Biggest Morning Tea 2018

June 14, 2018 | Posted in member activity | By

Canberra Quilters hosted a Biggest Morning Tea Quilting Bee on 3 June. Over $3400 was raised that will go to local cancer projects.

Here are some images from the day. The theme was ‘Going for Gold’ – with prizes for decorated tables and people.

Many busy hands, sewed, completed puzzles as well as a round the building marathon.

Thanks to sponsors and members who donated items for the day and made it so successful.

Busy hands sewing hexies, drinking tea, keeping on eye on raffle…

Some came prepared with Lego to decorate their table

WHile others raided the dress-up box to make a gold statement

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Biggest Morning Tea this Sunday, 3 June

June 1, 2018 | Posted in member activity | By

Going for Gold

Canberra Quilters is hosting a Biggest Morning Tea Quilting Bee on Sunday 3 June, from 10am-2pm in the Cook Community Hub Hall. A tax deductable entry fee of $5 is payable at the door (or you can donate a larger sum). All proceeds go to the ACT Cancer Council for cancer research.

There is a monster raffle as well as a quilt raffle and lucky door prizes. Lots of fun and table games. White elephant stall of used & older items. So bring some money to buy tickets or to grab a bargain.

It would be great if you could bring a plate of food to share at morning tea- savoury or sweet.

The theme is ‘Going for Gold’. Wear something athletic as a tribute to the Commonwealth Games recently held on the Gold Coast – or something gold and glittery because that is who you really are!   Bring a needle and thread to sew as there will be some sewing challenges.

There is a prize for the best decorated table / people, representing a sport from the XXI Commonwealth Games.

Donations of new items for the monster raffle are welcome- place in the marked bin in the CQ storeroom or give to co-ordinators Margaret or Tricia.

Donations of used/ older items for the white elephant table are also welcome, and can be made on the day.

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CQ Annual Retreat: 26-28 October 2018

May 8, 2018 | Posted in member activity | By

Preparations are well underway for this year’s retreat. You can download an information sheet and registration form here.

Our Retreat: The CQ retreat weekend is about doing what you love in a friendly relaxed environment. You can bring a sewing machine or work by hand, participate in projects and small learning sessions, or do whatever you bring along, as well as enjoy great quilty-minded company. Come along and join us.

Location: Greenhills Conference Centre, 1437 Cotter Road, Stromlo ACT 2611

Dates: Arrival from 10am Friday, 26 October 2018 until departure by 4pm Sunday, 28 October 2018

Costs: 3 days /2 nights $240 arrival from 10am Friday onwards;

2 days /1 night $145 includes 2 x lunch, 2 x dinner, 1 night accom, 1 x breakfast;

Day stay $50 per day incl lunch and dinner

Deposit/Payments: $50 to be paid asap (fully refundable up to 4 October 2018 subject to minimum numbers being reached). Then regular payments at Thursday night monthly meetings or electronically please.

Requirements: A comprehensive requirements list is sent out several weeks prior to the retreat to help you work out what to take.

Phone/Internet: Please note that mobile/internet reception at Greenhills is patchy but they do now have free wi-fi available from 5pm Friday over the rest of the weekend.

Accommodation: Accommodation is mostly bunk style with 2 share per room (i.e. only lower bunks and single beds are used). Every room has a private en-suite and there is heating in case it gets cold. There are a small number of rooms that can be suitable for people with disabilities, however there is some walking involved to get to all of the rooms.

Dietary Requirements: Most special dietary requirements can be catered for.

Activities/Projects: We plan lots of these over the weekend and encourage people to offer to demonstrate an activity or a small project. Let us know if you would like to volunteer to lead an activity.

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Small Japanese Projects – 24 January + drop in

January 23, 2018 | Posted in Japanese, member activity | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on 24 January, from 10am-noon, in the CQ room at Cook Community Hub. It is the first meeting of the year.

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.

We will be making a bottle top pincushion.  Bring along a few scraps of fabric and a plastic bottle top, craft glue and your sewing kit. Karen will have toy fill and other bits and pieces.

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.

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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Advance Notice- Annual Retreat in October 2018

January 16, 2018 | Posted in member activity | By

Preparations are well underway for this year’s retreat. You can download an information sheet and registration form here.

Our Retreat: The CQ retreat weekend is about doing what you love in a friendly relaxed environment. You can bring a sewing machine or work by hand, participate in projects and small learning sessions, or do whatever you bring along, as well as enjoy great quilty-minded company. Come along and join us.

Location: Greenhills Conference Centre, 1437 Cotter Road, Stromlo ACT 2611

Dates: Arrival from 10am Friday, 26 October 2018 until departure by 4pm Sunday, 28 October 2018

Costs: 3 days /2 nights $240 arrival from 10am Friday onwards;

2 days /1 night $145 includes 2 x lunch, 2 x dinner, 1 night accom, 1 x breakfast;

Day stay $50 per day incl lunch and dinner

Deposit/Payments: $50 to be paid asap (fully refundable up to 4 October 2018 subject to minimum numbers being reached). Then regular payments at Thursday night monthly meetings or electronically please.

Requirements: A comprehensive requirements list is sent out several weeks prior to the retreat to help you work out what to take.

Phone/Internet: Please note that mobile/internet reception at Greenhills is patchy but they do now have free wi-fi available from 5pm Friday over the rest of the weekend.

Accommodation: Accommodation is mostly bunk style with 2 share per room (ie only lower bunks and single beds are used). Every room has a private ensuite and there is heating in case it gets cold. There are a small number of rooms that can be suitable for people with disabilities, however there is some walking involved to get to all of the rooms.

Dietary Requirements: Most special dietary requirements can be catered for.

Activities/Projects: We plan lots of these over the weekend and encourage people to offer to demonstrate an activity or a small project. Let us know if you would like to volunteer to lead an activity.

 

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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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ROWmakers design group

April 2, 2017 | Posted in member activity, Row-by-row Challenge | By

The first round responses have been revealed (images below) and the choices for the second round have been made.  Some members have chosen to go with blocks, others back to rows and Liz H is making drainage bags for breast cancer patients,

Next meeting is on 12 April, 10am for a 10.30am start. Here is a message from convenor Joanne:

This month’s Ingredients should have something for everyone (we’ve had a lot trickier in the past).

Remember that everything is to be interpreted FLEXIBLY – particularly COLOUR. Otherwise it gets too difficult. If you think it’s red, then it’s definitely RED. Colour, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

MONTH 1 INGREDIENTS:- 

  •      COLOUR – 6. TURQUOISE (Wendy Hirst)
  •      ADDITIVE – 3. PAINTS/PENCILS/DYES/INK (Beres Senden)
  •      INSPIRATION – 9. LETTERS (Uta Maish)

MONTH 2 INGREDIENTS:-

  •      COLOUR – 1. RED(Elaine Wilson)
  •      ADDITIVE – 5. RECYCLED/LEFTOVERS/FOUND OBJECTS (Nerida Barges)
  •      INSPIRATION – 4. EARTH, WATER, FIRE and AIR (Di Ballantyne)

(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.)

This year Liz H is making drainage bags – in support of breast cancer patients.

Felicity’s chooks

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Connect and Participate Expo – 25 March

March 23, 2017 | Posted in member activity, What's On | By

Come along and visit the Canberra Quilters stand at the CAP EXPO (Old Bus Depot Markets), this Saturday, 25 March, 11 am to 4pm.  It is a fun day, with lots of interesting stands, food and entertainment. We hope to see you there.

Here are more details.

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Wonderful Wednesday Drop-in – 21 December

December 19, 2016 | Posted in member activity | By

There is no Wonderful Wednesday meeting on the 21st, but there is a drop-in all day in the CQ room. It runs from 10am until 4pm.

Join Christine for some last minute Christmas sewing – or to get a head start on next year’s projects. Perhaps you can use the pinning table to baste a quilt to sew over the break.

Merry Christmas and a productive sewing year to you all.

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Beginners’ Group Meeting – evening 14 December

December 13, 2016 | Posted in Basics, member activity | By

Canberra Quilters has started a Beginners Interest Group to help those new to patchwork to develop their skills. It is aimed at quilters who have done a beginners course and want to move on to something else. The first meeting was on the 3rd Wednesday evening in November, and the third Wednesday evening will be the regular time slot. For December it will be on 14 December, starting at 7.30pm.

This time the demonstration & try out will be about English Paper Piecing (EPP), lead by Patricia Butron and Anne Eccleston. Patricia will provide the pre-cut papers. Participants need to bring fabric scraps (at least 4″/ 10cm square), pencil, pins, scissors, needle and thread. QFO have donated some of their excess fabric to help the beginners achieve some fabric variety.

Elizabeth Scroope will be demonstrating binding a quilt, using a QFO quilt. This is a demonstration only.

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