The next meeting is this Wednesday, 16 May, 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. 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.
For the themed show and tell this month, members are asked to bring friendship group quilts. It is interesting to see what people make as a group.
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, 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.
You might see this quilt at show & tell – from Gourmet Quilters.
Going for Gold
Canberra Quilters is hosting a Biggest Morning Tea Quilting Bee on Sunday 3 June, from 10am-2pm in the Cook Community Hub Hall. A tax deductable entry fee of $5 is payable at the door (or you can donate a larger sum). All proceeds go to the ACT Cancer Council for cancer research.
There is a monster raffle as well as a quilt raffle and lucky door prizes. Lots of fun and table games. White elephant stall of used & older items. So bring some money to buy tickets or to grab a bargain.
It would be great if you could bring a plate of food to share at morning tea- savoury or sweet.
The theme is ‘Going for Gold’. Wear something athletic as a tribute to the Commonwealth Games recently held on the Gold Coast – or something gold and glittery because that is who you really are! Bring a needle and thread to sew as there will be some sewing challenges.
There is a prize for the best decorated table / people, representing a sport from the XXI Commonwealth Games.
Donations of new items for the monster raffle are welcome- place in the marked bin in the CQ storeroom or give to co-ordinators Margaret or Tricia.
Donations of used/ older items for the white elephant table are also welcome, and can be made on the day.
The next meeting is on Saturday 12 May, 1-4pm, in the CQ room at Cook Community Hub.
The Art Quilters group promotes discussion and practice with new techniques and materials. Review of books, show and tell and challenges.
Don’t forget your challenge piece for this month… One 12″ or 30cm square quilt for the first four months. These will be inspired by your travels.
Please bring any other show & tell, books, magazines and websites.
Every year Canberra Quilters has a quilt challenge theme category at the exhibition. For 2018 the theme chosen by the main committee is ‘Blue & White’.
Members can choose to respond to the theme any way they like in their quilt as long as it meets the size requirements of 70cm x 50cm, portrait or landscape orientation. The challenge quilts generally travel as a group to other quilt groups during the subsequent year.
You are invited to make a quilt in the challenge format, incorporating the idea of ‘Blue & White’. You may choose to make it from all the shades and tones of blue, and white. Or you may focus on-
- the sea /ocean / sky
- something in the garden
- blue and white china (Blue Willow, Delftware)
- gemstones (blue diamond, sapphire)
- bluesy music
- choose an appropriate block or
- play on the words
You have many paths you could follow in making your quilt.
Enter your items in the Annual Members Exhibition, held in August 2018. You have until June to submit an entry. The entry pack will be available in mid 2018 with Connecting Threads and online.
The challenge theme for 2019 has also been selected: “Off the Sheep’s Back”. So get ready for August 2019!
One of Canberra Quilters members, Fiona Hammond, is part of this exhibition, coming up at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre.
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 (i.e. only lower bunks and single beds are used). Every room has a private en-suite 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.
The next meeting is 10 May, from 7.30pm, in the CQ room at the Cook Community Hub.
Status for the group quilt that will be entered in the CQ exhibition (from Nicole).
We started with:
- Low Volume and Grey colour and Improvisational straight lines – 6.5 inch squares
- 28 of the 30 members at the following meeting made a block – some made 2!! Whoa! Blew my mind! The blocks were amazing together. I love how people started feeling that they might not have done the right thing, doubting their work after deliberating for hours over fabric choices and design. But we knew you guys could do it. Once those blocks went up on the design wall…. well I think we all could not believe that it worked! It worked guys!
And over the last two months have added:
- Aubergine/Eggplant purple and grey purple colours and Rectangles – 6.5 inch wide – any length
- Orange and Diamonds – no size restrictions
- Ellipses – using the method Jenny showed at the last meeting where it is sewn onto a thin interfacing/pellon. These may float over the quilt so they need to be a single shape – not sewn onto a block.
- 31 members have made blocks, most have made several!
This means that this month you can create blocks that include one or all of the following colours:
- Low Volume
- Eggplant Purple/Aubergine or grey purples
- Orange (don’t use much or else it will overwhelm the quilt)
Blocks can use any or all of the following themes:
- Improvisational straight lines
Blocks can be any size this month. We are going to start working out how to put all the blocks together to produce a great quilt. I have no idea how this is going to look but I’m really looking forward to seeing it. We might need to add more fabric in or take some blocks out to balance the shapes, the colours and the movement in the quilt. We will also need somewhere for our eye to rest.
And then its GO time! That means we will need to organise to get together and sew the blocks together, quilt and bind!
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!
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. The full list was published here. (ROW=Rowdy on Wednesday)
The next meeting is on Wednesday 9 May, 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.
Here are the ingredients drawn out for the first three rounds:
|2||Blue||Tradition with a Twist||L|
The next Quilts for Others (QFO) working bee is on 8 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 2017 over 300 quilts were made and donated. This month quilts for refuges will be distributed – about 70 in all.
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.
Canberra Quilters is mounting a display of quilts at Craft Alive. It includes quilts from the special interest groups as well as other memorable quilts from the past.
Craft Alive runs 3-6 May at the Canberra Thoroughbred Park Function Centre, Randwick Road, Mitchell. It is open 9.30am-4pm each day. Admission fees apply. See here for more details.