Thursday meeting

A reminder that our November meeting is on Thursday – 27 November 7:30 at the civic library.

We have a great stash of quilts to give back to everyone. These were the quilts that were exhibited at Braidwood over the weekend.

Thanks to everyone involved for helping make the show look absolutely beautiful! It was so good to see so many of our quilts together. And amazing to see how a hall full of unmatched chairs and tables was transformed into a quilt exhibition!!


Wrap up of our October meeting

Before November progresses too much further, here’s the wrap up of our October meeting.

First – the show and tell. There was so much! So inspiring and such great stories to tell.

And next, Crystal and Amira filled us in on publishing patterns – filling us in on Craftsy and more. Crystal has added her handout to our Facebook page.

Four quilts
Clockwise from top left – 1. Paulette’s challenge quilt. 2. Jen’s Bright Amy Butler quilt. 3. Nurdan’s fantastic take on modern. 4. Tracey’s stripes and flowers for her mum.
Applique and feathers
Top – Clair’s applique in progress – from a class with Sarah Fielke. Bottom – two shots of Mon’s quilt featuring free motion quilted peacock feathers.

Meeting on Thursday

Our next meeting is Thursday, back at the civic library – 7:30pm.

If you’ve finished your challenge blue and white quilt for the Braidwood quilt event, bring it along. More information here.

Getting your patterns published will be the theme of the night. Crystal and Amira will step us through the world of Craftsy and more.

Could be a great way to make some money to buy more fabric essentials!

Braidwood Quilt Event – Blue and White Challenge hosted by Canberra Modern Quilt Guild

In 2014, the Braidwood Quilt Event will be holding a Blue and White Challenge. Within that challenge will be a special feature of mini quilts. The quilts will be displayed as part of the Event on 22 & 23 November 2014. All quilts, including Mini Quilts entered will be eligible for the Blue and White Viewer’s choice award. Please read the rules carefully before filling out the online entry form.

  • Quilts may be in any style (traditional, art, modern, etc).
  • Quilts may include any design elements (including handwork, applique, piecing, whole cloth, improvisation, etc).
  • You do not need to be a member of any quilt guild to enter a quilt
  • Entry is open to all makers from any country.
  • Quilts must have not been previously entered into a Braidwood Quilt Event.
  • Quilts must be labeled with the quilt name, makers name and date and have a hanging sleeve.
  • Quilts must be provided in a fabric bag (a pillow slip is perfect) labeled with the quilt name, makers name and makers address.
  • All quilts entered in the Event must meet the following requirements:
    • Be made using PREDOMINANTLY blue and white.
    • Have three layers (backing, batting and top) joined together with stitching or tying.
    • Have a finished binding on the edge of the quilt.
    • Have been made in the past two years.
    • If entering a mini quilt: For this Event, a mini quilt is one that measures 24″ or less per side or has a total perimeter of 96”. The quilt can be any shape as long as it does not exceed the size or perimeter limit.
    • All of the people who worked on the quilt (paid or not) must be credited on the entry form.
  • There will be a Viewer’s Choice award for the quilt which receives the most votes between 9am Saturday 22 November and 2pm Sunday 23 November.
  • The Exhibit Organisers reserve the right accept or deny any quilt for display and to reject any quilts that are in poor condition when received and seen in person. Including but not limited to stained or torn fabric (which does not form part of the design), poor craftsmanship, an unfinished quilt or a quilt that does not meet the size requirements. Any quilt that is rejected by the Event Organisers will be returned to the entrant and will not be displayed in the exhibit.
  • There are no refunds on entry fees once a quilt has been submitted.
  • The decisions of the Event Organisers is final.
  • Online entry is preferred however entries will also be accepted by mail to PO Box 370, Dickson, ACT 2602. You can enter your quilt by clicking here
  • The closing date for entry is Friday 14 November 2014. ALL Quilts and entry forms must be received no later than 4pm Friday 14 November 2014. Quilts will be accepted at the Canberra Modern Quilt Guild Meeting of 23 October 2014, or by mail to PO Box 370, Dickson, ACT 2602 by Friday 14 November.
  • Quilts must be accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed parcel bag for return. The Event Organisers will mail the quilt back to the entrant between 24 and 28 November 2014.
  • The entry fee is $10 and provides for entry of up to two quilts. No more than two quilts per entrant will be accepted.
  • The Event does not discriminate against entrants based on race, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or marital status.

For More Information

If you have any questions, please contact Julie McMahon at

Sewing day on Sunday

Sunday 12 October is our next sewing day.

It’s at Addicted to Fabric in Phillip from 9am to 4pm.

Bring along your machines and projects. There’s a great design wall, lots of inspiration and a shop full of fabric!!

If you like, bring along something for morning or afternoon tea to share. There’s a small fee to cover tea and coffee and the use of the shop

Our September meeting was all about getting your quilts exhibition-ready!

Coral talked us through blocking a quilt. Who knew that you should soak your quilt in a bathtub! Seriously though, blocking is all about ensuring that your quilt is squared up, so it will hang flat. Very important if you’re exhibiting and want to show the judges that your quilt is professionally finished. Blocking is also a great way to rid your quilt of stray quilting or pin holes.

And then to continue the theme, Sylvia showed us her fantastic technique for sewing binding on the bias, and the perfect bias finish. Ever the professional, Sylvia brought along several mini quilt samples, some finished and some in progress, to help us better see the technique.

Challenge quilts

And just a reminder to get working on your blue and white challenge quilts for the Braidwood quilt show on Saturday and Sunday, 22 and 23 November. We’ll be posting full details soon, but for now the quilts are to be mainly blue and white, and with a maximum size of 24 inches square.

We also want to show off our modern quilts. Have a think about which one you want to exhibit. The modern quilt section will only have limited room.

Thursday is our September meeting

Our September meeting – Thursday 25 September – is just around the corner.

Coral is going to explain the steps for getting a quilt show-ready. And this is in preparation for all the quilts we’ll be entering for the Braidwood showing of the quilts – 22-23 November!

Come along and hear about our blue and white mini quilt challenge for Braidwood, and our plans to enter our modern quilts to the show.

For anyone new to our guild, we meet at Civic Library – see you there!!!

Next meeting – Thursday

Our next Canberra Modern Quilt Group meeting is on Thursday – again at the civic library from 7.30.

Once again, we’ll be going in through the library’s side door – it’s on the side nearest the Canberra museum.

We want to know more!

It wasn’t all show-and-tell, meeting everyone and eating Anzac biscuits and chocolate on Thursday night.

We also want to know more – more about quilting that is.

We came up with a list of things we want to learn – and would love any more ideas:

■Mitred borders – Danielle brought in her applique quilt with freshly mitred borders – very inspiring
■Needle-turn applique
■Y seams
■English paper piecing
■Machine paper piecing, and
■Free motion quilting.

We’d love to hear your ideas…