Saturday, March 17, 2018

Final Registration for 2018 Quilt Retreat

Are you still thinking about attending Greenville Modern Quilt Guild's annual retreat at Wildacres Conference Center? Before you know it April 27th will be here and it will be time to pack your bags!

Deadline for this year's retreat is March 31, 2018 at 5 pm. After that date, registration will be closed and we will turn any extra rooms back to the facility.

Please be sure to contact Sandy Helsel at or phone (864) 640-7437 to register by the 31st.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Highlights from the March 10th Meeting

QuiltCon and Trends in Modern Quilting

Our program this month was a review and discussion of QuiltCon 2018. We viewed many of the winning quilts, along with our members' quilts that were juried into the show. The discussion concluded with a look at some of the current trends in Modern Quilting. Hopefully, we all left with some new ideas for our own creations!

Things To Know...

We were happy to welcome 6 new members to our guild this month! With 39 members and 4 visitors, we had a total of 49 present at the meeting.

News From the Shop

  • Angela Walters' new quilting rulers are now in the shop.
  • Bernina has released a gold #1 foot for the 125th anniversary of its first machine.
  • Spaces are still available for the afternoon session of the Aurifil Thread lecture on March 28th.
  • A book signing party is planned for Friday, March 16th to launch the new book, "Modern Plus Sign Quilts" with our members Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander.
  • An Accuquilt Trunk Show is coming to the shop in April. Check back for dates.
  • Scissor sharpening will be available at our May or June meeting.


  • Nancy de Jong has a proof of this year's Membership Directory. Members were asked to check the information included before it goes to print next month. If you were unable to attend the meeting and your information has changed since the last directory, please email Nancy at

Mark Your calendar


  • Currently there are 22 retreaters for the April 27-29 retreat at Wildacres Retreat Conference Center. 
  • Please email Sandy ASAP at, if you would still like to register. Guests are also welcome.
  • If you are planning on going to the retreat, Sandy has scheduled a meeting (prior to our regular monthly meeting) on April 14th at 12:30. She will be discussing car pool plans, supplies to bring, the mystery project and more. Please email Sandy at the address above if you cannot make this Retreat Planning Meeting.

Sew-In Days

  • Thanks to all of you who joined us in February!
  • The remaining days for the year are: April 20, June 22, August 17, and October 19, from 2-10 pm.

Upcoming meetings

  • April 14 - Modern Plus Sign Quits and How to Get Published
  • May 12 - Improv Quilting followed by a workshop with Didi Salvatierra. Our regular meeting will start at noon and be followed by the hands on workshop. The workshop is limited to 20 members and filled up at this month's meeting. If you'd like to be added to a wait list, please email Valorie at and put "Improv Workshop" in the subject line. If you signed up at the meeting and are unable to attend the workshop, please let Val know!

Riley Blake Challenge

  • For those who signed up, Valorie has the fabric supplied by the MQG.
  • If you didn't sign up, you can still participate in the challenge by purchasing the fabric yourself.
  • Challenges are due on April 22nd.

Journey of Quilters Event

  • Our guild will be hosting a quilting tour group at the Bernina Store on Friday, May 25th from 1-3 pm.
  • The program will consist of Show and Share, demos and refreshments.
  • All our welcome, but seating will be limited as we're expecting around 30 guests.
  • We're looking for members willing to participate in the Show and Share and/ or bring refreshments. Sign up at next month's meeting.
  • We would also like to give each of the guests a hand-made tote bag. Susan provided us with simple online tutorials. Please sign up at the next meeting if you're willing to make 1 or 2.

Block of the Month

  • We had several blocks turned in from last month's BOM. Thank you!
  • This month we're making an Improv Curves block from the Knoxville MQG.
  • Use any colors you choose, keeping the unpieced portion of the block solid or almost solid.
  • Dagmar suggests placing 2 rulers on your fabric, spaced about an inch apart to stabilize it as you cut the improv curve.


Congratulations to GMQG member, Paige Alexander whose "Casting Shadows" quilt took second place in the Michael Miller Challenge at QuiltCon!

Show and Share

Elise Dunbar - Charity quilt

Didi Salvatierra - hand appliqu├ęd and hand quilted

Ruth - BOM Charity Quilt and "Lloyd & Lola" pattern by Elizabeth Hartman
Laura Hall - "Round and Round" pattern by Thimbleblossoms

Michelle Blake - "See it All Pouch" from Stitched Sewing Organizers by Aneela Hoey
Michelle Blake - "Inside Out Pouch" and Jelly Roll Rug
Sue Bready - Charity Quilt

Travis Seward -  Courthouse Steps

Denise Frick - Mini House Quilts made from scraps

Valorie Kasten - Mini quilt from MQG swap and Charity quilt
Nancy de Jong - Charity quilt - Diamonds made from Half-square triangles

Faye Jones - Quilt from Hand-dyed fabric and Charity quilt
We'd love to see you at our next meeting, Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 1-3 pm at:
2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607


Friday, March 2, 2018

QuiltCon 2018 and Current Trends in Modern Quilting - Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Modern Quilt Guild's Annual Quilt Show 2018 is now an event of the past. Although very few of us went to Pasadena to see the show in person, most of us have enjoyed glimpses on social media. This month, we'll share our thoughts on the show and discuss current trends we're seeing in modern quilting. 

The winning quilts from this year's QuiltCon Show can be found here. Hope you can join us for a lively discussion!

A few reminders:
  • This month's BOM is Half Rectangle With a Twist.
  • Please return any library books checked out last month.
  • Bring your latest creations for our monthly Show and Share!
We look forward to seeing you Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 1-3 pm at:

2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Highlights from the February 2018 Meeting

Surface Design with Faye Jones

What a fantastic program we enjoyed this month! Greenville MQG member, Faye Jones, shared her experience with surface design on fabric, including samples, tips, and pitfalls. Most of all, she emphasized the importance of just giving it a try and experimenting! Here are some of her resources you may be interested in:
  • Dharma Trading Company - find dyes and other supplies along with many technique tutorials.
  • Book: Create Your Own Hand Printed Cloth by Rayna Gillman
  • Book: Color By Accident by Ann Johnson
  • Online resources: search rust dyeing, Shibori, stamping with thickened dye, cloth dyeing (Paula Burch articles are excellent).
  • And of course, Faye is always willing to help you! Feel free to contact her.

Things to Know...

We were happy to welcome 4 new members to our guild this month! Along with 9 visitors and 39 members present, we had a total of 52 attendees!

News From the Shop

  • A new Block of the Month called "Floral Menagerie" is now available.
  • New Batiks are on order and coming soon!
  • Sign up for the program from Alex Veronelli from Aurifil Threads on March 28th.
  • Check with the shop for February's Monthly Sit & Sew.
  • Bernina Embroidery accessories are now on sale.
  • Don't forget guild members get a 20% discount once a month!


  • Nancy now has Membership Cards - be sure to pick yours up.

Upcoming Events

  • Charlotte Quilter's Guild Show is March 9-10 at the Union County Ag Center in Monroe, NC.
  • Quilters of SC Spring meeting is March 24th in Columbia. Jan Krentz is speaking on the topic "Design Inspiration From Every Day Life".
  • The MQG Riley Blake Challenge is due on April 22nd. The winner's quilt will hang at Quilt Market.
  • Foothills Piecemakers Bi-Annual Quilt Show is April 27-28 at the Pelham Road Baptist Church.
  • NC Quilt Symposium is May 31, June 1-3 at UNC Asheville.
  • "Tea with the Quilters" Retreat in Atlantic Beach, NC is Dec 9-14. Organized by the Doubletree Hotel Atlantic Beach, the retreat is open to all NC and SC guilds. The cost is $169/night/room for a full package including meals and $69/night for room only. Prices are double occupancy and include access to the retreat room. Prizes, demos and vendors included. For more information or to book contact Whitney Girard at (252) 222-4013 or

Retreat April 27-29, 2018

  • The retreat is quickly filling up! After Feb. 28th, rooms will open to non-members. To reserve your spot, contact Sandy at


  • Please join us this Friday, February 16th from 2-10 pm at the Bernina Store for our first Sew-in day of 2018. Come for as long as you like and bring your own projects to work on. Admission is a half yard of fabric, purchased at the shop. One lucky person will go home with all the fabric!
  • The remaining scheduled Sew-In days are: April 20th and June 22nd.

Upcoming Meetings

  • March 10 - Quiltcon Recap and Current Trends
  • April 14 - Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander with show their new book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts and discuss how to get published.


  • Faye delivered 9 quilts to the Children's Abuse Medical Program last month. We continue to appreciate and welcome your donations.

Block of the Month

  • We received numerous blocks for the Ventura MQG quilt drive. Thank you to everyone who contributed a block! They are on their way to California, along with a note of support to our fellow quilters.
  • This month's BOM is a Half Rectangle With A Twist Block. Follow the link for the tutorial. You can use any colors with good contrast. 

Dagmar suggests starting with a 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle. You'll need to use the 30 degree line on your ruler for making the angle cut. Be sure your rectangles are stacked all right side up before making the 30 degree cut! Finished size is 8", unfinished 8 1/2" square.

Show and Share

Michelle Blake - Retreat Schlep Bag

Ruth - Charity Quilts - Elizabeth Hartman Butterfly Quilt, Flying Geese, Sew Kind of Wonderful Flamingo Quilt

Rita Sassone - Animals by Shiny Happy World

Laura Hall - Land Form Improv Wallhanging

Elise Dunbar - Log Cabin Quilt from Utility Style Quilt Book

Nancy Schlepphorst - Improv mini

Madeline Faner - Charity Quilt with Didi's block

Travis Seward - Flying Geese Challenge quilt designed in EQ7

Travis Seward - Original design

Lynn Harris - Round Robin Challenge and Double Disappearing Nine Patch
Cheryl Brickey - Magnolia Mystery Quilt

Nancy deJong - Bird Wallhanging

Christina Strickland - Star Quilt from free Quiltcon pattern

Faye Jones - Marcia Given's Charity Quilt and Cheryl's son, Christopher's Automobile Quilt, both for charity

Faye Jones - String Piecing and Log Cabin Charity Quilt
Paige Alexander - Off the Grid Mini Quilt featured in "Curated Quilts".
Darlene Morse - First quilt made in 1991

Valorie Kasten - Pinwheel Charity Quilt and Quiltcon Mini Quilt Swap
Cindy Lammon - 60 Degree Triangle Quilt and Magnolia Mystery
What great energy was in the air at this month's meeting!

Hope you can join us for our next meeting on March 10th from 1-3 pm at:

2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607


Friday, February 2, 2018

Fabric Surface Design - Saturday, February 10th

Surface Design with Faye Jones

Have you ever considered making your own fabric? This month, our very own Faye Jones will discuss several techniques in fabric surface design. Maybe you've wondered - what is Shibori? Resist printing? Screen printing? Faye will explain all of that and more. She'll even be sharing some of the quilts she's made with her self-dyed fabric. You don't want to miss this inspiring talk!

A reminder from Didi for those of you who are helping her with her secret project:
Please bring your completed blocks to the February meeting. Cindy Lammon will be assembling them into the group quilt we're making. If you can't make the meeting and would like to mail them, contact Cindy at, or send them with a friend. We are excited about this project and have a quilter and a binder on board. We have a backing, but will be needing binding and batting. Donations welcome. Remember... mum's the word! Shhhhh!

We will also be collecting the Perkiomen Valley blocks that will be donated to the fire relief effort of the Ventura MQG. Follow the link for the block directions and please use "watery" colors.

Don't forget to return any library books borrowed at last month's meeting!

We look forward to seeing your Show and Share quilts and hope you can join us on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 from 1-3 pm at:

2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607

Monday, January 15, 2018

Highlights from the January 2018 Meeting

Getting to Know Each Other and Sharing Our First Quilts

This past Saturday, we started 2018 with a fun program! We all got to know each other a little better after dividing up into groups, answering some interesting quilty questions, and sharing our first quilts. We saw some quilts which were 30-plus years old and others which were made just a few years ago. For most of us, our styles have changed over the years but for all of us, our skills have improved!

Things To Know...

We had a full house on Saturday - 37 members, 2 new members and 7 guests. Thanks to all of you who come and make our meetings such an inspiration!

News From the Shop

  • The shop is now carrying a customizable line of furniture.
  • Stay tuned for a date for the upcoming book signing party for Modern Plus Sign Quilts by Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander.
  • Alex Veronelli from Aurifil Thread will be giving 2 programs on March 28th. Be sure to sign up for a spot.
  • Get your body measurements from a Body Scanner at the shop on Feb. 6th-7th from 10-4.


Sign-ups are now open for the retreat on April 27-29, 2018. The retreat will again be at Wildacres in Little Switzerland, NC and costs $195 for 2 nights lodging, and 5 meals, including gratuity. For further information and to sign up (if you didn't at this month's meeting) email Sandy Helsel at It's sure to be a great time!

Mark Your Calendars

  • The Spring Meeting of the Quilters of South Carolina is March 24, 2018 in Columbia. Jan Krentz is speaking on the topic "Design Inspiration From Every Day Life".
  • The North Carolina Quilt Symposium will be held May 31st, June 2-3, 2018 in Asheville, NC. There is a full line of instructors including modern quilter, Weeks Ringle.
  • The Riley Blake Challenge for the Modern Quilt Guild is due April 22nd. The winning quilt will hang in the Riley Blake booth at Quilt Market.
  • Sew-In Days for 2018 are scheduled for Feb. 16th, April 20th, and June 22nd. They will be held from 2 pm to 10 pm at our meeting location, the Bernina Sewing Center of Greenville. Admission is one half yard of fabric, purchased at the shop and will be used as a door prize for one lucky winner. Bring your own projects to work on!

  • Upcoming Meetings: 
Feb. 10th - Surface Design with Faye Jones 
March 10th - QuiltCon Recap and Current Trends
 April 14th - New Book: Modern Plus Quilts with authors, Paige Alexander and Cheryl Brickey.

Good News

Three of our members will have quilts hanging at QuiltCon next month in Pasadena! Congrats to Cheryl Brickey, Paige Alexander and Valorie Kasten!

Block of the Month

This month we'll be making the Perkiomen Valley block for the fire relief effort sponsored by the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild. Follow the link for the block directions and please use "watery" colors. Blocks will be collected at the February meeting.


Books are now available for check-out in our library thanks to Marilyn Hagopian, our librarian. Simply sign the card enclosed in the book and enjoy it for a month! 

Quilt for Cindy

Cindy Lammon was presented with this beautiful wall quilt, made by the 2017 Board Members to thank her for serving as president. Signed by our members, it's a wonderful keepsake!

Show and Share

Raffle quilt for Foothills Piecemakers Quilt Guild

Sarah Conrad's Zen Chic quilt

Nancy Schlepphorst - 2 quilts for charity
Sarah Bookspan

Lynn Harrill - a Round Robin project

Dagmar Theodore - zip pouch
Nancy de Jong - left and center for charity
Didi Salvatierra
Cheryl Brickey - 3 Charity quilts and a quilt in the new Modern Quilts publication
Rita Sassone
Paige Alexander - a quilt in the new Modern Quilts publication and a fabric bucket

Valorie Kasten - charity quilt

Our January meeting was full of inspiration and a great way to kick off the new year! Hope you can join us on February 10th from 1-3 pm at

2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607