The Girt By Sea Sew-Along… and oh look! Prizes!!!!

Have you ever been at a sit and sew day, sewing retreat or just sewing with a few friends and realised that the magic was palpable?  There’s something so special about a group of people getting together to sew!  Some of us live in metropolitan areas where it’s relatively easy for us to get together (jam-packed schedules permitting of course).  For others in the back of beyond or countries where quilting isn’t a big deal; those who can only find time to sew at night; and those who are introverted in person but the life of the party online, a sew-along is where the magic happens!


Girt By Greatness!

The Girt By Sea quilt was designed especially so that we could all get together and learn/master some of the skills involved, sharing tips and tricks and encouraging each other to give it a go.  We want to harness the wonderful support that quilters have for each other: helping to work out which colour should go where; reminding the over-thinkers when to step away from the design wall; being honest when the unpicker needs to come into play; calling for the smelling salts when someone posts something so incredibly beautiful that we go a bit lightheaded….

It’s also a pretty special feeling to know that you’re part of a community that completely understands you.  A cheer squad that celebrates your victories and supports you through the unpickin’ times.  Your tribe.

This is how the Girt By Sea sew-along will work…

  • From the 25th of each month, we’ll be sewing a round of the quilt together, sharing tips and tricks in our Modern Makers Facebook group and posting photos of our progress on Instagram.
  • Share photos of your progress on Instagram, using the hashtag #girtbyseaquilt.  As long as your photo/s are posted by midnight on 24th of each month (in your timezone) you’ll be in with a chance of winning the prize.
  • At the end of each month, the designer of the round will pick their favourite photo from the #girtbyseaquilt hashtag on Instagram to win their prize.
  • At the end of the sew-along, we’ll pick our favourite completed Girt By Sea quilt top photo from the #girtbyseaquilt hashtag to win the major prize.
  • You can join in at any time.  Obviously you won’t be able to win any prizes for the rounds that have already passed, but you’ll still be in the running for the prizes yet to be awarded.
  • That’s it!  No rules, no deadlines, no hoops to jump through.  Just having fun together, learning new skills, sharing knowledge, making friends and winning prizes!


Girt By Gifts!

So now you’re all pumped up, waving your arms in the air like Kermit, and shouting “I’m gonna Girt!  I’m gonna Girt!”.  The first thing you need to do is move yourself to a less public place.  Done that?  Good.

If, like us, you’ve got a sewing to-do list as long as both your (flailing Kermit) arms and are drowning in WIPs, you’re going to need a little nudge to start something new.  Hmmm, let’s see now… how about A WHOLE HEAP OF GORGEOUS PRIZES from our generous sponsors?!  How do you like them apples?!*

*There are no apples as prizes.  They don’t grow on trees you know.

Our wonderful sponsors have once again pulled out all the stops and provided some amazing prizes for you to win.  Please show them some love by following them on Instagram and Facebook!


MONTH ONE: Tales of Cloth
Winner: @madeturnpikecottage
– for this Instagram photo

‘Ice-Cream Soda Sampler’ – all the shapes and fabric required to make 8 Ice-Cream Soda blossoms.


You can find Tales of Cloth here: Website | Instagram | Facebook


MONTH TWO: Keera Job Design Studio
Winner: @JohannaWiedner 
– with this Instagram photo

Three Keera Job patterns: Dream Catcher, Chain Reaction and Dozen Roses; plus a few of Keera’s favourite things: fat quarter bundle of Ivy Mae by Tammie Green for Riley Blake; Flatter; 40wt Aurifil thread.

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You can find Keera Job Design Studio here: Website | Instagram | Facebook


MONTH THREE: Down Grapevine Lane
Winner: @onegreenbeancraft
– with this Instagram photo

Quilt Petite by Sedef Imer

18 sweet and modern mini quilts and more!

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You can find Down Grapevine Lane here: Website | Instagram | Facebook


MONTH FOUR: Blossom Heart Quilts

7 fat eighths of Liberty plus 1/2m of linen from Ava & Neve, plus your choice of two paper Making Merry patterns.

BHQ and AvaAndNeve prize


You can find Blossom Heart Quilts here: Website | Instagram | Facebook


MONTH FIVE: Emma Jean Jansen

By The Bundle by Emma Jean Jansen

Turn Pre-Cuts to Patchwork in 12 Fat-Quarter Friendly Quilts.




You can find Emma Jean Jansen here: Website | Instagram | Facebook


MONTH SIX: She Quilts A Lot

Two patterns, the cutest little pair of scissors, a tray, eight FQ’s of Joel Dewberry Wander and an extra little surprise!



You can find She Quilts A Lot here: Website | Instagram | Facebook


MAJOR PRIZE FOR AUSTRALIAN ENTRANTS:  Accuquilt Australia – Go! Fabric Cutter Starter Kit

The AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter is a fast, precise, affordable fabric cutting system that allows quilters to cut fabric as much as 90% faster than scissors or rotary cutting. You can cut an entire quilt in minutes!  Included in the Starter Kit is the Go! Fabric Cutter, the Value Die,  a 6″ x 12″ cutting mat, a die pick, plus a free 20-page pattern booklet which includes 12 block patterns and a sampler quilt pattern, so you can start creating right away.

(Psst – click here to see how Accuquilt could help you to cut out the Girt By Sea quilt!)

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You can find AccuQuilt Australia here: Website | Instagram | Facebook


MAJOR PRIZE FOR INTERNATIONAL ENTRANTS: Ava & Neve Liberty Society fat 16ths six month subscription, plus five gorgeous patterns from amazing Australian designers

The Ava & Neve Liberty Society is an exclusive club, designed to help quench your love of Liberty and build up your stash.  Join a journey exploring the classic and seasonal fabrics from the wonderful world of Liberty Art Fabric!  For six months, you will receive 10 fat sixteenth pieces of Liberty Tana Lawn each month.  As if that’s not generous enough, Ava & Neve have also thrown in some of their favourite patterns from awesome Australian designers!


You can find Ava & Neve here: Website | Instagram | Facebook




When:  The sew-along starts on 25th of each month and runs through until midnight on 24th of the following month (in your time zone). As long as your photo/s of the round for that month are posted on Instagram within these two dates, you’re golden!

Where:  The sew-along is happening over on Instagram. Unfortunately, entrants with private accounts will not be eligible for prizes unless their profile is open for the length of the sew-along (hint: you could always start a new IG account for the sew-along).

What:  Each month we want you to share your progress to be in the running for the monthly prize. But if you miss a month, don’t stress, you won’t be ineligible for any of the other prizes!  Photos can be of your progress or your completed round. Each of the designers will choose their favourite photo to win their prize.

Eligibility: Entrants must post a picture on Instagram, tag @modernmakersretreat and include the hashtag #girtbyseaquilt. You will need to follow @modernmakersretreat and each of the sponsors on Instagram: @accuquilt_australia, @talesofcloth, @keera.job, @downgrapevineline, @blossomheartquilts, @emmajeanjansen and @shequiltsalot.