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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.

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2016 QuiltCon Charity Quilt Colour Palette as set by The Modern Quilt Guild

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.

SydneyMQG charity quilt progress

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.

SydneyMQGCharityQuilt2016

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:

Brisbane MQG 2016 QuiltCon Charity Challenge Quilt

Melbourne MQG 2016 QuiltCon Charity Challenge Quilt

Tasmanian MQG 2016 QuiltCon Charity Challenge Quilt

And the #quiltconcharityquilt hashtag on Instagram for further inspiring work, well done everyone!

 

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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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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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Sunday Sewalong Dates!

We’ve booked the Board Room at Dooley’s for the Sunday Sewalongs for the rest of the year!

Put these dates in your diary!

Sunday, 14 October

Sunday, 11 November

Sunday, 9 December

I can’t wait! I got so much done at our first Sunday Sewalong!

The Details

Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm
The Board Room at Waterview Dooley’s
Silverwater at the  cnr Clyde Street and Silverwater Road, Silverwater
Dinner, snacks and drinks are available at Dooley’s

RSVP

We invite you to join our Facebook group and please RSVP at the relevant Facebook event page.

We have a limit on the number of people legally allowed in the room. You must RSVP for these events, and I urge you to only RSVP if you are absolutely sure you are coming along. If you need to pull out before the day, please un-RSVP on Facebook or send us an email immediately, so that we can offer somebody else your place. 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 the Facebook Group as a way of arranging carpools and ride shares.

We look forward to seeing you!


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Our First Sunday Sew Along!

Join us for our inaugural Sunday Sew Along!

A Sunday Sew Along is a chance to bring along some of your projects and work on them with other likeminded modern quilters. Feel free to bring a machine if you wish!

Until we find a more permanent venue, we’ve decided to use The Board Room at Dooley’s Waterview in Silverwater for a comfortable day of sewing.

The Details

Sunday 9th September, 2012, 10:00am to 4:00pm
The Board Room at Waterview Dooley’s
Silverwater at the cnr Clyde Street and Silverwater Road, Silverwater
GWS MQG – Sunday Sew Along cost = $10
Lunch, snacks and drinks are available at Dooley’s or BYO lunch.

About Dooley’s

Waterview Dooley’s is 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 beverages. 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.

RSVP

We have a limit on the number of people legally allowed in the room. You must RSVP for this event, and I urge you to only RSVP if you are absolutely sure you are coming along. If you need to pull out before the day, please un-RSVP on Facebook or send us an email immediately, so that we can offer somebody else your place. For the lovely ladies not on Facebook, please RSVP to gwsmodernquiltguild@gmail.com.

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 the Facebook Group as a way of arranging carpools and ride shares.

What to Bring

– Sewing projects! One or twenty!
– All your supplies that you will need
– Sewing machine (if you wish)
– Packed lunch (if you wish – food is easily available at Dooley’s).

We are really excited about our first Sunday Sew Along! Hope you can join us!