Greater Western Sydney Modern Quilt Guild

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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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ACQ 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

Opal Essence - Lorena Uriarte

and Kathy’s Subdivision
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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 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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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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