The next meeting is this Wednesday, 18 October, in the Hall at the Cook Community Hub, from 9.30am until 12.30pm. It is followed by a drop-in the Canberra Quilters room, where the library will be open. This drop-in will also be when the newly formed Applique Group will meet. You don’t have to be part of this group to come to the drop-in.
It is Bring and Buy this month. So bring your excess fabric supplies, thread, tools, books, magazines. As a trial this time you can bring made items (fabric related) to sell as well – like the sales room at the exhibition! If you aren’t selling- bring your cash as you might find a bargain, or a Christmas present.
Don’t forget to bring something for show & tell.
The missing Kaffe Fassett book mentioned last month has been found and returned.
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, 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.
Next meeting is on Wednesday 11 October, 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 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 two items are chosen to incorporate into that month’s design challenge. One will be a colour and one will be an additive. For instance- each row contains two “ingredients”, e.g. purple and geometry, but in whatever way the maker chooses. As the name shows, this can be a noisy group! So far we have had:
|1||Turquoise||Paints/ pencils/ dyes/ ink||Letters|
|2||Red||Recycled/ leftovers/ found objects||Earth, water, fire and air|
|5||Green||Embellishments||Animal, vegetable, mineral|
|6||Pink||Linen / silk/ lace||Heritage, tradition|
|8||Orange||Improvisation||Home and family|
(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.)
Here are some images from our last meeting on 13 September.
The next meeting is this Wednesday, 19 July in the Cook Community Hub Hall, from 9.30am until 12.30pm. It is followed by a drop-in at the CQ room until 4pm.
This month’s special show & tell Something made from hobbies other than patchwork, e.g. knitting, beading, embroidery, woodwork, the list is endless. 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 convener) where ever that may be, until you get better acquainted with the other members.
The next Wonderful Wednesday meeting is on 15 February, from 9.30am-12.30pm in the Cook Community Hub Hall. It is followed by the drop-in in the CQ room, until 4pm.
The WW meeting is a sit and sew meeting, with a more formal stage after 11am. So bring along some handwork to do, e.g. knitting, crocheting, piecing etc. We have raffles, lucky door prizes, name badge draw, some 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 with the convenor Christine Stewart’s table near the stage, until you get better acquainted with the other members.
The special show & tell will be Japanese quilts and objects , plus Creative Clothing displaying what they have made. The Japanese could be quilts made with Japanese fabric, in a Japanese style or it could be something you have made in the Small Japanese Projects group.
(Quilt in banner is by Karin Malmberg- made during the 2016 ROWmakers design group meetings. It uses Japanese fabrics and chiku-chiku stitching for the quilting.)
The convenor of this group, Joanne, has sent out the guidelines and list of ingredients (extracts below) via email to all those who expressed an interest. The first meeting is this Wednesday, 8 Feb, 10am for a 10.30am start, in the CQ room at Cook.
The challenge will include 9 block/rows and will run from February to November with a Christmas get-together in December. Meetings are held in our room at Cook on the second Wednesday of the month. The room is open from 10.00 with the meeting starting at 10.30 and usually over by 12.00. The room remains open after if you wish to stay. After the meeting an email is sent to participants outlining what was decided so that everyone is up to date.
It is important to remember that this is supposed to be fun! DO NOT STRESS. Flexible thinking is the key. Use your imagination, try something new – and there’s no pressure to finish if real life decides to inconveniently intrude on our fun.
Some final tips for any new member. It helps to decide on the approximate size and purpose of the quilt before you start. Also consider continuity across your rows/blocks – how to tie it together. One way is to select one fabric style, such as – Japanese, children’s, thirties, Christmas, Australiana, Kaffe Fasset, batik, reproduction, floral or a jelly roll. A common background or colour such as cream, indigo, or black/white, also works well. If you are ever uncertain, don’t worry, we have a very creative and experienced “think tank” available at every meeting.
Each month an element is drawn from each column and you make something incorporating those elements to show the next month. You can choose to take a single ‘inspiration’ from the third column for the whole year.
2017 ROWMAKERS INGREDIENTS
|1||Red||Wool/ Felt||Home and family|
|2||Pink||Linen/ silk/ lace||Art and literature|
|3||Orange||Paints/ pencils/ dyes/ ink||Animal, vegetable, mineral|
|4||Yellow||Print/ words||Earth, water, fire and air|
|5||Green||Recycled/ leftovers/ found objects||Heritage, tradition|
(Quilt in banner is from 2016 Rowmakers, by Wendy Hirst)
There is no Wonderful Wednesday meeting on the 21st, but there is a drop-in all day in the CQ room. It runs from 10am until 4pm.
Join Christine for some last minute Christmas sewing – or to get a head start on next year’s projects. Perhaps you can use the pinning table to baste a quilt to sew over the break.
Merry Christmas and a productive sewing year to you all.
It is the last day of the Halloween sew-in today and tables are available if you want to drop-in for some sewing company. Room is open 9.30am until 4pm.
At the first Wednesday drop-in on 5 October, member Jakki Cashman will be demonstrating quilting on a domestic machine using Westalee rulers. Jakki has previous demonstrated this at an evening drop-in and was asked for a repeat at one of the daytime drop-ins.
Rulers have been used for a quite a while on long arm machines but a recent innovation has been their use on domestic machines. Westalee (an Australian company) has developed a sewing machine foot and sets of rulers to use with this method of machine quilting.
The drop-in runs all day, from 10am until 4pm, the demo will be in the morning, from 10am.
If you want to have a try and already have the foot and the rulers Jakki has suggested you bring a fat quarter quilt sandwich, your machine, foot and rulers.
The next Wonderful Wednesday meeting will be in the Cook Community Hub Hall on 21st September, from 9.30am until 12.30pm. It is followed by a drop-in session in the CQ room until 4pm. The library will be open at the drop-in until 2pm.
The extra themed show & tell will be food quilts – made from food printed fabric, or a twist on food-related.
At WW you can sit and hand sew, knit, chat and enjoy the morning tea. There is ‘stuff’ for free on the stage – members use it to recycle fabric, books and magazines. As well as regular show and tell there is a lucky door prize, badge draw and raffles.
Quilt in banner is Saffron, by Ann Haddad. Exhibited in members’ exhibition 2016. (It is food related!)
This month there are two extra drop-ins- Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st of August. They run from 10am to 4pm each day in the Canberra Quilters’ room at Cook.
Come along to use the room – pinning table, design wall, to sew, to chat. Tea and coffee available.
(Quilt in banner is Frewinfla by Grace Stewart- exhibited in the 2016 Members’ Exhibition)