Drop ins cancelled

January 18, 2019 | Posted in Cook premises, Drop-in | By

Due to A/C problems the drop-ins for Friday 18 Jan (today) and Saturday 19 Jan (tomorrow), have been cancelled. 40 degrees is too hot for just the fans!

The drop-in for the evening of Monday 28 January has also been cancelled.

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Wonderful Wednesday meeting – 16 January

January 14, 2019 | Posted in Meetings | By

The next meeting is this Wednesday, 16 January, 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.

MEMEBERSHIP REMINDER. Membership fees were due on 1 January. You can join online or at the meeting. You need to be a member to borrow from the library, use the room and its facilities regularly, stand for the committee or exhibit and sell in the exhibition (by 31 March).

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 is the first meeting of the year. The ROWmakers design group are bringing their quilts/tops etc from previous years for special show and tell. Don’t forget to bring something for regular show & tell.

At the February evening meeting the library is holding its annual fund raising sale. If you would like to donate books and patterns for the sale there is a box in the room. (Magazine donations are not wanted.)

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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14 January- Monday night drop-ins resume

January 12, 2019 | Posted in Drop-in | By

Members are reminded that Monday night drop-ins resume this Monday, 14 January. Come along to get some sewing done, or use the pinning table or design walls. Or just a catch up and chat.

Starts at 7pm, until 9ish, in the CQ room at Cook Community Hub.

 

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Royal Canberra Show Entry Deadline 11 January

January 8, 2019 | Posted in Call for Entries | By

Member Valerie Merritt has advised that electronic and hardcopy entries are being accepted for the Crafts Expo at the Royal Canberra Show. Valerie is the steward for the quilting/ patchwork section. Entry forms are to be submitted by 11 January 2019. The Show runs 22-24 February 2019 at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

The maximum quilt size is 240cm, except for the Miniature class.

Don’t just look at the Quilting/ Patchwork classes (categories). You may find something in Sewing (e.g. 806 Fabric carry bag – fashion or utility) or Textile Arts and Millinery (e.g. 905 – any textile item/ mixed media/ wall hanging including techniques such as hand painting, dyeing, printing, stitching, beading), or Miscellaneous Crafts. There is again a theme class, within each section, for the Crafts Expo – Wonderful Water.

Categories for 2019 are:-

SPECIAL CHALLENGE OPEN TO ALL

  1. Any exhibit depicting your interpretation of ‘Wonderful Water’ (attach a story of no more than 50 words of your interpretation)

 BEGINNERS (with less than 2 years experience)

  1.   Any exhibit of Quilting and Patchwork

NON PROFESSIONAL (with more than 2 years experience)

  1. Traditional Quilt, including those featuring Appliqué
  2. Miniature Quilt 756. Art and Mixed Media Quilt
  3. ModernQuilt
  4. Creative Garment and Creative Article

OFESSIONAL

  1. Any exhibit of Quilting and Patchwork

SENIOR (Non Professional, 65 Years and over as at 11 January 2019)

  1. Any Quilt made by entrant

STUDENT (18 Years and under as at 11 January 2019 – Attach Date of Birth to each exhibit)

  1. Any exhibit of Quilting and Patchwork made and quilted by student

STUDENT (12 Years and under as at 11 January 2019 – Attach Date of Birth to each exhibit)

  1. Any exhibit of Quilting and Patchwork made and quilted by student

Here is a link to the Crafts Expo page of the Canberra Show site. You will be taken to a page that has a link for the show schedule, and the entry forms.

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QFO handover to CanTeen

December 17, 2018 | Posted in QFO | By

QFO handover to Canteen

QFO representatives recently met with the people from CanTeen to hand over two of the ten floor quilts being made for the organisation. CanTeen bandannas were used as a basis for the quilts. Below is an image of the handover:

QFO makes quilts to donate to charities and organizations in the Canberra region. In 2017 over 300 quilts were made and donated and it is approaching that number in 2018.

QFO regularly receives donations of fabric, for which we are very grateful. At present we are in need of fabric suitable for backings, so if any members are having a clean out over Christmas you could consider donating fabric to QFO. Lengths of one metre or larger are suitable, but we cannot use furnishing fabrics. The dates for the first working bees in 2019 are: February 12, March 12, April 9.

L to R Janice Nangle , CanTeen members, Leslie Hodgson, Pat Parker, Pat Godden

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Call for entries 2019

December 11, 2018 | Posted in Call for Entries, exhibitions | By

LONG POST – These are coming up in 2019 for members to enter selected exhibitions. Some information is from Janet de Boer’s Fibre Forum e-bulletin.

Here is a rundown of some Australian calls for entry:

Deadline of 5 February 2019 to enter the 2019 AQC (Australasian Quilt Convention) Challenge: the theme is MAGIC; the size is 90cm square. Entries will be judged on design, interpretation of theme and workmanship. A section of finalists will tour the AQC craft events in Australia and New Zealand. Three cash prizes will be awarded: FIRST Prize $3500; Runner-Up $1500 and Viewers’ Choice $500. The AQC annual event is to be held April 11-14, 2019 at the Royal Exhibition Building, Nicholson Street, Carlton Vic (Melbourne). Link to AQC challenge

Also part of AQC, with a deadline of 21 February is the Self Portrait textile art challenge

Link to AQC Self Portrait call for entry

Deadline of 1st March 2019 to enter the Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award 2019 with the award exhibition being held from 1st June – 11th August 2019 at the Wangaratta Art Gallery, Victoria. There is a $10,000 Acquisitive Award. The Wangaratta Art Gallery is proud to present the Contemporary Textile Award, which is a biennial acquisitive award and exhibition celebrating the diversity and strength of Australia’s textile artistry.

Link to Wangaratta contemporary textile award

Deadline of 30th April to submit work for Stitchy Central – Enter the community exhibition Stitching Through Time – A Celebration of 20 Years which includes a People’s Choice Award (cash prizes) in three categories, Group, Individual and Student. Any textile medium welcome, such as embroidery, knitting, crochet, mixed media, textile books, 2D, 3D, wall hanging, sculpture, rugs, wearable etc. Size limited to under 1.5 M any dimension. Contemporary and Traditional styles welcome.

Link to Stitched up festival Community Exhibition

Deadline of 16 June for Dare to Differ Contemporary Quilt Exhibition.

The Quilters’ Guild of South Australia Inc invites all quilt/textile artists resident in Australia to participate in this selected exhibition at Gallery M – Marion Street, Marion Cultural Centre, Oaklands Park Adelaide. Dare to Differ will be in place from 5-29 September 2019. Submissions should be original, innovative,
predominantly fibre, comprising at least two layers stitched together – not framed or stretched. Online Applications to enter become available from 1st May 2019

Link to dare-to-differ

Deadline of 17 June for the Modern Quilt Show Australia.

Sydney Modern Quilt Guild and Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild are proud to present the 2019 Modern Quilt Show Australia! After a break in 2018 we’re teaming up to bring you another fabulous show, featuring the best modern quilts in Australia. We’ll be returning to our beautiful venue from 2015 – The Pavilion, Kiama.

Exhibition dates are 16-18 August, which overlaps the Canberra Quilters Members’ Exhibition(15-18 August). An unfortunate clash, but these things happen!

Link to Modern Quilt Show Australia

Deadline of 19 September for the AQIPP (Australian Quilts in Public Places) Exhibition. Quilters are invited to demonstrate their talents and originality interpreting the theme “Metamorphosis”. AQIPP is a juried, judged and sponsored exhibition which is open to all quilters in Australia. (Major sponsor: Brother International)

Link to AQIPP

International Quilt Shows:

International Quilt Festival Houston, 31 October – 3 November, 2019

  • SAPPHIRE CELEBRATION CELEBRATING 45 YEARS – Call open now through 19 February, 2019
  • QUILTED COMICS & SCI-FI – 5 January 2019 – Entry forms go live, 9 April 2019  – Deadline for entries
  • FINE CHINA – 4 March , 2019 – Entry forms go live at http://callforentrieschina.com 2 May , 2019 – Deadline for entries

The International Quilt Association runs the judged portion of the International Quilt Festival. Information, rules and entry forms for the 2019 show will be published in the Northern Hemisphere Spring. This is where members Jenny Bowker, Helen Godden and Beth Miller entered their quilts in the 2018 show.

The two websites are very close in name. Quilts.com is the commercial organisation and Quilts.org is the Association mentioned above. Think of quilts.com as like Expertise Events and quilts.org like Canberra Quilters.

 

Festival of Quilts, Birmingham UK, 1-4 August 2019

There are 14 different competition categories planned for the 2019 quilt competition- there are membership constraints. In 2018 there was an open call that allowed non-members to exhibit in a specific category. It is subject to change so check back in early 2019 for the final list.

Link to Festival of Quilts

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Evening Meeting – 6 December

December 6, 2018 | Posted in Meetings, membership | By

The evening meeting is tonight – Thursday, 6 December, 7pm for a 7.30pm start, in the Hall at the Cook Community Hub. The meeting starts with formal committee (and other) reports and news, followed by an activity. This time it is Christmas.

Something to share with the Toy and Gift Drive, something for us with the Fat Quarter Swap, special Show and Tell with a Christmas theme, and Christmas supper – please bring a plate if you can!

Membership Renewal- Don’t forget membership fee is due on 1 January. Renew at the meeting. You need to be a member to stand for the AGM in March. You also need to be a member by 31 March in order to exhibit or sell at the Annual Exhibition in August.

Please bring something along for regular show & tell. We all like to see what everyone is working on.

All the usual meeting fun – lucky door prize, badge draw, raffle and regular show and tell. Don’t forget to stay and chat over a cuppa and check out the show and tell.

Library will be open at this meeting. This is the last evening meeting until February. Borrowing restrictions are relaxed for the summer holiday period.

(Image in banner is this year’s Best of Show, Blurring the Edges, by Beth and Trevor Reid. Image by Janet Cruise.)

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Sponsor News- Addicted to Fabric

November 30, 2018 | Posted in sponsor news | By

One of Canberra Quilters sponsors has introduced a new rewards program. With the introduction of the new sales system the old rewards cards are obsolete. As before, Canberra Quilters members will still receive a 10% on fabric purchases (excluding pre-cuts), but you need to be registered in the new system. You will need to show a current Canberra Quilters membership card when you register.

This is another advantage of being a member of Canberra Quilters – so don’t forget to renew your membership!

 

 

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ROWmakers reveal

November 20, 2018 | Posted in Row-by-row Challenge | By

The ROWmakers is a design group that meets once a month on the second Wednesday, February – December. The purpose of the group is to design and make a unique quilt-related project, over the course of the year, using ingredients drawn at random each month. The full list was published here. (ROW=Rowdy on Wednesday)

The next meeting is on Wednesday 12 December, 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. This will be the Christmas get together and perhaps a reveal of some quilt tops.

At the November get together some quilt tops were revealed as well as responses to round 9.

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Wonderful Wednesday – 21 November

November 19, 2018 | Posted in Drop-in, Meetings | By

The next meeting is this Wednesday, 21 November, 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 is the final meeting of the year. If you choose to do so, you can decorate your table (or yourself) with a Christmas theme. Don’t forget a small plate of food to share. Donations will be accepted of unwrapped toys toiletries. These will be donated to shelters. There will also be an opportunity to make a financial donation.

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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