Thursday, November 16, 2017

Highlights from November 2017 Meeting

My Lessons Learned:  In Making Bags and Zipper Pouches


Did we not have fun this past Saturday with Michele Blake? Her passion for making bags and zipper pouches was contagious. Through her wit, transparency and wonderful teaching ability, we all had opportunity to be immersed in her presentation as she shared about successes and failures in sewing bags and pouches of all sizes and design.

For Michele, her bags and pouches need to have both form and function. So whether she makes them as gifts or keeps for herself, she wants them to look great and be utilized. To demonstrate her points, she brought for us to see: her beach bag, knitting bag, cords and earbud pouch, sewing tool bag, casual boho travel bag.... just to name a few. 

Here are several of her bags upclose:


Michele offered some invaluable tips learned from her sewing projects (which were also included in her handout to us) :


Make samples of your interfacing thickness.  In the photo on the left, Michele made fabric and interfacing samples according to instructions, then wrote the name/type of the interfacing on the fabric side.  By having samples, she builds a library of different types of interfacing to better identify what she would like to use on a particular project or to be used in a pattern.

Keep a notebook of ideas, designs and projects.  Take photos of your finished works, go online to find both free and purchased patterns and her favorite sewing tool to hold zippers in place prior to sewing or matching finicky seams.....is glue. Her two most recommended glues are Fons & Porter glue stick and Roxanne Glue Baste It.


Michele Blake - Zipper Pouch Workshop

So, after visually being inspired by all of Michele's bags, for those who signed up for her afternoon workshop, we had opportunity to make one.  Michele's wonderful teaching ability had our flat pieces of fabrics transformed into zipper pouches in just a couple of hours.

Zipper Pouch Workshop in progress and then (right) several of the finished zipper pouches 

We thank Michele for her detailed preparation in both her presentation and workshop. And, for the special drawing to win a handmade bag (Congrats! Nancy deJong)

I think we would all agree....it was a "BIG" success.  Thank you, Michele.

And, a huge thank you to Leslie White at Bernina Sewing Center for providing us a great space to meet and sew.

Our 2018 GMQG Board

Congratulations to our incoming 2018 Board. Saturday was our official voting-in of our new Board members. They are:
President:  Susan Rink
Vice President:  Valorie Kasten
Secretary:  Cindy Lammon
Treasurer:  Paige Alexander
Membership:  Nancy deJong

We appreciate each of these women's talent and time in continuing forward the success of GMQG.

Beautiful response to the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild

In less than a month, this is what your generosity was able to achieve. It is amazing! Cindy and Faye extend a huge "Thank You" to each of you that participated. You came through with abundance of quilt squares.

Additional, thanks and recognition to Leslie White, Paige Alexander, Faye Jones, Valorie Kasten and Cindy Lammon for their provisions of materials, equipment and/or time towards the quilting of the quilt.

GMQG quilt donation to Las Vegas MQG Quilt Drive to provide quilts for victims & first responders in Las Vegas
Meeting Recap:
  • We thank Bernina Sewing Center for the wonderful 25% discount on fabrics this past Saturday. 
  • We appreciate each of you coming an hour earlier for the meeting. Nancy deJong reported that we had 30 in attendance with 29 members (in which 3 were new) and one guest. 
  • It's that time of year for Membership renewal or if you have been thinking about joining this is the time. The annual GMQG Membership fee is $35.00 Cash or Check. Why join you ask?
    • You will be a part of the national Modern Quilt Guild Association (MQG) which provides access to invaluable resources, webinars, and monthly newsletters
    • You can receive a once a month 20% discount at Bernina Sewing Center
    • Participation in GMQG Workshops
    • And, other opportunities volunteered by our GMQG Membership (ie. Johnnie McKenzie sewing classes, Faye Jones creative workshops and more)
  • Our new Board are planning the 2018 GMQG monthly programs. Incoming President, Susan Rink and VP, Valorie Kasten welcome your ideas and suggestions. For those who were not able to attend this past Saturday, you can email your suggestions to Susan Rink at srink100@yahoo.com  or Valorie Kasten at spydeeland@aol.com. Please send before Friday, Nov. 17th.
  • Quilt Sewing Classes with Johnnie McKenzie. As Johnnie mentioned, these classes are "FREE" to members who would like to hone their sewing and quilting skills. Highlights of the class will be making a 16" Quilted Pillow Cover.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from one of the best.  If interested, please email Johnnie at johnniemckenzie@att.net for coordinating.
    Johnnie's sewing class project - 16" Quilted Pillow Cover
Upcoming Quilt Shows & Events:
  • Christmas is coming!!!! GMQG's Christmas Celebration will be Saturday, December 9th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. As Cindy shared this is a time to enjoy the company of each other. We will be having a light lunch and desserts, Chinese auction and of course, Show & Share.  If you would like to donate an item(s) to the auction, it is for a worthy cause. All the proceeds raised from the auction will go towards GMQG special projects and events as needed.
  • Save the Date: GMQG Retreat 2018 at Wildacres Conference Center will be Friday, April 27th thru Sunday, April 29th. Faye Jones and Sandy Helsel are in planning mode. If you have sewing ideas for the retreat's group project, they would like to hear them.  You can email email Sandy at shelsel65@gmail.com  The retreat weekend cost will be $195.00 which includes housing accommodations, meals and gratuity.
  • Save the Date: NC Quilt Symposium 2018 is going to be held at University of North Carolina - Asheville May 31, June 1-3.
  • MQG items to note:
    • Quilt entries and registration are now open for QuiltCon 2018 coming up February 22-25th. 
    • Two QuiltCon 2018 Challenges this year are both due by November 30, 2017:
      • Michael Miller - Our Yard Fabric Challenge, and
      • American Patchwork & Quilting Flying Geese
    • Mini Swap - Sign up begins September 20th. due in Feb 2018 
  • "Fresh Quilting", the MQG show is airing on our local PBS channel on Fridays at 6 am and noon.

Modern Skill Builder - Block of the Month (BOM):

Cheryl Brickey has selected for the BOM a fun and very do-able design that when combined with other blocks has a high visual impact.

The name of the block is Slab Blocks.

Designer: Cheryl Arkison of Dining Room Empire

Block size: 12" x 12" finished, (12 1/2" x 12 1/2" unfinished)

Skills this block builds: Improv, scrap use

Fabrics/Colors: Start with a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" solid white square, then add colored stripes (prints and/or solids) of the same-ish color around the white square until the block measures at least 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" then trim to size.

FYI - Cheryl Arkison's book Sunday Morning Quilts is available in the Greenville County Library for anyone who wants more instructions for slab making than are taught in the blog post.

Philanthropy:

How many quilts did you count that were made for the GHS and Julie Valentine Center kids? It was 13....I think this is our record number..... We needed confetti to fall from the ceiling and horns to blow in celebration!!! But instead, we can substitute paper confetti for the amazing colors in each of these quilts shown below in Show & Share.  The fabrics, colors and individuality of each quilt just make you feel celebration.  Thank you for your investment of creativity, materials and time for this worthy cause. You are applauded.

Show & Share:

Cindy Lammon - two quilts for charity (left) Pattern from Thimbleblossoms and (right) used various fabrics by Amy Butler

Bonnie Cunningham - quilt she made from a recent workshop with Pepper Cory
Elise Dunbar - her quilt for charity using GMQG's March Block of the Month - "X" Marks the Improv Block. Great job! 

Christopher Brickey - made a quilt for charity using the rainbow as his inspiration

Cheryl Brickey - new interpretation on the her "Plus Sign" design. In quilting, she used matching thread to fabric

Madeline Faner - a child's quilt she made for charity

Susan Rink - (left) a special friend and quilt mentor 70th B-day surprise (right) the back of the quilt...So pretty!
Michele Blake - three children's quilts for charity 
Dagmar Theordore - four patch posey quilt

Sandy Helsel - Information and photos from her trip to Houston for the International Quilt Show

Nancy deJong- (left) a whimsical Halloween wall hanging (right) two children's quilts for charity

Valorie Kasten - an improv quilt for charity

Faye Jones - (left/middle) two children's quilts for charity (right) a close-up of the center quilting on the middle quilt

Faye Jones - all about Christmas with quilted placemats, tree skirt and Santa wall hanging

Happy Thanksgiving to each of you. We have so much to be thankful for.  

We hope you will mark your calendars for next month's Christmas celebration on Saturday, December 9th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Set out your mason jar to begin saving your $1 for the Chinese auction ;-). More information will come by email as the date nears.  

2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607

864-235-5031

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Nov. 11 @ 12pm - It's All About Handmade Pouches with Michele Blake



Could we exist without a pretty zipper pouch?

Think about it......it is the "perfect" way to organize and contain multiple items in so many ways  --- our make-up, special jewelry, fingernail polish and files, small sewing tools, office supplies, crochet hooks, charging cords/earbuds, and I think each of us could list more. You could even give a personalized handmade zipper pouch with a gift card inside as a Christmas present to someone special.

This upcoming Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12:00 pm (note "special starting time"), to mix it all up, our feature program is all about sewing tips for making your own 'handmade' pouches taught by GMQG's Michele Blake.

Over the years, Michele has made some of the neatest bags and brought to our Show & Share for us to see. Thus, to have her come and present her tips is a real treat.  Then, as an added bonus, after our GMQG program meeting, Michele will be hosting a Zipper Pouch Workshop. If you are interested in joining this free workshop from 1:30 to 3pm, email Cindy Lammon at cindy@hyacinthquiltdesigns.com *Note: For those attending the workshop, please click here for Michele's supply list.

Meeting Reminders:
  • MQG Dues for 2018: You can bring this Saturday for membership renewal. The amount is $35.00 - CASH or CHECK.
  • For those who checked out a book in October from the new GMQG library, please return this month.....and be sure, to check out another one of Lucky Spool Media books. 
  • And, last, but not least, do not forget to bring your SHOW & SHARE, Philanthropy and other sewing projects for us to see, enjoy and be inspired.

From Cindy Lammon:

A special update on the quilt for Las Vegas:

We needed 30 blocks to make our quilt for the Las Vegas MQG quilt drive. As of the Sew-In day, we received 32 and a couple more a few days later. We went ahead and sewed the top together at the Sew-In on Oct 20th. The quilt is now quilted and being bound. We'll have it to show at the November meeting and will ship it on November 13th making us very close to their Nov. 15th deadline!

Thanks to all of you who submitted blocks. The LVMQG is also collecting blocks that they will make into quilts, so we will be sending the extras that have been turned in. If you would still like to make a block or two, we'll need it by our Nov 11th meeting so it can be sent with the quilt. You all are amazing - I wasn't sure we would be able to complete it in time. Thank you so much! -- Cindy

We look forward to seeing each of you, this Saturday from 12:00 pm to 1:30 at:

2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607

864-235-5031

Monday, October 16, 2017

Highlights from October 2017 Meeting

Honing Our Piecing Skills
that is 
Improv Piecing, Paper Piecing and Accurate 1/4 inch Piecing

Fabric in its various forms comes together by "piecing" to create the final design or visual look of a quilt before it is quilted.  And, this past Saturday, we had three talented GMQG members demonstrate a piecing technique in which they have honed their skills. In 15 minute intervals, we each had opportunity to rotate and have a mini lesson and for many of us, opportunity to pick up a few tricks, shortcuts or proven techniques. Thank you Valorie Kasten, Cindy Lammon and Johnnie McKenzie for sharing your expertise with us. Below are recaps from each of their respective  demonstrations:

Improv Piecing with Valorie Kasten:
Valorie sewed her strip pieces, cut strips apart by anglinig her ruler, then rearranged pieces to create an improv design. Her trick or recommendation is to take a photo when you like your improv design to refer to in the sewing process. Valorie's finished quilt utilizing improv piecing. Click here for Valorie's tutorial from this demonstration. 
Paper Piecing with Cindy Lammon:
Cindy's shortcut for successful paper piecing is using wax freezer paper for her paper piece pattern. She irons the waxy (glossy) side down to adhere pattern to fabric. When done the wax paper peels right off fabric.  Last is her quilt using this paper piecing technique. Click here to see Cindy's tutorial notes for Freezer Paper Piecing  
Accurate 1/4 Inch Piecing with Johnnie McKenzie:
Johnnie described frustrations we all face in piecing. We can sew two exact same fabric pieces together but when finished the blocks are different sizes. Why is that? Johnnie provided many insights and proven techniques for overcoming these sewing dilemmas such as iron the pieces the exact same, use an 80 weight thread, for better consistency and visibility use moleskin to mark 1/4 line on machine. Click here to see Johnnie's recommended tutorials for Accurate piecing.  

Accolades:

Congratulations to our fellow GMQG Quilters who participated in recent quilt shows and won awards. We applaud you!!!!
  • Asheville Quilt Show: 
    • Lynne Harrill, Valorie Kasten, Faye Jones, Paige Alexander and Didi Salvatierra
  • Aunt Het Show:
    • Cheryl Brickey, Nicole McClelland, Dagmar Theodore and Sue Bready
Good News:

GMQG now has a library!!!!

Paige Alexander entered our group in a contest drawing announced by Susan Woods, Editor at Lucky Spool Media to win several of their publish books. And, we are the winning recipients.  Many thanks to Susan and Lucky Spool Media.
(Left to right): Carol Alperin and Dana Blasi checking out the wonderful selection of Lucky Spool Media books
Announcements:
  1. It was wonderful to see the many new faces this past Saturday. Sandy Helsel reported we had 8 guests in attendance. We appreciate you coming and joining in with us.  We had a total of 36 present. 
  2. Thank you Paige Alexander for the quarterly financial update. She also announced our MQG dues for 2018 will remain the same at $35.00.  She will be receiving your renewal dues and/or if you would like to become a new member next month either by CASH or CHECK.
  3. Cindy's October Sew-In Day is Friday, October 20th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 
    Bernina Sewing Center. It is a relaxed, informal sewing time with lots of opportunity to visit. You can choose to bring your lunch or order with the group. For those attending, Cindy asks that you purchase a 1/2 yd of fabric at Bernina to contribute to the grand drawing where one lucky person wins it all!!

Next Month Meeting:
  1. Save the date: NOV. 11th our very own, Michele Blake will be our program guest speaker and workshop host.  Reminder note: Our meeting will begin at 12pm which will include our Guild Business, Show & Share and Michele's bag making tips. Then following, for those that signed up, Michele will be teaching a Zipper Bag Workshop. If you are interested in the workshop, contact Cindy at cindy@hyacinthquiltdesigns.com *Note: For those attending the workshop, please click here for Michele's supply list.
  2. Also, Nov. 11th, we will be voting on our new GMQG Board for 2018. Cindy Lammon reported our nominees will be:
    • President - Susan Rink
    • Vice President - Valorie Kasten
    • Treasurer - Paige Alexander
    • Secretary - Cindy Lammon
    • Membership - Nancy deJong 

Upcoming Quilt Shows & Events:
  1. Nov. 3 & 4 "The Stitches That Bind Us" Quilt Show presented by the UpCountry Quilters Guild. This year the show will be at Pickens View Wesleyan Church, 744 Bethlehem Ridge Rd., Pickens, SC 29671. Admission is $5
  2. Cobblestone Quilt Guild is hosting a workshop for "Introduction to Quilt Judging". It will by taught by certified judges Lorraine Covington & Kate Eelkema of the National Association of Certified Quilt Judging on November 10th and 11th.
  3. Save the Date: NC Quilt Symposium 2018 is going to be held at University of North Carolina - Asheville May 31, June 1-3. 
  4. MQG items to note:
    • Quilt entries and registration are now open for QuiltCon 2018 coming up February 22-25th. 
    • Two QuiltCon 2018 Challenges this year are both due by November 30, 2017:
      • Michael Miller - Our Yard Fabric Challenge, and
      • American Patchwork & Quilting Flying Geese
    • Mini Swap - Sign up begins September 20th. due in Feb 2018 
    • "Fresh Quilting", the MQG show is airing on our local PBS channel on Fridays at 6 am and noon.
Modern Skill Builder - Block of the Month (BOM):

Results of September's Block name: Aztec Block + Instruction overview video


Designer: Art Gallery Fabrics

Look at the blocks that were submitted:


Those who participated should be commended. They look FANASTIC!!! They each complement Cheryl's sampler above so well. This grouping of blocks will look so pretty in a quilt. It will be fun to see in the future!

October Block of the Month:

This month we will be supporting the Las Vegas MQG in their efforts to provide quilts to the victims and first responders involved recently in the concert mass shooting. 

Both Cindy and Faye have come up with a plan and need our quick participation in contributing quilt squares by Sew-in Day, this Friday, October 20th at Bernina Sewing Center.  Cindy will be quilting the piece and Faye will sew binding.  

Can we do it? From what our group has proven from past "special project" quilts, "YES, WE CAN"

Both Cindy and Faye provided us with a visual sample board of blocks they have already prepared for us to follow:

Here is the information you will need for making your blocks:
  • Block pattern @ Cluck, Cluck Sew:  Grayscale Quilt Block Tutorial
  • Finished block size:  10.5"
  • Note:  Press seams toward the color fabric
  • Also, if you would like to donate the backing or batting for the quilt please contact Cindy by email at cindy@hyacinthquiltdesigns.com
The finished blocks can be mailed to Cindy Lammon (contact her cindy@hyacinthquiltdesigns.com ) or dropped off at Bernina on or before Friday's Sew-in Day, October 20th. Thanks.

Philanthropy:

Did you count.....We had nine (9) quilts donated this month for the Julie Valentine Center.  Just AMAZING!!! Your ministry may not be evidenced directly, but if the response from our group in seeing your quilt, this past Saturday, is any indication, you can know a young heart will be blessed. 

Faye was so elated and wanted to convey her heartfelt thanks to each of you.

Show & Share:

I would describe this months Show & Share in one word: "Dazzle".  Dazzle because as you will see below each quilt "delighted the eyes" with creativity and color.  

Susan Sinclair - "Singularity" a Jean Nevitt MQG Quilt of the Month

Sandy Helsel - The little train that could.....applique train quilt for charity

Sue Bready- creative quilt with scrap pieces for charity

Susan Rink - two rounded cornered, colorful children's quilts for charity

Didi Salvatierra - (left) Patriotic flair quilt using a tutorial from Cindy Lammon (right) her vibrant "improv" wall hanging

Carol Alperin- quilted two quilts for clients (left) Tula pink fabric (right) Scott Murkin quilt pattern 

Johnnie McKenzie - her interpretation of pattern "This Way" Secondary Design by Judi Madsen

Dana Blasi - is with photo only- because her "ornament with cat paw" quilt sold to a proud recipient whose has just that cat  

Valorie Kasten - two charity quilts (left) Three Bluebirds quilt (right) effectively combining batik and patterned fabric

Valorie Kasten - Her quilt from a Denise Schmidt's class at QuiltCon 2017 called "Veronica's Paper Airplanes"

Faye Jones - two charity quilts designed by her (left) was made with September Block of the Months (right) Paper Doll quilt 

Faye Jones - "Tangle" inspired by Sherri Lynn Woods Modern Improv Handbook Techniques 

Cindy Lammon - (left) Charity quilt using plus block on point and (right) Backpack bag for daughter from Noodlehead 

As the holidays near, take time, in October to be inspired at one of many local art shows or outdoors enjoying the fall foliage. We look forward to meeting up again either at Sew-In this Friday, October 20th or next month November 11th at:

2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607

864-235-5031





Sunday, October 8, 2017

GMQG Piecing Extravaganza --- this Saturday, October 14th

Fall is officially here........and Greenville Modern Quilt Guild has a great line-up of programs for you. Take a look at what is coming up: 



OCTOBER
   October 14, 2017: 1-3 pm at Bernina
  • Program: Piecing Round Robin: Accurate 1/4 inch, Freezer Paper Piecing and Improv Piecing!

NOVEMBER
   November 11, 2017:  12- 1pm GMQG meeting and 1-3 pm Michele Blake workshop at  Bernina
  • Workshop: Bag Making and Zippers 
  • Voting for new officers

DECEMBER
   December 9, 2017:  12-3 pm at Bernina
  • Christmas Luncheon
  • Chinese Auction

It all begins, this Saturday, October 14th with what we are calling a Round Robin Extravaganza. Our feature topic is "Piecing". We are going to have three demonstration tables where one of our own GMQG member's will showcase and demo a different piecing technique. You will be able to rotate and attend all three. What better way to add to your quilting expertise.

PLUS, do not forget to bring your Show & Share, Philanthropy quilts and September BOM. As a reminder, the latter details are below:  

September Block of the Month

Just a reminder of our BOM pattern with Half Square Triangles (HST) to challenge us. Below is the information, video link and pattern notes to get you started:

Block name: Aztec Block + Instruction overview video


Designer: Art Gallery Fabrics

Block size: 15 1/2" x 18 1/2"

Skills this block builds: Interesting technique for HSTs  

Fabrics/Colors: Dark blue and Yellow

Pattern Notes: 
This pattern contains an error. Please read through these edits for a successful block.
  1. When making the HST, draw the diagonal line on the yellow 10" sq and press seams towards the blue fabric.
  2. When cutting the HST in half then half again, your cut lines will be at 4 3/4" and then 2 3/8".
  3. Do NOT cut all 4 of your HST according to Diagram 3. Follow the following cutting diagram attached.

So, come enjoy a Fall afternoon with us this Saturday, October 14th from 1pm - 3pm at:

2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607

864-235-5031

Friday, September 15, 2017

Highlights from September 2017 Meeting

Quilt show wisdom from our guest:

Quilt Judge
Irene Grimes



This past Saturday, September 9th, GMQG had opportunity to welcome a special guest from North Carolina, Ms. Irene Grimes whose presentation was on "Quilt Show Wisdom" from a Quilt Judge point of view. I think we can all agree, her message was both insightful and inspirational along with good practical advice.

Irene is an award-winning quilter and paper piecing pattern designer. Her patterns can be found on her website at Patchwork & Pastry. In addition to her love of quilting, Irene is pursuing her certification with the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ). It is her expertise as a quilt judge that our discussion focused on this past Saturday.

In her presentation, she provided fuel for thought when entering a quilt show as well as the judge's perspective when judging an individual quilt entry in a show.  I liked how she started:
  • Do not be intimidated -- Enter your quilt in a show
    • You gain invaluable critique that can be both positive and negative (judges comments can be productive and constructive for improvement in technique)
  • Select the best category for your quilt entry
    • In each show, the categories vary so important to find the best category fit for your entry: is it modern, traditional, improvisational, etc.
    • The wrong category can mean not winning
  • If possible, learn who will be judging the show
    • Knowing their expertise will provide understanding to comments on your quilt entry
    • What is important to them in judging a piece? is it the fabric color, creativity, the binding being the same width on both sides or can the front be narrower and back wider etc.
  • Analyze what is your motivation for entering a quilt show:
    • Enjoyment
    • Publicity 
    • Income
  • And, have thick-skin
One of Irene's favorite parts in her quilt judging experience has been those opportunities to shadow a more seasoned judge. Her observation as well as listening to their process in judging a quilt was invaluable.

Of course, Irene has adapted her own process of judging a quilt. Here are a few of her checklist items:
  • First impressions:
    • Does the quilt hold her attention for 3 seconds or longer - striking composition
    • Fabric and color combinations 
    • Is it well thought out
    • Is it original design (or from a kit)
  • Technique:
    • Reviewing the quilt binding - Feeling the entire perimeter of the quilt to see if the fold is to the edge
    • Scanning the surface of the quilt for the fabric piecing - 
      • Are the corners squared, no points cut off, straight edges or wobbly edges
      • Overall sewing techniques
    • Quilting - 
      • Was it hand or machine quilted
      • If long-arm used, was it hand-guided or computerized
  • Title of the Quilt entry - and in some cases the written overview about the quilt piece

As she concluded, Irene showed us several of her quilts, pinpointing on some, "what not to do" and the reasons why.  And, for those who brought quilts, it was interesting to hear Irene's comments with her judge's hat on.

Overall, I think Irene's presentation addressed to each of us, that the art and science of quiltmaking is still very present.  

We hope you will come again, Irene.  Thank you.

Recognitions:


Congratulations Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander on their new book Modern Plus Sign Quilts.

It's coming March 2018. You can pre-order on Amazon or purchase from Bernina Sewing Center when it arrives.

It is a tremendous feat....so kudos to them both.  And, as Leslie White mentioned, there will be a book signing at Bernina Sewing Center.... so stay tuned!!!!



Congratulations to Valorie Kasten who has a quilt on tour with Hoffman Fabrics 2017 Traveling Show. Impressive!!!

And, Carol Alperin, has a quilt accepted into the September MQX Quilt Festival in Springfield, IL. We wish you the BEST!

Announcements:

  1. We had a great group in attendance Saturday. Nancy deJong reported we had a total of 35 consisting of 30 members, 2 new members and 3 guests (welcome!). In addition, Paige Alexander updated us on the GMQG financials.
  2. Cindy Lammon provided several organizations to us where we can donate a quilt for the Harvey Hurricane victims. Here are their respective URL's to learn about their quilt drives: The Quilt Haus , Art Gallery Fabrics and The Linus Connection
  3. Cindy Lammon, Paige Alexander and Nancy deJong are our nominating committee for this year's Board election. According to our Bylaws, they will report the new slate of officers at the October 14th meeting. Then, as a group, we will vote in November.
  4. Sandy Helsel will be attending the Houston International Quilt Festival in November. Please contact her if you would like to find a quilt item. 
  5. Cindy's October Sew-In Day is upcoming on Friday, October 20th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 
    Bernina Sewing Center. It is a relaxed, informal sewing time with lots of opportunity to visit. You come can choose to bring your lunch or order with the group. For those attending, Cindy asks that you purchase a 1/2 yd of fabric at Bernina to contribute to the grand drawing where one lucky person wins it all!!!

Upcoming Quilt Shows & Events:
  1. Western North Carolina Quilters Guild is hosting Pepper Cory for a lecture/workshop on "the Art of Real Scrap Quilting" September 21-22. The cost is $35. Contact Sarah Bookspan for more information.
  2. Aunt Het Quilt Show, October 7-8, 2017 hosted by Nimble Thimble Quilt Guild. 
  3. Asheville Quilt Guild has their 35th Quilt Show coming up September 29th - October 1st.
  4. Quilts on Parade Quilt Show, November 3rd & 4th, 2017 hosted by Upcountry Quilters Guild
  5. Cobblestone Quilt Guild is hosting a workshop for "Introduction to Quilt Judging". It will by taught by certified judges Lorraine Covington & Kate Eelkema of the National Association of Certified Quilt Judging on November 10th and 11th.
  6. Save the Date: NC Quilt Symposium 2018 is going to be held at University of North Carolina - Asheville May 31, June 1-3. 
  7. MQG items to note:
    • Quilt entries and registration are now open for QuiltCon 2018 coming up February 22-25th. 
    • Two QuiltCon 2018 Challenges this year are both due by November 30, 2017:
      • Michael Miller - Our Yard Fabric Challenge, and
      • American Patchwork & Quilting Flying Geese
    • Mini Swap - Sign up begins September 20th. due in Feb 2018 
    • "Fresh Quilting", the MQG show is airing on our local PBS channel on Fridays at 6 am and noon

Modern Skill Builder - Block of the Month (BOM):

GREAT job GMQG.....you delivered abundantly with  the August Block of the Month --Improv Stripes. Does this not look like a table of "Possibilities".  Thank you to all who contributed this month.
   
Block name: Improv Stripes Block

Designer: Debbie of A Quilter's Table

Block size: no defined size, any width and height




September Block of the Month

This month Cheryl Brickey has selected a pattern with Half Square Triangles (HST) to challenge us. Below are the information, video link and pattern notes to get you started:

Block name: Aztec Block + Instruction overview video


Designer: Art Gallery Fabrics

Block size: 15 1/2" x 18 1/2"

Skills this block builds: Interesting technique for HSTs  

Fabrics/Colors: Dark blue and Yellow

Pattern Notes: 
This pattern contains an error. Please read through these edits for a successful block.
  1. When making the HST, draw the diagonal line on the yellow 10" sq and press seams towards the blue fabric.
  2. When cutting the HST in half then half again, your cut lines will be at 4 3/4" and then 2 3/8".
  3. Do NOT cut all 4 of your HST according to Diagram 3. Follow the following cutting diagram attached.

Philanthropy:

As Cindy and Faye mentioned, we have seen over these past few weeks, the storm devastation in Texas and Florida. So, the call out this month is to send quilts to the organizations listed in the announcements above who are collecting quilts for these areas.

And did you count, we had seven (7) quilts for the GHS and Julie Valentine Center this month. You can see them in the Show & Share below.  They are literally a visual delight. We know they were sewn with a lot of love and given with hope of great blessing.

Show & Share

Elise Dunbar- challenging her skills with March BOM. They look great! We will stay tuned to see more.

Bonnie Cunningham - bringing in the Fall season with a beautiful maple leaf table runner
Darleen Sanford- Wonky improv log cabin quilt for Charity

Sandy Helsel- she appropriately named her quilt "Emerging Roads"
Didi Salvatierra - tranformed GMQG August's BOM (right) into a beautiful quilt for Charity (left)

Dagmar Theodore- brought to life an Elizabeth Hartman pattern named "Dogs in Sweaters"

Susan Rink - had 3 children quilts that were in the "just about done" phase- now completed she is donating all to Charity

Carol Alperin- (Left) Flannel quilt for Charity and (Right) Kimberly Einmo star pattern

Nancy deJong-(Left) her batik quilt for sister (Center) A++ on her Schlep Bag & (Right) her Meadow Mist Mystery Quilt 

(Left): Faye Jones and her sister, Cindy Clifton, completed quilt for a wedding gift  (Right) Faye's Boho Baby Quilt

Faye Jones - Is it a quilt or work of art? Faye named it "the Gossips"

Cindy Lammon: Charity quilt using a pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew called Strip'n Flip

Next Month:

Come join us for October's Round Robin Piecing Extravaganza where you will see actual demonstrations of "accurate" quarter inch piecing, paper piecing and more. We hope you will Save-the-Date for Saturday, October 14th from 1pm - 3pm at:

2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607

864-235-5031