Small Japanese Projects group- 28 February

February 24, 2018 | Posted in Drop-in, Japanese | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on 28 February, 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.

Our project this month will be fabric and paper beads.

The image is of a necklace made by convenor Karen.  It has beads made from Japanese cotton fabrics, paper beads made from old sheet music and two striped commercial beads, all threaded and knotted onto some bamboo cord.

necklace from fabric and paper beads


  • assorted fabric strips, cut into 1/4’’, 1/2’’, 3/4’’ and 1’’ widths and about 6’’ to 8’’ long. No fabric that frays too easily.
  • paper strips cut the same widths but maybe about 12’’ in  length. Paper from glossy magazines work really well, nothing too flimsy. Karen will bring some sheet music..
  • some commercial beads if you want to add variety.
  • linen, bamboo, cotton cord. Not too thick as it has to fit through a hole the  size of a sate stick.
  • scissors
  • all purpose glue suitable for paper and fabric
  • a few sate sticks ( I will bring extra) to wrap the paper and fabric around
  • a piece of baking paper to protect the tables from glue
  • a piece of template plastic or equivalent about 3’’ by 1’’


The meeting is followed by a drop-in until 4pm. The English Paper Piecing (EPP) group meets as part of the drop-in.

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Wonderful Wednesday meeting – 21 February

February 19, 2018 | Posted in Drop-in, Meetings | By

The next meeting is this Wednesday, 21 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, where the library will be open. This drop-in is also when the Appliqué Group meets. You don’t have to be part of this group to come to the drop-in.

For the themed show and tell this month, members are asked to bring floral/ garden quilts. Don’t forget to bring something for regular show & tell – perhaps your summer holiday projects.

There is also a library fund raising sale. Books excess to the library, donated books and other media, will be for sale in the Hall, for reasonable prices.

Membership renewals were due on 1 January – renew at the meeting!

The AGM is in March and you need to be a financial member to stand for the committee or vote at the meeting. You need to join by 31 March to exhibit or sell at the annual exhibition and sales room in August.

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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ROWmakers Design Group – 14 February

February 13, 2018 | 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. (ROW=Rowdy on Wednesday)

The next meeting is on Wednesday 14 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.

This is our first meeting of the year – maybe we shall see some finished quilts from previous years.

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 technique and the third will be a letter of the alphabet. Not all three ingredients have to be included, two will be enough. With the technique category, you may decide to choose one technique at the beginning of the year for the whole quilt and then ignore the technique ingredient drawn out each month.

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

# Colours Techniques Alphabet
1 Red Adapt-a-block (we’ll talk about this at the meeting A, B, C, D, E, F,
G, H ,I, J, K,L,
M, N, O, P,Q,
R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z.
2 Pink Appliqué
3 Orange Embellishment
4 Yellow Foundation piecing
5 Green Improvisation
6 Turquoise Modern quilting
7 Blue Piecing
8 Purple Pre-cuts/strips
9 Brown Scraps
10 Neutral Tradition with a twist


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Quilts for others: 13 February FABRIC SALE & working bee

February 10, 2018 | Posted in QFO | By

The next Quilts for Others (QFO) working bee is on 13 February, from 10am until 2pm, in the CQ room at Cook Community Hub.

This month QFO will also be having a fabric sale of donated fabric that is excess to requirements. A wide range of fabric, suitable for patchwork, craft and home sewing, is available. Monies raised will go towards supporting QFO provide quilts to local Canberra organisations.

QFO makes quilts to donate to charities and organizations in the Canberra region. In 2017 over 300 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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Art Quilters meeting – 10 February

February 8, 2018 | Posted in Art Quilters Canberra | By

The next meeting is on Saturday 10 February, 1-4pm, in the CQ room at Cook Community Hub.

We have a new challenge for you …

One 12″ or 30cm square quilt for the first four months starting your first show & tell at the February meeting. These will be inspired by your travels. Kerry is way ahead of us and has already made a gorgeous quilt with a guinea fowl from Africa starring. You probably haven’t been to Africa, but maybe Thailand or Tasmania or the Great Barrier Reef???

Please bring any other show & tell, books, magazines and websites. You are asked to bring your first quilt (or UFO) to show & tell.

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Modern Quilters – 8 February

February 7, 2018 | Posted in Modern Quilt Group | By

The next meeting is 8 February, from 7.30pm, in the CQ room at the Cook Community Hub.

It is the first meeting of the year…so there will be lots to show!

The convenors Jan Kates, Nicole Shipway and Jenny Bowker had a lovely chat on the edge of the lake to discuss ideas for the year – and there are LOTS! They will talk you through those and ask for your feedback and ideas too.

Jan Hastings will run a demo of the lovely fabric baskets she made before Christmas last year. No need to bring anything. for this. If you want to look at the tutorial ahead of time – it is here:

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!

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Evening Meeting – 1 February

January 29, 2018 | Posted in Meetings, sponsor news, Workshops | By

The evening meeting is this Thursday, 1 February, 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.

Membership Renewal- Don’t forget membership fee was due on 1 January. Renew at the meeting. You need to be a member to stand for the AGM in March. You also need to be a member by 31 March in order to exhibit or sell at the Annual Exhibition in August.

This is the meeting where sponsors & teachers make announcements about their activities for the coming year. The special interest groups of Canberra Quilters have been asked to provide info about their respective groups, when they meet and any other information you might want to ask about.

This is also the time for a library fund raising sale. Books excess to the library, and donated books and other media will be for sale in the Hall, for reasonable prices. Unsold items will be for sale at the February Wonderful Wednesday meeting. Come along to pick up a bargain!

Please bring something along for 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.

Library will be open at this meeting – if you can drag yourself away from the sale!

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

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Workshops: March – June 2018

January 24, 2018 | Posted in Workshops | By

Valerie, the current workshop co-ordinator has provided a list of planned workshops for the first half of the year. You can book by using the form in the newsletter or download the form from the workshops page of the website.

March 17th.  Fun with Fabric with Mary Kennedy.  Cost $130 (includes, dyes and fabric)

This Workshop is about having fun with dyes and printing on fabric. Come along and try your hand at designing your own special fabric.

March 24 & 25th.   Flying into Colours with Helen Godden.    Cost $140 members $150 non members

 Introducing Helen’s technique of Paintchwork….that is, painted not pieced patchwork working with luminous acrylic fabric paints.

Day 1. chose from 20 designs for your own Flying Into Colours wall hanging 50 x 70cm. Helen will demonstrate how to trace and then paint and combine colours to blend painted ribbons and Paintchwork onto black fabric.

Day 2 with Helen’s expert guidance, booklet of Free-Motion designs and lots of demonstrating, students will enhance their piece with a wide variety of free-motion quilting styles to complement their work. Students will then paint again, this time into their free-motion stitching, enhancing and adding so much life and energy into their individual and unique work.

This class is a lot of fun and very exciting as student’s gain confidence in painting and in free-motion and their work comes to life in full colour!

April 21st – Mirabella Bag – with Monica Poole.   Cost  $110 for members and $120 non- members.

This versatile bag converts from a shoulder bag to a cute backpack. It has a secure zipper top closure, a set in zipper pocket on the front as well as pockets on the inside. Monica will guide you through all of the steps and show you how to attach bag hardware for a professional looking bag.

April 22nd – Quilt as You Go with Monica Poole    Cost  $110 for members and $120 non- members.

This technique enables you to quilt each section of your quilt with ease before joining it together with Monica’s simple fully machine sewn method. Even the bindings can be  machine sewn with a neat 1″ (25 mm) wide modern finish which looks great and is perfect for busy sewers.  The quilts are not tricky or complicated, they have been designed to make you say, “Yes, I can make that”.

May 5th   – Lucy Boston- Patchwork of the Crosses with Janelle  Noack  Cost  $110 for members and $120 non- members.

If you have wanted to try this technique (English Paper Piecing), beware! It is addictive. Janelle’s ‘Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses’ quilt (titled Lucielle), was exhibited in the Canberra Quilters Exhibition in 2016 and received the Retaining the Tradition award. It has also been featured in Quiltmania magazine. We are lucky enough to have her share her skills and techniques with us. Lucielle is the quilt in the banner for this post.

May 19th – Introduction to Patchwork.  Cost $50 for members and non-members

If you have a friend who has always admired your work and would like to find out a bit more, this one day Workshop will give them an overview of our craft and introduce them to our guild.

June 2nd Boro inspired pouch with Wendy Saclier    Cost $70 for members and $80 non-members

 Wendy needs no introduction, her work in the Japanese style of stitching is legend! We all remember Wendy’s amazing Boro inspired jeans that featured at the Canberra Quilters Exhibition a few years ago and we are lucky enough to have her share her skills with us. This one day Workshop will soon having you create your own ‘Boro inspired’ masterpiece.

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Small Japanese Projects – 24 January + drop in

January 23, 2018 | Posted in Japanese, member activity | By

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

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.

We will be making a bottle top pincushion.  Bring along a few scraps of fabric and a plastic bottle top, craft glue and your sewing kit. Karen will have toy fill and other bits and pieces.

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.

The meeting is followed by a drop-in until 4pm. The English Paper Piecing (EPP) group meets as part of the drop-in.

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Advance Notice- Annual Retreat in October 2018

January 16, 2018 | Posted in member activity | By

Preparations are well underway for this year’s retreat. You can download an information sheet and registration form here.

Our Retreat: The CQ retreat weekend is about doing what you love in a friendly relaxed environment. 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, 1437 Cotter Road, Stromlo ACT 2611

Dates: Arrival from 10am Friday, 26 October 2018 until departure by 4pm Sunday, 28 October 2018

Costs: 3 days /2 nights $240 arrival from 10am Friday onwards;

2 days /1 night $145 includes 2 x lunch, 2 x dinner, 1 night accom, 1 x breakfast;

Day stay $50 per day incl lunch and dinner

Deposit/Payments: $50 to be paid asap (fully refundable up to 4 October 2018 subject to minimum numbers being reached). Then regular payments at Thursday night monthly meetings or electronically please.

Requirements: A comprehensive requirements list is sent out several weeks prior to the retreat to help you work out what to take.

Phone/Internet: Please note that mobile/internet reception at Greenhills is patchy but they do now have free wi-fi available from 5pm Friday over the rest of the weekend.

Accommodation: Accommodation is mostly bunk style with 2 share per room (ie only lower bunks and single beds are used). Every room has a private ensuite and there is heating in case it gets cold. There are a small number of rooms that can be suitable for people with disabilities, however there is some walking involved to get to all of the rooms.

Dietary Requirements: Most special dietary requirements can be catered for.

Activities/Projects: We plan lots of these over the weekend and encourage people to offer to demonstrate an activity or a small project. Let us know if you would like to volunteer to lead an activity.


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