Modern quilters final meeting of 2017 – 14 December

December 12, 2017 | Posted in modern quilters | By

The next meeting is 14 December, from 7.30pm, in the CQ room at the Cook Community Hub.

It is the last meeting of the year…so there will be lots to show!

Oh, and if you are up to it, bring along some food to nibble on.  Don’t feel obliged.  We don’t need lots of food and just a couple of people bringing a plate to share will be plenty for us.

There will be a fat quarter exchange that involves stealing, evil cackling, nose snorting, heartbreak and joy. If you want to play along bring 2 modern design Fat Quarters (FQs) wrapped together. And since we are the modern group the fabric must be an attractive modern design.  People will only steal attractive fabric and you don’t want to be left with uglies that you have to cut into itty bitty pieces so they don’t look ugly do you?  If you are struggling with a modern design fabric and are feeling stressed from the pressure you could consider including stripes, dots, geometrics or solids in your contribution. But stay away from the little tone on tone nanna florals.

We aim to encourage members to learn about, discuss and experiment with the principles of the Modern Quilt movement. Graphic styles, clear modern colours and renewed simplicity in quilting is sweeping the world!

The next meeting won’t be until February 2018.

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ROWmakers final meeting – 13 December

December 12, 2017 | Posted in member activity, Row-by-row Challenge | By

Next meeting is on Wednesday 13 December, 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.

This is our final meeting of the year – maybe we shall see some finished quilts or tops…

We will discuss the plans for 2018 and have morning tea. If you wish, please bring a small plate of food to share.

A quilt is made over the year by each member making their own rows, or blocks or items like bags. A list of ingredients is released at the beginning of the year and at each meeting two items are chosen to incorporate into that month’s design challenge. One will be a colour and one will be an additive. For instance- each row contains two “ingredients”, e.g. purple and geometry, but in whatever way the maker chooses. As the name shows, this can be a noisy group!

This is the list for the year:

# Colours Additives Inspirations
1 Turquoise Paints/ pencils/ dyes/ ink Letters
2 Red Recycled/ leftovers/ found objects Earth, water, fire and air
3 Purple Geometry Celebrations
4 Yellow Threads/ Stitches Opposites
5 Green Embellishments Animal, vegetable, mineral
6 Pink Linen / silk/ lace Heritage, tradition
7 Neutral Print/ words Numbers
8 Orange Improvisation Home and family
9 Blue Vintage Places

(Remember that you can choose an INSPIRATION for the whole year or be inspired by what’s chosen on a month-by-month basis. Up to you.)

Here are some images from our last meeting on 8 November. Some are finished quilts!

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Evening Meeting – Thursday 7 December

December 5, 2017 | Posted in Meetings | By

The evening meeting is this Thursday, 7 December, 7pm for a 7.30pm start, in the Hall at the Cook Community Hub. The meeting starts with formal committee (and other) reports and news, followed by an activity.

Please bring something along for show & tell. We all like to see what everyone is working on.

Membership Renewal- Don’t forget membership fee is due on 1 January. Renew at the meeting.

All the usual meeting fun- lucky door prize, badge draw, raffle and regular show and tell. Don’t forget to stay and chat over a cuppa and check out the show and tell.

Bring a plate of food to share over the cuppa, to help celebrate Christmas.

Library will be open before this meeting, so stock up for some summer projects.

Canberra Quilters has a tradition of donating a gift for those less fortunate or having a challenging season. We’d love for you to bring along a gift (not wrapped) and place it in the box we will have available. The gift can be for a child or a Mum, or you can donate funds towards the wrapping and distribution of these gifts. CQ takes the gifts to a charity who determines the recipient and wraps the gifts before giving at Christmas time. Please consider continuing our tradition and helping a family with your gift of a present or helpful funds. Gifts can be in a bag but please do not gift wrap them. The donation box will be in the hall during our December meeting..


To celebrate the festive season and to have some fun with fabric Canberra Quilters will be hosting a Fat Quarter Swap at the December Members Meeting. Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Bring a FQ wrapped in gift wrapping (or brown paper or newspaper)
  2. Pop the FQ into the mystery FQ box.
  3. When it’s your turn you’ll get to remove a FQ from the box. 

The more wrapped FQ’s you bring the more you can take from the box. Simple!

If you’d like to include some additional extras with your wrapped FQ that’s totally up to you and not mandatory. Let’s have some fun with fabric and add some spice and variety to our stashes!

(Image in banner is this year’s Best of Show, Iggy, by Bronwyn Hill. Image by Janet Cruise.)

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Connecting Threads available now

December 1, 2017 | Posted in Connecting Threads | By

The electronic version of Connecting Threads magazine (December 2017 issue) was released to members yesterday evening (30 Nov). The print version will be packed and in the mail over the weekend.

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Sponsor News: Crafty Frog Christmas Sale & Christmas Market – 2 December

December 1, 2017 | Posted in sponsor news | By

Every year the Crafty Frog hosts a one day Christmas market with handmade goods for sale. This year they are combining it with a massive sale. It is on Saturday 2 December, from 10am until 2pm. Crafty Frog is located at 4/107 Marconi Crescent in Kambah, ACT. (02) 6296 6240

Here is a message from Laura, detailing the extent of the sale:

10 – 80% off every item in the shop
 including those items already marked down (excluding consignment items).  I am determined to clean up the shop and move excess/over ordered/not collected stock and you are the winners.  There is no Layby and no holds on sale stock – sorry I need it gone.  Also all fabrics purchased can be cut, however this will not be done on the day.  Payment in full must be made, your details will be kept, and we will cut on Monday/Tuesday and have it ready for collection – sorry but it’s just way too crazy to be trying to cut fabrics on the day of the sale.
  • Take 10% off Ashford fibres, wheels, drum carders and more
  •  Knitting Crochet Yarns – 20% off
  • lots of full packs of yarn at ridiculous, full pack only prices
  • All Christmas stock 40% off
  • All Cross Stitch and Embroidery Kits, Leaflets and *Fabric 30% off (*by the metre only)

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Exhibition- Different Directions

November 30, 2017 | Posted in exhibitions | By

Member Carolyn Sullivan is an embroiderer of long standing and is partnering with another quilter/ embroiderer Cathy Jack Coupland to hold an exhibition at Gallery 76 Queen, the premises of the NSW Embroiderers Guild.

Different Directions, stitched artworks by Carolyn Sullivan and Cathy Jack Coupland.

2 December 2017- 25 January 2018

Gallery 76 Queen, 76 Queen Street, Concord West. Weekdays 9am-4pm, weekends 10am-2pm. Closed Public Holidays.

Demonstrations and Meet the Artists 6 January 2018, 10am -2pm

My Way workshops, 11 January 2018. Cathy- Design My Way, 10am-noon; Carolyn – Keeping Journals…Lots of Ways, 1-4pm.

Further information and workshop bookings (02) 9743 2501

By Carolyn Sullivan

By Cathy Jack Coupland


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Bungendore Quilt show & Braidwood Quilt Event – 25 & 26 November

November 22, 2017 | Posted in exhibitions | By

This weekend there are two quilt shows in our region:

Bungendore Quilters are holding their exhibition in the Memorial Hall in Molonglo Street, Bungendore.

Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 9am-4pm. Admission- Adults/ children 15 and over – $2.50, Children under 15 free.

Features displays of handmade quilts, patchwork and textiles, including members’ challenge. Sales table providing good quality handmade craft.

Raffle quilt- Cranes in Flight, designed by Sheryl-Ann Schaefer:

Braidwood Quilt Event 2017 comprises a number of events around the town.

The Airing of the Quilts is on Saturday 25th only- quilts hanging in Wallace Street.

The Two Day Indoor Exhibition at the National Theatre in Wallace Street, 25 and 26 November.

There are also the Ryrie Park Markets and fabric for sale at the Braidwood Quilt Shop and Freddies Fabrics in the Anglican Hall in Wilson Street.

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Small Japanese Projects meeting – 22 November

November 20, 2017 | Posted in Japanese | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on 22 November, from 10am-noon, in the CQ room at Cook Community Hub. It is the final meeting of the year, so please bring a small plate of food to share for a Christmas morning tea.

The Small Japanese Projects interest group is for members interested in all things Japanese. Each month (or over two months) you will work on a small project, lead by a member of the group.

The meeting begins with a show and tell of what you have made, purchased or done during the previous months. It is always great to hear about your activities.

Suzie Prado will then take us through the brooch making class.  Remember to bring your payment if you have ordered a brooch kit from Suzie.  Also sewing kit,  sashiko thread and small piece of fabric.

The meeting is followed by a drop-in until 4pm.

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Wonderful Wednesday meeting – 15 November

November 13, 2017 | Posted in Meetings | By

The next meeting is this Wednesday, 15 November, in the Hall at the Cook Community Hub, from 9.30am until 12.30pm. It is followed by a drop-in the Canberra Quilters room, where the library will be open. This drop-in is also be when the newly formed Appliqué Group meets. You don’t have to be part of this group to come to the drop-in.

As it is the last WW meeting of the year it is also our Christmas meeting. Dress up if you want to. Decorate your table, if you want to. Please bring a small plate of food to share with everyone for morning tea.

We will also be collecting financial donations for a women’s refuge.

It is a Christmas this month for show and tell, so bring your Christmas ornaments, tree skirts or quilts. Don’t forget to bring something for regular show & tell.

Don’t forget membership renewals are due on 1 January – renew at the 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.

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Quilts for Others quilting bee- 14 November

November 13, 2017 | Posted in QFO | By

The next Quilts for Others (QFO) working bee is on 14 November, from 10am until 2pm, in the CQ room at Cook Community Hub.

QFO makes quilts to donate to charities and organizations in the Canberra region. In 2016 301 quilts were made and donated.

If you would like to join us at a working bee you would be most welcome. There are plenty of jobs to be done: hand sewing, machine sewing, pinning and other tasks.

Bring your lunch if you plan to stay for the day. Morning tea is provided.

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