Wonderful Wednesday meeting – 18 October

October 15, 2017 | Posted in Meetings | By

The next meeting is this Wednesday, 18 October, 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 will also be when the newly formed Applique Group will meet. You don’t have to be part of this group to come to the drop-in.

It is Bring and Buy this month. So bring your excess fabric supplies, thread, tools, books, magazines. As a trial this time you can bring made items (fabric related) to sell as well – like the sales room at the exhibition! If you aren’t selling- bring your cash as you might find a bargain, or a Christmas present.

Don’t forget to bring something for show & tell.

The missing Kaffe Fassett book mentioned last month has been found and returned.

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, 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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ROWmakers meeting – 11 October

October 7, 2017 | Posted in Drop-in, Meetings, Row-by-row Challenge | By

Next meeting is on Wednesday 11 October, 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.

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! So far we have had:

# 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

(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 13 September.

Felicity, a member living in Germany, has jumped ahead to finish her response so that the baby can enjoy the quilt.

Felicity’s quilt

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QFO working bee- 10 October

October 6, 2017 | Posted in QFO | By

The next Quilts for Others (QFO) working bee is on 10 October, 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.

Current quilts on display in the corridor:

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Evening Meeting- 5 October

October 3, 2017 | Posted in Meetings | By

 

The evening meeting is this Thursday, 5 October, 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.

Jules McMahon will be talking about her business, The Creative Retreat. Jules is a member of the committee as well as one of our exhibition sponsors. This will be a great opportunity to learn about juggling a creative business and active family life, while still working your day job. (It’s also the perfect time to find out what great events are coming up at The Creative Retreat so you can save your pennies to attend!)

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

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.

The exhibition raffle is over for another year- perhaps you or your friendship group would consider making the raffle quilt for next year! Talk to the Exhibition Co-ordinator Julie Ricketts.

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

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

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September Connecting Threads- Update

September 26, 2017 | Posted in Connecting Threads | By

Due to illness and absence the September issue of the Canberra Quilters’ newsletter, Connecting Threads, has been delayed. It is now expected to be released during this week. This applies to both the printed and e-versions.

Apologies to members. Please spread the word to your fellow members.

(Image in banner is Heliconia by Pat Parker)

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Small Japanese Projects meeting – 27 September

September 23, 2017 | Posted in Japanese, Meetings | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on 27 September, from 10am-noon, in the CQ room at Cook Community Hub.

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.

This month will be a catch-up month, finishing off all the various small Japanese projects you have been working on during the year. Help will be available if you are stuck.

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Wonderful Wednesday meeting- 20 September

September 17, 2017 | Posted in Meetings | By

The next meeting is this Wednesday, 20 September, in the Hall at the Cook Community Hub, from 9.30am until 12.30pm. It is followed by a drop-in at the CQ room until 4pm.

This month’s special show & tell is quilts for spring- florals of all sorts! Let’s have our own Floriade. Don’t forget to bring something for regular show & tell.

Special notice – did you accidently pick up a brand new Kaffe Fassett book last month? It was misplaced on the ‘free’ bench with some magazines. It has the member’s name inside – so have a look at what you collected last month.

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, 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. It is followed by a drop-in the Canberra Quilters room, where the library will be open.

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Modern Quilters meeting – 14 September

September 12, 2017 | Posted in Modern Quilt Group | By

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

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!

Bring along show & tell, as well as what you are working on now! Clementine plans to baste a large quilt – perhaps you can help her.

(Quilt in the banner is Kross Kut Kaffe by the modern quilters.)

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Sponsor News- Rosemont the Patchwork Shop

September 12, 2017 | Posted in sponsor news | By

One of Canberra Quilters’ sponsors is hosting a retreat at Bateman’s Bay, 20-23 October 2017. There are two Australian tutors, Deborah Louie (fully booked) and Ali George. Details:

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Sponsor News- The Creative Retreat lecture and workshop

September 11, 2017 | Posted in sponsor news | By

One of Canberra Quilters’ sponsors, The Creative Retreat, is hosting Denyse Schmidt for a lecture/ trunks show and workshops. There are a limited number of places available in one of the workshops. Details:

A pioneer of the modern quilting movement is coming to Canberrra and bringing her contemporary take on design to us! 

Book your tickets today – the event is this Wednesday 13 September, at 7pm at the Ainslie Arts Centre in Braddon.

Join Denyse Schmidt and The Creative Retreat for a captivating evening learning about Denyse’s modernist approach to traditional patchwork. Be inspired by her creative, imaginative and resourceful approach and the journey she has taken to becoming a world-renowned quilt maker and fabric designer. 

In true Creative Retreat style, refreshments will be part of the celebrations too! And if the lecture and tasty goodies aren’t enough to tempt you, there will be a book signing, a pop-up shop (full of modern quilting fabrics, Aurifil threads and notions), and a display of quilts too. 

If you’d like a bit more time with Denyse, there are a couple of workshop places left in the days following the lecture, they can be found here.

The host of the event is Jules McMahon, a Canberra Quilters member, and the founder of The Creative Retreat, a workshop space and fabric store located in a rural setting at Sutton, just 15 minutes from Dickson. You can contact Jules via email to jules@thecreativeretreat.com

(Image in banner is Hills ‘n’ Hollers by Denyse Schmidt)

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