I Quilt – getting to know my modern quilt guild


It’s Thursday and it’s time to come link up your quilty process here at Pretty Bobbins!

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This week I’m featuring the lovely Marelize from Stitch by Stitch.  Marelize’s quilting is beautiful.  If you haven’t visited her blog then you must head over now.  I’ll wait while you do ;)  How AMAZING are her feather samples??? (below)  It is no surprise that Marelize was asked to do a demonstration.  Seriously beautiful stuff!

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Marelize also wrote last week about Instagram taking over her life and her blog getting less attention.  I think most of us have been bitten by that bug!  Instagram is such a great place to be inspired, share and interact with other quilters.  I think the immediacy of instagram and the ease of interaction is a big drawcard.  If you’re on instagram, let me know your name in the comments so I can follow your creative journey :)

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Marelize is definitely a source of inspiration for me on instagram and as I’m writing this I’m thinking you might like to check out some of the other talented quilters on instagram.  Again, please feel free to mention people in the comments, I happily follow over 700 people LOL

– amazing longarm/freemotion quilting.  AMAZING!

– beautiful, beautiful work!  Another talented longarm quilter <3

– lots of colourful projects and lovely quilting!

– Jess has a beautiful sense of style and palette and her quilting is GORGEOUS!

– her current project is stunning!  LOVE!

– not only is she a font of information, but her quilting is specatular!

The list could go on forever really ;)  One thing I would like to say is, if you’re on instagram, please use hashtags.  It increases your exposure and it helps instagram addicts like me find you.  I often scroll through the hastags of #quilting #midcenturymodern #quilt #interiors  Help a girl out and go hashtag crazy ;)

This week I wanted to talk about quilting locally.  When I was living in Nouméa all of my quilty interaction was online.  Over the course of the past three months I have joined three local quilt guilds and I’m loving it!  I find the meetings are a great way to socialise with people who share the same passion, a great place to get inspired whilst ooohing and aaaahing over quilts and, if I’m being honest, a great escape.  It’s the only “me time” I take and I really enjoy it!

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This evening at the Canberra Modern Quilt Guild we will be swapping nametags.  It’s a secret swap so I’m going to post this when I get home with some photos.  I shared a sneak peek on instagram the other day when I was selecting binding and typically went with the unusual choice ;)  I hope my swap partner likes it!  I think the purple brings out the warmth of the orange and is a nice surprise.  The blue was the safer choice and I like to live life on the edge ;)  I did improv curves with some favourite scraps and Essex linen and hand-stitched with Aurifil 12wt.  A little FMQ on my Bernina with a lovely King Tut variegated thread.  Lots of modern techniques in there :)

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Here are all of the secret name tags from the swap at the meeting this evening.  I love the feeling of belonging in this guild and I love the different aspects and personalities of all three guilds that I attend.  One of them meets EVERY Friday night!  I only go to every second or third meeting, we’re just too busy for me to be out every Friday.

I’m much quieter at guild meetings than I am on the blog, but I’m trying my best to be more outgoing.  It’s that whole new people/situation anxiety thing, which is another reason I love instagram, I can feel confident in my studio and online at the same time :)  I’d love to hear how you build your confidence and get to know local quilters :)

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So that’s it, let’s get linky.  Please remember to visit three other linkers and add a link to my blog or the linky button to your post or sidebar :)  Thanks for linking up!

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10 Comments on I Quilt – getting to know my modern quilt guild

  1. iva
    March 28, 2014 at 5:12 am (2 months ago)

    Wow… I almost fell off the chair when I read my instagram name What an honor. Thank you very much!

  2. Lisa in Port Hope
    March 28, 2014 at 10:32 am (2 months ago)

    I try to share process pics or ransom things I’m doing on instagram and usually have items which are closer to finished on my blog.
    @ lisainporthope

    • Lisa in Port Hope
      March 28, 2014 at 10:33 am (2 months ago)

      Random, not ransom.

  3. Serena @ Sewgiving
    March 28, 2014 at 3:59 pm (2 months ago)

    Reaching out to ‘real life’ quilters is scary … I just joined Perth Modern Quilt Guild and am going to a meeting this Sunday – some escape time with like minded people is good for the soul :0)

  4. Vera
    March 28, 2014 at 7:46 pm (2 months ago)

    Have you changed your settings? Last time I visited I couldn’t see the text in comments and this time around I see no text in your post or anywhere else on your site just empty spaces and smile icons.

  5. Vera
    March 28, 2014 at 7:49 pm (2 months ago)

    I tried to refresh the page but nothing happend but it all came up once I posted the comment above. No idea what the problem was. I hope everythings settles in soon for you. Fingers crossed.

  6. Jess @ Scrappy n Happy
    March 28, 2014 at 10:10 pm (2 months ago)

    Instagram is great but I also have the problem of not blogging anywhere near as much now! I am .

  7. Katy S
    March 28, 2014 at 10:39 pm (2 months ago)

    Thanks for the IG ideas! I have only begun following quilters there and don’t post quilting stuff often ….yet! Marelize’s machine quilting is amazing!

  8. Karen Miller
    March 29, 2014 at 4:08 am (2 months ago)

    Gemma thanks so much for sharing these beautiful samples from Marelize. She continues to amaze me and I’m honored to follow her awesome blog activities. Thank YOU TOO for sharing the Guild experience with us – love all those tags. So pretty. I’m not an instagram person (YET?) but I’ve been dabbling in Twitter. I may have to take the leap…

  9. Sarah
    April 15, 2014 at 11:38 pm (2 months ago)

    My Instagram name is sarahkrothe. You may already follow me? I’m already following you and have commented on some of your posts. I began Instagram to share my makes, but there’s not too many of them on there yet! More everyday life and family stuff


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