Friday, 20 December 2013

MMQG is open!

Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild Inc. is now open for memberships!

This is a great friendly group of ladies (or laydees as one friend likes to pretend) who meet in the fantastic venue of GJs fabric store, in Brunswick.  T-riffic place for a guild to sew in - big, bright, roomy tables and tall cutting tables, mats, irons, and best of all - a quilting/fabric store right at our fingertips!!!

We are not super modern with our sewing - no modern quilting police here!  

We embrace lots of different styles, techniques and really just want to Sew Our Stuff!

We also embrace lots of different personalities: loud, quiet, cheeky, humble, AND we have some killer cooks in our midst - I mean 'good' :)

I have met the most lovely people here and I find every time I go to sew I learn a little bit more about those around me and that we are all the same - you know?  We all have worries, and sickness in the family and children-raising stories and problems with threading the machine or getting a block right and this group allows you to explore these things, talk about these things, bounce ideas and give suggestions, 
Play With Fabric that only quilters and sewers understand.

For those who can't get to Brunswick or any sewing meet here, our Facebook page is perfect to keep in touch with how everyone is going with their quilty endeavours - lots of fun chat, photos, quilty q&a and sometimes a recipe thrown in to boot!!

The current Committee of volunteers have put a lot of blood sweat and tears into getting this group incorporated - these are people who have their own busy lives, their own jobs, family, studies, yet have spent an enormous amount of time and effort into getting this group official.  Bravo to them!

If you are interested in seeing what we are up to, visit HERE to register your interest

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Turning the edges up

Okey Kokey - Chez Whippet Good has been AWOL for awhile - life has been interesting here for past two months to say the least - and not much sewing has been going on - BUT I will show you what has happened cos when you have to, you have to, even when you don't want to look at fabric, or think about someone's pattern or pick up a rotary cutter, or even look at the mess of your room.  
Some days it's been hard to get out of bed, hard to get in the car to go to work and hard to even open your mouth to say hello.  Turning the edges of the mouth up has been hard lately.  

These photos have reminded me of how much I do like my colours and fun prints and a simple block

Ausmod Bee September blocks for Jules of Procrasticraft

Ausmod Bee October Jenn of Penny Poppleton

An op-shop score to beat all others (well, that I've found) - Pyrex Aqua Snowflake

Some kiddos had birthdays!

 and saw Dr Who 3D!

A little request for a comfy back pillow in blues and I threw this together - it was fun except the end bits did my head in (follow a pattern - no way! this little black duck does things off the fly - and usually gets it wrong!) but it worked out in the end.....phew!    Loved using some Echino cockatiels and some velveteen AMH.

Some one in this house is going to be a Master Painter!

and finally, my entry for the exhibit at Full Circle - this is called Focus on Hope

 The blackened jungle of background  pieces depicted how I felt when I made it but that glimmer, that glimpse of hope ...

- the light is shining bigger and brighter now - this is good.