Small Japanese Projects meeting – 27 September

September 23, 2017 | Posted in Japanese, Meetings | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on 27 September, 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.

This month will be a catch-up month, finishing off all the various small Japanese projects you have been working on during the year. Help will be available if you are stuck.

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Wonderful Wednesday meeting- 20 September

September 17, 2017 | Posted in Meetings | By

The next meeting is this Wednesday, 20 September, in the Hall at the Cook Community Hub, from 9.30am until 12.30pm. It is followed by a drop-in at the CQ room until 4pm.

This month’s special show & tell is quilts for spring- florals of all sorts! Let’s have our own Floriade. Don’t forget to bring something for regular show & tell.

Special notice – did you accidently pick up a brand new Kaffe Fassett book last month? It was misplaced on the ‘free’ bench with some magazines. It has the member’s name inside – so have a look at what you collected last month.

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, 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. It is followed by a drop-in the Canberra Quilters room, where the library will be open.

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Modern Quilters meeting – 14 September

September 12, 2017 | Posted in Modern Quilt Group | By

The next meeting is 14 September, from 7.30pm, in the CQ room at the Cook Community Hub.

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 is sweeping the world!

Bring along show & tell, as well as what you are working on now! Clementine plans to baste a large quilt – perhaps you can help her.

(Quilt in the banner is Kross Kut Kaffe by the modern quilters.)

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Sponsor News- Rosemont the Patchwork Shop

September 12, 2017 | Posted in sponsor news | By

One of Canberra Quilters’ sponsors is hosting a retreat at Bateman’s Bay, 20-23 October 2017. There are two Australian tutors, Deborah Louie (fully booked) and Ali George. Details:

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Sponsor News- The Creative Retreat lecture and workshop

September 11, 2017 | Posted in sponsor news | By

One of Canberra Quilters’ sponsors, The Creative Retreat, is hosting Denyse Schmidt for a lecture/ trunks show and workshops. There are a limited number of places available in one of the workshops. Details:

A pioneer of the modern quilting movement is coming to Canberrra and bringing her contemporary take on design to us! 

Book your tickets today – the event is this Wednesday 13 September, at 7pm at the Ainslie Arts Centre in Braddon.

Join Denyse Schmidt and The Creative Retreat for a captivating evening learning about Denyse’s modernist approach to traditional patchwork. Be inspired by her creative, imaginative and resourceful approach and the journey she has taken to becoming a world-renowned quilt maker and fabric designer. 

In true Creative Retreat style, refreshments will be part of the celebrations too! And if the lecture and tasty goodies aren’t enough to tempt you, there will be a book signing, a pop-up shop (full of modern quilting fabrics, Aurifil threads and notions), and a display of quilts too. 

If you’d like a bit more time with Denyse, there are a couple of workshop places left in the days following the lecture, they can be found here.

The host of the event is Jules McMahon, a Canberra Quilters member, and the founder of The Creative Retreat, a workshop space and fabric store located in a rural setting at Sutton, just 15 minutes from Dickson. You can contact Jules via email to

(Image in banner is Hills ‘n’ Hollers by Denyse Schmidt)

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ROWmakers meeting reminder- 13 September

September 10, 2017 | Posted in Row-by-row Challenge | By

Next meeting is on Wednesday 13 September, 10am for a 10.30am start, in the CQ room at the Cook Community Hub. We are having a break because of the timing of the exhibition. But don’t worry, an extra draw was done so you don’t miss making something for August.

Some members have chosen to complete a quilt, using a particular book. Wendy is using the Tula Pink City Sampler, completing 10 blocks for each month. Here are the latest sets:


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Beginners’ Introduction- 30 September

September 7, 2017 | Posted in What's On | By

Learn to Quilt – an introduction to the basics

Canberra Quilters’ next Introduction to Patchwork and Quilting Workshop will be held on Saturday, September 30th, from 9.30am until 4pm.

We will explain about quilting tools such as rotary cutters, cutting mats, rulers, even the importance of different needles and threads.

We will talk about fabric selection: quality, colour value

You will look at the building blocks or construction of a quilt. Strips, squares, triangles & rectangles and make 2 or 3 blocks to start your first quilt.

We will have an appliqué ‘expert’ available to demonstrate this style of patchwork and you will have a go at constructing an Appliqué block.

We will also give an overview of:-

  • joining blocks, including using sashing and borders.
  • the quilt sandwich – batting and pinning your quilt layers
  • binding/ finishing your quilt.

Cost of the day is $50 and includes, all fabrics, use of machines and tools, plus morning tea. To register your interest please email our Workshop Coordinator

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Missing equipment – QFO

September 5, 2017 | Posted in lost property, QFO | By

QFO has mislaid 2 icecream containers holding safety pins and some” qwik clip” closing implements.  If anyone can shed some light on this dilemma could you let one of the QFO committee members know please.

Contact details for QFO are in the newsletter, or you can send an email via the blog address.

Don’t forget next Tuesday is QFO working bee day- 13 September, from 10am until 2pm, in the CQ room at Cook Community Hub.

QFO makes quilts to donate to charities and organizations in the Canberra region. In 2016 301 quilts were made and donated.

If you would like to join us at a working bee you would be most welcome. There are plenty of jobs to be done: hand sewing, machine sewing, pinning and other tasks.

Bring your lunch if you plan to stay for the day. Morning tea is provided.

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Evening Meeting – Thursday 7 September

September 5, 2017 | Posted in Meetings | By

The evening meeting is this Thursday, 7 September, 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.

The special activity this month is the presentation of awards and prizes from our recent members’ exhibition. If your quilt or item of clothing was awarded something, please bring it along to show when you receive your certificate and/ or prize.

Please bring something along for regular show & tell, including your exhibition quilt. Not everyone made it to the exhibition, and 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.

The exhibition raffle is over for another year- perhaps you or your friendship group would consider making the raffle quilt for next year!

Library will be open for this meeting, so stock up for some spring projects.

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

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Delay to September Connecting Threads

September 4, 2017 | Posted in Connecting Threads | By

Due to illness and absence the September issue of the Canberra Quilters’ newsletter, Connecting Threads, will be delayed. This applies to both the printed and e-versions. It is expected to be released in approximately one week.

Apologies to members. Please spread the word to your fellow members.

(Quilt in banner is My Tangled Garden, by Jenny Bowker.)

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