Introduction to Patchwork and Quilting – 20 May

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


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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Art Quilters meeting – 13 May

May 11, 2017 | Posted in Art Quilters Canberra | By

The next meeting is on Saturday 13 May, 1-4pm, in the CQ room at Cook Community Hub.

Continuing the exploration of Design Elements: Wendy is going to present the design element, “Scale”.  We will be discussing doing work in a series.  Please bring at least three images that excite your imagination and make you want to dive in and make something from them.

Please bring any other show & tell, books, magazines and websites.

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QFO working bee- 9 May

May 8, 2017 | Posted in QFO | By

The next Quilts for Others (QFO) working bee is on 9th May, 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. The next working bee days are:  May 9 and June 13.

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Quilt Show in Young, NSW – 20 & 21 May

May 7, 2017 | Posted in exhibitions | By

Lions Club of Young Inc. Annual Quilt Show 2017

Saturday 20th May 10 -4.30 pm & Sunday 21st May   10 -4.00pm

Young Town Hall

Boorowa St Young

Raffle Quilts (1st & 2nd) $2 a Ticket

Entry $5, under 12 free

Details available at contacts below

Information: Jenny 0423452595 or Carmel 63824498


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Modern Quilt group meeting – 11 May 2017

May 5, 2017 | Posted in modern quilters | By

The next meeting is 11 May, 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!

At this meeting the group will be focussing on making a group quilt for entering in the Annual Members’ Exhibition. Separate instructions have been sent to regular attendees on what they need to do and bring. If you are new to the group come along and join in – there is plenty of work you could help with. The quilt is based on the Cross-cut quilt from Debbie Jeske’s blog, aquilterstable. This group will be starting with 10″ squares.

Bring along some show & tell, just to break up the busy evening!

(Quilt in banner is by Marilyn Crabb- a cross cut quilt top, before the second blocks are cut)

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Exhibition information pack and forms available online now

May 4, 2017 | Posted in CQ Exhibition | By

The exhibition pack is available online, here on the CQ site. It includes individual versions of the forms to download as well as the information pack and the sales room brochure.

Entry deadline is 14 June 2017. You don’t have to have completed your quilt or creative clothing garment to enter, but you will need to finish it by delivery day on 29 July.


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Craft Alive – Quilts of Hope, 5-7 May

May 1, 2017 | Posted in What's On | By

CraftAlive is on 5-7 May 2017 at the Thoroughbred Park Function and Convention Centre, Flemington Road Mitchell, ACT. Canberra Quilters will be there, selling raffle tickets and showing the world what we get up to.

At each show, CraftAlive hosts Quilts of Hope, who support Challenge, a not-for-profit organisation that provides daily support for children and families living with cancer, or a life-threatening blood disorder, from the time of diagnosis through treatment and beyond. Through their programs and services, they aim to make life easier for the whole family as they deal with fighting their illness.

Quilts of Hope are calling on generous quilters and patchworkers to donate their time to create patchwork blocks that will be made into quilts and auctioned off or donated to support this worthy cause.

There will be a Quilts of Hope display at CraftAlive Canberra, with Echidna Sewing providing machines for use at the stand.

CraftAlive are generously offering free multi day passes for the rest of the show to any of our members interested in sewing for an hour or so on the stand throughout the weekend.

Volunteers contact Karen Brown on 0438 275 951, or email, by Thursday 04 May to ensure your passes.

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Evening Meeting – 4 May

May 1, 2017 | Posted in Meetings | By

The evening meeting is this Thursday, 4 May, 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 there is a special show & tell – Creative Clothing Fashion Parade.

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. (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)

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


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Congratulations to Kristina Butron

April 23, 2017 | Posted in Member News | By

Congratulations to Kristina Butron, who was announced as the Shining Light Award recipient at the Australasian Quilt Convention Gala Dinner on 22 April 2017. Kristina is one of our Junior Members and has previously won the Bernina Junior Quiltmaker award at the Members’ Exhibition.

The Shining Light Award is a national award made annually to recognise achievement by a junior quiltmaker.

Below is Kristina’s quilt from the 2016 Members’ Exhibition

Tequila Sunrise by Kristina Butron

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Small Japanese Projects meeting – 26 April

April 23, 2017 | Posted in Japanese | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on Wednesday 26 April from 10am until 12 noon. It is followed by a drop-in until 4pm.

This month’s project is a Fabric Origami Star, pictured below:

The requirements list is as follows:

  • Small sharp scissors
  • Tweezers or fine jewellery pliers
  • Small bulldog clip or Clover quilting clip
  • Coordinating Sashiko thread or equivalent to sew on as hanging loop
  • Needle and thread
  • 4 Coordinating cotton fabrics each cut 13” x 3½’’ prepared as follows:
    • Fold in half lengthwise and iron. Using spray starch helps to keep the folds crisp.
    • Open fold and iron both long sides into middle crease. Close up strip and iron well.

You may want to bring enough strips to make 2 stars. They are very easy when you get the hang of folding the strips.

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