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. Trybooking Sunday 30/9 :: Quilting For The...
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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...
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Sydney MQG members raffle quilt at Modern Quilt Show Australia

A quilt made by members of the Sydney Modern Quilt Guild will be raffled during the Modern Quilt Show Australia 2016, at Glebe Town Hall on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November. Proceeds from the raffle will go to a Sydney charity, which supports migrants newly arrived in Australia: Promoting Healthy Outcomes for Refugees...
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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. 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...
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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. 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. 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...
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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...
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2015 QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge

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. 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. 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...
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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: Best use of Fabric Viewer's Choice Best quilting And the winners are... 1. Best Use Of Fabric went to Hilary! 2. Viewer's choice went to Michelle! 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!...
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Teeny Weeny Piecing Ideas

(image via lillaluise) 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...
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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. 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...
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