Our 2016 Quilt Con Community Quilt Challenge Entry
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.
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…
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.
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
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
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.