July Meeting- Insights into the Fabric Design Industry

Our quilt guild meeting this month was held at a cool, new venue called Due South Coffee Roasters. There were some new faces this month and we are always excited to meet and welcome new people to our group. The atmosphere was wonderful; however, the acoustics were a little louder than expected. We will be working with the Due South staff to see if we can utilize one of their meeting rooms in the future.

Congratulations to Paige and Cheryl! They are finalists in the modern quilt category in the AQS show which takes place in Charlotte next month.

Several people shared quilts and quilt related items this month. Cheryl and Paige showed us their Michael Miller Challenge quilts. They did a fabulous job on those! Debbie showed us an adorable quilt made for her grandchild from animal fabrics. Christa showed us an Aztec inspired crib quilt made with Indian Summer fabrics and a paper pieced arrow pillow.

After show and tell, Tim Reynolds, who is a fabric designer and textile artist from Fabric Editions right here in Greenville, shared with us the ins and outs of working in the textile industry. He brought a lot of samples with him and had a printed handout with examples of how the fabric is stretched onto rollers and printed. Of course, since we all are fabric addicts, it was a very intriguing lecture and we all learned a lot. We appreciate him relinquishing a few hours on his busy Saturday to come and speak with us!

Stay tuned for details on our sew Saturday at the library next month. Details will be posted soon on times and library location. Our September meeting is all about sharing your favorite quilting tool, so be thinking of what awesome tool that you can’t live without that you would like to bring and share!001 004 008 010 011 012 015 016 018 019

 

 

Directions to Meeting at Due South Tomorrow

We have had some questions regarding the location for tomorrow’s meeting so here is an update with the directions copied from Google Maps to help you out. As referenced in the previous post, the guild meeting will be at Due South Coffee Shop- located at 250 Mill St. Taylors, SC 29687. This coffee shop is in the old mill located right off main st in taylors. 

From Bernina Sewing Center

Head northeast on Wade Hampton Blvd toward Greer- 5.8 mi

Slight right onto W Main St (Where the Taylors Library is located)- 1.3 mi

Turn right onto J-454/Mill St
Continue to follow Mill St
Destination will be on the right 0.3 mi
  ~you will go through gates and see a big mill structure in front of you. Drive straight until you see a small sign for Due South pointing to a parking lot on the right (toward the middle of the mill structure) You will see the coffee shop when you arrive in the parking lot.

Hope to see you all there at 1 pm tomorrow. 

July Meeting: NOTE- NEW LOCATION!

Our July Meeting will be this Saturday, July 12th from 1-3 at the Due South Coffee Shop. Please note the new location! We want to make sure everyone shows up at the right place and at the right time!! We are so excited that Due South has opened their doors to allow us to have our July meeting there and hope you will all be able to attend. We will have a representative from the fabric industry sharing a presentation with us and it is sure to be an interesting topic.

Due South Coffee is located at 250 Mill Street, Taylors, SC 29687. They are located in the old mill in Taylors. Here’s a link to their Facebook page if you want more information about them. We have personally been there and can attest to it being a great environment for us to meet.

See you on Saturday!

June Meeting- Introduction to Garment Making

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageOur June meeting was awesome! Unfortunately, a LOT of people were out of town, and we had a few new people stop by this month. For show and tell this month, Brenda showed us some lovely curved improv pieces that she worked on at a class in Beaufort that Sherry Lynn Wood from Daintytime Quilts taught. Sherry Lynn Wood has a book about her process coming out sometime this year, so be on the lookout for it! Two batik quilts were shown as well as a machine embroidered applique quilt.

After show and tell, Brooke had a fabulous handout ready for us with some really good resources for indie clothing designers, along with some helpful tips and books for beginning to sew garments. If you missed the meeting this month, be sure to contact Brooke at our July meeting and give her your email address, and she can email you the handout.

For patterns, she recommends using Swedish tracing paper, that can be sewn and traced on. Most of the indie clothing designers (i.e., Made by Rae, Oliver + S, etc.) have PDF patterns that can be printed right off of your computer and taped together. Brooke showed us a lot of samples that she had made: button down shirt for her husband, several shirts for herself, a double gauze dress. For those of us petrified by garment making (my hand is up on that one!), she inspired us by showing us the basic steps to approaching the pattern. We really learned a lot and are anxious to give it a try!

We have some exciting news to put on your calendars. We will be posting the official reminder for next month’s meeting soon, but please note that our July 12th meeting which will be “Insights into the Fabric Industry” will be held at Due South Coffee Roasters in Taylors. This is located in the newly revitalized artsy district of Taylors Mill. The owners have graciously allowed us to meet there and utilize the space. As a thank you, please come prepared to thank them by buying a beverage (they also offer tea for the non-coffee drinkers), or a pastry. This also helps support a local business, too!

Looking ahead at August, as we wrap up the busy summer, we will be meeting at one of the libraries to have a sew day. Stay tuned for more details on that. Looking forward to seeing everyone on July 12th from 1-3 at Due South Coffee Roasters!

 

June Meeting

I am here to remind you that our June meeting will be next Saturday, June 14th from 1-3 pm at our local Bernina store. Brooke Crook will be doing an intro to garment-making class for us. Brooke has been making children’s and women’s clothing for the last several years and has most recently begun dabbling in men’s garments as well. She has a blog- oliversfancy.com where she writes about all her sewing adventures.
She will be reviewing some of the different terminology unique to garment-making and discussing fabric types, muslins, and pattern varieties. This class will touch on a little bit of everything and we hope that everyone will be able to get something out of it!
Feel free to bring any hand made garments of your own for sew and tell!
See you then!

May Meeting: French Rose Appliqué

We had a wonderful meeting in May.  There were two upcoming dates discussed:

  • Charlotte AQS show in late July/early August 2014
  • QuiltCon February 2015 – Instructors were just announced and tickets go on sale for Modern Quilt Guild members on June 24th

We had a number of beautiful quilts shown during the show and tell a sampling of which are below from Brenda Wall and Peggy Moyer:

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After show and tell, Peggy Moyer presented the French Rose Applique technique.  She showed some demo quilts, illustrated the technique, gave some tips for the construction of the quilts, and taught how to take the trimmings from one quilt and make a second quilt with them.  Thank you Peggy for sharing this technique!

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At our next month’s meeting (June), Brooke Cook will be presenting basic garment construction.  Be sure to bring some show and tell too, see you next month!

May Guild meeting: French Rose Appliqué

Our next guild meeting will be this coming Saturday, May 10th from 1-3 at the Bernina store. Peggy Moyer will be presenting the French Rose technique for us. Peggy has brought her French Rose quilt in the past to our sew and tell, and we are very excited for her to show us how these blocks are constructed.
We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday and be sure to bring your latest sewing projects to show us all!