Sunday, May 22, 2022

Highlights from the May, 2022 Meeting


From Our President:  Sandy Helsel

 Quiltfest Greenville, SC:  Two of our members, Faye Jones and Valorie Kasten, won a blue ribbon for Best Use of Negative Space in the Mid-Century Modern category.. The quilt, “Nine Mysteries”, was pieced by Faye and quilted by Valorie. Several members who attended the show provided comments on what they liked and disliked about it. We will be contacted in late fall regarding our 2023 participation as a guild. We will not make the decision until called upon in December.


Western North Carolina Quilters Guild will present “A Garden of Quilts Show” on Friday, May 20

(10 am – 5 pm) and  Saturday, May 21 (10 am – 4 pm). This exciting show will include a special exhibit of Quilts of Valor, docent tours, arts and crafts vendors, raffle baskets, used book sale, and a boutique of handmade quilted items made by members for sale to the public. The location is the Youth Activities Building located in the Bonclarken Conference Center in Flat Rock, NC, just south of Hendersonville. For GPS use 5 Pine Drive, Flat Rock, NC. Actual address is 500 Pine Dr. Admission is $5 with free parking. Wheelchairs and walkers are welcome.


QuiltCon 2023, Atlanta GA: The MQG will be announcing QuiltCon challenges each Monday for the rest of  May .Watch your inbox on Mondays to learn more about the Community Outreach Quilt Challenge, the fabric challenge, and more!


Wildacres Retreat:  Dana Blasi reported that even though only 5 of our members were able to attend the retreat, they had a great time.  Here are the colorful hoop organizers (the mystery project) by the Retreaters!  And, Dana hard at work!


VP – Programs:  Jackie Callis & Darleen Sanford


2022 Challenge:  Darleen presented details of this year's challenge which will use the skills we  gained in the March program on improv piecing and are learning with Valorie's BOM. For our Challenge we will be using an orphan block(s) you may have laying around (or put together a simple nine patch, log cabin, etc.). The block(s) will then be cut at least 3 times. These pieces will be used to create a quilt no bigger than 36” x 36” (a medium size wall hanging). The Challenge reveal will be in September.


June:  At this month's meeting,  we will get to know some of our newer members. Brandi, Anita, Ava and Duski will be showing a few of their quilts and talking about their quilting journey. Also, information about the July meeting including examples of the projects and sign-up sheets will be provided by Sandy.


July:  Sandy is organizing this month's meeting. Because it is the 4th of July weekend, this will be an informal gathering, ” Make-It and Take-it” will be the subject.  And, we will have 4th of July cake! At the June meeting there will be 3-4 samples of the projects on a table with a sign-up sheet in front of

each. We ask that you sign-up for the one or two in which you wish to participate so that we make enough “kits” in each category. If you miss the June meeting, please email Sandy.  Kits with fabrics, batting and instructions will be provided.

Tools you need to bring are:

            Sewing machine, (just a small straight sewing one is all that is necessary)

            Small and longer ruler, rotary cutter and small matt.

            Neutral thread (beige, tan or light gray)



            Disappearing marker.

Minutes of the June meeting and the July meeting reminder notice will have pictures of the projects and tools needed.


August:  Lewis Carl will present a program on ”The 5 Principles of Composition”.


Membership:  Jill Erickson


Thirty members and 4 guests attended the meeting. Two of our guests joined. At present the GMQG has 62 members. Please remember to notify Jill Erickson if any of your contact information has changed.  Updates to the directory will be available at the June meeting.


Social Media:  Dagmar Theodore


Shady Lady Quilt Show  June 24 – 26, 2022


Block of the Month:  Valorie Kasten 


Block 5:  “The Converging Block”

                The instructions can be downloaded here.

Show and Share:  Thank you Ava Moore for taking the pictures!


Program:  Our lecture was “Pick a Shape – Any Shape.....What Shape Are You” by world famous quilt artist, teacher and author, Marilyn Doheny,  This lecture focused on the five universal shapes and the meaning of each one. The shapes we prefer and use as quilters can indicate profound things about ourselves at thar particular time in our life. Below are a few of the quilts Marilyn has made using the Wedge Rulers she invented.  Marilyn will conduct a full-day workshop on Saturday, May,14, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at St. Giles Church. All supplies will be provided.  Bring a lunch!  The cost is $60. Contact Jackie Callis,,  for more information or if you wish to attend.


Our next meeting will be Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 1-3 pm at St. Giles Church, 1021 Hudson Rd., Greenville, SC.


Marilyn Hagopian, Secretary






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