May’s Sit and Sew Day

A small and committed group of members braved the blustery weather to attend the May SASD; to start new projects, continue works in progress and of course enjoy each other’s company. As the cold weather sets in, what better way to spend your day than quilting?
There was some great progress made throughout the day too.

Mandy has finished her bento box top.

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Anne has completed a stunning quilt top made of fabrics she dyed herself along with some B&W accents.

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Alison showed us her double sized quilt, as well as a finished quilt which she quilted on her machine in an awesome spiral pattern.

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Kristy finished her cushion cover which she hand pieced with English paper piecing.

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Anna is continuing her inspiration from the recent Maze&Vale workshop with some freeform patchwork.

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The next Sit and Sew evening is at GJ’s on Friday 16 May, Social Stitching event is at Ashburton Library on Tuesday 27 May, and the next Sit and Sew day is at GJ’s on Saturday June 15.

Meet your new committee members

It’s an exciting time of growth and change at Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild and we have recently had some changes to our Committee.

We farewell Mary Jane and Cathy M who have resigned as committee members but remain active and committed members of the Guild. In particular, we’d like to note that MJ was a founding committee member and both have been instrumental in the significant work undertaken to restructure the Guild in the last year.

We are pleased to welcome our new Committee members: Catherine J, Alison and Sara-Jane, who have been familiar faces at Guild events and are looking forward to furthering their involvement in the Guild behind the scenes.

The Committee now consists of:
President: Louise
Vice President: Sara-Jane
Treasurer: Andrea
Secretary: Catherine J
Membership Secretary and IT: Alissa
Charity and Monthly Sewing Event Co-ordinator: Alison
Challenges, Bees & Swaps Co-ordinator: Mary-Anne

With the printable version of the Guild logo now complete, we now have our membership cards, will have the name tags shortly and are about to place an order for the Guild fabric. We are expecting the MQG challenge fabric to arrive shortly and are brainstorming ideas for what our Guild will do as part of this exciting opportunity. Keep your eye out on the blog for further updates.

Maze and Vale Workshop

The first MMQG workshop was held on Saturday 5 April and what a day it was.  Leslie Keating from Maze and Vale first showed us how to make simple hand carved stamps and very quickly the girls were up and running with their own creations.

Maze & Vale workshop

Maze & Vale workshop

The designs that evolved were amazing and included knitting wool and needles, rascally rabbits, cute cats, themes from nature and striking geometrical patterns.  There were lots of colour and fabric options for using the designs and the morning sped by.

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After a short break, Leslie took participants through her free form patchwork design principles and provided lots of gorgeous fabric as inspiration as well as the opportunity to use the fabric created in the morning session – after a quick setting of the fabric ink using an iron. Leslie’s technique is sometimes called impromptu piecing because there is no quilt pattern or plan. Sounds a bit scary for some! But it’s easy – just join similar sized squares or rectangles together in pairs then press and join your pieces in pairs again… and so on … and so on. This builds up the quilt top at a lightning pace and is very freeing – as there are not rules! It’s a great way to highlight fabrics and let them be the main design feature. Participants had a fabulous time letting go of preconceived ideas and just sewed up a storm!

Maze & Vale workshop

Maze & Vale workshop

For more info and photos see Leslie’s blog

http://www.lesliekeating.com/

and the MMQG Flickr group

https://www.flickr.com/groups/1365037@N22/

April Social Stitching Evening

Our second Social Stitching evening will be held on Thursday 24 April at Ashburton library’s gorgeous meeting room, 154 High Street, Ashburton, from 7-10pm. Entry costs are $2 for MMQG Inc. members and $5 for visitors, payable by cash on the night.

No sewing machines please, just bring hand-stitching or even just yourself! Tea and coffee will be provided, if anybody would like to bring a small plate of supper to be shared that would be lovely.

No need to formally register for this: just rock up and relax!

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

On Saturday March 1, MMQG Inc. kicked off the first Super Saturday Sewing retreat for 2014, and what a fabulous day it was! With 28 attendees it was the largest event we have held to date, and the new tables and table arrangements set out by Georgia and Sue allowed plenty of room to sew, baste and lay out blocks to tweak and re-arrange.

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We were each greeted with a sweet little stripy goody bag containing a Moda Candy charm pack, a quilting pencil and a box of pins for our stash (godsend!). Several members brought an array of delicious treats to share, and Hellenic Republic came to the party again with their yummy and wallet-friendly lunch.

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The highlight of the day was a presentation of our guest speaker Andi Herman of “Patch Andi” http://www.patchandi.com/. Andi talked about her quilting journey, entertained us with stories of her quilts and their role and meaning in her life. Andi demonstrated her new pixellation program “Youpatch” and showed us how easy it is to create pixelated images as detailed or minimalistically stylised as you wish. Andi showed us her wonderful quilts featuring pixelated images of Groucho Marx, Marilyn Monroe and a cute rabbit.

Show and tell was eye-popping fun with members unveiling their latest projects and show-casing their talents with colour and design. Many members have resolved to complete their UFO’s in 2014, and are already displaying their productivity!

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Several members brought their latest book purchases, (which were arranged on a table near the yummy baked goods!) creating a special Book Corner, where a few quiet minutes could be spent with a coffee, topping up our quilting mojo with fresh ideas. And a yo-yo or two!

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Siska and Caroline suggested we go Indonesian for dinner, and very kindly went down to Sydney Road to collect menus for everyone to peruse. A magnificent meal was delivered : too easy! Thank you so much Siska and Caroline for organising this, we all loved it!

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A final special thank you must be made to Alys, who kindly donated a $30 GJ’s voucher to be raffled, which was won by a happy Anne.

To sum up, this event was a highly enjoyable way to greet the cooler weather and augurs very well for some fabulous sewing and friendship for MMQG Inc. in 2014!

Maze & Vale Workshops

We are very excited to announce our first Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild Inc. workshops! Leslie Keating from Maze & Vale handprinted sustainable textiles has offered to run two workshops, Block Printing on Fabric and Freeform Patchwork, for members. The cost of the workshops are $55 each and will be held on 5 April at GJ’s. The Block printing workshop will be offered from 9:15am to 12:15pm and the Freeform patchwork workshop will be offered from 12:45pm to 3:45pm. The class fee for each workshop will include a materials pack. Registrations will open via trybooking.com (http://www.trybooking.com/76369) on 16 February.

Block Printing on Fabric
This class will cover the basics of creating a design suitable for block printing, how to transfer a design onto the carving block, how to carve with a lino cutter set, what paints and ink are suitable for stamping on fabric and what base cloths work best. There will be time allotted to work on a simple design, participants will then work at carving their stamps and can have a play with stamping using supplied inks and cloth (a range of cottons, linen and hemp will be provided for experimenting with the effects of different textures). Participants will take home their carved stamps as well as their samples of stamped cloth. A range of items to provide inspiration will be on hand but participants are welcome to bring their own sketches, books or other items and are also welcome to bring their own cloth or fabric projects to stamp on.

Freeform Patchwork
Learn simple techniques for creating original and stunning improvisational patchwork with this fresh approach to piecing. This class will deconstruct the rules of traditional patchwork and share carefree, easy ways to combine pieces of cloth into one-of-a-kind works of art. Participants will go home with a completed 40cm by 40cm block and a work sheet on how to turn said block into a cushion cover (if desired). A variety of designer, Japanese and handprinted fabric scraps will be supplied to choose from and participants are also welcome to bring their own fabric if they wish. Participants must bring their own sewing machine.

If you have any questions please email us at info@melbournemodernquiltguild.com

Summer Sewing!

Anna's "Boy Quilt"

Anna’s “Boy Quilt”

Alys' Low Volume Quilt, so fresh and modern

Alys’ Low Volume Quilt, so fresh and modern

Amanda machine quilting her beauty

Amanda machine quilting her beauty

Jo's delightful "Liberty Stars" quilt

Jo’s delightful “Liberty Stars” quilt

Anna's "boy quilt" for her sonAmanda carefully machine quilting her beauty!A lovely day of summer sewing was had by all at GJ’s on Saturday 1st February! The room was delightfully cool and relaxing in contrast to the hot conditions outside, supplemented with cool drinks and the delicious baked goods our generous members spoil us with. The talents of our members were certainly showcased at “Show and Tell” time!

 

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Our first Super Saturday Sewing Retreat for the year…

Is anybody else looking forward to the first Super Saturday Sewing Retreat for the year? Have you been wondering who our guest speaker is going to be?

We are very excited to announce that Andi Herman from PatchAndi and youpatch.com fame is going to join us! Andi will be sharing her quilting journey, show us her beautiful and very colourful quilts as well as tell us all about her latest quilting venture youpatch.com.

Andi Herman first learned to quilt at age 8 when her grandmother was making her one and only patchwork quilt. Twenty years later, when her grandmother was nearing the end of her life, Andi returned to quilting for therapy and to re-connect with this amazing woman in her life.

Since then, Andi has absolutely caught “the bug” and has made well over 200 quilts of various sizes and styles. She has a fabric stash that could make another 200 quilts (and then some) and she is constantly learning new tips, tricks and ideas to incorporate into her quilting work. Recently, Andi and a small team have created youpatch.com that helps users to create personalised pixel quilt designs based on any image they like.

In another life, Andi is an Occupational Therapist and a teacher in the health sector. She is passionate about the therapeutic value of crafting and community and loves to share her skills and ideas with others. She has a rather lovely husband and 2 gorgeous children who do everything she asks them to do, never have tantrums and always smile sweetly in public. Also, they eat all their vegetables.

Registrations for this event will open on trybooking.com (http://www.trybooking.com/Embed.aspx?eid=74329) at 6pm Saturday 1 February. This will be a no-frills event and the cost will be $30 for Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild Inc. members. Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided and members are always welcome to bring a plate to share. Courtesy of Andi, attendees will also receive a promotional coupon code for a discounted YouPatch quilt pattern.

Please note that due to popularity of these events registrations will be limited and only be open to MMQG Inc. members in first instance.

Please email us at info@melbournemodernquiltguild.com if you have any questions!

Summer Sewing

What a great start to the year for MMQG Inc! Our first Sit and Sew Day saw 17 ladies gather at GJ’s Discount Fabrics for a productive day of sewing. The theme for the New Year seems to be finishing UFOs and Caroline, Alissa and Louise have made great progress on some projects we have seen before.

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Bronwyn showed us her gorgeous paper pieced Diamonds in the Sky blocks which make a great portable project and are quick to put together, with the pre-cut templates and fabric…

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…Kay had an elegant black and cream scrappy quilt top to show us…

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…and we saw the finished Saville Row quilts which were made by a few of the MMQGI ladies for a worthy cause.

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The icing on the cake for the latter were the beautiful labels made by Billie.

There were delicious treats to eat and lots of buzz about the upcoming Confetti Block swap which Louise has kindly offered to co-ordinate. Details of this will be released shortly.

Bookings are open for February events at GJ’s (there is no need to book for the Social Stitching Evening) and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Midweek Chill!

Our first Social Stitching evening will be held on Tuesday 11 February at Ashburton library’s gorgeous new meeting room, 154 High Street, Ashburton, from 7.00-10.00pm. Entry costs are $2 for MMQG Inc. members and $5 for visitors, payable by cash on the night.

No sewing machines please, just bring hand-stitching or even just yourself! Tea and coffee will be provided, if anybody would like to bring a small plate of supper to be shared that would be greatly appreciated.

No need to register for this: just rock up and relax!

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