Stellar Australis by the Melbourne MQG
By Christine Beanland
The Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild began the 2018 QuiltCon Charity Challenge with an online poll of members to choose a traditional block to be the focus of our quilt. The classic sawtooth star was our selection.
Members who elected to contribute were provided with two solid fabrics from the set color palette and asked to make a block finishing at no larger than twelve inch squares.
Our quilters displayed their individual styles, personalities and piecing skills in the blocks they created. They come together as a vibrant and varied collection that plays with scale and proportion.
Indeed, some members became very competitive about seeing who could make the smallest star! The layout was composed at one of our regular sit and sew days. This was the most challenging stage of the process and a dedicated team of quilters labored with a creative and critical eye and much debate to finish our quilt top.
The quilt was custom long arm quilted by guild member Katrina Wilson. Hand binding was sewn by many of our members at our Christmas sewing day in December.
The process of making of this quilt allowed all of our members to participate in all stages of the process, from design to completion. This was a truly collaborative and enjoyable work because each contributor can see part of themselves in the group quilt.
Our guild directs its charity quilts to charitable organisations that work with and support vulnerable women and children in the State of Victoria and this quilt will be donated locally.
Each unique block in our quilt becomes part of a harmonious whole. It reflects the individual quilters who come together creatively to form the Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild. It also reminds us of the variety and beauty of the stars in our Southern Skies. This is why we have chosen to name our quilt Stellar Australis.
To learn more about the Melbourne MQG, visit their Instagram @melbmqg.