. Contact Information – to reach a member, please find contact information in the GMQG 2020 Directory and/or use our guild email email@example.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.
We welcomed 26 members to our April Zoom meeting.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or her personal email so that we may include them under your information. Thank you!
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 email@example.com. Amanda and their new office manager, Jennifer, keep a close eye on this inbox and will help you.
MEETINGS & PROGRAMS
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.
JUNE: KAREN ECKMEIER LECTURE AND WORKSHOP - COLORS, TWISTS AND LEAVES
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:
. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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!