New items for November 2014

November 13, 2014 | Posted in Library, Uncategorized | By


TITLE: Quilting… just a little bit crazy : a marriage of traditional & crazy quilting

AUTHOR: Aller, Allie & Bothell, Valerie

DESCRIPTION: Fun new ways to make any quilt a little bit crazy. Lots of tips on hand and machine embroidery, and how to combine crazy quilting with machine piecing – plus new ways to layer, quilt, and bind crazy quilts.

LOCATION: Crazy quilting

TITLE: Playful little paper-pieced projects : 37 graphic designs & tips from top modern quilters

AUTHOR: Bruecher, Tacha, compiler

DESCRIPTION: Top designers share their valuable tips and fail-proof paper-piecing techniques. It includes a calendar quilt with paper-pieced designs for each month. Also includes small projects for around the house.

LOCATION: Paper piecing

TITLE: Quilt color workshop

AUTHOR: Bruecher, Tacha; Greenberg, Brioni; Goldsworthy, Lynne and Adams, John

DESCRIPTION: Color theory is explored in this reference book for modern quilters. Discover creative color combinations to make your quilts ‘pop’. Learn how to combine print and solid fabrics using quilt color theory.


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Information about the NSW Guild Quilt Show 9 to 13 July 2014

June 6, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

The NSW Guild has provided information about their upcoming show, which is being held on 9 to 13 July.

You can download the information by clicking this link: Transport info and Site Map for State Guilds and VIPs

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Modern Quilts meeting – 10 April

April 8, 2014 | Posted in Modern Quilt Group, Uncategorized | By

The Modern Quilts group meets this Thursday, 10 April, at 7.30pm.

Michelle and Jenny are unable to make the meeting so the stand-in leaders are Gemma Jackson and Jan Kates.

Gemma has something special to show everyone:

Binding quilts is my least favourite part of quilting.  At one point I realised that I was accumulating unbound quilts as I just couldn’t face all that hand stitching.  (Yes, I know some people claim it’s relaxing, I claim that of quilting 😉 )  Since I discovering machine binding I haven’t looked back!  This week I’m going to share a couple of different machine binding techniques.  I will do a demonstration, but you are more than welcome to bring your own quilt to try it out yourself 🙂

You will need:

  • Trimmed quilt (of any size).
  • Binding prepared (I cut mine at 2.25″, join on the bias and press in half lengthways with right side out).
  • Sewing machine with walking foot.  If you have a walking foot with a guide (like a blind hem foot),  please bring it too.
  • Small bulldog clips or hair clips or clover clips or similar
  • Usual sewing supplies
  • I find a quilting glove helps

 You may wish to apply your binding to your quilt to save time, but please note that I will be showing you one technique which requires you to apply your binding to the back and one which requires you to apply your binding to the front.   

TIP: to work out how much binding you need add together the length of the four sides of your quilt and then add an extra 15″.  Divide the total by 40″.  This will give you how many strips of WOF (width of fabric) you need for your binding.  

For example.  My quilt is 40″ x 65″  = 210 +15 = 225     225 / 40 = 5.6  so I need 6 WOF strips for my binding.  I cut my strips at 2.25″ 

I look forward to seeing you Thursday!


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CQ Bulletin is Live!

November 4, 2013 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

Canberra Quilters Inc Bulletin

A snapshot of the first Canberra Quilters Bulletin

The Canberra Quilters Bulletin was delivered to in boxes all over the country today! If you’d like to see this month’s bulletin you can find it by clicking here.

If you’d like to receive the monthly bulletin via email you can sign up to it by clicking here.

If you have any questions about the monthly bulletin or you’d like to contribute to it, please email Angie Wilson – click to email.

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Tentmakers Workshops

October 1, 2013 | Posted in Uncategorized | By


Outing the pattern with talc and cinnamon.

Over sixty Canberra Quilters were privileged to learn from master craftsmen Hany and Ekramy from Cairo’s Chareh El- Khiamiah: The Tentmaker’s street. Sponsor, Jenny Bowker suggested that quilters learn the basics of this style of applique as the Egyptians practise the art, so we  marked patterns with needles and awls, transferred patterns with cinnamon and talc and tried our hardest to sew faster on the canvas backed cotton backgrounds with long threads.

Crowding around to see the magic happen.

Crowding around to see the magic happen.


Jenny provided an inciteful commentry, and storytelling so that we could more fully understand the traditions and background of this traditional quilt form.

The room was awash with gorgeous multicoloured and truly amazing quilt works which were available for sale on Thursday night.

Examples of the Tent Makers work.

Examples of the Tent Makers work.


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Correction: Tentmakers of Cairo

September 28, 2013 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

Canberra Quilters would like to advise that there will be NO EFTPOS facilities at the Egyptian Tentmaker appearances at the Friendly Friday meeting on 27 September, between 10 am and 12 noon, or at the evening meeting on 3 October.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Egyptian tent maker Ekramy Hanafy in action. Photo: Graham Tidy

You can read more about the Egyptian Tentmaker’s visit to Canberra here at the Canberra Times article.

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Newsletter by email…

August 19, 2013 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

Are you a member of Canberra Quilters and are you interested in receiving the newsletter, Connecting Threads by email?  If so, you can give your name and email address to Jakki Cashman or use the Contact Us section of our website to indicate that you would like to join the trial group. The committee will  monitor the response, collect any feedback and consider issues associated with emailed newsletters.

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Thank You to the Library Display Teams

August 4, 2013 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

Image source: Ronnie Chow

Hello Again, it’s your friendly Exhibition Coordinator here.  The Exhibition is only 4 sleeps away now! 

If you’ve been to one of Canberra’s great libraries recently you may have caught a glimpse of the fabulous displays that our ladies have put together to help spread the word about the Exhibition.

The displays are so lovely and bright and do a great job of showcasing the fabulous work that Canberra Quilters does. (The picture above is of the display at the Erindale Library.)

I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all the ladies that helped put together the displays.  I really appreciate the time and effort you all went to to make them look so fabulous.  Thank you!

A quick reminder, if you have raffle tickets they need to be returned to Melinda Coupland Thorne (our Raffle Coordinator Extraordinaire) by Saturday August 10.

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Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2013

July 21, 2013 | Posted in Library, Uncategorized | By

Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2013. The catalogue of this annual event.

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Beautiful building block quilts : create improvisional quilts from one block

July 21, 2013 | Posted in Library, Uncategorized | By

Walton, Lisa (2013). Beautiful building block quilts : create improvisional quilts from one block. Uses the concept of using multiple sizes of the same block to make your quilt.

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