Wanna be part of a textile festival in France?

The International Textile Festival in France this year has asked for entries from across the world.

They have asked for grandmother’s flower garden hexies – made from scraps and up-cycled materials.

They would like to receive flowers made by stitching together seven hexies. They want the hexies to be made by hand.

It’s an odd size – 5cm across (1.97 inches) so it would be best to print out the pattern. Click on this link for the PDF of the pattern and instructions.  Grandmother’s flower garden – GB

The flowers are due on 30 July. According to Australia Post’s international guidelines, the flowers would need to be sent mid July.Let’s aim to hand in our flowers at the June meeting – Thursday 26 June. The guild will pay the postage.


Entries close April 18 for modern quilt show

We’ve just received an email from the Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild, who are organising the Modern Quilt Show in Berry on 3-4 May.

They have let us know that entries need to be submitted online by 18 April at www.modernquilters.com.au

Their list of prizes is on their Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild blog at wmqg.tumblr.com

They are expecting 120-150 quilts in the show and a kids section of 20-30 quilts or quilted items.

The Wollongong group will be exhibiting their challenge quilts and encourage us to do the same.

A new MQG Fabric Challenge


A while back we wrote here about the next fabric challenge being offered by the MQG. A large number of our members have signed up to participate in the Michael Miller #MQGfabricchallenge and so CanberraMQG will be hosting a challenge within the challenge for our members. Anyone can participate (even those who missed out on the challenge fabrics, guidelines below). To make this one extra super exciting Polka Dot Tea have generously donated a prize to help us celebrate! 

The winner will receive TWO METRES of their choice of Michael Miller Cotton Couture fabrics from the Polka Dot Tea range (can be one colour, or any combination of fat quarters, of the winner’s choice).


In addition to the prize, Polka Dot Tea is stocking the complementary range of Cotton Couture solids to tie in with the Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels collection, and is offering CanberraMQG members a heavily discounted rate on these fabrics. The solids are: seafoam, kryptonite, clementine, fog, dirt, and canary.

Members will be sent an email directly in the coming days about the fabric offer and how to order – keep an eye out in your inbox! We can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with using this challenge as inspiration!


From the sponsor:

Polka Dot Tea was started by two quilters with a love for modern, interesting and quirky fabrics. Our aim is to bring you a collection of beautiful fabrics from our favourite designers and manufacturers, including Yuwa, Kei, Lecien, Liberty and others. We are also proud to be stocking a wide range of the gorgeous Cotton Couture solids by Michael Miller fabrics. Cotton Couture solids are quite simply a beautiful fabric to work with, they have a soft, fine hand, and rich, saturated colours. Polka Dot Tea now stocks a wide range of colours, with more arriving, and we will happily help you select a colour bundle to start your project, or a single colour to use as your background.

For all our up to date arrivals and sale information, visit our shop, follow us on Instagram (@polkadotteafabrics), sign up for our newsletter and like us on Facebook

The all important guidelines:

* The challenge runs from April 2014-June 26, 2014.
* Projects must be completed and available for show and tell at the CanberraMQG meeting of 26 June 2014. If you can’t make the meeting, that’s ok, just arrange for a friend to bring your project along for you.
* The winner will be decided by popular choice of those present at the CanberraMQG meeting of 26 June 2014.
* Members may make anything they want as long as it is quilted and features either the Michael Miller printed fabric supplied by Michael Miller or the Michael Miller solids offered in the bundle by Polka Dot Tea – if you missed out on getting challenge fabrics direct from Michael Miller, you can pick up a solids bundle at a discounted rate from Polka Dot Tea.
* Members may add in any other solid or any other Michael Miller printed fabric.
* You do not need to use all the fabrics given to you or all of the solids from the purchased bundle.
* Don’t forget to use the #canberramqgchallenge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!



Who’s inspiring Gemma right now?


Gemma used to read a lot of blogs but these days she struggles to find the time.  She does spend a lot of time on Instagram – it’s a great place to seek inspiration from other arty types. So here are five people (with their instagram names) who are inspiring Gemma right now!

Tall Grass Pairie Studio  @jacquietps

Firstly, I love a good name and she has a great one!  It makes me think of beautiful American fields, vast spaces and the wind.  Jacqui has a fantastic eye for colour and I love that she shares insights into her process on her blog.  I love the photos of her studio on her blog, but it’s her modern quilts that get me every time.  She is bold and brave and fabulous and I might just want to be her ;)

Kathleen Quilts  @kathleenriggins

I love Kathleen’s IG feed.  Serious quilt talent and inspiration!  Her quilting in negative space is just wonderful and I particularly loved her recent supernova quilt.  If you’re into quilting and you’re on IG then you need to follow Kathleen!  Check out this blogpost with lots of serious quilt candy.

Quilts of a Feather @quiltsnkids

I cannot do justice to Renee’s recent “The Pandorica Opens” quilt (above).  Full disclosure, I’m a serious Dr Who fan and have been since childhood.  But even if you’re not and even if you cannot appreciate just how freaking cool an exploading tardis quilt is, you can still appreciate the skill in this recent piece!  Go look now.  Now.  Just go do it and then follow her everywhere and have your mind blown.  Freaky, freaky, freaky fantastic Dr Who/Van Gogh quilting!  I think you get it.  She is truly inspirational!

The Quilt Engineer  @thequiltengineer

If I ever meet Latifah I’m going to struggle to string a sentence together.  When everyone else had been doing “low volume” forever and we’d all been amazed at how cool it was and we could even buy “low volume” bundles so there was no personal choice left, Latifah took it to another level.  AND she told us that it took her three years to finish that quilt!  I love a quilter who shares all, I love an honest quilter.  Latifah is a bit of a legend in my book, but I just find her crisp lines, bold colours and down-to-earth nature inspiring.  Oh, and she said I should buy a vintage Singer, so I did.

Elisabeth Woo @elisabew

This girl is a classic over sharer.  And I LOVE her for it!  Her life looks like so much fun!  Her cute haircut, her puppy, her hilarious expressions, oh and she works for Robert Kaufman, spends half her life at Disneyland and has an impeccable eye for colour.  Seriously though, I really do find Elisabeth’s work inspiration.  I love how she throws colour after colour at IG (be it macroons, minifigs, farmerswife blocks or her recent finish, night sky quilt.  She is also an awesome FMQer and a great source of inspiration.

So there you go, that’s who is inspiring me at the moment.  It was hard to single it down to five as I currently follow 685 people on Instagram and many of them inspire me.  Oh, I totally forgot, you have to check out @houseofalphonse on Instagram.  Her papercut artwork blows my mind!

Gemma @prettybobbins.

Judy Guthrie an Inspirational & Colourful Guest Speaker

If you where fortunate enough to come to the last CMQG Meeting, wasn’t our Guest Speaker Judy Guthrie an Inspirational Woman. Judy spoke of her love for Fabric Dying in her words “It’s to Dye For” ……. Judy went through the process she uses for dying fabrics & the fun you can have if you give it ago. Judy kindly donated all of her Fabric Dying Tools, Dyes & many Books on Fabric Dying & Quilting. All these books will be set up into a CMQG  Library for our Members to borrow.  We shall also organise a Fabric Dying sessions where we can all have some Fabric Dying Fun.

imageThis is a beautiful quilt Judy brought along for Show ‘n’ Tell, a wonderful use of red & white work.

imageJudy is explaining how creative you can be with Fabric Dye & a water spray bottle & some leaves.


Mon has taken the Rainbow of Dyed Fabrics, which Judy donated, Mon has offered to cut the fabrics into Jelly Rolls for CMQG Members.

We all had such an enjoyable evening listening & taking in all that Judy shared with us 😊