Monday, October 15, 2018

Highlights from the October 2018 Meeting

October brought a very special guest to Greenville MQG! Yvonne Fuchs from Quilting Jet Girl traveled from California to share her tips, tricks and designs for creating transparency in quilts.

We enjoyed a lecture and mini trunk show on Friday evening, followed by a workshop on Saturday. Twenty of our members participated in a fun, relaxed and inspirational class on making Yvonne's Triangle Transparency pattern.

We not only enjoyed the pleasure of sewing together, but found inspiration in each person's fabric choices and interpretation of the design. Some of the highlights of the weekend in pictures:


  • In case you missed it, this month's announcements can be found in the previous post.

2019 Survey

  • If you haven't completed a survey yet, we would appreciate you taking a few minutes to do so. Your input will be a valuable tool in planning programs and activities for next year.
  • GMQG 2019 Survey

November meeting

Hope you can join us for our next meeting on November 10, 2018 from 1-3 pm at:
2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607

Friday, October 5, 2018

October 2018 - Yvonne Fuchs and Important Information

We're excited and honored to have a special guest this month! Scroll down for all the details. We won't be having a regular business meeting in October, so first up, here are some important things you need to know:

2019 Slate of Officers

  • The election of new officers will take place at our regular November meeting. The Nominating Committee has recommended the following members to serve on the Board in 2019:
    • President - Elise Dunbar
    • Vice president - Valorie Kasten
    • Secretary - Cindy Lammon
    • Treasurer - Paige Alexander
    • Membership - Sandy Helsel and Dagmar Theodore

2019 Dues

  • Your guild membership dues are due by the end of November. Please turn in your cash or check for $50 to Paige Alexander, our treasurer, at the October or November meetings. You can also mail your payment to Paige (you'll find her address in your directory).

November Workshop

  • Cheryl Brickey will be conducting a free workshop, "Subtracting for Minimalism" on Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The workshop is currently full, but if would like to be added to the Wait List, please contact Valorie at

Junior membership

  • The Board has approved a proposal to create a Junior Membership for our guild. This would be available to anyone 18 and under, and offer the full benefits of membership at half the cost. The membership will vote on this proposal at the November meeting and if passed, it will become effective immediately.

December Meeting Luncheon and Auction

  • We are providing lunch and hope you can join us at Bernina on December 8 from 12 to 3 p.m. To get an idea of how much food we'll need, we ask that you RSVP at the November meeting or email Sandy Helsel at by Nov. 24.
  • In addition to lunch, we will also have our annual Lottery Auction (aka Chinese Auction). This is a great opportunity to go home with some wonderful items and is our guild's only fundraiser.
  • How does the auction work? You can buy as few or as many tickets as you like for $1 each. Then use your tickets to bid on any item(s) you want to win by placing one or more tickets in the "hat" for that item.
  • It's time to start looking for items you'd like to donate to the auction! Donations should be new or nearly new and can be quilt-related, holiday-related, educational, and decorative. Some suggestions are gift certificates, books, fat quarter bundles, Charm packs, quilted items or quilts, sewing tools, gift/snack baskets, artwork and centerpieces. Please bring your donations to the December meeting.

Block of the Month

  • Our next Block of the Month is the Bulls Eye Block and will be due at the November meeting.
  • In addition to our regular BOM, we will also be having an "Amnesty Block" collection. Blocks from previous months may be brought in (maybe blocks were started and not finished) or bring back blocks you brought home, but couldn't come up with a good idea for using them.

Show and Share

  • Because of our Friday evening lecture with Yvonne Fuchs, there will be no regular Show and Share this month. Save your latest makes for our November meeting!
  • Please do bring any quilts that you've made using Yvonne's patterns to Show and Share on Friday evening or Saturday.

2019 Guild Survey

  • As the Board begins planning programs and activities for 2019, we'd love to have your input! We've created an online survey and ask that you complete it by November 10. We will also have paper copies at the November meeting if you prefer.
  • Click on the link to be taken directly to the survey. And thank you!
  • 2019 GMQG Survey

Yvonne Fuchs Lecture and Workshop

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, Oct. 12 - Lecture, "Transparency Color Selection Tips and Tricks"

  • Doors open at 6 p.m. and the lecture begins at 7 p.m.
  • The lecture is free for GMQG members. This is a great opportunity to bring along a friend/guest! Guests will be charged $5.
  • If you are taking Yvonne's Workshop on Saturday and would like her help with your fabric selection, feel free to bring your fabrics to the lecture for Yvonne's advice.

Saturday, Oct. 13 - Workshop, "Triangle Transparency"

  • The workshop, for those that have signed up, is 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a half-hour break for lunch. Doors will open at 9:45 a.m. Feel free to drop your machine off at the front door before parking.
  • Bring your lunch! Refrigeration is available.
  • Please do not park in front of the shop. Extra parking is available behind the building and in the business lot to the left of the shop.
  • Enjoy learning from one of the best!
We're super excited for this month's lecture and workshop! Hope to see you at:
2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607