be added to a Wait List)

Show and Share

Ruth - Charity quilt on left

Ruth - Quick Curve Ruler Project

Dagmar Theodore - Plus Sign quilt

Sheryl Sane - scrappy boy quilt

Denise Frick - Improv

Mary Ann Rosenberg - made from her dad's shirts

Johnnie McKenzie - pillows

Johnnie McKenzie - Maple Leaf quilt

Tonya Maxwel - pattern is "Craftsmen"

Didi Salvatierra - Charity quilts

Faye Jones - Charity quilt

Faye Jones - Tulip quilts

Dana Blasi - pillows

Sandy Helsel - Charity quilt and bag

Linda Cassel - Bicycle quilt

Jackie Callis - I Spy quilt inspired by children's book

Nancy deJong - Charity quilt

Valorie Kasten - Charity quilt

Leslie White - Shop Hop quilt
Hope to see you at our next meeting, Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 1-3 p.m. at:

2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607


Friday, July 6, 2018

July 14, 2018 - Round Robin Demos

School may be out for Summer, but that doesn't mean we're not learning new techniques at our MQG meeting this month! Be sure to join us this Saturday for mini demos on 3 useful sewing skills: Six Minute Circle, English Paper Piecing and making handles for your handmade bags. We hope you leave the meeting with a new skill under your belt!

A few reminders:

  • July 15, 2018 is the deadline to sign up for the SC MQG Swap. Find all the details here.
  • Pack up and bring your latest projects. We love seeing your Show and Shares! 
  • Please return any library books checked out last month.
  • Our Block of the Month blocks are a great opportunity to try a new block. We love seeing them made into quilts for our Philanthropy program. This month's block is the Polaroid Block.

We hope to see YOU, Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 1-3 PM at:
2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607

Monday, June 11, 2018

highlights from the June 2018 meeting

What an inspiring presentation we had this Saturday, from two of our newest members, Travis Seward and Catherine Paul! They both shared their backgrounds, their inspirations and reminded us to let go of fear and comparison. The difference between art and craft? That was a lively discussion!

Thank you Travis and Catherine for such a great program!

Catherine's Studio is in the Greenville Center for Creative Arts and is open on First Fridays.

  • 35 members and 6 visitors joined us for our June meeting!

Quilt Presentation to Leslie White:

  • We were thrilled to present the Bernina Store owner, Leslie White, with a quilt to thank her for welcoming us into her shop and allowing us to use the classroom space at no cost every month.
  • Didi Salvatierra spearheaded the project and provided border fabric for all of the blocks that were then made by our members using scraps from their stash.
  • Cindy Lammon assembled the quilt top, Carol Alperin machine quilted it and Paige Alexander bound the quilt.
  • We think Leslie was genuinely surprised!

Shop News:

  • The Carolina Shop Hop is July 20 - 28, 2018 and Bernina, We're in Stitches is participating. The theme is "Summer in the Carolinas" and each shop will have a 12" x 18" block space. There are lots of prizes for hoppers including sewing machines!
  • Check the shop for Summer classes including Fabric Collage and Jelly Roll Rug.

Upcoming Events:

  • Columbia Quilt Expo is July 20-21. Entries will be accepted from June 11 to June 14, 2018.
  • The Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild is hosting instructor, Anita Grossman Solomon who will present her "Two-Color Pineapple Block" class on Jul 27, 2018. Cost for non-members is $85 for the 6-hour class plus the cost of Anita's book (around $10).
  • We will have a scissor sharpener at our August 11, 2018 meeting. The cost is $15 per scissors, straight and pinking.
  • QuiltCon is February 21-24, 2019 in Nashville, TN. Information can be found at Registration for classes and passes opens on June 26, 2018 for MQG members.
  • Our next Sew-In is June 15, 2018 at the Bernina Store. All are welcome. Bring your own projects to work on and please purchase 1/2 yard of fabric in the store to be used as a door prize.

Upcoming Activities:

  • A mini quilt swap has been organized with the Charleston and Columbia MQGs! The reps for our guild are Paige Alexander, Michelle Blake and Nicole McClelland. Please follow this link for all the details: South Carolina MQG Swap
  • We are participating in the MQG Charity Challenge. Watch for more information to come.
  • We are excited to host Yvonne Fuchs for a lecture and workshop on Friday, October 12, 2018 and a workshop on Saturday, October 13, 2018. The workshop is limited to 20 participants and filled during sign-ups at our June meeting. Please contact Cindy at to be added to the wait list. Follow this link for all the details: 2018 Workshop Announcement
  • Upcoming Meetings: July 14 - Round Robin, August 11 - Guild Challenge (see this post for Challenge Rules)


  • 8 quilts were donated this month for our Charity Program. Thank you!

Block of the Month:

  • This month we'll be making the Polaroid Block. Follow the link for the video tutorial.
  • Trim to 6.5" x 6.5" for a finished size of 6" x 6"
  • Here's what you'll need to make the block:
    • 1 - 2.5" x 2.5" novelty print for picture
    • 2 - 1" x 2.5" white for picture frame
    • 1 - 1" x 3.5" white for picture frame
    • 1 - 1.5" x 3.5" white for picture frame
    • 2 - 2.5" x 4" background (any color)
    • 2 - 2.5" x 7.5" background

Show and Share

Mary Ann Rosenberg - Sailboat Quilt made from her Dad's shirts
Mary Ann Rosenberg - Charity Quilts

Mary Ann Rosenberg - 6 tops that need quilting for charity

Michelle Blake - Charity Quilts including "Row Addition" made from BOM Improv Stripes

Leslie Riekert - Sampler quilt made with many blocks from Pat Sloan's Splendid Sampler

Darlene Morse - Raffle Quilt for Nimble Thimbles QG - pattern is Carnival
Faye Jones - Scrap Quilt and Charity Quilt

Helen Hale - Two baby Quilt Tops

Sue Sinclair - Gypsy Wife Quilt
Valerie Kasten - Pineapple Quilt and Charity Quilt

Didi Salvatierra - Mondrian inspired Swap quilt and I-Spy Quilt

Mitzie Schafer - Dandy Ridge (Mitzie's pattern)  and Lonestar Variation

Cheryl Brickey - Plus BOM QAL quilt and Chalk in Modern Quilts Unlimited

Cheryl Brickey - Isosceles Addition in Love Patchwork and Quilting and Charity Quilt

Paige Alexander - Pineapple Tablerunner and Linked Within Quilt in the Quilter's Planner

Susan Rink - Hexagon Placemat
Cindy Lammon - Charity Quilt and Bjorn Bear pattern by Elizabeth Hartman
Our next meeting is Saturday, July 14, 2018. Hope you can join us at:
2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607


Sunday, June 10, 2018

South Carolina MQG Swap

We are excited to announce that our guild is participating in the South Carolina Modern Quilt Guild Swap!

Representatives from each of the three MQGs in SC have organized a mini quilt swap. The reps are:
  • Greenville MQG: Michelle Blake, Nicole McClellan, and Paige Alexander
  • Charleston MQG: Phoebe Harrell and Geri Smith
  • Columbia MQG: Mitzie Schafer and Nicole McLaughlin

Registration is now open! Register by following this link:

Please read the details before registering:

  • You must be a member of one of the SC guilds.
  • Make a mini quilt with no side larger than 24" and no smaller than 12".
  • Theme: "Personalize It" - get to know your partner using their form and make something you know they will love!
  • No extras please. Just the mini swap.
  • The social media hashtag is #SCMQGSWAP
  • If you're on Instagram, post progress shots by the deadline.
  • Members without an Instagram account can still participate. Simply provide progress shots by the deadline dates to any of the GMQG reps, so they know you are on track.

Important Dates:

  • Registration Deadline: July 15, 2018
  • Partner Matches: August 5, 2018
  • Progress Shot #1, Fabric Pull: September 1, 2018
  • Progress Shot #2, some piecing done on the top: October 6, 2018
  • Final Swap: Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 11 AM at the Columbia Creative Sewing Center in Columbia, SC, 519 12th St, West Columbia, SC 29169 (you need not be present to participate in the swap).

We are excited and hoping for high participation!

Registration Details:

  • We ask that you only sign up if you believe that you can finish the mini on time. We don't want any of our folks NOT to get their mini. We will have angels, but we hope not to have to use them. If you find you can't finish, please let one of your reps know ASAP so your angel has time to complete something of quality.
  • You will be matched with someone outside your guild.
  • Fill out the form to register. Your information will be compiled and shared with your partner so he/she can make you something that you will just love - something "personal". And thanks for playing!
  • Register at the following link:

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

2018 Workshop Announcement

Greenville Modern Quilt Guild is excited to announce a Fall lecture and workshop with Yvonne Fuchs!

See below for information on Early Bird pricing.

Yvonne Fuchs has been quilting for 20+ years. In her earlier career, Yvonne worked as an aerospace engineer until April 2014, when she radically redesigned her life to focus on her physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Her company name, Quilting Jetgirl, is a blend of her professional histories and the tagline "Sewing at the Speed of Sound" is a nod to her work on the second privately funded (non-government) vehicle to break the sound barrier. Yvonne is a Quilter, Designer, Tech Editor and Blogger with a love for monochromatic minimal quilts. She often explores transparency in her designs and considers being transparent as a life challenge: removing the sense of needing to live behind a veil of secrecy and living fully and authentically.

Find Yvonne on social media at:

Friday, October 12, 2018 - Lecture by Yvonne Fuchs
  • Open to all, takes the place of our October Guild meeting, free for GMQG members.
  • Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Lecture at 7 p.m.
  • Lecture topic to be determined. 

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - Workshop with Yvonne Fuchs
  • Limited to 20 participants, pre-registration is required, see pricing information below.
  • 6 Hour Workshop - 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Workshop Topic: Transparency - Learn how to evaluate fabric choices for transparency overlay and about how the visual relationship between different colors, print sizes, and tones can be balanced in your quilts by working through the Triangle Transparency pattern. Traditional piecing techniques will be explored, with additional insights into precision piecing and how to work with directional fabrics. 

Triangle Transparency

Sign-ups begin Saturday, June 9, 2018

  • In order to assure we have sufficient interest in the class to cover nonrefundable airfare expenses, we are asking members to sign up and pay for the workshop by July 14, 2018 (our July guild meeting). We will need to cancel the workshop if the minimal participation is not met by the registration deadline.
  • Early Bird pricing for the workshop is only $45 for GMQG members until June 30, 2018. On July 1, 2018, the cost of the workshop will go to $50 for GMQG members and registration will open to non-members at a cost of $60. The cost of the workshop includes the Triangle Transparency pattern.
  • If you are unable to attend the June meeting, please send your registration check to Paige Alexander. Contact Cindy at for more information.
  • The lecture and Workshop will be held at the Bernina Sewing Center, our regular meeting location.
  • The Friday night lecture is free to Greenville MQG members. Non-members will be charged $5.

You don't want to miss this opportunity to take this QuiltCon class with your friends and fellow guild members at a great savings!

Sunburst Transparency pattern by Yvonne