Presentation to Common Ground

May 8, 2015 | Posted in Meetings, QFO | By

 

At last night’s meeting the quilts for Common Ground were presented. Diane Bray and Meredith Hinchliffe were present on behalf of Common Ground to accept the quilts and to thank members of Canberra Quilters for their efforts.

Common Ground Canberra is the national capital’s first low-cost supportive housing initiative focused on providing quality tenant outcomes for people who have experienced chronic homelessness.

Common Ground Canberra targets the most vulnerable chronically homeless people in the community. These are people who have been homeless continuously for six months or more, or who have experience multiple episodes of primary homelessness over a 12 month period. They often have substantial barriers to housing stability such as a disability, mental illness or substance misuse disorder. Common Ground Canberra also targets low-income earners who are unable to access other affordable housing options. (from the Common Ground website)

Canberra Quilters became involved almost two years ago and were asked to produce 40 quilts for the residents. The management of the project came under the Quilts for Others wing of Canberra Quilters.  Members were given size and colour suggestions and donations were called for. All up 64 quilts have been made and donated by Canberra Quilters. At the exhibition in 2014 making quilts for Common Ground was the featured demonstration by Quilts for Others.

Here are some images from last night, with some of the quilts in the background on the stage. Images by Liz Taverner, Canberra Quilter member and supporter of Common Ground.

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President of Canberra Quilters, Helen Rose, on the left, being thanked by Diane Bray from Common Ground

 

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We’ll just chat amongst ourselves for a minute L to R: Leslie Hodgson (CQ-QFO), Josie Saunders (CQ-QFO), Helen Rose (President CQ), Diane Bray (Common Ground), Meredith Hinchliffe (Common Ground), Jocelyn Green (CQ-QFO)

 

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Now for the serious shot!

 

See link here (Common Ground) for further info and images.

 

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Common Ground Open Day – 11 April

April 10, 2015 | Posted in member activity, QFO | By

The Common Ground low-cost supportive housing project is holding an open day on Saturday from 11am until 2pm at the premises – The Valley Way in Gungahlin.

Canberra Quilters, through its Quilts for Others arm, has made 60 quilts to be donated to Common Ground. Each resident will get a quilt. At the open day some of the apartments will be on display – as will some of the quilts.

See links here (Common Ground) and here (Canberra Times) for further info and images.

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Book Sale @ evening meeting – 5 February

February 4, 2015 | Posted in Library, Meetings, sponsor news | By

At Thursday’s meeting there is also a sale of books that are no longer needed from the library – duplicates etc. – at very reasonable prices.  So come along for the book sale and all the other attractions:

  • Teachers and Sponsors outline the classes planned for the year and what goodies they have in store for us to buy.
  • The collection of quilts for Common Ground will also be on display – there have been more made  than the 40 required for the project. So come along to see them all in one place before they are delivered.
  • You can also sign up to volunteer for the Connect and Participate Expo on 28 March.
  • Lucky door prize, name badge draw, raffles, supper and the library.

Don’t forget that your membership subscription was due on 1 January – join now so you don’t miss out on the benefits of membership.

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Evening Meeting – 5 February

February 3, 2015 | Posted in Meetings | By

The first evening meeting of the year will be held this Thursday, 5 February, 7pm for a 7.30pm start, in the Cook Community Hub Hall.

The special attraction for the evening is our Teachers and Sponsors. They will outline the classes planned for the year and what goodies they have in store for us to buy.

The collection of quilts for Common Ground will also be on display – there have been more made  than the 40 required for the project. So come along to see them all in one place before they are delivered.

You can also sign up to volunteer for the Connect and Participate Expo on 28 March.

All the usual fun at the meeting – lucky door prize, name badge draw, raffles, supper and the library.

Don’t forget that your membership subscription was due on 1 January – join now so you don’t miss out on the benefits of membership.

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QFO Working Bee – 14 Oct

October 13, 2014 | Posted in QFO | By

The next QFO working bee is tomorrow 14 October from 10am until 2.30pm. Come along and help sew quilts for charity. You can help pin existing quilt tops, sew blocks, quilt-as-you-go, cut kits, sew on bindings and labels. There are many ways you can contribute.

BYO Lunch, tea and coffee provided. Please bring along your own sewing kit – needles, scissors/snips etc

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Modern Quilt group meets 11 September

September 10, 2014 | Posted in Modern Quilt Group | By

The Modern Quilters are meeting on Thursday evening, 11 September, from 7.30pm in the CQ room. Here is a message from one of the convenors, Michelle:

This week at modern quilt group we will be putting the CommonGround quilt blocks together into quilt tops.  

There may be some blocks that need to be made so bring some single coloured scraps (we can mix and match from each others’ scraps) and don’t forget the essential cream or white piece for the centre of your slab block.  

We have enough blocks for almost 4 quilt tops. You all work really well together so I know you’ll make short work of the challenges of putting them together. Bring your machines, set up the irons and have fun on the design walls.  

7.30 pm (I’ll be there from about 7.10) this Thursday – see you there. 

 

 

 

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Quilts for Others working bee – 9 September

September 4, 2014 | Posted in QFO | By

The next QFO working bee is on Tuesday 9 September from 10am until 2.30pm. You may have seen the QFO volunteers hard at work at the exhibition, making quilts for Common Ground.

Come along and make quilts for the other charities Canberra Quilters help out. You can cut, piece, quilt, bind or baste quilts on te day – every little step helps get those quilts finished..

Tea and coffee provided, BYO lunch.

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QFO Working Bee – 11 Feb

February 8, 2014 | Posted in QFO | By

The first Quilts for Others working bee is on this Tuesday, 11 February, from 10am until 2.30pm. Come along and help make quilts for charity. You can pin baste the layers, hand sew some labels, cut strips – there is a job for everyone.

QFO has an additional project this year to make 40 quilts for the Common Ground housing project. This is being built in Gungahlin for the long-term homeless. Perhaps you can help out with this?

Bring your own lunch, morning and afternoon tea provided.

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Quilts for Common Ground

December 18, 2013 | Posted in QFO | By

Quilts For Others (QFO) is the Canberra Quilters arm that makes quilts for donation to various local charities- this year approximately 250 have been distributed.

Periodically we get requests for a specific project and a separate effort is made, over and above what is usually done. About two years ago QFO received a request for 40 bed quilts, from Common Ground, a charitable organisation that is developing a project in Canberra to provide permanent, high quality, supportive and safe housing for homeless and low-income people.  Common Ground now has funding to proceed with the construction of a building in Gungahlin, which it hopes to be completed by the end of 2014. The accommodation will be self-contained, with individual living, kitchen and bathroom areas and will house mainly young men- the largest group in the high rate of homelessness in Canberra.

Although the building construction completion is 12 months away it takes some time for the quilts to be made. The QFO co-ordinators have asked that you take the following into account if you are going to make a quilt:

  • Quilts need to be approximately 150cm square (60 inches) and colours need to be appropriate for mostly young men.
  • If you would like to use QFO fabrics for piecing or backing, come and browse the selection on a QFO day.
  • If you just need batting to use in a quilt top you already have made contact one of the QFO co-ordinators.
  • To help track numbers the QFO co-ordinators have asked that you register your details with them (Contact details are in the Connecting Threads magazine or you could send an email to secretary@canberraquilters.org.au  or to blog@canberraquilters.org.au and it will be forwarded.)

Maybe your friendship group could pool your talents and resources to make a quilt for this worthwhile project. Recipients get a great deal of pleasure from their quilt, as well as the practicality of having a warm covering.

 

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