July Super Saturday Sewing Retreat

A marathon effort of quilting from 9am – 9pm is not for the faint hearted, but it was a full house at July’s recent Super Sewing Saturday Retreat at GJ’s Fabrics!
As always, there were some amazing quilts being made, and a lot of finishing touches on quilts for the MQG Michael Miller Challenge as members were racing to meet the 25 July deadline – go MMQG!!

We were treated to a fantastic trunk show and talk by Emma Jansen,who wowed us all with her stunning quilts, mostly using fabric of her own design.  It was great to see fabric that clearly had been designed with quilters in mind.



Her trunk show took us through vibrant quilts in bold colours,


as well as a (healthy) obsession for rainbow motifs!


Emma did also spend some time admiring members’ quilts, and took a particular shine to Janine’s beautiful quilt made from old floral bedsheets.

All members who attended also received a lovely wee sample pack of Emma’s new Terra Australis fabric line, so we look forward to seeing that pop up in future creations.

The next Super Sewing Retreat will be held in October, but there’s plenty of events before then to get us through the winter!  Bookings for the Super Sewing Saturday event on Sat 2 August are open now.


Committee Vacancies

Interested in helping Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild behind the scenes?  We currently have two vacancies in the Committee, for a Secretary and Challenges, Bees & Swaps Coordinator.
The Secretary is the Executive Officer for MMQG Inc and is responsible for agendas and minutes, event administration and management of incoming and outgoing correspondence.  This position was until recently fulfilled by Catherine, and we thank her for her contribution.
The Challenges, Bees & Swaps Coordinator is responsible for this aspect of the Guild and also contributes the overall management of the Guild.  Mary-Anne has filled this role for years, and will be greatly missed on the committee.  She is taking a break from the Guild to focus on her new ‘Work in Progress’ – an addition to her family, due in October.  Congratulations MA!
Committee members help to oversee the direction of the Guild and meet monthly and then spend a few hours each week working on Guild matters online.
Anyone interested should contact info@melbournemodernquiltguild.com by Friday 18 July.  We’d love to hear from you!

Super Saturday Sewing Retreat!

Always a popular event with our members, our next Super Saturday Sewing Retreat will be held on 5 July at GJ’s fabrics. Held from 9am to 9pm, this event will be fun filled quilting marathon!

We are pleased to announce that Emma Jean Jansen will be joining us as our guest speaker. Formerly of Ballarat Patchwork, Emma is a fabric and pattern designer and has just launched her Terra Australis ranges. She’ll share her experiences and provide inspiration for us! www.emmajeanjansen.com.au

Bookings open on 1 June and registration for this special event is $30. Members attending this event must be financial for the 2014-15 financial year. Please let us know if you’ve not yet received your invoice. To book please go to www.trybooking.com/74329. If you have any questions please email us at info@melbournemodernquiltguild.com

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.


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


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.


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


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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Maze & Vale workshop

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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


and the MMQG Flickr group


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.


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.


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!


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!


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!

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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