Due to Covid19 restrictions in the ACT, Canberra Quilters is unable to hold the draw for its Raffle Quilt as expected on 26 September.
We are looking into options for when and where we may be allowed to do this. It may be possible by the end of November or early in December, but we shall abide by what the Health Authority tells us.
The entry deadline for entering this year’s Canberra Quilter’s Annual Members Exhibition has been extended to (postmarked) 30 June 2017.
This extension of deadline will not impact any other Exhibition dates.
Remember, you can submit a quilt for display only (also known as “not for judging”) in the Exhibition. We strongly encourage all members to consider submitting a quilt (even if it’s just for display). You never know, seeing your quilt might just be the catalyst for someone else to start quilting (and we all need there to be more quilters in the world!).
The NSW Guild has provided information about their upcoming show, which is being held on 9 to 13 July.
You can download the information by clicking this link: Transport info and Site Map for State Guilds and VIPs
Quilters learn their craft in many different ways and using many different methods.
Sharing Sessions are an opportunity to help other people by showing off a trick that you have learned and hopefully you will come away from the session having picked up a new tip yourself.
At this session, you will receive some tips from valuers, judges and quilt teachers; explore ways of sewing bindings on with no hand sewing – yes that’s right! all machine work; you will work a false binding for Blanket of Love size quilts; look at facings; and see what tricks can be found to perfect corners and ends.
Givers, please let me know what you can contribute so I can organise your spotlight on the program.
New to quilting? No problem!
Beginners and experienced quilters are welcome at this session on Saturday June 28th from 9:30- 12:30 at Cook CQ room.
Bring your sewing machine, usual sewing supplies, a 3 layered pre-quilted fat quarter (or you might like to use orphan blocks to practise your binding or off-cuts (10cm x 30cm) from other projects ) Bring 2-3 coordinated fabrics (FQ or 30cm) to cut for binding strips.
Limited numbers, so bookings via Workshop Coordinator please, but the $5 payment is due on the day. click to email
If you would love to help with this project, contact the Workshop Coordinator to offer assistance! click to email
Canberra Quilters would like to advise all members that the Community Services Directorate will now be resurfacing the car park at the Cook Community Hub from Monday 2 June until Thursday 5 June. (pushed back from 12-15 May)
They have advised the following:
To ensure the long term life and durability of the car park, Community Services Directorate has engaged a company to resurfase the car park with hot asphalt (which is also known as hot-mix). The use of asphalt will provide a far superior surface in the car park, as well as extend the life of the car parking area as a whole.
The resurfacing works will take 3 days to complete, and during this time there will be NO ACCESS to the car park. While the asphalt is being laid, the machinery used is noisy and the materials can smell bad. Also there will be large trucks driving in and out of Ellis street to deliver materials to the site.
The works will commence on Monday 2 June and go through until Thursday 5 June 2014, weather permitting.
Attached is a map outlining the area being resurfaced and alternative parking arrangements.
If you require any further information or assistance please contact Canberra Quilters Secretary: Joanne Barraclough – click to email
Canberra Quilters would like to advise members that the Community Services Directorate will be undertaking building maintenance and upgrades.
Upgrades to building over the coming months shall include:-
- Mechanical works (heating/cooling) – installation of new FCU’s in selected rooms, additional pipe work in corridors and rooms;
- Electrical – new lighting, motion sensors, light switches, and electrical monitoring equipment;
- General building works – under floor insulation works, sealing repairs around windows and doors, skylight repairs, Etc;
- Touch screen monitors – will display CEEP information about the building, Etc.
The company which shall be undertaking and managing the CEEP project is Boss Constructions (ACT) P/L which will be overseen by site manager Mr Paul Wicks.
Members are asked to please request identification from anyone seeking to access our rooms during this time.
If you would like any further information please contact Canberra Quilters Secretary: Joanne Barraclough – click to email
Canberra Quilters is looking for people interested in attending the Happy Jack workshop on Monday 28 April.
It’s only $10, and you only need to bring a pencil. When you have done this class, you will be eligible to book and use the Happy Jack quilting machine at Cook.
Class runs from 10am to midday.
Contact Workshop Coordinator to book in – firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following is the information provided as part of the Thursday Evening Meeting on April 3.
Embracing the internet to fuel your quilting passion.
Think of the internet like a tool of your craft.
It’s something you can use to help you grow, share, inspire and fall deeper in love with your craft.
Like every tool it has its positives and its negatives.
Tonight we’re going to share with you some of the ways we use the internet to compliment and enhance the relationships, retailers, friends and experiences we have IRL (that’s internet lingo for “in real life”).
Like everything in life, you get out of the internet what you put into it.
Websites are great places to find out information about your favourite manufacturers, teachers, authors, stores, Guilds, magazines and much more.
Websites often provide a leaping off point into other uses for the internet such as blogs, online applications and Candy Crush.
Canberra Quilters has it’s own website that contains information about the organisation.
Our website is: http://canberraquilters.org.au
Some of out favourites:
Pinterest is a great way to collate ideas, see what other people are enjoying and fuel your imagination and inspiration.
As well as curating your own Pin Boards you can follow other people’s boards as well.
It’s a free service.
Tip: When using Pinterest it’s good manners to put as much information about the item you’re pinning in the comment section as possible so the artist who made the item gets the credit and the traffic.
Blogs provide great sources of inspiration, tutorials, reviews, photographs, encouragement and much more.
They can be a great way to connect with people who inspire you, motivate you, encourage you and humour you.
Canberra Quilters has it’s own blog where you can find out more about what’s happening, what courses are on offer, what books we’ve got, exhibition news, contact information, and much more. You can find it via our website.
Some of our favourites:
- Material Obsession
- Cabbage Quilts
- I’m a Ginger Monkey
- Fresh Lemon Quilts
- Better Off Thread
- The Quilt Engineer
Start Your Own Blog
Another alternative for the more adventurous is to self-host your blog site.
There’s a wealth of information on the web about blogging and how to do it. It’s a great way to meet new people, share your experiences and record your life.
There are numerous places where you can take advantage of the online environment to learn new skills and update existing skill sets.
Online learning provides you with the ability to learn from teachers you may not have access to in your local area, self pace your learning experience and take the classes on your own timetable.
Online learning is a great supplement to the classes and lectures available in your local area. Don’t forget to talk to your Guild or Local Quilt Shops about getting in some of your favourite teachers – nothing beats seeing them in the flesh!
Remember, the internet is not a replacement for real life but a complimentary tool.
A lot of the blogs and websites will also feature tutorials and videos sharing their tips, tricks, techniques and how-tos.
Tip: Having problems with a pattern you’re working on, try asking Google if someone has posted their experience working with the pattern, if the pattern writer has a how-to or if there’s any updates to the pattern. Chances are you’re not alone and someone has written about it.
Social media refers to interaction among people in which they create, share, and/or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks. – Wikipedia.
There’s a number of social media sites out there but the main ones are:
Facebook allows you to set up a profile and share information with people via your wall. You can like different pages and then see information that is published on those pages in your news feed. You can access Facebook via a computer or mobile device.
Twitter allows people to share information. Status updates are limited to 140 characters. You follow people and see their updates in your twitter feed. You can access Twitter via a computer or mobile device.
Twitter is a great way to interact with people all over the world, including your quilting idols.
Canberra Quilters has a twitter account: @CbrQuiltersInc
Instagram is a mobile application that allows users to take photos and videos, apply a filter to them, and then share them via social networking. You can view images via Instagram on your computer, but you can only upload to Instagram via a mobile device.
Canberra Quilters has an Instagram account:
Tip: People are now using Instagram to organise Quilt-A-Longs and InstaBees. These are a great way to try something new, meet fabulous people and expand your quilting skills.
This is only a very small selection of the multitude of amazing people out there in the world using the internet to share their passion for quilting.
We hope it’s given you an incentive to get connected and start using the internet to your advantage.
If you would like any further information, please come and see us or drop as an email.
The Happy Jack class has a few spaces for people who are wanting to learn about this frame system of quilting, refresh your training, or have a go on the new, improved frame.
The class is $10, starts at 10am and you need bring only a pencil. After you have done the class you are allowed to book a session (morning, afternoon or evening) at our room in Cook to quilt using the machine on our Happy Jack frame.
Quilt tops can be finished in 3 hours!
Contact Workshop Coordinator by phone or email to confirm.
All our volunteers are welcome to attend a Christmas morning tea.
Just bring yourself, we will provide morning tea.
We will also have a small amount of fabric available for sale. The donors of this fabric are happy for it to be sold, and the money to be used for batting for our projects.
Looking forward to seeing you then.
Jocelyn, Pat B, Lesley, Pat P, Josie and Helen