ROWmakers Design group – 2020 is the 10th year!

February 23, 2020 | Posted in Row-by-row Challenge | By

The ROWmakers is a design group that meets once a month on the second Wednesday, February – December. The purpose of the group is to design and make a unique quilt or quilt-related project, over the course of the year, using ingredients drawn at random each month.

This year is the 10th year this has been run and the ingredients fall into three categories – colour, shape and theme. The latter has new options and is based on social themes. Each month one item is drawn from each category. The first combination is Pink / Octagon / Legend or Myth

As mentioned in the email from our co-ordinator, Joanne …

 A bit of a challenge, but don’t feel daunted. Pink can be anything from the palest ice pink to the darkest burgundy and it counts if there’s only a dot. Any eight- sided figure can count as an octagon. (I’m planning an elongated one.) The easiest to do is the snowball block. (Blame my friendship group for this one – I needed a twelfth shape and this is what we came up with.) And myths and legends can include anything from Ancient Greek myths to urban myths to present-day sporting “legends” to witches and black cats (what I’m using in my Cat quilt). 

We came up with some other approaches:

  •  Children’s quilts were popular so Fairy Tales/Nursery Rhymes, Cartoons or Movies would be an option for the whole year.
  • Liz suggested if you wanted to do a travel quilt you could chose TV Shows and use “Getaway”.
  • Song lyrics was another suggestion. (“Somewhere over the Rainbow” – and then you could just do the colour!) Another was to base a quilt on the work of a favourite artist.
  • I’m doing a Cat quilt and finding cats in each theme. You could do the same for a House quilt or a Christmas quilt. 
  • You can expand the scope of the category. Zodiac could be western star signs, Chinese horoscope animals, the associated elements (earth, fire, air, water, metal, wood) and the associated gemstones, flowers and colours.
  • Or you could do what a couple of our members have been known to do and ignore the whole category. And then someone in the group will see the block and come up with a connection anyway!I hope everyone has fun and if you’re stuck there’s always Google. (I googled cats and myths and got witches – easy.) 

The next meeting is on Wednesday 11 March, 10am for a 10.30am start, in the CQ room at the Cook Community Hub. It is followed by a drop-in, until 4pm. So you can stay all day to sew.

The full list of ‘rules’ and instructions is available here. (ROW=Rowdy on Wednesday)

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Tea Lady drop-in (Dear Jane group) – 29 January

January 27, 2020 | Posted in Drop-in | By

This Wednesday, 29 January, is the 5th Wednesday so it is time for a tea lady drop in. This year Christine is hosting the day with a focus on making Dear Jane quilts. It is like a support group for Dear Jane makers.

Here is a message from Christine:

Morning ladies, how is your Dear Jane coming along? I’m  a bit overwhelmed by all the tiny pieces and so, haven’t done a stitch!
However,  I am looking forward to seeing how you have progressed, since we last met.
Our next scheduled meeting is next Wednesday, 29 January 2020, at 10amfor 10.30 start. We will have show and tell, introduce new members and perhaps discuss any issues you are having, to see if someome can find a solution. The rooms will be open until 4pm, so bring your lunch along and stay all day if you can.
I must remind you that you must be a current member of Canberra Quilters to continue in this group and to use our facilities.

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Congratulations to member Wendy Saclier

January 26, 2020 | Posted in Member News | By

Congratulations to CQ founding member Wendy Saclier, for being awarded a medal in the Order of Australia, announced today.
Details of the bio:
Ms Wendy Anne SACLIER, Curtin ACT 2605
For service to the creative arts, and to women.
* Canberra Quilters Founding Member, 1976.
* National Council of Women Australia Member, since 2002.
President, 2010-2013.
* Member, Queen Elizabeth II Family Centre, since 1994.
* Volunteer, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, since 2007.

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Sponsor News- Fabric Sale

January 21, 2020 | Posted in sponsor news | By

One of Canberra Quilters’ sponsors (Robyn Cawdron) is having a fabric sale, starting this Friday and running over the long weekend.


Patchwork Fabric Sale 20% off most fabrics
(excludes already reduced fabrics, reproduction and toile)
Over 100 bolts at $12/m
Friday 24th Jan – Monday 27th Jan 10am -3pm daily
1 Mault Place Monash
Ph – 0411989391 for details


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First meeting of the year – Wonderful Wednesday, 15 January 2020

January 13, 2020 | Posted in Drop-in, Meetings | By

The first meeting of the year is this Wednesday, 15 January, in the Hall at the Cook Community Hub, from 9.30am until 12.30pm.

Canberra Quilters has resumed the normal schedule of meetings, drop-ins and special interest group get togethers. You can check the calendar on the website here or in the newsletter, Connecting Threads.

The meeting is followed by a drop-in at the Canberra Quilters room. The library is open for the first half of the drop-in. This drop-in is also when the English Paper Piecing (EPP) Group meets. The EPP Group is for members who like to do English Paper Piecing – learning from each other, getting help or working on a current project. You don’t have to be part of this group to come to the drop-in.

Don’t forget to bring something for show & tell. The ROWmakers group will be showing efforts from previous years. This will be the 10th year that this group has been meeting.

For new members, Wonderful Wednesday is held on the third Wednesday of each month except December, normally in the Hub Hall from 9.30am till 12.30pm. It is a good opportunity to do some handwork and meet for a chat. We have Raffles, Lucky Door Prize, and Name Badge Draw, some of the most wonderful morning tea fare and a themed Show and Tell plus the regular Show and Tell.

If you are a newcomer or you haven’t been for a while PLEASE come and sit at Christine’s table (WW convener) where ever that may be, until you get better acquainted with the other members.

Quilt in banner is Flowers for Zoe by Lyn Keoghan, exhibited in the 2019 Members’ Exhibition.

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A Message from the CQ President- Bushfire Response

January 12, 2020 | Posted in member activity, QFO | By

This morning members would have received the following in an email from our President, Raylee Bielenberg:

Our New Year has been smothered in smoke and full of concern for those affected by the bushfires.  Many of us have friends and family in the areas that have been burned or are still in danger from the fires.

It is hard to sit still and many want to contribute to the well being of those affected.

We have collated a number of links for you to explore in order to contribute or donate as you choose, however…

As a group our skillset sets us up for help after the communities start to recover and our QFO group is ideal for this.

Can I encourage everyone to consider making a quilt to be completed through our QFO group.  If we can concentrate our efforts in this area then we will be best placed to respond quickly to the call for quilts to go to those who have lost so much.

Many of you are probably acting ahead of this email and have started making. Thank you. We will need everyone who is able to help to do so and together we can have some comforting quilts ready to send when the time is appropriate. Makers, quilters and binders, everyone can be part of the quilts journey from Canberra Quilters to those who can use a hug in the form of a quilt.

There are various charities that are collecting items to send to help communities get back on their feet, but there is also the issue of storing and distributing those items.  The time for quilts will come when those who have lost their homes and livelihood need both the warmth and comfort we can share through our quilt-making.  Many times on the news they have made the point that if you can give funds that is often better than items that create a secondary issue and take personnel away from more pertinent roles at this time.

Therefore we have time to put our skills to great use and build the stock of quilts through QFO ready for when they are wanted and needed.

I look forward to seeing you soon at our February meeting.

Wishing everyone safety and clear air and praying for rain for our land.


Red Cross Bush Fire Appeal – this is a great site for donating money to help at the ground level.

NSW Rural Fire Services – these are the men and woman that are on the ground fighting the fires in New South Wales.

Animal Rescue Craft Group – this is a Facebook group that works together to make things to help with injured wildlife.

Cool the Vollies – This initiative is looking to make 10,000 cool neck ties for volunteers

Crafty Fog Bushfire Appeal – Laura’s mission; To provide a co-ordinated effort to accept and distribute craft items to those who have been forced to leave behind their supplies. The aim is to provide full kits thereby enabling recipients to be able to get working on their craft without having to chasing up missing supplies.

Anglicare NSW South, NSW West and ACT

WIRES Emergency Fund for Wildlife – for those that want to donate to helping look after the animals impacted by this disaster.


Port Macquarie Koala Hospital


Oz Comfort Quilts – blocks and tops, or whole quilts for those affected


GIVIT – give items or donate


Quilts of Love for fire victims


NSW Rural Fire Service – for info


Animals Australia – will take your fur coats if you still have any, to use for animals.

(Quilt in banner is Wonder in the Woods by Bronwyn Hill. It was exhibited in the 2019 Members’ Exhibition)

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Erindale Library Exhibition Request

January 10, 2020 | Posted in Exhibition, member activity | By

Elaine White has taken over as the Erindale Library Exhibition Co-ordinator. Here is a request from Elaine:


I am calling for quilts from members for the next Erindale Library Exhibition.  If you have completed quilts made in classes with our own Beryl Hodges, which you can spare for around 3 months, I would like to hang them at the Library at the end of February.  Our ongoing partnership with the Library gets the Canberra Quilters name recognition and publicity, and contributes to a strong community presence.

Quilts need to be a maximum of 230 cm on each side, and I would like the name of the class you attended as well as the title of your quilt.  Dates are even better.

Beryl has agreed to provide a couple of quilts as well, so this will be a lovely way of recognising her long career as a Canberra Quilters member and teacher.  Please email me with any questions or offers of quilts or you can phone me ( details under sponsors in the newsletter).

Thanks in advance!




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ROYAL CANBERRA SHOW – 28 February – 1 March at Exhibition Park in Canberra

January 1, 2020 | Posted in Call for Entries, exhibitions | By

Valerie has reminded us that electronic entries are still open for the Crafts Expo at the Royal Canberra Show.  All entries must be received by 4pm 10 January 2020.

The maximum quilt size is 240cm, except for the Miniature class.

Don’t just look at the Quilting/ Patchwork classes (categories). You may find something in Sewing (e.g. 806 Fabric carry bag – fashion or utility) or Textile Arts and Millinery (e.g. 905 – any textile item/ mixed media/ wall hanging including techniques such as hand painting, dyeing, printing, stitching, beading), or Miscellaneous Crafts. There is again a theme class, within each section, and for 2020it is  – MARKET GARDENS

Categories for 2020 are:-


  1. 750.Any exhibit depicting your interpretation of ‘Market Gardens’ (attach a story of no more than 50 words of your interpretation)
  2. 751.The Scarecrow Challenge – Any item of quilting or patchwork depicting a scarecrow

BEGINNERS (with less than 2 years experience)

  1. 752.  Any exhibit of Quilting and Patchwork

NON PROFESSIONAL (with more than 2 years experience)

  1. 753.Traditional Quilt, including those featuring Appliqué
  2. 754.Miniature Quilt
  3. 755.ModernQuilt
  4. 756.Creative Garment and Creative Article
  5. 757.Art and Mixed Media Quilt


758. 758.Any exhibit of Quilting and Patchwork

SENIOR (Non Professional, 65 Years and over as at 11 January 2020

759. Any Quilt made by entrant

STUDENT (18 Years and under as at 11 January 2020 – Attach Date of Birth to each exhibit)

760 Any exhibit of Quilting and Patchwork made and quilted by student

STUDENT (12 Years and under as at 11 January 2020– Attach Date of Birth to each exhibit)

761. Any exhibit of Quilting and Patchwork made and quilted by student.

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Drop in cancelled – Saturday 21 December

December 20, 2019 | Posted in Drop-in | By

The drop-in scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday 21 December , is cancelled because of the toxic air quality index and the predicted heat. Please stay safe and cool and have a great Christmas.

See you all in 2020.

(Quilt in banner is Global Warming by Elizabeth Rose)

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Drop-in: 18 December (Dear Jane start-up)

December 14, 2019 | Posted in Drop-in, member activity | By

There is no Wonderful Wednesday meeting on the 18th December, however, our room will be open from 10am to 4pm. So come and drop in to finish your last minute Christmas gift or just chill out before Christmas or get your library books, as the library will be open until 1.30pm.

Dear Jane Interest Group

Original Dear Jane

Those of you interested in working on a Dear Jane quilt in 2020 are welcome to attend the Dear Jane start up/ information drop in from, 10am to 12pm. The regular get togethers of this interest group will be on 5th Wednesdays in 2020.

Come and join Christine Stewart and like minded members start, continue or finish their Dear Jane Quilt.

Jane Stickle created her sampler quilt in 1863 during the American Civil War. There are 5602 pieces but you don’t have to make the whole quilt. Although there is no formal class, Brenda Papadakis’s book and CD “Dear Jane” will be used to make all or part  of your quilt. So bring your book, CD and something to read the CD,  plus your ideas,  fabric and enthusiasm to get started.

Jenny Cook is going to bring along her colourful Dear Jane for us to drool over:

Your hostess for this all day drop in is Christine Stewart.


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