Small Japanese Projects – No April Meeting

April 21, 2018 | Posted in Drop-in, Japanese | By

The regular meeting of the Small Japanese Project Group will not take place in April. The meeting time coincides with Anzac Day. The next meeting of this group will be on May 23.

The room will be open for a drop-in day on 25 April, from 10am-4pm, so you can come along to utilise the room. In the afternoon the English Paper Piecing (EPP) group meets as part of the drop-in.

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ROWmakers Design Group

April 17, 2018 | Posted in Meetings, 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-related project, over the course of the year, using ingredients drawn at random each month. The full list was published here. (ROW=Rowdy on Wednesday)

The next meeting is on Wednesday 9 May, 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.

Here are the ingredients drawn out for the first three rounds:

# Colours Techniques Alphabet
1 Green Scraps A
2 Blue Tradition with a Twist L
3 Neutral Appliqué P

A number of members have chosen to stick with one technique throughout the year, e.g. Scraps, so they disregard what technique is drawn out each month. The adapt-a-block is best illustrated by Yvonne’s quilt from last year. She took one block and came up with many versions through colour and rotation and flipping. Here is an image:

Adapt-a-block example by Yvonne

At the last two meetings the responses to the first two rounds were revealed. Here are some images that show these responses (green is round 1, blue is round 2):

 

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Wonderful Wednesday – 18 April

April 16, 2018 | Posted in Meetings | By

The next meeting is this Wednesday, 18 April, in the Hall at the Cook Community Hub, from 9.30am until 12.30pm. It is followed by a drop-in at the Canberra Quilters room, where the library will be open. This drop-in is also when the Appliqué Group meets. The Appliqué Group is for members who like to do appliqué – 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.

There will be an additional feature this month – a sale table of supplies from the late Anne Eccleston. These include embroidery thread, fabric, books etc.  Purchase is by donation, with proceeds going to the Biggest Morning Tea.

For the themed show and tell this month, members are asked to bring their first quilt. It is always interesting to see what people started out making.

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

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 sit and sew meeting and 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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Call for Entries – various

March 28, 2018 | Posted in Call for Entries | By

There are several opportunities this year for members to enter selected exhibitions:

  1. 1. World Quilt Competition 2018

Australian entries for the World Quilt Competition 2018  are now open! Share your artwork on the international stage, and let someone else look after logistics, shipping, customs and insurance!   Entries close on Tuesday, 15 May 2018. Accepted entries will premiere at the World Quilt New England (16-18 August 2018) and tour to other Mancuso shows in the United States until early 2019.

Entries can be submitted via the Online Entry Form. Alternatively, download, complete and return the World Quilt Competition 2018 Entry Form – Australian Edition (PDF) by e-mail or post. Be aware that your quilt must be at least 1296 square inches (eg 36x36in) and completed in 2016, 2017 or 2018.  See the Contest Rules for more information.

  1. International Quilt Festival Houston

IQF offers a range of exhibition opportunities. See the IQF Website for more information:

  • In Full Bloom: Call is open February 2 through April 12, 2018
  • Hands All Around: Call is open February 21 through April 19, 2018
  • Tactile Architecture: Call is open March 14 through May 10, 2018
  • Landscape Quilts: Call is open March 7 through May 3, 2018
  • Power of Women: Call is open April 16 through June 13, 2018
  1. Quilts Across Queensland

Entries are now open for the Royal Queensland Show’s (Ekka) Quilts Across Queensland competition.

Showcase your workmanship and design skills across 13 classes, including professional and non-professional, group quilt, junior section and modern quilts.

To view the competition schedule or to learn more about the prizes, delivery and collection dates, please click here to visit the Quilts Across Queensland page on the Ekka website.

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Renew Membership now

March 26, 2018 | Posted in membership | By

Membership renewals were due on 1 January – renew at a meeting or download the form and renew.

You need to join by 31 March to exhibit or sell at the annual exhibition and sales room in August.

Plus you will miss out on the other benefits of membership…use of the library, coming to drop ins, special interest groups and meetings, newsletter and shop discounts.

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Small Japanese Projects – 28 March

March 25, 2018 | Posted in Japanese | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on 28 March, 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. If you have finished your fabric and paper beads from last month please make sure you wear or bring them to show.

At this month’s meeting we are going to try our hand at Kumihimo braiding. Convenor Karen has provided a photo of one that she made previously. Some of you will also have done this in the past and have the required disk.

Karen’s Kumihimo

Requirement List for the project is:

  • 1 Bead Smith Kumihimo Disc KD600 ( Karen will bring along the ordered ones)
  • 2 mm Rattail cord. Beadbarn and Addicted to Fabric have it.  This can be made up of either:
    • :12 metres of 1 colour for plain braid or
    • : 6 metres each of 2 colours or
    • : 3 metres each of 4 colours for multi coloured braids.
  • 8 plastic drinking straws
  • 8 embroidery floss notched storage cards to wrap each cord onto.
  • 1 small plastic bag and coins or weights to keep cord taut.
  • 50 cm cord or string to hang the bag of weights on.

The meeting is followed by a drop-in until 4pm. The English Paper Piecing (EPP) group meets as part of the drop-in.

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Renew membership NOW!

March 19, 2018 | Posted in membership | By

Membership renewals were due on 1 January – renew at a meeting or download the form and renew.

You need to join by 31 March to exhibit or sell at the annual exhibition and sales room in August.

Plus you will miss out on the other benefits of membership…use of the library, coming to drop ins, special interest groups and meetings, newsletter and shop discounts.

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Wonderful Wednesday Meeting – 21 March

March 18, 2018 | Posted in Meetings | By

The next meeting is this Wednesday, 21 March, in the Hall at the Cook Community Hub, from 9.30am until 12.30pm. It is followed by a drop-in at the Canberra Quilters room, where the library will be open. This drop-in is also when the Appliqué Group meets. The Appliqué Group is for members who like to do appliqué – 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.

It is bring and buy this month. So bring your unwanted supplies, books etc. to sell or bring your money to buy!

For the themed show and tell this month, members are asked to bring the items they entered in the recent Royal Canberra Show.

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

Membership renewals were due on 1 January – renew at the meeting! You need to join by 31 March to exhibit or sell at the annual exhibition and sales room in August.

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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Art Quilters meeting – 10 March

March 8, 2018 | Posted in Art Quilters Canberra | By

The next meeting is on Saturday 10 March, 1-4pm, in the CQ room at Cook Community Hub.

The Art Quilters group promotes discussion and practice with new techniques and materials. Review of books, show and tell and challenges.

Instead of a mini-workshop, we will discuss layers with examples of sheer materials to meld on top of a background.

Don’t forget your challenge piece for this month… One 12″ or 30cm square quilt for the first four months. These will be inspired by your travels.

Please bring any other show & tell, books, magazines and websites.

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Modern quilters meeting- 8 March

March 7, 2018 | Posted in modern quilters | By

The next meeting is 8 March, from 7.30pm, in the CQ room at the Cook Community Hub.

It is the second meeting of the year…and the first one to show your contribution block for the group quilt that will be entered in the CQ exhibition.

(The guidelines were sent via email to the regular email list. To recap for this month- 6.5″ unfinished, low-volume and grey fabrics, improvisational straight lines.)

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 are sweeping the world!

Bring along show & tell, as well as what you are working on now!

(Image in banner is last year’s group quilt.)

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