Thursday, April 28, 2016

Upcoming GMQG Bylaw vote

Greetings GMQG members,

In our April meeting, Marilyn Hagopian, presented a proposed revision in GMQG Bylaws for the Members to consider and then vote on in May at our monthly meeting. Please take a moment to review the following proposal:

Current Bylaw:

3.01   Dues:

a)   The annual dues will be determined by majority decision of the Executive Board, approved by the membership at the November meeting, and posted on The Guild website. 

b)   Annual dues are payable in January. A member whose dues remain unpaid by March 1 shall be dropped from membership.  Members joining after July 1 will pay a prorated amount. 

         Proposed Revisions:
a)      The annual dues will be determined by majority decision of the Executive Board, approved by the membership at the September meeting, and posted on The Guild website.      
b)  Annual dues are payable by November 30th. A member whose dues remain unpaid by January 31st  shall be dropped from membership.  Members joining after July 1st  pay a prorated amount.

For questions regarding the bylaw proposal, please contact one of the Board Members.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Supply List for Beginning Machine Quilting Workshop


This workshop will be taught by Cindy Lammon on May 14th from 10am-3pm.  This workshop will open to all members and there is no need to preregister.  (Lunch options will come in a separate email)


o Sewing Machine and manual (You must know how to thread your machine, sew a straight stitch and drop the feed dogs. Check if your machine has a needle down option. If your machine has a knee lifter and/or a surround for a larger surface – bring them)

o Walking Foot for your machine

o Machine Quilting or Darning Foot for your machine

o New “Quilting” or “Microtex Sharp” machine needles size 80

o Thread in colors to match your fabrics with filled bobbins

o Masking Tape

o Quilter’s safety pins size 1 or 2

o Fingertip Moistener or “Sortkwik” (available at office supply store) and/or quilting gloves

o Marking pen - washout or disappearing marker recommended

o 12” ruler for drawing

o Practice fabric:

  • 1 square of light, not “busy” fabric 18” x 18” 
  • 2 squares of light fabric 20” x 20” 
  • 2 squares of cotton or cotton blend batting 20” x 20” 
  • 1 Four Patch made from 4 squares of light, not “busy” fabric cut 9 1/2” x 9 1/2” each, sewn together, with seams pressed to one side 

Additional Info:

o A Walking Foot provides “feed” for the top layer of your quilt and is used for straight-line quilting. (Practice can be done without it)

o A Quilting Foot/Darning Foot is used for free-motion quilting where you will drop the feed dogs. o For those comfortable with free motion quilting, you can use the class to practice some new-to-you designs. (I’ll bring ideas!)

o Optional - instead of the 18” sample square, you can bring a small charity quilt to practice on. o

Feel free to email Cindy with any questions at: cindy (at) hyacinthquiltdesigns (dot) com

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

April Program Highlights

Our April meeting was a success......the rotating demonstration tables featured two very different sewing techniques -- raw edge applique with Faye Jones and sewing facings with Lynne Harrill. 

Faye Jones- demonstrating free motion raw edge applique
Both demonstrations visually provided steps and application that we can takeaway and utilize in our quilting and other sewing projects.

Lynne Harrill- sharing her technique for precision facings

Thank you Faye and Lynne for coming so prepared....your quilt exhibits used to teach us were wonderful!!

We also thank Paige Alexander for donating the Sewtopia Swag door prize giveaways. Several of us went home with an added treat. Enjoy.

Next Month - May 14th

We are having a workshop with our own GMQG member - Cindy Lammon who will be teaching Beginning Machine Quilting.
If you have not met Cindy, checkout her blog at Hyacinth Quilt Designs. She is an avid quilter, author and teacher.
It is a workshop not to be missed.  Cheryl will be emailing the supply list for this workshop in the next few days, so be on the lookout. 

Show & Share
One of the neat features of Show & Share is the story that inspires each project.....and this month we had a wide range from a sewing conference, anniversary celebration, trying out a new technique, special fabric, niece going to college, to giving us a sneak peek on a next project.


Cheryl Brickey had several book/magazines that she shared with us. For your recall, they were:

  • Crafted Applique - New Possibilities by Lara Buccella
  • The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting -- Long Arm and Sit Down co-authored by Angela Walters and Christa Watson
  • Quiltcon Magazine
  • Quiltmakers 100 Blocks  

Valerie Kasten has a special tool for squaring up a quilt:

  • A tile laser level - (just the basic one)


Our Block of the Month challenge is.........String Block.  Faye only had one criteria --- finished dimension size measure 12.5 x 12.5.  So, that means any color quilt fabric can be used....this is a great way to use those extra pieces of fabric from other projects.

Who constructed a Log Cabin this month? Raise your hand.......Thank you to all the March Block of the Month participants -- look at the beautiful colors.


Your time and sewing participation does make a difference. Faye Jones reported that we now have completed seven (7) philanthropy quilts for the Greenville Hospital Quilts for Kids.

One of our volunteer quilters, Valerie Kasten, took four (4) of the January Block of the Months to make the quilt she brought to show us.

Upcoming Events

There are several events to keep on your radar. Here they are:

  • Latifah Saafir workshops at the Charleston MQG (Bias Tape and Molehills) will be June 18th and 19th
  • Silk Batik Scarf Workshop by Faye Jones. Faye may have one or two slots still open so if your interested please email Faye at to coordinate. The cost of the workshop is $15.
  • Riley Blake Challenge due at the end of May
  • Ongoing monthly events at Bernina Sewing Center 

Mark your calendars for our meetings ahead:

  • Workshop- Beginning Machine Quilting with Cindy Lammon - May 14th from 10:00a.m. - 3:00pm. at Bernina Sewing Center.  Cheryl Brickey will email the supply list.
  • Specialty Ruler Discussion + Paige Alexander introduction and announcement for GMQG Challenge - June 11th from 1:00pm - 3:00pm --- And, as always, bring your Show & Share.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Latifah Saafir Workshops Hosted by the Charleston MQG

Message from the Charleston MQG:

The Charleston MQG is happy to host Latifah Saafir for 2 workshops this summer in Charleston.  

Latifah is from LA where she co-founded the LA MQG and the International Modern Quilt Guild.  She is known for her bold and innovative designs and we are super lucky to have her here to teach both her Molehills and No Latitude (Bias Tape) Quilts.  We would like to extend invite you any of you who might be interested.   

The details for class days, times, and costs are in the picture below.  Please visit the website for additional information on classes, cost, and contact information to register.  

Space is limited and your nonrefundable spot it guaranteed upon payment.  We are super excited to have her and would love to see and meet others in our area for these workshops.  

(See you this Saturday for our guild meeting!)

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Reminder - Guild Meeting Date Changed to April 16th

We invite you to join GMQG for our next gathering on Saturday, April 16th instead of our usual 2nd Saturday of the month because the Foothills Piecemakers Quilting Guild Quilt Show is this upcoming weekend.

Here is the Quilt Show information:
2016 Foothills Piecemakers Quilt Show
"Threaded Memories"
April 8 and 9, 2016
Pelham Road Baptist Church
1108 Pelham Road
Greenville, South Carolina 29615

On April 16th, GMQG program will feature multiple small rotating demo stations for "raw edge applique" with Faye Jones and "facings" with Lynne Harrill.

We look forward to seeing each of you and catching up. Our meeting will be at:

Bernina Sewing Center
2310 E. North St.
Greenville, SC 29607


Saturday, April 2, 2016

New GMQG Logo

Tada!!  We have a new logo!!

At the last guild meeting (March 12th), we voted on the new logo for the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild.  Over a dozen great looking logo designs were anonymously submitted for us to vote on. And, the popular vote was Cheryl Brickey's design. Here is our new logo......

We will continue working with the logo to make available link buttons for those with blogs, buttons for the next QuiltCon as well as labels for our philanthropy quilts.  I hope you enjoy the new look to the blog!