Wednesday, July 12, 2017

June 2017 meeting minutes

QuiltCon registration has taken place for MQG members.  As of now, Phoebe will be our only member attending (because she bear the thought of people having fun without her). QuiltCon will be held Feb 22-25, 2018 in Pasadena, California.

The 2nd annual Mother Emanuel Quilt and Memorabilia exhibit is up at 85 Calhoun Street.

Our next sew day will be July 15 at Five Eighth Seams.  Our group sew will be working on improv curves or attendees can feel free to work on other projects.  Doors open at 9.30am and we'll be there until around 4pm.

Geri is challenging us all to enter a quilt into the Cobblestone Guild show in March 2018. Registration will be in January.  Details to follow.

A Quilting Expo is being held in Columbia, SC on July 21-22.  Quilters of South Carolina will have a quilt show with 150+ quilts.  Details here -

Stitch 'n Sew in Mt Pleasant will be having their anniversary sale July 28-29.  The entire store will be 25% off.

Swaps - We will be swapping holiday themed mug rugs in July.  There is no definitive size but mug rugs are typically 6x6 or 6x9.

Charity - Our guild will be participating in the MQG challenge.  Quilts are displayed at QuiltCon and then returned to the guild to be given to a charity.  This year's theme is Modern Traditionalism.  More info can be found here -  Please put on your creative thinking caps and help us come up with a design that would be good as a group project.

We also discussed options for what we should do with the charity quilt made for QuiltCon 2017.  One idea was to auction the quilt off and donate the proceeds to a charity.

Geri gave a demonstration on how to make improv curves which we'll be working on at sew day. Fabric was provided to make test Drunkard's Path blocks which could then be combined to make improv circles.  Many members were able to try one out.

Geri recommended a few books for reference -
The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood
Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making by Lucky Spool
Meridian pattern by Alison Glass


Lynn modeled a cute top from a Japanese pattern out of Nani Iro fabric.
Peggy showed off a checkbook cover and Zip Up Tray Pouch.
Hope finished this gorgeous quilt she made for a wedding gift out of hand dyed cottons and Essex linen.
Cathy brought in the quilt top she made from the Stitchery Dickory Dock's Sugar Block Club.

Pam shared (and Lynn almost stole) some beautiful scarves she made at an indigo dying workshop. She also brought in an art quilt that she finished of a lady wearing a party dress.
Cheryl showed off two quilts.  The first was a wedding quilt made in New Orleans Saints colors.  The second was entered into a Festivals of Mexico quilt competition and received 2nd place.
Kelly finished her epic 5 year WIP Single Girl quilt top and also brought her completed Molehills quilt made out of Cotton + Steel Halloween fabric.

Alice let us take a gander at her spooky (but cute!) Halloween house quilt.  She also finished a beautiful wool quilt with a tree motif which was hand quilted and a cute jacket for her grandson, Wilson.  The top jacket was made my Geri for her granddaughter, Annie Banks.  

Tamie surprised us with a Sherbet Pips sampler quilt from blocks she received in a swap and a cute Noodlehead Open Wide Pouch she made on a visit to Seattle.
 Marie brought in this quilt with very special meaning that she made for her new grandson.
Louise made this great rainbow quilt with Kaffe Fassett appliqued circles.

Carol made a super cute owl tote from a kit she purchased at QuiltCon and brought in the 3rd (!) quilt top made from the Cotton + Steel Halloween line of fabric.  She also told the story of the bricks quilt she made with a heart and the female symbol.
Elaine brought in another Zip Up Tray Pouch.

Connie showed off two sweet baby quilts that she made.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, July 25th.  Don't forget your nametag and show and tell!!  See you there!

Friday, May 26, 2017

May 2017 meeting minutes

Thank you to everyone who made it out for the meeting.  Afternoon storms made it tricky to get to us if bridges needed to be crossed.  We missed those of you who couldn't make it out!!

Welcome to new members Lisa, Colleen and Lydia!

Last weekend we had a great turn out at our monthly Saturday sew day.  We worked on Aneela Hoey's Zip Up Tray Pouch and Open Out Box Pouch.  Alice made a scissor cosy. Several people worked on rope bowls.  Thanks as always to Five Eighth Seams for hosting us.  Here are two of the Zip Up Tray Pouches made by Cathy and Hope.

Kim and Alice did a fun presentation and demonstration on making hexagons out of circles. A canning jar lid is used to cut a circle out of a 5" square of fabric and then a clever folding method gets you to a hexagon.  A circle cut from a standard 3.25" canning car lid insert will yield a 1" hexagon (but be careful of your fingers on the sharp lids!).  Here's a link if you weren't able to attend or need a reminder.  

If you haven't finished your name tag, please do so!  The new ones that were shown this month were great!

A new fabric shop called Sew Sweet is opening on June 5th in Summerville.  They will be a Juki dealer.

Four spots are still available at the JK Modern Quilt Camp in August at Camp St Christopher.  Dates are August 25-27.  Price for the weekend is $220 and includes all meals. Contact Kim McPeake for more details.

Sandy discussed the 2018 QuiltCon challenge.  Theme is Modern Traditionalism.  We'll be taking suggestions and ideas for quilt designs at the June meeting.


Phoebe brought her Open Out Box Pouch made at sew day (link for pattern is above).  She also wore her new Everyday Skirt made from a pattern by Liesl & Co.
Pam and Luann worked on ice dying fabric and brought in some of the finished work.
Whitner shared her Tiny Treasures trays (free pattern by Anna Graham of Noodlehead) that she made for teachers' gifts.  She will bring in the leather straps and rivets kit to share at the next meeting.  The cute tags were by Gutentags on Etsy.

Lydia showed off a solid color quilt she made from a kit from People Places and Quilts and a picnic quilt that she made for her daughter's wedding.
Lisa loved a pillow she saw at our last meeting and so went right home and made one too. (We'll get you in a picture yet, Lisa. . .)

Colleen brought in a quilt inspired by a shower curtain with Y seams done on the machine.  Nice work!  She also showed off a Pantone challenge quilt that she designed on her iPad using an app called Notepad.  Last is her nametag made with shibori and rust dyed fabrics.  Love that tiny piecing!!
Cathy brought in a stunning paper pieced quilt made from a medallion pattern by Stitchery Dickory Dock.
  Alice made a rope bowl and scissors cosy at sew day.

Jenifer returned her block for our black and white challenge and shared some cute clutch bags she made from a pattern by May Chappell.  

Our next sew day is Saturday, June 17.  This will be an open sew day so bring whatever you're working on!

Our next meeting is Tuesday, June 27. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

April 2017 meeting minutes

Our president, Lynn, opened the meeting and welcomed guests Lisa, Colleen and Grace Ann.

If you haven't already paid your dues for the year, please do so ASAP.  Checks can be mailed to our post office box or payments are accepted via PayPal.  Please email for more information if necessary.

There are numerous webinars and quilt patterns available any time to members under the Resources page of the Modern Quilt Guild website.  You will need your log in information to access.

Quilty magazine is back and our very own Kelly Biscopink is now the editor.  Go find yourself one!!  

Community Service:  Sandy brought in a sample of a port pillow to be used on the seatbelts of people receiving ongoing drug therapies or infusions.  She will bring patterns to the next meeting.

Programs:  Lynn will be teaching the Zip Up Tray Pouch at our next sew day to be held on Saturday, May 20th from 9.30am until 4pm at Five Eighth Seams in West Ashley.  Pattern can be found at  We'll also be working on a scissor cozy - and nametags for those members who don't already have one.

Phoebe did a demonstration on how to make rope bowls. 

We discussed upcoming possibilities for classes with Chawne Kimber.  Examples of her work can be found at  Warning!  Website is not safe for work.  :)  (Don't say you weren't warned. . .)

Swaps and Challenges:  We received 13 black and white blocks at our meeting with several more on the way from members unable to attend.  
Our May challenge is a nametag.  Members should make a nametag that reflects their personalities.  

Phoebe finally finished her paper pieced lion quilt.  Pattern is Jungle Abstractions Lion by Violet Craft.  
She also made this Courthouse Steps quilt as a belated birthday present for her 95 year old grandmother.
Delynne brought two baby quilts that she free motion quilted herself.
Lynn made a mini quilt out of this cross stitched ship.  Pattern is Voyage by Satsuma Street.
She also made this adorable scissor cosy that we'll be making at the next sew day.  Link to pattern is above.
Cheryl gave us her best "come hither" glance while modeling her new dress.
Gloria showed off her adorable baby quilt that features zombies and Star Wars.  That's going to be one cool kid!
Angie brought some gorgeous rope bowls she made.
Hope asked for some quilting advice for a quilt she's working on for her son's wedding.
Grace Ann was one of our guests and brought in this quilt she made at a retreat.

Whitner made this sweet fabric basket for a swap.  Pattern is Tiny Treasures basket by Carolyn Friedlander.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 23rd.  Don't forget to bring your nametag and show and tell!