Friday, December 27, 2019

January 4, 2020 - Free Motion Quilting Demo Stations

Free Motion Quilting Demo Stations     

On January 4, 2020, the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild program will feature 3 free motion quilting demo stations and a Q&A opportunity for those wishing to either start free motion quilting or improve their quilting skills.

Station 1- Valorie Kasten will demonstrate and discuss quilting pebbles on a HSM.  Learning how to make pebbles is a first step in advancing quilting skills. Valorie also has a long arm with a computer "robot" and would love to answer questions about that.

Station 2- Cheryl Brickey will demonstrate ruler quilting on a HSM and will provide useful tips to either get you started ruler quilting or advance your skills. Cheryl quilts most, if not all, of her award winning show entries as well as her magazine/book featured quilts. Cheryl designs modern quilt patterns which often are finished with ruler quilting combined with free motion designs.

Station 3- Faye Jones will bring in her 18" sit down mid arm to demonstrate general free motion quilting and how the basic skills ( such as pebbles and ruler lines) can evolve into designs ranging from simple fillers to elaborate feathers.

If you have a finished quilt top and wish a discussion of quilting suggestions, bring it in and we will review as many quilts as time permits.   

Looking for a Sew In Day Coordinator:

The membership has voted to continue our popular Sew In Day and we are in need of a coordinator to work with Leslie White of  Bernina...We're in Stitches Sewing Shop  to schedule and conduct the Sew In days. This is an excellent way to become involved with your quilt guild and meet new friends in a smaller group. It is not a difficult task and does not require that you attend all of the sew in days. You can always recruit a friend to oversee the customary drawing of fabric purchased at the shop as a gesture to thank Leslie for her hospitality.  Any questions or concerns may be addresses to Faye Jones at

Greenville Modern Quilt Guild 2020 Meetings and Activities:

Check out the GMQG Meetings and Activities page for a look at our 2020 schedule.
Be sure to check back often for updates as plans develop.
See you at the meeting!

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Highlights From the December 2019 Meeting

Our last meeting for 2019 was a festive one! In addition to food, fun and laughter, many of our members left with some awesome winnings!

We enjoyed wonderful food and tasty desserts...

And placed our tickets with hopes of winning...
Lots of smiling faces!

Many thanks to our party planners, Darleen Sanford, Jill Erickson, Ruth Freyer and Dana Blasi.

We presented our 2019 President, Elise Dunbar, with a Signature Quilt. Thank you Elise for your leadership in making this year fun and informative!

A Few Announcements

2020 Board Member Change

  • We want to thank Michele Blake for volunteering to be Secretary next year, but she recently found out that she will be moving out of Greenville. Leigh Ann Lukens  has stepped up to take the position in 2020. Thanks, Leigh Ann!

2020 Retreat

  • Next year's retreat will be held Thursday, April 2nd thru Sunday , April 5th, 2020 at Wildacres Retreat. Signups begin on  January 4th at the January meeting and continue until all 24 slots are filled. (double occupancy of 12 rooms). Eligibility is for current, 2020 Greenville Modern Quilt Guild members.
  • Your registration is complete when payment has been received in the amount $240 which is all inclusive (lodging, meals, use of sewing room and gratuity). Make checks out to GMQG and present or mail to Sandy Helsel (accepted after January 4, 2020 at 1pm).
  • Once all slots are filled, a Wait List will be started. At this time guests of GMQG retreaters will be allowed to register. Should a registered member need to cancel, wait listed individuals will be notified in the order in which they were received.
  • It will be possible to do a “split” between 2 people if there is a member that cannot attend all 3 nights: for example a person may only be able to come for 2 nights, the second person would come for just one night. Please make these arrangements yourselves and provide one payment for the slot.
  • Check-in begins: Thursday at 2:30 pm. Check-out Sunday afternoon - last meal served on Sunday is Breakfast. 
  • Optional activities during the retreat will include, but not limited to:
    • Dirty Santa (Fat Quarter swap of 4 fat quarters)
    • Mystery Project
    • Member demonstrations
    • Sale/swap Boutique
    • Field trips to local stores

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and look forward to seeing you all in 2020!

Our next meeting will be Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 1-3 pm at St Giles Church, 1021 Hudson Rd., Greenville, SC.