Thursday, 13 November 2014

November Meeting Recap

We held our November meeting last Wednesday - and what a meeting it was! Jam packed with demonstrations and show and tell, it was a fabulous night - and our biggest attendance yet!

We had a few technical difficulties trying to show you the welcome message from Victoria Findlay Wolfe - but if you follow this link, you'll be able to watch the video.

We now have well over 40 financial members, which is absolutely amazing. I don't think any of the initial committee were expecting the response we have received - it is astonishing and we'd like to thank each and everyone of you for your support. It means the world to us that we have such a wonderful group of quilters from all around the state who've joined us on this quilty adventure.

To kick off the meeting, we had a free motion quilting demonstration by Jess Frost (a Bernina Textile Artist and obsessed modern quilter). If you'd like to see a bit of what Jess showed at the meeting, you can find her YouTube channel here - all of the designs that were demonstrated can be found there.

Next up was a presentation by Helen Stubbings demonstrating her fusible hexagon template technique, the jumping point for our Christmas hexagon challenge. If you couldn't make it to the meeting but would like to participate in the challenge, please contact Frangipani Fabrics to arrange a kit. Everyone who is taking part in the challenge will be sharing their creations at the December meeting, so it should be very exciting.

Next up we had a quilt block display from students who are doing a Block of the Month style class with Jess Frost at Frangipani Fabrics, making blocks from the wonderful book Vintage Modern Quilts. The string of blocks stretched across almost the whole meeting space (no mean feat - it's a pretty huge room!) and it was a great example of the variety that can be found in modern quilts. Some blocks are more modern than others, but they are all fantastic, and it was wonderful to see them all hanging together. A big thanks to all the Frangipani girls who helped hold up the blocks.

We had more of the name tags from the name tag swap shared as well - several of our northern members participated in the original swap so we were thrilled to hand them out to their new owners. We also had a second round of name tags that were swapped as well (but forgot to get a photo of them all together, sorry!)

Last but not least, we had a really great show and tell at the meeting - lots of people were brave enough to stand up and show their quilts and tell us a bit about them. We have asked that everyone think about what makes their quilt modern (something that was suggested by TMQG member Katherine Jones) and talk a bit about that during their show and tell. If you are too shy to stand up and talk about your quilt at future meetings (which is quite understandable, it's getting to be a big group to stand up in front of!), please don't hesitate to ask one of the committee members to hold it up and talk about it for you, we are all more than happy to help show off your beautiful work!

Don't forget our first Sewing Day is this Sunday, 10am - 4pm at our normal meeting place. It should be a great day so please come along if you can!

Friday, 31 October 2014

November Meeting and Sewing Day Details!

We have a few things planned for our November meeting - being held this Wednesday 6th November at 6pm at the New Town Bay Rowing Club (upstairs in the function room). Please remember there is a small cost ($5) for attending the meetings to cover venue hire, for members and non members. You are welcome to attend two meetings without becoming a member of the guild, but then we ask you to join us as a financial member. Membership forms will be available on Wednesday night. 

If you would like tea or coffee at the meeting, please bring along a mug. 

Jess Frost will be demonstrating some modern free motion quilting designs on her domestic machine on Wednesday night. 

Helen Stubbings will be demonstrating her hexagon technique, which will be the jumping point for our first challenge, a modern Christmas hexagon challenge. The plan is to share the finished challenge items at the December meeting. Helen will also have a table with some of her products available - if there is something specific you would like her to bring along please contact Helen directly.

If you would like to join in the challenge it will be $10 for a kit including 50 hexagons from Hugs n' Kisses, a charm pack of 12 modern Christmas themed 5" squares from Frangipani Fabrics. You will also need to bring along a fabric glue stick (these will be available at the meeting for $9.90), needles, scissors and thread.

We would love everybody to bring in their latest modern quilt project for Show and Tell. It was suggested by one of our members that it would be great for all show-and-tellers to highlight the modern aspects of their quilts.


COST: $10

Our first sewing day will be held from 10am - 4pm on Sunday 16th at our regular meeting location. You will need to bring along your own sewing machine and a short extension cord. You will also need to bring along normal sewing supplies (cutting mat, rotary cutter etc). Irons and ironing boards will be supplied. 

You will also need to bring along some (modern) fabric for our first sewing day challenge. Large scraps would be perfect for this challenge, or you can work from fat quarters if you prefer. A metre of fabric (in total) will be more than enough for this challenge.

Lunch will be a 'bring a plate' arrangement, so please bring along a plate of something suitable to share with the group. If you have dietary restrictions please feel free to bring along your own lunch. There is a microwave available for heating food. 

10am - 12pm Improvisational Piecing Workshop and Mug Bag Challenge

Erin Vidler will be demonstrating some improv piecing techniques and guide everyone in making an improv mug bag. The idea behind this is that everyone can use their mug bag to bring their mug along to our meetings. 

12 pm - Lunch Break

After Lunch - 4pm 

After lunch the rest of the afternoon will be free sewing. You are free to stay as long as you would like and work on a current project in the company of our lovely guild members. I'm not sure how much actual sewing will get done (perhaps more chatting than sewing?!?), but it will be a wonderful way to get to know each other better. 

Saturday, 4 October 2014

October Meeting Recap

The second meeting of the TMQG was held last Wednesday, and because we have quite a few people who can't make it to our regular meetings, we will be sharing a glimpse of each meeting here on the blog so you can see what we get up to!!

One of the most exciting parts of the last meeting was sharing the name tags everyone made as part of the name tag swap. We announced the swap at our first meeting, and had lots of people sign up. Everyone talked a bit about who they made their tag for and what techniques they used. Everyone was delighted with their tags - and a second round has opened for anyone who missed out on the first one. If you'd like to join in, please follow this link and fill out the form :o)

We also had a show and tell, with a bit of a theme for this meeting - a few very brave people brought in their very first quilt. There was a very funny story with this first quilt - the quilt was actually made using the scraps left over from making the patchwork teddy bear!

Aside from the name tag swap and show and tell, we watched a free motion quilting presentation and drew some winners from a lucky door prize sponsored by Frangipani Fabrics (some of Elizabeth Hartmann's amazing patterns!) We are all looking forward to our next meeting - and our first sewing day on the 16th November (more details to come!)

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Exciting things are happening!

First off a huge thank you to everyone who attended the first meeting of the Tasmanian Modern Quilt Guild a few weeks ago. We were absolutely thrilled that we had such a big turnout - and that so many of you have decided to join the guild!

Earlier this week, we became officially part of the international Modern Quilt Guild, which is very exciting. Everyone who has signed up to be a member of the guild should have received an email from the Modern Quilt Guild enabling you to set up an account and login to the MQG community site. We now have a Tasmanian Modern Quilt Guild group in the group section - so please follow us, as it will be a really great platform to share information about meetings, workshops, swaps and sewing days. All new members from will get access to this site as well.

The Name Tag Swap is underway - if you signed up for the swap you should have received an email with your partner's details. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us.

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 1st October at the New Town Bay Rowing Club - upstairs in the function room. It is a fantastic space, with lots of room - and if you are running a bit late, you will enter at the back of the space. We would love to see you there!