Friday, November 30, 2018

December 8, 2018 - Holiday Lunch and Auction

We're celebrating a great year of learning and growing as modern quilters with a holiday luncheon on December 8th from noon to 2 p.m. at the Bernina Store. This will be our last meeting at Bernina, due to our move to St. Giles Church in January 2019. Please join us for a fun, social meeting!

Lottery Auction

In addition to lunch, we will host our annual Lottery Auction this month. Your donations of quality items for the auction are welcome and appreciated. Please consider donating anything that you know a fellow quilter would love to win.

You will also have the opportunity to bid on the auction items. Tickets are a dollar each, cash or check. This is our guild's only fund raiser and a great chance for you to win something awesome.


  • Dues of $50 for 2019 are now due and will be collected at the December meeting, cash or check. The deadline for dues is the end of December.
  • No Show and Share this month.
  • Please return any library books that have been checked out.
  • Our BOMs are the Chicken Block in colors used by Quilty Love and the Dog Gone Cute Block.
Our meeting starts at NOON this month! Hope to see you at:
2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607

Sunday, November 18, 2018

"Subtracting for Minimalism" Workshop

This past Saturday, a group of our members thoroughly enjoyed a workshop with Cheryl Brickey called "Subtracting for Minimalism".

Cheryl spent the morning explaining the idea of starting with a simple quilt pattern and then taking away elements randomly, to create a modern, minimalistic quilt. She offered several options for design, including EQ8, Power Point and pencil and paper. She then showed us how to turn our designs into a pattern to make a quilt.

With pencil and paper, we all played with a Flying Geese block and each person came up with their unique design.

Cheryl was full of advice and ideas as we designed.

In the afternoon, we were able to take our designs to fabric and get a start on making our own minimalist Flying Geese quilt.

It was an inspiring and fun workshop and we all left with a great, new design tool!

Thank you, Cheryl! You can find more from Cheryl on her website, Meadow Mist Designs.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Highlights from the November 2018 meeting

Mitzie Schafer awed and inspired us with her quilting journey and trunk show this Saturday! She encouraged us to be fearless in our craft and we loved seeing all her beautiful creations. The scope of her work is amazing and equally amazing is the fact that she doesn't have any UFOs (unfinished projects). Thank you, Mitzie for sharing your talent with us! Visit Mitzie's website for more info and to shop her patterns at Jittery Wings.


On November 3rd, several of our members traveled to Columbia, SC  to swap mini quilts in person. What a fun activity and look at all those happy faces!
Our members who attended, as proud owners of the lovely little quilts that they received:


  • We had 38 members, 2 guests and 2 new members present at our meeting this month.

Shop News

  • Leslie just returned from Quilt Market and has a lot of new products and fabric coming to the shop!
  • Amanda Murphy will be teaching a class: "Machine Quilting With Rulers on a Domestic Machine" in December. Contact the shop for dates and to sign up.

New Location for GMQG Meetings

We are excited to announce a new and larger location for our meetings, beginning January 2019! We will be meeting at the Fellowship Hall at St. Giles Church, 1021 Hudson Rd in Greenville. This location is about 3 miles from our current location and offers us more space as our guild grows.

Because of the move and the availability of the space, our meetings will change to the first Saturday of the month beginning January 5, 2019. Please note that on January 5th, the meeting will be held from 12-2 p.m. For the remainder of the year the meetings will continue to be held at our regular time of 1-3 p.m.

Election of New Officers

  • The membership voted in favor of following slate for the 2019 GMQ Board:
    • President - Elise Dunbar
    • Vice-President - Valorie Kasten
    • Secretary - Cindy Lammon
    • Treasurer - Paige Alexander
    • Membership Chairs - Sandy Helsel and Dagmar Theodore
  • In addition, it was announced that Travis Seward will head up the Block of the Month, and Nancy deJong will serve as head of a newly formed Facilities Committee as we make our way to a new location
  • Cheryl Brickey has taken the position of Coordinator for Outside Speakers as of September.

Junior Membership

  • The membership approved the following dues proposal: Junior membership will be open to any interested quilter age 18 and under, at one half the regular membership rate. Junior members will have the same benefits of a regular membership. Junior members under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult member at all guild meetings and activities.

2019 Dues

  • Membership dues of $50 for 2019 are now due and must be paid by December. Mail your dues to Paige Alexander (her address is in your Directory) or bring your cash/check to the December meeting.

"Subtracting for Minimalism" Workshop

  • The workshop will be held on Saturday, November 17 from 10-4 at the Bernina Store. The workshop is limited to 20 people and is currently full. Please contact Valorie at for cancellations, to be added to a wait list or to get a supply list.

December Christmas Luncheon and Auction

  • Our Christmas lunch will be held on December 8 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Bernina Store Please RSVP to Sandy at by November 24th if you plan to attend. Sandy also needs one more volunteer to bring dessert. Let her know if you can help.
  • In addition to the luncheon, we will also have our annual Lottery Auction. This is our only fundraiser and a super fun activity! You can purchase tickets for $1 and bid as many tickets as you like on each item. A winner is drawn from the tickets bid.
  • Please bring new or slightly used, quality items to be used in the auction. These can be quilt related, such as fabric, books and finished quilts. We also love having decor items, artwork and gift certificates. Anything you know a fellow quilter would love to win!

2019 Retreat

  • Mark your calendars! The 2019 Retreat will be held at Wildacres in Little Switzerland, NC from Thursday, April 25 to Sunday April 28.
  • Registration begins at the January 2019 meeting.
  • The 3 night slots may be split between 2 people, but must be arranged by the individuals and paid with one payment.
  • The cost is $235 and includes the double occupancy room, meals, gratuities and use of the sewing room.

January Meeting

  • Our program in January will be presented by our member long-arm quilters. Learn what you need to know before sending you quilt out to be long-arm quilted!

Block of the Month

  • We have 2 fun blocks for you to try this month!
  • The first is a Chicken Block. Please use the colors choices found at Quilty Love. You'll find the block tutorial at Sew Inspired

  • The second block is Dog Gone Cute from Sew Fresh Quilts. Choose either dog #5 or #6 or do both!

Show and Share

Cindy Lammon - Swap quilt on right

Didi Salvatierra - Quilts of Valor Quilts

Faye Jones - center and right, Charity Quilt

Johellen George - sweatshirt jacket

Jackie Callis 
Denise Frick - Art journalling turned into Mini quilts

Denise Frick
Joan Manfre

Sheryl Sane - Swap quilt

Johnnie McKenzie

Johnnie McKenzie
Dagmar Theodore - Swap quilt

Carrie Barcroft - Triangle Transparency Workshop

Debbie Graves - Swap quilt and Cow from Mitzie's class
Cheryl Brickey - Swap quilt on left

Helen Hale 

Paige Alexander - Swap quilt on left
Pat Davies - Needle Felting


Tonya Maxwell
Leigh Ann Lukens 
Hope you can join us for our holiday luncheon and auction on December 8, 2018 from 12-2 p.m. at:
2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607

Friday, November 2, 2018

November 10, 2018 - Mitzi Schafer

For this month's program, we are delighted to welcome Mitzi Schafer, a GMQG member.
Mitzi is a self-described, hyperactive, never idle, joyful realist living with a rare neurological disorder, Tarlov Cysts. She enjoys making a "life that soars" by embracing her jittery limbs and ADHD which gives her business it's name - Jittery Wings. Mitzi's interests include not only quilting, but creating a handmade wardrobe, writing and camping with her family.

Mitzi's quilt designs fall into 3 distinct categories: paper piecing, modern and art quilts. She isn't fond of being held to any particular box. Her greatest loves are designing and quilting. She is the creator of Quilt Yoga, a method for teaching free motion quilting that involves learning one's own body to encourage more fluid and comfortable quilting. Her Quilt Yoga concept was featured in Make Modern Magazine, Issue 24. She has 2 patterns published with Make Modern as well, and will soon have a quilt of the month with MQG, as well as a monthly block study in the e-news sent to members. She has a number of patterns available on her website, Jittery Wings.

A Few Reminders:

  • Be sure to take a few minutes to complete your 2019 GMQG survey!
  • Our Block of the Month is the Bulls Eye Block. Please use 10" background square, bright colors and leave your block in one piece.
  • November will also be "Amnesty Block" month. Blocks from previous months may be brought in (maybe blocks were started and not finished) or you may bring back blocks you brought home, but couldn't come up with a good idea for using them.
  • We'll be voting on new officers for 2019!
  • We look forward to seeing your "Show and Shares" this month.
  • Please return any library books that have been checked out.

Hope to see you, Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 1-3 PM at:
2310 East North Street, Suite A
Greenville, SC 29607