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;

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


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.

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…

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