Sunday, November 26, 2023

Highlights from the November 4, 2023 Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

Ava called the meeting to order at 1:10 p.m.

Barbara Stroup shared that there are two workshops scheduled for 2024:

• Jan 13 from 12:30 to 4 pm (starts promptly at 1) is EQ8 taught by Cheryl Brickey.

    o Cheryl Brickey shared that this Q8 lesson will focus on Serendipity – “Happy Accidents.”
• Feb 3 from 8am to noon – Pat Merkle, Free Motion Quilting (bring lunch and meeting to follow)

    o Practice doodling and bring extension table if you have one

Dec meeting will be our Holiday Luncheon and annual auction. Lunch is provided. Remember to bring your auction donations. Raffle tickets will be $1.
Ruth indicated that she will not be bringing entire library to our December meeting. She will, however, have a bucket up front so that members can return books that have been checked out.

 Programs for the new year:

January: Pat Merkle will share the Quilt As You Go method
February: We will feature our new members with mini trunk shows
March: TBD
April: Scott Murkin (@quiltdoc16) will be doing a Trunk Show and talking about his 2024 QuiltCon experience. He will have his quilts back from the show.

Darlene Sanford shared that the dues for 2024 are due by Jan 1. This is to enable the Membership Committee to be able to get everyone entered into the National Modern Quilt Guild in a timely manner.

Jill shared that the correct number of members is currently 71. There were 37 members in attendance for
November meeting and 4 guests: Diane Kent, Cindy Brothers, Anna Bowes and Donna Boylan.

There was a sign up sheet to RSVP for the Holiday Luncheon.

A drawing was done for those who wore name tags and two prizes were given out.

A “Master” directory went around the room. Members were to indicate if their information was accurate.
New members were to list their names on a separate sheet that was with the booklet.

Duski from Philanthropy introduced a new program. It is entitled Project Library and its purpose is to get more philanthropy quilts completed. Duski will bring quilts in various stages of completion in hopes that members will check out for a month and further the completion of a specific quilt. For example, some need to be pieced, some quilted, some need binding attached. 
You do not have to complete quilt from start to finish – just do a portion and return to the library at the subsequent meeting. Each month you are to return the quilt you checked out prior month.

Marilyn Hagopian is the Chairman of Quiltfest Mancusco. Marilyn shared with us requirements to enter your quilt in the show:
• No size restrictions
• Provide a value
• If value over $1,000 you need a certified appraisal
• Everything needs a sleeve

It was also mentioned that as attendance was low for last year’s show there’s a possibility that if not better
this year, this will likely be the final Quiltfest in Greenville. (Show Dates April18 – 20, 2024).

With regard to QuiltCon – it will be in Raleigh, NC from February 22 to 25, 2024. For more information, go to We have more information at the guild after the first of the new year.

Sandy Helsel, part of the nominating committee, announced the slate of officers and committee chairs running for next year:

• President – Ava Moore
• Vice-President – Programs – Michelle Giles and Dawn Bianco
• Secretary – Sherry Eisenstein and Michelle Becham
• Treasurer – Dawn Holter
• Membership – Linda Cassell and Teresa Mellinson
• Social Media – Dagmar Theodore
• Philanthropy – Cindy Lange and Duski Coleman
• Library – Ruth Freyer

There was no one in opposition of the slate and hands were raised to select the nominees.

Ava showed our 2024 Outreach Quilt. Anita Wilbur quilted and Meg Latimar attached the binding. A big
thank you to the Design team of Ruth Freyer, Meg Latimar, and Duski Coleman. And a shout out to those who came and helped out with the sew-in dates, as well as a special thanks to Marietta’s Quilt & Sew for use of the classroom and discounted fabrics for the quilt.

Show and Share:

After a short break, Cheryl Brickey presented a trunk show of quilts from her newest book Just Two Charm
Packs Quilts. Cheryl showed us different colorways for some of the quilts. Various quilts were made by some of our guild members. These quilts are larger than those in the prior book Just One Charm Pack Quilts.

Respectfully submitted,

Dawn Holter


Sunday, October 29, 2023

Highlights from the October 9, 2023 Modern Quilt Guild Meeting

Anita Wilbur, VP, ran the meeting as Ava was away at a retreat.

Anita started the meeting by having each person in attendance stand up and state their name and where they live.
Darlene Sanford shared that the dues for 2024 are due by Jan 1. This is to enable the Membership Committee to be able to get everyone entered into the Modern Quilt Guild in a timely manner.

There are additional perks to becoming a member of our guild. You are automatically a  member of the National Modern Quilt Guild; this includes a free ticket to QuiltCon which would cost $45. Bernina We’re in Stitches gives the guild members a 20% discount once each month.

Sandy Helsel is part of the nominating committee for the new officers for our next year.

Voting is to take place at the November meeting for the new board. Sandy presented the slate for 2024:

  • President – Ava Moore has agreed to continue as President for another year. Per our by-laws a President can serve two consecutive terms.
  • Vice-President – Programs – Michelle Giles and Dawn Bianco
  • Secretary – still looking for a volunteer
  • Treasurer – Dawn Holter
  • Membership – Teresa Mellinson and Linda Cassell
  • Social Media – Dagmar Theodore has agreed to continue in this role
  • Philanthropy – Cindy Lange and Duski Coleman will continue in this role
  • Library – Ruth Freyer
  • Retreat – if anyone would want to organize
  • Holiday Fundraiser – looking for volunteer 

Jackie Callis explained the December raffle again. Bring in auction items – can be homemade,
store bought, excess fabric, etc. Just ensure it’s something you’d like to receive. 

Items can be dropped off at the next meeting or bring to the December luncheon. The items will be raffled
and you can purchase as many tickets for as many items you’d like to win for $1 per ticket

Nov 4 – Cheryl Brickey will be presenting a trunk show with regard to her new book Just two
Charm Pack Quilts; Slash your Stash

Cheryl taught the EQ8 class; she is a national certified instructor. There is a signup sheet for
“Serendipity” creative EQ8 class. Class likely will be sometime in Jan and the fee is $50. 

There are two quilt shows coming up this weekend:

  • “Quilters Reunion” presented by UpCountry Quilters Guild Fri Oct 13 – Sat Oct 14; Market at the Mill, Pickens, SC
  • “Carolina Colors” presented by Rutherford Quilt Guild Fri Oct 13 – Sat Oct 14; Isothermal Community College, Spindale, NC

Our guild donated last year’s Philathrophy Quilt to the March of Dimes (they will auction off).
The current year Philanthropy Quilt was shown. Anita will be quilting and Jackie will be binding.
Pat Merkel shared that there is room in an AirBnB for next year’s QuiltCon; contact her if
Members who completed (or worked on) their Kawandi quilts shared them. All different and all


Pat Merkel did our presentation today.

She presented Faux Piped Binding (flange).

  • Make your faux contrast
  • Can make it light


Cut Piping 1-3/4”
Cut Binding 1-1/2”
Sew piping and binding strips together.
Press in half; note that the piping will cover one whole side and peak over to show on the
binding side.
Sew the binding to the back of the quilt.
Fold it over to the front and stitch in the ditch between the piping and the binding.
Pat teaches Fearless Free Motion Quilting in NY 😊. Many of us showed interest in taking this class from Pat.

Show and Share

Polly P. – ½ square triangles w/circle quilting
Vintage blocks made table runner
Blue/grey baby quilt

Respectfully submitted,
Dawn Holter



Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Highlights from the August 5, 2023 Meeting

The following are some key dates:

 Sat, August 12, EQ8 Class

Sun, August 20, Sew in at Marietta’s Quilt and Sew for the Outreach Quilt; 1pm to 4pm

Sun, September 17, Sew in at Marietta’s Quilt and Sew for the Outreach Quilt; 1pm to 4pm

The fee for the EQ8 class is $50; this is an introductory class that will be taught by Cheryl Brickey. Please arrive by 12:15 to get set-up.

Today’s program is Curves & Circles.

There were 23 members and 6 guests present. 7 charity quilts were collected.


Programs for the balance of the year

(Please note: we normally meet the first Sat of each month; however, as first Sat in Sep falls on Labor Day weekend, we have moved that meeting to the second Sat, Sep 9):
Sep 9 – Michelle will be demonstrating Kawandi Quilting. This will be a hands on program. You need to bring your piece to work on. Please bring the following:
• 1 fat quarter 18 x 22 for the backing
• Thin batting 17 x 21 quilters dream or any low loft batting you have
• Scraps of quilting material – do not cut just bring what you have
• 12 weight white wonder thread called spaghetti, OR DMC floss or pearl cotton; your
choice of color or white.
• #7 embroidery needle – if you have to purchase one, Michelle loves Bohin needles
• Fabric scissors
• Optional but suggested – thimble 

Come ready to have fun and learn a new awesome, very freeing technique that you will enjoy
any time or on the go.

Oct 7 – Pat Markel will be demonstrating binding techniques as well as presenting a mini trunk show

Nov 4 – Cheryl Brickey will be presenting a trunk show with regard to her new book Just Two Charm Pack Quilts; Slash your Stash

Dec 2 – Holiday Luncheon Social (11:00 – 3:00). We will have our annual raffle; please bring
your items for donation to this meeting. Please remember what you donate should be
something you would like to receive :-).

Ruth shared new books.

QuiltCon 2024
Remember anyone who is a member of Greenville Modern Quilt Guild is a member of the Modern Quilt Guild (national). Registration for QuiltCon 2024, which is being held in Raleigh, NC, starts Aug 15. As a member of our quilt guild you are entitled to a free pass for the show.
Plan to register for any classes you’d like to take before they fill up; sign up starts at 10:00 a.m.

Show and Share

Sandy Helsel – Backwoods of Alaska
Sail Quilt – donation from neighbor
Fall Quilt – donation from neighbor


Ava began our program. 
Quilting with Curves book gave her inspiration as well as Curated Quilts Magazine. We broke out into 3 groups and spent 10 minutes at each of the 3 demonstrations:

• Barbara demonstrated “simple circles, pin in process”
• Faye demonstrated the “6-minute circle.” Faye used Dale Fleming’s inset circle method.
• Ava demonstrated an applique method of applying circles.



Respectfully submitted,
Dawn Holter