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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MQG Riley Blake Challenge 2015

The latest fabric challenge from the MQG is here this time using Riley Blake Fabrics! Some of our members are participating this round so be sure to watch this space to see what they come up with.

The rules are

* make something fantastic and quilted

* make something you have never done before

* challenge yourself to learn something new

* use only Riley Blake “The Cottage Garden” fabrics and coordinating Riley Blake basics and solids.

 

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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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(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 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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MQG Michael Miller Challenge Progress

Hey readers, it’s been a while! We’re currently elbows deep in Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair swag – our members had a lovely time shopping up a storm at the booths! Guild member Sue had her stand Fabric Garden in full swing, Narelle was working the Handi Quilters stand and Kim Bradley Creations was dishing out coveted Cotton & Steel (the first shop in Australia to stock it!), and pre-sales of Sarah Fielke‘s new book, Little Quilts, and a gorgeous new pattern! Guild president Lorena and our youngest guild member Sofia did demonstrations of curved piecing, Y-seams, and disappearing 9 patch blocks respectively. We also had four guild members take part in the jelly roll race, which placed second in by a hair! Check out our Instagram and Facebook page and see what mischief we get up to, and check out Sofia’s show-winning quilt!

Continue reading “MQG Michael Miller Challenge Progress”

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Riley Blake Challenge winners!

Hello everyone! We are so pleased to announce the winners of the GWS Riley Blake Challenge! Click here to catch up on our challenge rules. 

The winners from our five categories are as follows:

Best Use of Riley Blake Fabric  – Lorena

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Prize:
$50 gift voucher from Kim Bradley Creations in Castle Hill http://kimbradleycreations.com
Best Use of Quilting  – Vani
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Prize:
A $25 gift voucher at Kate Quilts (also a Guild member) http://www.katequilts.com/
& A jar of Lorena’s Spicy Mango Chutney
Best Piecing and Construction – Zoe
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Prize:
An English Paper Piecing Kit featuring Kim’s fabulous “Holey Peepers”, papers, Bohin #9 straw needles, Sewline glue pen, glue refills and a quick unpick  from Kim Bradley Creations http://kimbradleycreations.com
Members Choice   –   Marisa
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Prize:
Two metres of any Cotton Couture Solids inc. shipping from Polka Dot Tea Fabrics on Etsy Value $26, & Rulers donated by Lorena & Sophia
Best Use of Every Scrap  –  Jennifer
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Prize:
A “Radiant Orchid” FE Bundle from Guild member Sheridan
Superior Threads Frosted Donut 2. Value $50 from  Guild member Jane Davidson http://quiltjane.blogspot.com.au/
Sarah Fielke’s Favourite Mini Quilt – Caroline
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Prize:
Copy of her book Hand Quilted with Love and a bundle of fabric http://www.sarahfielke.com/
Thank you to everyone who voted for your favourite mini quilt! Another big thank you belongs to our prize sponsors for their generous contributions!
Please support these wonderful local businesses, who also bring so much to the quilting community.
Our next challenge, hosted by the MQG and Michael Miller will be announced in the next few days, so stay tuned!
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MQG Riley Blake Challenge!

One of the wonderful benefits of joining our guild is that we are affiliated with The Modern Quilt Guild, and by joining, you also gain membership to the modern Quilt Guild in the states, which connects us to other guilds and provides discounts on MQG shows (including discounts and special offers from MQG sponsors). Last year, MQG an Riley Blake teamed up to create a wonderful competition open to all MQG members called the Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Challenge. Our guild decided to both participate in the competition, and make it interesting within our guild by creating a mini challenge. The rules were:

  • Produce a a 24” mini quilt, using ALL of the Riley Blake fabrics provided, and any solid of your choosing.

The due date for our challenge quilts is Sunday the 16th of February, which happens to coincide with our Sunday Sit n Sew day! The categories are as follows:

1) Best use of the Riley Blake challenge fabrics
2) Best use of quilting
3) Best piecing and construction techniques
4) Members’ choice award
5) Best use of every scrap of fabric

We have some wonderful prizes that were generously donated by local quilt shops Kim Bradley Creations, Kate Quilts,  PolkaDot Tea Fabrics, and Quilt Jane, as well as prizes thrown in by guild members. We are so lucky to have access to such wonderful shops, so please remember to buy local and give your support to the wonderful  Aussie quilting community!

  • $50 gift voucher and an English Paper Piecing Kit featuring Kim’s fabulous “Holey Peepers”, papers, Bohin #9 straw needles, Sewline glue pen, glue refills and a quick unpick. Value $100 from Kim Bradley Creations http://kimbradleycreations.com/
  • Two mini charm packs, Botanics and Kona Cotton Solids as well as Superior Threads Frosted Donut 2. Value $50 from  Guild member Jane Davidson http://quiltjane.blogspot.com.au/
  • A “Radiant Orchid” FE Bundle from Guild member Sheridan.
  • A $25 gift voucher at Kate Quilts (also a Guild member) http://www.katequilts.com/
  • A selection of rulers and fabrics from Guild members Lorena and Sophia
  • Two metres of any Cotton Couture Solids inc. shipping from Polka Dot Tea Fabrics on Etsy Value $26
  • A jar of Lorena’s Spicy Mango Chutney (it’s worth it’s weight in gold!).

Sarah Fielke has also thrown in a generous prize that includes a copy of her book Hand Quilted with Love (available at Kim Bradley Creations!), and a bundle of fabric. She would like to pick the quilt she likes the best.

The finished quilts must be uploaded onto the MQG Riley Blake forum, via the MQG community site by the 17th of February this year. I’m aware that not everyone is up to speed with technology, so I have a little tutorial on how to upload your finished quilt!

First of all, you must make an account with the MQG. Link is here. Once you’re logged in, you can click through to the community stuff. The community area is located at the top of the MQG page, or just click on this link, which will take you straight through to the Riley Blake forum. To go in the running to win with the MQG, you must enter a picture of your finished quilt into the forum titled FINISHED Riley Blake challenge photos. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, until you see the comment box. In the comment box at the far right, you’ll see a tiny icon of a mountain. Click on it to upload your photo, then follow the instructions.

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Once you’ve submitted the photo into the comment box, you can simply click the Post button, but I think it might be nice to mention that you’re a member of GWSMQG, how big the quilt is, and what solids you used. I hope this mini tutorial was helpful!

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