Greater Western Sydney Modern Quilt Guild

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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!

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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


$50 gift voucher from Kim Bradley Creations in Castle Hill
Best Use of Quilting  – Vani
A $25 gift voucher at Kate Quilts (also a Guild member)
& A jar of Lorena’s Spicy Mango Chutney
Best Piecing and Construction – Zoe
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
Members Choice   –   Marisa
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
A “Radiant Orchid” FE Bundle from Guild member Sheridan
Superior Threads Frosted Donut 2. Value $50 from  Guild member Jane Davidson
Sarah Fielke’s Favourite Mini Quilt – Caroline
Copy of her book Hand Quilted with Love and a bundle of fabric
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
  • Two mini charm packs, Botanics and Kona Cotton Solids as well as Superior Threads Frosted Donut 2. Value $50 from  Guild member Jane Davidson
  • A “Radiant Orchid” FE Bundle from Guild member Sheridan.
  • A $25 gift voucher at Kate Quilts (also a Guild member)
  • 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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2014 Meeting Dates, and our new committee!

Hello all! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year. We now have confirmed our Sunday Sewalong dates for the first half of the year, and our Monday Meetups for the full year.

Sunday Sewalong Dates:

February 16, Function Room
March 9, Function Room
April 13, Boardroom
May 18, Boardroom
June 15, Boardroom

We were unable to secure the boardroom for the full 6 months, but Dooley’s had the function room available to us for the first two dates at the same price. The function room is located to your right, just as you enter the reception area.

Monday Meetup Dates:

January 20
February 24
March 17
April 28
May 26
June 23
July 21
August 18
September 22
October 20
November 17

We will be located in the corner of the dining room at Dooley’s for these meetings, as usual.

Dooley’s Waterfront Club is located on the corner of Clyde Street, and Silverwater Road, in Silverwater.

And finally, we would like to announce our newly-elected committee members!

President: Lorena Uriarte
Vice President: Cath Roberts
Secretary: Louisa Wright
Treasurer: Sheridan Powell
Challenge Officer: Caroline Gunn
Social Media Officer: Sophia Palmer

A huge thank you belongs to Jenna Appleton (our former Secretary) for all her hard work!

If you have any questions about membership, please feel free to email us at
We hope to see you in 2014 for another exciting year of quilting!



The committee is delighted to announce that from Monday 27th May, you will officially be able to join the Greater Western Sydney Modern Quilt Guild, Inc!

I’ll start with answering some questions that you might have!

What will be the benefits of joining the GWSMQG?

  • You will be able to be a part of this inspiring, friendly and creative group of people!
  • You will be eligible to attend any meeting of the GWSMQG
  • You will be eligible for member discounts for Guild events
  • You will eligible to participate in Guild challenges and group projects
  • You will become (as soon as it is possible – hopefully July 2013) a member of the global MQG and entitled to benefits as follows:
    • Access to the new (coming later this year!) MQG website.
      • This is going to include a social media hub which can be used at an individual, national and international level
      • You will able to easily communicate with other guilds and their members
      • You will be able to share photos, ask for advice from other members and find information about MQG challenges
    • Opportunities to participate in inter-guild member swaps and challenges
    • Discounted entry fees for MQG quilt shows
    • Priority and early bird registration, and discounted rates on conferences and events (if you are lucky enough to be able to travel to the US!)
    • Discounts and special offers with MQG sponsors
    • Membership cards
    • Official member blog button
    • Membership pin
    • 10% discount on online MQG merchandise purchases
    • {I take no responsibility for the MQG list of benefits – this is information provided by the MQG and may be subject to change}

Can I come to meetings if I am not a member?

  • We love meeting new people and welcome anybody interested in modern quilting to come and try out our meetings and see if you’d like to become a member.
  • For all new visitors in the Greater Sydney Metropolitan Area (including the Blue Mountains, full details in the Guild’s constitution), your first visit is free.
  • After that, you may attend 2 more meetings upon payment of the Visitor’s Fee (see below).
  • After those 3 meetings, you must join if you wish to attend any further meetings.
  • We also love meeting other quilters from outside Sydney and interstate! If you are visiting from outside of the Sydney area (licence to be provided as proof of address), you may attend any meeting, without being a member, upon payment of the Visitor’s Fee.

What do I receive when I join?

  • Upon payment of the joining fee and the annual membership fee, you will receive the following:
    • a magnetic name badge
    • a fabric pack to make your membership quilt block
    • a GWSMQG membership card
    • a copy of the GWSMQG constitution

Do I have to pay for anything else after I have paid my joining fee and membership fee?

  • Yes. The Sunday Sewalongs cannot be fully subsidised by the Guild, due to the high cost of hiring premises in Sydney. Also, not everybody can attend the Sunday Sewalongs, so in the interests of being equitable, it is necessary for those who do attend to wear the cost. The committee resolved, at our last committee meeting, to increase the charge for the Sunday Sewalong to $15 per person. The Guild will cover any shortfall between those attendance fees and the room hire charge.
  • For $15, you get 6 hours of sewing in a fully air-conditioned, private room, in a centrally located, licensed club. There is a bistro on the premises, and the staff are awesome – they will bring your coffee & cake and your lunch to your table whilst you sew (food and drink at your own cost). You are also able to bring your own lunch if you would prefer. The toilets are clean, there is plenty of parking and we think $15 is pretty good value for our Sunday Sewalong!

How do I join?

  • We don’t have a Guild bank account (yet), so all fees will be collected in person, in cash.
  • Please come along, in person, to one of our upcoming meetings, request a membership form, hand over your fees, and you’re in! We should have enough fabric packs to give you one instantly, and I will arrange for your name badge and membership card to be printed ASAP.
  • (The membership cards will be a little basic to start with, but may become a bit fancier once we have an idea of how many members we have).

What if I have already been coming to meetings and am not ‘new’? How does that work?

  • We want all of you who have been coming along to our meetings to join. We have enjoyed your company and look forward to seeing your modern quilting!
  • We would request that you please attend at least one meeting before the end of July and officially join the Guild by July 31.

Okay, how much is this going to cost?

  • The committee has set the 2013/14 annual Membership Fee at $50.00
  • All memberships accepted from Monday will last until 30 June 2014.
  • The committee has set the 2013/14 Joining Fee at $15.00
  • The committee has set the 2013/14 Visitor’s Fee at $10.00

If you have any questions, please ask! You can leave a comment below, email us at or come along to a meeting and have a chat with us.

We think that you get a lot of benefits from joining. The MQG is going ahead in leaps and bounds and it will be thrilling to be a part of that global group as well as our small, local group. We are really excited that our Guild is making this next step. Please join in and be a part of it too!


It’s Official!

I am delighted to announce today that the Greater Western Sydney Modern Quilt Guild has been granted registration as an Incorporated Association under the Associations Incorporation Act 2009. Which is a fancy way of saying that we are now an official entity, with a constitution and rules and brand new office-bearers, elected by those present at the Monday Meetup on 22 April, 2013.

The inaugural office-bearers of the Greater Western Sydney Modern Quilt Guild, Inc. are as follows:

President – Sheridan Powell
Vice-President – Lorena Uriarte
Secretary – Jenna Appleton
Treasurer – Sheridan Powell

We will be ready to start accepting membership fees at the very next meeting, on Monday 27 May, and that will be the basis for a separate post.

Once the founding members of the GWSMQG Inc. have joined and we have official membership underway, we will be seeking nominations for two more ordinary (ie non-office-bearing) members to join the committee. Caroline Gunn has kindly agreed to be nominated as our Challenge Officer, so that’s one nomination taken care of. Please come and see us at a meeting if you would like to be nominated as the other ordinary committee member. We welcome lots of involvement from all members and hope that everyone will step up in due course and take a role in leading the Guild.

If you aren’t already aware, we are hoping to be one of the first guilds to sign up to be an official member guild of the global Modern Quilt Guild from the 1st of July, and we are on track to achieve that.

Behind the scenes, my next job is to apply to the Australian Tax Office for not-for-profit status.  I have updated the ‘Upcoming Meetings’ on the side tab, and you might see Lorena and Jenna in here too from time to time. I apologise for not keeping this as up to date as I should have, but it’s never too late to start afresh.

Thank you to everyone who played a role in applying for registration as an Incorporated Association. It was a big job and your help was much appreciated!



2013 Monday Meetup Dates!

I’m pleased to let you know the Monday Meetup schedule for the next few months.

  • Monday 18 February
  • Monday 18 March
  • Monday 22 April
  • Monday 27 May

And yep, our first Monday Meetup is just next week on 18th February!

You’ll find us at the tables in an alcove off the main dining area of Dooley’s, just outside the Board Room.  There is no cost for this meeting.

With the start of a brand new year, I’d like to talk about some of the interesting things we could do this year as a group, to keep us challenged and sewing! Come along with any ideas that you might have!

You should know that until new ‘leaders’ are organised, there may not be a ‘leader’ at the Monday Meetups. I cannot guarantee that I can make it, unfortunately. But I can guarantee that if you come along, you’ll have a lovely evening, and meet some really clever, talented, funny and friendly ladies!

The Details

Monday 18th February, 2013, 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Alcove off the main dining area at Waterview Dooley’s
Silverwater at the  cnr Clyde Street and Silverwater Road, Silverwater
Dinner, snacks and drinks are available at Dooley’s


To help us estimate numbers and ensure we have capacity for everyone, we invite you to join our Facebook group and please RSVP at Facebook Event Page. If you don’t Facebook, then please send us an email at to RSVP.

About Dooley’s

Waterview Dooley’s is a social club adjacent to parklands on the Parramatta River. Access is free for those who live outside a 5km radius of the venue. If you are within the 5km range, then membership is required but is a low $5.50/year. With membership, you are entitled to a 20% discount on food and a 15% discount at  the bar. We plan to meet there regularly, so it may be worthwhile to join, if you plan on attending more than one meeting.   Dooley’s serves a wide range of club food. You’re welcome to sit down and enjoy a dinner out with us while we meet.

Getting There

Waterview Dooley’s is located in Silverwater at the cnr of Clyde St and Silverwater Road.  We know many of you are coming from various parts of the city. We invite you to use theFacebook Group as a way of arranging carpools and ride shares.


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