Thursday, August 29, 2019

September 7, 2019 - Tom Chalmers Trunk Show

Our guest speaker this month is local quilter, Tom Chalmers. Tom has been quilting since 1980 and his quilts are reminiscent of the work of Gee's Bend Quilters. His work features repurposed fabrics and hand quilting to create modern graphic designs.

Tom has exhibited at numerous shows throughout the country, most recently at the Aunt Het Quilt Show in Fountain Inn.

*Please Note* The program will be presented at 1 pm, at the start of our meeting.

A Few Reminders

  • Are you planning to enter a quilt in the 2019 Aunt Het Quilt Show? Faye Jones has volunteered to deliver your quilt and pick it up at the end of the show. You can bring your quilt to her at this month's meeting. Please be sure that all the necessary information is attached to the quilt with a safety pin.
  • This month's Block of the Month is Right Hand Lane.
  • Please return any library books that you have at home.
  • Our "Free To A Good Home Table" will be available if you'd like to contribute.
  • As always, we look forward to seeing your Show and Share Projects this month!

Hope you can join us for an inspiring trunk show, Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 1-3 pm at St. Giles Church, 1021 Hudson Rd., Greenville, SC.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Highlights from the August 2019 Meeting

So many wonderful quilts were on display this month as the Crayon Challenge quilts were revealed! Scroll down to see all the entries.

Congratulations to all who took the challenge! And the winners were:
  Michele Blake - 1st Place
  Valorie Kasten - 2nd Place
  Gaye Lovegrove - 3rd Place and Viewer's Choice
  Didi Salvatierra - Judge's Choice

Many thanks to our judge, artist Patricia Kilburg. Thanks also to Valorie Kasten for making the ribbons.

1st Place - Michele Blake                                    2nd Place - Valorie Kasten
3rd Place & Viewer's Choice - Gaye Lovegrove                                               Judge's Choice - Didi Salvatierra
Sandy Helsel                                                                 Carol Alperin
Joan Manfre                                                           Faye Jones 
Nancy deJong                                                                            Lesli Riekert
Cheryl Brickey                                                                                     Rita Sassone
Susan Sinclair                                                                Travis Seward
Paige Alexander                                                                    Lynn Harrill
Susan Rink                                                               Mary Kelley
Kirsten Madison                                                             Dana Blasi
Ruth Freyer                                                          Dagmar Theodore


  • We welcomed 42 members and 6 guests for a total of 48 in attendance at this month's meeting.

Sew-In Days

  • The remaining Sew-In Days for this year are Friday, September 13th and Friday, November 8th from 10-4 at Bernina, We're In Stitches.

Fall Retreat

  • The Fall retreat plans have been cancelled.

Block of the Month

  • The next block of the Month is Right Hand Lane. Follow the link for the free pattern and find the paper piecing templates here.


  • Thank you for your participation in making quilts for the NC Hurricane Quilt Drive. If you have any more quilts to donate, Faye Jones can deliver them if she has them by August 15th.
  • This month we collected 4 Hurricane Quilts and 6 Quilts for Kids.


  • Paige Alexander will be presenting a workshop on Modern Machine Appliqué on October 5th. We are now taking sign-ups. Find all the information and the supply list in the Machine Appliqué Workshop post. Sign-ups will continue at the September meeting or you can email us at


  • Our guest speaker in September will be Tom Chalmers. Tom uses alternative materials for his quilts and will be presenting a Trunk Show of his work.
  • Paige Alexander and Travis Seward will be presenting a program on Machine Appliqué in October.
  • November's Program will be Hand Quilting presented by Didi Salvatierra.

Nominating Committee for 2020

  • Elise Dunbar, Michele Blake and Cindy Lammon have volunteered for the Nominating Committee to fill board positions for 2020. Please contact any one of them if you are interested in volunteering to serve the guild next year.

Events and Shows

  • Please visit our Events and Shows Page for details on events of the Quilters of South Carolina, the Upcountry Quilter's Guild Show and the Community Sew-In for GHS.
  • Beginnings Quilt Shop in Hendersonville, NC is up for sale. Contact the shop if you are interested.

Show and Share

Travis Seward

Paige Alexander - Kona Color Notebook

Susan Sinclair

Michele Blake - Quilt of Valor given to Michele for her service in the Navy

Jean Gardiner
Linda Cassell

Ruth Freyer
Faye Jones - Hurricane Quilt made by GMQG members

Faye Jones
Jill Erickson

Jill Erickson - Hurricane Quilt
Sandy Helsel
Madeline Faner

Nancy deJong

Our next meeting will be Saturday, September 7th, from 1-3 pm at St. Giles Church, 1021 Hudson Rd., Greenville, SC. Hope to see you there!