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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Exhibition catalogue on website

August 23, 2017 | Posted in Exhibition | By

Just a reminder that the catalogue from the recent exhibition is available for download, in PDF format, from this website. It contains all the details of the quilts and clothing – including the statements from the makers. It is under the Exhibitions tab, in exhibition forms and instructions.

Here is a link.


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Dianne Firth Exhibition: 26 August-17 September

August 20, 2017 | Posted in Exhibition, Member News | By

Member Dianne Firth is having a solo exhibition at the Belconnen Arts Centre.

‘Poetry and Place’ by Dianne Firth opens at Belconnen Arts Centre on Friday 25 August at 5.30 and runs until Sunday 17 September. Dianne has created artworks from poems especially written by poets visiting Canberra last year for the ‘Poetry on the Move’ festival. They were asked to write about their experience of landscape and nature in Canberra for Dianne to interpret.

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ROWmakers group meeting report

August 19, 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.

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
5 Green Embellishments Animal, vegetable, mineral
6 Pink Linen / silk/ lace Heritage, tradition
7 Neutral Print/ words Numbers

(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 images from our last get two meetings on 12 July and 14 June.

(Yellow/ Threads/ Opposites)

(Green/ Embellishments/ Animal, Vegetable, Mineral)

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Small Japanese Projects meeting- 23 August

August 18, 2017 | Posted in Japanese | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on 23 August, 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 two months. It is always great to hear about your activities.

This month’s project is a small fabric tissue pack holder, led by Wendy. These are good to keep in your handbag and they also make great gifts and fete items.

Wendy will demonstrate how to make it but you can hand sew on the day if you wish.

You will need:

  • A piece of fabric for the outer layer 14 cm x 22 cm
  • Same size lining fabric if using lightweight outer fabric
  • Matching or contrasting bias binding 30 cm
  • Hand sewing gear
  • Small packet of tissues

Outer fabric suggestions:

  • Quilting fabric
  • Stitched sashiko fabric
  • Stitched hitomizashi fabric
  • Evening wear remnant
  • Japanese brocade or obi fabric
  • Needlepoint

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Sponsor News: Treasured Textiles Sale- 20 August

August 17, 2017 | Posted in sponsor news | By

One of Canberra Quilters sponsors, Treasured Textiles, is having a sale this Sunday 20 August, from 10am until 4pm. It is being held at Macarthur Scout Hall, Coyne St, Macarthur, next to the MPower Dome. There is off-street parking, and it is near good coffee shops at Chisholm and Gowrie.

There will be lots of lovely batiks on and off the bolt, a good range of colours in fat quarters and 25 cm pieces, and a range of pre-packaged fabrics in 3 x 1m pieces, or 4 x 25 cm pieces.  There will also be some crazy patch packs, and a few special deals on the day.

All fabric is $16 per metre, fat quarters $4, jelly rolls $35 , and packs are at various prices.

Payment via cash, Paypal and credit and debit cards, but not EFTPOS.

View a small range of fabrics on the Treasured Textiles Facebook page

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