Wonderful Wednesday Meeting – 20 February

February 18, 2019 | Posted in Meetings, membership | By

The next meeting is this Wednesday, 20 February, in the Hall at the Cook Community Hub, from 9.30am until 12.30pm. It is followed by a drop-in at the Canberra Quilters room. The library is open for the first half of the drop-in.

This drop-in is also when the Appliqué Group meets. The Appliqué Group is for members who like to do appliqué – learning from each other, getting help or working on a current project. You don’t have to be part of this group to come to the drop-in.

MEMEBERSHIP REMINDER. Membership fees were due on 1 January. You can join online or at the meeting. You need to be a member to borrow from the library, use the room and its facilities regularly, stand for the committee or exhibit and sell in the exhibition. 

The special themed show & tell this month is appliqué items – anything appliqué. Don’t forget to bring something for regular show & tell.

At the February evening meeting the library held its annual fund raising sale. There were some bargains left over and these will be for sale at this meeting.

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, and 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.

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Canberra Quilters’ Retreat 2019

February 17, 2019 | Posted in CQ Events | By

You can bring a sewing machine or work by hand, participate in projects and small learning sessions or do whatever you bring along, as well as enjoy great quilty-minded company. Come along and join us.

Location: Greenhills Conference Centre, Cotter  
Dates: 10am Friday 11 October 2019 to 4pm Sunday 13 October 2019  
Costs: Weekend Package- 3 days/ 2 nights, arrival from 10am Friday $240
  Overnight package- 2 days/ 1 night incl 2 x lunch, 1 x dinner, accommodation (1 night), 1 x breakfast $140
  Day stay (includes lunch and snacks)                                  1 day $35
  2 days $70
  3 days $100


Deposit $50 (fully refundable up to 1 October – subject to minimum numbers reached), then regular payments at monthly meetings or electronically.

Please email Marcia if you would like more info or to book a spot.

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Sponsor News: Treasured Textiles sale day – 17 Feb

February 14, 2019 | Posted in sponsor news | By

One of Canberra Quilters sponsors, Treasured Textiles, is having a sale this Sunday 17 February, 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 100% cotton Bali batik fabrics for sale at $15 per metre (minimum cut half a metre), lots of fat quarters at $4 each or 6 for $20, plus a good range of fat quarter packs and jelly rolls.  Quite a few threads for sale – several types of Superior Threads plus some Mettler and Gutermann There will also be some crazy patch packs, with colour coordinated fabric and embellishments, for small projects such as bags and cushions.

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

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Exhibition – Australia Wide 6 at The Q

February 13, 2019 | Posted in Art quilts, Exhibition | By

Canberra Quilters members Beth and Trevor Reid, Helen Gray, Carolyn Sullivan and Dianne Firth are part of the Australia Wide 6 Exhibition which runs at The Q from February 11, until 9 March 2019. They will be giving a floor talk about their work on Saturday 2 March 12 noon – 1pm. Dianne will also include an overview of the exhibition.

Image in banner is by Beth and Trevor Reid

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Call for Entries: Art Quilt Australia 2019

February 12, 2019 | Posted in Call for Entries | By

Entries are now open for Art Quilt Australia 2019, a biennial juried exhibition for textile artists resident in Australia and New Zealand and OZQN members worldwide. Entries close on 31 May 2019. Submission is via the online entry form only.

Art Quilt Australia, which includes Expressions: the Wool Quilt Prize, seeks to promote excellence and innovation in contemporary art quilts in Australia. There is over $6000 in prizes, comprising:

$3000 for Expressions: The Wool Quilt Prize, for a wool quilt The winner of the Expressions prize is acquired by the National Wool Museum for its permanent collection;
$3000 for the non-acquisitive OZQN Award of Excellence, which is open to all quilts; and
$500 awards for Highly Commended in both categories.

Art Quilt Australia will be on exhibition at the National Wool Museum, Geelong from 6 September until 15 December 2019 and tour to Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Lilydale, Victoria from 8 February-16 May 2020. See the AQA 2019 Conditions of Entry for further information. https://www.ozquiltnetwork.org.au/exhi…/art-quilt-australia/

(Image in banner is by Beth an Trevor Reid and is in the Australia Wide 6 Exhibition, also under the auspices of Ozquilt Network. This exhibition is currently on at The Q in Queanbeyan.)

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Modern Quilters meeting – 14 February

February 11, 2019 | Posted in modern quilters | By

The next meeting is 14 February, 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 are sweeping the world!

Bring along show & tell, as well as what you are working on now!

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Rowmakers Design Group – 1st meeting 13 February

February 11, 2019 | Posted in Row-by-row Challenge | By

The ROWmakers is a design group that meets once a month on the second Wednesday, February – December. The purpose of the group is to design and make a unique quilt-related project, over the course of the year, using ingredients drawn at random each month. This year’s ingredients are based on our original list from 2011. It will be interesting to see how much we’ve changed in 9 years.

The first meeting of the year is on Wednesday 13 February, 10am for a 10.30am start, in the CQ room at the Cook Community Hub. It is followed by a drop-in, until 4pm. So you can stay all day to sew.

A quilt (or another item) 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 three items are chosen to incorporate into that month’s design challenge. One will be a colour, one will be a shape and the third will be a motif. Not all three ingredients have to be included, two will be enough. With the motif category, you may decide to choose one at the beginning of the year for the whole quilt and then ignore the motif ingredient drawn out each month.

A full list of the guidelines and instructions is available here.

This is the list we will be choosing from this year. February’s choices will be posted after the meeting.

# Colours Shapes Motifs
1 Red Squares Baskets
2 Pink Rectangles Plants
3 Orange Triangles Animals
4 Yellow Circles/ Curves Bugs
5 Green Diamonds Houses
6 Turquoise Hexagons People
7 Blue Hearts Words
8 Purple Stars Birds
9 Brown Spots/ Stripes Places

(Image in banner is a quilt top by Karin Malmberg from the 2018 Rowmakers challenge.)

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Quilts for Others (QFO) working bee – 12 February

February 10, 2019 | Posted in QFO | By

The next Quilts for Others (QFO) working bee is on 12 February, from 10am until 2.30pm, in the CQ room at Cook Community Hub.

QFO makes quilts to donate to charities and organizations in the Canberra region. In 2017 over 300 quilts were made and donated and 270+ in 2018.

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.

QFO regularly receives donations of fabric, for which we are very grateful. At present we are in need of fabric suitable for backings. Lengths of one metre or larger are suitable, but we cannot use furnishing fabrics.
The dates for the first working bees in 2019 are: February 12, March 12, April 9.

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Security at CQ, Cook Community Hub

February 10, 2019 | Posted in Cook premises | By

To all members using the CQ room and the Hall at Cook – there has been a change in the company monitoring the security at Cook Community Hub.  It is now CXI – on the very rare occasion a member may need to speak to the security company phone 1300 798 365 and quote site name Cook Community Hub and site number 8609000  They will ask for a password and the volunteer in charge of the room at the time will have that.


The names of who in Canberra Quilters to contact when things go wrong – e.g. power outage, are on a list on the whiteboard to the right of the sink in our room.

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Volunteer training – 14 & 21 February

February 10, 2019 | Posted in Cook premises | By

For those volunteers who were unable to get to the November sessions some additional times have been scheduled.  On Thursday 14th at 10am and Thursday 21st at 7:30pm Helen Rose will be in Canberra Quilters room at Cook to go through what volunteers need to know about our rooms.  RSVP would be appreciated to Helen.

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