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 ( 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

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!



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 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

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 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 ( 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 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…


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


…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!

Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild Inc. (MMQG Inc.) is now open!

We appreciate your continued support and patience during this transition period and with the final pieces now in place, we’re excited to announce that memberships for the Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild Inc. (MMQG Inc.) are now open!
By becoming a member of this vibrant, enthusiastic and creative group of people you will receive the following benefits:
•You will be eligible to attend any meeting of the MMQG Inc. (fees may apply).
•You will be eligible to attend Guild events at member’s rates.
•You will receive priority registration to retreats and special events.
•You will receive voting rights (Associate members may not vote).
•You will be eligible to participate in Guild challenges and group projects.
•Access to the MMQG Inc. blog button for your website or blog page.
•Access to the MMQG Inc. member’s only Facebook group.
•Access to any benefits that MMQG Inc. can obtain or negotiate for its members.
•You will become a member of the official Modern Quilt Guild (based in the USA) and entitled to benefits as follows:
  • Access to the Modern Quilt Guild website, which includes a social media hub that can be used at an individual, national and international level;
  • You will able to easily communicate with other guilds and their members;
  • You will be able to share photos, ask for advice from other members and find information about MQG challenges;
  • Access to the MQG monthly webinar series;
  • Opportunities to participate in inter-guild member swaps and challenges;
  • Discounted entry fees for MQG quilt shows;
  • Priority and early bird registration, and discounted rates on conferences and events;
  • Discounts and special offers with MQG sponsors;
  • Membership cards;
  • Official member blog button;
  • Membership pin;
  • 10% discount on online MQG merchandise purchases.
(Important note:  The MMQG Inc. takes no responsibility for the MQG list of benefits – this is information provided by the MQG and may be subject to change without notice)
To apply, head to the Membership tab at the top of this page where you’ll find our online Membership application form and links to important documents. Once your application is approved, we’ll invoice you for a once-off joining fee of $15 plus the annual subscription fee (currently $50 per year with foundation members paying a pro rata rate of $25 for the remainder of the 2013-14 financial year, ending 30 June 2014).
After we’ve received your payment we’ll email you an invite to our Member’s only Facebook group where you can get involved straight away. Don’t forget to check out our calendar of sewing events to put in your diary – registrations for each event open on the first of the month prior to the event, eg, registrations for April events open on the first of March, and payments will now be taken through Trybooking. Also keep an eye out for your membership card and MMQG, Inc. fabric pack in the mail.
Not sure if you want to join? We welcome anyone to come to a total of two Sit and Sew Day/Evenings or meetings (with the exception of a General Meetings or Annual General Meeting) or a combination of both, as a visitor so you can experience some of what we have to offer. A Visitors Application form can be found under the Membership tab on the MMQG, Inc blog.
The current committee of MMQG, Inc. consists of a President – Louise, Vice President – Cathy, Secretary – Alissa, Treasurer – Andrea, and Ordinary Members – Maryjane and Mary-Anne. You’ll find us busy chatting and sewing at our sewing events, swapping ideas and tips with lots of laughter in between, and we love getting involved on our Facebook group and seeing all the inspiring, fabulous quilts and other works-in-progress that you’re working on. We’re really looking forward to meeting you and sharing all things quilty. For a little more information about who your committee are, please check out the Committee tab on the MMQG, Inc blog.
We’ve put together an Additional Information page to address any questions we anticipate you might have but if you have any other queries or would like further clarification, please don’t hesitate to contact us on and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
From the Committee of the Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild, Inc., have a wonderful festive season and a Happy New Year. We can’t wait to see you at our next event!
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