From Our President: Sandy Helsel
The mission of the Modern Quilt Guild is to support and encourage the growth of modern quilting through art, education and community. It has over 17,000 members in more than 200 guilds in 39 countries around the world. As members, you receive emails from MQG with up-to-date information. You will also receive a quarterly newsletter, free patterns, webinar opportunities, interesting articles, fabric challenges and swaps, featured artists and quilters and a directory of teachers.
A Special Thank-you: Susan Rink showed a quilt made by some of our members for Brooke Stambersky as a thank-you for serving as our 2021 President. The quilt was signed on the back by members.
Foothills Piecemakers Quilting Guild will host a quilt show on Friday, March18, from 9 AM to 5 PM and Saturday, March 19 from 9 AM to 3:30 PM. Admission $6. Located at Pelham Rd Baptist Church, 1108 Pelham Rd., Greenville SC.
Quilters of South Carolina: Nicole McClelland is the District 1 Representative for QSC. The Spring Meeting will be held March 18-23 at the 1881 Event Hall, Spartanburg, SC. The guest speaker will be Sarah Ann Smith. You must be a member of QSC to attend. Membship is $20 per year and applications are available on their website.
VP – Programs: Jackie Callis & Darleen Sanford
March – Mitzie Schafer from Jittery Wings with a program on “Controlled Improv”
April – Ruth Pollow showing us her many Thread Painting designs especially those featuring faces. Ruth will be doing an all-day workshop on April 22. The cost is $45 which includes most of the needed supplies.
Treasurer: Cindy Lange
Currently, we have 54 members. Our dues to the national MQG have been paid.
Membership: Jill Erickson
The names of all paid members have been entered into the national MQG roster. If you haven't done so, you need to create a log-in to access all the resources provided by MQG and to print your membership card:
1. go to themodernquiltguild.com
2. create your username and password
3. log-in and on top blue menu, click ABOUT
4. on right hand orange menu, click MY DASHBOARD
5. on top orange menu click MEMBERSHIP CARD
6. print the page and cutout the card.
If you encounter difficulties please call/text Jill Erickson 864-934-1020..or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This email is monitored daily and they will respond the next day.
We will be printing a GMQG directory soon. So please let me know if any of your contact information has changed. Also, if you haven't already, give me a list of which sewing machines you own and use. We find that fun and useful information to have.
Philanthropy: Faye Jones
Faye delivered 16 quilts to Quilts for Kids. Thanks to our generous members who recently contributed to our Quilts for Kids project. We collected 8 beautiful comfort quilts at the January meeting and an additional 8 more awesome quilts at the February meeting. It is such a pleasure to deliver the quilts and see the happiness and thankfulness of the staff.
Library: Suzanne Elswick
Suzanne provided information on procedures for using our library.
Retreat – Dana Blasi & Faye Jones
The dates for the retreat at Wildacres will be Thursday, April 28, 2022 (2:30 pm check-in) – Sunday, May 1. 2022 (check-out at 10::00 am.) The cost is $245 which includes 3 nights lodging and 8 family style meals. We have a reservation for 12 rooms. The accommodation is for two (2) persons per room. All rooms have a private bath.
Block of the Month: Valorie Kasten
Valorie introduced the February block
for the Bletchley Park Stitch Project. PDF Instructions can be found here.
Show and Share
Faye gave us a brief history of the running stitch which included the Japanese techniques of Sashiko and Boro, and the Kantha stitch used by the women of Bengali. She also discussed how the running stitch can be used in combination with machine quilting. Faye provided examples of the best fabrics, threads, needles and other supplies to use with the various running stitch techniques. She had several examples of ways to use the stitch to decorate items such as pincushions, fabric bowls, pillows, tote bags, needlebooks and clothing. Each of us was then provided with a kit to learn the proper method of doing Sashiko. More information on Faye's program and resources can be found here.