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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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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Karlee Porter Graffiti Quilting Workshop

Armed with their machines, colourful thread, a range of sharpies and a drawing pad, Caroline, Michelle, Jenna and Kathy headed down the coast to Bulli for a two day workshop with Karlee Porter pioneer of Graffiti Quilting. Day 1 was fascinating as we learned all about the different techniques and symbols to use in the graffiti quilting style. We practiced in our drawing pads and Karlee talked us through the styles and her quilting journey. There was plenty of show and tell along the way! In the afternoon we got to practice on our machines.     (Pictures - Kathy's Sketch; Jenna's Graffiti Quilting ; Kathy's Graffiti Quilting) Friday night there was also a special Trunk Show where we got to hear more stories about Karlee's quilting story and more closely pet - I mean examine  some of her quilts. Digital Printing, different fabrics, paint, crystals and beading all make appearances in her quilts. We also heard about her collaborations with other artists such...
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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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2015 Modern Quilt Show Australia

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...
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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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AQC here we come!

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....
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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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