Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Highlights from March Meeting


PROGRAM:  Trunk Show

Our March meeting featured 2 Trunk Shows presented by Jackie Callis and Darleen Sanford.  Our thanks to Jackie and Darleen for pulling together their many great quilts made over the years with accompanying stories to share with us.  It was illuminating to see the changes and progress made through the varied examples from each quilters’ journey illustrating dedication to their craft. 

Rising Sun, Hubert Ver Mehren
We were honored to have had access to a very special quilt gifted to Jackie, made decades ago from a 1930's pattern named Rising Sun, by Hubert Ver Mehren of Des Moines, Iowa.  Ver Mehren’s initial primary business, the Iowa Button & Pleating Co., eventually led him to sell embroidery designs on stamped textiles under the name Home Art Studios.  Among other things, he and his wife, Mary Jacobs, eventually created and sold full-size medallion quilt patterns and kits. Out of numerous entries, a quilt made from this pattern and one other quilt won the distinction of being exhibited at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair.  According to World’s Fairs 1933-1939, the theme of the fair was technological innovation, and its motto was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Adapts," conveying a message that science and American life were wedded.  Surely, Rising Sun was an impeccable, if not startling example of American artistic ingenuity and a signpost of changes that lay ahead.
April 2020 – Program – Retreat and Mini Retreat
May 2020 – Program:  Curved Piecing – Drunkard’s Path & Beyond (Cheryl Brickey, Ruth Freyer, Cynthia Steward & Johnnie McKenzie)

BYLAW VOTE:  The following Bylaw Amendment was unanimously passed.  Sentences (a) and (b) were amended as follows :

3.02       Fees:  Fees may be charged for special classes, presentations and/or events as established by the Executive Board.  Fees will be collected by the Treasurer, identified and held in The Guild checking account. The Treasurer shall account for all fees collected in the quarterly Treasurer’s report.
(a)  Refunds for workshops or retreats are only given if the event sells out and the slot can be refilled. The new person pays the guild which in turn refunds the original person.
(b) Guild members doing presentations or workshops are paid a $50 fee which can be waived by the members.

SECRETARY POSITION:  Dana Blasi and Emily Pitman are our new Co-Secretaries.  Please email any items for the Meeting Recap or Reminders to with a clear subject line. Both women will be checking the guild account as they work in tandem in this role. Thank you.

MEMBERSHIP:  We welcomed 41 members and 9 guests to our meeting this month.

GMQG 2020 BLOCK OF THE MONTH:  Our BOM series presented by Cynthia Steward focusing on the “Influencers of Modern Quilting” continues with March’s BOM, “Transparency Bungalow Block” by wife and husband team Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr.  Self-described “Modernists,” Ringle and Kerr of Modern Quilting Studio champion quality workmanship and using the standards of artistic design principles to create quilts reflecting today’s culture. Read more on the blog OR click here for PDF instructions.

UPCOMING FRIDAY SEW-IN DATES:  March 27th, May 22nd and August 21st
Location:  Bernina We’re in Stitches, 2310 E. North St., Greenville, just west of Pleasantburg Rd.
Time: Anytime between 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Admission: Buy 1/2-yard of fabric at Bernina to place in the basket for a drawing
(needn’t be present to win).


Dates:  Thursday, April 2nd - Sunday, April 5th.   All spaces are filled!  
Contact Sandy Helsel OR Faye Jones through with questions.

For those not attending the Wildacres Retreat, who wish to participate in some selected retreat activities locally for the day, come to the Mini Retreat. 
Date:  Sat., April 4th.   Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

The Retreat Mystery Project (for both retreats) supply list was distributed at the March meeting and is available here.  Contact Michele Blake or Dagmar Theodore through with questions.  (Michele will be attending the Wildacres Retreat and Dagmar will facilitate the Greenville Retreat.)


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 4th deadline.  The home of Nancy de Jong has been added as one of the drop-off locations. 

Questions about the exhibit or submission process to be part of our guild exhibit? Contact Cynthia Steward through  For more information about submitting to the juried competition at Quiltfest, see our Events and Shows page.

PHILANTHROPY:  GMQG Members donated 3 Quilts for Kids at the March meeting.  Questions concerning the program may be directed to Faye Jones through

Cindy Lange gave a report on last month’s quilt drop-off and member visit to our charity, the Julie Valentine Center, the non-profit organization that provides services to assault and abuse survivors and their families.  Laurel Wanner, Child Life Specialist, and Dr. Nancy Henderson, program physician, expressed to us their deep appreciation for our quilts and described the meaningful effect they have on their recipients, not to mention how continually impressed they are with the quality workmanship that goes into every quilt.  Cindy described the important work the Center is doing and illustrated how poignant a visit to the center can be. We would agree with her that a quilt is a “portable hug,” and worth every minute in the sewing room to provide such a thing to the people who need it most.

The annual challenge is due on August 1st.  The theme is “REPURPOSED.
Prizes are 1st Place: $50, 2nd Place: $30 and 3rd Place: $20
Rules: Must be at least 50% repurposed fabric such as clothing, vintage blocks, sweaters, woolens, etc...
Use several different fabrics.
May be a finished quilt, wearable item, tote/purse, pillow, etc., but must be quilted.
No quilt size restriction, but recommend a maximum of 60' on any side.
Must be 3-layer quilting, i.e., top/batting/backing.
Item should be of MODERN design.
Questions?  Email Faye at


Our QSC Liaison, Nicole McClelland (contact her through gave an update on the Quilters of SC Spring Meeting scheduled for March 20-21, 2020 at Hilton Greenville, 45 W. Orchard Park Dr., Greenville, SC 29615. Registration is ending soon. 

Workshops are full, but the Spartanburg chapter may have some Wednesday openings.  Contact Darlene Roberts, Spartanburg Chapter or click here

GMQG 2020 Workshops:
1. Debbie Grifka, author of Lines By Design Quilts: 17 Projects Featuring the Innovative Designs of Esch House Quilts, will be at the guild on Fri., October 9th – Sat., 10th.
She will be teaching the following programs and workshops:

  • Friday 3-hour workshop (24-person max) - Improv Applique ($30, early registration)
  • Friday presentation (open to all) - Lines to Design (no cost) 6:00 Social, 7:00 Presentation
  • Saturday 6-hour wkshp. (24-person max) - Every.Day.Creative ($60, early registration) 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

The costs for the Debbie Grifka workshops are $30/$60 early registration for members, $35/$70 regular registration, $40/$80 non-members

2. Improv Your Way – Faye Jones - April 25th, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., $15 for members; 20-person max.

3.  Intro to Quilt Pattern Writing – Cheryl Brickey – July 11th, 9 a.m.-12 noon, $15 for members, Guild Meeting afterwards.

A new form was introduced to gather all pertinent info regarding you and your beautiful quilts and other items.  If you are bringing something to show and share, please take a moment at the sign-in table to jot down your name and a description of your item(s) on the Show & Share sheet.  Thank you!

Johnnie McKenzie is teaching quilting classes on the walking foot, basic quilting, and free motion quilting.  Contact her at

Didi Salvatierra will be teaching a class called, “So You Want to Hand Quilt?” on Thursday, March 19, 1-4 p.m.  PDF here.  Sign-ups for this class are being handled by Beginnings Quilt Shop, 1038C Greenville Highway, Hendersonville, NC 28792.  Ph.: 828-693-6622.  Class size is limited.

February BOM - Dana Blasi


"Blue Kaleidoscope" - 
Darleen Sanford
 "Mystery Mosaic" - Ruth Freyer

"Early Times" - Joyce Bohan

2019 GMQG Block of the Month
- Cindy Lange

"Barn Quilt" "Christmas in Blue",
"Incubation in Bronze", "Poinsetta" - Johnnie McKenzie

"Lake Jocassee" - Lynne Harrill (commissioned)
"Monster" - Faye Jones

"Wild Acres" -  Cindy Lammon (top)
& Valorie Kaston (quilted)
"Wild Acres" - Valorie Kasten

Valorie Kaston

"Jelly Roll Race 1" - Susan Rink 

"Jelly Roll Race 2" - Susan Rink

"Scrap Insanity", "Quilt Top 1",
"Quilt Top 2", "Purple Insanity" - Lesli Reikert

"Fat Quarter Fancy" - Sheryl Sane

"Spiraled" - Sheryl Sane

"Dinosaurs Rule!" - Linda Cassell
inspired by our January BOM 

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