Canberra Quilters Inc is the oldest patchwork group in Australia. Founded in 1976 by Margaret Rolfe, it began life as ‘The Patchwork Group’. This fledgling group, which met in members’ homes, has grown steadily and now enjoys a membership of several hundred and its own premises at Cook Community Hub.
Canberra Quilters is a diverse group ranging from beginning quilters to professional quilt makers and includes authors, journalists and teachers among the membership. Many members have won distinctions and awards both nationally and internationally, have had work featured in publications and have authored well-known patchwork and quilting books.
Canberra Quilters offers annual exhibition, a full palette of workshops, an annual retreat, a teacher accreditation program and a quilt appraisal service. A quarterly newsletter, Connecting Threads, is published and provided to members.
Meetings are held in regular cycles throughout the year, usually from February to December. Members of Canberra Quilters enjoy a variety of activities at both day and evening meetings – guest speakers, a lending library, show and tell, raffles and, of course, supper or morning tea. Do check the calendar of events for the next meeting to suit you!