Friday, February 28, 2020

Philanthropic Auction Fundraiser Quilt - Healing Through Art

Quilters! Looking for a project?

During a recent quilt delivery (thank you generous ladies), Laurel Wanner, Child Life Specialist, and Dr. Nancy Henderson, program physician, asked if one of the quilts could be used as an auction item.  Cindy Lange, Dana Blasi, Vicki Fissel and Faye decided to see if the guild could get together post haste and make a quilt especially for the auction. 

The Children's Advocacy Center, our philanthropy project recipient, is holding a silent-auction-fundraiser on Saturday, March 21st.  The title, Healing Through Art, connotes the auction items are contributed by local artists.  

We are requesting simple, modern 13" x 13"  (we'll trim to 12.5" x 12.5") blocks of your choice in watery shades of blues and greens.  We would love for some of them to be Block of the Month.  

Please sign up on the Fundraiser Quilt sheet at the meeting on March 7 or email When we see if there are enough participants, we will plan how to get the quilt ready by MARCH 19th.

Monday, February 3, 2020

February 2020 Meeting Recap

There is LOTS of Modern Quilty Goodness in this recap!
Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see it all!

Program: Notan, Experiencing Design by Lewis Carl

At our February meeting we learned about Notans and Quilting from Lewis Carl, an assistant professor in the Division of Art + Design  of the School of Fine Arts and Communication at Bob Jones University. In his presentation, "Notan, Experiencing Design", we learned that Notan is about how light and dark interact. It is the interaction between positive and negative space. And we had hands on practice creating a design using what we learned!

GMQG 2020 Block of the Month

Cynthia Steward shared about the February Block of the Month: Nancy Crow – Color Block.
Nancy Crow, one of the foremost quilt artists of our time, has inspired quilters for 30 years to break from tradition and explore color through her exhibits, lectures & workshops. She pushed the boundaries of quilt making, using free-form cutting and unmeasured shapes to develop her improvisational construction process. read more on the blog
Click Here for instructions pdf.

Upcoming Sew-in Dates:

March 20th, May 22nd and August 21st

Location:  Bernina’s located at 2310 E. North St., Greenville, near Pleasantburg Rd.
Time : anytime between 10 Am and 4 PM
Admission: Buy a half yard fabric at Bernina to place in the basket for a drawing after lunch time.

GMQG Spring Retreat at Wildacres: 

Thursday, April 2nd thru Sunday, April 5th Meals begin Thursday evening and conclude with breakfast Sunday morning. Cost $240

As of Feb. 2nd there are just 3 spaces left.  Call or email: Sandy Helsel, 864-640-7437, or email: If spaces are not filled by the March GMQG meeting guest of attendees may apply.

  • Thursday: Check-in begins at 2:30 PM for both the sewing room and the lodge. First meal: dinner
  • Activities to include: all day sewing plus optional activities:
  • Friday: morning: Mystery Project, Afternoon :Japanese Bags ( all optional), after dinner: short entertainment
  • Sat: Morning: Dirty Santa, ( so bring 4 fat-quarter concealed in bag or wrapping), Afternoon: Sal N’ Swap Boutique with polymer jewelry group. Suggested little items such as: pin cushion, cell phone little purses, mug rugs, table centers or runners, small toys, purses, belts, fabric boxes, book covers.
  • Sunday: show and share of what you have been working on. Breakfast is last meal, but you can sew in the sewing room until about 2 PM  Linens from your room must be gathered and in perspective hallway location by 10:30.AM

Note: There will also be a "Mini Retreat": April 4th meeting at St. Giles 10 AM to 4 PM  (For those not attending Wildacres, but wishing to participate in some selected retreat activities for the day only. More information TBD)

#YeahThatQuiltGuild: Modern Quilting in Greenville, SC

The Greenville Modern Quilt Guild will showcase the work of our members in a special exhibit during QuiltFest Greenville, April 30 - May 2 at the Greenville Convention Center. Would you like to submit a quilt to be included in the exhibit? Please review the guidelines in the Submission Form (Word version) (PDF version), complete the form, and submit with a photo of your quilt(s) by the April 4 deadline. Questions about the exhibit or submission process? Contact Cynthia Steward (


GMQG Members donated  7 Quilts for Kids at the January meeting and 7 at the February meeting. Faye has also invited anyone who is interested in going with her to donate the quilts to please let her know. Email Faye at

GMQG 2020 Annual challenge:

The annual challenge will be in August. 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

Quilters of SC Spring Meeting

March 20, 2020 - , Greenville, SC. Click here for more info.

GMQG 2020 Workshops:

We will begin collecting registrations for all workshops at the March meeting.

Debbie Grifka will be at the guild in October or November (Date still TBD).  \
She will be teaching the following programs and workshops:
Friday 3-hour workshop (24 person max) - Improv Applique
Friday presentation (open to all) - Lines to Design (no cost)
Saturday 6-hour workshop (24 person max) - Every.Day.Creative
The costs for the workshops will be $30/$60 early registration for members, $35/$70 regular registration, $40/$80 non-members

Faye Jones -
Improv Your Way - April 25th 10am-2pm - $15 for members - 20 person max

Cheryl Brickey -
Intro to Quilt Pattern Writing - July 11th 9am-noon - $15 for members

Show and Share February 2020:

Cindy Kaiser / Free Wheeling Quilt-Along

Cindy Kaiser Gwen Marston mini quilt

Didi Salvatierra / Baskets berries and blooms

Susan Rink / Spinning Stars quilted by Carol Alperin

Susan Rink / Amanda Murphy pattern Flicker

Susan Rink / Pegs (planes trains and autos fabric)

Sybil Radius / Quilt in a Quilt, "For Margo"

Sybil Radius / Dinosaurus

Johnnie McKenzie / Turquoise grunge fabric

Johnnie McKenzie / Global Migration

Johnnie McKenzie / Global Migration (back)

Johnnie McKenzie / Based on Victor Vasdarelli's- Pop Art in Blues

Faye Jones / Free motion quilting demo piece

Faye Jones / Fabric marbling samples

Faye Jones / Pouch ruler bag

Ruth Freyer / "Whatever"

Ruth Freyer / Quick Curve Ruler - Crop Circles

Ruth Freyer /  Recommended a Book by Australian author, Alyce Blyth, Mini Masterpieces: Learn How to Quilt! A Workbook of 12 Essential Blocks & Techniques

Ruth Freyer / Summer Sampler 2019 / 10 more blocks

Ruth Freyer / Summer Sampler 2019 / 10 more blocks

Ruth Freyer / Summer Sampler 2019 / 10 more blocks

Ruth Freyer / Summer Sampler 2019 / 10 more blocks

Cheryl Brickey / Pink Scrap Happy quilt

Cindy Lange / Serendipity (back)

Cindy Lange / Serendipity (front)

Paige Alexander / Jelly Roll Twist

(Congratulations to Paige, who will be on 
the Modern Quilt Guild,  


Johnny McKenzie is teaching quilting classes on the walking foot, basic quilting, and free motion quilting.

Didi Salvatierra will be teaching a class called “So You Want To Hand Quilt?”  on Thursday March 19, 1-4 pm. PDF here. Sign-ups for this class are being handled by Beginnings Quilt Shop on Greenville Highway in Hendersonville.  Class size is limited.

Congratulations to Cheryl Brickey! She is writing her second book with Stash Books which contains 18 small-sized, beginner friendly quilt designs.  She is making samples of each pattern for the book and would love to include a finished second quilt made by another quilter in a different colorway for each pattern. 

If you would like to take part:

Timing:  From the time you receive the materials and pattern you will have 8 weeks to finish the quilt.  The in-progress and finished quilt must be kept secret until the book is revealed.

You will receive:

-All materials to make the quilt

-Fabric for the quilt top, backing, and binding


-Thread if needed

-The finished quilt back after professional photography. The quilt is yours to keep, but I hope you will consider donating the quilt through the guild to philanthropy.

-A digital version of the book

-Credit in the book by the picture of your quilt

If interested, please fill out the following google form:

(If there are more volunteers than needed, quilters will be picked randomly.)


Yay! You made it all the way to the bottom! Aren't you glad!?

See you in March!