Exhibition Entry Deadline Extended to June 30 2017

June 21, 2017 | Posted in Call for Entries, CQ Exhibition, events, Exhibition | By

The entry deadline for entering this year’s Canberra Quilter’s Annual Members Exhibition has been extended to (postmarked) 30 June 2017.

To download the entry pack click here.

This extension of deadline will not impact any other Exhibition dates.

Remember, you can submit a quilt for display only (also known as “not for judging”) in the Exhibition. We strongly encourage all members to consider submitting a quilt (even if it’s just for display). You never know, seeing your quilt might just be the catalyst for someone else to start quilting (and we all need there to be more quilters in the world!).

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Wonderful Wednesday meeting- 21 June

June 19, 2017 | Posted in Meetings | By

The next meeting is this Wednesday, 21 June in the Cook Community Hub Hall, 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 anything made from the Stage or the scrap bin in the CQ room. Don’t forget to bring something for regular show & tell.

For new members, Wonderful Wednesday is held on the third Wednesday of each month except December, 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 of course 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.

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Biggest Quilting Bee Morning Tea- Sunday 18 June

June 13, 2017 | Posted in CQ Events | By

Canberra Quilters is hosting a Biggest Morning Tea Quilting Bee on Sunday 18 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 prize. Lots of fun and table games. White elephant stall of used & older items.

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

The theme is Christmas in June. Wear something Christmassy.   Bring a needle and thread to sew some Christmas decorations for charity.

There is a cake competition, which will be judged by 3 semi-independent foodies. Bribery by $$ permitted, but not guaranteed. Cook your delights for all to share and you may win a prize.

Donations of new items for the monster raffle are welcome- place in the bin in the CQ storeroom or give to co-ordinator Kay. Donations of used/ older items for the white elephant table are also welcome. They can be made on the day.

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Rowmakers meeting – 14 June

June 12, 2017 | Posted in Row-by-row Challenge | By

Next meeting is on Wednesday 14 June, 10am for a 10.30am start. In the CQ room at the Cook Community Hub.

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! So far we have had:

# 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

(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 responses from Round 3 (Purple):

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Congratulations to member Dianne Firth – OAM

June 12, 2017 | Posted in Member News | By

Congratulations to member Dianne Firth, who has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honour list with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the General Division. The award recognises Dianne’s service to landscape architecture and to education.

See the Canberra Times article.

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Quilts for Others working bee – 13 June

June 11, 2017 | Posted in QFO | By

The next Quilts for Others (QFO) working bee is on 13th June, 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.

Here are some quilts made for QFO:

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Sale Day – 3 June

June 2, 2017 | Posted in CQ Events | By

Saturday 3 June 2017

1:30 to 4 pm

Canberra Quilters Room, Cook- 41 Templeton Crescent (Cook Community Hub)

Sale of good quality cotton fabrics, books and quilting notions.

One of the tables will be the QFO team selling fabric that is excess to their requirements – they get lots of donations and can’t use it all. Quilts for Others is the CQ program that makes quilts for charitable organizations in the Canberra region.The money raised is used to buy supplies like batting, to continue this community project.

 

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Evening Meeting – 1 June

May 28, 2017 | Posted in Meetings, raffle | By

The evening meeting is this Thursday, 1 June, 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.

This month it is all about #100Days100Blocks. With over 57,000 images on its hashtag , the 100 Days 100 Blocks sew-along is the largest Instagram based sew-along ever held. Come behind-the-scenes to find out more about this yearly event and how you can participate and connect with quilters all over the world. It is the perfect event for beginners and confident quilters alike!

An additional attraction at this month’s meeting is the QFO team selling fabric that is excess to their requirements – they get lots of donations and can’t use it all. The money raised is used to buy supplies like batting, to continue this community project.

Please bring something along for regular 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.

Don’t forget to pick up a book of tickets for the exhibition raffle – funds raised support Canberra Quilters activities

Library will be open for this meeting so come along to return books and borrow more.

(Image in banner is this year’s raffle quilt by Jenny Bowker and Kath Hunt, quilted by Fran Wilson of Willowpatch through Calico Patch at Federation Square, Gungahlin)

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Small Japanese Projects meeting – 24 May

May 20, 2017 | Posted in Japanese | By

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

The project will extend over two meetings – it is a chiku chiku binding for a basket. AT this meeting you will be working on the binding and at the June meeting you will be attaching the binding to the basket. Convenor Karen has provided and image of her basket and a requirements list.

  • Raffia Basket.  Karen got hers from K Mart for $6.oo.  It is approx. 12”x 9” x 4”.  Raffia or water hyacinth are easy to stitch through when sewing the completed binding onto the basket.
  • Homespun fabric. Approx 6” strip x width of fabric for this size basket.  If yours is larger make it length of circumference of basket edge plus 6”.  This allows for shrinkage as you sew on the fabrics.
  • Fabric Scraps. Lots of different fabrics patterned and plain.  If you want a simple binding use less fabric mix and bigger pieces.
  • Sashiko Threads. Mix up different colours like Karen did or use one colour if you prefer.  If you haven’t got sashiko thread, you can use cotton perle, crochet cotton or broder cotton.
  • Large eyed needle for Sashiko thread.
  • Pins, Scissors, thimble.

Don’t forget to bring your show & tell from previous projects, plus anything else you would like to share.

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Wonderful Wednesday meeting – 17 May

May 15, 2017 | Posted in Meetings | By

The next meeting is this Wednesday, 17 May in the Cook Community Hub Hall, 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 wholecloth quilts, runners, cushions etc.. Don’t forget to bring something for regular show & tell.

Linda Wilson has books of exhibition raffle tickets for you take to sell and she attends most meetings. This is one of our major fund raising efforts and you are encouraged to take a book or two to sell to friends, neighbours and work colleagues. There is a prize awaiting the individual seller of the most tickets. A book contains 10 tickets @ $2 each.

For new members, Wonderful Wednesday is held on the third Wednesday of each month except December, 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 of course 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.

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