Stitching North Carolina: The One Hundred County Quilt Project


Update! Our guild had been making some blocks for the 100 count NC quilt. As of July 1st, we are only missing 13 counties. The coordinators have contacted guilds and shops in those counties to help us, so we don’t need any others from our guild. 

During World War II, more young men from North Carolina were rejected from serving in the military because of health reasons than any other state. Not surprisingly, the state’s number of doctors and hospitals ranked near the bottom. North Carolina needed a state hospital!
Centralized Chapel Hill, where a two-year medical school, opened in 1879, was expanding to a four-year program, and was seen as the logical setting for the state hospital which would serve all of its people regardless of ability to pay. North Carolina Memorial Hospital opened for business on September 2, 1952, and has grown into five hospitals in the years since.

Before celebrating the opening of the N.C. Women’s and N.C. Children’s Hospitals on September 8, 2001, Joy Javits was tapped to lead a project that would represent all 100 counties served by the Hospitals. The response was enthusiastic and along with drawings of their county flag by children, and writings by women, a brilliant quilt made by many hands was the centerpiece at the celebration.

Large as the quilt was, 27 counties were not represented, but “holder” blocks were sewn in to provide a place for them. The quilt, as well as the poems and county flags toured 18 counties over seven years. This past fall, Javits, along with Valarie Schwartz, had the idea of furthering the project and continuing the tour.



Joy Javits
410 Tadley Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 j
919.929.5355 or 919.593.6512

Valarie Schwartz

Gwen Konsler

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Upcoming 2017 Programs

June:  “Sharp Points the Easy Way.”  Trunk show by Rosemary Summers, Certified Instructor for Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design.  The trunk show will feature quilts made with Studio 180 Design Tools and highlight how to use the tools with any quilt pattern.  Selected tools and patterns will be available for purchase.  Checks or cash only.
July:  “Every Quilt Tells a Story”  Trunk show of mini quilts based on Civil War events, trips to historic places and family history, by Susan Pierce of High Point.  Patterns will be available for purchaseCheck her out on Facebook at Miss Susie Quilts. 
August:  “Finishing UFOs”  Lecture by Karen Comstock.  Karen loves to come visit guilds to talk about quilting and finishing UFO’s. By showing samples of her work and discussing the creative process she poignantly and humorously illustrates with stories from her own life, emphasizing the role of her friends and family in her quilt design.
September:  “A Behind the Scenes Look at Quilt Judging” Ever wonder what goes on behind closed doors when you submit a quilt for judging? Curious about what the judges are looking for? Want to know what makes a winning quilt? Evelyn Judson and Suzan DeSerres will walk us through the process, show us how it’s done, and answer those nagging questions.
October:  Challenge Quilt reveal and vote/Social/Annual business meeting
November:  “Everyday Artistry:  Stories of Quilts and Their Makers” lecture by Diana Bell-Kite of the NC Museum of History.
December:  Annual holiday party

April Program: Adam Ard – Sewing Machine Maintenance

Our April program was on sewing machine maintenance and simple techniques to keep your machine clean and running smoothly. Adam ( does sewing machine repair at:

Studio Stitch in Greensboro 336-288-9200 
and Sew Original in Winston Salem 336-760-1121

This site had a good review of the points Adam made at the meeting: Spring Cleaning for your Sewing Machine

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June Program: Lee Chappell Monroe – Understanding the Rainbow

Lee has been creating since she first discovered crayons at age 2! She’s from a family of quilters and learned everything from her mother, affectionately known as The Guru. She loves all things fabric – from zippy pouch to queen size quilt – and everything in between. With a love of color and bold graphic shapes, Lee enjoys designing patterns and teaching all types of classes, while sharing her adventures on her blog, She is a trained graphic designer which shows in her clean aesthetic. Her work has appeared in multiple publications, including Stitch, Quiltmaker & Modern Patchwork. She is an active member of the Triad Modern Quilt Guild. Lee lives in beautiful North Carolina with Mack the Chihuahua.

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April Program: Nancy Mahoney – Quilt Designer

Juniper Trellis Quilt Pattern by Nancy Mahoney
Author, teacher and fabric designer Nancy Mahoney has enjoyed making quilts for over twenty-five years. An impressive range of her beautiful quilts have been featured in many books and over 175 national and international quilt magazines, with more books and patterns in the works. She also has created over 100 quilt patterns for a number of fabric manufacturers. Nancy has designed 15 fabric collections for P&B Textiles and Clothworks. With the belief that making a quilt should be fun, Nancy’s goal is for her students to have a good time, learn something new, and make a quilt that they will enjoy for many years.

Visit her website for more information and free patterns.

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April 16-17 Workshops with Nancy Mahoney

Nancy will be teaching “Feathered Star” – a wall hanging for one of her full day classes and the other full day class, she will teach “Round About”. Go to Nancy’s web site at to view the quilts and supply lists.

  • Nancy is a national star and her use of tools and techniques can be applied to ALL your quilting projects.
  • Her patterns are regularly seen in Fons and Porter and many other magazines.
  • You can use your own color schemes to make brilliant patterns.

The cost is only $40 for DOQ members or $60 for non-members. Please note that there will be no reimbursement if you sign up but are unable to attend. If you cannot attend, you may find a substitute to take your place.
FeatheredStar3“Feathered Star” is a class that offers cutting and piecing techniques for making accurate triangle squares. Her methods make short work of tricky looking blocks. Design and color possibilities will be discussed. Pattern included for each student. Finished size: 44″ x 44″  Supply list

round_about_Nancy_Mahoney“Round About” is easier to make than it looks. Class time begins with tips for sewing accurate patchwork blocks using strip piecing techniques. Then we’ll shift our focus to easy invisible machine appliqué techniques. Discover how surprisingly simple it is to sew perfect curves using turned-edge appliqué. Pattern included for each student.
Finished size: 64″ x 64″. Supply list

2016 Guild Challenge

This year’s mystery challenge celebrates the 16th year of the 21st century.
Challenge Fabric 2016

Your challenge entry must:

  • Include a 16 patch block in some way, shape or form in your quilt
  • Use 16 fabrics (no more, no less) on the front of the quilt (so the binding counts, but not the backing)
  • To get you started one of your 16 fabrics is provided for you
  • Have fun!

Quilts are due at the October DOQ meeting.

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March Program: Asian Fusion Motifs for Quilters

Asian Motif by Mari de Moya Mari de Moya is a former DOQ member who now lives in Fayetteville. Mari’s educational background is in art and anthropology, with a specialty in Asian art. Over the years she has held numerous positions relating to art teaching and management in museums, schools and even her own home art business. In addition to being a quilter, Mari is also a potter and painter. At the March meeting Mari will be speaking to us about incorporating Asian fusion motifs into our quilting.

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February Program: A Quilt a Week with Gayle Sparrow

GayleSparrowThis month, Gayle will be speaking to us about her 2015 quilt challenge: making one donation quilt per week!

Gayle is a former DOQ member and is part of the Cherry Creek Lane Quilt Bee. Gayle began quilting 20 years ago, and quilting has been a joy in her life ever since. She designs and constructs both custom quilts and her show quilts, which have won her 1st place prizes at quilt shows. She is the proud owner of a Gammill Long Arm Machine, but her specialty is foundation applique. In addition to her involvement with CCLQB, Gayle also is a member of a donation group that meets at the Hillsborough Senior Center.

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Friendship Star Mug Rugs for Symposium 2017

friendship-starWe will start collecting Mug Rugs at the February meeting. Enter your name in the drawing for each Mug Rug you turn in. We have some lovely prizes that you could win.

How to Make a Mug Rug

Finished mug rug is 9”x 6”. These instructions are for piecing the top which consists of a 6 ½” Friendship Star Block and a 3 ½ x 6 ½” Side Block.

You need 2 fabrics for the Star Block: one for background and one for star.

Background: Cut 4 squares, 2 ½” on each side.
Cut 2 squares, 2 7/8” on each side. Draw diagonal line on wrong side of each.
Star: Cut 1 square, 2 ½” on each side.
Cut 2 squares, 2 7/8” on each side.

Piecing Star Block
Pair one 2 7/8” background square with one 2 7/8”star square, right sides together. Stitch ¼” seam on both sides of the diagonal line. Cut on diagonal line. Repeat for other pair of 2 7/8” squares. Finger press gently toward star fabric.

Lay out in 9-patch form shown below. Note alignment of the half square triangles. Stitch squares together in each row. Press seams toward outside for rows 1 and 3 and toward the inside for row 2. Stitch rows together. Size should be 6 ½ x 6 ½”.

Piecing Side Block
You can make the 3 ½ x 6 ½” Side Block using scrap strips or one piece of fabric. Vertical, horizontal and diagonal strips all look great. Attach the Side Block to one side of the Star Block to finish mug rug piecing. 2.5” square, background Half square triangle made from 2 7/8” squares. 2.5” square, star fabric.


After Piecing the Mug Rug

Option 1 – You can sew just the pieced top and turn it in. The Symposium Committee has a plan for large scale production to add the back, quilt and edge.

Option 2 – You can add batting and backing to your pieced top. Then you can quilt it and finish the edge by cutting with pinking shears or running a zig-zag or overcast stitch around the edges.

January 11, 2016 – Silent Auction

(Note: Date is 2nd Monday)
Start of the new year right by cleaning out your sewing area to make room for cool new stuff. Help our guild by donating and purchasing at the Silent Auction; it’s a fundraiser for our guild’s operating expenses.
This year we are asking you to bundle your treasures together so that that each bundle can have a starting bid of at least one dollar — NO COINS allowed – all bids will increase in even dollar amounts. Print out and label your Bid Sheet.
Any items that are left at the end of the auction will be donated to the Scrap Exchange if you don’t want to take the home with you.
– Bring items and bid sheets
– Bring $1’s and checkbooks
– Have Fun!

2016 Election

Board Members

President: Cynthia Latta
Program Chair: Annelise Gorensek
Workshops Chair: open
Secretary: Ella King
Treasurer: Jennifer Bellamy
Membership: Eunice Caswell
Outreach and Education: Jean Fetterman
Newsletter Editor: Karen Wysocki

Service Positions

Bee Keeper: Tonya Krout
Donation Quilts: Mary Ed Williams
Door Prizes: Cheryl (Kelly) Nelson
Facebook: Diane Bidgood
Guild Liason: open
Hospitality:  Diane Bidgood
Holiday Blocks: open
Historian: Vicky Price and Deborah Houser
Librarian: Rosemary Summers and Cathy Ely
Newcomers: Bibby Moore, Bo Herman and Diane Whitfield
Photographer: open
Publicity: Merrillie Brown
Website: Carrie Porterfield

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September Program: Tammy Triglianos – “Handmade Loveliness”

Tammy is originally from New Jersey and moved to North Carolina 6 years ago for a “change of pace”. When spending time in her sewing room, she is either working on a quilt or sewing a new bag/purse. She has recently added machine and hand embroidery to her obsession of handmade loveliness. Most of the classes Tammy teaches at Thimble Pleasures are various bags and some quilts. Her other interests include gardening, cooking, baking, and reading while playing with her two young sons. When she is not hanging out at the quilt shop or playing with her boys, she works as a nurse practitioner at The Cancer Center at UNC. Her career reminds her daily of the importance of embracing the ones (and hobbies!) she loves.

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August Program – The Scrap Exchange

ScrapExchangeChellie LaPointe, outreach and education coordinator, will speak about creative reuse, and programs at the Scrap Exchange. The Scrap Exchange is a nonprofit creative reuse arts center located in Durham, North Carolina. Their mission is to promote creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse.
Since 1991, they have been collecting materials from local businesses and residents and distributing these reclaimed materials through a variety of programming. Their creative reuse arts center contains a retail store, an Artist Marketplace, an art gallery, a Design Center to host classes, a Make and Take room for open studio art-making, interactive art installations like our Rio de Reuse, and much more.

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Donation Quilt Workday – Aug 8, 2015

workdayJoin us at Mt Carmel Baptist Church from 9 AM to 4PM this Saturday, August 8.

Bring a salad or dessert for lunch and we will provide the drinks and paper goods. Also bring your sewing machine and it’s necessities, cutting equipment, a chair cushion, kids’ fabrics, any patterns you might want to try, and any show-and-tell you might want us to see. I will be bringing fabric, both kids and Quilts of Valor, and patterns.
The church is located at 2016 Mt. Carmel Church Road in Chapel Hill, about 3.5 miles after the turn-off on 15-501. If you need further directions, please email or call Mary-Ed Williams.

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September Workshop – Day Break withTammy Triglianos

DayBreak-PatternIn September, we will be learning about the Hex N More and Sidekick ruler from Tammy Triglianos. If you have not seen what these rulers can help you make, go to and check out the endless possibilities. Tammy will be teaching us how to make Daybreak by Jaybird. She will be making a winter version of this quilt to show you. Once you have learned how to use these tools, you will be able to make any of the beautiful patterns shown on the website.
Sign up for this workshop has been great! After our meeting in July, this workshop will be opened to the public. There are just a few slots left, so please bring your money to the guild meeting. A space cannot be held without payment.

Supply List

1. Day Break Pattern
2. Hex N More Ruler AND Sidekick Ruler (can make your own templates, but ruler makes cutting super easy). These rulers are used in many of her other patterns.
3. Fabric Requirements for Lap Size Quilt (or refer to pattern for fabric requirements for preferred quilt size)
15 Assorted Fat Quarters
3 1/8 yards for background fabric

*Press all fabric with spray starch prior to class
**We will be working on the quilt top in class. Refer to pattern for Binding and Backing requirements.

Sewing machine in good working condition + manual
Coordinating cotton thread
Rotary cutter and mat
Long ruler
Marking Tool
Straight Pins
Spray Starch

July Program – Triangle Modern Quilt Guild

Quilting outside the box and inside the Triangle

TriangleModernQuiltGuildMichele Wilkie, current president of the Triangle Modern Quilt Guild, will present a program on the modern quilt movement.

As defined by the Modern Quilt Guild:
Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. “Modern traditionalism” or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.

The Triangle Modern Quilt Guild is a Chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild for residents of the Triangle region of North Carolina, who are interested in non-traditional, modern quilting. They meet on the second Sunday of the month @ Spoonflower Greenhouse.

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June Program – Ye Olde Forest Quilters

seahorse_old_forestJoanne and Kelley Jones will speak about their adventures as quilt shop owners, and their precision, laser cut, pre-fused quilt kits. Ye Olde Forest Quilt Shop is located in Greensboro with easy access from I-40.

They are a friendly, modern eclectic quilt shop located in the heart of North Carolina with an emphasis on old-fashioned customer service! The provide high quality quilting fabrics, longarm quilting tools, quality threads and
quilting notions.

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May Program: Nimble Thimbles and Cherry Creek Lane Bees

Inspired by... the Series by Joy MurphyThe Nimble Thimbles are a group of quilters who enjoy getting together regularly to share our quilting obsession adventures. We love to celebrate, help and inspire each other – and consider the resulting accumulation of many UFOs a small price to pay! We’ve been meeting for about 8 fun-filled years and enjoy every minute of it. During the DOQ May meeting we will be showing both our group and individual projects throughout the years. To see more of what we’re doing, visit our blog.

Our night group is open to additional membership and meets monthly at the Orange County Library. Any interested quilters should contact Joy Murphy for further information.

April Program: Pepper Cory – Quilts of the Carolinas

I have been a quiltmaker since 1972 when I saw an antique quilt at a rummage sale, purchased it for $1.00, and on the way home fell in love! From that moment I wanted to learn to make quilts and sought out quiltmakers, usually elderly ladies, who could teach me the art. Ever since I’ve been collecting quilts, making quilts myself, writing books about them, designing needlework tools, and sharing my love of quilting by teaching and lecturing. I’ve written articles that have appeared in Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, Traditional Quiltworks, American Patchwork & Quilting, the FabShop magazine, and Ladies Circle Patchwork Quilts.

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March Program: Aby Dolinger

Aby Dolinger "Just Takes 2"A native of Culpeper, Virginia, I learned various needle crafts from my mother, grandmothers, and Sewing 4-H club. As a young girl, I remember sitting on my grandmother’s shady back steps hand piecing Four Patches in the summertime. (The basketful of Four Patches with gargantuan running stitches is my longest running UFO!) In 1976 when the U.S.A. celebrated its bicentennial, there was a resurgence of interest in colonial crafts. That’s when the quilting bug bit me! Bed quilts, baby quilts, and wall quilts–all are of interest. I find inspiration from traditional quilt blocks and settings, but I applaud the Modern Quilt Movement as well. I enjoy the challenge of designing with parameters: challenge blocks/quilts, Jelly Roll and Layer Cake quilts, stash quilts, block swaps with friends.

Visit Aby’s blog at and share her joy of quilt making!

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April 2015 Workshop – Antique English Pleated Log Cabin Block with Pepper Cory

When: Sunday, April 19, 2015 from 1:30-4:30pm
Where: New Hope Volunteer Fire Department , 4012 Whitfield Rd., Chapel Hill, NC
Cost: $25 (DOQ member) $40 (non-DOQ member, if space available) plus optional kit fee of $15.

Pepper Cory Pleated Log CabinThis quilt pattern popularly known as Log Cabin is one many American quiltmakers assume was home-grown. But the Log Cabin quilt pattern may in fact have originated on a tiny island off the coast of England! Called the Roof Tile pattern on the Isle of Man (located between Ireland and England), the pleated quilt-as-you-go block is constructed (pieced) and quilted all at the same time and does not use batting. The blocks are then joined, front to front, and the backs’ foundations whip-stitched together.

The Antique English Pleated Log Cabin Block’s casual sewing is an excellent introduction to hand stitching and has the advantage of being totally portable for today’s busy quiltmakers. This pattern is a super addition to your quilting skills and one you can teach kids and do at any time and any place.

Please bring to class:

*Four pre-cut 8 ½” squares of soft pre-washed muslin and four pre-cut 3 ½” squares in a solid color (Coordinate the color of your 3 ½” squares with one of your groups of strips-see below)

*Two sets of fabric strips, all cut 1 ½”  wide. Cut 12 strips light fabrics and 12 strips dark. (Note that you can also choose two different color groups, like reds vs. blues rather than light/dark) Suggestion: cut all strips along the width (22 ½”) of a Fat Quarter of fabric. Please do not bring all batiks as these are more difficult for hand-sewing. Use up your older softer calicoes and home-spuns on this project.

*Kit for hand sewing: straight pins, scissors, thimble, good quality thread (match to either color group of strips) and an assortment of hand sewing needles. Suggestion: at least some embroidery needles, a sharp, and a #9 quilting needle. You may want to experiment to find the right needle for you.

*An Ott light (with extension cord) is a good addition to your sewing tools.

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April 2015 Workshop – Sashiko with Pepper Cory

When: Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9:00am-4:30pm
Where: New Hope Volunteer Fire Department , 4012 Whitfield Rd., Chapel Hill, NC
Cost: $40 (DOQ member) $70 (non-DOQ member, if space available) plus kit fee of $22.

Pepper Cory Sashiko WallHangingYokosu!
Welcome to Sashiko (Japanese quilting)

Start the new year right in blue and white! You’ve admired classic sashiko in quilts and wall hangings-now it’s your turn. Even non-hand quilters remark on how easy and soothing sashiko stitching is-it’s the Zen side of quilting. Finally—a quilting style that will inspire you to use all that gorgeous Oriental fabric you bought! In the morning learn how to mark and stitch a classic sashiko design. In the afternoon learn the back-basting appliqué technique on your own patchwork blocks. These skills will combine to make a wall hanging. Note: prior to class you need to make six simple patchwork blocks and bring with you (See What students need to bring to class)

Pepper Cory Sashiko RabbitKit The class kit consists of  ½ yd. hand-dyed indigo homespun, a ball of #8 white perle cotton, needle threader,  a sashiko sampler needlepack (10 needles), a stencil with three sashiko designs, template plastic for moon shapes, a white marking pencil, two thimble alternatives, written how-to directions, an essay on the history of sashiko plus instructions for a wall hanging. Note: basting thread and needles are also supplied for afternoon work. Cost is $22 per person.

Pepper Cory Sashiko SamplerBring to class

Scissors for paper and fabric. Favorite thimble for hand sewing if you use one. Small pillow. A pair of cuffed white socks you wouldn’t mind cutting up. Blocks (how to make below) “moon” fabric,* thread/needle for applique.

*Moon fabric is a large-scale Asian print that you will be cutting “moon” circles out of and appliqueing to the patchwork blocks you’ve made. Make sure your Moon fabric contrasts well with both patchwork block fabrics.

Bring thin good quality thread (#60 works well) in a coordinating color for the Moon fabric to do applique stitches.

To do before class-directions Pepper Cory Sashiko Sampler2

To make six half-square triangle blocks: choose two contrasting Asian-style prints (light vs. dark, blue vs. red etc). From each,  cut three (3) squares 8 7/8 inches. Cut all squares in half. Pair a light triangle with a dark triangle and sew together (on machine) using ¼” seam allowance. Press to dark side. Repeat for all blocks. Note: five blocks are used in the wall hanging and the sixth is for practice.

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February Program: Elaine O’Neil – Textile Collage Artist

Elaine O'Neil, Textile ArtistFebruary program canceled due to snow will be rescheduled for November 2015.

Among Elaine’s work are the whimsical collages that depict Chapel Hill, and the illustrations to the children’s book “Goodnight Carolina.” Elaine says of her work, “My artistic process begins with the simple, pure memories of my childhood. I strive to conjure up the essence of those good times and capture them through whimsy and color, stitching them together with a sense of humor and delight.  My process begins by approaching each textile collage with a simple sketch. Then through snips and cuts, my scissors, like a painter’s brush, slowly reveal the image. Layer upon layer of fabric, stitched into place using a variety of colors and textures, brings the piece to life. In each piece I create, my hope is to evoke the kind of pleasure and delight of childhood, when life is simple, sweet, and full of endless possibilities.”

To see more of her work visit Elaine’s website

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NC Quilt Symposium 2015

North Carolina Quilt Symposium 2015North Carolina Quilt Symposium – Mountain Stitches
Bonclarken Conference Center
Flat Rock, North Carolina

May 28-31, 2015
Sponsored by NCQS
Hosted by Western North Carolina Quilters Guild

The North Carolina Quilt Symposium is an annual, nationally-recognized, four day quilt conference, featuring classes and lectures presented by outstanding faculty, a quilt show and a vendors’ mall.

Registration is now Open!

To view the class schedule, quilt show entry forms, and registration forms visit

To learn more about North Carolina Symposium visit their new blog:

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