Friday, December 28, 2018

January 5, 2019 at noon - Advice from longarm quilters

The saying goes, "It's not a quilt until it's quilted". But so many of us end up with unfinished projects that get stalled at the quilting stage. Maybe that's the time to consider sending your quilt top to a Longarm Quilter. What should you expect in partnership with a Longarm Quilter and what do they expect from you? Our member experts will be answering those questions, this month, as they cover topics such as: batting, backing, thread and design considerations. You'll learn how each of them got started with Longarm quilting and what makes each of them unique.

Our speakers will be:

  • Carol Alerpin - Carol first learned to quilt in the early 80s, but didn't catch the quilting bug until 1998 when her daughter left for college. She worked as a computer programmer for 23 years, but after quitting that job, she found she had made enough quilt tops to invest in a longarm machine. Her quilting obsession quickly moved from making tops to quilting quilts. Carol has been an active member of the SC quilting community, leading the Longarmers of the Upstate Group, serving in several capacities for both Foothills Piecemakers QG and Nimble Thimbles QG, and serving on the board of the QSC as newsletter editor.
  • Fannie Wengerd - Fannie grew up in Lancaster, PA. Her mother was a quilter and made a quilt for each of her 10 children. Fannie made her first quilt in 1966 for her son and hand quilted it. After making that first quilt, Fannie decided that quilting took too long and lost interest until she learned to machine quilt on a domestic machine from Harriet Hargrave in 1990. She continued to make quilts using her domestic machine until buying a longarm in 2003. Fannie was the first longarm quilter in the area and has won ribbons throughout the country for her work. She has served as a board member for Electric City Quilters and has been teaching at Anderson University with the Lifelong Learning Program since 2014.
  • Johellen George - Johellen started sewing before she started school! She has been a lifelong sewer of camping gear, lingerie, clothing, doll dresses and started quilting before the rotary cutter came along. When 4 grandchildren arrived within a year, machine quilting became a necessity, but Johellen found quilting on a domestic machine wasn't much fun. She found that she enjoyed quilting on a longarm and purchased one when she retired from teaching school. Johellen has been quilting for customers for several years and teaches classes in free motion quilting and ruler work on the longarm.


Starting this month, we will be meeting at the Fellowship Hall at St. Giles Church. The January meeting will be from 12-2 pm. (All subsequent meetings will be at our regular time of 1-3 pm). The address is 1021 Hudson Rd, Greenville, SC 29615. We suggest entering the address instead of the name of the church into your GPS - you will enter the grounds from Hudson Rd. Follow these directions from the Bernina Store:
  • Turn right out of Bernina onto E. North St. Drive 2.5 miles to Mitchell Rd.
  • Turn right onto Mitchell Rd. Drive 0.5 miles to Hudson Rd.
  • Turn left on Hudson Rd.
  • St. Giles is on the left side immediately after the light at the intersection with Devenger Rd.
  • Parking is straight ahead.
  • Fellowship hall is located behind the Sanctuary and is the second building with the covered pathway.


  • This is the last reminder to pay your 2019 dues of $50. According to our Bylaws, dues must be paid by January 31st or members will be dropped from both our roster and membership in the Modern Quilt Guild. 
  • Please return any library books that you have checked out.
  • The December BOMs, the Chicken Block and the Dog Gone Cute Block can be turned in at the January meeting.
  • We look forward to seeing your modern Show and Share projects!

Hope you can join us as we start the new year! We'll see you, Saturday, January 5th, from 12-2 pm at:

St. Giles Church
1021 Hudson Rd.
Greenville, SC 29615

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