Monday, June 11, 2018

highlights from the June 2018 meeting


What an inspiring presentation we had this Saturday, from two of our newest members, Travis Seward and Catherine Paul! They both shared their backgrounds, their inspirations and reminded us to let go of fear and comparison. The difference between art and craft? That was a lively discussion!

Thank you Travis and Catherine for such a great program!

Catherine's Studio is in the Greenville Center for Creative Arts and is open on First Fridays.







Announcements:
  • 35 members and 6 visitors joined us for our June meeting!

Quilt Presentation to Leslie White:

  • We were thrilled to present the Bernina Store owner, Leslie White, with a quilt to thank her for welcoming us into her shop and allowing us to use the classroom space at no cost every month.
  • Didi Salvatierra spearheaded the project and provided border fabric for all of the blocks that were then made by our members using scraps from their stash.
  • Cindy Lammon assembled the quilt top, Carol Alperin machine quilted it and Paige Alexander bound the quilt.
  • We think Leslie was genuinely surprised!



Shop News:

  • The Carolina Shop Hop is July 20 - 28, 2018 and Bernina, We're in Stitches is participating. The theme is "Summer in the Carolinas" and each shop will have a 12" x 18" block space. There are lots of prizes for hoppers including sewing machines!
  • Check the shop for Summer classes including Fabric Collage and Jelly Roll Rug.

Upcoming Events:

  • Columbia Quilt Expo is July 20-21. Entries will be accepted from June 11 to June 14, 2018.
  • The Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild is hosting instructor, Anita Grossman Solomon who will present her "Two-Color Pineapple Block" class on Jul 27, 2018. Cost for non-members is $85 for the 6-hour class plus the cost of Anita's book (around $10).
  • We will have a scissor sharpener at our August 11, 2018 meeting. The cost is $15 per scissors, straight and pinking.
  • QuiltCon is February 21-24, 2019 in Nashville, TN. Information can be found at quiltcon.com. Registration for classes and passes opens on June 26, 2018 for MQG members.
  • Our next Sew-In is June 15, 2018 at the Bernina Store. All are welcome. Bring your own projects to work on and please purchase 1/2 yard of fabric in the store to be used as a door prize.

Upcoming Activities:

  • A mini quilt swap has been organized with the Charleston and Columbia MQGs! The reps for our guild are Paige Alexander, Michelle Blake and Nicole McClelland. Please follow this link for all the details: South Carolina MQG Swap
  • We are participating in the MQG Charity Challenge. Watch for more information to come.
  • We are excited to host Yvonne Fuchs for a lecture and workshop on Friday, October 12, 2018 and a workshop on Saturday, October 13, 2018. The workshop is limited to 20 participants and filled during sign-ups at our June meeting. Please contact Cindy at cindy@hyacinthquiltdesigns.com to be added to the wait list. Follow this link for all the details: 2018 Workshop Announcement
  • Upcoming Meetings: July 14 - Round Robin, August 11 - Guild Challenge (see this post for Challenge Rules)

Philanthropy:

  • 8 quilts were donated this month for our Charity Program. Thank you!

Block of the Month:

  • This month we'll be making the Polaroid Block. Follow the link for the video tutorial.
  • Trim to 6.5" x 6.5" for a finished size of 6" x 6"
  • Here's what you'll need to make the block:
    • 1 - 2.5" x 2.5" novelty print for picture
    • 2 - 1" x 2.5" white for picture frame
    • 1 - 1" x 3.5" white for picture frame
    • 1 - 1.5" x 3.5" white for picture frame
    • 2 - 2.5" x 4" background (any color)
    • 2 - 2.5" x 7.5" background

Show and Share


Mary Ann Rosenberg - Sailboat Quilt made from her Dad's shirts
Mary Ann Rosenberg - Charity Quilts


Mary Ann Rosenberg - 6 tops that need quilting for charity

Michelle Blake - Charity Quilts including "Row Addition" made from BOM Improv Stripes

Leslie Riekert - Sampler quilt made with many blocks from Pat Sloan's Splendid Sampler

Darlene Morse - Raffle Quilt for Nimble Thimbles QG - pattern is Carnival
Faye Jones - Scrap Quilt and Charity Quilt

Helen Hale - Two baby Quilt Tops

Sue Sinclair - Gypsy Wife Quilt
Valerie Kasten - Pineapple Quilt and Charity Quilt

Didi Salvatierra - Mondrian inspired Swap quilt and I-Spy Quilt

Mitzie Schafer - Dandy Ridge (Mitzie's pattern)  and Lonestar Variation

Cheryl Brickey - Plus BOM QAL quilt and Chalk in Modern Quilts Unlimited

Cheryl Brickey - Isosceles Addition in Love Patchwork and Quilting and Charity Quilt

Paige Alexander - Pineapple Tablerunner and Linked Within Quilt in the Quilter's Planner

Susan Rink - Hexagon Placemat
Cindy Lammon - Charity Quilt and Bjorn Bear pattern by Elizabeth Hartman
Our next meeting is Saturday, July 14, 2018. Hope you can join us at:
2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607

864-235-5031

Sunday, June 10, 2018

South Carolina MQG Swap

We are excited to announce that our guild is participating in the South Carolina Modern Quilt Guild Swap!


Representatives from each of the three MQGs in SC have organized a mini quilt swap. The reps are:
  • Greenville MQG: Michelle Blake, Nicole McClellan, and Paige Alexander
  • Charleston MQG: Phoebe Harrell and Geri Smith
  • Columbia MQG: Mitzie Schafer and Nicole McLaughlin

Registration is now open! Register by following this link: https://goo.gl/forms/C0y87pHX8T4etepV2

Please read the details before registering:

  • You must be a member of one of the SC guilds.
  • Make a mini quilt with no side larger than 24" and no smaller than 12".
  • Theme: "Personalize It" - get to know your partner using their form and make something you know they will love!
  • No extras please. Just the mini swap.
  • The social media hashtag is #SCMQGSWAP
  • If you're on Instagram, post progress shots by the deadline.
  • Members without an Instagram account can still participate. Simply provide progress shots by the deadline dates to any of the GMQG reps, so they know you are on track.

Important Dates:

  • Registration Deadline: July 15, 2018
  • Partner Matches: August 5, 2018
  • Progress Shot #1, Fabric Pull: September 1, 2018
  • Progress Shot #2, some piecing done on the top: October 6, 2018
  • Final Swap: Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 11 AM at the Columbia Creative Sewing Center in Columbia, SC, 519 12th St, West Columbia, SC 29169 (you need not be present to participate in the swap).

We are excited and hoping for high participation!

Registration Details:

  • We ask that you only sign up if you believe that you can finish the mini on time. We don't want any of our folks NOT to get their mini. We will have angels, but we hope not to have to use them. If you find you can't finish, please let one of your reps know ASAP so your angel has time to complete something of quality.
  • You will be matched with someone outside your guild.
  • Fill out the form to register. Your information will be compiled and shared with your partner so he/she can make you something that you will just love - something "personal". And thanks for playing!
  • Register at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/C0y87pHX8T4etepV2

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

2018 Workshop Announcement

Greenville Modern Quilt Guild is excited to announce a Fall lecture and workshop with Yvonne Fuchs!

See below for information on Early Bird pricing.


Yvonne Fuchs has been quilting for 20+ years. In her earlier career, Yvonne worked as an aerospace engineer until April 2014, when she radically redesigned her life to focus on her physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Her company name, Quilting Jetgirl, is a blend of her professional histories and the tagline "Sewing at the Speed of Sound" is a nod to her work on the second privately funded (non-government) vehicle to break the sound barrier. Yvonne is a Quilter, Designer, Tech Editor and Blogger with a love for monochromatic minimal quilts. She often explores transparency in her designs and considers being transparent as a life challenge: removing the sense of needing to live behind a veil of secrecy and living fully and authentically.

Find Yvonne on social media at:


Friday, October 12, 2018 - Lecture by Yvonne Fuchs
  • Open to all, takes the place of our October Guild meeting, free for GMQG members.
  • Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Lecture at 7 p.m.
  • Lecture topic to be determined. 

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - Workshop with Yvonne Fuchs
  • Limited to 20 participants, pre-registration is required, see pricing information below.
  • 6 Hour Workshop - 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Workshop Topic: Transparency - Learn how to evaluate fabric choices for transparency overlay and about how the visual relationship between different colors, print sizes, and tones can be balanced in your quilts by working through the Triangle Transparency pattern. Traditional piecing techniques will be explored, with additional insights into precision piecing and how to work with directional fabrics. 


Triangle Transparency

Sign-ups begin Saturday, June 9, 2018

  • In order to assure we have sufficient interest in the class to cover nonrefundable airfare expenses, we are asking members to sign up and pay for the workshop by July 14, 2018 (our July guild meeting). We will need to cancel the workshop if the minimal participation is not met by the registration deadline.
  • Early Bird pricing for the workshop is only $45 for GMQG members until June 30, 2018. On July 1, 2018, the cost of the workshop will go to $50 for GMQG members and registration will open to non-members at a cost of $60. The cost of the workshop includes the Triangle Transparency pattern.
  • If you are unable to attend the June meeting, please send your registration check to Paige Alexander. Contact Cindy at cindy@hyacinthquiltdesigns.com for more information.
  • The lecture and Workshop will be held at the Bernina Sewing Center, our regular meeting location.
  • The Friday night lecture is free to Greenville MQG members. Non-members will be charged $5.

You don't want to miss this opportunity to take this QuiltCon class with your friends and fellow guild members at a great savings!

Sunburst Transparency pattern by Yvonne



Friday, June 1, 2018

June 9, 2018 - Featuring the Work of two of our members

We're in for a treat this week as two of our newest members will be sharing their quilting journeys and creations!


Catherine Paul is a talented quilter, working from her space in the Greenville Studio for Creative Arts. We're looking forward to a glimpse into her studio!


Travis Seward has shared his recent work during our Show and Share segments. This month, we'll have the privilege of learning more about his journey as a quilter.


A few reminders:

  • Bring your Block of the Month - 3-D Bow Ties, using the same fabric for the knot and tie pieces.
  • Please return all library books checked out last month.
  • We look forward to seeing your latest creations at Show and Share!

Please join us on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 1-3 pm at:
2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Hosting a Quilter's Journey

Isn't it great how quilters are able to connect, share and find fellowship with other quilters wherever they go? On Friday, May 25th, 2018 our guild hosted a group of traveling quilters from the UK, Spain and the US. The tour group was organized by Friendship Force of NC, which offers people from around the globe the opportunity to travel and experience the uniqueness of an area through local residents.

Our guild members came together and provided a Show and Share of our quilts, demonstrations of techniques, refreshments and a chance to learn more about modern quilting. We even provided each visitor with a hand-made tote, created by our talented members!

What a fun afternoon we had! Please enjoy some of the highlights from the day!

Introductions

Mountain Quilt created by our guest quilters

Michelle Blake

Lynne Harrill

Cheryl Brickey

Paige Alexander

Faye Jones demo

Paige Alexander demo

Monday, May 14, 2018

Highlights from the May 2018 Meeting

Improv Piecing Workshop



Improvisational Piecing can be a freeing, no rules method of creating beautiful modern quilts. A group of enthusiastic members enjoyed a workshop with our own, Didi Salvatierra, this Saturday after our regular business meeting. Amid piles of colorful fabrics and scraps, machines were buzzing as we created some unique pieced fabrics.

Didi taught us that "the possibilities are endless"!

Visit Didi's website at:
didiquilts.com.









Announcements:

We welcomed 25 members and 2 guests at this month's meeting!

Congratulations!:

  • Congrats to our members who won ribbons at the Foothills Piecemakers 2018 Quilt Show: Carol Alperin, Johellen George, Dagmar Theodore, Darlene Sanford, Cheryl Brickey, Sarah Wannamaker, and Rita Sanssone.

Retreat Wrap-up:

  • Thank you to Sandy Helsel and Faye Jones for organizing this year's retreat. 
  • The retreat capacity will be capped at 24 and the hope is to expand the stay to 3 nights in 2019.
  • The optional project this year was a journal cover and we saw several of them in our Show and Share this month. If you're inspired to make your own, you'll find these free tutorials helpful:


Shop News:

  • 2018 Quilter's Planners are 50% off.
  • Be sure to check out the new classes on Fabric Collage.
  • Classes on making children's clothing coming this summer.

Membership News:

  • Reminder that Member Directories are now available from Nancy de Jong.

Upcoming Events:

  • NC Quilt Symposium is May 31, June 1-3 at UNC Asheville.
  • Quilters of SC will have a quilt exhibit at the Columbia Quilt Expo on July 20-21. We encourage our members to enter a quilt. Registration guidelines and forms can be found on the QSC website, quiltersofsc.org. Please note registration forms must be post marked between June 11 and June 14.
  • The Asheville Quilt Guild is hosting Grace Errea for a 2 day workshop on Impressionist Appliqué. The workshop will be held June 20-21, and you need not be a member to attend. More information can be found here.

Sew-In

  • Our next Sew-In is June 15 from 2-10 p.m. at the Bernina Store. (Note corrected date!)

Journey of Quilters:

  • Members are invited to join us on Friday, May 25 at 1:30 p.m., as we host an event for a Quilter's Tour Group at the Bernina Store. It should be a fun afternoon with Show and Share, demos and refreshments. No need to register!

Upcoming Meetings:

  • June 9 - Trunk Show featuring 2 of our own members.
  • July 14 - Round Robin
  • August 11 - Guild Challenge reveal.

Philanthropy:

  • Faye Jones announced that we have received a donation of fabric from the family of a local quilter who has recently passed away. Please feel free to take any of the fabric to use in your charity projects.

Block of the Month:


  • This month's block is the Dimensional Bow Tie.
  • Follow the link for the tutorial. Starting with 2 1/2" squares will result in a 4" block, but feel free to start with 2 1/2", 3" or 3 1/2" squares.
  • Use contrasting colors, using the same fabric for the knot and tie pieces.

MQG Charity Challenge:

  • Sign-ups begin May 25 for the MQG's 2019 Charity Challenge. Our guild would like to make a group quilt this year, to be shown at QuiltCon 2019 and then donated to a local charity. The quilt must be submitted by Feb. 8, 2019.
  • We need 2 volunteers to organize the effort. Valorie Kasten will serve as an advisor. Please contact Susan Rink (srink100@yahoo.com) if you're interested.
  • This year's challenge is to make a twin size quilt with the theme Small Piecing. You can find all the details and the color palette on the QuiltCon website here.

Library:

  • A new book on Improv Piecing was donated to our library this month and will be available for check-out next month.
  • A reminder to please return books after one month.

Show and Share:

Sarah Wannamaker

Didi Salvatierra

Ruth - Charity quilt

Marcia Givens
Marcia Givens - notebook cover

Travis Seward - notebook cover

Sarah Snider - notebook cover

Nancy Schlepphorst - Charity quilt

Dana Blasi - "What would you like for the world?"
Mitzi Schafer
Diane Bienick
Valorie Kasten - Riley Blake Challenge and Charity quilt
Susan Rink - Schlep Bag

Laura Hall - notebook cover
Faye Jones - Charity quilt and notebook cover
Please join us for our next meeting 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at:
2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607

864-235-5031