Evening Meeting – 1 February

January 29, 2018 | Posted in Meetings, sponsor news, Workshops | By

The evening meeting is this Thursday, 1 February, 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.

Membership Renewal- Don’t forget membership fee was due on 1 January. Renew at the meeting. You need to be a member to stand for the AGM in March. You also need to be a member by 31 March in order to exhibit or sell at the Annual Exhibition in August.

This is the meeting where sponsors & teachers make announcements about their activities for the coming year. The special interest groups of Canberra Quilters have been asked to provide info about their respective groups, when they meet and any other information you might want to ask about.

This is also the time for a library fund raising sale. Books excess to the library, and donated books and other media will be for sale in the Hall, for reasonable prices. Unsold items will be for sale at the February Wonderful Wednesday meeting. Come along to pick up a bargain!

Please bring something along for 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.

Library will be open at this meeting – if you can drag yourself away from the sale!

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

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Workshops: March – June 2018

January 24, 2018 | Posted in Workshops | By

Valerie, the current workshop co-ordinator has provided a list of planned workshops for the first half of the year. You can book by using the form in the newsletter or download the form from the workshops page of the website.

March 17th.  Fun with Fabric with Mary Kennedy.  Cost $130 (includes, dyes and fabric)

This Workshop is about having fun with dyes and printing on fabric. Come along and try your hand at designing your own special fabric.

March 24 & 25th.   Flying into Colours with Helen Godden.    Cost $140 members $150 non members

 Introducing Helen’s technique of Paintchwork….that is, painted not pieced patchwork working with luminous acrylic fabric paints.

Day 1. chose from 20 designs for your own Flying Into Colours wall hanging 50 x 70cm. Helen will demonstrate how to trace and then paint and combine colours to blend painted ribbons and Paintchwork onto black fabric.

Day 2 with Helen’s expert guidance, booklet of Free-Motion designs and lots of demonstrating, students will enhance their piece with a wide variety of free-motion quilting styles to complement their work. Students will then paint again, this time into their free-motion stitching, enhancing and adding so much life and energy into their individual and unique work.

This class is a lot of fun and very exciting as student’s gain confidence in painting and in free-motion and their work comes to life in full colour!

April 21st – Mirabella Bag – with Monica Poole.   Cost  $110 for members and $120 non- members.

This versatile bag converts from a shoulder bag to a cute backpack. It has a secure zipper top closure, a set in zipper pocket on the front as well as pockets on the inside. Monica will guide you through all of the steps and show you how to attach bag hardware for a professional looking bag.

April 22nd – Quilt as You Go with Monica Poole    Cost  $110 for members and $120 non- members.

This technique enables you to quilt each section of your quilt with ease before joining it together with Monica’s simple fully machine sewn method. Even the bindings can be  machine sewn with a neat 1″ (25 mm) wide modern finish which looks great and is perfect for busy sewers.  The quilts are not tricky or complicated, they have been designed to make you say, “Yes, I can make that”.

May 5th   – Lucy Boston- Patchwork of the Crosses with Janelle  Noack  Cost  $110 for members and $120 non- members.

If you have wanted to try this technique (English Paper Piecing), beware! It is addictive. Janelle’s ‘Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses’ quilt (titled Lucielle), was exhibited in the Canberra Quilters Exhibition in 2016 and received the Retaining the Tradition award. It has also been featured in Quiltmania magazine. We are lucky enough to have her share her skills and techniques with us. Lucielle is the quilt in the banner for this post.

May 19th – Introduction to Patchwork.  Cost $50 for members and non-members

If you have a friend who has always admired your work and would like to find out a bit more, this one day Workshop will give them an overview of our craft and introduce them to our guild.

June 2nd Boro inspired pouch with Wendy Saclier    Cost $70 for members and $80 non-members

 Wendy needs no introduction, her work in the Japanese style of stitching is legend! We all remember Wendy’s amazing Boro inspired jeans that featured at the Canberra Quilters Exhibition a few years ago and we are lucky enough to have her share her skills with us. This one day Workshop will soon having you create your own ‘Boro inspired’ masterpiece.

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Two places available in Tentmakers of Cairo workshop – 26 July

July 22, 2017 | Posted in Workshops | By

We have two vacancies in the one day workshop run by the Tentmakers of Cairo here at the Canberra Quilters rooms in Cook on Wednesday 26th July.

The cost of a one day workshop is $90.

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 contact the Canberra Quilters Workshop Coordinator, Valerie Merritt at workshops@canberraquilters.org.au

 

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Introduction to Patchwork and Quilting – 20 May

May 12, 2017 | Posted in What's On, Workshops | By

AN INTRODUCTION TO PATCHWORK AND QUILTING

Is this a hobby or skill you would like to learn?

Are you interested in finding out more?

Canberra Quilters is the oldest quilting guild in Australia and some of our members are world renowned quilters.

They all started as beginners! Some had no experience of sewing. Some thought they had no artistic talent.

Others of us are happy making quilts for our family and friends. What ever level you want to achieve, why not start now? We would love you to enrol in our Introduction to Patchwork and Quilting taster day to be held in our room at the Cook Community Hub.

We are hoping to unlock your creativity and start you on the road to a ‘beautiful obsession’.

WHEN- Saturday 20th May 9:30am – 3pm

COST- $25 and includes morning tea

WHERE- Building C, 41 Templeton St, Cook ACT

 The programme will look at:

  1. Different styles of patchwork, blocks, appliqué, strips, hexies etc.
  2. Useful equipment
  3. Fabric choices and colour
  4. Construction of quilt
  5. Quilting

If you are ready to learn more:-

  • We will show you how to turn your first blocks into your first quilt, or
  • Point you to some of the region’s amazing teachers and their beginners’ courses.

For more information or to enrol email Canberra Quilters Workshop Coordinator, Valerie Merritt.

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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 workshops@canberraquilters.org.au

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

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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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