Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Plan for GMQG Upcoming "May" Workshop: Modern Quilt Design-Every Day Inspiration

Make your plans to attend the
Greenville Modern Quilt Guild Workshop
with guest lecturer & quilt designer

Michelle Wilkie

Friday, May 12th at 6:30pm
Saturday, May 13th from 10am - 4pm
Bernina Sewing Center
in Greenville, South Carolina

Our feature guest, prize winning quilter, Michelle Wilkie has a love for modern quilting and design, which allows her to incorporate both her passion of art and STEM background. Michelle, who is based in North Carolina, is a regular contributor to Modern Quilt Guild and Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine. She has taught classes for over 15 years to both experienced and newcomers to the art of quilting. Her quilt workshops include Techniques of Quilt Designing, Improvisational Piecing, Hand Piecing and more.

Like many of us, Michelle enjoys challenging herself in quilt design competitions where she has done well. She was the winning entry for the Designer's Choice Award on Threadbias & Penguin+ Fish, Jungle Ave Quilt Design Competition (Sara Lawson @ Sew Sweetness, Quilt Now) and Cloud 9 Cirrus Solids February Block of the Month.

You can learn more about Michelle and her quilt designs through her blog at Factotum of Arts and Instagram.

Workshop Agenda

May 12th, Friday evening 6:30pm
Lecture: The Skill of Quilt Design

Quilt design, like most creative activities, is not second nature to most people. There are several facets to consider when designing, such as how to see and find inspiration, how to take an initial design and edit it, finding your own style then taking it from an idea to reality. 

Michelle will share her discovery and journey of quilt design. She will discuss where she finds inspiration, the importance of visualizing your ideas and how that translates into her quilts.

May 13th, Saturday 10am - 4pm
Workshop: Modern Quilt Design: Every Day Inspiration

Find out more about this photo at the workshop
This class will illustrate and step you through how to create a modern quilt design using inspiration from everyday things around you. Once you have a design, skills to turn that design into reality will be shared.

Class Structure:
  • Introduction
  • Instructor lead topics & exercises (4 topic areas and design opportunity)
  • Making your own block

Workshop Details

  • Friday, May 12th starts with refreshments at 6:30pm and lecture discussion beginning at 7:00pm
    • Lecture is FREE to members & shop employees
    • $5 to non-members. 
    • No need to sign-up. 
  • Saturday, May 13th workshop will be 10am - 4pm
    • $35 for members, payable by check or cash
    • Sign-ups will begin in February - see Dana Blasi
      • Minimum 14 students, maximum is 20
      • You will receive a supply list when you sign up
    • Attendees may bring your own lunch or order an individual lunch with 2 Chefs (more info. to come)
    • After March 11th, we will open it to non-members for a cost of $50 

If you are unable to sign-up at the February meeting, contact Dana Blasi at

We invite you to come join us for this innovative challenge and inspire possibilities in your modern quilt designs.

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