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
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 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.
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.
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:
And the #quiltconcharityquilt hashtag on Instagram for further inspiring work, well done everyone!
On the weekend of the 30th-31st May, Australia had its second Modern Quilt Show presented by the Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild. It was held just south of Wollongong in a little town called Kiama in a gorgeous pavilion overlooking the ocean!
We had a number of guild members enter quilts into the show -and many were great talking points of the show!
Firstly, our QuiltCon Charity Quilt was awarded 2nd prize in the Group category.
and our junior member Sofia took out first prize in the Junior category with her “Frog Prince Reflections”.
and Lorena received a Judges’ Commendation for her #ihavethisthingwithfloors quilt.
Lorena also showed her “Squircles” Quilt which was started at QuiltCon earlier in the year in a Carolyn Friedlander class.
An interesting talking piece of the show were two quilts done by our members. Kathy entered her monochromatic “Subdivision” quilt and Ginevra made a version of it using a limited colour palette. They were hung together so it was great to see how two quilts following the same pattern can look so different.
Ginevra also entered a gorgeous improv quilt with fabric she hand printed. It is called “Improv no.1 (for Melissa)”.
A big shout out to the Wollongong Modern Quilt for organising such a brilliant show – Well done and we can’t wait for next year!
Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild are once again hosting the Modern Quilt Show Australia on the 30th and the 31st May 2015 – this time in lovely Kiama!
There is still time to get an entry in!
Have you heard that at the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne April 16th – 19th there is going to be selection of Modern Quilts on display from the Australian Modern Quilt Guilds!
The showcase contains some amazing quilts from the Canberra, Tasmanian, Melbourne, Brisbane, Youth and individual Modern Quilt Guilds and members – and of course our own guild will have two quilts on display!
Lorena’s Opal Essence
and Kathy’s Subdivision
So if you are heading to the AQC be sure to check out the Modern Quilt display.
Thank you to Jules McMahon from the Canberra Modern Quilt Guild for coordinating.