Monday, August 31, 2015

Silk Batik Scarf Workshop

Silk Batik Scarf Workshop by Faye Jones
Date:    Saturday October 17,2015  
Times:  3 time slots: 10-12, 1-3, 3-5  (4 people per time slot)
Where: Faye Jones, 55 Flintwood Dr., Simpsonville
Cost: $15 (payable directly to Faye) for supplies (scarf, shipping, dyes, supplies etc.)  (You can pay at the September meeting or by mail)
To register, please email Faye at Birdie1345 (at) aol (dot) com and cc Cheryl at cheryljbrickey (at) gmail (dot) com

Please list your time request  in order of preference.
Slots will be assigned in the order requests are received.
    ie-   #1- 3-5    #2- 1-3  #3 10-12   
Faye will return your email with verification of your time.
If Faye cannot accommodate everyone who wishes to participate, Faye will schedule a 2nd day in November.
Unfortunately, this workshop will be limited to  GMQG members only.
Faye will order the scarves, wash them in Synthrapol and soak them in citric acid in preparation for dyeing.  You will dye the scarf, apply soy wax resist to create a pattern and then dye the scarf for a second time.  A second resist and dye may be done if you wish and time permits. The scarf will then be wrapped in paper and microwaved to set the dye. After washing in Synthrapol and soaking in milsoft, the scarf will be ready to wear after drying.  It will be colorfast and washable. An original
work of wearable art!!!!!!
Any questions or discussion, feel free to call Faye at 236-5787.  Faye will be ordering the scarves on October 5th so you will need to sign up and pay before then.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

August Meeting Recap

Location: Bernina Store

President Cheryl Brickey called the August 15, 2015 meeting and workshop to order shortly after 10 am and welcomed everyone. 14 members and 1 guest were in attendance.


  • Rainbow of Quilts, the UpCountry Quilters Guild's quilt show will be held at the Pickens View Wesleyan Church in Pickens, SC on October 2-3.  
  • Ashville Quilt Guild's quilt show will be held at the WNC Ag Center Davis Event Center in Ashville, SC on October 2-4.
  • Registration has begun for QuiltCon West which will be held February 18-21, 2016 in Pasadena, CA. QuiltCon East will be held in February 2017 in Savannah, GA.
  • QuiltCon West Challenge entry deadline is Nov 30th - There are two challenges, the Michael Miller Glitz Fabric Challenge and the EZQuilting Challenge using the mini triangle templates. Even if you were not able to sign up and receive the fabric or the templates, every MQG member is welcome to enter.  Entry is open until Nov 30th for the juried and judged QuiltCon quilt show.

Upcoming Meetings

  • September 12th @ Bernina 1-3pm: Digital quilt design, Unloved fabric swap, Guild officers up for election announcement
  • October 10th @ Bernina 1-3pm: Favorite notions 
  • November 14th @ Bernina 1-3pm: Bernina longarm intro

Mystery Quilt

August's instructions for flying geese were passed out.  Instructions are also available on the Meadow Mist Designs blog and there is an active Facebook group for the quilt-a-long. 


A lap-size quilt will be auctioned at a silent auction at a December 2nd fundraiser for the Meyer Center. At the August workshop, we arranged the quilt blocks into a quilt layout.  Darleen volunteered to piece the blocks into a quilt top and supply the batting. Fannie has volunteered to do the quilting and Cheryl volunteered to bind the quilt.

Block of the Month

No block of the month pattern was given out at the August meeting.


  • Dues were collected from 2 new members bringing the total paid membership to 27.
  • We are an official chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild now!  Please take a few minutes to log onto the MQG website and fill out your profile.  Please contact Cheryl or Paige if you have any troubles.
  • Paige handed out copies of the membership roster, Paige will have copies at the September meeting for those that were not at the August workshop.

Show and Share

We had 4 quilters take part in the Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Challenge using The Cottage Garden collection by the Quilted Fish.

We had some wonderful quilts and handmade fabrics shown at the meeting, 

Program/Workshop - Paper Piecing by Darleen Sanford

Darleen lead an excellent workshop on paper piecing.  Everyone had a great time sewing and socializing and made some great looking blocks.  Thanks Darleen!  Here are some action shots from the workshop.

The meeting was adjourned at 3pm after the workshop.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Reminder - Meeting and Workshop next Saturday - August 15th from 10 am - 3 pm

Just a reminder that we will be having our August meeting next Saturday, August 15th from 10 am - 3 pm (note that this is the third Saturday instead of the normal second Saturday).

Our meeting will be a combined meeting and workshop on paper piecing taught by Darlene.  For the meeting portion of the day, please bring any show and shares and MQG Riley Blake challenge quilts.  After a short meeting we will start the workshop.

What should I bring?
  • Sewing machine of course
  • Open toed foot is best
  • Rotary cutter and mat (small if you have one)
  • Rotary rulers (Small is probably all that you will need.  I will have my one for squaring up if anyone needs it.)
  • A 90/14 needle if you have one.  The larger needle will help to perforate the paper template.
  • A few irons along with small pressing mats.
  • I'm thinking we could put one small pressing mat between 2 people to share.

Fabric requirements
  • You will need less than 1/2 yard of the background fabric.  I would suggest that you bring at 1/2 yard just in case.
  • The rest of the star requires about 1/4 fabric or maybe a bit more.
  • Bring lots of scraps.

Darlene will be bringing copies of the templates.  We WILL finish the block by the end of the day.  We are going to have fun.

The majority voted to buy lunch so please plan to bring about $5 and I (Cheryl) will go out and bring something in for everyone.  You are also free to bring your lunch instead.