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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.

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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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Brisbane River Dreaming

The Modern Quilt Guild provided us with a palette and a theme – tiny piecing, and a target size, 60 x 75 inches but it was up to us to come up with a design.32952105_10155561838762742_4152843224697798656_n
Brisbane is known for its river and for the beautiful flowering jacarandas that dot its’ suburbs. The Brisbane river winds and meanders its way through the landscape and we used these as the inspiration for our design.

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Our design needed to incorporate the required ‘tiny piecing’ as well as involve as many of our members as possible. One thought was to pixelate a map or image of the river and piece all the blocks from one inch or smaller squares – but we soon realised this would make the quilt a massive undertaking and would be difficult to achieve in the time available.

So, we turned to a method that allowed all our members to participate, regardless of individual skill levels, and achieve a cohesive design in a relatively short amount of time – improv piecing.  Members were provided with block packs containing small scraps of coloured fabrics matching the palette and asked to improv piece tiny crumbs of fabric into stretches of river, with occasional random pops of the darker purples to represent our jacarandas. Once all the blocks were received, we assembled and quilted our quilt.  Fiona Kuilboer and Vic Mansfield oversaw the assembly and Jane Davidson wrought the long arm magic required to machine quilt our beautiful quilt.

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Our finished quilt represents our desire for a vibrant blue/green toned river meandering its way through a landscape of jacaranda trees. Our quilt travelled to Nashville in February this year and was hung as part of the QuiltCon 2019 Charity Quilt Challenge. Since returning home it has received a 1st place in the Group Quilts section at the Queensland Quilters 2019 Quilt Show held here in Brisbane in October and a 2nd place in the Collaborative or Group Quilts section at the Modern Quilt Show Australia held in Kiama in August.


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Quilt Display – IntoCraft Live Brisbane

The Brisbane Modern Quilt Guild (BMQG), has hosted another successful quilt display at the IntoCraft Live Brisbane last weekend.  The BMQG had a record number of quilts to display all made by the members.  There was a total of 43 quilts hung with a mix of large and mini quilts.

We also had a Viewer’s Choice Competition, where member of the public voted on their favourite quilt, the competition was so close only two votes separated first and third.  Thank you to our sponsors who donated prizes for the Viewer’s Choice Competition which included Patches of Indooroopilly, Voodoo Rabbit and Wacky Jackie.

1st place – Fancy Forest by Kim Devanny with 118 votes

2nd place – One Block by Judith Edwards with 177 votes

3rd place – Circles by Margot Kitchener with 166 votes.

This year for the first time we raffled two quilts and raised $725 for our charity, the Salvation Army’s Crisis Accommodation Service.  Part of the processed with go directly to the Salvation Army while the remained will go towards fabric and wadding so we can continue to make community quilts.

Also a big thank you to Pfaff who loaned us two sewing machines for the duration of the show to help us sew together our two community quilts.  Using fabric from our stash, that members have donated, we managed to piece together two single sized quilts.  The Spider Web design has been around for a long time, with it recently featured in several magazines including Down Under Quilts.  We used a limited and modern colour palette to give some comprehensiveness to the design.

 

 

 

 


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January Sew Day

Happy new year from the Brisbane Modern Quilt Guild.

We started the new year with a huge sew day, we had 31 members attending the January sew day. It just so happened that day was 35oC in the shade, so everyone was getting some relief in our air conditioned room.

We have lots of great plans for the coming year, two retreats (summer and winter), six charity quilts, community sew days and quilt displays.

Here is our Predsident, Vice President and members going through our stash sorting out fabric for some of our charity quilts.

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We also had an awesome show and share.

 

 

Our next sew day is February 19th.


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October Sew Day

On Sunday 16 October the Brisbane Modern Quilt Guild (BMQG), meet at Mt Ommaney for its monthly meeting. At our meetings we always encourage members to bring along there quilts for show and share.

Here is a sample of our members currents projects.

 

If if you would like to join us at our next sew day which is the 20th November, email us on brisbanemqg@gmail.com

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