Friday, July 3, 2020

July 11, 2020 - Behind the Scenes at the Quilt Shop with Leslie White (Bernina: We're In Stitches)

We look forward to seeing you this month on July 11 (because of the holiday on the first weekend) from 1-3! We will continue meeting via zoom at least this month and next in a continued commitment to love and care for each other's health. 


We are so excited to have Leslie White join us this month for our program. She will be sharing all her Quilt Shop Secrets with us! PLEASE remember to get your questions to Faye (birdie1345<at>aol,dot>com)  before the meeting so that Leslie can come prepared. If your not sure what to ask, check out the store website for inspiration: https://www.berninagreenville.com/ or find Leslie on the very active (and fun) facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/berninagreenville/


A Few Reminders and Bits of Information

  • The Annual Guild Challenge is NEXT month. The theme is Repurposed Fabrics. To accomodate our continued commitment to safety we will use a modified format-dates and details to follow. Items will be dropped, judged, photographed and published on blog, then picked up at Bernina-We're in Stitches. We thank Leslie White for making the challenge possible. Prizes will be gift certificates to Bernina-We're in Stitches. To help simplify the process, Faye is asking for everyone who plans to participate to  please email her ASAP with the following information: Type of item and approximate size. We will still accept last minute submissions, any pre-planning we can do will be immensely helpful.
  • This months block is "Big Cross" inspired by Modern Influencer Denyse Schmidt.  
  • Finally, here's the link for the July ZOOM meeting.

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Cindy Lange - "Burnin' Through Scraps"

Burned thru a lot of scrap! -Cindy Lange


Another Quilt for the Valentine Center. Thank you, Cindy!




Thursday, June 25, 2020

Quilts from Susan Rink for the Julie Valentine Center

Here are four quilts I dropped off with Faye last week. 
All were quilted for me by Rita Sassone.

~Susan














Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Quilted Bags from Sandy Helsel

These bags were Mother’s Day gifts to my two daughters who are really great Mom’s themselves.


The Tote bag is “The Cross Town Carry Regan’s Bag and the other is the “Little Messenger” by Marlous Designs.





Monday, June 22, 2020

Learn Something New AND Do Something Good

Now that the mask situation has calmed down, we have an urgent need for Quilts for Kids. Laurel Weiner has sent an SOS- they have passed out all the quilts they have in Greenville and are down to 2 quilts left in Spartanburg. 

Today, I delivered the 11 quilts that I had been either holding since the last meeting or were dropped off to me recently. If you have quilts you are holding or you are able to make any, I would be happy to pick them up, meet you somewhere or have you drop them here. For those who can help, thank you. 

Please feel free to email me at birdie1345<at>aol<dot>com if you have questions.   

Faye

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Want to learn a new fmq (free-motion quilting) pattern?

Try a 45 x 45 juvenile fabric backed with prewashed flannel. 



Just enough area to lock in your new skill and just the right size for a Quilt for Kids. 

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Friday, June 19, 2020

A Couple Quilts for Valentine Center from Cindy Lange


After visiting the Valentine Center in early spring, and being moved by their kind work, I resolved to make a simplechildren’s quilt each month for their benefit, and to try something new, for mine.

The multicolored one is made from odd strips left from jelly rolls. The sea blue quilt holds triangle test blocks and hexagons made from an equilateral triangle UFO appliquéd to Kona Celestial, a favorite color. I thought they ended up looking like sea diatoms so I quilted “waves” around them.

Thanks,
Cindy Lange



Monday, June 15, 2020

HIGHLIGHTS from our June Meeting

GMQG MEETING MINUTES Date:  June 2020

The MQG is generously allowing local guilds to use its Zoom account for meetings so we happily took advantage for June.  Faye and other members successfully conducted the online program and attendees appeared to be pleased with the success of the process.  Watch for a questionnaire in your inbox about the use of Zoom for meetings!

Just Some of Us


MEMBERSHIP:  

We welcomed 50 members on our Zoom meeting this month.


GMQG 2020 BOM:  

The Modern Influencer for the June Block of the Month presented by Cynthia Steward is Denise Schmidt and her “Big Cross Block.”  Read more on the blog or click here for PDF instructions.




PHILANTHROPY: 

GMQG Members donated six Quilts for Kids.  Questions concerning the program may be directed to Faye Jones at birdie1345(at)aol(dot)com.

A huge and heartfelt thanks to the GMQG Mask Makers.  I think we are unable to fully appreciate how desperate the recipients were and how thankful they all are for your caring and generosity. We supplied hundreds of masks to various recipients - Hospice of the Upstate, Piedmont Women's Center, various nursing homes, Julie Valentine Center, our Quilts for Kids caregivers, Mission Hill, Project Host for employees and numerous homeless folks.

Being the Philanthropy Chairman is such a gratifying experience because our guild members are so generous and compassionate. Thank you for making those less fortunate a little safer and providing a small brightness in their lives.   Faye Jones and the GMQG

Want to learn a new FMQ pattern?  Try a 45” x 45” piece of juvenile fabric, batted and backed with prewashed flannel.  Just enough area to lock in your new skill and just the right size for a Quilt for Kids. Win Win!

Reminder: Faye is delivering quilts to our Quilts for Kids program and Julie Valentine center on Thursday June 18th. You may drop any quilts you wish to donate at my house beforehand. Please remember to post photos of your charity quilts on Quilt Quark so we can enjoy seeing them


GMQG 2020 ANNUAL CHALLENGE:  

The August challenge will definitely go on!  If we are still not meeting in person, Faye will figure out a drop off and judging place, and winners will be announced at the August 1st Zoom meeting.  Prizes will be awarded!!!!!!!!!

The theme is “Re-purposed.”
Prizes are 1st: $50, 2nd: $30 and 3rd: $20
Rules: At least 50% re-purposed fabric such as clothing, vintage blocks, sweaters, woolens, etc...
May be quilt, wearable items, totes, purses, pillows etc.
No size restriction but recommended 60' max.
Must be 3 layer quilting- top/batting/backing.
Item should be of MODERN design
Questions?  Email Faye at birdie1345 (at) aol (dot) com.


GMQG 2020 WORKSHOPS:

1.  The pattern-writing workshop in July will not occur on the previously scheduled date. We are looking into the possibility of making this a Zoom workshop and will announce more information soon.  (You will not need electric software to do this workshop.)
 
2.  We are working with Debbie Grifka regarding her October workshop and lecture.  At the moment, we are considering having a lecture by Zoom or rescheduling the entire event for 2021. 
 
3.  Cheryl Brickey will be reaching out to everyone that has signed up for any of the three workshops scheduled this year. 


QUILTFEST GREENVILLE – GMQG EXHIBIT:

One of the many things cancelled this year was QuiltFest.  Susan Rink thanked Cynthia Steward, Cindy Lange, Maddie Fanner and Nancy DeJong for all their many hours of work pulling together something that in the end did not occur.  Many hours were spent coming up with processes that hopefully will be used at a later date.  She also thanked all the people who completed quilts and submitted applications.  If you have work you would like to share, consider uploading it to the Quilt Quark Gallery.


QUILT QUARK GALLERY:

Take a look at quilts posted in the Greenville Quilt Quark Gallery (you’ll have to go there to find out what a quark is!).  We may not be able to do Show & Share at this time, but please take a moment to share your quilts, your Blocks of the Month, and other projects on the Quilt Quark Gallery to greenvillemqg@gmail.com. We'll get them posted within a couple days for all to enjoy!


JULY MEETING:

The July meeting will take place the 2nd Saturday in July, on the 11th, from 1-3 VIA Zoom again. We will be emailing meeting login information the week of July 6. 

The July program is Behind the Scenes at the Quilt Shop. The presenter is Leslie White, owner of Bernina: We're In Stitches, 3210 Main St, Greenville. 

Please email questions you would like answered to Faye: birdie1345(at)aol(dot)com. Leslie would like your input so she can include the information which will make her program interesting to each of us. 


OTHER NEWS:

Carolina Shop Hop has moved from July 10-25 to September 11-26, 2020. 

Johnnie McKenzie will not be teaching classes in her home for the time being due to Covid 19.  She will revisit having folks in her home at a later date.


JUNE PROGRAM: Ask the Experts

Our June meeting, “Ask the Experts,” featured advice and answers to questions submitted prior to the meeting.  Our thanks to Cindy Lammon, Cheryl Brickey, Cynthia Steward and Paige Alexander for sharing their expertise.  


Cindy Lammon

Cindy Lammon discussed fabric prep and piecing.  Cindy, who is published and has 40 years’ experience quilting, advocates pre-washing fabric and shared the following:

Pros of Pre-washing:

Prevents possible bleeding, especially reds, dark blues and blacks.  Have the opportunity to use something such as the product “Retayne” to set dye, or Synthropol to remove excess dye.
Don’t need to spend time test-washing a scrap with something white or a color catcher.  
Removes chemicals used in fabric-making process, important when making baby quilts.
Prevents distortion later, but will still crinkle up after washing/drying for that quilty look.

Cons of Pre-Washing:

Takes time to wash/dry/iron.
Sizing is removed.  Must use spray starch to return crispness to fabric, which also serves to keep bias edges from stretching.  (Best Press doesn’t get flakey or stiffen fabric as much as regular starch.)
Although the finished quilt will be somewhat quilty/crinkly after washing, it may not be as much.  If you like that look, then don’t pre-wash.

How many layers of fabric can we rotary cut and still be accurate?  

Having a sharp blade is a must.  Two layers are easy, over four can distort, especially half-square-triangles so do no more than 2 layers in that instance.  She’ll do up to six layers when cutting strips and squares.  Holding your ruler firmly and flatly is crucial to prevent shifting.  Walk your hand up the ruler as you cut keeping it parallel to where the rotary cutter is, or it may pivot.  Also, when cutting 2” strips or squares, lay out your layers of fabric and do not move fabric after cutting.  Simply move your ruler and measure from the last cut.

Best way to press seams? 
 
Start with a good hot iron.
Set the seam first.  Remove sewn piece from machine and before opening up, iron as is.
Finger press to one side, or if going to press open, turn over and finger press first.
These days some people press seams open, but if there a lot of points, press to the side first, then press open.  If you plan to quilt in the ditch, you must press to the side so there is something there for the needle to stitch.
Steam at the end for the final press.  For especially flat seams after steaming well, immediately lay books or a tailor’s clapper (a piece of wood made for this purpose) on the seams until they cool.

What size needles to use?

Cindy prefers Sharp needles over Universal since they are as described – sharp, and are made for use with wovens such as quilt fabric.  While she uses up to a 90 and as small as a 60, she uses (Schmetz) size 80/12 the most.  But it depends on the thread size. To sew optimally, the thread should travel smoothly down the long groove on the front of the needle.  If thread is too thin or needle too thick, the thread has too much clearance in the groove; there may be skipped stitches or damage to the thread.  If thread is too thick or needle too thin, the thread rubs on the edges of the groove and can get jammed.  This can break the thread*

*See online for needle/thread guides.  A rule of thumb is to use the smallest needle possible.  1. Match the thread to the fabric.  2. Match the size of the needle to thread thickness.  3. Match the needle type/point to the fabric.


Cheryl Brickey

Cheryl Brickey, who has published several books and patterns, was asked how to alter a quilt pattern size.

Use fewer or more blocks.
Change the size of the blocks themselves.  Make sure the size is divisible by something easy to multiply or divide, e.g., change a 12” block to an 18” block. 
Add sashing or borders to enlarge; conversely, reducing/removing them will decrease size.
Be careful if you choose to trim finished blocks, they may look odd.  You may need to just pull some of your blocks.  Figure out your new finished size, taking seam allowance into consideration, and review the symmetry of odd or even number of blocks.
After choosing number and size of blocks, play with them to reveal the most pleasing look.
Your borders can be different widths, i.e., one width for top/bottom and another for the sides.  Borders can even out a quilt that is too narrow.


Cynthia Steward

Cynthia Steward, a superior modern quilter who has been quilting for twenty years, was asked about using visual cues to get started with improv quilts.

Color palettes or a design, looking to nature, photos, motifs on upholstery, even a fence or a sunset and palm tree are inspirational.  The palette for her recent BOM was inspired by a box of tea.  A master painting, such as Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, offers up a wonderful palette.  Save flyers and junk mail for future use in all kinds of quilts.  Cynthia draws a lot in a sketch book and I-pad, using Artrage software, saving indefinitely until she actually needs them.  

Often a fabric will inspire her especially when doing stash busting.  Put novelty print scraps in some kind of order then repeatedly sew and trim to create a big piece of “made fabric.”  Cut into strips and build a quilt from building your fabric.  Lay a ruler down on made fabric and just start cutting pieces improvisationally to use in a quilt.  You do not need a foundation under made fabric if you always use ¼” seams and piece as you would any other fabric.  The only time she uses a foundation is when doing English paper piecing.

What do you do with big prints you don’t want to cut up?  Cindy suggests go big or go bold.  
Cut a square big enough to include a large motif, cut into 4 smaller squares, then insert skinny pieces of a solid fabric into the inner seams (creating a cross in the center, wonky or symmetrical), and sew back together. 
Use in borders for an interesting look.  
These work well in convergence quilts, such as those made by Ricky Timms, where they get sliced up and merged with another fabric to create intriguing designs.  
Create a montage by cutting squares and rectangles of several like fabrics and randomly put them back together in a pleasing layout.  
Fussy cut large motifs and “frame” them on point with sashing squares. 
Kaffe Fasset has simply cut long bands of his big, bold fabrics and sewn them together horizontally (each band separated by sashing), which would be a fast and easy quilt.  
As a last resort, you can use it as backing fabric on a quilt, or even stretch a piece of the fabric over a canvas to hang on the wall.


Paige Alexander

Paige Alexander has been quilting for many years, is published and has won several ribbons for outstanding work from various quilt shows.  Paige shared her process for blocking a quilt, a method used to bring your quilt back into square after it is quilted and before (or after) bound.
  
Why block a quilt?
Piecing and/or quilting can cause distortion.
By wetting for blocking, now batting has been rinsed and dried.
Wetting for blocking will remove all water-soluble markings.
Able to square up while quilt is damp; wet fabric stretches more than dry fabric.
Wetting allows the stitches to sink in and makes your quilting stand out.

Supplies:
Two pieces foam Insulation Board ¾”, 4’ x 8’, cut and (packing-) taped together to size needed.    
Straight Pins (Dritz 1¼” long, size 20 Ball Point Pins #16930) (1½” pins are too long)
Rulers 6” x 12”, 6” x 24”, 10” x 10”, 20” x 20” and up including a Creative Grid yard stick
Measuring Tape (metal is easier)
Spray bottle filled with water
Laser level and square

Process:
Easily cut up the second sheet of insulation board when you need to add some width to your 4’ x 8’ board, but not the whole 4’ of width.
Mark a vertical line and a horizontal line on the assembled board to coincide with your center-most vertical and horizontal seam lines, to use as a guide.
Trim excess batting and backing to within ½” to ¾” of quilt edge.  (Paige uses Warm and White batting.)
Completely submerge/squeeze in cool/tepid water in top loading machine.  Let sit for 10-15 minutes. making sure it is good and soaked (if you have a front-loading machine, do this in a bathtub).  
Spin out water on delicate cycle (if used bathtub, you’ll need to transfer the quilt to washing machine).
Fluff in dryer on air setting for 3 to 5 minutes so it is still wet, but not sopping.
Transfer and pin to foam board and square up.

Squaring up and Pinning:
Block-based quilt vs. improv.  On block-based quilts, work off center-most vertical and horizontal seam lines.  Use rulers to ensure each block is square as you go.  Cut fabric on straight of grain, which will affect how it hangs later.  For improv, measure your quilt to find center points and work off those.
Work your way out from center, or top down, referring to drawn vertical/horizontal lines.
Starting at center of block-based quilt, pin 4 corners of your first square using appropriate rulers to ensure it is square.  
As you move out (or down) squaring up outer areas as you go, remove pins from centermost blocks once you are sure the outer or bigger square is square.
Use tape measure to measure length, width and diagonal.  If askew, adjust as necessary.  Using a laser level allows you to ensure edges are straight and corners at 90°.
If quilt begins to dry before you’re finished, use your spray bottle to spritz it.  
If it looks like the design or points on your quilt may end up being cut off, smoosh design and/or points back in where you need them to be while still wet.
Allow to dry, usually overnight (if in a hurry, direct a fan or 2 onto the quilt), trim to size (double checking you’re not cutting off any points).
After drying, but before trimming so as not to trim off areas you don’t want trimmed, double check it is square.  Spritz water on it if you need to adjust it.
After completely dry and trimmed, bind.  Quilt-show judges like binding even on front and back.  If it is evenly distributed between front and back, then when you’re hand stitching it to the back, aim your needle toward and into the machine-stitched binding seam in the front for more stability.  Before cutting out your binding, stitch a sample to test how wide you need your binding to be.  Some fabrics are thicker than others and will affect how much binding will reach around to the back.  Unless a pattern calls for cutting on straight of grain, Paige cuts her binding on the bias since it will stretch both ways and give more wiggle room to stretch in case you cut it short.

Paige doesn’t block all quilts, but for gifts and shows, she definitely does. When blocking a quilt larger than a baby quilt, to avoid having to crawl around on the floor she puts the foam board up on tables she has bought specially for this process.  To bind, she lays the quilt out and pins her binding on, using a ruler when mitering the corners to ensure it is pinned (then sewn) precisely.



 

Thursday, June 11, 2020

GM Quilt Quark Gallery Submission from Sandy Helsel

Attached is a charity quilt completed, called “2 by 2” using a modern block placement I saw on Pinterest and some fabric I bought from Fabric Shack in the Cinn. area years ago. Each block is a practice of various quilting patterns I found in the book “First Steps to Free-motion Quilting”  by Christina Cameli. 


Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Upcoming Meeting - Ask The Experts


As we get ready for our June Guild Meeting, here are three things for you to do. (Thank you.)

(1)Have you gotten your questions for the experts to Faye yet? Here are the subjects that we are curating: 


 #1 fabric preparation and piecing        

 #2  BOM and modern design    

 #3  Improv           

 #4 free motion quilting

 #5 blocking and binding   

 #6   hand quilting                      

 #7 Miscellaneous and general



Prior to the meeting, please email your questions - specific or general - to Faye - birdie1345 (at) aol (dot) com .


(2)We will be meeting via Zoom this Saturday (June 6) from 1-3pm. Directions for getting to our Zoom Meeting are below. The password and this information will be sent to you via email Thursday afternoon. If you don't see the email in your inbox on Friday, email greenvillemqg@gmail.com and we will make sure you get it. 

MQG Guilds is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
 
Topic: Greenville MQG Guilds' Zoom Meeting
Time: Jun 6, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
 
Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 856 9698 8787
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(3) Finally, if you havent yet filled out the BRIEF survey from Cheryl about upcoming workshops, please go to http://www.greenvillemodernquiltguild.com/2020/06/share-your-thoughts-on-gmqg-workshop.html and give her your five cents worth (literally - it is five questions!).  

Monday, June 1, 2020

Share Your Thoughts on GMQG Workshop Scheduling

We would love to know your thoughts around the scheduling of workshops for the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild.  Please complete the attached survey by Friday, June 5th at noon.

Thanks!

If you have any questions about the survey or would like to share additional thoughts, you can write to the workshop chair, Cheryl Brickey, at cheryljbrickey (at) gmail (dot) com.

Create your own user feedback survey

Friday, May 29, 2020

GMQuarkQuiltGallery - Diana Wiggins First Quilt!

Diana Wiggins

Ta-da! This is my first official quilt!


Having been a sewer (or as it’s described now, a ‘sewist’) for a lot of years, I had dabbled in quilt-making, but never with much intention or good results. I am taken with modern quilts because of the clean lines, white space and quirkiness so when we decided to live part-time in the SC Upstate, I had to join GMQG! Since attending my first meeting last December, I have learned a lot from each meeting, from the books I have borrowed and from many members...thank you! 


This quilt top originally was supposed to be the back of another top I made earlier this year, but as I worked with the wonky blocks, I decided to make it the top side instead. Blocks were all made with scraps I have had for years and I completed the binding with a Kantha-like running stitch by hand. I also just did echo style stitching on my machine, a block at a time. This will hang above one of our guest beds in SC using pockets on the backside to support dowels for stability and weight.  It’s been a lot of fun to see it come together and now it’s on to the next one! I think this is going to become a habit...



Diana Wiggins 

Diana Wiggins

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

June Meeting - zoom, zoom, zoom


We are excited to announce that our scheduled June 6 (1-3pm) meeting will be in the safety of our homes. 


The ModernQuiltGuild has generously offered guilds the use of their ZOOM account and as a board we gratefully accepted the opportunity to meet in this new way.

We are also excited about the amazing program that Faye is putting together - “Ask the Experts”.

Two things you need to do this week in preparation for our meeting:


(1) Begin to familiarize yourself with zoom. You can use zoom from your smartphone or your desktop. You will want to create an account. There are a lot tutorials for zoom here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials

Next week we will send out the Zoom meeting ‘link’ and password via email (not on the blog or social media accounts). 


(2) For our “Ask the Experts” program, we will assemble a panel of knowledgeable experts to answer your pre submitted questions.

The subjects for our panel will be 

 #1 fabric preparation and piecing        

 #2  BOM and modern design    

 #3  Improv           

 #4 free motion quilting

 #5 blocking and binding   

 #6   hand quilting                      

 #7 Miscellaneous and general



Prior to the meeting, please email your questions - specific or general - to Faye @ birdie1345@aol.com . She will ask the appropriate "expert" to answer live during our first Zoom meeting.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

GMQuiltQuarkGallery - Modern Log Cabin Block

“MLC #1”    

Made for a 12” Modern Log Cabin Challenge with an out of state group.

Fun!

Didi Salvatierra








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Please Note: Greenville Quiltfest 2020 has been cancelled. For more information, see the announcement at Mancuso

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And a kind note of thanks: 



Sunday, May 3, 2020

2020 GMQG BOARD MEMBERS AND COMMITTEE CHAIR


While we are in a “downtime” of sequestration, we decided to take a moment to introduce the Board to our fellow members and friends. To that end, we thought it might be fun and informative to pose the following set of questions to learn something about each other, as well as the duties of each position.  The answers to the following questions are below:

Position - Name

What are the duties of your position?  How long have you been a member of GMQG?  How long have you been quilting?  Do you have a favorite tool, technique, resource, or pattern?  Anything else you want to share?

Guild Officers

Dagmar

President – Dagmar Theodore
My primary responsibilities are to MC meetings - help to represent the group as a whole while keeping the meetings on schedule - and coordinate and send out agendas and invitations for board meetings.  I’ve been a member of GMQG since early 2017 and have been quilting for fifteen years.  I love the national MQG member section with their quilts of the month.  Also, the seam ripper and I seem to have a close relationship. :-)  I'm cross-craftual (yes, that’s a word) - I knit and spin yarn too. :-)




Faye

Vice President
– Programs; Philanthropy Chair; Spring Retreat Co-Chair – Faye Jones
My primary responsibility is Programs (see Cheryl Brickey below).  And as Philanthropy Chair I oversee our charity program, Quilts for Kids, which provides comfort quilts for victims of abuse.  I also facilitate additional charity projects proposed by the national MQG, outside requests &/or members.  I joined GMQG a few months after it started in 2015 and have been quilting for approximately five years.  My favorite quilting interests are improv-piecing Gees Bend style, free-motion quilting and fabric surface design.




Cindy
Treasurer – Cindy Lange
The Treasurer pays the bills (rent, national MQG dues, reimbursements for program costs, etc.), deposits our funds (dues, retreat fees), balances the checkbook, prepares tax filings, and maintains accounts in QuickBooks. Paige Alexander did the job for years and she set me up for success.  I joined the Guild in January of 2019.  I came to a meeting after finding the group online and thought, I have found my people.  I made my first quilt about 35 years ago, a baby quilt for the son of a dear friend.  It wasn’t until 2 ½ years ago, when he and his wife were expecting their first child that I made my second.  I made a small quilt with a Moda jelly roll, a little lopsided, but I was hooked.  My favorite tools include a 9 ½” Square-Up Ruler by Quilt-In-A-Day and the Sewline Air Erasable Fabric Pen.  My favorite resource is the Guild itself. I love to see what other people are making and enjoy the challenge of the Block of the Month.  I had never made a sampler quilt until undertaking Travis Seward’s last year, and with his encouragement, I finished it early this year.  I love Kona cotton solids, and my new favorite place to find beautiful, uncommon international prints is https://morelovemama.com.


Dana
Co–Secretary; Holiday Luncheon Fundraiser Chair – Dana Blasi
My “co” part of the Secretarial position is taking meeting minutes, writing and editing.  I have been a member of the GMQG since 2015.  I started sewing garments at the age of nine and have been quilting and machine embroidering for eighteen years.  My favorite quilting technique is appliqué while finding a way to incorporate some embroidery (at the very least, with my labels).  Although I love working with my embroidery software, I particularly like the designing phase of creating quilts old-school with ruler, pencil and eraser (lots of the latter).  I am really enjoying the Secretarial position and co-chairing with Emily.  She is definitely the techie brains of the outfit!  The primary responsibilities for the Holiday Luncheon Fundraiser Chair include planning/budgeting/purchasing of the luncheon menu, promotion, decorating, and lottery ticket sales (with lots of volunteer help!).


Emily
Co-Secretary - Emily Pitman
According to the Bylaws, we keep and maintain the Guild Minutes.  In reality, we also maintain the blog, email, and social media accounts.  (I am glad there are two of us!)  I have been a member of GMQG for eight months and have been quilting off and on for 25 years.  I love paper-piecing.  My mother tells me this might be an illness, but I love the combination of creating such precise shapes and designs and the sense of solving a puzzle each time.







Sarah

Membership Chair – Sarah Snider
As Membership Chair I collect annual dues, welcome guests and guide them in (hopefully) signing up as new members.  I take attendance during monthly meetings and update membership with the National Modern Quilt Guild.  I have been a member of GMQG since 2016 and have been quilting since 2013-ish.  I enjoy foundation paper piecing and I love the Add-A-Quarter ruler to help with FPP.  Quilting is a wonderful stress reliever for me.  I thoroughly enjoy it.  Even if I’m not feeling creative, sitting in my sewing room, planning out projects, and organizing my sewing stuff helps my overall mental health!

Committee Chairs


Cheryl
Outside-Speaker Coordinator – Cheryl Brickey
I work with the Vice President (Faye Jones) to select and arrange the annual program and workshop of a visiting, nationally known quilting teacher.  This year we are bringing in Debbie Grifka.  In past years we have brought in Kitty Wilkins and Yvonne Fuchs.  I have been a member of GMQG almost since the beginning, having joined about six months after it first informally originated, and was the president when our guild officially joined the MQG.  I have been quilting for about nine years.  I love EQ8, and I design and render almost all my quilts before I cut any fabric.  I love our guild and how open, sharing, and knowledgeable our membership is.





Spring Retreat Co-Chair and Sew-In Chair – Sandy Helsel
Sandy
My primary responsibilities for our annual retreat include all reservations and logistics for attending the Wildacres Retreat center in Little Switzerland, NC (registration/ roommate and room assignments; promotion, schedules/activities, small projects).  As the GMQG Sew-In Chair, I am responsible for coordination between our guild and the Bernina We’re-In- Stitches shop to schedule dates for Sew-Ins and tending to the fabric raffle during each session.  I have been a member of GMQG for four years and have been quilting for 30+ years.  My favorite tool is the All-in-One ruler/rotary cutter.



Cynthia
Block-of-the-Month Coordinator – Cynthia Steward
My primary responsibilities include choosing or designing quilt blocks that reflect elements of modern quilting.  I then present them during the monthly meeting to promote participation in guild activities, inspire creativity and encourage members to try different or new techniques. I have been a member of GMQG for two years and have been quilting for over twenty years.  One of my favorite resources is Superior Threads for needles and thread, and one of my favorite techniques is English Paper Piecing.  And I never saw value in pre-wound bobbins until I tried them . . .  was I wrong; they are one of the little things that make quilting more enjoyable.



Nancy

Facilities Coordinator – Nancy deJong
My primary responsibilities are coordinating with St. Giles Church to reserve the room for meetings and workshops.  I open and prep the room for meetings, return the room to its original order before closing and lock up afterwards.  I have been a member of GMQG since its inception in 2015 and have been quilting for twenty years.  I cannot live without my rotary cutter, ruler and mat!




Darleen

Librarian – Darleen Sanford

As Librarian I am responsible for bringing books to each meeting and keeping track of those going out and coming back.  In the event books are 4 – 5 months overdue, I send reminder emails to members.  I have been a member of GMQG since the beginning (2015) before we were a part of the National Guild and have been quilting since 2002.  I love to paper piece and am trying to do more improv.  It is not easy for me to just "do it" without instructions.