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Community Sewing

For our October Sew Day we thought it was time to bust some of the guild’s stash of fabric and batting scraps.

With this in mind we decided that string piecing was the way to go. It would bust some of those strings and strips that seem to accumulate exponentially as we make quilts.

Quilt as you go is a great way to use up those batting off cuts. You know those strips that are 10 – 20 inches wide, that get trimmed away after you have quilted those quilts.

Our members busily stitched up 36 rainbow blocks, to make this beautiful rainbow string quilt. After all the discussion around the various methods that can be used to join these quilted blocks, our plan is to complete the quilt at one of our sew days in the new year so members can see how it is done.

We also handed out three complete quilt kits for members to sew up at home. After all this you would think we would notice a noticeably reduction in our stash – but nope, it barely made a dent.

It’s a good thing these days are a lot of fun, because it looks like we need to do this all again…


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October Show and Tell

Sewcial distancing continues as we navigate the current covid normal as practiced in Brisbane. We are so fortunate that community transmission is currently under control and within our borders we are free to move around and have moderate sized gatherings.

The first two photos, are borrowed from my phone as I can’t show my quilts and snap photos at the same time. These quilts are destined for our Community Quilt program. The quilt made by Kim Howell (a former member) has been donated to the Guild and quilted by Vanessa for our Community quilt program. Similarly, the quilt made by Janet Davies (another former member) and quilted by Kerry has also been donated to our Community Quilt program.


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September Show and Tell

We had 25 members attend our September sew day all properly socially distanced of course. Thankfully, community transmission is almost zero again here in Brisbane and the case numbers are coming down in New South Wales and Victoria.

There was lots of lovely show and tell this month, including a couple of finishes from our most recent Jenny Haynes workshop.

We hope you enjoy the photos. Stay safe and healthy everyone, and don’t forget to wash your hands.


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August Sew Day and Swap Handover

As we mentioned in our last post, we are finally back meeting face to face after three months of lockdown . . . and we were finally able to gift our swap items to our swap partners

Our members are an amazing group of makers. We had the most amazing mini quilts, pouches and bags gifted as part of our 2020 Guild Swap and the handover was, as usual, a lot of fun.

We have another online class with Jenny Haynes via zoom coming up. Check out our socials for information on the class, as always visitors and guests are always welcome to join us.


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We’re back….

After a few months of zoom meeting and chatting on facebook, we have resumed our face to face sew days, albeit in a sewcially distant format thanks to the government regulations relating to the COVID-19 pandemic

But like all modern makers, we haven’t let a little thing like a global pandemic stop our creating

During lock-down a number of us completed house quilts, many of us using the free village quilt pattern made available by Moda.

Lock-down also meant the cancellation of our Jenny Haynes workshops, but we managed top host the first one via zoom early in July even though Jenny is back home in the UK and we are all based here in Brisbane. Our second Jenny Haynes workshop is coming up at the end of this month. Check out our social media for information on the class and how to get a ticket.

Many of us have been busy making face masks. While they are not required here in Brisbane (yet) many of us have family in Victoria, where they are required, or in NSW where the wearing of masks is encouraged.

Our next sew day is a couple of weeks away. Unfortunately, because of the government regulations around gatherings during the pandemic, we cannot welcome visitors to our meetings at this time. But we look forward to welcoming you when the pandemic is over and the restrictions have been lifted.

In the meanwhile, we wish everyone good health and remind you to stay safe, maintain your social distance and wash your hands


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February Show and Tell

This month we welcomed another couple of new members – welcome Joy and Dianne to our happy band of modern makers. We are gearing up for our next delivery of community quilts to the salvo’s domestic violence shelter here in Brisbane. So we had lots of quilts finished and/or donated to add to our stack of quilts ready for delivery day next month.

  • Kathi with the mini she received as part of the MQG Swap
  • Louisa (one of last month’s new members) with her beautiful bargello
  • Louisa with her Alaskan Salmon Wall hanging – completed from a kit bought in Alaska
  • Lyndell (another of last month’s new members) with her beautiful Hawaiian Quilt
  • Lyndell with a beautiful Paris Quilt
  • Vannessa with her Autumn Stars quilt. This quilt was made from a recent sew sampler box
  • Alison with her blooming Greenhouse quilt. The pattern for this is by Elizabeth Hartman
  • Tania with her absolutely giant snowball quilt. We all loved the extra wide stripy binding that finished this king sized beauty perfectly
  • Kim with her Iheartyou quilt made for her son and his fiancee. Pattern available for this beauty from pen and paper patterns
  • Kim with a new sewing themed t-shirt. She has been playing with her new cricut cutting machine
  • Joy, one of this month’s new members, with her Alternate Endings quilt. Joy had Linda from Quilting by Linda quilt this beauty for her.
  • June is participating in the Mini Masterpieces book sew along. This is her January mini, based on the 4-patch block
  • June’s February mini masterpiece is a strip sampler
  • June with a doll quilt – the fox and the bunny
  • Ruth has donated this beautiful Kaffe Fassett top to be raffled as part of an upcoming Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser
  • Kim with her Embrace the Chaos quilt that she started in our recent Libs Elliott workshop.
  • Kim with her modern take on the orange peel block – this one is her flowering snowball quilt
  • The first of our completed charity quilts for February. Vanessa christened her new long arm machine, quilting this for the Guild.
  • I Spy charity quilt – the top was put together by Kerry D and Vanessa quilted this one as well
  • Moroccan Tiles quilt, made and quilted by Nerida, and donated to our community quilt program
  • Assymetrical Star quilt, made and quilted by Nerida, and donated to our community quilt program
  • Giant Log Cabin quilt, made and quilted by Nerida, and donated to our community quilt program
  • Double Strippy Quilt, made and quilted by Julie and donated to our community quilt program
  • Square in a square quilt, made and quilted by Jan and donated to our community quilt program
  • Another strippy quilt, this one made and quilted by Jan and donated to our community quilt program
  • Scrappy improv times 2, made and quilted by Jan and both donated to our community quilt program

Our members have been busy with lots of community sewing – we have a few tree blocks completed to send down to Wollongong MQG to assist in their quilt drive to fire affected communities.

We have also been busy making zippered pouches. A few members spent some time on Sunday packing these with donated toiletries and we will be handing these over to the Salvo’s next month along with a very big pile of quilts


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January Show and Tell

Happy 2020 and welcome to another year of fun, friendship and creativity within the Brisbane Modern Quilt Guild. Our plans this year include a workshop weekend with Jenny Haynes of Papper Sax Sten in the UK in March, an inaugural Mini Quilt Challenge, our annual Quilt Display at the Brisbane Stitches and Craft Show in June, a swap, and a retreat. And all of these things will happen in the next six months.

At our January Sew Day we welcomed two visitors, and welcomed three new members to our Guild. Below is a gallery of the amazing show and tell brought along and shared by our members.

1 Hugs All round, the Guild’s group quilt for the QuiltCon 2020 Charity Quilt Challenge. This year’s theme was text.

2 & 3 Greig Wilson’s first foray into shirt making

3 Greig with the improv bag he made to match his shirt

4 & 5 June Spencer with two of the quilts she completed for the Guild’s Community Quilt program

6 June Spencer with her completed Aerial Grove Quilt, a Carolyn Friedlander design

7 June Spencer with her completed Baby Goose quilt

8 Leanne Valiukas with her completed Take a Stand tote, design by By Annie

9 Leanne, again with her completed 2012 Bonnie and Camille block of the month

10 Tania Lindenmayer with her completed time warp quilt

11, 12 & 13 Lyndel Smith with her mesh bags, peg bags and table runners that she makes to sell at markets

14 Jan Owen with her version of the Dream Big panel. This one was completed using long arm embroidery

15 Jan, again, with a table runner, also quilted using the long arm embroidery technique

16 & 17 Heather Ellsworth Turner with her completed One Block Wonder quilt and her completed Pin Wheel quilt that she has called ‘Not enough Pink’

18 & 19 Kathi Slee with her completed MQG Swap mini and a gondola bag

20 Marlene Norris with another completed One Block Wonder, this one was nicknamed the Butt Ugly OBW, although we all thought it was lovely

21 & 22 Liz Beghoin with the commission quilt she has made a co-worker out of her daughter’s baby clothes and the dress she sewed for herself

23 Aidan with a Sushi Cat Messenger Bag

24 Kim Devanny with her completed Polygon Play quilt that she started in a class with Jennifer Sampou

25, 26, 27, & 28 Nerida Mead with her completed MQG Mini, her completed Penguin Party quilt, that includes a piece of her own shibori dyed fabric, her completed Avenue Quilt, designed by Louise Pappas, and her Mod Mountain Quilt, designed by Suzy Quilts

29, 30, & 31 Carmel Ryan with her completed Makers Tote, designed by Noodlehead, her completed Tula Pink Table Runner, and her completed MQG Mini

32 Ingrid Jakobsen with her completed Daisy and Poppy Quilt

33 Vic Mansfield with her successful entry into the Vision 2020 travelling Exhibition ‘The Floater’ This is a thread painting of Vic’s own retina.

34 Kathryn Jones with her completed Alison Glass Radiance Quilt


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Libs Elliott Weekend

The Trunk Show and Lecture

Oh, what a night….

After months of planning we were finally able to welcome Libs Elliott to Brisbane to a full house.

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Julie and Aidan with Libs

Libs is an amazing quilter from Canada who has embraced technology in her quilt making. She uses computer code and algorithms to create random quilt patterns, transforming a traditional craft into modern functional art.

The Guild provided some light refreshments as well as an opportunity to shop before we settled down to the important part of the evening – Lib’s presentation

Our thanks to Nerida of Quilt Around the Clock for stocking up on Libs’ ‘Almost Blue’ collection for our guests to acquire.

Libs presented an interesting presentation on her process and followed that up with an awesome display of her quilts

 

The Workshop

Twenty-five lucky quilters got to spend the weekend with Libs learning to ‘embrace the chaos’. Fortunately for many of us, there were no computers required. Through a series of worksheet exercises, students were able to mimic Libs’ programming language and generate there own unique quilt pattern layout.

Once that was done, the fun began, with coloured pencils to colour in the designs. Followed by even more fun as cutting and sewing and trimming commenced. Quilt tops began to take shape on the floor and on the walls and by Sunday afternoon there were tops nearing completion in all the colours of the rainbow

Libs raffled off a bundle of her latest fabric range ‘almost blue’ to the workshop participants, which was won by Carmel.


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Craft and Quilt Fair 2019

Every year in October the Craft and Quilt Fair comes to town. The fair includes the annual Queensland Quilters Quilt Show and is a fun filled four days of craft and quilting pleasure. Each year, we endeavour to come up with a new way to showcase the work of our Guild.

This year, we thought we would explore circles and tiny piecing. A few months ago, we asked our members to embrace tiny or crumb piecing and make monochromatic circles. We didn’t mind what colour they chose, although the brighter the better and we weren’t too concerned about size. Basically, if the circle was bigger than four inches, we were happy. It was suggested that members use whatever circular object came to hand for their templates, their favourite coffee mug, dinner plate or anything in between.
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We were extremely lucky that we were given almost seven metres of wall space to display our circles as the members really embraced the tiny piecing and we had a lot of circles to display.

Our goal now that the fair is over is to use these circles in our community quilt making.

Over the four days, members spent time talking to the fair visitors about modern quilting and the Brisbane Modern Quilt Guild, handing out membership information to those that wanted it.

BMQG circle display

We would also like to congratulate those members of the Guild who entered quilts in the Queensland Quilters Quilt Show that was held as part of the fair and those members who were awarded prizes for their quilt making.

June Spencer received a first prize in the Amateur Modern section with her ‘Carolyn Friedlander Slow Sewing Studio

June Spencer Winning Quilt

Margot Kitchen received a third place in the Professional Modern with ‘Tileways and Biways’.

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Nick Wilson received a third place in the Professional Pictorial section with ‘Crossing the Lines’.

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The Guild was awarded a first place in the Group section for Brisbane river Dreaming.

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