CMQG Charity Quilt Off to QuiltCon 2018

After one of the Canberra Modern Quilt Guild’s members had seen so many great charity quilts at the previous years’ QuiltCon, she inspired the Guild to create our own version for 2018.

With the theme of “modern traditionalism”, we wanted to use a base block that we hadn’t often seen used in modern quilts. We also wanted a block that everyone in our guild could help with, whatever their experience level in modern quilting.
Guild member Carolyn Goonrey came up with a few designs using the rail fence block. This was refined to the final design, which used space and colour to explore what a fence and boundary means.

This theme and block resonated strongly with our Guild, as planning regulations in Canberra don’t allow front fences. Instead, people find other ways, such as fences made of shrubs, to put in barriers around their houses.

When talking about the theme of fences, we also reflected on the many conversations taking place in Australia around refugees, and the hardline stand that the Australian Government takes.

We called this quilt “Don’t Fence Me Out” to reflect how we want to be more open and inviting to our neighbours and refugees.

Once the design was finalised, Carolyn set up foundation paper piece patterns. This ensured that regardless of different skills, machines or seam allowances, the final blocks would all be consistent.

The first group of blocks were made at our annual Canberra Modern Quilt Guild show to demonstrate the work the Guild does. Blocks were also given to interested members to put together. Our September 2017 sewing day had Guild members working hard to finish the remaining blocks. After a final sewing bee weekend at a member’s home, the top was finished.

To keep with the theme, we wanted to quilt “welcome” in different languages that reflect the heritage of our members, as well as the Ngunnawal and Ngambi peoples – the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land where the city of Canberra was built.

These words were then quilted across the quilt, along with straight lines to reflect the borders and boundaries that are around us all. A floral motif was added to represent the Canberra bluebell, the floral emblem of the Australian Capital Territory.

It was great fun working with the guild to pull this together. After being displayed at QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena California, the Guild will use the quilt to support a local charity benefiting refugees.

Our August meeting

Here’s some photos from our August meeting. The show and tell just kept coming and then we had a chance to look through the latest fabric range from Polkadottea.

Coral's award-winning quilt
A close-up of Coral’s free motion quilting. Stars and feathers anyone?!
Amira's rainbow version of the Modern Medallion!
Amira’s rainbow version of the Modern Medallion!
Clair used her own @beeandlotus fabric in the centre - bold and beautiful!
Clair used her own @beeandlotus fabric in the centre – bold and beautiful!
A close-up of Danielle's hand quilting. A Sarah Fielke pattern.
A close-up of Danielle’s hand quilting. A Sarah Fielke pattern.
Lots of acid green, purple and red in Tracey's quick finish - speedy gonzales!!
Lots of acid green, purple and red in Tracey’s quick finish – speedy gonzales!!
Just finished the day before the quilt meeting - a Sarah Fielke pattern. Hand appliquéd and quilted.
Just finished the day before the quilt meeting – a Sarah Fielke pattern. Hand appliquéd and quilted by Danielle.

Next meeting – Thursday 28 August

A reminder that our next meeting is next Thursday, 28 August.

For any newbies, we meet at the civic library from 7:30. There’ll be lots of show and tell and lots of great news!!

Do a couple of people want to put their hands up to bring supper?

Sewing day!!! Sunday 10 August

Come and join us! Our next sewing day is on Sunday.

When: Sunday 10 August from 9am to 4pm.
Where: Addicted to Fabric, 25 Dundas Court Phillip.
Cost: Members $4, Non-Members $15.
RSVP: 8 August here in the comments section.
Bring: Your sewing supplies, your own lunch and something to share for morning/afternoon tea (optional).

Come along for the whole day or just part of the day. There’s only limited space for machines (about 10 spots). There’s also lots of room for hand sewing, a huge cutting table and a design wall. It’s a great way to see your work in progress in a new light….Hope to see you on Sunday!

Next meeting – 24 July 7.30 pm

Hi everyone!

How is everyone going with their Michael Miller challenge projects? We’re really looking forward to seeing what everyone has been working on. Here’s a little sneak peek of Crystal’s improv circles! So, only another week to stitch down your binding, or whatever else you may need to do to finish, and at the meeting on Thursday we will vote for our favourites. The victor will win a prize donated by Polka Dot Tea – two metres of Cotton Couture solids of the winner’s choice.

And of course there’ll be a vote of a different kind – to elect our new committee. Everyone should have received an email from our returning officer Georgie Kelley asking for nominations. If you haven’t received the info, and/or would like to nominate yourself, or someone else (with their permission), please send an email to Georgie –  If you’re not able to make it to the meeting, you can still vote. Just make sure you let Georgie know.

See you on Thursday!

Crystal MM challenge

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

Their list of prizes is on their Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild blog at

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.

Next meeting

One week until our March meeting. Next meeting is Thursday 27 March. For newbies, we meet at the civic library, 7.30pm. This month, Crystal will demonstrate improv curves.

We will also be swapping the name tags we’ve been busy making for the secret partner swap.

See you there!!

Wrapping up the February meeting

Wrapping up the February meeting

Show and tell is one of our favourite parts of our Canberra Modern Quilt Guild meetings – and February’s meeting was another shining example.

There were dozens of quilts on show, and this montage features four of them.

The first quilt was made by Jen, one of our new members. Jen says she loves colour and this quilt just pops with colour!!

The second quilt is by Clair, using a range of the fabric she designed. Her blog is

Next is a quilt by our guest speaker Judy. She was in New York a couple of years ago and was inspired by an exhibition of red and white quilts she saw.

And next is Julie’s quilt, part of our Riley Blake fabric challenge. Julie added blues and greens hoping for an antidote to the heatwave that most of Australia just experienced.

Judy’s dyed fabric

Judy's dyed fabric

Our guest speaker on Thursday night, Judy, brought along boxes and boxes of her dyed fabric, equipment, books and other fabric for destashing. She was so generous. The guild now has a fledgling library and also dyeing powders and equipment. Here’s a sample of her fabric, all cut into strips and ready for use. Thank you Judy!!

Judy also mentioned fibre artist Melody Johnson on the night. Here’s a link to her website. Super stunning quilts!