Workshop News- Quilt like an Egyptian, 26th & 27th July

April 18, 2017 | Posted in Workshops | By

We are lucky enough to be able to have the Tentmakers of Cairo run 2 one day workshops for us here at the Canberra Quilters rooms in Cook on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th July and would like to extend an invitation to you all.

The cost of a one day workshop is $90 to both members and non members.

“The Tentmakers of Cairo sustain a spectacular aspect of Egypt’s living heritage. Their ancestors made the majestic traveling tents of the Ottoman Empire, and today they produce intricate textile artworks that are unique to Egypt. These are called Khayamiya, or Egyptian Tentmaker Applique.”  – Dr Sam Bowker.

Tentmaker work is brilliantly coloured appliqué, with intricate and beautiful designs. Some are designed on paper-fold principles, others derived from Mosque floors or door decorations, or from wall panels in Pharaonic tombs. Some are based on Koranic calligraphy. As you can see from their work, they produce vibrant, colourful appliqué.

For more details or to enrol, please call the Canberra Quilters Workshop Coordinator, Valerie Merritt on 0448409819 or 02 62424796, or email her at

These images are from the previous workshops held for CQ by the Tentmakers of Cairo, in September 2013:


Examples of the Tent Makers work.

Crowding around to see the magic happen.


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Positions available in Joanne Wearing workshop

April 3, 2017 | Posted in Workshops | By

Message from workshop co-ordinator, Valerie. If the workshop doesn’t meet a minimum number of participants, it will have to be cancelled.

Positions are available in the Quiltworx  workshop with Joanne Wearing, certified instructor for Judy Niemeyer – July 14th, 15th, 16th 22nd & 23rd .   Cost $400 plus purchase of pattern.                         

** We can accept lay by for this course if that makes it easier than one large payment.

 The focus for this 5 day course will be Paper Foundation Piecing, based on a Quiltworx pattern

 You can chose your own pattern, Joanne will help you with construction.

Classes are suitable for all skill levels – if you have never tackled Foundation Piecing before, or you’ve had a go but couldn’t quite ‘get it’, right through to those who are confident with the process and are ready to start a new project. Wherever you’re at with your Foundation Piecing we’d love to have you come along and join us.

The great thing about having a 5-day class is that you get dedicated sewing time to really conquer this technique or make great headway with a project.

As it will be held over two weekends, so time off work is kept to a minimum.

Have a look at Joanne Wearing’s or Judy Niemeyer’s website for pictures of some amazing patterns.

 If you are interested please contact our Workshop Coordinator, Valerie Merritt for more details.

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Workshop places available with Jane MacDonald – BeBe Bold

April 1, 2017 | Posted in Workshops | By

There are still places available in the Boro ( Friday 5 May) and Kogin (Saturday 6 May) workshops with Jane MacDonald. Cost is $90 each. Jane MacDonald (BeBe Bold) is one of Canberra Quilters exhibition sponsors.

If you would like to enrol contact the workshop co-ordinator, Valerie.

Here are some images of the two workshops:

Boro-inspired reversible loop bag

Boro-inspired reversible loop bag


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Evening Meeting – 1 December

November 28, 2016 | Posted in Meetings, membership, Workshops | By

The evening meeting is this Thursday, 1 December, 7pm for a 7.30pm start, in the Hall at the Cook Community Hub.


Special show & tell: Workshop show and tell – assisted by Workshop Coordinator Valerie Merritt – please bring items made in CQ workshops, or other workshops, finished or not!

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.

Library will be open for this meeting so come along to return books and borrow more. Take some books to read over the Christmas/ New Year break. The next evening meeting isn’t until 2 February.

Don’t forget memberships are due on 1 January – Elaine will be at the meeting to take your money! Renew early so you don’t forget over the holidays.

(Quilt in banner is Black Opal by Jenny Bowker. Jenny was a workshop tutor for Canberra Quilters this year.)


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Beginner’s Taste of Patchwork day

October 4, 2016 | Posted in Member Services, Workshops | By

Our workshop coordinator, Valerie Merritt, organized and ran an introductory “Taste of…” workshop on Saturday 1st October, for people who had expressed an interest in Patchwork and Quilting at the Quilt and Craft Fair in August.  The workshop covered the basic elements and the women attending had a go at creating a simple block.

The success of the day was thanks to Valerie’s thorough planning and our amazing volunteers. The visitors rotated through a variety of activities; Jenny Bowker and Marcia McKinnon ran demonstrations of creating simple blocksand Janet Gahan outlined the safe use of rotary cutters,with her group cutting for those making ‘quilt as you go’strip blocks on the machines.  Karen Brown and Christine Stewart helped the ladies on the machines who were putting their strips together.

KimoYes  kindly donated fabric for the day and, together with other fabric donated by volunteers, gave the ladies attending their very first ‘stash’ to take home.

The day was a wonderful success, with the excitement levels up and a lot of fun was had by all those attending, including the CQ members!

We showed our library to the group and talked about the benefits they would get by joining the guild. They were invited to come along to the next Wonderful Wednesday meeting and/or the members’ night meeting on 6 October. So next Thursday night, if you see a new person with a big ‘new Quilter’ badge on, do please welcome them and make them feel at home.


demo-day_1 demo-day_2



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Get a taste of patchwork – 1 October

September 24, 2016 | Posted in Workshops | By

We are running a beginners workshop on Saturday 1st October for anyone who would like to find out a bit about quilting before committing to a 6 week beginners course. We need a few more people to make the programme viable and are calling on all you experienced quilters who have a friend or acquaintance who has expressed an interest in quilting to let them know of the programme.  At only $25, it would make a great present for a friend.

Contact Valerie (workshops) – click to email

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Report on Jenny Bowker workshop

September 24, 2016 | Posted in Workshops | By

Workshop co-ordinator Valerie has provided the following information about the Kaleidoscope workshop held 17-18 September.

We were lucky enough to have Jenny Bowker run a two day workshop on designing and making a Kaleidoscope Quilt.  Jenny has a unique way of ‘building’ her designs from a grid of triangles and encouraged us to develop our own designs rather than copy hers.  It was surprising  to see so many different interpretations on the design walls.  We all commented on how lucky we are to have such well appointed rooms.  Jenny added that as well as an amazing workspace, the food was superb.


Jenny was generous with sharing her skills and knowledge, including handy hints for making templates, ways to border and bind quilts as well as her ideas around colour selection.  The amazing colours in the quilts Jenny brought in to show us, left us in no doubt that she is a master of colour selection.


The objective of the weekend workshop was not to ‘make a quit’ but to understand the concept behind a Kaleidoscope quilt and leave with the skills to find patterns within the basic grid pattern. Not that anyone wanted to leave, we reluctantly packed up at 4pm on Sunday with many promises to continue with the design and construction and to meet again in November for a follow up.  It will be interesting to see how everyone’s design develops.


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Workshop- Basics of Fabric Dyeing, 2 April

February 23, 2016 | Posted in Colour, Workshops | By

Mary Kennedy: Basics of Fabric Dyeing Workshop – Saturday 2 April 2016, 10.00am – 3.00pm


Come enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Strathnairn, Holt while learning to dye your own fabrics using procion dyes.  Mary will be teaching how to dye fabrics  in a sequence from light to dark and from a primary colour to a secondary colour. You also get to experiment with a range of pattern making techniques.

Important:  Bookings are essential and payment of the $90 workshop fee must be made by the next Canberra Quilters evening meeting on 3 March 2016.

Here are some images from a previous workshop:

colour purple Drying the rainbow

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Workshop News- Advanced Dyeing, 31 October

September 8, 2015 | Posted in Workshops | By

The Advanced Dyeing Workshop with accredited teacher, Mary Kennedy, will be held on Saturday 31 October 2015 at Strathnairn.

Participants will come home with a “colour wheel” of dyed fabric. The cost of the workshop is $105 (including a $60 material fee).

Bookings and full payment of the workshop fee is due 30 September 2015. Contact the Workshop Coordinator at for more information.

Images from a previous workshop:

colour purple Drying the rainbow


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Sponsor News – Second Medieval Illumination workshop through Endangered Heritage

August 25, 2015 | Posted in sponsor news, Workshops | By

One of our sponsors, Endangered Heritage, is holding a second Medieval Illumination workshop with Gemma Black, as the first one filled so rapidly. Although designed for paper, this could be adapted to work on fabric. Details:

Endangered Heritage Pty Ltd

Workshop: Medieval Illumination

Saturday 30th October 2015 1pm -5pm & Sunday 1st November 9am- 5pm

Tutor: Gemma Black

Price: $150.00

Location: 3/17 Dundas Court, Phillip, ACT

Endangered heritage

Medieval Illumination: This workshop will cover all aspects of medieval illustration with practical application. Our starting point will be the Aberdeen Bestiary from the Bodleian Library Oxford. We will work on vellum or 300gsm hot-press paper using Kremer Pigments and recreate a delightful animal, bird or other from this magnificent medieval manuscript. The class is suitable for intermediate and beginner students alike.

Gemma is a maker of written artefacts working in the decorative & drawing arts. She runs a studio-based arts practice from her home base in Tasmania. For many years Gemma has taught nationally and internationally. She has joined the faculty of lettering-art conferences in Australia, the USA, Canada, Germany, Italy and the UK. Her work hangs in private and public collections including the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK. The European Parliament and Parliament House, Canberra. Gemma creates letterforms from all genres and enjoys her journey in calligraphy, type and contemporary lettering. She is a Churchill Fellow and a CLAS UK Fellow.

Bookings: Please email booking request to or phone 02 6282 8386

Information and payment details will be provided. Booking is finalized once payment has been received. Bookings close on the 15th of October.



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