. Contact Information – to reach a member, please find
contact information in the GMQG 2020 Directory and/or use our guild email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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
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.
We welcomed 26 members to our April 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 email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Amanda and their
new office manager, Jennifer, keep a close eye on this inbox and will help you.
MEETINGS & PROGRAMS
MAY: GEE'S BEND PANEL - FAYE
JONES, RITA SASSONE & ANNE LARKIN
The May program will be dedicated to a glimpse into the
Quilters of Gee's Bend by our members who have visited and participated in a workshop in Gee's Bend, AL. 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.
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.”
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
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:
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 email@example.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
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.
. 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!