May 1, 2019

Kitty Wilkin Photography Workshop

Join the Triad Modern Quilt Guild in welcoming Kitty Wilkin, of The Night Quilter, to Winston-Salem!

On June 25th Kitty will be giving a lecture entitled “Quilts to Mark Milestones.”

What do you get when you combine journaling with quilting, and add a little bit of
photography? Milestone quilts! Come explore the world of quilts created to mark
milestones, and see why these quilts are a fun and meaningful solution to joyful sewing
in this busy world. Join Kitty as she shares the milestone quilt she created for her third
child to mark his first year of life, and explores other life events that can be documented
through the creation of a quilt. Leave feeling inspired and ready to document your days
through quilt-making, one attainable goal at a time.

The meeting begins at 6:30 PM, doors open at 6 PM. There will be a $5 admission fee to help defray the cost of Kitty’s travel.

On the following Wednesday, June 26th, Kitty will be facilitating a workshop entitled “Photographing your Quilts,” a full-day workshop from 9:30-4:30.

Photo by Kitty Wilkin of May Chappell Georgia's Dresden
You’ve spent countless hours planning, cutting, sewing, trimming, basting, quilting, and
binding your quilt, now how do you document your masterpiece!? Whether you have a
point and shoot, a fancy DSLR but simply don't know how to use it, or even a
smartphone, Kitty will teach you how to make the most of the tools you have to get great
quilt photos for your blog and Instagram. Kitty will discuss photography basics, lighting,
composition, and staging, and will share a few inexpensive tools that you can find
around your house to take your photos from good to great! Complete with hands on
practice, you will leave feeling confident that you, too, can take great quilt photos
without buying any fancy equipment. Please bring your camera or smart phone, and a
finished quilt. Weather permitting, the afternoon will be spent in practicum, walking
around Winston Salem and practicing identifying ideal photography locations and taking
great photos!

The workshop will be held at Salem Stitches in scenic Old Salem in Winston-Salem, NC. Take this opportunity to learn how to improve your quilt-snapping skills in a scenic environment!

The cost for the workshop is $95 for members, $105 for non-members. Registration for non-members will open on May 15th, so act fast!

Kitty Wilkin Photography Workshop

April 28, 2019

Hi TMQG Members,

Remember to sign up for our Dresden Neighborhood half-day workshop with Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams on Wednesday, May 29th from 9:30 am - 2 pm. During this class, you'll learn how to make Kim's unique block and pick up some tips and tricks along the way. You can learn more about Kim's work at her website, and sign up on the TMQG blog. 

Curious about what the Dresden Neighborhood looks like? Check out the attached pictures (courtesy of Kim) for inspiration and examples of the many creative possibilities! Rumor has it some members may be creating spooky Halloween neighborhood quilts... what a hoot!

We hope to see you there!


Workshop Supply List
Fabric Requirements:
Background: minimum 24.5" square (could be pieced or not) - should contrast with the fabric scraps you choose for your houses.
Center circle: two 5” squares
Houses: 20 fabrics 4” x 9”scraps/
multiple fabrics (the more the better)
Roofs and doors: blacks/browns/grays (or whatever color your heart desires)
          20 pieces 2.5” x 4.5”
          20 pieces 1” x 3”
Windows: whites/creams (or whatever color your heart desires)
          20 pieces 1.5” x 2.5”
Batting: minimum 26" square
Backing: minimum 27" square

 Other Special Tools:
Heat N Bond Lite: 1/2 yard
Heat N Bond Ultrahold: 1/4 yard
Dresden Plate Ruler
Pen to draw on Heat N Bond
Scissors (cutting fused fabric)
Working Sewing Machine - recommend being able to straight stitch, blanket stitch and free motion quilt
Rotary Cutter
6.5" square ruler ... or similar size
Stick Pins
thread and full bobbin – maybe a few colors of thread for fancy stitching

10" Diameter rotating cutting mat (or larger but not too large so it fits in your sewing area)
Basting Pins - one can baste the quilt before adding the roofs, windows, and doors to the neighborhood.  This will allow for less quilting needed later but makes it a bit bulkier to work.  100% up to the quilter.  

April 19, 2019

March meeting minutes and April meeting reminder

On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, the TMQG hosted Elizabeth Morgan, of Village Fabrics, to demonstrate rug hooking.  She is a very prolific and talented artisan and is qualified to instruct several patterns.  She is knowledgeable in wool dying in addition to the techniques necessary to make the rugs.  She brought in several examples of her work.

Thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing your talents with us!

Our next meeting is next Tuesday, April, 23.  First of all, please remember Senior Services when you are out shopping this weekend.  This month we are gathering shampoo and conditioner for our neighbors, including the "dry" or spray shampoo.

If you are participating in the Mug Rug swap with the Central Ohio MQG, please bring your completed mug rug to the April meeting.  Just the rugs, please; no extra goodies.

For the April meeting will have a technique round-table.  Our members will demonstrate portable projects that can be taken in a vehicle to your favorite vacation destination.  

On Tuesday, May 28, we will be hosting Kim Lapacek, of Persimon Dreams.  The meeting will have a $5 door charge to help cover her travel costs.  On Wednesday morning (May 29),  Kim will do her Dresden Neighborhood workshop.  The cost of the workshop is $55 for members and $65 for non-members.  Here is a link to sign up,

March 27, 2019

Triad MQG Sew In

Join us for a Sew In at Sewingly Yours (1329 Clemmons Road, Lewisville, NC) on Friday March 29.  It starts at 5 pm, but feel free to come by later.  We will be working on our two raffle quilts and various donation quilts for Senior Services, or you can work on your own project.  Please bring your sewing machine and food to share.   There will be tasks for all skill levels, so don't be shy.

March 26, 2019

Kim Lapacek is Coming!

We are thrilled to have Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams join us!

Wildly Careening Lecture: Tuesday, May 28, 6:30
$5 at the door

Dresden Neighborhood Half Day Workshop: Wednesday, May 29, 9:30-2
Pull out your fun scraps and turn them into a unique Dresden Neighborhood! We'll put a whimsical 'twist' on the traditional Dresden Plate, cutting, piecing, applique and stitching to make an adorable wall hanging! Once you learn Kim's techniques, you'll never look at a traditional block the same way.

Both events will be held at South Fork Community Center on Country Club Road.

March 25, 2019

Meeting minutes for February 26, 2019 and March meeting reminder

Senior Services - our community support project

For March, our focus is skin care.  Please consider donating lotions, lip balm, and moisturizers for our project.   Also, people asked to be reminded of sizes for throws and lap quilts.  48-60 by 48-60 seems to be a good range to accommodate people of all sizes.

Raffle Quilt launch

TMQG members will be at Sewingly Yours for a sew in on Friday March 29th at 5:00 pm.  If you would like to assist with making the raffle quilts, if you want to work on your quilts for donation, (or just on your quilts) please join us for an evening of sewing.  Please bring food to share!

Rug Mug Swap

If you signed up for the swap and do not have your assigned partner’s information, please email Belva.

March Meeting

Elizabeth Morgan from the Village Fabric Shop will be demonstrating Rug Hooking.  The meeting will be Tuesday, March 26, at 6:30 pm.  See you there!

February 26th Meeting

Speakers mentioned a few of the many charity sewing projects that are available for sewists.  These include Ryan’s Cases for Smiles, sewing for babies in the hospital, and Little Dresses for Africa.

March 7, 2019

Rug Mug Swap sign-up

Hi TMQG Members!

Belva is setting up a mug rug swap with the Central Ohio MQG.  If you are interested in participating, please email Belva ASAP.  Her e-dress is:

February 24, 2019

Meeting Reminder - Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Below are the blurbs about the outreach programs featured in our February program, which is our Guild Outreach Month.

Senior Services: Senior Services’ mission is to help older adults remain at home for as long as possible and to help them live with dignity. With concern for those who care for senior adults, we also help caregivers through services and education that will benefit them.

Individuals who cannot afford to pay for services are of special concern to Senior Services and receive assistance to every extent possible through philanthropic contributions and available public funds. 

One of the philanthropic missions of the Triad Modern Quilt Guild is to sew lap quilts and to raise money and collect items for seniors in need in the Triad. Don't forget that this month is Dental Health Month!  Bring your unused toothbrushes, toothpaste, flow, denture cleaner, Fixodent, etc.

Sewing for Babies: “Sewing for Babies” is a group of crafty volunteers who meet monthly at Village Fabric Shop. They sew needed items for the babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Forsyth Hospital. They started just last year in January of 2018. You can learn more at their Facebook page “Sewing for Babies Winston-Salem".

Ryan's Case for Smiles: A hospital experience can be terrifying and traumatic for both a child and their family. While others strive to find a cure, Ryan’s Case for Smiles helps with the stress and emotional impact of illness in the here and now. Their whimsical pillowcases give children an emotional boost, while information on resources and tools help families better understand and cope with the experience.  Their pillowcases help brighten up an otherwise very clinical environment.  Each pillowcase is packaged with an insert that provides links to copying strategies, tools and resources.  The local Winston-Salem chapter is 100% volunteer and they have to raise all the funds to buy fabric, thread, needles, etc.  Their delivery commitment is 150 - 170 pillowcases to Brenner Children's Hospital each month and 50 to Ronald McDonald House each month.  Donated pillowcases can be dropped off at Sew Original, Sewingly Yours, or Village Fabric Shop.  All pillowcases must be made from 100% cotton.

Little Dresses for Africa: Making a difference because girl orphans are among the most devalued and abused in their culture, and face such oppression, it is the mission of Little Dresses for Africa to plant in the hearts of these little girls that they are worthy.  It is reported that girls wearing a new little dress are much less likely to be abducted, abused or molested because the new little dress shows that someone cares about them.

It is a widespread but sometimes unacknowledged problem that girls in Africa miss school and stay at home because of menstruation.  Join the Dignity program and help LDA help them, by sewing “Sani-panties” distributed through Little Dresses for Africa. Include new package panties when you can!

February 18, 2019

Minutes from January 22, 2019 meeting

Meet the officers:
Muriel Riggs is our outgoing President.  Sheri Collette is our incoming President.  Thank you, Muriel and Sheri, for volunteering to take this leadership position.

Sheri handed out a Guild Survey.  If you did not get a chance to participate, here are the questions that you can still answer:
1.  Is there a speaker you would like to see invited to our guild?
2.  Is there someone you follow on Instagram that you think would make a good speaker?
3.  What kind of workshops would you like to see offered?
4.  Is there anything else you would like to see the Guild do in 2019?

While we may not be able to bring someone in this year, if we make contact, we may be able to schedule someone for a future year.  It can’t hurt to ask!

Ann Holland is our outgoing Treasurer and she gave her final financial report.  We are going into the new year with a respectable financial cushion.  Cynthia Lees is our incoming Treasurer.  If you have any expenses in association with the TMQG, please take your receipt to her.

Belva and Amanda Hinshaw are handing our club swaps.  We will have one external swap with the Central Ohio MQG.  Swap details will be forthcoming.

Bethany Sharpton handles our social media on Facebook and Instagram.  Please like and/or follow us.  Also, if you have anything to share, let Bethany know.

Ann Monroe coordinates our community service projects with Senior Services.  Ann suggested that members bring incontinence products in January.  February’s focus will be dental health.  Start collecting the toothpaste, tooth brushes, and floss that you receive from your dentist.  Ann is also planning three sew-ins; one each in March, June, and September.  Kits for lap quilts are being made up from fabric donated to the guild.  It would be wonderful if each member could donate a quilt.  It would be a great way to use up scraps!

Lee Monroe is managing the raffle quilt project.  The plan is to make two throw-sized quilts by June.  Anyone wanting to work on the quilt is invited to participate, regardless of skill level.  Just let Lee know that you willing to work!

Ticket sales will run from June until the November meeting, when we will hold the drawing.  Members will be asked to sell $40 worth of tickets this year.  Sitting with the quilt at craft and quilt shows counts towards your total.

Liz Bowen is in charge of our prize patrol.  She will present raffle tickets during our meetings.  You receive 1 ticket for attending the meeting, 1 ticket for wearing a name tag, and 1 for donating to Senior Services.  Prizes are presented at the end of the meeting.  If you have something to donate, please give it to Liz.

Annelise Gorensek is scheduling our programs.  February will focus on sewing for organizations.  There are needs out there and our life paths may draw us to one type of work over another.  February speakers will present opportunities for us to make a difference in someone else’s life.

July will be “Christmas in July”.  Bring easy to make items (preferably with instructions) that would be suitable as Christmas (or other celebration) gifts.  It will also be our ice cream social.

Outside speakers have been invited, but dates have not been confirmed.  As the schedule firms up, we will forward the information to you.

Roseanne Morgan is the Secretary.  She is responsible for posting to the blog, making sure that members can access the MQG website, and providing email information to interested parties.  If you know of someone who cannot access the website or is not receiving emails, please let her know.  Her email is

She also accepts constructive feedback and information of interest to our guild.

Other announcements:
QuitCon:  February 21 - 24, 2019 in Nashville, TN.

Show and Tell:  Please bring your handcrafted items to guild meetings so everyone can oooh and aaah.  Items do not have to be modern quilts since we appreciate the craftmanship of a variety of arts and crafts.  In the past we have seen handmade bags and clutches, sewn and knit garments, quilts for specific holidays, traditional quilts with applique, embroidered items, family heirloom quilts, etc.  Please share!

Snow policy:  If there is adverse weather, the South Fork folks follow the instructions provided by Forsyth Tech Community College.  If Forsyth Tech is closed, South Fork is closed.

The January Program:  Understanding the Rainbow, color theory instruction by Lee Monroe.  Lee brought several examples of the color combinations that she had done in her quilts.  She went beyond the usual primary and secondary colors to demonstrate tertiary colors.  She discussed monochromatic, analogous, and complimentary color schemes.  Then she went into tints, shades, and tones; topics that are usually discussed in the paint store.  She discussed sorting scraps based on pure colors, tints (white mixed into the color), shades (black mixed into the color), and tones (black and white mixed into the color). 

Take away lesson - Label Your Quilts!

Next meeting:  February 26, 2019 at 6:30 pm, South Fork Community Center, 4403 Country Club Road, Winston Salem, NC

January 20, 2019

Happy New Year!

It's a new year for our guild.  We hope you are ready to dig your sewing machine out from under the gift wrap paper for another great year of designing, piecing, and quilting.

The TMQG Board had a meeting to plan this year.  Our goals are 1) to provide educational opportunities to our members, and 2) to provide lap quilts, toiletry items, and other sundries to Forsyth Co. Senior Services and the elderly members of our community.  Our meeting focused on ways to accomplish those goals.

Tentative Calendar for 2019
January - Lee Monroe on color theory 
February - opportunities for charity sewing by various members
April - Claudia Martinez - Snuggly Monkey
July - Ice Cream Social - bring an idea for a gift and information on the pattern

We are also planning on 3 sew-ins for the year in March, June, and September.  We will be scheduling these for the Friday evenings after the Tuesday meetings.  

More information for the calendar to come as we receive confirmation from our invited guests. 

Swaps are being planned, both internal and external.

For the annual raffle, we are planning on making 2 throw sized quilts.  We will be asking each member to sell $40 worth of tickets.  Raffle proceeds are used to invite quilting educators from across the country and to pay their speakers fee and travel costs.

January Program - 
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 6:30 pm
South Fork Community Center

Remember Senior Services - While shopping this MLK holiday, consider picking up a package of adult sized diapers to donate.

Please welcome our own Lee Monroe.  She will be presenting "Understanding the Rainbow", a discussion of color theory.

Inclement Weather?  
South Fork Community Center follows the plans of Forsyth Technical Community College.  If FTCC is closed in the evening, then the Community Center will be closed, too.