Happy Holiday’s

We are preparing to start 2014 off right with scheduled activities at least every other month.  Please checkout the New Activities in the Members Only section !

A  beautiful testimony from one of our members below.

Can you believe Christmas will be here before we know it and 2014 is just around the corner?


Below is a my quilt, The Greatest Gift, which was in the holiday category of the quilt show.  At first glance, it looks like any other package with red and green paper and a yellow bow.  But, if you look close, printed on the trees is, ‘Jesus is the Reason for the Season’.   Beneath all the layers of Christmas, the lights, the gifts, the hustle and bustle and Silver Bells, lies the true meaning of Christmas: God’s greatest gift to humanity, his own Son, Jesus.

Christmas is about a very simple event, the birth of the Saviour.


For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11


I enlarged the pattern, but you can make your own ‘gift’.  The pattern is a free download by Stephanie Serrano of Venus de Hilo.com.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Paige Alexander

UpCountry Quilters Guild

Newsletter Editor

2013 Quilt Show

UpCountry Quilters Guild



 Parade of Quilts Quilt Show

Pickens View Wesleyan Church

744 Bethlehem Ridge Road

Pickens, SC 29671

Friday, October 11, 2013       9am – 6pm

Saturday, October 12, 2013   9am – 6pm

View a large variety of quilts including miniatures, large bed quilts, art quilts, wall hangings, wearable art, and mixed technique items.

  The show also includes a Silent Auction of items made by guild members, vendor booths, a fat quarter basket drawing and Second Time Around, a booth selling gently used quilting items.

Rachel Elizabeth Ferguson Smith


 Rachel Elizabeth Ferguson Smith 

February 7, 1928 – July 11, 2013 

Remembering Rachel 


Our dear friend and quilting companion has passed from this life leaving behind many happy memories. Rachel was a charter member of our guild and everyone’s “Mama”. She happily shared her sewing skills and eased the disappointment of novice quilters when seams didn’t match by saying, “it’ll quilt out”.

Rachel’s love of quilting was infectious and she shared both her time and her fabric but her statement of “it’ll quilt out” will always stay with me. She remained happy and optimistic in any situation and she graciously accepted the things in life that needed to be “quilted out”. This was her gift, taught to others with a piece of fabric and a needle in her hand. She laughed with us, she cried with us when necessary but always she taught by example and kind words that all problems can be “quilted out”. Her everyday humor and willingness to make the best of everything made her life, like her quilts, a beautiful work of art.

Carolyn Peloza

QSC Pieceable Retreat

Several ladies from the guild enjoyed a fun weekend of sewing at the QSC Pieceable Retreat at the White Oak Conference Center in Winnsboro, SC.

If you are new to the guild ask a members to tell you about the retreat!

See QSC website for upcoming QSC Spring meeting and 2013 QSC Pieceable Retreat Information.



20 Years of Quilting Fun!

 20th Anniversary Challenge Results

The rules were as follows:

  • Size – The quilt may be any shape, and I mean ANY shape, but the sum of all sides must not exceed 140 inches.
  • Technique – Any quilt making technique may be used, however, this is a challenge and I encourage everyone to challenge themselves and step outside their comfort zones to try something new.
  • Every quilt must contain at least two of the following items representing gifts appropriate for a 20th anniversary. The interpretations of those items are totally up to the imagination of the quilter.

 China

 Platinum

 Daylily

 Emerald

 Nine fabric works of art were submitted for the challenge.

The voting results were counted.

First prize was #4 Cathy Coster

Second place was #5 Mary Pruitt

 Third-place tie between #2 Haley Kelley and #8 Mary Foster.

 The workmanship and creativity in using the four components in the guidelines drew applause from those in attendance.

Enjoy the pictures of the challenge pieces:









2011 Quilt Show


 Letter from the President: 

Cathy Coster 

Well ladies, we did it. Huge kudos to Linda & Paige for all their work to make the show a success, and thanks to everyone who helped out.

Congratulations to everyone who entered a quilt and to those who won ribbons.

By the way, you have only two years till the next show…get to work ladies.

Best of Show – Gail Sexton’s Gathering of the Red Birds

Judges Choice – Genny Lindler A Hidden Path

Viewers Choice – Jeanette Moody Bonnet Girls

Viewers Choice – Coeurs de LaSoie, Pat Kerko & B. Goodman