Saturday, December 31, 2016

Quilts for Gatlinburg Relief

 Call Out For Quilts

Dear GMQG Members,

There is a call out for quilts! We are all aware of the recent tragic fires in the Gatlinburg area. Many family homes and all personal belongings were burned to the ground.

I had opportunity to speak with our nearest MQG, Knoxville Modern Quilt Guild, to inquire about their “Quilts for Gatlinburg Relief”. Their plan is to collect finished quilts thru January 31, 2017 and deliver them to the Town of Gatlinburg for distribution. They said. "We have contacts in the area who will work to find the perfect place for your quilts."

In order to make it easier for those who wish to donate quilts, we will collect them at our regular meeting on January 14th. GMQG will UPS them to Gatlinburg on January 25th at no expense to the quilt donors (if you need extra time up to January 24th, please notify me).

The quilts do not have to be large or bed size. Lap quilts are fine. The quilts do not have to be newly made. They might be "retired" show quilts, display quilts that don't match your decor anymore, or just quilts that are forgotten in the linen closet! Their role is to provide love and comfort!

I would like to participate in this worthy cause and wanted to extend this opportunity to each of you in GMQG as well.

A personal insight:

Two years after my husband and I built our retirement dream home, it was struck by lightning and severely damaged. While we watched the firemen working to control the fire, a neighbor whom we did not know brought us a small lap quilt. She said her Mama kept a pile of quilts to give to folks who lost their home to fire. She was continuing her family's tradition. Words can't describe how comforting the quilt was. For the year we were out of our home, the little quilt was there to remind us of the goodness of neighbors and that we would have our home back in due time. We still have it and it still comforts.

Any questions or comments, please email me at

or call me at 864-236-5787.

Faye Jones, Charity Chairman GMQG

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Highlights from December 2016 - Holiday Party

GMQG Holiday Celebration 

 2016 holiday gathering

Good food 
Good fun
Good fellowship

Adds up to a festive year-end gathering.

The buffet lunch plus goodies were all delicious. Thank you Cheryl Brickey for coordinating this luncheon provided by our Guild.

In addition, our Chinese auction was a neat surprise and success. We appreciate the items donated by the Board and Advisory Committee for the auction. And, most importantly, we appreciate each of you for buying tickets! You helped build our GMQG reserves for upcoming guest speakers.

We had a variety of auction items to choose from such as fabrics, quilt books, clay pottery, candle, Bernina Sewing Center gift certificate, quilting paper templates, quilt magazines, magnetic pin cushion.....and more. WOW!!!!

It was interesting to watch those who purchased tickets determine what they "secretly wanted to win". We definitely have some strategist in the group, many placed multiple tickets on one item and then others diversified spreading their tickets on several items.

When it came to the drawing, we definitely had appreciative winners for each of the items. We congratulate each winning recipient. Enjoy!

Thanking, Cheryl Brickey

Look at the "thank you" quilt underway for Cheryl.  It's called a Spool Quilt with each square sewn by a Board or Advisory Board member.
Quilt in the works for Cheryl Brickey

Before it is quilted, our members were asked Saturday to sign the quilt. It added the right touch in personalizing it.

We look forward to seeing the finishing touches on the quilt in January.

GMQG thanks Cheryl for her work as President this year and previous years of leadership. In January, Cindy Lammon will become the 2017 President.


Six (6) is the number of comfort quilts that will be donated to GHS children hospital. These quilts are for children who have experienced abuse. Thanks to all for your time, talent and generosity. Some of you even worked in pairs to make a quilt happen........brillant!

Faye Jones

Fabric provided by Johnnie McKenzie (left) & Faye Jones (right) made the quilt

Fabric provided by Johnnie McKenzie (left) & Faye Jones (right) made the quilt
Cindy Lammon

Madeline Faner

Darleen Sanford

QuiltCon 2017 GMQG Charity Quilt

Valerie Kasten gave us a "visual" update on our Charity Quilt. Quilting is complete!!!!! Awesome. Next stage is the binding. Valerie, three words for keeping our project moving forward......Garcias, Merci, Thanks ;-)

Show & Share

Enjoyment is the word that pops to mind from our projects shown this past Saturday. Carol's enjoyment sewing hexagons to making a table runner for her daughter's Christmas gift. Paige's enjoyment in designing fabric for her nine patch quilt which started with hot wax at Faye's workshop. Enjoyment of three talented ladies (Carol, Nicole & Johnnie) each contributing parts to the quilt and enjoying the process along the way. And, lastly, Valerie's enjoyment of mixing fabric color, color and more color to create an awesome,whimsical quilt. I know we enjoyed seeing each.

Carol Kreson (above & below) hexagon pillow shams

Carol Kreson- Table runner Christmas gift

Paige Alexander- nine patch quilt

Carol Alperin (left) Quilter, Nicole McClelland (center) Binder, Johnnie McKenzie (right) Fabric

Valerie Kasten - visual impact of pairing up fabric color

Be in the Know

  • We had 27 members + 1 guest this past Saturday
  • Bernina Sewing Center is planning a "Big Fabric Sale" starting Dec. 15th
  • Sew-in Day - January 27th from 10a.m. - 4p.m. with Cindy Lammon
  • GMQG Retreat in the works - April 7-9th at Wildacres Retreat
  • Membership sign-up and/or renewal -January 14th with Nancy DeJong

Upcoming Meeting

Our next meeting is entitled "What is a Modern Quilt?" presented by Cindy Lammon. You will not want to miss. So mark your calendars for January 14th.

Happy Holidays to each of you and your families. We look forward to seeing you in January at:

2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607


Monday, December 5, 2016

GMQG Christmas Party -- Saturday, December 10th

GMQG Christmas Party 

It's been a fantastic year......come and join us this Saturday, December 10th to celebrate 2016 and the upcoming Christmas holidays.

The fun begins at 12:00pm. It starts off with lunch (provided by GMQG). Then, a fun time of browsing our Chinese auction.....Who knows you may find that needed Christmas gift!

We look forward to seeing each of you from 12:00pm - 2:00pm at:

2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607


  • Do not forget to bring your Show & Share and Philanthropy "unwanted" squares
  • Also, 2017 Membership renewal....December is the last month to "renew" for existing members. It is $35.00. Please see Paige Alexander or Nancy DeJong.