About BrisbaneMQG

The Brisbane MQG is a community for quilters to share and inspire each other. Our vision is to promote the craft of modern quilting in a friendly atmosphere, to provide a place to share ideas and skills, to conduct workshops to enhance skills, and to enable those members who wish to participate in charity quilt making for the community.

Catching Up on 2021

It’s time to catch everyone up on the activities of the Guild. Yesterday was the 2nd anniversary of the declaration of the Covid-19 Pandemic and we are still here. The Pandemic delivered many challenges to us but we have worked our way through them. We found ways to remain connected throughout our lockdowns. We embraced zoom, for meetings, workshops and virtual sew alongs. We got to visit with each other from the comfort of our own sewing rooms and we got to check out the creative spaces of many of our members courtesy of video technology.

Here in Brisbane, we were fortunate that our lockdowns and gathering restrictions did not last for long. Whilst travel out of Queensland was challenging and difficult due to border closures and the ever changing health restrictions, meeting up face to face as long as we could comply with the social distancing directives has been possible for much of the time

October – December – 3D Pop Star Sew Along

Always on the look out for a challenge the guild could sew together, the committee asked for ideas for an easy, free pattern we could do as a sew along (SAL)

Nikki put her hand up to find a suitable project and after some voting – 3D Popstar was chosen and an email went out in September to let guild members know of our SAL via Facebook, with the following link;

https://www.fatquartershop.com/3-d-popstar-quilt-pattern-free-pdf

Members were asked to use the following hashtags when posting, so we could all follow along #3DPopstarquilt #bmqgsewalong

With the understanding blocks could be sourced from the guilds stash and quilts donated to our community quilt program or members could use up their own FQ’s

We decided to make this a slow and easy sewalong. We hoped that if we pulled fabric at the start of October, we might have a finished quilt top by our December meeting and finished quilts to show off at our February get together. Each week Nikki sent out a Facebook reminder detailing where we were at, and some encouraging words

                Week 1 – Share your Fabric Pull

                Week 2 – Time to start cutting that fabric

                Week 3 – Lets put together the first 2 stars

                Week 4 – Lets put together stars 3 & 4 this week

                Week 5 – Let’s put together stars 5 & 6 this week

                Week 6 – Let’s put together stars 7 & 8 this week

                Week 7 – Time to stitch stars 9 & 10

                Week 8 – Final two stars 11 & 12

                Week 9  – Time for the borders – Woohoo everyone’s blocks are looking amazing!!

Overall great fun was had by all and we had a good uptake from the members as can be seen by the accompanying pictures

June Happenings

June has been a busy month for our Guild. To start with we mounted a display of some of our quilts and challenge pieces at the recent Gold Coast Stitches and Craft Show

Here are a few shots from set up day. It was absolutely fabulous to finally see all our challenge quilts displayed together.

Whilst the show was happening we also held our regular Sew Day with some fabulous show and tell

Fabulous work from Lyndell, June, Lynne, Kathryn and Barbara.

Next month is our AGM as well as our de-stash and member market.

Show and Tell

From our February Meeting

From the top…

Lyndell with her daisy quilt. Pattern by Emma Jean Jansen.

June Spencer with her Qld Quilters 2020 Mystery quilt.

June Spencer with her Card trick quilt.

Tania Lindenmayer with her Wild Soul quilt. Pattern by Rebaleigh Handmade.

Maree Russell with her Qld Quilters 2020 Mystery Quilt.

Dianna Skillen with a quilt of her own design.

Dianna Skillen with Singularity a craftsy pattern and kit.

Dianna Skillen with her Summer Moon Sampler Quilt.

Barbara Stonehouse with her pineapple block quilt, which was started in a class at Patches of Indooroopilly.

Janet Jackson with her sparkler block from Quiet Play

Janet Jackson with a Foundation paper pieced curves mini from a QuiltCon Together workshop with Steph Skardall.

Kim Devanny with her Bunny quilt. Pattern is blowing up bunnies by Art East Co.

Selvedge Stars Charity quilt made by Vic Mansfield

Ombre fence rail Charity Quilt made by Dianna Skillen

Country Heart Charity Quilt made by Dianna Skillen

Mondriations Charity Quilt made by Vic Mansfield. Patter from Art Gallery Fabrics.

Modern Log Cabin Charity Quilt made by Vic Mansfield. Pattern from Make Modern Magazine.

String pieced, quilt as you go rainbow charity quilt. Blocks made by members, assembled by Vic Mansfield.

Paper Roll charity quilt made by Vic Mansfield. Pattern from Jenny Haynes of Papper Sax Sten.

Quilt as you go orphan block charity quilt made by Vic Mansfield from donated blocks.

Sandra McElnae with rectangle wrangle.

Sandra McElnae with her Churn dash in Autumn colours. Pattern from a magazine.

Sandra McElnae with Scrappy Lattice

Barbara Knowles with her millenium quilt. 2000 pieces and it took 10 years, started in 1999 and finished in 2019.

March Show and Tell

From the top…

Kim Devanny Homecoming quilt from a sew along with Lo and Behold.

Kim Devanny Make the cut from the 2020 100 days 100 blocks sewalong with Gnome Angel.

Kim Dev Fortress. A pattern by Libs Elliott

Nicole Betz Square in a square charity quilt.

Nicole Betz Disappearing 9 patch charity quilt.

Lyndell Smith Rainbow dogs quilt.

Lyndell Smith Rainbow owls quilt. This was the first quilt she quilted on her longarm machine.

Joy Nelson Naive melody. Pattern by Lucy Engels. This was Joy’s covid-19 quilt.

June Spencer Sunrise.

Liz Begoihn Log Cabin Beads quilt.4

Tania Lindenmayer Pretty Birds framed medallion quilt

Tania Lindenmayer the pieced back of Pretty Birds.

Jan Owen Stash buster quilt.

Julie McCoy New Mexico Quilt from the book Simply Geometric Quilts

Vic Mansfield, with something a little different, a piece of stained glass made in a stained glass workshop.

Riverfire

Our 2016 Quilt Con Community Quilt Challenge Entry

Sew Masters at River City are now the proud owners of our River Fire Quilt.

We made this quilt as part of the 2016 Quilt Con Community Quilt Challenge. This challenge asked guilds to make a quilt to support a charity initiative of the Guild. All quilts were to be made using a specified colour palette and be made with a specific technique, in this instance improv with intent. Entries in the challenge were not judged, but they were all hung in the Quilt Show.

After it’s return from QuiltCon in Pasadena, we entered it into a number of quilt shows where it managed to score a few ribbons and prizes including

First Place Group Category Queensland Quilters Quilt Show 2016

Second Place Group Category Quilts Across Queensland 2016

Second Place Group Category Modern Quilt Show Australia 2016

Proceeds from the sale will be split between our Community Quilt Program and the Salvation Army Domestic Violence initiatives here in Brisbane.

Denim as a Neutral

Our 2020 Member Challenge

Last year we challenged our members to make a modern mini quilt using denim as a neutral.

We received 19 entries to our challenge and our plan is to display them at the next Stitches and Craft Show as part of our Guild display.

Our challenge was judged by Jane Rundle and supported with prizes obtained from Pleasure Sew and Sew Masters.

Our challenge 2020 winners are… First place Vanessa Qualischefski. Second place and viewer’s choice Kerry Herman, Third place Joy Nelson.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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