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. 


  • 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

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.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

October 5, 2019 - Machine Appliqué in Modern Quilting

Machine Appliqué Workshop 9-12

In the morning, Paige Alexander will be teaching Machine Appliqué for those who have registered. The supply list is here and doors open at 8:30 for set-up. There is currently one spot left in the workshop. Contact Paige or the guild at if you're interested in taking the class.

Program: Machine Appliqué in Modern Quilting

Our speakers this month are our very own Paige Alexander and Travis Seward who will present a program all about appliqué.  We will travel around world exploring the diversity in appliqué and the various techniques used to accomplish the works. 

Paige (Quilted Blooms) learned to appliqué before she started quilting almost 15 years ago and enjoys incorporating appliqué into her quilts. 

As part of his travels for work and pleasure, Travis (Travis Seward) enjoys discovering the variety of designs and techniques used by local artists and crafts people and using them to inspire his own quilts.

"Up the Wall", made by Paige Alexander from Sunday Morning Quilts

A Few Reminders

  • Per our Bylaws, we'll be announcing the 2020 board nominees this month and voting in November.
  • Only a few blocks left in this year's Block of the Month. We look forward to seeing your September block, Courthouse Square.
  • Have any sewing related items you no longer need? Our "Free to a Good Home Table" has become a popular spot!
  • Thank you for returning any library books that you have checked out!
  • As always, we love seeing your modern makes for Show and Share.
Please join us for our meeting on Saturday, October 5th, from 1-3 pm at St. Giles Church, 1021 Hudson Rd., Greenville, SC.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Highlights from the September 2019 Meeting

Our special guest this month was local quilter, Tom Chalmers. We were awed and inspired by the trunk show of quilts resulting from his nearly 40 years of quilt making.

His earliest quilt was machine quilted, but all of the others featured beautiful hand quilting. Recycled materials, bold stripes and rich colors were also found in many of his creations.

Tom's work is inspired by Amish Quilting, Gee's Bend Quilters and the following artists and quilters: Nancy Crow, Michael James, Yvonne Porcella, Meiny Vermaas-van der Heide, Tim Harding (paintings of David Hockney), Kaffe Fassett/Liza Prior Lucy, Liz Axeford, Wolf Kahn, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollack, Rick Horton, Josef and Anna Albers, Yaacov Agam and Robert Motherwell.



  • We welcomed 47 members, 2 new members and 2 guests this month.

2020 GMQG Dues

  • The Board approved a proposal to maintain the dues at $50 for 2020, which was also approved by the membership at the September meeting.
  • We will start collecting 2020 dues 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.

Sew In Day

  • Our next Sew In Day is Friday, September 13th from 10-4 at Bernina, We're In Stitches. Spend some uninterrupted sewing time with friends! We ask you to purchase a half yard of fabric to be raffled off to one lucky participant.
  • The last Sew In Day for 2019 is Friday, November 8th.

Block of the Month

GCCA Modern Quilt Exhibit

  • The Greenville Center for Creative Arts will be hosting a modern quilt exhibit in their gallery in June 2020. Six of our members will have quilts in the exhibit along with six modern quilters from outside the Greenville area. Stay tuned for more details!

2020 Workshops

  • The guild is planning to host Debbie Grifka for a lecture and classes next year! We'll have more information once the details are finalized.

Holiday Luncheon

  • Plans are currently underway for our annual holiday luncheon and auction on December 7th. We are looking for holiday centerpieces or decor for the tables. Contact us at if you can help.
  • Our lottery auction is our only fundraiser and we welcome your donations! We appreciate new or slightly used, quality items such as books, patterns, fabric, art, etc. that a quilter might love to win.

2019 QuiltCon Charity Quilt

  • Our quilt, "Zoomville" will be hanging at the Asheville Quilt Show on September 27-29. Be sure to check it out if you're visiting the show!
  • On October 5th it will be auctioned at the Synnex Share the Magic Auction.


  • We collected 10 quilts for our Quilts for Kids Program at out September meeting!


  • Mancuso Quilt Shows is bringing Quiltfest to Greenville, April 30 - May 2, 2020!
  • Our guild will be participating with an exhibit in the show. Susan Rink has volunteered to organize a committee to plan the exhibit.

Photo Shoot Field Trip

  • Would you like to get a photo of your quilt in downtown Greenville? If so, we are planning on meeting at the Wyche Pavilion (behind the Peace Center) on September 9th, from 5:30-7:30 pm. Contact Elise Dunbar if you're interested. She will be there at 5:30, but won't stay later than 6 if no one shows or gets in touch with her.
  • We'd love to plan this quarterly if there's interest. Contact Elise or the guild at

Kitty Wilkin Workshop

  • Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild will be hosting Kitty Wilkin in October. See our Events Page for more details.

October Meeting

  • Paige Alexander will be presenting a workshop on Machine Appliqué, October 5th, prior to our regular meeting for those who have registered.
  • Our October program will be "Machine Appliqué in Modern Quilting" presented by Paige Alexander and Travis Seward. 

Show and Share

Cindy Lammon

Elise Dunbar

Nicole McClelland quilt won in charity auction, made by Cindy Lammon
Nancy deJong

Jill Erickson

Jill Erickson
Michele Blake

Michele Blake

Darlene Morse

Faye Jones
Faye Jones

Susan Rink

Susan Rink

Madeline Faner

Joyce Beyer
Paige Alexander (no picture - also had a quilt in "Curated Quilts")
Cindy Lange

Cindy Lange

Johellen George

Jackie Callis

Ruth Freyer

Valorie Kasten

Dagmar Theodore
Our next meeting will be Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 1-3 pm at St. Giles Church, 1021 Hudson Rd., Greenville, SC.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

September 7, 2019 - Tom Chalmers Trunk Show

Our guest speaker this month is local quilter, Tom Chalmers. Tom has been quilting since 1980 and his quilts are reminiscent of the work of Gee's Bend Quilters. His work features repurposed fabrics and hand quilting to create modern graphic designs.

Tom has exhibited at numerous shows throughout the country, most recently at the Aunt Het Quilt Show in Fountain Inn.

*Please Note* The program will be presented at 1 pm, at the start of our meeting.

A Few Reminders

  • Are you planning to enter a quilt in the 2019 Aunt Het Quilt Show? Faye Jones has volunteered to deliver your quilt and pick it up at the end of the show. You can bring your quilt to her at this month's meeting. Please be sure that all the necessary information is attached to the quilt with a safety pin.
  • This month's Block of the Month is Right Hand Lane.
  • Please return any library books that you have at home.
  • Our "Free To A Good Home Table" will be available if you'd like to contribute.
  • As always, we look forward to seeing your Show and Share Projects this month!

Hope you can join us for an inspiring trunk show, Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 1-3 pm at St. Giles Church, 1021 Hudson Rd., Greenville, SC.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Highlights from the August 2019 Meeting

So many wonderful quilts were on display this month as the Crayon Challenge quilts were revealed! Scroll down to see all the entries.

Congratulations to all who took the challenge! And the winners were:
  Michele Blake - 1st Place
  Valorie Kasten - 2nd Place
  Gaye Lovegrove - 3rd Place and Viewer's Choice
  Didi Salvatierra - Judge's Choice

Many thanks to our judge, artist Patricia Kilburg. Thanks also to Valorie Kasten for making the ribbons.

1st Place - Michele Blake                                    2nd Place - Valorie Kasten
3rd Place & Viewer's Choice - Gaye Lovegrove                                               Judge's Choice - Didi Salvatierra
Sandy Helsel                                                                 Carol Alperin
Joan Manfre                                                           Faye Jones 
Nancy deJong                                                                            Lesli Riekert
Cheryl Brickey                                                                                     Rita Sassone
Susan Sinclair                                                                Travis Seward
Paige Alexander                                                                    Lynn Harrill
Susan Rink                                                               Mary Kelley
Kirsten Madison                                                             Dana Blasi
Ruth Freyer                                                          Dagmar Theodore


  • We welcomed 42 members and 6 guests for a total of 48 in attendance at this month's meeting.

Sew-In Days

  • The remaining Sew-In Days for this year are Friday, September 13th and Friday, November 8th from 10-4 at Bernina, We're In Stitches.

Fall Retreat

  • The Fall retreat plans have been cancelled.

Block of the Month

  • The next block of the Month is Right Hand Lane. Follow the link for the free pattern and find the paper piecing templates here.


  • Thank you for your participation in making quilts for the NC Hurricane Quilt Drive. If you have any more quilts to donate, Faye Jones can deliver them if she has them by August 15th.
  • This month we collected 4 Hurricane Quilts and 6 Quilts for Kids.


  • Paige Alexander will be presenting a workshop on Modern Machine Appliqué on October 5th. We are now taking sign-ups. Find all the information and the supply list in the Machine Appliqué Workshop post. Sign-ups will continue at the September meeting or you can email us at


  • Our guest speaker in September will be Tom Chalmers. Tom uses alternative materials for his quilts and will be presenting a Trunk Show of his work.
  • Paige Alexander and Travis Seward will be presenting a program on Machine Appliqué in October.
  • November's Program will be Hand Quilting presented by Didi Salvatierra.

Nominating Committee for 2020

  • Elise Dunbar, Michele Blake and Cindy Lammon have volunteered for the Nominating Committee to fill board positions for 2020. Please contact any one of them if you are interested in volunteering to serve the guild next year.

Events and Shows

  • Please visit our Events and Shows Page for details on events of the Quilters of South Carolina, the Upcountry Quilter's Guild Show and the Community Sew-In for GHS.
  • Beginnings Quilt Shop in Hendersonville, NC is up for sale. Contact the shop if you are interested.

Show and Share

Travis Seward

Paige Alexander - Kona Color Notebook

Susan Sinclair

Michele Blake - Quilt of Valor given to Michele for her service in the Navy

Jean Gardiner
Linda Cassell

Ruth Freyer
Faye Jones - Hurricane Quilt made by GMQG members

Faye Jones
Jill Erickson

Jill Erickson - Hurricane Quilt
Sandy Helsel
Madeline Faner

Nancy deJong

Our next meeting will be Saturday, September 7th, from 1-3 pm at St. Giles Church, 1021 Hudson Rd., Greenville, SC. Hope to see you there!