Evening Meeting – 6 April

April 4, 2017 | Posted in CQ Administration, Meetings | By

The evening meeting is this Thursday, 6 April, 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 is tips night! A panel of experts is open for questions – what is something you have always wanted to know?

At the AGM three positions remained unfilled and were considered to be casual vacancies. Since the AGM three members have stepped forward to fill these vacancies:

  • President: Raylee Bielenberg
  • Vice President: Angie Wilson
  • Publicity Officer: Julie McMahon

Congratulations to these members and thanks for stepping up.

Pick up some exhibition raffle books to sell. Funds raised go to support Canberra Quilters and its activities, eg library, QFO

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 for this meeting so come along to return books and borrow more.

Here are some tip images from this blog author- the witch finger as an alternative awl to hold things in place while sewing and the upright unpicker hack (small unpicker and an empty Aurifil thread spool). Lets you cut thread for hand piecing or to cut threads when you are chain piecing.

The alternative awl – a witch finger Halloween toy

Insert a small seam ripper into an empty Aurifil thread spool – thread cutter. (Idea courtesy of Megan Pitz of Canoe Ridge Creations, via Instagram – here is a link for you to watch a short video)

(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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Positions available in Joanne Wearing workshop

April 3, 2017 | Posted in Workshops | By

Message from workshop co-ordinator, Valerie. If the workshop doesn’t meet a minimum number of participants, it will have to be cancelled.

Positions are available in the Quiltworx  workshop with Joanne Wearing, certified instructor for Judy Niemeyer – July 14th, 15th, 16th 22nd & 23rd .   Cost $400 plus purchase of pattern.                         

** We can accept lay by for this course if that makes it easier than one large payment.

 The focus for this 5 day course will be Paper Foundation Piecing, based on a Quiltworx pattern

 You can chose your own pattern, Joanne will help you with construction.

Classes are suitable for all skill levels – if you have never tackled Foundation Piecing before, or you’ve had a go but couldn’t quite ‘get it’, right through to those who are confident with the process and are ready to start a new project. Wherever you’re at with your Foundation Piecing we’d love to have you come along and join us.

The great thing about having a 5-day class is that you get dedicated sewing time to really conquer this technique or make great headway with a project.

As it will be held over two weekends, so time off work is kept to a minimum.

Have a look at Joanne Wearing’s or Judy Niemeyer’s website for pictures of some amazing patterns.

 If you are interested please contact our Workshop Coordinator, Valerie Merritt for more details.

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Call for entries – various opportunities

April 3, 2017 | Posted in Call for Entries | By

There are several opportunities this year for members to enter selected competitions /exhibitions:

  1. World Quilt Competition 2017

Australian entries for the World Quilt Competition 2017  are now open. Share your artwork on the international stage, and let someone else look after logistics, shipping, customs and insurance!   Entries close on Monday, 15 May 2017. Accepted entries will premiere at World Quilt New England  (17-19 August 2017) and tour to other Mancuso shows in the United States until early 2018.

Entries can be submitted via the Online Entry Form. Alternatively, download, complete and return the World Quilt Competition 2017 Entry Form – Australian Edition (PDF) by e-mail or post. Be aware that your quilt must be at least 1296 square inches (eg 36x36in)  and completed in 2015, 2016 or 2017.  See the Contest Rules for more information.

Four Australians received ribbons in 2016. View all the prize winners here

Enter your quilt in 2017 to be part of this exciting event. For more information, contact the Australian Coordinator Brenda Gael Smith at info@worldquiltaustralian.com

  1. Art Quilt Australia 2017

Art Quilt Australia 2017 is open to residents of Australia and New Zealand and OZQN (Ozquilt Network) members worldwide. Entries close on 7 June 2017. Submission is via the online entry form or by postal mail only.

The exhibition will be held at the prestigious Queen Victoria Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania from Friday 7 September to Sunday 22 October 2017 and will be documented in a comprehensive catalogue.

Art Quilt Australia 2017 is a juried exhibition with $6000 in prize money.  All selected entries are automatically eligible for consideration for the $3000 Award of Excellence (non-acquisitive). Entrants submitting complying wool quilts (see below) may also nominate their work for the $3000 Expressions:Wool Quilt Prize where the winning work is acquired by the National Wool Museum for its permanent collection.

3. Australian Quilts in Public Places – AQIPP 2017

Quilters are invited to demonstrate their talents and originality in interpreting the theme:


16 November-21 December 2017

Whitehorse Artspace, Box Hill, Melbourne VIC.

AQIPP is a juried, judged and sponsored exhibition which is open to all quilters in Australia.

Entries close: 21 September 2017

For more information: australian quilters association

Email: aqipp2017

An initiative of Australian Quilters Association

Major sponsor: Brother International

  1. Tasmanian Art Quilt Prize 2018

A collaborative program between the Tasmanian Quilting Guild & the Maritime Museum of Tasmania.

The Tasmanian Art Quilt Prize 2018 Exhibition will be held in the Carnegie Gallery at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania in Hobart from Tuesday 1st May to Sunday 3rd June 2018.

The Tasmanian Art Quilt Prize is open to textile artists across Australia. This biennial exhibition aims to promote best practice in art quilting and encourage experimentation by presenting new and exciting textile art. There is an additional category of Textile Sculpture.

The theme is ‘Ebb and Flow’. Entries close on 5 March 2018.

Full entry details on tasquiltguild site

Major sponsor: Bernina

(Quilt in banner is Red Hills by Dianne Firth)

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ROWmakers design group

April 2, 2017 | Posted in member activity, Row-by-row Challenge | By

The first round responses have been revealed (images below) and the choices for the second round have been made.  Some members have chosen to go with blocks, others back to rows and Liz H is making drainage bags for breast cancer patients,

Next meeting is on 12 April, 10am for a 10.30am start. Here is a message from convenor Joanne:

This month’s Ingredients should have something for everyone (we’ve had a lot trickier in the past).

Remember that everything is to be interpreted FLEXIBLY – particularly COLOUR. Otherwise it gets too difficult. If you think it’s red, then it’s definitely RED. Colour, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.


  •      COLOUR – 6. TURQUOISE (Wendy Hirst)
  •      ADDITIVE – 3. PAINTS/PENCILS/DYES/INK (Beres Senden)
  •      INSPIRATION – 9. LETTERS (Uta Maish)


  •      COLOUR – 1. RED(Elaine Wilson)
  •      INSPIRATION – 4. EARTH, WATER, FIRE and AIR (Di Ballantyne)

(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.)

This year Liz H is making drainage bags – in support of breast cancer patients.

Felicity’s chooks

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Workshop places available with Jane MacDonald – BeBe Bold

April 1, 2017 | Posted in Workshops | By

There are still places available in the Boro ( Friday 5 May) and Kogin (Saturday 6 May) workshops with Jane MacDonald. Cost is $90 each. Jane MacDonald (BeBe Bold) is one of Canberra Quilters exhibition sponsors.

If you would like to enrol contact the workshop co-ordinator, Valerie.

Here are some images of the two workshops:

Boro-inspired reversible loop bag

Boro-inspired reversible loop bag


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Connect and Participate Expo – 25 March

March 23, 2017 | Posted in member activity, What's On | By

Come along and visit the Canberra Quilters stand at the CAP EXPO (Old Bus Depot Markets), this Saturday, 25 March, 11 am to 4pm.  It is a fun day, with lots of interesting stands, food and entertainment. We hope to see you there.

Here are more details.

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Small Japanese Projects meeting – 22 March

March 18, 2017 | Posted in Japanese | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on Wednesday 22 March, 10am – 12 noon, in the CQ room. It is followed by a drop-in for members until 4pm.

Starts with a chat and then moves onto show and tell of any Japanese inspired items you have and hopefully Some of the Ready Threaded Needle Case from the February meeting.

This month’s project is English Paper pieced Pentagon Balls, led by Karen.  The image below gives you an idea of what will be made.

Pentagon balls

The size has been reduced from the original pattern to make the balls smaller.

Requirements for this project are:

  • General sewing supplies, Scissors, thread, needles etc.
  • Assorted fabrics at least 3” square.  There are 12 pentagons per ball, Karen used 6 different fabrics.
  • Some light cardboard to cut  templates for fabric and papers.  ( If you want to cut then before hand the five sides measure, 1 1/2” and 1 1/4” for larger ball or 1 1/4” and 7/8th” for small ball.
  • Some paper to cut up for papers. ( Recycle your photocopy paper)
  • Some fibrefill for stuffing the balls.


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Exhibition opening at ‘The Q’

March 15, 2017 | Posted in exhibitions | By

Australia Wide Five
23 March- 15 April 2017 at The Q Performing Arts Exhibition Space in Queanbeyan.

The Q is open:
10am – 4pm Monday-Friday
10am – 2pm Saturday
Closed Sundays and Public Holidays

Australia Wide Five is a juried, touring exhibition showcasing the artwork of Ozquilt Network Members

Opening Night Thursday 23 March, 5:30pm to 7:30pm – all welcome

The Australia Wide exhibition program is designed to:

  • Showcase the talents of our members
  • Introduce members’ quilts to a wider audience
  • Demonstrate the scope and variety of art quilt making
  • Publicise Ozquilt Network Inc.

Australia Wide exhibitions include a range of innovative works, but to suit tour requirements, all works comply with a strict dimension (40cm x 40 cm), and are of sturdy construction.

The Australia Wide exhibition program is a series of biennial members’ exhibitions arranged by OZQN. All members of OZQN are encouraged to enter. Quilts are selected by a jury panel of acknowledged experts.

(Content of post from Ozquilt Network Inc.)

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New Canberra Quilters committee

March 14, 2017 | Posted in CQ Administration | By

The AGM for Canberra Quilters was held on 2 March and a new committee was formed. While some positions remained vacant at the AGM, the meeting was adjourned until 6 April to seek candidates for the vacant positions. Nominations have now been received for all the vacant positions and they will be formalised at the resumption of the AGM on 6 April.

Those positions filled at the AGM:

Treasurer: Janet Cruise

Secretary: Libby Williams

Exhibition Coordinator: Julie Ricketts

Membership Secretary: Elaine Jones

Librarian: Beth Clary

Newsletter Editor: Patricia Butron

Communications Officer: Nicole Shipway

Workshop Coordinator: Valerie Merritt

Committee Member:  Ruth Schwensen

Congratulations to all and thanks from the membership for stepping up to be part of our ‘Board of Directors’.

(Notification authorised by outgoing President Helen Rose.)

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Wonderful Wednesday meeting- 15 March

March 13, 2017 | Posted in Meetings | By

The next meeting is this Wednesday, 15 March in the Cook Community Hub Hall. It is followed by a drop-in in the CQ room until 4pm.

This is the Bring and Buy morning, so bring your goods (excess fabric, threads, patterns, books etc) to sell – or bring your money to buy.

Members who had quilts in the Royal Canberra Show are encouraged to bring them for special show & tell. 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 convenor) where ever that may be, until you get better acquainted with the other members.

(Quilt in the banner is this year’s raffle quilt by Jenny Bowker and Kath Hunt)

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