Friday, March 29, 2019

April 6, 2019 - Color Theory with Lewis Carl

We all know that color plays a major role in quilt design. One might even say that many of us quilt because we love to play with color so much! Plus it goes without saying, that we could all use some advice on mixing colors and the visual effects of specific color combinations. This month's special guest, Lewis Carl, will speak on color from a theoretical point of view. Hope you can join us and expand your knowledge of this important topic in modern quilting!

Please note: Lewis will be speaking at the start of our meeting at 1 pm.

Lewis Carl currently serves as an assistant professor in the Division of Art + Design  of the School of Fine Arts and Communication at Bob Jones University. He teaches the Foundations courses which include design and color theory, as well as the Fashion Illustration course. Lewis earned a BS in Graphic Design (1997) and an MA in Art-Studio Performance (1999), both from BJU. For 13 years, he served as a freelance artist and designer while also mentoring and teaching Bible within the surrounding communities of Venice, Italy. 

Lewis’ mixed media compositions fuse color, texture & shape, reflecting influences in his unlikely journeys—from living in the heart of the old textile capital of the southern US, traveling Europe and moving to Venice, Italy, and then returning back to Greenville again.

As he works, Lewis combines pieces of his used clothing, graphite, ink and paint to create abstract expressionist designs, reflecting the geometric tiles of the old world, while also paying homage to the textile patterns of the south.

See more of Lewis' work on his website: Lewis Carl

We will also be announcing the 2019 Guild Challenge this month!

A few items you need to remember for the meeting:

  • This month's Block of the Month is City Block
  • Please return any library books.
  • Workshops with Kitty Wilkin are May 31 - June 1.
  • The Spring Retreat is April 25-28.
  • Bring any items you no longer need to our Free to a Good Home Sharing Table.
  • As always, we love seeing your modern projects during Show and Share.
This month's program is a great opportunity to learn from an expert! Guests are always welcome at our meetings. Why not bring a friend!

Hope to see you Saturday, April 6th, from 1-3 pm at St. Giles Church, 1021 Hudson Rd., Greenville, SC.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Highlights from the march 2019 Meeting

Program: Facing and Binding Techniques

The focus of this month's program was finishing the edges of your quilt. We learned how to bind odd angles and curves from Cindy Lammon. Maybe you've considered skipping binding all together and finishing your quilt with a facing. Paige Alexander showed us step-by-step exactly how it's done and provided the following link for further reference: Face It!. Faye Jones added her unique spin on the binding with a flange inserted between the quilt and the binding. Thanks ladies for sharing all this great information. We can't wait to see how our members finish off their next quilts!


  • We're so happy to see our guild continue to grow as we welcomed 2 new members and 2 guests to our meeting this month. With 49 members present, we had a total of 53.
  • 2019 MQG Membership Cards have not arrived yet, but if you need one, you can print one at home from The Modern Quilt Guild Website.
  • Be sure to pick up a Greenville MQG button!

Sew-In Day

  • The next Sew-In Day is Friday, March 15th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Bernina Store on East North Street, Greenville.
  • Please purchase a half yard of fabric at the store, to be raffled off to one lucky participant.
  • Bring whatever you'd like to work on. We'll also continue working on gentle curved blocks for charity (optional).

QuiltCon 2019

  • Congratulations to all of our guild QuiltCon participants this year!
    • Quilt of the Month Section: Cheryl Brickey, Mitzi Schafer, and Paige Alexander.
    • Quilts juried into QuiltCon: Cheryl Brickey, Christopher Brickey (Junior Member), Paige Alexander, and Cynthia Steward.
    • Award Winners: Cynthia Steward, first place Michael Miller Challenge; Paige Alexander, second place Michael Miller Challenge; Paige Alexander, first place Two Color Challenge.
  • Many of our members attended QuiltCon this year and, in a short discussion, it was fun to hear what they loved, learned or were inspired by.
  • See the award winning quilts on the QuiltCon website.
  • QuiltCon 2020 is in Austin, Texas and QuiltCon 2021 is in Atlanta, Georgia.

Spring Retreat

  • There are currently 2 openings, one male and one female, for the Spring Retreat. These openings are also available for members' guests.
  • Attendees have been sent an email regarding what to bring. Further instructions will be coming from instructors and demonstrators.

Block of the Month

  • The Roundabout blocks shown at this month's meeting:

Spring Workshops

  • There are still a few openings in the workshops with Kitty Wilkin, scheduled for May 31st and June 1st.
  • The cost for members is $30 and the workshops are currently open to non-members at a cost of $35.

Upcoming Meetings

  • In April, our guest speaker will be Lewis Carl, who serves as an assistant professor in the Division of Art + Design  of the School of Fine Arts and Communication at Bob Jones University. Lewis will speak on Color Theory.
  • Our May program will be a discussion and hands-on practice in choosing fabrics for a quilt.


  • We collected 3 charity quilts this month for our Quilts for Kids Program!
  • Faye Jones has formed a Bee to work on a group quilt for the NC Hurricane Relief effort. She would like to start making blocks on our Sew-In Day, March 15th (see above for details). She asks those who would like to participate to print the free pattern, Tribute Star Quilt by Rebecca Bryan. Bring "beachy" colors such as aqua, blue, watery green, etc. Raid your scraps and stash for prints or solids. Contact Faye at birdie1345 at aol dot com for questions or suggestions.
  • Faye suggested the website Quilt Inspiration as a resource for free quilt patterns on the web.


  • We have several new books in our library!

Show and Share

Valorie Kasten - MQG Swap and Charity Quilt
Leigh Ann Lukens - Whole Cloth Quilt

Michelle Blake - Polaroid Quilt Charity
Dana Blasi - Class samples from QuiltCon

Faye Jones - Face raw Edge Appliqué

Faye Jones - Clamshell quilt charity

Faye Jones - Asian Slice and Dice 

Christina Strickland - Triangle Quilt inspired by Simply Moderne

Christina Strickland - Ruth McDowell design

Jackie Callis - Asian Fabrics

Chris Foster - State of Being pattern by Meadow Mist Designs

Chris Foster - The Rebel Quilt pattern by Libs Elliot 

Paige Alexander - Double Crossed, 1st place winner Two Color Category QuiltCon 2019
Cindy Lammon - Economy Quilt and Campfire pattern by Suzy Quilts
Our next meeting will be Saturday, April 6th, from 1-3 pm. at:  St. Giles Church, 1021 Hudson Rd., Greenville, SC.