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

Requirements:

  • 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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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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Wonderful Wednesday meeting – 18 October

October 15, 2017 | Posted in Meetings | By

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.

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ROWmakers meeting – 11 October

October 7, 2017 | Posted in Drop-in, Meetings, Row-by-row Challenge | By

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:

# Colours Additives Inspirations
1 Turquoise Paints/ pencils/ dyes/ ink Letters
2 Red Recycled/ leftovers/ found objects Earth, water, fire and air
3 Purple Geometry Celebrations
4 Yellow Threads/ Stitches Opposites
5 Green Embellishments Animal, vegetable, mineral
6 Pink Linen / silk/ lace Heritage, tradition
7 Neutral Print/ words Numbers
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.

Felicity, a member living in Germany, has jumped ahead to finish her response so that the baby can enjoy the quilt.

Felicity’s quilt

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Wonderful Wednesday meeting – 19 July

July 17, 2017 | Posted in Drop-in, Meetings | By

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.

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Wonderful Wednesday Meeting – 15 February

February 13, 2017 | Posted in Meetings | By

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.)

 

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Rowmakers Design Group – 8 February

February 4, 2017 | Posted in Row-by-row Challenge | By

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

# Colours Additives Inspirations
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
6 Turquoise Vintage Places
7 Blue Geometry Celebrations
8 Purple Threads/ stitches Opposites
9 Brown Embellishments Letters
10 Neutral Improvisation Numbers

(Quilt in banner is from 2016 Rowmakers, by Wendy Hirst)

 

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Wonderful Wednesday Drop-in – 21 December

December 19, 2016 | Posted in member activity | By

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.

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Sew-in/ Drop-in TODAY – 31 Oct

October 31, 2016 | Posted in member activity | By

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.

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