Saturday, January 29, 2022

February Meeting Program


Date: Saturday, February 5, 2022

Time: : 1 PM – 3PM

Location: Giles Presbyterian Church, 1021 Hudson Rd. Greenville SC



February Meeting Program

“The Many Uses of the Running Stitch” We will discuss topics from Big Stitch quilting to sashiko.  We will start a hands on sashiko project with kits for everyone.

Join us for a hands-on program-BIG STITCH to SASHIKO.   We will provide the marked fabric kit-you provide the labor. You will go home with a small pincushion top and a new approach to hand quilting.  Bring small scissors.  



News Flash !

We Have a Date for Our 2022 Wildacres Retreat: April 28 – May 1

Sign-ups begin at the Feb.5th meeting. Info. sheets available Feb/ Meeting



Check-in: Thursday, April 28, 2022, 2:30 p.m.

Check-out: Sunday, May 1, 2022, 10:00 a.m.; we can remain in the sewing room until noon.

Cost: $245 - includes 2 nights’ lodging (bedding & linens included), 8 meals family-style (from Thurs. dinner to Sun. breakfast), and gratuity ($215 + $30).

Availability: 24 openings (2/room), openings still available in April can be filled by a member’s guest.

Accommodations: We will lodge two (2) per room. Private bath in each room.


Greenville Modern Quilt Guild is up and running for the new year! 

We have returned to in person meetings with appropriate Covid precautions and those that wish to do so are comfortable wearing masks at the meetings. We thank those members whose efforts kept the guild going this past year via Zoom and other measures.

We are reaffirming our mission to the promotion of and education about MODERN QUILTING in all its numerous variations. This year we have co-chairmen for program planning and their goal is to provide us with a diverse experience; our own Cheryl Brickey, Jittery Wings, Lewis Carl and others are on the schedule or will be soon for this year.

MARCH workshop will be thread painting with Ruth Pollow.  Ruth’s lecture will be April 2 and the all day workshop will be April 9.The cost for the workshop will be $45 which will include most everything you need.  Information and sign-up sheet will be at the February meeting.  Her maximum class size is 10 so please sign up early. 

Plans are in the works to continue our popular annual retreat at Wildacres in the beautiful North Carolina mountains. Many more of our traditional events such as Annual Quilting Challenge, Learning Station Rotation and Christmas Auction will be on the schedule this year. We thank you members who have re-joined this year and invite former members to come visit a meeting and consider joining us as again.  


Agenda  for Meeting

·         President Sandy Helsel – Opening comments

·         VPs: Darlene Sanford and Jackie Callis

·         Secretary: Marilyn Hagopian

·         Treasurer’s report: Cindy Lange

·         Membership:  Jill Erickson

·         Philanthropy: Faye Jones

·         Library: Susanne Elswick

·         St. Giles Liaison – Nancy deJong

·         Social Media: Dagmar Theodore

·         Wildacres Retreat: Dana Blais and Faye Jones

·         Block of the Month: Valorie Kasten


Show and Share: We ask members to show only 2 quilts per meeting which do not have to be charity quilts. Charity quilts will be displayed on a table. If you wish to share your charity quilt as one of your 2, that is welcome


Program: Faye Jones: “The Many Uses of the Running Stitch”

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Highlights from the January, 2022 Meeting

 Program:  The Bletchley Park Stitch Project


Valorie Kasten presented our program on getting back to modern with an emphasis on improvisational  piecing in the 21st century. She gave a brief history of improv quilting which included photos of a work from ancient Egypt, an 1860 quilt from an unknown Welsh maker and examples of the quilts of Gees Bend from the 1920's. She also included  several QuiltCon winners as examples of modern improv.


Valorie has designed The Bletchley Park Stitch Project as our 2022 Block of the Month. The monthly blocks will explore some improv quilting techniques. She showed the January block and provided tips on how to make it. 

 Valorie has provided a detailed introduction to the Block of the Month Program and instructions for making our January block which are included below.


Bletchley Park Intro

Bletchley Park Block 1        


 From Our President: Sandy Helsel

 Our goal is to return GMQG to the status and interest it carried prior to the pandemic and regain the passion for modern quilting and fellowship we held as members. We are planning in person, open meetings at St.Giles for the year and at present, they will all be on the first Saturday of the month.

 Some new operation revisions:

            Room Set-up  A sign-up sheet for room set-up duty is at the sign-in table. Volunteers are needed to set-up chairs and tables for the meeting and then return them as found at the end of the meeting.

            Show and Share – in order to balance our time in the meeting so that each area has it’s allotted time period, the board decided that each person can show 2 quilts at a meeting. Philanthropy quilts will be displayed on tables. Members can include their philanthropy quilt in show and share, but it must be one of the 2 allowed.


VP – Programs:  Jackie Callis & Darleen Sanford

 Upcoming Programs: 

            February – Faye Jones on Big Stitch Quilting. Supplies will be provided for members to practice the technique.

            March – Mitzie Schafer from Jittery Wings with a program on “Controlled Improv”

            April – Ruth Pollow showing us her many Thread Painting designs. Ruth will be doing a workshop on April 9. The cost is $45 which includes most of the needed supplies.


Treasurer – Cindy Lange

The Christmas party auction income was $423 against expenses of $75.32 resulting in a profit of $347.68. Copies of the 2022 budget were on the membership table for members to review. Members who did not pay their dues as of January 5 were sent a reminder.


Membership – Jill Erickson

As of January 8, 2022, we have 40 paid members. 

Dues are $50 annually with $25 going to the national MQG and $25 remaining with the GMQG.

A member whose dues remain unpaid by January 31 will be dropped from both the GMQG roster and the national MQG. Members who join after July 1 will pay a prorated amount. The names of all paid members will be entered in the national MQG roster on January 31.  If you have any difficulty gaining access please contact Jill.


Philanthropy – Faye Jones

Faye delivered 11 Quilts For Kids just before Christmas. Many thanks to those who donated.


Retreat – Dana Blasi & Faye Jones

We have not yet received the dates for our spring retreat.


A Special Thank-you

Jill Erickson presented a quilt made by some of our members to Dagmar Theodore as a thank-you for serving as our 2020 President and for her continued willingness to help in any capacity.  The quilt was signed on the back by members.

Show and Share:


                                                             Janet Ginn



                                                                    Sybil Radius


                                                                  Nicole McClelland


Other members who participated in our show and share were Valorie Kasten, Dagmar Theodore and Faye Jones.


Our next meeting will be Saturday, February 5, 2022  from 1-3 pm at St. Giles Church, 1021 Hudson Rd., Greenville, SC.



Monday, January 3, 2022

January Meeting Agenda


Happy New Year and welcome to a new year of in-person meetings, return to fellowship, comradery, and inspiration.

Date: The January meeting is on Saturday, the 8th  as the first Saturday is New Year’s!

Time : 1 PM – 3PM

Location: St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 1021 Hudson Rd. Greenville SC

Membership: At this point we have 24, 2022 members paid, so if you have not paid your membership, please do so at this meeting. New Memberships and guests are welcome.

$50  are due by January 15th, 2022


Show and Share; Starting this year, we ask members to show only 2 quilts per meeting which do not have to be charity quilts. Charity quilts will be displayed on a table. If you wish to share your charity quilt as one of your 2, that is acceptable. For the month of January only, if there is one quilt you showed during our Zoom meetings that you would like to present in-person, this can be added to the two you may already be presenting.


January Program :

“The Bletchley Park Stitch Project ....doing the things no one can imagine.” 

 Presented by Valorie Kasten









2022 GMQG Board

President: Sandy Helsel

Vice President: Darlene Sanford/Jackie Callis

Sec: Marilyn Hagopian

Treasurer: Cindy Lange

Membership: Jill Erickson

Liaison to church, Nancy to continue

Meeting set-up: Sign-ups each meeting for the next meeting

Outside Speakers: Faye Jones

Philanthropy:  Faye Jones

Block of the Month:  Valorie Kasten

Retreat: Dana Blasi, Faye continues as Wildacres Liaison

2022 Christmas Luncheon: Jill Erickson

Library: Susanne Elswick

Social Media: Dagmar Theodore

Classified Ads ?


We look forward to seeing all of you on January 8th!


Sandy Helsel