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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.