Monday, October 17, 2016

Reminder: Sew-in Day this Friday @ Bernina


When:  this Friday, October 21st from 10am - 4pm

Where: Bernina Shop

Who: Everyone is invited!  No registration or sign up necessary, just show up.

What:  You can sew anything you like.  You can sew your latest project and/or help piece the QuiltCon charity quilt top.

Lunch: On your own, you are welcome to bring lunch (there is a refrigerator) or go out

Fabric:  To support the Bernina shop and thank them for the use of the space, we will be asking at each attendee purchase 1/2 yard of fabric from the store that will go into a drawing that one sew-in day attendee will win.

Thanks Cindy for organizing this.  We hope to see you all there!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Highlights from October's 2016 Meeting

Who knew?

Who knew......we would have so many taker' this month's game called Dirty Santa Fabric Swap. We learn something new about each other all the time.  ;-)

Santa Fabric Swap
We drew numbers for the order we would select our mystery wrapped package containing four (4) fat quarters brought in by each of us. When it was our turn, we could determine whether we wanted to select one package or TAKE one that was already opened. And, as mentioned, we had a few TAKERS.

I think we all enjoyed the mystery of seeing what was awaiting in the package.We had a good time.

Faye Jones thanks each of you for participating.....Great job everyone.

Quilt Show Prize Winners!

As you know, over the past few weeks there have been several quilt shows to attend in and around Greenville. Plus, many of you were also participants.

We want to recognize, Paige Alexander (Asheville Quilt Show) and Nicole McClelland (Aunt Het's Quilt Show sponsored by Nimble Thimbles Quilt Guild) who both won awards in the categories they entered quilts. We celebrate with you!!

Next Month - Meeting Highlights

Our next gathering will be on November 12th from 1:00pm - 3:00pm at Bernina Sewing Center.  

AND, AND, AND.....We need your participation.......please send in photos of your sewing space/nook/room....and for some of us it may be a dining room table and that's okay. Personalize it even more by being in the photo as well (optional). 

It will be a fun, behind the scene, look at your inspiration space. Be creative. I was hearing that some of you want to send in BEFORE & AFTER photos of how your space really looks versus when it is cleaned up. We will take them all.

Please submit your photos to Cheryl Brickey at  

In addition, it is GMQG 2017 Officer's Elections. Please come to vote. Currently, the ballot reads as:

President:  Cindy Lammon
Vice President:  Faye Jones
Treasurer:  Paige Alexander
Secretary:  Marcie Snyder

If you have any comments about the ballet, please email our current President, Cheryl Brickey.

Quiltcon East 2017 Announcements

QuiltCon East – Learn more about the schedule for lectures and workshops. Registration began on June 25th for all MQG members.  Remember MQG members can receive a FREE four-day show pass and member discounts, but you will need to sign-up through the MQG registration process to receive the free pass.
  • 9-Patch Challenge....Learn more. Submissions are due November 30, 2016.

Be in the Know

  • Welcome... to our three (3) guests this past Saturday. We are glad you came to join us. We had a total of 27 in attendance. 
  • Save the Date and plan to come for Cindy Lammon's next Sew-in Day on October 21st at Bernina Sewing Center from 10:00a.m. - 3:00pm. It is a day to enjoy sewing with friends. Bring your quilt projects. Plus, we will be working on the next phase of sewing our GMQG QuiltCon Charity Quilt--Sewing the blocks together!!!!! Awesome. We welcome your participation in this group project. Snacks will be provided.
  • Membership Dues reminder: We want you to renew your membership for 2017 with us or if you are thinking about joining -- now is the time! Paige Alexander will be receiving our renewal dues of $35 in November. She can accept either check or cash. Thank you to the 19 who have renewed already. 
  • Here is the website to Wild Acres Retreat Conference Center where Faye Jones and Sandy Helsel are beginning the planning for a GMQG Quilting Retreat. It is a beautiful location near the Blue Ridge Parkway. More information will be coming. If you received the email survey, it's not to late to complete and submit. Your input is valued. 
  • Also, the GMQG Board & Advisors are underway in planning our monthly meetings for 2017. We love to hear from you. Submit your ideas to Faye Jones.

Block of the Month

Because of the great response, Faye Jones decided to keep the Block of the Month the same as last month. She would like us to bring an already made quilt block that has been shut away never to be incorporated in a project.

She believes if we trade-in our shut away quilt blocks maybe someone else will find it inspirational. Can we prove her theory right?

We do know the outcome of these inspirations go to GHS Children's Hospital both in Greenville and, NOW, in Spartanburg. Thank you, Faye, for keeping this vision for GMQG alive and purposeful.

Here are the four (4) quilts received this month for the Children's Hospital at GHS:
Sandy Helsel

Faye Jones

Nancy Vandiver

Faye Jones (right) took an unwanted quilt block from Michele Blake (left) to make this quilt

Show & Share

This month's Show and Share was unique. By happenstance, each presenter was experimenting and/or strategizing about something on their design or finish out of their quilt. It was interesting to hear both their thoughts then feedback from you. I think we would all agree.....these quilts are impressive!
Leslie White - Labyrinth pattern

Faye Jones (above and below)

Tonya Morin (above and below)

Nancy DeJong-interpreted this design from wallpaper she liked at her hotel
Nicole McClelland-creative layout utilizing log cabin pattern

Johnnie McKenzie (above and below)

Paige Alexander - Niece having a baby
We had a good time this past Saturday. Thank you again for coming.

We hope you plan to join us on October 21st for Sew-In and then for our next meeting November 12th at:

2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Are you ready for some FUN......this Saturday, October 8th

What's happening this Saturday at GMQG you ask?

Well, it is a little bit of a twist. You see Faye Jones is planning what she calls a "Dirty Santa" Fabric Swap. 

How can you join in the fun? It's easy.......bring a package with four (4) quilt shop quality fat quarters "gift wrapped".

Together, we each have opportunity to draw one of the mystery packages, unwrap and then determine if we want to keep the fabric OR steal one away (from someone who opened one before you that you fancied you might like more) ;-0

This is the game where MORE is merrier, so we hope to see you this Saturday, October 8th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at:

2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607

Additional Mentions:

You may have received an email survey for our first quilting retreat at Wildacres in NC. We hope you will consider this opportunity and take a few moments to respond. Your opinion is important in this planning phase. We will also have printed survey's this Saturday if you would prefer to respond that way. Thanks.

The "Block of the Month" is to bring one or more orphan, ugly, left over or otherwise unloved block and some extra matching scraps (if you have them) for someone else to resuscitate. Faye posed the challenge because she thinks there are some lemons that can be turned into lemonade!!!! Our goal is to prove her right. At a future meeting (to be named later) we will have a show and vote to name the most creative use of discarded blocks!!! Faye will provide a prize or prizes to the winners.


GMQG annual membership renewals start this Saturday. It is $35.00.  Paige Alexander will be accepting checks or cash.

Many of you are working on a signature block for Cheryl and Paige's quilt book. They will be welcoming those completed blocks this Saturday.

And, last but definitely not least, as always, bring your Show & Share and Dear Quilty projects.

See you all soon. Have a great week!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Survey for MQG Retreat 2017

Faye and Sandy are working on planning a Greenville Modern Quilt Guild quilting retreat at the Wild Acres Retreat, Switzerland, NC. for early 2017. 

You can visit to see more information for venue.  The rooms will each contain 2 twin beds and a private bath. Meals are communal in a large dining room so we will eat together as a group. A large private workroom will be provided. We may safely leave our machines etc and the room is open to whatever time the last person leaves (2AM anyone???)

In order to find the plan the best possible retreat for our guild, please take a moment and fill out the survey monkey survey below to indicate your preferences for timing and retreat content.

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(If the survey does not appear on this web page on your computer, you can get to the survey by clicking here.)