March madness meeting

Phew, so much going on last meeting! We’ll let the pictures tell the story…

Suitcase sale

Modern BOM

See p 186 of your book – 3 Wishes

Finished Quatrefoil from last year’s Modern BOM
Low Volume swap
Free sewing


Show and tell
New friends
Mod Mini Challenge announced

That was SO much to fit into one meeting, we’ve decided it was enough for two! Instead of meeting at the end of April we’ll be meeting at Handcrafter’s House on StarWars day… If you aren’t sure when that is… make sure you’re on the mailing list for details!

Enjoy your Easter and Anzac

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The Mod Mini Challenge

We’re getting our mod on… with a two part Modern Mini Quilt Challenge! Proudly supported by Handcrafter’s House,

Part 1: Modern Mini Pinterest challenge – now to 27 April

Create a new Pinterest board called [Your name]‘s PMQG Modern Mini challenge. Pin 10 (and ONLY 10 – that’s the hard part!) mini quilts from anywhere on the web. You can get started by looking at the PMQG Pinterest board.

Between 27-31 April, the enter the link to your pinterest board on this site.
Voting opens 1 May for 10 days. Winner announced at the end of May meeting.

Part 2: Modern mini quilt

Make a modern mini quilt of no larger than 62.5 cms (25.5″) by 40cms (15.75″).

If you wish to donate your modern mini quilt to the King Edward Memorial Hospital crib quilt charity, please make your  quilt to this exact size. Bright colours are great on the front or choose colours for a boy or a girl. Use 100% cottong wadding. Backing should be pastels colours.

If you do not wish to donate your quilt, you can make anything this size or smaller.

The prizes…

Some yummy yummy Bali Snaps…


Or some pretty charms!
modminiprize2Which would you pick?!


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Save the date!

As well as the Low Volume Swap and the Suitcase Destash sale, we also have a skillshare happening this Sunday at Perth Modern Quilt Guild!

The skillshare this meeting will be free-motion quilting tips, including raw edge appliqué and easy trapunto….  We are having one skill-share each meeting and this month it’s Laura’s turn. She’s had to enlist some help.

Meet Neeve.


Neeve has drawn some dinosaurs for Laura to appliqué.neevedraw

Here’s her cushion front, pinned and semi sewn. (Her dad drew the letters – he’s a professional).

And here is Neeve’s brother’s cushion front, just fused together ready for the demo.neevek


Sue will also be sharing our Modern Block of the Month. There’s heaps going on! Make sure you join us!

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Sunday March 30th Meeting 2014


Last month at the meeting Gina talked about low volume fabrics. What’s a low volume fabric? We liked this article by Rebecca Lynne:


Blocks by Gina

At the March meeting, we’ll be having a 10″ low volume fabric swap. Bring along 10 x 10″ squares of the same print of low volume fabric.  Place them in a zip lock bag with your name on it.  * (Please note that the fabric is to be unwashed).*  You will receive 10 blocks back, made up of different fabrics!  Magic!

Participation is up to you.  If you wish to participate with more than one set of 10 blocks,  you are welcome to do so, just choose a different fabric for each set.  If you have any questions, look on FaceBook where there is lots of chatter  (and photos) about this swap or email Gina or Janine at or

All my bags are packed…

We’re also having a Destashing Suitcase sale at the March meeting! All fabric, sewing notions or sewing related items can be sold at this sale …but must be confined to a suitcase!  You can use any suitcase and make it as attractive as you want.  Or not!  Remember:

  • make sure all items are priced
  • have a container for payment in the suitcase – honour system applies.

All items sold will be paid for by the honour system so that our sewing time is not disrupted!  This is a great time to clear out some of that fabric you’ve never used! The best looking suitcase will be photographed and featured in our next newsletter.  Let’s all get creative!

Meetings begin and 2pm and finish at 6 pm at EJ Scout Hall, Pilgrim Street, South Perth.  We’re looking forward to this meeting.  Hope you are too.

Gina and Janine

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Jodie’s February Block

My February BOM will be donated to:

Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

Some of you may be aware, my first husband had Leukaemia. It is 18 years since my husband died…. I would like to raise more awareness and some much needed funds for medical research. On my bike ride that I went on (The Ride to Conquer Cancer – 217km!) 3 of my fellow team mates have Leukaemia, they are all kept alive by drugs.

So, I hope you will help me make a block and I will sew them all together and I’ll be donating it to the Harry Perkins Institute.

So, lets get started!

Jodie's February Block

Jodie’s February Block

This is the block I have made – yes Laura, I thought about low volume and this is what I came up with. I would love all bright feel good fabrics please, it’s for people to look at and make them feel happy –you know the fabric I’m talking about!!!!!

It has 4 small blocks
4 ¼ x 5 ½

I started a fantastic tutorial, then I figured I would be better off using the one already done on the internet I found – she has better pics than me!

I reduced the pattern to 50%. Please check the pattern for the “E” block as Jodie notes she made a mistake in her sample.

Thanks Jodie

These are the templates from Jodie.

LOVE - L Cropped
LOVE - O Cropped
LOVE - V Cropped
LOVE - E Cropped

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Critters Quilt – letter from Princess Margaret Hospital

We had a wonderful response from Mr Philip Aylward, Chief Executive Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.

Please see attached image.

Letter PMH

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Skill Builder – Beryl Snell – Checkers Block

Machine and Hand Applique – Checkers block designed by Monika Wintermantel

Beryl Snell is sewing the quilt block for January, which is the Checkers block (Modern Blocks) on page 40, designed by Monika Wintermantel.

applique Skill Builder Beryl  Beryl demonstrating applique to a very interested group.

Please use a bright white 6 1/2 inch square for the central block and lots of bright fabrics for the 20 X 2inch blocks and plainer fabrics for the 4 x 2 inch border strips, with 2 inch corner stones rather than four patch squares.

When sewing applique it is a good idea to start with a 1inch bigger block than required, as the applique stitching may cause the block to shrink slightly.  Trim the block back to 61/2 inches when the applique is completed.

Applique 1 Beryl  Machine applique

For the applique on the centre block chose a simple design suitable for a child, such as an animal, fish, star or heart.  The applique on my blocks was done by tracing the design onto fusible webbing, roughly cutting out the traced pieces then ironing them to the back of bright scraps of fabric.  Use a hot dry iron (i.e. no steam). Next cut out the pieces exactly on the traced lines.  Check to see if any pieces need to be placed underneath another first.  Remove the paper from the back and iron with glue side down onto the white square.

Sew around the edges of the pieces by hand using blanket stitch, or machine using blanket stitch or satin stitch. You can use the same colour or contrasting colour machine embroidery thread or cotton thread.  Make sure the bobbin thread is the same thickness as the top thread.

Finally sew all the other pieces around the white block.  Completed block should be 12 1/2 inches square.

Applique 2 Beryl  Completed Blocks

I look forward to seeing some completed bright blocks.

Thank you.



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Completed Quilt Challenge – Fussy Cut design

Completed Quilt Challenge based on FUSSY CUT Design by Susanne Woods

Refer to Page 78 and 79 in MODERN BLOCKS

Quilt Front

Critters frontUsing the theme of Critters and Bugs and keeping the background consistent (white fabric) 11 members of the Perth Modern Quilt Guild undertook the challenge and contributed to the making of the quilt.

The quilt was completed by Emmy Terry and donated to Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in late December 2013.  The quilt was targetted for a child suffering from cancer.

Quilt Backing

Critters back

A sincere thank you to all who contributed by making a block.

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Karen Sewell Book Review – Japanese Quilting, piece by piece, 29 stitched projects by Yoko Saito

My book review Japanese Quilting, piece by piece, 29 stitched projects by Yoko Saito

This book is full of projects with a contemporary look using neutral coloured fabrics. I loved the detailed construction techniques of all the bag designs. They have been written clearly enough for a beginner like me to tackle.

Along with bags, there are several quilt patterns but they are not for the faint hearted. The quilts in the book are very intricately pieced or appliquéd projects, all gorgeous challenging pieces of work.

The only down side is the availability of the fabrics she uses in her designs. To have the variety required to complete some of the patterns would be quite expensive and hard to acquire in Australia.  The best selection of these fabrics can be found on While she did have other websites listed at the back of the book, their selections were limited or the site was no longer active.

I am going to attempt the Orange Blossom Bag myself but using batiks. I will have to a more careful with my bag as batik fabric is more delicate and not as hard wearing as her lovely japanese linens.

Cheers Karen

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Are you ready?

Hello everyone!

January is racing away and out very first meet-up is This Sunday 19th January at our usual venue….

You can find us at the EJ Scout Hall, South Perth on from 2 pm to 6 pm (Parking on Pilgrim St).

So, are you wondering what you need to be ready for?

Modern blocks and appliqué skill-share

Due to popular vote at the October meeting, we will be continuing with the Modern Blocks block of the month for the first half of 2013.
For the coming month, Beryl has chose a fusible appliqué block. We will be doing a skill builder session at 3:30pm for those who have never done fusible appliqué before (and anyone who wants to play with appliqué!). If you want to join in, please bring along:

  • a 6.5″ square of white homespun cotton fabric
  • scraps of cotton fabric (if you bring enough to share you can comfortably raid other people’s scraps
  • a pencil (retractable is good)
  • small sharp scissors.

Fusible web will be provided as will scraps of batting.
There is the option of starting your Block of the Month or your own name tag, which will take you through the process of making a tiny mini quilt from start to finish. We’ll look at different ways of finishing fusible appliqué in the following meeting.

In other news…

February is just around the corner and our Financial Members should have received their Sayonara Summer Retreat e-vite!

Hoping to see lots of you on Sunday and we welcome those of you whole would like to come and see all of the fantastic things that happen at our meetings!
Best wishes,



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