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 tassiemqg@gmail.com.

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!