Friday, April 9, 2021

2021 Programs Schedule

PROPOSED SPEAKERS/PROGRAMS FOR GMQG 2021

Jan – Johnnie McKenzie –“Inspirations”

Feb – Travis Stewart – Men in Quilting

March – Favorite Books

April – First part of meeting:  Modern Quilt Guild Admin – tour of MQG Website; 
             Second half:  Maria Shell – Lecture + Workshop to follow

May – Gees Bend Lecture – Faye Jones & Rita Sassone 

June – Karen Eckmeier – Workshop before meeting – Color, Twists and Leaves, 9-12
                                          Membership Meeting Lecture - Wiggles and Waves

July РKatie Lewis РScrappy Appliqu̩ Lecture and Workshop

Aug – Timna Tarr – Lecture Only

Sept– Annual Challenge:  Under further review.

Oct – *TBA

Nov – Debbie Grifka

Dec -- Christmas Luncheon and Auction

**This calendar is tentative and may be subject to change due to COVID**

Quilt Quark Gallery - Cindy Lange

Cindy Lange created 1) her multi-colored solids “Lava Lamp” charity quilt backed by rainbow-people fabric to practice sewing curves, and 2) her “Midnight Stars” half-rectangle quilt, reminiscent of a pattern named “Harlequin,” in solid and patterned red, white and black fabrics, with a few round floral appliques sprinkled in.

Cindy Lange - "Lava Lamp" Charity Quilt
41" x 51"

Back of Lava Lamp


Cindy Lange - "Midnight Star" Charity Quilt
41" x 51"







Quilt Quark Gallery - Nancy deJong

Nancy deJong used up part of a basket full of her half-square-triangle scrap stash to create her Falling Triangles (pattern “probably from Missouri Star”), which is going to Faye for philanthropy.

Nancy deJong - "Falling Triangles" Charity Quilt
45" x 50"


Quilt Quark Gallery - Sandy Helsel

Sandy Helsel created “Warm Hugs” based on a pattern by Cheryl Brickey for her 14-year-old granddaughter using a popular-according-to-the-kids new green and other colors found in the upper-left-hand multi-colored strip.

Sandy Helsel - "Warm Hugs"
Gift Quilt for her Granddaughter

Sandy's Granddaughter, Anika


April 3, 2021, Meeting Highlights

.  Contact Information – to reach a member, please find contact information in the GMQG 2020 Directory and/or use our guild email greenvillemqg@gmail.com.  A new 2021 Directory is in the works.

.  Thanks again to the Modern Quilt Guild (themodernquiltguild.com) for the use of their Zoom account.  If any member would like a recording of today's meeting, please email Brooke Stambersky or Dana Blasi within 14 days of the meeting date and she will send it to you.

.  Our next meeting will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021, from 1 to 3 p.m.  Log on between 12:50 and 1:00 p.m. for a short visit prior to the start of the meeting.  Members will receive an email notice containing the Zoom meeting link and passcode prior to the meeting.

ST. GILES - FELLOWSHIP HALL UPDATE:
Due to the many uncertainties caused by Covid including St. Giles not voting until May 4 whether to allow people to meet there, the intricacies of obtaining & using technical equipment for hybrid meetings, & fluctuating Covid numbers in Greenville County, the Board decided to table the prospect of meeting together in person for now.

SEW-IN:
There is not enough interest from our guild at this time to schedule Sew-in dates at Bernina, so we have tabled scheduling until later in the year.

WILDACRES RETREAT:
Sandy Helsel reported the results of interest in attending Wildacres in the Fall has been great.  We have 14 definitely interested and a few more depending on dates and restrictions.  Faye Jones is awaiting a response on our request for rooms in the months of Oct. or Nov.  We must keep in mind that staff will not return to Wildacres until this month so it may be a while before we know the availability for our group.  Sandy will get information out to those interested as soon as we know.

MEMBERSHIP:
We welcomed 24 members to our March Zoom meeting.

2021 MEMBER DIRECTORY:
The 2021 membership Directory has been updated, and we’re excited to now include the sewing machines we have as a means of support to one another.  Please let us know what sewing/quilting/embroidery/serger machines you have, including year obtained or number of years used, by emailing Dana Blasi at greenvillemqg@gmail.com or her personal email so that we may include them under your information.  Thank you!

MQG WEBSITE RESOURCES:  AMANDA HINES BERNAY
Amanda Hines Bernay of MQG gave a tour highlighting features of the website resources on themodernquiltguild.com website.  Login and it will bring you to your Dashboard where, among other things, you will find the option to print your membership card. 

On the upper right-hand corner are Quick Links where you can update your information under Profile.  While there, if you do want to be seen in the MQG Directory, you must opt in (at the bottom of the page); you are not automatically shown in the Directory. 

Also under Quick Links, you will find Resources.  When selected, a pop-up will appear asking you to click on it.  This is because it is another website.  The volume of pictorial files is so large that the MQG website alone cannot handle it.  Once you click on it, it will ping back to the MQG website to check your logged in name, making all Resources available to you regardless of when you joined.

You will now see most recent content at the top, going back in time as you move down the page.  With 45 pages of content, the Filters by Category or Types on the right or the Search field at the top left will make it much easier to locate things or people.  Just some of the free wealth of information includes all three seasons of Fresh Quilting as well as Webinars (104 at last count!) on numerous topics at a quality level not unlike classes you would pay for. 

The Quilts of the Month (currently numbering 99) contain full patterns, some of which are made with Block Studies from Blocks of the Month, patterns for which are included as well, which you can save to your computer.  And be sure to take a moment to check out the member profile interviews written by Elaine Musiwa found under Member Spotlight.  This month’s Member Spotlight just happens to be on our own GMQG member, Nicole McClelland!

If you ever have any access or technical problem getting to what you need, rather than spending a lot of time on it and/or getting frustrated, simply send MQG a note at info@themodernquiltguild.com.  Amanda and their new office manager, Jennifer, keep a close eye on this inbox and will help you.

MEETINGS & PROGRAMS


MAY:  GEES BEND PANEL - FAYE JONES & RITA SASSONE
The May program will be dedicated to a glimpse into the Quilters of Gees Bend. These talented quilters are descendants of slaves from an isolated plantation in rural Alabama.  Without much exposure to the outside world and no art education, many generations of these women created stunning quilts which caused a sensation in the art and quilting world.

JUNE:  KAREN ECKMEIER LECTURE AND WORKSHOP - COLORS, TWISTS AND LEAVES


APRIL 3RD PROGRAM:  MARIA SHELL LECTURE AND WORKSHOP
Maria Shell of mariashell.com virtually presented her lecture on “Building Community Through Quilts.”  Maria had two quilts in QuiltCon Together this year for which she won Best Machine Quilting, Framed, for “Mosh Pit @ the Golden” and First Place in Piecing for “Everything All at Once.”

 “In 2014, Maria Shell spent two months as an artist-in-residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, NC.  While there, she worked weekly with a formerly chronically homeless community now living in Moore Place.  By teaching basic sewing skills to the residents, she developed a relationship with the residents of Moore Place that eventually led to the making of a community quilt that celebrated the residents and their journey towards finding a home and a community.”

Immediately following the guild meeting, Maria conducted a virtual workshop on Making Prints Out of Solids.  “Using solid-colored quilters’ cottons, students [learned] how to stitch an assortment of pieced prints including stripes, tracks, dots, and grids.  While learning these new techniques, [attendees were] given information about selecting a color palette, improvisational piecing techniques, and ideas for taking these techniques and creating original quilts.”

SHOW AND SHARE / QUILT QUARK GALLERY:

.  Nancy deJong – "Falling Triangles" 45” x 50” charity quilt;

.  Cindy Lange - 1) “Lava Lamp” charity quilt, and 2) “Midnight Stars” half-rectangle charity quilt; 

.  Sandy Helsel - “Warm Hugs” for her 14-year-old granddaughter;

**********To see the above quilts, please go to the Quilt Quark Gallery*********

.  Lynne Harrill shared an improv WIP (work in progress) using some of her many personally hand-dyed scraps that eventually will be part of a triptych.

.  Travis Seward shared a quilt he made based on some of the Amish quilt color theory he acquired as a child using a combination of Bella and Kona solids in white, Gotham Gray and four shades of red (including Tomato to break up the grid).  He started with designing his stars, bounded them with courthouse steps, and then played with the purposely inexact placement of the four reds.

Please click on the Quilt Quark Gallery to see the quilts shown today!

Thanks to all our quilters for their Show & Shares!  Please continue to share your quilts with us by emailing photos either to greenvillemqg@gmail.com or to Secretary Dana Blasi.  Please take note:  if you are sending photos for Show & Share any later than 2 days prior to the membership meeting, please send them directly to Dana.  Inexplicably, we have experienced not receiving your photos in time for the meeting when sent to our Gmail up to 2 days prior to the meeting.

CLASSIFIED ADS SUBCOMMITTEE:

Johnnie McKenzie is spearheading the Classified Ads Subcommittee.  Classified ads on our blog will allow us to post quilting goods and services, etc., for and by our members.  More details to come. 

HYBRID MEETINGS:
The poll on meeting types indicates the majority of members are interested in hybrid meetings, which would allow for both in-person and virtual attendance.  There is a lot of work involved to set it up and the Board is looking into it.  More details to follow. 

OTHER NEWS:
.  Gees Bend Retreats is going to open up registration in April 2021 for the next retreat to occur in 2022.  For further information, contact past attendees Faye Jones or Rita Sassone and/or go to geesbendquilting retreats dot com and sign up to be notified.  We are told it fills up fast.

.  Check out GMQG’s Facebook account and the GMQG Instagram account at @greenvillemqg (#greenvillemqg).

.  If members come across a link or other information they would like to share, they may forward it to President Brooke Stambersky to be shared at the next meeting.

See you next month!




Friday, March 26, 2021

Upcoming Meeting - April 3, 2021 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Please join us on Saturday, April 3rd, from 1-3 p.m. for our monthly GMQG meeting and take note:  Zoom access starts at 12:50 p.m. with the meeting beginning promptly at 1:00 p.m.  If you are not a member and would like to join, please contact us at greenvillemqg@gmail.com.  The Zoom access code will be sent to members in a separate email.


Agenda

. Board updates;

. Amanda Hines Bernay from MQG corporate to share a mini-presentation on MQG website resources;

. Show & Share;

. Maria Shell of Anchorage, Alaska, presenting, “Building Community Through Quilts."  


. Immediately following the guild meeting, Maria will conduct a (virtual) workshop on “Making Prints Out of Solids.”  


Stay in touch:  

GMQG Gmail:        greenvillemqg@gmail.com        

GMQG Instagram:  @greenvillemqg (#greenvillemqg)

GMQG Website:     greenvillemodernquiltguild.com 

GMQG Facebook:   Greenville Modern Quilt Guild

Congratulations to Nicole McClelland!

Congrats to Nicole McClelland for being selected for the Modern Quilt Guild Member Spotlight!  We at the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild already knew how special Nicole is, and now the entire MQG is in on the secret.  Proud of you Nicole!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To read the MQG Journal Member Spotlight article on Nicole by Elaine Musiwa, click on https://www.mqgjournal.com/member-spotlight-nicole-mcclelland/.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Quilt Quark Gallery - Dagmar Theodore

Dagmar Theodore's "Snowflake" by Modern Handcraft

Back of "Snowflake"


Dagmar Theodore's "Maypole" by Suzy Quilts


Dagmar Theodore's "Flying Geese"
Ruler Quilted by Darlene Roberts

"Race Car"
Original Design by Dagmar Theodore









Quilt Quark Gallery - Susan Nunchuck Schumski

Moda Challenge - QuiltCon Entry by Susan N. Schumski


Back of Moda Challenge

Diamond Forever Quilt by Susan N. Schumski



 









March 6, 2021, Meeting Highlights

.  Contact Information – to reach a member, please find contact information in the GMQG 2020 Directory and/or use our guild email greenvillemqg@gmail.com.  A new 2021 Directory will be provided in April.

.  Thanks again to the Modern Quilt Guild (themodernquiltguild.com) for the use of their Zoom account.  If any member would like a recording of today's meeting, please email Brooke Stambersky or Dana Blasi within 14 days of the meeting date and she will send it to you.

.  Our next meeting will be held on Saturday, April 3, 2021, from 1 to 3 p.m.  Log on between 12:50 and 1:00 p.m. for a short visit prior to the start of the meeting.  Members will receive an email notice containing the Zoom meeting link and passcode prior to the meeting.

ST. GILES - FELLOWSHIP HALL UPDATE:

St. Giles may begin allowing groups back into their facilities late March/early April.

 

SEW-IN:

Sandy Helsel requested that members of the GMQG please send her an email if they are interested in participating in a “sew-in” at the Bernina shop on April 16th from 10-3.  As of this writing, masks are required at Bernina.  If there are at least 5 people interested, Sandy will make a request for their sewing room. 


MEMBERSHIP: 
We welcomed 24 members to our March Zoom meeting. 

POLL - MEETING IN PERSON:

Voting results from today’s poll of members in attendance and by proxy favors hybrid meetings.  We will further discuss during the next Board meeting to determine the details later this month.  Results:  Meeting in person only – 5; Zoom only – 4; Hybrid – 18. 


MEETINGS & PROGRAMS:

APRIL Speaker & Workshop:

For the April 3rd Membership meeting, Maria Shell will virtually present “Building Community Through Quilts.”  Immediately following the guild meeting, she will conduct a (virtual) workshop on “Making Prints Out of Solids.”  The fee for the workshop is $25.00.  Contact us at greenvillemqg@gmail.com to sign up by PayPal invoice or by check payable to GMQG.  Once we have a final list of those who have paid, you will receive Maria’s handout from Dagmar or Dana.  Five slots remain open at the time of this writing. 


MAY PROGRM:  GEES BEND PANEL - FAYE JONES & RITA SASSONE

The May program is dedicated to a glimpse into the Quilters of Gees Bend. These talented quilters are descendants of slaves from an isolated plantation in rural Alabama. Without much exposure to the outside world and no art education, many generations of these women created stunning quilts which caused a sensation in the art and quilting world. 


MARCH 6th PROGRAM:  FAVORITE BOOKS - MEMBER PARTICIPATION

Today's program allowed each of us to bring forth one or two of our favorite quilting books and share what we love and enjoy about the book.  It was interesting to see what it is that draws each of us in, and sparks our inspiration and imagination. 


Dagmar Theodore shared:

15 Minutes of Play – Improvisational Quilts by Victoria Findlay Wolfe that presents a freeing way to use up your fabric scraps in bursts of 15 minutes to create “Made Fabric” to use in your quilts later.  Includes 16 traditional blocks, challenges and experiments; and

. Modern Quilt Magic by Victoria Findlay Wolfe proffers new piecing tricks to make five patchwork techniques easier and 17 projects to expand your piecing skills.

Christina Strickland shared:
. The Quilters Album of Patchwork Patterns by Jinny Beyer that contains 4,044 pieced blocks she and her son found by poring over newspapers, catalogs, patterns and magazines of the 1800s-1900s to prepare detailed illustrations along with grids, dates, construction how-tos, and multiple names of each block.

Sandy Helsel shared:
. Convergence Quilts by Ricky Tims that offers a fun, easy piecing technique featuring two or more fabrics cut into strips, sewn together, then cut and pieced again; and

. Crazy Curves by Elisa R. Wilson that explores the Drunkard’s Path block in three sizes.  Full size templates are included and ordering info for acrylic templates is provided.  Update an old block with many assorted colors.  Excellent instructions for working with curves.  Great for beginners.

Darlene Roberts shared:
. Material Obsession 2 by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke that presents more than 20 new quilts combining fresh, modern fabrics with traditional designs using bolder and large colorful prints such as those by Kaffe Fassett and Anna Marie Horner; and

. Longarm Quilting Workbook:  Basic Skills, Techniques & Motifs by Teresa Silva for piecing and modern longarm quilting with clear instructions and ideas for filling in a space.

Joan Manfre shared:
. Adventures in Design by Joen Wolfrom that presents nature’s design basics to help build a design foundation from which to develop your personal style; teaches the basics such as use of line, direction, shape, color, value, texture, proportion and scale then provides exercises to push you into analyzing and doing more.

Dana Blasi shared:
. Double Wedding Ring Quilts – Traditions Made Modern:  Full-Circle Sketches from Life by Victoria Findlay Wolfe featuring modern layouts and “made-fabric” innovations on the classic DWR with full-size patterns for 10 quilts; and

. Rings that Bind by Cheryl Phillips and Linda Pysto for a unique method of constructing a double wedding ring quilt, which also provides a quick method for piecing rings prior to cutting them out.

Susan Nunchuck Schumski shared:
. Quilting Traditions by Canadian, Devon Levione, featuring old-school skills to 12 slightly modernized, unusual quilts (and brought Susan back to quilting after pausing to reassess her quilting goals).  Emphasizes finding your inspiration for each quilt you make; and

. Rulerwork Quilting Idea Book by Amanda Murphy for longarm quilting and domestic quilting using six basic shapes with machine quilting rulers; 59 different designs.

Susan Rink shared:
. Measure the Possibilities with Omnigrid published March 15, 2000, by Nancy Johnson-Srebro, the key advocate of rotary cutting at its onset demonstrates how to use one ruler to cut out many shapes; a great how-to resource for anyone who does ruler cutting.  Eleven wall hanging patterns and hundreds of designs.

Brooke Stambersky shared:
. Color Inspirations by Darius A. Monsef IV, which comes with a CD, contains color palettes from the website COLOURlovers.com, organized by color family in a logical, easy-to-use format demonstrating 30,000 sometimes unexpected color combinations; and

. Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman, a modernized version of her 1993 pattern-id book with full color and line drawings of over 4,000 pieced quilt block patterns.

BetterWorldBooks .com and Thriftbooks .com were recommended to find lower cost new and used books; free shipping. 


SHOW AND SHARE / QUILT QUARK GALLERY:
. Susan Schumski - Moda challenge entry for QuiltCon based on a design from a magazine based on a paper-pieced color wheel.
. Dagmar Theodore:
  . Snowflake quilt, made from a Modern Handcraft pattern through a quilt-along featuring randomly pieced, low-volume text prints in the background;
  . Flying Geese quilt ruler-quilted by Darlene Roberts;
  . Maypole quilt, a pattern by Suzy Quilts, quickly made in one afternoon using straight-line quilting; and
  . Race Car quilt for her car-crazy grandson using colors from his Cobra car with the Nürburgring Grand Prix racetrack quilted in the background.  She printed out an Excel spreadsheet with square cells, used a screenshot of a free crochet pattern found on Pinterest, and colored in the pattern allowing her to easily calculate the amount of fabric needed.
. Johnnie McKenzie shared her improv Sun quilt on which she hand stitched a large amount of loose yarn within the circle of the sun and hand beaded outward to create the rays of light on a background of improvisationally pieced “fractured” fabric. 

Please click on the Quilt Quark Gallery to see the quilts shown today.

Thanks to all our quilters for their Show & Shares!  Please continue to share your quilts with us by emailing photos either to greenvillemqg@gmail.com or to Secretary Dana Blasi.  Please take note:  if you are sending photos for Show & Share any later than 2 days prior to the membership meeting, please send them directly to Dana.  Inexplicably, we have experienced not receiving your photos in time for the meeting when sent to our Gmail up to 2 days prior to the meeting.

TEN MINUTES OF INSPIRATION - Johnnie McKenzie

Susan Nunchuck Schumski shared a photo of her first great great granddaughter that inspired Susan to make her a “forever quilt.”  She used true baby pink, navy, and gray, and picked a pattern with blocks on point to lend toward a design of diamonds with occlusions based on her granddaughter’s sparkling eyes.  See Susan’s quilt in the Quilt Quark Gallery.

PHILANTHROPY:

.  Quilts for Kids – The folks are back at Julie Valentine and we are in need of charity quilts!  Faye gave them 12 in December and took 17 to them in January.  Susan Rink is dropping 4 off to Faye today (thanks Susan!).  Remember these are not bed quilts, but Comfort quilts to snuggle.  Sizes may range from 30” x 30” all the way up to 45” x 45”.  Of course, these are approximate sizes.  Let your inspiration be your guide.

 

.  Faye has received a large quantity of upholstery and curtain weight fabric scraps of all shapes and sizes from Marion Mann of Fowler Interiors, which are great with which to cover a stool, magazine holder, or a box, or make tote bags, pillows, purses and pouches either for yourself or for charity.  Email Faye to make arrangements to see this fabric treasure!  (New members who do not yet have a Directory may send an email request to greenvillemqg@gmail.com.)

 

.  Faye has made several more attempts to reach out to Pendleton Place – Smith House to extend our offer of charity quilts or art lessons by Faye for the teenage girls housed there to no avail.  Faye will suspend any further attempts to reach them.

 

ANNUAL DUES - PAYPAL OPTION & EXTENDED DEADLINE:
While you can join GMQG at any time, our parent, the MQG, has extended the deadline for receipt of our information to March 31st to join GMQG and also get access to the MQG website with its plethora of free webinars, patterns, challenges, and the latest from QuiltCon.  If you plan on joining, please do so now so that Treasurer Cindy Lange has time to process your information before the end of the month.  Once she has sent in the batch of new members’ information to MQG, we will receive our new MQG membership cards.

 

ANNUAL RETREAT:
Sandy reported that Wildacres Retreat of Little Switzerland, NC, has contacted Faye regarding their opening for guests from April through October.  Sandy and Faye decided that due to Covid restrictions still in effect in that area, it would be better for our guild to request a date in the autumn, sometime between the last weekend in August and the end of October for our retreat at Wildacres.  We should know soon what time slots (Thursday through Sunday) will be available to us. We have requested the sewing room for 24 and lodging, double occupancy as in the past.

CARES & CONCERNS:
Sandy has requested members to please let her know if they know of a member experiencing serious illness or passing of family members to please let her know so she can send “get well” or sympathy cards from the guild.

WANTED:  CLASSIFIED ADS SUBCOMMITTEE:
We are looking for volunteers to participate in a new subcommittee to review procedures for adding classified ads to our blog for members to sell their quilty items and for quilt related businesses to advertise on the blog, in the Directory, and on our social media.  We have lots of ideas and examples and simply need someone to help organize it all.  Contact Brooke Stambersky to participate.

OTHER NEWS:
.  Gees Bend Retreats is going to open up registration in April 2021 for the next retreat to occur in 2022.  For further information, contact past attendees Faye Jones or Rita Sassone and/or go to geesbendquilting retreats dot com and sign up to be notified.  We are told it fills up fast.

.  Check out the GMQG Instagram account at @greenvillemqg (#greenvillemqg).

.  If members come across a link or other information they would like to share, they may forward it to President Brooke Stambersky to be shared at the next meeting.

See you next month!

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Upcoming Meeting - March 6, 2021 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Please join us this Saturday, March 6th,  from 1-3 p.m. for our monthly GMQG meeting via Zoom.  Please take note:  Zoom access starts at 12:50 p.m. with the meeting beginning promptly at 1:00 p.m.  If you are not a member and would like to join, please contact us at greenvillemqg@gmail.com.  The Zoom access code is being sent to members in a separate email.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday for Favorite Books - Member Participation.

Dust off one of your favorite quilting books for the meeting, and prepare to:

    1.  share a little of what you love and enjoy about the book,

    2.  show any quilt(s) you made from the book, and

   3.  open up the Zoom chat box (tab at bottom of your Zoom screen) during the meeting to enter any and all of your favorite quilting books noting title, author, and any inspiration you gained from your book(s). 

        

A list of all of these favorite books will be compiled and put on the website for reference and inspiration.

April Speaker and Workshop:  At our April 3rd Members Meeting, Maria Shell will present “Building Community Through Quilts” virtually from Anchorage, Alaska.  Immediately following the guild meeting, she will conduct a virtual workshop through her Zoom account on “Making Prints Out of Solids.”  The fee for the workshop is $25.00.  Contact us at greenvillemqg@gmail.com to sign up.

A Few Reminders and Bits of Information:

.  Sub-committee chair & help:

We are looking for a volunteer(s) to help us come up with a classified ads policy (what &/or whom to allow to advertise, fees, etc.).  We have neighboring guilds from whom to find examples.  These classified ads would be shared on the blog and perhaps Facebook listing items for sale or quilting services, for instance.  The Board has some ideas and would like a member to assist in this endeavor.  Contact Brooke Stambersky if interested. 

.  Show & Share/Quilt Quark Gallery: 

Send your photos of completed quilts with the subject heading Show & Share to greenvillemqg@gmail.com or if after Wed. night, to Dana Blasi to be shown at the next meeting and featured in Quilt Quark.  Thanks for "photoshopping" your photos.


.  GMQG Quilts for Facebook & Instagram: 

Susan Rink is collecting photos of quilts to use on our Facebook & Instagram page for advertising.  Please send photos of quilts made by you to Susan at srink100@yahoo.com.

.  Ten Minutes of Inspiration: 

Send Johnnie McKenzie (johnniemckenzie@att.net) photos of your quilt and she will spend 10 minutes talking with you about your inspiration and the process of executing your idea into your quilt.


Stay in touch:  

GMQG Gmail address:     greenvillemqg@gmail.com        

GMQG Instagram Handle:  @greenvillemqg (#greenvillemqg)



 

Sunday, February 14, 2021

February 6, 2021, Meeting Highlights

GMQG MEETINGS:

Former President Dagmar Theodore emceed our February meeting in Brooke Stambersky’s absence. 

Contact Information – in regard to being directed to any member herein, please find contact information in the GMQG 2020 Directory and/or use our guild email greenvillemqg@gmail.com. 

Thanks again to the Modern Quilt Guild (themodernquiltguild.com) for the use of their Zoom account.  At the end of March, we will reassess whether to move forward with meeting in person or hybrid meetings in person combined with Zoom.

If any member would like a recording of today's meeting, please email Dana Blasi within 14 days of the meeting date and she will send it to you.

Our next meeting will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2021, from 1 to 3 p.m.  Log on between 12:50 and 1:00 p.m. to visit prior to the start of the meeting.  Members will receive an email notice containing the Zoom meeting code and password prior to the meeting.

ST. GILES UPDATE:

Nancy deJong has been in touch with St. Giles who said they will begin allowing groups back into their facilities late March/early April.

 

MEMBERSHIP:
We welcomed 35 members to our February Zoom meeting.  

NEW COMMITTEE CHAIR:

Today we welcomed Susan Rink as our new Social Media Chair.  She will be spearheading the GMQG presence on Instagram and Facebook, as well as managing Show & Share with a new look via PowerPoint.


MEETINGS:
MARCH 6th - Member Participation:
Rita asked us to dust off one of our favorite quilting books for our March 6th Membership meeting program.  Think about which book you have come to love and enjoy, and prepare to share a little about it as well as show any quilts you have made from the book. 

APRIL 3rd - Speaker and Workshop:

For the April 3rd Membership meeting program, we will have Maria Shell coming to us virtually from Alaska.  Her presentation will be on “Building Community Through Quilts.”  Immediately following the guild meeting she will conduct a virtual workshop on “Making Prints Out of Solids.”  The fee for the workshop is $25.00.  Contact us at greenvillemqg@gmail.com to sign up by PayPal invoice or by check payable to GMQG.

If anyone has any ideas or things they'd like to see presented or has taken a class they'd like to share, please contact Rita.  This is your guild and we need you to speak up to let us know what you're thinking.  Modern quilt guilds are posting what they are doing virtually on Facebook and Instagram, and we are open to hearing examples of the "new normal" of meeting online.  Learning keeps us young!

FEBRUARY 6th PROGRAM:

Quilting by Men – Men doing “Women’s Work” -  A Presentation by Travis Seward.
In 1992 the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (“RMQM”) held its first show featuring quilts made by men called “Man Made,” novel at the time because quilting had been considered women's work and few men were known to quilt.  Since then, more men have emerged and are participating in the art and craft of quilting.  In 2022, the RMQM will hold its 16th bi-annual show of quilts made by men. 

To highlight periodically not knowing where they fit in, Travis wove in a parody U-Tube, “Quilting Anonymous,” a humorous look at men quilting in secret.  Stereotypes and changing societal roles aside, men quilt for the same reasons women do - it’s relaxing, therapeutic, they learned from their grandmother, mother, or sister, they enjoy the process of making something useful, it’s a challenge, they like the math and structure, to make money, or they just want to make something pretty.  

Travis included historical background of men’s roles in quilting.  Over 100 years ago, Egyptologist Jackson Gaston Maspero excavated an Egyptian tomb from its 21st dynasty in which a leather tent/quilt was found from 1069 B.C.  These tents/room dividers containing intricate designs, often heavily appliqued, are not dissimilar from those of quilts and are typical of the area.  Throughout history, Egyptian men have been the makers of these tents and continue to dominate the tentmaking industry today.

Men typically were the ones conducting business in the textile or tailoring businesses in pre-colonial Britain and Europe.  In colonial America, however, women dominated the sewing arts.

Travis recommended going online to see the American Folk Arts Museum’s September 2017 - January 2018 exhibition entitled “War and Pieced:  The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics” to see British soldiers’ wartime quilts from the 18th and 19th centuries.  “It was the first in the United States to showcase complex geometric quilts made exclusively by men using richly dyed wools from British military and dress uniforms.  They were once termed, “Soldiers quilts” or “Crimean quilts.” 

In the 1930s, the Kansas City Star Newspaper provided a reader service through which patterns could be ordered for a dime and made quilting books available to order.  One of the providers of that service was Hubert ver Mehren’s Home Arts Studio, (see our March 2020 Meeting Highlights for more on Home Arts Studio) and his patterns came under the heading of “Bettina.”  It is possible Mehren either didn’t want his name to be associated with women’s work, or thought women might be turned off by a man inserting himself into what was regarded as a woman’s domain.  Interestingly, many of his intricate quilt patterns look quite modern. 

Some male quilters who are well known today include Ricky Timms, David Taylor, Luke Haynes, Molli Sparkles, and Jimmy McBride.  In 2010 Joe Cunningham wrote the groundbreaking book, “Men and the Art of Quilting,” published by the American Quilters Society, which focuses on 30 men and contains a few patterns.  Included in the book are Bob Adams, Jack Brockette, Scott Hansen, and Michael James, the Leader of the Art Quilt Movement, to name a few. 

Ricky Timms, a former concert pianist who was recognized as one of the 30 most distinguished quilters in the world, began quilting when he inherited his grandmother’s Kenmore sewing machine in 1991.  Though awkward for him initially, he was so welcomed at his first quilt guild meeting and thereafter, he soon abandoned giving credence to the gender of quilters and quickly began feeling a part of a community of creative individuals who hope to create something for the enjoyment of themselves and others. 

Rob Appel, formerly of Man Sewing acquired by the Missouri Star Quilt Co. who is now on his own as RobAppel.com, is known for his exuberance and positive personality and his own unique approach to making quilts.  Matthew Boudreaux, Mr. Domestic, is another big personality who is a self-described sewist, crafter, teacher, speaker, designer, advocate, firm anti-racist, LGPTQIA+, and “best of all, Helena’s dad.”  Peter Byrne came to fame because he took best of show at QuiltCon last year (2019).  Peter is also a really new quilter.  He began in 2017 in Toronto, didn’t know what he was doing, fell in love with it, and said he just wants to be a master of whatever he does.  He does something he calls "hover quilting" using stick glue to hold pieces together, stitching edges down with a 1/8” seam, and leaving the edges raw. 

There are 2.3 thousand men in the Men Who Quilt group and many men who have risen to fame in the quilting world, but there are thousands who fly under the radar who just enjoy sitting down to quilt and create, finding joy in the art of quilting.  These men are just as diverse as any other group – single, married, partnered, gay, straight.  Travis says to be inspired by everyone out there regardless of their lifestyle, station in life, or gender, and look to our capacity for love and joy in what we do as quilters. 

Our many thanks to Travis Seward for his engaging and eye-opening presentation on Men in Quilting! 

ANNUAL DUES - PAYPAL OPTION & EXTENDED DEADLINE:

While you can join GMQG at any time, MQG has extended the deadline to March 1st to join GMQG and also get access to the MQG website with its plethora of free webinars, patterns, challenges, and the latest from QuiltCon throughout 2021. 

As many of you know, we have a new option to pay annual dues ($50) electronically through our charitable account with PayPal in addition to paying by check.  If you haven’t yet had a chance to join or re-up, please contact Treasurer Cindy Lange to either request to pay via PayPal invoice (which will come directly from PayPal) or to arrange to send a check to Cindy’s address made out to the order of Greenville Modern Quilt Guild.

 

PHILANTHROPY:

In addition to our current charity program providing comfort “Quilts for Kids” for the Julie Valentine Center, Jill Erickson introduced us to Tummy Time (“TT”) quilts.  TT quilts (36” x 36”) are made for newborns in the Greenville Hospital System’s Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program.  The nurse home-visiting program serves underprivileged mothers/families from the early stages of pregnancy through to 3 years after giving birth.  The Greenville program was started in 1977 and locally serves 100-150 babies a year.  The program is national now and is a proven process leading to less neglect and abuse, fewer parental convictions, and children being better prepared for nursery school.  The quilts provide a good clean place to put baby on its stomach to encourage lifting its head.  Jill said last year she facilitated giving them about 40 quilts and the families are overjoyed upon receipt. 

SHOW AND SHARE / QUILT QUARK GALLERY:

Please go to the Quilt Quark Gallery on our blog greenvillemodernquiltguild.com to see the beautiful quilts made for Show & Share.

 > Jill Erickson presented three Tummy Time (“TT”) quilts on behalf of a member who wishes to remain anonymous:  1) Hashtags, 2) Teddy Bear, and 3) Three Whales.  Thank you Anonymous!

 

> Susan Rink made two lively philanthropy quilts for the Julie Valentine Center including a Variation of the “Autumn Blossoms” pattern by A Bright Corner and “Magical Squares” from a pattern in Quiltmaker Magazine.  Both were beautifully quilted by our own Rita Sassone.

Thanks to all our quilters for their Show & Shares!  Please continue to share your quilts with us by emailing photos either to greenvillemqg@gmail.com or to Secretary Dana Blasi.  Please take note:  if you are sending photos for Show & Share any later than 2 days prior to the membership meeting, please send them directly to Dana.  Inexplicably, we have experienced not receiving your photos in time for the meeting when sent to our Gmail up to 2 days prior to the meeting.

Thank you for cropping your photos before emailing them to us (but if you’re unable, we’ll happily do it).  You may also post your photos on our Instagram and Facebook page but please take note, we have no means to automatically transfer photos from IG/FB to our blog (yet... stay tuned).

SEW-IN:

The next Sew-In is on hold at the moment.  Further updates will be forthcoming.

WANTED:  CLASSIFIED ADS SUBCOMMITTEE:

We are looking for volunteers to participate in a new subcommittee to review procedures for adding classified ads to our blog for members to sell their quilty items and for quilt related businesses to advertise on the blog, in the Directory, and on our social media.  We have lots of ideas and examples and simply need someone to help organize it all.  Contact Brooke Stambersky to participate.

LIBRARY BOOKS:

Should you have any books checked out from the GMQG Library, please contact Darleen Sanford to arrange to return them or have them picked up.

 

OTHER NEWS:
.  Gees Bend Retreats is going to open up registration in April 2021 for the next retreat to occur in 2022.  For further information, contact past attendees Faye Jones or Rita Sassone and/or go to geesbendquilting retreats dot com and sign up to be notified.  We are told it fills up fast.
.  Check out the GMQG Instagram account at @greenvillemqg (#greenvillemqg).
.  Skillshare dot com has a myriad of inexpensive classes to take.
.  If members come across a link or other information they would like to share, they may forward it to President Brooke Stambersky to be shared at the next meeting.

See you next month!