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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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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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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 gwsmodernquiltguild@gmail.com.
We hope to see you in 2014 for another exciting year of quilting!


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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

RSVP

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 gwsmodernquiltguild@gmail.com 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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Monday Meetup!

It’s that time again! Our October Monday Meetup managed to sneak up on us! We’re meeting again on October 22nd at Dooley’s Waterview. You’ll find all of the details in the Events section of our Facebook group.

This month, our theme is my favourite pattern. We’re asking members to bring a long a pattern they love. It can be any pattern – something they’ve made, something they’d like to make, something in a book.  Any pattern that they’d like to talk about! We like to keep things open and see where the conversation takes us. Last month, it took us all the way to Europe as we talked about gorgeous thread. With the pattern theme in mind, we reached out to a few pattern designs in the hopes they could share one of their patterns with us. They went overboard each offering multiple prizes! Oh my!  We can’t thank our sponsors enough. We’ve intentionally reached out to independent designers this month to celebrate the personal side of quilting.  Don’t forget to visit their websites and let them know how much we appreciate their kindness.

It’s a whirlwind global tour at October’s Monday Meetup!   And we start off right here in NSW with Janelle Wind of the Janelle Wind Collection. Janelle’s style combines a mix of vintage and modern with a bit of whimsy.  We asked if she could spare one pattern, and then she donated four of her designs and a signed copy of her book!

Forest Hill is one of her latest designs,  a single bed quilt pattern with matching tree shaped cushion

And what little kiddo wouldn’t love her R is for Robot quilt and cushion pattern

Or you could make something for yourself with Thelma’s Day Out  bag and journal cover pattern

Or dress up your sewing room with the Sassy Sewing Set pattern including sewing machine cover and stitcher’s pouch. That pouch would come in handy at guild meetings!

And of course, her signed book, Pieces of Me which we’ll feature and offer as a prize next month!

Our next stop on the global pattern tour takes us to Colorado to see Penny of SewTakeAHike. Penny designs patterns independently at SewTakeAHike and collaboratively at Sew-Ichigo.  Penny is a gem who shares so many techniques and offers inspiration at her blog.

One lucky winner will get a Funky Peppermint table runner pdf which, I used one with some elephant fabric. It’s a modern playful design which would also look great in quilt, pillow or bag!


And from Sew-Ichigo, one winner will get the Latte to Go pattern which is shown below whipped into a to mug rug and gift certificate sleeve.

Which brings us over to Leila of Where the Orchids Grow. Leila is relatively new to the pattern design scene, but has graciously be sharing inspiration and tutorials on her blog. She’s go a wonderful quilt tutorial coming out this month as part of the Value QAL. She’s offered two winners their choice of any of her three patterns.

Home, Sweet, Home with her White Picket Fence pattern

Sit back and relax with a little Green Tea


And you’ll never want to lose your keys again, when you add this beauty, her Scrappy Leaf Key Fob pattern

If that isn’t enough incentive to visit us on Monday, I’m not sure what is?! Thank you so much to Janelle, Penny and Leila. Our jaws have dropped at your kindness.

Greater Western Sydney Modern Quilt Guild is an open organization and we welcome new members of all skill levels. Whether you’ve been doing patchwork for thirty years or haven’t braved your first quilt, we invite you to come along. Laugh, share and learn with us!


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More Monday Meetup Dates!

We’re pleased to let you know the Monday Meetup schedule for the remainder of 2012. Grab your pencils  permanent markers and put these dates into your calendar!

  • Monday 17 September
  • Monday 22 October
  • Monday 19 November

 

Yes, that’s right!  Our next Monday Meetup is just a few weeks away on September 17th. We’ve booked tables in an alcove off the main dining area of Dooley’s.   We’re excited about the space as there is no additional room charge associated with the booking. We think it should be the perfect space for this social meeting.

Our theme for this month is my favourite thread.  Please bring along a spool or two of your favourite thread. Are you a sworn Aurifil lover?  Do you get excited about Finca Perle?  Is there a varigated quilting thread that makes you swoon?  Whether you enjoy machine piecing,  hand quilting or sending things out; everyone has their favourite!  Don’t forget to bring along a little notebook to write down all the handy tips from the night.

The Details

Monday 17th September, 2012, 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

RSVP

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 gwsmodernquiltguild@gmail.com 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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Recap: Our First Meetup

This recap of our first meeting is a bit longer than most will be.  We passed along quite a bit of general guild information and want to make sure that those who couldn’t attend understand how the guild is structured. 

Can you believe it?!  Our first meetup had 22 people in attendance! It all kicked off at Dooley’s Waterside at 7pm with a bit of chitchat and getting to know each other.  Food was eaten, beers went down easily and the coffee was given high marks. The board room made for a great private space to kickstart The Greater Western Sydney Modern Quilt Guild.

Sheridan kicks off the meeting.

Sheridan kicked off the meeting off by introducing the organizing committee and explained the roles each committee member is tackling. As of yet, we haven’t given ourselves official titles or launched into elections.  Once we understand the needs of the guild, we’ll revisit positions more formally.

Sheridan of Chaletgirl is looking after most of the administrative tasks. She’ll be managing venue bookings, keeping the treasury,  managing finances; as well as tackling our email, blog and Facebook group.

Amy of Badskirt will tackle guild management from the creative side of things. Along with guild graphics, She’ll be pitching ideas to keep the group fun including our membership quilt, future challenges and swaps. She’ll look after inter-guild tasks including liaising with local and international MQGs. She’ll also start developing industry relationships to raise awareness of our guild. You’ll also find her helping with our social media sites and Twitter.

Dolores tells us about her joy with modern quilting.

Dolores of A Labour of Love rounds out the organizing team.  She’ll be looking after membership and new members. She’s also helping with our publicity drive, as well as helping out with everything listed above. We’re all hands on deck at the moment.

As the group develops, these roles might shift a bit. If you aren’t sure who to ask about something, you can always drop a line to our email at gwsmodernquiltguild@gmail.com.

Next off the ranks was an overview of Modern Quilting. We are an affiliate chapter of the international group, The Modern Quilt Guild. TheMQG has over 100 chapters including 11 in the Australia-New Zealand region. Modern quilting is making a big impact. New members can pop over to The Modern Quilt Guild for brief description of Modern Quilting.  We recognize there are many forms of quilting that all have common ties.  While our focus is modern quilting, GWSMQG has a healthy respect for all quilters. We want this to be a supportive and encouraging group whether you are a new quilter or an expert. We’re coming together to celebrate quilting.  There’s only two simple rules for the group – Have fun and check your cattiness at the door.

We’ll be following a meeting structure similar to other MQGs guilds. Our Monday meetings  will cover the social side of modern quilting and ‘guild business’ like our membership quilt and future meetups. Sundays will be our sewing days.  More details about both are coming soon. 

Sheridan briefly touched on dues. Unfortunately Sydney is an expensive town when it comes to securing venues, but we are working hard to make this an affordable group for those who want to attend. We’ll be running costs on a meeting-by-meeting basis for a few months and will launch a guild membership due structure towards the end of the year. We are keeping accounting records by the books and doing our best to keep costs at a minimum.

The last bit of guild business is the announcement that we are making a guild membership quilt. Using solid fabrics in our guild colors as a base, members are invited to contribute a block that represents modern quilting to them. As blocks arrive, we’ll piece them together. The growing sampler will be a visual representation of the our growing community. We’ll also maintain a signature blocks  pieced in the same layout as a historical record of our membership. The quilt will return each meeting for members to take in. Packs of fabrics were available for purchase at the meeting and more are available. Check our blog within the week for a post that details the size requirements and offers inspiration for those who aren’t sure where to begin.

Shirley’s Quilt As You Go Project

After talking everyone’s ear off about the guild, we got to the fun part of the meeting. Dolores led introductions that included lots of great interaction. We talked about what interested us in modern quilting, what our backgrounds are and what our favorite sewing tool is.  It was great to see such a wide range of experience in our group.  We had some members who were working on their first quilt and others who had been sewing for over thirty years.  We had members relay wonderful stories of their workshops with Denyse Schmidt; while others told us about what drives them to create.  We had a vast amount of experience in the room including several sewing teachers,  longarm quilters and those involved with quilting retail. Despite all that experience, everyone was friendly and approachable.

Lorena’s Little Apples Quilt

Talk of favorite quilting tools were met with roars of approval.  You need only visit our Facebook page to see that gals have rushed out to build their notions stash.  Among the tools getting top marks are Clover’s open tip adjustable thimble, hera markers and fork pins.  Applique glue also had a big “ahhhhhhhhh…”  of excitement.

Munaiba’s Travelling Quilt

With chit chat out of the way, we launched into Sew and Tell.  You’ll find some of the quilts on this post. Please pop over to Facebook and see our photo gallery for many more photos from the night. There was so much inspiration and each quilt had such a great story behind it. There was a story of a quilt lost to a long-gone boyfriend; stories of quilts made in groups; stories of friendship formed through quilting; and even a story of  patchwork that became dresses which went full circle to become a quilt again.  We took away joy and inspiration in seeing the quilts, but we’ve built bonds by sharing their stories.

Peta’s progress on a project from Material Obsession 2

As Dooley pulled down their shutters, the time for goodbyes arrived too quickly.  Though it was only our first meeting, GWS MQG looks to have launched on a high note. Our Facebook group is already buzzing with activity.  We’re looking forward to seeing everyone again soon, as well as welcoming newcomers!  We’ll have details about the next meetup for you soon.

Thank you, ladies, for an outstanding night.