|September 10, 2012||Posted by Bronwyn under Retreats, Uncategorized||
There are some really interesting blocks that people have chosen already – An ‘Everything Equal’ block; Granny Square; 8 pointed star; Roller Rink; wonky flower; Liberated House and a Planetarian block! You can still sign up, even if you haven’t chosen your block just yet.
Lots of modern block styles and opportunities to have a go at something you may never have tried before, which is a great reason for joining in!
Only 6 months commitment, making 2 blocks per month – easy peasy! Don’t forget we have a break over December.
Click on this link to take you to the Forum section of
Again, if you have any troubles with navigating the forum – email admin on
admin [@] melbournemodernquiltguild [dot] com
5 spots are still free!
|September 1, 2012||Posted by Mary-Anne under Uncategorized||
Please take a few moments this weekend to …
• Complete the Super Saturday’s Survey if you haven’t already done so (it will take 5 minutes at most) http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7NMTLPP
• Register on Eventbrite for the September Sit and Sew events : Leslie Keating will be coming to show us her gorgeous fabric
• Sign up for the superb Treehouse Textiles day on 17th November : http://www.treehousetextiles.com.au/workshops/details/223
• Sign up on the forum for the Bee Bold Bee Brave Bee Helpful Bee (sign ups close on 15th September, so don’t miss out!)
• Pop your photos on the MMQG account on Flickr : we all appreciate some eye candy!
• Check out your forum for the latest discussion
We need to have a reasonable minimum number for each activity to proceed, hence the request for your show of support.
A BIG thank you to those who have completed the latest survey, look out for details very soon of a Super Saturday we are planning in October. If you indicated your willingness to help with this event please email email@example.com so we know who you are!!!
|August 28, 2012||Posted by Bronwyn under Uncategorized||
The word is out, there’s a new MMQG Bee about…Pick a block, write instructions and cut fabrics, send fabric out and get finished blocks back. Easy right?? OK, here’s the fine print….
The bee is open for the first 12 sign ups and will run from October 2012 to April 2013 (6 months with a break in December). You will be making two different blocks per month, with a maximum of 1 block for each bee participant.
How to Bee a participant!!
Sign up on the MMQG forum under the topic name: Bee Bold Bee Brave Bee Helpful……. by no later than 15 September.
Choose a block, any block, no larger than 16″ (finished). To ensure there is sufficient variety and so that participants can try new techniques no duplicate blocks will be allowed. Due to the mixed skill level amoung our members please avoid tricky appliqué, foundation piecing or quilt as you go blocks. Each block owner is to supply their own fabric.
Please include your full name, email address and preferred block type, when you sign up on the Forum.
Months will be allocated in the order of sign up unless negotiated otherwise.
Each month fabric is due to be mailed prior to the first day of your allocated month with completed blocks having to be returned to owners by the last day of the same month.
You may either cut all the pieces for each block or if your chosen block is ‘improvisational’, provide sufficient fabric to complete the block. Please allow a little extra fabric incase of any mishaps!
Pop fabric in a zip-lock type bag, add your name, contact info, return self-addressed envelope and instructions and send them or hand deliver them to the participants so that they arrive before your allocated month. You may either print the directions for block construction, or write out the FULL address where the instructions can be found eg.http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/2010/04/he … ock-1.html NOT just http://www.jaybirdquilts.com. Please include any other special requirements.
You will be required to provide regular updates on the status of your blocks on the forum.
The key is to communicate and have fun!
For this to be an enjoyable experience for all participants please only sign up if you are able to commit to the above timelines.
|August 24, 2012||Posted by Bronwyn under Retreats||
Saturday 17th November – We are going to the Bush!
We would love our quilting group to spend a day at the
Treehouse Textiles Sewing Studio, Merricks North.
61 Bulldog Creek Road, Merricks Nth, VIC 3926
0427 570 950
Treehouse Textiles is a contemporary, unique and vibrant space offering textile workshops in a tranquil, relaxed and beautiful environment at Merricks North on the Mornington Peninsula. Set on 50 acres of indigenous bush, overlooking a secluded lake, a setting that will inspire creativity, new skills and provide a relaxed, social side of crafting.
Up to 13 people can be accomodated for our day (min. 8 people are needed for the day to go ahead)
This is a super special place to relax and get creative, in bushland settings, in a truly delightful little cottage,
hosted by wonderful mum and daughter team Sarah and Emma
SO BOOK EARLY!
· Arrival 10.00am…Morning Coffee/Tea & Treat 10.30 am… Lunch 12.30pm( 3 courses plus Tea/Coffee)…Departure… 5pm
Gluten Free & Dairy Free dietary requirements only
Cost per person $ 70.00 – that is $10 / hr with exceptional food and drinks!
*Individuals will need to book and pay the full price for the day through the Treehouse Website*
Book through here: MMQG Day
Refunds can be given if people can’t make it at the last minute, however confirmed numbers of at least 8 are needed so that the booking can go ahead· (please note that if people pull out and we have less than 8, it is their responsiblity to find someone to take their place)
You are welcome to use scissors, iron, pins, (6 sewing machines are available for use, if needed)
Weather permitting… there is a lovely walking track in the bush if anyone feels like a break, as well as gorgeous fabric and crafty goods to purchase.
Once bookings start we will set up a place in the Forum for people to chat, organise car pooling, discuss dinner plans etc
|August 21, 2012||Posted by Bronwyn under Uncategorized||
As part of our past survey results, members indicated that they would like the Guild to organise retreats.
However, timing, cost and distance can prove problematic in getting enough support to make these events worthwhile.
Another option would be to have a Sewing Marathon for 12 hours in Melbourne which would provide a day out, at a reasonable cost, which would allow people to return home if necessary.
Where better to hold this than GJ’s Discount Fabrics in Brunswick?
We have had preliminary discussions with Georgia from GJs and this is a feasible option.
What we need to understand is what members would want from this type of event, so ask you to complete a short survey so we can start planning. The link to the survey is http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7NMTLPP and this will run until Monday 10th September 2012.
Thanks in advance for your feedback and if you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|August 19, 2012||Posted by Bronwyn under SASDs, SASEs||
Where did June and July go? Having passed us by as quick as a wink – this is a little of what went on:
Our June SASE at GJ’s saw alot of sewing with others in mind. Lorraine bound a true labour of love for her Dad,
Mandy continued to work on some super cute, bright animal applique blocks for a friend’s baby quilt,
Louise was able to tick another gorgeous baby quilt off her ‘quilts to bind’ list,
and Rebecca was busy handquilting …..
It was also very exciting to see 4 of our newest members there sewing, chatting and having a great time.
Sally won the $20 GJ’s gift voucher and Mary-Anne won the ‘Shape Workshop for Quilters’ book.
July SASD: Chris showed us her new ‘baby’,
Alissa showed us her new project Super Mario block and her Fantastic Owl with snazzy label,
Lisa’s beautiful greens and blues quilt with waves of quilting,
and Margarita laid out on the floor her stunning modern quilt! Lovely to see you back Margarita.
Andrea was a new member too – Welcome to MMQG Andrea!
Amazingly Chris won the book door prize (again!) and Kristy won the $20 voucher – happy spending!
July SASE @ GJs was a lovely night with lots of chatting allround, with maybe a little bit of sewing:
Lorraine finished her Collingwood quilt (and song broke out!),
Andrea started another cowboy quilt (think she likes cowboys?),
We had one new member Kellie, who was working on a lovely fully applique project – just gorgeous! Welcome Kellie from NZ!
No, Chris did not win the door prize this time round – always a next draw Chris!
If you haven’t been to one of our sit and sew events yet, don’t be shy, we’d love to see you there!
We are getting new members every week which is great. We hope to see you at the next Sit and Sew on Fri 24th Aug at GJs and beyond!
Don’t forget to sign up for
******September 8th @ Ashburton******
Leslie from Maze & Vale
will be our special guest speaker, showing us her own fabrics, talking a little about her design process and discussing her quilty style! There will be fabrics to buy (CASH only thanks) and plenty of opportunity to have a chat about her beautiful fabric.
|August 14, 2012||Posted by Bronwyn under Uncategorized||
July SASD at Ashburton unfortunately did not have Leslie from Maze and Vale, due to illness, but everyone did get a wonderful little sample of her lovely fabric! Thanks again Leslie!
Leslie is booked in again to show us her great fabrics and quilts, for
Saturday 8th September at Ashburton
so mark it in your calendar and register your attendance!
Want to know more? Read this post:
|August 11, 2012||Posted by Bronwyn under Swaps, Uncategorized||
Mystery Block Bee Update
So far we have had two months of our mystery block bee, both months have been enjoyed by all!!
The first one we were to make the block given to us by Sally, after working out where all the different triangles went,
a kaleidoscope block was created.
Month two was Lorraine’s turn to provide us with cut fabric, this time rectangles and squares were received.
Once they were placed in the correct spots a woven block appeared.
|August 8, 2012||Posted by Bronwyn under SASDs||
Due to the long awaited renovations at the Ashburton Library commencing in the last quarter of the year, our SASD venue for the October, November and December 2012 has been changed to the Camberwell Library meeting room.
The room has been refurbished recently and facilities are similar to those at Ashburton.
The Camberwell Centre is at 340 Camberwell Road, Camberwell.
The new Library and community meeting rooms will be located on the ground floor.
For details on how to get there, go to:
Melway 59 J2 and it is close to the Burke Road and Riversdale Road trams.
This is also a potential venue for next year, however 2013 is still a work in progress.
We will give you an update as soon as more information is available.
|August 3, 2012||Posted by Bronwyn under Website Business||
We would love to see more of our members be involved with our Forum – so much happens there!
All sorts of topics are covered: Retreat signups, book reviews, show & tell, sewing queries, swaps and quilting bees, sales spotted, questions asked about patterns and fabric and methods and ideas – really, too many to be listed here.
What is becoming apparent is that people may not be confident with how the Forum works – Where do I go? How do I make a comment?
A Forum FAQ has been set up under the Forum tab (under the top banner) – just hover your mouse over the word and click on the dropdown box that will take you through the steps of registering, searching, making a comment and keeping in touch. It is pretty wordy, but don’t let that put you off.
Open up another screen with the MMQG Forum and have the two screens side by side for easy referral.
Of course, if you have any questions, big or small, please ask Admin – email@example.com We would Love to have people ask questions, rather than do nothing for fear of sounding silly.
The Forum is an important part of MMQG – especially for many members who live away or can’t make it to a meet one month, but still want to be part of the group. Sign up, have a really good look through and start posting – it may just become your best online place to go for a quilty chat!