|September 28, 2012||Posted by MMQG under Events, Retreats||
Dear Spring Retreat-ers!
We have a fantastic group of people signed up for our Spring Super Saturday Retreat on Sat 13th October -
We have reached the 20 number!! Still 10 tickets available if you want to come
As stated in all communication about this special Event –
PAYMENT needed to be done by Sunday 30th September – apparently very few have done this.
If you are committed to coming, and we sincerely hope you are, please PAY for your ticket ASAP.
Again, we are calling out for helpers for this Special Event
thank you to Cathy M. for being our first and fastest volunteer – but we definitely need more – we promise not to make you stand up front and recite poetry, so please put your hand up and contact admin.
|September 24, 2012||Posted by MMQG under Events, Retreats||
****EDIT: Thanks so much for the fantastic response.
We just need 3 more people booked and paid for it to go-ahead!!****
We are still very low in numbers for our Spring Super Saturday Sewing Retreat
we need a minimum 20 attendees for it to go ahead, to be able to satisfy GJs requirements to have the lovely large room to ourselves for such an extended period of time.
GJs has even moved other groups who had booked the room, to accommodate the MMQG Retreat Day.
Members were very clear that they wanted a Retreat Day/Night in October this year, with a guest speaker
- we are really pleased to have organised all of this – for you!
Rita Hodge from Red Pepper Quilts is coming as our special guest – her world renown blog is a favourite among many!
She will be discussing her quilts, her style, her photography as well as teaching us her method of machine binding.
The cost of the Special Day is purely to recover the expenses for the event and all money being collected is being spent on items such as venue hire, speaker fee, drinks and snacks, dinner and prizes/give aways. GJ’s have also kindly offered us a very generous discount on the prizes, so these are not being purchased at full retail. We have deliberatly kept the fee as low as we could reasonably do so.
Please hop on the forum and post any comments, suggestions or advice, under the topic heading Spring Sewing Retreat, unless you have specific admin questions.
As you can imagine, it is very disheartening for all those who have booked and paid, with the prospect of it being cancelled. It is very disheartening for those who have already put a lot of effort in organising, in a very short timeframe, a lot of specifics that were asked for in the survey and more.
Please seriously consider joining in, so that events like this may be organised in the future.
We think this is a great idea but we need support for it to continue.
Please contact admin if you want to discuss the day further in regards to your own needs – we would be very glad to hear from you!
|September 13, 2012||Posted by MMQG under Retreats, Uncategorized||
Why don’t you join us at our Spring Sewing Retreat…right here at home!!
Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to our sewing marathon survey, we are pleased to announce our inaugural
“Super Saturday Sewing Retreat”
When : Saturday 13th October 2012 from 9.00am to 10.00pm
Where : GJ’s Discount Fabrics, 443 Lygon Street, Brunswick East 3057, phone 9380 2989
Cost : $49 for the day, which includes pizzas and salads for dinner, snacks and drinks, door prizes and giveaways by the hour, a special 20% discount at GJ’s for the day (not valid in conjuction with loyalty card), AND a fabulous guest speaker ….
Rita Hodge from Red Pepper Quilts!
To secure your place for this event, you will need to register via Eventbrite and prepay in full directly to GJ’s by no later than 30 September 2012.
We will need a minimum of 20 attendees registered and paid in full by this date for this event to go ahead, so please don’t delay in registering for this very special day. You can do this by dropping in to the store personally, sending a cheque or money order, or paying by credit card over the phone.
Please note the following fine print...we are unable to offer half-day rates or discounts and refunds will only be offered if the event is cancelled. If you have registered and paid and are unable to attend you may send a substitute as long as they are a MMQG member.
We will be ordering pizza suitable for vegetarian members for dinner, however we suggest that those who have other dietary requirements bring their own food, to be completely safe.
All attendees are asked to bring suitable lunch items to share, such as sandwiches, mini-quiches and salads. You will be contacted about this closer to the date, so we ensure a spread of dishes for our feast!
Although there is a SASE scheduled for Friday 12 October at GJ’s it will not run in conjunction with the Super Saturday Sewing Retreat. However please note that at the request of GJ’s it will only proceed if we have 15 signed up and confirmed attendees by 30 September.
We will need a few helpers to coordinate lunch dishes, purchase drinks and snacks and help run the activities of the day, such as games and brain teasers
Please email your willingness to help for this event Now to firstname.lastname@example.org
It is going to be a fabulous day-into-night event and a great opportunity for some truly serious sewing!!
|September 10, 2012||Posted by MMQG 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 MMQG 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 MMQG 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 MMQG 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 MMQG 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 MMQG 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!
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