See you tonight!

Very much looking forward to tonight’s meeting, hoping you’re all going to bring a swag of show and tell! Also, BYO stitching to keep your hands busy while we plan for the coming year! And if you don’t have any hand work to bring along, I’ve got a quilt to be bound so I can keep you busy ūüėČ Jules

Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair

The lovely Queanbeyan Quilters have let us know that they have chartered a bus to go to Sydney for the Craft and Quilt Fair and they would love to share their offer with our members. The members of this Guild are super friendly, I think would be a great way to get to the show.


Date :: Saturday 12th July

Cost :: $60, entry ticket included

Departs :: The Q car park at 6 am, can arrive from 5.30am – the bus will leave as soon as everyone is there.

Stops :: McDonald’s Sutton Forest both ways for breakfast and dinner.

For tickets or other enquiries, please contact Queanbeyan Quilters directly via their email address ::


Our first 2014 sewing day is coming up, will you be joining us? Our last sewing day was so much fun and we are looking forward to this one!

When: Sunday 22 June from 9am to 4pm.
Where: Addicted to Fabric, 25 Dundas Court Phillip.
Cost: Members $4, Non-Members $15.
RSVP: 12 June here in the comments section.
Bring: Your sewing supplies, your own lunch and something to share for morning/afternoon tea (optional).

As mentioned at our last meeting, there is only space for a limited number of machines so we will need to share the spaces through the day if we get more than around 12 people coming along. The shop has plenty of space though so people are welcome to bring hand sewing, basting, binding and cutting projects as well. There will be plenty to do, we can’t wait to see you all in action!

May Meeting and some news!

Danielle Plus

Another month gone by and it’s meeting time again! First up, the meeting details:

This month we are going to have a BYO project night.

We are expecting to have a large show and tell as there will quite a few quilts that were exhibited in Berry to get through (those who exhibited, please do bring your quilt along).

Also, we have received the Michael Miller Challenge fabrics to distribute¬†so we’ll have those to cut and hand out.

With all that will be happening, we thought it would be good timing for a BYO sewing night Рbring your own hand work project to work on. Anything you can work on by hand, for example some binding or hand piecing, quilting, or perhaps it could be a good opportunity to get those labels on your quilts!

Now, onto the exciting part, our news!!!

Addicted to Fabric in Phillip have very kindly offered to host our Guild for sewing days every two months on a Sunday beginning on June¬†8th EDIT: DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THE FIRST SEWING DAY WILL BE JUNE 22 FROM 9AM TO 4PM. We will then be there the second Sunday of August, October and December. We’re very grateful to A2F for allowing us to use their facilities and also really excited to be having regular sewing days. There will be¬†more information at the meeting, looking forward to seeing you all there!

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!



Next Meeting (and membership!!!)

Hi All

Next Meeting:

Our next meeting has come upon us so very quickly (or so it seems to me!). We will be meeting on Thursday night at the Civic Library, 7:30pm and will continue same time, same place on the fourth Thursday of each month.

The lovely Clair from Bee and Lotus Textiles has offered to teach us a new skill this month. Clair is a printmaker by trade and designs her own lines of beautiful fabric. This month, she is going to be sharing her knowledge and experience by discussing Creating Your Own Quilt Labels and other custom prints. Some of the areas she will cover include:

  • Methods
  • Preparing your artwork
  • Using Spoonflower
  • Homemade Labels

You may like to bring along some of your own sketchbook/journal for taking notes as well as some of your own label examples and any artwork you have questions about.

Do also bring some show and tell, we all love a good nosey!


Thank you for hanging in there while the Committee have been finalising membership details. All the information can be found on our new membership page. Head over and check it out!

As always, let me know if you’ve any questions, I look forward to seeing you on Thursday night.


Civic Library : Entry Instructions

Liz has collected the key and will be letting us in tonight. Her instructions are below:

Come to the library’s small side door near the Canberra Museum, it’s on the opposite side to the ACT legislative assembly and right near a flight of steps.

CMQG Raffle Quilt

After much discussion, planning and designing behind the scenes, we are ready to begin the first Canberra Modern Quilt Guild raffle quilt. Many thanks to Crystal and Nicole for working on the design and getting everything organised. Below you will find the design brief as written by them.

If you would like to make blocks but are unable to attend the meeting tomorrow night, please email us and let us know how many blocks you would like to make so we can distribute the patterns to you.

Don’t forget to comment here or tweet us if you are coming along.

Lastly from me, we are awaiting instructions from Civic Library on how to access the building so will post a note here after lunchtime (hopefully by 3pm) with instructions for access. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night! Jules

Now onto the raffle quilt, the rest of this post is from Crystal:

The aim of the raffle quilt is to raise funds for the Guild to bring in a guest speaker/tutor for the benefit of members.

Design brief:
Using the Canberra map as designed by Walter Burley Griffin (above), the quilt has been split up into 64 blocks. The blocks will be divided up amongst the group. Each block will have a finished size of 8 inches and will be an interpretation of the corresponding square on the map. The colour scheme will be Palette 4 as voted. The quilting will finish the off quilt and bring it all back together, echoing the blocks with the road map and lines.Instructions to members for blocks:
Those wishing to participate will be allocated a square (or squares) of the map. It is up to you to interpret the lines and piece your block accordingly. It is not expected that you will replicate it exactly, we are trying to capture the feel of the map design. Each block must measure a finished size of 8 inches (8 1/2 inches including seam allowances) and be made up using the approved fabric and colour scheme. The technique is up to you – this is your block. Its improvisational, not precision. Remember to keep it simple and have fun with it!Fabric and colour scheme:
The colour scheme chosen by survey is:
If you would like to contribute fabric scraps to the quilt, please bring along some scraps of modern fabrics based on this colour scheme. the background of the blocks will be low volume (value) text prints so if you have any of these you can spare, please bring in some scraps of those as well so we can share them around those making the blocks. Nicole and I will be coordinating making the quilt top so please let us know if you have any questions.


Dear Canberra MQG 

It is with great sadness that we are posting this. We really have no idea where to start with this. Our Guild has lost one of it’s members this week with the sudden passing of Kathreen Ricketson and her beloved husband Rob Shugg. They drowned while swimming near Coral Bay Western Australia. Kathreen was a dear friend and a fellow founder of our Guild.¬†

Please forgive us if we have not responded to any comments on this blog over the past few days, we have been in in the process of setting up a trust fund for Kathreen and Rob’s children who are 13 and 10. More details can be found at Whip Up. If you have any questions, please contact us at and we will do our best to get back to you in due course, email is the best form of correspondence for us right now.

The meeting will be going ahead on Thursday night. We had a question from somebody about coming as a new person. Yes, please. Do come along. Anyone and everyone is welcome, no matter your skill level. 

See you then.

Jules and Danielle. 

Raffle Quilt Colour Palette :: Vote NOW!!!

Hi there. How’s your creativity this month? What have you been working on? Who else is looking forward to show and tell next week? Don’t forget the change of venue, time and day: we will be at Civic Library, 7:30pm, Thursday 23 May. More details about access will be posted next week.

At our last meeting, we spent quite a bit of time discussing the options for our Guild raffle quilt. We are going to raffle a quilt with the theme “Centenary of Canberra” during the month that Floriade is on. The funds raised from the raffle will assist the Guild to bring in a guest teacher.

Nicole and Crystal volunteered to work together on the design to be ready for our next meeting.

Those present at the meeting decided:

  • to make the colour scheme for the quilt based on Floriade;
  • that members who wanted to contribute would bring some scrap fabrics along to the next meeting;
  • those scraps will be divided between those wanting to make blocks in the following month, ready to be returned to the June meeting.

A colour palette based on Floriade can be interpreted in oh so many ways however, in order to get started, we need to decide which colours we will use. A few pictures from Floriade have been loaded into Kuler and here we have four palettes:

Floriade Palette 1
Floriade Palette 2
Floriade Palette 3
Floriade Palette 4

If you would like to vote on simply complete the survey below. Responses will be taken until midday Sunday 19 May 2013.

Make a note of the order of your preferences and then click here to take survey.

The results will be published here on Monday with details about the fabric requirements.

Thanks for taking the time to contribute.