Wednesday, 18 November 2015

November Meeting Recap

Our November meeting was a busy one jam-packed full of demonstrations and wonderful show and tell! We had visits from a few of our northern TMQG members and were also pleased to see some new faces in the crowd.

Visitors are always welcome at our monthly meetings and they can attend several meetings before being required to join.

So spread the word and invite any of your "quilty" family and friends along to our next meeting!

The wonderful Ann Alderslade, of Frangipani Fabrics, gave us a talk about the use of Design Walls in Quilting.

Ann presented us with her "DVIVD" explanation which stands for Difference of Visual Impact; Vertical; Distance.

By having an opportunity to stand back and view your quilt design on a design wall, you are able to review your fabric choices and notice any mistakes, such as upside-down blocks. You can see colour combinations and decide if there is enough contrast, as well as move blocks around without having to commit yourself.

But remember, as shared by Ann...

 "There are no disasters in quilting, only creative adventures"!

Cotton Flannel Design Walls in 1.4 x 2m lengths are available to purchase at Frangipani Fabrics

We had Moira speak to us about the Women's Sewing Program at Risdon Prison. This program was TMQG's first supported charity and we were able to raise $1300 for this worthy program from the sale of tickets for our beautiful "Aerial" quilt (shown above) earlier in the year. In this prison sewing program, women learn how to piece fabrics, do simple quilt arithmetic and even free motion quilt! Moira informed us that this money raised will be eventually used to replace the original old sewing machines at the prison and to buy books.

Barbara talked to us about the Tasmanian Art Quilt Prize 2015  which was held here in Hobart earlier this month. This competition is open Australia-wide and involved 17 finalists from 6 states/territories. The main prize is a generous $3000, sponsored by Bernina. 

We have since learned that our very own TMQG member Katherine Jones won 1st prize for her quilt "Acanthocephalus crinae" (shown above). 

Well done Kat - this is a prize I think we all agree is well deserved!

TMQG President Helen Stubbings then gave us a demonstration on machine applique.

Helen uses only use good quality invisible thread in both top and bottom and advises us to use a fine sharp needle. She uses a blind hem stitch (or you could use a tiny zig zag) to just catch the edge of the fabric.

Then it was time for some Show and Tell!

Kat brought in her stunning and award-winning "Peacock" quilt for those who weren't able to see it at the Craft & Quilt Fair in July.

Shirley showed us another of her amazing creations

Moira brought in her lovely mini quilt to show us. The fabric was first painted, then basic shapes were cut out and sewn together before again being painted, quilted and then re-painted!

Shirley showed us her beautifully hand embroidered quilt

Beryl, who was visiting from Devonport, brought along her gorgeous quilt

Bernadette shared with us her touching tribute quilt - a "Field of Dreams" class she took at Easy Sew.

Joan had a wonderfully "Merry" Christmas project to show us

and finally Kaye showed us her colourful Christmas hexagons

Great work ladies!

We are looking forward to seeing the results of our Christmas Challenge at our December meeting! Stay tuned for an upcoming newsletter about all the details.

We hope to see you all at 6pm on Wednesday 2nd December at our usual venue, the Buckingham Rowing Club, upstairs in the function room.

Please feel free to leave a comment below about anything you have read or seen in this post.
We appreciate any comments or suggestions! 

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

October Meeting Recap

Where did October disappear?

It's hard to believe that there is just over eight weeks until Christmas - eek!

This is a perfect opportunity to remind you all about TMQG's 2015 Christmas Challenge ;)

If you were able to attend our meeting earlier this month, you would have learned that this year's challenge involves using three non traditional colours -red, grey and aqua/teal - in modern fabrics to create a Christmas item using a technique demonstrated during the year. These techniques include English paper piecing, foundation paper piecing, improv, hexagons, bias binding technique, half square triangles and free motion quilting.

Projects need to be completed by our December meeting on Wednesday 2nd December.
We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Our October meeting was a social night with plenty of opportunity for members to bring along some hand sewing to work on while enjoying a friendly chat and cuppa.

We really do have very talented members of the Tasmanian Modern Quilt Guild and this was once again evident at our monthly Show and Tell.

Margaret showed us her oh-so-cute Hazel Hedgehog cushions made using some gorgeous modern fabrics. This popular pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman who has a blog and online pattern shop at Oh Fransson

Kaye showed us two of her wonderful projects:
Firstly, her beautifully colourful Rail Fence Quilt using the QAYG (Quilt As You Go) method.

We were also fortunate enough to see Kaye's finished Improv Quilt which was started at the Sarah Fielke "Definition of Stitch" workshop held in August. Great work Kaye!

Shirley showed us her lovely Kite quilt - a small quilt she made for charity.

We were thrilled to have a visit from Carol's sweet granddaughter Madeline, who came to show us her "Cat Quilt". Thanks so much for visiting Madeline.  We are sure this beautiful quilt will be a permanent fixture on your bed!

Lesley showed us her fabulous Tula Pink Colour Block quilt. This quilt pattern was offered as a free BOM (Block of the Month) class on Craftsy in 2012. A gorgeous result Lesley!

The very talented Jess showed us her fantastic Colour Block Quilt. This pattern was designed by Tula Pink and is a massive 84" x 96". Incredible job Jess!

Last but certainly not least is Kat's amazing Hexagon/Triangle Quilt she made using a Kona 11/2" roll. Beautiful work as usual Kat!

Our next meeting will be held at 6pm on Wednesday 4th November at our usual venue, the Buckingham Rowing Club, upstairs in the function room. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Sarah Fielke Workshops

The Tasmanian Modern Quilt Guild was very pleased and honoured to have Sarah Fielke come to Hobart and teach two wonderful workshops over the weekend.

Sarah Fielke is a quilter, author, fabric designer, teacher and blogger. Her books include Material Obsession 1 and 2, Quilting From Little Things, Hand Quilted With Love and her newest release, Little Things. Sarah blogs at The Last Piece.

The first workshop "Definition of Stitch" was held on Saturday 22nd August.
Students were taught how to improv piece individual letters to create words of their choice.
These words will eventually be used in quilts designed by the students.

Here are some photos of their wonderful works in progress:

The second workshop "The Night Garden" was held on Sunday 23rd August.
Students learnt piecing skills - including sewing that dreaded y-seam! - and a technique that Sarah calls "Step Down Piecing".

Here are some photos from the Sunday workshop:

Sarah was a warm and generous tutor with a wonderful sense of humour. We all have fond memories of our time spent with her during the course of the weekend, including dinner at The Republic Bar on Saturday night. 

Thanks to all of our members who came along and participated in these workshops, and of course, thank YOU Sarah! 

Our next meeting will be held at 6pm on Wednesday 2nd September at the Buckingham Rowing Club, upstairs in the function room.

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

August Meeting Recap

What a wintry start it was to this month with snow falling in some areas of Tasmania for the first time in 30 years!

The weather may have been chilly outside but many TMQG members braved the cold and came along to share and socialise at our warm and wonderful August meeting.

TMQG secretary Katherine (Kat) Jones gave us a fantastic demonstration of her unique binding technique which she has used on many of her award winning quilts.

Kat has written up an incredible proposal for our next TMQG charity quilt using her binding technique. This quilt, to be made by TMQG members, will be entered in the Member Charity Challenge as part of QuiltCon 2016. This yearly international quilting convention will be held in Pasadena, California next February.
More information on this challenge can be found here.

All TMQG members are invited and encouraged to be part of this exciting opportunity!
Under the direction of Project Manager Kat, we will be making a head start on this Charity Challenge Quilt at our next Sew In Day on Sunday, September 6th. It will be held at our usual meeting venue, Buckingham Rowing Club (upstairs), from 10am until 4pm.

Fabric will be provided but please bring along your sewing machine (with extension cord), iron, cutting mat, rotary cutter, thread, scissors, etc and a shared plate for lunch.

Speaking of charity quilts - our Aerial Raffle quilt  managed to make an impressive $1300 profit which will be donated to our chosen charity, the Sewing Program at the Women's Prison.
What an amazing effort by all involved!

Many members brought along their finished projects for our monthly Show and Tell:

Shirley Jeffrey brought several of her colourful creations to show us

including her award winning "Rabbit Warren College"!

Pam Harvey shared her two lovely quilts, the first a Sew Selly pattern quilt and the second, a Kate Spain "Cuzco" quilt.

Wendy Barber and Kat Jones showed us their wonderful finished projects for the Riley Blake fabric challenge:

Beryl Cross brought in her latest creation - a "Moda Marbles" Quilt that uses white fabric from bridesmaids dresses worn 45 years ago!

Diana Eaton showed us her fascinating "Enigma" quilt which has been published in the latest issue of Modern Quilting. Well done Diana!
Each symbol on this quilt represents a number and these symbol combinations are phone numbers.

And finally, a work in progress quilt by Kat Jones named "Thoroughly Modern Jacquie", in response to the work of Jacquie Gehring, an inspiring and rather famous modern quilter.

A reminder to all about the upcoming Sarah Fielke workshops:
It is not too late to sign up to participate in either or both of the two classes being offered:
  • "Definition of Stitch" on Saturday 22nd August 10am - 4pm
  • "Night Garden" on Sunday 23rd August 10am - 4pm
More details can be found on our Facebook page or you can email us at

Don't miss out on this opportunity to take a class with one of Australia's top quilters!

Our next meeting will be held at 6pm on Wednesday 2nd September at the Buckingham Rowing Club, upstairs in the function room.
We hope you can join us!