Tuesday, March 15, 2016

March Program Highlights

We had a wonderful turnout for our guest speaker, Patricia Kilburg. Based in Greenville, SC, Patricia is known for her colorful and exciting current works painted in encaustic (pigmented wax) and mixed media. She is also a fabric artist and an accomplished prize winning quilter.
Patricia's mixed media-encaustic painting 
Patricia encouraged us to appreciate the Artist in us.

Some key takeaway points from her presentation to each of us:  As an artist, it is important to keep a professional approach and respect what we do,

Never stop being inspired (by a mentor, an art show(s), a composition class, etc.) and lastly, seek objective critique/feedback on your art works. 

New Logo
GMQG has a NEW logo. Thank you to all who participated with your logo submissions. We had a fantastic selection to vote on. From our votes, the winning logo design was by Cheryl Brickey. Cheryl's design visually captures the essence of our organization....Creative, Vibrant and Modern. I know we are all excited about it. Thank you, Cheryl.  Our new look will roll out soon......we will let you know!

Book Give-Away
GMQG had a book giveaway, in celebration of our own, Cindy Lammon, who wrote the Foreword in Casey York's newest book called The Applique Book.  The lucky recipient of the drawing was Nicole McClelland.  Enjoy!

Show & Share
Thank you to all who brought their Show & Share quilt projects. We had a wide range of pattern design this month that was spectacular:

Another successful month of contributors to the Quilt Block of the Month challenge. Thank you.
Contributors to the Block of the Month

We appreciate your dedication to making a difference. Faye Jones provided information on two children's organizations GMQG will be donating our Philanthropy Quilts too this year (to learn more click on the information photo below to enlarge).

Take the challenge to participate. Our quilt blocks of the month are January (Woven), February (Dancing Daisies Block) and  March will be Log Cabin. As noted in the photo, our colors are bright solids or patterns with the unifying color being white. The completed block should measure 12.5 in. x 12.5 in. Reminder: for those making quilts, due to children allergies, please wash quilt prior to donating.

FYI, Bernina Sewing Center is a donation center for Quilt pillow covers, Lap Quilts and Kennel Quilts. For more information contact the store at 864.235.5031.

Additional Mentions
Annual membership dues are $35. If you are interested in joining for 2016, please see Paige Alexander.  As of March 2016, we have 33 members.

For those who are members, Paige Alexander has your official MQG pin. Check-in with her in April.

Faye Jones "Silk Batik Scarf Workshop" time/dates are at 10:00 a.m. on April 19th,  23rd and 30th. The cost is $15. If you are interested in the workshop, please email Birdie1345@aol.com by April 7th.

Upcoming Quilt Shows & Events
Spring 2016- Riley Blake Fabric Challenge. The deadline for submissions are May 31, 2016

Bernina Sewing Center – March 18th GMQG is invited to Farm Girl Friday 6-9 pm. Contact the store at 864.235.5031 for cost (which will include the materials for the session) or visit Leslie White’s upcoming new website for additional details. Also, celebrating National Quilting Day - Saturday, March 19th.
Bernina Sewing Center – Celebrates their 1st year anniversary. Visit the website for additional details.
Foothills Piece Makers Quilt Guild – April 9 & 10 in Greenville, SC
Artsfields - Art Festival and Competition - April 22-30 in Lake City, SC

April    April 16, 2016 (note date change): 1-3 pm at Bernina Sewing Center
  • Program: Multiple small rotating demo stations for raw edge applique with Faye Jones and facings with Lynne Harrill
May    May 14, 2016: 10am - 3pm at Bernina Sewing Center
  • Workshop – Quilting 101 by Cindy Lammon. A detail supply list will be provided in April. In preparation, a few machine items are recommended but not required: a Walking Foot and Darning Foot.
  • Introduction and announcement for GMQG challenge by Paige Alexander

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Come join us - March 12th

It's March and what better way to welcome Spring than with our upcoming guest speaker:

Patricia Kilburg
Based in Greenville, SC, Patricia is known for her colorful and exciting current works painted in encaustic (pigmented wax) and mixed media. She is also a fabric artist and an accomplished prize winning quilter. Although currently not working on quilts, Patricia has much to share with us regarding quilts as an art form. You can learn more about her art portfolio at patriciakilburg.com

Come join us...... Saturday, March 12 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at:

Bernina Sewing Center
2310 E. North Street
Greenville, SC 29609

Additional reminders:

GMQG re-design logo contest submissions are due.  Your submissions can be hand and/or computer drawn. We welcome all to participate. Monica Stegall has volunteered to transform our winning design into a digital graphic design to be used for the website and more. Your idea may just be the new brand look of GMQG!

Bring your Block(s) of the Month for January Woven  and/or  February Dancing Daisies.
Plus, don't forget to bring your in-progress and finished quilts for Show & Share.

And, if you are still interested in joining GMQG it's not to late. Annual dues are $35. For more details, see Paige Alexander.