Kathleen Riggins Workshop presented by the Sydney Modern Quilt Guild

We are delighted to announce that legendary Canadian free motion quilter, Kathleen Riggins, is coming to Sydney to teach for the Sydney Modern Quilt Guild!

You might know Kathleen’s work through her Instagram moniker Kathleen Quilts. Kathleen is coming to Australia to teach at AMQF and after finishing in Adelaide, she is heading to Sydney to teach for us.

The dates are Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September, 2018 and the venue is Dooley’s Waterview at Silverwater Rd & Clyde St, Silverwater NSW 2128.

Saturday 29/9 :: Easy Quilting, Stunning Quilts
Use a straight ruler and easy fills to create stunning modern quilting designs. Use the piecing in the quilt to find hidden shapes and lines, then simply fill them in for fantastic quilting! In this class you will use a cheater panel to practice the techniques we learn.
Full day. 10 am – 4 pm
Cost of cheater panel is an extra cost of approximately A$26 payable on the day.
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Sunday 30/9 :: Quilting For The Crazy/Combining Designs In Modern Ways
Sometimes spending that little bit of extra time on a quilt can really make it special. Mark lines & shapes to create stunning negative spaces may be time consuming, but it’s not particularly difficult. Knowing some basic designs is one thing, but knowing how to combine them in interesting ways can open a whole new world of quilting – without having to learn new designs! Join Kathleen as she walks you through some of her favourite ways to combine designs, helping you create stunning quilts.
Full day. 10am – 4pm
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You may enrol for both days, if you wish. The material covered will not overlap.

Cost includes workshop only. Lunch, coffees and snacks may be purchased in the club dining room.

Cost per day for members: $175
Cost per day for SMQG non-members: $250

Join the Sydney Modern Quilt Guild today and save big! Send us an email we will send you a membership form.

Places are limited, so book quickly.

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Monday meetup – Favourite quilting tools or gadgets

Sydney Modern Quilt Guild has two meetings per month.

A full day of sewing happens on our Sewing Sundays from 10am-4pm, but what goes on at Monday MeetUp you ask?

We meet at the same club, Dooleys Waterview Club and have a table booked from 7pm. There is the opportunity to have dinner, or just cake and coffee or tea, as people make their way in for a 7.30 start. There is always plenty of conversation, laughter and handsewing.

Generally there is a topic for discussion. You can sit and listen, or jump in with your own tidbits. The March Monday MeetUp topic was your “Favourite quilting tools or gadgets”.

There were many ideas that were shared including some novel uses for objects unrelated to the usual quilting notions.

This ingenious little device was shown to us by Jodi – a first time visitor. It’s a “snippit” a gadget from Canada for opening plastic milk pouches. The cleverly concealed blade is perfect for snipping threads and can safely be taken on flights. It’s also magnetic…which means it’s a needle holder too!

Our next Monday MeetUp is on 24 April from 7pm at Dooley Waterview Club Silverwater Road Silverwater.

Contact details are on our Facebook page, instagram or by email from our blog.

We look forward to seeing our regulars and new comers in the coming months.

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2016 QuiltCon Charity Quilt: NYE at the House

Improv quilting isn’t new, I reckon it is possibly the oldest form of quilting as fabric scraps and woollen off cuts were patched together to make the earliest form of quilts. And then there’s the fabulous improv quilts of Gees Bend, Nancy Crow and Gwen Marston. But improv with intent, is that a fairly modern concept in quilting? It relates to abstract art and music where the intent to convey an idea, image or concept drives the design process.

This year’s QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge was “to work collaboratively to create completed quilts using a predetermined color palette and improv with intent”. With that in mind we set about choosing fabrics and coming up with a design for this group project.

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2016 QuiltCon Charity Quilt Colour Palette as set by The Modern Quilt Guild

We then brainstormed some ideas and finally settled on the iconic image of the Sydney Opera House sails and then decided that by adding the black as a sky colour and the brights as fireworks we could capture the magic of New Year’s Eve fireworks at The House. We looked at several images of the Opera House and tried to pick a minimalist composition that could be pieced.

We had several sewing days where members contributed improv blocks for the night sky with sparks of fireworks and the long improv braids from the neutral tones.

And then the real hard work of turning piles of blocks into a quilt top began! It wasn’t easy, group work often isn’t when there are many different approaches and ideas.

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At one stage it didn’t look like it would be done in time, but as is also usual in collaborative group work, a few people drive the project and get it done. Just in time!

Congratulations to all the members who contributed blocks, fabric, thread and time towards this project. Extra special thanks to Kathy Thorncraft who took on the mammoth job of quilting and Catherine Butterworth for her super human effort to bind and prepare the quilt for display.

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We are very proud of our efforts and look forward to seeing NYE at The House hanging at QuiltConWest, Pasadena from the 18th – 21st February along with all the other amazing MQG charity quilts!

Check out the stunning quilts made by some other Aussie Modern Quilt Guilds:

Brisbane MQG 2016 QuiltCon Charity Challenge Quilt

Melbourne MQG 2016 QuiltCon Charity Challenge Quilt

Tasmanian MQG 2016 QuiltCon Charity Challenge Quilt

And the #quiltconcharityquilt hashtag on Instagram for further inspiring work, well done everyone!

 

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Sydney Quilt Show 2015

It’s that time of the year again- the 2015 Sydney Quilt Show has come and gone, faster than you can say “wait, they’re selling rotary cutters for how much?” Run by the Quilter’s Guild of NSW at Sydney’s temporary exhibition centre on Glebe Island (which is neither in Glebe, nor an island…) the event was, once again, a landmark event on the Sydney quilting calendar.

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GWSMQG made a strong showing, with nine member quilts and one group quilt hanging in the show, and four members were rewarded with six prizes, most notably Catherine, who won three prizes: second prize in the ‘Traditional’ category, the ‘Creative Use of Colour’ Award and the ‘Best Original Interpretation of a Traditional Quilt’ Award for her riotously colourful ‘Carnaby Street’ quilt.

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Lorena won first place in the ‘commercially quilted’ category with her beautiful ‘Wingdings: a variety of symbols’ quilt, a red and white vision of Chuck Nohara’s patterns (custom quilted by Michele Turner), while the teal version of her Opal Essences quilt, ‘Under the Sea’ was also hung.

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Louisa, a first-time entrant, won third prize in the same commercially quilted category with her ‘Stargarden’ quilt, (quilted by GWSMQG member Jane Davidson), while her ‘Chardonnay and Shiraz’ quilt, made from the ‘Hexagons and Stars’ pattern by Catherine Butterworth was also hung in the red and white display.

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Junior Member Sofia won fourth prize in the Junior Quiltmaker B (years 7-12) category with her ‘Itsy Bitsy Hexie Quilt’.

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The red and white quilts category this year attracted a number of our members to enter the show for the first time: Hilary McFarlane showed her very modern quilt, while Kathy’s ‘Subdivision Quilt’, which you may remember having seen in black and white next to Ginevra’s colourful version at the Modern Quilt Show in Kiama recently, flew the modern quilting flag in red and white.

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Sue displayed a fantastic large-scale gradiated chevron quilt, and the GWSMQG group quilt, ‘Break from tradition’, (made from foundation paper-pieced diamonds and custom quilted by Jane Davidson), attracted lots of compliments from show-goers.

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GWSMQG members were also staffing a number of the stalls: Sue Miller with her Fabric Garden store, while Caroline Gunn and Narelle Morris were winning over hearts and minds (but perhaps not wallets) at the Handiquilter stand, where many members were spotted trying their hand at the Avante machine.

It’s always fantastic to see quilts that we’ve seen progress and develop over the year at our Sunday Sewalongs and Monday Meetups hanging and being admired by the general public. Congratulations to all entrants and award winners! And to all our members: now is the time to start planning for next year’s show!

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Sunday Sewalongs and Monday Meetings 2015

We’ll be having our February Sunday Sewalong this Sunday, 8th February from 10am to 4pm. At this meeting we will be sewing our red and white blocks to make a group quilt for the Quilters Guild of NSW Challenge later in the year. Sunday meetings take place in a private room at Dooleys Waterview and you may bring your sewing machine and equipment. The committee will also be having a brief meeting from 11:30am. Further general information about our meetings is here . As we need to make sure we have enough room for all please let us know if you are coming along.

We would love to welcome you to join our first GWSMQG Monday Meeting for 2015. It will be held at Dooleys Waterview Restaurant, Silverwater on Monday 16th February from 7pm to 9:30pm. Our future Monday dates will be posted very soon once we have venue confirmation.

Each meeting has a topic (to be advised) and we usually bring some hand sewing or other hand work to complete whilst being social (the dining room light is not ideal so it can be handy to bring a portable light).

You are welcome to order a meal from the bistro, a glass of wine or coffee and cake!

We look forward to seeing you there! Please contact us should you have any queries.

Here’s the list of scheduled meetings so far, please come back to check later in the year for further dates:

Sunday Sewalong: February 8
Monday Meet Up: February 16
Sunday Sewalong: March 1
Monday Meet Up: March 16
Sunday Sewalong: March 29

Monday Meet Up: April 20

Sunday Sewalong: April 26
Monday Meet Up: May 18
Sunday Sewalong: May 24
Monday Meet Up: June 22
Sunday Sewalong: June 28
AGM: Monday July 13
Sunday Sewalong: July 19
Sunday Sewalong: August 16
Monday Meet Up: August tbc
Sunday Sewalong: September 13
Monday Meet Up: September 21
Sunday Sewalong: October 11

Monday Meet Up: October 19
Sunday Sewalong: November 8
Monday Meet Up: November 23
Monday Meet Up: December TBC
Sunday Sewalong: December 13

 

 

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2015 QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge

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The Greater Western Sydney Modern Quilt Guild’s 2015 charity quilt

Although we are a relatively small MQG, our members were very enthusiastic about the MQG 2015 QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge. More than half our members contributed a block or two, and many more worked collaboratively to put the finished quilt together.

The 2015 Charity Quilt Challenge is different from past years. We were challenged not only to work with a specified palette but to explore an alternate gridwork  design. We posted examples of the fabric colours to our Facebook group so our members could check their stashes, and then set a deadline for blocks to be collected.

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We held an impromptu meeting to put the blocks together, and there were plenty of opinions about layout and design. Members Jenna, Sandra, Melanie, Sofia, Ginevra, Kate, Louisa and Lorena were involved.

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Liberal applications of Moda Bella silver contributed important areas of negative space to the final layout. GWSMQG member Cath M undertook the top-quilting with a pattern called Water Drops, by Natalia Majors. Ginevra, a print maker, designed and hand-screen printed our label, Kathy pulled together our colourful backing, and another working bee with Lorena, Louisa and Kate completed the binding.

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The excitement doesn’t stop here — this quilt is jetting from the sun and surf in Sydney for Texas-style fun at Quiltcon, Austin!

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Michael Miller MQG Challenge Winners

Better late than never! We’re finally ready to announce the winners of the Michael Miller MQG/GWSMQG challenge! Here is our previous post explaining the rules for this guild challenge.

The three categories we had for this challenge were:

  1. Best use of Fabric
  2. Viewer’s Choice
  3. Best quilting

And the winners are…

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1. Best Use Of Fabric went to Hilary!

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2. Viewer’s choice went to Michelle!

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and 3. Best Quilting also went to Michelle! Congratulations, ladies!

Here’s our Pinterest board with all our contestant’s quilts!

The prizes up on offer were generously donated by both quilt shops local and international, plus a few guild members:

A half yard bundle of Joel Dewberry fabric, and a quilt magazine from Christa Quilts
$50 voucher from Fabric Garden via Sue Miller
$20 Kate Quilts voucher via Michelle Rossetto
Charlie Harper bundle from Kate Quilts
Liberty bundle from Jenna
Cottage Garden threads from Wendy
Mini quilt Kit from Caroline
and a jar of Lorena’s amazing marmalade!

A big thank you goes to Vancouver MQG and Brisbane MQG for helping with the voting process, and all our generous prize sponsors! And of course, a big thank you to the MQG and Michael Miller for the initial challenge!

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Teeny Weeny Piecing Ideas

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Teeny weeny piecing is the focus for this challenge. Squares, HSTs and hexies look so much cuter when they are mini sized! Think outside the box, and look at what blocks you can shrink and make teeny-weeny! Below we have included several links to pinterest boards, blogs and websites filled with inspiration and tutorials to help you with your TWS item.

We have made a Pinterest board  with a focus on tiny piecing to give you a bit of inspiration, and hopefully get those creative juices flowing!

Paper Pieces is a good place to source teeny EPP papers, if your local quilt stores doesn’t stock any.

Charise Creates has some ridiculously cute paper piecing patterns- some that are already tiny, and other could simply be scaled down before printing.

Here’s a Paper Piecing Flickr pool full of cute paper piecing inspiration!

Patchwork Please is a wonderful book full of Zakka style cuteness, including a few paper piecing bits. Zakka Style is another wonderful source of inspiration!

Sew-ichigo has a Craftsy store full of very cute paper piecing patterns, including some darling sunglasses that would look cute on a sunglasses case! Obviously you would want to scale them down before printing, in keeping with the teeny piecing theme.

For those lucky ducks who have an Electric Quilt program on their computer, and who really want to try something different, here’s a great tutorial on making your own original paper piecing pattern. You can set the finished size during the process, and come up with something unique!

Pinterest is a wonderful resource of inspiration for everything, especially quilting things! you’re bound to find a tutorial or ten for your challenge, or at the very least some inspiration. We have made a Pinterest board filled with inspiration to get you started!

Some members might not of made an item before that their swap partner has requested. Never fear, Greater Western Sydney has done a bit of leg work for you!

Pouch tutorials: 

There are an infinite number of pouch tutorials on the internet, but here are a few to get you started. Clover and Violet do a nice, simple tutorial complete with photos to help you along, and Kristin Link has a free Craftsy class that shows you how to make a pouch, if you’ve never made one before, or need a little help.

Needlebook tutorials:

Nana Company has a great tutorial that also reflects our teeny piecing and zakka style challenge!

Ellison Lane has made a really useful needlebook that feels a little more substantial for a swap- it includes space for a spool of thread and scissors!

Sometimes Crafter has a very cute log cabin needlebook pattern that is TINY!

Sunglasses / Spectacle case tutorials:

Thread Riding Hood has a cute one, though I’m not sure it would lay flat for postage. Salmon and Souvlaki has made a straightforward case that would allow you to really show off the piecing.

Collapse-able Thread Catcher tutorial:

One of our members Hilary has made the most amazing thread catcher tutorial ever, that’s light and swap-friendly!

Trivet tutorial:

Cotton Charm Quilts has an interesting tutorial, which should give you a few ideas!

Passport hold tutorial:

Craftsy once again delivers with a very thorough passport holder tutorial!

Don’t forget to tag your progress on instagram #teenyweenyswap!

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I hope these links were helpful! If you have any questions, please leave us a comment here, or in the TWS Facebook Group.

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Teeny Weeny Swap

We are very excited here at GWSMQG to announce our collaboration with Vancouver MQG, and Brisbane MQG combining forces to take part in the Teeny Weeny Swap! This swap is only open to financial members of these guilds.

The ”Teeny Weeny” bit refers to the piecing, not the actual size of the finished item, which is obligatory in this swap. It can be paper-pieced, patchwork piecing, English paper pieced, improv pieced, which may then be hand-appliquéd, but it must be pieced in some way – machine appliqué is not permitted. The overall look and feel should be intricate, cute and “zakka-tastic.

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One of our members Sheridan has made a mosaic  with links to the individual photos within the mosaic, should you feel inspired by these photos.

Swap partners have a choice of what item they would like made for them: pouch, needlebook, sunglasses/spectacles case, collapse-able thread catcher, mug rug, or passport cover.

The deadline for VMQG to finish their items is November 17th, 2014, and for GQSMQG & Brisbane MQG, items are to be handed in on the 18th of November. Items should be flat for shipping purposes, and no ”extras” are to be added to the item, in the interest of keeping postage costs down. However, all a small note addressed to your partner is absolutely fine!

Swap partners should have already received their questionnaires filled out by their secret swap person, so let the fun begin!

Don’t forget to hashtag your progress online using the hashtag #teenyweenyswap, and if you have a blog, why not use our challenge badge?

 

 

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Have fun!

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