September 3, 2019

Sew In Reminder

There will be a TMQG Sew In at Sew Original Winston-Salem this Friday, September 6th, starting at 5:00 pm.  You may bring your own work or you may assist with making Washcloth Travel Rolls for Senior Services.  (

We would like to make 100 of these Travel Rolls so they can be used as gifts by Senior Services this Christmas.  We are asking for donations of quality washcloths (at least 10.5 x 10.5 square), Pellon SF101 interfacing, pieces of fabric (at least 13 x 13),  and grosgrain ribbon (in yard lengths).  If you cannot attend, but would still like to donate, please take your washcloths, interfacing, cloth, and ribbon to Sew Original by Friday.  You may also make a cash donation.  Ann Monroe will be thrilled to go shopping for you!

August 26, 2019

September Meeting: Katherine from The Mountain Thread Company!

Our September speaker will be Katherine from The Mountain Thread Company. On Tuesday, September 24th , Katherine will give a lecture about her journey starting up a fabric store and rope basket business in Blowing Rock, NC.

The following morning, Wednesday, September 25th, Katherine will be giving a workshop on the basics of rope basketry. For a cost of $50 for members, $60 for non-members, you’ll receive three (9:30 AM -12:30 PM) hours of hands-on instruction with Katherine, supplies, and enough time to complete a set of coasters or a small basket. If you’ve always admired Katherine’s work but haven’t gotten the opportunity to take a class at her storefront, this is your chance! The workshop will take place in the ballroom at the South Fork Community Center. 

The supply list:

Participants will need to bring the following items with them: 
sewing machine with zigzag stitch, 
power cord, 
foot pedal, 
basic sewing kit (scissors, pins, etc), 
1 spool of 50 weight thread (such as Aurifil - needs to be a good quality thread) 
fabric remnants cut down to 1/4" - 1/2" wide (does not have to be exact).  

Katherine will provide:
100% cotton rope
1 heavy duty jeans / denim needle per participant
instruction booklet


August 25, 2019

Next meeting - August 27, 2019

Minutes -
During July's meeting we had several suggestions for Christmas and other celebration gifts.  These included making pin cushion rings, sachets for shoes, embroidered or printed tea towels, heat pads and trivets, and mug rugs in holiday and team colors. 

Senior Services -
Thank you all for your generous donations to date.  Our focus for this month is on protein drinks (like Ensure and Boost) and protein bars. Other items are welcome as well. 

We will be providing holiday gifts for Senior Services clients.  Our goal is to make 100 Washcloth Travel Rolls.  (The tutorial is on the May Chappell website.) There will be a Sew-In at Sew Original on Friday, September 6th starting at 5:00 pm.  You may bring your own work or help with the travel rolls.  In anticipation of this we will need:
- quality washcloths at least 10.5 inches square
- 5/8th inch grosgrain ribbon (neutral colors) A 1 yard cut is needed for each roll.
- Pellon SF 101 or other mid-weight fusible interfacing (1 yard makes 9 rolls)
- favorite fabrics, pieces no smaller than a 15 x 15 inches or yardage

You may bring the materials to the meeting or give a donation to the guild.

August Swap -
Remember to bring your reusable grocery bags for your designated swap partner!

Next Meeting -
On Tuesday, August 27, we will be hosting Claudia Menendez from Snuggly Monkey.  She will be showing her embroidery work.  We are charging $5 to defray the cost of Claudia's travel.

On Wednesday, August 28th from 9:30-1 at South Fork Community Center, Claudia will give her Introduction to Hand Embroidery workshop, where she will teach you how to prep, stitch and then finish an embroidery sampler project.  If you would like to sign up, please go to this link:

July 30, 2019

Shopping Opportunities!

The TMQG will be using a May Chappell tutorial to make washcloth travel rolls for Senior Services.  They have asked for 100 of them and Sew Original will host a sew in on September 5th so we can make them (or a project of your choice).  The tutorial calls for washcloths (at least 10 x 10), Pellon SF 101, and grosgrain ribbon.  The current Joann Fabrics flyer has a coupon for 76% off ribbons from August 1-3.

Another good sale for potential Christmas gifts is the Spoonflower 50% off fat quarter sale.  The fat quarters are perfect for tea towels and Spoonflower has pages dedicated to tea towel designs of all types. 

Happy Shopping!

July 22, 2019

Our next meeting is July 23, 2019

(Yikes!  The Fourth Tuesday has snuck up on me!)

The next TMQG meeting is July 23, 2019, at 6:30 pm.  It will be our annual Christmas in July.  Please bring a “show and tell” item (or two) that would make a nice holiday gift and the instructions to make it. 

Senior Services is also having Christmas in July.  Please consider bringing quality protein items (canned meats or peanut butter) in easy open containers, diapers, personal wipes, bed pads, laundry detergent pods, scarves, liquid body wash, etc.

Raffle Quilts were almost finished at the June meeting.  Raffle tickets were passed out to members.  We are asking that each member sell at least $40 worth of tickets.  Proceeds from raffle sales help us to invite speakers from around the country to visit our guild and show us their work.

The current swap is for reusable shopping bags.  Belva has passed out partner information.  The bags will be due in August

At our Tuesday, August 27th, meeting we will host Claudia Martinez of Snuggly Monkey.

Claudia will be talking about how to incorporate needlework—embroidery, cross stitch and Sachiko—into quilts and other handmade items. We’ll have the opportunity to see a trunk show of Claudia’s handwork. We will also be hosting Claudia’s embroidery workshop on August 28th.  The cost for the workshop is $45 for TMQG members, $55 for non-members.  There is an optional $25 fee for a kit, or you can bring your own supplies.  Sign up on the blog site:

At our June meeting, we hosted Kitty Wilkin of Night Quilter.  She had an inspirational discussion about creating milestone quilts.  She makes blocks to commemorate hikes, trips, and other family events and turns them into quilts.  She documented the first year of her son’s life by making a block a month, photographing him with his block, and writing a few words about her son’s growth.  She set herself a challenge of making a tiny block a day for 100 days.  She took photos to document the blocks and ended up with both a wall hanging and a Shutterfly book of the blocks.  She left Winston Salem with a pattern to make a block of the Winston -Salem / Moravian teapot.

July 13, 2019

August Meeting & Workshop: Claudia Martinez from Snuggly Monkey

Claudia Martinez from Snuggly Monkey will be giving our August program.

On Tuesday, August 27th, Claudia will be talking about how to incorporate needlework—embroidery, cross stitch and Sachiko—into quilts and other handmade items. We’ll have the opportunity to see a trunk show of Claudia’s exquisite handwork. Claudia will also be bringing a pop-up shop to both her lecture on Tuesday and Wednesday, which is an excellent opportunit to stop up on handwork supplies while shopping NC local! You can link to her shop through her website (

On Wednesday, August 28th from 9:30-1 at South Fork Community Center, Claudia will give her Introduction to Hand Embroidery workshop, where she will teach you how to prep, stitch and then finish an embroidery sampler project. Claudia will provide kits for two different projects—the Dropcloth Samplers Color Wheel or the Cozy Blue Bee Lovely Sampler, available for purchase for $25, or you can bring your own pattern and supplies.

THE COLOR SAMPLER IS SOLD OUT. Please buy the bee lovely sampler if you want a kit.

The Cozy Blue Busy Bee Sampler

The Dropcloth Samplers Color Wheel

The cost for the workshop is $45 for members, $55 for non-members.

The kit will include everything you need for the class.

If you’d like to bring your own supplies, please be sure to include:

- Embroidery sampler/pattern already transferred/printed on to their fabric and ready to stitch- Embroidery Hoop- Embroidery Floss- Embroidery Needles- Thread Snips** Optional (but makes things easier) - needle threader

Class Options
Kit Options

June 24, 2019

May minutes and June meeting reminder

The recommended Senior Services donation for June is a couple of cans of high quality proteins such as tuna, salmon, chicken, ham, and/or peanut butter.  Easy open cans are a plus.

Belva is coordinating a reusable grocery bag swap.  These will be due at the August meeting.

The raffle quilts will be completed soon.  Each member is being asked to sell $40 worth of raffle tickets.  There will be opportunities to sell tickets at community craft shows this summer and fall.

The June meeting will be on Tuesday, June 25th at 6:30.  We will be hosting Kitty Wilkin, the Night Quilter.  She will show her work at the meeting and on Wednesday she will be teaching a workshop on quilt photography.

On Friday, June 28th, from 5 pm until ? we will have a sew-in at Village Fabrics featuring your handwork projects.  There will be a few Bernina sewing machines available for use.

The July meeting will focus on your suggestions for handmade Christmas gifts.  Please bring projects to show and the instructions to make them.

During the August meeting we will host Claudia Martinez of Snuggly Monkey from Durham, NC.  Claudia will be showing us her embroidery techniques.

We hosted Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams and Project Quilting.  Much of her work incorporates cut work and beading.  Her weekly quilt challenges begin the first Sunday in January.

June 18, 2019

Basic Photography for Quilters--Learn to Take Amazing Quilt Photos with Kitty Wilkin

Hi Quilty friends! June is going by in a whir, and we have a very exciting and important workshop coming up on photographing quilts with Kitty Wilkin. We still need a few more quilters--remember that non-TMQG members are welcome! Included in this post are some details about the time, location and the supply list. 

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to take better pictures of your quilts, you want to promote your quilts or business more effectively, if the idea of photographing your quilts in a beautiful and historic location sounds like a jolly good time, or if you simply want to take a class involving quilts that doesn’t require a extensive supply list,… this is your class! Take a look at Kitty’s photograph of our very own Lee Monroe’s Georgia’s Dresden Quilt below… the proof is in the pudding!

If you want to learn more about Kitty’s work and see some beautiful quilt photography, check her out at or on Instagram @nightquilter. You can also see a description of Kitty's class in her own words at the original blog post:

This is an amazing opportunity—Kitty is a national speaker who has taught at QuiltCon. Don’t miss this opportunity to take her class--this may be your last chance for a while!   

Time and location: 9:30-4:30 at Salem Stitches in Old Salem. Yes, we will get to photograph our quilts within striking distance of the home some delicious Moravian sugar cake!

Cost: $95 members, $105 non-members (remember: this is a 6-hour class!)


--Your own camera (camera phone, point and shoot, DSLR, etc)
--Any accessories needed to take photos (batteries, SD card, charger, owner’s manual, etc)
--Old twin sheet, towel, or fat quarter you don’t mind getting dirty (for laying under quilts during draped photos)
--Comfortable footwear since there will be some walking involved to find quilt photo shoot locations


--Paper and writing utensil for taking notes
--Quilt to practice photographing (that you don’t mind getting a little dirty)