Quilts at the Erindale Library

May 24, 2019 | Posted in exhibitions | By

A message from the convenor, Jenny Emerton:

A beautiful selection of quilts featuring floral themes is now hanging at Erindale Library.  They are very colourful and cover a range of eras and styles.  Some older favourites are included in this exhibition.  They demonstrate that flowers are an enduring inspiration for quilt makers.  Many thanks to the seven members who contributed quilts for this exhibition.

This exhibition will remain in the Library until early August.  After that I’m planning an exhibition of the work of Liz Rose.

The last exhibition for 2019 may have a ‘Stars’ theme if I can get enough stars quilts.

Please be in touch with Jenny Emerton for offers of quilts, ideas for future themes or any other matters to do with quilt exhibitions at the Library.

Erindale Library is in McBryde Crescent, Wanniassa. It is adjacent to the shopping precinct and Erindale Theatre.

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Small Japanese Projects Meeting: 22 May

May 20, 2019 | Posted in Japanese, Meetings | By

The next meeting of the Small Japanese Projects group is on 22 May, 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.

This month’s project is a very cute Japanese inspired thimble which will be perfect for pushing those threaded sashiko needles through your sewing projects. Di Ballantyne will be leading the project

 Preparation & Requirements List

Start by measuring around your thimble finger and adjust the following measurements if needed. The felt needs to be able to go around your finger and meet/touch.

  • A strip of fabric measuring 1 inch x 2 ¾ inches
  • 2 pieces of coordinating/contrasting felt (preferably wool felt) measuring ¾ inch x 2 ¼ inches.
  • A piece of thin (hat) elastic long enough to go around your finger and tie a knot.
  • Embroidery threads to embellish the fabric before assembling the thimble
  • Sewing thread for assembling the thimbleUsual sewing bits and bobs ( needles,scissors, threads,pins etc)

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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AGM results & committee vacancies

May 16, 2019 | Posted in CQ Administration | By

After the confirmation of the 2018 AGM Minutes, and reports by the President and Treasurer, the election of Officer Bearers was undertaken.  The outcome was –

President:  Raylee Bielenberg

Vice President:  Helen Godden

Treasurer:  Elaine Jones

Secretary:  Cornelia Reppin

Exhibition Coordinator:  Julie Ricketts

Membership Secretary:  Helen Druett

Librarian:  Beth Clary

Newsletter Editor:  Patricia Butron

Workshop Coordinator:  Janice Nangle

Publicity Officer:  Tricia Bishop

Committee Member:  No nominations

Communications and Sponsorship Officer:  No nominations

The vacant positions were declared casual vacancies for filling in accordance with Section 8(e) of the Constitution.

Janet Cruise agreed to continue in the Public Officer role.

There were no motions considered at the AGM.

Committee Changes since the AGM

At its first meeting on 27 March, the Committee determined that the Communications and Sponsorship role should be split into two roles.  In accordance with Section 8(f)(v) of the Constitution, Tricia Bishop was appointed to the Sponsorship Officer role and the Publicity Officer role was declared vacant.

On 24 April, Janet Cruise was appointed to the Communications Officer role under section 8(e) of the Constitution.

The Committee is still seeking a member to fill the vacant Publicity Officer role.  Some computer skills are required.

Today it has been announced that Helen Godden has advised that she is unable to continue as Vice President and has resigned. So we have another casual vacancy. As this is one of the four committee positions that make up the Executive, it is urgent that it is filled. Please contact the Secretary if you are able to help, or know someone who can.

The duties of the position of Committee Member are currently being undertaken by the Cook Management Team.  Further information on this will be provided in the next Connecting Threads.

You are able to contact any of the committee through the website.



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Biggest Morning Tea Quilting Bee: Sunday 18 May

May 15, 2019 | Posted in events, member activity | By

Join us and raise funds for cancer research at our Biggest Morning Tea


   Celebrating:    THE YEAR OF THE PIG

Sunday, 19 May 2019, 10-2pm

Cook Community Hub Hall

Templeton Street, Cook


Lucky Door Prizes, MONSTER RAFFLE, Pink Pig Stall (formerly known as a white elephant), Games, Sewing Activities, Morning tea/Lunch

So much fun you will be like pigs in clover


$5.00 entry (tax deductable donation)

Many of our families and CQ members have been affected by cancer. We want to help, so we are extending an invitation to CQ members and friends to join our annual Biggest Quilting Morning Tea, which raises funds for our local ACT Cancer Council. The money funds research, prevention programs and support for those impacted by cancer.

Entry: A $5.00 (or more) taxable deductable donation to the ACT Cancer Society.

Theme: THE YEAR OF THE PIG – celebrating all things piggy

Morning Tea/Lunch: If you can, please bring a plate of food to share at the morning tea/lunch – it’s always an on-going feast!

Activities and fun: There will be lots of raffles, lucky door prizes, table games, a ‘pink pig’ stall, sewing related challenges and of course – lots of fun and laughter and a prize for the best decorated table/people representing something to do with pigs.

Raffle donations: Donations to the raffle prizes are very welcome and must be new or in as-new condition. Please leave them in the tub marked BMT, in the CQ Cook store room or deliver to

 ‘Pink Pig’ Stall: Used or older donations can go to the ‘Pink Pig’ Stall – there are always great deals to find. Please bring your items for the ‘Pink Pig’ Stall on the day. Left overs will be donated to charity.

So, come along – have some fun, a great morning tea/lunch and help raise much-needed funds for Cancer Research. For more information, or, if you would like to help with the BMT, please contact Tricia Morton on 0421131898 or email

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Members Destash Sale: 8 June – book a table

May 14, 2019 | Posted in member activity | By

DeStash Sale

@ Canberra Quilters Cook Hub

Member Stallholders only 

1.30 – 4pm   Saturday 8th June 2019


Clear out your Stash or take home a Bargain or  Both!

Come for a fossick in someone’s guilty overload with a chat & a cuppa.

Find that elusive fat quarter you have been searching for high & low & bathe in the glory of  your incredible Bargain Hunting skills!


Book a $5 table  – limited positions

Contact Nicole Shipway on katmatpat@gmail.com

A previous sale day:

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Wonderful Wednesday Meeting : 15 May

May 13, 2019 | Posted in Meetings | By

The next meeting is this Wednesday, 15 May, 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. The library is open for the first half of the drop-in.

This drop-in is also when the Appliqué Group meets. The Appliqué Group is for members who like to do appliqué – learning from each other, getting help or working on a current project. You don’t have to be part of this group to come to the drop-in.

This month Liz Rose will talk about and show quilts she has made. She will also include some of her favourite gadgets. This is a repeat of the talk given at the recent evening meeting.

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, 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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QFO Quilting Bee: Tuesday 14 May

May 12, 2019 | Posted in QFO | By

The next Quilts for Others (QFO) working bee is on 14 May, from 10am until 2.30pm, in the CQ room at Cook Community Hub.

QFO makes quilts to donate to charities and organizations in the Canberra region. If you would like to join us at a working bee you would be most welcome. There are plenty of jobs to be done: hand sewing, machine sewing, pinning and other tasks.

Bring your lunch if you plan to stay for the day. Morning tea is provided.

Here are some recent quilts:


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Art Quilters Meeting: Saturday, 4 May

May 3, 2019 | Posted in Art Quilters Canberra | By

The next meeting is on Saturday 4 May, 1-4pm, in the CQ room at Cook Community Hub. Buffy will open the room from 10am for anyone who wants to come and sew etc before the meeting.

This date is a week ahead of the normal time and it is also Star Wars Day. May the Fourth be with you.

The Art Quilters group promotes discussion and practice with new techniques and materials. Review of books, show and tell and challenges.

Please bring any show & tell, books, magazines and websites.

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Canberra Quilters is at Craft Alive: 2-5 May

May 2, 2019 | Posted in events, Exhibition | By

Don’t forget that Canberra Quilters has an exhibition at Craft Alive. It is on NOW at Thoroughbred Park Convention Centre, 1 Randwick Road, Lyneham. You can buy entry tickets online, through the link above, or at the door. You can also get directions through the link above.

Dates: 2-5 May 2019

Time: 9.30am – 4 pm, each day

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Online Exhibition Entry is now available

May 2, 2019 | Posted in Exhibition | By

Exhibition entry forms are live!

Great news for members who wish to lodge their Exhibition entries online – our online entry facility went live on 1 May 2019. It has undergone extensive testing and as a result we think it is working well. If, however, you find a problem with it please let us know at admin@canberraquilters.org.au and we will try, within the software limitations, to rectify it. Many thanks to Janet Cruise for her smart and tireless work on these online forms. Thanks also to all the members who tested it for us.

Make sure you download and read the Conditions of Entry and Categories and Awards files before you start filling out the online entries.

Of course, the traditional paper forms are still available for members who don’t want to use the online facility. If you receive Connecting Threads in hardcopy you should already have the Exhibition Pack; alternatively, you can download and print the Exhibition Pack from canberraquilters.org.au which you can then complete and send in the usual way.

Jenny Cook
Exhibition Secretary

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