More From Holiday Party

    Here are photos from Joan at our Holiday party.  We had a ton of food and it was wonderful to visit with friends. Joan and Deb organized and decorated.

After the eating and visiting,  we had a fat quarter exchange.  Those participating brought an ugly fat quarter a lovely fat quarter and wrapped them in a holiday fat quarter.  We played the stealing game with them.  Here are a few ladies in the game process.

December General Meeting -Holiday Party

    Tuesday morning was the December general meeting and annual Holiday Party.  President, Lynne, led the meeting in the festive setting.

Following are some pictures from the Show and Tell.  Then members enjoyed an abundant spread of wonderful food.
Anita B has been enjoying her work with wool.

Dorothy A shared her large quilt that has taken her many years of work but it was worth it.

Judy has been making aprons for gifts. 

Here is another quilt that Teresa C. made from some of her father's shirts. 

Mary Z. made this quilt from the silk skirt fabric of her granddaughter's wedding dress. Each square has blue work done by machine embroidery. 

Elizabeth K made this heart string quilt. 

January Meeting and Workshop

January 15, 2013 -- Deb Karasik from the Raleigh/Durham area will be our special guest  and will present a trunk show featuring work from her two books, Quilt Mavens: Perfect Paper Piecing and Quilts With Attitude

On Wednesday, January 16th Deb will do a full day class on her quilt "Inner Light".  

Check out Deb's website:  On her workshops page you will find our workshop quilt. Click on "find out more" and then the link at the bottom of that page to see the supply list, a line drawing of the quilt and detailed fabric requirements, especially if you want to use fabric gradations like the sample. Remember that you do not have to use the fabric gradations to make a fabulous quilt, you may make this quilt completely your own. Either way, these pages are extremely helpful in planning your quilt. Please print out the supply list for your own use.

We have made arrangements with Pieces and Patches Quilt Shop in Lexington to have the workshop in their big, new classroom. Lunch break will be at McAllisters or you may bring a sack lunch. The cost of the full day class is $45 plus $15 for the pattern that includes all the papers for the entire quilt. Non-members will be charged $55 for the workshop; pattern is extra.  If you have Deb's book "Quilts with Attitude" you may use the pattern on the CD that accompanies the book instead of buying the pattern. 

There are still spaces available for the workshop. 
If you have any questions, please contact me at email

December Meeting Holiday Brunch

Tuesday, December 11th beginning at 9:30 AM GCQ will have our annual Holiday Brunch.  Members are asked to bring a dish to share with the group.   For the gift exchange this year, you can shop in your own stash. All you have to do is pick a pretty fat quarter and an ugly fat quarter and wrap them together in a Holiday fat quarter. Then, after the ooooing and ahhhhing (and stealing) everyone gets to take home three new fat quarters.
Hope to see many members!

Comfort Quilt Sew Day

   This morning several members met for Comfort Quilts Sew Day.  We had a stack of adult tops that needed batting.  Joan had the batting.  One group cut batting for them.  A couple of us did some piecing of batting.  The others sewed on kits.
This stack shows a pile of batting and adult tops ready for quilting.

Here Amy is chain piecing blocks from a kit.

Comfort Quilts will not met in December.  Hope to see many to work in January.

Sew Day for Comfort Quilts Tuesday

   GCQ will have Sew Day for Comfort Quilts Tuesday, Nov. 27th meeting at 9:30 AM in the Sunday School room.  Yesterday I free-motion quilted an adult quilt and today I sewed on the binding so it is ready to turn in.

 If you can't come to work with us,  I hope you find some time to sew at home.

November Show and Tell

       Lynne began show and tell by calling past president Deb to join her and she presented a signature quilt of paper pieced hearts from the members. 

Many members with wonderful projects for Show and Tell.  Bev B showed off the lovely Christmas log cabin quilt.

Bev B. also made this adorable witch doll. 

Clara showed 3 small quilts she pieced from leftover pieces from Cotton Theory quilting. Here is one.

Here is a lovely tree shirt made by Jan P.

Janet shared her gift quilt from members of Quilt Mavens Bee.

Missy shared several great projects but this one caught my attention for a photo.   

Linda posed with 3 projects.  See the Cookie Monster pillow and tree mat on the floor.

 Vickie M showed the cute little holiday wall-hanging.

Verity showed her wool applique.

Teresa showed this large quilt and shared a cute story of how it grew over the years as her son grew.

Last month our guild program was on thread painting by machine.  Zohra  wanted to share her hand thread painting.

Zohra made it clear she did not make the next one but we are glad she wanted to show this fabulous appliqued quilt she bought.

Sandra showed her 2 entries that were juried in to the Fine Arts at the SC State Fair.

Rosina shared a couple of children's comfort quilts.

Several members shared projects for their grandchildren.   Jolene made the pattern and made this Cocky costume for her grandson.

Gail has been sewing for her grandchildren.  She shared some neat ideas for making these little girl's simple dresses from t-shirts.

Mary made this giant size Christmas stocking for her granddaughter.

ATW Trunk Show at General Meeting

ATW    Art That Works . . . Fiber Artists from Charleston, SC presented a trunk show for the November general meeting.  Four members of the group of 11 came to share.  They challenge, support and encourage each other as they work with a variety of techniques.  

Their examples included a few standing pieces and ranged in size from about 8” to these large panels.  This member plans to donate these to the Charleston Aquarium so some day you may get a chance to see them in person there.   

Here are a few more of the larger pieces. 


Thread Painting Workshop

At our October meeting we were excited to have Jody Raines show her projects in thread painting.  After the meeting we gathered for a quick lunch before the class.
Linda and Zohra were busy finishing lunch and getting ready for the fun to begin.
And here is the finished project.  What fun it was to just sit and scribble with the sewing machine and to come out with this cute little bird.

October Knight Bee

    During the October meeting held at Anita's house, members of the Knight Bee sewed labels on Covering SC Kids quilts that did not have labels but were made by quilters in the midlands.  Working hard are (L to R) Linda V, Tambra M, Joyce G, JoAnn A, Liz F, Betty Rose S, and Sandra B.
Also working hard but hidden from view was Dee D! 
More than 37 labels were attached that night and a total of 104 quilts will be presented to the Children's Hospital at Richland Health Hospital....also helping are (L to R) Linda V, Pat W (tucked in behind the lamp) Wilma B, Denise S, and Jana P.  Pictures by Anita!