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Oh, what a night….
After months of planning we were finally able to welcome Libs Elliott to Brisbane to a full house.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Margot Kitchen received a third place in the Professional Modern with ‘Tileways and Biways’.
Nick Wilson received a third place in the Professional Pictorial section with ‘Crossing the Lines’.
The Guild was awarded a first place in the Group section for Brisbane river Dreaming.
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.
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.
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.
We also had an awesome show and share.
Our next sew day is February 19th.
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 email@example.com
Just a reminder we have our sew day this Sunday the 16 October, at The Hub, 171 Dandenong Rd, Mt Ommaney from 10am – 5pm. Bring your sewing machine and join us for a day of sewing, chatting, chatting and sewing.
Last year the Brisbane Modern Quilt Guild under the leadership of Vic Mansfield made a quilt called Riverfire. It was our contribution to the QuiltCon Community Quilt challenge for Feb 16 QuiltCon . It’s inspiration was of the fireworks over the Story Bridge each happens each September in Brisbane.
Early in October the quilt was entered into the Group / Collaborative section of the Queensland Quilters show at the Craft and Quilt Fair, Brisbane.
And guess what…… we got first prize, winner are grinners. WOO HOO.
The guild was very excited to receive this award and thanks all it’s members who contributed. And a very special thanks to Vic for her leadership to making sure the quilt got finished.
We also entered the quilt into Quilts Across Qld at the Ekka (RNA) in August, where it took out second prize in the Group / Collaborative section.
So not only has out beautiful quilt got the first ribbon it also got a second ribbon.
For more details on the amazing quilt project, check out The Modern Quilt Guild article with details from Vic on the inspiration and process of make it.
On Sunday 16 September the Brisbane Modern Quilt Guild (BMQG) meet at The Hub, Mt Ommaney for its monthly meeting. The doors open at 10am for members to come together and sew. We sew all day until 5pm, so members come and go as they wish. There is a formal chat from President Fee at 1pm and show and tell at 3pm. The guild currently has 47 members.
This month was exciting because half the membership got name tags, which look fantastic.
In October the BMQG has a stand at the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair. So to decorate our stand we had a sew machine mat challenge. Members were very enthusiastic and we got about 14 sew machine mats. The requirements for the sew machine mats were 12″ x 24″ and we had to use the Modern Quilt Guild colours. We had one member who didn’t like those requirements and made a very modern sew machine mat which was round.
Our meetings always end with show and tell. below are some pictures of our very talented members.
If you would like to join us at our next sew day, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org