Thursday, May 18, 2017

Highlights from May 2017 Meeting

May's meeting and workshop featured modern quilter and designer Michelle Wilke. May 12th was a rainy Friday night, but our meeting was full of color and inspiration!

Michelle not only shared her beautiful modern quilts along with the design inspiration for each, but introduced us to the idea of finding design inspiration all around us. 

She let us in on some of her design tools such as Design Seeds for pre-selected sparks and palettes, Play Crafts Palette Tool for creating a palette from your image, and Quilt Canvas, an online quilt design program.


On Saturday, May 13th, twenty of our members came back for more and experienced a hands-on quilt design workshop. We got a closer look at Michelle's quilts including this one, that features Ultra Wavy Quilting, a technique tutorial from Better Off Thread. We also loved the way Michelle often matches the binding color to her piecing. (Tutorial can be found at A Quilter's Table)

Altitudinal Ecosystem

Michelle's "Sunday Best" quilt is beautiful and she shared the story of how she improv pieced each of the blocks every Sunday as a way of distressing from the week.

Sunday Best


Even the quilt backs were beautiful...

Negative Crosswalk (back)

Michelle walked us through a series of design exercises, that stretched us out of our comfort zones, but then surprised us with what we were able to create.

Marilyn Hagopian, Garen Sherwood, Madeline Faner, Pat Davies

Cheryl Brickey

We designed on our own, and then shared our designs in small groups, with several people later sharing to the whole group.

Nicole McClelland and Susan Rink

Advice was readily available!

Jen Mosser and Michelle Wilke

Michelle's Bee Block inspired by road signs

Many of us were fascinated by Michelle's journal where she documents all of her quilt designs, including fabric swatches and measurements.

We may have all started out a bit uncomfortable with the idea of quilt design, but everyone walked away with a smile - pretty proud of what they'd learned and accomplished. Michelle did a wonderful job teaching us that modern quilt design is really not too scary!

Michelle also administers the Facebook group Quilt Design a Day, a good place to continue the design challenge!

Thank you, Michelle, for coming to Greenville!!!

Next Month

Our June meeting is right around the corner.....where we are having a mini trunk show featuring two of our GMQG members and their quilting journey.  Come join us on Saturday, June 10th from 1:00pm - 3:00pm at:

2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Get Ready......Michelle Wilkie Workshop is this Friday & Saturday - May 12th & 13th

Greenville Modern Quilt Guild

Welcomes to Greenville, SC

Michelle Wilkie

Modern Quilt Design- Every Day Inspiration


Lecture & Workshop Agenda

May 12th, Friday evening 6:30pm at Bernina Sewing Center
Lecture: The Skill of Quilt Design
All are welcomed
Cost: Free to members; non-members $5
Light refreshments will be served

Program feature:
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 at Bernina Sewing Center
Workshop: Modern Quilt Design: Every Day Inspiration
Workshop is FULL and limited to those pre-registered

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.

Workshop reminders

Bring your inspiration photos!!!

You can bring a lunch or order at 2Chefs Eastside by this Friday [For convenience, Faye is going to pick up the ordered lunches and bring them Saturday morning.

If you have questions or need a supply list please contact
Cindy Lammon at

The workshop starts promptly at 10 a.m. so arrive earlier to set up your sewing station. 

Please leave parking spaces around Bernina Sewing Center for customers. Additional parking is available next door to the left of the shop. 

Next Month- Save the Date

GMQG will meet Saturday, June 10th and will resume a normal program with Show and Share and Block of the Month. 

2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607