Sunday, 11 September 2016

August Meeting

Some lovely Show and Tell photos from our August meeting:

  1. Tula Pink Quilt - an original design by Marie (quilted by Wendy Tomes)

  2. Basket Quilt - by Diana
  3. "A Sunburnt Country" - entry for Rotary Textile Challenge - also by Diana
  4. Scandinavian Quilt - an original design by Michelle
  5. Plus Baby Quilt - by Lauren
  6. Hand pieced quilt - by Kat

July Meeting Recap

At our July meeting, TMQG President Helen Stubbings (Quarter Inch) gave us an informative talk about preparing quilts for exhibitions. This information was very helpful to those of us feeling a bit nervous about entering quilts in a quilt show for the first time.

Helen's tips included:
  • take full size and close up photos of your quilt
  • remove all loose threads, marks and pet hair 
  • prepare a hanging sleeve according to the requirements of the exhibition
  • to avoid bad creases, fold your quilt with the outside out and make the first fold horizontal
  • bags should have easy to read labels and preferably be made using french (enclosed) seams which means no loose threads!
Some judges will give a written critique but this is not usual in Australian Quilt Shows. Judges often adjudicate according to the following criteria: 
  • colour, balance, design and quilting - is it in proportion and complimentary?
  • is the quilt square - does it lay flat?
  • a full binding which is evenly stitched on
  • no threads or fibres caught under seams
  • all threads buried (or lock stitch)
  • proper tension
  • "pointy" points with seams neatly aligned
  • no visible marking lines 
  • straight sashing
  • applique/hand stitching well executed
Thanks Helen for some great tips and thought for those of us planning to enter our quilts in the upcoming Tasmanian Quilt Expo (September 16-18).

Then it was time for our Show and Tell and there was plenty of beauty and inspiration to be found this month!
  1. Vintage Revival Quilt by Lauren - her first FMQ Quilt!
  2. Improv. baby Quilt by Lauren
  3. "The Hulk" - Framed pattern (by Bonnie and Camille) by Lauren

  4. Batman Plus Quilt - also by Lauren

  5. "Tree of Right or Wrong" Art Quilt by Wendy
  6. President's Challenge "Modern Embroidery meets Modern Quilting" by Faye
  7. "Twice" Quilt by Shirley (so called because she made a mistake on it - twice!)
  8. Civil War Legacies by Michelle
  9. Quilt (Leonie Bateman Design) - also by Michelle
  10. Submission for the Adelaide Machine Quilting Festival (AMQF) by Kat - took 480 hours to make!
  11. QAYG Bias Binding Quilt - by Kat
  12. Quilt involving 3876 pieces - also by Kat

  13. Gravity Quilt Top - by Selina

Sunday, 28 August 2016

June Meeting

We had amazing quilts on display at this month's Show and Tell!

  1. Lauren's colourful quilt top using a block created by Jess Frost
  2. New member Michelle's lovely creation using a gifted fabric bundle
  3. Shirley's vibrant and modern HST quilt

  4. Improv. triangles quilt, also by Shirley
  5. Helen's quilt using a new range of low volume background fabrics recently released at Quilt Market
  6. Sisterhood Society Quilt: this quilt involves the work of sixty quilters! Some made blocks, others made borders and then it was put together by Helen and quilted by Helen's sister.
  7. Kaye's gorgeous pillow made using a pattern by Frangipani Fabrics
  8. Kat's marvellous creation using hand woven silk made in Nepal
  9. Kat's impressive "Paraglider" Quilt

  10. Kat's own personal challenge to use low volume print fabrics instead of solids
  11. Another example of Kat's beautiful work using hand dyed fabrics
  12. Deb's son's Star Wars plus quilt
  13. Deb's "Dog Gone Cute" Quilt - a pattern by Sew Fresh Quilts
  14. A rainbow scrap quilt, also by Deb

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

April Meeting

For our April meeting, we had the lovely Judy from Easy Sew give us an informative presentation on haberdashery.

Judy gave TMQG members some helpful tips on oiling the bobbin case in computerised machines and changing machine needles when necessary. She then talked in depth about different sewing needles and their uses.

We learned about twin needles, drilling needles and wing needles and Judy provided lovely examples for us to look at.
I think all members came away from this presentation knowing a bit more about needles so thank you Judy!

TMQG President Helen Stubbings announced her "Presidents Challenge" due 1st August 2016.

Then it was time for a huge Show & Tell with plenty of amazing quilts on display!

(From our March Meeting) Karen with her incredible Mariners Compass Quilt

Marie and her colourful Kaffe Fassett Quilt (from his recent visit and workshop)

Marian and her fabulous Aviatrix Medallion

Faye and her lovely Kaffe Fassett Snowball Quilt

and another beautiful quilt she made from a Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine pattern

Wendy and her wonderful Kaffe Quilt

Shirley and her great quilt using indigenous prints

Kat with a few of her recent and marvelous creations:

And finally Helen with a few recent SnugglyBug charity quilts

It was a wonderful night of sharing and we look forward to seeing you at future meetings on the first Wednesday of each month, 6pm at Buckingham Rowing Club (upstairs in the function room).